The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Team India’s squad for the upcoming home Test series against New Zealand on Friday.

Regular captain Virat Kohli was rested for the two-match series opener, and in his absence, Ajinkya Rahane was chosen to lead the side. Though, Kohli will join the Indian outfit as skipper in the second and last Test.

A few notable exclusions from the Test squad included T20I skipper Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant, frontline pacer Jasprit Bumrah and middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari. Players like Rohit, Pant and Bumrah will be seen in the T20I series, starting November 17. But Vihari, who only plays Test cricket, was found missing from the red-ball squad, which surprised many.

Vihari has been a regular member of the Indian Test team for the last few years and has done reasonably well. He also saved India from a defeat in his last appearance against Australia in Sydney earlier this year. Hence, his omission raised several eyebrows, and fans slammed the Indian board for ignoring Vihari.

Here is how Netizens reacted:

The first Test will be played at the Green Park in Kanpur, while the second and last match of the red-ball series will be hosted by the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.


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