Spat With Virat Led To Gambhir Ouster From Indian Test Team?
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI) on Monday announced the list of cricketers for the three-match series against New Zealand starting from September 22.
Soon after this, there were quite a few eyebrows raised because the selectors announced almost the same squad that travelled to the West Indies, only all-rounder Stuart Binny and pacer Shardul Thakur were excluded.
Some also questioned selectors’ decision to award yet another chance to Shikhar Dhawan, who failed many a time to maintain consistency and ignore the Delhi lad Gautam Gambhir despite scoring four back-to-back half centuries as captain of the India Blue team in the ongoing Duleep Trophy.
The only player whose Duleep feats were taken into account while selecting the squad for the New Zealand Tests is Cheteshwar Pujara.
We must not overlook the fact that Shikhar enjoys the backing of Test skipper Virat Kohli which is the reason he got another shot in the longest format. Wherein, Gambhir had a problem getting along with Kohli after their spat in IPL 2013.
It was an incident that took everyone by surprise.
Gambhir and Kohli, who have not only played together for the country but also for their state side Delhi, lost their control on-field and exchanged more than a few words during Royal Challangers (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clash in IPL 6.
Since then, they do not share a good rapport.
However, the team management should have ignored those factors and Gambhir should have been given a chance to prove his worth.
In recent past, Gambhir, who played his last Test for India at the Oval in 2014, has displayed tremendous amount of dedication in the IPL and his recent Duleep Trophy performance proves that he still has a massive appetite for runs.
But, with his age touching the 35-year-mark next month, there seems to be little hope that the technically-sound Gambhir will don the Indian jersey again.