As India captain Rohit Sharma said that they have almost finalized their squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Sanjay Manjrekar suggested that Deepak Chahar should be part of the squad that flies to Australia for the event.
Chahar made a stunning comeback to the international arena after almost seven months, taking three wickets in the first ODI against Zimbabwe on Thursday (August 18), and Manjrekar feels if he has a great series, there are high chances of making it into the India squad for the T20 World Cup 2022.
He also labeled Chahar as the younger version of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and said he could be an X-factor for the Indian team in the Australian conditions in the upcoming showpiece event later this year.
Sanjay Manjrekar said on SPORTS18's daily show 'Sports Over The Top': “I think they're testing waters with Deepak Chahar more because of his fitness and if he has a sensational 50-overs series which is likely to happen. When you see him in T20 international cricket, I mean he's got some phenomenal numbers. So, he is your Bhuvneshwar Kumar of today.”
The former batter further explained, “The younger version of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who can swing the ball both ways to begin with. Maybe not as consistent in the death but that's the aspect of bowling that's getting better and better.”
He signed off by saying, “So, the only thing that will prevent Deepak Chahar from getting into that T20 World Cup playing 11 is being very similar to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has looked really good. So, they might look for other kinds of seam bowlers but Deepak Chahar is somebody they should keep in mind and he's got to do something sensational to put his hand up.”