‘It was a selection blunder’: Twitterati slam Shastri on his justification for not picking up Jadeja

New Delhi: Ravi Shastri has been trolled time and again on social media. This time he is facing ire of Twitterarti for elaborating on Ravindra Jadeja’s fitness status, which served as a justification for the all-rounder’s absence from the Indian playing XI for the Perth Test against Australia.

After India lost the second Test by 146 runs, the decision to not include a spinner was heavily criticised as Nathan Lyon, who was the lone spinner playing for Australia, ended up picking 8 wickets in the game. Indian head coach Ravi Shastri on Sunday explained why Jadeja was not picked in the playing XI and revealed that the left-hand all-rounder was not 100 per cent fit which is why he was not played.

However, Jadeja had turned out as a substitute fielder during Australia’s second innings and was on the field for quite some time, which raises questions over Shastri’s explanation of his ouster and the player’s fitness. If he was not fit, why was he initially named in the final 13-man squad or why did he turn up as a substitute fielder? Twitter was not happy with Shastri’s justification for not picking Jadeja in the eleven as the fans raised some valid questions.

“Jadeja had taken an injection four days after coming to Australia because of some stiffness in his shoulder. It took a while for that injection to settle down. At Perth, we felt he was about 70 to 80 per cent fit, and we didn’t want to risk him. If he is 80% fit here, he’ll play,” Shastri said about Jadeja but fans were not convinced with his justification.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Shastri’s remarks during the presser at the Melbourne Cricket Ground: