Rishabh Pant was recalled back for the ODI series against Australia while Dinesh Karthik was axed from the team.
The Indian selectors announced squads for the five match ODI series and tow T20 internationals. Pant has done well in whites but he still has a long way to go in ODIs.
Dinesh Karthik was lambasted for refusing to take a single during the last T20 against New Zealand, which India lost by 4 runs. Krunal Pandya, who was at the other end, was left baffled by Karthik’s decision.
The axing of Karthik didn’t go down well with cricket fanatics, who slammed the BCCI for dropping the right hand batsman.
@BCCI your politics and partiality is so bare for everyone to see. Presenting Pant with an opportunity to play on Indian pitches, is a clear strategy to bury and eliminate DineshKarthik from the world cup squad. School boy politics! #whereisdk #dineshkarthik
— Joe Praveen (@Mystiquerealms) February 15, 2019
@DineshKarthik sir…I m extremely disappointed for u..u have extremely bad luck with u along with extremely gifted batting..I hope & pray like a #GullyBoy u also have #ApnaTimeAyeega moment…@BCCI couldn’t understand this call
— Sunny Nandi (@SunnyNandi5) February 15, 2019
Now that Rishabh Pant has been picked, and needs game time to be assessed for a World Cup spot, I wonder whose place he will get. Jadhav? Or Rayudu? Irrespective of that, I hope this is not a final decision on Dinesh Karthik because that will be very hard on him
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 15, 2019
Really surprised to see Dinesh Karthik dropped for the Australia series!
— CricBlog (@cric_blog) February 15, 2019
— Abhishek (@abhishek2526) February 15, 2019
No @DineshKarthik in the squad for last ODI series before World Cup. He did what all has been asked of him still his place in the side is not confirmed. Very very hard on him after performing his duties successfully #IndvsAusSquad
— Maharshi (@vmadhavm) February 15, 2019
If you ask anyone –
Dinesh Karthik or KL Rahul ?
Almost everyone will agree on DK bcz he proved himself in last 1 year but still BCCI dropped him ! Can you please tell us that on what basis you pick KL Rahul in Team again?#INDvAUS
— Bhupesh Dave (@Bhupesh_live) February 15, 2019