Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay (AFP Photo)

After Karun Nair, Murali Vijay has also highlighted the issue of gap in communication between India selectors and players who have been dropped from the squad.

Vijay was dropped for the third Test against England during a five-Test series after scoring 26 across four innings that included two ducks. He was left out of the squad for the remaining two Tests as India went on to lose the series 1-4.

“Nothing at all,” Vijay was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Mirror when asked whether he was spoken to by the team management after he was dropped. “Neither the chief selector nor any other person spoke to me in England after I was dropped from the third Test. None of them have spoken to me since. I did have a conversation with the members of the team management in England and that’s it.”

Middle order batsman Nair was part of India’s squad for the England Tests but returned home without getting a game. He was subsequently left out of the squad for the West Indies Tests. He was the first one to speak about “no conversations” between him and the selectors.

Offspinner Harbhajan Singh has also commented on the topic saying, “How can a person sitting on the bench for three months become so bad that he is not good enough to remain in the squad?”

He added, “I am at pains to understand the thinking of this selection committee and the parameters that they are using for selecting national squads.”

Vijay agrees with Harbhajan. “I tend to agree with what Harbhajan Singh has said about parameters of selection. I think it is important that a player is told about the reasons for keeping him out so that he knows where exactly he stands in the team managements’ and selectors’ scheme of things.”

Vijay turned out for English county Essex after being left out of the India squad and scored a century and three fifties across five innings. He’s now representing Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Trophy and is hopeful of being in the flight for the Australian tour.

“I will be preparing for the Australia series too in my own manner. I know the conditions there well, having scored close to 500 runs (482) during the 2014-15 series. I wish to be ready if the chance comes. Ultimately it’s the runs that matter when you are trying to make a comeback,” he said.