Following the World Cup exit, there has been a lot of talks about the incumbent selection panel headed by MSK Prasad. His decisions have time and again come under the scanner, the recent being the India legend Sunil Gavaskar, who said there should have been a formal meeting before reappointing Virat Kohli as the skipper. However, former cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has shown his disagreement.
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The Men in Blues are going through a rough patch after their shocking exit from the semifinals of the World Cup. From talks of issues between the senior players to rumours that some senior members of the team were not happy with one cricketer breaking the ‘family clause’, the Indian team have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The selection panel was also at the centre of criticism after a few shocking selections for the tour against West Indies.
Sunil Gavaskar had said that Virat Kohli’s appointment as captain was till the World Cup 2019. Thus, there should have been a formal meeting to re-appoint Kohli before the M.S.K Prasad led selection committee named Kohli as captain of the team across all the three formats for the Windies tour commencing from August 3.
“That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day.
“To the best of our knowledge, his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment,” he added.
But Sanjay Manjrekar took a different stance from that of Sunil Gavaskar. Manjrekar pointed out that India’s effort in the World Cup was not below par as they lost only two games throughout their campaign.
“Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a ‘much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature,” Manjrekar tweeted.
Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a ‘much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 29, 2019