May 25, 2012

Six Indian IPL players to watch out for

Four young batsmen and two medium-pacers should be on the selectors' radar
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If you wanted to use the word-association game to profile the IPL you would probably get "hectic", "spectacle", "in-the-news" (even if that isn't strictly one word). To think longer would be to become analytical, which isn't the objective. First thoughts are the key here and these are not bad for a young, ambitious, in-your-face league that enthralls, sometimes alienates, and which no one can ignore.

In the end the IPL has to be a cricket tournament. If IPL 15 and IPL 25, or for that matter IPL 50, have to exist, they have to be constructed on a strong cricket base. The great leagues of the world have their share of drama and scandal around them, but they are remembered by the quality of the action they produce. Tabloid reporters swarm around but the serious writers find them worthwhile too; irrelevant starlets seek to worm their way in but the superstars play on the field too.

The cricket was very good this year; it began acquiring a rhythm of its own. But it must necessarily be seen as a distinct entity, not as - depending on which way you look at it - a glamorous or scheming cousin of the traditional game. It will be a challenge for the IPL to keep an increasing tribe of wannabes at arm's length and prevent them from hijacking the image of a sporting contest.

The IPL also needs to be an indicator of India's cricketing depth, for it allows many young players, some completely unknown, to play on the big stage. The Ranji Trophy should do that too, but it doesn't pit a young man against an international star; it cannot throw up comparisons, contrasts.

So who caught the eye in this year's IPL? There are four young men among the top 20 batsmen (as at the time of writing) who we should be talking a bit more about. At No. 3 is Shikhar Dhawan, who has promised much over the years but has rarely embraced consistency - the quality that separates the best from those who occasionally flash by. But he is a powerful batsman and if he can just be a bit more involved in the deep, he can become a far better fielder.

If you pick horses for courses, and in Twenty20 you must, he has to be in a shortlist. As indeed should Ajinkya Rahane, who is No. 4. For two or three years there was a feeling that he wasn't cut out for instant cricket, but he has adapted brilliantly, and if anything, needs to be careful not to allow this style to infect his chances in the longer versions, which he seems more naturally cut out for. For Rahane managing different formats will be a challenge, but it is one only the best are entitled to have.

Ambati Rayudu was down at No. 20, possibly because of his batting position, but he enhanced his reputation. For some reason Indian cricket doesn't seem too inclined to embrace him, but surely a place should have been found for him on the India A tour to the West Indies.

If Rayudu's time has to be now, there is another whose time may well come if he continues his impressive progress. Like Rahane, who got a whole tournament to play in with the Rajasthan Royals, Mandeep Singh benefited from being in a team with fewer stars. He is another one the selectors should be taking note of.

Mayank Agarwal and Naman Ojha had their moments. Agarwal is a clean hitter but I suspect he needs another dimension to his game; Ojha seems a fair contender to the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa for the second wicketkeeper's slot for the World T20. I wish we could have seen more of Wriddhiman Saha. It might be in his interests to be loaned to another team, for young talent must play (talking of which, it is a good idea to introduce the concept of "loaning" in the IPL).

Umesh Yadav looked very impressive because he has pace, but to me there were two other bowlers who demanded attention. Parvinder Awana who, by some power, known or otherwise, has to be on that A tour. It would be criminal to deny him that experience and the opportunity to showcase himself. And the ever-smiling L Balaji has showed that if the selectors are willing to pick horses for courses for the World T20 in Sri Lanka, he must be in.

Left-arm spinners flooded the IPL. Either there has been a bumper harvest or a new hypothesis around them. And either as a consequence, or for a deeper reason hitherto unexplored, they cannibalised the offspinner, who is only rarely sighted these days.

The overall fielding standard among Indian cricketers in the IPL was a little disheartening. With the likes of Kieron Pollard, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo showing the way, I would like to believe more young people would be drawn to this still under-regarded aspect in Indian cricket.

And so to my one wish for IPL 6. That it stays on the back page.

Harsha Bhogle is contracted to the IPL. He also commentates on other cricket, and is a television presenter and writer. His Twitter feed is here

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  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I wonder why many think Rahane should be considered for tests only..This guy has proved his mettle in the england series too and even before this IPL series he was a serious contender for the one day squad..And after the current consistent performances, I have no seond thoughts about having him in the one day squad right away...

