Yuzvendra Chahal, speaking at Salaam Cricket 2020, said the talks over hosting T20 World Cup and IPL 2020 are positive news in the times of Covid-19 pandemic.
Yuzvendra Chahal (Reuters Photo)
- Yuzvendra Chahal said India are favourites to win the T20 Word Cup
- Kuldeep Yadav said he misses the feeling of playing with the team due to forced break
- Kuldeep said he is hopeful of cricket resumption in India even if it takes a bit more time
India’s spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal opened up about the team’s chances at T20 World Cup, saying India are favourites.
Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2020, Yuzvendra Chahal said the talks over T20 World Cup and IPL 2020 happening this year in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic is a good news.
The International Cricket Council has deferred the final call on T20 World Cup to July even as Australia is planning to allow a limited number of spectators in stadiums as part of easing the restrictions due to Covid-19 in July.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is hopeful of hosting the IPL 2020 in September-October window if the ICC decides to postpone the T20 World Cup.
“This is really good news for the game and for the fans. If the lockdown didn’t happen then we wouldn’t have got the time to do anything. But now with the resumption of cricket, we will get to do the things that we were missing out on. Ganguly sir also said that the IPL also might be possible. But the positive sign is that cricket is going to start again, doesn’t matter whether it takes a bit of time,” Chahal said.
“We have a really good team, we have good all-rounders, batsmen and especially the bowlers. If you ask me then I think we will be the No. 1 contenders.”
Miss the feeeling of playing with the team: Kuldeep
Kuldeep Yadav said he misses the feeling of playing with the team but is hopeful of resuming cricket even if it takes a bit more time.
“I miss the feeling of playing with the team. But now with the reducing number of cases in New Zealand and Australia, the T20 World Cup might also be possible. It will take a bit more time, maybe 1-2 months, but if cricket returns after that it will be great for all of us,” Kuldeep said.
“Our spin attack has been one of the best, so has been the batting. We keep the team as our priority always, which increases our chances of winning. Hopefully the T20 World Cup will happen and get the trophy back home.”