RP's selection baffles Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar felt that it was yet another mistake on the part of the selectors who have already come under much scrutiny Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 19, 2011

Sunil Gavaskar was critical of selecting RP Singh in place of injured Praveen Kumar for the fourth and final Test match at The Oval on Thursday.

The former Indian batsman felt that it was yet another mistake on the part of the selectors who have already come under much scrutiny.

“They might have picked him because he was bowling at the same pace and getting the ball to move. He has a lot of pace but it’s not easy to come back to Test cricket, even if there is a gap of 3 months, it is difficult. You are now talking about a man who has not played Test cricket for 3 years and I believe he was on a holiday somewhere”, Gavaskar said in an interview to NDTV.

Gavaskar was also critical of thought process of team think tank. “Munaf has been with the team and this is what has baffled me about the Indian team. A player comes in when there is a replacement in the squad and plays ahead of him.”

Gavaskar who had earlier expressed his views in favour of selecting Munaf over Sreesanth in the fourth Test was surprised at the decision. “It was going to be a little too much to ask him to deliver the goods. Munaf on the other hand despite not playing here, played in the West Indies so he is relatively match fit. It tells you there are some differences in the thought process and that’s why India have been performing poorly”.

“So what does it tell you? What the touring team thinks about the selection back home…it shows a lack of co-ordination between the touring team’s think tank and that of the selectors,” Gavaskar added.