Ranji player watch – All-rounders

I had earlier posted on bowlers and batsmen to watch out for in the current Ranji Trophy championship. The list of allrounders completes the over all list of players to watch out for:

  • Parthiv Patel has been scoring in the India A games consistently and he doubles up as a wicketkeeper. It would be interesting to see if he is able to challenge Dinesh Karthik as the reserve wicketkeeper for India. But more than his keeping abilities, it is his batting that has been impressive – notching up a successive centuries (126, 124, 164 and 110) in his last four innings for India A and following it up with a 179, opening the batting for Rest of India against Mumbai in the Irani Trophy.
  • Joginder Sharma has already made his ODI and T20 debut for India and although I don’t see him make into the test team any time soon, he is certainly one to watch out for. He was the second highest wicket taker in the Ranji Trophy last year and also impressed with the bat, particularly in the Duleep Trophy.
  • Praveen Kumar opens both the batting and bowling in domestic one day competition and his performances with India A and in the Challenger Trophy has already earned him a call up to the national ODI squad, although he is yet to make his debut.
  • Yusuf Pathan is another allrounder who could be useful in the T20 and ODI games, although his induction into the Test squad seems unlikely at this stage. Would be good to see how he performs this season.


4 responses to “Ranji player watch – All-rounders

  1. Dinesh Karthik is the opening batsman for India in tests. He did have a good series in the Challenger trophy and his 56 in difficult conditions against Maharashtra was highly appreciated.

    Especially with the bungling selectors, I would not be surprised if Dinesh Karthik is dropped from the test side, and that too after his successful tour of England as an opening batsman.

  2. I’d be very surprised if he is retained.

  3. A good performance in the previous test series does it mean or count for anything ?

    Dropping Karthik would revalidate the historic “anti-TN” bias among the selectors.

  4. What garbage? Dropping Chopra was Delhi-bias? Dropping Dravid was male-bias? Dropping Balaji was right-hander-bias? Dropping Agarkar can be seen as anti-big-ears-bias. Picking Karthik in the first place was pro-TN bias? We can pidgeon-hole anything as anything to suit our own special inadequacies, crucial deficiencies and selfish needs.

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