  • POSTED BY vpk23 on | May 26, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    RAHANE CAN BE GREAT CAPTAINCY MATERIAL....FOR SURE....A LEVEL AND MATURE TALENT HE IS...FORGET ABOUT THE IPL PERFROMANCES....LETS PLAY HIM IN THE TESTS

  • POSTED BY Extraz on | May 26, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    I from Pak,and i have watched most of the ipl matches and that boy Rahane really impressed me he's a great find for india want to see him in the Indian team,he can be the next Dravid for india.He's seems to be better than kohli...best of luck to rahane frm pak.

  • POSTED BY KishorKumar25 on | May 26, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    If these players are the find of thris series, then this IPL has been a flop. Apart from Awana, rest all names are old, hearing them since Ipl3 !!! This IPL has not provided any new talents. Let me remind u guys like Balaji, Shikhar Dhawn have been already selected and dropped out of thr internation team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Unfortunately Murali Vijay's century is bad news for Rahane,considering the fact that selection committee suffers from short memory.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/current/story/566258.html

    Harsha.. ur wish fulfilled .. i doubt RP really has an injury :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 9:27 GMT

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  • POSTED BY vallavarayar on | May 26, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    What a scarcity of upcoming talent if these 6 are any indication. Anyways lets not confuse serious cricket and ipl.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 26, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    getsetgopk....well said... you hit the nail on the head....

  • POSTED BY muski on | May 26, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Harsha- Adding to what I said earlier, a guy like Rahane, as some one has said earlier, looks like a a solid Test Material. Under the watchful eyes of the Wall, he could be one of the guy who could take the spot of the great man. For all the names the IPL is throwing up, it could be termed as a random talent hunt- something like Harsha ki Khoj- wherein you finally could zoom in on a guy who seems to have traces of the original.

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I wonder why many think Rahane should be considered for tests only..This guy has proved his mettle in the england series too and even before this IPL series he was a serious contender for the one day squad..And after the current consistent performances, I have no seond thoughts about having him in the one day squad right away...

  • POSTED BY vpk23 on | May 26, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    RAHANE CAN BE GREAT CAPTAINCY MATERIAL....FOR SURE....A LEVEL AND MATURE TALENT HE IS...FORGET ABOUT THE IPL PERFROMANCES....LETS PLAY HIM IN THE TESTS

  • POSTED BY Extraz on | May 26, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    I from Pak,and i have watched most of the ipl matches and that boy Rahane really impressed me he's a great find for india want to see him in the Indian team,he can be the next Dravid for india.He's seems to be better than kohli...best of luck to rahane frm pak.

  • POSTED BY KishorKumar25 on | May 26, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    If these players are the find of thris series, then this IPL has been a flop. Apart from Awana, rest all names are old, hearing them since Ipl3 !!! This IPL has not provided any new talents. Let me remind u guys like Balaji, Shikhar Dhawn have been already selected and dropped out of thr internation team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Unfortunately Murali Vijay's century is bad news for Rahane,considering the fact that selection committee suffers from short memory.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/current/story/566258.html

    Harsha.. ur wish fulfilled .. i doubt RP really has an injury :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    grEEEEEEEEEEEEEaaaaaaaaaaaTTTTTTTTTTTTT iNNNNDDDDDDDiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnn

  • POSTED BY vallavarayar on | May 26, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    What a scarcity of upcoming talent if these 6 are any indication. Anyways lets not confuse serious cricket and ipl.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 26, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    getsetgopk....well said... you hit the nail on the head....

  • POSTED BY muski on | May 26, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Harsha- Adding to what I said earlier, a guy like Rahane, as some one has said earlier, looks like a a solid Test Material. Under the watchful eyes of the Wall, he could be one of the guy who could take the spot of the great man. For all the names the IPL is throwing up, it could be termed as a random talent hunt- something like Harsha ki Khoj- wherein you finally could zoom in on a guy who seems to have traces of the original.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | May 25, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    I for one do not understand why people keep saying IPL cricketers will flop on international stage. Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane(in England T20s and ODIs) , Varun Aaron have performed admirably in international cricket. I am sure most people wouldn't have even heard the names of Parvinder Awana and Umesh Yadav before IPL.

