Sunday was not the finest day for the Indian team lead by Rohit Sharma, as they fell to South Africa in a final-over thriller at the Optus Stadium in Perth. The majority of fans believed Rishabh Pant should have replaced Dinesh Karthik in the starting XI after the loss, which prompted criticism of the team selection. Given Pant's expertise in Australian conditions, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag believes he should have been selected against South Africa as well.
“Ye toh pehle din se hona chahiye tha. Vo vahan Test cricket khele hain, ODI khele hain aur perform kiya hai. Dinesh Karthik kab Australia me khele hain? Ye koi Bangalore ki wicket nahi hai. Main aaj bhi ye hi keh raha tha ki Hooda ki jagah Pant ko khilaate, unko vahan khelne ka anubhav hai. Unhone Gabba ka ghamand toda hai Australia ka,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.