England v India, 3rd ODI, The Oval September 8, 2011

A light in India's darkness

India have had precious little to feel happy about during this tour of England. Ajinkya Rahane's performance in the limited-overs matches is one of them
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Ajinkya Rahane has gone from being India's forgotten man to their man of the moment in the previous ten days. He's played only four matches in England but made a favourable impression in each one: after the 19 against Leicestershire, he made 61 on Twenty20 debut in Manchester, followed by an aggressive 40 on ODI debut at Chester-le-Street, and 54 in Southampton. The numbers aside, it's Rahane's approach and maturity that has been striking. It's led to questions being asked about why he was not part of India's Test team.

Called into an injury-ridden squad as a replacement for Virender Sehwag, Rahane joined the team a day before the tour match against Leicestershire. He lasted only 13 deliveries the next afternoon but managed to inject optimism into India's batting, which had been toyed with during the 4-0 defeat in the Test series.

Having been trained by former India batsman Praveen Amre, Rahane relies on his solid technique to gain the upper hand over the bowler. He is diminutive - 5'4" - but makes up in batting intelligence what he lacks in physical presence.

At Old Trafford, Stuart Broad and the rest of England's fast bowlers tried to push Rahane on the back foot by bowling several short-pitched deliveries. They were shooting in the dark, though, considering they had never seen Rahane bat. He remained undeterred and got under the ball to pull and hook with power and confidence.

At the Rose Bowl, Broad started with a perfect bouncer, but Rahane swivelled to pull over the deep square-leg boundary for a six. When Jade Dernbach bowled a slower delivery, Rahane waited patiently before glancing to the fine-leg boundary. Against full deliveries, he would move a step back, clear his left foot out of the way before chipping the ball over the in-field.

During the last five years, Rahane has been one of Mumbai's best batsmen at No. 3 and among the top five on India's first-class circuit. Batting with the likes of Wasim Jaffer, a wristy and aggressive batsman and an India Test opener, Rahane learned the art of pacing his innings. He has never been a grafter, though.

Rahane has had immediate impact for India in the limited-over games, constructing useful opening partnerships with Parthiv Patel, something the Test openers could not do. Ther right-left combination, as a result of injuries to Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar, has had stands of 52 39, 82 and 30.

"I had not prepared at all before coming here," Rahane said about his mental preparations for the tour. "I understood the conditions only once I reached here. I was not thinking too much. Obviously there are certain expectations when you play for India and I was nervous to begin with. But all the seniors and team-mates helped me settle down, supported me and gave me good guidance. It felt really good."

Rahane said that after working hard to get to this stage, there was no chance he was going to be casual. "Once I arrived I had a word with [Sachin] Tendulkar, [MS] Dhoni and [Rahul] Dravid. Every one of the seniors said not to think anything except to carry on playing the way I had played to get here." They also asked Rahane to make sure he learned something new from each game.

When asked by a journalist if he'd enjoyed climbing up to the Big Ben during the Indian team's visit to the House of Commons, Rahane did not entertain the question, revealing where his priorities lay. "This is not the time to talk about such stuff. My focus is on doing my best for the team and making sure we win the one-day series."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY cric4lyf on | September 9, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    no real talent.....dark future for india

  • POSTED BY SonnyGong on | September 9, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Look at the pathetic situation......opening bowler in the sixth over and dhoni standing up to the stumps.......so everyone knows that india is playing with 5 spinners in this match and dhoni is to blame for the match team selection....i saw no reason why a genuine fast bowler is warming the bench.........not the brightest move here

  • POSTED BY Ravenous on | September 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Only positiveness about this tour for India is Praveen Kumar and this Rahane. PK has developed in an overnight in leaps and bounds. He bowls with lot of accuracy and more importantly, a lot of venom. The kind of bowler who believes in himself to make something happen with every delivery. Rahane on the other hands has started off well. Way better than Sehwag (because he has much much better foot work and seems to have a head on his shoulder) and Tendulkar (because he doesn't seem to be playing for himslef). Good luck to the youngster.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Pujara, Rahane , Rohit sharma ( needs to get bit more fit, work little harder ) , Mukund, Kohli (failed now but so did ganguly intially) and perhaps Tiwary ( been unlucky everytime been selected) will form core of batting to come for next 5 years............unless some exceptional batting genius pops up in between.

