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5 Disappointing picks made by MSK Prasad as chief selector

Be it inclusion of an extra batsman or a player being given preference over the other, every team of selectors in Indian cricket have been in tough spots through the years.

MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian cricket and its problem of team selection have been a talking point for everyone associated with the sport for many years now. Every selection committee has come under fire of the fans and experts for having made decisions that were not called for, given the situation the team was in at that point in the team.

Be it inclusion of an extra batsman or a player being given preference over the other, every team of selectors in Indian cricket have been in tough spots through the years. And, the first one to take the hit is the chief selector, which since 2016, was MSK Prasad for India.

MSK Prasad’s case has been a really interesting one because his calls at times were so bizarre and unexpected that the cricket community had no option, but to ask questions to him and his team for making choices that were disappointing due to obvious reasons.

So, let us look at 5 such choices made by MSK Prasad during his tenure as India’s chief selector, which brought him and his team under the scanner:

1. Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu in 2019 World Cup

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 23: Vijay Shankar (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

One of the biggest talking points in the Indian cricketing circles, going into the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, was that, who would be the batsman at the No.4 spot in the team. After the 2017 Champions Trophy, multiple batsmen had been tried at the position, but none of them could cement their spot in the side. And, the question remained, who will bat at number 4 for India in the multi-nation tournament.

One of the front runners in the race for this spot was Ambati Rayudu. Rayudu had been one of the most successful players of the lot and had received the team captain, Virat Kohli’s backing, sometime before the tournament. But, when the team was announced, Rayudu wasn’t included in the 15 member squad.

In his place, all-rounder Vijay Shankar was given a place. This decision by the MSK Prasad led Indian selection committee shocked everyone, including Rayudu himself.

After the team was announced, it was told by Prasad that the ‘three-dimensional’ abilities of Shankar, propelled him into the squad. But, for Rayudu, it was too big of a shock to handle. Rayudu, taking a dig at the selectors, tweeted that he had ordered a pair of ‘3D’ glasses to watch the World Cup. A few days later, he announced his retirement from the sport. This incident brought Prasad under a lot of fire from all over the Indian cricket community.

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