Kuldeep Yadav or Varun Chakravarthy? Muttiah Muralidaran reveals his choice for the 2021 T20 World Cup

Team India recently completed their white-ball tour in Sri Lanka. Both nations first met in the One-Day International (ODI) series and then faced each other in the T20 International (T20I) series. While the visitors clinched the ODI leg 2-1, the hosts made a comeback to capture the T20I series 2-1. During the limited-overs fixtures, spinners…

Kuldeep Yadav or Varun Chakravarthy? Muttiah Muralidaran reveals his choice for the 2021 T20 World Cup

Team India recently completed their white-ball tour in Sri Lanka. Both nations first met in the One-Day International (ODI) series and then faced each other in the T20 International (T20I) series. While the visitors clinched the ODI leg 2-1, the hosts made a comeback to capture the T20I series 2-1.

During the limited-overs fixtures, spinners from both sides were the major attraction. This series was also considered as a trial to find out the best combination, especially the spin attack, as the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 will take place in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Yuzvendra Chahal and Rahul Chahar were impressive with their individual heroics, and the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Varun Chakravarthy were also good. Both Kuldeep and Varun didn’t get many opportunities, but the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowling duo proved that it would be hard for selectors to ignore them for selection concerning the T20 World Cup squad.

Meanwhile, legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has picked his choice between Varun and Kuldeep. Murali went with Kuldeep over Varun because of his amazing wicket-taking ability. The Sri Lankan legend also mentioned that it is unfortunate that KKR didn’t offer him many matches in the IPL.

“For India, I will wait and see this IPL and how it goes in the UAE and see the performances and who’s in form. My pick will be Kuldeep Yadav because he has proven himself as a wicket-taking bowler. Unfortunately, the IPL team is not picking him for the side,” said Muralitharan as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

Many fans rate Varun as the next Ajantha Mendis or Sunil Narine simply because he is also a mystery bowler and batters find it quite challenging to pick him. However, Muralitharan reckoned that there is still a long way to go for Varun to reach the level of Mendis and Narine.

“Varun Chakravarthy is a very good bowler, a very good option for India and also for the IPL team. I still think he is not like Ajantha Mendis or Sunil Narine’s level when they came into the team, and they mesmerized the batsmen. He is not mesmerizing the batsmen, but he’s decent enough, and he is giving a good performance,” added Murali.

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Sri Lanka defeated India by seven wickets in the third and final T20I on Thursday to seal the series 2-1. In what was a complete domination by the hosts, the bowlers did the job for the Islanders as they restricted India to a paltry total of 82. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga recorded his career-best figures (4/9)…

Danish Kaneria blames Shikhar Dhawan for India’s final T20I loss against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka defeated India by seven wickets in the third and final T20I on Thursday to seal the series 2-1. In what was a complete domination by the hosts, the bowlers did the job for the Islanders as they restricted India to a paltry total of 82.

Leg-spinner recorded his career-best figures (4/9) and guided his side to victory. It was Sri Lanka’s first-ever series win over India in T20Is.

After India’s series loss, former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria could not himself from blaming India captain Shikhar Dhawan for the defeat. He termed Dhawan’s decision to bat first in the series decider as a wrong move.

“When you have Bhuvneshwar Kumar batting at No.6, why didn’t you win the toss and opt to bowl first? The wicket at Premadasa helps spinners and you could have tried to bowl first and restrict Sri Lanka to under a hundred,” he said on his Youtube channel.

“When you have such a long bowling line-up, there is an advantage if you bowl first and restrict the opposition. It was poor captaincy from Dhawan,” Kaneria added further.

Indian batsmen are considered one of the best players of spin, but against the likes of Hasaranga and Akila Dananjaya, Dhawan & Co. struggled to score runs.

The cricketer-turned-analyst felt that Indian batters gifted their wickets to Hasaranga.

“Hasaranga was brilliant, but the Indian batsmen played a lot of awkward shots. Hasaranga demolished the Indian batting. He proved why he is the No.2 ranked T20I bowler. But I think the batsmen gifted wickets to him. If they would have played him carefully and knocked him around for singles if they would have scored 130-140 with the kind of bowlers they had, they could have been more competitive,” Kaneria signed off.

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