Ranji Trophy, 2009-10 November 3, 2009

Real stars, reality check

The presence of players like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in Ranji matches inspires players young and old to stay motivated, and of course helps Generation Next stay grounded
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Hi guys

The first round of the Ranji Trophy features a lot of big names. Rahul Dravid will turn up for Karnataka against the Mohammad Kaif-led Uttar Pradesh, Zaheer Khan for Mumbai and VVS Laxman for Hyderabad among others. The mere presence of these names makes these matches very important.

Players in their respective teams get a first-hand account of what it takes to be an international cricketer. Dravid, for instance, is invariably the first man to get into the team bus, Laxman is ever so calm before going in to bat, Zaheer and Ashish Nehra spend countless hours working on their core muscles even while their team bats, and so on and so forth.

These guys maintain a very high standard of professionalism regardless of what they are playing and this professionalism rubs off to team-mates and opposition alike. How can you not be punctual when Dravid is on time, how can you not spend more time training when Zaheer is working on his fitness even after a hard day of cricket?

Another thing these guys ensure is that every other player keeps complacency at bay. You want to be at your best to compete against the best. In any case, a youngster wants to go that extra yard to leave an impression on the big guys.

Their showcasing of skills also works as a coaching manual of sorts. I vividly remember watching Laxman score a master-class century in a Duleep Trophy game against North Zone. His sense of timing and balance was a treat. Similarly, watching Zaheer or Nehra make the ball talk is a lesson for every budding pacer.

While some players enthusiastically turn up for their respective states, others find the domestic grind far too gruelling. The facilities on the domestic circuit are not a patch on those provided for internationals or even for the IPL. Some younger guys are quite unhappy about travelling to obscure places by “cattle class” or staying in “not-so-posh” hotels. One such cricketer, whose place is secure in India’s shorter format, made his unhappiness visible to all and sundry when he was told that his team’s next match was on the outskirts of Maharashtra.

Well, this attitude could possibly spur him on to perform exceptionally well and seal his place in Team India in all three formats, but frankly it had a detrimental effect on the rest. After all a first-class team invariably has players who are state greats but possibly never don India colours.

That’s when the presence, however occasional, of a Dravid or a Laxman becomes ever so important to keep things in perspective. It inspires players young and old to stay motivated, and of course helps Generation Next stay grounded.

Ciao

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • amar on December 18, 2009, 14:46 GMT

    Nice blog, Akash! Can you please explain the rules behind the quarter-final line up in the current Ranji trophy season? It does not make sense to me! Thanks. Take care.

  • sharath on November 10, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    Great work Akash.......

  • Farhad on November 7, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    I think India should make an effective search for good bowlers...If they get an urthodox bowler in the team thing will work positively for them in the next world cup. Without improving the bowling part they can expect to be the champion of the 2011 World cup. They have master class batsmen in their side. I think the best bowling combination would be, Zaheer, Nehra, R.P. Singh/Praveen Kumar/Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh.

    They can use part time bowlers for the remaining ten overs. Like: Yuvraj, Sehwag, Raina, Tendulkar or Jadeja.

    The batting of Jadeja is really questionable...I think Abhishek Nayar could be a perfect contender of the No. 7 spot. On the other hand S. Badirnath/M.Tiwary could also effective in the ODIs for the men in BLUE.

    Thats only my suggession for the team as I really love to see India clinching the upcoming World Cup trophy. Thank You.

  • Dazed and Confused on November 5, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    Didn't you write a post a few months back b!tching about the hotel and bus transport in Cuttack? I take that as you making some sort of subtle apology.

  • Raas on November 5, 2009, 4:34 GMT

    Homer, could not agree more with you. Accepting the way things are and conforming to the rules however ridiculous they are is considered 'being humble and grounded' and anything other than that is 'attitude'. So typical of our culture which does not encourage independent thinking !

  • Vijay on November 4, 2009, 18:56 GMT

    contd Why should suffering or going thru hardships be necessary in life if it can be avoided? We as a society look at all hardships that people go thru and sympathize with them but when people ask for an improved life we start saying the attitude is not right, and this and that. How will travelling to obscure venues, staying in cheap hotels with having cheap facilities help a cricketer improve his game? There is no correlation. Just coz someone can stay in such hotels it does not mean his cricket will improve.

