Sunil Gavaskar bashes BCCI for dropping out Cheteshwar Pujara and making him a “Scapegoat”

Cheteshwar Pujara

The omission of Cheteshwar Pujara from India’s squad for the upcoming two-Test series against the West Indies in July has sparked significant discussions. There is speculation that Yashasvi Jaiswal might take over the coveted No.3 position that Pujara has held for the past decade.

However, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that this presents an opportunity for the selectors to rest several senior players and provide chances to younger talents. He feels that dropping Pujara is an unfair decision, considering India’s overall disappointing batting performance in the World Test Championship final against Australia.

Gavaskar, who is highly regarded as one of the most successful opening batsmen in Test cricket history, argues that age should not be a determining factor in the Saurashtra batter’s exclusion. He also emphasizes that Cheteshwar Pujara was not the sole Indian batsman who struggled in the WTC final.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored 14 and 27 runs in the two innings, getting bowled in the first and caught behind while attempting an uncharacteristic uppercut shot in the second. However, Ajinkya Rahane was the only player to surpass 50 runs in the match, and India’s top four batsmen were dismissed for just 71 runs within the initial 20 overs of the first innings.

“Why has he been made the scapegoat for our batting failures? He has been a loyal servant of Indian cricket, a quiet and able achiever. But because he doesn’t have millions of followers on whatever platforms who would make a noise in case he gets dropped, you drop him? That is something beyond understanding.”
“What is the criteria for dropping him and keeping the others who failed. I don’t know because nowadays there is no media interaction with the selection committee chairman or whoever where you could actually ask these questions.” – Gavaskar targeted BCCI selectors. 
Here is India’s squad for West Indies Tour –

Test squad Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Navdeep Saini

ODI squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar