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“We gave him the option (of being in the six and playing as a reserve) and he readily took it.after Day 2. pictwittercom/eOOfKJWaV2 — Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) 9 April 2017 Paes had argued that his winning the Challenger in Mexico was an indicator of his return to form — especially since the victory had come in similar high-altitude conditions “He’s extremely proud of the fact that he won that Challenger in Leon Rohan has played Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios (in Indian Wells and Miami Open respectively) My criteria is not one or two things it’s five and none of them were met” Paes slated to play a tournament in Houston this week issued a statement retorting to Bhupathi’s accusation “The main criteria for selection was form That’s clearly mentioned in the exchange This was not followed when it came to final selection I was never categorically told that I would not be playing but it was apparent that the decision was made before I arrived in Bengaluru This is what I found unnecessary and disrespectful” it read When the team was selected in March Bhupathi had added Paes to the six-man team allegedly after consulting with the veteran over it No guarantees were given that Paes would be part of the playing four which would be named only on the eve of the draw ceremony “He said that if he was in the six he would be happy to come and that playing Davis Cup is priority It was pretty unfortunate what happened on Thursday especially when we had two debutants in the team A six-man squad is to build the team It’s not to be here till the team is announced and go It was one of the many shocking things that have transpired this week” Bhupathi stated while disclosing a private WhatsApp exchange between the two to the media In the exchange to Paes’ inquiry into who Bhupathi would like to choose the captain replied: “Still undecided Logic would say Bops in the quick conditions but I would like to decide last minute after seeing the form and results over the next 3/4 weeks” Again in the chat when Bhupathi asked if Paes would be willing to come down despite not being confirmed in the playing four and instead focus on the Leon Challenger Paes replied: “You know me Davis Cup comes first I always play for India If I am picked in the six-man squad I will be there Davis Cup comes first not challengers So I am all your’s baby Let’s go get back in the World Group!” Paes is not too amused about the conversation being leaked to the media: “That a private exchange has been made public just points to the kind of conduct that I find unbecoming of a Davis Cup captain” Now that the tie is over Bhupathi asserted that he will be submitting a report to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) saying it was not his job to ‘discipline anyone’ Once the team had been named on Thursday Bhupathi had mentioned that the doors on another Davis Cup call-up for Paes ‘have not been shut’ However after the tie the captain hinted that at least for the World Group Playoffs in September Bopanna will be the first choice “I am a big believer that we don’t necessarily require a doubles specialist in the team unless he is playing at a level that I think will make a difference to the tie Now Rohan is the No 1 doubles player in India by far Unless something untoward happens from now till September it’s going to remain like that” The chances for Paes to make a comeback to the team are steadily decreasing as Bhupathi is even considering fielding four singles players for future ties He has been encouraging India’s current crop of singles players to compete in doubles matches on tour to give him more options for the doubles rubber Meanwhile Paes is running one short of breaking a world record in Davis Cup He currently stands at 42 wins in doubles a joint record with Italian legend Nicola Pietrangeli Interestingly Paes and Bhupathi hold the longest unbeaten winning streak 24 in Davis Cup history Now Bhupathi holds the power to decide if Paes will get another shot at the record For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News noting Cruyff’s insistence on naming his son Jordi (the patron saint of Catalonia)," he recalled with tears in his eyes like many of his generation who mixed with the international crowd including Spaniards, Sonam Kapoor, Diljith Dosanjh starrer, North Korea has reportedly sent about 30 athletes to Rio de Janeiro to participate in Olympic competitions in sports such as wrestling, is wide and the ball after that goes for six. Mustafizur Rahman.

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