India in West Indies, 2011 June 15, 2011

Badrinath, Yusuf running out of time

S Badrinath and Yusuf Pathan had a golden opportunity to cement their spots in the ODI side in the series against West Indies. Sadly, both have failed so far
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It's easy to like Yusuf Pathan. It's easy to grow to like S Badrinath. Yusuf can thrill you with his big hits; he appeals with his primal spirit and gives you instant gratification. Badrinath, with his years of hard toil in domestic cricket, can make you sympathetic to his cause. However, both are guilty of throwing away the great opportunity presented to them in the ongoing ODI series in the West Indies. Especially Badrinath, who is yet to prove that he belongs on the international stage.

It wasn't that long ago when Dale Steyn made Badrinath look out of his depth in a Test in India. Here, in the West Indies, Andre Russell, nowhere close to Steyn in class or pace, made Badrinath hop and jump awkwardly on a docile pitch. Badrinath is not a very wristy player; his strokeplay is all arms. Under pressure, those hands start gripping the bat tighter, the arms start stabbing, and the ball doesn't seem to move off the turf. It looks like a struggle, it feels like a struggle and perhaps, it is a struggle.

He arrived here on the back of a very good domestic season and an impressive showing in the IPL. This series was supposed to be his carpe diem opportunity. Instead, it's turning into a nightmare. He was given a chance to bat at No. 4, ahead of both Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma - except in the rain-shortened second ODI - but has averaged just 13.33 in four games so far, with a high score of 17. His critics are having a field day: 'oh he is just a domestic batsman and is a misfit. He can't rotate the strike if the bowling is accurate and he will eventually be eaten up by the pressure,' is their line of thought.

It's not that Badrinath is not mentally tough: if he wasn't, he wouldn't have survived the years of rejection and continued reaping runs in domestic cricket to the extent that the selectors were almost forced to pick him. The real question though, and one he has so failed to answer is whether he is international class? This is the same Badrinath who handled the short balls well in South Africa during the second season of the IPL; constantly side stepping to upper cut them. Those deliveries had more pace and bounce than the ones he faced in Antigua. But the pressure of playing international cricket is vastly different from the IPL and it does strange things. Badrinath is a very intense man and by his own admission feels he has to learn to go easy on himself . He has one more game before the Test series to get it right. Will he be able to produce a knock of real substance?

Yusuf, too, is mentally a tough nut. Everyone knows his weakness against pacy bouncers. Batsmen with this problem tend to start expecting it off every ball. They are likely to hang on the back foot or hop and get caught out by the full deliveries. Yusuf isn't one of them; even as he would deal awkwardly with the short deliveries, he has rarely let a full delivery in his arc go unpunished. However, his career is threatening to spin out of control after his showing in this series so far. He has lasted only 17 deliveries in his three knocks. He gave a tame return catch in the first, lapped to short midwicket in the second and was brilliantly pouched by Lendl Simmons, and threw his wicket in the third, slugging to long-off. Each time, he stood there almost in disbelief at what he had done.

Again, like Badrinath, each game had presented Yusuf with a great opportunity. There were lots of overs left, there was no pressure from the run-rate, and he could have played himself in. He didn't. Was it adrenalin kicking in to counterattack and impose himself or were they shots played under pressure? Was it overconfidence or nerves? The former can be easier to correct; the latter indicates vulnerability and is difficult to overcome. Only Yusuf knows the truth.

When the biggies return, both Yusuf and Badrinath will rarely get chances like this. Five ODIs on featherbeds against a team struggling to paper its cracks and compete. Five chances to resuscitate your career and cement your spot. Now both have just one final shot at redemption. They will have to take it. Else, there might not be a second chance. Especially for Badrinath. Yusuf, with his brutal knocks against South Africa in South Africa not long ago coupled with his bowling, is likely to get more chances in the future. If Badrinath fails on Thursday, this could be the last time he plays in coloured clothes. Even his Test chances might be in jeopardy. The stakes are that high.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 18, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    why no guys are writing about suresh raina? i felt his captaincy was very pathetic.. particularly in odi in which rusell scored 92. bowling changes were not well motivated.. virat kohli deserved leadership more..

  • umbuly on June 17, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    I was so much rooting for Badri's success. He indeed squandered his precious chance, that he has been given unjustifiably less number of times. Is he a probable in the test team? Anybody knows, or is he going to pack up soon? I feel the indian cricket system has done injustice to this talented player by not nurturing him enough with more chances to perform for the nation when he was young. I feel it is still not late. One way the system could redeem itself is not drop him abruptly, and give him just a few more chances for him to prove.

