IND vs ENG T20 – Where is Wicket taker Yuzvendra Chahal? True to the nature of the T20 format, all talk is centering around Indian batsman and competition for the batting positions in team India. One of the big developing issues in team India’s bowling line-up seems to be completely ignored. The team’s most experienced spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s diminishing wicket-taking skills and sky-rocketing economy have gone unnoticed. Again in 3rd T20 against England ended up giving 4 overs for 40 runs.
Yuzverndra Chahal’s flop show continues: Chahal who made it to the Indian team as the wicket-taking bowler — off late it seems has lost the art of picking wickets, the skill which cemented his place in the Indian team. In the last 15 months, Chahal has just managed 10 Wickets in 12 games His economy rate as well has gone north which makes us ask — Where is the wicket-taker Yuzvendra Chahal? Why he is not being replaced ?
Just sample this – Chahal’s dip in form across all formats. Before January 2020, Chahal picked 52 Wickets from 36 matches @ 21.9 average. But post this period, Chahal has just taken 9 wickets in 11 matches. His bowling averages have dropped to 43.88 from 21.9. His economy has gone up to 9.3 runs per over.
IND vs ENG: Where is the wicket-taker Yuzvendra Chahal?
IND vs ENG T20 – Chahal Struggling big time: The opening two games against England is also narrating the same story but somehow all is happening under the radar. He has been expensive and hasn’t justified his inclusion in the playing XI with wickets either. The only positive for him has been the 1st T20I against Australia in Canberra, where he scalped three wickets in exchange for only 25 runs in his four overs.
In the 1st T20I against England in Ahmedabad, he was hit for 44 runs in four overs with just one wicket to show. If the match against Australia is taken out from the records, his stats would be even more disastrous. In 2nd T20I as well he was ineffective.
However, interestingly, he has been successful in IPL. In 15 matches in IPL 2020, played in the UAE, Chahal returned with 21 scalps in 15 games with an average of impressive 19.28 and an economy of 7.08 for Royal Challengers Bangalore — something that he has failed to emulate for the Men in Blue.
Should Axar Patel replace Yuzvendra Chahal in T20Is?
That brings to the question, should he make way for Axar Patel in the T20Is as India’s frontline spinner? If Patel’s Test series against England is anything to go by, he should. Patel returned with 27 wickets from three Tests with an impressive average of 10.59. While he has been in and out of India’s T20I squad, it’s time to rethink as an option in place of Chahal.
In T20Is, Patel has played only 12 matches but has been decent, returning with nine wickets at an average of 32.11. But more importantly, he has not conceded many runs. In those 12 games, he has an economy rate of 6.88. While he did not have a great game against England in the 1stT20I, where he was hit for 24 runs in three overs without any wickets, with more confidence from India captain Virat Kohli and the team management, Patel could be India’s best bet in T20Is when Chahal is going through a rough patch.