Saha has been abandoned on Friday since Boxing Day Test due to his poor batting form in the opening match and Gambhir asked if the team think tank will do the same with Pant if he fails in the next two games.
“It’s a shame and Wriddhiman Saha only played one test match in this series and didn’t do well and crashed.
“Imagine what happens to Pant if he doesn’t do well in this test or the third test. What do you do then? You would go back to Wriddhiman Saha,” Gambhir asked on the YouTube channel “Sports Today”.
For Gambhir, it’s not a formal service, but actions that make players safe, something the current regime has failed, according to him.
“That’s why this team seems so upset because no one is protected. Professional sport is all about safety. Everyone has talent when they represent the country,” said Gambhir, known for his outspoken opinion.
“All they want is security and the certainty that we are there to support you, not just with words but with deeds.”
Nobody apart from India rotates the wicketkeeper based on conditions, Gambhir said.
“In fact, it has been unfair on Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha for a long time where they have picked and picked players on terms. You don’t do it with wicketkeepers. You do it with bowlers,” he said angrily.
“In foreign conditions, you play with two spinners based on conditions, it’s understandable, but what other teams in the world have cut and changed wicketkeepers based on conditions. None other than India.”
Gambhir has canceled this goalkeeper for home and one for away theory.
“I have never believed in this rotation policy theory that Wriddhiman Saha is only good for the subcontinent and Rishabh Pant is better overseas because that’s not how teams do well.
“If you are good in Indian conditions, you have to deliver in overseas conditions as well. Whether you do it or not is irrelevant.”