Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

When Team India captain KL Rahul announced India’s playing XI for the second Test against Bangladesh, several fans were shocked to find left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav dropped from the team.

As per the team management, the strip was confusing and they needed to play three seamers on the Dhaka track. Hence, Kuldeep, who picked eight wickets in the first Test including a five-wicket haul, was dropped from the squad.

Rahul and head coach Rahul Dravid were at the receiving end of the anger of the fans. The cricket buffs felt that Kuldeep was yet again unlucky.

Legendry cricketer Sunil Gavaskar also joined the bandwagon. The former Indian batsman said that dropping Kuldeep was unbelievable.

“Dropping a Man of the Match, that is unbelievable. That’s the only word I can use and it’s a gentle word. I would like to use quite stronger words, but it’s unbelievable that you left out a ‘man of the match’, who got eight out of the 20 wickets,” said Gavaskar.

“You have got two other spinners (Axar Patel and R. Ashwin). So surely, one of the other spinners could have been dropped. But this guy, who took eight wickets should have played today with due respect to what the pitch looks like,” he added.

Notably, Jaydev Unadkat was drafted in place of Kuldeep. Unadkat picked up two wickets by giving away 50 runs in the match. Bangladesh were bundled out for 227 with Umesh Yadav (4/25) and Ravichandran Ashwin (4/71) scalping four wickets each.

In reply, India were 19 without loss at stumps on the opening day of the second Test.