  • POSTED BY riprock on | May 25, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    If I had to pick a XI for the best uncapped Indian players this IPL- Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Ambati Rayudu(capt), Naman Ojha(wk), Debabrata Das, Gurkeerat Singh, Rajat Bhatia, Pawan Negi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Parwinder Awana, Harshal Patel. Honourable mentions are Shadab Jakati, Ajit Chandila, Aniruddha Srikanth, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Trivedi.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 25, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Harsha, your selection of the young talent to watch out is good. I like to add a couple of more names. Kulkarni who played for Mumbai & played only 2 games is a good seamer who is accurate, has bounce & cuts the ball at around 135 KPH. Ashok Mannaria is another stylish & talented young batsman. I fully agree that Saha's talents have been wasted being benched for Mumbai. He should go else, where he can play in XI regularly.He is an excellent batsman/WK. The guys who flopped badly this year & played below expectations have been D.Karthik, R.Jadeja, P.Patel, R.Uthappa, Harbhajan & Yusuf Pathan Indians - whilst Sangakara & M.Clarke the Aussie captain were disappointing. Jadeja was signed for $2 Million whilst he performed at $100,000!. Most unlucky team was Deccan chargers because of their fielding.This team would have been in the playoff if only they took their catches & captaincy mistakes in not defending totals of >180, thrice. Chennai played well play offs & should win the Final.

  • POSTED BY riprock on | May 25, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    How's this team folks? 15 member Indian Squad for World T20 - Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, P.Ojha, Zaheer, U.Yadav. Subs: A.Rahane, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Uthappa/A.Rayudu, six batsmen, six bowlers, one allrounder and two wicket-keepers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    agreed with Harsha's names and Rayudu is in spot light from last 4 ipl tournaments and he is consistent in this year Ranji trophy and played for west zone in Duleep trophy as well...I think he deserves place atleast in India A side..

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 25, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Come back to me Harsha when IPL is even comparable to International T20 cricket, let alone Tests. Difference between the two could be seen when Albie Morkel smacked 28 runs off Virat Kohli's nothing bowling. In International T20's the bowler at the death would have been Daniel Vettori, the pitch taking more turn and bounce and the boundaries pushed 10m further back. Morkel would have struggled to score even 12 runs.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | May 25, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    A Pak fan here. You need 4 day proper cricket to develop batting skills. This hit and bang cricket hardly gona feed enough quality batsmen to Indian test cricket scene to keep it competitive. Enough has been said and actually proven that IPL is just a money making tool for BCCI and the writer coming back to this point again to see some productivity out it makes no sense. Look at even chris gayle, his test record is modest at best along with ODI, Gayle is no Lara or Ponting or SRT, he's just a t20 item player. I have heard quite a few times from Harsha that this is a cultural thing to like T20 in sub continent as opposed to county cricket in England, but he's wrong about it, first class cricket is the foundation of every cricket not T20, it is actually an attempt at somehow legitimizing IPL, it shouldn't be like this, treat every format as it is, one is junk and the other is proper cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Harsha's point regarding loan of players make sense. Apart from that we should a) increase the number of foreign players b) introduce bonus points (for a dominating performance) and c) have special incentives for maiden overs and towering sixes. that will make IPL 6 an even bigger success.

    http://crossxroads.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/5-suggestions-for-a-better-ipl-14/

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 25, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    This list is not that great. Only 2 batsman are worthy of a International T20 squad and that is Balaji (who I never fully realized why he isn't that pacer they have been looking for) and Dhawan (who has shown for a while he is a great player). Manoj Tiwary has not shown his worth this IPL, but he is a man who needs to be put on the team soon. Rahane is slightly too overrated for my taste and Awana should be watched carefully for the next 2-3 years

  • POSTED BY dhchdh on | May 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @ Kemcho: Test cricket is as good as a lead balloon in water. It will eventually die a slow painful death with players opting for the shorter versions. Test matches are currently being propped up by just 2 or 3 countries. The "average joe" in the rest of the world has no time to watch tv or flock to stadiums for 5 days. Let countries who want to play tests continue doing so...for the rest lets enjoy "spice cricket"

  • POSTED BY ad2810 on | May 25, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    i definetly think they should consider sending these players and naman ojha is definetly a better replacment for d.karthik. but captaining the world t20 side should definetely given to some one with more experience than pujara. i hope ishant sharma can play cause i m huge fan

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I dont find any reason y u didnt recommend umesh yadav,,, Definitely india Need a Pace bowler stronger like him.... And Rahane seems more like a Test player. He could be a very good player in indian test squad especially in dravid's spot... And for L balaji, i ud definitely say a no to him... there r far more better options...

