Sanjay Manjrekar couldn’t digest Sunil Gavaskar’s views on Virat Kohli & selectors

Sanjay Manjrekar

Since the time India was knocked out of the World Cup 2019, the rumors are flowing in the air of a split captaincy, giving Rohit Sharma a chance to take over the reins from Virat Kohli in the shorter formats. The heated debate saw Sunil Gavaskar take a dig at the selectors, even going to the extent of calling them lame ducks. The latest to join-in the conversation is former cricketer, and now a renowned commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar, who on Monday took to Twitter showing his disagreement with Sunil Gavaskar’s views over Virat Kohli’s captaincy for the West Indies tour.

Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted “Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a ‘much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature,”

Gavaskar’s intention was not to point out Kohli’s captaincy flaws, but he said that Kohli’s appointment as a captain was till World Cup 2019, and there should be an official selection committee meeting led by MSK Prasad for retaining Virat Kohli as captain across all formats for the West Indies tour.

Gavaskar in his column for Mid-Day wrote “That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure,”

“To the best of our knowledge, his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment,” he added.

He also questioned Virat Kohli captaincy stating “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 expectation performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals,” Gavaskar concluded.

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