Chennai v Punjab, IPL 2013, Chennai May 2, 2013

Badrinath, Super Kings' go-to man

S Badrinath isn't too affected by the lack of batting opportunities in the IPL as long as his team, Chennai Super Kings, is winning matches
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Balance is S Badrinath's forte on and off the field. When it comes to the topic of him hardly getting a knock for table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in the sixth edition of the IPL, that balance comes to the fore.

"To be honest, it is definitely not easy. To not be able to bat every game [while] playing as a batsman is something that's really not enjoyable," Badrinath said a day after Super Kings beat Pune Warriors. "I think I've got used to it a little bit, even though I would love to get more knocks and contribute with the bat."

"Fortunately, we have a strong batting line-up. We have some of the best Twenty20 batsmen in our line-up, so with the flexibility that we have in our batting order, whenever we get off to a good start, I know it's difficult for me to get a look-in. And I would always put the team's priority over my personal aspirations."

Badrinath, along with captain MS Dhoni and IPL's highest run-getter, Suresh Raina, has been a constant in virtually every Super Kings game. While Raina has batted in 87 innings in 91 matches and Dhoni has played 77 innings in 88 matches, Badrinath has played 64 innings in 87 matches.

The difference is prominent when Badrinath's statistics are compared to players with the most IPL appearances. With 87 matches, Badrinath shares the fourth spot along with Virat Kohli, behind Raina (91 games), Dhoni and Rohit Sharma (88 each). None of these batsmen, except Badrinath, have played less than 75 innings.

At the end of IPL 2011, Badrinath had had a bat in 50 of the 62 matches he played. Last year saw him get nine knocks in 15 appearances while this year he has taken guard in just five of Super Kings' 10 games so far.

These numbers have a lot to do with his role at Super Kings as well. Badrinath has been utilised primarily as a rescue man, someone who walks in whenever Super Kings lose a couple of early wickets.

"Whenever the openers get going, it gets difficult [for me] to get a bat," he said. "During IPL 2009, in South Africa, Matthew Hayden was in such stupendous form that once he got his eye in, he was finishing games for us. That made it difficult for me to get a bat consistently.

"Similarly, Michael Hussey has been in such great form this year that he has been playing the sheet anchor and the aggressor's roles to perfection. And with Dhoni being phenomenal with the bat, I don't mind not contributing in terms of runs to the team's victory."

Against Warriors, he came in to bat after the openers had been dismissed early and his crucial 75-run stand with Raina set up a platform for Dhoni to finish the innings on a high note. Badrinath realises that, more often than not, he will end up being the silent contributor to the cause of the team. With the Super Kings outfit "remaining almost unchanged through the six seasons", players know their roles, with little room for confusion, he adds.

"T20 is a format where the top three batsmen invariably get the big scores," he said. "But even without big numbers, players can make significant contributions. I would rather see Super Kings at the top of the table, instead of batting in every match."

Badrinath, who made his debut against South Africa in 2010, was recalled to the national side for the Test series against New Zealand last year. However, he was dropped without being given an opportunity.

A prolific run-scorer at the domestic level, he entered IPL 2013 on the back of a mediocre season (by his standards), scoring 347 runs in six games at an average of 49.57. The IPL, thus, is the last opportunity this season for him to prove that he is still in form. But the 32-year-old isn't too concerned about it.

"Playing for Super Kings and playing for Tamil Nadu are two different things," he said. "And even though I have been able to get limited opportunities with the bat so far, the IPL isn't over yet.

"As for the Ranji season, it's true I haven't had a [typical] Badrinath season, but the fact that I missed two games due to injury can't be ignored. Besides, I don't understand the double standards that are applied. Why are those who have scored just about as many runs as me without missing a match considered to have had a very good season and why am I told otherwise? Why is it that for Badrinath, a good season means getting a thousand runs and for others, even 500 runs are exceptional?"

