New Delhi: Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar said while India's batting line-up for the upcoming ODI cricket World Cup looks formidable, the all-rounders in the side are expected to play a major role in defending the title at the quadrennial extravaganza in Australia and New Zealand.
The fans have taken to the social networking sites after the World Cup squad was announced yesterday, criticising Stuart Binny's inclusion in the side. His father, Roger, incidentally is a member of the selection committee.
But Gavaskar lashed out at the fans, stating that he would have also picked Stuart, irrespective of his father being a former teammate.
Roger Binny arrives at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK
"When I picked my 15, although I am not even a selector, I had applied my mind. I chose Stuart because on those kind of surfaces (Australia and New Zealand), he could come in very handy with the seam bowling.
As a lower order batsman also or as a floater. He can be pretty handy with the bat. Whenever he got his chances in limited overs cricket, he picked more wickets than the regular bowlers.
Stuart Binny. Pic/AFP
And the fact that India do not have great all-rounders, even as Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are there, Binny could be a good seam-bowling all-rounder," he explained.