After being unable to defend a score of 178 put on board by the Indian side, Shikha Pandey, Priya Punia, Shafali Verma, and Radha Yadav are talk of the town as people question the selectors on the exclusion of the above mentioned from the team.
Vice-Captain Harmanpreet Kaur clarified in a press conference that Shikha Pandey had been rested for the series so as to give the youngsters a chance. But post the defeat in the first ODI of the five series, the audience wants to see experienced players in action.
In an opinion poll conducted by us on Instagram, it was revealed that people were unhappy with the team selection and wanted to see changes in the playing XI for the next ODI. Almost everyone was looking forward to seeing Shafali Verma in action after her amazing show at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. The youngster surely is a sensation now and the audiences’ expectations from her have increased.
They also feel that Shikha Pandey and Radha Yadav’s exclusion from the playing XI might be one of the reasons why there weren’t any quick wickets taken. Both the bowlers outplayed themselves in the 2020 Women’s T20 World cup and made their mark in the team. Radha’s spin and Shikha’s pace along with her contribution to the middle order are seen missing.
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Another major quotient seen to be missing is Priya Punia’s contribution to the top order. People feel that Smriti Mandhana and Priya are a better opening pair than Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana. The audience was keen on seeing Priya add fast and quick runs to the scoreboard with her class batting alongside Mandhana, which to their surprise couldn’t happen.
Should India make any change in the XI for 2nd ODI vs South Africa? #INDvSA
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) March 7, 2021
Few other players that the viewers suggested could have been made a part of the team were – Mansi Joshi, Veda Krishnamurthy, and Taniya Bhatiya; while few were of the opinion that the same team should work hard and better planning should be done for winning further matches.