Former batter, Wasim Jaffer has opined that taking the decision of dropping Yuzvendra Chahal on the back of one bad outing wouldn’t be fair on the wrist spinner. On Tuesday, January 3, India registered a close win over Sri Lanka by two runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
However, Chahal had an off day as he conceded leaked 26 runs in the two overs he bowled and was India’s most expensive bowler on the day with an economy rate of 13. Meanwhile, Wasim Jaffer said that bringing in Washington Sundar for the second T20I would be a big decision since wrist spinners hold a lot of importance in a lineup, especially in T20s.
During a recent chat on ESPNCricinfo, Wasim Jaffer said, “Dropping Yuzvendra Chahal for Washington Sundar would be a huge call since I believe there should be a wrist spinner in the playing XI.”
He further explained, “Even though Sundar provides balance to the side because of his batting as well as his powerplay bowling, I don’t think that a bowler like Chahal, who has delivered time and again, will be dropped after one bad outing. I think it is too early to consider making that change.
Wasim Jaffer also backed Arshdeep Singh to replace Harshal Patel in the second match to be played on Thursday, January 5 at the MCA Stadium in Pune. Arshdeep failed to attain fitness for the opening game as he failed to recover from illness, the BCCI informed before the start of the match.
Talking about the same, Wasim Jaffer said, “If Arshdeep is available, then I think he will be back in the playing XI. Maybe he will get a chance in place of Harshal Patel. The first T20I was not a good one for Harshal Patel. But apart from that, I do not see any other changes to the playing XI.”