Yuzvendra Chahal : Asia Cup 2023 ,AB de Villiers disappointed by Yuzvendra Chahal’s absence from Indian squad 

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 Yuzvendra Chahal : Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers has expressed his disappointment over leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s failure to make the Indian squad for the 2023 Asia Cup, scheduled to begin on August 30. 

 When the Indian squad for the subcontinental showpiece was announced earlier this month, the selectors preferred wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and picked Axar Patel instead of Yuzvendra Chahal .

 De Villiers understands why the selectors chose Kuldeep and Axar, but feels that the highly skilled Yuzvendra Chahal is a leg-spinner  who is  a comfortable choice for any team in the limited overs format. 

  “Yuzvendra Chahal is out, the selectors are clear about their intentions  who they are going to pick. It is a bit  disappointing  for me, Yuzi is always very handy and it is great to have a spin option in your team. We know how good he is,” de Villiers said on his YouTube channel. 

  The former Kul-Cha pair, who were part of the 2019 World Cup squad, have rarely appeared together since the last 50-series tournament.  

 The 33-year-old, who has been in  the game for the past two years, was part of the T20 World Cup squad last year but did not play a single game Down Under as India crashed out of the tournament. semi-finals 

 Despite  the squad, Chahal was not used for the three-match ODI series in the West Indies, but played all  five T20Is on the tour. However, the senior leg-spinner was dropped on the following tour of Ireland where India played in two T20Is. 

 Chahal is also not part of the 2023 Asian Games squad, with Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi and Washington Sundar being the preferred spin options. Many former cricketers like Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly disagree with Chahal’s exclusion from the Asia Cup. 

 Harbhajan believes Chahal is India’s best  white-ball cricketer, adding that a few bad games don’t make him a bad bowler, while Ganguly tipped the selectors in favour of Axar Patel,  handy with the bat, over one-dimensional leg-spinners. . . . 

 With the 2023 ODI World Cup taking place at home, Chahal could get a place in the squad as  conditions  in India tend to favor spinners. But it looks very bleak as teams can name only 15 teams for the show which will be held from October 5 to November 19.

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