Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Ka Mahakumbh’, Krishnamachari Srikkanth said who he would exclude/include in the list given out by BCCI and which players could win matches for India in this World Cup.
“Two players won’t be on my list, Shubhman Gill and Shardul Thakur. If you want my medium pacers, they would be Bumrah, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammed Siraj. Four medium pacers are enough. Shami would be so-so. I’m speaking as a chairman of selectors and not a fan. I would instead bring in Hooda. And I believe these guys will win matches, what do you want? To win matches, you need horses like Yusuf Pathan, who will win you matches single-handedly. Even if they win you three of the ten matches, that’s enough. Do not expect consistency from these players. We have a player like that in this times squad, Rishabh Pant, do not expect consistency from him. I don’t want consistency. I want to win matches, and if these guys can do it single-handedly, then great. Who will do that for you? Rishabh Pant will do that for you,” he said.
He further opined who the important players will be when selecting the squad around the core.
“Just two important players we need, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah. Ravindra Jadeja is very important, and also Deepak Hooda. Washington Sundar is definitely a certainty, in my opinion, and Axar Patel may be a certainty. Need to work on developing Deepak Hooda. We do not need 10 overs from him. We just need three to four overs. So he can be the batting all-rounder. The problem for team India now is that we lack batting all-rounders. At that time, we had Yuvraj Singh, a batting all-rounder, and Sehwag, another all-rounder. Sachin Tendulkar, too used to bowl three to four overs. We need them to bowl three to four overs, not 10 overs. So if we get such a bowler, it would be good for team India. Deepak Hooda deserves a chance to showcase his game, look at his at the IPL and then take a call on him if he needs to be in the reserves. So I can certainly try Deepak Hooda in the reserves, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Hardik Pandya in my team,” he added.
“Key all-rounders. My eyes will be on Hardik Pandya. I expect him to go out there and play his game. Bowl well, as well as give his best at batting and fielding. Energy on the field, that’s needed, and that’s what I see in Hardik Pandya.”