‘It Is Not Compulsory…’, Gautam Gambhir Pointed Out The Factors For Selecting Players In The Playing XI

The squad of team India for the upcoming Asia Cup has been announced and the former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has given a huge statement regarding the team’s strategy. Gambhir said that players should be included in the playing XI on the basis of their forms, not to maintain the left and right-hand combinations.

The topic of left-hand-right-hand batting combinations has gained significant attention. The former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has put forward the idea that the Indian cricket team should aim to incorporate three left-handed batsmen in their playing eleven.

On the other hand, Gambhir has dismissed the ongoing debate as ‘pointless.’ He emphasized that the only criterion for selecting players in the playing eleven should be their performances and current form, with no other factors coming into play.

While having a conversation during a show on star sports, Ravi Shastri said,”There are three other positions where I think two left-handers have to come in. If you have persisted with Ishan Kishan for the last six to eight months, and he’s going to keep wickets, he comes in, in any case. But, get two left-handers. Including Jaddu, there should be three left-handers in the top seven.”

Gambhir had a different opinion and he stated,”If he has been picked (Tilak Varma), then of course he should get some matches to play. And if he gets game time and performs better than other batsmen, then you should definitely take him in the squad. Because, as I’ve said earlier, form is important.”

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