In this series on prospective players, we had earlier covered Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Piyush Chawla and S. Badrinath. In the fifth post, we talk about Ranadeb Bose, the fast bowler from Bengal and Joginder Sharma, the budding allrounder from Haryana.
Ranadeb Bose, the tall 6 foot 4 medium fast bowler from Bengal has been the highest wicket taker in domestic cricket for India this year. For this achievement, he won the Domestic Indian Cricketer of the Year award.
He relies more on accuracy than speed (he bowls around the 130km/hr mark) to get wickets. His run up and long hair evokes comparisons with Jason Gillespie and one highlight of his career has been that he has never bowled a “no ball” in first class cricket. That is quiet a feat, considering the fact that he has sent down over 12500 deliveries.
In 8 matches this season, he has taken 57 wickets (including 6 five-fors and two 10 wicket hauls in a match) at an average of 14.22. Whether he can carry this kind of form into international cricket remains to be seen, but he is a sure prospect and I am sure the selectors are taking note. The selectors consider him more of a “test” bowler and he was ignored in the World cup shortlist.
Some people may complain that for a fast bowler, he is too old to get into the international side. To them, I give just one example – Stuart Clark from Australia, who debuted at the age of 30.
In a time when India lacks a genuine all rounder, we may just have the answer in Joginder Sharma. Joginder was the second highest wicket taker in Ranji Trophy this year with a tally of 39 wickets and although his batting average of 24.50 (294 in 13 innings) may not be impressive, he aggregated 309 runs at an average of 77.25 in the Duleep Trophy with back-to-back centuries.
Joginder who hails from Haryana may not be in the same league as the other all rounder who hails from the same place – Kapil Dev, but he is the best we have at the moment in domestic cricket. Being just 23 years of age, he has time on his side to grow and get better.
Jogi, as he is popularly known, has already been made captain of Haryana and has been performing consistently since his debut in 2004. He averages around 33 with the bat (1907 runs in 65 innings) and 19.71 with the ball (184 wickets in 39 games).
He has been given a few chances (just 4 actually) to represent India and he hasn’t done anything spectacular in those outings. However, the selectors need to persist with him. With Pathan woefully out of sorts, Joginder may be able to get back in the team.
(Also read Cricinfo’s article on Joginder)