Rajasthan v TN, Ranji Trophy semi-final, Jaipur, 3rd day January 6, 2011

Rajasthan enter final despite Badrinath's heroics

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Rajasthan 552 for 7 decl (Chopra 139, Menaria 106, Kanitkar 100*) drew with Tamil Nadu 385 (Badrinath 175) and 2 for 0
Scorecard

Rajasthan's dream is still alive. They couldn't dislodge Tamil Nadu's wall, S Badrinath, but dismantled the rest brick by brick to enter their first Ranji final since the 1973-74 season. The seamers, Pankaj Singh, Deepak Chahar and Sumit Mathur, sparkled on a docile track to apply the squeeze, and the legspinner Vivek Yadav ran through the lower order to shove Tamil Nadu out of the competition. Tamil Nadu, if they didn't get bowled out, had to score 272 runs in 90 overs on the final day to go through based on net run-rate but they were shot out in the last session.

For 10 hours and five minutes, Badrinath resisted everything hurled at him: outswingers, inswingers, bouncers, leg breaks, sliders, sledges, official warning from the umpire for repeatedly pulling out of strike, his team-mates' self-destructive ways, and his opponent's determined resolve. They couldn't out him at all but Rajasthan found a way around him to achieve their dream.

There was nothing in the pitch but the seamers created venom in the air to do the job. The 18-year old Chahar, playing his debut season, swung the ball both ways, Pankaj mixed his outswingers with the nip-backers, the balding Mathur punctuated his probing line around off stump with bouncers and Yadav flung in his quickish legbreaks and sliders to hustle Tamil Nadu.

It was a fascinating day's play. You could feel the pressure Tamil Nadu were under, and you could sense the intense desire and ambition of their opponents. Badrinath v Rajasthan was a riveting battle. Like yesterday, the bowlers complained to the umpires that Badrinath was not ready when they were ready to bowl. Like yesterday, the umpires chastened Badrinath. "The moment the bowler turns around, you have to be ready," Hariharan told Badrinath. "This is the last friendly warning." A visibly agitated Pankaj had a few words to say. Badrinath moved away again a short while later, as Mathur released the ball, and was handed his official warning. The heat was truly on. If it affected him, Badrinath didn't show it and knuckled down further but he was let down by his team-mates.

R Sathish, who had come in after the overnight batsman K Vasudevadas had inside-edged an outswinger on to his stumps, did all the hard work before throwing his wicket away. Chahar had him in a tangle- the big inswingers repeatedly rapped him on the pad and the outswingers kept teasing the outside edge- but Sathish fought on grittily. Every time he was beaten, he looked at Badrinath and flashed a smile. The pair saw through the first session but the self-destruction set in the second. Sathish went for a flamboyant on-the-up drive off Mathur but hit it straight to short extra cover to leave Tamil Nadu wobbling at 283 for 5.

It was in these kind of big moments that Tamil Nadu have choked in the past and more brain freeze was in store today. C Ganapathy, promoted ahead of Suresh Kumar, was peppered by bouncers from Mathur and threw his wicket away by pulling one straight to deep square-leg. Suresh Kumar hung around for a while and the pressure started to tell on everyone. When the score was 312, Badrinath charged down the track to Yadav and failed to connect but Rohit Jhalani fluffed a simple stumping. Yadav, though, kept chugging along and soon trapped Suresh Kumar lbw with a slider on the off stump line.

Enter L Balaji. He stuck adhesively to the crease for 76 minutes and was dropped on 14 by Jhalani but failed to connect with a sweep and fell lbw to Yadav. The No.10, R Suthesh, combusted spontaneously on arrival: He tried to slog Yadav and miscued it to mid-on and S Sam got into a mix-up with Badrinath and was run out by a direct hit by Robin Bist from deep midwicket to trigger celebrations in the Rajasthan camp. Badrinath trudged back in disappointment.

