ODI World Cup 2023: The countdown has begun, and the excitement is tangible. With less than a month left for the ODI World Cup 2023, Team India is gearing up, currently showcasing their talent in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. On September 5, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 15-member squad that will represent the nation in the most coveted ODI event. But not everyone is content with the choices made.

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Preparations and Announcement:

ODI World Cup 2023: Team India, captained by the prolific Rohit Sharma, is not only preparing to compete in the World Cup but also has the added pressure and privilege of hosting it. While the team is currently immersed in the Asia Cup, all eyes were on the BCCI’s announcement of the World Cup squad, which was unveiled on Tuesday.

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Bowling Choices Stir Controversy:

Ajit Agarkar and his selection committee have made some surprising decisions regarding the team’s bowling unit. Entrusting the spin department to Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav, the committee has refrained from including any specialist spinner. This omission has raised several eyebrows, notably that of Indian cricket legend Harbhajan Singh.

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ODI World Cup 2023: Harbhajan’s Surprising Take:

Expressing his astonishment, Harbhajan Singh, fondly known as ‘Bhajji’, voiced his concern over the omission of two crucial players. “Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion is baffling. He’s a proven match-winner and has consistently outperformed many in the spin department,” opined Harbhajan. The Turbanator further highlighted the importance of a left-arm pacer, advocating for Arshdeep Singh’s inclusion. “The unique angle and accuracy of a left-arm fast bowler can be game-changing, especially in getting early breakthroughs,” he remarked.

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Suryakumar Yadav – The Dark Horse:

ODI World Cup 2023: While the squad has its controversies, Harbhajan sees potential in some selections. Suryakumar Yadav, despite not having an illustrious ODI record, has found a supporter in Harbhajan. The former off-spinner is optimistic about Surya’s role in the tournament, believing the batsman will be an asset to Team India.

ODI World Cup 2023
ODI World Cup 2023

Team selections have always been a matter of debate and scrutiny. While Harbhajan Singh’s criticisms shed light on potential missed opportunities, it is up to the chosen 15 to prove their mettle on the field. The upcoming World Cup promises to be a spectacle, and one can only hope that Team India’s decisions pay off in their quest for glory.


– The Indian cricket team has been announced for the ODI World Cup 2023, with Rohit Sharma as the captain and Hardik Pandya as the vice-captain.
– Former spinner Harbhajan Singh has expressed surprise at the selection of the spin department in the team, as specialist spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been left out.
– Harbhajan believes that Chahal and Arshdeep Singh should have been included in the team, as they bring value with their left-arm spin and fast bowling abilities.
– He also commented on the selection of Suryakumar Yadav for the World Cup squad, stating that he is a complete package as a batsman and believes that he is the best at playing the fifth or sixth position for India.