‘If Chahal was playing for any other team…’: Harbhajan terms leggie’s omission unfortunate | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Thursday expressed his shock on the omission of two gamers, Yuzvendra Chahal and Arshdeep Singh from India’s ODI World Cup squad.
Chahal, who has been a constant performer in white-ball cricket was not thought-about after the Ajit Agarkar-led choice panel included Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel as spinners within the squad.
Left-arm pacer Arshdeep additionally missed the World Cup ticket as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj together with all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur accomplished the tempo assault.
Unimpressed by Chahal’s omission, Harbhajan stated that the leg-spinner would have walked into the taking part in eleven of another group on the planet.
“Two gamers are lacking from the World Cup squad — Yuzvendra Chahal and Arshdeep Singh. The left-arm seamer might have been very helpful and may swing in with the brand new ball as a result of he can provide early wickets. You may have seen that Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mitchell Starc can create a really completely different form of impression. When Australia gained the World Cup in 2015, Starc had a big impact in making them win by way of dismissing Brendon McCullum upfront.”
“Yuzvendra Chahal is a confirmed match-winner, and if he had been taking part in for another group on the planet, he would have been within the taking part in eleven. He has proved himself time and time once more and it’s unlucky that he missed out on the Indian facet. These two might have been useful, like they know the situations very properly at dwelling,” stated Harbhajan in a digital press convention organised by Star Sports activities.
Harbhajan was additionally stunned over India not having any right-arm spinner, resulting in no selection within the spin bowling division, although Kuldeep is a wrist-spinner.
“Now we have picked up 2 left-arm spinners, who’re by no means going to play collectively in a recreation. On a day, if they’ve quite a lot of left-handers within the opposition, they won’t play all collectively and Jadeja might not even bowl his overs, so that you want a bowler who can take the ball away from the batters.”
“I feel Yuzvendra Chahal and Arshdeep Singh ought to have been within the group, however instead of whom is a distinct debate altogether. In case you decide a leg-spinner, then if you happen to don’t decide an off-spinner, it’s advantageous. However not selecting both leg-spinner or off-spinner and going with three left-arm spinners is a bit shocking for me.”
Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar was additionally left gobsmacked over Chahal’s exclusion and opined that India aren’t a settled unit but forward of the World Cup.
“Not selecting Chahal is past me. Plus, Arshdeep has performed quite a lot of India-Pakistan strain video games and also you wanted a left-arm fast-bowler.”
“The odd factor for India is that once they rating 150-200, they then enhance one batter and stretch it to quantity eight. If the highest 5 don’t bat properly, how will they count on the quantity eight batter to return good, and what are they anticipating?”
“With India, I even have this sense that why India couldn’t decide a settled eleven in final two years -– as a result of there have been so many accidents and three-four gamers are again after accidents, which additionally wanted replacements. It’s a really unusual factor for me because the squad isn’t but settled,” added Akhtar within the press convention.
(With inputs from ANI)

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