Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2011, Navi Mumbai April 27, 2011

Classy Badrinath stars in easy win

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Chennai Super Kings 145 for 2 (Badrinath 63*) beat Pune Warriors 141 for 6 (Yuvraj 62*, Bollinger 3-21) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Who said there is no room for a purist in the IPL? S Badrinath walked into a tricky situation, took ownership of the chase of 142 without playing a single ugly shot, and finessed Chennai Super Kings to No. 2 in the IPL table. His effort came after Chennai's seamers made exemplary use of the extra bounce on the DY Patil strip to restrict Pune Warriors to an under-par score, despite a well-paced 62 from Yuvraj Singh.

Badrinath's virtuoso effort made the total seem woefully inadequate though Chennai dawdled listlessly until he came in. Badrinath isn't your typical IPL hero. His upright stance, clean feet movement, classical backlift and high-elbow follow-through are all made for Test cricket. Yet, he has managed to find a niche for himself in Chennai's muscular top order. Today he unfurled an IPL innings of rare beauty: there were no cross-batted slogs, no cheeky lap-scoops to deliveries landed outside off, and not once was he caught napping on the front foot to a short ball.

Chennai are not fond of chasing, and today it was evident why. M Vijay and Michael Hussey began too cautiously and the result was 14 dot-balls in the first four overs. Hussey then heaved Murali Kartik to midwicket where Manish Pandey took a tumbling catch. Badrinath earned a promotion ahead of the out-of-form Suresh Raina, and the swap helped both batsmen.

Chennai had crawled to 39 for 1 in eight overs when Badrinath decided to counter-punch. He trotted out to Kartik and launched him for four through long-off. Kartik tossed the next ball further up, and Badrinath carved him inside-out for a six. Badrinath came out again later in the over, hoodwinking Kartik into dropping short, and then glided him to third man. The over went for 16, and in next over, Badrinath opened up the off side again, lofting Yuvraj for six more. Seventy-seven required off 60, and Chennai did not look back from there.

Rahul Sharma thought he had got Badrinath to edge the first ball of the 11th behind, but the umpire gave it not out and replays were inconclusive. Vijay managed to swipe Jesse Ryder over midwicket but his scratchy innings ended in typical fashion when he holed out against a slow legcutter. Badrinath carried on as if nothing had happened, angling near-yorkers to third man and drilling half-volleys to the straight boundary. Suresh Raina ended the contest in the 18th over, muscling Jerome Taylor for sixes over long-off.

In reality, Pune lost the match in the first half itself. Ryder fell top-edging an effort ball from Doug Bollinger that rose quickly from short of a length. Mohnish Mishra perished to the pull as well, not bothering to adjust to the length after plonking his front foot forward. Nuwan Kulasekara then dismissed Mithun Manhas with a trademark inducker that squeezed between bat and pad to disturb the leg bail. Manish Pandey departed to a replay of Mishra's brain-fade, cross-batting Tim Southee off the front foot straight to mid-on, as Pune stumbled to 41 for 4.

Yuvraj survived a loose flail at a Kulasekara offcutter first ball. He thumped the next delivery, one of the few over-pitched by Kulasekara, through cover. Thereafter he settled in carefully, and set himself for a late assault. Meanwhile, Robin Uthappa tried to dominate spin, and managed to cart R Ashwin for sixes before falling to his carom ball for the second time in three days. Yuvraj opened up after Uthappa's fall, lifting Ashwin with the angle over midwicket before launching Doug Bollinger straight for the shot of the afternoon. He slammed Tim Southee for two sixes in the last over as Pune finished their innings with a flourish. Their last five overs yielded 50, but it was not good enough. What Pune missed was a batsman with the technical excellence and mental fortitude of Badrinath to support Yuvraj.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Jaga2011 on | April 30, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Badri has been a little unlucky in terms of breaking into the Test team with the big 4/5 taking time to move out. He is definitely classy and clever.

    My only problem with him is the lack of power. While he's definitely got the technique and touch, I want my ODI and T2 players to have some power. Often times, I see that his power shots simply dont come off and the ball drips off a few little feet when it was intended for the fence. Thats the only weakness I see.

