T20 World Cup 2021: Yuzvendra Chahal can replace Varun Chakravarthy due to injury

Yuzvendra Chahal has been very impressive in the second leg of IPL.

India will kick-start their journey against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021. The fierce encounter will be played at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on October 24, Sunday. Meanwhile, Varun Chakravarthy is not in good shape to feature in the upcoming tournament in the UAE and Oman.

A BCCI source on the state of secrecy told that its medical team is monitoring Varun’s progress. The source added that the spinner’s knees are not in the best condition. The BCCI is keen on having the mystery spinner against Pakistan on October 24.

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There will surely be plans in place to make sure that he is managed throughout the marquee tournament. In case if Varun Chakravarthy doesn’t recover in time, then Yuzvendra Chahal could replace him. Chahal has taken 10 wickets in the UAE leg so far, most by any spinner. Axar Patel and Varun Chakravarthy took 8 wickets each.

Varun has been one of the pivotal wicket-takers for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He has taken a total of 33 wickets to his name in 27 games for KKR. He registered his best bowling figures of 5/20 against Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 season. The wrist-spinner also maintained a good economy of 6.92 and a bowling average of 22.45.

Varun Chakravarthy is in pain; his knees are not in top condition: BCCI source

A BCCI source in the know of the development told PTI on condition of anonymity that Varun’s knees are not in the best condition. “Varun’s knees are not in the greatest condition. He is in pain and trust me had it not been in a T20 World Cup, perhaps even Indian team management wouldn’t have taken the risk of playing him,” the source added.

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“To be 100 per cent fit, he might later require an extensive rehab but right now, the focus will be on his pain management during T20 World Cup.” The spinner continued his good form even this season as he took 15 wickets in 13 games at an economy rate of 6.73. More so, he has been an adversary for most of the teams, which makes him one of the best assets in India’s set-up.

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