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Chahal’s Exclusion Sparks Debate: Wife’s Critique & Selector’s Justification

Later, Chahal responded positively on X, but his wife Dhanashree Verma wrote a “serious note” on Instagram criticising the rejection.

In the presence of skipper Rohit Sharma, the BCCI head selector Ajit Agarkar revealed the 17-member India Asia Cup roster on Monday in New Delhi. Yuzvendra Chahal was one noteworthy absence. Only five bowlers have played in more than 15 One Day Internationals for India since the year 2021: Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Hardik Pandya, and Chahal. Chahal was left off the Asia Cup roster while the other four were included, sparking anger on social media and even disappointment from some veterans. Later, Chahal responded with a nice post on X, but his wife Dhanashree Verma wrote a “serious note” on Instagram criticising the rejection.

One spinner had to make way because India selected up to six pace-bowling options, including all-rounder Hardik, and sadly Chahal paid the price because Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav were chosen instead.

Moments after the major revelation, Chahal used emoticons to express happiness on Twitter, implying that the sun will rise once more. Rohit had said something similar in 2018 after being passed up for the England series.

Dhanashree, on the other hand, turned to Instagram to write a mysterious narrative in which she expressed her disappointment over Chahal’s exclusion from the continental competition. I’ve started to seriously doubt this now, it said. If being a total introvert and submissive might be harmful to your career growth? Or is it true that in order to advance in life, everyone must be outgoing and savvy?

Ajit Agarkar justifies Chahal’s omission.

Chahal has made 18 appearances since 2021 and has taken 29 wickets at an average of 26.62 with three four-wicket hauls. Despite a strong performance, the spinner was not included in the team. According to Agarkar, only one primary-spin bowler could be included because Jadeja and Axar both offered their batting skills, and Kuldeep had the edge in the competition.

“Axar Patel has performed well. He is also a bat. Kuldeep Yadav has so far had a wonderful career. Therefore, something had to be lost. Currently, Kuldeep is slightly ahead of Chahal, according to Agarkar during the news conference.