Gautam Gambhir    AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

A day after uncapped pacer Navdeep Saini earned a maiden call-up in the Indian squad, veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday took a dig at few officials of the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) for ignoring the former earlier, citing his domicile status. Former India players Bishan Singh Bedi and Chetan Chauhan, who are also members of the DDCA, had earlier shown a lot of resistance for Saini’s inclusion in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy team, by calling him an outsider at that time for belonging to Haryana.

But Gambhir fought for Saini’s inclusion and the Karnal-born pacer finally received the nod for Delhi against Vidarbha at Roshanara Club in 2013/14 season. Now, post Saini’s inclusion in the Indian squad as a late replacement of Mohammed Shami for the lone match against Afghanistan, Gambhir took to his Twitter handle to slam Bedi and Chauhan.

Saini, who is yet to play a match for the national side, has bagged a total of 34 wickets in eight games he played in Ranji Trophy in 2017-18 season. He has bagged a total of 96 wickets in 31 first-class matches he played while he has grabbed 31 wickets in 20 List A games.