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

Badrinath replaces Laxman for New Zealand Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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).

  • Rakesh on August 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT

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

  • BALASUBRAMANIAN 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Jishnu on August 22, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Indian Micheal Hussey!! Badri go places!

  • kanas 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.

  • Ravi 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.

  • SRINIVASAN 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!

  • Ravi 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.

  • Bala 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!

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