Ajit Agarkar’s work as India’s the selection boss will not be easy. The former bowler has taken over the selection panel at a time when Indian cricket is going through a transition phase. Indian teams in all formats are in need of an overhaul and the onus will fall on Ajit Agarkar and his fellow selectors to ensure the ongoing transition process is successful.
The last time Indian cricket faced such a situation was nearly a decade ago, when legendary players like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and many others were at the end of their illustrious careers. And the man who made sure the transition phase went smoothly was former India all-rounder and chief selector Sandeep Patil.
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Patil served as the selectors chairman from 2012 to 2016 and has backed Ajit Agarkar to do a good job. Speaking to Sportstar, the former cricketer began by explaining how he made sure the transition was successful for Indian cricket.
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“You have to draw a roadmap. We respect all the older people who were part of the team and who had to make way for the youngsters. You have to look at the new generation in terms of their form, fitness and whether they will take the team to another level like they did.” Patty said.
“We’re glad we made some bold decisions that weren’t liked or appreciated at the time. But during our four-year tenure, no board member interfered. This is how we could make our decision by looking at the future of Indian cricket. We were happy about what happened in the last four or five years.
“The same thing is happening now, and the selectors must be thinking along the same lines. Rahul (Dravid) is the trainer and he is very experienced. He must be thinking about it and hoping things will work out.” added.
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Sandeep Patil on Ajit Agarkar:
Speaking of Ajit Agarkar, Patil said the former India cricketer has extensive experience as a player and chief selector. Agarkar had previously served as Mumbai’s chief selector. Patil also praised Agarkar as an intelligent man, saying that the former Indian bowler has a “thinking brain”.
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“Ajit has played enough cricket and has been the chief selector for Mumbai. He knows his job. I’ve seen him play, and he has a thinking brain. He’s also played with Rahul, so he’s easier to work with than when he’s dealing with a stranger.” he said.
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