Indian Chairman of selectors –M. S.K. Prasad is one of those who is overwhelmed with the roaring success of wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav who are dominating the world especially in the shortest format of the game, but he is yet to give them green signal for the World Cup 2019, saying the Team Management will decide who will be the spinner in the mega ICC event for India.
Former Indian cricketer Prasad, who was recently in the national capital to watch the knockout matches of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018, told THE WEEK, “The wrist spinners were introduced to create a wider pool of spin bowler for the Indian team. They have done extremely well till now, but ultimately who will be the spinners for the World Cup, the team management will decide when the time comes.”
Although, chief selector did not refuse the chances of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja for the World Cup to be held in England in June 2019.
Before heading to England for the prestigious One Day tournament, Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket Team is scheduled to play an ODI series in Sri Lanka, Asia Cup and West Indies one-day series at home along with an ODI series against New Zealand. MSK Prasad believes that there are enough ODI matches for each player to get proper opportunity to prove themselves before national selectors take call for World Cup.
Prasad said, “I think there are. Each of them will have to grab whatever opportunity they get.”
Recently, Indian all-rounder -Hardik Pandya has struggled in South Africa in Tests and ODIs, but the chief selector still has faith on the youngster, saying he is a quality player and will to bounce back very soon.
He signed off by saying, “He is very important for the balance of the team. Yes, he hasn't done much after that 90 in South Africa but he will pick up quickly. I am sure it's just a matter of time. He is a quality player.”