The XI that were suited but sadly did not get chances


Another look at an India XI. This time I want to go for a set of players who could have played ODI’s but did not because of the times in which they played cricket. In other words they would have made great ODI players. This list would include my brother in law who turned out for Alwarpet CC in Chennai’s 1st Division league, but since he did not represent his state I leave him out! But I am looking at a more late-sixties to early-seventies set of players.

1. Budhi Kunderan
2. Farokh Engineer
3. Dilip Sardesai
4. Brijesh Patel
5. MAK Pataudi – Captain
6. Eknath Solkar
7. Salim Durrani
8. Abid Ali
9. Karsan Ghavri
10. S Venkatraghavan
11. BS Chandrasekar

— Sanjay

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One response to “The XI that were suited but sadly did not get chances

  1. Oh, came on. I get the drift 🙂 We can do better than that.

    When there is a “All time Great XI”, and has only the current players, I objected. On the other hand, if the current players are ” the best ever” India produced, then there is no question. For e.g. Sachin and Dravid are among the best batsman has produced with Sunil Gavaskar, Vishwanath, …

    I sincerely feel that the current spin talent in India is sorely lacking now. Of the great spinners, India produced, I feel that Venkat is best suited for one-days. Rajendra Goel, was an accurate / economical bowler and also a match winner. Some of these guys like Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar did not get a chance since Bedi was in the team. Similarly, Venkat and VV Kumar did not get chances.

    It would be delight to watch VVKumar’s flighted leg spinner, which is held back just a tad bit and the batsman committing to the stroke early.

    Here is a challenge for you folks – Has the great Sachin played an innings similar to one of the greatest innings (not just my imagination, it is also according to Wisden rankings) in the class of 97 not out of GR Viswanath at Chennai test against Andy Roberts. The blazing square cuts, the wristy flicks to the midwicket.

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