Team on the rise…


Does age matter?

The Australian team has a lot of experience. But that also means old and the majority of their players are on the wrong side of 30. In comparison, only Tendulkar ages over 30 for India. Although the Aussies threw themselves in the field, took some brilliant catches and ran between the wickets well, I do wonder if age did play a part in Australia’s loss in the CB series.

I’ll let you make your own judgement –

India Age Australia  
Chawla 19 Johnson 26
Ishant Sharma 19 Clarke 26
Rohit Sharma 20 Hopes 29
Raina 21 Haddin 30
Praveen Kumar 21 Bracken 30
Tiwary 22 Lee 31
Uthappa 22 Clark 32
Karthik 22 Symonds 32
Pathan 23 Hussey 32
Munaf Patel 24 Ponting 33
Sreesanth 24 Gilchrist 36
Yuvraj Singh 26 Hayden 36
Gambhir 26 Hogg 37
Dhoni 26    
Harbhajan Singh 27    
Sehwag 29    
Tendulkar 34    

 

Bowling and batting reserves

Australia played their full strength team in the CB series – their best batsmen and bowlers played and there was no one on the injury list. But compare this to the Indian team. There was no Zaheer Khan and no RP Singh – two stand out performers for India in the tests, who didn’t play the CB series owing to injury. And their new find – Ishant Sharma also didn’t play in the second final. And two of their top batsmen – Dravid and Ganguly were left out in favour of younger players. In spite of all this, India came out on top – it just goes to show that there is plenty of batting and bowling reserves for India.

Sachin still the master

Expectations from Tendulkar are always high and he didn’t quite live up to those expectations in the early part of the tournament and when he had scores of 5, 0 and 2 some doubts were raised on his batting form. Commentators were even suggesting leaving him out for Sehwag. But when it mattered the most, the little master struck form. His final 3 scores of the tournament read – 63, 117* and 91 – scores that were responsible for India’s eventual win in the tournament.

Leading from the front

Ponting seemed distracted through out the series and if you leave out his score of124 in a match that really didn’t matter for Australia, he averages just 7.4 runs. Australia in the past used to operate under the philosophy that if you get the captain, you get the team. In a reversal of roles, the Aussies found themselves on the receiving end this time, with their captain woefully out of sorts and team suffering as a result.

In contrast, Dhoni averaged close to 70 with the bat and often pulled the team out of trouble. His glove work was good behind the stumps and all the moves he made as a captain (like bringing in Kumar or Chawla) seemed to work. He lead the team from the front and Dhoni should take a lot of credit for the ODI series win.

Sydney Test loss, the turning point

The Melbourne test was almost a practice game for India. Fresh of the plane and with the only tour game rained out, the Indians didn’t have a chance for a real hit out prior to the Melbourne test and it is no wonder they lost the game. They made some improvements in Sydney test, but still lost. You can argue endlessly about bad umpiring decisions, sportsmanship and batting collapses, but the truth of the matter is that the distractions off the field somehow seemed to galvanize the team and their performance since then has been on the raise.

Australia on the other hand let the distractions affect their game and somehow found Harbhajan Singh repeatedly getting on their nerves. It seems they are themselves not immune to their own mental disintegration mantra.

Best team in the World?

The Indian team is certainly improving. They did beat the No.1 team in their own country. But claiming that India is the new leader of World cricket is a bit too rich. There is still plenty of improvements to be made and let us not forget that they didn’t even get past the preliminary round of the World cup last year.

The Aussies played good cricket over a prolonged period of time to claim the title of the best team in the World. India also need to win consistently over a considerable duration of time to claim that title. Until such time, I will only consider it as a team on the rise.

One swallow does not make a summer…

-Mahesh-

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21 responses to “Team on the rise…

  1. India won the tri-series in Australia and also the under-19 world cup. My joy knows no bounds. aFter the bitter disappointment of the first round exit in the World Cup, this bit of news is welcome for millions of Indian cricket fans.

    The cricket was great, the controverisies not so great but on the whole we enjoyed it.

  2. Australia won three world cups, won test series around the world, remained number 1 for a decade and then, they call themselves world champs……..

    India Has just won a triangular oneday series ….so please dont jump to any conclusions…India still has an everest to climb….. Australia can hit back anytime…..

