India news July 14, 2012

Kaif should be considered for Tests - Kumble

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Mohammad Kaif, who last played for India in 2006, has found support from former captain Anil Kumble. Kaif, Kumble said, could add value to an Indian Test team that is without Rahul Dravid, and will only lose out on more experience once the other seniors retire.

"Kaif is only 31, and I believe this is the time when, as a batsman, you are nearing the peak of your powers," Kumble told Wisden India. "He has been consistent in domestic cricket, had a good last season, and he continues to be a brilliant fielder. As much as anything else, he has great attitude, so I don't see why they should not look at him at the Test level. I really am at a loss to figure out where and why he missed out."

Kaif, who had given up the Uttar Pradesh captaincy prior to the 2011-12 season, went on to score 537 runs in the last Ranji Trophy, at an average of 59.66. He has played 13 Tests, spread over a period of six years. His 624 Test runs came at an average of 32.84, with his only century coming in his last series for India, against West Indies in mid-2006. Kaif averaged 56.50 in that series - second only to Dravid.

"I think that was the time when a lot of flamboyant cricketers came to the fore - the likes of [Suresh] Raina, Rohit [Sharma] and, a little later, [Virat] Kohli," Kumble said. "Kaif has always been a solid, disciplined performer, and perhaps in the clamour for flamboyance, the selectors lost track of him.

"He has the experience and the technique to do well, as he has shown in the past. I can understand the selectors wanting to look ahead when it comes to the one-day game, but as far as Test cricket is concerned, Kaif is still a very good bat."

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  • jals on July 17, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    I totally agree with respected Anil Kumble. Kumble is scape goat. He must get a chance to prove himself.

  • samy195samy on July 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    kaif is far better test player than the young hot blood

  • Haleos on July 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Mr. kumble - you okay?. We have good upcoming youngsters like Pujara, Rohit etc. Why invest in an old horse.

  • on July 16, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    The indian test team lacks is consistency..rainas n rohits n kohlis are no doubt excellent cricketers bt are inconsistent..kaif is untested bt vastly experienced..he has a good temperant as well..i think kaif along with badrinath ,rahane can form a solid middle order..

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Anil Kumble

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    i m dyin to see him battin for india... the best fielder in d world... n d hero of natwest 2002 cnt b treated like dis... he deserve a lot... BBCI bring him back...

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    he is a good batsman who can save indian team from the present poor performance in tests

  • faizanjj on July 16, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Yes Kaif Should be Included in all formats. At least a chance IPL is not a platform to judge but the domestic Cricket and he has done very well in all formats. And i Don't think any one taking a place of Dravid accept For Mohammad Kaif. at least a chance after a five years.

  • muski on July 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    With all respect to Kumble as a bowler, Kaif has never ever given the impression that he is quality test material. His presensce at the crease has always been fidgety. Pujara has certainly done enough in the A tour to WI recently to merit a place. With Kohli firmly in place, where are the slots to even think of a guy called Kaif who is not even in the BCCI Radar? Someone likened Kaif's 31 years to that of Micheal Hussey who debuted at 31. Where is the similarity except the age. We all know most of the Aussies and English go thru a greater domestic grind before being blooded at International Level. Same is not the case in our country.

  • alchemist_sandeep on July 16, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    who are supporting pujara plz see his record in ind vs s.a series..technically he also fail there..so plz bring kaif atleast for one last time..

  • jals on July 17, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    I totally agree with respected Anil Kumble. Kumble is scape goat. He must get a chance to prove himself.

  • samy195samy on July 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    kaif is far better test player than the young hot blood

  • Haleos on July 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Mr. kumble - you okay?. We have good upcoming youngsters like Pujara, Rohit etc. Why invest in an old horse.

  • on July 16, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    The indian test team lacks is consistency..rainas n rohits n kohlis are no doubt excellent cricketers bt are inconsistent..kaif is untested bt vastly experienced..he has a good temperant as well..i think kaif along with badrinath ,rahane can form a solid middle order..

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Anil Kumble

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    i m dyin to see him battin for india... the best fielder in d world... n d hero of natwest 2002 cnt b treated like dis... he deserve a lot... BBCI bring him back...

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    he is a good batsman who can save indian team from the present poor performance in tests

  • faizanjj on July 16, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Yes Kaif Should be Included in all formats. At least a chance IPL is not a platform to judge but the domestic Cricket and he has done very well in all formats. And i Don't think any one taking a place of Dravid accept For Mohammad Kaif. at least a chance after a five years.