  • POSTED BY emeye on | September 9, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    I think India gonna face same treatment in ODI's.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | September 9, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    OK for all those jumping the gun let's not do the same mistake of labelling him as the next Tendulkar ....Dravid and what not. Let him play few test matches before we can judge him. Same things were told about Rohit Sharma. India's test cricket future looks extremely bleak unless we can also produce quality fast bowlers. These young future Indian batsmen cannot handle the short pitched delivaries and also have no technique to play in swinging conditions. To confopund the problem we have no bowlers who can bowl consistently > 140 Km/h. I guess it's time to focus on our national game of HOCKEY and stop playing CRICKET.

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | September 9, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    the averages are largely due to poor bowling and low standards n flat pitches; even test batting averages (all teams) of the past decade are a little inflated due to lower bowling stds and flat pitches; i also believe that both badri n even sharma couldve been decent enough test bats if selected at the right time and given a fair chance; however, there are a number of batsmen with high domestic averages in india who should never be near any test team; this reflects the fact that save for some quality spinners and the odd decent medium pacer indian cricket churns out few good bowlers- but r board isnt worried its still the richest; unfortunately there are no quality spinners in sight and only a few decent medium pacers at present; this impacts the batting - india has had only 2 periods of a number of quality batsmen both after mid 60s (there was always at least 1 decent bat always); this improved results but not by that much, wheres pontings 100 test wins vs an odd test win away?

  • POSTED BY stark-truth on | September 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    English continue to torment Indian players - normal service resumed in Rahane's case too - gone for a duck at the Oval!

  • POSTED BY favor on | September 9, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @ Herbet: I agree that Rahane should concentrate on tests and try to find a sopt in the squad. However, I do not agree that the averages are just because of poor bowling. Irrespective of the bowling, you need outstanding talent and skill to be as consistent to maintain an average of over 60 in around 100 tests, which most of them have. I'm not sure if you are mentioning about Ajay Sharma and Badrinath, the others on th top of the list. To be fair to them and to Rahane, they have played 1,2 and 0 tests, respectively. People with those averages would have come good if only they got a few more chances. It is mainly because of the biased selection policies, that provide far too many chances to some preferred ones and far too less chances to others. If they have better averages against the same bowling quality, they probably are better than at least all the other Indian batsmen. Give these guys enough chances and then bury them if you want to. Don't base assessment on just matches played.

  • POSTED BY Akif-Ali on | September 9, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    I think its the time to rent services of Waseem Akram and give him a duty to find young talented fast bowlers from india and train them to perform at international level. Only good batsman wont help india to climb at the top & if some how they manage to reach that landmark again, then another clean sweap again can happen. Indian always have batsman to support the cause but never had top class bowling department.

  • POSTED BY cric4lyf on | September 9, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    no real talent.....dark future for india

  • POSTED BY SonnyGong on | September 9, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Look at the pathetic situation......opening bowler in the sixth over and dhoni standing up to the stumps.......so everyone knows that india is playing with 5 spinners in this match and dhoni is to blame for the match team selection....i saw no reason why a genuine fast bowler is warming the bench.........not the brightest move here

  • POSTED BY Ravenous on | September 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Only positiveness about this tour for India is Praveen Kumar and this Rahane. PK has developed in an overnight in leaps and bounds. He bowls with lot of accuracy and more importantly, a lot of venom. The kind of bowler who believes in himself to make something happen with every delivery. Rahane on the other hands has started off well. Way better than Sehwag (because he has much much better foot work and seems to have a head on his shoulder) and Tendulkar (because he doesn't seem to be playing for himslef). Good luck to the youngster.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Pujara, Rahane , Rohit sharma ( needs to get bit more fit, work little harder ) , Mukund, Kohli (failed now but so did ganguly intially) and perhaps Tiwary ( been unlucky everytime been selected) will form core of batting to come for next 5 years............unless some exceptional batting genius pops up in between.

