Unfair that Saketh will miss out: Anand
India’s non-playing captain Anand Amritraj’s commiserations were with Saketh Myneni, who will miss the Davis Cup tie against Czech Republic, as Leander Paes has returned to the team after opting out of the New Zealand tie.
Paes preferred to play for Washington Castles, one of the seven Franchisees in World Team Tennis event, when India travelled to Christchurch in July.Amritraj hailed 27-year-old Myneni as a team man.
“He has been a rock. He expected it might happen and has taken it well. I have high regard for him. He has accepted the situation. When Lee wants to play, he gets to play but our team is stronger with Leander and Rohan playing the doubles rubber. Saketh is <g data-gr-id="41">good</g> but he does not have experience and he does not have the scare factor which Leander and Rohan have,” Amritraj said before a practice session.
Asked if it was not unfair that Myneni has to warm benches when Paes plays at his convenience.
“It’s been unfair to Saketh in my personal opinion. He has been with us in thick and thin. Last <g data-gr-id="46">year</g> Chinese Taipei and Korea were really difficult matches, which Rohan and Saketh played and won. This time in New Zealand we did not win, we played a difficult match. He is a good team player and that comes from college tennis in US. But this is how life is, he has accepted it which is great,” the captain said.
Myneni made his Davis Cup debut against Chinese Taipei in February 2014 and has won two doubles and one singles match so far. In the recent tie against New Zealand, he and Bopanna lost to Daniell Marcus and Artem Sitak in straight sets.
Amritraj said he felt “depressed” after that match and feared that India might lose the tie. But he said the Kiwi players displayed <g data-gr-id="39">high quality</g> tennis defying their low individual rankings.
Myneni, on his part, said that he was ready to contribute for the country whenever it is required.
“I am ready to contribute for the country/team whenever it needs me whether it is playing, supporting or helping out,” Myneni told a news agency.