Year-Ender 2018: From India becoming the No 1 Test side to Virat Kohli becoming the No 1 batsman in ODI and Tests, the India captain has had a year to remember! But, as they say, even the moon has scars in it, similarly, some decisions taken by Kohli baffled all his fans. One of the biggest surprising decision may have been the dropping of Cheteshwar Pujara for the Edgbaston Test. In this article, we will highlight the five shocking decisions taken by Kohli.
Axing Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 2nd Test in South Africa:
He was your bowler in form and hence it surprised one and all as Kohli dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the Test after he picked up six wickets in the first Test at Cape Town. He also chipped in with the bat as he scored 25 off 86 deliveries in the first innings and adding another 13 off 41 deliveries in the second. It was surprising as he would have been a certainty for the next Test but was not picked. The pitch was fast and assisted bounce as well, which are factors that should have worked in his favour in the Test.
Dropping Cheteshwar Pujara For Edgbaston test:
Pujara is your No 3 and one of the most dependable batsmen in the Indian team. Dropping him probably was the most insane decision taken by Kohli in his captaincy career. Pujara proved once again in Australia in Adelaide where he was the only Indian batsman to get among the runs on a wicket where everyone else failed. Pujara is gold and one just cannot drop him but Kohli did and soon rectified himself in the Test that followed.
Dropping Ajinkya Rahane for first two Tests against South Africa:
Rahane is one of the rare batsmen who has a phenomenal record in away Tests and dropping him for the first two Tests was a blunder. Rohit Sharma was picked instead of Rahane and the decision backfired as Rohit did not get among the runs. Rahane finally got his opportunity in the third Test, where he scored 48 runs on a lively track proving his worth.
Playing Kuldeep Yadav at Lord’s:
India played two spinners on a track which did not assist the spinners. And it was not Ravindra Jadeja, instead, it was Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin. Again the decision backfired as India lost the Test by an innings and 159 runs. Soon, Kuldeep Yadav was dropped for the Test that followed, which would not have done his confidence any good.
Not Playing a Spinner at Perth:
It seems Kohli and the entire team management got the pitch wrong. It was a green top and India got fooled by it and did not field a specialist spinner. Nathan Lyon bagged the Man of the Match on the same track proving that India got it completely wrong. Lyon got assistance from the same pitch and India missed a spinner big time.