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Agarkar: Sandeep's skills impressive

Ajit Agarkar talks about Kings XI Punjab's unbeaten run in the UAE leg of IPL 2014 (07:50)

April 28, 2014

Posted by Nampally on (May 1, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

Sandeep Shama always was an excellent seam bowler in a similar mould as Bhuvi Kumar - exploiting the swing & seam. He would still be an ideal one in England & should be considered seriously for selection. His only limitation is lack of pace- more in 125 to 130 KPH rather than in 135 KPH. He is accurate & controls his swing & uses it effectively. With older ball he can seam it as well. In English conditions he will be most effective because the new ball retains its shine longer & the swing & seam play a crucial role. He was so good in the U-19 WC under Chand's captaincy that he was seen to bowl one batsman round his leg with his swerving ball. hat was the most impressive sign I have not seen in the recent times. But the Indian XI selection is mostly retricted to the "Insiders" & it is tough for a guy with no influential supporters to become an "insider". Good Luck, Sandeep- Keep doing what you are best at!

Posted by IndTheBest on (April 29, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

I am following Sandeep Sharma for quite some times. He is very consistent and wicket taking bowler but somehow not getting chance in the national team. This year when I saw Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, Sehwag and Pujara (though some of you may not agree on Pujara) in Punjab team, it became my favorite to win the tournament and so far I proud on my team of the IPL!! BCCI must have a look in Sandeep Sharma and Ishwar Pandey for bowling, Rishi Dhawan for an all rounder slot.

Posted by Naresh28 on (April 29, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

I've always wondered why Sandeep Sharma has not been considered for India? He did so well at the U19 level. Yesterday some commentators mentioned how they had seen him play in Oz and were impressed by his wicket taking abilities. He seems to have good strong wrists and good position when he bowls. He definitely needs to be given a go in India A tour. Balaji, Sandeep, Mohit, Aaron,Unadkat and Pandey have been causing waves at the IPL.India needs to look behond Zaheer and Ishant now. Why is Umesh Yadav not been given guidance? Amongst these are the core of future test players as far as pace/seam bowling options for India are concerned.

Posted by crick50 on (April 29, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

Time to test their bench with clean win. Rest Maxwel replace pujara & saha

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 29, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

KXIP is doing very well. Their bowling looks impressive as well. Sandeep Sharma will definitely play for india, very promising youngster.

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (April 29, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

I agree that time has come to give chance to Manan/Mandeep who did well for them last year and give Pujara a break.He can always come back if things don't go right or the conditions are demanding. I would even vouch for Gurkeerat to come in replacing Saha as wk since he did play as a wk last year and has been a very good One day/T20 batter for his state Punjab.He'll make a very good number 6 and with Dhawan/Patel to follow the lineup will also grow even strong. Overall 5 very good performances from a team that looks very happy on the field and that is the best part.

Posted by arvsingh on (April 29, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

Sandeep Sharma is a revelation .. he should be considered for selection in the Team India. Why are King XI not playing Gurkeerat Mann and Mandeep singh. Both could replace struggling Pujara.

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