Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar criticises Indian team selectors; Questions Virat Kohli's 'automatic selection'

The former Indian cricketer argued that to his knowledge, Virat Kohli's appointment was only till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and the selectors should have conducted a meeting for his reappointment

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After India's abrupt exit from ICC Cricket World 2019, the team has been under constant fire and has faced criticism from former players and cricket pundits. In addition to the list, former Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his anger and is disgusted with the World Cup 2019 fiasco. The cricketer recently stated that he is displeased with the role played by the selection committee after India's loss. 

The Mumbai cricketer said that the MSK Prasad-led selection committee has made him furious and he reckoned its lack of stature brought down its ability to take decisions, resulting in the hindrance of its progress.

Gavaskar debated that the selection committee selected the team for the tour of West Indies without a meeting to select the captain. He added that this implied the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee's pleasure. 

One of the finest batsmen the Indian subcontinent has ever produced, Gavaskar has always had the development of the team at his heart. Calling the selectors 'lame ducks', he launched his attack: 

Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (Captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectations performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals.

He added that this might be one of the last selections for this committee as a new one would get appointed soon. 

Hopefully, that will have players of stature who will not get bullied and be able to tell the team management that their job is to play with the team chosen by the selectors," he said expressing his concern over the current selectors.

Throughout his cricketing career that spanned for 16 years, Gavaskar scored 10,000 runs for India as he batted without a helmet. He held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades before it was broken by Sachin Tendulkar in December 2005.

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