    With this game, he is slotting himself as a misbah or samaraweera for the ODI/T20 holding up one end. If thats the case, he should become a solid part-time spinner like yuvraj/raina to improve his chances for those formats.

    Even for tests, If he puts in a bit of muscle, I feel it will help his stroke-making.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 28, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    N Sundar said it best"...Badrinath isn't your typical IPL hero. His upright stance, clean feet movement, classical backlift and high-elbow follow-through are all made for Test cricket. Yet, he has managed to find a niche for himself in Chennai's muscular top order...." Anyways, I can't put it the way Mr Sundar expresses...but the high-elbow follow-through is an amazing way of hitting six..NOT many you will see in these days... !! Just watch You Tube of Badri mauling Malinga in the last year IPL..look at his posture!! that tells a lot about the talent he has!! Let us just accept the fact that this KID Badri is too talented to be ignored! He is a class act! PERIOD!

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    htonivi: Wow! let me see! How did we loose last T20 tournament? if my memory serves right, Dhoni and Yousuf were there till the end..the so called BRUTAL HITTERS or Explosive players who can score 36 runs in an over????- what happend?? they could NOT even deliver when mattered the most? 6s 7s 8s...are you kidding man??? Yousuf was a big failure in IPL - South Africa!!! Few games back, he never got enough balls to play still Badri played some shots...have you seen how disgusted was when the game was over - that tells a lot about a guy gave all he got whereas the other end, players are going back to dressing room as if they have to attend the loo!! Get this facts right! we indians are the worst for short pitch deliveries and the fact is that BADRI is NOT A FLAT TRACK Bully!! May be you like those kind!!

  • POSTED BY Karthi_2K11 on | April 28, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Oy...Thussi Great Ho Hussey / Badri...!!!

    I read in Cricinfo that CSK has to win 3 out of the remaining 6 league games left to book a confirmed spot in the knock-out stage, and it helps that 4 out of the scheduled total 6 fixtures, will be played in the "Lion's Den" (Chepauk, M. A. Chidambaram stadium), where CSK has not yet dropped a game in three outings this season. So, CSK is peaking at the right time in the IPL 2011 tournament. :)

  • POSTED BY vind_2801 on | April 28, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    @harsh1236200 : New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been signed up by the Chennai Super Kings to replace injured Australian Ben Hilfenhaus.....simply to find fault on other's don't comment .....know the facts properly ...CSK is the best team to play IPL ...not only wiining the cup but also leading the fairplay ....CSK has the best players and support staff supported by administrators who really use their brains well ....

  • POSTED BY blondblackberry on | April 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    to mr.harsh1234... csk is not playing dirty politics unlike some other play against spirit of cricket on the field and off field.selection of southee is a cover up to an injured player even as dwayne bravo is not available.

  • POSTED BY D.Sharma on | April 28, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    @htonivi The RRR was 8.58 at one time. Enough said. I've always been critical of certain CSK players, but Badri is one unlucky guy. How about looking at it from another angle? What about a tough pitch and not a road where the other team scores at 8 RPO? (so 160+ target). I think Badri (and Hussey) would probably be the only batsmen equipped for that kind of pitch. Look at it both ways my friend!

  • POSTED BY Kelvi on | April 28, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    It will be difficult for players like Badri to get selected with our biased selection process. How else can several failed well connected players get so many chances...Rohan Gavaskars erstwhile selection comes to mind.......how can one justify that selection then? I pity players like Doshi who lost their careers to petty politics.

  • POSTED BY siyad16 on | April 28, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    tim southee came for ben hilfenhous

  • POSTED BY harshacc on | April 28, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    @harsh12362004 CSK replaced Hilfenhaus with Southee not Bollinger as was initially reported

  • POSTED BY Jaga2011 on | April 30, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Badri has been a little unlucky in terms of breaking into the Test team with the big 4/5 taking time to move out. He is definitely classy and clever.

    My only problem with him is the lack of power. While he's definitely got the technique and touch, I want my ODI and T2 players to have some power. Often times, I see that his power shots simply dont come off and the ball drips off a few little feet when it was intended for the fence. Thats the only weakness I see.

