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Why Virat Kohli was 100 percent Right in Dropping Bhuvi from Centurion test

Lot of abuses have been hurled on indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli for dropping Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India's slow medium pace bowler) from playing eleven of recently concluded centurion test match between India and South Africa.

Some are saying that it is arrogance of the captain while others believe that ego of winning 9 series in a row has reached kohli's head and he is changing and tinkering team as per habit.

Well, while sections of Indian media might believe that they will get instant popularity among already hurt Indian cricket fans, who are going through pain of another overseas defeat, by insulting and abusing Kohli, we will make it clear here that Virat Kohli was 100 percent right in dropping Bhuvneshwar Kumar aka Bhuvi from playing 11 of centurion test.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar - Swing it like Bhuvi


Sometime comparison helps. Especially when it is done between similar entities. Fortunately we had couple of similar type of players in this test match too.

Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Vernon Philander and right handed all rounders. Bot are known for swing bowling and batting usefully in lower order.

If you look at bowling records of both these men, it'c clear that Vernon Philander is better and more capable swing bowler than Bhuvi.

In first test played at cape town between Indian and South Africa which South Africa won by 72 runs, Bhuvi took total of 6 wickets and Vernon Philander took total of 9 wickets. Thing here is that Bhuvi only got 2 wickets in second innings (and looked ordinary and slow) while Philader took 6 in second innings, thereby proving that even when conditions are not supporting swing bowling he can deliver.

Kohli believed that conditions at centurion cricket ground weren't right enough for swing bowling and hence he dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar and replaced him with Ishant Sharma, who we now know did very well.

Controversy surrounding Bhuvi occurred as South Africa went on with Philander while India dropped Bhuvi.

Over the years, for Indian media, what overseas captain do is right while what Indian captain does is wrong by default. Even though Indian captain is best in world he is treated as someone arrogant and not good at strategizing things in the middle of the match.

Thus, since South African captain Faf Du Plessis picked Vernon Philander in team and that Kohli dropped Bhuvneshwar kumar, it automatically becomes wrong selection.

But as we saw in match at centurion, Vernon Philander proved to be highly useless and in fact the South African captain just bowled him couple of overs in first session of Indian innings and later when he bought him back, to make him look effective he had to bring South African wicket keeper Quinton de kock stand up to the wickets.

This was a wrong selection by South Africa and it all got blanketed due to good performance of other 2 bowlers namely; kagiso rabada and L Ngidi (on debut).

The bowler picked by kohli, fast bowler  Ishant Sharma did very well in fact, and he took 5 wickets in match on a pitch that didn't really assist pace bowlers.

Sometimes, Indian media has to look at things logically before going after Virat Kohli. It is clear that V kohli was 100 percent right in dropping Bhuvi from eleven that took filed at centurion.

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