Punjab Kings have begun their IPL 2021 second leg campaign with a 2-run defeat at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Post the heart-crushing defeat, fans took to social media and took a dig at Anil Kumble for team selection in that particular game. Punjab Kings didn’t pick Chris Gayle and Ravi Bishnoi in the playing XI. This didn’t go down well with the fans and as a result of it, they criticized Kumble for his decision.
With speculation linking Anil Kumble to the India head coach’s role after Ravi Shastri’s term comes to an end later this year, some fans took digs at the India great.
“He will rest Bumrah and play Praveen Kumar,” wrote one fan. “Kumble taking revenge From Wrong Ravi,” another fan tweeted.
There were a lot of other reactions which came as all of them showed disappointment over Bishnoi and Gayle’s exclusions.
India great, Sunil Gavaskar and Kevin Pietersen were left perplexed over Punjab’s decision to opt Chris Gayle out of the playing XI.
“I think he will be disappointed more than us. We can talk about it. There will be some questions asked. I don’t understand why you would leave Chris Gayle out on his birthday. I explained how much emotion he has and how excited he was. He was sporting a big smile. If there was one game you were going to play him, it was today. I can’t understand the thinking at all,” Pietersen said during the pre-match show on host broadcaster Star Sports.
“I, like KP, am absolutely astonished that Chris Gayle is not playing today. The four overseas players that have been picked today, can play brilliantly and win the game for Punjab Kings today. But the fact remains that on your birthday, you are leaving out one of the stellar players of the T20 format,” said India great Gavaskar.
With the 2-run defeat, Punjab has now slipped to number seven position on the points table with 3 wins in 9 matches. They will play their next game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.
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