The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 20-member squad for the upcoming World Test Championship final, which would be followed by the five-match Test series versus England. The big surprise was the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the squad. The veteran pacer last played a Test back in 2018. He struggled with injuries and then the emergence of a new crop of fast bowlers meant he was not picked.

The BCCI rewarded young pacers like Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, and Arzan Nagwaswalla as Bhuvneshwar – who played 21 Tests and picked 63 wickets – did not find a spot. The Uttar Pradesh-born pacer recently played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in the IPL.

Here is how fans reacted:

What seems to have surprised fans is the fact that being a swing bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar would have been best suited in overcast English conditions. Only time will tell if it was the right call by the BCCI also considering India plays five Tests against England.