Team India takes a 1-0 lead after beating Australia in the first match of the four-match under Border-Gavaskar trophy. Rohit Sharma and company won the match by an innings and 132 runs with a massive contribution of Indian veteran spin twin R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
Meanwhile, the former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad has attacked the BCCI sectors for picking players in the playing XI on the basis of ‘Favouritism’ even though they are falling consistently.
Venkatesh Prasad said that even after a rough patch during this 8 years of test career, BCCI is continuously backing KL Rahul. Prasad also criticised the former cricketers and experts for not saying a single word on this matter in the fear of losing their IPL contracts.
The former Indian cricketer feels that the BCCI already has players like Shubman Gill and Sarfaraz Khan who are performing really well with the bat but not getting regular chances.
Venkatesh Prasad made a series of Tweet in which he wrote,”“I have a lot of regard for KL Rahul’s talent and ability, but sadly his performances have been well below par. A test average of 34 after 46 tests and more than 8 years in international cricket is ordinary. Can’t think of many who have been given so many chances.”
His second thread on Twitter came as,”Especially when there are so many waiting in the wings & in top form. Shubman Gill is in sublime form, Sarfaraz has been scoring tons in FC cricket and many who deserve a chance ahead of Rahul. Some are just lucky to be given chances endlessly till they succeed while some aren’t allowed to.”
MSK Prasad feels that BCCI would have picked R Ashwin for their Vice-captain as he has a great cricketing brain but the appointment of KL Rahul has really puzzled the matter for everyone.
“And to make matters worse, Rahul is the designated vice-captain. Ashwin has a great cricketing brain, and should be the vice captain in the Test format. If not, he should be Pujara or Jadeja .Mayank Agarwal had a far better impact than Rahul in Tests and so did Vihari. Rahul’s selection is not based on performance but favouritism . Has been Consistently inconsistent and for someone who has been around for 8 years not converted potential into performances,” he added.
Criticising former cricketers and experts, he wrote,“One of the reasons why many ex-cricketers aren’t vocal despite seeing such favouritism is the chances of losing out on potential IPL gigs. They wouldn’t want to rub the captain of a franchise wrong, as in today’s age most people like yes men and blind approvers. Often well wishers are your best critics but times have changed & people don’t want to be told the truth.”