Gavaskar critical of Kohli’s team selection in Perth: Why bring Bhuvneshwar to Australia?

first_imgSunil Gavaskar once again was critical of India’s tour planning after Virat Kohli said in the post-match press conference that they picked Umesh Yadav over Bhuvneshwar Kumar because the latter had not played much four-day cricket off late. Gavaskar questioned that why the team brought Bhuvneshwar on the tour if they were not to play him for the lack of cricket.”When Kohli spoke about choosing Umesh [Yadav] over Bhuvneshwar [Kumar], he gave the reason that Bhuvneshwar has not played much four-day cricket. So where is he going to play now? He has not played anywhere. Why bring him, why bring him to Australia? He [Bhuvneshwar] hasn’t played anything, now what are you going to do?” Gavaskar said to Sony Sports in the post-match show.Gavaskar also brought up the topic of tour matches once again and stated that he has been saying for so long that India should be looking to play more practice matches in the big gaps they get between Tests.India vs Australia, 2nd Test: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDOver the last three overseas tours (including Australia), India have played only two practice matches ahead of the Test series. In South Africa, India refused to play any practice games and opted to hit the nets instead. In England, they were to play only a single tour game of four days that got reduced to a 3-day game due to rain.”I have been saying since January that this gap of a week, India should have been looking to play a 3-day game. The game [Perth Test] has finished on 18th, 19th and 20th you take a break. You play on 21st, 22nd and 23rd. If that had been planned from a year earlier, I think it could have been organised.advertisement”You play a 3-day game, your Rahuls and Vijays, the guys who are out of form, the Bhuvneshwar Kumars, they all could have got a little bit of a workout. Mayank Agarwal if he has flown in, he gets a workout,” Gavaskar opined.Gavaskar also pointed out a few close games that India lost on both tours of South Africa and England and said that had the planning for the tours been better, India might have seen different results.”You know the planning for this entire one year is what has not helped Indian cricket, the planning has not been right and had it been right, we could different results. You have got to have that intention. By all means let the three fast bowlers who have played this game, not Umesh Yadav but the others and Virat and Pujara, let them take a break because they have really scored all the runs.”India will next play the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting December 26 and the focus is especially going to be on the team selection and perhaps on the openers’s slots after disappointing performances from the two at the top.KL Rahul was brutally trolled after getting out on a duck in the second innings of the Perth Test, having scored just two runs in the first innings as well. On the other hand, Murali Vijay was a tad bit better in Perth scoring 29 runs but facing 75 deliveries after the duck in the first innings.Gavaskar felt that with Prithvi Shaw ruled out for the rest of the Test series with ankle injury and Mayank Agarwal announced as the replacement, a change in the opening pair is imminent. He said Rahul was in a woeful form while Vijay showed a bit more “tenacity” and he would prefer to have Vijay and Agarwal at the top.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, however, was of the opinion that you wait to see the conditions in Melbourne before taking big decisions because MCG is known to be flat.”MCG is known to be too flat where you go in for 5 days and don’t get a result. I don’t think that will be the case because of what has happened in Perth, the world has seen what you can do with a drop-in pitch. So the pressure will be on the curator in Melbourne to produce a wicket that’s going to get a result.”Virat did not answer the question that he was asked [about change in opening combination in press conference] and I understand what he is doing. Right now you can’t make a decision what you going to do. You have got to wait to get to Melbourne, to see the ground. You have to see how the players train, their might be an injury. So why waste your breath saying it now. That’s why I can understand exactly why Virat was like ‘I can’t answer that question right now, so let’s move on to the next’.advertisementVirat Kohli discusses the form of India’s two opening batters #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/A8lJU6iZmfcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018″Look, unless you know the grass is greener, be careful before making a major decision and opening batsmen in my opinion, the most important role in our game is for those two players. So think before you act in those positions.”Gavaskar and Clarke both named their tentative XI for the MCG Test, basically talking of the changes in the Indian team.Gavaskar’s playing XI: Mayank Agarwal and Murali Vijay, Hanuma Vihari at 6 and Pant at 7. Ashwin comes back in and just the three seamers. Rohit Sharma misses out for me unfortunately because I think Vihari has done enough to not be thrown out. Hardik Pandya, no, he just doesn’t fit in to this.Clarke on team selection: Ashwin back in, Rohit Sharma at No.6 for me. About the openers, I would want to see the conditions first. But here I don’t know about the mindset of Vijay and Rahul. Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri and the selector know them. You have this 7-day gap, assess these things.Gavaskar also reminded India of the number of selection blunders they have made this year, especially in picking up the bowlers and felt that Kohli’s team has been deceived by various factors.”This is not the first time it’s happened in the last one year or so. It’s happened in South Africa, it’s happened in England where they have misread the conditions or may be got misled by the conditions and they have picked players, particularly bowlers, who should not have been playing. Somebody else should have been playing.”They probably went with the reputation of the Perth pitch that the pitch over here despite it being in the new stadium, new venue, they might have thought that Perth always has a lot of carry so they went with four seamers. They might have always been deceived with the little bit of grass that was there on Day 1 and decided to go in with four. But look it’s a 5-day game, you always try and go in with a spinner.”Umesh Yadav, who was brought in as the fourth seamer for the Perth Test by India deciding not to go for a spinner finished with match figures of 2/139. On the other hand, Australia’s specialist spinner Nathan Lyon finished with the man-of-the-match award due to figures of 8/106.Clarke said most of the teams these days are finding it hard to read the pitches and he cannot understand why teams would not go for local consultants to improve their chances.”I don’t understand there’s so much staff, at least 15 India would have on this tour. What India faced in this Test match, every team faces that they read the conditions so wrong and that’s probably the greatest weakness in international cricket at the moment is winning away from home, it’s so hard. Why don’t teams hire consultants from each country.advertisement”So we go to Australia, let’s get one of the commentators or someone who is on the ground and we’re going to hire them as an overseas consultant. When Australia go to England, we are going to hire someone from England as a consultant for our team. I think we’re seeing so often that reading the pitch and selecting the best XI for that game is so important.”Also Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth TestAlso Read | Tim Paine relieved after registering first Test win as Australia captainAlso Read | Virat Kohli best batsman but world’s worst-behaved player: Naseeruddin ShahAlso See:last_img

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