Former Indian team Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad recounts his tenure at the helm and shares his views as he nears the end of his tenure. MSK Prasad’s stint as chairman of selectors for BCCI ends soon as Sunil Joshi is all to take charge. With his time as the chairman ending soon, we have a look at his most significant developments, and ideologies brought in by MSK and the team in the Indian team during their stint.
Speaking to The Times of India, Prasad said “To have horses for courses.” when asked about one of the biggest changes he made during his stint. “We had this goal of developing bench strength across all formats and we take pride in having achieved our goal.”
Prasad also believes in developing a strong bench strength as one of his biggest achievements so far. “We need to have horses for courses, especially with so much talent (available). We are keen to do well and win the first-ever Test championship and we are aware of the points system too. That is why we have rotated players and got the right players ready for the Tests,” he said.
Speaking about the tough decisions he had to take, Prasad explains the exclusion of players like Ashwin,& Jadeja from the ODI team. “Dropping (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja from white-ball cricket or preparing a successor for MS Dhoni, both were challenging,” he said.
Further, MSK also speaks about the former ODI greats of India and their exclusion from the team. “Dhoni and Yuvraj (Singh) are legends and I don’t really see anyone stepping into those shoes. It is tough to deal with. Our fundamental job is to identify fresh talent, groom them and induct them when the need arises,” he added.
Hitting back to all the critics who have bad-mouthed his selection panel comprising those who hadn’t played much international cricket, Prasad says, “Trevor Hons played only six Tests and he had been the chairman of the Australian selection committee for a couple of decades. He is highly respected for his commitment, not for the number of games he played for his country. I believe in that kind of genuine respect rather than worrying about comments that have ulterior motives.”
MSK Prasad ends with thanking everyone involved with the BCCI and the team management. “Everyone is professional. Everyone knows his job. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all of them. It wouldn’t be appropriate if I don’t thank the captains MSD, Virat (Kohli), Rohit (Sharma) and Ajinkya (Rahane) along with coaches Ravi (Shastri), Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid and their respective team managements with whom I have worked for the last 4 years.”