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Sunil Gavaskar Questions Selection Of Seniors: Calls For Rest And Focus On Young Talent
By CricShots - Jun 27, 2023 11:51 am
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India’s recent squad announcement for the West Indies tour has sparked mixed reactions, with some welcoming the decision while others, including legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, expressing their reservations. The two-match Test series, which signifies the beginning of India’s campaign in the next World Test Championship cycle 2023-25, was anticipated to usher in a transition phase in Indian cricket. Many expected young and fresh faces to be included in the squad.

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Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane

However, the team management seems to be hesitant to rush the transition, opting instead for an experienced line-up featuring the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja to face the West Indies.

Gavaskar, belonging to the group skeptical of this decision, believes that against a struggling team like the West Indies, it would have been the ideal opportunity for Team India to test the next generation of players. He suggests that picking established stars for the Test series would offer no significant benefit other than boosting their personal records, as the West Indies are no longer the formidable force they once were.

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“West Indies are no more the force they were in the last century as can be seen by the fact that they are currently playing in Zimbabwe to try and qualify for the ODI World Cup that they won twice in the 70s. So picking some younger players for the Test series would have made more sense,” Sunil Gavaskar expressed in his column for Mid-Day.

He further questions the value of selecting the same senior players who have failed to deliver in two World Test Championship finals. Gavaskar emphasizes that it doesn’t matter if they score runs and take wickets in the Caribbean, except for padding their individual career statistics.

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Sunil Gavaskar

As the 50-over World Cup is set to begin in less than four months, Gavaskar believes India could have benefited by resting some key players. Considering India’s recent disappointment in ICC tournament finals, their primary focus should be on winning the World Cup. If that means granting an extended break to some star players, so be it, according to Sunil Gavaskar.

“More importantly, the seniors who are certainties for the World Cup in October could have done with a bit of rest after the busy season they have had over the last six months. With the World Cup in mind, they should focus only on white-ball cricket and prepare for what promises to be an exciting World Cup,” Sunil Gavaskar emphasized.

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The debate surrounding India’s squad selection for the West Indies tour highlights differing perspectives on the best approach to prepare for upcoming challenges, with Gavaskar advocating for a focus on grooming young talent and managing the workload of key players ahead of the World Cup.