Former India opener Virender Sehwag has taken to Twitter to weigh in on the Cheteshwar Pujara selection conundrum. The post has sparked a debate among India cricket fans on whether Pujara should be included in the second test.
In Edgbaston, when Virat Kohli announced his side at the toss, there was a collective sigh when he mentioned that there was no Cheteshwar Pujara in the starting XI. There were merits to this decision -- Pujara has not been in the best of forms and he had to make way for KL Rahul.
However, the sentiment has considerably changed after the failure of the Indian batting and there were plenty of loose strokes played that has put the spotlight back on Pujara and his 'tight game'.
It has to be mentioned here that the right-hander could only muster 172 runs in 12 innings at an average of 14.33. However, the mode of dismissals in the first Test could force the management to play him ahead of either of Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul.
Sehwag takes to Twitter
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag took to Twitter and posted a question asking fans' opinion on the Pujara debate.
Pope likely to play for England,— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 6, 2018
Should India play Pujara in the second test. ?
After all it’s Lords
And was expected, there have been a plethora of opinions as fans have put forth their opinions.
Vijay— @Dk41424?? (@dk41424) August 6, 2018
Yes positively Pujara 100% must play in the 2nd test he's been our best performer in our home season scoring past even Kohli and in south Africa he hit a 50 which no other top indian batsman could do except Kohli.Dropping Pujara just because of poor county form is unacceptable— TIMOROUS ENIGMA ?? (@enigma_timorous) August 6, 2018
Yes sirji Pujara must be in 2nd test and KL Rahul and Dhawan should open for India— Suraj Deshmukh (@Surajd313) August 6, 2018
Less chance pujara survive english pacers top of the order . Even aswin will be better than him ?— Deepu (@deepuortho) August 6, 2018
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has, however, asked Virat Kohli to stick with players for a longer time in order to give them the confidence to do well. England will also be without the services of their star all-rounder in Ben Stokes and have included Chris Woakes in his place. Also, Dawid Malan has been given the axe and young Surrey all-rounder Ollie Pope could make his debut at Lord's.