The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have surprisingly left out Dinesh Karthik as they named the ODI squad for the first two games against Windies.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is back after a short rest to lead the ODI tea while Rohit Sharma will slot back as the vice-captain. On the other hand, young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant earned his debut call. Pant has been in scintillating form and will look to continue it in the limited-overs.
Surprisingly, India announced strong squad despite Windies sending their second string side. Perhaps, BCCI doesn’t want to take the risk, as Windies team has always been the tough fights in this format of the game. However, the surprise omission of Dinesh Karthik has drawn eyeballs from all corner.
The ODI series will start from October 21 following the culmination of the two-match Test series.
Since the announcement of the squad, BCCI was at the heart of many criticisms over the omission of the Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman.
Here is how the Twitter reacted with the omission of Dinesh Karthik from the first two ODI’s against Windies:
— プジャリー (@pujary_) October 11, 2018
Where is Dinesh karthik? He is best no 4 at the moment.biggest mistake made by selector.Bring back DK.
— nandha (@nandha1balan) October 11, 2018
.@RishabPant777 broke open the ODI doors. He has the ability to win you losing games – at the same time I am surprised Manish Pandey was preferred over Dinesh Karthik
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) October 11, 2018
Tough on Dinesh Karthik….
Good to see Pant get a shot, but right now if you have to choose between Karthik and Dhoni for a limited-overs place, surely Karthik deserves it more. https://t.co/5RHnCxL8DI
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) October 11, 2018
Yess it's right to give chance pant in limited overs, but what about Dinesh Karthik he is good when he got chance. #AakashVani
— Maulik Vadariya (@MaulikVadariya) October 9, 2018
R U GONR MAD or wat ,y shardul thakur is there in team and y manish pandey is playing instead of dinesh karthik
— sumanth (@sumanth4u053) October 11, 2018
Where Is Dinesh Karthik???
— Tapas Ranjan Samal (@samaltapas7) October 11, 2018
— Naveen (@naveensuguru75) October 5, 2018
Rishabh Pant breaks into Indian ODI team, replacing Dinesh Karthik; Regular captain Virat Kohli back for first 2 games against West Indies. – https://t.co/ReCS9Wg5Fd
— dailyworld(.)in (@DailyWorldChd) October 11, 2018
Hearing That Rishabh Pant Might Replace Dinesh Karthik in India odi team if that is true we are Right way to World Cup we didn't need player like DK who play for himself then for team #INDvWI
— Ankit Pandey (@PandeyAnkit21) October 11, 2018
Does Manish Pandey pay bcci just to be in the squad ????
How many more chances will he get don't waste chances on a usless player like him ?? Why no Dinesh Karthik
— Suraj Karkera ?❤️?? (@karkerasrj) October 11, 2018
Don't tell me Dinesh Karthik has been dropped. You need a player like him at No.6 who can smash from the word go in ODI cricket especially in England on those batting beauties. https://t.co/1wQcRRG7iK
— Narbavi (@Narbavi) October 11, 2018
— Manoj Dimri (@manoj_dimri) October 11, 2018