Former spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as the chairman of the National Selection Committee by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI whereas former fast bowler Harvinder Singh was included in the five-member committee.
The CAC comprises former Indian cricketers Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik, who picked them as selectors. Joshi has replaced MSK Prasad as the representative of the southern zone.
Madan Lal said that they selected the best candidate for this job. He said, “I chose Sunil Joshi because his views were clear. We liked his clear attitude. He is experienced too (having been in the support team of Bangladesh).”
Joshi took 41 wickets in 15 Tests for the Indian team from 1996 to 2001 at an average of 35.85, with 69 ODIs at an average of 36.36. The Karnataka veteran has taken 615 wickets in 160 matches of the first class at an average of 25.12.
Joshi’s name may not figure among the best spinners of limited-overs cricket, but he still has a great record to his credit. He holds the record for the most economical five-wicket haul in India’s ODI international, which is still intact after two decades.
Joshi made headlines in the second match of the quadrennial series (LG Cup) against South Africa on 26 September 1999 in Nairobi. The other two teams in this tournament were Kenya and Zimbabwe.
At that time the Indian team landed without Anil Kumble. On the other hand, Ajay Jadeja led the team in the absence of Mohammad Azharuddin. South African captain Hansie Cronje won the toss and chose to bat first. Unfortunately, Indian spinner Sunil Joshi became ‘Kaal’ for his team.
Captain Jadeja put Sunil Joshi on the attack in the 10th over. Then what was Joshi doing? He returned Herschelle Gibbs (18) on the second ball. He then took the wickets of Boeta Dipenaar (17), Captain Cronje (2), Jonty Rhodes (1) and Shaun Pollock (0).
Joshi took 5 wickets for just 6 runs. He had 6 maidens in his 10 overs bowling. Joshi’s bowling analysis was 10-6-6-5. This is jointly the second most economical record of taking five wickets in the history of ODI International. In 2016, Zimbabwe’s Luke Jongwi took 5 wickets for the same number of runs (6 runs) against Afghanistan in Sharjah.
In 1986, West Indies Courtney Walsh had claimed 5 wickets for just 1 run against Sri Lanka in Sharjah. Walsh’s bowling analysis was – 4.3-3-1-5.
Kohli batted for Joshi
The CAC picked Joshi, keeping in mind the Indian captain Virat Kohli. CAC president Madan Lal said that the committee had taken the decision keeping Kohli in mind. He said, “Our captain is the best performing player. That is why we kept this in our mind that we need someone who can communicate with Kohli because ultimately he is the captain who has to run the team.”
Madan Lal said, “Captain is very important for the team and that is why it is important that you communicate with them.
Apart from Sunil Joshi, Harvinder Singh is in the selection committee.
Joshi played also for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in 2008 and 2009.
Virat Kohli has played cricket in the IPL with Sunil Joshi. Let us know that Sunil Joshi played 4 matches for Bangalore in IPL, in which he got only one wicket and his economy rate was also 8.95. Even with the bat, he could only score 6 runs in 2 innings.
ODI: 5 wickets for lowest run
- Courtney Walsh – 4.3-3-1-5
- Sunil Joshi – 10-6-6-5
- Luke Jongvi – 5.1-1-6-5
In front of Sunil Joshi’s killer bowling, the African team was piled on 117 runs in 48 overs. Apart from Joshi, off-spinner Nikhil Chopra took three wickets. India won the match by 8 wickets by scoring 120/2 runs in 22.4 overs. The final of the tournament was also held in these two teams, in which South Africa won.