Rain has delayed the start of the first T20I between Ireland and India but the Hardik Pandya-led team have got the first and foremost thing right- the toss. Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl first which seems like a good decision considering India playing in foreign conditions. However, Pandya’s and VVS Laxman’s decision to leave out pacer Harshal Patel did not go too well with the Indian cricket team fans.
As soon as the Playing XI for the first T20I was revealed, fans started questioning Patel’s omission. “What’s the point in leaving out Harshal Patel the highest wicket taker of previous series?” questioned one user. “Well non inclusion of Harshal Patel is questionable considering how good he bowled in the SA series,” wrote another.
Well non inclusion of Harshal Patel is questionable considering how good he bowled in the SA series .
— Krishav (@iamkrishavC) June 26, 2022
What's the point in leaving out Harshal Patel the highest wicket taker of previous series ?
— Anindo Chatterjee (@4455Anindo) June 26, 2022
Check out other reactions as well:
— ??????? ???????? (@SaurabhTripathS) June 26, 2022
Also, how Avesh Khan over Harshal Patel?
— Jonah Abraham ? (@JonahAbraham26) June 26, 2022
Why not harshal Patel
— Aryan (@Aryan96549521) June 26, 2022
No Sanju Samson and no Harshal Patel. Very poor decisions from Hardik Pandaya and VVS Laxman.#INDvsIRE
— Angry Munda (@angrybanda) June 26, 2022
How can you drop Harshal patel @BCCI
— marcos (@surajsharma2205) June 26, 2022
Where is harshal Patel highest Wicket taker since 2022 Jan #HardikPandya
— KING ? Believer ❤️ (@ROYALBanna183) June 26, 2022
Notably, apart from Harshal Patel, there were a few surprise omissions as well. Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who had a great IPL 2022 and also performed decently in the T20I series against South Africa was also left out. Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi also failed to find a place in India’s playing XI. Meanwhile, Umran Malik finally got a chance and became the second cricketer from the state of Jammu and Kashmir to play for India.
India (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik