Indian national cricket team recently announced their squad for the Australia series that will see the two teams play a three-match ODI series before the World Cup 2023, that starts on October 5. (More Cricket News)
With the inclusion of off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar, there was no place for Yuzvendra Chahal in the Indian squad despite the former names not in the reckoning for the marquee event.
2011 World Cup-winner Harbhajan Singh was surprised with Chahal's snub and said that the leg-spinner might have had fought with someone or said something to someone that might have impacted his spot in the squad.
"Yuzvendra Chahal should have been here. He has not been given an opportunity. It is beyond my understanding. Either he has fought with someone or he has said something to someone, I don't know. If we talk only about skill, his name should have been there in this team because a lot of Team India players are resting," Harbhajan said on his official YouTube channel.
'Bhajji' also highlighted that Sundar and Ashwin were not part of India's ODI plan but their inclusion seems like the management wants to include an off-spinner.
"First Washington Sundar, who wasn't in the original Asia Cup squad, was called there. After that, a second player has been added for this series and that is R Ashwin. So somewhere or the other Team India are searching for off-spinners. They have probably realized their mistake that they haven't picked an off-spinner in the team and that our bowlers can get into trouble if a lot of left-handers come in front of them. Why unnecessarily go through all this? It is beyond my understanding or they are going to make another mistake to rectify their earlier mistake," he added.