  • Vijay on November 4, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    I tend to agree with Homer here. Jay, I think you are not understanding the issue well enough. Consider this: your company asks you to go on tour and puts you up in a local dormitory or a hotel where you can't get a decent night's sleep. Now, if your company was a Lala company, it is understandable that they probably cannot afford it. But, if your company was a decent enough company then would you complain or no? Now, why do you think some other "professional" in a different profession should not complain? If anything, if you are not a sportsman then you could still work the next day at a decent level of productivity without a good night's sleep, but for a sportsman it is essential. Alright the facilities may not be really that bad. But consider this: why should BCCI go and schedule matches in such obscure places? What is the necessity?

  • Rahul on November 4, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha... Homer, Jay great going!! In case you guys want to use your VALUABLE time doing something more substantial, than visit cricketaakash.com and support a child... Homer, it might solve the budgetary constraints that irk you!! ;) Aakash, on a serious note, great site.

  • Jay on November 4, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    Pasting url(s) doesn't suffice for a good argument. Rest your mind!

  • Homer on November 4, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    If that is attitude, it is a very welcome one..

    And here is the Kookaburra reference

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/beyondtheblues/archives/2009/02/the_elusive_kookaburra.php#comments

    Cheers,

  • amar on December 18, 2009, 14:46 GMT

    Nice blog, Akash! Can you please explain the rules behind the quarter-final line up in the current Ranji trophy season? It does not make sense to me! Thanks. Take care.

  • sharath on November 10, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    Great work Akash.......

  • Farhad on November 7, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    I think India should make an effective search for good bowlers...If they get an urthodox bowler in the team thing will work positively for them in the next world cup. Without improving the bowling part they can expect to be the champion of the 2011 World cup. They have master class batsmen in their side. I think the best bowling combination would be, Zaheer, Nehra, R.P. Singh/Praveen Kumar/Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh.

    They can use part time bowlers for the remaining ten overs. Like: Yuvraj, Sehwag, Raina, Tendulkar or Jadeja.

    The batting of Jadeja is really questionable...I think Abhishek Nayar could be a perfect contender of the No. 7 spot. On the other hand S. Badirnath/M.Tiwary could also effective in the ODIs for the men in BLUE.

    Thats only my suggession for the team as I really love to see India clinching the upcoming World Cup trophy. Thank You.

  • Dazed and Confused on November 5, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    Didn't you write a post a few months back b!tching about the hotel and bus transport in Cuttack? I take that as you making some sort of subtle apology.

  • Raas on November 5, 2009, 4:34 GMT

    Homer, could not agree more with you. Accepting the way things are and conforming to the rules however ridiculous they are is considered 'being humble and grounded' and anything other than that is 'attitude'. So typical of our culture which does not encourage independent thinking !

  • Vijay on November 4, 2009, 18:56 GMT

    contd Why should suffering or going thru hardships be necessary in life if it can be avoided? We as a society look at all hardships that people go thru and sympathize with them but when people ask for an improved life we start saying the attitude is not right, and this and that. How will travelling to obscure venues, staying in cheap hotels with having cheap facilities help a cricketer improve his game? There is no correlation. Just coz someone can stay in such hotels it does not mean his cricket will improve.

  • Vijay on November 4, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    I tend to agree with Homer here. Jay, I think you are not understanding the issue well enough. Consider this: your company asks you to go on tour and puts you up in a local dormitory or a hotel where you can't get a decent night's sleep. Now, if your company was a Lala company, it is understandable that they probably cannot afford it. But, if your company was a decent enough company then would you complain or no? Now, why do you think some other "professional" in a different profession should not complain? If anything, if you are not a sportsman then you could still work the next day at a decent level of productivity without a good night's sleep, but for a sportsman it is essential. Alright the facilities may not be really that bad. But consider this: why should BCCI go and schedule matches in such obscure places? What is the necessity?

