The exit of legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Co. has forced a need for fluidity and flexibility in the role of players in this new-look Indian Test team. The team is evolving and so are the plans, depending on situations.
Gautam Gambhir reckons young Mayank Agarwal to be the most unfortunate player after being dropped from the Indian Test squad for impending Australia series without being offered a chance in the playing XI against West Indies.
Taking Mayank’s example, Gambhir urged the Indian selectors to stop playing ‘musical chair with players’ for it hurts their confidence. Gambhir’s comment came during the second T20I game between India and Australia at the Melbourne which was eventually washed out.
The selectors had finally opened the selection doors for Mayank after his plethora of domestic records with the willow. Very few cricketers have done as much in domestic as Mayank and it finally reaped rewards when the selectors called him for the West Indies Test series as an opener.
Asking about Vijay and Mayank and India’s selection for the Australia series, Gambhir said on air, “The most unfortunate one is someone like Mayank Agarwal who had scored so many runs in domestic cricket. If you had selected him for the West Indies series and then without given him the opportunity you drop him for the Australia tour. Then you are telling everyone including him that you are only good in subcontinent conditions and not for Australian conditions. I think that is very unfortunate.”
“Also, if you wanted to take Murali Vijay in the Australia series, then he shouldn’t have been dropped from England series. And if you had dropped him from the playing XI, Vijay should have been taken for the West Indies series. You did not keep him in the West Indies series, and had Mayank Agarwal instead. Now you have brought back Murali Vijay and sent Mayank with India A. This is very unfortunate for a young player. If you are a good player you are good in every condition. So I feel selectors should bring about a clarity and stop playing musical chair with players.”