  • on June 16, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Sriram Veera is very biased, compared to likes of Dhawan, PA Patel and so many others Badrinath did not get enough chances. In fact, I can say Raina with his lack of form, may be worried about Badrinath establishing himself, therefore benched him. Opinions like this does not belong to ESPNCRICINFO, where most writers are very well informed.

  • rsurya on June 16, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Badrinath can become an asset for Indian team in near future. let him score 20 runs in 10 matches. give him the 11th match. the characters should fill in the team not the odd form players who may play in some seasons. see the role which dhoni gave him in CSK. i dont think any dhawans or tiwaries can do that. and for god sake please dont never think of including sreesanth anymore in the team.

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Raina also have run out of time. Because of his poor shot, India lost the last 7 wickets for 62 runs in 11.3 overs in the5th ODI. Slipping from an envious 189-3 to an aerage 251 all out.

  • wolf777 on June 16, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    It is end of the line for Suresh Raina too! He is in the team because he is the Captain and not on his performance in last four games. I don't remember when was the last time he played well outside the subcontinent…

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    To all those who comment on Yusuf"s form "Check out the averages of batsman in the past and present of ODI who come in at number 6 YUSUF will be one among the top "

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Hey what about Raina, he turns out to be the fringe player as he himself told !!!

  • jonnybhai007 on June 16, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Why are there articles always biased to certain players like Rohit Sharma on Cric Info. To the one's who critize Badar, please take a look at Rohit Sharma's stat's before he played this weak WI atttack.How many times did he kept getting chance after chace just cause he played a couple of good games in T-20WC. It's totally injustifiable and unfair to a player like Badari, who had spent good number of his years in domestic cricket and had to wait cause of players like Rohit Sharama, who were just an Internatinal waste material, till this tour to the WI. If players like him could get chance after chance.iam sure, we could have the patience to see a player like Badri play a couple more series, till we make a judgement.Also Pathan is gem of a player like Sehwag, who has proved that he could change the course of the game in no time,so, letting him go will be foolish.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I was in support of Badrinath for quite sometime. But, as the article suggests he is loosing valuable time. WI Should have been a perfect launch pad.. Remember how Kholi dominated in Bangladesh..

  • on June 18, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    why no guys are writing about suresh raina? i felt his captaincy was very pathetic.. particularly in odi in which rusell scored 92. bowling changes were not well motivated.. virat kohli deserved leadership more..

  • umbuly on June 17, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    I was so much rooting for Badri's success. He indeed squandered his precious chance, that he has been given unjustifiably less number of times. Is he a probable in the test team? Anybody knows, or is he going to pack up soon? I feel the indian cricket system has done injustice to this talented player by not nurturing him enough with more chances to perform for the nation when he was young. I feel it is still not late. One way the system could redeem itself is not drop him abruptly, and give him just a few more chances for him to prove.

  • on June 16, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Sriram Veera is very biased, compared to likes of Dhawan, PA Patel and so many others Badrinath did not get enough chances. In fact, I can say Raina with his lack of form, may be worried about Badrinath establishing himself, therefore benched him. Opinions like this does not belong to ESPNCRICINFO, where most writers are very well informed.

  • rsurya on June 16, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Badrinath can become an asset for Indian team in near future. let him score 20 runs in 10 matches. give him the 11th match. the characters should fill in the team not the odd form players who may play in some seasons. see the role which dhoni gave him in CSK. i dont think any dhawans or tiwaries can do that. and for god sake please dont never think of including sreesanth anymore in the team.

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Raina also have run out of time. Because of his poor shot, India lost the last 7 wickets for 62 runs in 11.3 overs in the5th ODI. Slipping from an envious 189-3 to an aerage 251 all out.

  • wolf777 on June 16, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    It is end of the line for Suresh Raina too! He is in the team because he is the Captain and not on his performance in last four games. I don't remember when was the last time he played well outside the subcontinent…

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    To all those who comment on Yusuf"s form "Check out the averages of batsman in the past and present of ODI who come in at number 6 YUSUF will be one among the top "

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Hey what about Raina, he turns out to be the fringe player as he himself told !!!

  • jonnybhai007 on June 16, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Why are there articles always biased to certain players like Rohit Sharma on Cric Info. To the one's who critize Badar, please take a look at Rohit Sharma's stat's before he played this weak WI atttack.How many times did he kept getting chance after chace just cause he played a couple of good games in T-20WC. It's totally injustifiable and unfair to a player like Badari, who had spent good number of his years in domestic cricket and had to wait cause of players like Rohit Sharama, who were just an Internatinal waste material, till this tour to the WI. If players like him could get chance after chance.iam sure, we could have the patience to see a player like Badri play a couple more series, till we make a judgement.Also Pathan is gem of a player like Sehwag, who has proved that he could change the course of the game in no time,so, letting him go will be foolish.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I was in support of Badrinath for quite sometime. But, as the article suggests he is loosing valuable time. WI Should have been a perfect launch pad.. Remember how Kholi dominated in Bangladesh..

