Former India batsman Kris Srikkanth has included veteran leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in his favorite 15-member Team India squad for the World Cup 2023. Surprisingly, there was no place for batsman Shreyas Iyer in Srikkanth’s 15, with Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan finding place. ahead of him. Earlier this week, BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar announced a 17-member Indian squad for the Asia Cup, to be played in Sri Lanka and Pakistan from August 30 to September 17.
While announcing the name of the team, Agarkar admitted that the team for the World Cup would more or less remain the same. In a video on Star Sports, Srikkanth, who was the chief selector when India won the World Cup at home in 2011, made some interesting choices while picking his team for the ICC event. Shreyas’s exclusion is strange as the batsman averages 46.60 in 42 ODIs. In contrast, Suryakumar averages 24.33 after 26 ODIs.
While Srikkanth did not give any specific reason as to why he kept Shreyas Iyer out, the fact that the batsman is returning from a back injury and might be rusty could be a reason behind it.
Kris Srikkanth’s 15 for World Cup 2023: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Suryakumar Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur.
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“If A Player Is Not Fit During Selection, You Shouldn’t Pick Him” – Srikkanth On Kl Rahul
Earlier, Kris Srikkanth criticized the Indian selectors for picking Rahul in the Asia Cup squad despite some problems. Speaking in a video on YouTube, he said that if a player is not fit during selection, he should not be picked:
“It’s being said that KL Rahul has a niggle. If you have a niggle, don’t pick him in the squad. If a player is not fit during selection, you shouldn’t pick him. That was our policy. On the day of selection, if a player is not fit, don’t select him. If you want to pick him for the World Cup, select him for the World Cup. That’s a different issue.
Kris Srikkanth Questioned:
“Now they are saying that he might play after a couple of matches and that’s why we have picked Sanju Samson as a travelling reserve. What’s all this?”
KL Rahul picked up a thigh injury during the IPL 2023 in May and has not played any competitive cricket since.