  3. Very well said. I think we are on the up and they are on the decline. Thats all there is to it.

  4. oops! commented from the other account ! 😀

  5. Couple of things

    1. The age debate is irrelevant. If we had 40 year olds who could do the job for us, we would have selected the 40 year olds.

    Suresh Raina never got a game, Tiwary got one and Sehwag was benched for a good part of the series.So, what does that say about age and youth and all the accompanying baggage?

    2. The Manuka Oval – while Sydney galvanized the team, the Manuka Oval was the venue where Sehwag re-established his credentials and Ishant Sharma found his mojo.

    But for that game against the ACT, things would have gone according to script and we would have been lamenting about the poor umpiring and assorted complaints while the Aussies would have been calling us poor losers from atop their lofty perch.

    Cheers,

  6. @Mahesh

    Good article. Several points really well made.

    @Homer

    I think age does matter. Let us not forget that Australia has been a past-master of the “rotation policy”. Australia also innovated with the “two teams for the two formats” policy. However, all through this long summer, Australia has rotated little and has been stuck, largely, with the same team — barring Bracken and Hopes. Let’s not also forget that these fresh legs — Bracken and Hopes — were the bowlers who did well in the CB Series. If you look at the batting, it looked jaded and out of sorts.

    So, in that sense, India’s fresh legs — India’s “rotation policy on the sly”, if you like — did help in a big way. We are now mercifully stuck with the “two teams” policy with the Big 5 in the Tests and the fresh-legs in the ODIs and T20.

    The Manuka Oval point is well made.

  7. Mohan,

    Utilizing all 15 players/ having a larger pool to select from and age – two different things.

    Its ability, not age, that is the ultimate arbiter…

    Cheers

  8. Mahesh,
    You have started a very interesting topic that is not only apt for the Australian team, but has much more relevance to the current Indian team.

    Here are some observations you seem to have missed out –

    1. What has been Yuvraj Singh’s contribution in the last three months? He is 26 years of age and the vice-captain of this young side. His approach in the last two games in particular, makes me wonder if he is more ready for retirement than Tendulkar. This repeated hysteria with the age factor is the sole reason why stalwarts like Tendulkar have to sweat it out with groin strains to earn their spot, while the likes of Yuvraj can flash their bats with utter disdain for the seriousness of the game. His shot in the final final was disgusting.

    2. What are our answers for Ganguly and Dravid, considering that either of them could have done far better than Yuvraj in all departments, including his fielding? Are we to request their resignations from the one day format?

    3. Are we to discard the utility of Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments where men like Badrinath, Mohammed Kaif and Akash Chopra are sweating it out, and over value the achievements of the current Under -19 team, if age were the only criteria for success?

    While I am relishing the victory of the young Indian team, I hope that Dhoni and BCCI, are fair to all, and only performance is rewarded.

  9. Bharath,

    Taking off on your point, my biggest worry now is that the selectors would go back to our age-old policy of selecting the test team based on ODI performances. I hope Yuvraj is Singh is dropped from the forthcoming test squad and people like Badrinath are not forgotten. If Badri is not selected, there is a very good chance that he will pick ICL

  10. @Bharat and @Homer

    Ability and Performance should be considered, but so should things like longevity of a player’s career and future of the team.

    We should eventually try to get the right mix of youth and experience in the team and I actually think the balance is quite not there yet – but it doesn’t matter if we keep winning. IMHO, consistent performers like Badrinath (25+ years) who have the experience in domestic cricket would be an excellent addition to the team, and I do hope they are included in the future.

    Also, If you ask me – we should actually be rotating Dravid, Ganguly and Tendulkar so that the “experience” element is always present, while the older players also get their rest.

    About Yuvraj: he has had a bad series by his standards, but don’t forget that he also had an outstanding series against Pakistan before that. He is one of the core players around which the rest of the (ODI) team is going to be formed and I don’t have a problem with a few failures. And yes, Dravid or Ganguly would probably done better than him, but thats not the point…

  11. @Prabhu

    Good point. A lot of times, one day perfomances have shielded players (like Ganguly for instance) from their bad run in Tests.

    Sehwag is probably the only player I can think of whose ODI form has affected his place on the Test side! I hope they don’t drop him from the Test side owing to his indifferent one day form.

