Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has questioned Team India’s selection in the second Test. The Indian team management has dropped India’s most impressive bowler in the first Test Bhuvneshwar Kumar and brought in Ishant Sharma and also dropped Shikhar Dhawan, who made way for KL Rahul. India made three changes to their side, with just one forced change of Wriddhiman Saha who sustained a hamstring injury during practice. Parthiv Patel replaced Saha.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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However, Ajinkya Rahane who got the backing from many former cricketers was again ignored for the second Test. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India’s star performer with the ball in the first test as he gave India early breakthroughs in the first innings of the first and finished the match with six wickets.

Shikhar Dhawan India South Africa
Shikhar Dhawan insists on staying positive and confident ahead of the second Test in Centurion.

Dhawan, on the other hand, was dropped from the side after failing in the first Test. Dhawan has been India’s first choice opener on Indian pitches. This two decision left the legendary Indian batsman fuming.

Sunil Gavaskar
MUMBAI, INDIA – MAY 2, 2006: Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo by Manoj Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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 innings 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 the opening day at Cape Town. Ishant could have replaced Shami or Bumrah but leaving him out, I don’t understand.”

South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first in the second Test at the Supersport Park in Centurion. Aiden Markram fell short of a well deserved century by six runs. Meanwhile, Elgar scored 31 before falling prey to Ravichandran Ashwin.

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