On Wednesday, the head of the 5-member Indian selection panel, MSK Prasad went on to reveal about his relationship with former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and current captain Virat Kohli. Prasad said the duo have respect for him and he knew how to manage personalities as he was a management student.
As per the quotes in Mumbai Mirro, Prasad was heard saying, “During this tenure, I used to take advice from legendary cricketers which helped. My relationship with MSD (MS Dhoni) and [Virat] Kohli is intact. People might write anything but when I speak to them, I know how much they respect me.”
The Indian chief selector further added, “I am a management student and at Andhra Cricket Association (where he was the director of cricket), I dealt with much bigger issues than here. We built an Andhra association from scratch where people were not motivated to work. When Anurag Thakur came to Andhra in 2015, he called it the ‘Adarsh Cricket Association’. BCCI is an evolved place, you have mature people. I don’t think I had a tough time here because I had gone through a lot of stress working in Andhra.”
It has often been rumored in the media circles that in the equation between Prasad and Kohli, the latter seems to be the one who had the final call in the selection meeting and plays a huge rule in the selection of the youngster.
Prasad concluded, “Myself, the India A management and the Indian management sit down and discuss the progress of a player. We look at the requirements of the senior team and groom a player based on that.”