  • muski on July 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    With all respect to Kumble as a bowler, Kaif has never ever given the impression that he is quality test material. His presensce at the crease has always been fidgety. Pujara has certainly done enough in the A tour to WI recently to merit a place. With Kohli firmly in place, where are the slots to even think of a guy called Kaif who is not even in the BCCI Radar? Someone likened Kaif's 31 years to that of Micheal Hussey who debuted at 31. Where is the similarity except the age. We all know most of the Aussies and English go thru a greater domestic grind before being blooded at International Level. Same is not the case in our country.

  • alchemist_sandeep on July 16, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    who are supporting pujara plz see his record in ind vs s.a series..technically he also fail there..so plz bring kaif atleast for one last time..

  • vish57 on July 16, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Kaif is indeed a talent unused, Anil Kumble's words need to be respected, selectors being "divine" to Indian Cricket will have their own justification. Balaji also needs a look in to Indian team for T20 based on his performance in IPL which is the premier domestic tournament for T20 cricket.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Kaif should be given another chance to play...He has the technique and mentality which the likes of Rohit & Raina lack right now

  • Naresh28 on July 16, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @nampally well said the guys you mention - Pujara, Zol and Chand are good prospects. Kaif needs to prove himself before he is selected. If the selectors are thinking along these lines then arrange an India A team with likes of Kaif, Irfan and Badrinath in the team. Send them to Oz or England or SA. Another good prospect could be Mandeep Singh (although only seen him in action in IPL)

  • Naresh28 on July 16, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    His greatest value would be in fielding and gutsy character. However his batting is not that tight. More Indian batsman should study "Chanderpaul" stance and batting technique. His skew stance helps him to be tight. Even fast bowlers struggle to dismiss him.

  • raghavlara on July 16, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I believe badrinath is a better player than kaif in the longer version. Kaif has proved he can pace up un shorter version in the 325 chase in england .

  • on July 16, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I think is better option , Kaif , Bhadhrinath , Pujara , dinesh karthik , I pathan and YUVI are must involve in test arena .

    MY Test 25 : Dhoni , D karthick ,Shewag , Guthi,Rahane ,vijay , pujara,kaif, kholi ,sachin,raina,yuvi, bhatri,rohit,vvs,Manoj ,I pathan ,praveen,khan,Ishant ,aswin ,umesh,arorn,ohja ,chawala ,mishra,rahul s.

  • saffe on July 16, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    kaif can be given one more chnace,he has the ability to hang in and around!but feels hes edgy in forign condition!poojara looks good for the time being!rohit has proved many times hes full of rush of blood!sure hes a great talent.May be imature enough ,thats y he throws awaystill feels rahne and poojara is th present options!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 16, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    yes he will add stability in that line-up the youngsters are yet to learn how to defend. So, Kaif will be a good selection.

  • joseyesu on July 16, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    To me KAIF already last the opportunity after not able to prove too much and whereas BADRI deserves the chance to prove his mettle. If KAIF is deserved to make a comeback for the exp, them bring back A.Chopra, W.Jaffer...

  • on July 16, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    he deserves one more chance...

  • on July 16, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    yah i thing anil is correct...... kaif is better option for india.......

  • nkoch on July 16, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    looks like Kaif has signed up with Kumble's agency for PR. First Vinay Kumar, then A. Mitnun, S. Arvind and now Kaif. None of them are test material. On what basis does Kaif stand a chance? Just go and check his last 4 year Ranji record.

  • samy195samy on July 16, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    after 8-0 whitewash...india could go with kaif

  • on July 16, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Already he has many chances in ODI and Tests..But He Could not Use Those Opportunity..Bring Back Badrinath..

  • SumanPaul on July 16, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Kaif, dinesh karthik deserving a place in the indian side

  • MohamedBasheer on July 16, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Expecting Laxman's retirement soon, Pujara is the best choice for Dravid and Kaif is best for Laxman. My XI - Sehwag, Ghambir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kholi, Kaif, Dhoni, Aswin, Zaheer, Praveen & Munaf

  • mehulmatrix on July 16, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Nice to hear from a senior player taking up the case of Kaif. I have wondered many times as to why has he disappeared from the radar, has been a pretty consistent performer over years. His and Yuvraj's FC record are pretty same, but he never got the opportunities that Yuvi got, why so? Guess Yuvi also comes under that flamboyant category so to say. And he was dropped after a very good series!! How do you explain that? He definitely will be of great value in both formats. I hope the selectors show some maturity.

  • cricisme on July 16, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    In my opinion, Kaif never had any impressive knock to remember. So comparing him to Dravid or laxman as replacement is a far fetched idea. I think Pujara and rahane have the potential. Sir sachin should stop being selfish and retire from all formats and coach these youngsters.

