May 13, 2011

The class of '11

This year's IPL hasn't thrown up as many new names as in the past, but there have been a fair few who have caught attention
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Apart from expensive overseas players, team owners, television ratings and a veneer of glamour, the IPL is also an opportunity for players to be seen. To be honest, I would like a little more of that and a little less of the fluff (though the balance is significantly better now than in past seasons), because eventually this is a cricket tournament; it is still bat and ball locked in combat.

And so, a few young Indian players have managed to drag attention towards themselves. But if you were a stock picker, if you were looking for flowers blushing unseen in the desert air, you will have been disappointed. One of the conclusions of this year's IPL is that there aren't enough quality Indian players to fill 10 teams. But there were some, even beyond the two who immediately caught the eye.

Paul Valthaty's biggest achievement was that he showed he wasn't a one-innings player. At this level you can get sorted out quickly - even though the best opposition bowler may get no more than two overs at a time - but Valthaty showed consistency. With his style he is always going to have less productive periods, where suddenly top edges might start going to fielders and inside edges onto stumps, but he tries and he has some grit about him. He is one of the nice things to have happened to the IPL; if they wanted to make a corporate film, they could feature him.

Rahul Sharma has passed a stern test. He bowled against pedigree and against sloggers and held his own. In spite of the Anil Kumble phenomenon, we are still accustomed to looking for flight and turn in spinners, not nip and bounce. Hence the better first impression that Amit Mishra makes. But this young man gets the ball to hurry and hits the top of the stump, not the base. I would love to see him bowl 10 overs against a quality batting side to see how they handle him. I don't think that is too far away.

Elsewhere, left-arm seamers were impressive. Venkatesh Prasad spoke highly of Sreenath Aravind and you could see why, and I must say I quite enjoyed watching Shrikant Wagh swing it back in to the right-handers. While I had seen Jaidev Unadkat on and off before, this season was the first time I saw a mean and well-directed bouncer from him. He is going to a great finishing school, travelling with Wasim Akram, which leads to me to wonder why we can't have such things as a matter of course. A prize for Rahul Sharma would be to spend five days with Anil Kumble, learning not just how to bowl but what goes into bowling. There was much to be said in favour of the old guru-shishya style of education.

Abu Nachim and Dhawal Kulkarni had their moments, and we must watch Varun Aaron closely. Like Ishant Sharma he is a fast bowler, but he must not imagine he is anything else - the trap Ishant fell into briefly. Few people have it in them to bowl quick, and as Aaron improves as an athlete, he will bowl quicker.

There were two other players I was hoping to see more of but couldn't: Ashok Dinda and Umesh Yadav. But I did see enough of Irfan Pathan and was delighted at his return. Predictably he looked rusty - you cannot dust away 10 months of inaction - but as the IPL went along, the swing returned. The more he bowls, the better he will get, and India must find some way of getting him to play as much cricket as he can.

Iqbal Abdulla will play bigger and better cricket. His height allows him to toss the ball up, and he is a fair turner of the ball. There is word that he can bat, but we haven't seen enough of that ability at this level. He only has to look towards the excellent Pragyan Ojha to realise why batting tends to get valued even if you are a bowler. In an era where fewer and fewer left-armers turn the ball, Abdulla was good to see. It is the same with Shadab Jakati.

Kolkata looks like it can throw up another batsman. Manoj Tiwary is driving in a very crowded lane at the moment, with Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, S Badrinath, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina already battling for spots. But if you wanted to take a closer look at two quality domestic performers, you wouldn't look further than Tiwary and the very stylish Ajinkya Rahane. Sadly we didn't get to see enough of Abhinav Mukund; maybe that should wait another day.

Twenty-over cricket is a very short time in which to catch someone's eye, and to be honest, results can be misleading. That is why these names need to play 50-overs cricket, play in an atmosphere that demands more than Twenty20 does. That exists and is called the A tour, and we need to see much more of it.

Harsha Bhogle is a commentator, television presenter and writer. His Twitter feed is here

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  • DaisonGarvasis on May 23, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    One cant expect National Call up based on IPL performances. If Paul Valthathy was not picked all these years playing domestic cricket a fire in the pan mean nothing. IPL has the buzz but it is defenitely very much one step below the real thing. IPL is where you "see off" the ONE good bowler in the opponent and go after the lesser ones. Or the top three in the batting line up is gone and you are in to a lesser middle order. But when you play quality sides (even T20 international sides) you dont have that laxuary. You play 4 good bowlers and may be one part timer. And you have 6 or 7 good bat and then you see lesser bat. Yes some guys have came to the fore and may have to be looked at more and lets not get excited. India can do with faster bowlers and if anyone new has showed up in this IPL lets take a closer look at them.

  • Bones5198 on May 22, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    @ashwintej- I'm assuming that was directed at my post and I have looked at Rayudus stats and I knew his backstory. You say his average of mid 40's (low 40's) is a positive but think about the greats of Indian batting. Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman all average 60 and above in first class cricket if you discount their test career. All of them average atleast 5 less in test cricket, with the difference in Laxman's domestic record(first class not including test) and test record being almost 15. India's pitches are flat and domestic bowling attacks are not world class hence if someone averages just over 40 in these conditions, it is hardly worth the praise he is being given. You bracketed Rayudu (42.17) with Rahane (67.72), Badrinath (62.31), Tiwary (55.59) and Pujara (55.81). A simple look at the numbers says "overrated", he is good but the other players are a class above clearly.

