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Badrinath mulls Vidarbha move

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June 26, 2014

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S Badrinath turns one away, South Zone v Central Zone, Duleep Trophy 2011-12 semi-final, 4th day, February 7, 2012
Having scored more than 6000 runs in 85 first-class matches for Tamil Nadu, S Badrinath is mulling a move to Vidarbha © Sivaraman Kitta
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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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Posted by   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.!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by jagansanthanam 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.

Posted by govisri 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!

Posted by baghels.a 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.

Posted by Army_rangers 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by abcrwes 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...

Posted by SeanB on (June 27, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Sad to see a good player treated this way. That said, for cricket to improve - test cricket - BCCI and state / regional associates should encourage such transfers. If a good player is not required in a state, but would be a first choice player in another state, he should be allowed to move. Encouraged to move. That is the only way to build a healthy first class set up. Thank you Badri for all the years in TN team, and best wishes should you play for other team.

Posted by Hardy1 on (June 26, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

Somewhat sad for all parties for a player to be leaving like that after so many years with his home state but then who knows it could end up a good move for him. Rohit & Rahane have by no means nailed their places down in the Indian line up & even though I don't think he'll get a look in you never know. You'd hope if he did score a lot of runs then he'd be called up despite his age as selection should be on merit alone.

I think the problem is that India are looking to do well abroad more so now (& rightly so) & it's difficult to find a player who can do that from the off since conditions are so different, which is why the younger players will be given the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by CricketChat on (June 26, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Good move. As mentioned if his own state team didn't pick him for T20s, it is to be expected Super Kings wouldn't pick him. With any ambitions of international career over now, he can pass on his knowledge to lesser known players now. This is where I feel someone like Sachin/Dravid/Laxman, who could have easily played another 3/4 seasons in first class cricket, for lowly ranked teams like, Assam/Trupura/Vidarbha/Saurashtra/Andhra/Kerala/Tripura/Bihar etc., and help improve standards outside main cricket centers in India.

Posted by TimeKiller on (June 26, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

I think Badrinath is trying to get back into IPL. Unfortunately he was not picked by any team in the auction, inspite of his good 1st class batting average. Tamil Nadu team management did not pick him for T20, too much competition and that is not going to help him get noticed by the IPL teams. Every player wants to earn a few bucks in IPL before his career comes to an end. You can't blame him. It is only fair that Badrinath earns some IPL money too. He may have better chance of playing limited overs games at Vidarbha. Good luck to him.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

A fantastic player at first class level. Scored a 50 on debut at test cricket against SA when team was in trouble,but somehow lost his place because he was born in a wrong era. He was man of the match for the oly t20 he played for india,but was dropped for the next match. Hard luck champ. I think he should give a try at county cricket. If chris rogers make a debut at 35,why not badri. I know this wont happen though,coz india is a country which promotes young talents.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Should have been a logical successor to Rahul Dravid in the Indian team. Its ironical that Murali Vijay is playing for India and Badri has to go through this .....Anycase Wishing you success Badri and die hard fans like me will always be with you ....

Posted by axe_hay on (June 26, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Badri , a domestic giant , was born in the wrong era. During his younger days , he could not get a chance due to the dominance of Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman. After their retirements ,he was too old for selection as youngsters like Kohli , Rohit Sharma,Rahane ,Pujara etc started to cement their place in the middle order. He was too unattractive for T20 cricket ,hence did not get much visibility. I doubt if he will ever get a recall into the test side , as age is not by his side. Even Tamil Nadu have opted for a radical youth policy , and they will probably thank him for his services in the next season. So its better he tries his luck with Vidharba and does something good to catch the eyes of the national selectors. Good Luck Badri , you were good , but not the best !

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

i think he play next year ipl for srh

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

He has been an embodiment of Tamil Nadu cricket and this news will be shocking to many fans like me. He played saviour of team on numerous occasions and has always been a team-man for any side he represents. In return, he was always given a raw deal. If he has been pushed to take such a decision, then the powers that be in the TNCA are doing a hara-kiri to TN cricket. If TNCA has any grace left, they should assuage the feelings of the man who has given everything to the team and request him to stay back. Badri, wherever you go, we are with you.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

ohh badri, do not do have been a true contributor to the TN team, if it happens it will really be a loss to TN squad.

Posted by CricketMaan on (June 26, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

Good Luck as pro. Should try his luck with county like Murali Karthik did and who knows even in NZ. After all a of Kiwis are his IPL mates.

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