Gambhir lashes out at Chauhan, Bedi after 'outsider' Saini's India call-up

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2018

Gambhir's contention was that Saini is an India prospect and it's his duty as a senior cricketer to help him. Saini had moved from Haryana to Delhi on the prompting of Narwal, who had organised the Karnal Premier League, in which Saini had impressed. Am told black armbands are available in Bangalore too for INR 225 per roll!

Meanwhile, in a recent interview, Saini revealed how Gambhir and other seniors stood by him when the selectors were not considering him for selection.

Saini rose to prominence in domestic cricket after a breakthrough season with the Delhi Ranji team, which finished runners-up to Vidarbha.

Gambhir, who is now holidaying in Europe with his family, took to Twitter to remind Bedi and Chauhan as to how a section of DDCA officials were distributing pamphlets and were ready to wear black armbands on protest of Saini's inclusion.

Saini, who had a brilliant last Ranji Trophy season, had credited Gambhir for his success and after his selection, he praised Gambhir.

Navdeep Saini earned Rs 250 per match. Gambhir after watching him bowl for 15 minutes had decided that Saini was a rare talent, who should be groomed properly.

ALSO READ: Navdeep Saini, from outsider to Delhi's Ranji spearhead In 2013, as captain of Delhi's Ranji Trophy team, Gambhir had faced a strong backlash from certain DDCA members, including Chauhan and Bedi, when he had picked a greenhorn Saini from Haryana ahead of other pace-bowling candidates, while instructing the Roshanara Club ground staff to roll out two pitches simultaneously - a green top and a traditional surface - for Delhi's match with Odisha. I know what Gautam bhaiya had to go through to convince selectors that I was good enough to play for Delhi.

"Remember every tiny little thing. Not to forget Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Sumit Narwal, who all stood by me", he added. He might get an edge over Shardul Thakur for a place in the playing XI for the Test which starts on June 14. In fact, after first few matches, he (Gambhir) said that if I keep working hard at every practice session, I will play for India. He saw it in me before I realised myself.

His standout performance was against Bengal in the Ranji Trophy semifinal where he was clocking mid 140s and the opposition batsmen were not even able to get their bats down on time. I did what he told me and today I am here because of him.

He claimed seven wickets in the match and bowled Delhi into the final.

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