    With this game, he is slotting himself as a misbah or samaraweera for the ODI/T20 holding up one end. If thats the case, he should become a solid part-time spinner like yuvraj/raina to improve his chances for those formats.

    Even for tests, If he puts in a bit of muscle, I feel it will help his stroke-making.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 28, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    N Sundar said it best"...Badrinath isn't your typical IPL hero. His upright stance, clean feet movement, classical backlift and high-elbow follow-through are all made for Test cricket. Yet, he has managed to find a niche for himself in Chennai's muscular top order...." Anyways, I can't put it the way Mr Sundar expresses...but the high-elbow follow-through is an amazing way of hitting six..NOT many you will see in these days... !! Just watch You Tube of Badri mauling Malinga in the last year IPL..look at his posture!! that tells a lot about the talent he has!! Let us just accept the fact that this KID Badri is too talented to be ignored! He is a class act! PERIOD!

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    htonivi: Wow! let me see! How did we loose last T20 tournament? if my memory serves right, Dhoni and Yousuf were there till the end..the so called BRUTAL HITTERS or Explosive players who can score 36 runs in an over????- what happend?? they could NOT even deliver when mattered the most? 6s 7s 8s...are you kidding man??? Yousuf was a big failure in IPL - South Africa!!! Few games back, he never got enough balls to play still Badri played some shots...have you seen how disgusted was when the game was over - that tells a lot about a guy gave all he got whereas the other end, players are going back to dressing room as if they have to attend the loo!! Get this facts right! we indians are the worst for short pitch deliveries and the fact is that BADRI is NOT A FLAT TRACK Bully!! May be you like those kind!!

  • POSTED BY Karthi_2K11 on | April 28, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Oy...Thussi Great Ho Hussey / Badri...!!!

    I read in Cricinfo that CSK has to win 3 out of the remaining 6 league games left to book a confirmed spot in the knock-out stage, and it helps that 4 out of the scheduled total 6 fixtures, will be played in the "Lion's Den" (Chepauk, M. A. Chidambaram stadium), where CSK has not yet dropped a game in three outings this season. So, CSK is peaking at the right time in the IPL 2011 tournament. :)

  • POSTED BY vind_2801 on | April 28, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    @harsh1236200 : New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been signed up by the Chennai Super Kings to replace injured Australian Ben Hilfenhaus.....simply to find fault on other's don't comment .....know the facts properly ...CSK is the best team to play IPL ...not only wiining the cup but also leading the fairplay ....CSK has the best players and support staff supported by administrators who really use their brains well ....

  • POSTED BY blondblackberry on | April 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    to mr.harsh1234... csk is not playing dirty politics unlike some other play against spirit of cricket on the field and off field.selection of southee is a cover up to an injured player even as dwayne bravo is not available.

  • POSTED BY D.Sharma on | April 28, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    @htonivi The RRR was 8.58 at one time. Enough said. I've always been critical of certain CSK players, but Badri is one unlucky guy. How about looking at it from another angle? What about a tough pitch and not a road where the other team scores at 8 RPO? (so 160+ target). I think Badri (and Hussey) would probably be the only batsmen equipped for that kind of pitch. Look at it both ways my friend!

  • POSTED BY Kelvi on | April 28, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    It will be difficult for players like Badri to get selected with our biased selection process. How else can several failed well connected players get so many chances...Rohan Gavaskars erstwhile selection comes to mind.......how can one justify that selection then? I pity players like Doshi who lost their careers to petty politics.

  • POSTED BY siyad16 on | April 28, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    tim southee came for ben hilfenhous

  • POSTED BY harshacc on | April 28, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    @harsh12362004 CSK replaced Hilfenhaus with Southee not Bollinger as was initially reported

  • POSTED BY harsh12362004 on | April 28, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    CSK got Tim Southee as replacement for injured Doug Bollinger..how come now even after Bollinger is fit CSK are allowed to retain Tim Southee and play both of them..this looks like dirty politics by CSK..this means any team can play such games to get any new player they want

