Ishant Sharma's Selection Over Bhuvneshwar Kumar For 2nd Test Leaves Millennials Baffled

Rohit Sharma

In 7 Tests played in Australia, England and South Africa, Bhuvneshwar has picked up 26 wickets at 30.53 with two five wicket hauls. This combination of ruthless confidence and willingness to bear the consequences of doing something that may not be universally approved is what makes him such a successful batsman and captain.

During his playing days, Lance Klusener was one of the fiercest competitors on the field.

Rabada now sits at the summit of the Test bowlers rankings after he took a total of five wickets in the first Test against India, which the Proteas won by 72 runs. The visitors stole defeat from the jaws of victory entirely due to their failed batting. If Shikhar Dhawan was sacked for failing in the first test the why not Rohit Sharma?

For the first Test, Ishant Sharma was not fit enough and Bumrah made his debut. The intent-storm has now taken Ajinkya Rahane in its wake. Despite the selectors making few changes in the team, the final result was not what many expected.

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Philander said: "You just have to remain calm".

Kohli said he was delighted with with his bowlers' performance in the first Test.

There has been a lot of debate over India's team selection in the first Test. Is Virat delusional? Ajinkya's exclusion was as big a shock as it gets! "We're playing global cricket, representing the country at the highest level and everyone should be responsible enough to understand that they need to prepare in a way that they go along with the team's momentum", Kohli said explaining the individual responsibilities. "Even if we are playing six batsmen, you can't afford to go out there and play loose shots", he said. I just tried to spur my boys on, and that's what we tend to focus on. Talking about Bhuvneshwar's exclusion, Sehwag said, "Excluding Bhuvneshwar wasn't the right decision".

If "current form" is the basis for selection - going by the explanation for Rohit's presence - why was Bhuvi left out? But at the pre-Test media conference here yesterday, Kohli sat as serenely as he would at a windy Cape Point in a quaint Cape Town rather than at a sweaty Centurion, 4500 metres above the sea level where the sun beats down hard. And let's not forget, he brings a considerable amount to the table with his bat too.

"You can take it personally and fade away or you can take it on board and make a play".

Proteas Captain Faf du Plessis. How can you drop the best weapon in your arsenal? You don't know when a ball will get you out. With yes-man/head coach Ravi Shastri offering no checks and balances, the fear of Virat turning into an autocrat seems real.

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