Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Jaipur April 29, 2011

I can see Rayudu playing for India - Harbhajan

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Mumbai Indians batsman Ambati Rayudu could take a spot in India's Test middle order once the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman move on, Harbhajan Singh has said. According to him, Rayudu, who joined Mumbai in 2010 after cancelling his contract with the Indian Cricket League, was key to the side's run to the final in the previous season.

"He has special talent. He got lost [in domestic cricket] in between and we didn't hear much about him, but he's been playing really well for Mumbai Indians. Last season he was one of the main players who got us into the final, and I can see him playing for India," Harbhajan said. "He's got the capability to fill the shoes of Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman. That's what I think, in coming years you'll see him going a long way."

Harbhajan is looking forward to talking shop with Shane Warne when Mumbai play Rajasthan Royals on Friday. "It [the match] is an opportunity for youngsters like Rayudu and Rohit Sharma to face one of the world's best bowlers ever. Hopefully I'll get some time to talk to him about my bowling and about me going forward in international cricket."

Mumbai's fielding, which has received a lot of praise, is what won them the match against Chennai Super Kings on April 22, Harbhajan said. "Jonty Rhodes always pushes us to work really hard on our fielding. We all know that fielding is an area in which we can always improve. If you ask me, we won against Chennai because we fielded brilliantly and not because I took five wickets."

Harbhajan also said if spinners have been faring better in this IPL, it wasn't because of the pitches. "Pitches have been always slow in India. There have been bowlers like Praveen Kumar who've been getting wickets. You have to do different things in Twenty20, I feel you can't just bowl at 130 plus kph and get away with your four overs. You need some kind of swing or to bowl at 150 kph to survive this form.

"We [Mumbai] are doing well as a bowling unit. Even someone like Kieron Pollard, who is not purely a bowler, is capable of getting us three or four wickets on a good day. On a good day, anyone can win a game for us, that is what matters."

The environment in the Mumbai camp is a great one to be in, Harbhajan said. "Last season Zak [Zaheer Khan] was around, and Sachin [Tendulkar], Zak and I tried to makes ours a tight unit. That worked for us, and this year it is the same.

"Someone like T Suman, who has just come in [this season], we want him to feel like he's a part of the think tank. Whatever he feels, he can come and talk to us and give us his suggestions and feedback. We have a lot of confidence in each other, people talk about whatever they have on their mind, which is a great environment to be in."

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  • Vnott on May 2, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Rayadu is a special talent. For the tests, Rayadu, Virat, Badri and Pujara shd be in place of Sachin, Dravid, VVS. Along with Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni these 4 are the best guys to play in tests. Raina may slot in too. I hope we dont go back to expirementing with Yuvraj who shd focus on 20/20 and ODI. Badri and Virat should be in the test 14 anyways even before the Fab 3 retire.

    Incidentally Badri is even topping the averages in this IPL 2011 which is a pleasant surprise.

  • on April 30, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Exactly, Rayudu should be given a chance,otherwise,he will become another Badrinath..i select this team for West Indies ODI & Tests: ODI Team: Sehwag, Gambhir, Virat,Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh,Raina,Ashwin,Sree Santh,Nehra,Praveen Kumar,Saha & Parthiv(WK),Pujara,Munaf Patel,Yusuf Pathan,

  • KrazyCricketKid on April 29, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu should be given a chance in ODI instead. There are much better batsmen than him waiting for a test debut. I think that Sehwag, Dhoni, Tendulkar, Harbhajan, and Ashish Nehra should be rested for the West Indies t20 and ODI series. Sachin should be rested for Tests as well

    My ODI Team for West Indies series would be: 1.Parthiv Patel(WICKET-KEEPER) 2.Gautam Gambhir(CAPTAIN) 3.Virat Kohli 4.Robin Uthappa 5.Yuvraj Singh 6.Saurabh Tiwari 7.Suresh Raina 8.Ravichandran Ashwin 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Munaf Patel 12.Pragyan Ojha 13.Ambati Rayudu 14.Umesh Yadav 15.Yusuf Pathan

    My Test Team would be: 1.Virender Sehwag 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Ajinkya Rahane 5.VVS Laxman 6.Cheteshwar Pujara 7.MS Dhoni 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Sreesanth 11.Pragyan Ojha 12.Ishant Sharma 13.Amit Mishra 14.Murali Vijay 15.Ravichandran Ashwin

  • vatsatheboss on April 29, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Performing IPL should not be used to include someone in the test team, that too a replacement for Dravid!! Nonsense talk by Bhajji.. In terms of technique and class rohit and badri are way above the rest.. they are the ideal replacements for dravid and laxman.. and of course, tendulkar is a once-in-a-generation cricketer..no replacement is possible for him.

