One of the most talked about aspects in the lead up to the second Test between South Africa and India at the Centurion was how the teams would line up. India’s selection was more under scrutiny after the batting collapse in the first Test. Virat Kohli made three changes, but the one that caught the eye the most was dropping Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the more experienced Ishant Sharma.
Kumar, was instrumental in helping India save some embarrassment in the first innings when he not only broke the back of the South African batting line up with some top notch seam bowling but also because he held fort and made a big contribution with the bat while batting alongside Hardik Pandya.
Bringing in Ishant Sharma for Bhuvneshwar Kumar has raised quite a few eyebrows, and one of the best fast bowlers to have played the game, Allan Donald reacted rather angrily.
@BhuviOfficial left out..you are kidding me??
— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) January 13, 2018
Bhuvneshwar, in the first Test match at Newlands in Cape Town was possibly the pick of the players for the Indian team, as he took the most number of wickets (6) and in fact played the most number of deliveries among the whole team over the two innings (127).
Apart from replacing Kumar with Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli brought in Parthiv Patel for Wriddhiman Saha, who became the keeper with the most dismissals in Test match in Cape Town with a hand in 10 wickets, and KL Rahul for Shikhar Dhawan.