Indian skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the first Test against West Indies, starting from Thursday (October 4) said that it is not the right time to comment on the controversial decision of leaving out Karun Nair from the Test squad and all the decisions are not being made from ‘one place’.
“Selectors have already spoken about it and it is not my place to say. There are selectors doing their job. You can conveniently merge everything and make it a circle where everyone is doing their job and not focusing on what people are saying on the outside,” Kohli said on the eve of the series-opener against the West Indies.
Nair’s omission from the two-match Test squad for the home series against Windies triggered an outrage among the fans as he was dropped despite warming the bench in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England. Hanuma Vihari got the nod for the fifth Test ahead of Nair.
“If a person has spoken about it already, it should not be brought in here again. The chief selector has already spoken to the player of what I know. I don’t think I need to comment on that.
“Selection is not my job. As a team, we are doing what we are supposed to. Everyone should be aware of their respective jobs,” Kohli added.
The 29-year-old swashbuckling batsman said that there are no joint decisions and all the personnel are aware of their respective jobs.
The skipper asserted that no joint decisions are taken and all stakeholders are aware of their respective jobs.
“People should also realise that it is not a joint thing everywhere. That is the confusion right now where people are combining everything and thinking everything is happening from one place which is not true,” said Kohli, dismissing the perception that captain and the rest of the team management have a significant say in selection matters.
Recently, Harbhajan Singh had slammed the logic behind dropping Nair following Chief Selector MSK Prasad’s clarified the omission of the Karnataka batsman.