  • POSTED BY bvnathan on | May 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Let us have a look at the future Indian prospects from the 9 teams that played between 2-4 IPL games this year. The format used is Team: Batsmen - All Rounder - WK - Bowler (P) - Bowler (S) DD: None - Irfan - Naman - Aaron - P Negi KX1P: Mandeep - None - None - Awana - None KKR: Tiwary, Debbrata - Yusuf - None - Balaji - Iqbal RR: Rahane, Maneria - None - None - None - None MI: Rayudu - None - Dinesh - None - None PWI: Uthappa - None - None - Dinda - None CSK: None - Jadeja - Saha - None - None DC: Shikar - None - None - None - None RCH: None - None - None - Harshal - None

    From the above we have a choice on 8 batsmen, 3 all rounders, 3 WKs, 5 bowlers (P) and 2 bowlers (S). Except DD and KKR, not much has come from the stables of other teams. The question that arises - IS THIS ENOUGH??

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 25, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    The visionary that Dravid is, I wouldn't talk of a list unless and until the other Indian Youngsters who didn't get a chance to play in other franchises, get a chance to play under the responsible ownership of RR and the responsible captaincy of Dravid. Defer your judgements until that day. Next year should be interesting from that perspective for me. At the end of the day, RR owners are also businessmen. Though they seem to be a very responsible franchise, I'm not sure how deeply and seriously they share Dravid's vision of developing youngsters by spending money from their own pockets. If they do share that vision, then I humbly bow to RR owners. They deserve more than a pat on their backs if they back the noble vision that Dravid is proposing.

  • POSTED BY cric_follower on | May 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Mayank Aggarwal look like an interesting prospect. He has done well without much domestic experience.

  • POSTED BY kh1902 on | May 25, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Really amazed that anyone would assess a player based on IPL performances. This is why Indian test cricket is in the state that it is in. To choose a test team, the only relevant factor should be Ranji trophy performances. People always criticise ageing players but these players came through the proper channels, ie domestic cricket, and have a respect for the longer form of the game.None of the younger players, except maybe Virat Kohli have the technique and temperament to play test cricket. The test team is also burdened with players who play well in the IPL, ie Dhoni, Sehwag and Gambhir but don't care about test cricket. Indian cricket has enormous problems.

  • POSTED BY LifenCricket on | May 25, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Rahane, Awana , Rayudu look good for sure. Dhawan is around quite some time now, but somehow doesn't have the entire range of shorts specially in the "V".

  • POSTED BY rayfanatics on | May 25, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @ Kemcho. You couldn't be farther from the truth mate. I am a fan equally of both versions and both of them can coexist if any format is not overdone. This year's IPL has been incredible. Test losses do hurt a lot more but I think in Rahane, Yadav, Aaron and Awana we have quality talent in the ranks to carry India's test hopes. It all comes down to the management skills of the Board, how they channel the different potentials. Test cricket is the greatest and the most intriguing like a complex culinary item but IPL fast food isn't bad in a while. Cheers

  • POSTED BY arvnd on | May 25, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    The India A team for WI..should have few of these performers..i agree IPL alone should not been taken into consideration...but their performance over first class matches should also be noted. I would have selected - mukund,shikar,rahane,pujara,rohit,irfan,saha,rahul,dinda,appanna,pankaj as first 11....nd awana,b.kumar,abdulla,tiwary,mandeep,ojha as the reserves. All the above mentioned have done well in first class as well as ipl.

  • POSTED BY Indiaforever on | May 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    What this has shown is that our future looks exciting and fresh. We have many talented players who do well in the IPL but then don't do well when they have a chance to play for India, Shikhar Dhawan is the man who comes to mind, he is a decent player but he needs to take his chance when he gets the opportunity like Rahane did.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    A very impressive list indeed. I would just like to add one name, one who seemed to be doing all the right things before getting himself injured- Ashok Dinda. I think he belongs to the league of top 5 Indian pacers at the moment, and should be a regular member of the Test and ODI squads.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    So now we can pick our future stars based on the IPL? All I saw was slam-bang hitting on mostly friendly pitches. Where the pitches weren't flat, our stars struggled (prelude to the future?) Also, are medium pacers going to be the answer to India's bowling woes abroad? Is this the best we can do? Lastly, how many of these guys are good fielders? If they are not, how are they any different from their Indian predecessors? The point is, we need QUALITY and the IPL provides everything but that....unless we get people who can bat/bowl AND field, India is doomed to make the same mistakes it has been making....hope I am wrong on this!!!