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    A typical Bagwathgita Charecter is Badri.."Do your duty and you ultimately shall be rewarded. He keeps doing this again and again, but the selectors look to Rohit or pujara or raina way! how much can you convince? Hop the heven opens its gate soon

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 28, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    While it may seem obvious to some of us that Badri should have played for India, I am not going to buy this bias business in selection. It is just sheer bad luck and timing. Vijay got his opportunities because he is a bit younger and trying for the opener's slot that too in the absence of Gambhir or Sehwag, not as a primary choice. Badri should replace VVS, Dravid, or Tendulkar, and he is not young enough to be considered a long term prospect, perhaps. This is a wrong situation, and Badri should get to play for India, but this is exactly what IPL is supposed to do - showcase Indian talent. Michael Kasprowicz was saying yesterday on air that this player Badrinath has a great future ahead of him! He probably doesn't know his past. Badri is also super fit, and way more dedicated and consistent than that lazy b** Rohit Sharma, but Rohit has the promise of an awesome long term prospect for India. Love them both, but who gets to say who plays?

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Yes, It was awesome to watch Badri playing yesterday!!! Keep doing well Badri!!

  • POSTED BY rkannancrown on | April 28, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Indiancampions454 is not correct when talking about Ashwin. for the last couple of seasons, he is in the same class as Bhajji but got few chnaces. Even in the WC, he played one game, bowled well and then was left out even as guys like Chawla & Sreesanth got more games despite bowling badly. I think the problem for badri is that, in addition to being a good batsman, he is a brilliant fielder. Indian cricket has always liked poor fielders. srikkanth in the 1980s was clearly the best partner for sunny but kept losing out to useless fielders like Pranab Roy, Surinder Khanna (who was supposed to be a keeper but competed with Kiran More for being the worst keeper in International cricket's history),Ravi Shastri, Siddhu etc. Another present selector, Yashpal Sharma, was similarly dropped because he was a good fielder. If Rohit Sharma plays more matches, inspite of repeatedly failing at the international level, than Badri, it is because he is good at misfielding & dropping catches.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Also CSK vasting G.Vignesh.. farmer ICL all rounder...

  • POSTED BY _dash_ on | April 28, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Badri could be like the "Mike Hussey" of India... The way he's batting, they should definitely let him have another shot at the National Stage...

  • POSTED BY harshacc on | April 28, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    M.Hussey,Misbah and a couple of Aus players also started playing regularly for the natl team in their 30's.Here's hoping Badri gets to do the same

  • POSTED BY htonivi on | April 28, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Badri is good for around 7 runs a over... if the target is around (8-9 runs a over), he panics and not able to accelerate when needed.

  • POSTED BY htonivi on | April 28, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Badri is fine, when the runs to chase is less (around 7 runs per over)... He is not good enough when you have to chase at more than (8-9 runs per over) ... He panics on those situation. Similarly when setting targets... he is fine to hold one end...but he is not good enough to accelerate and score 9-10 runs an over. In short, he is good enough for 7 runs a over... not more than that...

  • POSTED BY Samsonudhaya on | April 28, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    You all speaks about BADRI..... Very happy to hear that.....But why they had not given the Man of the MAtch to him.... He simply deserves it,Happy on Bollinger to get that but he will be the right candidate to get that.... Also you all may know about Harsha Bogle...Some one is praising him.... But i could say he is the worst commentator i have seen.... because he should not support any team..... He is supporting MI and RCB during they were playing.....

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 28, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    considering the fact that Badri played classy innings before[ in IPL - South Africa where SPONGY BOUNCE made mockery out of Indian batsmen [ including Dhoni]], it is high time he goes to WI tour where we do/did not have good record! ..even Pujara was chosen ahead of Badri! Dravid the "Wall" that has been creaking for the last few years doesn't want to retire gracefully, so may be Badri should change his citizenship or he should have an English Grandfather [as Finn92 rightly put it:) ..]! Funny thing is that DHONI has watched him more closely than anyone else.when Mendis [during his debut] made us look like jokers [ while Kumble said that Dravid can handle Mendis without any fuss before the beginning of that tour], Badri is the one who saved us in ODIs..He played under Dhoni for all these IPL games...So there is something cooking in DHONI's crooked brains [again it is my biased opinion] for NOT gracious enough to accept Badri's talent - BTW, Arunbabu i understand your pain!

