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Tags: India tour of Australia 2018-19, Australia vs India 2nd Test, at Perth, Dec 14-18, 2018, India, Australia, Kannaur Lokesh Rahul, Test Series, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri, opening
Published on: Dec 19, 2018
In the wake of India's Perth defeat, legendary Sunil Gavaskar has openly stated that the roles of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri must be re-assessed if India do not win the next two Tests. Gavaskar spoke in the wake of India's latest selection blunder which left them with four pacers and a long tail, which was exposed in both innings.
“We have been seeing this – the selection blunders that have been committed since the tour of South Africa. It has cost the team because it has lost matches which could’ve been won if the proper selection had been made,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
“They have to look at the combination of their team, look at the hole that needs to be plugged and pick the men to. If they do that then they can certainly win the next two matches but if they don’t, and that too against this Australian team which does not have Steve Smith or David Warner, then the selectors need to think whether we are getting any benefit from this lot – the captain, coach and support staff,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak according to the PTI report.
The former India opener went on to question the decision of add members to the squad, making it an unusually big one.. “I want to find out that who has authorised 19 players to go because the next question is why not three more? The BCCI is a very rich body, it can afford to send even 40 people down there. However, I feel that an India cap, an Indian blazer has to be made a lot more valuable," he went on to say.
Gavaskar was upright in his opinion that KL Rahul should be sent back as he is just not in the right frame of mind.. “He has no chance of playing in the remaining two Tests unless of course there is an injury to any player. I think that he should be coming back and playing Ranji Trophy for Karnataka," Gavaskar went on to say.
--By A Cricket Correspondent