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Pilotprem on May 3, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Nice to have a guy like you in team Badri , i love & admire your patience , even you didn't get deserved place in National team , your self confidence & never say attitude is priceless , true you are Mr Cricket of INDIA , doesn't mean all best players had played for INDIA , we hope & pray for good season ahead , when Sachin hangs his boot , you may get the middle order for next 3 years atleast thanks for your work in CSK , you are their trump card & as other said you are their secret weapon

  • androyuvi on May 2, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Badri is one of the main reasons CSK sneaking to playoffs every season. He gets to contribute, and contribute tremendously, in atleast 3 matches every season. He is the difference between CSK and other teams. CSK has a rescue man to save those 3 matches where expected run getters fail, whereas other teams all fail when their expected run getters fail. These 3 to 4 matches make a huge difference while getting their spot into playoffs. He is indeed an UNSUNG HERO for CSK. I don't fancy him getting any calls for National duty, but, boy oh boy, its going to be interesting how he will be bidded for IPL7 by other teams when CSK release him later this year.

  • sweetspot on May 4, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Badri would have been treated worse by any other IPL team. CSK recognize his true worth and the fact that he lends them the sort of balance other teams don't have. Anything tricky, in walks Badri. 120 is a very decent strike rate when the man is doing his rescue work, people! There are front line batsmen going at that rate or below! He doesn't waste too many balls either, and is an asset in the field. This is one weapon CSK have that nobody really has the answer to. He just seems to benign, but can bring his team back into the game very quietly and judiciously. Respect!

  • on May 3, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    They are looking for some glamour not the cricketing skills. Especially in India you need to have a glamour to get into the Indian team. They will ignore the ppl like Laxman, Jaffar, Badri... Even this is happening at the state and district level. Lot of talents are ignored at the district level as they don't have someone to influence the district board.

  • SamRoy on May 3, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    People talk how good Badri will be. People forget his half century against Steyn & Co. in India. In that innings I think I saw what I needed to see about Badri, not good enough to play test cricket. Not a class batsman. Edged the ball at least 20 times behind the wicket and 10 of them resulted in boundaries through 3rd man. Rayudu is a much better batsman (forget domestic average) than both him and Tiwary.

  • on May 3, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Badri you deserve to play in the Indian Test Team.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 3, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    One has heard a lot of Baba Aparajit and he's somebody Dhoni can introduce for a few matches to check for international match temperament. I think ability to play selfless cricket and taking high risks to deliver at high scores at high strike rates - that's what T20 stars are all about. That's where Sachin, Rahane, Rayudu, Badrinath, etc suffer badly. They play at a poor strike rate in their effort to score a 40+. Contrast this with a Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Gayle, Rohit, etc who play out of their skin and have excellent strike rates especially in situations when the team needs to score at 10+ per over for a winnable score or when going for a win. The extent of risk a batsman takes is seen by the number of sixers he hits. It's not easy to play high risk shots and still keep performing consistently - Vijay of CSK is an example. Foreigners Gayle, Pollard, ABD, Faulkner, Miller, Warner, Michael and David Hussey, Eoin Morgan, Bravo and Sammy are particularly impressive this season.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 3, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    I think Badrinath, Sachin and all those with strike rates of about 120 odd are a liability in T20. Badrinath doesn't get to play, simply because of his poor strike rate and unwillingness (selfishness) to risk and push for runs even when the team needs him to strike out. With a poor bowling attack, CSK needs 170+ to win matches. Badrinath is retained only so as to retain the local Tamil flavor in CSK... I would rather that some other franchise pick him up ( at their own peril) for the next IPL. For balance - CSK needs Faf and Hussey to open with Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja and Bravo following. Mohit, Ashwin, 2 good death bowlers (non-Indian and Indian) and 1 good Indian batsman who can strike at more than 140. Vijay is too inconsistent and CSK can't make do scoring 7 runs per over in the first 10 overs! CSK needs to score 170+ to win and they can't always plan to score 100 runs off the last 10. Albie leaks runs and so does Ashwin whose job is to dry up runs and not give away sixes!

