An Indian X1 – Rich and Spoilt!

Sanjay Manjrekar’s tweet on Rohit Sharma, “For a man in “poor” form, he plays like a “rich” man”, prompted to come up with a possible X1 players that India has tried and persisted with in the recent past and who can give Rohit Sharma good company. Here goes in batting order..

1. Dinesh Karthik

Apart from a few die-hard Mylaporites who might oppose, he is a unanimous choice for wicketkeeper, opener

2. Robin Uthappa

For someone who has had the opportunity to open with Tendulkar, he has blown the chances that have come his way.

3. Yuvraj Singh (captain)

No one has been pampered more than this “maharaja” of spoilt brats who has played 265 one day games and continues to provide hope to a few.

4. Rohit Sharma

I have been a fan of his till this series, but have crossed the floor to join those who want him to focus on other things than cricket.

5. Suresh Raina

This was a hard decision but his best and only place is with the CSK. He doesn’t have what it takes like Virat Kohli.

6. Y. Venugopala Rao

I had to complete the middle order and looked through the stats of recent cricketers and he has played sufficient games to join the list. Any favorite of Greg Chappell will find a place on this side.

7. Irfan Pathan

While the rest of the country is hoping that he turns up in India colors, he is busy “nowhere”. What a talent gone wasted…

8. Ravindra Jadeja

Unless the entire BCCI, selection committee, Dhoni and all owe him or his family a lot of money, I am not sure why his name even comes up for the Saurashtra team.

9. Piyush Chawla

A leg spinner wannabe somehow finds his way ahead of bowlers like Ashwin or Ojha who actually take wickets. I guess a stint in the counties would help anyone get into the side.

10. R. P Singh

He thought he could get away with a smile, and he actually did!

11. Ishant Sharma

This is probably the most controversial selection from my standpoint. Barring a few spells in test cricket, he looked very ordinary even on favorable South African pitches.

These guys must make decent players like Wasim Jaffer, S. Badrinath, Cheteswar Pujara wonder if the world can ever be fair.

It is a relief that the top three in the batting lineup would be quite different for the World Cup.

– Srikanth

17 responses to “An Indian X1 – Rich and Spoilt!

  1. Srikanth….bro, now you are talking!! 🙂 I’m glad you ‘ve realised what many of us have been saying for so long…Rohit and Raina are way over rated in terms of ability to play the longer version of the game. Not that they don’t have the game, but it takes perseverance, hard work and focus as well….even if they both look like they “belong” at this stage!! In any case, looking at a person from a “belong” perspective is so wrong…ultimately, performance is what matters!!

  2. Another person who looked so out of depth was Vijay…another person who looks good but is performing terribly. I guess when T20 performances are the criteria for selection…this is what you get!!

    I sincerely hope these guys put their heads down, work hard and come back strong.

  3. I agree with most of this selection except Raina. I believe Raina is hard working and “puts his head down”. Players like Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh put their head down too, but for other tasks that cannot be mentioned in a blog 🙂

    Seriously, I am ok with a player like Raina who gets “found out” but still keeps trying. Madan Lal operated in a “talent limited” zone but kept trying all the time. Suresh Raina is one such player. The fact that he “blows his chances” has more to do with his capability-deficit rather than anything else. So remove him from this team please and insert Azharuddin and the other useless Jadeja instead.


  4. I think Pathan brothers are repeating the amarnath brother story where Surinder was so hyped like Irfan and disappeared and then Mohinder came and made his mark like Yusuf.Yusuf may not have technique but he had the right attitude this series!
    I still think Irfan was lost primarily because of Greg Chapell !

  5. Harinee,

    Surinder Amarnath was a class player unlucky in my view. Once the Mumbai mafia cemented the spots for Dilip Vengsarkar, Sandeep Patil; Surinder did NOT stand a chance. In addition, there were more azhukku players (edging and nudging, testing the alertness of slip fielders) – Yashpal Sharma, Kirti Azad, Ashok Malhotra, …
    Mohinder Amarnath somehow survived because of his batting against the great WI attack.

    Dinesh Karthick is truely out-of-form and he is not able make runs against a meekly Rajasthan. Dinesh needs to organize his batting and temperment and hopefully he can come back as a batsman. He has enough class – not in the same league of the India big 4; but definitely better than many younger players.

  6. Dinesh Karthick has been given too many chances! I don’t buy the out-of-form theory. You have to take the chances given to you else forget your spot. I think Irfan is a better player than Yusuf but a lost cause now!

  7. Mohan,
    What have you got against Azharuddin who played 99 tests for India? Where would VVS be if Azhar hadn’t displayed his techniques while playing for Hyderabad?
    After all, he is the quintessential Indian who finds ways of making easy money, marrying a B grade actress and find newer ways of making money by becoming an MP.
    I hopeyou mixed up Mohd Kaif with Mohd Azharuddin.

  8. I’m sure you all miss Greg Chappell really;)..but not half as much as you’ll miss Kirsten. A short appraisal and some stats of his time in charge here here if of interest. Sorry a bit off-thread. Any thoughts on who should take over?

  9. Srikanth Mangalam

    The brilliant Rohit Sharma chooses to skip the Duleep Trophy semis. Not much money to be made and not too much glory to be gained. Anyways, who cares about games that extend beyond 20 overs…

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  11. Sam

    Nice to know that while the world and its people change, some things remain more constant than ever before. We missed your constant and messy “needling”. Welcome back. All is forgiven 🙂

    Let’s see, you are talking about “someone who finds ways of making easy money, flirting with B-grade actresses, finding newer ways of making money through gambling, etc”

    Duh! You ARE talking about Shane Warne aren’t you?

    And no, I wasn’t talking about Mohammed Kaif…

  12. Ah Mohan,
    You are in total denial mode–as ever. And somehow you managed to drag an Australian into the equation—and am I surprised?
    Reading between the lines, the conclusion is–
    Indian cricketer did not make azhars of money through alleged match fixing
    And the cricketer did not marry a B grade actress as they don’t exist in India
    I said new ways of making money as an MP—somehow you read that, through your cataracts and myopic eye as “gambling” and concluded that I was referring to Shane Warne!!! Doesn’t matter to me–as long as it suits your argument–after all it is your blog!!!!
    One’s eagerness to quickly find fault in others results in a greater and steeper fall!!
    I await a reply that will say that even though you fell, there is no dirt in your moustache!!!

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  14. Badri is on a tear this season…

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