Former India selector Sarandeep Singh has revealed that Gautam, an off-spinner, was considered a back-up for Ravichandran Ashwin during his tenure as a selector.
K Gotham made headlines when he became the most expensive uncapped Indian player in the IPL auction. He Taken by Chennai Super King for INR 9.25 Crore.
Talking to Sportskida’s Indranil Basu at the SK Live session on Facebook, Singh praised K Gautam’s skill and his consistency. He said:
“If you look at his home record, he has been performing all the time. He India has been selected for A for the last 2-3 years and is consistently doing well. In fact, if Ravichandran Ashwin was to get hurt or unfit, we would be looking at K-Gautham as a back-up spinner. He Also had in mind for ODIs and T20s.
The 41-year-old, admitted that K Gautham was inauspicious during his time, as India had a plethora of spin options as a selector. Singh said:
“With the all-round talent of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as well as Ravindra Jadeja, we were blessed with more options. Even Kedar Jadhav was leaping with the ball and taking some wickets. So we could not choose K Gotham in the Indian team. Therefore he deserves whatever he has got. “
Can’t understand why the franchise released K Gautham: Sarandeep Singh
The former India off-spinner also expressed surprise at the release of K Gowtham in the IPL franchise. He The Punjab Kings let him go before the IPL 2021 auction. The 32-year-old was earlier selected by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 6.2 crore in the 2018 auction. Shocked Singh said:
K Gautam had also done well for the Rajasthan Royals earlier. I don’t know why they let him go. He Can bat as well as bowling. He It was really good for them. I don’t understand why some franchises leave decent players. He was injured last season, so he could not play many games for Punjab. He Deserves this chance. “
K Gautham is currently a net bowler with the Indian team for the Test series against England.
Apart from K Gautam, CSK bought all-rounder Moeen Ali for INR 7 crores. Describing Ali as an experienced supporter, Singh said:
“He Has played for England. One day and T20 cricket experience. He Can give a lot to CSK. He A good bowler and also a great batsman. RCB released him because they could not use him. But I am sure Mahi (MS Dhoni) will use her best. “
CSK’s other purchases in the IPL auction also included test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, a surprise at INR 50 lakh.
Published 21 February 2021 18:05 IST