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Badrinath wants to 'make a statement' to selectors

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S Badrinath, the India batsman, is eager to make a comeback to the national team and will use the upcoming domestic season to "make a statement" to the selection panel.

"I want to make a statement this season. It's not just with words, I want to do it with my bat," Badrinath told Deccan Chronicle. "I want to do something big which will let the national selectors know that I'm here to perform. And that's what I tried to do two years ago when I was the highest run-getter [in 2010-11]. I want to give my best and play with authority."

Badrinath made a half-century on Test debut at home against South Africa in 2010 but got only one more Test before being dropped. He was picked in the ODI team for the West Indies tour after a strong performance in the 2010-11 domestic season, where he finished as the highest run-getter in the first-class format, scoring 1226 runs in 12 matches. After VVS Laxman retired from international cricket in August 2012, Badrinath was selected in the India squad for the Tests against New Zealand but didn't get a game. He hasn't played for India since June 2011, when he got three ODI innings in West Indies but failed to capitalise.

When asked how he felt about his continued exclusion, Badrinath said: "I would love to hear an answer from someone. I don't have an answer. I scored a fifty on my Test debut against South Africa and we lost that match. We won the next match with me having just one hit with the bat. I haven't played a Test since then.

"After Laxman retired, I was drafted into the team against New Zealand but I didn't play a single match and, in the next series, I lost my place. After that I never got a chance. I don't want to complain or sulk saying that I haven't been in the team. I'm approaching this season with my fate in my hands."

While he continues to be ignored by the India selectors, Badrinath has enjoyed success under the national captain MS Dhoni in the IPL, with 1441 runs in 67 innings at a strike-rate of 118.89 for his franchise Chennai Super Kings. Badrinath said that while Twenty20 did not come naturally to him, he had adapted well to the format.

"T20 is not my natural game. I have a different set of skills and I don't think stamping authority means only hitting sixes," Badrinath said. "Playing a crucial role in winning is important. I know I'm not a [Suresh] Raina or a Dhoni. I have played a few ODIs for the country and a lot of List A and T20 domestic matches. I would like to be known as a player who can play all the three formats. I don't want to be branded as a Test or ODI or T20 player. I have always strived to be a cricketer for all seasons. I have been doing well for CSK under pressure situations."

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  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | August 12, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Badri's spirit needs to be commended. He did not get the extended run he deserved at the international level. Badri does not have to look beyond Mike Hussey for inspiration. Hussey made his debut when he was into his 30s, an age when most good batsmen are at the top of their game. The rest is history. Badri can only continue to pile on runs at the domestic level and hope to get another go..Good luck Badri!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    @Mandu Bharadhwaj - Badri is a class player in Dravid's mould. It is ridiculous to to say he can't play bouncers. Sometimes you get out playing bouncers. Sachin has got out playing yorkers and Dravid has got out playing swinging deliveries. That does not mean they are NOT good at it. For that matter no Indian player is an expert playing bouncers. India as team is known for their weakness when the ball rises and swing. Forget pace bowling, India could not handle Swann and Panesar in India. Yuvaraj singh had played 40 tests between 2004 and 2012. He was not waiting for Ganguly to retire. In fact he debuted under Ganguly's captaincy. The point I am trying to make is Badri never got his chances. We all know Suresh raina can't handle bouncers. Even he got more chances in tests. I am not saying Badri should get a chance now. India's test combination seems to be settled . All I am saying that man is a committed player and he never quits. He has class to excel at any level.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | August 15, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Badrinath is a good player who lost out because India's batting was world standard for almost a decade. However it does seem odd that he has performed year after year in the domestic season, and does not get much chancpes, whereas someone like Dinesh Karthik gets to play on the basis of reasonable performance over one season. For the Rohit Sharma baiters- this information should be adequate- he is yet to play a single test, whereas the less technically equipped (for tests) like Raina has played 17 tests, Karthik 23 tests (more than half of these as a specialist batsman), Murali Vijay - 27 tests, Abhinav Mukund 5 tests. Badrinath is good enough even at 33 to make it into tests. He should try to make his point further by performing well for another Ranji season.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    The debate had started unnecessarily on certain players holding accountable for not getting nod for S. Badrinath. Another fan xrocks is holding MSD apart from Raina & Yuvraj. It is batsman duty to face Styne not night watchmen. His last 2 domestic record shows he is not in top 50 run getters. See for 2011/12 season, http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ranji-trophy-elite-2011/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=6710;type=tournament Please check last 8 domestic seasons. It shows R. M. Vijay, mukund, D. Karthik, Prasanna most consistent performers in Badri's Local team Tamil Nadu. Badri was good in 2010/11 only. If he press his candidature by performing in domestic season, it will be great thing. He will get 2 to 3 Ranji games before SA tour against Sevices, MP & UP. His good performance will be accountable for next IND tour. He is unlikely to get select for SA tour purely based on last 2 dismal domestic seasons, his 3 Test innings of 56,6,1 & ODI innings of 27,6,6,17,DNB,11,12.

