Teams for NZ Tour


The Indian cricket selectors have, I think, done well to pick good/strong teams for Indias’ tour of New Zealand. Some selection highlights for me are:

  • Continuing to invest in Ravindra Jadeja — he gets a gig in the T20 team.
  • Investing in Dhawal Kulkarni.
  • Re-investing in Lakshmipathy Balaji.
  • Continuing to invest in M. Vijay in the Test team.

The teams are

Test squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, M Vijay, Amit Mishra, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik (wk)

ODI squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik (wk)

Twenty20 squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik (wk)

Is there a TN-bias to the selection?

The presence of L. Balaji is seen by many as TN-bias on the part of Kris Srikkanth, the Chief Selector. That would be unfortunate as well as unnecessary, although somewhat understandable. The Test team has provided passage for three TN players in the form of M. Vijay (ahead of possibilities such as Wasim Jaffer, Aakash Chopra, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa), L. Balaji (ahead of Pankaj Singh, Ashok Dinda, Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar) and Dinesh Karthik (ahead of Parthiv Patel).

However, Vijay did shine in the one Test opportunity he got and must be persevered with, in my view. One can feel sorry for Ajinkya Rahane. He was the 2nd highest scorer in the Ranji season (with an aggregate of 1089 runs @ and avg of 68.06 that included 4 centuries). He has had a stunning domestic season and is, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, one to watch for the future.

Dinesh Karthik has had a stunning year with the bat and has pipped Parthiv Patel at the post. The Gujarat ‘keeper has done nothing wrong and must just continue to put in the hard-yards in the domestic circuit. Dinesh Karthik has done everything right. He was the 10th highest scorer in the Ranjis with an aggregate of 634 (3 centuries) and an average of 63.4 runs. Having said that, Parthiv Patel wasn’t really too far behind (with 526 runs in aggregate, @ 47.81, including 1 century). But when the cards fell, Dinesh Karthik just had the right number on his side. He was also the highest scorer in the Duleep Trophy with two centuries in three Duleep Trophy games for South Zone. The fact that Karthik had opened well in England may have also counted in his favour. Both Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel are very young. Karthik is only 23. Both of them will have hurt badly from the experience in Sri Lanka. Karthik played badly in the first two Test matches. He batted poorly and his ‘keeping also fell apart. However, Parthiv Patel, who played in the 3rd Test fared worse! So, both of them needed a strong domestic season, lest upstarts like Wriddhiman Saha usurp their position. Both of them did put in a good showing. However, when the cards fell, Karthik had the numbers.

L. Balaji has been, in my view, somewhat lucky. Yes, he was the 4th highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Season and also had a good Duleep Trophy outing. Given that the highest wicket-taker was already rewarded with a ticket to New Zealand (Kulkarni) and given that 2 and 3 on the pecking order were spinners (Ravindra Jadeja and the now-banned Mohnish Parmar!), his ticket could have been seen as reward for a good showing. My own view is that he need not have been rushed into the Test arena. Its just been a year since his comeback from injury. His first major step on the big stage was the IPL. Since then, he has, no doubt, been bowling well. But to get him straight back into the Test side may have been a bit too much.

But then, these are the rewards of a good showing in the domestic circuit. The current selectors seem to be rewarding strong domestic showing quite consistently — set in the context of long-term team-development — and for that, they do deserve some credit.

Bits-and-pieces players:

I have been saying for sometime now that players like Abhiskek Nayar, Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja are the future of India’s ODI and T20 mix. It is good that these guys are getting a clutch of games at the highest level to prove their mettle. The press in India tags them with the moniker “bits and pieces players”. This is erroneous. It is also a disrespect to the quality that these guys bring to the table in the T20 and ODI arena. They are not “bits and pieces players”. They are clever players who bat and bowl well! I’d like to see opportunities given to players like Abhishek Nayar and Rajat Bhatia in the near future too.

Experimentation

M. S. Dhoni has shown the way in handling players like Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina in recent ODI games. In the final ODI against Sri Lanka, I felt he took it a wee-bit too far by bowling as many as 9 bowlers in the game! That’s a bit much. But you need those kinds of options in the middle overs. Even though the pitches may not turn much in New Zealand, I think the middle-overs bowled by Virender Sehwag, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma will be quite crucial.

