Former Indian selector Sunil Joshi calls for Kuldeep Yadav to be included in India’s world cup squad over Yuzvendra Chahal

Sunil Joshi said that he would choose Kuldeep Yadav in India’s squad for the 50-over World Cup over fellow leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

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Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav: (Image Source: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer and selector Sunil Joshi has revealed that he would choose Kuldeep Yadav to be included in India’s squad for the upcoming 50-over World Cup over fellow leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The prestigious tournament is set to be played in India later this year.


Opining that Chahal was currently not getting enough playing time, Joshi suggested that he ask the Indian team to release him so that he could play a few domestic matches for his state side Haryana in order to get some time in the middle. 

“Over a period any bowler will go through that phase. Probably Chahal is in that phase. Someone like Chahal, who is not able to get game time in the middle, probably he should request the team management to go and play domestic cricket. Match time is very important for him to get back into form. That should be the ideal preparation for Chahal.” he said in a video released by ESPNcricinfo.

The 52-year-old went on to say that although there was no doubt Chahal was a great bowler, he had probably lost his mojo and was no longer as effective as he used to be for the Indian team. Joshi added that a break from the national side in favour of some serious domestic cricket in Haryana would be a good opportunity for him to fine-tune his skills and get back to being a go-to for Team India.


On Kuldeep Yadav, Joshi said that the left-arm spinner had been extremely effective with the ball of late and that his fielding had also improved, which is why he should be preparing himself with the World Cup in mind.

“Kuldeep Yadav is in a space where he is absolutely fine. He needs to be more consistent. He needs to be looking at the tactical part. He needs to know how he will approach each team and venue. The World Cup is in India but every venue has a different dimension, in terms of pitch, soil, and climate. He has to prepare himself accordingly.” he said in the video.

Joshi, a left-arm orthodox spinner himself, represented India over a five-year period between 1996 and 2001 and also featured for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first two editions of the Indian Premier League. After calling time on his playing career, he served as a BCCI selector from 2020 to 2022.