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Are India's youngsters ready to take over?

Harsha Bhogle, Sanjay Manjrekar and VB Chandrasekhar talk about India's Test options and the choices facing the selectors ahead of the team's next big series (36:30)

Producer: Siddhartha Talya

March 15, 2012

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

There is a big hole in your last segment about the statistical comparison between Laxman and Raina, as regards their first 15 tests. They had played 7-8 tests out of their first 15 as games, outside of the subcontinent, Laxman has a better average at 28, than Suresh Raina at 22. While not a very large difference in average, it did show how VVS was slightly better when he played against pace and bounce, even in the beginning of his career, and how abject Raina is against it.

Posted by harsha611 on (March 16, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

What about Rahul Sharma? He should have been included in the discussion

Posted by Maverick73 on (March 16, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Are India's youngster's ready to take over? My take is as follows for Test team.

Continue to open with Gambhir & Sehwag, for another year and at the most 2. Should sehwag continue his poor form, develop one of Mukund / Ajinkya as replacement. Longer term they should be the next opening pair for India. At no.3 we can leave Laxman for another year and then look at either Manish Pandey / Rohit Sharma for no.3 & no.6. At 4, once Sachin retires, fit in Kohli (don't sacrifice him at 3). At no.5 Pujara. At no.7 should be a wkt keeper batsman (not Dhoni).

8 to 11 will be bowlers.. Ashwin at 8 and Umesh Yadav at 11. For 9 and 10 explore talent in the country !!!

More often the numbers get filled with Ishant, Varun, Sreeshant, Pankaj Singh, Dinda, Vinay, Mithun, Unadkat, etc. etc.

A good option would be to develop Mitun / Pankaj / Varun / Dinda / Chahar / by giving them permission to play in the English county season, a full season maybe two

Posted by jango_moh on (March 16, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

very good discussion, i strongly believe that two solid openers who can leave the ball well.... i thought mukund did fairly well considering the circumstances in england.... he gave the team fair starts, the middle order just could not play to potential, so maybe mukund and rahane... and virat/gambir at 3, sachin, gambir/virat at 5, sehwag at 6, def get dhoni out, bring in dinesh karthik...(not sure why no one speaks about that guy, he's a pretty decent bat)... i wud also give suresh raina and rohit shama chances... i think suresh raina has done pretty well, he's got probs with the short ball, but if ganguly could play despite having short ball problems, so can suresh.... hoping for a good insightful selection by the selection committee for the next test matches!!!!

Posted by sridharvisu76 on (March 16, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

Sanjay is asking Zaheer to leave one day cricket.

Man, he is the leading wicket taker of Worldcup 2011. So I think these guys need some rest not retrement

Posted by US_Indian on (March 15, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

Guys i heard your discussion, first you need to groom a replacement for sehwag the sooner the better and i think Mukund fits the bill perfectly even though he is not that flamboyant but he would be a stable and dependable and reliable opener. You guys are ignoring Kaif, Badrinath, Pandey, Pujara, one of therm could be a perfect player for Dravid. Rohit Sharma is good for nothing unnecessarily being hyped too much by the mumbai lobby maybe Suryakumar Yadav may prove to be a player who needs little push from his state. no4 should be Kohli. Raina is just good for ODI & T20. you can look more in detail from the coming generation for more. Karthik should take over as wicket keeper and opener or lower down order from Dhoni.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

Lets take a look at the past when India was successful overseas say in 2002-2007. India always had a stable middle order with loads of experience. I think gambhir has shown enough solidity to be at no.3. They used to call him the 2nd wall. Sehwag should move at no. 5 or no. 6. Get Rahane and someone else to open. Openers need to give atleast 50 runs stand and play out the first 15-20 overs in tests. Openers used to be the sacrificial lambs in the past but they did their job commendably on those tours and it is always a good idea to give the new comes chance up the order which is the only argument I endorse from MS Dhoni....

Posted by Bang_La on (March 15, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Harsha, are there 11 young players in India's collection at the moment? Guess not.

Posted by hagar009 on (March 15, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Who are Match Winner's, Record says it all…. Tendulkar 51- Test 100's IND has won 20 Matches Ponting 41-Test 100's AUS has won 27 Matches Kallis 41-Test 100's SA has won 19 Matches Inzamam-ul-Haq 25-Test 100's Pak has won 17 Matches

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

VB made a great point about Raina and Rohit not having a strong domestic record. i was a little surprised that at that point they did not discuss Pujara in some more detail. he is someone who has had a very strong domestic record. i also dont agree with sanjay's logic that we should give rohit, Rahane and tiwary more opportunities before moving to Pujara. Pujara has played few test matches and he got out of the team strictly due to an injury. so for me he really should get first shot at the open spot. I also see some Bias in snjay's remarks b'coz both Rohit and Rahane play for mumbai.

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