The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) announced Team India's 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup in England & Wales on Monday. The experts of the game had their fair share of opinions regarding the team selection. While some were happy with the squad, there were some who were not really pleased with the final squad for the showpiece event.
One of the persons who was not convinced with the selectors' choice was former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar. The cricketer-turned-commentator took to Twitter to share his feelings after the announcement of India's 15-member squad.
Here's what he had to say.
The veteran of 37 Tests and 74 One Day Internationals mentioned that it was impossible to keep everyone happy with the team selection. However, Manjrekar was surprised with Dinesh Karthik's inclusion in the World Cup squad. Karthik had last played an ODI game against New Zealand back in January. He was then ignored for India's home series against Australia which they had lost 2-3. The former Mumbai batsman then went on to blame the selectors by saying that they were guilty of not showing consistency in Karthik's case as he got a direct entry into the World Cup squad after being discarded. At the same time, Manjrekar also added that Vijay Shankar was a lucky man to have made it to the 15-member squad.
However, Manjrekar also went on to remind everyone about what will be Team India's focus irrespective of whoever gets picked. He had tweeted about the same in March.
This is what he had tweeted.
The 12th edition of the World Cup will be played in England & Wales, in the United Kingdom. The quadrennial event will commence from May 30 as England will lock horns against South Africa at the Oval.
India will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton.