Indian skipper Virat Kohli sprung a big surprise at the toss ahead of the 1st Test match between India and West Indies as there was no Rohit Sharma in the playing XI. He had a race with Hanuma Vihari for a place in the middle-order and surprisingly, there was no place for the limited-overs vice-captain.
Twitterati was unimpressed with Kohli for not including Rohit in the playing XI and came hard on the Indian skipper. Here is how Twitterati reacted –
No Rohit today.? 😡
If he can able to score 3 double hundreds in ODI and 5 hundreds in the single edition of world cup, he definitely need a place in the test playing eleven. @BCCI
— Vajhu (@vajhullah) August 22, 2019
— 125+ kmph polio attack (@ILoganwa) August 22, 2019
No Rohit 😯 pic.twitter.com/yFLRfRxtQa
— Neha Sharma Addict 🙈❤ (@shahidabi1) August 22, 2019
— Rajeshhh_Rk (@rk7_rajesh) August 22, 2019
— Atul# GoodNewwz 💯 FB (@atulakki8) August 22, 2019
Where is rohit sharama.what's happening here Team skipper kohli.what r doing here ..u r selfish
— Jagdish (@Jagdish44036318) August 22, 2019
Rohit was a part of the Test team for the tour of Australia in 2018/19. He was given preference over Vihari at the start and played the first three matches. Vihari was benched for the first two Tests and got a chance to play at Perth as an opener.
When Rohit returned to India before the fourth Test, Vihari got a chance to bat in the middle-order. The Indian team management did not tinker much with the playing XI and retained Vihari, which meant there was no place for Rohit.
Surprisingly, there as no place in the playing XI for Kuldeep Yadav as well. He had taken a fifer in his previous Test against Australia earlier this year. But conditions in Antigua meant all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the only spinner in the playing XI.
Vihari can also bowl his off-spinners, which will surely see him bowl a few overs if needed.
West Indies won the toss and unsurprisingly, they opted to field first. The pitch is expected to assist pacers for the first few overs, that will see likes Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel test Indian batters right at the start.
Youngsters Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul will have a tough task to see off the new ball. Vice-captain and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane also has an uphill to score runs.
He hasn’t been in the best form of late and a failure in this series can see him being dropped from the playing XI soon.