Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif for Delhi Capitals (BCCI/IPL)

Former Indian middle-order batsman Mohammad Kaif pointed out the lack of clarity in the current Indian side. Mohammad Kaif has compared the current outfit led by Virat Kohli and the one captained by Sourav Ganguly, under whom he played his most international matches. The 40-year old revealed that no one’s spot is fixed in the present team.

Virat Kohli has garnered a reputation for making too many changes to the Indian side. While some changes have worked, a few have not and experts have criticized the 32-year old for not backing them well. Nevertheless, Mohammad Kaif wants everyone to see it merely as another way that the current Indian outfit plays.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammad Kaif understands the lack of clarity in the Indian side and the need to accept it as Virat Kohli does not play this way. The former Uttar Pradesh-born cricketer stated that Kohli picks the most in-form player of the lot and the team management hardly gives importance to past performances. As a result, Kaif said that no one’s place is sealed in the side.

“There is no clarity in this Indian team and we need to accept it. Virat Kohli doesn’t play this way. He sees who is the most in-form player and picks him in the XI. At the end of the day you need to judge how many trophies he has won as a captain and he hasn’t been able to. This team and this management doesn’t give importance to past performance. No one’s place is fixed in this team and even the players know that,” Kaif told Sports Tak.

During Ganguly’s time as captain, there were limited 20-25 players at his disposal: Mohammad Kaif

Sourav Ganguly, ICC Final,
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

In contrast, Mohammad Kaif stated that Sourav Ganguly backed his players enormously. The cricketer-turned-commentator underlined that with no IPL back then and a limited pool of players to choose from, Ganguly hardly had any other option. Thus, Kaif believes that a player performs well in crunch moments when backed for a long time.

During Ganguly’s time as captain, there were limited 20-25 players at his disposal. There was no IPL and thus not a large pool of players to choose from. He used to back his players a lot. So yes, when you do not back a player for a long time, he doesn’t play with full freedom in crunch moments,” he added.

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