  • Ashwintej on May 22, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    One more important thing frnds.. what is common between Yuvraj, Kaif, Reetinder Singh Sodi,Suresh Raina , Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan virat Kohl. Well all the above players earned the call for Indian team basing on there performances in Under 19. but Rayudu was not given chance... so please before uttering a word about Rayudu jst know abt him fully. Let us encourage the exceptioanlly talented Rayudu rather than Slog hitters... according to me Rayudu, Rahane, Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary and Cheteshwara pujara are the future Indian batting main stays..and not Saurabh tiwary as some one was saying....

  • Ashwintej on May 22, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Unfortunatley Hyderabad didnot played well in 2009-10 and degraded into Plate division and all of us know Rayudu played some vital knocks in 2010 IPL and later on for 2010-11 season he moved on to baroda. And some one is saying Rayudu failed while chasing ...please look at Statsitcs once and even in Ranji's he averages in the mid 40's playing nearly 70 matches, donot forget he didnot played for 2 seasons... well some one is comparing Rayudu withSaurabh Tiwary? it is really Hilarious, Rayudu is a class act. compare the performances of Tiwary with Rayudu...just check d profile and statstics of Rayude once. You will get to know dat 'Rayudu was a Part of India A team way back in 2002 when it toured England.. Rayudu along with gambhir was a sensation at that time.

  • Ashwintej on May 22, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Well friends...This is all for those who feel Rayudu is a overrated player. Rayudu is playing first class cricket since 2002 and in the last season he was the top run getter for Baroda and all of us know dt Baroda reached finals. Rayudu played in challengers trophy way back in 2003 for India A team.. offcourse he failed to score.. After a sensational start in first class cricket, he was stuck in poliitics played by Hyderabad cricket Association. All the cricket experts lauded his talent and ability nearly a decade ago...And Rayudu was the captain for India -19 in 2004 where India reached semi- finals. During that tourny Raina, shikar dhawan, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik and Piyush chawla were the other prominent players. Later on his career got disturbed and he opted to play for ICL in 2007 and 2008 where he made a huge impact. Thanks to the BCCI which lifted the ban. and in 2009 Ranji season he was the top scorer for Hyderabad scoring nearly 500 runs

  • Urstrulynaresh on May 22, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    His focus only on bowling department, very gritty

  • on May 21, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    IPL XI 1 Gayle 2 Gilchrist (wk) (vc) 3 Sehwag 4 Gambhir 5 Rayudu 6 Yusuf Pathan 7 Irfan Pathan 8 Iqbal Abdulla 9 Shane Warne (capt) 10 Malinga 11 Munaf

    Substitutes Mccllum Valthaty Rahul Sharma Kohli Raina Hussey Rohit Sharma Manoj Tiwary Ishant Sharma

    Promising Players whom we will probably see in the playing XI in the future XI 1 Paul Valthaty 2 AUK Pathan 3 Rayudu 4 Manoj Tiwary 5 Saurabh Tiwary 6 Rohit Sharma 7 Irfan Pathan (capt) 8 Iqbal Abdulla 9 Rahul Sharma 10 Ishant Sharma 11 Varun Aaron

  • Bones5198 on May 21, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Why is Rayudu so overrated by many in these comments? His IPL has been average (strike rate of 111) and his domestic record is average. He is a good cricketer but there are many better than him. @xenon555, Paul Valthathy is the best of these whilst Rahane is ok? Lol. Rahane at age 22, he has an average of 67.72 and over 5000 runs at first class cricket and Valthaty has zero. Rahane is in the Mumbai state team, Valthaty can't make it. The India of the future is the likes Rahane, Pujara, Mukund, Kohli, R Sharma and Tiwary not the likes of Uthappa, Irfan, Rayudu and Valthaty.

  • ms.arjun on May 21, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    IPL performances does not mean anything. We have a strong domestic infrastructure for cricket in our country. They need to prove themselves in the domestic arena before even dreaming of getting a place in the Indian team. So thus said, may be Manoj Tiwary is the only person who qualifies to get an attention. Rest of the names are victim to the usual media hype, but all these names will disappear eventually.

  • Jim1207 on May 21, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    We cannot say that there are not enough quality players to fill in to the teams. That's not a wise quote. The team owners and staff do not know proficiency of state-level players to use them properly. Guy like Mukund is not playing while slogger like S Sohal is playing most of the games. That's the reason it looks like there are not enough quality players but in reality there are still many players who deserve to play in each squad but do not get chance to play even a game. Mukund is fine - in CSK there are not enough space as of now. May be some other team can sense and buy such player into their team - IPL administrators should make way for that so that quality of IPL cricket is good and we shall then see less of sloggers who make the game look like a comedy.