  • vatsatheboss on April 29, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I think once sachin, dravid and vvs retire the batting order has got to look like this.. 1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.pujara 4.rohit/kohli 5. badri/raina 6.yuvi 7.dhoni ..I havent seen much of rahane and manoj tiwary in tests so I shouldnt comment on them without seeing them bat.. the most important fact is bowling where I feel Ishant, sreesanth/rp singh, ashwin , (possibly a leg spinner) should be there..

  • anishtulsian on April 29, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    I think Virat Kohli should be drafted in test side before anyone else. he has been performing wonderfully well in ODI and 20/20. So why not give him a chance in test side?

  • on April 29, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    In the coming series against windies, england and aussies, we should have only 2 of the famous three sachin, vvs and Dravid. Then a good grommer inform of pujara or rayudu or badri will develop in 2 years of time. May be give Vijay too a chance in place of injured sehwag. Lets play pakistan too in neutral venue so that more and more test cric will be played and new players will be groomed

  • Ashwintej on April 29, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Talent wise Rayudu is second to none. I think Raydu is one of the few players in our country who can play bouncers effectively. Wat abt Rohit, Raina, Manish Pandey or Saurabh Tiwary when facing bouncers? everyone knows ... comapre the IPL 2010 & 11 performances of rayudu,rohit, raina, manish,tiwary, badrinath, rahane, poojara, Robin. Forget abt IPL compare the stats of last year's ranji season. May be poojara, badrinath and ajinkya rahane are ahead of rayudu in ranji season. Rayudu deserves a chance. Even Poojara, Badrinath and Rahane are the tough competitors. Someone said there are 20 Better players than Rayudu but as a keen observer of the domestic cricket i can proudly say rayudu can be placed in top 5 batsmen in our country. Rohit, Rayudu, Badrinath, Poojara, Rahane, Robin uthappa, Manish Pandey, Venugopal Rao, Saurabh Tiwary and vijay are the top 10 batsmen in the domestic circuit irrespective of whether they played international cricket in the current young generation.

  • cric_fanatics on April 29, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    @hardrock85...i concur with you...badrinath is a special guy..its unfortunate that he was born in the same era as that of sachin and co...he could have been a batting legend by now for some of the teams like pakistan who produce average batsmen...

  • cricraz on April 29, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Most people dont realize that Rayudu was up and coming batsman about 5-7 yrs because of his technique and temperment. He got banned after playing in the ICL. He has changed his game to suit the T20. He definitely has better technique than Raina. Badrinath is as good or better than Rayudu. As far as Pujara, he has promise but still has a long way to go. Uthappa and Pandey are good for T20 only.

    The great VVS had picked out Rayudu several years ago to represent India!! I know people are giving bajji flak about this this choice but you have to respect VVS recommnedation

  • Vnott on May 2, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Rayadu is a special talent. For the tests, Rayadu, Virat, Badri and Pujara shd be in place of Sachin, Dravid, VVS. Along with Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni these 4 are the best guys to play in tests. Raina may slot in too. I hope we dont go back to expirementing with Yuvraj who shd focus on 20/20 and ODI. Badri and Virat should be in the test 14 anyways even before the Fab 3 retire.

    Incidentally Badri is even topping the averages in this IPL 2011 which is a pleasant surprise.

