Twitter wants Krunal Pandya back in the Indian team
Jadeja replaced Hardik in the playing eleven against Bangladesh.
Published - Sep 21, 2018 5:32 pm | Updated - Sep 21, 2018 5:32 pm
India are currently playing the first match of the Super 4 of the 2018 Asia Cup against Bangladesh. The Men in Blue won all their matches in the group stage and finished atop Group A in the points table. In the meantime, the team has had to encounter a lot of injury concerns. In the previous match against Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Hardik Pandya developed a lower back injury.
He collapsed in his run-up and couldn’t get up. Subsequently, he was carried off the park on a stretcher. Manish Pandey replaced him in the outfield. After his injury, Rajasthan-born Deepak Chahar, who made his international debut in a T20I against England, was drafted in as his replacement. In the meantime, Ravindra Jadeja came in place of spin-bowling all-rounder Axar Patel.
Twitter calls for Krunal’s inclusion
However, in the match against the Tigers in Dubai, Jadeja was included in the lineup. Nevertheless, Twitter isn’t happy with Jadeja’s selection. Rather, they want Krunal Pandya, Hardik’s elder brother to make his way into the national team. Krunal has been in the selectors’ radar for quite some time now but has somehow strained to make his way into the team.
He played for India ‘A’ in the triangular series, involving England Lions and Windies ‘A’ on English soil. The southpaw chipped in with some useful runs as well as picked up wickets at regular intervals. The 27-year-old all-rounder is currently playing for Baroda in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has already churned out a couple of vital contributions.
In Baroda’s first match against Mumbai, albeit his team couldn’t win the match, Krunal scored 85 runs from 111 balls with the help of eight boundaries and a couple of sixes, coming in at number three. Baroda won their second match against Vidarbha and Pandya scored 34 runs to help his team chase down 115. Quite expectantly, Twitter isn’t happy with the selectors overlooking Krunal.
Here is how Twitter reacted
This was the right time to test Krunal Pandya and straight away swipe him with his brother but selectors went back to Jaddu. The guy literally has best temperament. smh.
— شاہرخ (@Mon_keyAwaaz) September 21, 2018
Isnt it inconsistent that Krunal Pandya is avoided and jadeja is back? Pandya has that lower order batting heroics with some death over bowling skills.
— Bharat Ankaraju (@BharatAnkaraju) September 21, 2018
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) September 21, 2018
Sir shayad bcci ko Siddharth kaul ki jagha krunal pandya ko squad me rakhna chaiyye tha spinning conditions ko dekhte hue or india me left arm all rounder BHI to Kam hai na #AskTheExperts
— Anshu (@Anshu28736468) September 21, 2018
Krunal Pandya deserves an opportunity
— Manali🇮🇳💎 (@dharmadhikari27) September 21, 2018
I was expecting the senior Pandya brother to get a call. Not to be. Looks like he isn’t in the scheme of things for the World Cup. #AsiaCup
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 20, 2018
Where is Krunal Pandya ? You guys are wrong .
— Shahid Laskar (@ShahidLaskar13) September 20, 2018
— Abdul Majeed (@immajeed6) September 20, 2018
@imVkohli please give Krunal Pandya atleast 1 chance….he is better than both Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel…
— anup janakiraman (@mreriyer) September 20, 2018
Krunal pandya should have been included immediately after CT17 and by now he would been properly groomed. We missed a trick there to reduce pressure on other pandya and whole bowling at once.
— sourabh jain (@sourabh_kuki) September 20, 2018
Krunal Pandya deserves to be in this Indian team .Should have been chosen over Jadeja
— Siddharth Kaul (@koshurkot) September 20, 2018