  • DaisonGarvasis on May 23, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    One cant expect National Call up based on IPL performances. If Paul Valthathy was not picked all these years playing domestic cricket a fire in the pan mean nothing. IPL has the buzz but it is defenitely very much one step below the real thing. IPL is where you "see off" the ONE good bowler in the opponent and go after the lesser ones. Or the top three in the batting line up is gone and you are in to a lesser middle order. But when you play quality sides (even T20 international sides) you dont have that laxuary. You play 4 good bowlers and may be one part timer. And you have 6 or 7 good bat and then you see lesser bat. Yes some guys have came to the fore and may have to be looked at more and lets not get excited. India can do with faster bowlers and if anyone new has showed up in this IPL lets take a closer look at them.

  • Bones5198 on May 22, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    @ashwintej- I'm assuming that was directed at my post and I have looked at Rayudus stats and I knew his backstory. You say his average of mid 40's (low 40's) is a positive but think about the greats of Indian batting. Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman all average 60 and above in first class cricket if you discount their test career. All of them average atleast 5 less in test cricket, with the difference in Laxman's domestic record(first class not including test) and test record being almost 15. India's pitches are flat and domestic bowling attacks are not world class hence if someone averages just over 40 in these conditions, it is hardly worth the praise he is being given. You bracketed Rayudu (42.17) with Rahane (67.72), Badrinath (62.31), Tiwary (55.59) and Pujara (55.81). A simple look at the numbers says "overrated", he is good but the other players are a class above clearly.

  • Ashwintej on May 22, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    One more important thing frnds.. what is common between Yuvraj, Kaif, Reetinder Singh Sodi,Suresh Raina , Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan virat Kohl. Well all the above players earned the call for Indian team basing on there performances in Under 19. but Rayudu was not given chance... so please before uttering a word about Rayudu jst know abt him fully. Let us encourage the exceptioanlly talented Rayudu rather than Slog hitters... according to me Rayudu, Rahane, Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary and Cheteshwara pujara are the future Indian batting main stays..and not Saurabh tiwary as some one was saying....

  • Ashwintej on May 22, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Unfortunatley Hyderabad didnot played well in 2009-10 and degraded into Plate division and all of us know Rayudu played some vital knocks in 2010 IPL and later on for 2010-11 season he moved on to baroda. And some one is saying Rayudu failed while chasing ...please look at Statsitcs once and even in Ranji's he averages in the mid 40's playing nearly 70 matches, donot forget he didnot played for 2 seasons... well some one is comparing Rayudu withSaurabh Tiwary? it is really Hilarious, Rayudu is a class act. compare the performances of Tiwary with Rayudu...just check d profile and statstics of Rayude once. You will get to know dat 'Rayudu was a Part of India A team way back in 2002 when it toured England.. Rayudu along with gambhir was a sensation at that time.

  • Ashwintej on May 22, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Well friends...This is all for those who feel Rayudu is a overrated player. Rayudu is playing first class cricket since 2002 and in the last season he was the top run getter for Baroda and all of us know dt Baroda reached finals. Rayudu played in challengers trophy way back in 2003 for India A team.. offcourse he failed to score.. After a sensational start in first class cricket, he was stuck in poliitics played by Hyderabad cricket Association. All the cricket experts lauded his talent and ability nearly a decade ago...And Rayudu was the captain for India -19 in 2004 where India reached semi- finals. During that tourny Raina, shikar dhawan, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik and Piyush chawla were the other prominent players. Later on his career got disturbed and he opted to play for ICL in 2007 and 2008 where he made a huge impact. Thanks to the BCCI which lifted the ban. and in 2009 Ranji season he was the top scorer for Hyderabad scoring nearly 500 runs

  • Urstrulynaresh on May 22, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    His focus only on bowling department, very gritty

  • on May 21, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    IPL XI 1 Gayle 2 Gilchrist (wk) (vc) 3 Sehwag 4 Gambhir 5 Rayudu 6 Yusuf Pathan 7 Irfan Pathan 8 Iqbal Abdulla 9 Shane Warne (capt) 10 Malinga 11 Munaf

    Substitutes Mccllum Valthaty Rahul Sharma Kohli Raina Hussey Rohit Sharma Manoj Tiwary Ishant Sharma

    Promising Players whom we will probably see in the playing XI in the future XI 1 Paul Valthaty 2 AUK Pathan 3 Rayudu 4 Manoj Tiwary 5 Saurabh Tiwary 6 Rohit Sharma 7 Irfan Pathan (capt) 8 Iqbal Abdulla 9 Rahul Sharma 10 Ishant Sharma 11 Varun Aaron

  • Bones5198 on May 21, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Why is Rayudu so overrated by many in these comments? His IPL has been average (strike rate of 111) and his domestic record is average. He is a good cricketer but there are many better than him. @xenon555, Paul Valthathy is the best of these whilst Rahane is ok? Lol. Rahane at age 22, he has an average of 67.72 and over 5000 runs at first class cricket and Valthaty has zero. Rahane is in the Mumbai state team, Valthaty can't make it. The India of the future is the likes Rahane, Pujara, Mukund, Kohli, R Sharma and Tiwary not the likes of Uthappa, Irfan, Rayudu and Valthaty.

  • ms.arjun on May 21, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    IPL performances does not mean anything. We have a strong domestic infrastructure for cricket in our country. They need to prove themselves in the domestic arena before even dreaming of getting a place in the Indian team. So thus said, may be Manoj Tiwary is the only person who qualifies to get an attention. Rest of the names are victim to the usual media hype, but all these names will disappear eventually.

