India has officially unveiled their 17-member squad for the upcoming ODI Asia Cup 2023. The team composition features a well-rounded mix of players, with the notable inclusion of five pacers to bolster the fast bowling department. This strategic move aims to provide the team with versatility and depth in their bowling options.
The squad announcement has generated excitement among cricket fans, as there are several shocking decisions. One of the biggest questions is the choice of pacers. As India went with five pacers, including Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Prasidh Krishna, India lacked variety. India lacks a left-arm pacer, and two out of these five players have just started playing international cricket after almost a year. So, in today’s article, we will discuss five pacers who missed out on the Asia Cup squad.
#5. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence from India’s Asia Cup squad can be attributed to his recent struggles in the ODI format. Over the last few months, his performance has been inconsistent, as evident from his last seven games, where he managed to secure only nine wickets. What’s more concerning is that in five out of those seven matches, he conceded over 50 runs, reflecting a lack of effectiveness with the ball.
This dip in form has likely influenced the selectors’ decision not to include him in the squad. Kumar’s inability to consistently deliver impactful performances may have raised concerns about his fitness and match-readiness. His last ODI appearance against South Africa in January further emphasises his limited participation and potential fitness issues. However, his inclusion might have provided India with a quality swing option.