Former chief selector MSK Prasad said that managing the transition period of MS Dhoni to Virat Kohli was the biggest success during his tenure. Sunil Joshi has been appointed as the chief selector of the new selection committee. The Sunil Joshi led new selection panel must have a say in picking the XI & BCCI constitution should be amended to make it happen, said former chief Selector MSK Prasad suggested on Saturday. MSK Prasad’s tenure was successful during which there was a smooth transition of leadership from MS.Dhoni to Virat kohli. In his four-year term, India won a first ever Test series in Australia but a bigger contribution was creating a robust supply line of India A players.
“I personally feel this flaw in the new reforms has to be amended at all costs so that there will be equal responsibility of the outcomes,” Prasad told PTI in an interview, when asked about his view on selectors having a vote in choosing playing XI which till date remains coach and captain’s prerogative.
He reminded that perspective of the team management and the selection committee would be a bit different, talking about the same he said, “Generally, the sectors have a macro picture looking at whole of Indian cricket and the team management has this micro picture of Indian Team”.
“But over a period of time with the relationships being built between the selectors, captain and team management there will be a synergy of thought-process due to the mutual respect that they share,” the former India stumper said.
The stature of his committee was questioned but Prasad did not care for the brickbats. “Criticism should always be healthy and any criticism with ulterior motive should always be neglected.” The switch from Dhoni to Kohli was seamless which gives him a lot of satisfaction. “Handling the transition period of MSD to Virat & Developing substantial bench strength had been the biggest success of our committee.” said MSK Prasad.
He still regrets Kohli’s men losing close Test series in South Africa and England apart from heartbreaking semi-final defeat at the World Cup. Commenting on the same he said, “Of course, the Test series losses in South Africa & England and World Cup loss in semifinals. I think we deserved to win all 3 of them. It was so close yet so far.” But he refuses to agree when you tell him that an unsettled number four could have sowed seeds of a disappointing semi-final. He said, “I keep saying this that we have not lost the World Cup because of No.4 position. When our team reached top of the table prior to that semifinal games that speaks it all. It was one bad session that cost us the World Cup.”
As he looks back, he is extremely proud how he along with colleagues Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe, Gagan Khoda and Sarandeep Singh created a supply line from domestic cricket.
Talking about his team he said, “We had a very clear plans and shared the roles and accordingly I posted the selectors for the domestic games. My strength had been my colleagues whose hard work & commitment had helped in building this wonderful Indian team across all formats.”
At the end of his journey, he thanked former Andhra Cricket Association head Gokaraju Gangaraju, along with all the former office bearers, coaches and captains, who worked during his tenure.
He commented, “It wouldn’t be appropriate if I don’t thank the all the captains MSD, Virat, Rohit Sharma & Ajinkya Rahane along with coaches Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid & their respective team managements with whom I worked in the last 4 years”.
“I am confident that under Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah, Indian cricket will reach greater heights”, he added.
By highlighting the success of his tenure and the amendment the selection committee’s decision making process requires, MSK Prasad bid farewell to his post of Chief selector.