India news June 26, 2014

Badrinath mulls Vidarbha move

ESPNcricinfo staff

Having been a mainstay of the Tamil Nadu middle order for nearly 14 years, S Badrinath could turn out for Vidarbha in the 2014-15 season. Since making his debut in the 2000-01 season, Badrinath has played 85 first-class matches for Tamil Nadu, scoring over 6000 runs, including 22 centuries, at an average of nearly 57.

"I'm in the process of finalising the move," he told to ESPNcricinfo. "I need to get an NOC from the TNCA, and then sign a contract with Vidarbha."

If Vidarbha seal Badrinath's transfer, they can look forward to a significantly strengthened batting line-up, having already signed Ganesh Satish from Karnataka. Satish, who scored a match-winning century in last season's Ranji Trophy final, said he was disappointed he hadn't been a regular for Karnataka across all formats.

Like Satish, Badrinath also couldn't hold down a place across formats. Last season, he made 540 runs at 49.09 in the Ranji Trophy, including a century and three fifties, and also featured for Tamil Nadu in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy. However, he wasn't picked for the state's squad for the 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Subsequently, Badrinath went unsold at the IPL player auction, having been a regular for Chennai Super Kings for six seasons. Not being signed at the auction, he later said, felt like a "blow to my chest".

Asked what had prompted the decision to seek a move, Badrinath said there was "no specific reason", and that he would "let you know when everything is confirmed."

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  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    If Badrinath move to will help him to build his confidance back! as he may lost due to unsold in IPL.and in vidharbha he will be playing all the matches probably..all the best Badrinath.!!

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    k srikanth national selector had many oppertunity to bring him in the team ,but he kept ignore him.

    he could have been great 50 over match player,even test.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Come on guys, get real. Badri is an extremely good bat for the 4 / 5 day variety, India could do with 1 batsman like him in 50 over cricket, but in a 20-20 side, even the sheet anchor is required to score at over 7-an over, Badri was unable to do that. Badri seems miffed because nobody paid 1 crore for him ! the very fact that he decided to price himself at 1 Crore rather than 50 Lacs tells me that he had no understanding of 20-20 cricket. VCA will probably play him in 20-20 cricket not because he is great, but because they do not have too many good players. Badri can of course prove me wrong by guiding VCA to a cup final somewhere, scoring at 150+. I would be very happy if that happened, but I don't think that's his natural game & therefore, not very likely.

  • Jagan on June 28, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Make no mistake about it, he is one of those that is too good at domestic cricket but not good enough at international level. It is due to the TV & IPL, many of us have seen him bat and people do have an opinion about him. Prior to all of this, there were many Badri's from other states that went down like him. Unfortunately, each on of those cricketers that missed out aren't lucky enough like an Rohit or even an Agarkar - you find them making it to the roster no matter what. Like many of you are thinking, this must be a move for Badri to play T20 cricket at first class level to get an IPL contract. At least, he deserves that.

  • Sri on June 27, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Sad to see him move from TN. A real hard worker ,fit and athletic for his age. TNCA never treats its stalwarts well - starting from TE,VShiva,Sadagopan Ramesh, Badani and now Badri. Unfortunate that he missed out playing for India in many more tests after a decent debut against RSA - more so when technically less equipped players like Raina representing India in more tests! Badri should prove a point playing all three formats for Vidharba and help winning a few trophes for them. Also he should get into playing county cricket and other T20s like BigBash in Aus and WI, where there are not many talented cricketers - he can make a mark for sure.Good Luck Badri! Sweat it out - literally - I have seen you dripping all the time - for some more years and prove a point to people who matter in TNCA!

  • jayaesh on June 27, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    It is good that a dedicated and a player who never got his due like Badri will be getting a chance to play a full season of domestic cricket with Vidarbha, i really do hope that in next IPL auction some franchisee picks him up, despite his advancing years he is a very fit man and brilliant fielder, has a strike rate above 115 and a crisis man.But one downside is that both Badri and Satish going to Vidarbha might deny chances to some young u-23,u-19 batting talent emerging from Vidarbha.

  • Vivek on June 27, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    first sathish and now all of a sudden vidarbha top order looks stronger with the likes of sathish,badri,faiz,srivatsav looks stronger.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    All the best for your future. YOu are any day better than the current millionaires of Indian cricket who scores a 100 every 100 matches whereas you were expected to score 100 everytime.

  • Wesley on June 27, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Having been one of his supporters, I appreciate this. In my opinion it is a good move for his career. But he should have moved to J&K that has better visibility now with the likes of Abid Nabi and Parvez Rasool...