Former Indian selector, MSK Prasad recently revealed the heated discussions he has had had with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri during his tenure as India’s chief selector. MSK Prasad served as India’s chief selector for the period between 2016 and 2020.
During his tenure, he took a lot of surprising decisions, which led to debates on social media. From dropping Ambati Rayudu in place of Vijay Shankar in the 2019 World Cup to leaving Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina from the squad, MSK Prasad often took a beating from the fans.
MSK Prasad reveals having heated discussions with Kohli and Shastri
In a recent interaction with Cricket.com, Prasad revealed that he would have heated discussions with both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri while selecting the players for tournaments. However, their relationship was such that everything would get normal the next day.
“You ask them what kind of arguments we had. Sometimes, we didn’t want to see each other (after meetings) but the beauty of them is that the next morning when we would meet they would recognize and acknowledge that there is (merit in the) point we made. I am a management student and know how to manage,” Prasad said to Cricket.com.
“People want me to blame someone publicly? Why should I do that because it is my family? I may like or dislike decisions even at home in my family, but can I come out and say something publicly? Virat and Ravi will tell you about that (how we used to have heated debates). Just because we didn’t have differences publicly doesn’t mean that we were succumbing to them. Who knows how we have convinced them on so many issues,” he added.
For those of you who don’t know, MSK Prasad was the chief selector when the Indian squad was announced for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and ICC 2019 World Cup. His tenure ended in 2020, followed which Sunil Joshi replaced him.
Speaking of the current Indian Cricket Team status, the Men in Blue is all set to play against New Zealand for the World Test Championship final, beginning 18th June 2021.