Ranji Trophy Super League 2010-11 November 1, 2010

Twelve hopeful men

Siddarth Ravindran and Nitin Sundar
Whites have been cleaned, pitches have been readied, it's time to hope again; we look at men who will be expecting slightly more than some of the others
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Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra's skills have never been questioned, not since Durban, where he bossed England with a supreme exhibition of controlled swing. That was the limitless Nehra of 24 years, with the world at the mercy of his seam position. Five years passed, years when injuries blighted him, but he managed to re-emerge. Nehra redux knew his limitations and gave up Tests, wary of not biting off more than he could chew. Two years later, he has become a certainty in a transient ODI bowling line-up, and now believes he has regained the strength and stamina for the longest format. This season Nehra will try to prove that he is ready, and if he succeeds, India could have a fast-bowling attack capable of retaining that Test No. 1 ranking for a while.

R Ashwin
Ashwin has made all the right moves since MS Dhoni empowered him with the new ball in IPL 2010. He is now a strong contender for a limited-overs spot but a Test call-up remains a distant dream. Only a compelling domestic season or two can elevate Ashwin on par with Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra. He has started brightly, bagging seven wickets to go with a quick 73 in October's Duleep Trophy. Crucially, he earned his wickets with classical flight and loop, without overly resorting to the carrom ball and his other Twenty20 variations. Ashwin's stock will rise if he can sustain that effort through the season, but another average year could bring with it the tag of limited-overs specialist.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane scored 1000 runs twice in two seasons and followed up with 809 in his third. Another bounty season and the India selectors will not have any excuses for ignoring him. Three vacancies loom in the India batting line-up, and while M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have emerged as serious contenders for two spots, the third is up for grabs. So far, Rahane has grabbed every opportunity available to him, be it the A-tour to England, the Emerging Players tournament, the Irani Trophy, or the tour game against the visiting Australians. There is intense competition for that middle-order berth - chiefly from S Badrinath and Yuvraj Singh - but age and an immense appetite for runs put Rahane in pole position.

Ravindra Jadeja
Going by stats, Ravindra Jadeja's inclusion in the ODI side should not elicit protest. He averages 31.47 with the bat - eight runs clear of either Pathan brother - and maintains an economy-rate of 4.84 on the flattest of tracks. Yet, he is considered a short-term solution, a begrudged patch-up job until a real allrounder arrives. Jadeja's IPL 2010 ban cost him an opportunity to silence his critics, but the selectors have kept their faith in him. Now, to make that blue India cap his own, Jadeja has to shine in the Saurashtra whites. These are fields he has conquered before: 776 runs and 45 wickets in the 2008-09 season raised him into the spotlight. What he does this year could decide how long he remains there and whether he gains acceptance.

Jaidev Unadkat
One prolific season is all it takes for genuine fast-bowling talent to get noticed in India - Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun are examples. Jaidev Unadkat should aspire to follow in their footsteps as he prepares for his first domestic summer. He has started in impressive style: seven wickets at 15.42 and an economy-rate of 3.90 at January's Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, 13 wickets on first-class debut for India A at Grace Road, a headlining show in the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia, and praise from Wasim Akram. That is a delightful list of entrees from multiple cuisines, but only a sumptuous Indian main course will convince the selectors. What does Unadkat have on the menu?

Umesh Yadav
If Unadkat wants a role model, he can do worse than pick Umesh Yadav, a seamer who earned his chances through honest performances for Vidharba. A Delhi Daredevils contract followed and he made heads turn with pace and bounce during IPL 2010, earning him a spot in the India sides for the World Twenty20 and the Zimbabwe tour. The selectors have seen his potential, but will now want him to prove his endurance. Can he sustain the 140-plus speeds through an entire day without breaking down? Can he torment left-handers with his natural delivery that angles away from wide of the crease? Can he continue to get disconcerting lift from dead pitches?

Irfan Pathan

He hasn't played for India in the past one and a half years, but fans still send in plenty of mails to ESPNCricinfo during every India match asking why Irfan Pathan isn't in the team. Part of the reason is that India are still struggling to find a genuine allrounder, and many believe Irfan remains the best person for that slot. He has been overlooked for tours where plenty of fringe players were picked, despite making 397 runs at 49.62 and taking 22 wickets at 18.54 last season. India coach Gary Kirtsen feels he is "a little bit light on his bowling side", a perception Irfan has to change to revive his international career.

