BCCI today announced the 15-man squad for the upcoming home test series against New Zealand which starts on September 22. The talk was about Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan’s place in the team considering their recent performances and the good showing by the domestic players in Duleep Trophy.
Only Stuart Binny and seamer Shardul Thakur has been trimmed from the squad that traveled to West Indies last month.
Here is the team:
TEST squad – Virat (Capt), Rahul, Pujara, Rahane, Vijay, Rohit, Ashwin, Saha, Jadeja, Shami, Ishant, Bhuvi, Shikhar, Mishra, Umesh #INDvNZ
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 12, 2016
People on twitter wanted Gautam Gambhir to be a part of the squad and were surprised at the inclusion of Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan. Twitterati mocked and showed disappointment over the selection:
BCCI Should Give Chance To Dawan Who's Performing Better Than Shikhar Dhawan.
— Viru Fan Club (@VirenderrSehwag) September 12, 2016
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma Is IN, Gautam Gambhir Is OUT.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) September 12, 2016
— Silly Point ? (@FarziCricketer) September 12, 2016
India pick a largely predictable team for the series against New Zealand. That they can do so is a measure of confidence.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 12, 2016
Indian team unchanged for Tests v New Zealand. Selection meeting became a formality
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 12, 2016
You can actually sense the disappointment in the media when a sensible selection is made.?
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 12, 2016
— CONSULT GST (@mayankagar1) September 12, 2016
I wish i had the powers to keep all injustice and corruption out of the world. Can't see my idol become the victim of it. #BringBackGG
— GAUTIAN? ARANYAKA (@GautiAranyaka) September 12, 2016
No surprises in India's Test squad. Proven spin trio, turning tracks expected. No need for two seam-bowling options. Three openers. #INDvNZ
— Jamie Alter (@jamie_alterTOI) September 12, 2016