  • Rahul on November 4, 2009, 16:43 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha... Homer, Jay great going!! In case you guys want to use your VALUABLE time doing something more substantial, than visit cricketaakash.com and support a child... Homer, it might solve the budgetary constraints that irk you!! ;) Aakash, on a serious note, great site.

  • Jay on November 4, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    Pasting url(s) doesn't suffice for a good argument. Rest your mind!

  • Homer on November 4, 2009, 16:07 GMT

    If that is attitude, it is a very welcome one..

    And here is the Kookaburra reference

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/beyondtheblues/archives/2009/02/the_elusive_kookaburra.php#comments

    Cheers,

  • Homer on November 4, 2009, 16:06 GMT

    Jay,

    The point Mr Chopra is making is this "Some younger guys are quite unhappy about travelling to obscure places by “cattle class” or staying in “not-so-posh” hotels."

    And since you brought up Meerut, here is a list of hotels in the city

    http://www.hamarameerut.com/Forms/hotel/hotels.aspx

    Of these, Hotel Crystal Palace has a rating of 6.25 on 7 and goes for 1400 RS a night.. If my state association decided, in the interest of budgetary constraints, to put me up in a Rs 700 a night place, I will blow a gasket!

    As a player/lover, read this and weep

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/beyondtheblues/archives/2008/12/dear_readers_day_before_yester.php#comments

    and this

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/beyondtheblues/archives/2008/11/death_by_scheduling.php#comments

    and this

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/beyondtheblues/archives/2009/02/picturesque_venues_tiresome_tr.php#comments

    and in suc circumstances, if it is too much to ask for better facilities in terms of travel and lodging, so be it!

    ctd

  • Jay on November 4, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    Budgetary constraints irk you. Perhaps, that’s what differentiates a cricket enthusiast from a cricket player/lover. Dravid, former Team India Captain is currently playing a Ranji Match in a UP small town. I wonder if it’s the lack of proper facilities that occupies his mind, or the thoughts about tomorrow’s match.

    As regards to whether Aakash’s demands of better PRACTICE facilities can be termed as “attitude”, well, it’s shocking to realize that you put the unavailability of “posh” hotels and “Kookaburra balls” in the same league!!

  • Jay on November 4, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    Homer, I am afraid you’ve missed the point yet again. The point that Aakash is making, and I am reiterating is simply this – Hotels, Facilities and the paraphernalia are all very important. No debate on that account. The problem arises when a player makes that a measure to decide whether or not he’d be a part of a given series. I repeat, nobody and nothing is bigger than the game and its spirit. I wonder why this particular player never raised the issue of sub-standard facilities while he was still only playing for his state. Or, whether he’d ever refuse to play, say the coveted IPL, if the conditions fell short of his expectations. One needs to understand that the standard of facilities and services can never be homogeneous. The levels and standards are subject to change as regards to the level at which one plays. For instance, if I were to be representing my school/club/college, the facilities provided would be a far cry from what I’d get, if I were to play for the country. contd..

  • Homer on November 4, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    contd...

    Akash Chopra raises pertinent points about practise facilities and the lack thereof ( including practise squares, balls etc). Since he has had the India cap and played in the IPL, should that be dismissed as "attitude"? Or is there a need to give him a patient hearing..

    As regards hotels, never underestimate the importance ofa good nights rest.

    Cheers,

  • Homer on November 4, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    Jay,

    I understand the organizational and infrastructural constraints argument. What doesnt gel is the budgetary stipulations.

    I have known of players who literally had to pay through their own pocket to play for their state as the per diem expenses would not even cover for the laundry, let alone kits. Domestic cricket survived then. Domestic cricket survived when players were paid Rs 5,000 per diem. And domestic cricket is surviving when players are being paid Rs 37,000 per diem.

    Jay,

    Organizational and infrastructural constraints I get, its the budgetary stipulations that irk me.. If you can pay a player Rs 37,000 per diem for playing the Ranji, surely you can find facilities befitting representatives of your state?

    And when you have been exposed to a better life, courtesy playing for India, why would you want to step down - why this unrealistic expectation, especially when organizational and infrastructural constraints are no longer impediments?

    contd...

  • Akshay on November 4, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    Brilliantly put Jay!!