  • on April 30, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Exactly, Rayudu should be given a chance,otherwise,he will become another Badrinath..i select this team for West Indies ODI & Tests: ODI Team: Sehwag, Gambhir, Virat,Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh,Raina,Ashwin,Sree Santh,Nehra,Praveen Kumar,Saha & Parthiv(WK),Pujara,Munaf Patel,Yusuf Pathan,

  • KrazyCricketKid on April 29, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu should be given a chance in ODI instead. There are much better batsmen than him waiting for a test debut. I think that Sehwag, Dhoni, Tendulkar, Harbhajan, and Ashish Nehra should be rested for the West Indies t20 and ODI series. Sachin should be rested for Tests as well

    My ODI Team for West Indies series would be: 1.Parthiv Patel(WICKET-KEEPER) 2.Gautam Gambhir(CAPTAIN) 3.Virat Kohli 4.Robin Uthappa 5.Yuvraj Singh 6.Saurabh Tiwari 7.Suresh Raina 8.Ravichandran Ashwin 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Munaf Patel 12.Pragyan Ojha 13.Ambati Rayudu 14.Umesh Yadav 15.Yusuf Pathan

    My Test Team would be: 1.Virender Sehwag 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Ajinkya Rahane 5.VVS Laxman 6.Cheteshwar Pujara 7.MS Dhoni 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Sreesanth 11.Pragyan Ojha 12.Ishant Sharma 13.Amit Mishra 14.Murali Vijay 15.Ravichandran Ashwin

  • vatsatheboss on April 29, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Performing IPL should not be used to include someone in the test team, that too a replacement for Dravid!! Nonsense talk by Bhajji.. In terms of technique and class rohit and badri are way above the rest.. they are the ideal replacements for dravid and laxman.. and of course, tendulkar is a once-in-a-generation cricketer..no replacement is possible for him.

  • vatsatheboss on April 29, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I think once sachin, dravid and vvs retire the batting order has got to look like this.. 1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.pujara 4.rohit/kohli 5. badri/raina 6.yuvi 7.dhoni ..I havent seen much of rahane and manoj tiwary in tests so I shouldnt comment on them without seeing them bat.. the most important fact is bowling where I feel Ishant, sreesanth/rp singh, ashwin , (possibly a leg spinner) should be there..

  • anishtulsian on April 29, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    I think Virat Kohli should be drafted in test side before anyone else. he has been performing wonderfully well in ODI and 20/20. So why not give him a chance in test side?

  • on April 29, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    In the coming series against windies, england and aussies, we should have only 2 of the famous three sachin, vvs and Dravid. Then a good grommer inform of pujara or rayudu or badri will develop in 2 years of time. May be give Vijay too a chance in place of injured sehwag. Lets play pakistan too in neutral venue so that more and more test cric will be played and new players will be groomed

  • Ashwintej on April 29, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Talent wise Rayudu is second to none. I think Raydu is one of the few players in our country who can play bouncers effectively. Wat abt Rohit, Raina, Manish Pandey or Saurabh Tiwary when facing bouncers? everyone knows ... comapre the IPL 2010 & 11 performances of rayudu,rohit, raina, manish,tiwary, badrinath, rahane, poojara, Robin. Forget abt IPL compare the stats of last year's ranji season. May be poojara, badrinath and ajinkya rahane are ahead of rayudu in ranji season. Rayudu deserves a chance. Even Poojara, Badrinath and Rahane are the tough competitors. Someone said there are 20 Better players than Rayudu but as a keen observer of the domestic cricket i can proudly say rayudu can be placed in top 5 batsmen in our country. Rohit, Rayudu, Badrinath, Poojara, Rahane, Robin uthappa, Manish Pandey, Venugopal Rao, Saurabh Tiwary and vijay are the top 10 batsmen in the domestic circuit irrespective of whether they played international cricket in the current young generation.

  • cric_fanatics on April 29, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    @hardrock85...i concur with you...badrinath is a special guy..its unfortunate that he was born in the same era as that of sachin and co...he could have been a batting legend by now for some of the teams like pakistan who produce average batsmen...

  • cricraz on April 29, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Most people dont realize that Rayudu was up and coming batsman about 5-7 yrs because of his technique and temperment. He got banned after playing in the ICL. He has changed his game to suit the T20. He definitely has better technique than Raina. Badrinath is as good or better than Rayudu. As far as Pujara, he has promise but still has a long way to go. Uthappa and Pandey are good for T20 only.

