Sunil Gavaskar is unsure what lies ahead for the 32-year-old player and feels he may do well to take a break and refocus


Modified Jan 31, 2022 4:29 PM IST

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It is now time for Team India to identify the players who have the potential to form the core of the two squads ahead of two major ICC events scheduled in the next two years. India will be under greater pressure to win one of the two World Cup tournaments, but the 2023 World Cup will also carry more pressure as it will be hosted at home. Furthermore, with such a deep pool of players available, it is an extremely difficult task for the selectors to narrow down which players to select for the squads.

While most of the batsmen pick themselves, the fast bowlers will be a challenge for the selectors. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah look like certainties, but it remains to be seen who the third seamer will be. Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, and Mohammed Siraj are contenders, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar may have a difficult time making the cut. Sunil Gavaskar is deeply uncertain of Bhuvneshwar’s future and thinks it might be best for him to take a break and focus on the basics to fine-tune his skills.

”Possibly we should take a closer look at Deepak Chahar now. As a similar bowler, the younger man swings both ways and bats well down the order. Bhuvi is one of the greatest servants of Indian cricket, but in the last year or so he has become expensive for the franchise, even in T20 cricket. The yorkers and slower deliveries he used to bowl at the end of the innings are no longer working for him, but not so much at the start. Because your opponents are always watching you, this can happen. Perhaps it’s time to consider someone else,” stated the former Indian cricketer.