The Indian Selection Committee Appears To Be Lame Ducks – Sunil Gavaskar
Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at the India national selection committee. Gavaskar has called the selection committee as lame ducks. Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar has come up with some bold statements as he questioned why there was not any discussion regarding the reappointment of Virat Kohli as Indian captain.
It was known that Kohli was India’s captain till the World Cup and then there should have been a meeting about his reappointment. However, there was no discussion from the selection panel on the same topic.
Gavaskar hits out at the selection panel.
Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day, “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. 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.”
Gavaskar questioned the performance of the team as India had failed to make it to the final of the World Cup. India lost to New Zealand in the semifinal by 18 runs.
They are lame ducks.
Gavaskar added “Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (Captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectations performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals.”
On the other hand, the Little Master questioned the cricketing qualification of the selection panel. MSK Prasad, Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda are part of the selection committee. In fact, Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda have only represented India in ODI format.
Gavaskar questions the selection committee.
“This is probably one of the last selections for this committee as a new one will get the appointment soon. Hopefully, that will have players of stature who will not get bullied and be able to tell the team management that their job is to play with the team chosen by the selectors,” Gavaskar wrote.
India will play three T20Is, as many ODIs and two Test matches on the upcoming tour of the West Indies.