Rakesh Patel gets called-up; might even play!

On the back of the piece yesterday on Team India struggling without a coach, a fully-fit-physio and a few players, who are down with a cold-flu-virus, comes this announcement that Rakesh Patel has been called-up as reserve bowler. Apart from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it appears that S. Sreesanth, R. P. Singh and Ramesh Powar are all down with a bad bout of flu that has afflicted the Indian camp.

In what could be seen as a welcome development, it appears that Ajit Agarkar caught the flu bug too and can, hence, not play either! 🙂

Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose, who were both selected only for the Tests against England, have left India to join the team.

The only fit bowlers in the camp appear to be Zaheer Khan and Piyush Chawla!

With this in mind, the team has called up Rakesh Patel, who was playing league cricket in Liverpool. Twenty-eight year-old Rakesh Patel had an impressive 2006-07 Ranji Trophy domestic season. He was the third highest wicket taker, behind Ranadeb Bose and Joginder Sharma, with 37 wickets from 8 matches, at an average of 21.0! In the Ranji ODI competition, he only played 4 matches for 9 wickets at an impressive average of 18.22!

From another report, it appears that Arjun Yadav, son of Shivlal Yadav — former India player — has also received a call-up. Twenty-five year-old Arjun Yadav is an all-rounder. He plays for Hyderabad, bowls off-breaks and bats right-handed. He too was working the League circuit in England.

If Sreesanth is not fully fit for tonights’ match against South Africa, it is likely that both Patel and Yadav might play!

Likely India team for tonights’ game against RSA:

Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautham Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Piyush Chawla, Arjun Yadav (or S. Sreesanth), Rakesh Patel, Zaheer Khan,

If Tendulkar hasn’t fully recovered from his flu-bug, Robin Uthappa might get a game!

— Mohan

Ps: Are there no Mumbai players playing in the English League circuit? 🙂

7 responses to “Rakesh Patel gets called-up; might even play!

  1. Srikanth Mangalam

    Chandu Borde, Venkatesh Prasad, and Robin Singh are also available!!! Come to think of it, it is only a 7 hr flight for me….I play in the Toronto leagues, that should qualify me..

    On a slightly serious note, Murali Karthik is not in the picture.

  2. Does anyone know if Suresh Raina plays for the Astley & Tyldesley Cricket Club at Lancashire anymore?

    – Vish

  3. sampath kumar

    Robin Singh, as the fielding coach has done wonders for Team India

    most of the players are catching viruses -like no other team before them

  4. Ganguly and Gambhir – had big innings against minnows. Against a quality attack, the normal weakness come to play.

    I am puzzled why Gambhir was selected ? giving him a second chance ? Vengsarkar is not able to see what others can see ??


    Ganguly was lucky to survive longer than the first over, when South Africa’s captain Jacques Kallis fluffed a dolly at second slip, but he wasn’t allowed to get away with one airy drive too many. His expansive waft off Nel’s second delivery, when he was probably expecting a short one, was to cost him – he had taken an early backward step and fell victim to driving away from his body.

    Gambhir’s dismissal was similar – driving away from the body and only managing a thick edge – and Kallis didn’t mess it up this time, taking it clean at second slip.

  5. Pingback: India lose to RSA: A few lessons « i3j3Cricket :: A blog for fans of Indian cricket…

  6. Does anyone remember the incident when Arjun Yadav attacked Rayudu with a stump a couple of years back?


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