Cricket Australia has left the fans in shock with some additions and omissions from their recently announced unofficial playing XI of the World Test Championship 2021-2023 cycle. Cricket Australia has picked star Australian and skipper Pat Cummins as the captain of this combined playing XI. Meanwhile, they’ve also added the star Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant and two veteran all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to this playing XI.
Meanwhile, the name of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and the omission of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma alongside the batting superstar Virat Kohli has ignited some trolling reactions from cricket fans.
Here’s a look at the combined playing XI of WTC 2021-2023 announced by Cricket Australia:
Usman Khawaja, Dimuth Karunaratne, Babar Azam, Joe Root, Travis Head, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins (C), Kagiso Rabada, and James Anderson.
Some of the cricket fans immediately took to the micro-blogging site Twitter and started trolling the star Pakistan batter and skipper Babar Azam brutally with some harsh remarks on his batting. Fans also went on to say that Babar only scored on the flat and completely batting-friendly surfaces of Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi in Pakistan so how he deserves to be a part of the combined playing XI of the World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.
Here’s how fans trolled Babar Azam after Cricket Australia announced a combined playing XI:
WAAH KYA BAAT HAI. BABAR JAISE PLAYER KA NAAM HAI BUT ROHIT JISNE 2019-2021 SE LEKAR 2021-2023 MEIN PERFORMANCE DIYA HAI VO TEAM MEIN HAI HI NAHI 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— KUMAR SHUBHAM (@KUMARSH13187136) June 4, 2023
Remove babar and ad gill 😂
— Mayank (@MangeshGayaki2) June 4, 2023
Who invited Babar ffs man? He played on absolute highways😭😭😭😭
— Bakri Player (@cric_nerd2) June 4, 2023
WTF Babar didn't even score other than his home …Infact In home also not so satisfying then also he is in 4 😂😂
— Techno Boy Rudraksha (@BoyRudraksha) June 4, 2023
Labuschagne > Babar
— 𝙇𝙀𝙊 𝙍𝘿𝙆 ᵇˡᵒᵒᵈʸ ˢʷᵉᵉᵗ (@champvirat_18) June 4, 2023
Zimbabar scored only in rawalpindi, karachi, lahore highway roads
— Abhinand achuzz (@ravisha47243966) June 4, 2023
Sneaked in Babar scored runs in losing causes on flat tracks. Failed in the 4 inngins.
— 𝓐𝓫𝓱𝓲 (@AbhiWhiskers) June 4, 2023
Labuschange in place of babar
— LIGHT YAGAMI (@yagamilight1911) June 4, 2023
Zimbabar after scoring on roads pic.twitter.com/eEaf727CWD
— Haider Khan 🇮🇳💚 (@ind_iw0) June 4, 2023
Pant Root ❤️
Who invited flat track bully at 3 ?
— ' (@Edgbaston149_) June 4, 2023
Babar just scored runs at home where we all know pitches are flat
— Aarav Mavi (@AaravMavi14) June 4, 2023
Notably, the 2021-23 cycle of the World Test Championship has reached its end and the summit clash of the second edition is set to be played between two giants, India and Australia. Both teams will lock horns in the WTC 2023 final at The Oval in London on the 7th of June, Wednesday.
India have made it to the final of the World Test Championship for the second consecutive time. Last time, they played the final of the WTC 2019-21 cycle against New Zealand and unfortunately lost the match by a big margin of 8 wickets ending up as the runners-up in the championship.
Speaking of Australia, after the end of the WTC 2023 final against India, they will be in action against England in the famous rivalry of The Ashes. This highly anticipated Test clash between England and Australia will start on the 16th of June, Friday with the first of the five-match Test series in Birmingham.