Rohit Sharma
Long acknowledged as a hugely-talented player, Rohit is yet to deliver. Three years since his one-day debut, he averages 28 and is yet to cement his place in the side. Questions have been asked about his mental discipline and his attitude to fitness. He hasn't been at his best lately, struggling in the tri-series in Sri Lanka, failing on a flat track in the Irani Cup and not making any major contribution during the Challenger series. In the race for a Test middle-order slot, he has fallen behind Suresh Raina and Cheteshwar Pujara. Shedding the excess pounds, and stabilising a shaky Mumbai middle-order will send the right signals to the national selectors.

Yuvraj Singh
His troubles during his tenth year on the international circuit are well-documented. A permanent member of the one-day side for much of the previous decade, he was dropped for the Asia Cup earlier this year. He also lost the Test spot vacated by Sourav Ganguly in 2008 to Raina. Three fractures of his hand, a cartilage tear in the wrist, neck strains and dengue fever have made it a year to forget, but Yuvraj started the domestic season strongly - with an unbeaten double-century in the Irani Cup. Besides helping showcase his batting form, the unglamorous Ranji Trophy - a tournament he hasn't regularly played in since 2004-05 - will also be a test of his fitness and attitude.

Piyush Chawla
At 16, he famously dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in the Challenger Trophy. At 17, he became India's second youngest Test debutant. At 18, he was deceiving Kevin Pietersen with his googlies during the tour of England. Now 21, Chawla has been out of the national Test and one-day sides for more than two years. Harbhajan Singh has been India's lead spinner in all formats, but there is plenty of competition for the back-up spot: Ojha and Mishra in Tests, and Jadeja and Ashwin in limited-overs. A surprising recall to the Indian team for the World Twenty20 earlier in the year shows Chawla remains in the selectors' sights, and with arguably India's finest domestic pace attack - RP Singh, Praveen Kumar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar - supporting him at Uttar Pradesh, a solid season could pitchfork him back into the reckoning.

Abhinav Mukund
For a country that has traditionally struggled to find a strong Test opening combination, these are times of riches. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have provided solidity at the top over the past two years and, in his limited opportunities, Vijay has shown he is an able replacement in case either of the Delhi pair is missing. Adding to the options is 20-year-old Tamil Nadu left-hand batsman, Mukund, who averages in the mid-50s after three full seasons. This year, he had a good tour of England with India A, top scored for India in the Emerging Players tournament in Australia, and kicked off the home domestic season with 161 and 63 in the Irani Cup, earning a place in the Test squad against Australia last month.

Virat Kohli
India have mostly fielded weakened teams in the past few one-day tournaments, but Kohli has done enough to retain a place in the squad, if not the XI, when a full-strength team is picked. A match-winning century against Australia in Visakhapatnam has pushed him ahead of Rohit in the fight for a middle-order place in ODIs, and he showed in the Champions League T20 that he can adapt his game to the Twenty20 format as well. A place in the Test squad remains elusive, though. The absence of Sehwag and Gambhir for much of the Ranji season will make him Delhi's most important batsman. Gambhir's international career took off after a stellar 2007-08 season where he led Delhi to the title; a similarly outstanding tournament could push Kohli's Test case.

Siddarth Ravindran and Nitin Sundar are sub-editors at Cricinfo

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  • on November 7, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    WHT ABT MOHAMMED KAIF? WHY HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN HIM. HE HAS BEEN SCORING LOADS OF RUNS FOR THE PAST 2 SEASONS, AND NO ONE HAS BOTHERED TO GET IN RECONGITION. HE IS THE BEST FIELDER INDIA HAS.AND SURELY A BETTER BATSMAN IN LONGER VERSION WITH EXCELLENT TEMPERAMENT.PEOPLE MIGHT ARGUE HIS PLACE IN ODI BUT HE HAS THE CAPABILITY OF SCORING RUN A BALL.

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Irfan Pathan, Badrinath should be given chance. Pity on them! eventhough they r performing well in domestic level they were ignored.

  • SamRoy on November 4, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    @Tram Sorry mate, I hate to tell you just because you score tons of runs in Ranji trophy makes you a better player at international level. It's an entirely different ball game. I saw Badri's performances against SA and in the first innings 50 he scored (most of the runs came in between slip and gully by means of edges), the other two times he failed. It is the look of the batsman that makes him world class and Badri is not. (Dhoni for that matter too is not in tests but then he gets too many not outs to boost his average). Ideally Virat, Rohit, Pujara and Rahane should form the Indian middle order in another 3 years time. I have a feeling that Raina and Vijay will fail in SA and Australia in tests as they don't play the short of good length ball outside off stump comfortably. Ashwin can be tried in SA in tests (in place of Bhajji) and can be surprise package as Mends was against India in 2008 test series in Sri Lanka.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    WHY NOT AJIT AGARKAR or LAXMIPATHY BALAJI CONSIDERED FOR SELECTION.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    WHY NOT AJIT AGARKAR? Could swing both ways, add to it his devastating reverse swing. His recent 80 adds to his credit of batting down the order and scoring valuable runs. why is he not considered to fill that allrounder spot?

