Sunil Gavaskar is happy that domestic performances are rewarded
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has given thumbs up to the selection committee’s decision to reward the domestic performances for the upcoming limited over’s tour of Zimbabwe. The selectors have named a new-look squad for the Zimbabwe series.
“It is good to see performances being rewarded. It is not only about IPL. Chahal, the season he has played before, he has picked up wickets. He is another outstanding fielder,” Gavaskar told ‘NDTV’.
“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, and these performances should really matter when picking a national team.”
“Yeah, sometimes you may feel stuck. IPL is a glamour tournament and lot of time people have been selected on the 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 Pandya brothers.”
“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.”
India will tour West Indies for a four match test series in July- August. The test team for West Indies tour was expected. Mohammad Shami makes a comeback into the team after a long injury lay-off.
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