  • POSTED BY Rajeev27 on | April 28, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Arunbabu - You are correct. Its because Badri is from TN, he has not got enough chances to proove himself in the national team. As for East_West - your argument that M.Vijay has had a good share of Test matches - What do you think is a good share? A few tests when either one of the openers is not playing? I would like to remind you the plight of Robin Singh. He went to WI in 1989 with the Indian Team and got to play a few tour matches and 2 one dayers. He was left out till 1997 and when he came back, he became an indispensable part of team India till he was forced out in the name of grooming youth. TN players who have been promising in the domestic circuit were not given enough opportunities or even looked over by the selection committee. L. Balaji got injured and he was left out of the team. Even after he became fit and palying in domestic tournaments he is yet to get the interest of selection board. Compare this with the cases of Zaheer, Nehra, Pathan, Munaf, praveen,...etc.

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | April 28, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Just as Badri was made to wait while the Fab5 occupied the middle order for the last decade, its OK for Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma to season their Technique and Temperament in domestic, India A and occasional ODI/T20 Indian sides. They are all 23yrs only. Badri deserves his chance now. He's 30 yrs old, at his batting prime. Peak fitness, strong-willed (a lesser man would have got bitter and given up by now), strong batting temperament + consistent over numerous year. He should be India's version of Michael Hussey.

  • POSTED BY Indiancampions454 on | April 28, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    Hey guys, now Yuvi lost all the games against MSD, I also agree that Badri and lots of players from TM are given a little chance only a little get lucky like Ashwin, but still he only gat to bowl for 2 games. And Badri is an awesome player, because he has 3 half century and he is the leading scorer for the CSK

  • POSTED BY psy_spy on | April 28, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    "Another " innings by badri to show that he is a force to be reckoned with.He has made people who were commenting that he is not for T20 eat their words.(I remember in last year IPL,he was made fun of).On any day,i would watch badri playing beautiful orthodox shots and make 20's rather than watching ugly shots played(i hate slogging).Don't know what more he has to achieve to get into indian team? Another example to show that TN players are not likeable by BCCI. 1.Robin Singh got a very late national cap. 2.Ashwin was not used in world cup properly.(God knows what he has to to get Dhoni's backing.Get 2 or 3 wickets in onhe ball?Though Harbhajan is a better bowler than ashwin,he was in poor form in WC.Ashwin could have replaced him.God only knows why Sree played instead of him in finals.) 3.Murali Karthik's talent is being wasted.Look at the no. of wickets he has taken for English county teams.He has been a match winner.Don't tell me that Ojha is better than karthik.

  • POSTED BY ArunRules on | April 28, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Badri is such a revelation in this IPL season. He is not the one who hits those 100m+ sixes but his ground strokes are a delight to watch. Class act.

  • POSTED BY Finn92 on | April 27, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Badri would walk into any other Test batting order, he's just been so unlucky his was the generation blessed with such talented batsman, though he's as good as them! Really made a case to be on the plane to the West Indies, if not I would love him to say that he had an English grandfather :P

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | April 27, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Badri is doing all what he can do, after Scoring over 1000 FC runs this season now he Dominating the IPL also with Bat. He is Simply Awesome and a Crises Man for CSK always. I wish to seem him in the WI tour.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    East_west...(I am biased coz of my own experiences ...may be it`s starts from the days of language war...Can`t explain) probably I shoud have avoided regional stuff and it came as an outburst of a long remained silence... Anyways we have to blame time too when Badri was in his prime period middle is jam packed with "double barrel guns and roses" , "walls" and "brave hearts"... Same happened to Amol muzumdar, Mithun Manhas, Jacob martin..."LUCK FACTOR"...There gonna be vacuum in case Dravid, VVS or sachin consider retirement..Hope Badri get a look in...

