Fans Criticise Virat Kohli, Team Management's Decision to Prefer Kedar Jadhav Over Manish Pandey in India's Playing XI
New Zealand vs India 2020, Kedar Jadhav, Virat Kohli

Fans Criticise Virat Kohli, Team Management’s Decision to Prefer Kedar Jadhav Over Manish Pandey in India’s Playing XI

Virat Kohli is being criticized for his decision not to go with the middle-order batsman Manish Pandey in the first ODI match against New Zealand. While the all-rounder Kedar Jadhav was given a place in the final XI. It has led the fans to question Kohli and team management’s strategy to drop in-form Pandey.

In the recent past, Jadhav couldn’t show much promise. On the other hand, Pandey has almost remained not out in the last innings played for India. Also, he has proved to be an interesting finisher.

In the fourth T20I match, the Karnataka player also scored an unbeaten half-century to lead the team to set a fighting total against New Zealand.

Also, in the last five innings played, he has remained not out. While in the ODI series against Australia, he didn’t get enough chances to prove himself with the willow.

Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav

But Pandey’s performance did not stop the Indian team-management from dropping him for the ongoing ODI against New Zealand as Jadhav got a chance to prove his metal.

Jadhav last played ODI series against the West Indies in the home series where he failed to do well. He also bowled in just one match and had gone wicketless.

Kedar Jadhav, India's ODI Squad, Windies vs India 2019
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However, skipper Kohli preferred Jadhav over Pandey. He also stated the reason during the toss. Indian skipper explained that Jadhav’s inclusion in the playing XI would add to the bowling option. but Kohli’s reason didn’t make a difference as fans went on to troll him and team management.

Have a look at some of the Twitter reactions after Manish Pandey misses out on to play 1st ODI against New Zealand with Kedar Jadhav being introduced in the line-up:

Meanwhile, in Hamilton, Virat Kohli’s men set the target of 347 runs against the host New Zealand in the first ODI match.