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 25, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I agree with that a mention should be made of the likely players who have not been mentioned by Harsha. Vijay Zol, Karun Nair and Ronit More were not given a chance by RCB despite the total uselessness of S Tiwari who also persisted with Vinay and Patel. They could have made a big difference to RCB's performance. Mumbai Indians did not think Suriya Kumar Yadav merited a place because of Rayadu, Powell and Sharma. I wish he could have been sneaked in in spite of the heavy weights aforementioned.Yadav is cast in the Sehwag mould in both his destructive ability as well as long innings hunger.I am happy to hear from someone that Pavan Negi was masquarading in Sunil Narine's clothing. If that be true, I will certainly watch him very closely tonight. He looked a conventional left arm spinner in what I had seen him thus far. This IPL has been much better in the cricketing sense. The cheer leaders are not even being noticed I thought except by debutant spectators.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | May 25, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    A very good perspective from Bhogle man. Ajinkya Rahane should not allow his t20 stint to ruin his technique. I don;t think it will though. Watching him bat in Ranji reminds me of Dravid in his early days. Water tight defense, crisp strokemaking and an assuring presence in the middle. If you noticed in IPL he has hardly hit any sixes but rather relies on timing to place the ball into the gaps. I can't wait to watch this guy play tests. Pujara is another exciting prospect but this guy is what you call gifted. Here's hoping he does not throw it away like Rohit Sharma!

  • POSTED BY Kemcho on | May 25, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    How can one judge whether a players is a talented cricketer on the basis of performance in a third rate TV programme disguised as "cricket" ansd called IPL? As an Indian cricket, sadly, I believe that India is fnished as a test playing country. The team may win a few matches within India, but out of India they will always lose. The youngsters only want an "IPL" contract and this is where the buck stops. No one cares about the performance in test cricket. The genuine fans who really want India to do well in test matches do nor care about IPL and the ones who follow IPL have no idea about the game of "cricket". All they want to do is go to the stadiums and make noise, jump, shout and nothing else. This may hurt, but it is the truth.

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | May 25, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    @Shahnawaz Tarar : I hope your players are part of the next edition. This tournament is incomplete without Pakistani participation.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    the idea about loaning players makes sense

  • POSTED BY bijuouseph on | May 25, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Why you are not mentioned about Gurkeerat Singh. Sikhar Dhawan's performance in flat pitches only, in other pitches he need to prove more. Previous year, he played against West Indies in West Indies and totally failed and he come back in India first internal match he scored double century. Rahane also against good bowlers like South African fast bowler Dale Steyn he given wickets even in IPL flat pitch and previous tour to Australia in practice matches he played in Australia; he didn't played well. So they need to practice more in bouncy track against fast bowlers, otherwise these IPL performance is nothing.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    India's 16 Members squad for World T20 should be Sehwag, Gautham, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Balaji, Umesh, Pragyan Ojha + Reserve Players - Rahane, Rayudu, Naman Ojha, Vinay Kumar, Jadeja

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 25, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Tejas Raj...playing Balaji in T 20s world cup will be fruitless...he will certainly be of little use in Srilankan wickets with no bounce and seam movement and it will destroy his confidence in all forms of the game. He should be in the Test eleven in the domestic series against New Zealand. It is a no-brainer. sony_sr...Btw when did a bowlers' skill was judged by his run-up to the wicket. Balaji's strength is not raw pace but his ability to swing the ball both ways at decent pace. He is a consistent wicket-taker in Ranji trophy on dull, lifeless pitchesl. Pity an IPL is needed to showcase his talent to the Indian public.

  • POSTED BY sanzen on | May 25, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Come on Harsha! How could you forget Steven Smith the best fielder of this IPL while giving example of good fielders.

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | May 25, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    I agree with the names put by Harsha and also very incisive and meaningful analysis by @Kiteflier.I think there is a problem way franchises deal with young Indian talents,especially those franchises where all the coaches and support staff is foregin,i feel young Indian cricketers come behind the foregin and Indian stars in the pecking order.Guy like Gurkeerat Singh an star in making finds his place in the team only in last stages of IPL ,there are many such instances i can site here.Unmukt Chand another batting star plays 2nd fiddle to Yogesh Nagar n Venugopal Rao,Vizay Zo(batter)l n pacer Ronit More (rumoured to be fast) had to wait for people like Parmweshwaran at RCB.Surya Yadav had to cool his heels in Mumbai Indians.Another differrent story is of many Young Indian players not selected in any of the squads for this IPL.too many tried and tested domestic journeymen for my liking.

