Virender Sehwag Thinks This KKR Player Could Have Been a T20 World Cup Contender If…

Varun Chakravarthy

Virender Sehwag, the former Indian cricketer and a respected voice in cricket analysis, shared his insights on how a right decision led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) into the IPL play-offs.

Sehwag highlighted the pivotal win of KKR against Mumbai Indians in a rain-curtailed match at Eden Gardens. The match was reduced to 16 overs per side due to rain, and only one bowler was allowed to bowl four overs. In this context, Sehwag praised KKR’s decision to let Varun Chakravarthy, the spinner, bowl the maximum four overs instead of more established international bowlers like Sunil Narine and Mitchell Starc.

Virender Sehwag showers praise on Varun Chakravarthy

According to Sehwag, this decision demonstrated KKR’s understanding and adaptability to the situation. He pointed out that Chakravarthy was bowling extremely well, and it made sense to let him bowl the maximum overs. He also suggested that Mumbai Indians could have adopted a similar strategy by playing Chakravarthy cautiously and attacking the other bowlers.

“They have Sunil Narine and Mitchell Starc – who play international cricket and different T20 leagues. They didn’t get the four overs. KKR took the right decision to use four overs from Varun, who was bowling extremely well. Mumbai could have also done the same and played Varun cautiously and attacked the others. Good decision-making was required in the match. If MI had played with better planning and didn’t lose wickets, they could have won],” Sehwag said in a post-match discussion on Cricbuzz.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag

However, Sehwag also expressed regret that Chakravarthy’s performances came too late for consideration in the T20 World Cup squad. He believes that if these performances had come a bit earlier, the selectors would have considered him for the squad.

“Not only in this match but in the previous matches also he was bowling brilliantly, but somehow he missed the flight to the T20 World Cup. If these performances came a bit earlier, selectors would have at least considered him for the squad. It came a bit late for him,” Sehwag added.

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