Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has been in and out of the Indian team for a long time. Since the flamboyant opener could not figure out a way to play for India despite scoring runs, he has decided to follow Ashish Nehra’s footsteps to get a game against the ongoing T20 series against New Zealand. In a press conference held on Thursday, Gambhir announced that he will retire after playing the 2nd T20 game against New Zealand, to be played in Rajkot on Saturday.
The batsman’s announcement has reportedly put the selectors in a fix who, for a long time, have not included him in the squad. “Now that he has announced his retirement, we will have to include him in the side for the 2nd T20 in Rajkot. We will write to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow us to play 12 players in the game, so we don’t have to rest anyone,” said a member of the selection committee.
Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma protested after Gambhir’s announcement. The two openers were seen staging a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar fearing their expulsion from the team in the 2nd T20 against New Zealand. “I am the left-handed opener, so he will probably replace me if he’s included in the side. This is unfair to me, especially after scoring a half century in the 1st T20,” said Shikhar Dhawan, who also wore a black band on his arm as a mark of protest.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is having a difficult time managing the team ever since Gambhir announced his retirement. Further investigations revealed that he has handed over the captaincy to former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the testing time. “Mahi bhai always takes over when the going gets tough during the game. I am sure that he will handle this situation very well,” said Kohli.
While the inclusion of Gambhir in the side for the 2nd T20 is on the cards, cricketers Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami are also considering to announce their retirement to get into the Indian side for a match each.
Yograj Singh, father of Yuvraj Singh, also expressed his disappointment over the infrequent selection of Yuvraj ever since Kohli got appointed as the captain of India. “Dhoni was a much better captain. I could take on Dhoni directly, but I fear Kohli as he may abuse me,” he tweeted.