Twitter reacts to Team India’s poor squad selection for the 2nd Test
The Indian team made three changes in the Playing XI for the 2nd Test.
Published - Jan 13, 2018 6:18 pm | Updated - Jan 13, 2018 6:29 pm
The 2nd Test between India and South Africa is underway at the Supersport Park in Centurion. Team India will be trying to win this match at all cost since they are 0-1 down in the series. Going into this Test match, Indian captain Virat Kohli made some interesting changes to the eleven.
It was an absolute no-brainer that KL Rahul climbed his way back into the team in place of a struggling Shikhar Dhawan. Also, gloveman Wriddhiman Saha couldn’t feature in the XI due to a hamstring niggle. Virat made it clear that he didn’t want to take a chance with his first-choice wicketkeeper. In that case, Parthiv Patel takes the keeping gloves and thus is playing his first Test outside Asia since 2004.
The most unexpected change of all was benching Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He was the biggest contributor with the ball in the first Test and gave the Proteas three early blows that dented their inning. Not just that he had a key role to play for the team with the bat giving Hardik Pandya just the kind of support he needed in the first inning. Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma whom Kohli backs to extract some extra bounce from the kind of surface walked in for Bhuvi who has been termed a conditions specific bowler by the team.
While a majority expected the first change in the opening slot, there were speculations that Parthiv will start ahead of Saha given the way the two had trained in the nets on days leading into the game. Nobody expected the team management to drop Bhuvi who led the charge with the ball for Team India in both the innings. Ishant though is a very able and experienced seamer is a completely different class of bowler.
Twitterati wasn’t pleased on learning that the one who performed to the best of his ability with both bat and ball was kept out of the side.
Here are some of the most significant reactions:
Selection Quota In Current Indian Team ~ Captain's Chamcha…
Drop Quota In Current Indian Team ~ Perform Better Than The Captain !!
— Babu Bhaiya (@Shahrcasm) January 13, 2018
Team selection strategy
Other Captains – Try to assess playing conditions, left-right combination, variety in bowling attack
Virat Kohli – Who retweeted all the wedding pics i posted??
— rohitswarrior1 (@The_Sleigher) January 13, 2018
team selection & tactics – Virat seems less assured in MSDs absence…
— shyam (@shyam__bala) January 13, 2018
I seriously wonder what's gonna happen to Indian team in LOIs post 2019 WC minus MSD and given Kohli's poor run as captain.. How poor are the selection being made.. Hard pill to swallow
— انس خان Anas Khan (@AnasMagnificent) January 13, 2018
Breaking: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan to address press conference at 4pm complaining about allocation of matches and team selection. UNPRECEDENTED
— India in Emergency (@IdeaofEmergency) January 13, 2018
— Prajakta Bhawsar (@ViratsFangirl18) January 13, 2018
I'm not too sure what the team management has in mind when it comes to #AjinkyaRahane . The Vice-captain with a great record in South Africa has no place in one of the most important series. I'm trying to think of reasons. I wonder who is making these selection calls. #SAvIND
— CricfitWithMKV (@MikkhailVaswani) January 13, 2018
I don’t get this team selection at all. Basically, anyone (other than Rohit Sharma and Virat) can be dropped, irrespective of performance #SAvIND
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) January 13, 2018
Bhuvi bowled well, batted well, had to be dropped.
They bring in Ngidi we drop Bhuvi.
No Rahane in Centurion also.
Masterclass in team selection.
RT if u are unhappy with team selection.#SAvIND
— Sayan Gope (@FunnyGopu) January 13, 2018
— Prashant Mishra (@shishirmishra3) January 13, 2018
— Bijay Kumar [MVP] (@fewlines4biju) January 13, 2018
Bizzare and shocking team selection from team India #Bhuvaneshwer is dropped,man who gave u chance in the previous test was ignored, surely this combo of aggressive captain & arrogant coach #RaviShastri is here to destroy the team #INDvSA #BCCI #Centurion #ViratKohli #SAvIND
— Harshad parmar (@Harshad9Parmar) January 13, 2018
3 changes from Team India but they still could not find a place for Rahane. Epic fail in the team selection.
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) January 13, 2018
Bizarre team selection this from Kohli. Except Rahul's, none of them make sense. #IndvsSA
— Zeeshan (@ZeeshanS07) January 13, 2018
Why not rahane n Bhuvi in the team ???
Who performed well in last match n Rahane has a very good records in overseas especially in SA
Poor selection process??? #INDvsSA
— HBD Pyaari ❤️? (@djsrmurmu) January 13, 2018
Can DRS be used to review decision on team selection? #AskingForBhuvi
— K Balakumar (@kbalakumar) January 13, 2018
One person India missing the most in this tour is @anilkumble1074 who had a clear vision for the team and wouldn't have allowed to make these selection blunders. Mr tracer bullet on the other hand is more than happy to allow favoritism in selection procedure over merit. #IndVSA
— Niranj (@niranjpc) January 13, 2018