Bhuvneshwar Kumar is, arguably, the best fast bowler in India, and one of the best in the world. In the last couple of years, he has added yards extra yards to his speed and troubled some of the best batters in the world.
In the first match of the ongoing Test series between India and South Africa, Bhuvneshwar Kumar trouble the Proteas with his swing and good line and length. He was India’s leading wicket-taker in the match and also contributed with the bat.
During the first match, Bhuvneshwar carried himself as the leader of the attack and gave nothing away in both the innings. He also made full use of the swing-frieldnly conditions and took wickets in his first spell, in both the innings.
But, out of nowhere, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was dropped in the second match to accommodate Ishant Sharma in the playing XI. With all due respect to Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a much better and in-form bowler at the moment. He has been consistently well from the last 12 months and many cricket pundits across the world say that his control on the swing is exemplary.
However, coming to his dropping, Indian cricket fans and cricket fans around the world, were shocked after Virat Kohli revealed that Bhuvneshwar has been dropped. In no time, there was a flood of tweets and comments on Facebook, criticising Virat Kohli and Team Management’s decision.
Check out these tweets and comments:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dropped, means Jasprit Bumrah takes the new ball. Not only was Bhuvi India's best bowler in Cape Town, he also lasted longer at the crease than ANYONE else: 127 balls: #SAvIND
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) January 13, 2018
"Ishant replaces Bhuvi for some extra bounce" ~ Kohli
Bhuvi in Last test : Best bowler for India (Took 6 wickets in the last test, 2 more than next best). Faced 127 deliveries while batting (Most by an Indian), and got out just once.
Kohli claims to pick XI on 'form'. #SAvIND
— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) 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
Funny how teams pick or drop bowlers based on pitches but forget to apply the same benchmarks for batsmen. Rohit was picked on form ahead of Rahane who was a better bet on that Cape Town pitch. Yet Bhuvi is dropped despite being in form as the Centurian pitch doesn't suit him.
— cricBC (@cricBC) January 13, 2018
India dropping Bhuvi makes about as much sense as Trump's foreign policies. #SAvIND
— Aidennis Markram (@DennisCricket_) January 13, 2018
Read this explanation by Mr. Pinto. SPOT ON!
— ANIMESH (@animesh452) January 13, 2018
Three wrong answers from Virat Kohli today –
1. Rohit or Rahane? Rohit. ✘
2. Ishant or Bhuvi? Ishant. ✘
3. Heads or Tails. Heads. ✘
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 13, 2018
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