Rajasthan rubbed the salt into wounds by making Tamil Nadu follow-on and an over later it was all over. History was calling and the desert boys were all ears. Rajasthan now face Baroda in a final that not many would have predicted. It's been that kind of a season.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on January 7, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    @govisri It is a highly acceptable statement that you made...how can vijay and mukund get a chance ahead of mukund is still a kid and he needs to grow am sure he is a fully finished product for international cricket...vijay has been the man of inconsistency in t20's and ODIs but he has delivered his best weneva he had a chance to play in tests...But if we look at badrinath no one in the domestic circuit deserves a chance ahead of him raina, rohit and yuvi are highly reckless and irresponsible cricketers who cannot shine in tests it might take some time for them...badrinath has always been fitter and his patience and will stay long has proved great success for him...i wonder how can the selection comt. think of pujara all of a sudden ...considering the fact that badrinath has performed well against RSA in india he should have been given a chance...Srikanth is absolutely blind wat else can i say...its jus killing me when i think of this fact...!!!

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  • The_Professor on January 7, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Following on from my earlier post, Bhadri's case is an extremely strange one. His figures make a compelling case for an extended run at test level and with Srikanth at the helm of selection one would think that Bhadri would be granted the opportunity. However, it seems like Bhadri is somehow not a favourite of Srikanth's and perhaps out of favour with the rest of the selectors. Maybe it has to do with the way he openly challenged the selectors to "give him a chance to fail" - the selectors did exactly that...dropped him at the first opportunity!!!

  • The_Professor on January 7, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Congrats to Rajasthan - I hope they will do it in the final. As for Bhadrinath - I think the Indian selectors discarded him too early...Bhadri did not get a fair go. Bhadri has played 3 innings at test level and has 1 half century to show for it. He did struggle against Steyn but who hasn't. Bhadri is a fighter in the Laxman mould and if he is not given a chnace now then it will be too late - a really sad story for a guy who averages 60+ at first class level but never given an extended run at test level. Indian selectors need to look at succession planning or we will end up like W.I & Aus! DRAVID has been an all time great for India BUT THE TIME TO REPLACE DRAVID WITH BHADRI IS NOW!!!

  • Samar_Singh on January 7, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Badrinath definitely deserves to be in the Test side b4 raina and yuvi....he is a matured and experienced player and could play for some 5-6 years...he is just 30 ...He should be given fair bit of chance..

  • on January 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Super Effort From Rajasthan...Pankaj nad Young Chahar will be playing for India soon. Badri played his best mind game as all chennai ppl do at least he wasted 20% of energy of Rajasthan's bowlers by moving away from crease when they were about to deliver the ball. But at last who is hard working and fair,wins. Already Chika has appointed so many his relatives in Indian team..and Tamilnadu ppl are wanting Badri 'be-imaan' in Indian team...Shame on you Tamilians..thooo...Poda...Hail Rajsthan for their super efforts... Jai Rajasthan. Mharo Rangilo Rajasthan..

  • jimbond on January 7, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Srikanth may have something against Badrinath, otherwise how could he be ignored, when the undeserving TN guys like Dinesh Karthik and Vijay- even Ashwin get the chances at the highest level- several times. Time to sideline the ineffectives like Vijay and give more chances to proven performers at the domestic level like Pujara, Rahane and Badrinath. Raina unfortunately needs to be part of the set up for the ODIs at least in the subcontinent.

  • rajeshmadurai on January 7, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    what is preventing chika and guys in selecting badri into national team?.if age is alone a problem then y do you select lax,dravid ,st..you must only look at talents not at age..even 4 years before badri was in good form and he is maitaining this for years..give him a chance guys.he will certainly prove himself..dont forget the brilliant fifty by him on his debut when rest of the guys failed to score on that match

  • prasanth.kongati on January 7, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Badri, not matter what the place you get in Indian team..but if you happen to see this comment. I want to say you have won place in my heart...and its the same thing earns you being in indiam team...lot of people recoginze your efforts and applaude..kudos for entertaining for many years..

  • tikna on January 7, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Neutral venues are not really a good thing because the select few like me who would go to the ground for a ranji semi/final would miss out and with due respect I wouldnt want to see a match not featuring Mumbai, follow it online or on tv sure but not at the stadium......and yes these matches should be 5 days.

