Mumbai: Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar had questioned why skipper Virat Kohli was an automatic selection for the post of India's captain.
The 70-year-old had stated that there should have been a formal meeting to ponder over the reappointment of Kohli. Gavaskar had also slammed the Indian selection committee by addressing them as 'lame ducks'.
"Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (Captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on selecting the players for the team," said Gavaskar.
Countering Gavskar's opinion, Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted: "Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a ‘much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature."
"That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee's pleasure," Gavaskar had written in his column for Mid-Day.
Kohli was appointed as captain of the team across all the formats for the upcoming West Indies tour which starts with T20Is on August 3.
"Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectation performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals," said Gavaskar.