BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad is currently getting flak from fans after pulling a rather unusual stunt right before the 2nd ODI between India and Windies on October 24. Before the match, where the two teams tied, Prasad arranged for a ‘pitch puja’ at the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA-VDCA) cricket stadium.
India is a country that respects tradition. Rituals like are not unheard of sometime prior to the the match but it is rare for such an event to be held on the same day. This wasn’t the first ODI played at the stadium. The first ODI played here was in 2005 and since then seven more ODIs were played before the October 24 clash.
The ACA official and former Andhra cricketer Gottamukkala Jogi Jagannadha Raju was baffled by the incident and even went on to call Prasad a ‘cricket illiterate’. Here’s what he said in an interview with Times of India:
“How can MSK take part in such an activity? He is the Chairman of the National Selection Committee and it doesn’t suit his position. This is what happens when ‘cricket illiterates’ are in positions which they are not suited for. The game is secular and bringing religion and superstitious beliefs into the picture is not proper. This is a shameful act on the part of MSK.”
Needless to say, Prasad’s ritual did not work in India’s favour as they could barely manage to tie the match dominated by the hosts. GJJ Raju further added:
“The game is won or lost on the skills of the players and invoking the gods will not help anyone. Aren’t we making a fool of ourselves by indulging in such cheap gimmicks? The BCCI should take a note of it and make sure that such things do not happen in the future,”
He gave social media plenty of reasons to troll him:
MSK Prasad performed pitch puja to ensure India wins against West Indies.
Next he’ll perform Frog Marriage in Australia during a troubled test match so that it rains and match gets drawn
— Abhishek #408 (@ImAbhishek7_) October 27, 2018
In light of recent events, yes.
Oh, by the way, Rohit Sharma replaces Mayank Agarwal.
MSK Prasad needs another puja. This time for himself. 🙂 https://t.co/MsXvxhOomn
— Kaustubh Mayekar (@ThatInnerVoice_) October 26, 2018
There’s another way to look at it, we didn’t loose.
MSK Prasad’s pitch puja at Vizag goes in vain #INDvWIN . Tied Match !
— P.V.SIVAKUMAR (@PVSIVAKUMAR1) October 24, 2018
My cartoon done on 16th July 2014! pic.twitter.com/ZzvOb3Dzqr
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) October 27, 2018
Don’t think that far ahead
— Spot Nana (@NanaKaSpot) October 27, 2018
Yeah, they did!
They missed the umpire, bats and wickets
— Gaddafi (@21stcenturycom1) October 27, 2018