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MSK Prasad on India’s historic Test series triumph in Australia: Not even once credit was given to selectors

Former BCCI selection committee chief MSK Prasad opened up on how the panel he led for 4 years faced flak for India’s losses but never got any credit when they Tok giant strides in Test cricket.

Team India won the ICC Test mace for finishing as the No. 1 Test team 4 years in a row during the MSK Prasad-led selection committee (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MSK Prasad led the BCCI’s national selection committee from 2016 to 2020
  • India remained on top of the ICC Test team rankings throughout the Prasad-led panel’s tenure
  • Prasad said the selectors face flak for the defeats but never get any credit when the Indian team wins

Former chief selector of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), MSK Prasad rued the fact that non of the members in the current panel got any credit for Team India’s stupendous performance in the historic Test series triumph in Australia earlier this year.

While the whole country and cricketing fraternity hailed India’s once-in-a-generation win, none paid any credit to the current team of selectors led by Chetan Sharma.

Prasad, who was the selection committee chairman from 2016 to 2020, pointed out how fans and cricket pundits never get any credit for the Indian team’s success but are the first ones to face the flak when the team doesn’t do well.

The former India wicketkeeper also gave example of an incident from 2019 when Farokh Engineer claimed to have seen Indian selectors getting cups of tea for Anushka Sharma during the World Cup in England and also called the Prasad-led team a “Mickey Mouse selection committee”.

“When one of our selectors offers a cup of coffee to the Indian team’s captain’s wife, it becomes a big controversy, but when the Indian team with seven Indian superstars missing wins a Test series against Australia in Australia, not even once that credit was given to selectors,” Prasad told Cricket Monthly.

Prasad said acknowledgement from the management is the biggest reward for the selectors even when others forget to give them any credit for the Indian team’s success.

“The team management’s acknowledgement is the satisfaction. Those on the outside, whether they accept it or not, the inner circle knows what we have done,” Prasad added.

Prasad and Gangan Khoda had assumed office in 2015 with Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi joining the committee in 2016. Their tenure ended in March 2020.

While the Indian team led by Kohli tasted unprecedented success during Prasad’s stint as selection committee head, a number of decisions of the 5-member panel also came under heavy scrutiny.

Also, the limited combined international playing experience of the committee continued to make headlines with several former players, including Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, questioning the selector’s role in recent times.

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