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BCCI ignores Gautam Gambhir for Champions Trophy! Twitter explodes with ‘Bring back Gambhir’

The Indian squad for the Champions trophy has been announced. Rohit Sharma has made a return to the Indian team while pacer Mohammed Shami finds his place. Sharma is not in great knick and although his team is doing well in the IPL, he hasn’t shown any signs of peaking. Shami, last played an ODI for India in 2015. Sharma & Shami were selected as the selectors showed great faith in them.

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was ignored yet again. The star batsman has been in sublime touch in the on-going IPL & the selectors’ call to ignore him comes as a surprise to many. Former Indian skipper Ravi Shastri had earlier written in favour of Gambhir finding a place in the team. Shastri had said that Gambhir should be picked over Shikhar Dhawan.

When asked by the media, the selectors stated that they had not even considered Gambhir. Let me clarify that, Gambhir deserves to be a part of the team not for the respect he showed towards the CRPF Martyrs, but because he was firing on all cylinders. Shastri, in his column had written that Gambhir was a master strategist who could make it to the team for his captaincy skills alone. Shastri had written that Kohli should take note of Gambhir’s present form.

But looks like the Indian Skipper was not a part of the decision making process. The selectors should have considered playing Gambhir purely on one factor- merit. I agree that the nation’s respect increased for him after his wonderful gesture towards the children of Sukma Martyrs. His ability to ‘call a spade a spade’ did not go down well the pseudo-liberal groups. But sport is based on form & Gambhir surely has the numbers. God knows, what the criterion was, but I firmly believe that we missed out on a quality opener.

Virat Kohli being the best batsman & one of the best skippers in the world should intervene. DD batsman Rishab Pant should have also been a part of the team. Pant showed a great level of maturity & mental strength when he got back to the team, days after losing his father. Again, let us ignore the sentiment & look at his current form.

The Indian Team for the ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Shawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey.

Twitter was flooded with ‘Bring Back Gautam Gambhir’ reactions. Cricket fans were disappointed to see the star batsman miss out.

India won the Champions Trophy in 2013. We just hope ‘form prevails over faith’.


Tony Joseph

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