A massive controversy has unfolded over Indian teams selection for the second cricket Test against South Africa which kickstarted on Saturday. Coming into the game at Centurion after suffering a 72-run defeat in the first Test, Team India made three changes to their playing XI, with KL Rahul replacing Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma coming in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose three-wicket burst on the first morning of the opening Test rocked the hosts.
Former players have now come out in the open and not only questioned the selection but also suggested that the skipper "should drop himself" if he fails in the second Test.
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar said “I think Shikhar Dhawan is the 'Bali ka Bakra' (scapegoat). His head is always on the chopping board. He just needs one bad inning and he is out of the team.”
“I also don't understand why Ishant came in for Bhuvneshwar when he had taken three wickets on an opening day at Cape Town. Ishant could have replaced Shami or Bumrah but leaving him out, I don't understand.”
VVS Laxman took to Twitter and wrote, “Iam surprised not to find Bhuvi in the playing XI today. (sic)"
On being questioned about Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s exclusion, former South African cricketer, Allan Donald wrote, “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”
Former Indian batsman, Vinod Kambli added, “Virat and the Team Management are surprising their own players and confusing us.Heeee ha🤔🤔🤔🤔”
Furthermore, on speaking to a media house, Virender Sehwag said that dropping Bhuvneshwar Kumar was wrong and not justified. Slamming the skipper, news agency PTI reported Sehwag as saying,
“Watching Virat Kohli excluding Shikhar Dhawan for just one Test failure, and Bhuvneshwar for no reason at all, Kohli should drop himself in the third Test at Centurion, if he fails to perform in Centurion.”
India's record of nine consecutive series victories is currently on the line after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.