India A v WI A, 2nd unofficial Test, Shimoga, 2nd day October 3, 2013

Jagadeesh and Nayar lead India A reply

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India A 191 for 3 (Jagadeesh 79*, Nayar 56*) trail West Indies A 406 (Johnson 91, Miller 64*, Bhatt 7-113) by 215 runs
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Seven batsmen fell victim to slow left-arm bowling, the only successful suit on the second day between India A and West Indies A in Shimoga. Resuming at 283 for 6, West Indies A added 123, but lost all four remaining wickets to Bhargav Bhatt who bagged career-best figures of 7 for 113. In response, India A lost their three Test starts cheaply - Gautam Gamhbir, Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara all to left-arm spin - but VA Jagadeesh and Abhishek Nayar kept up their good form to take India to within 66 of the follow-on mark.

The day began with Leon Johnson becoming the third West Indies half-centurion to fall before reaching a hundred. After he offered Bhatt a return catch on 91, the left-arm spinner ran through the tail, leaving Nikita Miller unbeaten on 64. There wasn't much fanfare around the achievement; not all of the players waited around to let him lead the field.

Gambhir and Jagadeesh came out to open the innings after the lunch break. Jagadeesh batted serenely, waiting for the loose balls to go after, but he saw the three bigger batsmen all fall to aggressive shots off spin. In Nayar, though, he found an ally who was in good touch: both of them did well against New Zealand A. Nayar, batting ahead of Mohammad Kaif, took the attack to the spinners when the follow-on was a distinct possibility. All varieties of the sweep and the loft over mid-on remained his favourite shots, and his fifty coming off 28 balls was in complete contrast to Jagadeesh's, which came off 98 balls.

Out of the unbeaten 77-run fourth-wicket stand, Nayar scored 56, even though he did slow down as stumps approached. Jagadeesh displayed compact technique, and expressed desire to convert the start into a hundred, which will play on his mind because in his last first-class innings he was dismissed for 91, against New Zealand A.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 3, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    For reasons unknown, both Jagadeesh(30) & Nayar(29) seemed to have lost their boats to play for India.This year because of India A Team, both have scored enough to raise a question: Why not consider them for Indian team? With intense competition for batting spots, it is difficult for these 2 to progress further. Dhawan was the last lucky guy to catch the bus after falling off it once, after WI tour. Now he came back with vengeance & grabbed the opening batsman spot with both his hands. Kaif similarly is now a forgotten man despite showing his immense talents few years back. Yet strangely enough these 3 guys will be called upon to play a big role after the 3 other big names Gambhir, Sehwag & Pujara failed. Pujara considered a scoring machine only last year, is having a rough patch for the past 3 matches. Gambhir & Sehwag, trying to make their comeback, appeared to have got too tense & failed. Sehwag knows his role as an opener but appeared to be at a loss to find his niche at #4.

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | October 4, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Pathetic performance by the India A Batsmen & also someone like Zaheer Khan. It's not only about fitness but his wicket taking abilities have gone. He needs to understand that. Looks like it's game over for Gambhir, Sehwag, Harbhajan & Zak.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 4, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Nayer to me seems like a ODI type player. Juneja and Jadadeesh have both played together and seem to have the ability to stay long at the crease especially Juneja. For me Juneja should enter the team soon. But places are so secure and all batsman are fighting hard. Come on pacers do the same.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @Albert Dominique Thomas on (October 3, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

    Yes; you have a point. But there are many solid reasons.

    FOUR IPL teams are competing in the CLT-20. Even if 4 slots each can be used by foreigners, the remaining 44 (each team has to nominate 15 players) has to be Indian players. There goes 44 players.

    The prestigious Zonal competition (Duleep Trophy) is just starting. Another 40-50 players goes for that, to represent various zones. Each zone desires to keep their best (though not always with success)

    An under 19 team is touring abroad. That takes away about 15.

    At least half a dozen (like Irfan, PK, Aaron et al) are injured; could be even more.

    So, we have just India-A to test out the discards / sidelined & residual fringe players. They also need to get a chance, No?

    This Selection Committee is the MOST democratic & unbiased set of guys we have had in years. They are also giving chances to as many as possible. I admire them for all the good work they are doing.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Hai guys it is in my town that game is going on, I am very much happy that finally we can see these guys in our ground where we use to play

  • POSTED BY azeemparayil on | October 4, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    jagadeesh is the kerala bradman, see the amount of runs he scored in three formats is the top aggregate in the country in 2012, in 2013 he started performing in next level, hope he makes a double century

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | October 4, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Pujara failed too..................

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Leon Johnson is now showing his class one of the young promising batsmen in the WI A Team , I want to see him making the Test Team very soon

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    west indies cricket is back/.... trinidad doin well.. plus west indies A doim great...

  • POSTED BY Haneeshranarajan on | October 3, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    i love to c sachin sehwag in the team bt wat to do, nw i also getting the feeling that they are having no more future in international ckt, their performance is become below par

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 3, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    For reasons unknown, both Jagadeesh(30) & Nayar(29) seemed to have lost their boats to play for India.This year because of India A Team, both have scored enough to raise a question: Why not consider them for Indian team? With intense competition for batting spots, it is difficult for these 2 to progress further. Dhawan was the last lucky guy to catch the bus after falling off it once, after WI tour. Now he came back with vengeance & grabbed the opening batsman spot with both his hands. Kaif similarly is now a forgotten man despite showing his immense talents few years back. Yet strangely enough these 3 guys will be called upon to play a big role after the 3 other big names Gambhir, Sehwag & Pujara failed. Pujara considered a scoring machine only last year, is having a rough patch for the past 3 matches. Gambhir & Sehwag, trying to make their comeback, appeared to have got too tense & failed. Sehwag knows his role as an opener but appeared to be at a loss to find his niche at #4.

