As BCCI announced the 15-member squad for India’s upcoming T20 World Cup campaign, there were quite a lot of surprises which left the fans absolutely stunned. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel were named in the squad despite not playing too many T20Is for the Men in Blue in recent times. On the other hand, two of India’s most experienced campaigners in the shortest format – Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal – did not find a place in the squad, which raised quite a few eyebrows.
Dhawan has notably been one of the best Indian batsmen in last couple of seasons of IPL. On the other hand, Chahal has been India’s leader of spin attack and is one of the best leg spinners in the world right now. Talking about the exclusion of Yuzvendra Chahal, India’s chief selector Chetan Sharma said, “We have picked Rahul Chahar over Yuzi as we wanted someone who bowls fast and gets pace off the pitch.”
“Ashwin is the only off-spinner in the squad. Varun is a mystery spinner who is a surprise package for the world,” he added.
Fans come up with hilarious memes on Yuzi-Dhawan exclusion
Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh was disappointed with BCCI’s decision to drop two of the most consistent short-format players. Meanwhile, the fans used this opportunity to come up with some hilarious memes reflecting on the omission of two of India’s best white-ball players in the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Congratulations everyone who got selected in team India for T20 World Cup.feel bad for @SDhawan25 and @yuzi_chahal they r consistent in this shorter format.Yuzi took 21 wickets in last IPL in dubai/Abudhabi/Sarjan He is all time highest wicket taker for INDIA in T20 #T20WorldCup
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 8, 2021
Biggest Surprise – No D Chahar & Chahal.
Missing: Dhawan did everything he could to stake a claim for the role. Consistency and excellent SR. Tough omission
Varun's story is unbelievable. Part of a WC squad under MS, Kohli and Ashwin would be a dream come true. #T20WorldCup
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) September 8, 2021
— Prince Pandey🍁🦜 (@princepandey_) September 8, 2021
— Surya Verma (@surya78_verma) September 8, 2021
— A (@AppeFizzz) September 8, 2021
— Prathamesh (@Memesrestic) September 8, 2021
— vinayak Mehta (@mehtavinayak5) September 8, 2021
— Shubham (@bajok_11) September 8, 2021