  • POSTED BY emeye on | September 9, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    I think India gonna face same treatment in ODI's.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | September 9, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    OK for all those jumping the gun let's not do the same mistake of labelling him as the next Tendulkar ....Dravid and what not. Let him play few test matches before we can judge him. Same things were told about Rohit Sharma. India's test cricket future looks extremely bleak unless we can also produce quality fast bowlers. These young future Indian batsmen cannot handle the short pitched delivaries and also have no technique to play in swinging conditions. To confopund the problem we have no bowlers who can bowl consistently > 140 Km/h. I guess it's time to focus on our national game of HOCKEY and stop playing CRICKET.

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | September 9, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    the averages are largely due to poor bowling and low standards n flat pitches; even test batting averages (all teams) of the past decade are a little inflated due to lower bowling stds and flat pitches; i also believe that both badri n even sharma couldve been decent enough test bats if selected at the right time and given a fair chance; however, there are a number of batsmen with high domestic averages in india who should never be near any test team; this reflects the fact that save for some quality spinners and the odd decent medium pacer indian cricket churns out few good bowlers- but r board isnt worried its still the richest; unfortunately there are no quality spinners in sight and only a few decent medium pacers at present; this impacts the batting - india has had only 2 periods of a number of quality batsmen both after mid 60s (there was always at least 1 decent bat always); this improved results but not by that much, wheres pontings 100 test wins vs an odd test win away?

  • POSTED BY stark-truth on | September 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    English continue to torment Indian players - normal service resumed in Rahane's case too - gone for a duck at the Oval!

  • POSTED BY favor on | September 9, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @ Herbet: I agree that Rahane should concentrate on tests and try to find a sopt in the squad. However, I do not agree that the averages are just because of poor bowling. Irrespective of the bowling, you need outstanding talent and skill to be as consistent to maintain an average of over 60 in around 100 tests, which most of them have. I'm not sure if you are mentioning about Ajay Sharma and Badrinath, the others on th top of the list. To be fair to them and to Rahane, they have played 1,2 and 0 tests, respectively. People with those averages would have come good if only they got a few more chances. It is mainly because of the biased selection policies, that provide far too many chances to some preferred ones and far too less chances to others. If they have better averages against the same bowling quality, they probably are better than at least all the other Indian batsmen. Give these guys enough chances and then bury them if you want to. Don't base assessment on just matches played.

  • POSTED BY Akif-Ali on | September 9, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    I think its the time to rent services of Waseem Akram and give him a duty to find young talented fast bowlers from india and train them to perform at international level. Only good batsman wont help india to climb at the top & if some how they manage to reach that landmark again, then another clean sweap again can happen. Indian always have batsman to support the cause but never had top class bowling department.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | September 9, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    should try to score some more runs and not be satisfied with 40s and 50s. he has done well so far, but to cement a spot in tests ahead of yuvraj singh, raina, badrinath, sharma, vijay and mukund, he needs a substantial score (100+) soon in this ODI series. you hit a hundred against an attack like this and you are a certainty in all forms of indian cricket. i agree with another poster that he needs to work on his fitness and stamina. even in the T20, after running some runs, he was tired and sitting on his haunches.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    I wonder why Venu cant be given a chance again in ODI's and Rayudu in T20's. Irfan can be bought back and he can be lethal most of the times.... Can contribute with the bat too.. Surely better than Jadeja in all aspects...

  • POSTED BY Herbet on | September 9, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Rahane looks a promising and tidy player, and would make probably the best choice as the replacement for Dravid at 3 in the test side if and when Dravid ever retires. Before that though he needs to have a look at test cricket first and find his feet and should be the new 6 for now in place of Raina. As promising as he is though, the fact that he averages 67 in first class cricket is more a reflection on the level of bowling and type of pitches on the Indian domestic circuit than it is on him. When you go on Records on Cricinfo, and have a look at the all time highest 1st Class averages, most of them are Indians, recent players who either didn't play any tests or didn't play many. To average 67 anywhere else you would have to be one of the greatest players of all time, nobody as ever averaged that high in England, not even 60. That can't be good.

