Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer is dealing with the warmth on social media after the newly-appointed Punjab Kings (PBKS) batting coach shared his predicted enjoying XI for the upcoming assembly between India and New Zealand on Thursday. Taking to Twitter on the eve of the first One Day International (ODI) between the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finalists, Jaffer predicted the beginning XI of the Shikhar Dhawan-led facet.
With Dhawan and Shubman Gill opening the innings, Jaffer slotted Shreyas Iyer to the No.3 batting place. Though Jaffer picked Rishabh Pant for the collection opener, the previous Indian opener snubbed power-hitter Sanju Samson whereas predicting India’s enjoying XI towards New Zealand. “No wrist spinners cos Eden Park has small boundaries. Backing Sundar & Hooda vs 4 NZ lefties. Bat deep with Chahar @ 9. ODIs at Eden park often decided by lower order camoes. #NZvIND,” Jaffer added.
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Jaffer’s tweet about India’s enjoying XI for the first ODI has obtained over 5.5k likes on the microblogging website. Fans of wicketkeepers Pant and Samson fans sparked a large debate on Twitter after Jaffer revealed his enjoying XI. “No Samson!!! The bias towards Pant is clear and it’s disappointing that people who can highlight this are not doing so coz they are afraid of BCCI,” a fan hit again at Jaffer. “It is understandable that everyone wants to have a left hander in the middle order. But enough is enough!,” one other Twitter consumer added.
After securing a collection win over New Zealand in the shortest format, India will hope to increase its profitable run in white-ball cricket on Friday. Under the management of stand-in skipper Dhawan, the Rohit Sharma-less facet will meet Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the first ODI of the three-match collection at Eden Park in Auckland.
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