India’s decision to omit Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the 2nd Test squad after his heroics in the first Test has left former cricketers fuming. The likes of VVS Laxman, Allan Donald, Vinod Kambli, and many more took to Twitter to criticize the management’s decision as India started poorly in Centurion.
India’s team selection for the second Test was the talk of the town after the pacers had displayed an encouraging display against South Africa in Newlands. With their bowling department pretty much settled, everyone was eagerly waiting for the side to make adjustments to their batting line-up with the places of Shikhar Dhawan in the opening slot and Rohit Sharma down the order.
However, India’s squad that came in to field at Centurion left everyone stunned. Though Dhawan's exclusions was predicted by many, the side didn’t show Bhuvneshwar. Apart from the brilliant six-wicket haul that the bowler had taken in the first Test, he was instrumental with the bat too, as he scored 38 runs in the entire match that was more than the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Murali Vijay, Dhawan and more.
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
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
Virat and the Team Management are surprising their own players and confusing us.Heeee ha🤔🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/ASGjyzzAmn— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) 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