In an inconsequential game like yesterday’s with Afghanistan too did not have Cheteshwar Pujara or Ishwar Pandey in the playing eleven.
One of the most respected players and commentators of India, Sunil Gavaskar did not mince any words on such policy disaster. “Very hard to understand, to be honest with you, it’s baffling,” Gavaskar said on TV. “Some of the players have been playing non-stop, they need a bit of a break before the World T20 starts, the second thing is if you are not going to give the reserve players a chance, then when are they going to play.” “Are you worried that Pujara will score runs so that your favourites who are not consistent might have to make way?” he asked. “Are you worried that Pandey will pick wickets, and again some of your favourite bowlers might not be certain of a place in the team, what are you worried about? The only thing that comes to my mind is that there is that worry and there’s probably a fear that if these guys do well, what happens to our favourites in the team.”
Both Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Shami to some extent were struggling with their line and length and were freely giving runs, why Ishwar Pandey was not given a single chance to even show how he could bowl? Pujara has been prolific with his bat consistently, if he is not given a place in the team stamping him a test player, why pick him at all? Another better short form player could be selected, especially when top order was struggling and was being shuffled regularly, what was wrong in trying Pujara in a useless final game? The social media is awash with these questions, but who will answer these questions. Kohli was evasive, using the phrase ”more practice to players.” But will this lack of clear policy help a team with mostly young players?