  • reghuh on June 16, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Badrinath is all time better than blockhead club level player like Shikhar Dhawan. Also i do not understand the point in playing parthiv when for the next 5 years or so there is no chance of him playing in Indian mainstream XI in the presence of Dhini .............Badri could have given another chance in the place of Parthiv atleast. Tiwari did a decent job scoring at 100 strike rate and hitting a six.....which si lot better than dhawans of the world who waste deliveries and make the game feel sluggish and boring. Giving chance to Ishant Sharma is criminal.......he is a fool without direction sense or length sense........even my 8 year old sister would bowl better than Ishant Sharma..... Its such a shame that in a nation with so many million youngsters, such worthless bowlers like Ishant Sharma only come up to Int level

  • DSilentKiller on June 16, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    To the respected article writer..I wonder from where did u find that Badrinath had been given enough chances?? Unlike Yusuf, Rohot, R Jadeja and many others Badrinath is rarely given an opportunity..

  • Alexk400 on June 16, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    I am hardcore K srikkanth fan when he played. He was always agressive and showed the way before Sehwag showed the world india can play aggressive and offensive , in your face cricket. But selection process is more politics and quota system. if srikkanth do not select any tamilnadu players he will get slammed. His selections are ok , more corporate style , less risk involved. I agree one point that his tamilnadu boys did not help him by failing in their chnaces like dinesh kartik squandered his great chance in srilanka to come back in tests and even replace dhoni that time. Badrinath showed temparament but with all his class he is not playing freely in ODI and put too much pressure on himself like Dinesh karthick did and choking.

    Because of DK failing and Saha's inability to bat , "LIMITED" "STREAKY SHOTS" parthiv patel gets his chance. Nothing wrong , it is just quota system.

    i blame K srikkanth not picking uthappa. yes K srikkanth selections are opposite of his playing days.

  • RaviNarla on June 16, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Rahul Dravid eleen matches to post his First 50. Rohit Sharma's average after 47 matches was 27. Now Badri has played just 7 Matches and we all talk about time running out.

  • Alexk400 on June 16, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    I want to defend Yusuf pathan. He is more like sehwag. He plays well india really needs him. He won't peay when teams are weak. Like sehwag do not play well against weak teams. It does not motivate them that much.

    There are people who play well against weak bowling attack and chokes against better bowling attack. Maestro is a fine example of that. Some play only once in a blue moon inc runch match and take all credit for the success like dhoni. And there are in between sehwag and yusuf pathan ....they play well when they are happy and in good mood and being challenged. That is more often. I would play pathan only against good team and let some youngster play these games against weak teams. yusuf Pathan is not for stats , he is about winning when odd are against the team.

    Do not compare people who try to keep the spot to Yusuf pathan. He is a X factor type person.

    But he must show he is in touch once in a while before people forget his capabilities.

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 16, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Badri is not playing in the 5th odi. Harsh on this guy. I am not a fan of him but i feel he should get some more chances. Remember laxman was domestic colossus then. He was dealing only in 200's 300's in ranjis but was not consistent in international games. He got enough chances because in ranjis no body was near to him.Now age is not on badri side.He wont be selected for Eng tour as seniors will come back. Tough luck.

  • MerwinSterling on June 16, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Looks like Sriram Veera is on the hot seat now..not Badri...evethough he was rested for the 5th onedayer..

  • Prem-Kumar on June 16, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    I believe the highest of Badrinath is 43 in his debut LOL and was awarded the Player of the Match... I hope Sriram Veera will correct that in his feed :) and moreover Badri got batting chance in 3 games out of 4. In which he scored 43, 17 & 12 respectively.

  • TexasCricket on June 16, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    why are we worrying about YUSUF. he is one of a kind for Indian team. This series is like INDIA A team playing. Yusuf have proven himself in Newzealand home series and against South Africa. just give him his freedom.let him be..

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    If srikanth is taking players from madras then where is dinesh kartik ?O people never liked him nor did srikanth liked him.Manish Pandey wanted to replace suresh raina and valthaty wanted to replace Gambhir against england team .England team are settled team and already playing mind games.If the sellectors make some mistake like this (by sellecting pandey and valthaty as openers)the sellectors should be blamed .Yusuf time is up.Rotating the team during the big series is foolish.Remember Mithun and unadkat during south africa series.When south africa played mind games.

  • crimsonbull on June 16, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Badrinath is a Graeme Hick/Brijesh Patel

  • Viky_Robin on June 16, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    This is a good article to stimulate a player who is low in confidence,but it is the way one take it. I think badhri should play his natural game and show his talent. @IYER Don't bring caste here, if you r to bring it then can you name any one player from Tamil Nadu who is otherthan Tamil Bhramin?.. Iam sure u can't.

