However, the biggest name to be excluded from the Indian T20 World Cup 2021 squad was that of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal, who formed a deadly combination for India with Kuldeep Yadav, had managed to retain his place in the Indian white-ball plans despite the decline of Kuldeep.
However, as IPL threw up the likes of Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy, who were the new breed of spinners, Chahal found it difficult to perform and pick wickets on a consistent basis.
As chief selector Chetan Sharma explained, they needed a leg-spinner who could bowl at a faster pace, Rahul Chahar fit the bill and hence was picked over Chahal, whose bowling speeds have come under criticism as he copped some punishment in recent matches.
His T20I economy is 8.32 while picking 63 wickets in 49 matches for India, while in the IPL, he has 125 wickets at an economy of 7.70. His loss of form over time had also meant that Chahal was benched for some extended period of time as Ravindra Jadeja made his way back into the team from 2018 onwards.
The decision might not be that favorable from the fans’ point of view and even some of the cricket experts debated on it, Chahal’s exclusion from the T20 World Cup 2021 India squad is definitely an unlucky one.