Former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi was announced as the new chief-selector for Team India. The left-arm bowler will take the chair once the current selector MSK Prasad leaves the position. The chief of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Madan Lala, played an important role in selecting Joshi’s name for the position and noted that he and his team took a lot of key factors into their account before selecting the right person.
Madan Lal, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, revealed that skipper Virat Kohli was one of the crucial factors to select the right guy for the position because they needed a guy who would communicate well with a guy like Kohli, who has a dominating personality.
According to the former Indian cricketer, they had to find a suitable guy for the position so that there can be good communication between the skipper and the selector because eventually, it is the captain who has to lead the side. Speaking further on the decision, Lal noted that skipper Kohli is a high-performing player and one of the greatest of this generation and he matters the most to the team.
“We have kept it in mind that we find somebody who can communicate with him because, in the end, it is the captain, who has to run the team. Captain matters a lot to the team and so it is important on how you communicate with him. What is gone is in the past, the two selectors that we picked had the best answers on this topic,” Madan Lal said.
Joshi made his international debut in 1996 after an amazing season of Ranji Trophy. He has played a total of 15 Tests for Team India and picked up 41 wickets while he took 69 wickets in 69 ODIs he played for the Men in Blue.
Speaking in an interview after the announcement, the left-arm spinner revealed that he is excited to take up this job and it will be an honor to serve the nation and Indian cricket by sitting at such a prestigious position.
“I deem it an honor and privilege to serve our beloved country again and would like to thank the CAC for considering me,” Joshi revealed after becoming the chief-selector.
India’s next bilateral ODI series will come against South Africa, starting from March 12. The Proteas have already announced their ODI squad for the series while India is yet to announce their playing squad.
South Africa squad: Quinton de Kock (c, wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, and Keshav Maharaj.