- After the injury of Shubman Gill, there has been a crisis regarding the team’s opener.
- Team management wants Sau and Padikkal as backup openers in England
- Selectors argue that 23 players are already present in England
- There is a clear lack of communication between the team management, BCCI and the selectors.
There is a clear lack of communication between the team management, the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee on who will go to England as his replacement after Shubman Gill’s injury.
It seems that the board wants to understand the plans of the team management, after all there are 23 players already there. The team management has officially requested to send a player as cover for Gill. The selectors and the board are not sure why the team needs more players when KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are already there.
Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran is also with the team as a reserve opener.
However, it is heard that the team management wants Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal in England. The team management wants that even if both the players are not able to come, then at least one must reach England.
The team management, however, is not convinced about Easwaran’s ability in challenging conditions in England. He also looked very uncomfortable in the practice session. However, the team management is looking at Rahul as an alternative to the middle order. The management is of the view that if Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane struggle to score runs, Rahul can be tried in the middle order.
A BCCI official told our colleague Times of India, “The team management should keep their vision clear. The selectors have always taken care of the demand of the team management while choosing the team. The team was selected in the presence of captain Virat Kohli. Management should have had a clear view of its plan. He should have known how to use the players being picked. If they had to change the plan, they should have clearly informed about it.
The official further said, ‘Eshwaran has been with the team since the home series against England in February-March. The team management should clearly explain why they are not sure of using Easwaran. Only after that a decision can be taken whether to send the replacement or not.
“There are four openers in England right now. And this has happened only because of the corona pandemic. This was not the case with the Indian teams of the past. He had to work with only 15 players on long tours. At this time, the thinking of the team management and the selectors should be one. They should have a clear opinion about their plans. If he is not sure about the 24 players he has picked, it should be resolved soon.
A major problem with the team management is Hanuma Vihari’s uneasiness with the opening. A source said, “There is no doubt that Vihari will be ready to do anything for the team in difficult times. But he is more than happy to bat in the middle order.
The lack of coordination between the team management and chief selector Chetan Sharma has been visible since the beginning. There has been a lack of communication between the two ever since Sharma took over in January. There are also speculations that some players are personally liked by Sharma. His being a coach in many academies is also being linked to this. There are reports that there is a lack of communication between the team management and Sharma.