Kaneria picks the young leg-spinner who should have been selected in India’s WTC final squad
Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria reckons that BCCI selected the strong Test squad for the forthcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand. However, the former spinner reckons India missed out on the trick of not picking a wrist spinner in the squad.
A week ago, the BCCI announced a 20-man squad for the WTC final (June 18) and a 5-match Test series against England starting from August 4. It is to be noted that the Indian selectors named four finger spinners but didn’t add any leg spinner in their arsenal.
The selectors picked four-finger spinners but didn’t include any wrist-spinner Kaneria also went on to add saying that having a leg spinner in the squad could have reaped rewards for Team Indian in English conditions.
“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.
Kaneria who represented English county side Essex highlighted that conditions in England would assist leg-break bowlers. “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,” Kaneria added.
Kaneria named one young leg-spinner who should have been selected in the Indian team for the WTC final. The former leg-spinner was of the notion that wrist-spinner Rahul Chahar could have been a useful weapon to the Indian team.
Chahar has been in sensational form for Mumbai Indians in the last two seasons. He also made his India debut earlier this year during the three T20Is against England.
“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,” Kaneria said.
“(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,” he added.