Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has announced his Indian team for the upcoming World Cup 2023. Hayden has included wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson in the team. At the same time, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been dropped from the team they have made.
Talking to Star Sports, Hayden said, “The job he hates the most is selecting any team for the tournament. In the Indian context, I would love to see Sanju Samson in the team. Also, India needs all-rounders more than batsmen, so Akshar Patel would be a better option than Tilak Verma.
The most surprising thing is that Hayden did not give a single wrist spinner a place in his team. Both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been kept out of the team. In his place, Shardul Thakur and Akshar Patel have been given a place in the team.
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Kuldeep has been selected in place of Chahal in the Indian team selected for the Asia Cup. Axar performing well with both bat and ball will add more depth to the batting. Kuldeep has been phenomenal over the years, taking 18 wickets in the last 9 ODIs.
At the same time, Samson has been included as a backup player in the Asia Cup. He can join the team if KL Rahul does not play. At present, there is no prospect of this. The wicket-keeper batsman did exceptionally well in last year's IPL season and against Ireland, but still did not find a place in the team.
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan and Akshar Patel.