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Valthaty must do more for Ranji call-up - Jaffer

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May 1, 2011

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Paul Valthaty led Kings XI Punjab's spirited chase, Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2011, Mohali, April 13, 2011
Valthaty's first-class potential cannot be judged based on his IPL exploits, says Wasim Jaffer © AFP
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Paul Valthaty has done his reputation no harm in the IPL, but he has more to do before he can get a call-up to the Mumbai Ranji team, Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer has said.

"This performance [in the IPL] will help him. He has made those runs against quality bowling and I'm sure the selectors will keep that in mind," Jaffer told the Times of India. "However, you can't judge someone for first-class cricket based on performance in Twenty20 games.

"It's a different format. He has to do well in tournaments like the Times Shield [in which Valthaty plays for Air India] and prove himself."

Labelling Valthaty 'talented', Jaffer said the injury he suffered below his eye during the Under-19 World Cup in 2002 and inconsistency have set him back. "He was a good cricketer at the U-19 level. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury and then had a few lean years, when he was in and out of Mumbai teams.

"He has always played the odd remarkable innings in the Times Shield, but then would have a lean run. He was very inconsistent. However, with age people do mature and he has become better."

Valthaty grabbed the national spotlight by powering Kings XI Punjab home in a big chase against Chennai Super Kings with a blistering century on April 13. Since then, he has been trading places at the top of the IPL's leading run-scorers' table. However, he hasn't played first-class cricket and has represnted Mumbai in one List A game.

Jaffer - who played his last international match in April 2008 and has had a good run in the 2010-2011 Ranji Trophy averaging 80.88 - also said he is "hopeful" of breaking into India's Test team, should the seniors choose to take a break during the tour of West Indies this summer.

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Posted by   on (May 3, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer is absolutely correct. Valthaty cannot play the same style in Ranji Crickt that is different format. He has some classy strokes which wiil be handy and if his consistency improves he can be a force reckon with in Indian cricket arena.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

What Jaffar said is true.Besides playing with red ball is much different than that with white ball.Let him prove that.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

Let us not consider Wassim Jaffer's comments. Firstly, he should assess himself how great (or good) has he been, in terms of the "so-called" consistency in perfomance? Had he been a good performer, he would've been the Indian opener for quite sometime. Valthatty is definitely a good batsman who can play for Mumbai, if given a chance. He is a hard-hitter who can assist the other stroke players in the team. I guess, Jaffer was just joking!!!

Posted by   on (May 2, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

Sidharth Chitnis was the most dangerous batsman in the past indian domestic season.He also part of Kings XI .But not getting a chance to prove..!

And what happend to the most consistent Mumbai Ranji batsman-Rahane? He is not getting anu chance to prove his batting skills...!

Then Dhawal Kulkarni is also warming the MI bench...! Many players are like this just warming bench...!

Posted by   on (May 2, 2011, 4:28 GMT)

The current form which mumbai is in they might well need some fresh ideas so it wont be bad thing if someone like Paul Valthaty comes into the mix for the mumbai squad.Their squad seems to be having some amount of passengers and little bit of fresh talent would do no harm

Posted by timtom on (May 2, 2011, 3:21 GMT)

Wasim - should have kept quite - makes the same comment abt paul that he was to Indian Team..classy and elegant but very very inconsistent... One of the only 3 indian players not auctioned for IPL2011...His very colossal Ranji credentials could not fetch a place in IPL so why brag abt others ? Also why should Paul opt for Mumbai during Ranji ? he has a plethora of team to chose on..

And Paul is not a basher - proper criketing strokes and miles ahead of pathans, uthappaas, tiwarys and pandeys --- has a promising future ahead...

Posted by   on (May 2, 2011, 2:27 GMT)

Yup agree with Jaffer... Consistency is the key

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (May 2, 2011, 2:00 GMT)

Valthaty need not care about Ranji trophy. He'll make more money just playing IPL T20.

Posted by rohanblue on (May 1, 2011, 23:05 GMT)

wasim jaffer is 500% right, bt india cn try valhaty in t20 format, he looks good....

Posted by   on (May 1, 2011, 22:08 GMT)

just play him in 20/20 and 50/50. Test are boring

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