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | September 9, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    allrounders are a prob- fans want them so india can play 5 recognisable bowlers, but selectors n msd may prefer allrounder as 4th bowler n continue with 6 bats- in that case bowling may be weakened as even genuine class allrounders rarely score runs n take wickets in the same test; so in most tests india would be reduced to 3 bowlers; having said that, i have long maintained that if every1 including irfan gave up expecting the next akram, he could become a zaidi style bowler of tight accurate cutters at 120kph which would be acceptable for a 5th bowler; but this isnt happening; more promising news is that pravin kumar is likely to play county cricket next summer- if he plays full season the first impact will be on improved batting and fielding (adding some pace, learning to use the wind etc may take longer) and he may develop into a bowling allrounder. i hope though that india dont play him as 4th bowler but use the resulting opportunity to to select an additional bowler in the xi.

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | September 9, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    ps in that u19 series in good batting conditions rahane scored 179, and couple of others got centuries but it was his 50s in adverse circumstances that indicated to me his potential; thereafter i have read of his hunger for runs in domestic cricket; all of this indicated to me that he ought to have got a look in ahead of rohit sharma (admittedly, more likely than rahane to score 400 at home vs bd on a flattrack test)or kohli or vijay or tiwary (i have read critics even demanding that rayudu be selected) 1 thing i am confused about is whether hes more comfy opening or at no 3? he should be played in the position hes most comfy at in tests. also i rate the ability to counter or at least adequately cope with the short ball more highly than most indian observors most of whom appear to regard it as an optional extra at best. here again rahane appears to show more promise than others in contention (including kohli n mulund who had otherwise earlier impressed me with their temperaments).

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | September 9, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    for many years and again before the odi series i have maintained that pujara n rahane have looked to me to be the young bats most likely to perform at test levels. i do not base my assessment on short format at all and in longer format i do not look only at scores but at conditions under which the runs were scored. hence performance away and especially in adverse circumstances catches my eye, unlike nsd and indian fans, selectors critics i am less impressed by shots and i do not share their views that all international cricket is the same, or that 70% of tests will be played in india so just enjoy abroad dont get hassled if you cant perform away. i see performance in away tests in unfamiliar conditions especially adverse circumstances as the true test of test class. so rahane caught my attention by his 2x 50s in adverse circumstances in nz for india u19 tests in 2007. his ability to adapt more quickly abroad n stand up in a crisis marked him out for me as a potential future test star.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    i agree with moko 58. rahane needs 2 keep his temparement & not get carried away with 40's & 50's. he 's got talent & make its full use. he needs 2 learn -make hay while sun shines. so when u r in form, dont throw away ur wicket. he plays cross-bat quite often & hence vulnerable for lbw & looks in a hurry when playing fw shots.All said & done a very exciting prospect 2 join the likes of rohit & virat. Hope we find good bowlers too.

  • POSTED BY Kothandaram on | September 9, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    It has been a good start to Rahane' international career. he looks to be a compact player. he has the potential but his real test will come when he has played a few international games and whenever he is picked for Tests.. well begun is half-done and the Mumbai batsman can be one for the future, if he is nurtured properly. good to see Parthiv batting well at the top of the order. he has shown courage in taking on the short stuff and deserves a decent run in the side, at least as a batsman.. one has to say Dinesh Karthik wasted the chances that came his way and fell by the wayside. what is puzzling is that the selectors plump for Saha for the Tests in England and then dump him for the odis squad. can't understand the logic behind his selection

  • POSTED BY vpk23 on | September 9, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    The Indian selectors give these boys a look in the coming series as testers for the future bench strength as well a recall for few who has got the potential.. Mayank Agarwal Ashok Menaria Abu Nechim Gnaneswara Rao ------------------------------ Second chancers Venugopal Rao Lak Balaji I Pathan Uthappa A Mithun

