Even though former chief selector MSK Prasad copped criticism for some of his decisions, his tenure was one of the most successful ones and sowed the seeds for India’s dominance. His duration saw India’s rise in Test cricket as they accumulated a group of players who came to be known as world-beaters. But MSK Prasad believes there was one player who deserved a longer run.
It was none other than Abhinav Mukund, who made his Test debut back in 2011 against the West Indies. The southpaw could not get a longer run in Test cricket as he played only seven Tests, the last of which came in 2017 against Sri Lanka. In seven Tests, Mukund managed 320 runs at 22.86, with two fifties. On the contrary, he has scored 10258 first-class runs in 145 fixtures at 47.93.
He has 31 centuries in first-class cricket, including a best of 300*. Abhinav Mukund is still 31 and is entirely capable of playing at the top level and is highly active in the domestic circuit. However, with the likes of Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, and Rohit Sharma in India’s repertoire, the veteran is unlikely to get an opportunity.
It’s one of the worries when you sleep, you feel you could have given an opportunity to him longer: MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad said he feels for Abhinav Mukund as it worries him for the 31-year old not getting enough opportunities at the international level. The 46-year old noted that he has been exceptional at the domestic circuit and for India A.
“I feel for Abhinav Mukund. It’s one of the worries when you sleep, you feel you could have given an opportunity to him longer. Maybe we could have, these guys have been exceptional in domestic and India A cricket,” Prasad told Cricbuzz.