New Zealand tour of India 2012-13 August 19, 2012

Badrinath replaces Laxman for New Zealand Tests

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S Badrinath, the Tamil Nadu batsman, has been called up to the India squad for the Tests against New Zealand as a replacement for VVS Laxman. Laxman, who was in the 15-man squad for the two-Test series, announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect on Saturday.

Badrinath, 31, has played two Tests for India, the last being in early 2010 in the home series against South Africa. He has a Test best of 56 in his three innings. His most recent international appearance was during the limited-overs leg of India's tour of the West Indies last summer.

A consistent performer on the domestic circuit, Badrinath was the highest run-getter in the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy, where he amassed 922 runs at 131.71. However, he had a middling 2011-12 season: he had picked up a shoulder injury during the Challenger Trophy in October last year and, as a result, missed the first three rounds of the Ranji Trophy. When he returned, he scored 292 runs in nine innings.

When Rahul Dravid retired in March, Badrinath's name floated around as a possible replacement for him in the India Test middle-order. But, at that point, a BCCI official had told ESPNcricinfo that the odds were against Badrinath. "Not only is he 30-plus, but he has been tested already," the official said. "He is a good player at domestic level but unfortunately does not seem to fit at the highest level."

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  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    WHY ISNT ROHIT SHARMA GETTING EVEN ONE CHANCE? SERIOUSLY, HE HAS NEVER BEEN ALLOWED TO PLAY TEST CRICKET DESPITE A FIRST CLASS BATTING AVG > 60. Ridiculous. Rohit Sharma should have got a chance. Badri and Pujara are good first class players like VVS & Dravid as is Rohit. But Rohit is required to prove himself in ODIs to order to get ONE chance at test cricket. Stupid policy. Might as well see how good he is at table tennis to prove himself for the lawn tennis team. On the WI A team tour, Rohit was 2nd best behind only Pujara and ahead of Mukund, Rahane, Tiwary and others. Rohit is like VVS. VVS was not required to prove himself at ODIs before playing test cricket and neither was Dravid (nor Pujara or Badri for that matter).

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @Jishnu.v.v - pleasssssseeeeeeeee. Hussey is called Mr Cricket. Dont compare players like Badri with him.

  • POSTED BY Karthic2228 on | August 22, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @Haleos.. I dont what makes u to think badri is old for test cricket. and indian test team is already young mainly test cricket wise...And Badri is some one who has a art of partnership in the middle. AND ONCE AGAIN FOR U TEST CRICKET IS NOT ABOUT AGE IT IS ABOUT TEMPERAMENT,TECHNIQUE , CONSISTENCY AND PATIENCE. I dnt wanna say badri has all these bt am sure that he has lot of PATIENCE. Even tolerating critics like u.... Cheers buddy.

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    if badri is old n unfit, rohit is also unfit n he is already 26.give a 5 year old guy a chance to establish. badri show ur metal man

  • POSTED BY Jishnu.v.v on | August 22, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Indian Micheal Hussey!! Badri go places!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | August 21, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @shandeena: Comparing Badri with Rohit is fine and justifies ur statements.But dont take on Yuvraj.Even in test matches when the team s on crisis situation Yuvraj stands up.His hundred against pakistan when india were 4 down under fifty , hs knock against englad under pressure in Mumbai test , even in England he scored 65 in first innings before getting injured in second innings.But yes badri truly deserves a place.And mind ur statements there are lot of Yuvraj fans around here unlike Rohit.

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | August 21, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    For God sake give Badri a chance to fail. He got a chance to play only 3 innings in test matches. Yuvaraj Singh inspite of his repeated failures went on to play 37 test matches whereas a guy like Badri does not even get a chance to showcase his skills. Rohit got 88 chances in ODI's and we still wait for him to be a success. You may have all the talent in the world. If you cannot put that to practice there is no use. There is no question about Rohit's talent. He needs the work ethic. Giving him the training regimen of Dravid or Kohli he will say good bye to cricket.

  • POSTED BY Dhanvanth on | August 21, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    I would like to suggest some options for the present crisis for Team India: the slip cordon...basically slip fielding requires good reflexes and not good athletics, so in my opinion ashwin and sehwag(lazy geese) would be the best two ppl to secure the 1st and 2nd slip positions previously occupied by the legends laxman and dravid not oly for pacers but for spin as well. Gambhir or pujara should be at short fine leg. kohli or badri at point. Other guys can be at all other positions..wrt laxman dravid retirement, i would say no one can replace but can oly emulate them!

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | August 21, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    @Haleos - Yeah Yeah after 88 ODI innings we know what kind of player he is. Just good enuf for T20.In ODI's the opposition has to be Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. I am not sure about Bangladesh these days too. He might suck there too. Check out his last 10 innings and come here to comment. Give the same number of chances to Badri and wait to see where he will be.

  • POSTED BY Crickathon on | August 21, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Thanks for so many responses to my earlier comment. There is a bit of psychology involved here. At the recent Olympics, we all watched our Indians perform in whichever sport they were in, even though all statistics were pointing he/she was not good enough for a medal. Why? Because they represent our region on the world stage. Bringing this one level down, you still want to see a player from your region in the playing 11 because he is from your region. This is psychology. Now fit this mindset into a selector's brain - there you have the reason for all the flavours I pointed out earlier. The regional team being a champion team is not a pre-requisite for this psychological mindset. I am not saying this is right or wrong. I am just saying that this practically happens and it has been happening since the days of the great Ranjith Singhji. People who see life the practical way would appreciate the truth in my comment. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    WHY ISNT ROHIT SHARMA GETTING EVEN ONE CHANCE? SERIOUSLY, HE HAS NEVER BEEN ALLOWED TO PLAY TEST CRICKET DESPITE A FIRST CLASS BATTING AVG > 60. Ridiculous. Rohit Sharma should have got a chance. Badri and Pujara are good first class players like VVS & Dravid as is Rohit. But Rohit is required to prove himself in ODIs to order to get ONE chance at test cricket. Stupid policy. Might as well see how good he is at table tennis to prove himself for the lawn tennis team. On the WI A team tour, Rohit was 2nd best behind only Pujara and ahead of Mukund, Rahane, Tiwary and others. Rohit is like VVS. VVS was not required to prove himself at ODIs before playing test cricket and neither was Dravid (nor Pujara or Badri for that matter).

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @Jishnu.v.v - pleasssssseeeeeeeee. Hussey is called Mr Cricket. Dont compare players like Badri with him.

  • POSTED BY Karthic2228 on | August 22, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @Haleos.. I dont what makes u to think badri is old for test cricket. and indian test team is already young mainly test cricket wise...And Badri is some one who has a art of partnership in the middle. AND ONCE AGAIN FOR U TEST CRICKET IS NOT ABOUT AGE IT IS ABOUT TEMPERAMENT,TECHNIQUE , CONSISTENCY AND PATIENCE. I dnt wanna say badri has all these bt am sure that he has lot of PATIENCE. Even tolerating critics like u.... Cheers buddy.

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    if badri is old n unfit, rohit is also unfit n he is already 26.give a 5 year old guy a chance to establish. badri show ur metal man

  • POSTED BY Jishnu.v.v on | August 22, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Indian Micheal Hussey!! Badri go places!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | August 21, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @shandeena: Comparing Badri with Rohit is fine and justifies ur statements.But dont take on Yuvraj.Even in test matches when the team s on crisis situation Yuvraj stands up.His hundred against pakistan when india were 4 down under fifty , hs knock against englad under pressure in Mumbai test , even in England he scored 65 in first innings before getting injured in second innings.But yes badri truly deserves a place.And mind ur statements there are lot of Yuvraj fans around here unlike Rohit.

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | August 21, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    For God sake give Badri a chance to fail. He got a chance to play only 3 innings in test matches. Yuvaraj Singh inspite of his repeated failures went on to play 37 test matches whereas a guy like Badri does not even get a chance to showcase his skills. Rohit got 88 chances in ODI's and we still wait for him to be a success. You may have all the talent in the world. If you cannot put that to practice there is no use. There is no question about Rohit's talent. He needs the work ethic. Giving him the training regimen of Dravid or Kohli he will say good bye to cricket.

  • POSTED BY Dhanvanth on | August 21, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    I would like to suggest some options for the present crisis for Team India: the slip cordon...basically slip fielding requires good reflexes and not good athletics, so in my opinion ashwin and sehwag(lazy geese) would be the best two ppl to secure the 1st and 2nd slip positions previously occupied by the legends laxman and dravid not oly for pacers but for spin as well. Gambhir or pujara should be at short fine leg. kohli or badri at point. Other guys can be at all other positions..wrt laxman dravid retirement, i would say no one can replace but can oly emulate them!

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | August 21, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    @Haleos - Yeah Yeah after 88 ODI innings we know what kind of player he is. Just good enuf for T20.In ODI's the opposition has to be Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. I am not sure about Bangladesh these days too. He might suck there too. Check out his last 10 innings and come here to comment. Give the same number of chances to Badri and wait to see where he will be.

  • POSTED BY Crickathon on | August 21, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Thanks for so many responses to my earlier comment. There is a bit of psychology involved here. At the recent Olympics, we all watched our Indians perform in whichever sport they were in, even though all statistics were pointing he/she was not good enough for a medal. Why? Because they represent our region on the world stage. Bringing this one level down, you still want to see a player from your region in the playing 11 because he is from your region. This is psychology. Now fit this mindset into a selector's brain - there you have the reason for all the flavours I pointed out earlier. The regional team being a champion team is not a pre-requisite for this psychological mindset. I am not saying this is right or wrong. I am just saying that this practically happens and it has been happening since the days of the great Ranjith Singhji. People who see life the practical way would appreciate the truth in my comment. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    The board gave a statement on Badri he got chances why dont they think even Rohit Sharma got lot more chances then him but he proved to be a failure then too he is getting more and more chances by telling him youngster see the comparison between Rohit Sharma and Kholi and that also showed Rohit is good player but in domestic level and not international level no board member gave statement about Rohit got enough changes now we need to go for new player

  • POSTED BY Fan1969 on | August 21, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    IMPORTANT: Can anyone throw light on who are the best young SLIP fielders from Kohli, Raina, Rahane, Pujara, Rohit, Tewari and Badri? India struggles to get 20 wickets and without slip catchers we will see boring draws with even NZ batsmen getting dropped often. Select that guy.

    In my opinion it was time for Dravid and Laxman to move on as they had started dropping slip catches besides the occassional error while batting. Kudos to them for moving on NOW.

    Frankly the Badri issue is much discussed but I doubt he will get a game. Raina, Pujara will be preferred and will succeed against a below average NZ attack. Badri will soon be missing if Rohit/Tewari or anyone does well in T20. They will be rewarded with a TEST position. With Srikkanth not being a chief selector any longer, Badri will be the first to get the boot again.

    Chikka tried for Badri but he has poor luck!! He got a TEST break when Steyn, at his best, made Badri look ordinary.

  • POSTED BY Itzmevv on | August 21, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Where is robin bist and majumdar . .these young guys should be groomed and think it is d ri8 tym

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    In the meam time, enjoy the comments from frustrated england fans, talking some words in frustration in this thread, woow what a humiliation for england in their own tailor made pitche Anybody please remind me when india lost the home test series, People say our bowling is worst, our batting in green pitches are bad, we lost the first test match in SA and we bounced back and drawn the series in SA, BUT see now, eng having best fast bowlers, best fast track bullies, but they lost , please tell me which is great humiliation, I am really happy today, and also many indian fans

  • POSTED BY Ayush_Chauhan on | August 21, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Badri is a good choice, and the series being in India, and against New Zealand, I hope he plays and gets some runs, @TRAM you say a player was not picked cause he was from TN, and then you say don't bring in politics...weird

  • POSTED BY HardHitrz on | August 21, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I like to see india should be washed out in this series as well as t20.Also i want to see india to be come out of from group stages in t20 world cup.Then india wil be in a better position from the sole looser dhoni.he is one to take out from indian squad

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    I don't think anybody *hates* Badri. (I am a fan). But most people think that its too late for him and its a case bolting the barn after the horse has flied. Think of it this way - last season Abhinav Mukund scored @72. Why Badri (who scored @36) should get a nod ahead of Mukund ? I agree that Mukund is an opener, but in Indian conditions, no.6 gets to face new ball - Abhinav would've done the job nicely there. I think Laxman also retired early so someone young could get groomed.

  • POSTED BY AABIRSABEEL on | August 21, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    KAIF is better than BADRI ........................