From that point of view, it is good to see the selectors invest strongly in Jadeja. Yes, he is not part of the ODI Team. After the two T20 games at the start of the series, Jadeja makes way for Sachin Tendulkar. That is fair enough!

I think the selectors will only drop Tendulkar from the ODI scene when he himself says that he has had enough! I suspect he won’t say that until after the next World Cup. He seems to want that silverware in his cabinet more than anything else! Given that he has served Indian cricket in the manner that he has, one could afford him that luxury, I think!

What we have seen in recent T20 games and ODIs is that Dhoni is really his own man when it comes to executing batting plans, setting the batting order and exploring bowling options. In a recent interview, he said that this was because he wanted each player to experience different roles in order to have an appreciation for what a #3 needs to do and what a #6 needs to do in different match situations.

In a perverse manner, this is exactly what Guru Greg Chappell tried to instil in the team when he was at the helm! The difference was that Guru Greg, instead of just doing it, wanted to preach his ideology, convert everyone to his way of thinking, convince everyone that he was right and then hail him as a messiah and a saviour! He started the “process is more important than the outcome” mantra. He was subsequently lambasted and lampooned in the media for “experimenting” too much! The word “experimentation” was taboo during his reign. Guru Greg choked on his own mantra and was caught in the headlights, with nowhere to go.

Instead of aspiring to be a messiah and a saviour, Dhoni just does it and lets others write about his method! The outcome is a more flexible Team India! Ironically, Guru Greg’s method survives after he has been buried!

Possible Teams:

The T20 and ODI teams select themselves:
Possible Twenty20 squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar
Subs: Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma

I’d take Praveen Kumar ahead of Ishant Sharma and would take Ravindra Jadeja ahead of Rohit Sharma. But these are possibly the only two debatable spots in my view. There are questions being asked about Pragyan Ojha’s selection in the T20 and ODI teams, given that pitches are unlikely to offer too much spin in New Zealand. However, from a team-development point of view, I think this is a good move. Ojha did bowl really well in recent ODIs. He should be part of the team mix and should get a gig, in my view.

Possible ODI squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar.
Subs: Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma,

I’d take Praveen Kumar ahead of Irfan Pathan. And I’d take Raina ahead of Rohit Sharma. Who knows? With a lot of cricket around the corner, should India go ahead in the series — as it did in Sri Lanka — it would be an opportunity to play Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan and Dinesh Karthik instead of (respectively) Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and M. S. Dhoni.

Possible Test squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel
Subs: M Vijay, Amit Mishra, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik (wk)

The Test team is the one that selects itself most emphatically. There can’t be too many doubts or questions in the composition of this team. It is unlikely that the team will go with more than 4 main bowlers (with Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Tendulkar as other possible bowlers to relieve the strike bowlers). The only question, in my view, is whether Munaf Patel gets the gig ahead of Dhawal Kulkarni. I’d go for experience ahead of raw pace for the first Test. Moreover, Munaf Patel does seem to have the ability to swing the ball more in conditions that are likely to be presented in countries like NZ, South Africa and England. So, he might get the nod ahead of Kulkarni. But it may not be a bad idea to give Kulkarni a go in one of the Test matches.

The selectors have continued to invest in Rahul Dravid — as they should — in spite of his poor showing in the Duleep Trophy finals. Having said that, I am not sure they would be as patient with him after yet another poor tour. They have also sent a clear signal to Yuvraj Singh that he is in the mix for a long stint in the Test middle order. This should settle him down and should allow him to cash in on this opportunity.

Overall, this has been a good selection effort by the selectors.

— Mohan

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42 responses to “Teams for NZ Tour

  1. The team may seem to have a TN bias, but in reality they are just there as back up (as you’ve mentioned in your probable team line up)…

    Even before they picked the actual players, the selectors would have decided to pick up 2 reserve batsmen, 2 reserve fast bowlers (considering they are touring NZ) and 1 reserve spin bowler.

    Vijay is the first choice as a back up batsman, as he can open the innings. For the other slot, the contenders would have been Badrinath and Rohit Sharma, but by picking Karthik, they ensure that they have a spare WK in the team if Dhoni gets injured or needs a rest.

    L Balaji is indeed a surprise inclusion – it probably had something to do with his ability to swing the ball.