  • POSTED BY kriskingle on | May 25, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Please do not act like an agent for your IPL bosses. Do not tout these young men and raise them far above their talent grade. IF they are really that talented, they will shine. But do not make the mistake of inferring these players' talent from the limited display of skills or temperament that is on show in the IPL. If you really want to analyze their ability, please go and watch the matches in the grounds they play on, instead of sitting in AC commentating rooms and throwing out random quotes, especially if you have never been a regular player.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    indian 11 for world t20. sehwag,gambhir,shikhar dahwan,rahny,ms dohni,sk raina,jadeja,irfan pathan,umesh,balagi and ojha with zaheer khan,kohli, rohit,awana and iqbal abdullah in reserves. zaheer khan is much better bowler than irfan but irfan having the adventage of his batting. however he could be played in place of balaji. NOW PAK 11

    nasir jamshed, hafeez, ahmad shahzad,umar akmal,shoib malik,afridi,hammad azam,azhar mahmood,gul,saeed,sami.....with imran nazir,a razzaq, a rehman,haris sohail,sarfaraz reserved........umar should keeping in t20.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I am a pakistani and i watched all the IPL matches and in my opinion shikhar dhowan was the most brilliant stylish and agressive player of all. cracfing shots from shikhar

  • POSTED BY DEV_ME on | May 25, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Harsha, you made a passing reference to the (abundant) left armers, anyone who would please ? I thought Appana and Nagi could be looked at carefully for the future, while Iqbal Abdulla needs to be there, atleast on the reserve bench. The lack of a genuine right arm offie is so evident here. Ashwin, Chandila are shamers and will not be effective once the mystery around them is resolved. Loaning will be a good concept in IPL. Atleast players like Sudip Tyagi, Pujara, Khadiwale, Yadav, etc. will get a chance to display their wares. Which also brings to mind, that why are teams pursuing to search for the right combo ? Shouldnt a league like IPL promote 'Horses for Races' philosophy ? Shouldnt the huge bench strength be ustilised to maximise winning chances for every match. I am talking about a American Football concept, where in you have a couple of star quarter backs, but they are used in critical stages not all the time, the whole team keeps chaging / revolving and all players are equal.

  • POSTED BY sony_sr on | May 25, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    I hope the problem selectors will be having with balaji is same as teh one I feel and several others share. He may be a good bowler, but he doesn't have any of the attributes of a pace bowler. When you see his runup and action, if you are a selector, the last thing you will do is to pick him in a test eleven. His soft (I don't know another word coz its something softer than softest) runup is enough for the opposition to get an upperhand.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Very happy to see Bala's name in this list,hope he improves his fitness.His spell against DD was deadly and helped bowlers like Kallis get into his own at the other end.Awana is a definite prospect too

  • POSTED BY Rashesh81 on | May 25, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    If we are getting so many good players every year, why India is on 7th position in ICC T20 ranking? It clearly indicates the mismanagement of players by BCCI.

  • POSTED BY puneet88 on | May 25, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    When will Naman Ojha get his due credit ... I think he is a technically sound batsman and not just a T20 slogger ..... He should atleast be in the India A team !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    here many show displeasure abt rohit getting more chances, then wat about raina? he has been holding his place in team just based on being in Captain and selectors favourite list , courtesy his IPL team ! He cudnt hold his test spot and didnt play any valuable knock for india for a long time. Hasnt fired for CSK as well this season but his failures are well covered with CSK advancing due to brilliant performances from faf-hiffy-bravo n dhoni . first ones to be removed from current indian team are raina and jadeja . Rahane can fill in his place

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    good article, however i wish more ppl like HB take a look at the entire domestic season as well and write abt the good performers. these ppl should get a chance on the back of consistent performances over a few seasons in at least A team tours! and then make the way up if the talent and temperament is good

  • POSTED BY jasif on | May 25, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    who cares??? IPL is in its fifth season.....yet indian team is losing badly in all formats??? why mentioning names when selectors are not giving them chances and even when they get a chance......they r of no use

  • POSTED BY ddc....... on | May 25, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Balaji is useless coz he is not fit enough to get to india team

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    I feel that Rahane should be given a long run, even in the test. In test matches virat kohli's place is not cemented. Looking at rahane I always get a feeling of an indian jayawardene who is batting. He has a good solid technique, hits the ball clean and hard.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    India's 16 Members squad for World T20 should be Sehwag, Gautham, Kohli, Virat, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin, Balaji, Umesh + Reserve Players - Rahane, Naman Ojha, Vinay Kumar, Iqbal Abdulla, Awana

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    My 15 Member Team for ICC 20-20 : Dhoni, V Sehwag, G gambir, R Sharma, A Rahane, S Raina,V Kohli, A Rayudu, R Uthappa, , R Aswin, Z Khan, I Pathan, U Yadav, R Jadeja, H Singh, D Kulkarni

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I completely agreeng with Harsha Bhogle over L Balaji. This guy is way better than other bowlers in terms of skills & dedication. He has got his swing & seam back...The way he has bowled his outswingers & taken top order wickets is very heartening to see....But to start off with he should be in T20s at least....n then move on towards Tests...He can still be the asset in Tests for atleast 3-4 years...all the best Bala....