  • POSTED BY xrocks on | August 12, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    @Mandu Bharadhwaj - Badri is always a class player.You must have watched him bat only in the IPL and so don't comment on his shuffling and stuff based on that.The great Lara too shuffled across and had a high back lift.So is Chanderpaul. Pujara too has back lift stances with bat coming from gully or 3rd slip.If Raina and Yuvi can play more tests with their very mediocre techniques, what more Badri need to do?Of course his career coincided with the greats of Indian cricket.But he deserved a place once VVS retired.But it was Raina who just scored 58 runs in the two test series with a highest score of 55 against a mediocre Nz attack.But Badri played against Steyn and Morkel and scored a fighting 50 and was a victim of Dhoni's act by sending him under fading light with just 4 overs left for the day instead of a night watchman.Get your facts right.

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | August 12, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Some fans are pressing for S. Badrinath unnecessarily without knowing his recent domestic performance. His last domestic inning against Baroda was scoreless in Ranji trohy 2012/13. See http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/574098.html

    His last 3 innings in IPL 2013 were also scoreless. See http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/26806.html

    He is not among 50 best run scorers in domestic Ranji Trophy 2012/13 (most recent). Jiwanjot Singh is heading this list with outstanding performances. Others notable are Jaffer, Rahane, Rayudu, Rohit, P. Patel, Kaif, D. Karthik & many. See http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7515;type=tournament

    We should check the recent form which is important criteria for selection. Just because someone have more domestic fans than international doesn't mean he is good to play for IND with poor form. We must have national selective approach than regional. Sad to say it doesn't exist in IND

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | August 12, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Badri is few of Domestic players who has more fan followers than the international players!! He is good stroke player who can play long innings for even 2 or 3 days!! He is Super test match material. He is at 33 and not having enough time left but he should not lose his hope as once SRT retires we don't have player who has strong domestic skill to replace him, hence Badri can fill his place for another 3 or 4 years till India finds better player for No.4 spot. Chris Roger who has got re chance at 35 is doing well in Ashes and Misbha who selected to national side at 33 is still playing. So Badri has to be given chance than other players.

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Continue from Prev.....

    Now why do we need to degrade other players for not getting chance to a particular player? Jaffer, kaif, Rahane, Tiwari & many are from unlucky list. So can we bash the others for them too? Selectors gave chances to Mukund, Woorkeri Raman, V. Rathod, Deep Dasgupta & many others. We don't remind them. I am not against any of IND players and Badri too. But don't let down much promising players even if they didn't perform up to very high IND standard expectations.

    By the way ......It is harsh to compare Badri with likes of Dravid, Sachin or Yuvi & Raina. We have 6 places for batsmen and nearly 20+ players are fighting for these 6 positions. It is too tough to get in IND team. Yuvi, Raina, Rohit, Tiwari, Rahane, katrhik, Vijay, Gambhir & many are still struggling to get in or to make comeback.

