Asia Cup 2022: Harbhajan Singh questions team selection in Asia Cup matches, pitches for Umran Malik, Deepak Chahar, Dinesh Karthik

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Asia Cup 2022: Harbhajan Singh questions team selection in Asia Cup matches, pitches for Umran Malik, Deepak Chahar, Dinesh Karthik
Asia Cup 2022: Harbhajan Singh questions team selection in Asia Cup matches, pitches for Umran Malik, Deepak Chahar, Dinesh Karthik

Asia Cup 2022: Harbhajan Singh questions team selection in Asia Cup matches, pitches for Umran Malik, Deepak Chahar, Dinesh Karthik

Asia Cup 2022: Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh raised questions over Team India selection after their loss to Sri Lanka in their Super Four clash at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.

He questioned that why Jammu and Kashmir pace phenomenon Umran Malik and pacer Deepak Chahar were not considered. He also questioned why chances have not frequently been handed to batter-wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, who has been in fine form.

“Where is Umran malik (150km speed)? Why Deepak Chahar (top quality swing bowler) was not there? Tell me if these guys do not deserve the chances ?? Why Dinesh Karthik do not get chances consistently?? Disappointing.” Harbhajan Singh said.

Umran Malik made his international debut back in June 2022 against Ireland after a breakthrough Indian Premier League season with Sunrisers Hyderabad this year, which also saw him taking 22 wickets in 14 games.

Since then, he has played just three T20Is, having taken 2 wickets in them at an average of 56.00 and an economy rate of 12.44.

Deepak Chahar was also named as a standby player for Asia Cup 2022, but has not featured in any match during the tournament. He can replace pacer Avesh Khan in the team, who was unable to compete due to health issues, according to reports.

Chahar made his return from injury during the tour of Zimbabwe in August. On that tour, he played two games and picked up five wickets.

Dinesh Karthik also returned to the Indian team following a successful IPL campaign with Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he excelled as a finisher. He scored 330 runs in 16 games at an average of 55.00. For his team, he scored one half-century.

Since returning to the India team, he has represented the nation in 17 matches, having scored 193 runs in 14 innings at an average of 21.44. His highest score is 55, and he has hit a half-century.

India given the opportunity to bat first by their opponent in the Super Four match against Sri Lanka.

In their 20 overs, Team India scored 173/8. Captain Rohit Sharma played a quickfire knock of 72 runs off 41 balls. Suryakumar Yadav also struck 34 off 29 balls. Other batters could not even touch the 20-run mark, with big names like KL Rahul (6), Virat Kohli (0), Rishabh Pant (17) and Hardik Pandya (17) failing to fire with the bat.

With 3/24, the medium pacer Dilshan Madushanka was Sri Lanka’s best bowler. Chamika Karunaratne and also captain Dasun Shanaka collected two wickets each. One wicket taken by Maheesh Theekshana.

Chasing 174, SL openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis put on a 97-run stand that threw India off the game. But then, the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal (3/34) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/32) reduced Sri Lanka to 110/4 and raised hopes for Men in Blue.

Then, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (25*) and captain Shanaka (33*) formed a match-winning 64-run standt. That helped the Lankans seal victory by six wickets with a ball to go.

Dasun Shanaka’s all-around performance of 33* and 2/26 earned him the title of “Man of the Match.”