Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said that India should “move on” from their search for a fast-bowling all-rounder and they should groom them at the domestic level instead of bringing them into international cricket. India have tried out many players in the all-rounder’s position in limited-overs and Test cricket where Hardik Pandya got a longer run after proving his worth. However, he has been struggling with injuries over the past three years.
“If you don’t have something, don’t go for it. You have to accept and move on. Don’t try and create something which you can’t create, that is where the problem lies,” Gambhir told Sports Today.
Gambhir, however, has said that Team India should try to groom players at the domestic level instead of doing that on the international circuit as well.
“I have always believed that international cricket is all about delivering and not grooming someone. Grooming happens in domestic and India A level. When you represent your country, you should be ready to go out there and perform straightaway,” said Gautam Gambhir.
Meanwhile, Venkatesh Iyer has recently entered the internal circuit and played in the three-match ODI series in South Africa as an all-rounder. However, he couldn’t do well in the first two matches and he was dropped for the third match.
“We keep talking about not having an all-rounder since Kapil Dev to be honest. So move on and try to develop people at the Ranji Trophy and once they get ready, get them in international cricket and stick with them. Don’t keep changing them quickly. We have seen that with so many guys like Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube and now Venkatesh Iyer. We need to move on,” concluded Gautam Gambhir.