  • Jim1207 on May 21, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    We cannot say that there are not enough quality players to fill in to the teams. That's not a wise quote. The team owners and staff do not know proficiency of state-level players to use them properly. Guy like Mukund is not playing while slogger like S Sohal is playing most of the games. That's the reason it looks like there are not enough quality players but in reality there are still many players who deserve to play in each squad but do not get chance to play even a game. Mukund is fine - in CSK there are not enough space as of now. May be some other team can sense and buy such player into their team - IPL administrators should make way for that so that quality of IPL cricket is good and we shall then see less of sloggers who make the game look like a comedy.

  • xenon555 on May 21, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu was class of 2010. They had already recognized him and Surabh Tiwary last year. I think Rahul Sharma and Valthaty are by far the best of these but Manoj Tiwary has made big strides and Iqbal Abdulla has a lot of game. Rahane is ok but Menaria is overated. With RR's team Rahane has to bat like he has done this season (a contributor to watson and taylor and a slight aggressor) but Menaria is not that good. I think chipli was overlooked on this list though. And Y VENUGOPAL RAO. That guy is great and i cant believe he missed your list. IPL 2011 team: 1) Valthaty 2) Gayle 3) MEK Hussey 4) Marsh 5) Yusuf Pathan (Bowling has been great) 6) Badrinath 7) Rayudu + 8) Rahul Sharma 9) Bollinger 10) Malinga 11) Munaf Honorable mentions: Tendulkar, Kohli, Abdulla, McCullum

  • on May 21, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    Agree with all names except Undkat.....

  • on May 20, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Excellent article and good reasoning behind the players you have chosen as the new stars of IPL4, Harsha. Paul Valthaty has certain been a revealation for his consistency and refreshing approach to batting - esp. coming from a background where he has hardly played any Ranji or state level cricket. I have noticed some individuals writing in here calling him a typical slogger and also comparing him to Asnodkar.That is unfair on Valthaty - he has tremendous power in his shots and a fearless attitude..I dont remember Asnodkar scoring a century in any of the IPL's and i dont think he was in the running for the Orange Cap the way Valthaty has been this time round - A few opportunities in the India A team and the Mumbai Ranji team can certainly make him a more complete player who i think has a fantastic future ahead of him. I salute his attitude and determination which made him come back to playing cricket after an almost career threatening eye injury.

  • Indiaforever on May 20, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    BCCI should make an India A tour of west indies/england/south africa/australia/ and try out all these players. only then should they be recognised to play for India.

  • on May 20, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Its titled as "class of 2011", Ambati Rayadu is not a find of this season,he has already impressed everyone in the last season and surely is on the verge of getting selected pretty soon. I personally loved Wagh and Aravind, serious potential !, Rahul Sharma very good, Iqbal Abdulla has had an awesome domestic season,so might get a chance very soon, Varon Aaron and Jaidav Unadkat are decent prospects but lacks maturity,but surely with few years of domestic cricket they will look much better

  • Dr.nOrULz on May 20, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    @NoPitch and various others as the title suggests Harsha is talking about "The class of 2011" Newcomers who have come this year. To me varun aaron looks promising indeed, he bowls on the higher side of 140. Very good news indeed..

  • on May 20, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Rahul Sharma, Iqbal Abdulla, Shadab Jakati, Jaidev Unatkat, Ambati Rayadu - my if the Indian selectors play it right then this team could be loaded with talent for another decade.

    I dont see how one can find a spot for Irfan to play though

  • howizzat on May 20, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    I am not to excited about your picks in IPL. We had consistant players like Asnodkar, Goony etc who have dissappeared without a trace. But of the players you have mentioned only Abdullah and Rahul Sharma, Unadkat and S Arvind are really promising. And how come the names like Rayudu, Maneria, Vinay Kumar and A Mithun are missing in your list? I to agree its sad that A Mukand did not play a single match so far. Such problem can be solved by loaning the players as done in EPL. Yes I am in complete agreement with you about 'A' tours promise a lot more than IPL in selcting the players. But does India has such tours in near future? If there are I would have gone for following names: 1.Rayudu(Captain) 2.A Mukand 3.A Rahane 4.S Tiwary 5.A Maneria 6.R Jadeja 7.S Aravind 8.S Goswamy(WK) 9.I Abdullah 10.Rahul Sharma 11.Vinay Kumar 12.A Mithun 13.J Unadkat 14. T Suman and Varun Aaron.

  • MeowCat on May 20, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    ASHOK DINDA and Umesh Yadav are terrible players for DD.They were very bad and this is the reason why DD are so low at the table (im a DD supporter btw)

  • buntyj on May 20, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    aaron and rahul sharmalooked the best prospects;while rayudu, rohit sharma n tiwary n valthaty scored runs they looked vulnerable to the short ball , by contrast kohli showed he can handle the short stuff; nechem could develop into a better swing bowler than unadkat or irfan pathan; badrinath showed the most improvement; pujara n mukund appear to better suited to the longer game; i havent really seen abdullah spin the ball much but if he does he would be a prospect;

  • kapilesh23 on May 20, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    The good thing is big ticket players have failed .The overrated uthappas and pathan brothers .they have failed miserably .And second good thing most of the players mentioned above are not going to west indies .This are Ipl hits and let them remain like that .They will not be of any worth at international level .

