Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that the Indian team management has created ‘insecurity’ among the players and the decision of rotation between Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant in team India is ‘unfair’ for both wicketkeepers. Saha, who was in poor form in the first Test in Adelaide, has been dropped for the second Test squad in Melbourne. Gambhir questioned that if Pant fails in the next two matches, will the same be done to him?
“It’s unfortunate and Wriddhiman Saha has played just one Test match in this series and he hasn’t done well and gets dropped. “Imagine what happens to Pant if he doesn’t do well in this Test or the third Test. What do you do then? Would you go back to Wriddhiman Saha,” Gambhir said on YouTube channel Sports Today.
“That’s why this team looks so unsettled because no one is secured. Professional sport is all about security. Everyone has talent when they are representing the country. All they want is security and that assurance that we are there to back you, not just by words but by action. No one apart from India rotates wicketkeeper based on conditions.”
Before Team India’s playing eleven were announced on Thursday, Aakash Chopra too had said that if Team India excludes Wriddhiman Saha from the second Test, then what will they tell him? For the Boxing Day Test, Team India has made four major changes. Along with Pant, Shubman Gill, Mohammad Siraj and Jadeja have got a place in the playing XI. In-form KL Rahul has also been ignored once again.
“Actually, it’s been unfair on Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha both over a long period of time when they have picked and chosen players on conditions. You don’t do that with wicketkeepers. You do that with bowlers,” Gambhir fumed.
“In overseas conditions, you play two spinners based on conditions, its understandable, but which other teams in the world has chopped and changed wicketkeepers based on conditions. No one apart from India.”
“I have never believed in this theory of rotation policy that Wriddhiman Saha is only good for sub-continent and Rishabh Pant is better overseas because that’s not how good teams go into. If you are good in Indian conditions, you got to deliver in overseas conditions as well. Whether he does that or not is irrelevant,” the former India batsman added.