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 9, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    INDIAN FANS should not be disppointed too much of the future. In emerging tournaments played in Australia recently. India finished tops in both tournaments. Some stats from those tournaments showed we had the second most no of centurions ,Most wickets from our bowlers(50), most sixes. In that tournament - Rahane, Tiwari, Pandey,Menaria shone in the batting. Varun, Vinay, Iqbal, Unadkat shone in the bowling. The tournament had SA, Australia, NZ, India playing. We appeared to be 2nd to SA in the bowling department and had more team members contributing in the batting than the other teams. Again two SA batsman were tops

  • POSTED BY moko58 on | September 9, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Rahane seems to tire easily. In the first ODI he asked for water when he was around his 50. Nobody got him water of course. He hit out at 64 or so and got back. In the second ODI he needed a runner. The support staff should help him improve his stamina.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Its too early to write about Rahane. His orthodox style is very good and showed promise in the 3 international innings he played.. scores of 61,40,54 prove that. But he needs to maintain it till the end of the series... In both ODI's Parthiv showed good promise with 123 runs from 125 balls. Also Rahul played for a good partnership with Rahane in 2nd game. Virat shined in the 1st, Raina chipped with late knocks in both the games at faster rate. the only worry is the bowling and indian bowling lacks ability to make use of the wet ball due to lack of pace. India relys too much on swing & spin rather than pace & flight. Thats the main cause for losing 2nd game. Hope they give better performance today atleast to keep the series alive....

  • POSTED BY only_sehwag on | September 9, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Its a matter of concern that Rahane came to England and talked to Tendulkar..the last thing we want this young kid to do is to chase meaningless records throughout his life and give a damn about the team...

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | September 9, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    SOME OF THE YOUNG BATSMEN ARE DOING VERY GOOD IN THE SEPTEMBER CONDITIONS. WE YET TO SEE THEM PLAYING GOOD SPIN BOWLING. RAHANE APPROACH TO THE SHORT BALL IS GOOD SO FAR. WHAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS IS INDIA BOWLING. AS AN INDIAN FAN, I AM OVER THE YEARS E-MAILING THE INDIAN BOARD AND ASKING THEM TO GET CRICKET OFFICIALS TO GO IN THE COUNTRY AREA AND SEEK OUT PLAYERS WITH POTENTIALS AND GIVE THEM SCHOOLING. THIS MIGHT BE THE ANSWER TO INDIA CRICKET. SO FAR THE BOWLING OVER THE YEARS ARE BELOW TEST CRICKET STANDARD. INDIA MUST FORM A SEARCHING TEAM TO GET BOWLERS. FAST AND SPIN. THEY ALL LACK OF BOWLING DIRECTION AND LINE ? I ALSO ADVOCATE FOR FIVE RECOGNIZED BOWLERS IN ALL THEIR MATCHES. S.N. SINGH U.S.A.

  • POSTED BY prasanna_79 on | September 9, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    The best way to judge a talent is to put them in the deep and see what they have got.Impressed with the technique and balance shown by rahane,albeit in the shorter formats.He seems to have time in his hands to play the pace bowlers and have not seen him once beaten outside the off stump in this series so far.. Westindies home series an ideal oppurtunity for the selectors to try out some of these few talented batsmen.. Dhoni should remain captain in the shorter formats and should be stripped of test captaincy and be told that performance in future tests will decide his test future (Did nothing in the England test series except for a couple of gud inngs in the 3rd test and kept on making the same mistakes while batting)

