Virat Kohli-led team won the toss and opted to bat first against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion as the Boxing Day Test begins.
Anyways Kohli's decision to bat was welcomed, and him backing his batters - who have not been performing - is what got fans upset.
Soon after the team was disclosed, fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure.
Vihari has too much preparation and Iyer has too much form. Best to pick Rahane.#INDvsSA— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 26, 2021
Ppl are way too confident about Rahane scoring runs and keeping his spot in the team. Itna optimism laate kaha se ho bhai 😭 #SAvsIND— Yashraj (@cricyashraj) December 26, 2021
Ajinkya Rahane is in the playing 11 and no Iyer and Vihari
As for the Proteas, they picked debutant Marco Jansen over the returning Duanne Olivier. The young left-arm quick did play a couple of games for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first leg of IPL 2021.