  • Vivekaks on May 3, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Very well said Badri...double standards INDEED...but now its too late in the Test side... Openers spot is taken..with Dhawan assured of at least 10 more test matches... Pujara is doing well, Sachin is in no mood to hang his boots...i agree he is still the best option we have at no.4. Kohli is On and Off in test but given he is a fine bat in limited overs, he will get an extended run...then its Dhoni and Jadeja... So its very difficult in Indian conditions at least. on Tours, Jadeja could make way for Badri or Rahane...because Jadeja would be ineffective there...

    I feel bad for Badri...and I hope he doesnt become another S.Sharath...

    and he indeed is the unsung hero for CSK!!!

  • NavyArcher on May 2, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    As ODIs came into mainstream, there was a greater acceptance of "finishers" - those who usually scored 30-40 but in a hurry at the end of the innings and won a match. As T20 matures further, people would stop comparing the performance of Badri with that of Hussey or Dhoni. Just like not everyone plays centre forward in football - you have mid fielders and defenders, you will have specific roles within a T20 team. CSK are amongst the first team to have identified that found the right people for the right positions. Hats off to Fleming. And mind you Badri's pricetag will not depend upon the runs he scores (just as a defender is not judged by the goals he scores) but how well he plays his specific role.

  • Pilotprem on May 3, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Nice to have a guy like you in team Badri , i love & admire your patience , even you didn't get deserved place in National team , your self confidence & never say attitude is priceless , true you are Mr Cricket of INDIA , doesn't mean all best players had played for INDIA , we hope & pray for good season ahead , when Sachin hangs his boot , you may get the middle order for next 3 years atleast thanks for your work in CSK , you are their trump card & as other said you are their secret weapon

  • androyuvi on May 2, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Badri is one of the main reasons CSK sneaking to playoffs every season. He gets to contribute, and contribute tremendously, in atleast 3 matches every season. He is the difference between CSK and other teams. CSK has a rescue man to save those 3 matches where expected run getters fail, whereas other teams all fail when their expected run getters fail. These 3 to 4 matches make a huge difference while getting their spot into playoffs. He is indeed an UNSUNG HERO for CSK. I don't fancy him getting any calls for National duty, but, boy oh boy, its going to be interesting how he will be bidded for IPL7 by other teams when CSK release him later this year.

  • sweetspot on May 4, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Badri would have been treated worse by any other IPL team. CSK recognize his true worth and the fact that he lends them the sort of balance other teams don't have. Anything tricky, in walks Badri. 120 is a very decent strike rate when the man is doing his rescue work, people! There are front line batsmen going at that rate or below! He doesn't waste too many balls either, and is an asset in the field. This is one weapon CSK have that nobody really has the answer to. He just seems to benign, but can bring his team back into the game very quietly and judiciously. Respect!

  • on May 3, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    They are looking for some glamour not the cricketing skills. Especially in India you need to have a glamour to get into the Indian team. They will ignore the ppl like Laxman, Jaffar, Badri... Even this is happening at the state and district level. Lot of talents are ignored at the district level as they don't have someone to influence the district board.

  • SamRoy on May 3, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    People talk how good Badri will be. People forget his half century against Steyn & Co. in India. In that innings I think I saw what I needed to see about Badri, not good enough to play test cricket. Not a class batsman. Edged the ball at least 20 times behind the wicket and 10 of them resulted in boundaries through 3rd man. Rayudu is a much better batsman (forget domestic average) than both him and Tiwary.

