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World Cup 2023: Sunil Gavaskar Criticizes Foreign Experts’ Opinions on Indian Cricket Team


Introduction

In India, opinions on cricket are abundant, especially when it comes to the Indian cricket team. With the recent announcement of the Indian team’s Cricket World Cup 2023 squad, discussions regarding the team combination have escalated. Sunil Gavaskar, legendary Indian cricket team captain and 1983 Cricket World Cup winner, is displeased with foreign experts voicing their opinions on the Indian team.

Triggering Point for Gavaskar’s Outburst

Gavaskar’s outburst was triggered by a statement made by former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi. Sethi suggested on X (formerly Twitter) that India is afraid to play against Pakistan.

Gavaskar’s Statement

Gavaskar expressed his disappointment at foreign experts getting involved in discussions about the Indian team combination. He stated, “We have Pakistan players and Australian players selecting the Indian team. How is it their concern? Do any Indian players go and select the Australian or Pakistan team? It’s none of our business. But we allow that.”

  • Gavaskar highlighted that foreign experts often claim that their players are better than Indian players.
  • He urged the media not to give space to foreign opinions in Indian papers.
  • Gavaskar mentioned that he believes it’s unnecessary for foreign experts to advise on team selection or batting positions in the Indian team.

India’s World Cup 2023 Squad

The Indian cricket team announced their 15-member squad for the ODI World Cup 2023, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya being appointed as Rohit Sharma’s deputy. Notable inclusions are KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, who have recently returned from injuries. However, Sanju Samson and Tilak Varma were left out. The team consists of three left-arm spinners and three specialist pacers.

  • Rohit Sharma (captain)
  • Shubman Gill
  • Virat Kohli
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Ishan Kishan
  • KL Rahul
  • Hardik Pandya (vice-captain)
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Axar Patel
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Kuldeep Yadav

Conclusion

With the overemphasis on external opinions, Sunil Gavaskar stresses the need to prioritize Indian voices and reduce foreign involvement in discussions about the Indian cricket team.


Topics mentioned in this article:

Cricket, Indian Cricket Team, Sunil Gavaskar, World Cup 2023


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