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 25, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Rahane and "I'wanna" impressed me a lot. Tired of watching No-Hit Sharma failing again and again and chances will be served to him again and again, just because he scored a decent inning against KKR.

  • POSTED BY joe.joe on | May 25, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    i think L.Balaji is far better bowler than the likes of praveen and vinay kumar's, it would be a good combo of umesh , balaji and awana...with irfan in the bench, with ashwin and ojha in the spin dept.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 25, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Thank God, at last some one has recognized the value of L.Balaji. But he is a far better bowler in the longer versions of the game than in T20s where, though he is a wicket taking bowler, is bound to be expensive. My opinion is that BALAJI SHOULD WALK INTO THE INDIAN TEST ELEVEN.

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | May 25, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    No matter how well other youngsters perform,the Selectors think that the only 'youngsters' who should be given chances are Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma! Both of them are given umpteen chances at International Cricket,and except for a flash or two of brilliance,they haven't achieved the consistency required at the higher stage. The funny thing is,both of them have performed amazingly well against West Indies recently but against teams like South Africa and Australia,their weaknesses have been exposed. And yet the so called 'Experts' keep on heaping praise on them despite their failures and inconsistency! So please Selectors,since Rohit and Ishant are proven International failures due to their extremely medoicre records,please give chances to other untested youngsters instead.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 25, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Mayank Aggarwal could become a star if he is made to just defend for ten overs in the Ranji games. At the moment he believes every ball has to be hit into the stands. Probably the impact of seeing too much of Chris Gayle. I remember before the WC of 1987, Navjot Sidhu was known as a strokeless wonder. The in the opener of the WC against Australia at the Chepauk, he showed how much he had practiced hitting sixes . He was unstoppable on that day. I am a firm believer that temperamentally sound batsmen can acquire additional dimensions with practice. The thing not negotiable however is an excellent defensive technique against pace and spin. Of either foot. I remember Gavaskar beating Srikanth in speed of scoring in the match against New Zealand in the same WC,in Bangalore.Yet his defense remained as solid as ever.Mohinder Amarnath was good attacking cricket as well without being spectacular. There is no need for it. Gurkirat Singh seems to have that nerveless quality from those on view.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 25, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    A young 19 year old left arm spinner, who looks like he can develop into a left arm version of Narine comes to mind... he is already close to Shakib Al Hasan, and I saw him bowl the "other way" delivery ...

    And last game he showed he can bat......

    Did anyone else other than me notice a guy called Negi?

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 25, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Mandeep Singh and Ajinkya Rahane, from the names you have mentioned seem the best players of fast bowling in view of their comfort with playing the hook and the square cut.They will hopefully be noticed because of this virtue. Rayadu's continued omission from the national team baffles me as much as Nayan Mongia's some time ago. There could be some reason unknown to me. Parvinder Awana has been good in the domestic circuit as its followers will know. So it is no surprise that he has done well in the IPL as well. What strikes me about him is that he looks the rugged and dependable type also apart from having consistently high fast medium pace. Umesh is very very good and should be a revelation in Tests not just on wickets with some juice but others as well.His skills like Varun Aaron's have come on noticeably and that is very encouraging. I would have liked very much to see Shami Ahmed and Abu Nechim. Both have done well in the domestic circuit and should have played in IPL V.

  • POSTED BY teju666 on | May 25, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Harsha, one interesting topic for a complete article by itself will be to talk about fielding esp. the number of dropped chances in IPL. I have never seen any tournament have so many dropped chances including the easy ones. We have seen all types of tournaments with excellent quality of fielding but in all seasons of IPL catching seems to be way below par. And please dont mention the fantastic exceptions we saw. They were just that - exceptions

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    About your last sentence, Harsha, unless people like you come up with solutions rather than posing the questions that almost everyone is aware of and sweeping everything under the carpet, IPL will be part of front page news.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | May 25, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Completely agree with Harsha here India's bowling attack for the T-20 world cup should be Balaji,Umesh,Aaron,Praveen,Ashwin and Ojha. I dont see Zak as a T-20 player and with his fitness issues it would be better that he quits this format and I would like to see one more good season from Awana before rushing him into the national squad.

