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