  • NoPitchIsDead on May 20, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    strange Harsha missed Ambati. I think there is a strong lobby working against this young man.

  • mrgupta on May 20, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @gnana_cricket: I dont want to sound harsh but i remember how awkward Badri looked when batting against Steyn. He has been given few chances but he has a test avg of 21 and ODI avg of 19.5. I am not saying that he is bad but to compare him straight away with Sachin and Dravid and to complain that Badri has not performed because of these men is getting carried away. In the current scenario players have to perform at the very first chance like Pujara & Raina did and impressed everyone with their skills. Don't do this injustice to Badri and dont compare him with Sachin or Dravid, he has miles to cover to even reach 10% of what these guys have achieved. If we could guarantee a player's greatness just based on performance in Domestic seasons then G.Hick would have been next to Sir Don and Sachin.

  • stormy16 on May 20, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Am I imagining or does India not have too many A team series? You constantly see other countries A teams about but India seem to be a notable absentee. Would be fascinating selecting an A team with all this talent around.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on May 20, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I would like to add Jadeja here, at the risk of inviting my fellow comment makers' ire. I always believed that the lad is very talented and it's just unfortunate that his batting fell away at the wrong time. Otherwise he would have been my first choice in CWC 2011 at #6. Fortunately, with yuvi's bowling, we didn't require him. but i still foresee a role for him in the Indian team. Also, Uthappa had a very good chance of impressing everyone but he couldn't. i also believe that for Rahul Sharma to be given a chance, he needs to perform well in the Ranji trophy. IPL performances should not mean automatic ODI births IMHO.

  • Solar_Rex on May 20, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    What an inane article with strange phraseology and shallow anaysis.

  • skyeshwin on May 20, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    The topic here is about "The class of 11"....Not the highest runs scorer...so eliminate Valthaty. The best class player of this IPL(Indian) is Badrinath. Rayudu's name does'nt need a mention because of any match MI has chased,he has faltered. The players who have impressed are Varun Aaron(pace) and Manoj Tiwary(astute batting).

  • on May 20, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    wat aboutt young Varun Aaron he can bowl 140 + we need 1 fast man in indian team

  • on May 20, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    No Rayudu? The most impressive batsman in IPL

  • Bones5198 on May 20, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    I don't believe many of these players have a future playing for India in ODI or test, thuogh of course for 20/20 teams they should be looked at favourably. The greatest shame was that the likes of Pujara, Rahane and Mukund all batted very low in their orders. They are players of obvious class and had they opened, they could have fufilled a Tendulkaresque role whereby they tick a long at a reasonable rate providing the platform for the rest of the order to play freer. In the UK, watching ranji matches isn't exactly plausible so I would have loved to see these possible future greats in action. Varun Aaron is an exciting prospect in terms of speed and hopefully he is mentored well. Iqbal Abdulla had a really good domestic season as well so could definetely see him slotting in the side.

  • Sowndar.mage on May 20, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    I think modern indian team enough bowlers to shuffel up comming matchs of the year 2011,2012 ,Yes harsha i agree with u your view .badri is very imperssive we got rahul shurma he is performing very good but only thing we can use him in odi side while mishra will use in test cricket because of their both lenth varies this is my point view now we dont want think about batting must develop bowlers ishant back well and aravind,aaron,waeg very good line.abdulla very impress he is future bowler but already got ojha.

  • Lovetesh on May 20, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    No Harsha you got it wrong. Eventually IPL is not a cricket but a business. It must earn money and television ratings to survive.

  • on May 20, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    In my opinion, the 12 best domestic players who have exceeded expectations in IPL 4 and have little or no experience in international cricket have been : Shikar Dhawan, Paul Valthaty, Ambati Rayadu, S. Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Sharma, Iqbal Abdulla, Sreenath Aravind, Varun Aaron, Shrikant Wagh.

  • on May 20, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    My test 11 when all the stalwarts go -

    Sehwag Gambhir A.Rahane Virat Kohli S.Badrinath/A. Mukund Cheteshwar Pujara Dhoni Harbhajan P.Ojha/"Find some fast bowler" V. Aaron Ishant Sharma

  • Saket_saku on May 20, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Harsha...I had been a big fan of yours over the years...but offlate u seem to have developed a strage grudge towards Mumbai Indians and esp Sachin....not mentioning Ambati Raydu here was a shocker!!!

  • muski on May 20, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Most guys have got confused with what Harsha is saying. Iam sure Harsha was not talking about the future of Indian Test Cricket. Even when the fabulous 3 march out of the Indian test team in the next 12- 24 months, its not that a Paul Valthaty or Ambati Rayadu is going to take their place. There are already Badris, Rohit Sharma's, Pujaras etc vying for that spot. What I like most of these years IPL is the regaining of form for Irfan and Ishant.Iam sure Steyn has passed on a trick or two to Ishant which Wasim could not pass on when he was with KKR. Irfan if he continues to bowl well should be on the plane to England along with Praveen and these 2 can be a handful for Englishmen on swinging tracks.

