Former Indian Cricket Team Captain Sunil Gavaskar slammed the Indian Team and the Board for having “different rules for different players”. He quoted Indian bowlers R Ashwin and T Natarajan as examples to support his statement against the management.
Gavaskar said that the team management is showing discrimination among the players. He claimed that Indian spinner Ashwin has suffered far too long for speaking his mind at the team meetings.
“For far long Ashwin has suffered not for his bowling ability of which only the churlish will have doubts, but for his forthrights 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 then next one. That does not happen to established batsmen though”, wrote Gavaskar in his column for Sportstar.
The former captain also pointed out how Indian Skipper Virat Kohli was allowed leave the team after the first test as part of paternity leave for the birth of his first child but pacer Natarajan was asked to stay with the team in Australia as net bowler.
Natarajan who made his International debut in the T20 series against Australia this year, became father to a baby girl during IPL. Natarajan who is still in Australia, will be able to see his daughter only after he returns home after the Australian tour of the team.
“That’s Indian cricket. Different rules for different people. If you don’t believe me, ask Ravi Ashwin and T Natarajan”, concluded Gavaskar.