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    @ Ravi Narala

    Any class player in Dravid's mould must have sound technique & great compactness. One of the best examples are Pujara & Dhawan now. Watching the ball till the end is must in Test having good composed initial stance & bat behind & nearest to the body. Badri has back lift stances with bat coming from gully or 3rd slip. In addition to this, he has tentative pushing habit and half cock movement to go whether on front foot or back foot. Because of this, he is prime candidate for bowled, lbw of caught behind unless he could correct with measures. His current record also is not competitive with current IND probales. We Indian always compare player with another player for not getting nod which is absolute rubbish. Yuvi made debut on 16 Oct 2003 & played 40 Tests till 5 Dec 2012 whereas Raina played 17 Tests since 2010. IND played 101 Tests for this period. Both had wonderful ODI record so as for selection for Tests. ...To be continued.....

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | August 12, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Not everyone is lucky like RSharma or Raina (or Yuvi). People want them to perform irrespective of they are good enough in certain formats. RSharma, nearly 100 ODI, still yet to perform a substantial innings. He will get another 100 matches for sure, hoping he would perform one day. Poor Badri, got couple of innings, thats all. He is just having 60+ avg and 9k runs in domestic, what else people need? may be a change of birth place or relative/son of a former player?.

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | August 12, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Badri's spirit needs to be commended. He did not get the extended run he deserved at the international level. Badri does not have to look beyond Mike Hussey for inspiration. Hussey made his debut when he was into his 30s, an age when most good batsmen are at the top of their game. The rest is history. Badri can only continue to pile on runs at the domestic level and hope to get another go..Good luck Badri!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    @Mandu Bharadhwaj - Badri is a class player in Dravid's mould. It is ridiculous to to say he can't play bouncers. Sometimes you get out playing bouncers. Sachin has got out playing yorkers and Dravid has got out playing swinging deliveries. That does not mean they are NOT good at it. For that matter no Indian player is an expert playing bouncers. India as team is known for their weakness when the ball rises and swing. Forget pace bowling, India could not handle Swann and Panesar in India. Yuvaraj singh had played 40 tests between 2004 and 2012. He was not waiting for Ganguly to retire. In fact he debuted under Ganguly's captaincy. The point I am trying to make is Badri never got his chances. We all know Suresh raina can't handle bouncers. Even he got more chances in tests. I am not saying Badri should get a chance now. India's test combination seems to be settled . All I am saying that man is a committed player and he never quits. He has class to excel at any level.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | August 15, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Badrinath is a good player who lost out because India's batting was world standard for almost a decade. However it does seem odd that he has performed year after year in the domestic season, and does not get much chancpes, whereas someone like Dinesh Karthik gets to play on the basis of reasonable performance over one season. For the Rohit Sharma baiters- this information should be adequate- he is yet to play a single test, whereas the less technically equipped (for tests) like Raina has played 17 tests, Karthik 23 tests (more than half of these as a specialist batsman), Murali Vijay - 27 tests, Abhinav Mukund 5 tests. Badrinath is good enough even at 33 to make it into tests. He should try to make his point further by performing well for another Ranji season.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    The debate had started unnecessarily on certain players holding accountable for not getting nod for S. Badrinath. Another fan xrocks is holding MSD apart from Raina & Yuvraj. It is batsman duty to face Styne not night watchmen. His last 2 domestic record shows he is not in top 50 run getters. See for 2011/12 season, http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ranji-trophy-elite-2011/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=6710;type=tournament Please check last 8 domestic seasons. It shows R. M. Vijay, mukund, D. Karthik, Prasanna most consistent performers in Badri's Local team Tamil Nadu. Badri was good in 2010/11 only. If he press his candidature by performing in domestic season, it will be great thing. He will get 2 to 3 Ranji games before SA tour against Sevices, MP & UP. His good performance will be accountable for next IND tour. He is unlikely to get select for SA tour purely based on last 2 dismal domestic seasons, his 3 Test innings of 56,6,1 & ODI innings of 27,6,6,17,DNB,11,12.

