In a do-or-die encounter against Sri Lanka, India have been asked to bat first at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. After having losing their last match against Pakistan, the Men in Blue ought to win this game if they are to reach the final of the Asia Cup 2022.
At the toss, skipper, Rohit Sharma announced India’s playing XI and fans were quite surprised to hear the solitary change that took place in the eleven. Notably, Ravichandran Ashwin has replaced Ravi Bishnoi in India’s playing XI for today’s game against Sri Lanka.
Although Rohit Sharma mentioned that Ashwin has been included in the eleven because Sri Lanka have a lot of left-handers in their eleven, the decision didn’t go down too well with the fans.
It is worth mentioning that Ravi Bishnoi was the best bowler for India in the last game against Pakistan. In his four-over spell, he picked the crucial wicket of Babar Azam and conceded only 26 runs. Despite that, he has been replaced by the veteran spinner.
Fans aren’t pleased with the decision and have come up with several reactions on the same. Here’s a look at some of the notable ones:
Wah! Ravi Bishnoi who bowled in the powerplay & got the big wicket of Babar Azam & then bowled a fantastic 18th over after being thrown into the fire against Pakistan has been dropped ?@ImRo45 #SportsYaari #CricketTwitter
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) September 6, 2022
Chahl soo lucky.
— Sammy (@ammyhundal_) September 6, 2022
Team management ??
— saurav (@saurav_king18) September 6, 2022
Should've replace chahal
— sonu jagga (@sonujagga1995) September 6, 2022
Why???? Why not chahal ???
— Kohlian (@Kohlian3) September 6, 2022
That's why I Hate rohit
— Hardik (@Hardikfanboyy) September 6, 2022
yuzvendra chahal should've been replaced
— dev (@bluecapsranger) September 6, 2022
Why bishnoi done extremely well
— TejaVIRAT_Tarak???? (@TejaPandruvada) September 6, 2022
Not a good decision
— wolvesholic (@wolvesholic22) September 6, 2022
— Dhaval18 (@Dhavalbarot1817) September 6, 2022
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka haven’t made any changes to their playing XI. They are coming into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 4-wicket win over Afghanistan. Another win would more or less confirm their spot in the final. Sri Lanka are riding a wave of confidence and you expect them to give a solid fight to the Men in Blue.
Interestingly, India have made only one change in their playing XI. Before the toss, there were speculations that Axar Patel and Dinesh Karthik could replace Deepak Hooda and Rishabh Pant but that did not happen.
India have been asked to bat first and they would be looking to replicate a similar start that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided in the last game.