‘Some kind of joke’ – Twitterati perplexed as Iceland Cricket pick Virat Kohli as 12th man in India’s all-time Test XI

Virat Kohli. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli is arguably the best Test batter of the current generation and would easily make into any playing XI. However, much to everyone’s surprise, Iceland Cricket did not pick Kohli in their all-time India Test XI. As a result, it did not go down well with the Indian fans, as they launched an all-out attack on Iceland Cricket on Twitter.

Iceland Cricket have always been known for their quirky remarks on micro-blogging sites on various cricketing topics, but on April 13 (Wednesday), their Twitter handle left cricketing fans fuming after they named former captain Virat Kohli as the 12th man in their all-time Test XI for India. To note, Iceland cricket have named veteran Rahul Dravid to lead despite having MS Dhoni and Kapil Dev in the XI.

“Resuming our series on best ever XIs, today it’s the Indian Test team: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid (c), Tendulkar, Hazare, MS Dhoni (w), Kapil Dev, Ashwin, Kumble, Srinath, Bumrah. 12th man: Kohli, 13th man: Chandrasekhar, 14th man: Jadeja, 15th man: Z Khan, 16th man: Laxman, 17th man: H Singh,” they tweeted.

VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh also added as extras in the team

 

 

Talking about Kohli’s numbers in the longest format of the game, the right-handed batter has played 101 Tests and has amassed 8043 runs at an average of 49.95 with 27 centuries and 28 half-centuries. He also happens to be the sixth leading run-scorer in Tests for India and hence it is a surprise that he has been made the 12th man.

The 33-year-old is currently playing in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), representing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The Red Army lost their previous encounter against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on April 12 (Tuesday). Kohli couldn’t make his bat talk in the game as he was dismissed after scoring one off three deliveries.

RCB will play their next game against the Delhi Capitals (DC). The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 16 (Saturday). After losing their previous match, the Bengaluru-based tea, will want to make a strong comeback against the Capitals.

Meanwhile here are some Twitter reactions:

 

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