Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that the Indian team management is unfair on both Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant on how they handle the two wicketkeepers. Pant was selected over Saha in the Indian playing XI for the second test in Melbourne. Saha did not have a game to remember in Adelaide scoring 9 and 4 in the two innings that he batted and affecting just one run-out. He did not take a single catch in the game while missing a couple.
Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir has lashed out at the BCCI team management for the way they have handled the two glovemen. After Saha was ignored for the second Test, the left-hander questioned what of Rishabh Pant fails as well in Melbourne?
“It’s unfortunate and Wriddhiman Saha has played just one Test match in this series and he hasn’t done well and gets dropped. Imagine what happens to Pant if he doesn’t do well in this Test or the third Test. What do you do then? Would you go back to Wriddhiman Saha,” Gambhir questioned on YouTube channel ‘Sports Today’.
Gambhir further said that the team management has failed to back the two keepers, what was expected of them. He further said that the entire team looks unsettled because no one feels secured in the environment. The left-hander further said that despite knowing that they run out of favor for a major period of time none of the players speak up against it.
“All they want is security and that assurance that we are there to back you, not just by words but by action.No one apart from India rotates wicketkeeper based on conditions, said Gambhir.
Gautam Gambhir Lashes Out at Team Management For Mishandling Two Keepers
Gautam Gambhir has further lashed out at the team management’s policy of rotating the two keepers as per the conditions. He further said that he does not believe in this policy and denied the fact that Saha is a better keeper or Pant is a better batsman.
“I have never believed in this theory of rotation policy that Wriddhiman Saha is only good for sub-continent and Rishabh Pant is better overseas because that’s not how good teams go into. If you are good in Indian conditions, you got to deliver in overseas conditions as well. Whether he does that or not is irrelevant” Gambhir concluded saying.