Former BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale feels that selectors backed the wrong set of players

Former BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jadgale has slammed the selectors for picking and backing the wrong set of players for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Here is what he had to say
Former BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale feels that selectors backed the wrong set of playersFormer BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale feels that selectors backed the wrong set of players
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Team India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign came to an end after their 18 run loss against New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday. The Men in Blue failed to chase down 240 and succumbed to the pressure of the semis. After the exit, a lot of queries have been raised about the number four slot. A lot of players like Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar were tried but, none of them were able to grab their chances.

Former BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale believes that the management did the right thing by leaving out Ambati Rayudu. He also felt that both Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik were given a long run but they failed to perform in crucial situations.

"They kept on experimenting with Vijay Shankar, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik. Karthik has been playing since 2003, when I was a selector. Rayudu also. You can't pick teams on the basis of IPL performance. You need players who have performed well outside the sub-continent."

He added that he was surprised when Rishabh Pant was not picked up in the World Cup squad at the beginning of the tournament. Pant was finally drafted into the side in place of injured Shikhar Dhawan. He fared decently well in the opportunities presented to him. He scored 116 runs from four games at an average of 29.

"I was really shocked when Pant wasn't picked. I also feel sorry for somebody like Manish Pandey. Shreyas Iyer, too, was unfortunate. I don't feel sorry for Rayudu. Rayudu, Karthik, they had enough chances. Manish Pandey got a hundred in Australia. After that he didn't get many chances. I think the preparation part could have been much better. They were backing the wrong players."

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