“Former Indian Cricketer Irfan Pathan Backs Decision to Leave Yuzvendra Chahal out of Asia Cup Squad”

Irfan Pathan, a former cricketer from India, has added his voice to the conversation surrounding the exclusion of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal from the Indian lineup for the upcoming 2023 Asia Cup. Pathan has raised concerns about the selection choices made by cricketing authorities, with a specific focus on the bowling department.

Pathan has pointed out the inclusion of pace bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna as the driving factors behind India’s strategic decision to bolster their bowling unit. He shared his perspective through a tweet.

In his tweet, Pathan expressed his preference for Yuzvendra Chahal to be part of the 2023 Asia Cup squad. He encouraged his followers to share their viewpoints on this matter using the hashtag #AsiaCup.

Here’s the tweet:

This viewpoint from Pathan gains added significance due to its timing, aligning with recent statements by India’s head coach Rahul Dravid about enhancing the team’s batting depth. Dravid addressed this matter during a press conference in the West Indies.

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Dravid stated, “Looking ahead, there are specific areas where we can enhance our performance. Developing depth in our batting is a focus area for us. While striving for improvement, we must also maintain a balance between our bowling strength and batting depth.”

Considering the circumstances, the exclusion of Yuzvendra Chahal from the squad does not come as a complete surprise. With only two appearances and three wickets to his name, the leg-spinner had gradually found himself edged out of the 50-over side. In contrast, Kuldeep Yadav has enjoyed more opportunities, featuring in 11 One-Day Internationals and claiming 22 wickets in the current year.