Sunil Gavaskar slams Indian team for having different rules for different players!
Galatta | Dec 23, 2020, 08:49 pm
For long, there have been a lot of reports of there being heavy partiality amongst the players of the Indian cricket team. Though there has not been any major proof for it so far, when legends themselves talk about this, there does seem to be a grain of truth to it! Currently, India is playing a full series in Australia and after finishing the limited overs leg of the tour, the teams are engaged in the gruelling Test series! After being in a major position of strength in the first Test, which happened to be a day-night encounter, India had a batting collapse and reached their lowest-ever Test score! Eventually, Australia won the Test by a whopping margin of 8 Wickets, within 3 days itself. Indian pacer Mohammad Shami was injured in the Test and remains doubtful to play in the rest of the series. Also, the regular Indian Test captain - Virat Kohli, has returned to India on paternity leave and will not play the remaining matches!
Now, with the Indian team already depleted heavily, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar who is also a commentator, has slammed the Indian team for having different standards for different players. Citing the very example of Kohli being allowed to return to India for the birth of his child, Gavaskar stated that fast bowler T Natarajan had also had the birth of his child recently but had been retained with the Indian team. He added that Natarajan had not even been included as part of the team but had been asked to stay back as just a nets bowler. Natarajan became a father even as the IPL was underway but did not return to India from the UAE. From there, he travelled with the rest of the team to Australia and played in the final ODI and the following T20I series. Natarajan will be able to return home only after the 3rd week of January, when the Test series ends.
Talking about another player who has been suffering, Gavaskar mentioned the Indian offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Gavaskar stated that Ashwin had been suffering more for his forthrightness, than his bowling abilities or the lack of it. Gavaskar stated that it would be "churlish" to question Ashwin's bowling abilities and that his "forthrightness and speaking his mind at meetings where most others just nod even if they don't agree", go against him. Gavaskar added that if Ashwin doesn't take heaps of wickets in one game, he becomes invariably sidelined for the next. In his biggest comment, Gavaskar stated that this sort of thing doesn't happen to a batsman. The legendary cricketer ended his column (in which he had written about all this) with, "That’s Indian cricket. Different rules for different people. If you don’t believe me ask Ravi Ashwin and T. Natarajan."