New Delhi, Aug. 21 -- When batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said MSK Prasad's selection committee was being 'bullied' because of its inexperience, he inadvertently put his finger on a very raw nerve.

Indian cricket operates in a system where status is linked to the number of matches played. The ideology behind this statbased informal caste system is captured by the question: kitna khela hai (How many matches has he played)?

There is a belief that only those who have played know cricket, and ones who have played more know more.

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