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  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | May 25, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Completely agree with Harsha here India's bowling attack for the T-20 world cup should be Balaji,Umesh,Aaron,Praveen,Ashwin and Ojha. I dont see Zak as a T-20 player and with his fitness issues it would be better that he quits this format and I would like to see one more good season from Awana before rushing him into the national squad.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    About your last sentence, Harsha, unless people like you come up with solutions rather than posing the questions that almost everyone is aware of and sweeping everything under the carpet, IPL will be part of front page news.

  • POSTED BY teju666 on | May 25, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Harsha, one interesting topic for a complete article by itself will be to talk about fielding esp. the number of dropped chances in IPL. I have never seen any tournament have so many dropped chances including the easy ones. We have seen all types of tournaments with excellent quality of fielding but in all seasons of IPL catching seems to be way below par. And please dont mention the fantastic exceptions we saw. They were just that - exceptions

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 25, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Mandeep Singh and Ajinkya Rahane, from the names you have mentioned seem the best players of fast bowling in view of their comfort with playing the hook and the square cut.They will hopefully be noticed because of this virtue. Rayadu's continued omission from the national team baffles me as much as Nayan Mongia's some time ago. There could be some reason unknown to me. Parvinder Awana has been good in the domestic circuit as its followers will know. So it is no surprise that he has done well in the IPL as well. What strikes me about him is that he looks the rugged and dependable type also apart from having consistently high fast medium pace. Umesh is very very good and should be a revelation in Tests not just on wickets with some juice but others as well.His skills like Varun Aaron's have come on noticeably and that is very encouraging. I would have liked very much to see Shami Ahmed and Abu Nechim. Both have done well in the domestic circuit and should have played in IPL V.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 25, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    A young 19 year old left arm spinner, who looks like he can develop into a left arm version of Narine comes to mind... he is already close to Shakib Al Hasan, and I saw him bowl the "other way" delivery ...

    And last game he showed he can bat......

    Did anyone else other than me notice a guy called Negi?

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | May 25, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Mayank Aggarwal could become a star if he is made to just defend for ten overs in the Ranji games. At the moment he believes every ball has to be hit into the stands. Probably the impact of seeing too much of Chris Gayle. I remember before the WC of 1987, Navjot Sidhu was known as a strokeless wonder. The in the opener of the WC against Australia at the Chepauk, he showed how much he had practiced hitting sixes . He was unstoppable on that day. I am a firm believer that temperamentally sound batsmen can acquire additional dimensions with practice. The thing not negotiable however is an excellent defensive technique against pace and spin. Of either foot. I remember Gavaskar beating Srikanth in speed of scoring in the match against New Zealand in the same WC,in Bangalore.Yet his defense remained as solid as ever.Mohinder Amarnath was good attacking cricket as well without being spectacular. There is no need for it. Gurkirat Singh seems to have that nerveless quality from those on view.

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | May 25, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    No matter how well other youngsters perform,the Selectors think that the only 'youngsters' who should be given chances are Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma! Both of them are given umpteen chances at International Cricket,and except for a flash or two of brilliance,they haven't achieved the consistency required at the higher stage. The funny thing is,both of them have performed amazingly well against West Indies recently but against teams like South Africa and Australia,their weaknesses have been exposed. And yet the so called 'Experts' keep on heaping praise on them despite their failures and inconsistency! So please Selectors,since Rohit and Ishant are proven International failures due to their extremely medoicre records,please give chances to other untested youngsters instead.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 25, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Thank God, at last some one has recognized the value of L.Balaji. But he is a far better bowler in the longer versions of the game than in T20s where, though he is a wicket taking bowler, is bound to be expensive. My opinion is that BALAJI SHOULD WALK INTO THE INDIAN TEST ELEVEN.

  • POSTED BY joe.joe on | May 25, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    i think L.Balaji is far better bowler than the likes of praveen and vinay kumar's, it would be a good combo of umesh , balaji and awana...with irfan in the bench, with ashwin and ojha in the spin dept.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 25, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Rahane and "I'wanna" impressed me a lot. Tired of watching No-Hit Sharma failing again and again and chances will be served to him again and again, just because he scored a decent inning against KKR.