Bhuvneshwar Kumar was dropped for the second Test against South Africa cricket team which began in Centurion on Saturday, and although India did manage to pick up six wickets on Day 1, it baffled quite a few on social media as to why the most successful bowler in the first Test met such a fate. (South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Day 2, live updates)
Bhuvneshwar picked up four wickets in the first innings and added another two to his tally to finish with match figures of 6/120 in the opening Test in Cape Town. Besides his efforts with the ball, the lanky right-handed pacer also provided a vital contribution with the bat, scoring 25 off 86 deliveries in the first innings and adding another 13 off 41 deliveries in the second. (South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Day 2, live scorecard)
While the 38 runs might not seem like a tall figure, the grit and determination with which he held fort at one end helped Hardik Pandya open his arms in the first innings, and gave India a glimmer of hope in the second.
He was also the batsman who faced the maximum number of deliveries from the Indian camp in the Test.
However, he surprisingly made way for Ishant Sharma in this Test. The second Test at Centurion doesn’t have too much grass and is expected to be a bouncy wicket unlike the one in Cape Town where the pitch helped bowlers generate enough swing to torment batsmen.
Thus, while Bhuvneshwar might not have received too much of a lateral movement from the deck, it seemed to come as a harsh decision to leave him out of a must-win game.
Fans across social media seem to have been enraged with the team’s think-tank and it gave way for a few nasty jokes and jibes on social media. Here are the top 10 ones handpicked for you:
Unsolved mysteries :— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) January 13, 2018
1. Bermuda Triangle
3. Why is Bhuvaneshwar out of the team? #SAvInd
Parthiv Patel is the senior most player in Indian Team today. What a time to be alive!— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) January 13, 2018
Virat replaced Dhawan with KL Rahul : Wow now India will score 30-40 runs more this time.— Justice Smoking Skills (@SmokingSkills_) January 13, 2018
Virat replaced Bhuvi with Ishant : Shit now India will need to score 100-200 runs more this time. #INDvsSA
Bhuneshwar Kumar outside Asia in Tests— Jasveer Singh Kharra (@imjsk27) January 8, 2018
Batting: 335 runs @ 27.91 in 15 innings (3*50)
Better record than Rohit (445 runs @ 23.42, 2*50)
Bowling: 32 Wkts @ 26.65 , SR 53.7 (3 fifers)
Only indian bowler who averages less than 34#SAvIND
Current form helps Rohit play over Rahane.— Nikhil ������ (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 13, 2018
No such criteria for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Kohli and his Test selections are another series, overseas. #SAvIND
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
Pretty sure Virat Kohli dropped Bhuvneshwar just for the laugh potential of watching Ishant Sharma high fiving Parthiv.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 13, 2018
If Kohli was SA’s skipper, he would’ve dropped Philander for this Test. #Bhuvi#SAvIND— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) January 13, 2018
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dropped from the team, but why not Pandya too?— Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) January 13, 2018
He also played well in the 1st test.#INDvSA
Why is Bhuvneshwar Kumar dropped?������ World wants to know #SAvIND— Aakash Shah (@aakashs317) January 13, 2018
It remains to be seen if Ishant Sharma would be able to do justice to his inclusion.