IND vs NZ: “Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid are big names, they know exactly how to improve them and when to play” – Mohammad Kaif


India will begin their white-ball series against New Zealand, consisting of three T20Is and three ODIs, on Friday 18 November, with the first T20I set to be played in Wellington, and the Kiwis will return to India for the white -ball series in January next year.

Yuzvendra Chahal was one of the few members of the team who didn’t get a chance in the recently concluded T20 World Cup. Team management stuck to the strategy that included multiple finger spinners, leaving the leg spinner benched for the entire tournament.

Yuzvendra Chahal. Image credit: BCCI

Not playing Chahal was a mistake – Mohammad Kaif

Former batsman Mohammad Kaif believes Team India captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid are adept at making them realize their importance to the team and their absence from the playing XI if they are not selected. He stated that Rohit and Dravid understand how to manage player development and roles in the team.

Mohammad Kaif (Image credit: Twitter)
Mohammad Kaif (Image credit: Twitter)

“Rohit Sharma is not a new captain, he knows his best team. We think it was a mistake not to play Chahal, but we have to realize that Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid are big names, they know exactly how to play with players need to talk, how to improve them and when to play.’

Yuzvendra Chahal must be upset inside – Mohammad Kaif

Kaif believes that Chahal would be disappointed if he was unable to participate despite entering the tournament in good form and rhythm. The leg spinner loved to bowl across the great borders of Australia, and even in the semi-final against England the Men in Blue were constantly on their heels to counter the leg spin of Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone.

“Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid know this format. When it comes to the player, he can only wait.”

Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid (PC-Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid (PC-Getty Images)

“Yuzvendra Chahal must be upset inside, he knows the importance of the World Cup. He was taken care of for about six months, he was also in good shape.

Along with Chahal, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was omitted from the first playing XI and was called up for the final two matches in place of veteran goalkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik.

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