T20 World Cup: Muttiah Muralitharan backs Kuldeep Yadav’s wicket-taking ability, picks him ahead of Varun Chakravarthy – Former Sri Lanka cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has backed Kuldeep Yadav for the T20 World Cup in UAE ahead of Varun Chakravarthy. Muralidaran said that Kuldeep has proved himself as a wicket-taking bowler.
T20 World Cup: “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 Muttiah Muralitharan as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
T20 World Cup: Both Kuldeep and Chakravarthy plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL. However, Kuldeep has not got enough chances in last two season and have warmed the bench while Varun has become the lead bowler for KKR in last two season.
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Kuldeep Yadav in IPL
2021 – Did not play
2020 – 5 Matches – 1 Wicket
2019 – 9 Matches – 4 Wickets
Varun Chakravarthy in IPL
2021 – 7 Matches – 7 Wickets
2020 – 13 Matches – 17 Wickets
2019 – 1 Match – 1 Wicket
T20 World Cup: “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,” concluded Muttiah Muralitharan.
T20 World Cup: Chakravarthy made his India debut against Sri Lanka in the first T20I at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. He could only pick one wicket in his debut match.