  • POSTED BY xrocks on | August 12, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    @Mandu Bharadhwaj - Badri is always a class player.You must have watched him bat only in the IPL and so don't comment on his shuffling and stuff based on that.The great Lara too shuffled across and had a high back lift.So is Chanderpaul. Pujara too has back lift stances with bat coming from gully or 3rd slip.If Raina and Yuvi can play more tests with their very mediocre techniques, what more Badri need to do?Of course his career coincided with the greats of Indian cricket.But he deserved a place once VVS retired.But it was Raina who just scored 58 runs in the two test series with a highest score of 55 against a mediocre Nz attack.But Badri played against Steyn and Morkel and scored a fighting 50 and was a victim of Dhoni's act by sending him under fading light with just 4 overs left for the day instead of a night watchman.Get your facts right.

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | August 12, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Some fans are pressing for S. Badrinath unnecessarily without knowing his recent domestic performance. His last domestic inning against Baroda was scoreless in Ranji trohy 2012/13. See http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/574098.html

    His last 3 innings in IPL 2013 were also scoreless. See http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/26806.html

    He is not among 50 best run scorers in domestic Ranji Trophy 2012/13 (most recent). Jiwanjot Singh is heading this list with outstanding performances. Others notable are Jaffer, Rahane, Rayudu, Rohit, P. Patel, Kaif, D. Karthik & many. See http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7515;type=tournament

    We should check the recent form which is important criteria for selection. Just because someone have more domestic fans than international doesn't mean he is good to play for IND with poor form. We must have national selective approach than regional. Sad to say it doesn't exist in IND

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | August 12, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Badri is few of Domestic players who has more fan followers than the international players!! He is good stroke player who can play long innings for even 2 or 3 days!! He is Super test match material. He is at 33 and not having enough time left but he should not lose his hope as once SRT retires we don't have player who has strong domestic skill to replace him, hence Badri can fill his place for another 3 or 4 years till India finds better player for No.4 spot. Chris Roger who has got re chance at 35 is doing well in Ashes and Misbha who selected to national side at 33 is still playing. So Badri has to be given chance than other players.

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Continue from Prev.....

    Now why do we need to degrade other players for not getting chance to a particular player? Jaffer, kaif, Rahane, Tiwari & many are from unlucky list. So can we bash the others for them too? Selectors gave chances to Mukund, Woorkeri Raman, V. Rathod, Deep Dasgupta & many others. We don't remind them. I am not against any of IND players and Badri too. But don't let down much promising players even if they didn't perform up to very high IND standard expectations.

    By the way ......It is harsh to compare Badri with likes of Dravid, Sachin or Yuvi & Raina. We have 6 places for batsmen and nearly 20+ players are fighting for these 6 positions. It is too tough to get in IND team. Yuvi, Raina, Rohit, Tiwari, Rahane, katrhik, Vijay, Gambhir & many are still struggling to get in or to make comeback.

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    @ Ravi Narala

    Any class player in Dravid's mould must have sound technique & great compactness. One of the best examples are Pujara & Dhawan now. Watching the ball till the end is must in Test having good composed initial stance & bat behind & nearest to the body. Badri has back lift stances with bat coming from gully or 3rd slip. In addition to this, he has tentative pushing habit and half cock movement to go whether on front foot or back foot. Because of this, he is prime candidate for bowled, lbw of caught behind unless he could correct with measures. His current record also is not competitive with current IND probales. We Indian always compare player with another player for not getting nod which is absolute rubbish. Yuvi made debut on 16 Oct 2003 & played 40 Tests till 5 Dec 2012 whereas Raina played 17 Tests since 2010. IND played 101 Tests for this period. Both had wonderful ODI record so as for selection for Tests. ...To be continued.....

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | August 12, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Not everyone is lucky like RSharma or Raina (or Yuvi). People want them to perform irrespective of they are good enough in certain formats. RSharma, nearly 100 ODI, still yet to perform a substantial innings. He will get another 100 matches for sure, hoping he would perform one day. Poor Badri, got couple of innings, thats all. He is just having 60+ avg and 9k runs in domestic, what else people need? may be a change of birth place or relative/son of a former player?.

  • POSTED BY nikhil_tawde on | August 12, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    At 33 its going to be tough for Badri to retain his place even if makes a come back...

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Some are lucky, got to blame the stars. Should be fortunate enough to be Rohit Sharma or Suresh Raina for that matter.

