L. Balaji and a Leggie Chuck?


As India prepares to take on Sri Lanka in a tri-series final in Bangladesh, I stumbled on this extremely odd piece of cricket news that former India seamer, Laxmipathy Balaji has been called to a action-rectifying rehabilitation camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bangalore from January 18 to 24, 2010.

He is one of 35 bowlers — Yes! Thirty five bowlers — with a suspect action that have been asked to report for the camp. I looked and looked again to see if the names some well-known International cricketers who do chuck were included.

But apparently this set of invitations is just for Indian players!

While I laud the BCCI for trying to put in some measures to rectify actions early, I was quite shocked to see the name Abhinav Mukund feature in the list!

Left handed opening batsman, Abhinav Mukund, bowls leg spin occasionally. He has been used reasonably consistently as a partnership breaker in this seasons’ Ranji Trophy and met with some success.

To the best of my knowledge, Abhinav does not bowl off spin at all.

A leg-spinner can chuck? How?

The full list of “invitees” to the BCCI “rehabilitation camp” at the NCA HQ at Bangalore are:

Siddharth Trivedi, Amit Singh, Jayesh Makla, Rujul Bhatt, Anupam Patel, Dipesh Bhandari, Sanket Tandel (all Gujarat), G. V. S. Prasad (Andhra), S. Sriram (Goa), K. P. Appanna and Manish Pandey (Karnataka), H. Khadiwale (Maharashtra), Rajesh Pawar and Salim Veragi (Baroda), Yogesh Nagar (Delhi), Sarandeep Singh (Himachal Pradesh), Kulamani Parida (Railways), Rahul Kanwat (Rajasthan), L. Balaji and A. Mukund (Tamil Nadu), Shivkant Shukla, Parvinder Singh and Mohammad Kaif (Uttar Pradesh), Arlen Konwar (Assam), Tejashvi Yadav (Jharkhand), Basant Mohanty (Orissa), Jayanta Debnath, Debbhakta Jamatia and Abhijit Dey (Tripura), Murtaza Hussain, Vikrant Yelliugatti and Aniket Redkar (Mumbai), Vishal Joshi (Saurashtra), Sandeep Singh and Harshal Shitoot (Vidarbha).

The list of “invitees” to the camp does include some batsmen like Mohammed Kaif and Manish Pandey. So, in my most generous mood, I can only assume that Abhinav Mukund has been invited to the camp as a batsman. If not, I hope the NCA is being run by someone who knows his/her cricket!

— Mohan

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7 responses to “L. Balaji and a Leggie Chuck?

  1. Pingback: L. Balaji and a Leggie Chuck? : crick8er

  2. Jason Whittigham

    India needs all the help after getting done in the TriNation series by a half strength SriLanka minus Vaas, Murali, Mendis , Jayasurya and Malinga.

    May be Shiv Sena can add SriLanka to Pakistan and Australia to the banned list and that would keep India on top.

  3. But Sam, let’s not forget that India were without Sunil Gavaskar, Polly Umrigar, Vijay Hazare, Nawab of Pataudi Sr and Bishen Bedi too! 🙂

  4. அட ச்சே, இந்த ஜெய்சன் நம்ம சாம் தானா? ஏமாந்திட்டேனே!

  5. Mr. L.balaji is the best….. He must be adored….. And given chance ….. He can do it…..

  6. l.balaji should get a more chance to prove himself that he is the best bowler.
    please keep him in one match to check he is good or not .
    try it out

  7. Very helpful website. I appreciate your effort, I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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