India is the new No. 1 team in the latest ICC T20I team rankings and has been performing exceptionally well in the last few series.
India won their 12th consecutive game yesterday. Equalling the record of Afghanistan to win most consecutive games in T20I cricket. India gave a clean sweep to New Zealand, West Indies, and now Sri Lanka in their last three T20I series.
Despite providing incredible results, Irfan Pathan, The former Indian pacer feels India is missing a trick and a variety in their T20I setup.
The former pacer wants to see a left-arm pacer in the mix for the upcoming T20I world Cup. Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed & T Natarajan are the few names he suggested.
Here’s what Irfan Pathan said while speaking to Star network:
“I just want to add another name — that of a left-arm bowler, and that can be whoever performs in the IPL — Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, or Chetan Sakariya. I know Sakariya is a bit rusty at the moment, but if he performs in the IPL, he will be an option. Left is always right!” he said while speaking on Star Sports. ”
T Natarajan, the left-arm pacer was part of India’s tour of Australia (The border-Gavaskar trophy 2020-21). Natarajan was featured in the Test and T20I series against Australia and was part of the historic Gabba win. The left-arm pacer was out of action due to injury and is set to make his comeback in the upcoming Indian Premier League season.
Khaleel Ahmed played for India in 2019 in the series against West Indies. But a dip in his form resulted in his exit from the Indian team. Ahmed has not picked many wickets in the IPL which is required to get noticed by the Indian selectors. The left-arm pacer will be looking to make his mark in the upcoming season of IPL.
Chetan Sakariya made his debut for India in the Sri Lanka tour. He performed decently but unfortunately had to miss out due to tough competition in the Indian setup. Sakariya was not included in the Indian squad after the Sri Lanka tour. The left-arm pacer will be featuring for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming edition of IPL but is unlikely to be a part of their starting 11 in the first match.