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How are the hopefuls going?

While all the action has been around India’s tour of England, India-A has been playing in Kenya and India U-19 has been playing in Sri Lanka.

In Kenya, Parthiv Patel is batting like a dream while Mohammed Kaif has been stuttering. Parthiv Patel has pushed himself up the order and is batting at #1 and even opened in one match raising the distinct possibility of India playing 3 ‘keepers in a game soon! After a rather insipid start, Irfan Pathan looks like he is coming good. He has been taking wickets in most matches. After strong initial contributions with the ball from Piyush Chawla, Pragyan Ojha has stepped up to the plate as a convincing bowling left-arm-spin alternative for the future. One standout in the entire tour has been S. Badrinath. He has been making the runs steadily and he has been making them in quick time too! Of course, India has been winning everything on this tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya!

The real test will come when these lads travel to England, South Africa, West Indies and Australia. But it is certainly nice to follow the travails of the India-A team.

We have kept our eyes focussed on the U-19 tour of Sri Lanka too. There, one of the key interests was in the travels of Tanmay Srivastava and Abhinav Mukund. They both travelled well in the second match of the series, with Abhinav Mukund scoring a double century and a century in the same game!

— Mohan

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India’s future – Hopes stay alive

On an otherwise disappointing couple of test cricket days for India, its future has silently delivered a massive victory in the first game at the tri-nations in Sri Lanka. The Indian colts trashed the Sri Lankan team by 159 runs with the UP ranji player and captain of the side, TM Srivastava scoring big. Iqbal Abdullah, the left arm spinner from Mumbai, who has been spoken highly off by Tendulkar himself, captured three wickets for 14 in his seven over spell. Ironically, as I happened to just get off the telephone with my cousin arguing vehemently in favor of at least two of the seniors in the Indian side to stay on for a little longer, one part of me wants to see some of this future talent a little sooner in the current side. On a related note, Abhinav Mukund, briefly mentioned in a previous post of mine, had a modest start to his career as an Indian prospect scoring 13 of 13 balls. Our best wishes to him.

– Srikanth