  • POSTED BY Preciouss on | August 21, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    +1 to this one @Crickathon. All the times of Mumbai, Karnatak, Delhi flavors, those respective teams were RANJI CHAMPIONS and included not just new faces but also well established ones. That is why we had no objection with them. What we are seeing here is a team TN that has not won Ranji in last 10 years - Yet it has 4 NEW faces in Indian TEST team in last 4 yrs (Vijay, Mukund, Badri and Ashwin) while teams that have actually won Ranji - Mumbai (5 in 10 yrs, 3 in last 5 yrs) and Rajasthan (2 in last 2 years) does not have a single player who played TEST for India in last 4 year. Now that is why this smacks of regionalism and we cannot live with it. Not be mention the fact that best batsmen every produced from TN is the chief selector himself who averages a pathetic below 30 in both test and ODI. He probably would not even have made Mumbai team then. Yet here we are led to believe that Vijay, Mukund and Badri are next savior batsmen for India. How naive can you get. Please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | August 21, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Why not badri haters take a look at this link http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/26806.html

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | August 21, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    I am not sure why people are discussing about Badri too much, since he will be in bench no matter when he is in team. More over, people are not talking about S Raina selection who failed 8 tests in row. Poor taste by fans.

    I am sure RG will come back. He has good techniques. I am happy to see 3 people in team: Rahane, Pujara & Badri.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | August 21, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    @gdalvi, Mumbai batsmen amassed runs always because Bombay pitch was always FLAT. That means 50% of their ranji matches their top players will score centuries after centuries. Whereas, Madras on the other hand always had worst spin track (I am talking about olden days - yes, I am watching cricket since 70's). So Madras batsmen would never score a century 50% of their matches. This is much similar to recent India flat pitches that has created many flat track bullies. Now going back, in spite of all the bowler-friendly Madras pitches, players like T.E.Srinivasan & V.Sivaramakrishnan scored centuries. I remember Imran Khan saying 'no other batsman treated me this way' after TE's knock. Yet, TE was never given a chance - simply because he was TN player. And finally what makes you say a ranji winning team must contain great players??? It is a team effort. Brian brothers and LeanderPeas/Bupathi etc can win ONLY doubles (team effort). I dont want to bring many other politics.

  • POSTED BY V.Rajaa on | August 21, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    All Badri bashers, badri only played 2 tests n got a 56 in one innings.Played only handfull of t20s n got mom in one vs wi in their home.A tn player shd not get his place in d side until he gets into 30s n then u all wd mention his age.Nohit sharma never played test cricket.Agreed.He was a sucess wn he came into d t20 side in 2007.But lost his case very much pathetically in odis over d years.U ppl calls he wd b a success in tests?His talent in paper is so bright,but wt he showed in d ground is worthless.His discipline is d major pro and his laziness wd not make him as a success in any level n his attitude wdn't make him any gud.And Ind needs a senior batsman 2 replace one of d retired Rahul/Laxman. U cna't put same age group ppl once again n let feel their voids after all of their's carrer is over. Ind just needs a player just for 5 to 6 yrs to guide d team wth his experience n to handover d baton to a young man in 5 or 6 yrs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    @pranay001: Speaking of Rohit Sharma... he has not played a single test yet. So your argument is falls flat on face. LOL! (And tests are not T20s.. or ODIs, last I checked!)

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    @maddy20 - Thinnest argument in the world. You seem to base your thoughts on one-off cases . Both your examples are against the odds . Micheal hussey is a one off case who was successful after making a late debut. When you have players 5-6 years younger than badri with the same first class average it makes more sense to give them a chance. Also you are complaining about sachin playing at 39 and you expect badri to play till the same age.. sense a bit of hyprocrism there. And regarding you examples of sachins so called 'failures' , you may want to check who was the maximum run scorer for India in those World Cups.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | August 20, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    @maddy20: That's surprising to say Badri plays short balls pretty well. I have in fact seen the opposite of it. I have seen Badri struggle against pacey short balls not as worse as Raina though.

  • POSTED BY pranay001 on | August 20, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Badri gets his due finally. He has the technique to drop the anchor at #3 and carry the innings on his shoulders. His first class average is testament to his ability to carry on. Any one who brings regionalism into the discussion does not understand Cricket. Badri should look forward to playing at the top level for the next five to six years. The team has tried several batsmen like Rohit Sharma, who were found to be woefully inadequate with technique, temparament or discipline. Good luck, Badri.

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | August 20, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Badri has at least three to four years of top class cricket in him. Hope he gets a decent run in the team...hope he is not sacrificed for some "wet behind the ears" prodigal youngster...Test cricket needs temperament and Badri has oodles of it...

  • POSTED BY Jishnu.v.v on | August 20, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    A very good replacement. Brilliant cricketer. Ever since i sw him play for CSK i realized his potential. He was being given chances in twenty20's only. Only 3 test matches he has played so far.

    Am very happy for him!!! Am a big fan of him!! I pray that he cements his place in the team for long.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    gud replacemnt in badri...

  • POSTED BY rajiv_cruise on | August 20, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    [Cont] @gdalvi. about Badri's fielding. he is an excellent fielder and is very fit at 32. Look @ Rohit and Zaheer they look 35+. No bad fielder will be fielding in bkward pt (Jonty's position) if hes bad.Winning Ranji doesnt mean anything when it comes to team selection. Dhoni, Umesh Yadav are not from one of the Ranji winning Teams.same applies to Manoj Tiw, & Pujara.. You can play for a bad Ranji Team but still be good to be selected to play for Team India. I am not questioning Manoj Tiwary or Cheteshwar Pujara...They deserve a place so do Badri. Compared to Badri other guys have got their dues much much early..atleast they have their age on their side when people started talking about them. Think for a moment without bias..what did this poor guy do wrong for all these years and yet be judged by 3 innings against a formidable SA attack in full flow. Still he managed 50 plus score once that too when SA's bowling was lethal to say the least. That showed his poise for Test cric

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    As a Badri fan, I am v.v.happy that he will get a good chance to silence his critics against the NZ attack. As a Laxman fan, I think his retirement has gone in vain, as he wanted a young player to be groomed.

  • POSTED BY rajiv_cruise on | August 20, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    @gdalvi Yes ...well established players like Vijay Bharadwaj, MSK Prasad, Sunil Joshi and even for that matter venkatesh prasad....Even Samir Dighe got more chance than Badri...Do you remember David Johnson...what talent did he have..Someone was mentioning Wasim Jaffer ..dude this guy got n number of chances ...don't even tell me he dint get his chances.Md. Kaif wasted his chances...Do you remember the great Rajesh Chauhan, Hrishikesh Kanitkar...Rohit Sharma...talent on paper and useless...if Rohit has even 10% of what Kohli has he would have been a bigger star..We even gave so many chance to Dinesh Mongia, Atul Bedade...But every one is questioning the inclusion of some TN players. You dont have to be winners of Ranji all the time for one slot...its a team game. See how TN is consistent every year inspite of the lack of penetrative bowling..No one is asking for entire TN team to replace Tm. Ind. but give chance to worthy...Someone mentioned Badri is a poor fielder..[Continued]

  • POSTED BY Ashu_CricketFan on | August 20, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I guess Badri should have followed the Afridi school of thought and kept his age a constant :)

  • POSTED BY usernames on | August 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Having said all of that, I have a very strong feeling that Raina is going to play at least the next few test matches at #6, with Kohli at #5. Ideally, my team would be: Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Badrinath, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Umesh, Zaheer. Rahane deserves a run but unless Badrinath fails, I don't see where he fits in.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | August 20, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    I actually think this is a fair decision. Rohit was low on confidence and Badrinath has such a good FC record -- for a *long* period of time -- that he just can't be ignored. Yes, age isn't on his side but he can easily play for the next 5 years if he is good and that's all that we should be worried about. From whatever I've seen of him, he is as fit as anyone in Indian cricket and since he gets opportunities once in a blue moon, he will have the hunger to perform too. Hope he gets a decent run -- at least as much as Raina did -- before we pass any kind of a judgement on him as a player. Let's not bring age into the equation: the best XI for a country should play, simple as that. It makes the choice between him and Rahane a little difficult though; Rahane has a spectacular record in FCC and deserves a run, too! Averaging 60 over such a long time is no joke -- let's see what he can do at the international level.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | August 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    @Virag Shinde Michael Hussey made his debut at 32 and we all know what happened after that. If an aeging out of form batsman can play at 39, then why not the most consistent batsman in domestic circuit? If he plays for 6 years, then it would be long enough time for the new selection committee to groom future players from the current U-19 squad especially Chand and Aparijit. Badri can handle the short ball very well, which is a key attribute for any batsman to succeed in Aus and SA.I am surprised that you do not know what happened in 2003 and 2011 WC finals.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    In what way selectors feel Badri is tested, he was never given the chance he deserved. He should have been drafted well ahead of Kohli, Rohit and likes. In fact he was the best talent available at the domestic level at one point of time. It was clearly due to mumbai selectors neglecting him, he was void of a chance and sad Srikanth did the same to Badri. But, Never too late. He is a star and he will prove...

  • POSTED BY sundeep.11 on | August 20, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    After Azhu the wristy batsmen next comes is one and only VVS Lax... v miss u lax... The cricket ARTISTIC batsmen of all time...

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | August 20, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Well its Time for Sachin to think rationally and give chance to younger players. Even Congress has indicated that and have given him Raja sabha seat. Will he ever listen to any omen...i am sure his conciense would tell the same.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | August 20, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Whoever says Badri does not fit at highest level either dont know cricket OR have not observed cricket OR they are deliberately partial. Badri was given only 3 innings chance ALREADY VERY late chance in his career against world's best bowlers SA Steyn & Morkel and he scored 56 in his first test, when EVERY OTHER BATSMEN FAILED. Then he was dropped. Had it been RSharma or any other blue-eyed player he would have been permanent in the playing 11. Badri's career is already wasted because of the 4 veterans. When each veteran resigned some other favored player was given chance for last 12 years.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | August 20, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Frankly speaking there is no worthy replacement for VVS at the moment. Players like VVS are god's gift for Indian cricket & dirty BCCI knows best how to poop the party.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | August 20, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    A 32-year-old replacing hardly makes any sense - even if he plays well, how long would he play? Havell's should employ Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Srikanth as their brand ambassador - hamesha 440 V ka SHOCK LAGATA HAIN!

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | August 20, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    He has been provided already many chance. They should give chances to other budding talents. This is pure upper caste politics. Another example of why india cannot became no 1 in cricket and olympics..

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @maddy20 - I do not think this is a logical decision at all. Agreed thatBadri has not been given enough chances. But this is defintly not the righttime for him . He is 32 already. The selectors themselves did not think soand that is why he was not in the original squad. Rohit sharma is thebiggest waste of talent I have seen so far, but he has not got his testdebut yet. So to compare badri to him is not fair. In fact Rohit averages30 in ODIs which is nearly same as his domestic list A average of 34. Heaverages 60 in domestic first class and i blame the selectors for notgiving him a chance in tests yet. So kick rohit out of ODIs and T20s andgive him a test chance. He is just 25 yet. And regarding Sachin on the Engand Aus tours, he was still the second best indian batsman on both thetours. The humilation was team india and not sachin alone. And I am notsure which key ODI games u are talking about but sachin has more MOM awardsthan anyone else in that era.

  • POSTED BY Ashu_CricketFan on | August 20, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Come on guys... leave the poor guy (Badri) alone. He has been waiting on the sidelines for a really long time and wasn't given many chances (only 2 tests and 7 odis). My thought is that he shouldn't have been picked for ODIs and then dropped.

    He is a TEST player with very good Technique, Temperament, and attitude. He doesn't show off or throw his wicket away like Nohit. Which is exactly what is required now since Dravid and Laxman are gone. Do we really need a flashy player to come in and bat without any sense of the situation? If so, Nohit is the best choice... else look for other options.

    We need someone who is hungry to perform and values the place in the international squad. I think Badri tops that list...

  • POSTED BY AjaySridharan on | August 20, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Why make a fuss about his being 31?! If he performs and stays fit, he could possibly have a fruitful 5-6 years left in him considering how old Dravid, Laxman and Sachin are. And to write him off as unfit at the international level after only two tests?! Who is this joker from BCCI that said that? Surely must be Rohit Sharma's uncle

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover1 on | August 20, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    DO WE HAVE A FAST BOWLING ALROUNDER FOR TESTS....IF NOT..ARE SELECTORS TRYING TO FIND ONE?????????????????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY gdalvi on | August 20, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @Crickathon. All the times of Mumbai, Karnatak, Delhi flavors, those respective teams were RANJI CHAMPIONS and included not just new faces but also well established ones. That is why we had no objection with them. What we are seeing here is a team TN that has not won Ranji in last 10 years - Yet it has 4 NEW faces in Indian TEST team in last 4 yrs (Vijay, Mukund, Badri and Ashwin) while teams that have actually won Ranji - Mumbai (5 in 10 yrs, 3 in last 5 yrs) and Rajasthan (2 in last 2 years) does not have a single player who played TEST for India in last 4 year. Now that is why this smacks of regionalism and we cannot live with it. Not be mention the fact that best batsmen every produced from TN is the chief selector himself who averages a pathetic below 30 in both test and ODI. He probably would not even have made Mumbai team then. Yet here we are led to believe that Vijay, Mukund and Badri are next savior batsmen for India. How naive can you get. Please publish.