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Agreed badrinath has indeed been unlucky for not been allowed 2 serve indian cricket, but few comments taking pot-shots at rohit sharma is equally unfair & deserved to b condenmed. Few ppl r destined for a job. If sachin was preferred at tender age of 16 leapfrogging the likes of amre, badade, jaffers, he indeed was special. Despite initial hiccups he was persevered with & rightly so which history stands testimony for. The same applies to rohit. if selectors r persisiting with him, it is with a reason which again time will testify for. so be judicial in ur comments.

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    A gentleman of cricket ! he's been unlucky at times for missing the bus & not making it to team india. but in billion plus population, many r bound to miss the bus. For consolation , the names which frequent ur mind r wasin jaffer, amol mujumbdar, badrinath, vijay bhardhwaj, sadagopan ramesh, & many more. One can only feel for them & egg them not to give up bcos u never know until u come to know.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 12, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    With Kholi, Pujara sealing thier spots, SRT still playing the No.6 is contested between Rahane, Rohit, Raina, Rayudu, Jadedja. RJ made it his own in the recent series as bowler, but unproven on fast bouncy tracks. In that rat race I don't know if Badri will get a look in. This is no Autralia where a Rogers or Hussey make combacks in thier 30s. Duncan is a big fan of Rohit, while MSD of RJ. That makes it very difficult even for Rayudu, Raina and Rahane to get an eye in. GG could make a comeback either as opener or at No.4/5 when SRT walks away. Badri should consider himself unlucky. He should at least have played a copule of series to stake a claim, im afraid his time has come and gone. Having said that, Sandeep Patil is known to take bold decisions and if Badri can show is usual class, who knows he might still get a look in, but that is a far fetched dream for now.

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    austrlia did same to rogers and india doing it for badrinath .

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    I would say he is purely unlucky. He plays for a state that is one of the most formidable lobby in Indian cricket. He has talent, skill and temperament and have performed when it mattered. Sometimes excellence alone wont take to the next level. A big miss for Team Indial

  • POSTED BY UbiquitousWALL on | August 12, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @SandyBangalore, Funny that you compare Badri with Yuvi, who is one of the most disappointing failures for India in Test Cricket. So much was expected of him and SO little was delivered in the test match arena. If pull shot and hook shot was all that was required to succeed in Test Cricket, Sehwag would not be considered one of the most destructive openers, he doesn't really have a pull shot, he just plays on instinct. Its all about identifying limitations and playing within those boundaries that sets you apart. Dravid is a classic example. He was not someone with a wide array of strokes, but there aren't too many who are half as successful as he was. As far as Badri's chances in the Indian team goes, he's one of those unlucky ones, like the Hodges and Loves of Australia. He played in an era when India had perhaps its best batting line-up ever.

  • POSTED BY Jay_candid on | August 12, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Badrinath is a letdown in the last IPL.. He was totally out of form during the business end of the IPL.. He got a golden opportunity in the final, he came to the crease with one wicket down, CSK needs only 140 odd to win the title, but he was dismissed for 0, chasing a wide delivery .. He is 35 now and India can't field a 35 yrs old guy who is fighting for a name in intl cricket.. We have to go with youngsters.. Sorry Badri.. Bad luck ..

  • POSTED BY vish57 on | August 12, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Badrinath along with Kaif are class batsmen technically sound, were shadow batsmen when famous 4 (Dravid, Tendulkar,Ganguly , Lakshman) dominated the indian team for more than a decade all 4 playing 100+ tests together; This is in similar line with Shivalkar or Rajendra Goel who were world class spinners in the same era of Bedi/Prasanna/Chandrasekhar/Venkataraghavan. In this category we can include Dinesh Kartik or Wridhaman Saha who are shadowed by Dhoni. Let badri get a chance atleast after Tendulkar calls it a day.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | August 12, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    He deserved many seasons consecutive chance after his 56 against Styn & co when every one else failed. If Raina, RSharma etc got 100 chances he deserves at least 20 !!. If Badri settles in the innings he will make huge 100s. He is THE one stabilizer and solid all round batsman India never had after Dravid. If he got chance against the minnows like Zim, NZ, or even the recent Eng & Aus he would have made much more runs than most others. He does not seem to have Dhoni's support.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 12, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Badri and jaffer unfortunately have missed their chance. With high competition it is very important to make an impact immediately or be a rohit otherwise you are condemned to dustbins of cricket history