  • on May 3, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Badri you deserve to play in the Indian Test Team.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 3, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    One has heard a lot of Baba Aparajit and he's somebody Dhoni can introduce for a few matches to check for international match temperament. I think ability to play selfless cricket and taking high risks to deliver at high scores at high strike rates - that's what T20 stars are all about. That's where Sachin, Rahane, Rayudu, Badrinath, etc suffer badly. They play at a poor strike rate in their effort to score a 40+. Contrast this with a Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Gayle, Rohit, etc who play out of their skin and have excellent strike rates especially in situations when the team needs to score at 10+ per over for a winnable score or when going for a win. The extent of risk a batsman takes is seen by the number of sixers he hits. It's not easy to play high risk shots and still keep performing consistently - Vijay of CSK is an example. Foreigners Gayle, Pollard, ABD, Faulkner, Miller, Warner, Michael and David Hussey, Eoin Morgan, Bravo and Sammy are particularly impressive this season.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 3, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    I think Badrinath, Sachin and all those with strike rates of about 120 odd are a liability in T20. Badrinath doesn't get to play, simply because of his poor strike rate and unwillingness (selfishness) to risk and push for runs even when the team needs him to strike out. With a poor bowling attack, CSK needs 170+ to win matches. Badrinath is retained only so as to retain the local Tamil flavor in CSK... I would rather that some other franchise pick him up ( at their own peril) for the next IPL. For balance - CSK needs Faf and Hussey to open with Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja and Bravo following. Mohit, Ashwin, 2 good death bowlers (non-Indian and Indian) and 1 good Indian batsman who can strike at more than 140. Vijay is too inconsistent and CSK can't make do scoring 7 runs per over in the first 10 overs! CSK needs to score 170+ to win and they can't always plan to score 100 runs off the last 10. Albie leaks runs and so does Ashwin whose job is to dry up runs and not give away sixes!

  • Vivekaks on May 3, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Very well said Badri...double standards INDEED...but now its too late in the Test side... Openers spot is taken..with Dhawan assured of at least 10 more test matches... Pujara is doing well, Sachin is in no mood to hang his boots...i agree he is still the best option we have at no.4. Kohli is On and Off in test but given he is a fine bat in limited overs, he will get an extended run...then its Dhoni and Jadeja... So its very difficult in Indian conditions at least. on Tours, Jadeja could make way for Badri or Rahane...because Jadeja would be ineffective there...

    I feel bad for Badri...and I hope he doesnt become another S.Sharath...

    and he indeed is the unsung hero for CSK!!!

  • NavyArcher on May 2, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    As ODIs came into mainstream, there was a greater acceptance of "finishers" - those who usually scored 30-40 but in a hurry at the end of the innings and won a match. As T20 matures further, people would stop comparing the performance of Badri with that of Hussey or Dhoni. Just like not everyone plays centre forward in football - you have mid fielders and defenders, you will have specific roles within a T20 team. CSK are amongst the first team to have identified that found the right people for the right positions. Hats off to Fleming. And mind you Badri's pricetag will not depend upon the runs he scores (just as a defender is not judged by the goals he scores) but how well he plays his specific role.

  • king78787 on May 2, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    he stops a collaspe of a order which fires 99% of the time but with hitters like Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja the order can collaspe with ease. Badri needs more recognition...

  • sundarb on May 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Badri shouldn't be too hard on himself. While his contributions are not stellar with the bat for CSK (and he's right that he gets very few opportunities anyway with an extremely strong CSK top order), he's been top notch on the field taking catches and pulling off brilliant run-outs. The Kallis run-out by Badri against KKR in Kolkata this season was a game changer. Though T20 could potentially build in bad batting habits for cricketers (Gambhir), it is certainly pushing the cricketers to be extremely agile fielders. And Badri is certainly one of them. Given that CSK have attacking batsmen in Hussey, Dhoni and Raina, they could do with an anchor opening with Hussey and this stability anchor can be Badri. Badri is a technically correct batsman and he shouldn't try to be anything other than himself. The only time he actually lofts a shot, he gets caught :) He should play to his strength. Badri is a key cog in the wheel for this CSK juggernaut.

  • ramv11 on May 2, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    I wish Badri plays for some other IPL team next year and be the Hussey for that team. CSK has too many good players and they are either benching them or not giving them enough opportunities. Saha, Vijay and Faf will play all the games for another team, but in CSK one of them gets to play each game. Morkel, Morris and Ashwin will go much higher in order for another team. Ex-CSK players like Balaji and Goni are getting plenty of opportunities in other teams. CSK needs to break up - we have had too much of this good thing.

