India in South Africa

‘Maybe Kohli is jealous of Bhuvi’s batting’: Social media can’t figure out India’s team selection

One of India’s best performers from the Cape Town Test was dropped in favour of Ishant Sharma’s height.

India captain Virat Kohli bowled another bouncer while announcing the playing XI for the second Test against South Africa after making three changes to the side that lost the first match by 72 runs.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel was picked for his first Test outside Asia since 2004 for the injured Wriddhiman Saha, while opener Shikhar Dhawan was dropped for KL Rahul. However, Kohli stumped many when he announced that one of India’s best performers from the Cape Town Test, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, had been dropped for Ishant Sharma’s height and bounce.

While Ishant’s selection was not such a big surprise given the Centurion pitch is supposed to assist bounce, dropping Bhuvneshwar, who ran through South Africa’s top order in Cape Town, was the shocker.

Social media was, of course, baffled with Kohli’s move.

Even the experts and pundits were baffled...

There were others who were quite furious...

There were some others who saw the funny side...

But there were even some who defended the team selection...

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