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Twitterati question team selection after Kohli picked Pandey over Karthik in 1st T20I against Ireland

The second T20I, between India and Ireland, will be played on Friday.


Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team is playing a two-match T20 International series against Ireland ahead of their much-awaited England tour. Riding on Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan’s quick-fire fifties and Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal’s exceptional bowling spell, India won the first T20I by 76 runs.

Before the match, many experts as well cricket fans were left baffled in the first T20I by Virat Kohli’s team selection. In the first T20I, fans were expecting Dinesh Karthik or KL Rahul in India’s playing XI owing to their good form. However, Manish Pandey was preferred over Karthik and Pandey.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Virat’s decision:









The second T20I, between India and Ireland, will be played on Friday and fans should prepare themselves for some major changes as hinted by Virat Kohli at the post-match press conference.

“…we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order…We are looking to give everyone game-time and want them to portray the qualities they possess because many guys go on tour and never get an opportunity to play,” Virat Kohli has said after the first T20I.