Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has expressed his disapproval of the idea of including three left-handed batters in India’s playing XI for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023. Gambhir, a 2011 ODI World Cup winner and known for his prowess as a left-handed Indian batter, has criticized the notion of prioritizing the number of left-handers over the quality and form of players.
Gambhir emphasized that the focus should be on a player’s form and the impact they can create, irrespective of their batting hand. He believes that selecting quality players who can perform well in various conditions is more important than the number of left-handers in the squad.
He stated, “It is not important whether he is a left-hander or a right-hander. The debate that is going on about whether we need three left-handers is a completely useless thought. You look at the quality of the player, not how many left-handers you have.”
Gambhir’s comments come in response to former India head coach Ravi Shastri’s suggestion of including three left-handers in the top seven of the batting lineup. Gambhir disagreed with this idea, asserting that quality and form should take precedence over the left-handed or right-handed composition of the team.Gambhir further mentioned that young players like Tilak Varma, who was included in India’s Asia Cup 2023 squad, should be given opportunities based on their performances. He suggested that if Varma performs well in the Asia Cup and outperforms other batters, he should be considered for the ODI World Cup.
Gambhir’s comments shed light on the ongoing debate surrounding team composition and selection strategies, highlighting the importance of performance and impact in determining a player’s inclusion in the national team.