Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim has bashed Indian selectors for picking “too many openers” in the squad for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand.
Selectors have picked many opening batters in the squad for the New Zealand series, including Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Venkatesh Iyer and Ishan Kishan. However, all the above-mentioned players are not expected to get the opening slot as captain Rohit Sharma and his deputy KL Rahul are expected to open the inning for India in the series.
Speaking about the Indian squad selection on the Khelneeti podcast, Saba Karim said:
“It is a very quick and panicked reaction from Indian selectors looking at the team’s composition. Too many openers – Rahul, Kishan, V.Iyer, Gaikwad, Rohit. Where will all these top-order players play? Ruturaj Gaikwad performed well in the IPL while opening the batting for CSK.”
Karim further added that selectors need to discuss clearly with the players for what role they have been picked in the team. He said:
“You have also opened the batting with Ishan Kishan in World Cup. Where will Venkatesh Iyer fit in the playing XI. Or else you start grooming these players at different positions. You need to discuss clearly with the players and tell them their role specifically.”
Rahul Dravid Is Open-minded And Believes In Communication – Saba Karim
Karim believes that newly-appointed India Head coach Rahul Dravid will be looking forward to making the best use of the available players in the team. He also said that Dravid is an open-minded person and he believes in having good communication with his players. He asserted:
“Rahul Dravid is not only a forward-thinking person but his philosophy of coaching also follows this principle. He would like to inculcate all the good things happening in International cricket into these cricketers. He will look to utilize the best available resources to maximum use. He is open-minded and believes in communication. This trust factor will benefit players and they will want to give more and perform above their potential.”
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