Former Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria believes that India have made a mistake by not selecting a wrist spinner for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, and Rahul Chahar’s attack could add new dimensions. Last week, India announced the WTC Final against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18 and the five-Test series against England from August 4. “India has selected a strong team,” Kaneria told PTI. Overall his team is good but it is worth noting that they did not choose a wrist spinner.
“They have finger spinners in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. But they don’t have a wrist spinner – a right-arm leg spinner,” he said. Kaneria, who played for English county Essex, said England’s conditions were favorable for leg-spinners. He said, ‘When you play in England, there’s a lot of humidity. I enjoy playing there. I played county cricket for eight years.
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‘County matches when the season starts. The wicket may feel sunny but the moisture remains. Wherever Seymour has favorable conditions, the leg spinner is also useful and so I was successful in playing county cricket. So the lack of a leg spinner in the Indian team is a bit of a concern. The finger spinner can be suppressed, but being a finger spinner and a wrist spinner affects the team, he said.
Pakistan’s highest wicket-spinner, Kaneria, said Rahul Chahar could prove useful to India. He said, ‘He should be in the team keeping in mind Rahul Chahar’s stance and the way he bowled. Leh-spinner Ish Sodhi and Virat Kohli have always struggled against a leg-spinner for New Zealand, as we have seen in the case of Adam Jampa. “So if there is room for leg-spinners, Chahar, who has performed well for Mumbai Indians and India, could prove useful as a googly, flipper and leg-spinner,” Kaneria said.
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