WTC final: Absence of wrist-spinner in India’s squad little concerning, says Danish Kaneria

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria believes that Mumbai Indians spinner Rahul Chahar would have added one other dimension to India’s assault for the World Test Championship closing towards New Zealand. Kaneria mentioned that India has missed a trick by not choosing a wrist spinner for the World Test Championship closing.

Last week, BCCI introduced a 20-member India squad for subsequent month’s World Test Championship closing towards New Zealand, to be held from June 18 in Southampton, and a five-match collection towards England from August 4.

“India has selected quite a strong team. Overall, their squad of is good. But the thing to note is that they have not selected a wrist spinner,” Kaneria instructed PTI from Karachi.

“They have finger spinners — Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja — but they don’t have a wrist spinner, a right arm leg spinner,” the leg spinner added.

Kaneria, who represented English county side Essex, said that the conditions in England is conducive for leg break bowlers.

“When you play in England, and I’ve loads of expertise taking part in their — eight years of county cricket in totally different situations — there’s moisture.

“When the season starts the county matches are going on and after that the sun comes out and the wicket gets baked and the moisture stays.”

“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 comprise however having finger spinner and a wrist spinner could make an affect on the staff,” he added.

The 40-year-old, who is Pakistan’s highest wicket-taking spinner, feels Chahar could have been a useful addition in the Indian team.

“Rahul Chahar, his top, the way in which he delivers the ball, he ought to have been in the staff. New Zealand has Ish Sodhi, a tall leg spinner and Virat Kohli all the time struggles towards a leg spinner as we noticed it with (Adam) Zampa.

“So, I feel if there is 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, who has scalped 261 wickets in 61 Tests for Pakistan, added that in case one other participant is unable to journey to the UK, Chahar needs to be included in the squad because the 21-year-old may very well be very efficient towards a New Zealand facet that boasts of high quality proper handers.

“I think if a player is not able to travel, due to injury then Chahar should be an option to be flown with the Indian team to England. And on reaching there, whatever the situation is, the management can take a decision.”

“Because it will be a different proposition for New Zealand also to face him. They have a lot of quality right handers- Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor. Because of the left arm spinners in the team, there will be a rough created and that will be useful for the right arm leg spinners.

Kaneria believes Chahar can be groomed to play the longest format of the game.

“(White ball specialist) Yuzvendra Chahal is a senior bowler however he’s combating type, Kuldeep Yadav is missing confidence so Chahar is one participant, who might be groomed for Test cricket as effectively and he might be very helpful.”

India head to the UK on the again of collection victories towards Australia and India however Kaneria cautioned that New Zealand are additionally a formidable facet that has a robust bowling line up.

“Indian is playing good cricket, they have won series in Australia and then against England but NZ will not be an easy opponent as they are very tough in this type of condition where the ball seams. They have a very strong bowling line up.

“India’s batting must ship like Rishabh Pant did effectively in Australia however Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Puajar could not rating many runs that’s as trigger of concern.

“You win Test cricket because of bowlers, once you have five top bowlers in your rank who can take 20 wickets there is a change of winning a Test match.”

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