Former Indian cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi has responded to Arjuna Ranatunga’s controversial comments on the Indian team ahead of their limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. Arjuna Ranatunga faced backlash for calling the Indian second-string team touring Sri Lanka an insult to our cricket. But Reetinder Singh Sodhi believes that such comments would hardly affect coach Rahul Dravid and captain Shikhar Dhawan.
Rahul Dravid has been one of the masterminds behind Indian cricket’s recent rise in the fraternity. The 164-Test veteran who serves as the head coach of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore has been responsible for the development of several youngsters. With Ravi Shastri set to be in England with the first-choice players for the five-Test series, Dravid will coach the side with a host of young cricketers in Sri Lanka.
Reetinder Singh Sodhi feels that coach Rahul Dravid and captain Shikhar Dhawan will hardly pay heed to Arjuna Ranatunga’s comments and instead focus on beating Sri Lanka. The 40-year old highlighted that the World Cup-winning skipper has to eat his own words after the hosts lose both the series.
“I feel Rahul Dravid and Shikhar Dhawan will not bother about this statement. They will just concentrate on their cricket and beat Sri Lanka hands down. After that when the statement is run, it will be very interesting. Arjuna Ranatunga will have to eat his own words,” Sodhi stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Only six guys can make their debut: Reetinder Singh Sodhi
Reetinder Singh Sodhi talked about India’s bench strength, claiming that only six players from the squad are yet to don the Indian jersey and the rest have played in all three formats. He believes it’s a testimony to how good the team is.
“Only six guys can make their debut. All the remaining players have worn the Indian jersey and some of them have played in all three formats. I think this is testimony to the fact how good this team is,” he added.