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"Selection committee members hi jao match khelne" - Furious Twitterati react as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli are rested again for West Indies ODIs

Fans are clearly not impressed with BCCI’s decision to rest Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
Fans are clearly not impressed with BCCI’s decision to rest Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

Regular Indian captain Rohit Sharma and senior batter Virat Kohli have been rested again, this time for the three-match one-day series in the West Indies to be played later this month. Veteran batter Shikhar Dhawan has been named captain of the team, while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been picked as the vice-captain.

The BCCI announced the Indian ODI squad for the West Indies series on Wednesday (July 6). Apart from Rohit and Kohli, other key members of the Indian team, pacer Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, and keeper-batter Rishabh Pant have also been given a break for the one-day series in West Indies.

Rohit missed the rescheduled Test in Birmingham against England and Bumrah led the team in his absence. Pant scored a 100 and a 50 in the same match. Both Rohit and Kohli were also rested for the five-match T20I series against South Africa at home. With KL Rahul being ruled out at the last moment, Pant led in that series.

The decision to “rest” Kohli and Rohit, despite the fact that they have been given ample breaks in recent times, left Indian cricket fans furious. Many took to Twitter to share their frustration. Some even reminded the players and the BCCI that all the star cricketers were available for all the IPL matches for their respective franchises.

Here are some Twitter reactions to BCCI’s decision to leave out Rohit and Kohli from India’s squad for the West Indies ODIs:

@BCCI How many rohit played to take rest??,kohli & bumrah just played one test only ,again rest??🙄🤯
@Human4567832 @BCCI 14 IPL matches, tired may be
@BCCI Rohit Sharma ??KL Rahul ??Jasprit Bumrah ??Rishabh Pant ??Hardik Pandya ??Bhuvneshwar Kumar ??6 players with a leadership role (as per BCCI) are not part of the team.. is this how we will win World Cup 2022 and 2023 ??
@BCCI भारतीय क्रिकेट बोर्ड ने आईपीएल से ही जद का पैसा कमाया है। इसलिए अब उनका भारतीय टीम से कोई लेना-देना नहीं है। सिर्फ आईपीएल ही इस कमी को पूरा कर रहा है। तो देश कोई लेना देना नही
Virat Kohli only wanted to take rest, he has enough time to shoot ads. Performance is so poor, dropped from top 10 test ranking. Just taken rest before test match and again wanted rest. No century from last 3 years, still wanted rest and too where he is too good.
@BCCI Rohit, kohli ko kitna aaram chaiye? 🥲 har ek series ke baad rest hi kr rhe hai
@BCCI Odi is a finished format without these two https://t.co/RA5kQEU2Y9
@BCCI Rohit?🤣🤣🤣
@BCCI Itna rest kyu de rahe hai hum… Abhi to rest krke aarahe hai … 6 match khelenge phirse rest … ipl mei to khel lete hai 14-15 matches … this is pathetic
@BCCI Kitna rest karenge ye log. Kohli Rohit IPL and England test ke beech rest liya. Kohli Rohit will play 6 Match in England and now they rested.Kisi ka cricket khelne ka man nhi hai kya?World Cup do mahine me hai, main players out of form hai or koi ata pta nhi final 15-20 kon h
@BCCI No R ashwin?Failed team.Virat having a break from his low scores?
@BCCI विराट,रोहित को कितना आराम करना है अब और रोहित तो जब से कप्तान बना है तब से आराम ही कर रहा है अगर उसकी बॉडी तीनों फॉर्मेट नहीं खेल सकती तो उसे तीनों फॉर्मेट का कैप्टन क्यों बनाया शिखर को कप्तान बनाया अच्छी बात पर पिछले कुछ दिनों में इतने कप्तान हुए हैं हर किसी को मौका मिल रहा है
@BCCI Why is virat rested ? And Rohit ? How much cricket have they even played. Virat barely spends 20 mins at the crease. Windies series could have been his chance to regain his form and confidence. Their lack of game time will again show in Asia Cup and World Cup later this year.
@BCCI No Rohit, Kohli, KL Rahul, Shami, Bumrah, Bhuvi & Pandya... Resting a couple of games is okay. Why so much of juggling of players and captaincy in every other series. Is it rest or is it some politics going on in the management. #disappointed #BCCI
@BCCI Jo regular caption hai vo regularly khelna kab shuru karega ? Aur aab isme Dinesh Karthik kyu nahi hai ? Use kya ho gaya aab chodo ek kam karo sabhi players ko rest de do aur selection committee members hi jao match khelne... #pathetic 😲
@BCCI Since Rohit appointed as skipper, Rest has become Topmost priority. Captain with his extraordinary health care service.
@BCCI @ImRo45 is he the captain for all formats or @BCCI will choose captains based on their whims and fancies ?why are senior player rested after just 1 series ? is this is way we will build a winning team ?

India’s squad for West Indies ODIs

Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Ravindra Jadeja (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.


Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are battling poor form

Kohli is having a wretched run in cricket irrespective of the format. His poor form has also been reflected in the latest ICC rankings. As per the updated list, Kohli has dropped out of the Top 10 among Test batters for the first time in six years.

Following his scores of 11 and 20 against England in Birmingham, the 33-year-old has now moved down to the 13th spot.

Rohit, when available, has also struggled with the willow ever since taking over as full-time skipper. After missing the entire South Africa tour, he registered a high score of 46 in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka at home. He failed in the T20Is as well, scoring 50 runs in three matches.

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