    The reserve spinner was the easy pick…

    All in all, a good test team, I reckon…

    For the ODI team, I felt sorry for Jadeja. He probably should have been given an extended run, but with Harbhajan back in the team, there was really no place for him. He is young and I am sure he will be back in the team at some stage though…

  2. the team selection is ok. but the only jarring note is our persistence with the old spent force viz sachin at the cost of youngsters like badrinath, ravindra jadeja et al

  3. Sachin is an “old spent force”? Are you sure you are a cricket fan? You are not, in my view. Check the stats for the last few series mate. And if you can’t be bothered — that much is apparent — watch a video of the series against Australia.

  4. it is not how many runs he scores that matters. what is important is the pace at which he gets them. sachin is past his prime and is the shadow of his former self as far as ODIs are concerned.

  5. “it is not how many runs he scores that matters. what is important is the pace at which he gets them. sachin is past his prime and is the shadow of his former self as far as ODIs are concerned.” ..
    still he is clearly ahead of all the other batsmen in the team. Look at his most recent century against England, it was stupendous. He was clearly unlucky in the emerald islands

  6. between gambhir and sachin who in your opinion is better suited to open the innings. i think there can be no second opinion on this issue. gambhir is way ahead of sachin and is a perfect partner for viru. however if sachin were to be included in the scheme of things gambhir has to give way for tendulkar at the opening slot. what a pity. sachin at his age should realise that one day cricket with its trademark power hitting is not his cup of tea and should gracefully withdraw from the scene. the sooner it happens the better it is for indian cricket

  7. i fully agree with james. let us not be too emotional when it comes to issues related to sachin tendulkar. with due respects to sachin for his wonderful contributions to indian cricket, we have to face the reality and talking about the past deeds is not going to get us anywhere. all greats will have to retire one day. they will acquire greatness only when they retire at the right time. i think the time has come for sachin to hang up his boots.

  8. Tendulkar was once not less than Ton dulkar but he is now always less than Ten dulkar

  9. People who wish to see “Tendulkar of old”, please get a video of his 1998 series. If pain persists, see a doctor.

  10. Srikanth Mangalam

    Firstly, it is great to see that the “seniors” have been retained in the test squad. While the tinkering with that batting lineup was seemingly unlikely, there was always a fear of how Dravid would be handled. It would not give an opportunity for India with the help of the greats rewrite history with respect to past performances in New Zealand.

    I am not as surprised with the selection of Balaji as some of you are. He has certainly been far more consistent than all the names that Mohan has mentioned since his comeback. I am happy for him.

    While Wasim Jaffer might consider himself unlucky, I am going to predict that Ajinkya Rahane will never make it to Indian team with the technique he currently possesses. Yes, he has been scoring heavily, but watching him bat does not give you the confidence that he will survive in the big league.

  11. Prasanna Erappa

    Selection is purely a TN based one ! Weldone Mr. Cheeka.

    Conradulations.

    Why all forget Uthappa since his Chellenger tropy, Ranaji and Dhulip Trophies…? He is an excelent fielder and keeper also.

  12. We had many many years of Bombay selections and from other regions – and why not provide equal opportunity for TN players.

    Non-selection of Wasim Jaffer for NZ tour was a good move. Wasim who thrives on flat wickets of India and mediocre bowling; would have a hard time in the seaming wickets of NZ.

    Irfan Pathan – he needs to improve his pace.

  13. Badri has done nothing wrong this season and seems to be in terrific form currently. It is tough to see him lose his place in the test team.

  14. If memory serves me right When G Vishwanath was at helm it was purely Karnataka-based selection and the Indian team looked like Karnataka team with a 2-3 Indian players thrown in. And we talk of bias if 3 TN players are picked, that too considering that they are ranji semi-finalists. Uthappa is an over-hyped player.

  15. gnbmdr: I keep living in the hope that one day — someday — someone will kick some sense into you. I have decided not to hold my breath. So what you are essentially saying is that you would be ok to legitimize an eye-for-an-eye policy and get it written into the law of the land!

    And by the way, why should Ifran Pathan improve his pace? Especially when he bowls faster than Balaji?

  16. harinee

    Valid point re: TN being semi-finalists and hence 3 players from TN.

    BTW, how many players from the finalists in the Ranji? Three (Sachin, Zaheer, Kulkarni). From BOTH finalists!

    As I said, I have no problems with the selection of the said 3 players. But the case for perceived bias grows.

  17. Only if cheeka has selected Arjun Yadav or Sadagopan Ramesh, the allegations of bias would have proven to be true.

    Karthik/Balaji — if they do not perform , it will be end of road for them. walk on a tight rope.