  • on May 2, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Badri is ok, and he gets the credit that is due to him. For me , his biggest achievement has been his timing, albeit of getting out at right time. And people acknowledge it, thats why he features in the CSK side without contributing much. He is definitely not an India material. There are lots of talented players, who are waiting for an opportunity. Badri got a chance, he didnt make it. I know others have got more chances, but such is llife. Badri is not a match winner - that's the fact. And everyone who is not from TamilNadu sees that. He is a great player to have in case of a collapse, but that doesn't qualify you to be a superstar.

  • on May 2, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Well said Badri.Expressed his feelings in a wonderful manner and repeats not once that he don't mind sitting in the bench for the cause of the team.Matured Cricketer hardly to find.KUDOS to Badrinath again and well done CSK against KXIP.

  • green_jelly on May 2, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Teams usually have a secret weapon. Badri is CSK's secret shield. He comes out whenever CSK need some protection.

  • on May 2, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Badri is just a fabulous cricketer and is a genuine talent, right from the time he came on. Agreed, he is not going to be your 150 plus strike rate T20 cricketer but his strength is different. Technically correct, great temperament and above all never gives up inspite of the cold shouldering by the powers over the years. His ideal place is in test side but he never got his proper chances there and similarly in ODI too, his tenure was short lived (as opposed to the numerous chances and rebirths given to the Rohits of the world)

  • on May 2, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Respect for this man here!

  • Raj12345 on May 2, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    One WI series changed his life, but many players given chance after chance even if they fail many series. That is my big question to selectors. God sake don't apply age factor to him, if he is able to play next 5 years then what is selectors problem, let him play. Why do we need to think runs should be made by young cricketer. Remember we lost more than 12 tests by experimenting and won in home ground, why not experiment Badri. Badri should go to SA.

  • Venkiwaran on May 2, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    A well written piece. Atleast someone has taken the trouble of acknowledging Badri. With Dhoni's croonies Raina and Jadeja around, I don't think Badri will ever get his due. Jadeja, right now, is percieved as even better than Kapil Dev by the powers that be and his few mishits that went over the boundary line will ensure that he is the preferred allrounder for India for the next 10 years. What still beats me is why Baba Aparajit is still warming the benches. That guy was one main reason why the India U-19 won the World Cup and we are yet to see this man in IPL. Only wish that he was playing for some other team!

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on May 2, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    csk's disastour management department handed over to badrinath.

  • sgd120 on May 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I think Badri is over rated, he had his chance in West Indies to show the world that he belonged, but not only did he not succeed, he did not have the technique to cope with the Windies fast bowling on slow pitches. In the current Chennai squad, he is there primarily as a back up, if wants to show that he is more capable, he has to open the innings regularly in T20.

  • on May 2, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    CSK has the greatest players in T20. Its hard to be badrinath as he doesn't receive all the limelight that other legend out-of-form players like sewag, harbajan, sachin get. Too bad he couldn't play in International cricket as he thoroughly deserve the position.

  • RajeshNaik on May 2, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    One unlucky cricketer. Keep IPL aside, he deserved a second chance in Indian test team. At least in IPL he is doing very well.

  • BozoSri on May 2, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    A consistent performer in doemstic cricket who has been invisible to the selectors even after all his performances in Ranji Trophy. If he had been given half the chances that Raina and Rohit Sharma got, he would have been a assured player in the XI. Even in test cricket I dont know why they are looking for players with flair like Rohit and Raina. If temprement and technique are the most wanted in test cricket then Badrinath is a player India have missed out. And people always bring the issue of his age for his selection. We know he is fit by looking at his fielding in the IPL and also remember Michael Hussey entered the Aussie team at not so a young age and look what he did. Give him a chance and he will assure you quiet success, just the way he is as a character. Amazing bloke!!