  12. Mahesh,

    Great article and the incontrovterible evidence is India is on the rise and we can expect Australia to slip. After all it is impossible to stay on top for ever.

    The Indian side was younger & hungrier. Dhoni had them playing with focus & resolution.Their victory was well deserved (& well done on the U/19s).

    Although there was “unpleasantness” all summer I think you will find that in the long run there will be a tougher more resiliant team that will pass this on to any newcomers.

    From the Australian perspective traditionally Australian teams were young as players quit to get “real” jobs (eg Paul Sheehan)

    With the increase in money players (Hayden Langer McGrath Waugh etc) have hung on longer than in the past. Players like Hussey have made “late” debuts as a consequence.

    This aging has stifled the opportunities for younger players at both international & domestic level

    Some mature players have gone and some will go soon (sooner rather than later) In this respect I think IPL will help Australia as established players will have an alternative cricket income.

    Once they have established themselves as “stars” & hence marketable to the franchise holders I suspect that they will leave the national side in the late 20’s early thirties.

    This will clear the way for younger players (Marsh, Ronchi Pommersbach, Nofke, Bollinger & there’s a host of others who may have the goods but lack opportunity)

    It will also clear out the older player in the Pura Cup. With increased opportunity usually comes growth.

    I think the future is bright for both cricketing nations and that fierce combat will ensue. I suspect that both nations will address the issues of behaviour so that the focus will be on the cricket.

    After years of doing the Poms 5-0(2005 was just an aberration), SL ,NZ & WI not competitive, Pakistan has issues & the Saffers may be getting betters but the jury is out, I can’t wait for the next Aust/India games

  13. @Bharath

    Half door open is half door closed.

    You ask, “What has been Yuvraj Singh’s contribution in the last three months?”

    I say, “If we can achieve THIS with an out-of-sorts Yuvraj Singh, imagine what we can achieve if he is on song!”

    By the same token, if we rotate people in an out of the team based solely on their form TODAY, we will have a revolving-door policy which will leave players, selectors and spectators dizzy and will achieve precious little else.

    Yes, Yuvraj Singh has had an under-par last 3 months. But one swallow doesn’t a summer make.

    He has won lots and doesn’t need to prove his merit in the team, in my view. In the last 6 months alone, I point to his excellent contributions in the Twenty20, the Aus ODI series in India and the Pakistan ODI series. He has to be part of the mix for a long long time.

    His shot in the final was, in my view, appropriate. The strategy was for Tendulkar to hold up one end and for him to go berserk at the other. It worked. He got 38 off 38 balls. His departure did slow down the momentum, but the important thing to realise is that this is a team game and it was clear that the team had decided that Tendulkar had to stay till the end… Or do we only use that “team game” phrase when it suits us?

    I am not sure where you’ve been in the last ten years to say “stalwarts like Tendulkar have to sweat it out with groin strains to earn their spot”!

    Earn their spot?

    When has Tendukar’s spot EVER been in question? He is probably the only player in the history of Indian cricket to never have his spot questioned in the team. And so what if he sweats it out with a groin strain? The team needs him. He plays. Period.

    And what evidence do you have to suggest that “the likes of Yuvraj can flash their bats with utter disdain for the seriousness of the game.” I thought it was all part of a brilliantly and carefully constructed plan, evidenced by the fact that Dhoni came in at the fall of Yuvraj Singh.

    I think a sense of balance, objectivity and proportion is required here.

    You asked what were the answers to Ganguly and Dravid. I say Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma!

    Your point about the Ranji Trophy is well made and I’d like to point out that people like Praveen Kumar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthappa and Ishant Sharma were nurtured through the Ranji Trophy system! They did not descend down on Australia from the heavens! Praveen Kumar was one of the best bowlers in the Ranji Trophy for two years running. So also Pankaj Singh, V. R. V. Singh and a host of others.

    — Mohan

  14. I Believe Gangully should be Replaced
    by Rohit Sharma for upcoming Tests
    Against Sth Africans & Sri Lankans.

    Sorry Surav, the time has come and he
    has been a Great servant to Indian Cricket, Maybe the BCCI could offer him a Position of Mental Disintergration Consultant.
    Anyway its time for him to relax and
    get stuck into the Russagullas.