  • Jay on November 4, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    This article, as I perceive, isn't about whether it’s undue for a domestic player to ask for what you call ‘proper’ facilities. That is not debatable. The point Aakash is making, which you seem to have completely missed out on, is the particular player’s change in attitude after representing India internationally and having played the IPL. Nobody is bigger than the game, unfortunately only a few seasoned and cultured minds understand.

  • Jay on November 4, 2009, 7:40 GMT

    Homer, presuming you haven't had any direct association with first class cricket, I'd like to clear out some basic 'facts' for you. You talk about the 'conditions domestic players are kept in'. Let me inform you, that these 'conditions' are very very proper. Clean Rooms, Healthy & Hygienic Food, Good Transport and all the basic facilities are well taken care of. Now If you were to compare the rather extravagant privileges a Team India player gets, one would, obviously find these facilities several notches lower. This hierarchy of facilities isn't so much about the level at which a player is representing his state/country, but about a stipulated budget, infrastructure and organisational constraints. To compare the services of say an IPL towards its players to domestic cricket is simply, foolish. The world and its cousins are aware of the kind of money being generated by the venture. Why then would the players not be provided with posh set-ups??

  • Nihal on November 4, 2009, 7:35 GMT

    I think BCCI has enough money to make available the facilities to the domestic cricket and cricketers with par to Indian team. Do We need more playesr like kohli to raise this issue before BCCI take any action in this direction? Also, i would love to see M. Kaif back in Indian team since he still is more than good enough than some of the present indian team members. He is the most deserving player to be included in Indian team in all three formats. But unfortunately, it seems that selectors is hell bent on ignoring him totally. Another player, which selectors are ignoring is Cheteshwar Pujara. I hope that good sense will prevail in selectors soon.

  • vishal Raghuvanshi on November 3, 2009, 19:30 GMT

    excellent article. I agree with Homer that there is nothing wrong in asking for better facilities. With BCCI making so much money the least they can do is to make the state team facilities at par with the international team. We should have the best infrastucture. keep writing Akash. good luck for the coming season.

  • Homer on November 3, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    Sanjay, So if players complain about the conditions they are kept in, thats attitude?

    So what do you make of Mr Chopra complaining about the dearth of Kookaburra balls in domestic cricket for practice sessions?

    When local associations are being given 25 crores or more by the BCCI, it is incumbent on them to provide the players who represent them with proper facilities.

    Also, Sanjay Bangar, in his blog on Cricinfo, had cited the poor facilities Railways players had to endure.. Which led to a chorus of how the big bad BCCI was treating its players.

    So when a guy with years in the game complains, that's attitude.. When a grizzled veteran does the same, it is about the inferior treatment meted out to domestic players..

    What gives?

    Cheers,

  • Sanjay on November 3, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    Homer, The issue that Aakash has raised is not the facilities but the attitude. And if you want to know about his take on the facilities go read is earlier blog...crowded carnival. ps: Dravid and Laxman both are playing Ranji trophy in 2009 as well...

  • Homer on November 3, 2009, 16:45 GMT

    I am sorry, but why is there a problem with players demanding better facilities for transport and housing? These players are representing their states/cities, so why should they put up with third class facilities?

    Laxman and Dravid played their Ranji in the early to mid 90s. This is 2009. If you are going to equate conditions then with conditions now, I would love to have what you are smoking.

    Cheers,

  • mohammed on November 3, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    hi akash, good to see md. kaif's name in your list i thought that India has forgot him whole India can forget him but I wont. his inning of 87* in the natwest final is one of the best inning by any 20 year old under deep pressure that to against good bowler like caddik and darren. no young player have played that kind of innings not even yuvaraj sing, i know yuvi was part of that victory but he lost his control and left kaif with tailenders. from last few year he has been ignored fron all kind of domestic competition like challenger trophy, duleep trophy etc. he was the captain of a team in one season and next season he is not in any team why is it so???

  • Kool Kat on November 3, 2009, 12:53 GMT

    I remember seeing Dravid playing a Ranji match against Mumbai at the Wankhede a couple of years back and scoring a double century. Amol Mazumdar termed it as a masterclass in batting. And the entire squad including Dravid stayed at Hotel Sea Green in Marine Drive without a murmur. A true professional with absolute class.