  • POSTED BY on | August 12, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    People forget that Dhoni himself didn't have the greatest of starts to his career, and he didn't perform too well on that three match series against Bangladesh in 2004. It hurts me to say that we have given a guy like Yuvraj Singh so many chances in the longest form, when everyone in the world knows that he is not made for that format. Similarly, Raina was given a long rope as well. What wrong has this oke done? For those bringing age, remember, age is never an issue as long as you are performing. Hussey walked into the Aussie batting line up quite late as well, and served Aussie cricket for so long. What happens if a Virat Kohli struggles in South Africa, what if Pujara struggles. Bardinath should be involved in the test set up for sure. Just because he won 4-0 against a medicore Aussie team doesn't mean our own test match side is good. We are ordinary, it just so happened that we met the worst Aussie side to have toured India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore. Check this out. It was his debut match. Steyn bundled india.Look who came to rescue.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/441825.html

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    An unfortunate cricketer who is on the verge of perishing for want of opportunities. Notwithstanding his domestic records, what he lacked was an X factor which would inspire some confidence of the skipper. The competition got tougher and tougher and Badri did not make his limited opportunities good in West Indies. Not everyone is Rohit Sharma to have the faith of the captain. Unfortunate Badri succumbed to the circumstances.

  • POSTED BY ashok16 on | August 11, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    His age shouldnt be held against him. That being said to say he is a test specialist and should be given more chances in tests doesnt make sense. In this day and age you got to play well in whatever you are selected in, and Badri certainly didn't make good use of the ODI chances he has been given. I wish he would say, "I want to win the Ranji for TN" instead of worrying about National Selection, wherein he is kind of losing focus on the immediate task at hand.

  • POSTED BY Pilotprem on | August 11, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Well said Badri ! Thats the way to go , will be awating your sucess & get the nod of the current selectors , who are giving merit to the Domestic Performance , somebody quoted you had ducked against STEYN , its against them you scored your DEBUT 50

    Good luck ! we will pray for your sucess

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | August 11, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    No way he's going to make it. He is well past his youth and is considered a senior in domestic format. The current line up and bench looks perfect with the perfect mixture of youth and experience. Besides, he already threw away the chances that the selectors were kind enough to give him.

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | August 11, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    He's just good in domestic cricket and in IPL, on placid pitches like many other guys with tons of runs behind them. I remember how he was a sitting duck against Dale Steyn in a test on a flat Indian pitch! Lacks the class of a Yuvi(who can hook and pull the quicker bowlers, and not always hit on the rise on the front foot like Badrinath)

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @Rohit Ramesh @Ravi Narala

    He is not good enough to be selected in CSK these days. However he had to compete with Top 6 of IND till 2010. Significantly Raina & Yuvraj had to wait out till Saurav, Laxman & Dravid retired. Raina & Yuvraj had better international record than Badri. Yes, he still have a huge problem against short ball. His record of 60+ in Ranji Trophy doesn't matter at Test level. He has to show much better than the past to impress selectors when so many good probables are performing now.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | August 11, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    It beats me how the selectors take a test specialist and draft him into an ODI squad, the batsman doing himself no favors, and then dropping him. He is one of the strongest contenders for a place in the test team, a potential like-for-like replacement for Dravid, and yet he hasn't been selected. I believe that he will get a SOS during the Indian tour to South Africa.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 11, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Looked completely out of league when he batted in the ODIs in WI few yrs back. In his prime, he had to compete for a place in a settled middle order in Dravid, Sachin, Sourav, Laxman, while Murali and Karthik were also competing for a place in Ind side. In principle, age should not be held against him, but Ind selectors have several younger prospects who are doing well at the moment and may invest in them than in Badrinath.