  • SudhirBang on June 16, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Time & Tide wait for none! In today's world,Perform or perish is d' only mantra!Badrinath "had" a golden opportunity but seem to have let it pass.Temparment ,hard work,skill,domestic success are mere words,but actual performance on a given day matters! Comparisons with peers like Dravid or contempraries are mere timepass passions of d' game's followers.Opportunities donot knock twice! For me..Badri has just let slip what would have been a interesting international career! Bring on..Manish Pandey,Vijay,Valathaty next!

  • TRAM on June 16, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Guys, this article is nothing but SriramVeera's attempt to pressurize Badri & YP. By writing an article like this there is a chance those 2 players will come to know about this article, and feel more pressure and thus *may* fail again due to pressure. "Pressurize and make them fail more" is the tactics played by Sriram Veera. He has no guts to write like that against RSharma, Raina, Kholi, YV etc etc. Which Indian batsmen played comfortably against fast bowling bouncers???

  • on June 16, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Badri should spend time in the middle. he is just throwing away his wicket with loose shots. if badri doesnt play well in 5 th odi , then he may not play in the eleven for test. raina ll be picked then...

  • Rooroo on June 16, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    @ jojo_Jumbo: Ur commernt is as funny as ur name..Virat is the future. .he has the talent n he has been performing at key moments .The most outstanding thing is his temperment..his 100 against aus not long back n that 40 in the WC were some of them

    About badri ..yeah its sad to see a cricketer who is so talented just waste it or say miss it. .i really hope he scores today n gets more opportunities. About yusuf 1ce the big guys come back he doesnt have a spot he should be chucked n india should play raina at 7 or rohit in the team..yusuf can be in the second team...if badri doesnt prove fast even he should be put there

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    People, I'm a fan of gritty Badrinath and I feel that he should, and he will, get more opportunities if he fails today. However, people saying that YKP and Rohit got too many chances should know one thing: both, in their very early careers, played innings of substance; innings reflecting that they belong in the international area. Rohit, especially, with age on his side, has shown so much promise. Yes, he lacks consistency, but in his third ODI innings he showed that he belongs (70* vs Sri Lanka, and not so long after, that beautiful 66 in the CB series final). Badri needs to come up with one such innings. Nerves seem to be getting Badri. Hope he does well, but I have to completely agree with Veera. Badri, in particular, has to at least show that he's of international quality. And did anyone just mention Valthaty? The man doesn't even play for Mumbai - pathetic people, asking for a national call-up. Same with Pandey - a guy who relies heavily on just one shot - hoick over mid-wicket.

  • reghuh on June 16, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Afterall, the world cup has come back in the time when Srikkanth is selector......That means that rational decisions are taken and not region based................but unlike earlier times, those performers from south region are also being noticed now whereas in those days when northern india selectors only were there in panel, regularly south indian players would be ignored. people like X-Kerala captain and legspinner were unnoticed and couldnt get a chance into Indian team Im backing up the current selection committee and Kris Srikkanth.....if he were biased, Mr.Anirudha Srikkanth would have been getting more chances than Murali Vijay.......what say???

  • reghuh on June 16, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    @ronson, Raina is not from Tamil Nadu and Badrinath is of Telugu origin though he plays for Tamil Nadu......Also whats wrong in giving chance to people from south, when there were selectors from other parts of India, club standard players have got into Indian team - some examples- Ashish Chopra,Nilesh Kulkarni,Wikram Rathore,D.Mohanty,S.Dhawan,Hemang Badani,VRV Singh. Do anyone in this mailing list think that the above stated players were in Indian team without support of any regional selector????defenitely not... Why not Badri who is a consistant performer and has earned his place....even for that matter, Murali Vijay is a good bet....let them get their chances in the team.....if Srikkanth is the reaon, im asking why not/???

  • on June 16, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    lets play Yusufbhai,India needs him.

  • bajirao on June 16, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    @jojo_jumbo: I hope you were just kidding when saying one should point fingers at Kohli. He has been in very good form all over the year *in international cricket*. You can't judge him for one below standard series. Here also he has one match winning knock and he is in top 3 indian batsmen by runs where we are leading the series 3-1.

    Why do you forget that, it is Badri who needs to prove himself at this level, not Kohli.

