Gautam Gambhir and Chetehwar Pujara should have been selected for Champions Trophy: Dilip Vengsarakar

Dilip Vengsarkar (above) also felt that Praveen Kumar should have been in the team as his experience would have counted © AFP

Mumbai: May 5, 2013

Former chairman of the selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar questioned the logic behind axing of Cheteshwar Pujara and Gautam Gambhir from the 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy.

“This team defies logic. The team should have youth and experience. The 50-over format is a full-innings match. A player like Gambhir is a must while a Cheteshwar Pujara is an ideal for the No 3 slot. He could hold one end up. For English conditions, even Yuvraj should have been there in the team,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by Times of India.

He spoke about the inexperience in the bowling department also.

“Ishant [Sharma] and Bhuvneshwar [Kumar] are in good form and they are going to do well there. But Vinay Kumar, Irfan [Pathan] and Umesh [Yadav] will have to prove themselves. Their presence is a weak link in the team,” said Vengsarkar.

The former Indian skipper asserted that Praveen Kumar should have been in the team as his experience will count.

“Our ODI team has been found wanting in the last 20 overs. We need to overcome this shortcoming,” he added.
However, Kiran More felt that it was worthwhile selection.

“All the youngsters have been around for a while and some of them are in good form in recent days. I somehow don’t mind a team like this,” former chairman of selection committee More said.