Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the team management of Team India and claimed that there are ‘different rules for different players’ in the dressing room. Gavaskar mentioned the names of R. Ashwin and T. Natarajan and stated that these two players will also be questioning certain rules.
Gavaskar believes that T. Natarajan who became a father for the first time recently should have also been given paternity leave much like Virat Kohli. The former cricketer legendary cricketer holds that players within the Indian team players are given separate type of treatments which is unfair on the youngsters.
Sunil Gavaskar Holds Different Rules For Different Players In Team India
In his latest column on Sportstar, Gavaskar has criticised the Indian team management for treating players differently. Gavaskar wrote that youngster T. Natarajan must be wondering about the paternity leave of Kohli as he wasn’t permitted to see his newborn during the IPL playoffs. Gavaskar also took an indirect dig at captain Kohli who left Australia after the first Test to attend the birth of his first child.
“Another player who will wonder about the rules, but, of course, can’t make any noise about it as he is a newcomer. It is T. Natarajan. The left-arm yorker specialist who made an impressive debut in the T20 and had Hardik Pandya gallantly offering to share the man of the T20 series prize with him had become a father for the first time even as the IPL playoffs were going on”, Gavaskar wrote.
“He had become a father for the first time even as the IPL playoffs were going on. He was asked to stay on for the (Australia) Test series but not as a part of the team but as a net bowler. Imagine that. A match winner, albeit in another format, being asked to be a net bowler. He will thus return home only after the series ends in the third week of January and get to see his daughter for the first time then. And there is the captain (Virat Kohli) going back after the first Test for the birth of his first child,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gavaskar continued and then talked about seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who he thinks has been sidelined even after picking heaps of wickets. The 71-year-old deems that since Ashwin is a bowler he is treated otherwise and has suffered not for his bowling ability but his ‘forthrightness’.
“For far too long Ashwin has suffered not for his bowling ability of which only the churlish will have doubts, but for his forthrightness and speaking his mind at meetings where most others just nod even if they don’t agree. If Ashwin doesn’t take heaps of wickets in one game, he is invariably sidelined for the next one. That does not happen to established batsmen though”.
“That’s Indian cricket. Different rules for different people. If you don’t believe me ask Ravi Ashwin and T. Natarajan”, Gavaskar wrote.