Indian spin reserves


Vish and I were talking about India’s spin reserves today and discussing whether we haven anyone apart from Kumble and Bhajji who can make a claim for a spot in the national team. Here are some of the names discussed –

Leggies

  • Piyush Chawla, UP (Has already played for India)
  • Amit Mishra, Haryana (Has already played for India)

Left arm

  • Pragyan Ojha, Hyderabad
  • Rajesh Pawar, Baroda
  • Appanna, Karnataka (18 years old, just one season)

Right arm Off break

  • Ramesh Powar, Mumbai (Has already played for India)
  • R. Ashwin, TN (just one season)

There are also others like Mumbai’s Iqbal Abdulla (who has been talked about in the media but hasn’t played a single first class game yet) and YK Pathan (who bowls right-arm off break and bats reasonably). Obviously some of them aren’t ready to stake a claim in the national team yet, but surely the spin cupboard is not completely barren. BCCI and the selectors obviously have a much more comprehensive list. They just needs to pick and run with it – they need to ensure that they are sufficiently trained so we have at least one  or two spinners of class for the future….

-Mahesh-

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