  • satish619chandar on July 16, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Kaif can be in for sure.. He can bat for longer period.. Will he fit into the new gen team? We just need to think about whether we need flamboyance or substance.. If we need flamboyance, go for Rahane, Rohit.. If we need substance, go for Kaif, Chopra.. As of now, i would clearly prefer Pujara as first choice replacement for Dravid..

  • rydberg on July 15, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    my test 11 -SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,LAXMAN,TENDULKAR,KOHLI,PUJARA,DHONI,ASHWIN,ZAHEER,PRAVEEN,MUNAF

  • on July 15, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    All the experienced guys should be brought back in national fold.

  • on July 15, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Kaif deserves one more chance in tests.

  • on July 15, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    i tremember the netwest series wher kaif was all over the ground. wt a performance in the final.he is the good option to replace dravid

  • puneet_usa on July 15, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    In all honesty to the young talent that gets lost even before they start their professional careers- BCCI needs to show its authority and start imposing age restrictions for all three formats of the game-Throw a raw talent out in 20-20 cricket- let them have fun and entertain people when they are between 16 to 20 years of age- The ones who perform consistently-give them the opportunity to switch to ODI to play for Team India from age 21-26 After they reach the wise age of 27- let them just concentrate on Gentleman's game ( Test Cricket) as long as they retain their fitness and perform- so all three formats of the game get their equal share of quality- Otherwise this great game of cricket has become a circus in itself- very mismanaged by few who rule at the top.

  • on July 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    i dont knw where is MUNAF PATEL... he is an asset for india for sure.

  • Samiiiii on July 15, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    I DONT KNOW WHY INDIA LOSE THIS MAGIC MAN. HE WAS GOOD BATSMAN AS WEL AS HE WAS THE GOOD FIELDER. HE IS NOT THAT KIND OF BATSMAN LIKE DRIVED, LAXMAN, WHO CAN SCORES HUNDREDS. BT I THINK IF HE SCORES 40 TO 50 RUNS THROGH BAT, HE ALSO SAVE MINIMUM 30 TO 40 RUNS THROUGH FIELDING. I THINK HE WAS THE BEST FIELDER IN ASIA.BT NOW I THINK HIS TIME IS OVER ITS TOO LATE NOW.... NOW I THINK INDIA SHOULD USE THIS MAN AS A FIELDING COACH.

  • Meety on July 15, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I respect Kumble's opinion. I would say though, that Kaif (on fielding) should only be considered an ODI option - he needs to be the NEXT best batsmen to get into tests. I don't think Kaif is a Test option - I really was impressed by Pujarra, I think he is a special to replace Dravid.

  • neerajprasher on July 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    PLEASE DONT NEED ROHIT SHARMA IN ANY FORMAT

  • on July 15, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Rahul78: You seriously mean to say Ojha and Irfan are the 'older' lot??

  • avinashvikramsingh on July 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    for a test squad one should look for experience and temprament rather than youngster and runs in domestice circuit , we all know what our domestic pitches and bowlers are capable of, its good for Onedayers but for tests this theory isn't applicable, kaif deserves to be in there !!!

  • golgoal on July 15, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @akbarbirbal007 : If by selecting Jadeja, Chawla, Raina etc. Dhoni can win you 2 world cups in 5 years, and take the team to No.1 in test rankings, then why not. And remember that the past captains could not win tournaments in Timbuktu and Somalia for India, let alone the world cup. Dhoni is by far the best India has ever had. Leave the man alone, will you.

  • on July 15, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    KAIF IS GOOD PLAYER OF THE SHORT BALL. NOTE IT.

  • rajattiwaari on July 15, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Although, this article is about kaif, people are suggesting dhoni should be axed!! Really? axe dhoni and make gauti the captain?dhoni is the right man to lead india. And when you talk about dhoni's failure in test cricket you tend to forget gauti's failure in SA,ENG,WI n AUS. Who u wud replace dhoni wid? karthik who has spoiled numerous chances or parthiv whose keeping skills are questionable. Coming to the article, i think kaif's time is gone. There are players doing better than kaif in domestic cricket. I think over the next 1- 2 years, pujara,rahane and rohit should replace sachin,rahul and vvs.

  • neerajprasher on July 15, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    MY TEST XI WOULD BE -SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,LAXMAN,TENDULKAR,KOHLI,PUJARA,DHONI,IRFAN,ASHWIN,ZAHEER,YADAV,DINDA/VINAY/AARON

  • Rahul_78 on July 15, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    When someone of the stature of Anil Kumble endorses someone then it should be taken note of. I dont remember any previous occasion when Anil has gone ahead and recommended someone so emphatically. But Kaif will find it difficult to make it to the test team since MSD is in charge. MSD has been a great achiever in Indian cricket but he is known to root for the younger talents whom has always felt comfortable leading. Thats why the likes of Jadeja, Rohit, Rahul Sharmas have been fast tracked into international cricket under him and the likes of Irfan pathan and Ojha have been sidelined. Indian test cricket calender is loaded with home tours and whoever gets selected will inevitably make runs on the home made tracks..but name of Kaif makes lot of sense as he is not a household name in IPL and can concentrate on test exclusively.

