Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar expressed opposing views to the strong words used by Little Master Sunil Gavaskar against the selection committee's decision of letting Virat Kohli continue as captain for the Mein Blue without considering the reappointment of the skipper or reviewing the team's performance at the World Cup.
Manjrekar disagreed with Gavaskar's views on the selection committee and on Virat Kohli being retained as the captain. He said that unlike Gavaskar's claim, the Men in Blue did not put a 'below-par-performance' in the recently concluded World Cup and that the team's consistency was very evident as they won seven matches and lost just two contests. He further added that integrity was more of an essential quality that the selectors should possess instead of stature.
Read Manjrekar's tweet here:
Gavaskar had said that it was very evident that Kohli's role as captain for the national side was meant to be so until the end of the World Cup following which the matter had to be reconsidered. He said that the selection committee's error now forced the team to proceed for the next series without reviewing the 'below-par-performance' of the team that failed to reach the finals of the showpiece event.
Gavaskar said that the current selection committee lacked stature and that they were incapable of ensuring smooth functioning of the body. The Little Master said that there were members in the selection committee who had not gone on to play for the national side in the long run and some have not even played a single Test game. He hoped that the squad selected for the Windies tour will be the last call made by the body before a new committee is appointed. He said that hopefully, the new committee will have players of a stature who will not get bullied and will be able to convey to the team management to play with the players chosen by the selectors.
The Indian commentator bore the brunt of netizens throughout the World Cup for his strong criticism of the Men in Blue including addressing the middle-order woes, Mohammed Shami's death over bowling, MS Dhoni's batting and the controversial 'bits-and-pieces' remark to Ravindra Jadeja. However, Indian fans were very happy with Manjrekar's opposing views to Gavaskar's claim and they took to Twitter to express their feelings.
Here are some of the reactions:
One fan went ahead to question MSK Prasad's eligibility to be a selector despite putting up minimal performances for the national side during his playing days.