    All said and done IPL has also shown that spin is not dying in India and good to see the Rahul Sharmas and Iqbal Abdulla. Rahul is very much similar to Ashwin both in looks and bowling style and hope he gives Ashwin a run for his money. All in all some good news for Indian cricket.

  • on May 20, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @ all Guys Harsha has mentioned the *new* finds of this IPL . Ryadu , Badrinath n others whom you are complaining about are already stars of IPL , they have done well in previous seasons too .. :) I m waiting to see Rahul Sharma bowl 10 overs against quality batting too :)

  • SamRoy on May 20, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Balaji too showed an increase in pace. Should have been included in WI ODI team.

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    They are not new names Mr bhogle you just don't follow India's domestic circuit.Plus performance in 20 overs boom boom does not show true quality. Just look at paul valthaty horrible technique and not very talented either

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Didnt take rayudu in Indian squad against WI.. now not even mentioning him.....

  • Prakhs on May 20, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    All good.. lets talk about failures, the only name that comes to my mind is ROBIN UTHAPPA. He could have so easily got a chance to get an Indian call had he performed. With so much of opportunities and being a senior batsmen in the pune lineup, he was the one who least pleased the spectators.

  • SamRoy on May 20, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    The best thing to happen in the IPL is not Irfan getting his swing back... It is RP getting his pace back and Ishant hitting top pace after 3 years... RP is a bowler who swings it both ways and far classier test bowler than Irfan .. though Irfan is a potentially great ODI cricketer like Yuvraj ... any attack comprising Zaheer, Ishant, RP and Sreeshanth at their peak is a handful and better than all attacks in current world cricket except for Pakistan if Amir, Asif and Gul are allowed to play together.

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Guys relax, spare Harsha Bhogle, he mentioned the right names here. Its list of new names, Balaji, Rayudu, S Tiwary are no more naive to us.

  • Marsh_aussie on May 20, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Relax Guys. The reason harsha didnt mention about Rayudu and Badri is because they have been doing well in all the IPL editions and are not new to domestic circuit as well. The reason Irfan pathan is mentioned in this article is because he is coming back after a lay off and could be a valuable addition to the Indian team especially with Nehra breaking down every 2 matches.

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    There is no mention of Rayudu perhaps because he is not a find of this season. He was a prodigy who lost it in between and made a come back during the last IPL. He was very impressive during the last season as well.

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    yeh saurab tiwary is also future of indian ODI side and maybe test, i know why harsha didnt mention rayudu, because he is solid but he is no badrinath, he is no rohit sharma, he is no manoj tiwary and he is behind pujara, rahane, makund ,kohli while raina is useless he is not pushing for a test spot his test days are done and dusted he is not the best number 6 india has... avg's 43 in first class cricket compared to badri, rohit, makund, rahane all avg 60+ , suresh raina is pretty good ODI player and very good t20 player, tho again there are other options that will score heavier (badri, makund, rahane etc) or options that will score bit faster(yusuf pathan) raina is there cuz he score at a quick rate and fairly consistent, a good finisher. even for keeper batsman, saha, dhoni and patel are ahead of rayudu, i rate saha as number 2 keeper/bat he is better then parthiv. Also im ashamed of my own favourite team chennai for not playing makund (or even saha) instead of anirudha early in IPL

  • Deepan1983 on May 20, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Shocking!!! No comments about Mr. Smiling Balaji in this article.. he had a good IPL season and he performed whenever required.

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    no rayudu.....also no mention of sourabh tiwari and rp ...they surely performed better than irfan

  • on May 20, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Good one again. I was expecting a note on Rayudu though!!

  • pvwadekar on May 20, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Agree with Harsha, these players need to be sent to play A tours not only 50 over cricket but also 4 day games. It would be great if BCCI can send an A team to participate in the domestic circuits of UK, SA, Aus. That would really separate the players of good caliber. However Harsha forgot to mention Rayudu .. strange..

  • harekrishnaom on May 20, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Yes...very very disappointed we couldn't see young Abhinav Mukund.

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Ya Rayudu certainly deserves a mention here. He kept his own even while batting alongside Tendulkar and certainly made a case ! I am sure it slipped off Harsha's mind while wrting this.

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    I would have loved to see Shikar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja. They are quality players and should be in the XI soon. Dhawan not being considered against the likes of Rohit Sharma and Kohli is a little harsh. He is a quality player and should be given enough chances. Rayudu and Venu Gopal Rao are good bets for the future too. Ishanth, Sreesanth, Irfan and Munaf in the fray, indian cricket is in safe hands for the next few years till the lure for money and stardom takes away the essence of cricket.

  • bala-chala on May 20, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    The most impressive performer in this year has been badri. A lot has been made out of Valthaty and Rayudu batting on flat pitches but badri has churned up the runs on every surface from the sluggish kolkata pitch to the green top navi mumbai. He plays beautiful cricketing shots and he doesn't look like getting out every time he bats. The only reason Badri is not an international star already is because there is a Sachin Tendulkar and a Rahul Dravid in the Indian team.

