AGENCIES, New Delhi: The strategy of continuously chopping and changing the playing squad and for not giving players enough time to get settled in a particular role was not helping the Indian team lift the game.
These were the observations of former India captain Kapil Dev was not happy with the way the side performed after India went down to New Zealand by 10 wickets in the first Test in Wellington.
Obviously upset, Dev has questioned the Indian management’s logic for doing so. “Have to praise New Zealand, they are playing very good cricket. The 3 ODIs and this Test match, they have been excellent. If we analyse this match critically, well, I do not understand how one can make so many changes. There is a new team in almost every match. No one in the team is permanent, if there is no security over your place, it will affect the form of the players,” Kapil told a news channel.
“Such big names in the batting order, if you cannot score even 200 runs in 2 innings, you have not been able to conquer conditions. You have to focus more on planning and strategy,” he further added.
The World Cup-winning captain was also surprised at the non-inclusion of KL Rahul in the side and said that a player should be picked on his form and not according to the format.
“I do not understand. There is a lot of difference between when we played and what is happening now. When you build a team, you have to give confidence to players. When there are so many changes made, it does not make sense. Management believes in format-specific players. Rahul is in great form, he is sitting out, it does not make sense. I believe when a player is in form, he needs to play,” the legendary all-rounder said.
The World Cup-winning captain is surprised at the non-inclusion of KL Rahul in the team and said that a player should be picked on his form and not according to the format.