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As chief selector, I took tough decisions against legends: MSK Prasad

MSK Prasad insisted on Monday that as chairman of selectors he did take some tough decisions, even against the "legends of the game" during his nearly four-year tenure in the "interest of the future of Indian cricket".

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Jun 2021 5:15 AM GMT

MUMBAI: MSK Prasad insisted on Monday that as chairman of selectors he did take some tough decisions, even against the "legends of the game" during his nearly four-year tenure in the "interest of the future of Indian cricket".

Prasad, a former India wicketkeeper, was asked whether it was a tough phase during his tenure to deal with former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement.

"During the course of your journey as a selector, you will have to take some tough decisions even against the legends of the game in the interest of the future of Indian cricket," said Prasad, whose tenure ended in March.

"Identifying the righ MSK Prasad , Mahendra Singh Dhoni, World Test Championship (WTC)t successor is the most important job of a selector. You have to be dispassionate as a selector and can't be emotional about taking tough decisions. And the reason for having a selection committee is to create successors. There can't be another Dhoni or Sachin [Tendulkar] as they are very unique and their contribution is invaluable and no one can question that," Prasad told cricket.com.

On whether he felt disappointed that his contribution is not appreciated despite the fact that the team playing in the World Test Championship (WTC) final has players mostly selected during his, and the previous selection committee's tenures, Prasad pointed to the results.

"You need to do what you are supposed to do. Our deeds are there to see. If seven superstars of the Indian team don't play in an important match, seven youngsters step in their place [the 2020-21 Australia tour] from India A and win you the game, it is a big compliment for our hard work. Whether people believe it and speak about it or not is immaterial as long as results are there to see," he said. IANS

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