ICC World Cup 2019: I Don’t Feel Sorry For Ambati Rayudu And Dinesh Karthik – Sanjay Jagdale
There have been a lot of debates for the number 4 position in the Indian team. A lot of players were tried and tested but failed to make things fall in place. Despite the poor show in overseas, selectors have backed players like Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu. Meanwhile, ex-selector Sanjay Jagdale sheds light on the same.
In the World Cup, India went ahead with Shankar in the no. 4 spot and left out Rayudu, who had been their preferred option for the last 1 year. Shankar was injured and the management chose to call Mayank Agarwal in his place. Rayudu subsequently announced his retirement and it led to severe criticism from the fans as they labelled it as mistreatment of a player.
They were backing wrong players – Sanjay Jagdale
Meanwhile, Sanjay Jagdale, who was part of the selection committees that picked the Indian squads for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, and also the 2007 inaugural World T20 speaks on the matter.
In an interview with The Indian Express, Jagdale, also an ex-BCCI secretary, spoke about how the Indian team suffered from some flawed selections this term.
”They (selection committee) kept on experimenting with Vijay Shankar, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik… Karthik has been playing since 2003 when I was a selector. Rayudu also. You can’t pick teams on the basis of the IPL performance. You need players who have performed well outside the sub-continent,’ Jagdale told Indian Express.
I feel sorry for Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer:
Dinesh Karthik has got the nod ahead of Rishabh Pant in the world cup while Rayudu was unfortunate to miss out, as they went with 3 Dimensional player Vijay Shankar. During the course, they left out players like Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer, who scored runs for India in overseas.
‘I was really shocked when Pant wasn’t picked. I also feel sorry for somebody like Manish Pandey. Shreyas Iyer, too, was unfortunate. I don’t feel sorry for Rayudu. Rayudu, Karthik; they had enough chances. Manish Pandey got a hundred in Australia. After that, he didn’t get many chances. I think the preparation part could have been much better. They were backing the wrong players.’’
However, it was done and dusted and now, India needs to find suitable batsman for the number 4 position. It would be interesting to see whether the selectors will retain the players for Windies series or try out new players.
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