India domestic news November 24, 2011

Looking to play Ranji from December 6 - Badrinath

ESPNcricinfo staff

S Badrinath, the injured India middle-order batsman, has said he hopes to return to first-class cricket in two weeks. He has been sidelined since mid-October, after hurting his shoulder during the Challenger Trophy in Nagpur.

"I'm making good progress. I have started batting from this week," he said in Delhi. "I am aiming to play the upcoming Ranji match from December 6 [against Bengal]. I'll get to know on Monday whether I would be able to take the field."

Badrinath is set to receive the Madhavrao Scindia award for the highest run-getter in last year's Ranji season, where he amassed 922 runs at 131.71. "It was something I wanted to achieve. Last year I went into the season with an aim to do something phenomenal and make a statement with what I do on the field. So, I am happy I am able to achieve it and I hope it doesn't go unnoticed."

He has missed the first three rounds of the Ranji Trophy, a tournament where he has been a heavy scorer over the past few seasons. Despite the early season set back, he has set his sights high this year as well. "I think I will come back and do whatever I can in the rest of the games. My aim is to make an impact. I have not got a triple century yet in a first-class game and that is what I want to do."

Badrinath, 31, last played for India during the tour of the West Indies earlier this year, and though there are several younger candidates for a spot in the middle-order, he remained optimistic of making a comeback. "I have been in the national team for a while, but didn't get a chance to play [much]. In the back of my mind, I know I haven't really lost. Maybe the [national] spots would open up soon and I feel I am the best guy to do the job."

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  • DEV_ME on November 27, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    @Ashik Sali. Hey .. do you mena to refer to 'Graeme' Hick or is did England have one more Greg Hick ??? Agree with you o Hick and Mark, but pray what made you include WV Raman ? Raman was made to open innings in order to play for India. He was used as an On/Off player in the test side. Kambli was favored over him in the early 90's. We all know what Kambli 'achieved'. WV was not exceptional like Badri, but worked hard and was a better utiliy player. Badri has some class in him. I only wish that every outing was not made out to be an do or die thing. He should have been given a patient run. And now looking at the state of the test team, he should be given a contract to play for India permanently for next 4 years. That will give him support and the team will gain from his solidity. he can be the central pillar till the young guys come of age, and mind you Badri is pretty fite for his age. He can easily give another 5 years to international cricket.

  • aravabalaji on November 26, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    In fact, he is the best guy to do it. He is the ideal replacement for the likes of Dravid/Laxman. Always dependable and committed. Age is not a bar as he is fit as a fiddle and a brilliant fielder anywhere. His focus is unmatched even by his contenders. Like Dhoni said, he is an unsung hero. Hope the fact that he scored nearly 2000 runs in last year in all formats of the game will not get unnoticed. He will have his day. Good luck!

  • venkat_75r on November 26, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    @Ashik Sali - He has just played 3 test matches. He scored a very good fifty against Steyn & Co in his debut test match. How many test match chances were given for players like Raina, Yuvraj etc etc. Rahul Sharma has been selected based on IPL performance. Look at his first class average. Please check Badri's record in cricinfo.

  • Romenevans on November 25, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Badri is not a physically capable player and he is already 31-32, so for suture prospect he shouldn't be selected and he should better concentrate on IPL only.

  • dummy4fb on November 25, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Very sad to see, May be if you had a strong body you would have been selected but unfourtunately thats not going to happen

  • dummy4fb on November 25, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    @Ashik Sali He is a pure test player .What's the point in giving chances for ODI and stamping him as failure?. Atleast hick, mark was there for while and failed. Don't slay someone's dream without giving enough chanes.

  • AbAdvani on November 25, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Badrinath needs to just focus and priortise playing in Tests -the selectors are spoiling his career by making play in ODIs and T20s -he is best suited for Tests -I hope he realizes it himself instead of going along with what the selectors have to offer

  • KTKAndy on November 25, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Badrinath is one of the finest Test batsman who can be an asset in the middle order. Techinically very strong with natural talent to be a best test cricketer. It is because the fav 3, guys, like Badrinath couldn't get a chance to play in international level. I strongly beleive, even after anyone of the fav3 retires, Badri will play a huge role in indian test cricket. he has been a great servant of the game for a long time in the domestic cricket but now it's the for the selectors to give him an opportunity. Badri, I wish all the best and I hope to see you soon playing test cricket for india. Good Luck!-Andy, Turks & Caicos Islands.

  • vatsap on November 24, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Hard luck Badri and all the best for a come back. The odds are stacked, but the fact is none of the replacements for the Fab 4 have sealed the spots. The selectors will have to give a chance ultimately. Keep fighting.

  • SajithKrishna on November 24, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Pujara and Badrinath got injured in the wrong time with both Kohli and Yuvraj doing woefully in Tests. Sad!

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