Many former Indian cricketers have come out in support of Chahal, questioning the decision of the Ajit Agarkar-led committee.
However former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria feels that the selectors made the right call of not picking Chahal for the Asia Cup as he has been pretty inconsistent.
“Yuzvendra Chahal doesn’t deserve to be in Team India right now. He has been very inconsistent. Kuldeep Yadav, on the other hand, has picked up wickets regularly and can be effective in the middle overs. The selectors took the right call by going with Kuldeep over Chahal,” Kaneria said on his YouTube channel.
India’s squad for the Asia Cup has Kuldeep as the lone wrist spinner.
Earlier, former India cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Madal Lal expressed their surprise and concerns over the absence of Chahal from the India squad.
“The one thing I feel is lacking in the team is the absence of Yuzvendra Chahal. A leg-spinner who can get the ball to turn away. If you talk about genuine spinners, I don’t think there’s any spinner in India better than Chahal in white-ball formats. Yes, his last few games weren’t good, but that doesn’t make him a bad bowler,” said Harbhajan.
“I was a little surprised about Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashwin is not there either,” said Madan Lal.
India begin their Asia Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan from September 2 in Pallekele.