  • on July 15, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    yes..it is too late for Kaif to come back..bring Badrinath..

  • akbarbirbal007 on July 15, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Recently dhoni was asked at a press conference about his choice for next test captain,he told that he will be choosing himself. I wonder why dhoni didnt suggested ravindra jadeja name for test captain. If in India a captain gets a say in the selection process or is made a selector(like the aussies and kiwis have done) raina,rp singh,jadeja,chawla,joginder sharma will always be in the playing 11.

  • akbarbirbal007 on July 15, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    It is hard to say that selectors are going to give him a chance when they didnt give the promising rohit sharma a chance in place of lackluster laxman last year. They have to look at the future and select young players, give them chance to play the tests first then the one dayers and not the other way around.

  • dariuscorny on July 15, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @ Omegazone whom do you think shud be considered or persisted with,im no kaif fan ,but what do you think about dhoni,wont you say about his best years,let alone his test performances offlate.he is a liability in the team,can you justify his precence in the team based on his performances in recent years?kumble is not saying kaif shud be made a permanenet fixture in the team,he is saying he shud be given a chance rather than wasting your chance by selecting Raina

  • dariuscorny on July 15, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    i think Kaif should be tried in test team as i have alwys felt he can be a good test player.he ha sdecent technique against rising ball.i hv also seen him cutting and pullingwith ease.he has all the time in the world against pacers.more importantly he is type of player who needs some time to spend in the crease.he can add a new dimension to the test team.he should be considered rather than considering raina who is not a test talent,try someone who can contribute to the team.but then its upto the selectors,who,i think wud never select him,thats a shame when India test team needs player like him,but certainely no Wsim Jaffer he is no good

  • krishheturi on July 15, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    i say try kaif but also play rohit and kohli because if we give chance to these two they have good technique and they will try to develop it dont forget that rohit had scored runs in windies in first innings of 1st four day game and in 2nd also after that he lost his game so try them to give more confidence my team for nz series is sehwag gautam kaif sachin laxman kohli dhoni ashwin zaheer yadav awana rohit naman ojha irfan

  • avinashvikramsingh on July 15, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Rohit sharma is a waste, agree he has a solid technique but that does not win matches you got to score to do so, he hasnt made his mark so far with ample opportunities. Call kaif back he has improved a lot , early 30s is a batsman's peak and team should cash in on it

  • on July 15, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Why shouldn't Wasim Jaffer be considered for a middle order slot in the Test Team , he already has 5 test centuries, succeeded in England when India won a series there, now bats for Mumbai in the middle order and piling tons of runs every season, I feel he is the right man to replace VVS laxman right now, he can play big innings which Md Kaif is nt capable of

  • on July 15, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    kaif badrinath rahane should be in kick rohit raina n dhoni out

  • cimrsimg on July 15, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Given that we have likes of Pujara & Rahane to choose from, I would say Kaif, Badri would be tough to look at. We need to go for longer plans, not short term solutions. No doubt Kaif is good, was good and bit unlucky to be part of team at wrong time. But we have to move on. Else, why not Jaffer?

  • on July 15, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    its kumble is a good teacher n student of the game.enough chances has been given to raina and rohit.selectors now should look ahead of these casual youngsters. kaif n badrinath are superb performers at domestic cricket and briliand athletes,even better than ugly rohit.when anil kumble or dravid says something it should be accepted.i dont think any zonal politics should come in for the selection.ideally for me gavaskar dravid kumble and srinath should be in the selection comitee

  • karthik666 on July 15, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    typical bangalore suppost again by anil .. he supposted vinay kumar, then sreenath arvind as future of india and now kaif .. lol

  • bluestar555 on July 15, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Until Dhoni & Srikanth syndicate is there its really tough for KAIF to come in. It was the performance of Munaf & Yusuf in South Africa which forced the selectors to keep them in world cup team.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 15, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Well, Kaif has been in tremendous form of late, and he does have the experience of the international arena. He wouldn't be looked on as long term replacement however, because Pujara, Rahane, and Tiwary are waiting in the wings

  • Percy_Fender on July 15, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Despite the high regard I hold Anil Kumble in, I think this is a statement purely because of team loyalty as Rohit Barghav has pointed out rightly. Though Kaif was a player who could have been groomed by being selected on a regular basis, I think his best years are behind him. It is like asking Anil himself to make a comeback for want of spinning options. Kaif was very good once but it is now more than 5 years too late to consider him.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 15, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Friends just think one thing. Who said these words to take Kaif; it is none other than person who has won many test matches for India and true champion. He always thinks of team. Even after dismal Australia and England he said some changes needed and BCCI along with him and some made recommendations to get better pitches. Kumble is man of deeds not just words. NO need to read complete article, just read this...Kaif should be considered for Tests - Kumble. that's enough.

