New Delhi. Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim has slammed the Indian selectors for choosing ‘too many openers’ in the squad for the upcoming T20 International series against New Zealand. The selectors have picked several openers in the squad for the New Zealand series, including Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Venkatesh Iyer and Mumbai Indians. (MI) Ishan Kishan are also included. However, not all these players are expected to get the opening slot, as captain Rohit Sharma and his deputy KL Rahul are expected to open the innings for India in the series.
Speaking about the Indian team selection on KhelNiti Podcast, Saba Karim said, “There is a very quick and nervous reaction from the Indian selectors given the composition of the team. Many openers – KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Rituraj Gaikwad, Rohit Sharma. Where will all these top-order players play? Opening for CSK, Rituraj Gaikwad has done well in the IPL.
Karim further said that the selectors need to clearly discuss with the players what role they have been selected for in the team. He said, ‘You have also started batting with Ishan Kishan in the World Cup. Where will Venkatesh Iyer fit in the playing XI? Or you start preparing these players in different positions. You need to clearly discuss with the players and tell them their role specifically.
Rahul Dravid is open minded and believes in communication: Saba Karim
Karim believes that the newly appointed India head coach Rahul Dravid will look to make the best use of the players available in the team. He also said that Dravid is an open-minded person and he believes in having good communication with his players. He said, ‘Rahul Dravid is not only a forward thinking person but his philosophy of coaching also follows this principle. He would like to include in these cricketers all the good things that happen in international cricket. He is open minded and believes in communication. Players will benefit from this trust factor and they will want to deliver and perform beyond their potential.