  • sangeeth on November 3, 2009, 12:53 GMT

    Well written article Akash. At one side cricketing icons like Sachin,Rahul,Laxman and Zaheer, who would have part of indian team of any era are keen on playing for thier respective states and pass on thier experiance to the younger generation. And another side we have indian discard and one of the most hyped, but an ordinary player who played one or to season for india not reporting to camp despite being captain of his state. It took a warning from KCA for him to report for camp. Sreesanth is only left to be warned by his parents. He they had done it at the right time he wouldn't be behaving this way and Harbhajan could have saved a slap.

  • Ajay on November 3, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    What differentiates a good cricketer from a great cricketer, isn't merely the skill. But the attitude. Sadly, Cricket has today become synonmous with fame and money, which in turn has corrupted the ethos of the game. Pitty! Well pointed out Sir. Hoping, that as the Captain of the Delhi squad, you'd take good care of such brats!

  • Parthasarathy on November 3, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    Hi Akash, is there any discriminatin against some players while selcting for TESTS, in media too. Plople not even mention about Kaif for fringe players list for test squad. I rate him higher compared to these new guys, and may be equal with Badrinath.

  • Rajat on November 3, 2009, 11:31 GMT

    Superb stuff coming off an experienced cricketer and author. Great job Akash. Its nice to find a fresh, unadulterated and unbiased opinion among some careless 'Siddhuisms' and sarcastic Chapels. Looking forward to your next.

  • Girish on November 3, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    Manish pandey got his first Ranji trophy century today .... the way manish pandey is playing in last 1 year .... shouldn't he play for national team?

  • samad on November 3, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Hai Akash!!!! I want to know kaif very talented guy still is nt fair chances after long time lot of chances given to virat & rohit what hpen not consider as player

  • sam on November 3, 2009, 10:24 GMT

    Hi!!! Akash what happen Mohd kaif & wasim jaffer he is the one of the best cricketers indian soil . He is the match winner so long he was selected in indian team .. Now too many chances gaven to ravindu & virat , rohit

  • Raj on November 3, 2009, 10:17 GMT

    Hi Akash, Nice written. Money,fame,glitter and glamour from the IPL started to swallowing the young cricketers. These young guys should learn the attitude and commitment from Dravid, Zaheer even from Kaif. Only these dedicated players only can motivate the young guns. Best wishes Akash for this season.

  • GemsBond on November 3, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    yes of course the commitment from young players is not enough. The guys like Kaif,Rohit,Raina,Kohli got chances but let them go despite being talented.They should work hard as you may never get a chance again to play for country. They should learn lesson from Kaif who is no where in selectors contention now.Comeback from nehra could encourage these youngsters if they want inspiration.

  • Neha J. on November 3, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    Aak! Very well written indeed. This is one issue that constantly needs to be addressed, and I'm glad you've done it. I don't know who the player you've referred to here is, but I must admit that a lot of the newer players lack the seriousness and commitment that players from the '90s did. Agreed, not everyone can be Rahul Dravid or Zaheer Khan, but the effort to be a better player is missing in majority of the recent crop. And that's a worrying factor for Indian cricket.

  • Smarajit on November 3, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    Hi Akash, gr8 pieces that u keep coming up with. Post yesterday's loss to Australia, wonder wat your "one such cricketer whose place is secure in India's shorter format" - be it Raina or Virat Kohli - have to say? If they r the future of India's cricket.... I shudder to think about the future.

  • Mona on November 3, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    Akash, we all know that the guy you are referring to is Virat Kohli. Why don't u just name him. Also, your writing was a lot more fun when you were writing as Fake IPL Player. Why don't you continue that blog?

  • Pratyush on November 3, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    Hi, Akash, Can you please tell the readers more about Cheteswar Pujara and his chances of getting in the India side ?

  • T.S.Ravi Shanker on November 3, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    It's nice to hear that Dravid,Laxman and Zaheer will be representing their respective states. International players should play in the domestic tournaments whenever they areavailable and do not have international commitments, which will go a long way in nurturing the younger talent. they will learn a lot by watching them bat from the other end or seeing them bowl from close quarters.May the guys who are knocking at the doorsteps of international cricket get their oppurtunity and shine.

