New Delhi, Jan 13: India skipper Virat Kohli was criticised on social media for his surprise decision to drop in-form pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second Test match against South Africa in Centurion on Saturday (January 13).
Bhuvneshwar, who was the highest wicket-taker for India in the opening Test in Cape Town, made way for Ishant Sharma in the playing XI. Skipper Kohli, while revealing the reason behind preferring Ishant over Bhuvneshwar, said the former gets some extra bounce and Centurion track would favour the lanky pacer.
Bhuvneshwar didn't just perform well with the ball, in fact, he was the most successful Indian batsman - in terms of balls faced - for the tourists in Cape Town. After AB de Villiers Bhuvneshwar played most number of deliveries in the game that was dominated by pacers.
However, several fans and experts didn't agree with Kohli's bizarre justification to drop their in-form pacer and criticised the skipper.
Miffed with skipper Kohli's decision to drop Bhuvneshwar bemused fans and experts questioned the team management. Even former India cricketer VVS Laxman was stunned with skipper Kohli's move to drop all-rounder Bhuvneshwar.
This is how they reacted on Twitter over Bhuvneshwar's exclusion:
Iam surprised not to find Bhuvi in the playing XI today. In the first test,he took the most number of wickets (6 wickets)showing skill in using the new ball & batted quite well showing patience nd resilience.Am I missing something here 🤔— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 13, 2018
Don’t understand how you can leave a bowler out that don’t have more bounce than a taller bowler @ImIshant. @BhuviOfficial has so much skill and accuracy that he brings. It’s like leaving out @VDP_24!— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) January 13, 2018
Staggered by the exclusion of Bhuvaneswar. Staggered.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 13, 2018
"Perception isn't the truth but it's bigger than truth these days" And may be that's why Bhuvi isn't a part of playing 11. #IndvSAonSonyTen3— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) January 13, 2018
Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first Test in Cape Town:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) January 13, 2018
- As a bowler: Most wickets among Indians (6 wkts); second-most after Philander (9).
- As a batsman: Faced most balls among Indians (127 balls); second-most after ABD (134).
2nd Test? DROPPED. #SAvInd
Thread for Test 2, day one: A very puzzled thread, that is. Saha gets a convenient niggle. Bhuvi, who got you in the game at Newlands, is out. KL for Dhawan is the only call that makes sense. And? Rahane remains out. Oh well. Pig-headedness is *not* a virtue.— Prem Panicker (@prempanicker) January 13, 2018
Biggest Mystery:— Mayanti Langer (@Langer_Mayanti) January 13, 2018
Year 2016 : Why Kattapa killed baahubali?
Year 2017 : Why Ashwin played in champions trophy final?
Year 2018 : Why did Kohli dropped bhuvi?
Today's Surprise:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 13, 2018
1. Afghanistan beat Pakistan in U19 World Cup.
2. Ajinkya Rahane not selected for the second test.
3. Bhuvi also not selected.
Three wrong answers from Virat Kohli today -— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 13, 2018
1. Rohit or Rahane? Rohit. ✘
2. Ishant or Bhuvi? Ishant. ✘
3. Heads or Tails. Heads. ✘
Bhuvi not in the team?!!!😳 My office is open for explanations.— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) January 13, 2018
What, no Bhuvi? Mind boggles. Team selection is almost as exciting as the first session.— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) January 13, 2018
Pick up top 3 wickets in first 3 overs and end up with 6 wickets in the test. Share a crucial 100 run stand in context of the game. My name is Bhuvi— Karthik Ramasamy (@yakarthik) January 13, 2018
You are not in form. My name is Kohli. Benched #IndVSA
Bhuvi bowled well, batted well, had to be dropped.— Sayan Gope (@FunnyGopu) January 13, 2018
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
Unconfirmed reports that Bhuvi failed to lift 470 kg in gym last night. Captain Fitness & team management couldn't take the risk in case of a rhino attack on the field. Sensible.— Aayush (@slicesofIife) January 13, 2018
Always pleased if Ishant does well, but completely bemused Bhuvi dropped. If conditions are so crucial, presumably Kohli will drop himself for the England tour.— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) January 13, 2018
Kohli captaincy is brilliant..— Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn (@1d90b3a8dd8446b) January 13, 2018
But want to win the match how??
Still not found....
Ind 200 all out
Sa 200+ declare
Ind 150 all out..
Man of match -- rabada 10 wicket haul..
SA 2-0 wins freedom series...
What wrong did Bhuvneshwar Kumar do in the previous test? #SAvsIND— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) January 13, 2018