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India vs South Africa : Gavaskar questions team selection for 2nd Test

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to a strain and Parthiv Patel was included is his place.

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From the moment India’s playing eleven was announced, cricket experts to game lovers, everyone was stunned with captain Virat Kohli and head coach’s decision to rope in Ishant Sharma in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and over benching Ajinkya Rahane for Rohit Sharma.

Now, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the choice of players for the second cricket Test against South Africa, saying opener Shikhar Dhawan’s “head is always on the chopping board”.

“India made three changes to their playing XI, with KL Rahul replacing Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma coming in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose three-wicket burst in the first morning of the opening Test rocked the hosts,” Gavaskar said.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to a strain and Parthiv Patel was included is his place.

Gavaskar said: “I think Shikhar Dhawan is the ‘Bali ka Bakra’ (scapegoat).”

His head is always on the chopping board. He just needs one bad innings and he is out of the team.

“I also don’t understand why Ishant came in for Bhuvneshwar when he had taken three wickets on the opening day at Cape Town. Ishant could have replaced Shami or Bumrah but leaving him (Bhuvi) out, I don’t understand.”

India were thrashed by 72 runs in the first Test against South Africa at Cape Town.

-With PTI inputs