Former Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria backs all-rounder Deepak Chahar to play in India’s T20 team instead of experienced right-arm swinger Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The 41 -year-old has said that although he struggles with injuries still he is better than the latter.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, recently, took part in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. And, on the other hand, Chahar has been picked for the ODI series, which is scheduled to start on Friday, November 25, 2022.
According to the former Pakistan cricketer, the Indian management should pick Chahar over Bhuvneshwar in the shortest format. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he opined:
“Yes, Deepak Chahar is injury prone, but he needs to be utilized well. He can be a very good player for the Indian team. Chahar should replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar in India’s T20I squad. I feel he is a far better cricketer than Bhuvneshwar.”
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Kaneria highlighted Bhuvneshwar’s struggle with the ball and his availability for the upcoming 20-20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in 2024. He elaborated on this and said:
“Do you want a bowler who gives 35-40 runs in four overs? It’s time to move on from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. There is Prasidh Krishna and T Natarajan as well. The latter is a good left armer, and India already has one in Arshdeep (Singh). As for Bhuvneshwar, will he be fit for the next World Cup two years down the line? Doesn’t seem so.”
The Indian veteran pacer registered a spell of 1/12 and 0/35 in the second and third T20Is against the Blackcaps. He had a decent 20-20 World Cup but struggled against England in the last four.
Pakistan’s former spinner said that team India should groom Umran Malik. He called him a rough diamond and requires polishing.
“They should go with Umran Malik and give him that confidence. He can do wonders, not only in T20Is, but in Tests as well. But he needs to be readied first. He is a rough diamond and needs to be groomed and polished.” Kaneria said.