  15. Mohankaus, I do agree that most players are nurtured through the Ranji system…however some player do get fast tracked due to other “considerations”. That is the inevitable fact in India (and other countries too). Having played some level of cricket myself, I can attest to the fact that this exists at all levels.

    Having said that, here are the first class records of 5 current players. Who would you pick in your test team (at least as a reserve player)?

    Stats: mat/inn/no/runs/hs/ave/100s/50s

    R Sharma: 20/29/1/1042/205/37.21/1/6

    M Tiwary: 24/35/3/1738/210*/54.31/6/2

    R Uthappa: 40/68/3/2598/162/39.96/6/16

    S Raina: 38/66/3/2914/203/46.25/5/20

    Badrinath:63/93/12/4576/206*/56.49/15/20

    I do agree stats don’t convey everything but IMHO, Badri has proved his tenaciousness at every level often scoring runs when the team is in dire straits. Unfortunately, luck and “considerations” play a big part in players careers. Tell me, why wasn’t he even offered in the first round of bidding for IPL even though he has a “D” contract with the BCCI while the likes of Yusuf pathan, Romesh Powar, Parthiv Patel and Suresh Raina were paraded? In the only series he was picked, he sat on the bench for all 3 final games versus the Aussies even though we had already lost the series. He is also currently the skipper of South Zone as well as Tamil Nadu, yet can’t find a spot on the Indian team. Badri does have enough right to feel wronged by the selectors.

    So, to a certain extent I agree these players were nurtured through Ranji, but it’s certainly not a case that that was the sole criteria to pick them.

  16. Shankar,

    The important thing to notice about Badri’s average is that just two years back it was around 45 and he has really made the strongest claim for a spot in the test team of all contenders. The only other guys who has probably come close is Parthiv Patel. I do hope one of these two is picked for the test team against SAf over RS, RU and even Yuvraj. For years we’ve ignored the claims of other deserving Ranji stalwarts over someone like M. Kaif who had scored 2 centuries in 65 FC attempts because of his ODI record and I hope we don’t repeat it on the new generation as well. The irony about the situation is that M. Kaif has made reasonable strides as a FC players this year but is not even in the frame for any sorta recall.

  17. Mohan

    I agree with your analogy of Yuvarj should continue to be in the team for a long time inspite of his on-and-off lean patch. It is also right time, from the point of succession planning, RU, RS and GG are nurtured to show their full talent in difficult circumstances and more particularly they are tried against Oz when they visit India in Oct.

    As far fast bowlers, atleast we have now a chance to mix and match the likes of ZK, IS, RPS, PK, IP . In regard to spin PC and HB should form the core with borrowings like YS, ST, VS.

    It has to be seen whether AK will be retained as captain against SA and Oz this year …

  18. Sorry Mohan I forgot to add another comment in that Suresh Raina didnt get a fair chance to show his mettle in Oz this summer and it is a pity !!!

  19. @Bala

    I have little doubt that Anil Kumble will keep the captaincy till at least the England series in December 2008. India play South Africa, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Australia and England in Test series this year — a huge workload. I feel that Kumble will entertain thoughts of stepping out only after this set of matches.

    It is an important set of games for India, especially when set against the backdrop of a wonderful Australian summer. The team can either take a giant step forward or slip right back. In this phase, I feel it would be critical for Kumble to be around.

    And it is in this important phase that Indian cricket needs to think of a slow but sure transition to youth.

    I’d think that players like Mohammed Kaif, S. Badrinath, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh would consider themselves unlucky if they did not get a game at the rotating-out of Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly respectively.

    — Mohan

  20. Srikanth Mangalam

    Here are stats from cricinfo for the recently concluded Ranji Trophy season. Not much of nurturing going on there.. Rohit Sharma and Uthappa, both played atleast 5 ranji games, had averages around 27. I am not denying that they have been great finds for the side. There certainly seems to be factors unknown that seem to come into play when it comes to selection of new players. Go figure!

