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Selectors should talk to Sachin, feels Kapil

Calcutta/Mumbai: Former India captain Kapil Dev wants the debate around Sachin Tendulkar’s future to end. He wants either the selectors to be proactive and speak to Sachin on the matter or that The Master should himself have a word with Sandeep Patil and Co.

“Either the selectors should speak to him or Sachin should himself have a word with them... The problem is that Sachin does not speak about it openly and the selectors have also been mum about it till now,” Kapil told a television channel.

“This results in confusion amongst the fans and also invites criticism from everyone, especially when Sachin performs badly. Selectors should talk to him openly… He is a hero and one feels really bad to see fingers being pointed at him,” he added.

Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil’s one-time teammate and a former captain himself, feels that too much is being said on the matter. “Why are we in such a rush about someone who has been heartthrob of India for so long? We react in extremes,” Gavaskar said, during a programme on a television channel.

Citing Ricky Ponting’s example, Gavsakar added: “Australia have always been talked as being ruthless… But have they dropped Ricky Ponting for the third Test against South Africa. Sachin will comeback... He and Ponting are the kind of players who will not go quietly, they’ll go with a roar,” he said.

Gavaskar also feels that the selectors could not have afforded to make drastic changes in the squad for the third Test. The selectors, on Tuesday, named an almost unchanged squad for the Eden Test, with only Ashok Dinda coming in for the injured Umesh Yadav.

“There are quite a few youngsters who are knocking at the doors... India could have tried a few youngsters if they were 2-0 up in the series. But we can’t make wholesale changes now as it creates uncertainty.”

He, however, criticised the selectors for their general reluctance to inject young blood in the team. “We have to look at the situation... The selection committee is not keen to experiment or inject young blood... That has been the trend in the last couple of years and it has not changed,” Gavaskar said.

Kapil, in fact, thinks that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s place in the playing XI is in itself questionable. “We never let other teams dominate in our own conditions... This loss has raised some serious questions. We all know that Dhoni has performed badly in the last 8-10 Tests and going purely by performance, his place in the playing XI seems a bit doubtful,” Kapil said.