‘Some decisions absolutely shocking’: Gautam Gambhir gets into war of words with MSK Prasad
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Updated: May 23, 2020 8:10:06 am


India Gautam Gambhir and former India chief selector MSK Prasad bought into a war of words. (BCCI)

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir, talking in a panel dialogue with former chief selector MSK Prasad, stated that some decisions taken by the choice committee – like choosing Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu for the 2019 World Cup – had been ‘absolutely shocking’. He additionally stated it’s time for the India captain and coach to have extra of a say in choice issues.

“The time has come when captain needs to be selectors as well. The captain and coach should be selectors. The selectors should have no say in the playing XI. The playing XI has to be captain’s responsibility. But at the same time the captain and the coach should be given the voting power because they cannot shrug off the responsibility of the selected team” Gambhir stated on Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connect’.

MSK Prasad stated the captain doesn’t have a vote in the selection process, in line with Indian cricket legal guidelines. “Captain has always had a say in selection process. There is no two ways about it. He does not have a vote, according to our bylaws,” he stated.

‘3D Cricketer’

Gambhir cited the ‘3D cricketer’ controversy that erupted previous to final yr’s World Cup, saying this was not the type of assertion warranted from a chief selector.

He stated, “Like it was with Vijay Shankar or whoever got picked in the World Cup. Some of the decisions were absolutely shocking. Probably not picking Ambati Rayudu in the World Cup. They couldn’t find the no. 4. One position they had to identify and they could not do that. Look at what happened to Ambati Rayudu – you picked him for two years. Two years, he batted at no. 4. And just before the World Cup, you needed a 3-D? Is that the kind of statement you want to see from a chairman selector that we need a 3-D cricketer?”

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MSK Prasad replied: “Let me clarify. At the top, everyone was a batsman – Shikhar, Rohit, Virat. There was nobody who could bowl. And someone like Vijay Shankar, who bats at the top order, could have been helpful with the ball in English conditions.”

‘Lame duck’

Krishnamachari Srikanth, who was additionally half of the panel, chipped in at this stage, mentioning the declare of MSK Prasad not having sufficient worldwide cricket (6 Tests) himself. Sunil Gavaskar, saying the choice committee didn’t have sufficient expertise, had earlier said the MSK Prasad-led committee was a ‘lame duck’.

Srikanth stated, “Not supporting Gautam or belittling you MSK, but there is a huge difference between international cricket and domestic cricket.”

“I agree with Chika that there is a difference but you also have to understand that experience cannot be the only parameter all the time. You may miss out on players in the process,” stated Prasad, who has been replaced by former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi as the brand new chairman of selectors.

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“Your chairman of selectors needs to be an experienced cricketer, who has played enough international cricket, who has seen the ups and downs of international cricket. The more you play, the better you understand players,” Gambhir added.

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