  • POSTED BY bookie7600 on | September 9, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    CANNOT WAIT for this guy to make his debut in TEST Matches. I don't care how much he scores in ODI's as long as he has a proper technique. He bats with a STRAIGHT BAT and scores his runs in a very orthodox manner which is what India need in test matches too. Look at Raina in ODI - all he can do to get a SIX is clear his front leg and SLOG. ODI's is a diff ball game and we need players like Raina to bat at no 5-6 but NOT in Tests. There is a reason he has an average of 67+ in domestic in th elast 4 years. I hope Pujara, Rahane, Virat are given a decent run in Tests rather than Raina, Vijay who have ZERO technique.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | September 9, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    I think the biggest lesson India can learn from this drubbing is to identify the core players for the next 5-10 years. The team should be built around: rahane, mukund, badri, ashwin, rohit, kohli, pujara. These players should be played on both versions of the game. For ODI only include yuvraj, raina, dhoni. This would give us a good pool of talent. The next is to find similar pool with bowlers. Right now I see only Ashwin for both versions of the game at both sub-continent and overseas. I know badri's age is not on his side, but he is technically one of the best India has to offer at both subcontinent and overseas. Also he is a very hard working guy and agile in the field. From this series we have learned the following: yuvraj and raina are only short version wonders. harbhajan is a total failure unless the pitch has holes and cracks. Dhoni is fit for only subcontinent pitches.

  • POSTED BY Evangelyst on | September 8, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Rahane is certainly a promising talent. But lets not expect him and the likes of Pujara, Mukund and Sharma to be the next golden generation. Each of them should be given ample opportunities to develop their game at an international level so as to reach their full potential.

    Also interesting to note Rahane's comment that he had absolutely no preparation before going to England. This is in sharp contrast to all pundits who are attributing India's abysmal performance to lack of preparation before the England tour. Wonder what these pundits have to say about that!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 8, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Rahane has played well, but his strengths are in playing the short ball and clipping the ball off his legs. I'm sure as they study film of him the England coaches will come up with a game plan, based on a full length outside off stump. Likewise Parthiv- it's absolutely wrong to bowl short at him. Well pitched up and leaving him will give the slips and gully plenty of work. These are young players and it takes a while to work them out, but I expect over the next three games to see England start to shut them down. India's bowling is another matter; we keep hearing new names but of those who have been tried only Praveen and to a lesser extent Ishant have looked promising. It would be interesting to see Aaron, but he's 21, has played 11 first-class games and has a bowling average of 38. Don't expect too much just yet.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 8, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    India need Rahane & Parthiv to give them good start as in the previous 2 ODI's. Kohli, Dhoni need to do their bit instead of playing reckless shots. Dhoni has done precious little except giving excuses for the losses. First he said we could have done with another 25 runs in the T-20 loss. Then he said the Indian bowling is too weak. When 3 injuries occured he had chance to ask for 3 bowlers. But he asked for Jadeja + 2 batsmen.If the bowling was weak why not ask for 3 good bowlers? I can name 2 good spinners - Ojha &, Rahul Sharma. Rahul would take wkts. economically & ojha will tie up one end. No way would they give 11 runs/over as we saw in the last ODI.How can you win when you leak runs like a sieve?Tight bowling, tight fielding and aggressive batting win matches.Our youngsters batted so well only to see their efforts wasted by the bowlers. What can we expect tomorrow? I hope the Indian batting stays on top. Get Aeron,Kumar & Munaf + Ashwin & Jadeja, if he has arrived.Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | September 8, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    India desperately needs a couple of strike bowlers: a spinner and a pace bowler who can bowl at pace, are the real need of the hour.

  • POSTED BY lokphy on | September 8, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    @Jithin: Yes.. we need 2 good pacers + 2 good spinners and the present batsmen (Dhoni has to pull the socks) weather injured or fit will work for us....

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Its as easy to write someone up as its easy to write someone down. Rahane, whilst he has looked impressive, has only played 3-4 innings at the international level. To hail him as a future savior of Indian cricket is a bit premature. We have seen many bright stars fade away in recent past, hence I am a bit guarded in my expectations.

  • POSTED BY maninthedarkness on | September 8, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Guys.... Cool down... This kid Rahane has just played 2 ODI's and how do you judge a player based on that.... Let him first play few away test matches and then judge him... No doubt he has played tremendously well in the one day's but that is not the way you judge a player's skills... For example: Raina

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Love that we have unearthed another batsmen for the future. An hate to rain on that parade. But where are the next generation of bowlers. An area of deeper concern if you ask me.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | September 8, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Rahane looks pretty decent - but how does he look if he's pushing a "legend" out of the team? Mmm.....

