India won the T20I series against New Zealand 1–0, with the third and final match of the three-match series ending in a tie due to rain, with the scores level on the Duckworth-Lewis method. Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria believes that Deepak Chahar should replace veteran bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Team India’s T20I squad.
After the T20I series, the Men in Blue will play a three-match One-Day International series. While Kumar was a member of India’s T20I squad, Chahar was selected for the ODI squad. The first match will be played at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, November 25, followed by matches in Hamilton and Christchurch on November 27 and 30, respectively.
Deepak Chahar Needs To Be Utilised Well – Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria mentioned on his YouTube channel that the Indian management should start backing Deepak Chahar over Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the T20I format. Kaneria highlighted Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s recent struggles with the ball and stated that his availability for the 2024 T20 World Cup is another factor to consider.
“Yes, Deepak Chahar is injury prone, but he needs to be utilised 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,” Danish Kaneria 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 have 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,” he added.
The former Pakistan player also urged India to groom young fast bowler Umran Malik, calling him a “rough diamond” who needs polishing.
He said, “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.
“To be honest, is there any other bowler in Indian cricket who bowls at 150 kph other than Umran Malik? You need such bowlers who have that excess pace. India have Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Sen, but they don’t bowl at 150 clicks.”