Nitish Rana, Chetan Sakariya, Rahul Chahar, Sanju Samson and Krishnappa Gowtham--all received their India ODI debuts against Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI of the three-match series. But Devdutt Paddikal wasn't seen in the team sheet and fans weren't happy with this decision by head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Shikhar Dhawan. Paddikal has been in good form in India's domestic cricket circuit and has also played a very crucial role in Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit in the Indian Premier League earlier this year. IND vs SL 3rd ODI 2021 Toss Report & Playing XI Update: Five Players Make Debut For India As Shikhar Dhawan Opts To Bat
He was expected to make his ODI debut today, given the fact that India have already won the series 2-0 and the Men In Blue would predictably give their bench players an opportunity in the game. Fans were unhappy with Paddikal missing out and here are some of their reactions on Twitter.
This fan wasn't happy:
Devdutt watching Dhawan giving cap to Rana,gowtham pic.twitter.com/VP0meYq0Hb
— Troll Dhawan Haters (@Dhawanswarrior) July 23, 2021
Manchester United Arsenal rivalry coming into play?
Now you can understand why Rahul Dravid running agenda against Devdutt Paddikal pic.twitter.com/cy9IIQqVtY
— . (@sanket7262) July 23, 2021
This fan wasn't impressed by this decision at all:
5 players are making debut today and Devdutt isn't one of them. Wtf 😭😭
— Spidey (@MrStarksPeter) July 23, 2021
While this user was visibly disappointed:
A Devdutt fans live pic pic.twitter.com/1J8MeksGR3
— . (@Chasemaster_18) July 23, 2021
This user came out with all the numbers:
— 凸(¬‿¬)凸 (@lola_lelo_) July 23, 2021
This user suggested Shikhar Dhawan should have sacrificed his spot:
It would have been great if Shikar gave his place to Devdutt .
— ಚಿರೋಟಿ + ಬಾದಾಮಿಹಾಲು (@VenkatAthreya1) July 23, 2021
Despite Paddikal missing out to make a debut in the third ODI, he is widely expected to make his T20I debut when India take on Sri Lanka in the shortest version of the game, starting 25th July.
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