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Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has slammed Indian selectors for snubbing youngsters in recent India vs West Indies Test series. Sunil Gavaskar also feels that it was a better idea to try out some youngsters in IND vs WI Test series rather than powerful players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. 

Selectors set up a powerful squad for the two-match Test series against West Indies. Led by Rohit Sharma, the Indian squad comprised all key Test players like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Mohammed Siraj among others. 

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It Was Better To Try Out Some Youngsters: Sunil Gavaskar

In his column for the English daily newspaper Mid-Day, former India opener Sunil Gavaskar criticized Indian selectors for not trying out some youngsters in India vs West Indies Test series. 

“The runs scored by Rohit [Sharma] and [Virat] Kohli against this West Indies attack begs the question what did the selectors learn that they didn’t know already.

Wouldn’t it have been better to try out some youngsters and see how they take to Test cricket or is it that the selectors don’t want any sort of challenge from the younger lot to the established players,” the cricketer-turned-commentator wrote. 

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Indian Team Has Always Been Bridesmaid But Not Bride: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar also reckoned that the Indian team has always been the bridesmaid but not the bride. The 74-year-old also hopes that new chief selector Ajit Agarkar will bring some change to this strategy. 

“Now that Ajit Agarkar has come on board as the Chairman of the selection committee let’s see if there is going to be any change in the approach to building a team for the future or if it’s going to be the same old story of the Indian team being the bridesmaid but not the bride,” the ODI World Cup 1983 champion further added. 

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Against a weak West Indies team, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli rose to the limelight with 240 and 197 runs respectively in 3 innings. Both of them also shattered a century. After Yashasvi Jaiswal  (266), Sharma and Kohli were the highest run-getter in the series. 

Meanwhile, India won the Test series against West Indies 1-0. Rohit Sharma & Co. won the 1st Test by an innings and 141 runs. They were expected to win the 2nd Test but rain spoiled the final day and the match ended in a draw. 


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