  • mogan707 on November 3, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    The article says Irfan Pathan is in contention.But Baroda team thinks otherwise,the team which he plays did not either Irfan or Munaf.The real contenders must be made to play in every match so that the matches be more competitive.Another contender listed missing in the first match is Ashish Nehra.If he is ready to play test cricket he must have been played in the first game against Delhi.MY COUNTER QUESTION ABOUT THE CONTENDERS IS THAT ARE THEY ONLY PLAYERS TO MAKE A PRESENCE IN THE INDIAN TEAM AND NONE OTHERS?

  • vinayjayaram on November 3, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Why the hell is Rohit Sharma still in contention??????

  • RogerC on November 3, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 - Badrinath

  • TRAM on November 2, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Dear cricinfo, You put an article on Rohit (http://www.cricinfo.com/ranjisuperleague2010/content/story/484728.html) for his 93 out, when so many other batsmen had performed far better on the same day in various Ranji matches. Now Badri scores 87 in TN Ranji match. Is there going to be article? Or is it too low score? Let me guess. The next article is going to be one of "Yuvraj retuns to form with a brilliant 81", "Pujara proves his mantle by 90", "Jadeja's all-round prowess" ... In other words whoever has high-level recommendations in the BCCI , cricinfo would project them more.

    Have you EVER compared the top 30 players' Opportunities given Vs Player's merit based on stats? What is the use of having all these stats and computers, but writing opinion based articles? Please let me know if you want me to write a software for that. Thanks.

  • anikbrad on November 2, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    PART 2--THE TEAM THAT WE WILL ACTUALLY SEE IS - SHEWAG/ GAMBHIR/ KHOLI/ ROHIT/ RAINA/ PUJARA/ DHONI/ HARBHAJAN/ OJHA/ ZAHIR/ ISHANT/ 12-- MITHUN/ VIJAY/ CHOWLA/ MASIH SHARMA. CHECK THIS AFTER 2 YEARS. SAD NO PLACE FOR- BARDI/ MUKUND/ RAHANE A REAL TEST PLAYERS

  • on November 7, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    WHT ABT MOHAMMED KAIF? WHY HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN HIM. HE HAS BEEN SCORING LOADS OF RUNS FOR THE PAST 2 SEASONS, AND NO ONE HAS BOTHERED TO GET IN RECONGITION. HE IS THE BEST FIELDER INDIA HAS.AND SURELY A BETTER BATSMAN IN LONGER VERSION WITH EXCELLENT TEMPERAMENT.PEOPLE MIGHT ARGUE HIS PLACE IN ODI BUT HE HAS THE CAPABILITY OF SCORING RUN A BALL.

  • on November 5, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Irfan Pathan, Badrinath should be given chance. Pity on them! eventhough they r performing well in domestic level they were ignored.

  • SamRoy on November 4, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    @Tram Sorry mate, I hate to tell you just because you score tons of runs in Ranji trophy makes you a better player at international level. It's an entirely different ball game. I saw Badri's performances against SA and in the first innings 50 he scored (most of the runs came in between slip and gully by means of edges), the other two times he failed. It is the look of the batsman that makes him world class and Badri is not. (Dhoni for that matter too is not in tests but then he gets too many not outs to boost his average). Ideally Virat, Rohit, Pujara and Rahane should form the Indian middle order in another 3 years time. I have a feeling that Raina and Vijay will fail in SA and Australia in tests as they don't play the short of good length ball outside off stump comfortably. Ashwin can be tried in SA in tests (in place of Bhajji) and can be surprise package as Mends was against India in 2008 test series in Sri Lanka.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    WHY NOT AJIT AGARKAR or LAXMIPATHY BALAJI CONSIDERED FOR SELECTION.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    WHY NOT AJIT AGARKAR? Could swing both ways, add to it his devastating reverse swing. His recent 80 adds to his credit of batting down the order and scoring valuable runs. why is he not considered to fill that allrounder spot?

  • mogan707 on November 3, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    The article says Irfan Pathan is in contention.But Baroda team thinks otherwise,the team which he plays did not either Irfan or Munaf.The real contenders must be made to play in every match so that the matches be more competitive.Another contender listed missing in the first match is Ashish Nehra.If he is ready to play test cricket he must have been played in the first game against Delhi.MY COUNTER QUESTION ABOUT THE CONTENDERS IS THAT ARE THEY ONLY PLAYERS TO MAKE A PRESENCE IN THE INDIAN TEAM AND NONE OTHERS?