  • Ranjit on November 3, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    All the best Akash. From the time I read your book, I became a well wisher for you. I would love to see you as the leading run scorer in this ranji season and earn a place in indian national squad. All the best

  • shefali on November 3, 2009, 5:49 GMT

    Hi Aakash, its great that you have brought out this point about international stars representing their domestic teams and it proving to be a motivating factor for the rest of the boys hoping to make and impression. Talk about an India 20/20 player complaning of the facilities but hope one day they realise that the Dravid's, Laxmans, and the 100's of other internationals of gone through the same struggle to make it to the international stage the bad hotels, and lack of facilities. But life is all about adjusting to different situations and like you said who better than a Dravid or a Laxman to keep generation next grounded. Also good luck for the season :)

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  • shefali on November 3, 2009, 5:49 GMT

    Hi Aakash, its great that you have brought out this point about international stars representing their domestic teams and it proving to be a motivating factor for the rest of the boys hoping to make and impression. Talk about an India 20/20 player complaning of the facilities but hope one day they realise that the Dravid's, Laxmans, and the 100's of other internationals of gone through the same struggle to make it to the international stage the bad hotels, and lack of facilities. But life is all about adjusting to different situations and like you said who better than a Dravid or a Laxman to keep generation next grounded. Also good luck for the season :)

  • Ranjit on November 3, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    All the best Akash. From the time I read your book, I became a well wisher for you. I would love to see you as the leading run scorer in this ranji season and earn a place in indian national squad. All the best

  • T.S.Ravi Shanker on November 3, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    It's nice to hear that Dravid,Laxman and Zaheer will be representing their respective states. International players should play in the domestic tournaments whenever they areavailable and do not have international commitments, which will go a long way in nurturing the younger talent. they will learn a lot by watching them bat from the other end or seeing them bowl from close quarters.May the guys who are knocking at the doorsteps of international cricket get their oppurtunity and shine.

  • Pratyush on November 3, 2009, 6:34 GMT

    Hi, Akash, Can you please tell the readers more about Cheteswar Pujara and his chances of getting in the India side ?

  • Mona on November 3, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    Akash, we all know that the guy you are referring to is Virat Kohli. Why don't u just name him. Also, your writing was a lot more fun when you were writing as Fake IPL Player. Why don't you continue that blog?

  • Smarajit on November 3, 2009, 9:22 GMT

    Hi Akash, gr8 pieces that u keep coming up with. Post yesterday's loss to Australia, wonder wat your "one such cricketer whose place is secure in India's shorter format" - be it Raina or Virat Kohli - have to say? If they r the future of India's cricket.... I shudder to think about the future.

  • Neha J. on November 3, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    Aak! Very well written indeed. This is one issue that constantly needs to be addressed, and I'm glad you've done it. I don't know who the player you've referred to here is, but I must admit that a lot of the newer players lack the seriousness and commitment that players from the '90s did. Agreed, not everyone can be Rahul Dravid or Zaheer Khan, but the effort to be a better player is missing in majority of the recent crop. And that's a worrying factor for Indian cricket.

  • GemsBond on November 3, 2009, 10:07 GMT

    yes of course the commitment from young players is not enough. The guys like Kaif,Rohit,Raina,Kohli got chances but let them go despite being talented.They should work hard as you may never get a chance again to play for country. They should learn lesson from Kaif who is no where in selectors contention now.Comeback from nehra could encourage these youngsters if they want inspiration.

  • Raj on November 3, 2009, 10:17 GMT

    Hi Akash, Nice written. Money,fame,glitter and glamour from the IPL started to swallowing the young cricketers. These young guys should learn the attitude and commitment from Dravid, Zaheer even from Kaif. Only these dedicated players only can motivate the young guns. Best wishes Akash for this season.

  • sam on November 3, 2009, 10:24 GMT

    Hi!!! Akash what happen Mohd kaif & wasim jaffer he is the one of the best cricketers indian soil . He is the match winner so long he was selected in indian team .. Now too many chances gaven to ravindu & virat , rohit