India domestic news September 5, 2012

Valthaty returns to Mumbai cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Paul Valthaty, the Mumbai batsman who hit the headlines with a century for Kings XI Punjab in the 2011 IPL, has decided to return to Mumbai cricket, after a year representing Himachal Pradesh. He can't play for Mumbai this season, though, as there is a one-year cooling-off period before he can return to the side.

"I have already given my No-Objection Certificate to the Mumbai Cricket Association," Valthaty said. "I played for Himachal Pradesh last season because I wanted a full season of first-class cricket and Mumbai already had a packed team."

He didn't have a successful time with HP, making 120 runs at 20.00 in the Ranji Trophy, and has been released by them. "I had a wrist injury mid-season due to which I had to miss a few domestic games," he said. "My wrist issue is now sorted as I got a surgery done in London and I am feeling my best again. My stint with HP will only help my cricket."

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  • Sachin on September 7, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Pauly you have to play really well and have to develop temperament and consistency, otherwise it will be very hard for you to break into the squad as 5 batsmen are automatically are choosen becuase of there form and calibre. Wassim Jaffeer, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishekh Nayar, Rohit Sharma and Surya Yadav will be playing so only one spot is left for you, and its opener. You can talk with Abhishekh Nayar he is lot of improved batsmen after his century against South African XI consiting Steyn and Morkel in 2010 and he showed by his performance in 2011 so you can discuss with him and come back strongly. Mumbai should find Offspiner and Leg spinner during this season, all the best 3 spinner are Left arm Spinner Ankit Chavan, Iqbal Abdulla and Harmeet Singh. Ramesh Powar is offspinner but he has past his prime and Mumbai should look for the future. Zaheer and Tendulkar should Play for Mumbai if they are not involved in International matches, as they are ageing.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    To be true, he lacks both technique and temperament, rode his luck for a season and he is back to where he belongs

  • Naresh on September 6, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Suryakumar is a better batsman and we hope he proves some points in the Indian A team to NZ.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I dont even think he will get a spot into Mumbai's playing 11 since Mumbai ranji side is packed with the talented and consistent lads like Ajinkya rahane , Abhishek nayar , Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit sharma . Hes nothing but one IPL wonder. he cudnt do well in domestic circuit last yr and failed miserably in this yrs IPL . forget abt performing , Kings XI did nt even included him in playing 11 for 60% of the tournament after he dint do anything in first few games. He has to work really hard to break into Mumbai's side itself , team india is nower in sight !

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Who Cares???? Never Mind..... A perfect example that jus one match wont change your fate.... U should be consistency

  • Satish on September 6, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    He is no where near a good player apart from a flashy innings in IPL. Some people were routing for him to be in A team and even Indian team btu good that selectors didn't look the mole as a mountain and draft him. Even the likes of M Vijay and Rohit who failed in international had consistent success in domestic and in IPL both to be coming into the frame whereas, Valthaty just had IPL success(that too not that consistent) in his book.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    He has to re-focus his areas of specialization and iron out the areas of concern. He can't be Shewag or Srikanth. He has to know what is his capability and could improve on it to cement his place.

    He has to understand who is he first? It is very important for him to continue playing.

  • Akshay on September 5, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I doubt if Mumbai will consider him in their Ranji and List A teams. Paul Valtathy was just a one season wonder of IPL. He flopped miserably last season. He became famous because of 1 century and all the media hype. There were even talks of getting him into the Indian T20 squad. He is suitable only at club level...forget state level.

  • RK on September 5, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    He lacks class. His IPL success seasons ago was a mere fluke. He's a pretty average player. HP realised that and readily released him when requested.

  • PREMNAUTH on September 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    He started with a bang then fell away, I really thought he would have feature in the future of indian cricket

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