Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram feels the arrangement of Virat Kohli as India’s vice-captain for the Asia Cup will “hurt” chief players such as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
“It is a boxy job to be India’s vice-captain. I feel chief players like Sehwag and Gambhir will not be blessed with this. Kohli has showed his accurate abeyant on this Australian bout and emerged as a applicant for vice-captaincy.
“The Indian selectors are apparently cerebration about the 2015 Apple Cup and if Dhoni is unfit afore that, Kohli would be the appropriate man to alter him. But, this will absolutely leave Sehwag and Gambhir aching as they were cat-and-mouse for captaincy,” Akram was quoted as adage by ‘espnstar.com’.
Akram had afresh declared that Kohli bare “at atomic 5 years more” to become the Indian candid team’s leader.
Even as Kohli was fabricated vice-captaincy afterwards his ballsy beating adjoin Sri Lanka in the CB series, Sehwag was ‘rested’, according to alternative board administrator Kris Srikkanth.
“Maybe the Indian selectors are not adventurous abundant to bead a amateur like Sehwag. I do not anticipate this is the appropriate attitude.
Until and unless you bead someone, how will the ache to do able-bodied and accomplish it aback into the aggregation be arresting in a player?
“The abstraction of ‘resting’ an out-of-form amateur never fabricated faculty to me and it baffles me again. A amateur plays or he is dropped, it’s simple,” Akram said.
The allegorical pacer said that Sachin Tendulkar should attending to account his 100th all-embracing aeon during the Asia Cup and again abdicate the 50-over format.
“There is burden and accent on Sachin to get that milestone. If he can account this hundred in Asia Cup and get the monkey off his back, again he accept to attending to abdicate ODIs and apply alone on Tests,” Akram said.
”He should again play Test candid in a airy manner.
This will aswell accord adventitious to adolescent players to physique the aggregation advanced of the 2015 Apple Cup.”
As far as Ashok Dinda’s alternative was concerned, Akram was pleased.
“He runs in and I like his advancing attitude as a fast bowler. I anticipate amends is done that his calm achievement has brought him aback into the team. He took wickets for Bengal in one-dayers and he showcases the firepower that Bengalis are accepted for.”
Akram did not aback the Indian selectors’ accommodation to blow able pacer Umesh Yadav.
“Perhaps the selectors are searching to advance him into a Test bowler like Ishant Sharma. But this is not appropriate accommodation as you cannot apprehend a 24-year-old like Umesh to be annoyed afterwards one series. You charge to play a 18-carat pacer to win games, in both Test and ODIs, added so if you bout abroad.”
“It is acceptable that India accept unearthed a affair in Umesh who will be kept in the mix for the future. However, I am aghast with Varun Aaron. It seems he is never fit. Hope Umesh and Aaron don’t end up like RP Singh and Munaf Patel.
About Zaheer Khan, Akram said the left-arm seamer should accede his approaching in the beneath format.
“I anticipate it is time for him to accede his approaching in the beneath format. He did awfully able-bodied in the four Tests adjoin Australia but his physique is not acknowledging him in ODIs.
As for his selection, you can aces and accept which amateur you ambition to play on bout and which you do not ambition too. If you are picked, again you accept to play all games.
“Again, I anticipate India do not apperceive how to accomplish abiding fast bowlers. I bethink Imran Khan acclimated to application with us by authoritative us basin continuously for a continued time. For Zaheer, he accept to accept his architecture now.
Akram was aswell captivated to see Yusuf Pathan abiding to the squad.
“Yusuf Pathan is 29 years now and I still don’t apperceive why he was not best for so abounding games. Here is a hitter who is feared by a lot of attacks in the apple and he was alone for a continued time. I feel if India are searching at the 2015 Apple Cup again Yusuf Pathan accept to absolutely abide in the arrangement of things.” (PTI)