Yuzvendra Chahal has finally broken his silence after not being selected in the Indian team for the World Cup 2023. Disappointed Chahal reacted by not being selected in the World Cup team for the first time
India's leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has not been selected for the World Cup. Akshar Patel got the place in his place, but he was out due to injury. Now Ravichandran Ashwin has joined the team in place of Akshar. Chahal is the third-highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs since his debut in 2016. Talking about spinners, he is behind only Kuldeep Yadav in the list. Despite this, Chahal did not get a chance to play in the third consecutive World Cup. He is very sad due to this.
Chahal could not even play in the T20 World Cup of 2021 and 2022. Now he was not selected in the ODI World Cup. Chahal was a part of the 2022 T20 World Cup squad, but he did not get a chance to play a single match. Now he has become accustomed to these decisions of the team management. In an interview, Chahal admitted that he understood that only 15 players could make a place in the team and hence he accepted the management's decision.
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Chahal said, "I understand that only fifteen players can be a part of the team. You cannot have 17 or 18 players in the World Cup. I feel a little bad, but my aim in life is to move forward. Now It's become a habit now...there have been three World Cups (laughs)." On the question of competition with other spinners in the Indian team, Chahal said, "I don't think much about that, because I know that If I perform well I will play. Someone will eventually take your place in the future. That time will come someday."
India had initially included Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav among the spinners in the team. Due to Axar's injury, Ravichandran Ashwin was selected as his replacement. However, Ashwin has barely played ODI matches for India in the last few years. Chahal could have got a chance, but his name was not considered. Despite this, Chahal still wants the team to win the World Cup.
Chahal said, "The main goal is that India should win, because it is not an individual game. Whether I am part of the team or not, they are like my brothers. Obviously I support the Indian team. I like the challenge. It tells me I need to work harder so I can come back." Many former cricketers have also supported Chahal and said that dropping this spinner from the World Cup team could prove costly for the Indian team.