Indian Selector MSK Prasad Says, If The Selected Players Don't Deliver We Need To Look At New Faces

| September 16 , 2018 , 20:00 IST

Virat Kohli-led Indian team who suffered a frustrating 4-1 series defeat in the recently concluded Test series against England. The humiliating defeat did raise several questions with the Indian batsmen left exposed against a quality English pace attack.

It is learnt that apart from Indian skipper Virat Kohli no other batsmen turned up to deliver which resulted in another Indian debacle overseas. With less than a year left for the ICC 2019 World Cup now, chief selector MSK Prasad on Sunday has said that if the selected players fail to perform consistently, then new faces will be brought in to replace them.

Speaking to media, Prasad expressed his disappointment over India's poor show and said, "After giving enough opportunities, if the players don't deliver then in all fairness we need to look at youngsters who are doing well on the domestic cricket circuit and for India A".

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Indian pace attack even in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivered spectacularly well with Ishant Sharma leading the wicket charts for the visitors. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were terrific with their pace and variations as well.

The Indian chief selector described his happiness with the fight India showed in the series but singled out batting display as a concern. "It was so close, yet so far. The results don't reveal how intensely this series was fought but we all know the same results could have been in our favour too. We had our moments in the series which we should have encashed on. There are positives. I feel our fast bowling unit has done a fantastic job. Picking 60-plus wickets in five Tests was a testimony to their skill-set and a result of the fitness regimens and workload management we are following. I am extremely happy the way we fielded and took catches. But batting as a unit has to come to the fore,"

"Yes, our openers could have done better. Having said that, the England openers also failed miserably. The conditions were tough and the openers of both the teams failed," he said.