India news July 4, 2011

Srikkanth backs Yuvraj for Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kris Srikkanth, chairman of the Indian selection committee, has backed Yuvraj Singh to come good in Test cricket. Despite being a fixture in India's limited-overs plans for many years, Yuvraj has not managed to seal a permanent Test spot, but has forced his way back into the squad for England on the back of his starring role in the World Cup.

"We all know that Yuvraj has quality," Srikkanth told the Indian Express. "Yes, I agree that he has so far failed to carry forward his ODI form into Test cricket. But he still has many years of cricket left in him. If he can cement his place in the Test squad, then that will surely augur well for Indian cricket."

In the absence of several senior players, the ongoing West Indies series would have provided Yuvraj the perfect opportunity to revive his Test career, but a lung infection forced him out of the series. The vacancies in the middle order gave India's next generation of batsmen a rare Test look-in. Suresh Raina made good use of the opportunity, overcoming his weakness against short-pitched bowling to score two half-centuries, while Virat Kohli failed to build on his strong one-day performances.

"We never had any doubt about Raina's talent," Srikkanth said. "He started off [his Test career] very well but then had a quiet period. But a player with such talent was bound to return to form. Like all good players he has worked on his weaknesses. This Indian team has a great dressing room atmosphere and the juniors always get the right advice from the seniors. But the bottom line is that you have to solve your own problem.

"Raina worked hard and approached the task without any confusion. It's not easy for a youngster, who grows up on placid Indian wickets, to be a naturally good player of pace bowling. Raina has shown the requisite grit. He was ready to fight it out which was very heartening."

While Srikkanth had words of praise for Raina, he refused to write off Kohli based on the failures in his first two Tests, in which he scored only 46 runs.

"Virat should be allowed more time, he has just had his first brush with Tests," Srikkanth said. "These youngsters will learn from experience. Test cricket is different from ODIs and it's not easy to get used to the conditions. These days they barely play any side matches and by the time they get acclimatised to the conditions the tour is over. Kohli has performed in the ODIs and now it's all about taking that form into Test cricket. I'm sure he will work on his game and will improve. He has a bright future ahead."

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  • ajith on July 6, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Srikanth is doing a great job. It is always funny to read people post about how Dhoni is a liability in the test team etc etc. It is true that we as Indians love to pull people back especially when they are doing well. Oh btw, this was after I read what Raj12345 wrote his piece. :P

  • Raj on July 6, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Compared to Dhoni. DK is far better in WK skill. Dhoni is surviving till Chikka is there. Once Chikka is gone, Dhoni place in test is questionable. Chikka making game and spoiled many TN players life that is the truth.He will not support any TN player, please don't do that, it is good for state progress in other areas. Chikka is doing all because he want to bring his son to Indian team, so he need support from all current players, so he can't touch Kohli/Raina/Yuvi/RG/Dhoni/Bhajji even they play once in a while, so no place for Rahane/Pujara/Tiwary/Badri/Nayar/Gautham. I don't understand why we fans are fighting even by knowing this.

    Chikka first killed DK life, then Badri, list continues.....But Vijay & Mukund came to cricket not because of Chikka, because of their performance at domestic level, if they don't perform like Dhawan (made nothing in 5 ODIs played so far), then they are gone, all we need to accept this. Don't cry like Uthappa fans.

  • MANJU on July 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @indianzen.. you telling they are selecting talent wise right,all world know how much talent in Murali Vijay, dinesh kartik, mukund, intimating only Ashwin pls look these guys and comment about them...............

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @ indianzen: you are 100 %right .. Harbhajan Singh has not proved that he's capable of taking wickets even on wickets with life.. The difference between India' loss and victory @ Barbados is Harbhajan.. Any other ordinary spinner in the world could've taken atleast a single wicket against a not-so-much left kind of oppostion like WI.. He deserves to sit out or he can damn surely be a very entertaining 12th man or a substitue.....

  • bismoy on July 5, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Badrinath must retire cricket ,at age of 31 with ordinary talent....he has no future in international cricket.

    funny to see many want to replace sachin,laxman or dravid with badrinath....comman the guy is 31 there a scarcity of young talent in india???

    Let give chance to youngsters like manish pandey/rahane/rohit sharma/Raina/Kohli but please stop making excuses to take badrinath he is 31 year old...and surely a flat track indian bully...(avg 21 in test and 15 in odi )is not even good for a bowler and here we wanted him to replace legends..

  • money on July 5, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    yuvraj had a amazing world cup he should get a chance to play in test cricket

  • ashok on July 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    For those guys hinting Srikanth of all people with regionalism do not know what they are talking about. Srikanth as a player and as a captain was way above these petty things. Srikkanth got captaincy in Sachin's debut series and the prospect was to play the great Pakistani team of the time at their home.That team came back with honour even while playing on green wickets (and neutral umpires helped).Even Imran attributed the series to great captaincy from Srikanth and Sri went with fresh bowlers from North and a young batsman from West. As a player he always played for the team be it belting fast bowlers and not caring for his personal centuries or standing close (when he was senior too), and taking some brave catches. So please know your cricket before you hit below the belt to somebody like Cheeka.Just for the record I am from Delhi and I respect Srikant who was a team player first and foremost.

  • ashok on July 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    We never hate north, east, west players. We treat all players as Indian Players. But you see the comments posted on the indian team selection for WI tour. Almost 90% of the comments are against the inclusion of Badri, Vijay and Mukund. They feel satisfied about the remaining 12 players selected. For any team selection they are spitting venom against TN players. Even if TN players are not selected they comment that Srikkanth is selecting only CSK players. For the world cup selection almost 99% of people said Uthappa and Irfan are more deserving than Ashwin. They could not digest the only player selected from Tamil Nadu for the world cup. But what about these two players in the IPL IV. Or what is the performance of Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, C.Pujara in IPL IV. People should suppot the players based on the talent and not based on the region / state.

  • ashok on July 5, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Harbhajan's place in the team for too long a favorite of Ganguly and tendulkar but a person who cannot spin the ball is at stake. he proved he is in the Indian team only because of his "connections". High time he is thrown out. To supporters who claim that he has won many matches, here is the answer any other spinner like Pragyan, Mishra, Chawla, Jakati, Rahul would have done far better in those games which Harbhajan took wickets. It is time to show him the door.

  • North on July 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    @Shahid - If you truly follow Indian Cricket, you will never make such an irresponsible comment. Under Srikanth's selection, the Indian team won the World Cup and is the No1 Test team rite now so give some credit where it is due. As far as others commenting on regional politics on team selection is concerned, i do not want to get into such cheap argument. Pls listen to Sanga's speech on MCC cricket, at least that will make you realize COUNTRY is more important than anything else. Mr Shrikanth, you are doing an amazing job, pls continue to do so. True followers of Indian cricket will always support you.

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