5 Indian players from the 90s who turned selectors
Selecting the Indian cricket team is perhaps one of the toughest jobs in the country. As such, the wise men need to very careful as critics and fans are always waiting to pounce on their failings and debatable decisions. In the past, a number of Indian selectors have found themselves in massive controversies, with Mohinder Amarnath once famously referring to them as a bunch of jokers.
In recent times as well, selectors have found themselves in soup owing to some highly debatable selections. Fans would clearly remember the huge furore over the Indian team led by Virat Kohli that was selected for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup as the experienced Ambati Rayudu was controversially dropped from the final squad and an untested Vijay Shankar from Tamil Nadu was picked instead to take the flight to England.
Not surprisingly, most renowned former Indian cricketers decide to stay away from the unenvious job.
MSK Prasad, who was appointed chairman of Indian selectors back in 2016, played for Andhra Pradesh for over a decade but his international career was, in stark comparison, very short. He played 6 Tests and averaged under 12 with a highest of 19. Prasad was the wicket-keeper on the disastrous tour Down Under in 1999-2000, during which he averaged just over 8. He made 14 and 11 at Adelaide, 6 and 3 at Melbourne and 5 and 3 at Sydney. That, predictably marked the end of his Test career.
Prasad also featured in 17 ODIs for India from 1998 to 1999, but without too much success. He managed merely 131 runs in 11 innings at an average of 14.55. Prasad only had one fifty to his name with a highest of 63 against South Africa at Nairobi in 1999. Prasad's first-class career lasted from 1994 to 2007.
Under Prasad's tenure as chief selector, all-rounder Hardik Pandya made his ODI debut.
Most significantly, the Prasad-led committee picked Jasprit Bumrah to make his Test debut in South Africa in January 2018, which has proved to be a masterstroke.
Also see – Dream 11 prediction