Chahal is India’s second-highest wicket-taker in the T20Is with 85 wickets in 68 T20Is at an economy of 8.12. However, he has failed to get chances in the 2021 and 2022 editions of the T20 WC.
In 2021, the leggie could not make it to the squad, while warming the benches in the latest edition. This was primarily due to Ravichandran Ashwin’s batting prowess and increase in the batting depth
However, the team’s tactics failed in the semi-finals, wherein England batters Alex Hales (86* off 47) and Jos Buttler (80* off 49) tore away the Indian bowling unit.
Although Chahal’s economy is on the higher side, he has an attacking mindset to pick wickets, which was missing in India’s latest clash in T20 WC. Furthermore, Axar Patel retained his place due to his all-around abilities, which certainly weakened the bowling unit.
T20 World Cup 2022: Shane Watson thinks it was a mistake to exclude Chahal
Watson reckoned that Chahal has rich experience playing T20 cricket around the world. He added that Liam Livingstone extracted a grip in Adelaide, and Chahal would have been able to secure breakthroughs for the Indian team as well.
“Not playing Yuzi Chahal was another mistake. He has played T20 cricket around the world. Even Liam Livingstone, who is a part-time leg spinner was fairly successful, on the Adelaide wicket. Not playing Chahal was an opportunity missed,” Watson said to booking.com.
The former Aussie batter added that India’s mindset in the powerplay overs was a deciding factor in the final result of the semi-finals. Watson thinks England has been dominating in the shortest format, due to their fearless attitude, which was missing from India.
Watson added that Adelaide has been a high-scoring ground and a total of 190 would have been ideal for India.
It will be interesting to see if India manages to do well in the white-ball series against New Zealand beginning later this month.