November 6, 2012

Indian cricket

Questions remain over India's new selectors' picks

It is still not clear is why some performers are repeatedly ignored by India's selectors, regardless of the change in guard, says WV Raman in Wisden India.

The case of Manoj Tiwary is rather strange, as not only did he get runs against the visiting Englishmen but he has also done well in limited-overs international cricket in his sporadic appearances. The lack of "X factor" was cited as the reason for S Badrinath's indifferent treatment when he was getting runs as regularly as a batsman possibly could. Rahane deserves to be picked no doubt, but at the same time Tiwary cannot be the soft target eternally.

On the same site, Anjali Doshi says Duncan Fletcher is the invisible man of Indian cricket. While the buzz around England's arrival, the Indian team selection, and the tour games is well and truly underway, there is no sign of the coach, she says.

Unlike John Wright, the former India coach who could put the selectors to shame with his propensity to watch domestic cricket, Fletcher has chosen not to visit any Ranji matches. Ranji cricket apart, he has been conspicuously absent for England's two tour games in India. And while he is expected to show up for the three-day camp just days before the first Test begins in Ahmedabad on November 15, India's preparations for the forthcoming Tests seem insipid and lacking in direction. Compare this to the kind of homework England are putting in, having arrived three weeks early, and there is some cause for concern.

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