T20 WC: Pitch will decide if Kuldeep can play, feels Manjrekar

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 20, 2024 IST

Kuldeep Yadav

New Delhi, June 20: India's star left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav is yet to get a game in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024. The reason being the pitches in the USA where India played all their group matches suited pacers.

But will he play in the Super Eight games, since the matches are played in the West Indies? Hopefully, yes.

Ahead of India's Super Eight clash against Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup on Thursday, there have been calls for Kuldeep Yadav's inclusion in the playing XI.

But former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar feels Kuldeep's chances will purely depend on the conditions of the pitch.

India have remained unbeaten in their New York leg of the tournament before the game against Canada washed out due to rain Florida. As Rohit Sharma-led side gears up for the Super Eight stage in West Indies, the chances of playing Kuldeep has peaked.

With India opting for the pace-heavy attack in the group stage, Caribbean conditions will likely favour spinners. If that would be the case, Kuldeep will replace pacer Mohammed Siraj to join Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel in the spin attack.

However, Manjrekar feels that the Indian team doesn't need to change their winning combination unless the pitch favours spin.

"I would think India doesn't need to do much. If there is an incentive to play Kuldeep Yadav, then you know we could play for one left-arm spinner or medium pacer. That's the only change that I look at. But that will depend on the pitch. If the pitch is more for seam bowlers then India could continue with the same strategy," he told Disney+ Hotstar.

With three consecutive wins against Ireland, Pakistan and the USA, the Men in Blue have topped the Group A standings with seven points. They will now take on Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Australia respectively in the Super Eight matches.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 is streaming live and free on mobile on Disney+ Hotstar.

Kuldeep has been one of India's most successful bowlers after his return to the squad. In all three formats, he has been outstanding. In last year's Asia Cup and ODI World Cup too  he was phenomenal. But the million dollar question is will he be part of India's playing XI in the ICC T20 World Cup? If so, when and against which team. (With IANS support)

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