Former India captain and former chairman of the selection committee Krishnamachari Srikanth made an angry comment on Rahul Dravid. He was unhappy with the team selection for the first T20I match against the West Indies and felt that India should have gone ahead with Shreyas Iyer and the playing XI with Deepak Hooda.
During the first T20I of the five-match series in Trouba, Trinidad, Indian captain Rohit Sharma announced that Shreyas Iyer will bat at No. 3 for India against Deepak Hooda.
“Where is Hooda? He has done well in T20Is, he has also done well in ODIs. He is the man who should be there. In T20 cricket you need to understand that you All-rounders are needed. Batting all-rounders, bowling all-rounders, so many all-rounders are better for you,” Srikanth said.
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To this comment, former India cricketer Pragyan Ojha, who was sharing the panel with Srikanth, responded and defended Rahul Dravid’s team selection.
Ojha said, “Rahulbhai believes that if a player performs first for you, play him and back him. Then you proceed with other options. “
Srikanth immediately interrupted him midway through his explanation, saying, “We don’t want Rahul Dravid’s thought. Your thought. Chai now. Abhi do it.” (We don’t need Rahul Dravid’s thinking. We need you. Give now. Give now.)
Ojha smiled and agreed with Srikanth’s choice, saying, “Huda to hona chaha. Obviously, Huda.” (Huda should be there. Obviously, Huda)
“Boss. Khatam (that’s it),” replied India’s veteran cricketer.
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Shreyas Iyer came in to bat at number three during the first T20I but India eventually faced a four-ball wicket in the match after batting first.
Iyer performed well during the three-match ODI series where Shikhar Dhawan led the team with a 3-0 whitewash against the West Indies. Iyer had managed to score two half-centuries in the first two ODIs and showed good batting skills throughout the series. However, in the first T20I, he was sent back to the pavilion for a wicket after taking a brilliant catch off Akil Hussain off Obaid McCoy.
India won the first T20I by 68 runs and will now take on the Caribbean team at the Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre on August 1 (Monday).
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