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | October 4, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Pathetic performance by the India A Batsmen & also someone like Zaheer Khan. It's not only about fitness but his wicket taking abilities have gone. He needs to understand that. Looks like it's game over for Gambhir, Sehwag, Harbhajan & Zak.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 4, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Nayer to me seems like a ODI type player. Juneja and Jadadeesh have both played together and seem to have the ability to stay long at the crease especially Juneja. For me Juneja should enter the team soon. But places are so secure and all batsman are fighting hard. Come on pacers do the same.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @Albert Dominique Thomas on (October 3, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

    Yes; you have a point. But there are many solid reasons.

    FOUR IPL teams are competing in the CLT-20. Even if 4 slots each can be used by foreigners, the remaining 44 (each team has to nominate 15 players) has to be Indian players. There goes 44 players.

    The prestigious Zonal competition (Duleep Trophy) is just starting. Another 40-50 players goes for that, to represent various zones. Each zone desires to keep their best (though not always with success)

    An under 19 team is touring abroad. That takes away about 15.

    At least half a dozen (like Irfan, PK, Aaron et al) are injured; could be even more.

    So, we have just India-A to test out the discards / sidelined & residual fringe players. They also need to get a chance, No?

    This Selection Committee is the MOST democratic & unbiased set of guys we have had in years. They are also giving chances to as many as possible. I admire them for all the good work they are doing.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Hai guys it is in my town that game is going on, I am very much happy that finally we can see these guys in our ground where we use to play

  • POSTED BY azeemparayil on | October 4, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    jagadeesh is the kerala bradman, see the amount of runs he scored in three formats is the top aggregate in the country in 2012, in 2013 he started performing in next level, hope he makes a double century

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | October 4, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Pujara failed too..................

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Leon Johnson is now showing his class one of the young promising batsmen in the WI A Team , I want to see him making the Test Team very soon

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    west indies cricket is back/.... trinidad doin well.. plus west indies A doim great...

  • POSTED BY Haneeshranarajan on | October 3, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    i love to c sachin sehwag in the team bt wat to do, nw i also getting the feeling that they are having no more future in international ckt, their performance is become below par

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | October 3, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    i beleive jagadeesh can called as the wall instead of pujara.i am not jocking.i have been following this man for the last few years.he has performed excellently well for kerala in the renji trophy and did well for south zone and also at his first match with NZA

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | October 3, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Both Gambhir and sehwag has become a spent force without a hope of regaining their positions back in the team. Selection committee should focus on new talents like jagdeesh and others.

  • POSTED BY salilj90 on | October 3, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Abhishek Nayar continues to impress. His speed of playing - well he's pretty aggressive. Sehwag, Gambhir and Pujara have again disappointed. And how deep are we when Indian batsmen of that calibre start falling to spin bowling? I have now stopped believing that Pujara is fit to be called the next Dravid. He might play at No. 3 like him but he sure as hell doesn't deserve to be compared to the Wall.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    I wonder what Indians fans think about the A team selection. I check the squad and about 6 players are 30 and over. Not sure about that policy. It's good for WI youngsters though. They get to play against experienced campaigners

  • POSTED BY Unniambady on | October 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    This is an old photo from India A NZ A series where this young man played another wonderful knock .Do we not have photo from this match

  • POSTED BY Unniambady on | October 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    This is an old photo from India A NZ A series where this young man played another wonderful knock .Do we not have photo from this match

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    I wonder what Indians fans think about the A team selection. I check the squad and about 6 players are 30 and over. Not sure about that policy. It's good for WI youngsters though. They get to play against experienced campaigners

  • POSTED BY salilj90 on | October 3, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Abhishek Nayar continues to impress. His speed of playing - well he's pretty aggressive. Sehwag, Gambhir and Pujara have again disappointed. And how deep are we when Indian batsmen of that calibre start falling to spin bowling? I have now stopped believing that Pujara is fit to be called the next Dravid. He might play at No. 3 like him but he sure as hell doesn't deserve to be compared to the Wall.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | October 3, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Both Gambhir and sehwag has become a spent force without a hope of regaining their positions back in the team. Selection committee should focus on new talents like jagdeesh and others.

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | October 3, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    i beleive jagadeesh can called as the wall instead of pujara.i am not jocking.i have been following this man for the last few years.he has performed excellently well for kerala in the renji trophy and did well for south zone and also at his first match with NZA

  • POSTED BY Haneeshranarajan on | October 3, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    i love to c sachin sehwag in the team bt wat to do, nw i also getting the feeling that they are having no more future in international ckt, their performance is become below par

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    west indies cricket is back/.... trinidad doin well.. plus west indies A doim great...

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Leon Johnson is now showing his class one of the young promising batsmen in the WI A Team , I want to see him making the Test Team very soon

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | October 4, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Pujara failed too..................

  • POSTED BY azeemparayil on | October 4, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    jagadeesh is the kerala bradman, see the amount of runs he scored in three formats is the top aggregate in the country in 2012, in 2013 he started performing in next level, hope he makes a double century