There was outrage over the exclusion of some names in India’s squad for the World Cup, and the disappointment continued as the team played its first match on Wednesday. While Rishabh Pant’s exclusion in favour of Dinesh Karthik had left netizens divided and Vijay Shankar’s omission was also questioned then, India’s playing XI leaving out Mohammad Shami in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t please a section of the viewers. Fans of both the players had their reasons why their respective favourites should have made it to the squad.
Many felt Bhuvneshwar’s batting abilities and consistency gave him an edge over Shami and some pointed out his ability to swing the ball. Numerous netizens came out with statistics to prove Bhuvneshwar was a better choice.
However, Shami supporters felt just selecting Bhuvneshwar over Shami only for his batting abilities was not the right move, while some felt on current form, Shami over his teammate was a no-brainer. A handful few felt India needed to go in with both as three pacers and one spinner would’ve been a better combination.
Nevertheless, Bhuvneshwar justified his place with figures of 2/44 in his 10 overs, also dismissing top-scorer Chris Morris in the death overs. He also ably supported partner Jasprit Bumrah when he wreaked havoc in the opening spell. The chief tormenter-in-chief, however, was Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked up 4 wickets for 51.
India seemed set to victory, needing 85 runs off 19 overs at the time of publishing this story. Rohit Sharma was going great guns at 86 and his partnership with KL Rahul (26) of 85, had laid the platform for a comfortable chase.