Sanjay Jagdale was part of the selection committees that selected the Indian squadrons for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, as well as the inaugural World T20 of 2007. In an interview with The Indian Express, Jagdale, also a former BCCI secretary, talked about the fact that the Indian team suffered from a number of imperfect selections in this term. fragments:
India went to the World Cup without a fixed middle order. The middle order was not equipped to handle pressure. Do you agree?
Yes, this was my opinion for the last three to four months. I would like to have Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4. You cannot have players (in a World Cup) team who could not secure their place in the Indian team despite playing since 2003. They are also not your future. Rahane & # 39; s first tour in England was amazing and he performed well beyond the subcontinent. Very few batsmen did it alongside Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara (in the longer format). So why can't you have someone like Rahane to make sure you play 50 overs when situations get tight? Knockout competitions have different pressures.
I also just couldn't understand why Rishabh Pant was not a permanent part from the start (of the ODI squadron). He received a Test 100 in England and then a Test 100 in Australia. And then you sent it back for the ODI series (in Australia)! He should have had the maximum number of matches for the World Cup.
Was it a case of too many experiments …
They (selection committee) continued to experiment with Vijay Shankar, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik … Karthik has been playing since 2003, when I was a selector. Rayudu too. You cannot choose teams based on IPL performance. You need players who have done well outside the subcontinent.
You were part of selection committees that the teams chose for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. For a World Cup, ideally when the team should be nailed?
You must be very clear about who you are going to choose for the tournament for at least six months. You must be very clear about who your future is going to be. Before the 2003 World Cup, we had an India A tea tour in South Africa. I still remember that I suggested that both Yuvraj (Singh) and (Mohammad) Kaif should be part of it, because they were going to be part of the World Championship. They were our future then.
In 2003 you had a strong character as India captain, Sourav Ganguly. Did the selection committee ever feel intimidated?
No never. Chandu Borde was the president of selectors. We always had very healthy discussions. We usually agreed with Sourav and John Wright. But there were times when we disagreed. But there were never any hard feelings. The same with Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell (in 2007). Dilip Vengsarkar was then the chairman of selectors. When the selection committee thought they were making the right decision, they stayed with it. Borde and Dilip were excellent presidents. But we worked as a team. We flourished on mutual respect.
Do you get the feeling that the current selection committee cannot handle Indian team management?
I can not say. But I was really shocked when Pant was not picked. I also feel sorry for someone like Manish Pandey. Shreyas Iyer was also unhappy. I don't feel sorry for Rayudu. Rayudu, Karthik; they had enough opportunities. Manish Pandey got one hundred in Australia. After that he didn't get many chances. I think the preparatory part could have been much better. They supported the wrong players.
Do you agree that there are too many changes in the Nr. 4, 5 and 6 batting slots were at the expense of stability?
You have to give the players confidence. Something was wrong with the mindset or thinking selection, because Pant eventually came into the lap. But why didn't you take good care of him with regard to international cricket (for the World Cup)? He played a bad shot yesterday. Anyway, he hit well and the talent was there. No doubt about that. Every young player needs time to grow unless he is a Sunil Gavaskar or a Sachin Tendulkar. Give Pant at least two years.
Do you think the selectors and team management have treated Dhoni well with regard to his batting positions?
He should have been at number 4 or 5. India had no alternative to Dhoni.
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