Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has faced disappointment once again as he finds himself excluded from the 15-member squad for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. This significant decision was revealed during a press conference held on September 5, where both team captain Rohit Sharma and chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar were present.

Chahal’s consistent absence from prestigious global events

Chahal’s prior absence from the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 already hinted that he might not be part of the plan for the forthcoming ICC event, marking another major tournament where he hasn’t made the cut. This trend started with his surprising omission from the T20 World Cup in 2021, and despite being named in the squad for the 2022 edition, he didn’t get a chance to step onto the field.

Chahal’s pivotal role in India’s ODI World Cup 2019 campaign

Chahal played a crucial role for Team India in the ODI World Cup 2019. The 33-year-old was one of the key spinners in the squad and delivered some impressive performances throughout the tournament. Chahal bowled with great control and picked up important wickets for his team.

In the ODI World Cup 2019, Chahal played in eight games and made valuable contributions with the ball by grabbing 12 wickets. Chahal was behind only Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in terms of wickets taken for India in that mega-event. He consistently troubled the opposition batters with his leg-spin and ability to turn the ball. Chahal was particularly effective in the middle overs, where he often broke partnerships and put pressure on the opposition.

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One of his standout performances came against South Africa, where he took four wickets for just 51 runs. Chahal’s ability to take wickets in the middle overs was a crucial factor in India’s success in the tournament. He played a vital role in helping India reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Yuzvendra Chahal’s remarkable show in the ODI World Cup 2019 for India

  • Matches Played: 8
  • Wickets Taken: 12
  • Best Bowling Figures: 4/51 against South Africa
  • Economy Rate: 5.97
  • Average: 36.83
  • Bowling Strike Rate: 37.00

Chahal’s post-2019 world cup journey and uncertain future

Chahal has undeniably been a consistent performer for India in the ODIs, boasting a commendable record of 37 wickets in 23 fixtures since the 2019 World Cup. His leg-spin skills has frequently proven invaluable to the Indian cricket team. However, the year 2023 has witnessed a curiously limited presence of the Jind-bon cricketer in the 50-over format, with only two appearances to his name. In these games, he showcased his knack for taking wickets, securing three dismissals. Despite this impressive track record, the surprising sidelining of the 33-year-old leg-spinner from India’s plans since the year’s outset raises questions and curiosity among cricket enthusiasts.

Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling statistics for India from 2019 to 2023

  • Total Wickets: 49
  • Innings Played: 29
  • Matches Played: 31
  • Bowling Average: 30.83
  • Economy Rate: 5.78
  • Bowling Strike Rate: 31.9
  • Four-Wicket Hauls: 4 times
  • Best Bowling Figures: 4/17 against West Indies

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