  • govisri on January 7, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    It was a superlative effort by Badri. 922 runs @ an average of 131.7! What more he needs to do to get into the test xi?He has been consistentthroughout the last decade or so. He did decently well against RSA in the tests,when others were having trouble outting bat to ball from Steyn. Raina playing test cricket is a joke:) Pujara and Badri should be looked at ahead of the rohits,rainas and yuvis for tests.Fail to fathom how vijay and mukund gets a look-in ahead of badri.Rahane is another who should be considered for the longer version.someone being flamboyant in T20s doesnt mean they are good for test cricket.

  • on January 7, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    @govisri It is a highly acceptable statement that you made...how can vijay and mukund get a chance ahead of mukund is still a kid and he needs to grow am sure he is a fully finished product for international cricket...vijay has been the man of inconsistency in t20's and ODIs but he has delivered his best weneva he had a chance to play in tests...But if we look at badrinath no one in the domestic circuit deserves a chance ahead of him raina, rohit and yuvi are highly reckless and irresponsible cricketers who cannot shine in tests it might take some time for them...badrinath has always been fitter and his patience and will stay long has proved great success for him...i wonder how can the selection comt. think of pujara all of a sudden ...considering the fact that badrinath has performed well against RSA in india he should have been given a chance...Srikanth is absolutely blind wat else can i say...its jus killing me when i think of this fact...!!!

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  • The_Professor on January 7, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Following on from my earlier post, Bhadri's case is an extremely strange one. His figures make a compelling case for an extended run at test level and with Srikanth at the helm of selection one would think that Bhadri would be granted the opportunity. However, it seems like Bhadri is somehow not a favourite of Srikanth's and perhaps out of favour with the rest of the selectors. Maybe it has to do with the way he openly challenged the selectors to "give him a chance to fail" - the selectors did exactly that...dropped him at the first opportunity!!!

  • The_Professor on January 7, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Congrats to Rajasthan - I hope they will do it in the final. As for Bhadrinath - I think the Indian selectors discarded him too early...Bhadri did not get a fair go. Bhadri has played 3 innings at test level and has 1 half century to show for it. He did struggle against Steyn but who hasn't. Bhadri is a fighter in the Laxman mould and if he is not given a chnace now then it will be too late - a really sad story for a guy who averages 60+ at first class level but never given an extended run at test level. Indian selectors need to look at succession planning or we will end up like W.I & Aus! DRAVID has been an all time great for India BUT THE TIME TO REPLACE DRAVID WITH BHADRI IS NOW!!!

  • Samar_Singh on January 7, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Badrinath definitely deserves to be in the Test side b4 raina and yuvi....he is a matured and experienced player and could play for some 5-6 years...he is just 30 ...He should be given fair bit of chance..

  • on January 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Super Effort From Rajasthan...Pankaj nad Young Chahar will be playing for India soon. Badri played his best mind game as all chennai ppl do at least he wasted 20% of energy of Rajasthan's bowlers by moving away from crease when they were about to deliver the ball. But at last who is hard working and fair,wins. Already Chika has appointed so many his relatives in Indian team..and Tamilnadu ppl are wanting Badri 'be-imaan' in Indian team...Shame on you Tamilians..thooo...Poda...Hail Rajsthan for their super efforts... Jai Rajasthan. Mharo Rangilo Rajasthan..

  • jimbond on January 7, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Srikanth may have something against Badrinath, otherwise how could he be ignored, when the undeserving TN guys like Dinesh Karthik and Vijay- even Ashwin get the chances at the highest level- several times. Time to sideline the ineffectives like Vijay and give more chances to proven performers at the domestic level like Pujara, Rahane and Badrinath. Raina unfortunately needs to be part of the set up for the ODIs at least in the subcontinent.

