Recently, former Indian cricketer, Mohinder Amarnath has given his view on the players’ self selections to play any match or not. He feels that it is an unhealthy trend, especially the nation like India, where many top cricketers are tirelessly performing in domestic cricket.
One of the heroes in 1983 Cricket World Cup, Mohinder Amarnath has praised the present Indian national cricket team. The 69-year-old has also pointed out the strong bench strength of this side.
In his recent column for TOI, Mohinder Amarnath wrote, “They look a settled side with formidable talent in all departments. The bench strength is tremendous and there are several promising players in the domestic set-up as well.”
Mohinder Amarnath soon added that no player is bigger than the game. While Indian cricket has enormous talent, he feels that the players shouldn’t choose which match they will play and which will not, especially talking about domestic cricket.
He added, “In such a situation, no player, however big an achiever, is larger than the game. Nobody should be in a position to dictate terms regarding his selection without playing adequate domestic cricket. There is no player anywhere in the world who should be able to tell the team that he wants to choose his matches. It would be an unhealthy trend to start, particularly when there are hundreds of cricketers across India who are toiling in domestic cricket.”
Mohinder Amarnath also wrote about India’s present wicketkeeping situation
In the absence of MS Dhoni, the team management and selectors are giving opportunities to the young wicketkeepers in limited-overs cricket. While Rishabh Pant has got consistent opportunities, Sanju Samson is not far away to earn an opportunity. Meanwhile, the 35-year-old wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has recently made a great comeback in the Test side.
Mohinder Amarnath wrote about the Indian wicketkeeping option, “Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson are all very competent and the thrust should be to look forward.”
On Friday (6th December), India will face Windies in the first T20I of the three-match home T20I series at Hyderabad. Though Mohinder Amarnath has admitted that Andre Russell‘s absence is a significant loss for the Caribbean side, he feels that the Windies still can play strong cricket in this shortest format.
He wrote, “This (T20s) is a format that the West Indians have excelled in, but they are without some of their big guns like Andre Russell. The format lends itself to surprise results and can be turned by one star performance, so West Indies are very much a contender.”
Amarnath pointed India’s only concern
He wrote, “The only concern I have is for the injured duo, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. A back injury is always hard to come back from.”
Jasprit Bumrah played his last cricket match in last August-September during the Kingston Test against Windies. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya is out of the game after the Bengaluru T20I against South Africa on 22nd March.