  • POSTED BY WalterHP on | August 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Thanks to Mr. Laxman for a decade and a half of Very Very Special batting and inspiration. He will be missed. The Indian lineup for the future (barring Sachin) is taking shape: Gambhir, Saewag, Pujara, Rahane, Sachin, Kholi, Dhoni, Ahswin, Ishant, Zaheeer, Yadav. Next in line for a middle spot are: Raina & Vijay; Munkad and Tiwari are in the wings for the opener spot when Saewag calls it a day or one of the openers is temporarily out. I don't think Rahane is an opening batsman. He will do better batting at 3 or 4, I think. Rohit Sharma needs a rest but he should be back as well at some point.

  • POSTED BY Fan1969 on | August 20, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @ Rumy1.

    Please tell Kohli's "technical weakness". Malinga will definitely like to know. For that matter all opposing teams will like to know.

    He got TEST runs in Perth, Adelaide in Aus. A wonderful century against Pak in Asia Cup and loads of runs against SL!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Badri is a fantastic player with immense talent. It is a shock that he is only getting a chance now. And I know all you haters are gonna say, he already got a chance, let us remember that he only got to play 2 MATCHES and in which he at least a 50 in one innings . For god sake guys, he averages 60+ in first class cricket, what more does he need to do to get a chance? He is a consistent performer and with the appropriate SUPPORT he WILL succeed... And please do not make this about politics, for ONCE the selectors have made a decent decision after the Laxman botch up

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | August 20, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Posted by Haleos on (August 20 2012, 11:36 AM GMT), I am not an Indian but I do follow Indian cricket closely.I 'hv noticed many of your comments are against TN players and what to do you feel that Rohit sharma got numerous chances ten times more than the TN players you mentioned and he couldn't confirm his place until now.How many times the selector srikant ave chances to rohit in compared to other his TN guys? Vijay and mukund played few only in the absence of sehwag as they are openers.Rohit got selected for India A tour to WI and he failed there,except pujara the lone man batted well.Again rohit got chance in srilanka,everyone knows what happened.Dont show your personal hatred towards TN in this public forum by inciting cheap regionalism which is unhealthy ,when everyone knows how Mumbai dominated by blocking otherstates players during their hay days.hope good sense prevails

  • POSTED BY AnanthMKumar on | August 20, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Great Selection! Badri is the ideal man to replace Laxman.

  • POSTED BY Karai on | August 20, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    oh my god, still ppl believe in Rohit Sharma. Even Nohit sharma will also laugh if he know that still some ppl have some hope on him. Also, Y the hell VVS got retire????...If age is the only prb means, then it is true biased.C'mon Sachin Ji..please dont ask ur brain for retirement decision...ask ur heart plzz.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    With laxman gone sadly (wish him all the luck in the future), I think this should be India"s lineup for the tests: Sehwag, Rahane, Gambhir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishant, Zaheer, Yadav. I would have chosen Raina over Rahane, but I think you should give him chance, and as an excuse, let Raina rest up for the 2020 world cup. I think the only quarrel in this would be whether u play Rahane, Raina, or Badrinath.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | August 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    A very logical decision. Badrinath has not been given enough chances to prove himself. Had he gotten as many chances as No-Hit Sharma, he would have made the no.3 spot his own. So who ever that official is, can pipe down now. @moBlue I cannot believe Sachin still has support even after back to back humiliations. 25 avg in England 31 in Aus is not good enough. Not No-Hit but there are a lot of others with potential. Rahane, Tiwary and the like are sure to be the stars of India's future top/middle order. Now that he is in politics, he is even more of a liability! His performances in key games(especially limited overs) during Ganguly/Dravid's tenure are proof enough!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 20, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @moBlue: You are right on!.It is true Dravid, VVS & Sachin did not show their usual Century scoring form during the Aussie Tests.But they still were amongst the leaders in the batting averages. Now sudden loss of 2 out of the big 3 reliable batsmen has left India vulnerable.The Selectors have done a attrocious job in terms of "succesation Planning"."Time & tide wait for none" - so as the players are aging there has to be gradual transition from age to younger guys. I have been writing in Cricinfo columns even when Ganguly was around to have 2 out of Big 4 playing by rotation & getting younger players groomed. This makes the baton passing easier. Kaif & Badri have always been there but ignored. Now they are in their 30's!. Assuming Sachin & Kohli continue to hold the fort, the Selectors should give Pujara + one more guy(??) a long leash so that reliable replacement for Big 3 is done. The same applies to ZAK + Sehwag.At least 6 opening bats & Seamers are waiting in line, ACTION Please!

  • POSTED BY Prakmca on | August 20, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Is this selection making nay sense? Srikandth proved he is worst selecto for all. Badri is already 31, who never performed in Int'l matches.

    Again it is the same thing, The player who is having different approches (attacking in domestic level, and defensive in Intl matches), they cannot perform. It's total waste of giving a chance to them.

    Rahane failed bcoz of this, in last match he played.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    hey why no murli vijay ..badri is no match for test...rahane would have been even better....but bardi is such a big let down...there is no empahsis on team building for the future ..its only i fitting in a makeshift guy..

  • POSTED BY tmp789 on | August 20, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Rohit Shrama can play any form of cricket, provided if he in mood to play on any particular . The fact that he got these many opportunities is unprecedented. Give others atleast half the chance given to Rohit.

  • POSTED BY Rajavel-cricket on | August 20, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    King cobra85 ,, i like ur comment.. Its very unfair to see badrinath getting chance now.. he should have got atleast when gangult retires.. he scored tons of runs in ranji but not getting chances, His only mistake was he borned in the era of sachin and dravid..

  • POSTED BY BozoSri on | August 20, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    No better person to fill Laxman's shoes. Laxman was the crisis manager of the indian team and you need a player of technique and temprement to handle crucial situations and Badri is the best choice. Hussey came into australian side after 30, hopefully badrinath will do a hussey..

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | August 20, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @ HALEOS, everyone is very happy apart from Mumbai lobby that (Atleast )ROHIT sharma didn't get selected.He is useless cricketer fit only for IPL.Since you support Mumbai lobby and regionalism ,doesnt matter to others who support real talents even though the players are not from their states.hope it helps you.

  • POSTED BY Crickathon on | August 20, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    For all those who complain about regionalism - lets be clear on one thing. At one point of time in the 90s, there were 7-8 Karnataka players in the playing 11. We lived with it. Few years later, there were 5-6 Mumbai players in the playing 11. We lived with it. Even recently, we had four Delhi players in the playing 11 - sehwag, kohli,ishant and gambhir. We lived with it. My point - it is understandable if a selector from a particular region wants to give a platform to players from his region. So when that selector happens to be from TN, lets understand that. Lets live with it. When there was no noise when the Indian team had Karmataka flavour, no noise when it was Mumbai flavour, no noise when it was Delhi flavour, there need not be this much of noise, when there is a sprinkle of TN flavour now. Badri's best chance is when Chika is the selector. If he is not going to provide him the platform, no other selector from any other region is going to either.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 20, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @ramli - According to your logic rohit should get a chance in tests then. Period. @Karthic2228 - Shrikanth managed to spoil the career of Sr Pathan. About Piyush - Less we talk is more. Nehra is an old horse. What are you talking about? I agree Shrikanth gave us great plyers like Vijay, Mukund, Ashwin and Karthik. Worst selector ever.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | August 20, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Badrinath deserves a sustained chance at Test level. By picking him for Tests and then dropping him because he didn't do much in ODIs is just not fair. He has the technique and the temperament best suited for Tests, and everyone who has a bit of a cricketing brain knows that. Those that are against him because he is 32, should consider this - that is the age when Mike Hussey made his debut for Australia! He is still going strong! Badrinath is a very fit player. He should have no issues physically, unlike rotund players like Sehwag and lazy ones like Rohit Sharma.

  • POSTED BY ut4me87 on | August 20, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    I just wonder why Wasim Jaffer or Md. Kaif were not considered? Kaif is still a better fieldsman than Badri and has got lot of experience of international cricket. Jaffer can open the innings with Gambhir and Shewag can bat at the middle order.

  • POSTED BY baranasai on | August 20, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Badri is a desrving player and he gets his chance after a very long wait.some times it happens for players like him -because of the presence of some senior players who have been playing well as well. Long time ago one batsman from tamilnadu(after Kris Srikkanth-he was the other fortunate batsman from TN to get a chance)called TE Srinivasan went o Newzealand if I remember correct( i may be wrong -so correct meif iam)He scored 16and Mohinder amarnath scored again 18 when the whole team was all out for les sthan 50 or so.this was the only test he had a chance.What has happened is poor TE Srinivasan was chosen to be axed when the other failed big guns retained their places even though They did not do well . It happnes /You need Talent,luck and hard work /then only things will work.I have not blamed any individual except remebering another TN batsmans unfortunate plight

  • POSTED BY moBlue on | August 20, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    to those of you who want sachin to retire: what is your problem? is sachin not playing well enough for you in test cricket to be capable of holding his own? or is he not allowing for some "talented youngster" like your favorite rohit sharma to be groomed for test cricket?!? rohit who, again? isn't that the dude y'all wanted included in the test squad against AUS in AUS in the great VVS's place? the same rohit sharma who proved he can't even hold a bat properly - in ODI's with limited overs batting being his forte, mind you! - in international cricket recently in so-o-o many games, let alone replace a VVS or a tendulkar *in test cricket*?!? hello?!? if you have the slightest acumen in regards to test cricket, you would realize there is not one "talented youngster" - kohli, pujara [who are good players!] included - who deserves a spot in test cricket ahead of sachin... and there are enough other batting spots now that rahul and VVS are gone for your favorite youngsters to be groomed!

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | August 20, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Nohit sharma has played nearly 90 ODI's without proving himself. Badri has played 3 test innings and a couple of ODI's and people are putting down Badri ? How cruel can people be ? And these are people who calling regionalism ? They are ones who are blinded by Regionalism and not seeing the toil of a man for 10 years. Grinding it out in Ranji. If ranji performance is not enough then scrap the whole tournament why have it ?

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @InsideHedge - I think you must have left your brain at the bank locker it seems. Rohit sharma ahead of Badri??? Rohit Sharma waited on the bench for only one series. Do you know how many series Badri was in bench??? Do you know how many years he is waiting??? You say badri performed bad in windies in 3 matches. Yet he scored far better than Rohit's 5 matches in srilanka... Badri has been tested in 7 ODI's which including one match winning knock against srilanka. His 27* came when india was struggling to face mendis. And talk about his only T20I, he was the man of the match in that match. Did he get any other chance after that??? Think about a man got a man of the match and dropped after it??? Is that fair??? Pujara played 3 test matches and scored only one fifty where Badri scored a fifty in 2 matches. You tested him only in 2 matches and he scored a fifty against the best fast bowling attack. "ROHIT IS NO WAY BETTER BADRI ASK YOUR SOUL IT WILL TELL. COME OUT OF REGION-ISM"

  • POSTED BY svel on | August 20, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @Vass Ricky -- agreed!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Whatever happened to Srikkant's son? What a bias, in not considering him! May be, he is reserved to replace, someone even bigger than VVS. That reminds me, out of the four pillars of the Indian batting over the last decade or so...oh, my God...three down; one more to go. A BIG one, at that. That is when the young'un will ride into the "son"rise!

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | August 20, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    One more bad news for TN bashers! Baba Aparajit, who is the star of the match today against Pak in U19 World cup, unfortunately belongs to TN.

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | August 20, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    The same BCCI official was equally sceptical about Pujara also. The credentials about these people we never know. These people talk about X-factor which both Dravid & Laxman did not possess. For these people, cricket means T20 & ODI where one can make quick buck. Test match is altogether a different ball game where X factor is never needed instead players of strong temperament where Badrinath is the top candidate.

  • POSTED BY ashakl on | August 20, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Badrinath? How do you justify that? What did he do of late to earn his place? Will be interesting to see who will come in when Sachin retires. But the question is when will he retire? I am sure Sachin will retire before team India embark on that south African flight for yet another drubbing. Little Master, you have achieved everything in Cricket. Barring Lara's 400 there is no other record for you to chase. You have come into this team at a very tender age and now you are nearing 40. Indian govt have also given you an honorary post of a Rajya Sabha member (MP) with a hope that you might retire. So, dont you think this is the right time for you to hang your boots as well and go out in pride?