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 27, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Arunbabu - let us NOT go into regional stuff- if your argument is tenable, then M Vijay had a good share in Tests [most recently], and also Kriss is from TN. I think the logic is beyond me ....you might be biased [understandably] but Badri's exclusion seem to be a calculated one ..may be he once questionied the logic of selection committe [vengarskar era[! Same with Kaif [for Tests]..Virat was preferred over Badri in ODIs....and the list goes on! but still Badri has been playing with CLASS! that's what I LOVE about this guy! Hope he doesn't get disgruntled and leave the game! It is a plesant change to see "classy" shots in IPL!! I sincerely hope he plays for INDIA!!

  • POSTED BY xylo on | April 27, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    i hope rcb note this and play pujara up in the batting order, and let the other aggressors bat around him.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Sriram, Sharath,Murali Kartik,these are examples of the talents that has been wasted intentionally by BCCI , ex-captains and present captain of India. Robin singh got to play a game for India in the age of 32. Same is happening to Badri who is now in his 30`s. Nobody can deny the fact that he belong to same class of VVS and Dravid. My ugly mind thinks that Badri`s classic style of batting doesn`t go well with helicopter-shot-specialist, that`s the reason behind neglecting Badri. "The ideal leader" has never backed up or gave credit to Badri and will never do so because we all know what he did to Ashwin in the 2011 world Cup...Every time whenever I see him playing i used to remind all the ill-treatment to the tamilnadu players by BCCI. True like he says "Badri is an unsung hero" who has fallen prey by biased-policy.Badri doesn`t deserve a chance like Raina`s Kohli`sand Pujara`s because he is from TN. Kudos to Badri, Clean Cricket and Text Book Shots...

  • POSTED BY anisibu on | April 27, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    I think the Pune warriors have to get their batting combination right.manish pandey should be opening the innings always with jesse ryder. uthappa should come into the top order, certainly before mithun. i still think pune warriors have one of the best bowling units in the present ipl. if they can sort their batting, they will be a formidable team.

  • POSTED BY bala-chala on | April 27, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Badri is a class act. He deserves a place in the Indian team. World cricket needs Badri.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    poor strategy from pune.. yuvraj and uthappa need to bat up.. otherwise they are out....and chennai are using 3 world class bowlers.. bollinger / southee/ kulasekera .. would have loved to see some local talent in fast bowling.. considering 2015 WC is in australia.. mumbai have abu nechim.. delhi have yadav, pune have wagh.. india needs fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY cking on | April 27, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Ashraf you nailed it buddy as i am shocked to see big guns like Yuvi and Uthappa in at 6 or 7. IPL or short format has to be played with in your strength and PWI has Yuvi, Uthapa and Ryder so let Uthapa open innings as he has done for team India and Yuvi to follow at no. 3 and bat other team out of the game otherwise they will be competing with Deccan or Delhi for the last spot.

  • POSTED BY IndianCrazyFan on | April 27, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Well done Badri. Not sure what more he has to do to find place in Indian ODI/Test team. He has tons of runs in Indian domestic and now piling huge in this format. He is ideal choice to replace one of top players in WI tour. Hope he will get break.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 27, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    What Pune missed was a batsman with the technical excellence and mental fortitude of Badrinath to support Yuvraj...." Well Sundar, what INDIA missed and still miss is such a classy batsman even for Test, ODI! It's too bad and too sad to see Raina, Pujara and all these guys get chances in Tests, but BCCI and INDIA never cared for such an excellent cricketer! I am an avid fan of Badri [btw, I am NOT a Tamil nor a Hindu] but if I have to pay and watch - I will do it for Sachin and Laxman and for sure Badri as well!! He is treat to watch! and the sad part is DHONI knows his skills BUT still never got him into Tests - the support he gave to Raina versus Badri is very much clear! No doubt! Raina is good BUT even after Badri played with class against MENDIS [in Sri Lanka] when others were struggling tells a lot about Bardi's class!! In fact Dhoni praised Badri for his play in Sri Lanka but not sure why Dhoni never insisited for his selction nor favored him!! This is a mystery to me!!!

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | April 27, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Wont be surprised if the selectors still decide to drop him for the WI tour. But there is an award that you can give to Badri n thats the most unlucky player award.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    The only one to be blamed for Pune's loss in the team management. their pace attack is weak... very weak... batting line up is good... but which team sends the non capped players at 2-3-4? that too when u have yuvi, uthappa and marsh to follow.... they are wasting marsh... he came in at 7? uthappa at 6????? and Yuvi himself at 5???? why??