  • tsalahu on July 15, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Yes.... Kaif should be given a chance in test team not in odi..

  • on July 15, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    If selectors wont choose badrinath then there is no chance Kaif will get a go! The best choice atm is for Kohli to play at 3 and draft in Rohit to bat at 5 ahead of laxman at 6. If one of the top 6 was injured then Pujara and Rahane would be next to come into contention for a spot, ive been very impressed by rahane when i hav seen him in indian colours and also in IPL

  • Nampally on July 14, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    I admire Kumble's faith in Kaif. But why did Kumble failed to select him when he was the Captain - especially for Australian tour? I think Kumble's plea is "too little too late". Kaif was always a brilliant fielder & a fine batsmen but was discarded because he had no God Father!. Many deserving cricketers fell by the way. Right now they can focus on picking them young. Why is C.Pujara after his fine showing in WI with India A & his 72 in Test debut vs. Australia being neglected? He is now 25 & has very sound batting technique. Does he have to wait till 31 to get Kumble's support? Also U-19 talent like U.Chand & V.Zol need to be watched as potential stars. When Dhoni bats in test matches his attrocious footwork was badly exposed in England & in Australia. Gavaskar, Dravid, Tendulkar & now Pujara have copy book technique & footwork. But as Harsha Bhogle rightly questions who is in charge of Indian cricket? A vacancy for Kumble to step in & take charge & avoid - "Sub chalta Hai" approach

  • bored_iam on July 14, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    @Nadeem1976: Pray tell me: WHO is that 'younger player' going to be? Badrinath is OLDER than Kaif. The only other name that comes to mind is Pujara-he's 24. Raina-we all saw him bounce in England. Plus we've seen his technique. Rohit-He keeps getting injured, hasn't exactly set the world on fire and has not fully lived upto his talent at the intn'l level. (ODI avg-33, T20 avg-22). Yet I think he is the best bet in the long term. HOWEVER- India need a calming influence, a technically sound batsman like Dravid. I see Rohit as a long-term replacement for Laxman-oozing class and style and in the words of Kumble, 'flamboyant'. You need that kind of a grafter. England have two of them-Cook, Trott. India at its peak had-Chopra, Gambhir, Dravid play those roles. At the moment that is what India needs. And therefore Kaif is not THAT bad an option, despite his age. Mike Hussey debuted at 31 for godsake! Plz publish.

  • US_Indian on July 14, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Well guys if you have read my older comments, you will find out I have always asked for Kaif to be considered on par with others- If he had been given much freedom and shown as much faith as shown on Yuvraj, he would have been a permanent member or may be captain by now because he had lots of captaincy experience unfortunately he was sidelined for no fault of his and if you glance at his statistics he had always succeeded and the next game dropped to make way for one of the fab 4. Now it is time he should be given his due recognition. When Kumble speaks he speaks sense as he has indian cricket wellbeing so close to his heart and he has seen Kaif blossom from an under 13 kid to sharing the indian dressing room, when he is suggesting it is not just because he is from RCB but becasue of his credentials and experience and taloent,becasue he is unlike Dhoni who always pushes his buddies no matter what, Hope the Selectors and management listens to this legend and act promptly on it

  • RAAJ101 on July 14, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    KAIF WAS A MATCH WINNER. HE WAS DROPPED WHEN HE WAS BEGINNING TO THRIVE.IN TEST MATCHES

  • avinashvikramsingh on July 14, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    For all those who talk about kaif's performance , please give me names of players who average more than 32 having played more than 100 odis and batted most of the time at no.7, there not many names I reckon hence he hasnt failed at international level, besides why not kaif who scored a big ton on his last tour and still looking good...Moreover I dont think any of you guys who are criticising this article have better cricketing brain than anil kumble so zip up !!

  • on July 14, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @ Rohit...I agree with you....He would have been asked such a question since Kaif is in RCB but even then I agree with Kumble and the fact that he would only support a deserving player.