    I will be surprised if Vijay gets a game. Same applies Dhawal Kulkarni.

    If we forget the opener angle to it , Badri would have been a better choice than Vijay.

    I’m afraid , it will mostly be end of the road for Badri

  18. Karthick, I think you may be right about Badri…it will be tough for him to get back into the team…though in the Ranji one dayers, he is scoring runs with a vengeance. His biggest strength might be perseverance but that might not be enough.

  19. tendulkar in 1998. wow. amazing people still bring that up. its been 11 years since then. tendulkar has changed since then. a lot.
    i agree, he looks like s spent force in ODIs. he still looks a threat in tests though.

  20. The Black Irishman

    Does anyone know about TV coverage?

    According to the Fox sports online TV guide, the first Twenty20 game is live but not the next one or the first ODI.

  21. “The only question, in my view, is whether Munaf Patel gets the gig ahead of Dhawal Kulkarni. I’d go for experience ahead of raw pace for the first Test.’

    Munaf is way ahead of Kulkarni because Kulkarni mostly bowls in 120s, can’t extract as much bounce as Munaf can and can’t even get the ball to move as much.

    I’m really concerned at at the lack of a back-up for middle order bat? What’ll happen if Yuvraj fails as he generally does outside the subcontinent? Vijay surely can’t bat well at that position. He can open or even bat at #3 but he just can’t bat aaccording to a the requirements of a #6.

    And I’m not at all bothered for other squads. It’ll be good exposure for most of the players who’ll be visiting NZ for the first time. I don’t expect them to succeed spectacularly anyway!

    Shankar,

    Badrinath is not a test class player, believe me! Or if you do not believe me, just go and check his stats whenever he had to face a quality pace attack.

  22. I agree that Munaf Patel should play ahead of Kulkarni. After the first Test, however, regardless of the result, Munaf Patel will break down with an injury of some description, and Kulkarni will get a gig 🙂

    The back up middle order bat is, apparently, Dinesh Karthik.

    In a strange way, I think the absence of an alternate middle-order bat barking at his heels, may actually help Yuvraj Singh settle down and play well. It is a hope anyway!

  23. Chandan,

    can you list the stats where Badri has to play quality pace attacks.

    I remember his 200 against a SA XI attach which then had the likes of Dale Steyn.

    He never got a chance to play international matches. they should give him a chance and then see.

    Anyways.. its end of road for him, unless both RD and VVS call it quits soon which is highly unlikely.

  24. Chandan, Even though I don’t agree with you at this point and would oppose a blanket statement like that against any player who has not been given the chance, there is always the possibility that Badri is not test class. However, all I’m saying is that, based on the torrent of runs he is scoring, making use of most opportunities, and the perseverance he is displaying, he deserves a chance to display his talent.

    I remember, back in 2003-04, during the tour of Australia, Ramesh was picked as the third opener in the team and scored well in the tour games (Victoria?). He looked to be the most comfortable batsman during the beginning of that tour. However Akash Chopra forged a good opening combination with Sehwag during that series and Ramesh never got a look-in. This tour was Ramesh’s comeback tour after spending sometime out of the team. With the success he had previously, you would expect him to work harder and try to press for his place in subsequent tours. But by the time, Chopra was discarded, Ramesh was no longer in the running because he had just given up and had started taking assignments like TV shows etc besides playing cricket for Assam, Tripura etc. Mind you, age was still on his side, but his mind was not strong enough, IMO.

    That is where I see the difference in Badri. Even though age is not on his side and he has been shunned earlier, he has not given up. He can only make the best of the opportunities he gets in domestic cricket.

    Anyways, I didn’t intend to write this for propping Badri up (like I have done in the past). I have moved on…it will happen if it is written!! 🙂

    If not, he will join the long list of players who didn’t have the fortune to make it to the next grade. That’s life…

  25. This snippet from a report on The Hindu about the travel worries of the Indian team enroute to New Zealand had me laughing… 🙂

    “Why should there be discrimination? When foreign teams come to India, we have people carrying their luggage. But when we travel, we have to do it ourselves,” fumed a senior player. “If this continues to happen, they should get us accustomed to carry our luggage in Indian cities as well,” he added.

