MSK Prasad: “what the team management is doing is absolutely right”

R. Ashwin

MSK Prasad says what the team management is doing is absolutely right. India’s next game is with New Zealand on October 22 at HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala.


The India cricket team is unbeatable so far in the World Cup 2023. However, there has been debate about the absence of notable players like Ashwin and Shami. Amidst all these, the former chief national selector of the Indian men’s cricket team commented on the same. MSK Prasad told the Hindustan Times that,

“What the team management is doing is absolutely right. If the wickets are conducive for spinners, then playing Ashwin is a good choice if it’s a flat deck then someone like Shardul offers something with both and the ball becomes an option. As far as Shami is concerned, I think will only play when the team management feels they need to rest either Siraj or Bumrah. They are very well set with this kind of balance” MSK Prasad further added,

“If you ask Ashwin, he will also agree with the team management’s decision. Do we have to win the championship or do we go on reputation? If we go by reputation then Siraj shouldn’t be playing, Shami should. This team has great camaraderie”

“Everybody has accepted this combination. As a fan, it pains me to see Shami sitting outside but if I’m thinking from the captain’s perspective, the decisions he is taking are fantastic ones. They are not going on reputation. They want to win the tournament by fielding the best possible XI on that particular day against that particular opposition” he concluded


The head-to-head between India and New Zealand in an ICC ODI World Cup tournament has been eight times. New Zealand has the upper hand in eight total face-offs of the two nations. While New Zealand has won five matches, India has won three games.

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