Gautam Gambhir had a disappointing outing on his return to the side © Getty Images

​By Sudatta Mukherjee

Aug 8, 2014

Former India skipper Kapil Dev did not like the way Gautam Gambhir was informed about his selection in the playing eleven of the fourth Test between India and England at Old Trafford. Gambhir was playing a Test after 20 months and was being congratulated only on the morning of the match.

“Why is the team congratulating a player who has returned to the XI after 20 months? Am I to believe that he was not told before this morning that he would play,” Kapil Dev was quoted as saying by MiD-DAY.

“It’s an important Test. Gambhir is an experienced player as well as the opener. Couldn’t he be told earlier? They should not have enacted this drama in public. They should have told him in the dressing room earlier,” Kapil Dev added.

The 1983 World Cup-winning captain said that during their time, the team management would inform the player an evening in advance so that the player could prepare mentally.

“But this is modern cricket, I guess. Even Australia and South Africa play modern cricket, but I don’t think they approach the strategy that India adopted with regards to Gambhir,” he said.

On Dhoni’s decision to bat first, Kapil said, “I am not blaming Dhoni for opting to bat first. You must know how to bat in these conditions. The English bowlers did well to bowl in the right areas.”

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