    Ranji Trophy Super League, 2007/08

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
    CA Pujara 8 15 4 807 151* 73.36 1364 59.16 3 3 0 126 2
    (Saurashtra)
    A Chopra 9 16 1 783 215 52.20 1742 44.94 3 3 0 103 3
    (Delhi)
    G Gambhir 5 10 2 730 137* 91.25 1139 64.09 4 2 1 102 1
    (Delhi)
    M Kaif 8 14 2 687 122* 57.25 1150 59.73 2 4 1 84 8
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    SK Raina 8 14 0 683 203 48.78 817 83.59 2 3 0 100 7
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    S Badrinath 7 11 1 659 143 65.90 1168 56.42 3 2 1 75 10
    (Tamil Nadu)
    DB Ravi Teja 6 12 1 653 133* 59.36 927 70.44 2 4 1 91 5
    (Hyderabad (India))
    RK Solanki 7 11 1 645 186 64.50 1380 46.73 2 5 1 77 2
    (Baroda)
    M Manhas 9 15 3 598 124 49.83 1134 52.73 2 3 2 77 4
    (Delhi)
    M Vijay 7 11 1 582 230* 58.20 1175 49.53 2 1 0 57 14
    (Tamil Nadu)
    SH Kotak 8 14 1 579 168* 44.53 1650 35.09 2 3 2 62 0
    (Saurashtra)
    S Dhawan 8 15 2 570 148 43.84 991 57.51 2 2 1 85 3
    (Delhi)
    VA Saxena 7 13 1 566 122 47.16 1371 41.28 2 2 1 75 4
    (Rajasthan)
    CC Williams 7 11 1 547 185 54.70 1401 39.04 2 2 1 62 1
    (Baroda)
    R Bhatia 9 13 2 525 139* 47.72 1139 46.09 2 1 1 61 8
    (Delhi)
    U Kaul 6 10 2 503 162 62.87 1197 42.02 2 0 1 63 0
    (Punjab)
    AA Muzumdar 7 11 3 502 187 62.75 866 57.96 1 3 0 57 1
    (Mumbai)
    LNP Reddy 6 11 2 495 132 55.00 1178 42.02 3 1 1 61 2
    (Andhra)
    AM Rahane 7 12 2 487 149 48.70 1088 44.76 1 2 1 62 5
    (Mumbai)
    HH Khadiwale 7 13 1 468 126 39.00 1011 46.29 1 2 2 61 0
    (Maharashtra)
    TM Srivastava 7 12 0 466 105 38.83 1006 46.32 1 4 0 49 1
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    MK Tiwary 6 10 0 456 203 45.60 719 63.42 2 0 3 63 2
    (Bengal)
    YK Pathan 7 10 0 441 183 44.10 398 110.80 2 0 0 59 7
    (Baroda)
    P Shah 7 10 1 437 148 48.55 690 63.33 1 2 0 49 3
    (Baroda)
    SO Kukreja 7 11 0 428 199 38.90 763 56.09 1 2 0 55 1
    (Mumbai)
    YV Takawale 7 10 0 419 126 41.90 833 50.30 1 2 0 47 4
    (Maharashtra)
    Y Venugopal Rao 7 13 2 419 112 38.09 914 45.84 1 2 0 60 6
    (Maharashtra)
    KB Pawan 7 11 1 418 120 41.80 1115 37.48 2 2 0 42 3
    (Karnataka)
    Ravikant Shukla 8 14 3 416 99* 37.81 825 50.42 0 3 3 54 2
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    R Bist 7 12 1 415 99 37.72 900 46.11 0 4 2 42 2
    (Rajasthan)
    HH Watekar 6 11 1 414 137 41.40 768 53.90 2 1 0 48 2
    (Andhra)
    A Mukund 5 8 0 403 120 50.37 910 44.28 2 2 2 42 2
    (Tamil Nadu)
    R Inder 6 10 0 398 142 39.80 945 42.11 1 2 1 57 0
    (Punjab)
    M Gupta 7 14 0 396 104 28.28 864 45.83 1 1 1 64 0
    (Himachal Pradesh)
    SS Das 6 11 1 394 114 39.40 957 41.17 1 1 1 53 1
    (Orissa)
    Arindam Das 6 11 0 379 117 34.45 950 39.89 2 0 1 54 0
    (Bengal)
    R Dravid 2 3 0 375 214 125.00 607 61.77 2 0 0 39 9
    (Karnataka)
    V Kohli 5 8 1 373 169 53.28 723 51.59 2 0 1 55 2
    (Delhi)
    A Mannu 7 14 1 372 103 28.61 941 39.53 1 2 2 54 5
    (Himachal Pradesh)
    YKT Goud 7 9 3 371 122 61.83 919 40.36 2 0 0 49 0
    (Karnataka)
    AS Yadav 6 12 1 370 101* 33.63 846 43.73 1 1 1 47 6
    (Hyderabad (India))
    AP Majumdar 6 11 1 369 103 36.90 810 45.55 1 2 1 55 0
    (Bengal)
    SA Pai 6 12 1 366 119* 33.27 904 40.48 1 2 1 37 0
    (Hyderabad (India))
    C Raghu 7 9 1 359 77 44.87 948 37.86 0 4 1 45 0
    (Karnataka)
    DS Manohar 6 12 0 352 119 29.33 896 39.28 1 1 1 40 0
    (Hyderabad (India))
    A Shinde 6 12 0 349 90 29.08 850 41.05 0 2 1 47 1
    (Hyderabad (India))
    AA Bilakhia 7 11 0 348 68 31.63 882 39.45 0 1 1 40 0
    (Baroda)
    K Goel 6 10 0 346 127 34.60 811 42.66 1 2 1 54 2
    (Punjab)
    RP Srivastava 7 13 0 339 58 26.07 654 51.83 0 2 1 56 0
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    P Dharmani 6 9 1 335 94 41.87 796 42.08 0 2 0 51 1
    (Punjab)