  • rajeshmadurai on January 7, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    what is preventing chika and guys in selecting badri into national team?.if age is alone a problem then y do you select lax,dravid ,st..you must only look at talents not at age..even 4 years before badri was in good form and he is maitaining this for years..give him a chance guys.he will certainly prove himself..dont forget the brilliant fifty by him on his debut when rest of the guys failed to score on that match

  • prasanth.kongati on January 7, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Badri, not matter what the place you get in Indian team..but if you happen to see this comment. I want to say you have won place in my heart...and its the same thing earns you being in indiam team...lot of people recoginze your efforts and applaude..kudos for entertaining for many years..

  • tikna on January 7, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Neutral venues are not really a good thing because the select few like me who would go to the ground for a ranji semi/final would miss out and with due respect I wouldnt want to see a match not featuring Mumbai, follow it online or on tv sure but not at the stadium......and yes these matches should be 5 days.

  • govisri on January 7, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    It was a superlative effort by Badri. 922 runs @ an average of 131.7! What more he needs to do to get into the test xi?He has been consistentthroughout the last decade or so. He did decently well against RSA in the tests,when others were having trouble outting bat to ball from Steyn. Raina playing test cricket is a joke:) Pujara and Badri should be looked at ahead of the rohits,rainas and yuvis for tests.Fail to fathom how vijay and mukund gets a look-in ahead of badri.Rahane is another who should be considered for the longer version.someone being flamboyant in T20s doesnt mean they are good for test cricket.

  • on January 7, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    badri is a far more better player than vijay and pujara...vijay is the wastest player outside india..as though there are no openers other than vijay they are keeping him as reserve opener..pleae cheeka drop that vijay and give chance to badri and rahane..

  • on January 7, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    i dont know wat is the rule in selecting the player for indian team...badri is the highest run getter for this season and in past 5 years he has the most runs and highest of batting average in the first class cricket including india A.. wat else he wants todo to get into indian test team..i think the selectors wants only young guys with only one or two seasons of domestic cricketers rather than matured cricketers like badri who handles the pressure situation that was seen in ipl for csk in most of the matches and even in this match...i thought cheeka would do a good job unlike vengsarkar...but now he is going worst than him;

  • D.Sharma on January 7, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    I have been very critical of TN players who get a 'free ticket' into the national team because of Srikkanth and IPL, but Badrinath is one guy I feel really deserves a chance in the test team ahead of Vijay, Raina, Yuvraj etc. He should have been the first guy to replace Ganguly and not some test misfit, Yuvraj.

  • HenryFonda on January 7, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    even if rajasthan are in the finals, it is not because of any new talents sprouting in their backyard. Their two main bowlers (D.chahar and P.Singh) are from U.P. and have learnt majority of their cricket there. Their two main batsmen (Chopra, Kanitkar) are imports from other states as well. As for Pankaj, the fastest ball i saw him bowling was measured at 136 kph.he does not have any control over swing. This year's Ranjis must be the worst ever in terms of not throwing any new talent.

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Surprising!! Congrats Rajasthan :)

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    The national team gets knocked out for 136 on sportive pitches and we are still contented with flat tracks where hardly 2 innings are possible and dust bowls where matches end in almost 2 days.. shame..

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Wondering why badrinath has been overlooked of any years despite being TN's prolific & solid batsman.

  • dilscoop on January 7, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Great Stuff Badri! He was the boy on the burning deck for TN not just today but the entire season - dinesh karthik had an awful season with the bat & abhinav mukund flattered to deceive this season. With no Mumbai or Delhi one expected TN to put it across Rajastan, a plate team. But just one man with the bat & none with the ball - TN did not deserve it. Ashwin should have played this game & then left for SA, still enough time to make it to SA for the T20 on sunday - shows how much importance domestic cricket gets. Rajastan should be declared winner of the ranji trophy this year as a punishment for Baroda for preparing a treacherous wicket vs Karnataka in the semis or Baroda should be banned for the next year - it is hard to expect any action from the spineless BCCI. Now that Badri has the most runs this ranji season he should be given a longer run at number 6 for India - should be a certainity for the tours of WI & England. Just 2 tests thus far isn't fair for Mr. Consistency.