  • Muhtasim13 on July 14, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Well, the selectors have ignored players like Kaif and Badrinath for quite a long time while Raina and Kohli had been selected to play and Rohit Sharma had been part of the Test squad. The talented players are there, and its high time that the selectors give them a chance

  • on July 14, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Whoever is talking of age.Consider the case of Australia Michael Hussey made his test debut at the age of 30 in 2005 and has already served nice 7 years.I don't know what is India's obession with age when it comes to test batsmen,Simon Katich is another example who was recalled at a late age,Ed cowan made his debut at 29.I agree you need young batsmen in ODIs n T20s but in test cricket u need experience

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 14, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    As a Pak fan, Mohammad Kaif is sort of an equivalent of Pak's Aizaz Cheema. Nothing exciting and just an average player. I highly recommend that Mohammad Kaif and Subramanium Badrinath should not be selected. Batsmen like Kohli, Tiwary, Rohit and Rahane should be selected in Tests instead. They are younger and can build on success. Raina to me, is just an excellent fielder. His batting is overhyped and is a wannabbe Afridi or Gayle. His batting is suited to T20's mainly. It would be great to have Raina play as a pure fielder.

  • Uzairbrilliant on July 14, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Well, atlast we got to hear some inspiring words from our ex-cricketers. I'm in total agreement with Kumble, the fact is Mohd.Kaif has been a consistent in the domestic circuit with top class batting. He averages above 42 in the first class matches with 17 centuries to his credit. Plus he's a seasoned campaigner with hell lot of an experience including the captaincy as he has lead almost all the teams in the domestic games & also the India-19 World Cup victory was under his reign. He is 31 and with his type of fitness level he can easily carry on for another 6 years, and honestly at the moment there isn't anyone to replace Rahul Dravid, infact India is still awaiting a test specialist after the departure of Ganguly. Raina has been inconsistent on the away tours, Yuvraj have had his fitness issues. So there hasn't been a proper guy to fill in the shoes. Sachin and Laxman are on the verge of retirement,with Kaif in team, though you cant guarantee complete success but can rely on him.

  • CricEshwar on July 14, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Interesting choice and I respect him for his thoughts, but Badrinath/Pujara/Jaffer have been waiting longer and possess better technique and domestic records.

  • SachisKing on July 14, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Well Said by Kumble. Kaif is solid, has his head on his shoulders and still has a lot of cricket left. No reason to be left out. Kaif along with Badrinath, will bring stability after Dravid. Dhoni should be out of test team. He and Srikanth playing too much politics, especially with Chennai lads and CSK. Ghambir captain and either Kaif or Pujara as deputy. Dhoni OUT.

  • Nadeem1976 on July 14, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Wow, really Kumble you want to replace old man with another old man. how long Kaif will play 4 or 5 more years. India need better planning , they need a batsman who can play solid cricket for at least 10 years. I think it's time to give chance to younger players. Thanks for your suggestion Kumble but no thanks.

  • on July 14, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Yes.... Kaif should be given a chance in test team so as Badrinath... I hope they will be given chances and they encash it with their performances :-)

  • on July 14, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Ummm...If Kaif weren't a part of RCB would Anil Kumble have talked about Kaif?

  • Cricketfan101 on July 14, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    This guy has played 100 odd odis and about 15 test and failed to prove him self yet badrinath never got that many chances badrinath has only played 6 odis and 2 tests and also 1. T20 so i dont think kaif deserves any more chances

  • Cricketfan101 on July 14, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    This guy has played 100 odd odis and about 15 test and failed to prove him self yet badrinath never got that many chances badrinath has only played 6 odis and 2 tests and also 1. T20 so i dont think kaif deserves any more chances

  • Azweer on July 14, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Same what i felt, Anil bhai has also said here... Indian test team shud be looked ahead with some solid test match players. With that my Dream Indian test team after Sachin's & Laxman's retirement (if near future) would be, A Mukund, Sehwag, Gambhir, (Badrinath/Virat) Yuvi, Kaif, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Ojha, {Zaheer or (Varun/Umesh/Sreesanth)} A well balanced team with young talents as well as Experienced hands.. Sreesanth i hope he makes a come back harder and "matured" to compete with Varun & Umesh.. Rohit & Virat can be at standby bcz in this team thr cud b 2 more places to be filled in near future(Viru/Badri) by the time Gambhir hangs his glove, Unmukt Chand will be ready. Fr Wkt keeping After Dhoni, its Dinesh/Patel.

  • on July 14, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Very hilarious comment from a great man.

  • FairPlayZ on July 14, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Anil Kumble has always been the person who thinks out of the box. Here is another example of it.Kaif won us the U19 worldcup. He is perfect replacement for some one line Dravid and deputy to Gambhir as V.Capt.

    I beleive Badri too should be part of test 11. Kick Dhoni out of Test team.

