Sunil Gavaskar lauds India selectors for rewarding domestic talents

first_imgFormer India skipper Sunil Gavaskar lauded the Selection Committee for their decision to reward domestic players while naming the squads for Zimbabwe and West Indies tours.The MS Dhoni-led limited overs side to Zimbabwe will have uncapped players of the likes of left-handed opener Faiz Fazal, off-spinner Jayant Yadav, middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh while Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur got his maiden Test call-up.DOMESTIC PERFORMANCES MATTERS”It is good to see performances in domestic cricket (being) rewarded. You can always argue that IPL is also a domestic tournament but for me events like Ranji trophy, (Syed) Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare, these performances should really matter when picking a national team,” Gavaskar said. (Also read: Dhoni wanted to tour Zimbabwe, help youngsters: Sandeep Patil) “It is not only about IPL. Chahal, the season he has played before, he has picked up wickets. He is another outstanding fielder,” Gavaskar added.BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR PANDYA BROTHERSAsked about the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — missing out, Gavaskar said: “I think it is early days. I think the selectors have done the right thing, they want to see more of Krunal Pandya, they have seen Hardik. There is still little time for both of them. The more experienced they get, that will be better for them. You can’t complain. “Yeah, sometime you may feel stuck. IPL is a glamour tournament and lot of time people have been selected on basis of IPL and they were floundering in international cricket. It is a different ball game. So maybe it is a blessing in disguise for Pandhya brothers.”advertisementTHAKUR REWARDED FOR BOWLING HIS HEART OUT Talking about the selected Test squad, Gavaskar said: “I don’t think there was much opportunity to make too many changes in Test squad. In Tests, the core has to be there for a year or so and having done so well in the series against South Africa, there was not much chance to make changes. “Because you are going so far away, sometimes the selectors take an extra player. It is good to see Shardul Thakur being rewarded for bowling his heart out for Mumbai in the entire season. “For the last couple of seasons, he has been amongst the leading wicket-taker for Mumbai and for the quick players, you need to pick them early before they start having fitness problems.”last_img

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