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New Delhi. Sunil Gavaskar, the veteran captain of the Indian cricket team, has lashed out at the selectors for Cheteshwar Pujara being dropped from the Test team. Gavaskar says why Pujara was made the scapegoat. He said that the criteria should be the same for everyone to be dropped from the team. India has to play a 2-match Test series on West Indies tour next month. Pujara has not got a place in the 16-member Indian Test team selected for this series. It is believed that Pujara’s international career is almost over.
Sunil Gavaskar said in a conversation with Sports Tak that he is surprised to hear the news of Cheteshwar Pujara being dropped from the team. He said, ‘Why only Pujara was made the scapegoat. What did he do wrong that the rest of the players did not do. Why only he was sacrificed. He does not have such people or his followers who raise slogans from outside when he is out. If there is any criteria to exclude from the team, then it should be for all and not just for one.
All Indian batsmen flopped except Rahane in WTC final
In the World Test Championship final against Australia, except Ajinkya Rahane, all other batters were flopped. Pujara scored 14 runs in the first innings of the WC final and 27 runs in the second innings. Gavaskar said that he has served Indian cricket for many years and he is a great player.
‘Seniors like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jadeja should have been rested’
According to Gavaskar, if the selectors had to give a chance to young players in the team, then senior players like experienced Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja should have been rested. ODI World Cup is to be held at the end of the year and all these players are playing cricket continuously. He should have been given rest so that the senior players of Team India can take the field fresh in the big ICC tournaments. Before the WTC final, Pujara had scored a mountain of runs in the county but he could not live up to the expectations in the crucial match against Australia.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2023, 07:39 IST