IND vs WI: Fans Are Slamming BCCI For Ignoring Arshdeep Singh and Ruturaj Gaikwad

IND vs WI: Having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-ODI series against the West Indies, fans had expected India to make a number of changes and give chances to more of the fringe players who sat out in the first two ODIs.

However, Shikhar Dhawan, India’s stand-in captain for this series, named just one change: Prasidh Krishna returning in the eleven for Avesh Khan, who had replaced Krishna in the eleven for the second ODI to make his ODI debut.

This left the fans frustrated as the likes of Arshdeep Singh, who has become a fan favourite since his terrific performances in the IPL 2022, and Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan, two of the top run-scorers in the last two IPL seasons, were consigned to the bench once again.

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Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and elected to bat first in the third ODI, a dead rubber. India made only one change while the hosts rung in three changes.

Here are the two teams for 3rd IND vs WI ODI:

West Indies (Playing XI): Shai Hope(w), Brandon King, Keacy Carty, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran(c), Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh, Jayden Seales

India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan(c), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson(w), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna

While Kishan and Gaikwad have got their chances in the T20Is against South Africa and Ireland, Arshdeep Singh has got all of a total of ONE match in the last two months while being the Indian team.

He was benched for all 5 T20Is vs South Africa, for both T20Is vs Ireland. He then made his T20I debut in the first match vs England where he impressed very much, bowling a maiden first over and registering figures of 2/18. But was dropped again for the next two T20Is as the seniors returned. Then again was ignored for the entire ODI series vs West Indies.

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Now, with Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Harshal Patel, and Hardik Pandya returning for the following T20I series, Arshdeep is unlikely to start in the T20Is vs West Indies as well.

Fans were really upset with Arshdeep and Gaikwad not getting to make their respective ODI debut in the dead rubber vs West Indies.

“Harsh call… Had to play arshdeep… Prasidh hasn’t been very impressive, and could’ve tried different angle with series in bag already,” one fan tweeted.

“This was the best opportunity to test Arshdeep Singh and Ruturaj in ODIs. I don’t understand what team management was thinking,” another fan wrote.

Here are some more reactions:

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Jatin Khandelwal

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