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    @ Arun. He was not good enough because he is not a t20 player. He is a test player. And for ur fact one of his 2 matches included an innings where he made a 50 against Dale Steyn bowling plenty of bouncers and swinging like a peach. @Viswanath It is unlikely that he would be selected like Chris Rogers. India's young batsmen have not really been struggling and there are plenty more talented players waiting. Australia on the other hand had to select Rogers as their youngsters were failing abysmally. That said I would like to see Badrinath in the SA squad as a reserve batsmen. If there is any injuries Badrinath should be first in as he has the technique to survive there. More so he is also level with Raina, Kohli and Jadeja on the field despite his age so that should also be to his benefit.

  • POSTED BY yorkerboy on | August 11, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    No one can explain his exclusion after that gritty 50 against good SA bowling attack. For his age he is ultimately fit and a superb fielder in the circle, with all this abilities its really amazing that he is not getting any chances to play in Tests. Though he is not on the selector's radar, I wish he gets a chance and does a Hussey and rogers..! All the best for the upcoming domestic season Badri! Power to you!

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I accept the fact that Badrinath din't get enough chances but now he has past his prime and he can't survive at the international level. He really can't survive.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | August 11, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    tried and tested at international level. he does not have talents to play at highest level. jiwenjot singh of punjab have been top scorer at ranji trophy . he should be selected in indian team before badrinaths.

  • POSTED BY Rodc on | August 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    if talent and runs only could guarantee you a place in Indian side then Amol muzumdar had plenty of both but never played for India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    @Arun - Oh Yeah. If he was given half the chances as to what Raina, Yuvraj had got in tests he would have scored twice the number of runs.

  • POSTED BY kunakrish on | August 11, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    I dont know the meaning of tried and tested.

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    badri should take an example from chris rogers.. The present selectors r choosing based on domestic performance.. So badrinath has a very good chance

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    tried and tested... not enough talent to survive at international level.. still have a huge problem against short ball... he is not even good enough in the recent IPL..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 11, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    With those many runs and such experience in domestic cricket, badrinath truly deserves more chances. Age should'nt be the reason for selecting(or not selecting) thr players

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 11, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    With those many runs and such experience in domestic cricket, badrinath truly deserves more chances. Age should'nt be the reason for selecting(or not selecting) thr players

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    tried and tested... not enough talent to survive at international level.. still have a huge problem against short ball... he is not even good enough in the recent IPL..

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    badri should take an example from chris rogers.. The present selectors r choosing based on domestic performance.. So badrinath has a very good chance

  • POSTED BY kunakrish on | August 11, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    I dont know the meaning of tried and tested.

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    @Arun - Oh Yeah. If he was given half the chances as to what Raina, Yuvraj had got in tests he would have scored twice the number of runs.

  • POSTED BY Rodc on | August 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    if talent and runs only could guarantee you a place in Indian side then Amol muzumdar had plenty of both but never played for India.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | August 11, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    tried and tested at international level. he does not have talents to play at highest level. jiwenjot singh of punjab have been top scorer at ranji trophy . he should be selected in indian team before badrinaths.

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I accept the fact that Badrinath din't get enough chances but now he has past his prime and he can't survive at the international level. He really can't survive.

  • POSTED BY yorkerboy on | August 11, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    No one can explain his exclusion after that gritty 50 against good SA bowling attack. For his age he is ultimately fit and a superb fielder in the circle, with all this abilities its really amazing that he is not getting any chances to play in Tests. Though he is not on the selector's radar, I wish he gets a chance and does a Hussey and rogers..! All the best for the upcoming domestic season Badri! Power to you!

  • POSTED BY on | August 11, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    @ Arun. He was not good enough because he is not a t20 player. He is a test player. And for ur fact one of his 2 matches included an innings where he made a 50 against Dale Steyn bowling plenty of bouncers and swinging like a peach. @Viswanath It is unlikely that he would be selected like Chris Rogers. India's young batsmen have not really been struggling and there are plenty more talented players waiting. Australia on the other hand had to select Rogers as their youngsters were failing abysmally. That said I would like to see Badrinath in the SA squad as a reserve batsmen. If there is any injuries Badrinath should be first in as he has the technique to survive there. More so he is also level with Raina, Kohli and Jadeja on the field despite his age so that should also be to his benefit.