Veteran “Not Surprised” With Yuzvendra Chahal’s ODI World Cup Snub exclusion

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Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra recently shared his thoughts on India’s 15-member squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup. Though the former cricketer is disappointed with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion from the squad he was not ‘surprised’.

Aakash Chopra comments on the decision to snub Yuzvendra Chahal

The squad features a lone wrist-spinner in the form of Kuldeep Yadav and left-arm spinners such as Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. Aakash noted that having an off-spinner against heavyweight teams like Australia proves to be crucial. Here is what he said:

“I’m not surprised by the team selection, but I am a bit disappointed that they haven’t considered the need for Yuzvendra Chahal. We can’t play Jadeja and Axar together. There will be situations where you face teams like Australia with many left-handed batsmen, and having an off-spinner option becomes crucial. Unfortunately, the team doesn’t have that now, and it seems like they haven’t thought about it thoroughly. I hope this decision doesn’t come back to haunt them in the future,” said Aakash on JioCinema.

Aakash also reflected on team India’s batting depth and noted the importance of a no. 9 player to be able to play crucial knocks. He added that the having the likes of Jadeja and Hardik in the team could be helpful in terms of the depth in the batting order.

“In an ideal scenario, you want your No. 9 player to bat a little bit. This is a strength that teams like Pakistan or England possess. Our problem is that our No. 9, 10, and 11 can’t bat to the level where you can have confidence in their abilities. Hypothetically, it’ll be Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Kuldeep Yadav in those positions,” Aakash elaborated.

“Additionally, we need a strong No. 8, for which we have Shardul Thakur. Why do you need a batter at No. 8? This is when you have a player or two in your top six whose form can’t be trusted. That’s when you want a little depth. There’s merit in having four proper bowlers and playing Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya as two all-rounders. It should work with two all-rounders and a third all-rounder is a luxury,” he added.

India will play five-time winners Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 8 in their opening clash.

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