  26. Shanker,

    I understand it is not a current player–but Ex-player, Ex-Secretary of BCCI and current Tour Manager Mr N Shah

    I suppose, if he is from Mumbai, he would have been used to slum dogs carrying his luggage–and hence the complaint to NZ authorities. Some people never change–and will not accept the cliche–“when in Rome, do what the Romans do”–but then he is the Manager of Team India Billionaires

  27. from the arguments and counter arguments that are flying around in this blog relating to the selection of team for nz tour, it is quite evident that youngsters with great potential are waiting in the wings to get into the team while the oldies with nothing left in them but only their past performances and who are needlessly on extension beyond their age of superannuation, stubbornly refusing to make way for the hapless younger lot.

  28. what is the age of retirement for sachin billionaire tendulkar. can anyone tell me

  29. “Chandan,

    can you list the stats where Badri has to play quality pace attacks.”

    Karthik,

    You’ll have to go and check cricinfo for the scorcards of Emerging players’ tournament in Australia, India vs Australia A matches the previous year when Badri actually came in frame as one vacancy was created in the MO of Indian team, the performance of Board President’s XI vs Australia where Sharma and Yuvraj shredded the Australian test attack to pieces while Badri succummed meekly. You can also chech performance in Irani Trophy where he replaced Ganguly in the MO and had to face Ishant and Nehra! These were all quality pace attacks.

    “Even though age is not on his side and he has been shunned earlier, he has not given up. He can only make the best of the opportunities he gets in domestic cricket.”

    No Shankar. He can not only make the best of the opportunities in domestic cricket. He can also choose to fire even occasionally whenever he faces international quality attack. And he has faced a number of such attacks, from Lee and Clarke to Bollinger, Tait, Mcgain and co to Ishant and Nehra as well. I’m afraid he failed in all these matches and looked extremely uncomfortable while facing them. There is some handicap in his technique which hampers him against real fast bowlers. I have watched most of these innings apart from the ones being played in Emerging Players tournament in Australia.

  30. Stats from the Emerging players tournament held in Australia last year

    India Emerging Players 5 for 272 (Badrinath 83*, Dhawan 75) beat Australian Institute of Sports 7 for 269 (Wade 115, Forrest 50*, Pankaj 3-58) by five wickets

    2nd match against SA – India all out 80. Raina, Rahane, Badrinath, Tewary and Abishek Nayar all failed.

    3rd match against NZ – Badri and Raina failed but Kohli and Tewary scored.

    Australian Institute of Sports 5 for 371 (Henriques 125, Doropoulos 107, Warner 80) beat India Emerging Players 352 (Raina 115, Badrinath 95) by 19 runs

    5th match against SA – Badri and Tewary failed, while Dhawan scored big with Kohli and Raina chipping in.

    6th match was a T20 because of rain and India all out 110 with everyone failing.

  31. @ dead eye dick
    a slum dog is any day better than an ugly aussie convict u dead brain dickhead.

  32. Bloogah,

    I wasn’t demeaning the servants in India BUT having a go at the BCCI official touring NZ as the Manager of team India for his ATTITUDE

    I have just read on the Net re a Judge in India throwing out a complaint re use of the word slum dog as NOT derogatory in the context used in the movie Slum Dog millionaire produced and directed by Englishmen!!

  33. Thanks Sanjay for providing the emerging player stats,

    Chandan,
    No one can predict who will shine in Intnl cricket and who will not.

    The rules are simple.

    Player ‘A’ performs in Ranji and Domestic circuit, implies he is better than the other in the domestic circuit competing with them,
    And Hence Player ‘A’ should get a chance to represent the country.

    As Badri has said earlier, he should be given a chance at least to fail.

  34. Quick question…does anyone know how they schedule the knock-out phase of the Ranji one dayers (Vijay Hazare trophy)? As per the announcement, Delhi and TN, two teams with the highest point aggregates play pre-QF rounds while other teams like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Baroda etc get a straight entry into the QF round. How can that be correct? Is the process for drawing up teams in the knock-out round all messed up? I would think the teams with the best performances (highest points) get the bye…does anyone know? Can you shed some light?

