India former’s chief selector MSK Prasad in his interview revealed his most challenging decisions while he was in charge of overseeing the Indian team. Prasad had been appointed as the chief selector in 2015, and he was recently replaced by Sunil Joshi in that position.
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In a recent interview, he looked back on his stint with pride, whilst also revealing the decisions that made him sweat. Prasad, who was chairman of the selection committee had come under the scanner after failing to identify a No.4 slot batsman for Team India.
However, after the end of his tenure, the 44-year-old admitted that replacing the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin from the limited-overs squad, and finding a successor to MS Dhoni were some of the hardest decisions he had to take.
MSK Prasad lifts the lid on his challenges as the chief of the selection committee:
Jadeja and Ashwin in recent years have been limited to Test cricket, as they got replace by Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. While Jadeja has been able to force his way back to the ODI and T20 squad on the back of his all-round performances, Ashwin wasn’t in the running for white-ball cricket in the last few years.
Moreover, finding a successor for former Indian skipper Dhoni was also one of the most challenging decisions Prasad had to take, in his opinion. After the end of his five-year tenure, he spoke to Cricbuzz and reflected back on his stint.
“Dropping (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja from white-ball cricket or preparing a successor for MS Dhoni, both were challenging,” said Prasad.
Rishabh Pant has been backed by Team India in the recent months as a replacement for Dhoni, however, he too has had his struggles. Pant has lost his place in the team, with KL Rahul taking up the gloves in ODI and T20, during the recent New Zealand tour.