I find different set of rules for different players: Harbhajan Singh
"This is a mystery that needs to be solved."
Updated - Oct 2, 2018 1:35 pm
The Indian Test squad for the upcoming Test series against the Windies was announced a couple of days earlier and Karun Nair, Karnataka’s batsman was sidelined. Surprisingly, the 26-year-old cricketer had been with the side ever since India’s historic Test against Afghanistan at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore but wasn’t considered in the playing eleven even once, which raised a few eyebrows.
The cricketing fraternity has expectantly found his exclusion from the team as baffling and the selectors have subsequently been criticised. Recently, off-break bowler Harbhajan Singh mentioned that axing Nair wasn’t fair on the batsman by any stretch of the imagination. He also lashed out saying that the management has employed different rules for different players.
What if Hanuma Vihari fails in two Test matches?
“This is a mystery that needs to be solved. How can a person sitting on the bench for three months become so bad that he is not good enough to remain in the squad. Trust me, I am at pains to understand the thinking of this selection committee and the parameters that they are using for selecting national squads,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying in Sportskeeda.
“I find different set of rules for different players. There are some who are given a long rope to succeed while for select others they don’t even get one chance to fail. That is not fair,” the veteran remarked.
Hanuma Vihari was one of the new inclusions in the Test squad when India locked horns with England and he went on to make his debut in the final encounter. Subsequently, he was also drafted in for the matches against Jason Holder and Co. However, Harbhajan questioned Vihari’s selection ahead of Nair especially with the four-Test series against Australia, scheduled to take place later this year.
“What if Hanuma Vihari fails in two Test matches against West Indies? Though I would never wish something like that for any player. I wish him (Vihari) all the very best.
(In case Vihari is not able to deliver) so you will go back to Nair but will he be battle ready with confidence for Australia tour?” the 38-year-old added.