  35. It has become easy to throw mud and see what sticks – to me this is just laziness. First it was “Badri doesn’t score in important games” which has now become “Badri doesn’t score against quality bowling” since he scored runs in the last two Duleep games. Here is a list of good quality bowling attack (IMO) that I’ve got data from archives

    Opponent Matches Inns Not Out Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
    Australia A 3 2 0 69 59   34.5 0 1 4
    Australians 1 2 0 16 14   8 0 0 0
    Delhi 5 9 1 549 206* 68.62 2 1 4
    England A 1 2 1 102 100* 102 1 0 0
    England XI 1 1 0 0 0   0 0 0 0
    Karnataka 6 9 0 441 143   49 2 1 3
    Maharashtra 3 5 1 172 72* 43 0 1 3
    Mumbai 5 9 1 318 110* 39.75 1 1 3
    New Zealand White 1 2 1 125 70* 125 0 2 1
    North Zone (India) 2 3 0 222 200   74 1 0 0
    Punjab (India) 2 3 0 121 97   40.33 0 1 0
    South Africa A 2 1 1 200 200* 1 0 0
    Sri Lanka A 1 1 0 48 48   48 0 0 0
    Uttar Pradesh 5 6 1 334 123   66.8 1 2 8
    West Zone 2 4 1 266 100* 88.66 1 2 2
    Total 40 59 8 2983 58.49019608 10 12 28

    And this is his statistics for each team he has played:

    Team Matches Inns Not Out Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
    India A 10 9 5 852 200* 213 4 4 6
    Indian Board President’s XI 2 3 0 16 14   5.33 0 0 0
    Rest of India 3 4 1 161 80* 53.66 0 1 4
    South Zone (India) 9 15 2 740 200   56.92 3 3 4
    Tamil Nadu 51 78 6 3683 206* 51.15 12 15 36

    You will find that except for the 2 games for BPXI, he has done extremely well for all other teams with his lowest average occuring when he played for TN.

    The point is that he has scored tonnes of runs against most opposition – good or bad – and has to be given a chance. I’m afraid however he will go the Sriram way….

  36. I’m glad, at least he is a contracted player and hence will at least enjoy monetary benefits for couple of seasons.

    Unlike many former deserving TN players, who didn’t gain anything playing for TN.

  37. Sanjaysub,

    You gave the stats if Emerging tournament. Now give the stats of Badri vs Australia A in the FC match where he faced Bollinger, McGains etc, the List A matches where he faced Tait, Irani triphy where he faced Ishant and BP XI where he faced Lee and Clark.

    Karthik,

    It is correct that no one can precit who’ll shine in test cricket. But it is relatively easy to predict who’ll NOT shine in test cricket!

  38. Chandan,

    Mere re arrangement of words don’t help. you Just go by one game and rule someone out of the team. if you were so good, you would have been a selector by now.
    You are basing your arguement out one game he played against Aus ‘A’. I have seen him scoring a double century against a strong SA XI team, with Dale steyn it. Any day Steyn is much better than a Bollinger.

    If I go by your argument that he cannot face quality pace attack, In the AUS A match you are referring to, he got out to McGain who is a spinner.

  39. Chandan,

    You can pick and choose one or two games where he failed but look at the list I’ve put up and you will see that your argument is specious at best.

  40. Karthik and Prabhu,

    I’m glad that I’m not a selector, but I see here that even they aren’t disagreeing with with me here. In fact they don’t agree with you at all.

    Now let me ask one question. Did you watch any of the matches that I’ve mentioned, and they are not just one match?

    I watched all of them.

    The Aussie seamers softening him up only for macGain to cash in. Or else a guy who has scored so well against mishra and even Kumble, won’t be out like that.

    The next came the shorter version where he had to face Tait. And it was hilarious the way he did it, as if he was scared even going behind the ball, defending it! He played like a gully does here the moment a guy with even little bit of pace comes on to bowl.

    Next match was for BP XI vs Australia team where Lee and Clark were bowling and Badri succumbed meekly while Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj absolutely thrashed them.

    Before that we had Irani trophy–Rest of India vs Delhi. Ishant and Nehra were the pacers for Delhi on an extremely slow track. But the way, and I emphasise here–the way, Badrinath handled them was least satisfactory and it told you that he won’t be able to face quality seamers even on flat Indian tracks.

    If you’ve seen him playing in all these innings, and despite his failures, you are confident that he’ll succeed in international circuit, then I can’t say much!

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  42. I believe the selection is a bit biased.theres no doubt about that.But i didnt expect this from Chikka.Had lot of expectations from chikka but whoever goes to the postion seems to support his state or his ego.I believe we had a bowler called Sreesanth who was the leading wicket taker(Indian) in IPL last season.who was out of the team due to injury but has not been given any single chance even though he is proved his fitness.

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