‘Different rules for different players’: Sunil Gavaskar makes groundbreaking claims about Team India setup

'Different rules for different players': Sunil Gavaskar makes groundbreaking claims about Team India setup

Former Team India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has once again made the headlines, this time for hinting about a difference in treatment towards players by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Gavaskar, in his recent blog for Sportstar, claimed that treatment towards bowlers like R Ashwin and T Natarajan is biased as there are “different rules for different players”.

The 71-year-old then went on to take a dig at the Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who was granted the permission to leave the ongoing tour of Australia and fly back home to attend the birth of his child. But T Natarajan, who became a father during the IPL 13 playoffs, is yet to see his daughter.

“For far too long Ashwin has suffered not for his bowling ability of which only the churlish will have doubts, but for his forthrightness and speaking his mind at meetings where most others just nod even if they don’t agree,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column.

“Any other country would welcome a bowler who has more than 350 Test wickets and not to forget four Test match centuries, too. However, if Ashwin doesn’t take heaps of wickets in one game he is invariably sidelined for the next one.”

“That does not happen to established batsmen though. Even if they fail in one game they get another chance and another and another but for Ashwin the rules seem to be different,” he added.

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