  • on July 14, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    I agree with kumble......please call him back........he is the best replacement of Dravid

  • on July 14, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    First Ganguly wants Harbhajan as Captain.Now Kumble wants Kaif in Test Team.What is wrong with these former greats?

  • on July 14, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    I think it would be a throwback to consider Kaif's case now; as many users have pointed out, if Kaif, then why not Badrinath? True, Kaif has scored consistently over the last few years and generally fields well too, but so have Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Rahane, Pujara et al, and they all have more years to contribute than Kaif.

    Kaif's domestic avg. of 42 and ODI avg. of 32 explain why he has not even been in the reckoning for extra players in tests; his ODI form dipped at a very wrong time in his career, when India's fab four were in full force and one had to be exceptional in at least two of the three formats of the game to merit any serious attention. Kaif's loss was a gain for Yuvraj, who got many chances in the test squad due to his consistency in various forms, but failed to capitalize on them.

    India's selection policy has to look futuristic and they have to fill up the shoes emptied by the seniors with fresher legs. Therefore, the younger, the better.

  • RAAJ101 on July 14, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Mohd. Kaif is not Mohd. Azharuddin but still he could have been a better bet if he would have been persisted with.in the test matches. In his second last test he scored 148 not out and then he was dropped from the next series!!!!

  • on July 14, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    what about rayudu he doesn't deserve it......

  • xylo on July 14, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    seriously? what next? kumble as a spinner?

  • on July 14, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    If Kaif is considered for selection then first thing thats gotta be over looked will be Subramaniam Badrinath. Badri's got the batting skill set better than Rohit, Raina, Virat, even Dhoni in Tests.

  • rajattiwaari on July 14, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    totally agree wid u ronak. badrinath is the unluckiest indian cricketer.even after doing so well for tamil nadu for so many years,he has always been overlooked for some very strange reasons.And now am afraid, pujara might be heading for the same fate.

  • anil1956 on July 14, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    At last somebody who is somebody has spoken for poor Kaif! I think Kaif, Badi and Pujara should form core middle order to fill Dravid VVS and Tendulkars shoes!

  • indiasupbangalore on July 14, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Looks like the right replacement for dhoni with gautam as test captain please.

  • on July 14, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Yeah, he has the right mix of experience, talent, dedication, attitude and technique to not only play for India but also lead the side

  • on July 14, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Why Not S.Badrinath??? Even he has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket..

  • Mad_Mahi on July 14, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Badrinath deserves a place more than kaif do, look at his average nearly 61 in first class, 38 in ODI, 30 in T20's, what does he do more to deserve a place in the test squad, he needs a decent run in the indian team, he is also 30 years old and at his prime form and fitness, hope some selectors look into him.

  • on July 14, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Always said and posted on my wall several times that Kaif is the man who should be taken on test side...

  • serious-am-i on July 14, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Kaif was always a class act. The only thing I find lacking in him is the temperament to stay longer. I still remember him getting dehydrated in Chennai Test vs Australia, he just sat outside the crease didn't make an attempt to even get into the crease after he stepped out. Gilchrist had ample time to stump him out even after the first miss. It was the series in which India lost 2-1. Dhoni is too stubborn, he won't let Kaif near his team anywhere. Dhoni has to be stripped off his captaincy in tests, he really doesn't deserve it. He can be a ODI captain. Kaif was once considered a future captain for India, as under his leadership India won u19 WC with the likes of Yuveraj, Ajay Ratra in the squad.

  • annys on July 14, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    kaif,badri,mukund,ojha,munaf all should be back

  • on July 14, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    BUT ACTUALLY HE IS MUCH OLDER THAN 31 AS CLAIMED. HE HAS ALLREADY GOT TOO MUCH BY VERTUE OF FIXED AGE.

  • muffy_55 on July 14, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    well said and pointed out the right talent....should try kaif.

  • on July 14, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    if he performed good he should be in the team. Get players in the team when they're in the form, dont worry about future. kohli, raina cant play test cricket. get ajinke and gambi to open, leave out sehwag

  • Empty-Sequence on July 14, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    What the Hell!!! Has he lost his mind? When will Badri, Pujara, Rahane, Rohit, Mukund, Tiwari get their chance.

  • Lateefkhan on July 14, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    How can you drop the player who scores 148* not out in his previous test? After one test of this inning selector drop Mohd. Kaif from the Test Team. Can anyone have guts to ask our selectors which basis they drop kaif from team & why they continuously ignoring him? I am full agreeing with Mr. Kumble for supporting Mohd. Kaif. I request you to all cricketing lover to support Kaif. At least he deserves one chance because he is most consisting performer in domestic circuit in past few years.

