Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra spoke about the selection of Ajit Agarkar as chairman of the selectors. He said he will be remembered for the results he produces and he can ask skipper Rohit Sharma why they didn’t play Ravichandran Ashwin in the ICC World Test Championship final against Australia.
BCCI recently appointed Ajit Agarkar as Chairman of Selectors. It didn’t take long for the former Indian cricketer to get back into shape one day after the selection committee named the squad for the five-match T20I series against West Indies. The team continued to be managed by Hardik Pandya and the seniors rested. Additionally, there were maiden calls for Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma.
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One of the biggest challenges for Ajit Agarkar going forward would be selecting a team that can take the ICC trophy home. India has not won a single trophy since 2013 and has faced quite a bit of heartbreak in the past 10 years. They have failed to overcome the hurdle and Agarkar would like to change that.
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Aakash Chopra outlined the key points that Ajit Agarkar should address as a selector. He said that one of the biggest questions ahead of the former Indian pacemaker would be how to handle the transition in the team. Speaking in a video posted to his YouTube channel, he said:
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“You will be remembered for the results you produce. Just like your training is judged by results, when you take on the role of selector, the way your team has performed, did you manage the transition well, were you able to prepare the next generation of players? Did you give your team the best chance? to win the trophy… these are the questions that will be asked from Agarkar”.
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IND vs. WI: “Ajit Agarkar can also ask Rohit the question, ‘why didn’t you play Ashwin?’ Says Aakash Chopra
One of the biggest talking points related to the Indian cricket team has been the exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin from playing 11 in the recently concluded ICC World Test Championship final, where India suffered a massive loss.
The absence of Ravichandran Ashwin was quite apparent as India failed to take wickets and struggled a lot in the mid phase and also Nathan Lyon bagged wickets as well. So the decision turned out to be wrong and backfired.
Aakash Chopra, as well as highlighting Ajit Agarkar’s role as selector, said he can ask skipper Rohit Sharma about his decision to leave Ashwin. He explained:
“Ajit Agarkar can also ask Rohit the question, ‘why didn’t you play Ashwin? What was the thought process? He does not decide the XI but he has the right to ask, because he is the president of the selectors ”, he concluded.
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