  • bajirao on June 16, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Amazing that people say even Dravid had struggled with 103 in 9 ODIs n all. But important thing there was he had already proved himself with good knock at Lord's. Badri on opposite hand has not taken any of the opportunities given to him. There will be very few players who don't have at least one sparkling performance in there first 10 innings. Look at M vijay. He also failed to capitalize on chances given in ODIs. But in tests, whenever called upon, he has fitted in well. So We can say he has a good chance of making it. Let's hope Badri grabs his chance in 5th game otherwise we have to accept it is very dark for him. Young players should always get more chances to prove themselves and we do have some interesting talent coming up- Pujara, Rahane, Abhinav Mukund, Manoj Tiwary

  • on June 16, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @ronson333:you apparently have a gripe against players from TN......but dude Raina from TN? http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/33335.html......dont judge people based on where they come from...the amount of hardwork,heart and perseverance shown by people like Badri and R,Ashwin is an inspiration to other youngsters.

  • moBlue on June 16, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    @ ronson333... "badri and raina lack the heart and guts like srikkanth?" you mean srikkanth didn't have heart and guts when he played?!? the dude was all heart and guts! otherwise, he would have had an average like gavaskar's! he was equally capable of playing fast bowling... and was never afraid! if you think srikkanth lacked heart and guts, may i refer you to the best shot of the 1983 world cup finals when IND collapsed against the mighty fearsome four of the WI? guess who hit *that* shot? roberts bowled one fast and slightly overpitched way wide outside the off, probably in his second over with the new ball [may even have been the first], and srikkanth coolly got down on one knee and cut it to square cover... and left me slack-jawed as a 15-year old... and i am remembering that shot after 28 years! ...and you call him gutless? :)

  • ssenthil on June 16, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    All Badri fans, Just don't cry about he got very few chances unlike Rohit Sharma or R Jadeja and so on, What to do, Your Chief Selector itself is Accused even if he Select any player based on the Merit after Selecting teams for No.1 Test team and 2011 ODI World cup team and still will be considered as biased. IMHO, Badri is not just an ODI Player and forget about and Badri should concentrate only on Tests as Laxman done. let see, he can do something in WI if he get a chance to play in Tests. I Never want S Raina in Tests so Badri should play in Tests.

  • peterss on June 16, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    I am an ardent fan of Badri and he has been certainly disappointing this series. Where even Rohit Sharma can score Badri should have flourished. He has squandered a golden opportunity and now, seems that the only way for him to play for India is as a test material.

  • jojo_jumbo on June 16, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Mr Sriram Veera, i have one question for you... why can't you see how Mr. Virat play in this series.... not only you, actually everyone ignoring his performance.... and you don't point a finger on him or even want to talk!!! you should know that everyone saying that he is in great form i like to show you some stats he score only 85 runs in this series... would also like to remind you his so call "Great" world cup, he score 282 runs with average of 35 in 9 innings and out of that total he score 100 against Bangladesh in first match where India's total score is 370.. so if you find him in rest of matches his is no where in score cards.... don't you think, you need to reconsider your article's "hero(s)"....

  • Heavymetalthunder on June 16, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    please dont even start comparing Dravid and Badrinath. Dravid made his debut in 96 when there was less competition to get into the side. Hence he got more chances to prove himself. Badri simply cant afford to do that because there are many other youngsters he has to compete with. If they click and he fails, it doesn't leave the selectors much choice does it?

  • on June 16, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Badrinath is a very talented cricketer and needs time to become one of India's best players. But on the flip side, it is also true that it is not the age when cricketers can be backed for a long time. There are 10 players fighting for one spot. So its impossible to persist for so long with failures. Only performance will help him now, although people will feel that it is unfair for someone like him who has faced a lot of hardships. It is sad but true.

  • sircha on June 16, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    I agree that Badrinath has fared miserably in the ODIs so far but I don't think that should prevent him from playing for the team in tests. One thing I have noticed about his batting is that he either fends the ball or goes for the drive/pull in full flow which is what good batsmen usually do in a test match. And considering his age, he could be a perfect fit in the middle order of the Indian test team. I am not so sure about Badrinath getting chances in the ODI team in future unless he learns to rotate strike and get those easy singles and twos.

  • on June 16, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Well said Sriram Veera. We don't look at indian cricket with a parochial and narrow regional view. A cricketer should be judged on his current form and also on the basis of his technique, attitude, temperament etc.

  • on June 16, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Even the great Rahul Dravid scored only 103 in his first 9 ODIs. I remember him struggling when he just started his international career. Does that mean he was not good at international level at that point of time?

    Badri is the ideal replacement for Rahul and should be given the confidence and assurance to play his natural game rather than pressurising him.. What a wonderful article to boost players morale.

  • on June 16, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    ronson333 dude, i agree u have the best of knowledge about players and their states.. LOL

  • shamieshane on June 16, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @Iyer, when tamilnadu produces only Brahmin cricketers, as a chennai guy i will be more happy if Badrinath will be thrown out of the Indian Cricket Team.