  • alchemist_sandeep on July 14, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    finally a support for kaif..the natwest trophy hero..yes he can bat on no 3...for india..gambhir, sehwag,kaif(kohli),sachin,laxman,rohit(kaif),dhoni, rest the bowlers....

  • SagirParkar on July 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    coming from Kumble, that is some solid endorsement... and Kaif's performances in Ranji support that call for selection too.. sadly the BCCI is too short-sighted and too inept to pick the right men for the job.. at worst, Kaif could be no worse performer than Raina at no.6 in tests.. Rohit so far has not lived up to his true potential.. and though he is a definite for the test squad in the near future, maybe it is time to give some of the senior solid performers on the domestic circuit a chance. i would also like to see Rahane given a chance in the lower middle order and then gradually promoted to the top, keeping in mind Sehwag will always be a hit and miss opener..

  • Jishnu.v.v on July 14, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Second you DeepakSarathy!! i am a big fan of badrinath!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Srini_M on July 14, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Although a fairly good idea, I would probably go with Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara has shown a lot of form in domestic cricket, did fairly well in the recent A tour to the Windies and definitely has the technique and talent to be a very good performer. Where Kaif lacks is his temperament. Sometimes, taking it to the opposition and mixing flair with technique is required. Test cricket is also about mental strength and I feel Kaif lacks in that department.

  • Indian_Fan09 on July 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Bring back Ramesh Powar too!! Although he was not a flamboyant bowler or batsman, he was a flamboyant runner and wore flamboyant red sunglasses!

  • vrn59 on July 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    He could be considered, but then, so could Badrinath. It's debatable whether the selectors should go for these Ranji Trophy veterans or look for young talent.

  • on July 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Indeed, he use to be a very good batsman and a excellent fielder, but to be realistic its very touch for him to make a place in any format of Indian team.. Wish him good luck.

  • ProdigyA on July 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    He has been given plenty of chances but failed to use them. Some people are good enough only for domestic and just cant make the cut for intl teams. Kaif and Jaffer both belong to the same category. Its now time to invest in future rather than giving chances to old guys who failed to prove themselves.

  • PratUSA on July 14, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    When he was dropped from test side it was largely due to his failures in ODIs, after Greg Chappell showed lots of faith in him and gave himm lots of chances. When Kaif first made India debut in ODIs I was a bit surprised because I thought he was more of a longer version player and soon after scoring his first test century he was discarded. I agree with Kumble that Kaif deserves a chance now.

  • PNikhilReddy on July 14, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    looks like very good idea... right time to try kaif... he definitively deserves a chance in test side.

  • on July 14, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    deserves a chance!!

  • DeepakSarathy on July 14, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Yes... And all of us keep conveniently forgetting Badrinath!

  • vineesh244 on July 14, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    He surely deserves a place in the test team, he must be given a chance.....

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  • vineesh244 on July 14, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    He surely deserves a place in the test team, he must be given a chance.....

  • DeepakSarathy on July 14, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Yes... And all of us keep conveniently forgetting Badrinath!

  • on July 14, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    deserves a chance!!

  • PNikhilReddy on July 14, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    looks like very good idea... right time to try kaif... he definitively deserves a chance in test side.

  • PratUSA on July 14, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    When he was dropped from test side it was largely due to his failures in ODIs, after Greg Chappell showed lots of faith in him and gave himm lots of chances. When Kaif first made India debut in ODIs I was a bit surprised because I thought he was more of a longer version player and soon after scoring his first test century he was discarded. I agree with Kumble that Kaif deserves a chance now.

  • ProdigyA on July 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    He has been given plenty of chances but failed to use them. Some people are good enough only for domestic and just cant make the cut for intl teams. Kaif and Jaffer both belong to the same category. Its now time to invest in future rather than giving chances to old guys who failed to prove themselves.

  • on July 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Indeed, he use to be a very good batsman and a excellent fielder, but to be realistic its very touch for him to make a place in any format of Indian team.. Wish him good luck.

  • vrn59 on July 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    He could be considered, but then, so could Badrinath. It's debatable whether the selectors should go for these Ranji Trophy veterans or look for young talent.

  • Indian_Fan09 on July 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Bring back Ramesh Powar too!! Although he was not a flamboyant bowler or batsman, he was a flamboyant runner and wore flamboyant red sunglasses!

  • Srini_M on July 14, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Although a fairly good idea, I would probably go with Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara has shown a lot of form in domestic cricket, did fairly well in the recent A tour to the Windies and definitely has the technique and talent to be a very good performer. Where Kaif lacks is his temperament. Sometimes, taking it to the opposition and mixing flair with technique is required. Test cricket is also about mental strength and I feel Kaif lacks in that department.