After the recently hired batting coach of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) published his expected starting XI for the next match between India and New Zealand on Thursday, former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer has come under fire on social media.
On the eve of the first One Day International (ODI) between the ICC World Cup 2019 semifinalist teams, Jaffer made a starting XI prediction on Twitter.
Jaffer put Shreyas Iyer in at No. 3 batting with Dhawan and Shubman Gill starting the inning. Jaffer chose Rishabh Pant to start the series, but when predicting India's starting lineup against New Zealand, the former Indian opener passed over power hitter Sanju Samson.
My XI for 1st ODI:
No wrist spinners cos Eden Park has small boundaries. Backing Sundar & Hooda vs 4 NZ lefties. Bat deep with Chahar @ 9. ODIs at Eden park often decided by lower order camoes. #NZvIND— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 24, 2022
Jaffer claimed that the restricted nature of Eden Park prevented him from selecting any wrist spinners. In addition, he supported Washington Sundar and Deepak Hooda in their fight with the four left-handed New Zealanders.
Jaffer also included Deepak Chahar in his starting lineup because ODI matches at Eden Park are frequently decided by the lower-order cameos.
Over six thousand people have liked Jaffer's tweet about India's starting lineup for the first ODI. After Jaffer disclosed his starting XI, supporters of wicketkeepers Pant and Samson created a heated discussion on Twitter.
However, the fact that Jaffer left out Sanju Samson from his Playing XI and picked the off-form Rishabh Pant instead, led to a massive stir among the fans of the Men in Blue.
You picked others (who have failed time 'n again) over Sanju Samson for T20I.
Now you are neglecting him for ODIs as well, despite the fact that he fared better than most others in this format.
Why is discrimination? pic.twitter.com/cL3RqxnyZ3— Khalid Mahmood Akif (@KM_Akif) November 24, 2022
For all those who are asking for pant spot ahead of Samson, please do watch ODIs played previously.
Pant is poor in t20is, but he done so well ever since he made comeback in 2021 March for ODIs, he did well against eng(twice),in sa.
It's btw Sky and Samson— Guru (@okguru_) November 24, 2022
No Samson!!! The bias towards pant is clear and it’s disappointing that people who can highlight this are not doing so coz they are afraid of BCCI.— Jinesh (@jinnraj1) November 24, 2022
Pant made match winning hundred in the last odi he played against England.
I can understand for T20 maybe we need to move on from him but in ODIs he is an asset— Pradyumn (@PradyumnPaliwal) November 24, 2022
No Sanju in the team.
That's Shocking. Even the experts are biased— Subhendu Kumar Sahoo (@Subhendu0772) November 24, 2022
India today is playing white-ball cricket in an effort to continue its winning streak after defeating New Zealand in the shortest format to win the series. The Rohit Sharma-less team took on Kane Williamson's New Zealand in the opening ODI of the three-match series at Eden Park in Auckland under the captaincy of acting skipper Dhawan.
An ODI and Test series in Bangladesh, a neighbouring nation, will be played after the New Zealand tour.
After India's humiliating exit from the T20 World Cup 2022, regular head coach Rahul Dravid, who had been given a holiday during the New Zealand trip and had been replaced by VVS Laxman, will take over as the team travels to Bangladesh.