Champions Trophy 2017 is all set to begin on June 4, and the list of Indian squad is out. The veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has not been picked for India’s Champions Trophy defence, and he is clearly upset about it. An angry Bhajji has hit out at selectors for giving PRIVILEGE to some players over others. He was referring to MS Dhoni’s selection for the squad. Speaking to NDTV, he said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is given a special ‘privilege’ when it comes to selection.
The BCCI Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad said that Dhoni brings a lot more to the table besides his batting and tactical brain. While Bhajji agreed to it, he said that he too was a senior player and brought a lot more to the table than his batting or bowling. He said –
‘Yes there is no doubt that Dhoni brings a lot to the table apart from his batting, whether he is in form or not. Obviously we have seen that he is not hitting the ball as well as we have seen… But he has been captain and he understands the game and having him in the middle will help lot of youngsters and people out there who are not feeling great in particular moments. So he has that edge… But when it comes to me. I do feel that we are not given that sort of privilege.
Harbhajan Singh said that even he has played for India for 19 years and has won World Cups too. He said –
‘So this privilege is for some players, and for some it is not and I’m one of those for whom this privilege is not there. I don’t know why that is the case…That question of ‘why’, needs to be asked to the selectors. I don’t want to sing my own praises but the amount of cricket others have played even I understand the game as much and what they bring to the table we also bring to the table. We too wish to play for the country as much.’
Talking about Gautam Gambhir not being picked even after a good show in the recently-concluded IPL, he said that the cricketers play such tournaments to get selected to play for India.
Harbhajan Singh went on to complain that there was no communication about what the requirements and his weaknesses were.
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