But the former India selector and player Sunil Joshi triggered a controversy by picking his eleven which consists of Suryakumar Yadav in place of Pujara for the first Test.
Joshi, however, deliberated between the two but added that Suryakumar should get the nod, at No.3, ahead of Pujara in the opening Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“Will India line up like this in the first test? Deliberation between Pujara & Surya,a tough draw between both lefties Kuldeep & Axar. Here’s my XI: R Sharma, Shubhman Gill, Surya (should get first look in), V Kohli, KL Rahul, KS Bharat, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Kuldeep Y, M Shami, M Siraj,” he tweeted.
Will India line up like this in the first test? Deliberation between Pujara & Surya,a tough draw between both lefti… https://t.co/Nex0PkQDLH
— Sunil Joshi | 🇮🇳 ಸುನಿಲ್ ಜೋಶಿ (@SunilJoshi_Spin) 1675729680000
Joshi’s tweet drew criticism from all quarters including former cricketer Dodda Ganesh who questioned his “audacity” to replace Pujara in Test cricket with someone who is yet to make a debut.
“One of the ex selectors wants Surya to be chosen ahead of Pujara for tests. Let that sink in. I mean, the audacity to even think that one can replace Pujara with someone who’s yet to play a test, boggles my mind. No wonder poor Pujara has been a scapegoat all his life #BGT2023,” Ganesh tweeted.
One of the ex selectors wants Surya to be chosen ahead of Pujara for tests. Let that sink in. I mean, the audacity… https://t.co/Ku4gotibKa
— Dodda Ganesh | ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ (@doddaganesha) 1675757947000
@SunilJoshi_Spin Thank God you are not a selector anymore
— Sumanth G K (@sumanthgowda186) 1675759757000
@SunilJoshi_Spin Pujara vs Surya isn’t a debate.I don’t mean to be disrespectful.But you should try to improve yo… https://t.co/xrhTvc8pdL
— Atishay Jain (@Atishayjain1x) 1675750459000
@SunilJoshi_Spin I have absolutely no idea how pujara’s place on the squad is in doubt, especially over SKY. Entert… https://t.co/oCVs4hVCvS
— El Cid (@sidiyer2650) 1675767424000
@SunilJoshi_Spin Pujara should be one of first name on team sheet sir. Surya should wait, ideally should be Sarfaraj Khan.
— Kapil Gulechha (@kgulechha) 1675730205000