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‘Not about making everyone happy’

Ganguly questioned the omission of Ajinkya Rahane and Shubman Gill from the ODI squad for the tour of West Indies

By TT Bureau in Calcutta
  • Published 25.07.19, 1:53 AM
  • Updated 25.07.19, 1:53 AM
  • a min read
Sourav Ganguly A Telegraph picture

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday questioned the omission of veteran Ajinkya Rahane and young Shubman Gill from the ODI squad for the tour of West Indies, urging the selection committee to be consistent with their policies.

An inconsistent Kedar Jadhav was retained while Gill, who has been adjudged Man of the Series in the five List A games in the West Indies scoring 218 runs, hasn’t found a berth in the two limited overs squads for the West Indies.

Sourav took to Twitter to take a dig at the selectors stating the main agenda should be picking the best possible team and not making people happy.

“Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players’s not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent bcci,” Sourav tweeted.

“Here are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see Shubman Gill. Rahane in the one day squad,” he added.

Gill has already expressed his disappointment.

“I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads. It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it,” Gill was quoted as saying by a cricket specific website.

The MSK Prasad-led selection committee picked the squads for the T20Is, ODIs and Test matches in the West Indies on Sunday.

Barring captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, left-arm all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, no other Indian features in all three formats for the West Indies tour.