There must be an element of truth in Gavaskar's statement: Former Indian Coach
Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian opening bastman was baffled when neither Ishwar Pandey nor Cheteshwar Pujara were given a chance to play in the dead rubber match against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. Gavaskar came down heavily on the Indian team and felt it was the fear of bench players succeeding over the favourite players of the team, which must have prompted the Indian thinktank to exclude them.
Anshuman Gaekwad, former Indian coach feels that such statement coming from Sunil (Gavaskar), there must be an element of truth. He added, ''Sitting at home, I can't comment, but Sunil is there in Asia Cup, so there must be something in it (statement). He must be knowing it.''
Though, Kohli, India's captain for Asia Cup defended the team's selection stating that one needs to be patient and playing as one unit, the team becomes confident. ''One match is not going to harm the balance of the side, but they (Pujara and Pandey) should have been given a look-in,'' adds Gaekwad. If one goes by Kohli's words, when will these youngsters be given a chance? He might have forgotten the fact that he also became an important player only after been given a chance to represent India
during such circumstances of dead rubber matches or when some player was injured.
Gaekwad agrees with Gavaskar that Pandey and Pujara should have been given a chance to play in the dead rubber. He further said, ''Had I been there as a captain or a coach, I would have given these players a chance to play. There was nothing to lose for India, but everything to gain, as India was already out of the competition.''
It was not only Gavaskar who was astonished and disappointed with the selection of the Indian team that was fielded against Bangladesh. Ardent cricket fans were also questioning on social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter about the reason for excluding Pujara and Pandey.