Wellington, Jan 31: Team India's selection policies continue to be baffling.
Having lost the ongoing five-match series 0-3 and playing for pride in the final ODI against New Zeland today, India opted to make only one change.
Stuart Binny, who made his international debut in the previous game in Hamilton, was omitted for no reason.
The Karnataka all-rounder did not get a chance to bat and was called upon by captain MS Dhoni to bowl just the one over (1-0-8-0).
It would have been really frustrating for Binny to be axed from the Playing XI without getting to prove himself while few others continue to wear the India cap despite poor performances.
Binny was replaced in the XI by opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Several Indian fans took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to slam the decision on Binny.
Some questioned whether he had to be a Chennai Super Kings' player to be a regular in the Indian team.
If Binny's role was just to warm the benches in New Zealand, it would have been better off for the selectors to keep him in India so he could have been part of the ongoing Karnataka's Ranji Trophy final against Maharashtra in Hyderabad.
Binny certainly deserved to have played today's match. Hope he gets another opportunity at the international level or will he be a forgotten guy dubbed as 1-over, 1-ODI cricketer?
Here are some of the reactions from Twitter to Binny's omission.
: #IndvsNZ I have no idea why stuart binny is dropped(maybe he doesn't play for csk)"— I_AM KANDY (@kundanavhad) January 31, 2014
You took Stuart Binny to New Zealand to make him bowl one over?— Suneel Raghavendra (@suneel_r) January 31, 2014
What wrong Stuart binny done? #IndvsNZ— ರಂಗಸ್ವಾಮಿ Rangaswamy (@ranga_swamy) January 31, 2014
Gotta feel bad for stuart binny... poor lad gets to play in 1 odi and no chance to prove his worth and dropped for the next game..— Shrilakshmi (@chilulakshmi_g) January 31, 2014
Stuart Binny could have so easily been playing in that Ranji Trophy Final, instead he's bench warming in New Zealand. #IndVsNZ— Jeetu Bhat (@jeetubhat) January 31, 2014