After the humiliating defeat in the first Test, world number one India will be desperate to bounce back in the ongoing second game.
Unlike the pace bowlers, it was an outing to forget for the Indian batsmen as they failed to deliver in either of the innings in Capetown. With the series on the line, the visitors will be eyeing an improved show in Centurion.
Toss update: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat first in the 2nd Test. Three changes for #TeamIndia. KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma and Parthiv Patel are in the Playing XI #SAvIND #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/kbj1louaSU
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 13, 2018
After South Africa captain won the toss and decided to bat first in the second Test at the SuperSport Park, India skipper Virat Kohli named the three changes to the side that lost the first Test by bringing in KL Rahul, Parthiv Patel and Ishant Sharma in place of Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar respectively.
But, Kohli’s decision of dropping in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not liked by the Indian fans and they slammed the skipper and head coach Ravi Shastri for their team selection.
Here’s are some of the Twitter reactions:
Ishant Sharma in for Bhuvi.
Rohit Sharma again gets the chance over Rahane.
I think Anushka Sharma selecting the playing XI on this tour.#INDvSA
— Self Isolated Sunil (@1sInto2s) January 13, 2018
India has actually dropped Bhuvi for Ishant. Ok then, good luck.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 13, 2018
Bhuvi bowled well, batted well, had to be dropped.
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) January 13, 2018
— Dileep Krishna (@benigntumour) January 13, 2018
Bhuvi out because pitch doesn't favour him, despite him being in good form. Rahane out because Rohit is in good form. Erm, okay! #SAvIND
— Aishu Haridas (@imaishu_) January 13, 2018
Pick up top 3 wickets in first 3 overs and end up with 6 wickets in the test. Share a crucial 100 run stand in context of the game. My name is Bhuvi
You are not in form. My name is Kohli. Benched #IndVSA
— Karthik Ramasamy (@yakarthik) January 13, 2018
First Flat track, white ball bully over Rahane, now pedestrian Ishant over the best bowler of all formats in India right now, Bhuvi.
That's what happen when ego & arrogance took over a person#SAvIND
— Sayan (@Tweets_by_Sayan) January 13, 2018
Terrible decision to drop Bhuvi for Ishant. Beats any logic to drop your best bowler for an unproven one…Atrocious #SAvsIND
— Sanjay Goyal (@sanjaysaab) January 13, 2018
— satish (@NirmalkarSatish) January 13, 2018
Undoubtedly Rahane should be included instead of Rohit Sharma! Excluding Bhuvi is obviously poor choice! #SAvIND
— Ram Akhil (@pupp1409) January 13, 2018