It would not be wrong to say that if there is any player who has capitalized on the Asia Cup 2023 with both hands, it is Kuldeep Yadav. And his becoming the Player of the Series also confirms this, but now that the World Cup 2023 is not far away, the Indian management wants to keep him comfortable. Kuldeep has been rested for the first two ODIs against Australia. And the reason behind this decision was also cleared by captain Rohit and chief selector Ajit Agarkar in the press conference announced against Australia.
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Because of this, I removed Siraj from the spell after a message from the trainer, captain Rohit revealed
Rohit said that Kuldeep is a rhythmic bowler and everyone knows this, but we took this decision after a lot of thinking. His bowling is going very well. We also had to give chances to the players. Especially those players, who are in the World Cup 2023 team, but they got a chance to play in only one match in the Asia Cup.
At the same time, Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar said, "We have been seeing Kuldeep for the last one year. That's why we don't want to expose them much. He will join the team in the last match against Australia. And there are many reasons behind this. It is the best decision for us to sit them out in the first two games and play them in the last match. At the same time, there are two practice matches to gain momentum before the World Cup 2023.
Kuldeep took 11 wickets in five matches of the Asia Cup at an average of 44.3 and an economy run rate of 61.9. Kuldeep started with five wickets against Pakistan, while his contribution was four wickets in bringing Sri Lanka to 213 runs. His diversity and control have been highly appreciated by all pundits