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"Where is Umesh Yadav?" asks Wasim Akram

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Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 10:04 [IST]

Akram slams Dhoni's selection policy

Colombo, Oct 4: Former Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram criticized Team India skipper MS Dhoni's selection policy for the team's ouster from ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka.

Having known that South Africans are vulnerable against spin, MS Dhoni insisted on playing R Ashwin instead of Harbhajan Singh which was a big mistake as the latter was experienced and had performed quite well in the earlier matches including 4/12 against England at Colombo on Sep 23.

Wasim Akram also felt that MS Dhoni's selection policy was the main reason for India's failure in the World T20, as the skipper decided to play the crucial Super Eights clash against South Africa without Harbhajan Singh.

"I am puzzled with the way the Indian team management has picked playing XIs. For example, I feel a wicket-taking bowler like Harbhajan Singh was missed against the ragged South Africans on Tuesday night," Akram was quoted as saying by ESPNStar.com.

Akram further added saying that every failure is an eye opener, as it teaches a lesson, but India's World T20 campaign was not the best, as it lacked a few aspects.

"There is a lesson in every defeat. For India, there are genuine concerns about its bowling and, of course, top order batting. A team is world class only when it is complete in every respect," Akram was quoted as saying by ESPNStar.com

Morover, talking about India's one run win against South Africa, Wasim Akram felt the skipper had to think a lot before giving the last over to Balaji and said the team was lucky enought to win the match.

"India's batting is one of the strongest in the world, but if you are expecting Zaheer Khan or a Balaji to win you a tight match every day, think again. Giving Balaji the last over against South Africa was suicidal. A bowler on a comeback is always short of confidence and I think India were lucky to win by a run on Tuesday night," he added.

Talking about Zaheer Khan, Akram said he needs to choose the format that he wants to play and cannot be playing all the three formats of the game.

"I have said before that Zaheer has to choose the format of cricket he wants to play. I can't see him running in hard every ball and bamboozling batsmen with pace and movement. India must find replacements and very soon at that. India need fresh legs and stronger shoulders because they will be playing a series of matches at home from November," he said.

Akram was also surprised at Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav not being a part of the team, as it was the shortest version of the game and youngsters should have been picked for the T20 format.

"Where is Umesh Yadav? And Varun Aaron seems to be a forgotten name. With the new selection committee in place, both Umesh and Varun should be groomed to power India's pace battery. I hear Varun is injured. I think the BCCI needs to get after him and pull him out of his problems. At least Umesh should have been in the T20 squad," Akram concluded.

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