It has become a culture in the cricketing fraternity that the team management cites ‘grooming’ as a reason why players are not able to adapt to a new role. India over the years have shown remarkable performance in ICC events and away tours but the one thing that has haunt them is the absence of a reliable middle order, something which was their strong point when the likes of Raina, Yuvraj and Dhoni were with the team.
Gambhir while talking to Sports Today, said that International arena is not for grooming but for delivering the performance. And that grooming should be done at U – 19 and India A level. “I have always believed that international cricket is all about delivering and not grooming someone. Grooming happens in domestic and India A level. When you represent your country, you should be ready to go out there and perform straightaway,” Said Gambhir
Gambhir also believed that once a team has chosen a player for a particular role, they need to stick by them for a long period of time. India went in with Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube and now Venkatesh Iyer. Iyer was dropped from the West Indies ODI squad after he failed to deliver an impressive performance in the SA OdI tour.
“So move on and try to develop people at the Ranji Trophy and once they get ready, get them in international cricket and stick with them. Don’t keep changing them quickly. We have seen that with so many guys like Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube and now Venkatesh Iyer. We need to move on” Said Gambhir
India have roped in Rituraj Gaiekwad, Shreyas Iyer and Surya Kumar Yadav for the middle order against the West Indies home series. Gambhir on the other hand will be teaming up with the Andy Flower and the Lucknow franchise group to zero in on the players to pick up in the mega-auction which will take place on 12th and 13th of February.