Gautam Gambhir, former India cricketer welcomed the BCCI’s idea of going ahead with the series in Australia with the team being sent into quarantine upon reaching Down Under. On Star Sport’s Cricket Connected show, Gambhir applauded the board for looking at the bigger picture.
Gambhir applauds BCCI
BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal while speaking to Sydney Morning Herald and The Age had mentioned about two-week quarantine for team India after reaching Australia could be a possible way of playing the series in the scheduled period. “There is no choice — everyone will have to do that. You would want to resume the cricket. Two weeks is not that long a lockdown. That would be ideal for any sportsman because when you are in quarantine for such a long period, then going to another country and having a two-week lockdown it would be a good thing to do.”
Gautam Gambhir reacted in a very positive way on this and said, “Good on the BCCI. Fabulous. This is a very, very positive sign. They are probably looking at the bigger picture, it will change the mood of the country. Winning the series is a different thing, it’s very important but it will probably change the mood of both the countries as well. Not only India but probably for Australia.”
He further added that arguably the richest board has to be the ‘statesman’ in this scenario to bring back cricket’s normalcy.
Gambhir questions ICC rankings
Former Indian opener further went on to question the ICC ranking and clearly pointed out the flaws. To him, “India should be there (No. 1) because Australia… I have serious doubts On what front have you given Australia the No. 1 Test ranking?” he added that Australia have been ‘pathetic’ away from home.
Gambhir opines that India has been the most competitive side in the longer format for the last few years. “If you have to see from the overall impact point of view, India have lost series away from home but won against Australia. Hands down, they have been the most competitive side. They won a Test in South Africa, won a Test match in England… not many countries have done that.”