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    badri is a good player in india.but north indians fealing jealousy because badri is south indian.suppose badri born in north india thease all north indians pride badri.shame to north indians.

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | August 20, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    I am really surprised to see people saying that Rohit Sharma is a test material. He is predominantly a flashy player most suited to ODI/T20. It is really baffling that even after witnessing his consistent dismal performance in ODIs, people are floating his name. Can we call them Mumbai lobby that include Gavaskar/Ravi Shastri ?

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 20, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Just because Badri is TN some fans are alluding that he cannot get into the Indian test team. I feel if he has the qualities of a test player induct him in now. India needs tall batsman to negoiate foreign tracks. Badri has this. At the same time the selectors have been caught 'NAPPING" India team should contain players who have EXCELLED at in the INDIA A team. The INDIA A team should be the breeding ground for future players. Only someone with extra X factor like Sachin had when he first played could leap into the team. While there many players who be choosen instead, we must remember there are only 11 places in a team. We have guys like Chand, Meenaria,Mandeep, etc who look good. The choices should be decided on who has a better technique to handle foreign tracks when batting

  • POSTED BY ramli on | August 20, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    haleos ... stop spitting venom in the name of regionalism ... Badri had played tests decently against SA in India ... failed in ODIs in WI ... suddenly found himself out of test team ... if the logic is that if one can't shine in ODIs will not in tests ... then the same logic will keep Rohit forever outside the test team ... period

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | August 20, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    When a player performs well in Ranji, he does merit a chance in Indian team... Ishant sharma gets repeated chances in spite of many insipid, wicketless matches.. Yuvraj/Raina etc. were given umpteen chances in Tests in spite of common knowledge that they don't belong there.. why was not Badrinath tried then when he was much younger?? Why was no question raised then?.. Yusuf pathan/Rohit were given endless chances despite repeated failures... whereas when Murali Vijay failed in a few innings, he was shown the door... and there was not much question raised about this inequality.. the case of Dinesh Karthik was even more pathetic.. tell me two matches in which he played in the same batting order... you demoralize him by shifting his batting order in each match and still then expect him to perform... Inequality is everywhere... but its only when a player from TN gets selected such storm rises up.. @ cricconnossieur -- U. Chand just now made a first ball duck in U19 match.. is he ready yet?

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | August 20, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Come On Badri... 2 double hundreds please at a strike rate of above 60.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Very good decision indeed!!! When Rohit could play all the recently concluded one day games in spite of very very poor performance, people like Badri should be given another chance for him to prove his credentials.

    My eleven should be Gambir, Shewag, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Badri, Dhoni, Ashwin, Chawla, Zaheen, Yadav. The only issue is that all of these players are Right Handed, therefore there is a possibility that the team management may opt to Raina instead of Pujara or Badri.

    Since the test matches are to be played in India, all new comers including Raina may be able to cement their places. I wish them good luck.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    a BCCI official had told ESPNcricinfo that the odds were against Badrinath. "Not only is he 30-plus, but he has been tested already," the official said. "He is a good player at domestic level but unfortunately does not seem to fit at the highest level." . Then why did they select him ? bunch of clowns without an eye on rthe future

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    BCCI is really bull sit when Badri was young & scoring they had given chance to someone like Yuvraj or Suresh Raina. Laxman's best replacement could be ROHIT SHARMA, probably his worst performance in ODI hampered his chance in the test matches too, in that case one has to try manoj tiwari. sehwag, gambhir, pujara, sachin, kohli, raina & dhoni i think this will be the batting order followed by ashwin zaheer umesh & ojha

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 20, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    @ cricconnossieur - yes we can. We need 18 year old TN cricketers. and Shrikanth as selector.

  • POSTED BY raj_che on | August 20, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    All you ppl who say that he is not fit to be an international player, how do you rate someone at the international level without even testing him???? People pls have some sense when you post in public forum, this guy has just played 2 test matches and you term him unfit at international level?? do you even understand what cricket is?? How come the so called,great Tendulkar got selected into the indian team??by playing international matches for his state team Mumbai??? dint he prove himself by playing in Ranji and local torunaments?? each every player who is in the indian cricke team now was tested only in indian conditions in Ranji trophy etc. and then givne chances in A tours and irani trophy matches which is again in Indian conditions. So pls stop this nonsense of terming a player 'not fit to paly international cricket' without even trying him.

  • POSTED BY Karthic2228 on | August 20, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @haleos firxt see the stats of these cricketers and comment srikanth has not only given chance to TN players bt also playrs lyk pathan brothers,rohit,piyush,munaf,nehra... and moreover if u r talking abt badri inclusion... I wud say see his ranji innings amd technique and ;earn some cricket rather than talking babt regionalism... PLEASE MAKETEST CRICKET LIVE Thanks

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Its Great Chance for Badri to cement his position. Dear Badri, dont even think about all the comments mentioned above which are negative. You have the ability to score and you have proved your worth in Domestic circuit and now the jam packed middle order has vacancies, do well and try to score as many runs as possible if selected in playing 11. You are worthy of this selection. All the Best Dude. To al the people above if Mr. Rohit Sharma can get so many number of chances to Fail, Badri can get chances to prove he can succeed.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 20, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    @ shandeena - No one stands close to him? Seriously? Just based on ranji records, Rohit beats him because he has similar average and is much younger. People talking about his 6 packs, this is not a body building contest. Ranatunga had a single pack and was a great player.

  • POSTED BY cricconnossieur on | August 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Will we ever see a 18 year old making a debut for the country ? What about blooding a S Yadav from Mumbai or Unmukt Chand , the U-19 skipper ?

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Come Badri, let your bat do the talking,...... We know that you have better temperament and technique than the players mentioned here,......

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    None of the fans other than from CSK and TN would be happy with this decision. If not Rohit it should have been tiwary who should have got the nod. Regionalism at its best. What can you expect from Shrikanth who has given us greats like M Vijay, Ashiwn, Mukund, Karthik etc. Kepp up the good work. In fact entire TN ranji squad should play for India and Shrikanth should be the head, assistant batting, bowling coach as well as manager. Or he can get some assiatants from Chennai.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    @Rumi1. You feel Kaif will be a captaincy threat for Dhoni. Along with Jaffer and Kaif, why didn't you recommend Saba Karim. Being a wicket-keeper, Saba will be a greater threat to Dhoni, No? Mr Rumi?

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 20, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Well done shrikanth. You got one more of TN players in. Rohit Sharma is perfectly suited for tests but he gets selected for T20s. Badri is good for Ranji but he gets national selection. Way to indian selectors. You take one step forward 3 backwards. Gues what Sanjay Manjrekar thinks about this selection.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @US_Indian I agree to almost everything you said. Except for the last part. I think its soon going to be time that he will announce his retirement. But anyways, the main point is Jaffer, Badri and others deserve more than the Raina and other ODI/T20 players.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_Paharia on | August 20, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    The 56 that he scored against SA, only two other batsmen were able to reach double figures. It was a quality innings and he played a rampaging Steyn very well. Am very surprised that he did not get any more chances after playing a wonderful knock like that in the debut innings.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Great player!! getting a chance after a long time..he will surely prove himself this series..

  • POSTED BY quantum_mystery on | August 20, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    i was a great fan of srikkanth, while he was in his peak. but must say he, along with our deadly lucky captain, and some other sree..... made their agenda in test selection clear: be a part of csk, be a part of indian team!!! so pathetic. first they oust player like VVS (by giving them 2 match's notice), amongst all other players and then select someone of dhoni's age as a replacement for VVS). What a pity our country called india. is there any any record of this unthinkable? lose 0-8 and still you retain your captaincy post? And those who say that let have them a chance and we will see. Dhoni has been giving this "senior hatao theory" with chappel, for long time to build the future stars. what is the farce in the name of selection committee? what was the problem with tiwari? why some guys systematically favored, disfavored? this is indian team, not your a toy. now he tried wtih gambhir sehwag also that young theory cr..p. how that theory justifies one iota, by bringing badri?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 20, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Let us be clear and live in present.. Badri is just turned 32 guy.. If he can play cricket for next 3 years, it is enough.. Why should we always look into future? It is today that matters.. To groom, we have domestic matches and the A tour stuffs.. Badri might look small when we compare with a Dravid or VVS but stands well with other upcoming players.. He can still play for atleast 3 to 4 years.. How many youngsters after the big 4 had played for 3-4 years apart from Gambhir? A guy can be termed as good or bad only after giving chances and Badri thoroughly deserves chance through merit.. Let us see whether he delivers..

  • POSTED BY Sukabhat on | August 20, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Let us see if India Cement can help him cement his place. it is all about cement.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Well and good decision to bring a good batsmen in the form of Badrinath...he will prove if he get a chance to play in the playing 11.He surely deserves a chance

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    very very bad and biased decision by Board Prsesident and chief selector.Badri wont be suitable replacement for VVS.Jaffer or Rayudu wld be better .I think these gentlemen may select even Aneerudh Sreekkanth too.This is fate of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY squarepeg on | August 20, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Guys, we are talking about 5 day matches and one-day or T20 is not the way to judge it. Rohit Sharma and Tiwary did nothing to improve their credibility in the India A tour to the West Indies with averages of 24 and 31, and just one half-century each. Neither are they spring chicken, Tiwary is 26+ and Rohit 25+. If they had outstanding talent, then should have expressed it already, like Virat Kohli did. Let us try with Badrinath, not that it is certain that he will be in the playing XI.

  • POSTED BY Sukabhat on | August 20, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Manoj is 26, Badrnath is 31. Manoj has excelled in 1 day international, but Badrinath has failed in it. In the last domestic season, Manoj scored more than 2 times of Badrinath.But still Badrinath gets selected because he is from CSK.It is getting clearer, as Imran Khan said, that IPL is going to destroy future of Indian cricket.Flectcher is a rubber stamp.Selectors must show that they are not spineless.

  • POSTED BY pprash_2002 on | August 20, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    badri is a unlucky player(not as lucky as piyush chawla),happy that atleast now badri gets chance to play for india.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    @InsideHedge : "invested plenty of time with Badri". Care to elaborate ? 3 test innings with a 50 in a SA. That is plenty ? Or is it the time people here keep bringing up his name for selection but he never gets selected inspite of being among the top run getters in FC past 10 years ???

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | August 20, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    I beleive, Kaif , Jaffer and Badri and even Rayudu or Uthappa should have been considered. Jaffer should have come as an operner or at number3 and Sehwag moved down to 5 to balance the middle order and Kaif also deserves his due recognition , he has always been sidelined for no fault of his. These Raina's, Manoj's and Rohit's can wait for a while because they do not have in them to shine at the highest level atleast in test cricket, only Virat and Pujara could fit in easily. On any given day Yuvraj cannot fit into test side. May be new comers like suryakumar yadav, Maneesh pandey could come in in anohter 2-3 years time but right now the guys i mentioned above would have fit in and lent balance and substance to the team's batting. At least by now Sachin should realise how he is holding on to the slot tied to a hair and if he has some sense of pride and conscience he should plan and quit in a year's time and let the selectors know to let them plan ahead. By now they should plan phaseout.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    I think he can be a really good option for India at 4th or 5th position...given chance I believe he wil definitely prove himself....but before him pujara will grab the position n he wil than hv to warm d bench...

  • POSTED BY Sunili on | August 20, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Come on guys, leave the guy alone. You wouldn't want someone to do this to you when you get a chance. Nobody even knows if he will get a chance to play in that final XI. He might warm the bench as he did before.

  • POSTED BY jaga.ra on | August 20, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    "He is a good player at domestic level but unfortunately does not seem to fit at the highest level." i dont know how they decided this? if you judge the player with just two match,then there is no sachin,laxman,yuvraj,sehwag,gambir,virat............................................evey indian cricketer not play more than two or matches???????????

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Badri might be 31., but he looks much fitter than Tiwary or Rohit..!!

    Even Sunil Gavaskar said during IPL that, Badri was the only Indian cricketer he has ever seen sporting a six pack muscles..!!

    Come on., he deserves a chance..!! If Dhoni backs him, no doubt he can play for few more years..!!

    When Sachin retires, middle order would look like Pujara, Rahane, Kohli and Badri..!!

    Guys like Badri and Pujara are purists and servants of Ranji Trophy.. All their priorities have been Test cricket..!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Poor selection this Badri. A stop-gap arrangement. Might score plenty against this weak NZ attack. This guy should have been selected a decade ago when he came into the scene, not now.

  • POSTED BY sundarsoumya on | August 20, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Why not Kaif. He scored at almost 60 average. He has the experience of playing for India. He has a century too.