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  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    The only one to be blamed for Pune's loss in the team management. their pace attack is weak... very weak... batting line up is good... but which team sends the non capped players at 2-3-4? that too when u have yuvi, uthappa and marsh to follow.... they are wasting marsh... he came in at 7? uthappa at 6????? and Yuvi himself at 5???? why??

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | April 27, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Wont be surprised if the selectors still decide to drop him for the WI tour. But there is an award that you can give to Badri n thats the most unlucky player award.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | April 27, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    What Pune missed was a batsman with the technical excellence and mental fortitude of Badrinath to support Yuvraj...." Well Sundar, what INDIA missed and still miss is such a classy batsman even for Test, ODI! It's too bad and too sad to see Raina, Pujara and all these guys get chances in Tests, but BCCI and INDIA never cared for such an excellent cricketer! I am an avid fan of Badri [btw, I am NOT a Tamil nor a Hindu] but if I have to pay and watch - I will do it for Sachin and Laxman and for sure Badri as well!! He is treat to watch! and the sad part is DHONI knows his skills BUT still never got him into Tests - the support he gave to Raina versus Badri is very much clear! No doubt! Raina is good BUT even after Badri played with class against MENDIS [in Sri Lanka] when others were struggling tells a lot about Bardi's class!! In fact Dhoni praised Badri for his play in Sri Lanka but not sure why Dhoni never insisited for his selction nor favored him!! This is a mystery to me!!!

  • POSTED BY IndianCrazyFan on | April 27, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Well done Badri. Not sure what more he has to do to find place in Indian ODI/Test team. He has tons of runs in Indian domestic and now piling huge in this format. He is ideal choice to replace one of top players in WI tour. Hope he will get break.

  • POSTED BY cking on | April 27, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Ashraf you nailed it buddy as i am shocked to see big guns like Yuvi and Uthappa in at 6 or 7. IPL or short format has to be played with in your strength and PWI has Yuvi, Uthapa and Ryder so let Uthapa open innings as he has done for team India and Yuvi to follow at no. 3 and bat other team out of the game otherwise they will be competing with Deccan or Delhi for the last spot.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    poor strategy from pune.. yuvraj and uthappa need to bat up.. otherwise they are out....and chennai are using 3 world class bowlers.. bollinger / southee/ kulasekera .. would have loved to see some local talent in fast bowling.. considering 2015 WC is in australia.. mumbai have abu nechim.. delhi have yadav, pune have wagh.. india needs fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY bala-chala on | April 27, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Badri is a class act. He deserves a place in the Indian team. World cricket needs Badri.

  • POSTED BY anisibu on | April 27, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    I think the Pune warriors have to get their batting combination right.manish pandey should be opening the innings always with jesse ryder. uthappa should come into the top order, certainly before mithun. i still think pune warriors have one of the best bowling units in the present ipl. if they can sort their batting, they will be a formidable team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Sriram, Sharath,Murali Kartik,these are examples of the talents that has been wasted intentionally by BCCI , ex-captains and present captain of India. Robin singh got to play a game for India in the age of 32. Same is happening to Badri who is now in his 30`s. Nobody can deny the fact that he belong to same class of VVS and Dravid. My ugly mind thinks that Badri`s classic style of batting doesn`t go well with helicopter-shot-specialist, that`s the reason behind neglecting Badri. "The ideal leader" has never backed up or gave credit to Badri and will never do so because we all know what he did to Ashwin in the 2011 world Cup...Every time whenever I see him playing i used to remind all the ill-treatment to the tamilnadu players by BCCI. True like he says "Badri is an unsung hero" who has fallen prey by biased-policy.Badri doesn`t deserve a chance like Raina`s Kohli`sand Pujara`s because he is from TN. Kudos to Badri, Clean Cricket and Text Book Shots...

  • POSTED BY xylo on | April 27, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    i hope rcb note this and play pujara up in the batting order, and let the other aggressors bat around him.