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Possible India-A Team (Edit)

Given the recent comments on this blogsite on my original post on this topic, below is a fuller list of potential India-A players.

Openers:
Virender Sehwag, Aakash Chopra, Robin Uthappa, Shikar Dhawan

Middle-order bats:
Dinesh Mongia, Suresh Raina, Mohammed Kaif, S. Badrinath, Venugopala Rao, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli

Wicket Keepers:
Parthiv Patel, Puneet Bisht

Pace-bowlers:
Munaf Patel, Ajit Agarkar, V Yo Mahesh, Rakesh Patel, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Joginder Sharma, V. R. V. Singh

Spinners:
Harbhajan Singh, Rajesh Pawar, Piyush Chawla, Murali Kartik, K. P. Appanna, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Sayyed Iqbal Abdulla, Shahbaz Nadeem

Given this scenario, it is possible for us to construct an India-A and an India-B as follows (each with 16 players in them):

India-A
Virender Sehwag
Shikar Dhawan
Dinesh Mongia
Mohammed Kaif
S. Badrinath
Suresh Raina
Parthiv Patel
Piyush Chawla
Ajit Agarkar / V Yo Mahesh
V. R. V. Singh / Ashish Nehra
Murali Kartik / K. P. Appanna / Sayyed Iqbal Abdulla / Shahbaz Nadeem

India-B:
Aakash Chopra
Robin Uthappa
Cheteshwa Pujara
Venugopala Rao / Rohit Sharma
Manoj Tiwary / Virat Kohli
Puneet Bisht
Irfan Pathan
Harbhajan Singh
Rakesh Patel / Joginder Sharma
Rajesh Pawar / Pragyan Ojha / Amit Mishra
Munaf Patel

The one other player that perhaps could be added is Gagan Khoda. But that would be at the exepense of one of the lefties — perhaps Abdulla…

— Mohan

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Composition of India-A Teams

I was recently reading this interview in The Hindustan Times by Dilip Vengsarkar, the Indian Chairman of Selectors. There was a comment by Vengsarkar on the composition of India-A sides that got me thinking.

Vengsarkar said that in his view, “the BCCI must organise [India-A tours] on a war footing“. I don’t think any Team India fan would disagree with him on that view. I am not sure if the BCCI is listening though! There is no reason why India-A should not be continually on tour to some part of the globe. An alternative would be for India-A and India-B to constantly play against each other! Why not? How else would you know if, for example, Munaf Patel has tested himself in a match situation?

Vengsarkar then says that, in his opinion, “the right age group would be the under-25s“.

I am not sure I agree with that view. I think India-A should include players who are on the fringes of national-team selection and if they happen to be under 25 years of age, then so be it.

If we take the current Team India that is in the UK as the representative team of the moment, then we can think of the following players who are on the fringes of national selection (for Tests matches).

Openers:
Virender Sehwag, Aakash Chopra, Gautam Gambhir

Middle-order bats:
Dinesh Mongia, Suresh Raina, Mohammed Kaif, S. Badrinath, Venugopala Rao, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Cheteshwar Pujara, Robin Uthappa

Wicket Keepers:
Parthiv Patel, Puneet Bisht

Pace-bowlers:
Munaf Patel, Ajit Agarkar, V Yo Mahesh, Rakesh Patel, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Joginder Sharma, V. R. V. Singh

Spinners:
Harbhajan Singh, Rajesh Pawar, Piyush Chawla, Murali Kartik, K. P. Appanna

I may have missed some names. If I have, please add them to the Comments section and I will update this list a few days later…

Note that only some of these 27 players are under-25. But most of them are often mentioned in the context of being on the verge of consideration of national duties. I think that a subset of this set of players should constantly play either in some part of the world or in India against each other. That is the only way to (a) keep the seniors honest, (b) ensure that people like Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel are match-fit, (c) ascertain true bench strength, (d) sharpen match skills of players in a slightly higher-intensity setting than the Ranji Trophy setting.

Views?

— Mohan

Rakesh Patel gets called-up; might even play!

On the back of the piece yesterday on Team India struggling without a coach, a fully-fit-physio and a few players, who are down with a cold-flu-virus, comes this announcement that Rakesh Patel has been called-up as reserve bowler. Apart from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it appears that S. Sreesanth, R. P. Singh and Ramesh Powar are all down with a bad bout of flu that has afflicted the Indian camp.

In what could be seen as a welcome development, it appears that Ajit Agarkar caught the flu bug too and can, hence, not play either! 🙂

Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose, who were both selected only for the Tests against England, have left India to join the team.

The only fit bowlers in the camp appear to be Zaheer Khan and Piyush Chawla!

With this in mind, the team has called up Rakesh Patel, who was playing league cricket in Liverpool. Twenty-eight year-old Rakesh Patel had an impressive 2006-07 Ranji Trophy domestic season. He was the third highest wicket taker, behind Ranadeb Bose and Joginder Sharma, with 37 wickets from 8 matches, at an average of 21.0! In the Ranji ODI competition, he only played 4 matches for 9 wickets at an impressive average of 18.22!

From another report, it appears that Arjun Yadav, son of Shivlal Yadav — former India player — has also received a call-up. Twenty-five year-old Arjun Yadav is an all-rounder. He plays for Hyderabad, bowls off-breaks and bats right-handed. He too was working the League circuit in England.

If Sreesanth is not fully fit for tonights’ match against South Africa, it is likely that both Patel and Yadav might play!

Likely India team for tonights’ game against RSA:

Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautham Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Piyush Chawla, Arjun Yadav (or S. Sreesanth), Rakesh Patel, Zaheer Khan,

If Tendulkar hasn’t fully recovered from his flu-bug, Robin Uthappa might get a game!

— Mohan

Ps: Are there no Mumbai players playing in the English League circuit? 🙂