  • Molu14 on June 16, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Before everyone starts criticizing the author, you should look at his point of view realistically. Badrinath is already almosty 31! And if he fails, a comeback would take atleast two-three years, whereas youngsters such as Rohit and Kohli have ages. With so much talent in the team, Badri is not going to make the team when sachin/sehwag are still around; once they are gone, someone will have to grab the spot, which is what the youngsters are waiting for. Unfortunately, Badri is not exactly young...

  • Ganes.V on June 16, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    OH! Yes Badri is not from Delhi or Bombay but from Chennai- So no way he would be given another opportunity right? You have to be from some other states to be given repeated opportunities for yeas together! How many cricketers India carried with them tour after tour without even playing them in the eleven but was always part of the team?? And who are you to decide that he is running out of time? Is it because you have someone else inmind whom you want to promote and is that the reason you are doing this? Veera Please keep your ideas to yourself and stop writing it just because you have the license to do it. Dont spoil ones career with your writings ..

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Don't forget the fact that the Great Sachin Tendulkar had to wait for 81 ODIs to register his first ODI Century. Why not give Badrinath some more matches? He has played only 7 ODIs out of which 4 were played at the Caribbean soil. Most of our Indian players have not faired will in West Indies. Why to decide so early in Badrinath's case? Let him play a few more matches on flat Indian soils too. I personally think that Badrinath has to be given more chances in ODIs as well as Tests.

  • Rahul_78 on June 16, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I am very, very disappointed with Badris showing in the series so far. This was THE chance he was waiting for. Permanent place in the batting order, chance to bat in top 4, not too big a series against worlds no 8 team. What else could you want. He doesn't even look like getting big guns which he scores for fun in domestic cricket. Must admit his compatriot Rohit and Virat are way ahead of him in staking the test chances at the moment.

  • ronson333 on June 16, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    shrikanth getting embaressed by his Tamil selections....both Badri and Raina can't play the short ball, they lack the heart and guts like shrikanth!

  • splendorskies20 on June 16, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    People say the 5th odi is Badri's last chance even though he has played just a few odis for India despite scoring runs by the truckload in domestic cricket for a number of years.Now Rohit Sharma's place is almost certain and people have started talking highly about him.What they don't understand is that Rohit Sharma took 65 odis to get settled in the Indian Team,he failed consistantly for India and yet nobody bothered to say anything about him just because he had all the strokes in the book..Just give Badri some more time,man..He has toiled in Domestic for yrs and he deserves at least another a few matches.

  • ronson333 on June 16, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    The only people asking for Badri to have extra time, are CSK fans....remember India first, CSK second! Has anyone else noticed that Raina and Badri both cant play the short ball, and they both come from Tamil Nadu....lack of technique or lack of guts?

  • punidan on June 16, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Time is running out on Veera...

  • sbadri on June 16, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    PLEASE THINK FOR A MOMENT BEFORE WRITING JUST ANYTHING ONLY FOR SENSATION. JUST THINK HOW MUCH HARD WORK AND HOPES MIGHT GO DOWN JUST BECAUSE A SOMEONE DECIDES TO WRITE OFF SOMETHING THAT HE FEELS. ITS ONLY BECAUSE OF CRITICS LIKE YOU THAT MOST SPORTSPERSON, LET ALONE BADRI FAILS TO CONQUER THEIR DREAMS. ITS ONLY BECAUSE OF THESE IDEAS THAT PEOPLE START THINKING ALIKE AND IT ISNT IF IT WERE FOR YOU THAT THESE PLAYERS FALL SHORT. SO STOP WRITING NONSENSE.

  • Iyer on June 16, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    I dont understand why time is running out for Badri? Is it because he is a tamil brahmin? when rohit, kohli, raina, kaif, yuvraj, yusuf pathan, irfan pathan, zaheer khan, etc. have got ample opportunities failure after failure helping them cement a place in team india, why not give that opportunity to badri? Especially this is the right time to India to give ample opportunities as Team India is winning series. Badri should be given another 20/30 ODI's and 5/10 test matches, and then a verdict needs to be passed. He should be given opportunity to play in different conditions. You cannot go on sacking players just because they had a bad series in west indies. India travel to west indies once in 4/5 years and the conditions in west indies is totally different from other countries. Who knows... may be Badri could be a super star in a different condition where we play more often? India need a team for different venues.

  • Farce-Follower on June 16, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    @bharath74 : Dravid missed a century on debut by a stroke...and you say he had a bad start to his career...one more comment from the ignorant.

  • hsemar124 on June 16, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    I liked this article. Thanx veera for writing meaning full stuff.

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    less than 10 matches and you say this might be his last chance .. its because of lop sided articles like these that people even get these ideas in the first place ....

    how many chances was dinesh karthik, jadeja, irfan,yousuf,rohit and manu more given ?

