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Virat Kohli Should Drop Himself, Says Enraged Virender Sehwag Over Replacing Bhuvi

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| January 14 , 2018 , 17:00 IST

Indian cricket team fell prey to much criticism when they shamefully lost the opening test against South Africa. The entire was nation was anticipating some desirable changes in the playing XI, however, never in a million years had anyone expected for the skipper Virat Kohli to drop the medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Nawab of Najafgarh Virender Sehwag was among the many angry cricket lovers who were disappointed with the replacement decisions. The former cricketer believes that Virat Kohli was equally responsible for the 72-run defeat in opening test and if he is unable to perform at Centurion as well, then he "should drop himself".

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have constantly proved their Mattel on the home ground but their failure in Newlands brought them to the hit list of selectors. While the former was able to survive the cut, the latter was replaced by KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar was replaced by Ishant Sharma despite his great first innings outing of 4/87.

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Talking to a leading News Channel on Saturday, Sehwag's words were dripping with fury as he remarked, "Watching Virat Kohli excluding Shikhar Dhawan after just one Test failure, and Bhuvneshwar for no reason at all, Kohli should drop himself in the third Test if he fails to perform in Centurion."

When asked about the reason to select Ishant over Bhuvi, Virat's response was not much appreciated by the former batsman. He complained, "Excluding Bhuvneshwar wasn't the right decision. Citing that Ishant might benefit with his height, Virat Kohli has hurt Bhuvneshwar Kumar's self-confidence."

"They could have played Ishant in place of any other bowler. Bhuvneshwar performed well in Cape Town and excluding him like this isn't justified," Sehwag added. Wriddhiman Saha was also replaced by Parthiv Patel due to an injury. South Africa is currently leading the three-match test series by 1-0.