India being the second most populous country in the world, and cricket being the most followed sport in this country, has an inventory of over a billion abstract selectors who pick the best XI on the park of their choice for every match India plays.
This group of abstract selectors also has layers with the commentators and ex players being in the top layer, and the home makers of some Indian Households make the bottom most layer, but all have a definite opinion about the best players to play, and mostly their choice is not in line with the thoughts of the team management.
Prior to the India-Australia match, opinion was being built up across all layers about Mohammad Shami should be preferred ahead of Bhuvaneswar Kumar, questions were raised about Shikhar Dhawan’s ability to negotiate the swing outside his off stump, and finally even after the match got underway, about India’s slow start in the first power play.
India scored only 42 runs in the first powerplay, but more importantly they did not loose a single wicket. This helped them consolidate their position to a 127 run opening wicket partnership, and strike rates of the top 7 batsmen were 84,107,106,177,192, 366 in ascending order. And Shikhar Dhawan used the oppurtunity to score his 3rd ODI hundred and Kenningston Oval ground.
India used 06 bowlers, and Australia were chasing a run rate of 7.06 to win the match, the five Indian bowlers Bumrah, Hardik, Kuldeep, Chahal and Kedar had economy rates of 6.10, 6.80,6.11, 6.20, 14.00 respectively, and Bhuvaneshwar returned with economy rate of 5.00 and taking 3 wickets, out of which 02 were in the same over and included Steve Smith.
Nobody is denying the knowledge of cricket of the Abstract Indian Selectors, but they should also not doubt the decisions of the team management, as they are representing the same flag that we stand for, and we all sing the same anthem.