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‘Issi liye to Tilak ko liya hai’ – Fans react as ace commentator Harsha Bhogle points out India’s biggest concern ahead of Asia Cup

It’s worth noting that India picked five pacers in the squad, including Bumrah, Thakur, Shami, Siraj, and Krishna.

Harsha Bhogle

As soon as India announced their Asia Cup squad, fans raised concerns over leaving Yuzvendra Chahal behind. Many fans and cricket pundits criticised Indian team management for dropping Chahal again from a crucial tournament. However, India skipper Rohit Sharma and Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar explained the reason behind it.

According to them, the lack of a batting option at number 8 is the reason behind Chahal’s exclusion. Rohit and Agarkar emphasised that Axar can support the lower middle order and that he is a left-hander, which puts him ahead of Chahal. “We couldn’t get Chahal in as we had only 17 slots. Doors are not closed for anyone, including Ravi Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Washington Sundar, for the World Cup,” Rohit said at the press conference.

Meanwhile, ace commentator Harsha Bhogle also echoed the same. Speaking about the squad, Harsha said that “neither of the four quicks picked or the two wrists available, is good enough to bat at No. 8, which means only one wrist spinner and two of the quicks can play. India has no choice but to play either Axar or Shardul every time. Makes it very difficult to find room for Chahal.”

“Welcome news that Iyer and Rahul are fit”, says Harsha Bhogle

Harsha further expressed his happiness as injured KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer made comebacks in the squad. He said, “Welcome news that Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul are fit enough. I presume they will feel their way back initially and be fully ready by the time the Australia ODIs begin, hence the larger squad. It’s good to see that all four quicks are available. It would have made a huge difference if one of those could have batted at 8.”

It is worth noting that India picked five pacers in the squad, including Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, and Prasidh Krishna. Out of them, only Shardul can bat at number 8, and he has a proven track record at that position. Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal also expressed his anger with the squad selection. He posted two emoticons indicating that the sun will rise again hours after the squad announced.

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