  • POSTED BY gitapat on | August 20, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    The decision to select Badrinath is a perfect decision.The only change that this Test team needs is to replace Dhoni by Dinesh Kathick who is a better wicket-keeper batsman.Dhoni has repeatedly failed in Tests.And Gambhir is a much better captain.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | August 19, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    Hmm - outscoring M Vijay, G Gambhir, W Saha and M Dhoni in his debut match (3rd highest scorer behind Sehwag and Tendulkar) and then an early dismissal (by Dale Steyn) in his only innings in his 2nd match and that's being 'tested already'? If he was so unsuitable, why recall him now? Hope he's able to have a good series after being called up with short notice, and make the unnamed official eat his words.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | August 19, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    While Badrinath has a good first class record, I think that with almost identical First Class records and 5 or 6 years younger, Rohit Sharma or Manoj Tiwary would be better choices.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    By the virtue of two test matches you want to say he is not fit for Test cricket? Tell me, if he doesn't deserve the chance who deserves it? Its not just flamboyance that you need, you need temperament and application in the crease, thats where someone like Rohit Sharma misses out and Badri deserves it. You need players like Badri to play in testing conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    y cant irfan pathan cum as an all rounder????,,,they can fill wth t reserves nd subs n t place of laxman...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 19, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Since the Aussie tour, the Fans have been shouting for retirement of Dravid, Laxman & Tendulkar suggesting that unless these 3 retire 3 youngsters are missing their rightful spot. Ideally the so called "talented youngsters" should have been phased in by playing them in XI whilst the "Big 3" were still playing. But lack of vision & unplanned selection left Indian middle order batting in jeopardy with the retirement of Dravid & VVS. Only Kohli has established himself whilst Rohit Sharma showed gross deficiencies in his technique, temperment & lapses in concentration to be dependable player. Pujara was forgotten + Tiwary & Rahane glorified the Bench. Laxman's sudden retirement with "immediate effect" left the Selectors in a lurch. Badrinath who has been lurking like Kaif in the background now suddenly gets the call. As long as Sachin is still around, India has Kohli, Sachin & Pujara @3,4,5 spots. Badri & Raina will fight for #6 with unproven Test record - lesson in planning for Selectors?

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I hope to be proven wrong but Badri is not up to international class. Just another flat track bully, and one who has no other strings to his bow. Can't field, and can't bowl, all his eggs are in one basket. If you're an aspiring cricketer in India 2day, pls. learn to be a useful bowler, batsmen are dime a dozen!

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Badri will fail for sure, I've seen enough of him to know that his domestic record means little. TN play in the comparitively weak South Zone, lots of unbeaten centuries against toothless attacks on dead pitches. It's the same with Mukund whose FC average is in the high 50s, we saw he couldn't handle the West Indian bowlers on flat Caribbean tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Badri.., fully deserved.., he is with high caliber.., he was used only for 2 tests so far and magic what he could or anyone could do in limited chance. let him play for atleat one full season for national team and then decide.., I trust Badri will reply with his bat for the critics against his selection.., Rohit sharma still getting chance even after continous failure..! why not Badri..., Badri will fit it to dravid's position...,

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Oh god No Badri ... i am more than sure he is not international material ... we need rohit sharma in the team .... we can try some one like kaif atleast but not badri ... No matter how bad is sharma's form right now .. i bet he will be back in team in no time ....

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    worst decision really he is old and unfit for international matches , could have been replaced with someone younger , miss you VVS

  • POSTED BY SJinUS on | August 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Following up with shandeena's comments.. NO ONE deserves a spot above Badrinath. Even if he doesn't click in a few games he needs to be persisted with. There is no lobby behind this selection as his personal statistics proves! He is a TOP quality batsman who was denied a place on the test side all this while for having to compete with other greats like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman etc. I compare his situation similar to Michael Hussey of Australia as he was kept out due to players like Taylor, Hayden, Damien Martin, Punter, Pup etc.. ALL THE VERY BEST BADRI!! You truly DESERVE to be in the side for the rest of your career. Hope you live up to your first class stats.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Great to give him another opportunity. I suppose he should be picked for T20s as well, because he is an excellent player in that version (as seen in IPL).

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    its a poor decision to select badrinath. not only is he above 30 (wud be on the verge of retirement in 4 yrs) but more importantly, he just doesnt have the class to be an international player. dont look at his domestic performance, i know its good, but at the big stage he just cant perform. i have seen him bat, and he is one of those people who scores runs just by virtue of staying at the crease.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    He surely deserve a chance.. he has been most unlucky despite potential he has got. Now, he has to prove himself in this limited opportunity he is going to get... but only if he has got one at playing eleven.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | August 19, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @amarnath79: Can you please enlighten us on who you think is more deserving than Badri. Who has a better domestic batting average and experience? And how many other Tamil Nadu players have Srikanth selected in the current Indian team?

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | August 19, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    I am not from Tamilnadu, but I heartily welcome this move. Guys commenting against Badri should check his record before bringing up the topic of nepotism. I would even say that he has not got the number of chances he deserved. Hopefully he gets a longer run this time. He is fit and has got a good 5-6 years in him. Not at all wrong to invest in some one like Badri.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    the aussies talk about nsw having preference in test selection, we talk about tamil nadu, language, religion, quotas etc. i think badri has deserved his place..i am from india, my colors are blue...can we be mature and accept or protest the selection based on record and not age..badri has another 15 years of test cricket left..just ask Tendulkar:):)

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    pretty much on the cards..if u wish to groom youngesters..try this team for test matches Rahane/mukund,Gambhir,Pujara,Sehwag,Sachin,Kohli,Dhoni/Saha,irfan/Ashwin,Zak,yadav/ishant,Ojha/bhajji..Tiwari/rsharma/badri's shd be rotated as well... its nt rocket science..Sehwag is agein too and so is ZAK, Sachin sir mite retire netime...so bowling attack so called weak link has to be reinforced with the likes of ishant ,yadav,dinda,aaron and batting tends to flutter in recent times in alien conditions so has to give ample amount of confidence to youngsters..Badri can serve for 4-5 yrs i agree but then just as 3 outaa fab4 call it quits sudden repalcement introduce pressure to perform , few chances n can lead to shattering cricket carrers for these youngsters

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 19, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Why not Irfan Pathan as an allrouder insead of the sixth batsman.

  • POSTED BY shayad on | August 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/441825.html

  • POSTED BY shayad on | August 19, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Without RD & VVS Sir http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/441825.html be ready

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Not a great Badri supporter...specially feeling bad for Manoj.... But I hope Badri scores some runs and usess in his experience of domestic cricket, to bring some stability in the fragile looking Indian middle order.

  • POSTED BY JKSFB on | August 19, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    I don't know whether this is a quota selection or not, what I do know is that Badri is a class bat and excellent fielder himself. For those proposing Kaif should be in the Ind team, I would suggest that Badri is a far better bat and not unlike Kaif in the field.... Badri made 56 vs. Steyn and Co in a test where everyone struggled. That speaks for something...He has been the backbone of the TN lineup and in the absence of VVS/RD, he has the ideal amount of experience to hold an innings together....For those stating "youngsters" should be in the team - where were the "youngsters" in the WI 'A' tour? Except for Pujara - no one stood up....Better to select an experienced class player, than player with "potential" who run away from fast bowling...

  • POSTED BY Dhruv0107 on | August 19, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    for all those tamil nadu haters, suggest one player from any zone who has the domestic experience equivalent to badri.....the names that crop forward will be pujara,raina,rohit sharma,manoj tiwari..........pujara has just come out of injury...rohit sharma..well...to al the justice to his talent, he just flatters to deceive...raina is still susceptible against the short ball...manoj tiwari...well we havet seen much of him on the test front...so the only plyer remianing experience wise is badri......so instead of lamenting on zonism..lets hope badri does silence his critics......

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | August 19, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    I am not sure whether Badri's selection is right one. While Badri has performed well in domestic cricket, he is a suspect to succeed outside of subcontinent. This is true for many players in the current team. It would have been better to pick some one in 20's rather than 30's.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    no no ..why badri nath can bee play only home graund there no't know how to play outof country.. why no.t rohit and irfan.and jafer and ajit rhane.. no.t give this badri nath... he can do movies hero style.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | August 19, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    @Dineshjaykay: Get your facts right. Rohit Sharma isn't Marathi, he is a Telugu guy settled in Mumbai. @Babu Duraisamy: Planning has to be made for a long term and not a short term, if a youngster fails its always alright back him up until he has more than a few failures under his belt. We are not lacking batsmen in domestic circuit, there are "Test Players" in domestic circuit, we just need to give them proper guidance. You do not enjoy this comfort against a veteran, if he fails he will be in the straight line of fire for the selectors. He is above 30, not younger by any means he should have tried his hand in county already by now for some god forbidden reason he didn't, that's a sad story. He has experience but no proper international experience which could expose his sorry state later on.

  • POSTED BY Dhanvanth on | August 19, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Good selection finally from chikka but 31 is not a very apt age to start a new innings....badri should have been Der in the squad some 3 yrs back itself...its high time the new set of selectors forms a good test team..sachin and zaheer should seriously think of retirement from shorter formats to continue in tests..my bat order for New Zealand series would be: rahane, gambhir, pujara, sachin, badri, kohli, sehwag, dhoni, ashwin, ojha, zak, yadav and raina(12 man)

  • POSTED BY Street_Hawk on | August 19, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Nothing against Badri's inclusion...he has been a performer and deserved more chances...however, it's the selectors I have a problem with...why Badri was sent to WI as a ODI player when he should have been considered as a test player to begin with...why is he not part of the India A squad if he is someone selectors are thinking about when it comes to replace a regular member of the test squad...lack of planning is what is going to harm India in near future.

  • POSTED BY CricketFirstLove on | August 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    The problem is our crowd believes in hero worship and so does hte selection committee. They have no policy particularly never a long term plan. Badrinath should have got a fair chance when he was 20 say not when he is past 30. Now you will give him a chance when he is well past his prime and will expect wonders. Give him a full series or two and then see how well he does. Good luck to Badri.

  • POSTED BY koolramesh on | August 19, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    If you think Kris favors TN players he would have selected Badri long back. 31 is not too old to make an entry in to test cricket. If someone can contribute consistently for 4 -5 years thats more than enough.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Given this selection team picked the awful Piyush Chawla, why should we be surprised that Badri is in the squad. We should breathe a sigh of relief that they didn't recall the distinctly average Abhinav Mukund.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    If age is no barrier, then they could have recalled V. Chandrasekhar from the 80s.

  • POSTED BY Icyman on | August 19, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Good move ? VVS was asked to retire cause they wanted to groom a youngster- Badrinath, is he 18 ? No, he is 31 for God's sake.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    I agree with BCCI official's statement. Badri is good only for domestic cricket, a backward step to include him. He doesn't have enough class.... Much like Vikram Rathore, WV Raman, Wasim Jaffer, Ashok Malhotra, Kirti Azad, etc. domestic giants but a notch below top grade.

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | August 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Sehwag should be pushed down the order. I'm pretty sure he said he likes it down there.1) Rahane 2) Gambhir 3) Kohli 4) Tendulkar 5) Sehwag 6) Badrinath/Pujara

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Laxman wanted a youngster to fill the vacuum that he has created. Somebody who can establish himself and serve the country for abut 15-16 years. At least not Badri, who is already in his 30s.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Glad that Kris Shrikanth will step down from selection committee next month... Otherwise we would have seen his Son playing in either T20 Internationals or ODIs as a replacement for Yuvi...

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Well deserved opp for Badri, but its just come too late as he is already 31 and I dont see him play the game at the highest level for a long period of time. Anyways I would only expect him to play at no.5 or no.6 in the NZ test series atleast...

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | August 19, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    For those who talk about Badrinath inclusion. Here are the figures 104 first class matches, 149 inns, 7836 runs, 60.74 Avg, 28 100s, 34 50's. With his current age he can beat most of the indian team members in running between the wickets and fielding. Poor guy, should have been selected long back. If we have Selectors like Srikanth, Vengsarkar, Kiran more and other bunch of jokers we will not have talent but neptisom towards regional players. In india we have a problem. If someone performs in T20 that one gets sleected for ODIs and someone performs in a ODI he gets selected in tests. Its logic defying. Chances to players should be base on sheer weightage of performance in domestic cricket. If you can not show your worth in the first 4 tests, no one deserves a chance, for a good player will not take more than 5 innings to prove his worth.

  • POSTED BY Dineshjaykay on | August 19, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    For guys those who are thinking badri got selected because of srikanth then i will proudly tell that rohit played all 5 odis against SL due to sharad pawar because he wanted a marathi to be there in playing XI

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Finally, a good move by BCCI & kris, Hope this time Badri will get right chances and Mr.Dhoni will not interfere in this. This guy has earned this spot.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Ask Boycott. He will say, if we are not keen on building for the future even his mom could replace anyone in this Indian team!