  • BrianCharlesVivek on May 2, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    He will remain as one of the most respected players , even if not having a lot of appearances as an India player. He doesnt complain when he doesnt get enough opportunities at India level and even at CSK level. Dhoni utilises him perfectly, when quick wickets have fallen and most of the times he doesnt let down. Like Ryan Giggs for Manchester United, Badrinath will go down as a CSK Legend . I was happy when he was picked by CSK again for 650K , and he is worth more than that, than the new million dollar kids on the block.

  • Sriram1113 on May 2, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Bardi is like Dravid for CSK who stops wicket fall and gets the score board ticking. He plays a sensible cricket where he just keeps running and hits boundaries not always. Waiting for his turn to be in Blues and whites than yellow

  • Venkiviru on May 2, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    when this man ll play in whites fr india than in yellows fr csk?????

  • A.Ak on May 2, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    The opportunity that was supposedly given to him was stolen/wasted by Yuvi and Raina in the National test team. He has got with 60+ average, with 9k runs. But no one can take it away that he is the perfect player to fill the Dravid's role in Indian test team.

  • Arunsriprasad on May 2, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    a superb interview oft badri, the super kings great wall, the rescuer, the insurance man. Whenever the team is in trouble he comes and saves the team. Seeing his temperament, technique and ability to rotate the singles and playing boundary shots when needed he should be roped into the test and odi. Hope he gets opportunity as soon as possible.

  • CricketMaan on May 2, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Dear Badri, you may never get to read this post, but as your ardrent fan..my two cents. You are a phenomenal cricketer, but per Kris and co..you lacked the xfactor that a kholi or raina brings on! You are a Brad Hodge or David Hussey in domestic cricket, but you are no Glenn Maxwell or Sir RJ. Unfortunately both in life and sport, the best student might not be the ulitmate winner..some freaks might just go and get better things in life. You have been and still a very good student of this lovely game! How i wish a sound cricketing mind realized that your Test 50 was against one of toughest bowling attacks when all other stars failed around you! It was not a Raina type debut 100 against a subcontinental attack. I may never get to see you in whites for India, but i'll cherish that one innings.

  • madras_boy on May 2, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Badrinath is CSK's go to man in crisis ! Fantastic bloke who fits CSK game plans !

  • Edassery on May 2, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    He's an unassuming player but a sure selection in the team - better than having non-performing big names like Sehwag, Sachin, Yuvraj etc.

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I undoubedly feel that like Dinesh Karthik came i dhoni era, badrinath came in dravind,lakshman and tendulkar era. It is very difficult to breakthrough this era and play for india. Gavaskar told the same about Dinesh Karthik. I cannot understand why dhoni is not making someone progress. This is open topic although i am CSK Man

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Ya! Badri is a true Talent!!!He has been very consistent for d past few years!!By all means..he deserve a chance....!!

  • kaushik_243 on May 2, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    true,badri has been a bit of an unsung hero for the super kings,he always comes in when team is in a crisis.i remember that 2010 match in dharmashala,he played an awesome knock with raina chasing a huge total and set up for msd for that finish.also,another match was 2011 playoffs vs rcb again these two players were brilliant while chasing a big total under pressure.i feel he was left out,he should have got more chances in the indian team rather than rohit sharmas and others,seems to be b it of a bias against tn players .they dont get thier due

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Badri has been a silent contributor to CSK as well as Tamilnadu for a long long time . Essentially , Badri is meant for conventional form of cricket and for the BCCI to try him out in a few one dayers and passing a judgement on him is nothing short of injustice. At least CA corrected their mistake at some point of time and had the benifit of Hussey's contribution for about 8 years . But BCCI's wise men still cannot find a place for Badri . So much has been said about Rohit's natural talent and technique but his success has been limited to the slam bang variety of cricket ,which T20 is. Ican only recall the cases of Rajinder Goel and a few others ,who never had the oppurtunity to perform on the big stage . Take Badri to South Africa and fit him in the middle order ,to see how he performs.