    Player Mat Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10
    S Tyagi 8 285.2 65 887 41 6/46 10/92 21.63 3.10 41.7 2 1
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    R Vinay Kumar 7 272.4 79 741 40 6/38 10/104 18.52 2.71 40.9 3 1
    (Karnataka)
    P Kumar 6 229.3 59 576 36 8/68 8/79 16.00 2.50 38.2 2 0
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    SP Jobanputra 8 257.0 42 796 36 6/70 9/144 22.11 3.09 42.8 3 0
    (Saurashtra)
    AK Thakur 7 271.5 68 764 35 6/34 11/126 21.82 2.81 46.6 3 1
    (Himachal Pradesh)
    SB Joshi 7 302.5 92 676 34 6/83 10/108 19.88 2.23 53.4 1 1
    (Karnataka)
    P Sangwan 7 225.1 55 635 33 5/46 9/126 19.24 2.82 40.9 2 0
    (Delhi)
    DS Mohanty 6 233.0 68 501 30 5/25 10/88 16.70 2.15 46.6 2 1
    (Orissa)
    VS Malik 7 236.3 63 668 27 6/25 7/109 24.74 2.82 52.5 1 0
    (Himachal Pradesh)
    Piyush Chawla 8 268.4 58 863 27 4/49 7/150 31.96 3.21 59.7 0 0
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    R Bhatia 9 168.2 54 329 26 5/29 5/30 12.65 1.95 38.8 1 0
    (Delhi)
    Pankaj Singh 5 191.3 40 623 26 5/43 10/153 23.96 3.25 44.1 3 1
    (Rajasthan)
    C Nanda 9 244.3 63 660 26 5/47 8/112 25.38 2.69 56.4 1 0
    (Delhi)
    YK Pathan 7 311.3 76 757 26 5/31 10/119 29.11 2.43 71.8 3 1
    (Baroda)
    NSC Aiyappa 6 183.1 40 598 24 4/45 8/144 24.91 3.26 45.7 0 0
    (Karnataka)
    PP Ojha 6 277.0 67 765 24 6/58 6/86 31.87 2.76 69.2 1 0
    (Hyderabad (India))
    RR Powar 7 318.2 62 928 24 5/68 9/123 38.66 2.91 79.5 2 0
    (Mumbai)
    RV Dhurv 8 182.4 46 496 23 5/20 6/103 21.56 2.71 47.6 2 0
    (Saurashtra)
    RV Pawar 7 306.0 88 797 22 6/66 6/66 36.22 2.60 83.4 1 0
    (Baroda)
    DP Vijaykumar 6 193.0 60 450 21 5/31 10/87 21.42 2.33 55.1 2 1
    (Andhra)
    R Ramkumar 6 211.2 62 519 21 4/65 6/120 24.71 2.45 60.3 0 0
    (Tamil Nadu)
    RR Bose 6 210.1 55 575 21 7/74 10/121 27.38 2.73 60.0 1 1
    (Bengal)
    SM Maniar 8 208.2 48 655 21 6/88 8/108 31.19 3.14 59.5 1 0
    (Saurashtra)
    B Mohanty 3 101.3 27 261 20 6/28 8/57 13.05 2.57 30.4 2 0
    (Orissa)
    G Shankara Rao 6 149.3 50 307 20 5/50 6/82 15.35 2.05 44.8 1 0
    (Andhra)
    D Kalyankrishna 6 175.1 49 408 20 4/42 7/83 20.40 2.32 52.5 0 0
    (Andhra)
