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INDvsENG: Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav are the true blue products of India 'A' system: MSK Prasad

By Rashmi Nanda -


MSK Prasad, the Chairman of the selectors puts forward his views with simplicity and it has to be trusted when he says that his committee had conviction in Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav's abilities. He called them the successful 'A' team system’s true blue products which are set to a position by BCCI.

On Wednesday, Prasad told reporters, "The true blue products of India 'A' system are Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav. I believe it is the emphasis on A tour by the BCCI that we are now finding finished and ready for international cricket players like Karun and Jayant," 

He also said that Indian cricket board as well as coach Rahul Dravid already gave their full attention so they cannot be asked them for more. He said, "The BCCI president (Anurag Thakur) and secretary (Ajay Shirke) had put a lot of emphasis on ‘A’ tours and when you have a technician par excellence like Rahul Dravid mentoring them, you can't ask for more.”

The chairman stated about India ‘A’ tour to Australia, "Look, in India A's tour to Australia, Karun faced the likes of Australia international like Kane Richardson while Jayant bowled to current Test players Nic Maddinson and Peter Handscombe. So these two were ready by the time they were blooded in Test team. So the system put in place needs to be lauded,"

As the chairman of selectors already knew about the Karun's potential that’s why Prasad did not surprise youngster's triple century, says, "We had full confidence in Karun's abilities as a match-winner. This committee firmly believes in grooming young talent. The selection committee's philosophy is simple. Firstly, we (selectors) need to get convinced about a youngster's abilities. We need to feel that the boy deserves to be on the side and can be a big force in international cricket,"

The former Indian wicketkeeper said, "If we are convinced that a young player can go on to become a match-winner, it is a matter of time before he would get a chance,"

The 41-year old said that the good performance took place when everyone is confidant. Prasad stated, "Few failures are bound to happen. It's not easy to expect anyone to just go out there and deliver results from Day 1 itself. You don't just pick a player and then drop him for good. That is never good for confidence of any young player. One must understand that a team is a combination of individuals and good performance happens when everyone is confident,"

Prasad said that the current committee’s main goal has been to recognize the right players. He said, "If somewhere something is lacking, then we come into picture. When we pick a player, we want to ensure that the boy gets enough chances to perform. Any good youngster is future of Indian cricket and they need to be persisted with. We (current committee) did not have lengthy India careers but when we took over; our sole aim has been to identify the right players with potential. That has been our endeavor," 

As Karun Nair has smashed a triple ton in the final game against England, when asked how tricky the task would be for him and his colleagues when Ajinkya Rahane comes back, Prasad responded, "It's a very healthy sign that we have so many performers. One needs to understand that only 11 can play and it will always be dependent on the mindset of the team management as to what they think is the best possible combination for a particular situation."

He cited an example to explain the selection policy, "Take the case of Amit Mishra. He had a tremendous ODI series against New Zealand. He got a five-for in Visakhapatnam ODI but when it came to the Test match, Jayant Yadav was picked. It was the same venue, same ground but it wasn't an emotional decision but a practical one considering the number of left-handers England had in their playing XI,"

When asked who among Jayant and Karun the more satisfying selection is considering their stand-out performances? Prasad replied, "I will not like to differentiate as both have been equally satisfying. Jayant proved us from ball one and Karun showed what he is capable of."

According to Prasad, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Indian Test team is playing an inspirational cricket just like under Mohammed Azharuddin’s era in 1993 as well as under Sourav Ganguly in 2000.

He added, "It gives me so much pleasure to see the fighting spirit of the boys. The confidence level has been tremendous. Even in domestic cricket, there used to be a perception that if a team batting first scores 400 runs, more often than not, it is a drawn game. But here if the opposition scored nearly 500, we replied with 750 plus and also won the match,"

Prasad concluded, "What was important was how we approached batting second. This young bunch has immense self-belief and quality to inspire. Just like the team that was led by Azharuddin in 1993 and the team led by Dada (Ganguly) in 2000,"