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    I Pity Badrinath... after so much of toil and fightback he got this opportunity and i too feel he is wasting it.... a hard pill to digest but that s the fact... Coz Rohit and Kholi can get ample of opportunities but not Badrinath considering his age... Still there is ray of hope for Badrinath in the form of Dhoni who never judges the talent by 1 or 2 performances... coz all these years Badrinath similar to Jaffer earn there places not just by luck or pushovers, they earn there spot by sheer talent and records... Badrinath can turn it around coz he was the captain for India A which toured Australia couple of years back and showed class there... only thing he has to do is believe in himself that he can... and keep in Mind If not now it will be Never.... Article is good but its not running out of time may be 50% is correct not making full use of the opportunity... Great players don't take much time to bounce back, i believe Badrinath is a great player and he will definitely bounce back...

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    People, I'm a fan of gritty Badrinath and I feel that he should, and he will, get more opportunities if he fails today. However, people saying that YKP and Rohit got too many chances should know one thing: both, in their very early careers, played innings of substance; innings reflecting that they belong in the international area. Rohit, especially, with age on his side, has shown so much promise. Yes, he lacks consistency, but in his third ODI innings he showed that he belongs (70* vs Sri Lanka, and not so long after, that beautiful 66 in the CB series final). Badri needs to come up with one such innings. Nerves seem to be getting Badri. Hope he does well, but I have to completely agree with Veera. Badri, in particular, has to at least show that he's of international quality. And did anyone just mention Valthaty? The man doesn't even play for Mumbai - pathetic people, asking for a national call-up. Same with Pandey - a guy who relies heavily on just one shot - hoick over mid-wicket.

  • mepari on June 16, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Yousuf proved his capability at international level few times though he lacks consistency. On the other hand, Badri needs to prove either by playing sheet anchor like Dravid or quick runs to help win the match.

  • NirmalKumarS on June 16, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Badri is a class act and people will come to know that soon.

  • SpartaArmy on June 15, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Dude!! Badri has played 7 matches, not 20+ or 65 like Rohit, too early to criticize Badri. This is what happens when immatures/ unqualified people like you are allowed to put their thoughts on paper.

  • gerardpereira20 on June 15, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Badrinath, Yusuf, Dhawan are IPL misfits who have no buisness playing international cricket. Of all the so called youngsters only Kholi, Rohit Sharma and Raina look the part, even Raina is primarily a ODI player. So Fletchers claim that India can dominate world cricket for the next five to ten years looks a little far fetched that is unless Tendulkar, Dravid , Laxman and shewag continue playin for the next decade.

  • bharath74 on June 15, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Rahul Dravid had a very bad start to his career, but selectors persisted with him, he became a legend. Badri and Rohit, if persisted can become dependable batsman as they are extremely talented. Yusuf shud be given more chances as well.

  • MaruthuDelft on June 15, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    Ha Ha... After seeing him bat in the first ODI I predicted this for Badri. One said it was a joke; ha ha...where are you mate? However Badri is capable of succeeding in all 3 formats but he must go out to the middle with some urgency to make runs. If he can score at over 130 in strike rate in IPL innings after innings with so many significant knocks succeeding in ODI is nothing to him; it is just that he has temporarily forgotten what helped him; the aggressive intent; Wake up Badri!

  • SatishT2105 on June 15, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    People talk abou number of opportunities that Badrinath has got, as being few. The moment some seniors sit out Shrikkanth drafts Badrin in the National Squad, to which people start commenting about Regional bias. All of Badrinath's fans then start pouring in with his classic Ranji Trophy knocks being cited as examples. If Ranji Trophy knocks are to be used as benchmarks, then, W Jaffer, R Utthappa & M Pandey should have been part of the Indian team in Tests. Also, W Jaffer should have been 1st choice if either of G Gambir or V Sehwag was injured in the last 3 years. W Jaffer was sacked from the Test team because G Gambhir was in a rich vein of form and not because he was in poor form domestically or performing attrociously for India. In fact, apart from Sehwag & Gavaskar, Jaffer is the only other opener with 2 double centuries in Tests (31 matches - 5 100s). So, if the yardstick is to measure 3 feet for Jaffer, it needs to be the same for Badrinath, M Vijay, R Sharma, M Pandey et al.

  • figo6762 on June 15, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    I would say this probably the most ill-thought article of the cricinfo's recent history and existence. To even elaborate Cricinfo is probably trying to use this article as media vehicle to instigate Indian cricket followers to increase the TRP or Ad-proceeds. This section will probably generate the most comments in the day. I wonder how they sell the statistics to the men in suits in their corporate office. Or is this Mr. Verma trying to prove his ability to attract comments and showcase the numbers in his Performance Management for this year, to get rewarded. Pathetic effort. If Cricinfo was in the stock market, I would be selling it right now.