  • POSTED BY sinkworld on | August 19, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    As soon as I heard about VVS, I told my friends that a player from Tamilnadu is going to replace him. As someone rightly commented, given a chance, Srikanth will replace the whole team with his home players. Sick Srikanth. PS.. when this Srikanth is stepping down?

  • POSTED BY amarnath79 on | August 19, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Another player from Tamil Nadu preferred over more deserving players from elsewhere. India could be really a dominating side with all the talent they have - only Srikkanth is standing in the way.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Mohd. Kaif should will be an ideal replacement with tons of experience in the domestic circuit and also he has featured for India in the test games also. Will add a strength to the lower-middle order and energy on the field.

  • POSTED BY RK.Chandru on | August 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Different yardsticks for different players? While someone without any potential and with a single digit average in the last many international matches "seems to fit at the highest level" and is given numerous chances even after consecutive record failures, poor Badri was found unfit after just 3 innings and was dumped. `wish, Badri makes use of this opportunity (if he gets to figure in the XI) and cements his place firmly in the side.

  • POSTED BY kmmohan on | August 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Finally some justice to Poor Badri, Now that he got included, he shd be given no 3 slot and a decent stretch and def he will prove worthy of his selection. Atleast he wld serve for 4 years and players like him, sachin, shewag and gambhir to be rotated to groom youngsters like rahane, pujara and tiwaris so as to play along with these seniors. Shd not let these youngsters to warm the bench and put straight into field once somebody retires.

  • POSTED BY vrcube on | August 19, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    I think this was the opportunity to go for an alrounder at no. 7 in test match also. If we see how our batsment have been batting on overseas pitches it would even be a good to try Irfan at that position. May be he will turn out be better batsman than Raina in test matches

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @ serious-am-i and everyone else: Why on earth do we keep talking about it when the player is fit and hungry? Badri easily has 4-5 years left playing Test Cricket alone, give him an opportunity. He has gone through the grind in First Class Cricket, he should have been in when Sourav retired. Even now talking about giving a chance to youngsters, tell me honestly how many 'youngsters' do you think are capable of playing Test Cricket? Remember we are yet to completely replace Dada after all these years. Badri deserves a look in, much more than a Rohit, Raina or even a Kohli does.

  • POSTED BY K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on | August 19, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    For the first time Chief Selector Mr Srikanth has done a good job by picking Badrinath in the squad so for the lone reason i am thankful to the selectors. He is the best replacement for VVS Laxman & Rahul Dravid. I trust Badrinath will show the world now what he is capable of in test arena. He si 30+ i agree with that but what i know about him he is hungry for runs and can be a great help to retain the No-1 test position for india team. "Badri seeing U in test jeresy is my dream and its going to fulfill". I am really vry vry happy. Go BADRI Go......:)

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Again Manoj Tiwary has been neglected by the selectors , if Badrinath can be the ultimate choice , then why not Tiwary , he is a gutsy fielder can bowl part time leggies and a consistant performer in Domestic level in the near past . He is capable of handling international matches when had shown is prowess in one days and T20s .

  • POSTED BY Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on | August 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    If you really wanted a TN batsman there, Karthik would have been a better choice. At least the guy bats with initiative unlike Badri who's a new age avatar of Sanjay Manjrekar.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Why all these 'kolaveri' about TN, Mumbai, Delhi or any other place in India. If we find a good player, even in one of the unexplored caves of Himalayas, we could use him as a replacement; the only pre-requisite is that he should be in his thirties. If he is still in his 20's (still worse, under 19) and is from Himalayas,he will be too young, and we might make an exception and allow him to play in SLPL!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Badri is just 31...Mike Hussey became a regular in Aussie team around this age! What a player he became...and a finisher? Badri has not been a `long' rope he deserves as Rohit or Ishant got / gets!!?? How many chances were given to Ajit Agarkar before...even after becoming a `rare' performer? At least this time Badri should be given an extended chance. Above all, I hope that he grabs this chance with both hands, and makes life difficult for the new selectors to drop him, if they want to, for the following England and Australia series. No one else currently in India deserves this chance, now, than Badri. GO BADRI GO...GRAB THE SPOT FOR YOUR FUTURE!! ...Errr.....I hope he gets a spot in the 11 first!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Badri.... Really perfect replacement for VVS.. This guy has lot of talent and dreams to play competent game in higher level... Giving him a couple of oppurtunities will help to prove himself!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    He is close to 32. Couldn't they find someone older, more experienced, to build a team for the future? How about, re-inducting some 45- 55 year young players, like Krishnamachary Srikkant? Or, Jimmy 'Joker-fame' Amarnath? Is N.Srinivasn a batsman, or a bowler, or a wicket-keeper: wants to keep him as a standby, if Viru becomes more irresponsible in his shot selection, or Zak breaks down, or Dhoni is suspended for slow over-rate. That is what I call contingency planning; chairman of a business house would know that!

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | August 19, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Make no mistake the team after his home series has to travel to South Africa where bounce, swiing and pace of Steyn, Morkel and Philander will be available in ample measure. I am just wondering what will happen to the likes of Kohli, Raina, Mukund, Vijay, Rahane, there. Better to take experienced guys. JAFFER has a double hundred against the likes of Steyn and Ntini on a snorter of a pitch at Wanderers. He is our best guy at the top of the order in those circumstances. This was the right time to get him into the team for home series. Anyways it is not too late even now. And yes Kaif would be the other guy to be recalled.

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | August 19, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    With VVS and Dravid out, the ideal Test playing XI should have been Jaffer, Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin, Kaif, Pujara, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ishant, Umesh Yadav.

    With VVS, Dravid and Sachin out, the ideal Test playing XI should have been Jaffer, Gambhir, Sehwag, Kaif, Pujara, Badrinath, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ishant, Umesh.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Badrinath deserves a chance as he is a consistent performer on the domestic circuit and he has not been given an extended run like Rohit so it is unfair to cast aspersions about his ability!

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | August 19, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    With Dravid and VVS gone at the same time and time for Sachin to go, Indian batting line up will need a lot of maturity. Sehwag is always plucky. Gambhir has his own weknesses against short pitched swinging, stuff. He could only manage a fifty in seven innings in Australia. The next best thing - Kohli is technically and temperamentally not suited for Tests and is just a few Tests old. The other next best thing Dhoni has never been suited for Tests especially outside the country. So who are there in the country today who bring experience, skill, temperament and who have a track record of delivering in whatever chances they have got. Only two names come up and both of them are 33.WASIM JAFFER the best batsman who is not in Test playing XI and MD.KAIF -who is arguably the fittest cricketer in the country even today. Get them in. Of course Dhoni won't like competition to his aptaincy slot from Kaif but it is up to the selctors. Hope this joker Srikkanth will be out soon and saner Amarnath

  • POSTED BY sgbhatcar on | August 19, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Makes no sense to push in S. Badrinath...One good score and Srikkanth will make sure that no other younger and budding cricketer gets a look up! Srikkanth has tried to push Badrinath in, many times in the past. It is a shame that he should sneak him in, when there are other in-form cricketers. It is a shame if regional representation again comes to the fore.

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | August 19, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer should have been brought in as Laxman's replacement to provide some experience at the top of the order. Sehwag should have come down to No.3. Please note Jaffer is still the best Test batsman not in playing XI and he is only 33. Having him back in a home series is the best way to get him back into the team. NO this step will not be regressive Mr.Gavaskar. You continued until 38. Let him serve Indian cricket for the next four years. Newer lot of Mukund, Rahane, Vijay are nowhwere near Jaffer in terms of his class, temperament, skill, range of shots, etc. And he has two double Test hundreds to his credit. Get WASIM JAFFER back into TEST team.Badrinath is a fair selection but he is the next best batsman after Jaffer. I still feel with Sachin retiring Sehwag should move lower down and Jaffer, Badrinath and Pujara (not Kohli) should form the backbone of Indian top and middle order. Kohli - a superb ODI / T20 bat isn't temperamentaly suited for Tests and he is technicaly weak

  • POSTED BY raj_che on | August 19, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    wow, atlast badri is in the test squad, some justice to a player who has been thoroughly unlucky to be missing in the test squad for almost 4 yrs. for all u ppl who says its more of TN bias or whatever shit pls check his stats, this guy has been performing consistently in FC for the past 4 years and his performance spks for himself. If pujara deserves his chance for consistent performance in FC why not badri??? This guy scored a half century on debut against steyn & co. and gets dropped. what more injustice or bad luck can one have, when ppl like rohit sharma keeps get selecting even after failures in the last 5 yrs. Hope he gets to play in playing XI. all the best badri!!!

  • POSTED BY Prajith4j on | August 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    V cant really depend on youngsters to replace legends altogether and deliver. Fair selection. Now wid both Dravid and Laxman not in d line up India wil miss class, temperament and pure dedication. Players like kohli, raina, rahane and pujara wil hav to b groomed at test level wid d presence of experienced players like viru, gauti and sachin so dat India dont suffer just like Aus did after the exit of hayden, gilly, warnie, martyn, McG in a short period. Badri's experience and records at the domestic level speak. Its time to deliver it at the highest level

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Looks like a quota system for me, One player from south goes out and one from south comes in. Our selectores will never change this pattern.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 19, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    While I am happy for Badrinath, I still feel he's old to become the next pillar in the middle order for India. Badri should have been in the team 4 or 5 years earlier. There is ZERO plan from Kris Srikkanth and his panel of 'selectors'. There is also ZERO common sense with Srikkanth and his policies. This IS the TIME to blend in young blood into the side. Badri at 31/32 is a slightly older prospect. One of the MAIN reasons for India's success at test cricket over the years has been due to the grooming of young players at an early age. Examples include: Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Kumble, Srinath etc. Now the process is reverse. We have old players making debuts and the youngsters are losing out on opportunities. But still, I am sure Badrinath has what it takes to succeed at this level. Good luck to him.

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | August 19, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    "Tested already"... He was given 3 test matches to prove while Jadeja and Rohit Sharma have been thrown lifeline after lifeline.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Most certainly a step backwards...he DOES NOT have what it takes to shine in International cricket....But for now he can celebrate and thank Mr. India Cement, & Mr. D.

  • POSTED BY Prajith4j on | August 19, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Finally, the selectors have done a fair job-i think. Experience and the ability to challenge and survive at test level. Badri is the best option rather than Rohit. I wonder y he got so many chances inspite of having a lot of talent opn domestic circuit. Chance 4 badri to revive his int'l career. Gud Luck!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Cant understand how people are blasting Cheeka for selecting Badrinath just bcos he is from TN. There was no hue and cry when Rohit was selected by Vengsarkar. Why this bias against TN?

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | August 19, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Sorry but the team should be Gambhir, Sehwag, Rahane, Tendulkar, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Ojha and Yadav. Badrinath please dont let him play now as he will take 2-3 years to settle in the squad and after that he will be aged cricketer and will be drop again India will face same problem as it is facing today.Raina is should be kept away from the test, he is not a test material and Rohit from ODIs. Instead of this two India should have Inculded Rohit and Manoj they deserves test debut more than Raina and Badri. If MAnoj or Rohit fails next in Line should be Bist, Surya Yadav and Mandeep Singh. I think Rahane and Pujara if given proper chance will be next Dravid and Laxman of our team, ignore there initial failures if they have, and spend on them to became a great test batsmen, kohli is idea for number 6 position of Ganguly he might captain this side soon as Dhoni, Shewag are not suitable for test in foreign conditions and Zaheer is at the rear end of his carrier.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    A great player and i believe he deserves a chance

  • POSTED BY Pilotprem on | August 19, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    WOW , i am jumping may be happier than Badri , cuz he waited waited waited for along time got 3 innings , scored a fifty , thrown away showing his perfomannce in dead pitches of WI ODI Now its a reall chance in middle , hope every one had seen when EVER CSK is in problem , he will stand out Dont say that meaningless 31 + , when he was 24 + & perfoming you guys said he is inexperience ,now after tons of runs !!! i cant say what you guys mean , south lobby e.t.c , give him atleast 2 series in playing XI , you guys will feel ashame of what you thought , all the best badri ! i love you & sure pray for you man

  • POSTED BY Craggydev on | August 19, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Badrinath?? Are u kidding me? It's time to remove Dhoni from the test team...

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    wt a gr8 time to make a cmeback. . . Badrinath shld make full use of it

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    those who are not talking negative about badrinath is simply talking rubbish. rohit sharma gets 100 odis n badrinath gets only 3 innings.

  • POSTED BY Harshtmm on | August 19, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Two tremendously poor choices by the board in the last 1 yr.