  • vinayjayaram on November 3, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Why the hell is Rohit Sharma still in contention??????

  • RogerC on November 3, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 - Badrinath

  • TRAM on November 2, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Dear cricinfo, You put an article on Rohit (http://www.cricinfo.com/ranjisuperleague2010/content/story/484728.html) for his 93 out, when so many other batsmen had performed far better on the same day in various Ranji matches. Now Badri scores 87 in TN Ranji match. Is there going to be article? Or is it too low score? Let me guess. The next article is going to be one of "Yuvraj retuns to form with a brilliant 81", "Pujara proves his mantle by 90", "Jadeja's all-round prowess" ... In other words whoever has high-level recommendations in the BCCI , cricinfo would project them more.

    Have you EVER compared the top 30 players' Opportunities given Vs Player's merit based on stats? What is the use of having all these stats and computers, but writing opinion based articles? Please let me know if you want me to write a software for that. Thanks.

  • anikbrad on November 2, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    PART 2--THE TEAM THAT WE WILL ACTUALLY SEE IS - SHEWAG/ GAMBHIR/ KHOLI/ ROHIT/ RAINA/ PUJARA/ DHONI/ HARBHAJAN/ OJHA/ ZAHIR/ ISHANT/ 12-- MITHUN/ VIJAY/ CHOWLA/ MASIH SHARMA. CHECK THIS AFTER 2 YEARS. SAD NO PLACE FOR- BARDI/ MUKUND/ RAHANE A REAL TEST PLAYERS

  • anikbrad on November 2, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    I feel that Badri is set to become the next Amol Mazumder of India a proformer who never got chance due to IPL has blinded us with few sixes of manish, rothit, utthapa, kohli, even yuvraj. He is better than all but a sheer waste due to the indian selecters a bunch of jokers - pujara is good but how he got the chance to play when badri was there and not injured and why he was left out even GOD has no answer. He is 30 but now my consern is to get Rohit, koli, yuvraj the next scapegoat is ready - Rahane and mukund. If ever the play It will be a 9th wonder going by selecters statistics. the Ideal team to Nurture after 2 years - SHEWAG/MURALI/GAMBHIR/ PUJARA/BADRI/ RAHANE/ DHONI/ HARBHAJAN/ ZAHIR/ ISHANT/ SRISANTH/ -- 12- MUKUND/ OJHA/ JAYDEV/ ASWIN THIS IS THE 15 THEY SHOULD THINK BADRI INSTEAD OF KHOLI BECAUSE WE NEED AT LEAST A PLAYER ABOVE 30 TO GUIDE A YOUNG TEAM.

  • indianxpres on November 2, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    i wish to see more bowlers- specially spinners as contenders from This season Ranji . India needs good spinners and Alrounders.. Ranji trophy is the best plotform for young one to hit the big screen. After Kumble and Harbajan i never seen a match winning spinners which is unfortunate in spinners dreem land.

  • on November 2, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    What i really can't understand is why we are so worried about not the inclusion of Bhadrinath. Agreed, he is a good batsman, born at a wrong time. It was unfortunate that he belonged to the era of Sachin/Saurav/Rahul/Laxman/Sehwag/Gambhir/Dhoni. Surely, you do not need any additional batsman when you have such a formidable line-up. Add to that the rainas/vijay performed in the limited opportunity they got. What we really need is a good bowler. Remember you need bowler to take 20 wickets to win a test match. so stop crying over Bhadri and lets hope we find a good bowler if not an allrounder, at the earliest.

  • splendorskies18 on November 2, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    This is ridculous.How could Subramaniam Badrinath not be in contention for a Test Spot?If there is anyone who deserves to be in the Indian Team today,then it's got to be Badri.He has scored tons and tons of runs in domestic cricket for almost a decade and people just forget him like that?Badri would have made it to any other team with his performance in domestic cricket,but sadly for him,he had the likes of Sachin-Saurav-Rahul and VVS in the middle order.So he had to wait.Badri should have replaced Ganguly after his retirement,but the selectors gave Yuvraj Singh many chances mainly because of his one day performances.This shouldn't have happened.The selectors should have given Badri a chance after Dada's exit.The 2nd mistake that they committed was when they dropped Badri just after 2 Test Matches against the Proteas.That was very unfair on part of the selectors.He deserved more opportunities than that.What can this man possible do?He can only score runs,the selectors should pick him.

  • on November 2, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    BADRI!!! and that is it...

