The highly-anticipated fifth and final rescheduled Test between England and India started at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday. The visitors, who are leading the series 2-1, are looking for their first series win in England since 2007. Similarly, England, under the fresh leadership of Ben Stokes, are hoping to win the contest as well in order to draw the series.

The hosts, who had already announced their playing XI ahead of the match, won the toss and opted to bowl first. India, on the other hand, revealed their final XI at the time of the toss under the leadership of Jasprit Bumrah. Notably, Bumrah is leading the Indians in place of Rohit Sharma, who was ruled out of the contest due to COVID-19.

The tourists went with three pacers and two all-rounders, but unfortunately, Ravichandran Ashwin was not named in the final XI. India went with the all-rounder duo of Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja. The Indian team management decided to go with Jadeja instead of Ashwin, who ended up not featuring in the entire five-match series in England.

The news of Ashwin not getting a place in the final XI didn’t go down well with the fans on social media as they expressed their disappointment on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

Here is how Netizens reacted:

#ENG #IND #Netizens #slam #India #picking #Ravichandran #Ashwin #Edgbaston #Test


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