Yuzvendra Chahal said that he and Kuldeep Yadav could have played a lot more had Ravindra Jadeja been a medium pacer. Jadeja lost his place from the limited-overs team for a brief while in 2017 but made a comeback in 2018. READ MORE I am very keen to get back to playing IPL: Tymal Mills
Even as Chahal has remained a key member of the Men in Blue, Kuldeep has strained to hold on to his place in the team. Jadeja’s performances as an all-rounder have improved over the years due to which India has preferred only one specialist spinner in their ranks.
Jadeja is a genuine all-rounder
Yuzi Chahal supposed Jadeja’s inclusion at the expense of kulcha was inevitable as he provided an all-round option to the side and bolstered the batting depth.
“When Kuldeep Yadav and I used to play, Hardik Pandya was also there and he would bowl. In 2018 Hardik Pandya got injured and Ravindra Jadeja made a comeback (in white-ball cricket) as an all-rounder, the one who could also bat at number 7.
“Unfortunately, he is a spinner, we could have played together if he was a medium pacer. It was the demand of the team,” Chahal said.
Kulcha was not making the team
The 30-year further said he and Kuldeep “Kulcha” were rather a part of the team and 11 players make the whole team.
“Kuldeep and I played 50-50 matches in any series. Sometimes he would play 3 matches of 5 matches of a series, sometimes I would get the chance. The team combination is needed, 11 players make a team and ‘Kulcha’ was not making it.
“We were there till Hardik was there, we were also given chances. The need of the team was to have an all-rounder at the No. 7 position. I am happy even if I am not playing but the team is winning,” Chahal added.