Selectors' judgement hurt Laxman the most: Ganguly

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Published: Monday, August 20, 2012, 11:52 [IST]
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Srikkanth has problem talking to seniors

New Delhi, Aug 20: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly blamed the chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth for his role in Laxman's shocking retirement.

Ganguly felt that Srikkanth's communication with senior players in team played a vital role in the stylish batsman's decision. If they wanted to groom youngsters, selectors could have conveyed their decision to the player well in advance which could have avoided such issues.

"Srikkanth has a big problem in communicating. A player like Laxman would not train so hard just to keep himself fit for two Tests. If they (selectors) conveyed their opinion to Laxman earlier, this situation would not have surfaced. Why they stretched till August? Probably, the selectors' judgement has hurt him (Laxman) the most," Ganguly said.

Moreover, Ganguly also added that Srikkanth's selection policy would not yield good results as they do not keep India's future into consideration, as they try to balance the situation and nothing else.

While Ganguly also added that if Laxman had got his skipper's support, situation would have been totally different soon after Laxman announced his retirement.

But that comment drew a lot of attention as he had said Dhoni should be available 24x7, being a skipper, which was misunderstood by people.

On Sunday Ganguly explained what he actually meant about Laxman-Dhoni realtionship, which created a flutter.

"I would like to place on record that part of my comment on VVS Laxman's efforts to get in touch with skipper MS Dhoni was misconstrued. What I did say was, 'In cricket at times you need to be available 24x7 as a captain'. It no way implied that Laxman doesn't enjoy his skipper's support or suggest that the situation would have been different (for Laxman) had he enjoyed the skipper's support," Ganguly said.

With the selection policy not making any sense, as selectors just doing a balancing act of bringing in people who haven't played for long, and giving enough room for a few players to be groomed irrespective of their current form and moreover, it seems like the selectors have not thought about the consequences.

Now, with Laxman's retirement, Test team is definitely going to be in trouble, as youngsters will be under pressure and the master blaster wil have to handle the crunch situations carefully as he is the only experienced batsman who remains in the team as the two giants have announced their retirement.

Series against England and Australia will be very crucial for Team India without Dravid and Laxman.


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