    The great VVS had picked out Rayudu several years ago to represent India!! I know people are giving bajji flak about this this choice but you have to respect VVS recommnedation

  • Ashwintej on April 29, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Dear Frnds, let me reveal some facts about rayudu dat very few people know. rayudu was the highest scorer for Baroda in the last ranji season, well baroda reached finals. Rayudu played in the challengers trophy held among India-A, India-B and India seniors way back in 2003. Rayudu played in England( on bouncy tracks) way back in 2002 for India-A and scored nearly 300 runs in 3 ODI's and performed really well in tests along with Gambhir. Rayudu was ranked No .1 in domestic ratings in 2003 by cricinfo. Well under Rayudu's captaincy India reached finals in under-19 category in 2004, Rayudu's performance was decent during that tourny.

  • on April 29, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    I could sense Rayudu to fill in Rahul dravid, Badrinath for VVS. Yuvraj will be back surely for test matches with the form he has got now. Theres no chance that Suresh Raina to make into test team. My test team for West Indies.

    VIRENDRA SEHWAG GAUTAM GAMBHIR RAHUL DRAVID AMBATI RAYUDU YUVRAJ SINGH VVS LAXMAN S BADRINATH M DHONI HARBHAJAN ZAHEER KHAN ISHANT SHARMA MURALI KARTIK SREESANTH UMESH YADAV ROBBIN UTHAPA WK ROHIT SHARMA

  • Meandsayantan on April 29, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    What ? Why ? Where ? When ? How ???!!! There are at least 20 batsmen doing far better than Rayudu and not getting a chance in national team, where on earth did Rayudu come from ?? Stop making selector like comment Bhajji, you are not a keen observer of domestic cricket. Rather try to improve on your abysmal test bowling record of last couple of years !

  • vrayal07 on April 29, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    I think Raydu might be the future star for the Indians, he plays a beauty, for test squad, there is also Murali Vijay or Pujara. Indian team selectors have a lot of options for agianst the series comng up against West Indies, and then from there whoever will impress the selectors might also play against England.

  • on April 29, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Don't know he will replace or not these Guys. But one think is clear that Aswin will replace U very soon.....

  • Krrishgoud on April 29, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    who will fill the sachin tendulkar's shoes then? I think he will also retire one day, after one or two years of Dravid and VVS retirement, if not along with them. I have a huge respect for sachin, but I have the same respect for Dravid, VVS, Kumble, Ganguly. Each of them done so much to Indian cricket and are definitely best players of Indian cricket. What irks me is this biased behaviour of media,commentators and guys like bhajji towards those greats, how can one just compare Rayudu with Dravid, VVs with a few good IPL performances? Come on man cricket is a team game, and no player is bigger than the team or game itself. There is No doubt that Rayudu got talent...but also there is competition for him from Virat Kohli, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Raina and who knows. If anybody need to given a chance in place of VVS or Dravid, first one should be virat kohli , that guy got some talent out there and he proved his mettle in the international arena in the ODI's already

  • on April 29, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    The better ppl to fill dravid and laxman shoes are badri and pujara respectively. rohit can probably groomed to replace sachinn when the master decides to call it a day...

  • zero_knowledge on April 29, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    rayudu is a talented batsman but there are already many people who have scored tons of runs in first class cricket and still waiting for their first test match or an extended run in the team. there is badri, pujara, mukund, rahane etc who must be tried and given an extended run before even thinking about rayudu. just because he plays of MI in IPL and plays well it doesn't mean he should bypass all these guys. well bhajji except for sporadic performances in the eden garden test against SA and one match in SA when have you consistently performed in the last 3-4 yrs? think about your place first.

  • SajithKrishna on April 29, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    This has been happening for a long time! Mumbai players sitting uselessly in the team merely because of the Mumbai players' recommendation(eg.Agarkar,Ramesh Powar.etc). Enough is enough! Give the chance to better players like Badrinath, Manish Pandey, Cheteshwar Pujara and Robin Uthappa! Rayudu is a South Indian player too! But he performs only in the star studded IPL and not in domestic cricket! The same thing happened with Tiwary too! For God's sake, bring Badri into the team! He would be the Hussey of India (coming in at the age of 30 or so and also on being the MR.DEPENDABLE!)

