Sunil Gavaskar slams Karun Nair omission from Oval Test

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar directed harsh criticism of India's decision not to play middleweight hitter Karun Nair in the fifth Test against England in The Oval.

Nair was part of the original squad of 18 men, but India played all-terrain Hardik Pandya in the first four Tests. When India knocked out Pandya – the first time since their debut – for the Oval Test, they debuted with Hanuma Vihari, Andhra's batter who averages 59 in first cricket class and was replaced by Kuldeep Yadav in the last two Tests.

Gavaskar was furious with the national team, without seeing a reason not to play a batter whose last chance against England was a triple-century. The only reason Gavaskar could think was that Nair "has not been your favorite player".

"There is no argument that satisfies me ever," Gavaskar said in Sony Six moments after the launch. "What has Karun Nair done to not get in? I know he has not been your favorite player, you do not want to choose him, he gets a triple of a hundred, you leave him out [for allrounder Jayant Yadav in Pune]he fails in a couple of games [against Australia in the rest of the series]. You brought him back to the team, it could be the selectors who brought him back, the team management probably does not want it, and that's why they have not given him the chance to play in this game.

" How many Indians have triple hundred? Virender Sehwag twice and Karun Nair once. You do not give that man an opportunity. So, what are you trying to tell him? "Look, do not we think you're a good player? & # 39;

"All the best for Hanuma Vihari, I really wish him well, Karun Nair has every right to ask the team management what he has done wrong, he deserves an answer." Why am I not chosen? ? If you're going to choose an extra hitter, which they should have done since the first Test itself, and if you have not given it a chance, it deserves an answer. "

Nair's exclusion was reminiscent of Ajinkya Rahane, who spent a lot of time on the bench in Australia in 2011-12 but could not find a place in an alignment that included Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. When Dravid and Laxman retired for the next season, Yuvraj Singh was selected for the England series. And when Yuvraj was fired, Rahane expected to play in the fourth Test in Nagpur, but India debuted with Ravindra Jadeja in that match.

One of the arguments in favor of Vihari has been that he can also shoot down Spinpin. – He was the third bowler used on the first morning of the Oval Test – but he only has 19 fields of 63 first-class matches, which does not suggest a general capacity similar to Jadeja.

Gavaskar was not the only person in the Indian cricket community disappointed with the selection.


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