  • Yano on May 20, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu has been a proven match winner in previous seasons as well and he should not need any introduction. In my opinion, Sunny Sohal also deserves a mention in the list as his perfromances were pretty decent even though they were mostly for a losing cause. Vinay Kumar also performed well and has rightly earned his place in the squad for the Windies tour. The resurgence of Ravindra Jadeja, RP Singh and Venugopal Rao, all of whom have played at the highest level at one point of time is also commendable. It was however dissapointing to see Saurabh Tiwary give an opportunity to prove critics wrong that he is not an one-season show.

  • Dashgar on May 20, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    "That exists and is called the A tour, and we need to see much more of it". No it isn't, it's called domestic cricket. India should make moves to make their regular domestic cricket more competitive and not give first class status to hundreds of clubs. Look at Australia, the best team historically, only 6 first class teams. When Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid are gone how is the Indian team going to look when the going gets tough. IPL is currently the only truly competitive cricket Indian players get before they play for India or India A.

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Not a mention of Ambati Rayudu is a BIG shock!! What has he done to deserve this kind of treatment from both BCCI and media?

  • Realhotshady on May 20, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    yes Harsha has forgotten about Rayudu. He is a class player and he's shown that now in two IPLs. Although Rayudu didn't catch eye of Harsha, i hope he catches eye of the selector soon...

  • US_Indian on May 20, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    A good one but you have missed quite a few names, some brand new guys and some who have been away from the limelight. 1.Venugopal Rao of DD. 2.Balaji of KKR. 3.Rayudu of MI. 4.RP Singh of KTK 5.Ali Murtuza of MI. 6.Shadab Jakati of CSK. If someone can add other names which I might have not recognized or forgot to mention but they should have some useful contribution though.

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Varun Aaron has been really good. He gets terrific bounce and has very good pace too. The board should nurture him along as He will be terrific in the years to come.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on May 20, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Also there had been splendid performances from Rayudu(2nd most run getter and consistent for MI) , Venu(2nd most run getter consistently for DD). Also there had been impressive performances from Sreesanth with economic spells, RP,Ishant,Vinay,Ohja,Mishra shining now and then.... There had been lot of talent exposed with this IPL and hope the form continues in the bigger form when they get a chance.. I hope to see Rayudu,Venu,RP into the Indian side soon!!!

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Very true and agree with Harsha. Also in the tournament dominated with bowlers, where teams have defended anything above 160+ with exceptions, contrastingly there has been maximum number of centuries this IPL ( 5 centuries ) compared to other IPL where the wicket was favoring batsman. If to choose playing eleven amongst the Indian Talent , baring the Playing Indian Team.

    1. Paul Valthaty 2. Dinesh Maneria 3. Rayudu 4. Venugopal Rao 5. Manoj Tiwary 6. Irfan Pathan 7. Iqbal Abdullah 8. Rahul Sharma 9. Shadab Jakati 10. Srinath Arvind. 11. Jaidev Undakat / / L. Balaji

    subs: Saurabh Tiwary (not feature in playing XI due to form) Sunny Sohal Rajat Bhatia Srikant Wagh Shikar Dhawan

  • mvcric on May 20, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    I am both surprised and disappointed that Harsha failed to mention Ambati Rayudu. Surely, there's a future India batsman?

  • Ramfromlanka on May 20, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Harsha, being a person who has seen closely cricket for more than 20years on the ground from the com box/press box, can you put your hand on heart and say these players are future of indian cricket? Being an ardent cricket fan for last 30 years, I do not have any hope for any of the above mentioned..except may be varun aaron and umesh yadav and may be shreenath aravind....take them to pitches which talk......they are no more than pack of cards

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    LOVE YOU MUKUND!!!! NEXT BIG THING IN WORLD CRICKET.

  • cyclist00752 on May 20, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    I am surprised at the number of spinners which have propped - Ashwin, Rahul Sharma, Jakati, Iqbal, etc .... just a few years back we had a dearth of spinners!

  • CricEshwar on May 20, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    @Ravikiran Dinakar: This article is about what IPL threw up this year. Rayudu was recognized last year itself hence not part of this article.

  • Percy_Fender on May 20, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Harsha's selections from the IPL 2011 are fairly spot on. I am particularly interested in the progress of Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav for sheer pace and possibly some variations with some experience. And of course the coming back to full glory by Irfan Pathan. To me a great sight is to wqtch Irfan making a mickey of even the greatest batsmen with his swing. I have no doubt that his pace will be back. If he bowls regularly at around 135 kmph, he could be the next big story. The winning U 19 world cup team under Virat Kohli also had Goswami, Jadeja and Abdullah. Iqbal looked like a true Bombay pro. He is a fairly prolific batsman also. He must make it in place of the Ojhas and the Mishras who they have persisted with. Valthaty is a good enough back foot player and has the daredevilry of an early day Sehwag. But there ends the comparison. Maybe he needs more luck to play longer innings like Sehwag plays.But I would'nt mark him for the future because of his age.

  • sashank on May 20, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    How about Rayudu? he definitely deserves a mention..if not a call-up to the national team. He deserved a spot on the WI tour in place of Saha. Better batsman and a decent backup keeper.

  • akshay1994 on May 20, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Rayadu wasn't mentioned because he first introduced himself in last year's IPL.

  • Swamin on May 20, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund, another talented batsman from Tamilnadu. Hope he will get a chance in the last match.