  • Jim1207 on November 2, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    @Rithvik: I mentioned for proving that age is not a criteria - Sachin has been playing his best after the age of 35, if so who in his best minds can tell that Badri is past the prime at age 30 and he cannot play for India. Again, I am not saying Badri is like Sachin in batting, but he can add temperament and experience, which is lacking in Raina, Rohit, etc, who have easily got more interationals because of their flamboyant style but they could falter anyday. What selectors are preparing for team India is a team full of Gangulys - Gracious stroke players, there is no player like Dravid or Laxman who can play in adversity except Gambhir. Point is Rahane and Pujara can wait more, as Badri has waited for past 10 years but how long could he wait more? Bringing youth talent while forgetting experience leads to futility. This list is a hopeless list except few players, I guess these sub-editors are under tremendous time pressure to write some articles - they don't have time to analyze.

  • TRAM on November 2, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    What? Badri is not even a contender? I should have understood cricinfo's politics when they published a nice article on Rohit Sharma's 93 when Wasim Jaffer hits a century as a opener and no article on him. What did Badri do to BCCI & the media to deserve this rejection? How many centuries a batsman should hit to get chance? He hits 56 in his first chance against the mighty SA when every other batsmen failed - no big talk in the media. Pujara scores half century against the weak Aus, and he is hailed as Dravid replacement !! The 3rd and last innings Badri is sent in fading light as Dhoni refused to send night-watchman, when fiery Stein is with new ball. Umpires refuse badlight appeal and they agree for badlight within 2 balls Badri gets out! I have only one question to the selectors and the media (including cricinfo). Why wouldn't numbers speak for Badri? where as one little performance by the blue eyed players Rohit or Jadeja or Pujara or Yuvraj would be projected big?

  • abhi_242671 on November 2, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Good list but I want to add Manish Pandey into this list. He looks calm and very talented. His counter attacking hundred in the last year's final on a difficult pitch was really special!! Rohit also started the season with a good 93. Hope this is the season for Rohit. Will really watch Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Udankat , Irfan Pathan and RP Singh closely. Still feel RP is one of the best fast bowlers in India. He needs to work on his pace. I still remember RP running through the Australian batting line up on the first morning of Sydney test. Regarding spinners this season will be important for Ashwin and Piyush. Anyday I will prefer Piyush Chawla over Amit Mishra as a leg spinner. Chawla has more variety though he may leak for runs sometime. But in test u need more attacking option.

  • pan_vtm76 on November 1, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    I think, Rohith, Raina, Kohlil are all similar approach to their batting. But Badri can stabilize the innings like Dravid. Without such players can the team very often collapse in the difficult pitches. BaDri can be good succesor for Dravid............!

  • on November 1, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    @ JIM : Badri does deserve mention here as indiacted. But why bring Master here. Well do you mean to say Badri is palying like Master? I reckon not though Badri is one of the best in Domestic side. Now abt Uthappa having great Ranji season??? Definitely he was mediocre last few seasons and does not deserve a palce in a Top class side...

    Don't know why people are to going gaga over Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan.. Both are flat track bullies and maverick hitters who can't play much other roles.. In present setup eith Viru, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and Yuvi all cabable of Hitting out, there is no reason for these kind of cricketers to get a place.. Also Irfan should play but not in India but in pitches where one spinner is needed..

  • Razor88 on November 1, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Match_Referee : Accepted Oh Plz Guys Rem this.These players were mentioned keeping WC in the Mind. The pathan Bros are certainly not gonna get a chance.But Yusuf has an Outside chance,Because he is a Slow bowler,Provided he performs in Ranji.We will be playing in slow n spinning tracks, I can't find any reason for Irfan to force the selectors.Pathan is a Swing bowler who bowls lot of length deliveries.He will be the Ideal Bowler to Launch an Assult for any opposition team well we don't have much choice other than Zaheer Today, which means we have enuf Bowlers to leak Runs.Seeing Irfan,who is Bowling at "130ks" without any "lateral Movement"-Icing on Cakes.Seriously cakes are Delicious, But i don't Find the Pathan Brothers that way ANYMORE.We need ashwin than Bhajji Nowadays, Just because he has the Variation.I'm not tellin Bhajji has got no variation,But jus that he Dose not use them properly. He either Bowls a lot of doosra or he never Bowls it.Ashwin got better mind set out of da 2

  • Jim1207 on November 1, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    I don't feel as much bad when Badri is not selected in Indian team as when repeatedly writers in Cricinfo including Harsha conveniently and consistently miss out even mentioning Badri's name, as if he does not exist. Guys like Ramprakash and Hodge at least get a sympathetic note everywhere but Badri does not even get that from any one. Where do you get this kind of bias, writers? If age is a matter, ask Sachin to retire., would you dare so? saying age as a reason or excuse is extreme idiocy, good on you. Advocate Dravid to retire from Tests, as you keep ignoring a talent who is many years younger than him. I love Dravid and Sachin to play as long as they can but mentioning here just to understand your logic. What would you get by bringing all young talents into side, don't you need some temperament and experience as well? If this is your logic why don't you ask India U-19 team to get into international team once they turn 20! I have lost interest in all your articles on team selection.

