- As per Sunil Gavaskar, except Ajinkya Rahane, no Indian players seem to be interested in taking advice from him
- The legendary Indian batsman also blasted the management for avoiding practice matches on important tours such as this
- Gavaskar also wants Pujara to be recalled into the Indian playing 11, in place of either Umesh Yadav
India suffered a narrow and heart-breaking 31 run defeat against England in the 1st Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham last week. Kohli’s heroics weren’t enough to take India over the line, and apart from none of the top order applied themselves putting the captain under extreme pressure.
The latest cricket news today surrounds the 2nd Test match at Lords starting in just over 24 hours, India does not have much time to correct their mistakes and hearing Sunil Gavaskar yesterday on leading news channel Aaj Tak, it appears that none of them really need.
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Gavaskar who was part of the commentary team in England for the 1st Test match returned to India to be a guest on Aaj Tak. Speaking about the current crop of Indian players, Gavaskar said,”No batsman comes to me for advice now. Earlier, players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman would often speak to me on tours but I guess this generation is different and they have different coaches and batting coaches. Only Ajinkya Rahane comes to me sometimes.”
Gavaskar who has scored over 10000 runs in Test cricket, which included 34 hundred is considered to be one of the greatest batsmen to have come out of India. However, his latest revelation on Aaj Tak does go indicate the change in the attitude of the current Indian team from the ones that played under the likes of Dhoni and Saurav Ganguly.
The latest cricket news today, according to Gavaskar, Cheteshwar Pujara, who was surprisingly dropped from the 1st Test match should make a return into the playing 11 as India needs to go in with one extra batsman. The legendary Indian batsman labelled dropping Pujara as a big mistake by the Indian management.
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“I will play one more batsman at Lord’s in the form of [Cheteshwar] Pujara. He has the technique and patience required for a Test match. Whose place he’ll take will depend on the pitch. If the wicket isn’t that green then I will play him in place of Umesh Yadav and stay with Hardik Pandya,” said Gavaskar about middle-order batsman Pujara.
Pujara who was the second highest Test run-scorer in 2017 with 1140 runs only behind Steve Smith was dropped for the 1st Test match against England, even though he was one of the very few Indian players who had played in county season in England all summer to prepare for the all-important Test Series. Gavaskar believes that Captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri made a mistake in their preparations for the Test Series. As per the former Indian opener, India should take whatever opportunity they get to squeeze in practice games around important Test Series such as this.
“I can understand that you want to give them two days off and another two days before the Test match starts. Maybe three and three – six days off. I understand that but you have eight days between 3rd and 4th Test match and in those eight days, there should have been two three-day matches with a gap of a couple of days between the matches,” concluded Gavaskar on the show Sports Tak.
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