Former India Captain, Sunil Gavaskar, is looking forward to say goodbye to many senior Indian players after the end of a catastrophic first day’s play at the WACA in Perth. Sparing the gory details and India’s Australian tour heading for a disaster, Gavaskar has hinted at the axing of some of the senior players in the side. He wants to bring in young blood to hopefully take the team forward in the coming months.
He feels that India needs to look forward very quickly and refrain from looking backward. Unfortunately, if it means that we have to say goodbye to some senior players who have served the country for so long and so wonderfully, we have to live with that.
Gavaskar was very disappointed when he analyzed the first day’s play at Perth and pointed out that the experienced Indian bowlers could not get the same advantage from a fast and bouncy track when compared with their relatively inexperienced Australian counterparts. At the same time, Gavaskar has made it clear that he is not hinting at all the players. Perhaps, we should follow the hint and feel that Tendulkar and Dhoni may be spared. Tendulkar’s hundredth hundred almost reminds me of the painful four hundredth wicket of Kapil Dev Nikhanj which took a very long time in coming in his last days.
Gavaskar, however, left it to the selectors whom he felt were capable of taking some hard decisions. Before the tour started, there was lot of talk that this is a very good chance to win a test series in Australia after many decades.