Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu and moving on from Ashwin, Jadeja: MSK Prasad lists his biggest regrets
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: May 2, 2020 8:29:30 pm


Karun Nair not getting alternatives even after scoring a Test 300 was heartbreaking, stated MSK Prasad. (File Photo/BCCI)

Former chairman of the India cricket workforce choice committee MSK Prasad threw some mild on some selections round workforce choice in a latest interview, saying the three biggest regrets he has over his tenure aren’t giving sufficient possibilities to Karun Nair, not playing Ambati Rayudu within the 2019 World Cup and moving on from Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja within the shorter-formats after the 2017 Champions Trophy.

“Karun Nair, even after getting that triple century, we didn’t give many opportunties. We might’ve given him that comeback alternative. We did give him the England collection however he didn’t get a match to play, however somebody who scores 300, this occurs very hardly ever in world cricket. That was heart-breaking, not just for him, for all of us,” Prasad stated on Fancode.

“I additionally really feel unhealthy for Ambati Rayudu, he was within the thick of issues until the final second earlier than the World Cup and on the day of the alternatives, he was missed out. There’s little doubt that it’s not solely he who felt unhealthy for it, I’m positive the entire selectors felt unhealthy,” he stated.

MSK Prasad then stated that the choice to maneuver on from Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja after the Champions Trophy has “paid rich dividends” however that he feels unhealthy about it as a result of Jadeja and Ashwin have been two of the perfect spinners on the planet then.

“After the Champions Trophy, we had to move on from Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin and we brought in Kuldeep and Chahal. It’s a wonderful move that paid rich dividends for us for the next couple of years, but let’s not forget that they were no.1 and no.2 Test cricketers when they were left out of the ODI side,” he stated.

Jadeja has made it again into the limited-overs groups since then, however Ashwin has grown to be seen as a specialist Test cricketer.

Asked to talk on MS Dhoni, Prasad stated that the previous India captain had stated that he did not want to play for some time and so the workforce moved on from him. He stated Dhoni’s IPL efficiency would have been one thing to look out for however the postponement of the event poses a “tricky situation”.

“We had a discussion and Dhoni didn’t want to play for sometime, so we moved on and then picked Rishabh Pant and we’ve been backing him… It would’ve been nice had this IPL been held and we would’ve seen Mahi’s old glimpses back but now it’s a tricky situation,” he stated.

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