"Did you really have to take him all the way to Zimbabwe to demoralise him? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just do it at home?" - Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Twitter following Parvez Rasool missing out again in the fifth One-Day International against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo today.
Abdullah has been criticised in some quarters for his tweet, but the J&K chief minister has a valid point.
India whitewashed Zimbabwe as expected to complete a historic away ODI series clean sweep, and while the record books will show that the world champions outclassed the minnows; the fact of the matter is that the purpose of the tour wasn't fully served. This simply because India's bench strength wasn't adequately tested despite numerous opportunities in the series against a team that didn't put up any resistance through the series.
While it is understandable that India wanted to avoid the embarrassment of losing the series to Zimbabwe, but once Virat Kohli's team had taken a 2-0 lead, the opportunity was ripe for experimentation. It wasn't taken then and neither was it after India went 3-0 up and that is inexcusable.
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If Rasool had played even one game in the five-match series, it would not only have been a huge fillip for cricket in J&K but also just reward for the 24-year-old's hard work and consistency on the domestic circuit.
Rasool was J&K's best player in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season by a distance - he scored 594 runs at 54 with two centuries, and took 33 wickets at 18.09 to finish as the third-highest wicket-taker among spinners in the tournament.
Rasool has plenty of firsts to his credit - the first J&K player to be picked for India A, the first from the state to compete against an international side and also the first J&K cricketer to earn an IPL contract with Pune Warriors.
In February 2013, Rasool had figures of 7-45 against the touring Australians in a warm-up match in Chennai ahead of the Test series.
However, it's not only about Rasool not getting an India cap and game in Zimbabwe. It's also about Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane not being given enough opportunities to showcase their talents in the 50-over format and put up their hands for future selection.
Pujara and Mohit played only two matches, while Rahane made a half-century in the only game he played.
In an ideal situation, Pujara and Rahane should have played all the five matches with any two between Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina sitting out. Mohit could have played a match more at Vinay Kumar's expense; but it was heartening to see Mohammed Shami and Jaidev Unadkat featuring in all the five matches.
Rasool could easily have played at least the fourth and fifth matches of the series at Ravindra Jadeja's expense, if not more.
On the flipside, Unadkat grabbed the opportunity to play in Zimbabwe with both hands, and he has put himself in a realistic position to challenge the likes of Ishant Sharma for a place in the XI, even in a full-strength India ODI squad.
Amit Mishra had a sensational series as he took 18 wickets in the five-match series, equalling the record for most wickets by a bowler in a bilateral ODI series; and he has made a case for himself to be given more opportunities not only in the limited-overs formats; but probably even in Tests if he performs in the Ranji Trophy.
Ambati Rayudu did well in a couple of innings, but the jury is out if he has done enough to force himself into the squad when Australia tour India in October.
Kohli impressed with his tactical acumen and captaincy in the series, but he definitely missed a trick by not giving opportunities to the fringe players, who would have hoped to make their case in Zimbabwe.
The series against Zimbabwe was never going to reveal anything new about Kohli (except his captaincy), Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Jadeja and Raina. But, for the likes of Rasool, Rahane, Pujara, and even Mohit Sharma, there will be a feeling of missed opportunity.
Make no mistake, it was a terrific effort from Kohli and his players to whitewash Zimbabwe; but the series win would have tasted sweeter had Rasool been given match time and if Pujara, Rahane and Mohit Sharma played more games than they did.
And, that's something Indian cricket hopefully doesn't regret in the future.