    First Duncan Fletcher for Gary Kirsten. He is replacing Gary's winner mentality to a poor me looser mentality.

    And the Badri for VVS. Talented alright but doesn't have the swagger it takes to be an international.

    In both instance they have plenty of choice.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    I am not at all surprised by the choice... what else can one expect from a parochial selector who at every step has promoted players from Chennai Super Kinds and/or Tamil Nadu. I was actually expecting him to name S. Aniruddh given that he has so little time left as a selector.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    did our selectors forget mohammad kaif..????

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Why are people talking about his age? Didn't Mike Hussey make his debut at the age of 30?

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    If you observed India's tour to WI in 2011, you'd have seen that he looked uncomfortable in getting to 20-30, after which he'd get himself out. Not convinced about Badri at all. Good luck to him, but if he fails against this incredibly weak Kiwi side, he has no business being anywhere near the national team. We've invested plenty of time with Badri, it's time to move on past scoring cheap Ranji runs and proving at the highest level.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Who's that left arm seamer that plays for RCB in IPL? I'm surprised Srikanth the Great Selector didn't bring him in......he fits all the criteria: 1. Useless 2. From TN

  • POSTED BY Siva-The-Human on | August 19, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @Vamshi Maddikunta Please list me how many chances he got? he got chance just 2 test and 7 odis. in two test he scored 1 half century. Rohit sharma got 85 chances but still we tested him. somebody coment here he is from TN so that he got chances. please those guys go and check his domestic states. His domestic ave is 60. He is the perfect middle order batsman for our test team not rohit sharma or raina.

  • POSTED BY cricket-is-best on | August 19, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    what a relief! Thank God its badrinath (a decent replacement) and not rohit sharma replacing d great.

  • POSTED BY somu1984 on | August 19, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I think Badri is the good choice to replace VVS. It came me as a huge shock after learning VVS has retired from International Cricket.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | August 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I am not sure what these selectors were trying to achieve. It looks like they pressed the panic button going back to a 30+ veteran. Badri is talented and blah blah, every thing agreed but he missed his bus, that's a hard reality. We Indians do not have a strong body as compared to the Aussies to have a player go roaring like what Mike Hussey did for them. Badri will suit for only a temporary plan, we need a permanent solution, maximum Badri can play would be for another 3 - 4 years if he can cement his place in the squad. This would have been a perfect occasion for a youngster to be groomed along with others.

  • POSTED BY Dineshjaykay on | August 19, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    VVS told he is retiring because he want to give chance for a youngster so that he can establish himself in the forthcoming three serieses in home so that they will have confidence on taking RSA in their own den. On considering the selection of badri he is still fit and he has the perfect making for a test batsman and he deserved a chance at international level once again for his consistent performances at domestic level. I am sure he can play for minimum of 4 years provided he performs on consistent basis.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    No TN player got in without weightage of performance, its all years and years of consistent run scoring and wicket taking. Its all perseverance and consistency.... Just think of MIKE HUSSEY if he had been ignored as aged Aussies would've missed a great batsman. Badri will prove all of you wrong and it doesn't matter whom VVS wanted to give a chance its whom the team needs.............. India A team should be selected properly Badri should have got regular chances there.

  • POSTED BY Sunili on | August 19, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    People complaining about TN players in the 15 man squad, look at how many Delhi players are in the team. Why no one talks about that? If you got the talent, you deserve a chance to prove, no matter where you are from.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | August 19, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    BCCI is wastng the time on Badrinath as if he fails is couple of series he will be first man who bcci will droo and a younger player other than him will have the exp and come back strongly, actually age is not the good side of Badri.

  • POSTED BY AjitNarayan on | August 19, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    @guppys_classmate.....well said..

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Just don't keep arguing over Badri or TN players, they got in through weight of runs or wickets or economic bowling spells. Badri is just 31 younger than Viru; with the same prolific run scoring and consistency he showed for TN even 5 years of effective career would be great for India. Intl crkt exposure may be less, but as first class player for about 12 yrs he can help out young guys like Rahane, Rohit & Pujara a lot.

  • POSTED BY nkoch on | August 19, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Considering that Badrinath is 31 and hasn't done anything this year in Ranji trophy, selection does not make sense. Why replace an experienced oldie with an inexperienced one? Selectors have again chosen a player past it's prime. Poor Badrinath should have played 4 years ago, not now. This is Srikanth's last service to make south lobby happy.

  • POSTED BY Sunili on | August 19, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Come on people, everyone knows Badrinath is an excellent batsman and he never got the chances every other players in Indian team got. Badrinath is only 30, VVS is 37 years old. Give people some time to adjust and they may succeed. Don't judge players based on where they are from and their background. Badri is an unsung hero! Hopefully, he gets a chance in the playing XI to prove himself.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Someone above mentioned this to be a poor decision saying as if Badrinath was tested much. He made a patient half century against South Africa that too when SA bowlers were breathing fire. That speaks a lot about his patience and perseverance. He may be an aged contender for this spot. But, remember there can be another Mike Hussey. Even Hussey faced such criticisms but as soon as he proved the critics wrong he is now considered as a MATCH WINNER. I'm damn sure Badri can make a Hussey. When you have an average of above 60 in first class circuit and still don't get a continuous shot at the International level then you are the most unfortunate man in this planet. Yes, Laxman paved way for the younger youths. But still this man should get a longer run. It is not that Chikka selected him for being a Tamilian. His stats justifies Chika's selection. Let him achieve a bit of International glory as well. HE DESERVES THIS CHANCE MORE THAN ANY CRICKETER IN INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Those who are asking for rohit and pujara... Dont u guys know pujara is already part the test team...!!! And those who are not selected i.e Rayadu and manoj have not performed exceptionally in first class cricket. This is not a 20 over tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Badri has done no harm he has been in the wing for a long time... Age is not a reckoning factor or heroics. Badri selected based on performances and not lyk rohit sharma still getting numerous chances.... Badri has played oly 2 tests and ppl saying he s getting lots of chances... Ppl has lost their brain.. A man who has played 85 odis rohit still getting chance after scoring oly 13 runs in series den y not badri.... Badri has been waiing for his chance since 27.....

  • POSTED BY guppys_classmate on | August 19, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Come on guys, Badri has got just 7 ODI's and 2 Tests. If Rohit can get 85 matches, Badri sure deserves at least half the number of chances. And if age is a factor, the first person to walk out should be SRT to give opportunity to youngsters... And if u guys tell Sachin is a class apart, remember he got his first century after 50+ matches... Badri has got just 7 ODI's and 2 Tests

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Guys who have questions & arguements reagarding 30+ age problem. I give u one perfect example in the past, that player too from TN. Can't remember the hard hitting All-rounder...? He was the second best ODI all-rounder after Kapil Dev....he won so many ODI matches for india single handedly......Yea thats the man of late 90's & early 2000's came in the indian team at the age of 31. The One & Only Robin Singh. Real test in cricket is Test cricket...Badri will justify his selection & he will break all ur doubts and long noses.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Badri deserved this chance.. He's a better player when compared Rohit Sharma/Manoj Tiwary... Hope he gets a chance in the XI

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    laxman wanted to give chance to YOUNGSTERS .Not 30+ veterans .Manoj Tiwary or even talented Rohit would be a good choice

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Waiting to see Badri's class act in NZ test series. As of I know Badri is a perfect mix of The Wall & VVS. He has the temperament, calm nature, stylish shots & a wristy player. I love his cover drives, he resembles The Wall on that particular shot. I reckon his main problem is his stamina. i wish him all the very best for fine show against NZ.

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | August 19, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Badrinath is not going to play. Too many people waiting (Raina, Rahane, Sharma, Tiwary) before Badri gets a chance. So the ideal playing XI should be (1) Gambhir (2) Rahane (3) Pujara (4) Tendulkar (5) Kohli (6) Sehwag (7) Dhoni (8) Ashwin (9) Khan and then whoever the last two bowlers are (Ojha preferred spinner).

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | August 19, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    After reliable Dravid and VVS has gone, Indian team need a mature player who can be dependable, that is Badrinath. He scored a fifty against firing Steyn and Morkel. Wish him good luck.

  • POSTED BY deena.leo on | August 19, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @KK5619 so badri with one half century in 3 innings against steyn & co that too an important partnership with shewag is useless player but rohit sorry nohit sharma with no of chances at international level with no of failiure is a gr8 player?

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Come on Chikka, another opportunity to Badrinath???? Give me a break... enough of giving chances to the players from TN, time to look for other options...

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketFan on | August 19, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    1. Badri is one more Srikkanth favorite. One was surprised that Anirruddha was not squeezed in. 2. Speaking realistically though, Rohit should retire too. He is the poster boy for - has-potential-but-can-not-perform. 3. With all the fuss about the timing of VVS retirement, Rahul did it so elegantly one recollects - when is Sachin going to hang up. Why is he not being questioned by the public for HOLDING ON to the spot of an youngster. If it is performance Sachin is as guilty as VVS for the losses in Aus, Eng. Why the public went after VVS - scared of speaking against Sachin 4. And when is Sehwag going to hang up to open the spot for a new,energetic opener (even Rahane). Sehwag can make his $$$ in IPL, BPL, SLPL and all PL s with his power and short boundaries.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Great selector..hats off...Badrinath is a youngster??? Laxman gave up his position only for a youngster not who is going to retire soon...now u people happy??

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Finally he got chance to prove himself .. badri is much better than rohit , pujara . thank god.

  • POSTED BY Allzwell on | August 19, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    In his retirement speech Laxman said that its the right time for him to give way to youngsters and look what our selectors have done? Another thought...I think BCCI should have asked to defer Laxman's decision for at least Hyderabad Test where he would have been given a warm send off in front of his home crowd.

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | August 19, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    At last Badrinath is getting justice! It is his sheer perseverance and determination that has been rewarded. In terms of technique & temperament, Badri stands tall among the current crop. Anybody in Badri's shoes would have frittered away in such a long ordeal. Ideally, he should have been the replacement for Dravid. Badrinath is suited to do the role of stabiliser & there is no capable player than him. He lends experience, solidity, technique & temperament and will do any thing the team/situation demands just like Dravid & Laxman. Happy that hardwork gets its due regard. God bless you Badri!

  • POSTED BY Siva-The-Human on | August 19, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @K5619 how did u tell he is useless player at highest level? is he get repeated chance like nohit sharma? If selectors give few chance to him unlike nohit sharma, definitely he will prove he is a another dravid or laxman.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    This bloke should have been in the squad to begin with. While everyone talks about Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Tiwary, they forget the sheer injustice that has been done to this man, he has scored runs everywhere, and not just runs, shedloads of runs. I hope this time he really grabs the opportunity and cements his place in the Indian test line up once for all.

  • POSTED BY StarHawk on | August 19, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    I'm extremely happy for Badrinath. I just hope he is picked in the XI, and not just warming the benches, and also, hope that he gets a long run in the Indian test team. I thought he would be selected to replace Dravid because he is the only one in the domestic circuit that come close to Dravid's technique, temperament, and work ethic. Even thou he's 30+, he's still super fit and a brilliant fielder.

  • POSTED BY Kewal999 on | August 19, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    An experinced 30+ would've been better to have in the team than an inexperianced 30+. After this selection it is difficult to fathom what the selectors were trying to gain by pushing Laxman towards retirement in a hurry!!!

  • POSTED BY bipulkumar on | August 19, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary would have been far better choice. What's the point selecting a player who is old enough to retire already.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    I am extremely happy for Badri . About time he got a chance and I hope he is given an extended run of atleast 5-6 matches .

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Comparisons with Hussey already going around? Biggest joke. Could have given manoj tiwary a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    i am really very happy to see the run machine in indian team...,he deservers for this chance..he ignored because of TN, not because of his form...bedri u have to prove now...hope u ill get a chance in playing XI...eagerly waiting to take more runs for india this time...

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Wow subramaniam badrinath finally gets his chance..finally the selectors showing sense..tiwary instead of raina would be a great team..hope dhoni plays badri instead of raina,but i doubt if dhoni will leave his favourite out of the side..

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | August 19, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    One final chance for Badri...I think he will be good enough against NZ, but against England he will be found short....

  • POSTED BY Muralippn on | August 19, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    atlas mr.cricket of india got his chance hope he'll stay long in india's middle order..he deserved to be in final 11..pujara should bat at no3,badri should come at no.5.happy for him.plz make this count badri.

  • POSTED BY Daveptee on | August 19, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Srikanth wants to ensure all Tamil Nadu players get in before his term ends.Its a pity Sachin did not retire otherwise he would have sneaked in Anirudh Srikkanth as well, and M Vijay for Sehwag and A Mukund for Gambhir......and so on and so forth...

