‘Even After 5-wicket Haul, He Should Not Be There In WTC Squad’, Aakash Chopra Blunt Statement On Veteran Indian Pacer

As we approach the final stages of the IPL 2023, there have been numerous thrilling matches over the past week, as teams are battling to make a definite place into the playoffs. Both batsmen and bowlers are giving their all for their respective teams, and this was evident in the intense clash between the Gujarat Titans (GT) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). With the upcoming World Test Championship Final, many Indian cricketers showed their skill as the Indian squad for the WTC final was announced recently.

While some players showcased their performance, others failed to immediately catch the attention of the national selectors. One such Indian veteran who started off slowly but gradually found his rhythm in the IPL is Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The pace bowler from Uttar Pradesh had a remarkable performance on Monday, claiming a five-wicket haul. This outstanding display sparked a debate among cricket experts regarding whether this star Indian should have been there in the WTC squad or not.

The former Indian opener and now a renowned commentator Aakash Chopra has said that despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s impressive five-wicket haul against the Gujarat Titans the experienced pacer still falls short of making it to the final squad for the World Test Championship.

“First half of the English summer, you will need to swing. Jasprit Bumrah is injured, Umesh Yadav is also injured, Shardul Thakur is looking 50-50 and Jaydev Unadkat’s availability is also not yet confirmed. So, can Bhuvneshwar Kumar be added in such a scenario? I still feel no but that’s just my thought,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

Bhuvi played his last Test match in January 2018, there are fans who believe that his ability to swing the ball could be valuable in English conditions especially at the Oval.

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