  • TestOfTime on November 1, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    What about Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey? I think they have had 2 good ranji seasons and good IPLs. Both of them should be in the reckoning atleast for the ODIs if not for tests though i think Manish Pandey would have the X factor for tests.

  • manasvi_lingam on November 1, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Not a bad list, but a few points need to be made. Firstly, everyone was worried whether Pujara would get a chance or if he would become another Badri. I believed that Pujara would get a chance but I am worried about Rahane. With only 3 spots up for grabs and the selectors are favouring even Kohli, Rohit, etc along with Vijay, Pujara so it looks as if there are no slots for this run-machine. His stats are superior to any batsman playing FC cricket and only lesser than Vijay Merchant. Give him a chance soon. One hopes that new players such as Deepak Chahar will also step up.

  • Nipun on November 1, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Where is Subramaniam Badrinath ? Pujara was superb on his debut,but I still feel it should have been Badrinath who should have been called up-you can't rate a player on just 2/3 test innings,& in one of those he got a 50 against the likes of Steyn & Morkel.

  • on November 1, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    to add to the list, Yusuf Pathan, RP Singh, Dinesh Karthik (as second keeper) and S badrinath

  • on November 1, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Feel So sorry for BADRINATH with following RANJI RECORD

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 86 125 14 6407 250 57.72 22 29

    Couldn't find his name even in COLUMS written for INDIAN CRICKET

  • rko_rules on November 1, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    I dont think Nehra should be brought back into test team. India already have the capable bowlers that can maintain No 1 test ranking like Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth and Harbhajan. and we should look ahead. It seems that Nehra is taking Indian team spot for granted, whenever he feels good, he come up and say now I am ready for test matches, whereas when India needed a fast bowler on SriLanka tour, he didn't come up and say I want to be in the team. And Apart from this, it is time to develop new bowlers after World Cup. No need to take him on the South African tour.

  • aravabalaji on November 1, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Badri certainly deserve to be in the team much ahead of Yuvi / Raina / Pujara, but for regional politics. Age cannot be held against him as he is fit as ever and we need somebody who is technically & temperamentally strong to bolster the middle order to take up the mantle from Dravid. He should definitely be in the scheme of things.

  • peterss on November 1, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    badrinath is one certain performer who had to be in the Indian team soo long ago and now since he has gotten older, people claim that he is too old for a debutant. stupid politics. he should hav been there much ahead of pujara and vijay. but look now! rile to the max!!!

  • bestbuddy on November 1, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    It seems to me like people have forgotten what you need in an allrounder - it is someone who can either lead with bat and ball, or perform both well enough to leave a specialist out of the side. His purpose is the balance the side, not fulfill both roles; it is rare to find a kallis or a watson. Just look at Flintoffs record of barely 30 with the bat and 32 with the ball, neither of which was good enough to earn him a place on its own, but he added alot to Englands balance, and I feel is still missed despite the talent they currently have. Irfan Pathan has lost a touch of pace and shape to his bowling, but if he is considered the fifth bowler then he's still a fine option; on a swinging wicket he'll take wickets, and on a flatter pitch with sehwag/yuvraj in the side he may only be needed to hit a quick 30/40 at the end, which we have seen he is capable of. Pick him Gary

  • Razor88 on November 1, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    I really Hope Umesh and Mithun Turn it up.... we fans are Desperate to see an Opening bowler bowling at 140+k Consistently. For all top teams you have a Genuine Pace Bowler SL - Malinga, Aus - Tait,lee,Mitchell...ETC, SA - all i need to say is dale styn according to me he is the NO.1 Fast bowler in the world, England have a few bowlers in the Eleven who can do that Consistenly.. Jus look at the teams which dose not have one.Kiwis are desperate after Bond. thats the reason y they slipped down in Rankings. Lets not talk abt Pak, I mean where do they get so much fast bowlers. Man jus give one for US. thats been the case for Both Ind n Pak.. Paks are not able to produce Consistent batsmen and Ind are not able to get genuine pace Bowlers. Look at their bowling line up... Gul,Amir,Asif n akthar. The only reason i find paks not able to play good Cricket is beacuse of their batsmen.I mean what good Use do u have in having 5 stunning bowlers in the team if their batsmen are not able to score?