  • R8omanch4 on April 29, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    I think technicaly Raina is better than Raydu, manish pandey, pujara and badri, and Pujara is better after raina, Raydu deserves a place in team india, bt nt yet,....... u know 1 more interesting thing Raina has played in under Rayudu's capatancy

  • Karunk on April 29, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Harbhajan should think about his replacement. More talented and deserving players like Poojara, Badrinath are waiting patiently for their turn. Rayudu is no match for them in skills, temperament & talent in test cricket. IPL is a showbiz and livelihood for cricketers and their WAGS, administrators, commentators, umpires, models, bollywood stars, retired overseas cricketers and Mandira & her clones. It is not a platform for selecting national teams.

  • on April 29, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Sachin+bhajji is no different from Sonia Gandhi+Manmohan...They always have someone to shoulder their guns and then fire from behind and pretend as innocent. and milk lot of praises and increase their market value. It is sachin who provokes these....He is a great cricket..no doubt..but almost equivalent to the likes of Dravid, Laxman, Gilli, Sehwag, Kallis, Ponting....(Remember who scores zero in every worldcup final???)

    Bhajji and Gavaskar are office boys in Sachin's office...He is shelling money and these are barking...shame on them...Bajji has thrown twice as many balls as murali or warne and not even got half of the wickets...that too on indian pitches which favours spinners from day one and on day 4 & 5 everyone is a spinner.

    I hope dravid and Watson slap bhajji today with his bat.

  • Abhijeet.Vaidya on April 29, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Non sense! Utter non sense!!! Its not a big deal playing 20 overs on sub continent pitches. Let him survie in seaming & bouncy conditions of england & australia & then you can dream of him replacing champs like Dravid & Laxman. There cannot be any replacement for Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar & anil Kumble. No one can fill in their shoes.

  • Balajipost on April 29, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    As usual absurd and emotional stuff from Bhaji. Rayudu is a serious talent, no doubt. But to lay claim to a place in the test team, he should perform well in First Class cricket. at the moment his first class record is not even remarkable. People do not get picked to play test cricket based on their performances in T20...

  • on April 29, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    rahul and laxman plays better than harbhajan, we need to change bhaji instaed of them

  • on April 29, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Bhajji Bhai, there are so many classy players waiting. Don't get carried away by Ambati Rayudu's performance merely because he iswith MI..

  • on April 29, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Bajji, concentrate on your bowling improvement. In the recent world cup you are a biggest flop. You are just surviving because of luck only. There are lot of young talent spinners are waiting for your place. Aim to get wkts in each and every match you play.

  • hardrock85 on April 29, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    If only performing in IPL yield a spot in Indian Team for Rayudu then what about Badri? The domestic Stalwart.. He has proved his worth at all levels for the past 7 to 8 yrs but still waiting for the chance in the indian team.. He is a deserved player to be in the playing 11 for indian team atleast in Tests.. Rayudu is nowhere near to Badri..

  • akkhill on April 29, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    it's ridiculuous.... no one can replace dravid and laxman.. these 2 were the best test cricketers of the world... scoring runs in ipl or t20 cricket is totally different from being in a test side.. rayudu has scored only in ipl.. he has not got more runs in ranjhi.. i dnt think he's the man who can replace them,.. i think at present badrinath is most promising batsmen in india who can make his way into the test side...

  • svlnmurthy on April 29, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Mr.harbajan What about venugopala rao and badrinath,these two are well qualified players.

  • on April 29, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    hahaha!!! JOKE OF THE CENTURY!!!

  • on April 29, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    bardinath, rohit and rayudu....

    two among these get records ..one goes of soon like vinod kambli ../

  • Alok505 on April 29, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    surely rayudu is a talent . i wondered why Rayudu ,Manoj Tiwary ,Robin Uthappa & Manish Pandey overlooked & selectors pick Saurav Tiwary ahead of these . Sourav Tiwary have not the techniqe like Dhoni , Uthappa to succed in Test matches .

  • Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on April 29, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Mr.Bhaji, what about Pujara or Badri are they not to your likeing?