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Wondeful, at least a batsman was selected purely on merit... If given chance, badri will perform for sure.... am a fan of his temperment and down to earth character.... rohit is a show off... forget him....!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    why badrinath????????????again srikranth policy can't understand.............he iz 32 rght now ................give young boys go to make a mark in home sseries...players like manoj'.......mandeep.......raydhu...........pujara.......

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    I knew Mr. Srikant i knew u would go for i dont know where frm and what have u seen in Badriiiinath. What heppend to Pujara match the domastic average..rubbies. Will pray God time up for srikant hurry before he spoils team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    two matches enough to tell he is not fit for highest level???

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | August 19, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Badrinath for sheer consistency should get a shot at it. It is a at-home series and there won't be any extra in the strips to bother him. It is time India encourages prospective players to have one or two seasons in the English county circuit. Players like Bist, Menaria, Rehane, Saha, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Mandeep etc would surely benefit; and there won't be repeats like Raina and Tiwary who are uncomfortable in anything but docile conditions. Even established players like Gambhir and Sehwag are quite unstable against the fast short pitched balls.

  • POSTED BY baghels.a on | August 19, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Why Badri now ?? he should have been selected long time back when he was piling on runs for fun in domestic circuit, but is he a long term solution to India's middle order,is he in form,can he handle fast bowling in South Africa in 2013 ??,Rohit Sharma is dropped after one bad odi tour,may be Rohit got bored playing against SL over and over again lol.But eventually can't really grudge Badri's selection,hoping and praying Indian u-19 boys beat Pakistan in u-19 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @ KK5619 ... well did u say rohit sharma?? the guy who cant go past single digit scores?? my god .. very nice suggestion !!!

  • POSTED BY kris.ganesh on | August 19, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    should have considered kaif too...

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Thank God. Now this is what I call sensible, I had a feeling selectors might give Rohit Sharma another chance which would have been worst decision ever.

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | August 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Gr8 Selection and the only person in the present bunch of first class cricketers to fill in the boots. I don't know why people keep talking about his place. Check out his first class career. No one stands close to him. To Play for India you need to perform at the First class in all the 3 forms not just in T20. He has done this consistently for last 8 years. Go Badri. You will make it count.

  • POSTED BY guppys_classmate on | August 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Already tested? Poor guy has played just 2 tests and 7 ODI matches.. And Rohit Sharma is still being tested after 85 matches...

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | August 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    GOOD CHOICE in bringing BADRINATH. I still feel IRFAN PATHAN is needed as an allrounder in the TEST side. I dont think Indian cricket will struggle to find middle order replacements, THE OPENERS NEED to be solid. And this is an area that needs work. We hopefully will have CHAND one day and there is a young hopeful in ATHIRAJ SHINDILIYA who has made waves on the domestic level.

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | August 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Why is this so complicated ? Move Sehwag to middle order for good. Start finding an opener. If you think Rahane is your guy, give him 2 years. Selectors must make up their mind and stick with it. Pujara at #3 is a lock, I think. I have a feeling though that Raina might take up Laxman's spot.

  • POSTED BY isport on | August 19, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Again the same mistake by the selectors. Where is Mohammed Kaif. We lost Dravid and Laxman and we need Kaif atleast as one replacement in middle order. Selector s dosent look serious. any how best wishes to badrinath if he can survive this series.

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | August 19, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    This selection committee is backwards. Unless these guys play county cricket in England, none, including the icons will fare successfully outside the sub-continent. The system needs to change, and it never will. I give up! The farce continues. Sehwag at opener makes a mockery of the opening position. This is a circus.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Wow finally badri gets a chance..abt time too..the selectors have finally decided to pick a deserving batsmen..hope he plays ahead of raina..he is way better than raina in tests..

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Hope Badri atleast grabs this opportunity with both hands. My Line-up: Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Sachin, Badri, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Ojha, Yadav. How is this guys?

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    pathetic...not sure where we are heading...we should have looked out for younger player...this is a guy has no technique and looks like sidhu while playing....so disappointed

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is paying the price of his ODI failures in SL. Meanwhile, a bloke who wasn't even good enough to make the ODI squad walks into the most coveted format: Tests. How? By simply avoiding a tour. How many times in Indian cricket have we seen this? Rohit was the obvious choice here but had he been picked, we would have seen an outcry from the TN brigade.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Another Indian Medicore Player at International Level. Selectors there are enough talented players apart frm Badrinath, give them a chance.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    A like for like replacement alright. A batter who can't bowl, or field!!

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | August 19, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Another player from TN. It could easily have been Mukund, and he'd have come in as vice-capatin lol. For all those who are breathing a sigh of relief on behalf of Badri with comments such as "Oh, Thank God", did you watch any of the footage from the tour to West Indies last year? And I don't mean a snippet of a ODI. Badri was given plenty of chances, not only did he fail but he never looked the part.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | August 19, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Badri anyway not going to get a chance to bat as S Raina will have the preference over him which is dangerous now. Looking a line up, Gambhir, Sehwag, C Pujara, SRT, V Kohli, S Raina and MSD. Out of top 7 C Pujara, V Kohli and S Raina are not yet stabilized while Badri is no proven factor at highest level, playing both Kohli and Raina now will backfire

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Not a gud decision by the selectors according to me.. I guess Rohit is the best option as a replacement to laxman , he only matches laxman wid his class but again a misfortune for rohit if he performed well in sl he mi8 be on a debut against nz.. ! bad luck rohit.. :(

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Very good decision,hope Badri proves that he is a very good batsman suitable for test matches... he has waited for so long for this opportunity...

    Go badri....:)

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    He is tested for only 2 test....plzzz give him more chance at no. 5.....Hw is lot better than Suresh Raina !!!

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | August 19, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer should have been brought in as Laxman's replacement to provide some experience at the top of the order. Sehwag should have come down to No.3. Please note Jaffer is still the best Test batsman not in playing XI and he is only 33. Having him back in a home series is the best way to get him back into the team. NO this step will not be regressive Mr.Gavaskar. You continued until 38. Let him serve Indian cricket for the next four years. Newer lot of Mukund, Rahane, Vijay are nowhwere near Jaffer in terms of his class, temperament, skill, range of shots, etc. And he has two double Test hundreds to his credit. Get WASIM JAFFER back into TEST team.Badrinath is a fair selection but he is the next best batsman after Jaffer. I still feel with Sachin retiring Sehwag should move lower down and Jaffer, Badrinath and Pujara (not Kohli) should form the backbone of Indian top and middle order. Kohli - a superb ODI / T20 bat isn't temperamentaly suited for Tests and he is technicaly weak

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Thank God. I can't tell you all how Excited I'm for this guy Badrinath. He deserves this. Age is NO bar when you have class. He is 32 and can play Cricket for at least 4 more years + Has got good defence mechanism + Is Dependable + An excellent fielder too. Indian Mike Hussey ?. At last Shrikanth & his team has woken up

  • POSTED BY ragul1907 on | August 19, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Any new batsman competing with suresh raina/jadeja will always lose his spot under Dhoni's captaincy ... Dhoni Should show the confidence also with others... Unfortunately yet to happen.....

  • POSTED BY theswami on | August 19, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    So, give him an opportunity @ 3 or 5, @ 6 he is wasted, Kohli is a perfect no.6, has an aggressive temperament like Ganguly .....

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Good choice.. Badri deserves a chance in Indian Test XI and will justify his selection..!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    does not fit at the highest level and Rohit Sharma fits perfectly doesn't he!?? Seriously take interviews when you are sober not when you are high as the sky!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Sehwag should be pushed down to No.5 and Rahane should open with Gambhir. Pujara at No.3, and the rest of the batting makes itself

  • POSTED BY KK5619 on | August 19, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    There should be rohit sharma instead of badrinath. He is a useless player at highest level.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    y d hell badri now ??? guys like amol mazumdar, kanwaljit singh, badrinath were done injustice by the senseless selectors....

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Finally! The poor guy gets his third test at last. As if having brilliant domestic seasons when India had its strongest middle order was not enough, he was continuously ignored while the likes of limited overs IPL stars Yuvraj, Raina, Vijay etc. where getting plenty of test matches. He should've been ideally brought as replacement when Ganguly retired. But that never materialized with selectors preferring flashy limited overs batsman with unproven domestic performances over him. Hope he can capitalize on this and make a career out like a certain Michael Hussey who too debuted when he 30.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Badri was not a part of India A squad in recent times ( which is hard to understand in itself ), Rohit Sharma who was in A squad as well as Test squad in Aus, never got a chance to play a single test and is now dropped on the basis of an ODI series in SL. Selection policy is not at all consistent and I am afraid, also detrimental to the long term development of the team. The regulars in team, Praveen kumar, rahul Sharma, Pragyan Ojha etc dont get to play T20 WC, and out of the blue Piyush Chawla comes in, weird stuff.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Funny people. Random thoughts.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Thank God. I can't tell you all how Happy I'm for this guy Badrinath. He deserves this. Age is NO bar when you have class. He is 32 and can play Cricket for at least 4 more years + Has got good defence mechanism + Is Dependable + An excellent fielder too. Indian Mike Hussey ?

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    He is tested for only 2 test....plzzz give him more chance at no. 5.....Hw is lot better than Suresh Raina !!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    WOW...great to hear that badrinath has been called up... Finally a decision on the basis of merit and performance after a long time... Hope he makes it to the playing squad and prove himself. Very strange that some non-performing kids have been getting chances reguarly but badri was always ignored.. God and selectors only know the reason for that. Though it was a great disappointment to hear laxman retiring, its just a blessing in disguise that badri has made it the 15 member squad. Cmon badri prove your worth. A nice batsmen with the right temperment for the test arena.. Hope he makes a glittering comeback at 31 like just what hussey proved to be for australia.

  • POSTED BY dheerajshetty on | August 19, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Most Likely playing 11 for 1st test . Gambhir Sehwag Kohli Tendulkar Pujara Raina Dhoni Ashwin Zaheer Ojha U.Yadav.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    they should have taken robin bist nor menaria

  • POSTED BY siri21 on | August 19, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Finally.. Badrinath was given a chance.. i hope he makes use of this opportunity..

  • POSTED BY sameer111111 on | August 19, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Good choice. Hope he gets a chance this time ahead of Dhoni's fav Raina.

  • POSTED BY DeepakSarathy on | August 19, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Best news I've heard in days. It was really getting too much. Way to go Badri! Show 'em what you're made of!

  • POSTED BY RishabJ on | August 19, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Very bad replacement he is not the future of india because he is at the age of 32 and cannot play longer in indian team and instead rohit should have given chances in test because his avg in first class is very good ... it doesnt how he performs in odi because his list a and odi avg. are almost same .. i am not saying that he is very good player but compare laxman with rohit both have same odi avg. if laxman got chance intest than rohit should also get chance

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Perfect decision. About time he was selected to play in the right format. It was ridiculous when he was selected for ODIs and asked to perform. He is a perfect test batsmen

  • POSTED BY dheerajshetty on | August 19, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Badrinath? well i future does look bleak then at least in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    About time badri gets his well deserved chance!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Rohit would have been the good choice. Dont know why Bari called up now.!! Rohit was in the bench for a very long time and he deserves a place in the test squad irrespective of his form in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | August 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Oh yes!! Finally the man gets his due!! Hope he cements his well deserved spot for good!!

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  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | August 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Oh yes!! Finally the man gets his due!! Hope he cements his well deserved spot for good!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Rohit would have been the good choice. Dont know why Bari called up now.!! Rohit was in the bench for a very long time and he deserves a place in the test squad irrespective of his form in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    About time badri gets his well deserved chance!!

  • POSTED BY dheerajshetty on | August 19, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Badrinath? well i future does look bleak then at least in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Perfect decision. About time he was selected to play in the right format. It was ridiculous when he was selected for ODIs and asked to perform. He is a perfect test batsmen

  • POSTED BY RishabJ on | August 19, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Very bad replacement he is not the future of india because he is at the age of 32 and cannot play longer in indian team and instead rohit should have given chances in test because his avg in first class is very good ... it doesnt how he performs in odi because his list a and odi avg. are almost same .. i am not saying that he is very good player but compare laxman with rohit both have same odi avg. if laxman got chance intest than rohit should also get chance

  • POSTED BY DeepakSarathy on | August 19, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Best news I've heard in days. It was really getting too much. Way to go Badri! Show 'em what you're made of!

  • POSTED BY sameer111111 on | August 19, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Good choice. Hope he gets a chance this time ahead of Dhoni's fav Raina.

  • POSTED BY siri21 on | August 19, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Finally.. Badrinath was given a chance.. i hope he makes use of this opportunity..

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    they should have taken robin bist nor menaria