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Donald, Laxman slam India think-tank for Bhuvneshwar omission

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Former greats and VVS Laxman today slammed India's team selection for the second Test against South Africa, saying the move to play Ishant Sharma at the expense of was baffling. Coming into the game after a 72-run defeat in the first Test, made three changes to their playing XI, with KL Rahul replacing and Ishant coming in for Bhuvneshwar, whose three-wicket burst in the first morning at rocked the hosts. Wicketkeeper was ruled out due to a strain and was included is his place. "Don't understand how you can leave a bowler out that don't have more bounce than a taller bowler @ImIshant. @BhuviOfficial has so much skill and accuracy that he brings. It's like leaving out @VDP_24!" pace legend Donald wrote on his twitter handle, while also making a reference to South pacer Philander ran through the Indian batting in the second innings of the first Test, claiming a career-best six-wicket haul at Donald also tweeted, "@BhuviOfficial left out..you are kidding me????" Former batsman Laxman was also surprised. "I am surprised not to find Bhuvi in the playing XI today.

In the first Test, he took the most number of wickets (6 wickets) showing skill in using the new ball & batted quite well showing patience nd resilience. Am I missing something here ??" Former batsman Vinod Kambli and left-arm pacer also made their displeasure public. "Virat and the Team Management are surprising their own players and confusing us. Heeee ha????????" While RP wrote, "Perception isn't the truth but it's bigger than truth these days" And may be that's why Bhuvi isn't a part of playing 11." Bhuvneshwar was the pick of the bowlers in Cape Town, taking six wickets while batting resolutely. Virat Kohli's team had folded for 135 in their second innings while chasing 208 to win the opening Test.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 19:05 IST
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