Legendary India National Cricket Team batter Sunil Gavaskar took a dig at former India captains Mohammad Azharuddin and Dilip Vengsarkar’s remarks on the squad of the India National Cricket Team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, asserting that the selections and omissions shouldn’t be questioned once the squad is announced.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which is the eighth edition of the multi-nation tournament, is scheduled to be played from October 16 to November 13 in Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already named India’s squad for the marquee tournament.
Meanwhile, the former India captain Azharuddin, just after the squad announcement, took to Twitter to state that he was surprised to see the exclusion of Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Shami from the main squad. He stated:
“Surprised at the omission of Shreyas Iyer and Md. Shami from the main squad. Shreyas Iyer instead of Deepak Hooda and Md. Shami in the place of Harshal Patel would be my choice.”
Shreyas Iyer instead of Deepak Hooda and Md. Shami in the place of Harshal Patel would be my choice.
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) September 12, 2022
Also, the former chief selector Vengsarkar had said that he wanted Mohammed Shami, Shubman Gill and Umran Malik to be part of the Indian T20 World Cup squad.
“I would have picked Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik and Shubman Gill for the T20 World Cup. Would have given them a long run in T20Is because they all had a brilliant IPL season,” he said during an interview with the Indian Express.
Once the team is selected, then it’s our India team and we all have to back it – Sunil Gavaskar
Speaking to the same publication, Gavaskar took a dig at Vengsarkar and Azharuddin’s analysis of India’s T20 World Cup squad and said that the squad should be backed once it’s selected.
“I believe that this team, with a bit of luck that every team needs, can bring home the trophy. Once the team is selected, then it’s our India team and we all have to back it. We shouldn’t question selections and omissions as it can demoralise some of the players,” he said.
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