  • on January 7, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    It was a very tensed match but finally Rajasthan was able to make it in next level . TN batsman are totally responsible for it. They only needed to support Badrinath and keep rotating the strike but they all fails. It is just like a dream run for home team as they able to reach in the final from plate group. The presence of Aakash chopra, H. kanitkar makes a big difference in Rajasthan camp .

  • on January 6, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Key Ranji trophy matches should be for 5 days & should be played at neutral venues

  • on January 6, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    272 from 90 overs was not a tough task for a team which has players of high calibre like Badrinath, dinesh karthik, satish, abinav mukund. But none of them except badrinath rose to the occasion and performed, it was highly dissapointing to see the way satish and ganapathy got out, atleast when the situations demanded suresh kumar should have slogged a bit. They could have rotated strike as badri wouldn't mind to take extra pressure. Its a great knock from him inspite of all the mental troubles and pressure put to him, he was amazing throughout the season and he thoroughly deserves to be called the "wall of TN" chicka should take his service as soon as possible and not waste his talent anymore...Its was a dismal performance by dinesh karthik through out the season he should be thrown out. It is no surprise to note that badri is the top scorer of the season...what more does he need to prove.....Chicka please take a note...I BEG YOU....

  • on January 6, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    It is time Badri is given a fair run over Rainas and Pujaras in the test squad.....or even Vijay for that matter

  • on January 6, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    HATTS OFF Badri , i love your inner soul ,if they dont select you even now , wat to say even every anti TN guys knows

  • Raj12345 on January 6, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Congrats Rajasthan. Follow on is not the right spirit, when you grow, need to be patient.

    More than 6 test players are in above 30's and 3 of them crossed 35. We drew the test series and missed opp of winning the series. This is enough age is not criteria to perform. It is not the right argument that Badri become old when he is on 30 and there half dozen people crossed their 30's in team. Appreciate the cricket talent irrespective of state/country. Kallis is above 35, because of him we lost the opp to win the match.

    Tell openly that Badri is from TN, so we will not select. I don't understand Sri logic of selecting Rohit because of one good knock and ignoring people like Badri who perform entire series/decade. God only knows. Badri is coming in T20 and scoring 40s & 50s and why can't he score 50s or 100s if he has given opportunity in ODIs. it is all politics & game. At last there is only way, Sachin has to give his voice for Badri once again as how he did in the past.

  • on January 6, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Well played Badri...but Rajasthan deserved to be in the finals! They have been playing really in the last couple of matches. Hope they come winning with the trophy. That's going to be a huge surprise.

  • dinster77 on January 6, 2011, 18:57 GMT

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  • TRAM on January 6, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Badri is the correct replacement for Dravid. And Badri is a far better allround fielder and captain. It is unfortunate he was not born in Bombay or Delhi to get selectors attention 10 years back. Look at Raina, Pujara, Rohit ... they are still in their early 20s... can you believe how many chances they have been given so early in their life..

  • aravabalaji on January 6, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    TN has wasted a golden opportunity. When it was a matter of 272 runs in 90 overs without getting bowled out, TN batsmen, sans Badri, never applied themselves to combat the situation. Most of them were guilty of getting themselves out, including Vasudevadas, whose wicket gave inroad to Rajasthan. At the same time, Rajasthan bowlers deserve praise for their persistent efforts. Selectors, enough is enough! Give Badri, his due place in the Indian Test team, keeping aside regional compulsions. Its a pity that bowler of Pankaj Singh's talent was not recognised properly, even by RCB. Guys like Unadkat & Umesh Yadav should consider themselves lucky and should thank their state associations.

  • on January 6, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    I couldn't understand why Badri is overlooked. He is at his peak of his form. He scored fair amount of runs in his last international appearance.. Still he was dropped in the following series. Its now high time for the selectors to look at these domestic talents instead of persisting with out of form Rainas and Rohits..

  • on January 6, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    And if the selectors ignore even this innings from badri,it is the biggest blunder they would have ever commited...he is the perfect replacement for dravid or laxman....he deserves lots of chances..........!

