Sunil Gavaskar seemed unhappy with the exclusion of Ajinkya Rahane as he stated that hairstyle and body arts are getting more preference over form. Rahane, who was the highest scorer in the last ODI series against West Indies, hasn't played a single match in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.
Indian cricket team maintained their winning momentum on the Sri Lankan soil as they already sealed the five ODI series 4-0 with one match to go. But Gavaskar doesn't seem to be satisfied with the team selection process as he questioned why in-form players are not being picked in the squad.
Rahane showed his fantastic form against the Windies as he scored 62, 103, 72, 60 and 39 in five One-day matches. The selection committee overlooked the 29-year-old's performances as he yet to get a game in the ongoing ODI series. Gavaskar praised the team for their sublime performance in the recent matches but also seemed to be angered by the Rahane’s lack of opportunities.
"It didn't make much of a difference as Sharma got out next over so Rahul came
"India had made changes on the expected lines with the unassuming trio of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, and Yazuvendra Chahal being left out of the side. Rahul got yet another chance while the top scorer of the just-concluded One-day series in the West Indies -Ajinkya Rahane -sat out once again. After the magnificent partnership between Rohit Sharma and skipper Kohli had been broken, it was expected that Rahul would come in to bat. He would have had time to settle down and get his eye in. Instead, it was Hardik Pandya who was sent in earlier," he added in his column.
Yesterday, BCCI confirmed that Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan would not be available for the fifth and final ODI as he returned home to attend his ailing mother. Now, Rahane will likely to feature in the last ODI which will be played at R Premadasa Stadium today.
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