No member of Indian squad can say that he's a certainty: Sunil Gavaskar

No member of Indian squad can say that he’s a certainty: Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar felt that no player is a certainty until he keeps performing in the present T20I squad considering the bench strength.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar opened up on India’s bench strength that has gone up the ladder in terms of performances in the last few limited-overs series and has imposed pressure on the regulars to keep performing. India has opted to rest Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant for the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka and despite that, the side has comfortably won in the first ODI. It has to be noted that KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav are also missing out against Sri Lanka due to injuries.

The men in blue have been on a ten-game unbeaten run in T20Is since the loss to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup 2021 and the youngsters have all stepped in the meantime. In the recent whitewash against West Indies, inexperienced youngsters like Ravi Bishnoi and Venkatesh Iyer have all put their hands up for the side and Harshal Patel is being groomed as the death overs specialist for the T20 World Cup this year.

Not to forget, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer scored quickfire innings in the first T20I against Sri Lanka and certainly, the team is moving forward in the right direction as stated by Dinesh Karthik.

These are really exciting times for Indian cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar noted that the Indian T20I side is in an exciting phase with every player from the bench showing the hunger to get into the playing XI and it was prominent from the T20I series against New Zealand last year where a lot of youngsters were given a go. He added that the regulars of the side will have to ensure that they keep performing as the members on the bench are ready to get into the field whenever they are needed and considered this is a big positive.

“These are really exciting times for Indian cricket. I use the word exciting because of the amount of talent that is on the show and the way they’re saying ‘consider me. Take me in the squad’,” Gavaskar told on Star Sports.

“That means the guys who are settled will not be complacent. No member of this team can say to himself that he’s a certainty because there’s someone at the back chasing. That’s the best thing to have for any team and for India to have that is a huge plus.” he added.

The second T20I is being played between India and Sri Lanka at the Dharamshala on the 26th of February and the series will be on line for the visitors.