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

Jagadeesh and Nayar lead India A reply


India A 191 for 3 (Jagadeesh 79*, Nayar 56*) trail West Indies A 406 (Johnson 91, Miller 64*, Bhatt 7-113) by 215 runs

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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  • Suraj 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.

  • Naresh 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • AZEEM 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

  • Chetan on October 4, 2013, 1:50 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 22:54 GMT

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

  • Haneesh 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