And hours after the news was confirmed, Gambhir took to Twitter to take a dig at Bedi and Chauhan.
Saini impressed in the 2017-18 Ranji season by picking up 34 wickets in eight games. Am told black armbands are available in Bangalore too for INR 225 per roll! "In today's meeting to finalise the Ranji team, an outsider, Navdeep, a fast bowler from Karnal has been selected". I know what Gautam bhaiya had to go through to convince selectors that I was good enough to play for Delhi. "I wonder if you can even do it".
"Gautam bhaiya told me "Jaise tennis ball se dalta hai, waise hi dal".
Navdeep's impressive performances in the domestic circuit earned him his maiden call up in the Indian team as a replacement for Mohammed Shami for the upcoming one-off Test against Afghanistan.
There are reports that Gambhir was convinced about Saini after watching him bowl in the nets for only 15 minutes and pitched his name to the higher officials, who were reluctant to take his case forward which even led to bad blood between the captain and the selectors. Saini never bowled with a red leather ball until a day in December 2013 when Gambhir guided him how to handle the Red SG balls.
Gautam Gambhir takes a dig at Bishan Singh Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after ‘outsider’ Navdeep Saini gets India call
It was also reported that in addition to Gambhir, four senior members of that Delhi squad had threatened to boycott the Ranji match against Odisha at the Roshanara if Saini was not drafted into the XI.
Following Saini's superlative show in the semi-final of the Ranji versus Bengal, Gambhir stopped him from going to South Africa as a net bowler. "I don't know whenever I speak about Gautam Gambhir, I get emotional", Saini told PTI.
"I remember every tiny little thing".
These statements came because Saini comes originally from Haryana and moved from Karnal to Delhi back then on the prompting of Sumit Narwal, who was running Karnal Premier League, where the seamer had performed well.
Nearly immediately, the DDCA's Sports Working Committee issued a statement of disapproval which read: "A player who does not belong to Delhi, does not even play league cricket from any club of DDCA, has been included in the first XI against Vidarbha", the statement said, while stressing that the selection committee, headed by Chauhan, was "unduly pressurised by some external forces". He saw it in me before I realised myself. "Today when I look back about those days, I smile", Saini said about the role of other individuals in his career.
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