India’s chief selector MSK Prasad is set to vacate the office after a four-year-long tenure with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Being the selector of the national side, Prasad has taken some excellent decisions that have seen India emerge as a global giant in world cricket.
However, he has also faced a lot of criticism for some of his very controversial decisions. Prasad has been one of India’s most highlighted chief selectors and has had a very busy profile handling the issues of the Men in Blue.
From excluding Yuvraj Singh in the T20I squad to Vijay Shankar’s inclusion in the World Cup side, let’s take a look on the three most controversial decisions taken by MSK Prasad after assuming the role of the chief selector of the Indian National Cricket Team.
MSK Prasad and His Three Most Controversial Decisions:
Ambati Rayudu Saga:
The decision to pick Vijay Shankar in the World Cup squad ahead of Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu shocked the cricketing fraternity.
India had long been worried about the number four position and picking Shankar all of a sudden left the fans and experts in shock.
There is no doubt over Shankar’s potential but Rishabh was being groomed to be the next big thing in Indian cricket while captain Virat Kohli had backed Rayudu to be India’s No.4 batsman.
With Shankar being injured in the World Cup, Pant got the chance to represent India at the World Cup. However, Rayudu announced his retirement after missing out on the chance.
Team India eventually suffered because of a batting order collapse in the semi-final of the tournament. Hence, the fans censured Prasad’s decision at such a grand stage.