Asia Cup 2018

Twitterati reacts on Virat Kohli’s exclusion from Asia Cup Squad

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced the 16-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup scheduled to start from September 15 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Skipper Virat Kohli has been rested for the tournament with Rohit Sharma named captain in his absence. Shikhar Dhawan was appointed the vice-captain of the Indian team. Meanwhile, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav returned to the India ODI set up while 20-year-old Khaleel Ahmed was included in the squad to bolster the pace department.

The squad announced on Saturday includes Khaleel Ahmed who has earned his maiden India call-up. A 20-year-old left-arm pacer from Rajasthan, Khaleel was part of the Surisers Hyderabad team during the 2018 edition of the IPL but got to play only one game in which he went wicketless while conceding 38 runs off three overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is yet to play a single match in the ongoing Test series in England, was also included in the squad.

“Considering the workload, we have given Virat Kohli a rest. He has been playing continuously for quite some time. We need to preserve some of our precious players who are playing all three formats. Looking at that workload we have started with Virat and he will be rested for Asia Cup,” MSK Prasad, BCCI Chief selector was quoted as saying by ANI.

There are two, three slots we are yet to see before we fix the final team for the World Cup and one of the slots is a seamer slot which is available. We are looking at a left-hander option in Khaleel Ahmed, he added.

After the squad was announced, fans take to twitter to show their anger.

Here’s how Twitter reacted;

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