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“Why So Mean” – Fans React As India Leave Out Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda From Playing XI For 1st T20I vs WI

Deepak Hooda Ishan Kishan
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The first T20I between India and West Indies is underway at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad. They have provided an opportunity to youngsters in the first match, with the ICC T20 World Cup around the corner. However, the exclusion of batter Deepak Hooda and wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan from the playing XI has left the fans disappointed.

India is coming into the five-match T20I series after a whitewash against the same opposition in the ODI series. They will be keen to continue the winning momentum in the T20I series. The Rohit Sharma-led team included Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh in the playing XI for the first T20I. Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer was picked ahead of in-form batter Deepak Hooda and Ishan Kishan.

Hooda has probably been in the form of his life for India off-late. He averages 68.33 in six T20Is this year, scoring 205 runs at a strike rate of 172.26. His run tally includes a century against Ireland last month. In the absence of senior players, Deepak Hooda has grabbed his opportunities with both hands so far this year.

Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan has also done well for India at the top of the order. This year, he has scored 419 runs in thirteen T20Is at an average of 32.23 and strike rate of 132.17, with three half-centuries to his name.

Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to Ishan Kishan and Deepak Hooda’s exclusion:

West Indies wins the toss and asks India to bat first

West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss in the first T20I and asked India to bat first. Alzarri Joseph made his debut in the match, while the West Indies brought back Shimron Hetmyer. On the other hand, India experimented with Suryakumar Yadav as the opener along with Rohit Sharma.

The opening partnership put on a quick-fire 44 in the first few overs, before Suryakumar got out for 24 runs. India’s number three for the match, Shreyas Iyer soon followed the opener back in the pavilion for a duck. India is 45/2 in 5.5 overs at the Brian Lara Stadium against West Indies.

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