Danish Kaneria names an Indian player who should have been a part of the WTC Final squad

India announced their 20-man squad for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and an away series against England last week. The squad selection has caught the eyes of cricketing pundits as eminent players like Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been excluded. Rahul Dravid too adumbrated the reason…

Danish Kaneria names an Indian player who should have been a part of the WTC Final squad

India announced their 20-man squad for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and an away series against England last week.

The squad selection has caught the eyes of cricketing pundits as eminent players like Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been excluded.

Rahul Dravid too adumbrated the reason on Sunday (May 9) behind dropping Kuldeep.

Talking about the same, former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria shared his views and complimented the neighbours for having a strong squad. However, Kaneria opined that the Indian team lacked a wrist spinner.

“India has selected quite a strong team. Overall, their squad is good. But the thing to note is that they have not selected a wrist spinner. They have finger spinners – Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja – but they don’t have a wrist spinner – a right arm leg-spinner,” Kaneria told PTI on Tuesday.

Expounding the same, the Karachi-born added that in seaming conditions of England, a finger spinner could contain. Still, a wrist spinner could take wickets and impact the opposition’s scoreboard.

“Where there are seam conditions, a leg spinner is very useful and that’s why I had a successful tenure when I played county cricket. So, it is a little concerning that there is no leg spinner in the team. Finger spinners can contain but having a finger spinner and a wrist spinner can make an impact on the team,” the former-Essex cricketer explained.

When asked about his choice of tweaker for the team, Kaneria was quick to nominate Rahul Chahar’s name. The 40-year-old pointed out that New Zealand has a leg spinner in the form of Ish Sodhi. Similarly, the opponents should also choose the right-arm leg break bowler Chahar, who has performed well in the IPL 2021 for Mumbai Indians (MI). Kaneria further reasoned that Chahar’s height could also be advantageous.

“Rahul Chahar, his height, the way he delivers the ball, he should have been in the team. New Zealand has Ish Sodhi, a tall leg spinner and Virat Kohli always struggles against a leg spinner as we saw it with (Adam) Zampa. So, I feel if there is a place open for a leg spinner than Chahar, who has played for Mumbai Indians and India and has performed well, has googly, flipper and leg-spin, could have been useful,” Pakistan star asserted.

Concluding his talks, the Pakistan veteran revealed the reason behind his peculiar choice. The highest Test wickets taking spinner for Pakistan remarked that the regularly preferred wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is out of form, whereas left-arm chinaman Kuldeep has shown little confidence while bowling leaving no option but to choose Chahar.

“(White ball specialist) Yuzvendra Chahal is a senior bowler but he is struggling with form, Kuldeep Yadav is lacking confidence so Chahar is one player, who can be groomed for Test cricket as well and he can be very useful,” Kaneria reckoned.

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Venkatesh Prasad names the best Indian captain from his cricketing days

Former right arm seamer Venkatesh Prasad opened up about his international cricketing days on Sunday (May 9). Prasad was one of the first proponents of slower deliveries in international cricket. The Karnataka cricketer played under the leadership of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammed Azharuddin. Prasad is famous for his two stupendous spells against Pakistan.…

Venkatesh Prasad names the best Indian captain from his cricketing days

Former right arm seamer Venkatesh Prasad opened up about his international cricketing days on Sunday (May 9).

Prasad was one of the first proponents of slower deliveries in international cricket. The Karnataka cricketer played under the leadership of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammed Azharuddin.

Prasad is famous for his two stupendous spells against Pakistan. The first one came when he sent the in-form Pakistani batsman Aamer Sohail back to the pavilion during the 1996 World Cup. Sohail had slashed Prasad for a boundary before making a distasteful gesture. Prasad took up the challenge and clean bowled a complacent Sohail ending his innings.

The second instance dates back to the 1999 Test Series when Prasad bowled a maiden spell and scalped five wickets.

Thus, Prasad performed to the top of the bent in his cricketing days.

When asked about the best captain he played under, Prasad comfortably named Azharuddin since the former Indian skipper gave his bowlers the freedom to set their own field.

“I can be very diplomatic here. I can easily say that ‘look, everybody is different in their own way’. But I was always comfortable when Azhar was the captain because he used to just throw the ball at you and would ask what field do you want. And when I set a field, I own the responsibility to bowl to that field, isn’t it? So that’s how it was,” Prasad said in the Grade Cricketer podcast.

Expounding the same, Prasad pointed out that he had a rapport with Azhar as they had played quite a lot of cricket together in their early days.

“It wasn’t as if I was not comfortable with Sachin or Ganguly either but I guess my best performances came when Azhar was the captain and that’s how it was. Also, Azhar happens to come from Hyderabad and Karnataka and Hyderabad aren’t very far so we knew each other very well. We used to play against each other, also together when there were zonal teams. So that’s how the rapport and understanding was much better,” Prasad added.

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