West Indies v India, only T20 international, Trinidad June 4, 2011

Badrinath focussed on consistency


It was a dull opening game. It was also strange. Who plays a Twenty20 game at 10am?

The shortest format is about sauntering in with your family and friends to the park in the evening and having some fun. The players as well as the home board didn't wish for such an early start. "We tried our best to tell the broadcaster to push it later but they didn't agree," an official from the West Indies cricket board told ESPNcricinfo. "To play a T20 game at 10am is not ideal but we couldn't do much about it." It yet again proves TV is the boss. No one can afford to mess with its commerce. And in this case it was all about playing at a time that would be suitable to the Indian television audience. "Bahut ajeeb lagta hai 10 baje T20 khelne mey," (it feels strange to play a T20 at 10am) said an Indian cricketer.

The match was played under the constant threat of rain, with a steady drizzle in the early stages. Ironically, there might have been no game if not for the TV broadcasters' keenness for an early start: the rain came down heavily after the match ended, and as a result, the Trinidad & Tobago v Sagicor HPC XI match had to be called off.

In any case, the first match meandered along without much quality. The pitch - damp and slow- too played a big part in dictating the style of play. West Indies shouldn't have let India reach 159 after such a middling start but they did. There wasn't much fun for the crowd. But one man would be least worried about such demands. S Badrinath stitched together another steady, effective innings to prop up India. "It's a nice feeling to be able to contribute to India's win," he said later. "I have been playing a lot of cricket, especially the T20 format, in the last one month or so, and it helped me to keep my game in balance."

The pitch played a touch slow when Badrinath came in and there was scoreboard pressure. Badrinath did what he does best: he worked the angles, rotated the strike and freed his mind and arms near the end of his innings. His story has been well documented. Badrinath's fans reckon he is one of the unluckiest Indian cricketers and that he should have had more chances to represent India. He has put behind him that anger-suffused disappointment and is now focussed on his future. Does he see himself as a senior cricketer in a team of youngsters? "I have played with lot of these guys in domestic cricket and on A tours. I am not seeing myself as a senior or junior. The fact is that I am new to international cricket but I use my experience and back myself. "

Badrinath has a few goals but he didn't want to share it and put more pressure on himself. "I don't want to say what exactly what I want to do. The first thing is that I need to cement a spot in the Indian team. I am just focussed on contributing consistently."

He said he is aware of the need to constantly work on his game and has been seeking the help of coaches in honing his skills to suit all forms of cricket. "I have been working with the coaches. The IPL experience has helped me a great deal. It's been lot of hard work but I enjoy improving my game and want to play for India for as long as possible."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nikhil on June 6, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Although a lil premature to comment. I can see Badri as the Michael Hussey of Indian cricket for the nxt 3-5 yrs, if guided & groomed properly. Even Hussey got his debut at 30 & see what an priceless asset he has been to cricket Australia. Go Badri go!!!!!!!!!!! :) The Wall's spot is urs for takin in any case by 2013 max :)

  • Srinath on June 5, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    well done badri!!!!!!all the best wishes team india for odi's and tests!!!!!!!

  • Pradeep on June 5, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Am I the only one to see a conflict of interest? How can Cricinfo commentate neutrally on one TV channel when its owned by a rival one? Especially since that same TV channel tortured us with Sidhu throughout the WC. And its not the first time its happened either, with articles following the Indian tour of SA criticizing the broadcasters. There are enough Conflicts of interest in Cricket and we deserve better from Cricket's no.1 website.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @Naveen: Nothing is wrong in that, though people don't want to believe that india is a dominating factor in cricket now..they still want to live in the era of windies dominance, 70s and ECB,ACB controlling the game..

  • Hari on June 5, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Badri is such a talented player who deserves more chances than M Vijay or W Jaffer (both of whom were purely in the team bcoz of Srikkanth & Vengsarkar. Badri's bad luck is due to India's fab four's (SRT, Ganguly, RD and VVS) golden era in tests. He still can play tests for india ahead of Yuvraj or Raina for another 5 years atleast. As for as the ODIs are concerned I think the only improvement he can do is to rotate strike once is new at the crease so that he is not under pressure to go 4 his shots and later he can pick up the momentum. He is like Rahul Dravid of early 2000s.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Well that is wrong to select a slot by a TV where you have most viewers. At that end of the day we all want to make sure that we have as many viewers as possible isn't it. I do see a fair argument from TV side as well.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    bhajji is better than ashwin in all other formats except 20-20. But here he bowled much better than ashwin, its a slap on the face of bhajji haters who are very biased to bowler who has 700 international wickets. 2nd highest in the Indian history after kumble. Shame on all of you. u compare ashwin with mishra not harbhajan who has proved again he is world class....

  • Nathan on June 5, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Very techincaly correct and hard working cricketer. I believe he is one the best cricketers in the world at the moment. I wish Subramaniam Badrinath was born in a country like Srilanka where could have already played more than 100 test matches. I hope he will grab his opportunity this time around.

  • Bharath on June 5, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Badri will surely cemnt his place in Indian side if he continues his current form.

  • v on June 5, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Well played Badri.....T20 verum trailer dhan show ur real stuff especially in test cricket! All the best we are with you

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