Welcome back, Mr. Kaif!

Sachin Tendulkar’s unfortunate pulling out of the Ahmedabad test due to a groin strain has come as a blessing in disguise for the captain of Uttar Pradesh. Mohd. Kaif has had a wonderful domestic season and deservedly gets called back into the test side. We at i3j3had earlier written to the effect that the Indian selectors should identify and show faith in a handful of batsmen as eventual replacements for the fab four and suggested Kaif as one of those. His fitness and fielding abilities should certainly bring some dynamism back to the Indian fielding routine which was quite abysmal in the Chennai test. While some may argue that India would have been better off introducing someone like S. Badrinath or even recalling Gautam Gambhir, I personally think bringing Mohd. Kaif back is a well-informed decision.

It would certainly be interesting to see if Mohd. Kaif does get included in the playing eleven especially with Yuvraj Singh in the fourteen. It is a tough call but my gut tells me that Kaif might just squeeze in. He is in good form, fresh and is carrying no baggage at the moment. Yuvraj might consider himself unlucky but may have to wait a bit longer to get back in the playing eleven. On the playing eleven itself, while there has been talk of playing three spinners, I do not think Piyush Chawla will make it. I think India will go with Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth/Irfan Pathan as the pacemen and retain the rest of the lineup.

Good luck, Mr. Kaif!!

– Srikanth

6 responses to “Welcome back, Mr. Kaif!

  1. Among middle order bats, Badrinath must be the unluckiest cricketer around. Inspite of doing better than Kaif in the past domestic seasons and being on the fringe for so long, even a Sachin injury cannot get him included in the team!! Obviously, he does not have the “supporters” to get him into the team. Well, Indian cricket is the loser here and come next year, I won’t be surprised if he turns out for the Chennai Superstars (notwithstanding the fact that he was a late addition to IPL without being considered for a bid)!!

  2. Kaif is more marketable than Badrinath.

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  5. Out of Context:

    I have always been a great fan of Sachin. He is God when it comes to cricket

    But I was not very happy about the way he brushed aside John Gloster’s report on his fitness. John had mentioned that Sachin is not fully fit and needs rest.

    Inspite of this Sachin went on records to say that he is fully fit. Result he didn’t take the field for couple of days and he also ended up aggravating his injury.

    So when it comes to fitness report, does the board believe the players more than the men who are professionally qualified to declare someone fit or Unfit.

    Is it the same with all the players, or is it a case where some players are more credible than the others?

  6. Dhoni should have gave chance to Kaif instead of Jaffer .. Kaif is in good nick ..

    anyway all the best Kaif .. you will get a chance to play for India.. that day you prove your self..

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