Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has claimed that there are ‘different rules for different players’ in the Indian dressing room while citing the example of left-arm pacer T Natarajan,
In his latest column on Sportstar, the former India skipper pointed out the difference in the treatment given to Natarajan and skipper Virat Kohli in the context of getting paternity leaves.
Natarajan became a father while playing the IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is yet to see his new-born daughter as he travelled directly to Australia and made his international debut thereafter. Meanwhile, Kohli has left Australia after the 1st Test to be with his family for the birth of his child in India.
Opining strongly on this, Gavaskar wrote, “Another player who will wonder about the rules, but, of course, can’t make any noise about it as he is a newcomer. It is T. Natarajan who had become a father for the first time even as the IPL playoffs were going on.”
“He had become a father for the first time even as the IPL playoffs were going on. He was asked to stay on for the (Australia) Test series but not as a part of the team but as a net bowler. Imagine that. A match winner, albeit in another format, being asked to be a net bowler. He will thus return home only after the series ends in the third week of January and get to see his daughter for the first time then.
And there is the captain (Virat Kohli) going back after the first Test for the birth of his first child,” he added while taking a dig at the team management..