  • POSTED BY Vinod on | September 8, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Shrikanth and co should see beyond Tamil Nadu & Chennai. There is talent everywhere. If right players are selected India can never lose.! If you select players like M Vijay and Mukund who have done hardly anything in the domestic circuit, we bound to lose.

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    I think why Rahane has not played over Mukund and Abhishek is for Mr.Srikanth to answer....It is time people without parochial ties are selected as selectors....say a Srinath, Kumble and Ganguly. All these guys I am sure will think India before their regional interests...I know Srinath promoted Zaheer at a very early stage and like Kumble and Ganguly guys you need in selection committee, people with Stature..

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Mukund,Rahane, Kholi, Rohit Sharma, Pujara given time they could blossom into India's next golden generation

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | September 8, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    There is cricketing life outside Chennai, Mr. Srikkant and Mr. N. Srinivasan!

  • POSTED BY 2011Wc on | September 8, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    What a talent.. He s the mould of amla,Trott,devilliers. I've been following his performances for quiet a sometime(averages 67). He scores in every away tournaments. Really good find after the likes of SureshRaina(cap),ViratKohli(VC) followed by RohitSharma,Pujara,Mukund(yet to grow). He ll be one of the bests in the game for indians in some 4-5 years. I like him pull and hook Some of the good bowlers in world now(Anderson,broad,bresnen,dernbach).. Go Ajinkya continue ur passion for the game

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | September 8, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Yes impressive debut so far. But would have been better if he got in a 3 day game or test. T20 fifties can't really be used to judge a player, that is how you end up with a Raina in the test squad.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | September 8, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    A star for the present and future!

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | September 8, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    These young guys might lose a few, but our batting looks in good hands for the future........with Pujara and Abhinav Mithun also showing promising starts.....i think we will continue to do well as far as batting is concerned...

    Bowling is the main issue and more so the spin department......god knows where the next Srinath and Kumble will come from?.........

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  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | September 8, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    These young guys might lose a few, but our batting looks in good hands for the future........with Pujara and Abhinav Mithun also showing promising starts.....i think we will continue to do well as far as batting is concerned...

    Bowling is the main issue and more so the spin department......god knows where the next Srinath and Kumble will come from?.........

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | September 8, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    A star for the present and future!

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | September 8, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Yes impressive debut so far. But would have been better if he got in a 3 day game or test. T20 fifties can't really be used to judge a player, that is how you end up with a Raina in the test squad.

  • POSTED BY 2011Wc on | September 8, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    What a talent.. He s the mould of amla,Trott,devilliers. I've been following his performances for quiet a sometime(averages 67). He scores in every away tournaments. Really good find after the likes of SureshRaina(cap),ViratKohli(VC) followed by RohitSharma,Pujara,Mukund(yet to grow). He ll be one of the bests in the game for indians in some 4-5 years. I like him pull and hook Some of the good bowlers in world now(Anderson,broad,bresnen,dernbach).. Go Ajinkya continue ur passion for the game

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | September 8, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    There is cricketing life outside Chennai, Mr. Srikkant and Mr. N. Srinivasan!

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Mukund,Rahane, Kholi, Rohit Sharma, Pujara given time they could blossom into India's next golden generation

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    I think why Rahane has not played over Mukund and Abhishek is for Mr.Srikanth to answer....It is time people without parochial ties are selected as selectors....say a Srinath, Kumble and Ganguly. All these guys I am sure will think India before their regional interests...I know Srinath promoted Zaheer at a very early stage and like Kumble and Ganguly guys you need in selection committee, people with Stature..

  • POSTED BY Vinod on | September 8, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Shrikanth and co should see beyond Tamil Nadu & Chennai. There is talent everywhere. If right players are selected India can never lose.! If you select players like M Vijay and Mukund who have done hardly anything in the domestic circuit, we bound to lose.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | September 8, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Rahane looks pretty decent - but how does he look if he's pushing a "legend" out of the team? Mmm.....

  • POSTED BY on | September 8, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Love that we have unearthed another batsmen for the future. An hate to rain on that parade. But where are the next generation of bowlers. An area of deeper concern if you ask me.