Team India’s selection was surprising, says Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis was expecting to see Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav in playing XI but Virat’s move to play Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in place of the stalwarts not only surprised the South African captain but also contributed in Team India’s defeat.

“We were surprised yes. We didn’t think that Jasprit Bumrah would have played. We know that he’s done really well in one-day cricket but we were preparing more for the other seamers because they’ve played a lot of Tests,” he said.

He added, “I think the other guy was Rohit Sharma ahead of Ajinkya Rahane. He’s been in a bit of form one-day cricket wise so they’re probably just running with that.”

Virat has tried to justify team selection, only to see his words adding more fuel to already ignited fire. He has been lambasted by fans for his unusual call, leading India to defeat.


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