Jimmy paaji thik kaha tha, Jadeja on Dravid~~s omission

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Former India batsman Ajay Jadeja blasted national selectors for dropping Rahul Dravid and stated they wanted to 'fool' the people by coming up with statements to cover mistakes.

Talking to the reporters at a press meet in the city here, Jadeja said, ''Jimmy paaji thik kaha tha (Mohinder Amarnath was correct in making his statement),'' reminding Mohinder Amarnath's calling the national selectors a 'bunch of jokers'.

However, when reminded about the quote, he said, ''maine to nahin bola (I am not saying it).'' ''When Rahul Dravid was dropped for the Australia ODI series, I was shocked. Now he being rested for the first two ODIs in Pakistan series is ridiculous. If he is dropped for lack of form, you have picked Virender Sehwag for exactly the same reason - lack of form. So where is the justification,'' Jadeja asked.

''Sehwag is an exceptional cricketer undoubtedly. But you cannot pick him based on his past laurels. He is in no sort of form,'' he added.

When told that the selectors had reasoned they were looking at the future, Jadeja asked, '' Who is a junior in the present side with the rare exception of Praveen Kumar.

The selectors have not chosen Suresh Raina or Dinesh Kaarthik even after their performance.'' ''One year ago Sourav Ganguly was no good for the Indian side and now he is the one for the future. Now Dravid is no good, again a few weeks later he will be the only one,'' he added.

''There is no standard selection proceedure. Dravid was being groomed for one year as captain and now M S Dhoni is being groomed.

Again we are talking about a new captain. Whats the point? Give Dhoni a chance in both versions of the game,'' he said.

Talking about the composition of the Indian team, he said,'' It should have a mix of the old and new. The experienced and the new should be blended together. Experience does have a role to play, Ganguly showed it.''

On whether India should have a new coach, he said, ''As far as I am concerned, India has three coaches doing a good job. Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh are excellent coaches. Lalchand Rajput is also doing an excellent job. What do you need--result or a big name. It's for you to decide.''

Talking about the India-Pakistan series, he said, ''It will be very competitive. Both teams would be extra aggressive. They would want to give more than they can. So none of the matches would go down to the wire.'' He said the series would be 3-2 going in either team's favour.

On Sreeshanth's aggressive show on the field, he said, ''We are making too much out of it. It is his way of playing the game.'' He lauded the Indian Premier League (IPL) as one of the best things happening to Indian cricket. ''If run properly it will give the junior cricketers something to look forward to.'' Indian Cricket League (ICL), he said, had taken a backseat dealing with most of the second choice cricketers.


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