Not Kuldeep Yadav Or Yuzvendra Chahal! Sunil Gavaskar Names First-Choice Spinner For WC

Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar made his choice for the leg-spinner in the team for the T20 World Cup 2024. He feels that Ravi Bishnoi should get the nod ahead of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as he’s a good fielder. 

The T20 World Cup 2024 is just around the corner. The tournament will be played in June in the United States of America (USA) and the Caribbean. The spotlight will be on the Indian team as they will be one of the favourites to win the the tournament. 

But before that, they have a lot of questions to answer. One of the prime questions will be who will be the spinner in the team. The team has the likes of Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal along with Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. 

But according to Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Bishnoi should be the preferred first. He pointed out the batting prowess that the leg-spinner possesses down the order. Speaking to Star Sports, be explained: 

“Ravi Bishnoi for me because apart from bowling, he is a very good fielder. He is a better fielder than Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. 

“He can bat as well, the way he applied his brains and won his side the match with his calmness in the last IPL. I feel he and Avesh Khan had won their side the match against RCB. So Ravi Bishnoi for me.” 

Ravi Bishnoi has been impressive in the T20Is for India. The leg-spinner has picked up 34 wickets at an economy of just over 7 and recently topped the rankings as well. On the other hand, Kuldeep Yadav shone with the ball in the South Africa T20Is. 

Both have been picked in the Indian squad for the Afghanistan T20Is. Yuzvendra Chahal on the other hand has been on the sidelines. But he will be under keen observation during the IPL. It remains to be seen who will make it into the team for the T20 World Cup 2024. 

Apart from Sunil Gavaskar, Irfan Pathan picks his choice for the fast bowlers 

Apart from Sunil Gavaskar, Irfan Pathan was also present during the discussion and was asked to pick between Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, and Avesh Khan. Replying to this, the former fast bowler claimed that the left-arm pacer was ahead of the other two bowlers. He stated:

“Arshdeep Singh is far ahead. He has not performed as well in T20 cricket as we were expecting for sure but he performed very well in ODI cricket on the South African tour. It will be easy for him to carry that confidence into T20 cricket based on his skills.” 

Irfan Pathan further added that IPL will be important for the likes of Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar and Avesh Khan. He explained: 

“The IPL will be extremely important but among these three, I feel Arshdeep Singh is ahead at the moment. Mukesh and Avesh have the skills, but being a left-armer who can bowl with the new ball and yorkers with the old ball, Arshdeep brings different skills that are needed in a team.” 

Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, and Avesh Khan have been named in the Indian squad for the T20I series against Afghanistan. It remains to be seen how they will go about the business in the three games.

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