Sourav Ganguly criticises Indian selectors for not being consistent


India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly has criticised the Indian selection committee for ‘not being consistent’ while choosing the squads for the upcoming West Indies tour. The legend has asked the selectors to persist with more all-format players. He has also questioned the absence of Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in ODIs.

Also read: “Disappointed, but won’t overthink”: Shubman Gill on omission

The selection

The MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee picked India’s squads for the tour of West Indies which commences on 3rd August with T20I matches. This will be Team India’s first assignment after the heart-breaking semi-final exit from the Cricket World Cup 2019. The committee had to take a few tough decisions citing the future.

The selectors backed current all-format captain Virat Kohli to continue his duty. Apart from him, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul shall feature in all three formats. Test specialists like Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha have returned for the longest format. Rahane was ignored for the 50-over format while Shubman Gill has not found a place in any squad.

Ganguly lashes out

Ganguly tweeted out his disappointment today (24th July). In his first tweet, the left-hander wrote,”Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players’s not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent..”

He followed it up with another post.

“There are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see shubman gill ..Rahane in the one day squad..”

Shubman Gill’s omission has been really surprising. The 19-year old has top-scored for India A in the unofficial ODI series, scoring 218 runs, including three half-centuries vs West Indies A. The youngster has openly expressed his disappointment at not being selected.