  • on January 6, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    How is the venue for the final decided?or for that matter QF and SF? Can anyone throw some light? Why is the final in Vadodra and not Jaipur?

  • on January 6, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Well done Rajasthan; will the selectors now wake up and smell the coffee? Its high time that the highest wicket taker this Ranji season, Rajasthan's Pankaj Singh, is chosen for the national side; we've had Ishant put up a woeful performance in the series against South Africa; we had some guy called Unadkat who was chosen for the squad; why doesn't the highest wicket taker in the season not get a call for the Indian team??

  • on January 6, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    DK missed yet another opportunity! pity for him! Badri should be included in test squad!

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 6, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Despite all his heroics in Ranji, he fails to get noticed for selections at the international level. Selectors : Pls open your eyes to see such performances and read these articles. There is much more to Indian cricket than Rohits, Rainas and Jadejas.

  • on January 6, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    TAMILNADU could have won this match if any of the other batsmen could have stayed with badrinath...most of the batsmen had got out playing irreponsible shots mostly satish nd ganapathy at that point which was not needed..i feel sorry for badri who wanted this ranji trophy title...well played badri u had a dream ranji trophy season this time, i want the selectors to see his performance and hope so get into indian test team...he was the lone warior for batting for tn this season...

  • on January 6, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    nice match... good luck rajasthan for the finals...

  • on January 6, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Well Done team... Now Prepare for the big occasion... The Finals

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  • on January 6, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Well Done team... Now Prepare for the big occasion... The Finals

  • on January 6, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    nice match... good luck rajasthan for the finals...

  • on January 6, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    TAMILNADU could have won this match if any of the other batsmen could have stayed with badrinath...most of the batsmen had got out playing irreponsible shots mostly satish nd ganapathy at that point which was not needed..i feel sorry for badri who wanted this ranji trophy title...well played badri u had a dream ranji trophy season this time, i want the selectors to see his performance and hope so get into indian test team...he was the lone warior for batting for tn this season...

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 6, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Despite all his heroics in Ranji, he fails to get noticed for selections at the international level. Selectors : Pls open your eyes to see such performances and read these articles. There is much more to Indian cricket than Rohits, Rainas and Jadejas.

  • on January 6, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    DK missed yet another opportunity! pity for him! Badri should be included in test squad!

  • on January 6, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Well done Rajasthan; will the selectors now wake up and smell the coffee? Its high time that the highest wicket taker this Ranji season, Rajasthan's Pankaj Singh, is chosen for the national side; we've had Ishant put up a woeful performance in the series against South Africa; we had some guy called Unadkat who was chosen for the squad; why doesn't the highest wicket taker in the season not get a call for the Indian team??

  • on January 6, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    How is the venue for the final decided?or for that matter QF and SF? Can anyone throw some light? Why is the final in Vadodra and not Jaipur?

  • on January 6, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    And if the selectors ignore even this innings from badri,it is the biggest blunder they would have ever commited...he is the perfect replacement for dravid or laxman....he deserves lots of chances..........!

  • on January 6, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    I couldn't understand why Badri is overlooked. He is at his peak of his form. He scored fair amount of runs in his last international appearance.. Still he was dropped in the following series. Its now high time for the selectors to look at these domestic talents instead of persisting with out of form Rainas and Rohits..

  • aravabalaji on January 6, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    TN has wasted a golden opportunity. When it was a matter of 272 runs in 90 overs without getting bowled out, TN batsmen, sans Badri, never applied themselves to combat the situation. Most of them were guilty of getting themselves out, including Vasudevadas, whose wicket gave inroad to Rajasthan. At the same time, Rajasthan bowlers deserve praise for their persistent efforts. Selectors, enough is enough! Give Badri, his due place in the Indian Test team, keeping aside regional compulsions. Its a pity that bowler of Pankaj Singh's talent was not recognised properly, even by RCB. Guys like Unadkat & Umesh Yadav should consider themselves lucky and should thank their state associations.