Twitter explodes as Cheteshwar Pujara misses out from the Edgbaston Test
He played for Yorkshire in the County Championship and managed to score only 172 runs in 12 innings.
Updated - Aug 1, 2018 3:34 pm
The first Test between England and India is set to take place at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Men in Blue won the T20I series courtesy of some stupendous performances, especially by the batsmen. However, they couldn’t replicate their form in the 50-overs format and flunked in the last couple of matches to lose the series 1-2 after taking a lead with a win in the first match.
India are currently ranked number one in the ICC rankings while England are ranked fifth, but the home team is expected to have the edge over its opponents. Meanwhile, England won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s men also announced their playing eleven and some of the team selections furrowed a few eyebrows.
Rahul, Dhawan, and Vijay- the top three
Cheteshwar Pujara, the right-handed batsman didn’t find a place in the eleven. KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Murali Vijay are the top three batsmen. Pujara didn’t have an overly impressive time in the country over the last few months. He played for Yorkshire in the County Championship and managed to score only 172 runs in 12 innings. Moreover, he wasn’t able to score a single half-century in the event.
India played a practice match against Essex at County Ground in Chelmsford and Cheteshwar Pujara couldn’t deliver, much to his agony. However, bearing in mind his prowess with the willow, he was expected to find a place in the eleven, but that wasn’t the case. Kuldeep Yadav, who bowled phenomenally in the limited-overs series, also didn’t find a place in the eleven.
The visiting team opted for three specialist pacers in Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. Ravichandran Ashwin is the lone spinner in the team. In the meantime, Twitter is shocked by Pujara’s eviction from the lineup and they expressed their disappointment over the matter.
Here is how Twitter reacted
First controversial decision made–Pujara DROPPED.
Courtesy–Shastri Kohli. 😊#ENGvIND
— ADITYA (@StarkAditya) August 1, 2018
Cheteshwar Pujara sits out. Wow. #IndvsEng
— Anindya Kumar (@trollkumar) August 1, 2018
Why is Pujara sitting out? ! Bad Form ? Brave Decision but don't see much Logic in it !
— Abhilash (@The_Soberman) August 1, 2018
#INDvENG India one down! NO PUJARA!? Ab kese hoga middle order ka Gujara?
— Vineett (@vineetjn34) August 1, 2018
Pujara is the best test player for india right now
— sagar (@s53871544) August 1, 2018
Pujara dropped. Bold call and one that can backfire. Hope it does too. #EngvInd
— Saurabh Advant (@TheRealDhol) August 1, 2018
No Stuart Binny?
I hope India should still win this game 👍✌
— Mayanti Langer (@Langer_Mayanti) August 1, 2018
Pujara miss out, shocking
— @imvkholi (@skumarcool008) August 1, 2018
India leave out Pujara and Jadeja. Imagine that luxury
— David (@DavidJMcGaughey) August 1, 2018
2 wrong decisions before the match by kohli- Pujara out/Rahul in, Kuldeep out/Shami in#ENGvIND
— Rahul Bansal (@raahulbansal) August 1, 2018
Pujara dropped,pujara dropped, I'm Numb!#INDvsENG
— Siddharth Mishra (@Mirror_ur_self) August 1, 2018
Actually can’t believe India have dropped Pujara! He is normally so reliable for the team. #EngvInd
— Neerav (@ntrivedi19) August 1, 2018
What's this ? No Pujara. Confusing.
Thought Dhawan would be the missing man but here the test match specialist is missing. How good or bad is that ?#ENGvIND
— Er Md Azharuddin (@azhar4_official) August 1, 2018
After bigging up Pujara like anything, after saying first 20-25 overs are important…. Pujara dropped and Dhawan in.
I, HEREBY, GIVE UP MAKING SENSE OF KOHLI AND SHASTRI!#ENGvIND
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) August 1, 2018
Bombshell with Pujara missing out. Kohli's 36th test match as captain, and the 36th time he has a fielded a different XI from the previous game #ENGvIND
— Yashas Mudumbai (@YashasMudumbai) August 1, 2018
#ENGvIND Dhawan should have been dropped instead of Pujara…
— Rishabh Jain (@skinny__boi) August 1, 2018
India playing dhawan and no pujara disgusting
— Arsh (@arsh1577) August 1, 2018
pujara out wtf
— Shalu🇮🇳 (@the__shalu) August 1, 2018
Kohli drops Pujara again
— Unnai Kelai (@prasdbZ) August 1, 2018
No Pujara. No Kuldeep. 😪 #ENGvIND
— Swapnil Mistri (@swapnilmistri1) August 1, 2018