In a quite shocking move before the Test opener against South Africa, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has replaced young player Rishabh pant with talented wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha. The 30-year-old right-handed batsman Kohli has recently roped in classic cricketer Saha in the Indian line-up for the first Test against Proteas.
Earlier in the last month, Saha was selected for the Test squad against West Indies but didn’t get a chance to play as Pant was the man behind the stumps. Now, in the upcoming home series, Indian team selectors have decided to include Saha in the three-match Test series as he is India’s best bet against the turning ball. Wriddhiman, unfortunately, injured himself during the 2018 Test series against Proteas but now he has recovered well completely and ready to perform for his country.
While announcing Wriddhiman Saha as the replacement of Rishabh Pant in the Test squad, Virat Kohli said, “Yes, Saha is fit and fine to go. He is going to start the series for us. His keeping credentials are for everyone to see. He has done well with the bat whenever he has got a chance. Saha was always the one we would back as a pure keeper in Test cricket”. Pant was not seen in a good form since the past few tournaments. In the last T20I series against Proteas also Pant performed drastically and also did some blunders which cost India third T20I clash at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Undoubtedly, this decision of star skipper Virat Kohli shattered many Indian cricket fans and in their outrage netizens even trolled the experienced player on several social media platforms.
Here’s see some of the Twitter reactions after the shocking announcement of Virat Kohli to replace Rishabh Pant in India’s upcoming Test series against South Africa:
Unhappy fans criticised Kolhi’s decision
Looks like the team management uses an algorithm and generate random team combinations. Nothing else explains this madness of opening with Rohit and Saha over Pant.
— Elite Banker💰 (@coolhandsree) October 1, 2019
Virat Kohli disappointed fans
Thank you captain for spoiling Pant's career.
— Akshay Sharma (@ViratsMSDBhakti) October 1, 2019
Pant’s fans are searching logic in Kohli’s decision
Bhai Kohli ka logic kya hai? Drop Pant at home and play him away and except him to score 100 . Kya bewda hai yaar captain.
— Rajguru (@Ram70237243) October 1, 2019
Enough chances werr given to Rishabh Pant. Saha behind the stumps, it's going to be Old New. #IndVsSA
— Ananya Shekhawat (@Ananya18531677) October 1, 2019
Amid all this criticism, men in blue are sweating hard in the net to give a smashing answer to Proteas in a three-match test series opener starting from October 2nd at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Earlier both the teams faced each other in three-match T20I series where Proteas outplayed 1-1 series draw against the hosts at their own pitch.
It will be interesting to see with Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant out of the game how India is going to perform against powerful visitors South Africa.