‘Don’t Want Any Challenge to the Established Players’: Gavaskar Questions Selectors for Picking Rohit and Kohli for WI Tour

Written by Rohit Pawar

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma enjoyed a productive Test series against West Indies with each hitting a century as India won 1-0 to start their ICC World Championship campaign on a positive note. However, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has issues with the BCCI selectors for their choice of players for the Tests considering how West Indies fared.

The hosts were outclassed by India for an innings win inside three days in Dominica before they also dominated the second Test which ended in a draw thanks to rain washing out the entire fifth day’s play.

With one century and two fifties, India captain Rohit finished as the second highest run-getter of the series having made 240 runs in three innings.

On the other hand, Kohli made 197 runs from two innings with one century and a half-century.

Gavaskar though feels that the BCCI selectors could’ve opted for more youngsters and rested the two senior stars from the tour itself.

“The runs scored by Rohit and Kohli against this West indies attack begs the question what did the selectors learn that they didn’t know already,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Mid-Day. “Wouldn’t it have been better to try out some youngsters and see how they take to Test cricket or is it that the selectors don’t want any sort of challenge from the younger lot to the established players.”

With Ajit Agarkar named the chairman of selectors earlier this month, Gavaskar  wonders if the approach behind picking players will change.

“Now that Ajit Agarkar has come on board as the Chairman of the selection committee let’s see if there is going to be any change in the approach to building a team for the future or if it’s going to be the same old story of the Indian team being the bridesmaid but not the bride,” he wrote.

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