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Yuzi Chahal Next On ‘Hit-List’? Parthiv Patel Comments On Spinner’s Future With Team India



The ODI and T20I teams for the forthcoming limited-overs series against the West Indies were revealed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday. While Rohit Sharma's comeback bolstered the batting line-up, the bowling attack saw a lot of changes, with Ravi Bishnoi getting his first call-up and the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar returning.

While Yuzvendra Chahal retains his spot in both teams, former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel feels the leg-spinner would be "under pressure" following a lacklustre performance in the one-day internationals against South Africa. Chahal just took two wickets in three games, at a poor average of 73.50.

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While in a conversation with CricBuzz, Patel shared that Chahal’s role in the team is to scalp wickets in the middle overs, something he was unsuccessful in doing while representing India in South Africa.

Patel also went on to suggest that Rohit Sharma, the skipper, will also be attaching a lot of his expectations with Chahal because of the kind of experience he has gained while playing as one of the Men in Blue.

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Not that the spinner requires any kind of reminding, but Parthiv also didn’t fail to clarify the consequences of not being able to deliver what is expected of him, especially when there are some extremely talented bowlers like Rahul Chahar and Ravi Bishnoi, who have been extremely consistent recently and have the ability to replace Chahal without anyone even blinking.

In the words of the former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri, the Men in Blue are in the middle of a ‘transition phase’ and has looking to establish a core set of players around whom Team India will hope to perform well for at least the next 4-5 years. 

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Following the 2-1 loss at the hands of the Proteas in the Test series, it is fairly certain that red-ball veterans Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane may not become a part of the team any time soon. If that is the sign of things to come, Chahal may find himself with a very short leash if he fails to deliver against the Windies squad.

On February 6, India will play the first of three one-day internationals against the West Indies. All fifty-over matches will be played in Ahmedabad, but both teams will travel to Kolkata for three Twenty20 Internationals.

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