  • pinn on May 2, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    India' s Mr.Cricket, you'll be remembered through IPL.

  • satishchandar on May 2, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    It is always good to have such guys in the team sandwiched between big hitters.. No team in the world is devoid of bad performance.. You need a guy who can take it from 20-3 in 4 overs to 90-4 in 14 overs which will make your big hitters come next and do what they usually do.. There were so many instances where Badri sets the platform and leaves the stage perfect for others.. That is the beauty of Badri - He knows when to get out too :-) Like he did against Pune in the last game..

  • satishchandar on May 2, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    It is always good to have such guys in the team sandwiched between big hitters.. No team in the world is devoid of bad performance.. You need a guy who can take it from 20-3 in 4 overs to 90-4 in 14 overs which will make your big hitters come next and do what they usually do.. There were so many instances where Badri sets the platform and leaves the stage perfect for others.. That is the beauty of Badri - He knows when to get out too :-) Like he did against Pune in the last game..

  • pinn on May 2, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    India' s Mr.Cricket, you'll be remembered through IPL.

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Badri has been a silent contributor to CSK as well as Tamilnadu for a long long time . Essentially , Badri is meant for conventional form of cricket and for the BCCI to try him out in a few one dayers and passing a judgement on him is nothing short of injustice. At least CA corrected their mistake at some point of time and had the benifit of Hussey's contribution for about 8 years . But BCCI's wise men still cannot find a place for Badri . So much has been said about Rohit's natural talent and technique but his success has been limited to the slam bang variety of cricket ,which T20 is. Ican only recall the cases of Rajinder Goel and a few others ,who never had the oppurtunity to perform on the big stage . Take Badri to South Africa and fit him in the middle order ,to see how he performs.

  • kaushik_243 on May 2, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    true,badri has been a bit of an unsung hero for the super kings,he always comes in when team is in a crisis.i remember that 2010 match in dharmashala,he played an awesome knock with raina chasing a huge total and set up for msd for that finish.also,another match was 2011 playoffs vs rcb again these two players were brilliant while chasing a big total under pressure.i feel he was left out,he should have got more chances in the indian team rather than rohit sharmas and others,seems to be b it of a bias against tn players .they dont get thier due

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Ya! Badri is a true Talent!!!He has been very consistent for d past few years!!By all means..he deserve a chance....!!

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I undoubedly feel that like Dinesh Karthik came i dhoni era, badrinath came in dravind,lakshman and tendulkar era. It is very difficult to breakthrough this era and play for india. Gavaskar told the same about Dinesh Karthik. I cannot understand why dhoni is not making someone progress. This is open topic although i am CSK Man

  • Edassery on May 2, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    He's an unassuming player but a sure selection in the team - better than having non-performing big names like Sehwag, Sachin, Yuvraj etc.

  • madras_boy on May 2, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Badrinath is CSK's go to man in crisis ! Fantastic bloke who fits CSK game plans !

  • CricketMaan on May 2, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Dear Badri, you may never get to read this post, but as your ardrent fan..my two cents. You are a phenomenal cricketer, but per Kris and co..you lacked the xfactor that a kholi or raina brings on! You are a Brad Hodge or David Hussey in domestic cricket, but you are no Glenn Maxwell or Sir RJ. Unfortunately both in life and sport, the best student might not be the ulitmate winner..some freaks might just go and get better things in life. You have been and still a very good student of this lovely game! How i wish a sound cricketing mind realized that your Test 50 was against one of toughest bowling attacks when all other stars failed around you! It was not a Raina type debut 100 against a subcontinental attack. I may never get to see you in whites for India, but i'll cherish that one innings.

  • Arunsriprasad on May 2, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    a superb interview oft badri, the super kings great wall, the rescuer, the insurance man. Whenever the team is in trouble he comes and saves the team. Seeing his temperament, technique and ability to rotate the singles and playing boundary shots when needed he should be roped into the test and odi. Hope he gets opportunity as soon as possible.