    S Mathur 5 141.2 24 471 20 7/49 10/128 23.55 3.33 42.4 1 1
    (Rajasthan)
    SM Fallah 5 165.3 38 478 20 6/49 8/83 23.90 2.88 49.6 1 0
    (Maharashtra)
    SV Bahutule 5 181.0 34 498 19 5/29 7/98 26.21 2.75 57.1 1 0
    (Maharashtra)
    P Gupta 5 107.0 23 332 18 5/11 6/121 18.44 3.10 35.6 2 0
    (Uttar Pradesh)
    I Sharma 3 136.4 30 431 17 4/44 7/151 25.35 3.15 48.2 0 0
    (Delhi)
    M Hussain 4 160.3 23 466 17 6/58 8/151 27.41 2.90 56.6 1 0
    (Mumbai)
    Sumit Singh 7 213.2 46 587 17 3/39 4/87 34.52 2.75 75.2 0 0
    (Baroda)
    M Aslam 6 213.2 57 603 17 4/91 6/105 35.47 2.82 75.2 0 0
    (Rajasthan)
    SS Paul 5 146.0 43 364 16 7/113 7/113 22.75 2.49 54.7 1 0
    (Bengal)
    WS Sayyed 7 184.0 46 458 16 3/68 4/58 28.62 2.48 69.0 0 0
    (Maharashtra)
    AM Nayar 7 259.3 71 642 16 5/100 5/129 40.12 2.47 97.3 1 0
    (Mumbai)
    Preetamjit Das 5 130.0 28 394 15 5/63 5/63 26.26 3.03 52.0 1 0
    (Orissa)
    VRV Singh 4 113.1 10 499 15 7/112 8/194 33.26 4.40 45.2 2 0
    (Punjab)
    A Bhandari 5 132.3 36 357 14 4/52 5/39 25.50 2.69 56.7 0 0
    (Delhi)
    Ashwin Yadav 4 99.3 15 346 13 4/75 5/107 26.61 3.47 45.9 0 0
    (Hyderabad (India))
    Gagandeep Singh 4 120.5 26 346 13 4/53 7/90 26.61 2.86 55.7 0 0
    (Punjab)
    KR Makvana 8 122.0 25 407 13 6/41 9/122 31.30 3.33 56.3 1 0
    (Saurashtra)
    M Gony 5 176.0 31 618 13 3/86 5/136 47.53 3.51 81.2 0 0
    (Punjab)
    V Bhatia 7 209.4 41 643 13 6/129 6/129 49.46 3.06 96.7 1 0
    (Himachal Pradesh)
    Sarandeep Singh 6 230.2 38 677 13 3/77 6/155 52.07 2.93 106.3 0 0
    (Himachal Pradesh)
    SS Sarkar 3 97.4 23 329 12 5/31 5/56 27.41 3.36 48.8 1 0
    (Bengal)
    P Awana 5 104.0 17 366 12 4/62 5/102 30.50 3.51 52.0 0 0
    (Delhi)
    A Kakkar 6 151.0 27 451 12 4/55 5/98 37.58 2.98 75.5 0 0
    (Punjab)
    P Amarnath 7 160.0 48 458 12 5/74 6/99 38.16 2.86 80.0 1 0
    (Tamil Nadu)

  21. Not to harp on the same note, but the SZ team that Badrinath is leading in the Deodhar trophy has Dravid, Laxman, Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik, Uthappa etc yet this guy can’t find a place in the Indian squad let alone the reserves!! That is hilarious!! 🙂

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