In a surprising change to their lineup, IndiaXI to play against their second ODI World Cup 2023 Afghanistan They carry a significant transfer as ripe exchange Ravichandran Ashwin for Shardul Tagore. The change attracted attention and raised eyebrows, primarily because Ashwin was an integral part of India’s three-pronged spin attack that led to victory against the five-time champions, Australia, in a low-scoring battle in Chennai. When the announcement came from the Indian captain, Rohit SharmaAt the toss, this triggered a visible display of frustration from the legend Sunil Gavaskar.
Sunil Gavaskar upset over Ravichandran Ashwin’s omission
In a candid conversation with broadcaster Star Sports after the toss, Gavaskar again shared his surprise at the decision to sideline Ashwin. He couldn’t understand what the spin master had done to find himself in this predicament. The 74-year-old also lamented the absence Mohammed Shami From India’s playing XI, especially considering Shami’s exceptional feat of claiming a hat-trick against the same opponents Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup.
“Again Ashwin missed, I don’t know what he did wrong. He is used to being left out of the team. I thought what Shami did against them (Afghanistan) in 2019, the hat-trick, he can go.” Gavaskar said.
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India vs Afghanistan match
As the contest unfolded, India took the field after losing the toss as Afghanistan’s captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, decided to bat first. This important match took place at the iconic Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. Apart from the notable changes that replaced Ashwin with Shardul, India retained the rest of the lineup that featured in their tournament opener against Australia.