  • on April 29, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    well said.. one of bright future in india team

  • bala-chala on April 29, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    The right man to fill Dravid's shoes is Badrinath. In terms of technique he is right there alongside him.

  • zestgris on April 29, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Before even thinking of replacements for greats like Dravid and Laxman, the first question to ask is who should replace harbhajan singh in the Indian Team. The most over rated and usless player in the current team!!!

  • AllwinJ on April 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    There seems to be a conscious effort by MI members to highlight Rayudu's batting, directly and indirectly asking for his inclusion in the India team. IPL should not even be the basis for a player to be selected in the Indian team. Even if it was, Rayudu's technique is nowhere near Dravid or Laxman. Players and commentators (who are clearly biased) should stop trumpeting their favourite cricketer, coach.

  • on April 29, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Harbajan singh has gone crazy....How can you talk about someone filling shoes of almost the best test players of all time -- Dravid and Laxman without having him played a single match...I think these words are pouring from Sachin so that he can get media to talk about these two retiring so that sachin can prolong his innings if by chance he looses form or get injured for an year....Bajji is being paid for these Tonkey sindromes...

  • on April 29, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    T.Suman would be repenting now on his decision to join MI, cause he hasn't got a single game yet in the whole season, compared to DC where he was a must in every match... I pity u Suman

  • on April 29, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Rayudu had talent and ability..but so many players played so well in the IPL are failed at International Level(ex:-Naman Ojha, Jaidev Unadkat)

  • abhi_cricinfo on April 29, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    This is some big statement by Bhajji. Ganguly's spot in test cricket is still not filled (Yuvraj ,Raina and Pujara were tried). Dravid , Sachin and VVS are going to retire in next 2 yrs. Ajinkya Rahane , Rohit Sharma , Virat Kohli , Subramaniam Badrinath , Abhinav Mukund , Manoj Tiwary , Cheteshwar Pujara are the future guys for India.

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  • abhi_cricinfo on April 29, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    This is some big statement by Bhajji. Ganguly's spot in test cricket is still not filled (Yuvraj ,Raina and Pujara were tried). Dravid , Sachin and VVS are going to retire in next 2 yrs. Ajinkya Rahane , Rohit Sharma , Virat Kohli , Subramaniam Badrinath , Abhinav Mukund , Manoj Tiwary , Cheteshwar Pujara are the future guys for India.

  • on April 29, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Rayudu had talent and ability..but so many players played so well in the IPL are failed at International Level(ex:-Naman Ojha, Jaidev Unadkat)

  • on April 29, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    T.Suman would be repenting now on his decision to join MI, cause he hasn't got a single game yet in the whole season, compared to DC where he was a must in every match... I pity u Suman

  • on April 29, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Harbajan singh has gone crazy....How can you talk about someone filling shoes of almost the best test players of all time -- Dravid and Laxman without having him played a single match...I think these words are pouring from Sachin so that he can get media to talk about these two retiring so that sachin can prolong his innings if by chance he looses form or get injured for an year....Bajji is being paid for these Tonkey sindromes...

  • AllwinJ on April 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    There seems to be a conscious effort by MI members to highlight Rayudu's batting, directly and indirectly asking for his inclusion in the India team. IPL should not even be the basis for a player to be selected in the Indian team. Even if it was, Rayudu's technique is nowhere near Dravid or Laxman. Players and commentators (who are clearly biased) should stop trumpeting their favourite cricketer, coach.

  • zestgris on April 29, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Before even thinking of replacements for greats like Dravid and Laxman, the first question to ask is who should replace harbhajan singh in the Indian Team. The most over rated and usless player in the current team!!!

  • bala-chala on April 29, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    The right man to fill Dravid's shoes is Badrinath. In terms of technique he is right there alongside him.

  • on April 29, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    well said.. one of bright future in india team

  • Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on April 29, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Mr.Bhaji, what about Pujara or Badri are they not to your likeing?

  • Alok505 on April 29, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    surely rayudu is a talent . i wondered why Rayudu ,Manoj Tiwary ,Robin Uthappa & Manish Pandey overlooked & selectors pick Saurav Tiwary ahead of these . Sourav Tiwary have not the techniqe like Dhoni , Uthappa to succed in Test matches .