Former India selector Syed Kirmani, in an interview with Sportswallah, feels that someone experienced like Suresh Raina or Gautam Gambhir should be brought into the side to add more balance in the side.
Team India currently operates in the limited overs cricket with one eye on the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The focus has been on grooming the youngsters and forming a solid core comprising of an experienced name.
These efforts have led to a formation of a strong bench strength. However, at the same time, the same tactics have also led to a discussion about a couple of senior names like Yuvraj Singh who have been not up to the mark.
The debate over the future of Yuvraj Singh has gathered steam now with the stylish southpaw underperforming on regular basis in a recent game. He had an average Champions Trophy and failed to prove his place during the tour of the West Indies, raising doubts over his impact on the opposition.
Kirmani feels that Yuvraj’s age is finally getting to him.
“Yuvraj did not show that kind of consistency, which is expected of him. It is quite natural when you catch on with the age. Automatically your reflexes, your agility, your coordination, your mind and body coordination, all these things due to wear and tear starts receding and it was seen,” said the 67-year old.
Yuvraj Singh’s immense experience in the limited overs cricket has been serving him well at present. This point seems completely valid considering the fact that it is always feasible to have someone reliable in the middle order rather than just bringing in someone by just flipping the coin.
Kirmani, who is a veteran of 88 Tests and 49 ODIs concluded, came up with a suggestion to counter the selection conundrum. He feels that young talent like Rishabh Pant or someone experienced like Suresh Raina or Gautam Gambhir can fill in for Yuvraj Singh
“I think if there is an equally competent left-hander, like Rishabh Pant. Whoever is more consistent, should be in the team. Suresh Raina or even Gautam Gambhir can also be considered as they have the experience. Because these youngsters have plenty of time. That’s the way I would look at it as a selector,” Kirmani.