New Delhi. Yuzvendra Chahal, 32, is India’s highest wicket-taker in T20Is. The record of taking the most wickets in IPL is also on his name. Despite an excellent record in the T20 format, he could not make it to the team for the T20 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the year 2021. A lot of questions were raised about this decision of the selectors at that time. Chahal considers it one of the worst experiences of his cricket career. He said, ‘I was very sad as well as angry. I cried a lot after going to the bathroom.
Describing the pain of not being selected in the team on Ranveer Allahabadia’s YouTube channel, Chahal said, ‘I was not selected in the team for the 2021 T20 World Cup. I was very sad, angry too. My wife Dhanashree helped me to overcome that difficult period.
‘No one asked why I was not selected’
He said, ‘We had seen the film to recover from this shock. I also felt strange because Virat Kohli was the captain of the Indian team in that World Cup, he was also leading Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL but I never asked anyone why I was not selected Went.’ Let me tell you, before joining Rajasthan Royals, ‘Yuji’ has played for RCB under the leadership of Virat in many seasons and he has been instrumental in the performance of this team. Chahal also expressed surprise over the decision of the RCB management. According to him, RCB neither retained him nor bought him in the auction. This made me feel very bad, whereas earlier it was said by the franchise that it would go ‘outright’ to buy this leg-spinner.
Varun Chakraborty was chosen in place of Chahal
It is worth noting that in the 2021 T20 World Cup team, Varun Chakaravarthy was preferred over Chahal, describing him as a ‘mystery bowler’ but this spin bowler failed to impress. In its very first match of this tournament, the Indian team had to face a crushing 10-wicket defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan. This was the first time in the World Cup when Team India was defeated by Pakistan. India could not even make it to the semi-finals.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 18, 2023, 09:53 IST