  • Match_Referee on November 1, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    I don't like Pathan brothers any more. Irfan lost his speed earlier but had swing for some time. Now he lost both and also not accrurate. Yosuf cannot even connect a short ball, forget about hitting a boundary. Jadeja is a better allrounder than Irfan now. Even though he is giving runs he gets some wickets because he bowls stumps to stumps.

  • pupan on November 1, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    In addition to all the eleven mentioned above,I think there are a number of others players too who are waiting in the ranks. The likes of Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda, Pradeep Sangwan,Parthiv Patel,Wridhdhiman Saha and others should also be in the reckoning.A good all-round performance from these men should certainly get them in the limelight and elevate them from thr level of Ranji players to the status of Team India players.

  • atulghadge on November 1, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    More than any one rahane deserve it more. Every one just saying pujara has scored tones of run to get chance in Indian team. Plz every one goes and Check the record of rahane his has scored more runs than pujara in very few matches…. Hi is @ 7th place in all time best averages in first class test history… I m not understanding why Mumbai former cricketer not promoting him for national selection, as every one promoting pujara….

  • on November 1, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Has Badrinath been finally dumped without being given proper chances despite poving his credentials for several years now? Also, in the quest of a genuine all-rounder, the selectors should give some opportunities to Abhishek Nair, a genuine batsman with an exceedingly good average plus the ability to bowl consistently and for fairly long spells at speeds of mid 130s. Does it not fill the bill?

  • beeru2010 on November 1, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    I strongly support you man.Once upon a time,irfan pathan was a prominent player for blue men.But,Greg cheppell had done damage as he promoted Irman for batting rather than bowling.Irfan may be ideal person for this place in any format of the cricket if he will be given reasonable time.Moreovover,he has good fitness level and experience.He is capable to do fully 10 overs in ODI and 4 overs in T20 with reasonable batting which will give a extra batsman and bowler to team India.Ravindra Jadeja played so many limited overs games but he was not good enough.Rohit sharma might be another right person for this position.He is very telented and energetic.He can hit ball over the ropes at no. 7 as this place need some quick runs.Furthermore,he can bat on any no. of any format.He has enough patience for long format of the game but still need some confidence and time to cement place in squad.I hope,selectors will look back to irfan and Rohit sharma rather than promoting hopeless Ravindra jadeja a

  • laxmanrules on November 1, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Why no Rayudu? With his switch to Baroda, I hope he puts in a solid Ranji season ang gets the call up. Very unfortunate for Hyderabad to miss out on Rayudu. Hopefully they'll be back to the elite stage next season.

  • Diwakar on November 1, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Well, you guys have done exactly the same thing that our selectors have done: given Badrinath the short shrift. Is it not a travesty that someone of his calibre and with his solid performances should not even deserve a mention in a wistful conjecture by two writers, let alone selectors?

    Such is the fate of Indian cricket that Irfan Pathan and Abhinav Mukund are hopefuls but Badri is not. Perhaps he should try playing for Punjab (like his state mate Kapoor did) to get a look in once again. Of course, let the selectors persist with the pathetic Dravid who does not have Kumble's grace to get out when he can.

  • on November 1, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    If anyone deserves a place in playing 11, sure it is ifran pathan. he had delivered with the ball in the past, so it is just a matter of time he regains his form. instead of trying bits & pieces players, give more opportunity to irfan, let his confidence grow, he will definitely be the bowler of old. The board should help him out to be in right frame of mind, since he is the our best bet for allrounder. And with world cup round the corner, give him the call. Remember his last comeback in T20 WC, he was the man of the match in the final. So all the best Irfan and hope to C U soon don the indian colors.......

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  • on November 1, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    If anyone deserves a place in playing 11, sure it is ifran pathan. he had delivered with the ball in the past, so it is just a matter of time he regains his form. instead of trying bits & pieces players, give more opportunity to irfan, let his confidence grow, he will definitely be the bowler of old. The board should help him out to be in right frame of mind, since he is the our best bet for allrounder. And with world cup round the corner, give him the call. Remember his last comeback in T20 WC, he was the man of the match in the final. So all the best Irfan and hope to C U soon don the indian colors.......

  • Diwakar on November 1, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Well, you guys have done exactly the same thing that our selectors have done: given Badrinath the short shrift. Is it not a travesty that someone of his calibre and with his solid performances should not even deserve a mention in a wistful conjecture by two writers, let alone selectors?

