Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting faced a backlash from twitter when he selected Nathan Lyon in his test team of the decade but omitted Ravi Ashwin out of it.
Legendary Australian batsman joined the fun in picking the teams of the decade by picking his team test team of the decade. But a soon as he tweeted his team fans called out ‘Punter' on being biased towards fellow Australian cricketers and English cricketers in particular. Fans seem quite discontent with the fact only one Indian player was selected in the team despite the Indian team being the most successful test team in the past decade. One selection specifically surprised fans was of Nathan Lyon over Ravi Ashwin. Ricky Ponting selected Nathan Lyon as the sole spinner of his team. Fans reminded Ricky Ponting of Ravi Ashwin's number in this decade as the Indian spinner is the highest-wicket getter of the decade.
Ricky Ponting chose David Warner and Alastair Cook as the openers of the decade followed by New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson and Steve Smith. He selected Virat Kohli as the captain of the team and Kumar Sangakkara is the sole wicket-keeper of his team. Ben Stokes is the all-rounder of the team and Nathan Lyon has been given the task to take care of the spin-bowling department. The Australian legend picked up the trio of Dale Steyn, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad as the pacers in his team.
Ponting's Test team of the decade: David Warner, Alastair Cook, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli (C), Kumar Sangakkara (Wk), Ben Stokes, Dale Steyn, Nathan Lyon, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson.
Fans didn't agree with Ricky Ponting on many selections and they began criticizing the Aussie. Here is how Twitterati reacted: