Whenever the roster for a series or significant international event like the T20 World Cup is made public, there is analysis, criticism, and disappointment on the part of every side. The Indian cricket squad selection committee has been dealing with a similar problem since their T20 World Cup lineup was decided upon earlier this week. Mohammad Azharuddin and Dilip Vengsarkar, two seasoned players, were among the first to express their displeasure with the selectors, but former India captain Sunil Gavaskar responded directly to their criticism and asked them to support the team following the decision.

Mohammad Azharuddin, a former captain of India and the current president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, expressed his surprise at the dismissal of two players soon after the 15-player roster was made public. He said, in a tweet, “Everyone was surprised by the starting lineup’s omission of Shreyas Iyer and Md. Shami. Instead of Deepak Hooda and Md. Shami, respectively, I would go with Shreyas Iyer and Harshal Patel.”

Days later, previous head selector Vengsarkar repeated similar comments while adding two additional options in an interview with the Indian Express, saying, “Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik, and Shubman Gill were my selections for the T20 World Cup. They would have had a good T20I run given their great IPL seasons, which they all had.”

In the same publication, Gavaskar attacked the World Cup analysis, arguing that when a team is selected, one should support them rather than point out its shortcomings. He even projected that Rohit Sharma’s squad will win the elusive trophy and end India’s ICC championship drought since their Champions Trophy triumph in 2013.

“I believe that this group can take home the championship with a little luck, which every team needs. We must all support the squad after it has been selected since it is the India team. We shouldn’t dispute players’ decisions since it can make them feel unappreciated, “added he.

Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa are also in the T20 World Cup group with India. This group will also include two qualifiers whose numbers have not yet been chosen.