    Such is the fate of Indian cricket that Irfan Pathan and Abhinav Mukund are hopefuls but Badri is not. Perhaps he should try playing for Punjab (like his state mate Kapoor did) to get a look in once again. Of course, let the selectors persist with the pathetic Dravid who does not have Kumble's grace to get out when he can.

  • laxmanrules on November 1, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Why no Rayudu? With his switch to Baroda, I hope he puts in a solid Ranji season ang gets the call up. Very unfortunate for Hyderabad to miss out on Rayudu. Hopefully they'll be back to the elite stage next season.

  • beeru2010 on November 1, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    I strongly support you man.Once upon a time,irfan pathan was a prominent player for blue men.But,Greg cheppell had done damage as he promoted Irman for batting rather than bowling.Irfan may be ideal person for this place in any format of the cricket if he will be given reasonable time.Moreovover,he has good fitness level and experience.He is capable to do fully 10 overs in ODI and 4 overs in T20 with reasonable batting which will give a extra batsman and bowler to team India.Ravindra Jadeja played so many limited overs games but he was not good enough.Rohit sharma might be another right person for this position.He is very telented and energetic.He can hit ball over the ropes at no. 7 as this place need some quick runs.Furthermore,he can bat on any no. of any format.He has enough patience for long format of the game but still need some confidence and time to cement place in squad.I hope,selectors will look back to irfan and Rohit sharma rather than promoting hopeless Ravindra jadeja a

  • on November 1, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Has Badrinath been finally dumped without being given proper chances despite poving his credentials for several years now? Also, in the quest of a genuine all-rounder, the selectors should give some opportunities to Abhishek Nair, a genuine batsman with an exceedingly good average plus the ability to bowl consistently and for fairly long spells at speeds of mid 130s. Does it not fill the bill?

  • atulghadge on November 1, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    More than any one rahane deserve it more. Every one just saying pujara has scored tones of run to get chance in Indian team. Plz every one goes and Check the record of rahane his has scored more runs than pujara in very few matches…. Hi is @ 7th place in all time best averages in first class test history… I m not understanding why Mumbai former cricketer not promoting him for national selection, as every one promoting pujara….

  • pupan on November 1, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    In addition to all the eleven mentioned above,I think there are a number of others players too who are waiting in the ranks. The likes of Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda, Pradeep Sangwan,Parthiv Patel,Wridhdhiman Saha and others should also be in the reckoning.A good all-round performance from these men should certainly get them in the limelight and elevate them from thr level of Ranji players to the status of Team India players.

  • Match_Referee on November 1, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    I don't like Pathan brothers any more. Irfan lost his speed earlier but had swing for some time. Now he lost both and also not accrurate. Yosuf cannot even connect a short ball, forget about hitting a boundary. Jadeja is a better allrounder than Irfan now. Even though he is giving runs he gets some wickets because he bowls stumps to stumps.

  • Razor88 on November 1, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    I really Hope Umesh and Mithun Turn it up.... we fans are Desperate to see an Opening bowler bowling at 140+k Consistently. For all top teams you have a Genuine Pace Bowler SL - Malinga, Aus - Tait,lee,Mitchell...ETC, SA - all i need to say is dale styn according to me he is the NO.1 Fast bowler in the world, England have a few bowlers in the Eleven who can do that Consistenly.. Jus look at the teams which dose not have one.Kiwis are desperate after Bond. thats the reason y they slipped down in Rankings. Lets not talk abt Pak, I mean where do they get so much fast bowlers. Man jus give one for US. thats been the case for Both Ind n Pak.. Paks are not able to produce Consistent batsmen and Ind are not able to get genuine pace Bowlers. Look at their bowling line up... Gul,Amir,Asif n akthar. The only reason i find paks not able to play good Cricket is beacuse of their batsmen.I mean what good Use do u have in having 5 stunning bowlers in the team if their batsmen are not able to score?

  • bestbuddy on November 1, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    It seems to me like people have forgotten what you need in an allrounder - it is someone who can either lead with bat and ball, or perform both well enough to leave a specialist out of the side. His purpose is the balance the side, not fulfill both roles; it is rare to find a kallis or a watson. Just look at Flintoffs record of barely 30 with the bat and 32 with the ball, neither of which was good enough to earn him a place on its own, but he added alot to Englands balance, and I feel is still missed despite the talent they currently have. Irfan Pathan has lost a touch of pace and shape to his bowling, but if he is considered the fifth bowler then he's still a fine option; on a swinging wicket he'll take wickets, and on a flatter pitch with sehwag/yuvraj in the side he may only be needed to hit a quick 30/40 at the end, which we have seen he is capable of. Pick him Gary