Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Oct 2018 10:06:35


FIRST it was Karun Nair, then Murali Vijay and now is the turn of Kedar Jadhav to get stumped by the national selectors’ googlies for which the ‘wise men’ have developed an uncanny penchant. The selection team, led by chief selector MSK Prasad, seems to have developed a short-term memory loss when picking players for forthcoming tournaments. The exclusion of Maharashtra all-rounder Jadhav is a case in point.

Despite proving his fitness in the ongoing Deodhar Trophy, Jadhav found himself falling out of favour of the selectors for the next three One-Dayers against the touring West Indies side. However the chief selector tries to find reason behind dropping Jadhav, there cannot be a justification for this blunder. It is a clear case of casual approach towards players’ future.

None of the players dropped has been communicated before the big decision or the flaws he needs to correct. In the case of Karun Nair, who was left out in the home series after warming bench in the England tour, there was even a futile attempt of cover-up when the chief selector himself went on record that he had spoken to the batsman. Same happened with Murali Vijay. The bluff was called when both players denied of any such meeting taking place.

On Jadhav’s exclusion, the chairman of selection committee has come out with a lame excuse of the batsman’s injury-prone past. Jadhav picked the injury during last month’s Asia Cup triumph when he hobbled on one leg to take India to victory. It was immediately tended to medically and the rehab programme was duly completed at the National Cricket Academy before Jadhav was drafted in the Deodhar Trophy squad.

Prasad’s reason of not picking Jadhav because of history of fitness is unconvincing. Injuries are part and parcel of the game and many a player had gone through the grind to come back successful in international cricket. When he was fit enough to be picked for a domestic limited overs tournament then Jadhav should have been an automatic choice for the West Indies ODIs, given his proven all-round abilities. This botch-up by the selectors has the potential of creating a major rift between the players and selectors. Miscommunication is the last thing Indian cricket needed.