Indian coach Ravi Shastri feels that the players who missed their opportunity to make it to the world cup squad shouldn’t feel disappointed.
The chief selectors announced on Monday the squad for the Indian team that will travel to England next month for the ICC Cricket World Cup. This side has seen exclusion of some players that has brought about a debate amongst the fans.
The squad that was announced saw Ambati Rayudu miss out on a spot despite playing regularly for the national team for over a year. Similarly, experience was opted over form as Rishabh Pant saw his place being lost to Dinesh Karthik.
With Rayudu’s tweet yesterday clearly showing that he wasn’t very happy with his exclusion, Ravi Shastri spoke to the media stating that the players shouldn’t lose heart on missing out on a spot.
He went on to state that the players who missed out could be roped in anytime due to injuries that may occur in the course of the tournament. Also Shastri felt disappointed that the side could consist of only 15 members and not more taking into account that the side had to play 9 group stage games.
“Keep at it. India is a big country and from 1.2 billion people only 15 players can be selected. I would have preferred 16, but even then, someone or the other would have missed out. When you have a pool of 18 or 19 players, who can make the team, there is bound to be some people who will miss out and it is unfortunate but they should not lose heart,” said Shastri.
“Cricket is a funny game, there could be injuries to players so you never know when you could be called up,” he said.