  • rocky on May 20, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    It is not fair to omit Rayudu from this list.For his sake I hope the Indian team selectors are not as short sighted as this author.If it was an honest mistake, the author should have the decency to add a couple of lines about Rayudu to the article.

  • on May 20, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Mr.Bhogle makes surprising omission of arguably the best uncapped batsman of this year's IPL - Ambati Rayudu. Unlike Valthaty, who's a typical slogger such as Asnodkar was, Rayudu is a class act who can bat with poise and composure, as well as keep reasonably well for a part-timer. He should be in the reckoning for ODIs and deserves better treatment at the domestic level to prove himself worthy of a Test berth.

  • on May 20, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    True, Ambati Rayudu definitely shows signs of deserving at least an audition in the big leagues.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on May 20, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    where's jaddu?small man who can hit long

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 20, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Varun Aaron has three special ingredients for a fast bowler. 1. Speed 2. Bounce. He is able to get bounce from an awkward length of good/short of good length that makes him very difficult to handle. 3. Aggression. He doesn't care about the batsman's reputation. He is aggressive. Not the stupid, senseless, stare-in-your-face sreesanth kind of tactics, but a strong will to dominate the batsman. I like this kid! The one area which needs improvement is Swing. If he can get that, he'll be around for a long time.

  • gov544 on May 20, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    @Harsha u forgot to ento certain youngster from mumbai called Sachin Tendulkar .... he is also impressive is'nt he :))

  • manojettedi on May 20, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Spot on with the observations Harsha. I believe Rahul Sharma is the next big thing in the spin department. Reminds me lot of Anil Kumble, if not for bowling, but for the fighting spirit he shows. I should say he is the biggest find with this IPL. Lets see if he can make it and not fade away like the many Rajasthan Royal players have done.

  • Madhukar09 on May 20, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    c'mon Harsha! Manoj tiwary? Jaidev Unadkat? Sreenath Arvind? Shrikant Wagh? And not AT Rayudu? are you serious? Even Pujara and Rahane as much talented as they are, have not done anything significant to be mentioned in the "class or IPL 2011" as you put it. They could not even get into their teams on a regular basis and even when they did....Also RP Singh was pretty good and Sreesanth as usual was well, Sreesanth; enigmatic almost to the point of being bipolar, brilliant at times and very ordinary at times.

  • on May 20, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    No Rayudu? He gave a reasonable stock of himself, I thought.

  • on May 20, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    The article was splendid as usual !!! I think that performances in the longer formats should be given much more due than a short & sweet flash in IPL A 5 day game is a sterner test of character, skill & ability than a 3 hr outburst

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  • on May 20, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    The article was splendid as usual !!! I think that performances in the longer formats should be given much more due than a short & sweet flash in IPL A 5 day game is a sterner test of character, skill & ability than a 3 hr outburst

  • on May 20, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    No Rayudu? He gave a reasonable stock of himself, I thought.

  • Madhukar09 on May 20, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    c'mon Harsha! Manoj tiwary? Jaidev Unadkat? Sreenath Arvind? Shrikant Wagh? And not AT Rayudu? are you serious? Even Pujara and Rahane as much talented as they are, have not done anything significant to be mentioned in the "class or IPL 2011" as you put it. They could not even get into their teams on a regular basis and even when they did....Also RP Singh was pretty good and Sreesanth as usual was well, Sreesanth; enigmatic almost to the point of being bipolar, brilliant at times and very ordinary at times.

  • manojettedi on May 20, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Spot on with the observations Harsha. I believe Rahul Sharma is the next big thing in the spin department. Reminds me lot of Anil Kumble, if not for bowling, but for the fighting spirit he shows. I should say he is the biggest find with this IPL. Lets see if he can make it and not fade away like the many Rajasthan Royal players have done.

  • gov544 on May 20, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    @Harsha u forgot to ento certain youngster from mumbai called Sachin Tendulkar .... he is also impressive is'nt he :))

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 20, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Varun Aaron has three special ingredients for a fast bowler. 1. Speed 2. Bounce. He is able to get bounce from an awkward length of good/short of good length that makes him very difficult to handle. 3. Aggression. He doesn't care about the batsman's reputation. He is aggressive. Not the stupid, senseless, stare-in-your-face sreesanth kind of tactics, but a strong will to dominate the batsman. I like this kid! The one area which needs improvement is Swing. If he can get that, he'll be around for a long time.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on May 20, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    where's jaddu?small man who can hit long

  • on May 20, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    True, Ambati Rayudu definitely shows signs of deserving at least an audition in the big leagues.

  • on May 20, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Mr.Bhogle makes surprising omission of arguably the best uncapped batsman of this year's IPL - Ambati Rayudu. Unlike Valthaty, who's a typical slogger such as Asnodkar was, Rayudu is a class act who can bat with poise and composure, as well as keep reasonably well for a part-timer. He should be in the reckoning for ODIs and deserves better treatment at the domestic level to prove himself worthy of a Test berth.

  • rocky on May 20, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    It is not fair to omit Rayudu from this list.For his sake I hope the Indian team selectors are not as short sighted as this author.If it was an honest mistake, the author should have the decency to add a couple of lines about Rayudu to the article.