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Asia Cup 2018: Ajit Agarkar questions Ravindra Jadeja’s selection in the team

He also wanted Umesh Yadav in the team.

Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A plethora of injuries midway through the ongoing Asia Cup has paved the way for Ravindra Jadeja for a comeback in the Indian team. He last played for India in the ODIs in July 2017 and is now featuring in the ongoing Super Four encounter against Bangladesh. However, Ajit Agarkar has questioned his selection in the team and felt that Krunal Pandya should’ve been picked after Axar Patel was injured.

Agarkar was extremely disappointed with the selection decisions and felt that Krunal would’ve been the perfect replacement given the conditions in the UAE at the moment. Jadeja, on the other hand, hasn’t picked up a wicket in the 71.4 overs in List A cricket and his selection rather comes on the back of a good batting show in England it seems.

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“I can’t quite understand Ravindra Jadeja selection, to be honest. It was a nice opportunity for the selectors to bring someone like Krunal Pandya. He seems to be doing okay in List A cricket and Vijay Hazare Trophy. For Jadeja, is the captain confident enough to bowl him 10 overs on flat conditions? That is the reason he went out of the team for he was no longer effective enough, nor getting wickets,” Agarkar said while speaking to ESPN Cricinfo.

Where is Umesh Yadav?

Ajit Agarkar was also harsh on the selectors for not selecting Umesh Yadav who played only a single Test match in England and was perplexed over the selection of Siddarth Kaul who according to him is the T20 bowler. “Yes, strange couple of changes for India. Firstly, I don’t know where Umesh Yadav is? He only played one Test in England. Deepak Chahar and Siddarth Kaul both looked to me like T20 selections,” he added.

It remains to be seen if Kaul or Chahar will get a go at any point in time in the tournament as it has approached its business end now.

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