India leggie Yuzvendra Chahal has opened up his exclusion from the T20 World Cup 2021 squad. He was left out in place of Deepak Chahar. The decision was cited as the latter being quick through the air. Chahar, who did well in the Indian leg of the IPL 2021, saw a dip in his performance in the UAE leg. On the other hand, Chahal faced the opposite of Chahar.
Despite this and the fact that the team had the chance to make some changes in the squad, they didn’t do it. Currently, the Haryana player is yet to play his first T20 World Cups, having warmed the bench in 2022. Meanwhile, the leggie has said that thankfully, his wife was him so that he could control his anger.
“When I was not picked up for the 2021 T20 World Cup, I felt the saddest. I had to play IPL in Dubai at that time. She (wife) was with me that time. Next day, we had to catch a flight for Dubai,” said Chahal on a podcast by YouTuber Ranveer Allahabadia.
“We had to go there to continue the IPL matches that were postponed due to Covid. We also had to quarantine for a week. Otherwise, you could have gone out to relax. Best thing was she was with me, so I could control my anger. If she would not have been there, I would have been more frustrated,” he said.
I felt strange at the time as Virat Kohli was captain: Yuzvendra Chahal
The 31-year-old added that he felt strange about his non-selection with Virat being the captain.
“She (Chahal’s wife) was with me. We used to exercise together. We watched some chilled out movies. I was feeling strange because Virat [Kohli] was the captain [of the Indian team] and I was playing under Virat there as well [in IPL]. But I never ask anyone why I was not picked. Have never asked,” he continued.
In the tournament, India was ousted as they lost to Pakistan and New Zealand in the Super 12 round.