Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has voiced his disappointment regarding the exclusion of a prominent Indian star from the upcoming Asia Cup 2023 squad. The player in question had a below-average performance in the recently concluded T20I series against West Indies, managing to secure only five wickets in as many games.
Singh Questions Squad Selection for Asia Cup 2023
Harbhajan Singh, a legendary figure in Indian cricket, shared his perspective on the selected Indian squad for the highly anticipated Asia Cup 2023. He expressed his thoughts after noticing the absence of ace spinner Yuzvendra Chahal from the squad. The team management instead opted for Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav.
Chahal’s Unsteady Path in the Indian Team
Singh highlighted the fluctuating journey of Yuzvendra Chahal in the national team. Despite being part of the T20 World Cup squad the previous year, Chahal had not played a single game. Singh’s viewpoint emphasized that Chahal’s recent struggles should not undermine his stature as India’s finest white-ball spinner.
The Missing Element: Chahal’s Spin
In his YouTube commentary, Harbhajan Singh pointed out that the team lacked a spinner like Yuzvendra Chahal, who could skillfully turn the ball away. He reiterated that Chahal is unrivaled in white-ball formats when it comes to genuine spinners in India. Despite a series of unfavorable performances, Singh firmly stated that this does not label Chahal as a subpar bowler.
Singh’s Hope for Chahal’s Return
Harbhajan Singh expressed his belief that Yuzvendra Chahal’s presence was essential for the team. He expressed hope that the doors to the team were not permanently closed for Chahal. Singh emphasized the significance of considering Chahal’s participation in the World Cup, especially since the tournament is set to take place in India. Acknowledging Chahal’s proven match-winning abilities, Singh underscored the importance of preserving his confidence and form.
The Road Ahead
The Haryana-based player’s lackluster performance in the recent T20I series against West Indies raised questions about his inclusion in the upcoming Asia Cup. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced the Indian squad for the Asia Cup 2023 earlier, marking the return of players like Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul to the 50-over setup. The inclusion of rising talents like Tilak Varma and Prasidh Krishna in the ODI squad has also garnered attention.
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