Sourav Ganguly surprised by absence of Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane in ODI squad for West Indies tour

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has questioned India’s senior selection committee, saying only a few players are playing all formats of the game for India at the senior level. Ganguly also rued the absence of Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in the ODI squad for India’s upcoming tour of West Indies.

Ganguly said that the India selectors should be picking “same players in all formats” in order to help them gain confidence and rhythm and opined that selection is not about making “all happy”.

Ganguly’s comments come after MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee picked India’s squads for the T20I, ODI and Test squads for the tour of West Indies that marks India’s first assignment after World Cup 2019 in England. Barring Ravindra Jadeja, captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, no other Indian player features in all 3 formats for the West Indies tour.

While the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey were handed call-ups after their performances in the recently-concluded unofficial ODI series betweeen India A and West Indies A, the omission of Shubman Gill helped raise quite a few eyebrows.

In fact, Shubman Gill was picked as replacement for KL Rahul when the latter was suspended during India’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year. Gill has top-scored for India A in the unofficial ODI series, scoring 218 runs, including 3 half-centuries vs West Indies A.

Ganguly not happy with India’s selection policy

“There are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see shubman gill ..Rahane in the one day squad..(sic),” Sourav Ganguly wrote on Twitter.

The former captain added: “Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players’s not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent.”

Meanwhile, Shubman Gill recently conceded that he is disappointed at having missed a chance to represent the senior national team on the tour of West Indies.

“I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads.

“It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors,” Gill told CricketNext.

Chief selector Prasad mentioned Gill’s name during the press conference on Sunday and explained that he is on the waiting list as of now.