  • maddy20 on June 15, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    If Badri cannot tackle the inept bowling of WI how can he come good against top-class bowling attacks of England and SA? To me this guy is a liability. Send him back to playing Ranji, IPL and eating idli sambar. I would have gone with Manish Pandey instead.

  • on June 15, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Our bench strength is weak, we just have to accept that...we are not looking deep in our Ranji ranks for strong bowlers and all-rounders who can stand up and be counted on when the regular players are not available for foreign tours.

    We can do very well without the following players: Shikhar Dhawan, Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun!!

    Someone needs to give Yusuf Pathan a kick up his backside for god's sake!!

    The players we need more than ever before right now are: Irfan Pathan (where the hell are the selectors hiding him??), Ishant Sharma (he needs to be taken good care of), Mohammad Kaif (I know he's a bit old now and he's had his fair share of chances, but he's got international experience), R.P. Singh (we have simply forgotten him), and we simply need to give the fringe players like Pragyan Ojha & Ravindra Jadeja a good run!!

    We also seem to have forgotten another fella...Robin Uthappa, then there is Manish Pandey (what's wrong with our selectors??)!!

  • Srikanth_D on June 15, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Badri running out of time? Are you kidding me? Rohit got 65 matches to prove himself. Yusuf 55. Badri has just got 7 matches, YEAH 7... and you are saying he is running out of time and hasn't utilized 'most' of his international opportunity? Dude, you really are kidding me.

  • shefil on June 15, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    its only over a few matches..oyee pls dont jump in to any decision...give him some more chances...(may be not, bcoz he had no god fathers)

  • MerwinSterling on June 15, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous article… It is wrong on all counts especially when it comes to Badri. Probably the armchair quarterback, who wrote has ulterior motives…May be Badri declined an interview for him in Antigua…

    Badri is a classic batsman…I have watched him play in person in many a game. He has played against world class players and has got nothing to prove to this author.

    Why don't you use the same yardstick to Dhoni, Rohit , Yuvraj and Harbajan…count their failures on the trot. Look at Munaf...check his list of failures, before he turned around…

    That is the problem with this game…Any moron with a mouse and keyboard can write whatever he wants…There will be hundreds of useless guys wasting their time at work trying to fix a problem, which was not there to begin with…Get a life guys…

  • cricket2Monkey on June 15, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Badri never had a chance in first choice XI for ODIs. His realistic chance is only in the tests, and he might even sneak ahead of Raina or Yuvraj in tests if he does well.

  • AbAdvani on June 15, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Badrinath is a good candidate for Test Cricket -unless he learns how to rotate the strike in ODIs against quality bowling attacks, he will alway let the pressure get the better of him in ODIs. He is more in the Dravid mould and he should not be wasted in ODIs/T20 for which he is really not well placed. He may have done well in IPL but quality of IPL bowling is not really equivalent to international level bowling attacks

  • vivekjagan on June 15, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    the chances given to rohit sharma cant b forgotten.. he scored one 70* and was there in the team fr many series witout much success. and also virat was given chance more number of times.he grabbed it too.. pathan should play more of test cricket in domestic and improve his skills. badrinath should be given two more series to play.. wit only two series u cant judge him.. veer s not a cricket player i think ..

  • vinodzz on June 15, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    even raina failed in this series, he is not playing the captain's innings when it is needed under pressure, playing silly shots and just getting out, Yusuf is a great player, played well under pressure in newzealand & south africa, both his centuries came under pressure, even in world cup he made it easy with boundaries at the end against Ireland , when yuvraj and dhoni were struggling & surviving taking time to play shots, everyone should realize his impotance

  • venkat_75r on June 15, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Badri is one of the most technically sound players. The problem is Badri is too desperate to prove himself since he knows that age is against him and he will not get any further chances. As the author correctly says, Badri has proved his mettle in tough batting conditions in SA (even though it is a 20 /20 match). For those, who have followed domestic circuit, Badri was part of the India A team which participated in the emerging players tournament in Austraila and he was one of the successes of the tour. Hope Badri bashers know the kind of pitches that are produced in Australia. If you guys think that he got the opportunity because of Srikanth, then it means you have not watched or followed domestic cricket. He just needs one solid innings and his confidence will be back.

  • xylo on June 15, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    While I agree completely with the author, I should also point out that there were articles of redemption being written right after the only T20 about Badri. It would be nice of cricinfo to wait for a slightly longer time and observe at least a couple of matches before writing praises about individual players. That would bring down cricinfo's quality to the level of a rediff or times of india.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on June 15, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    West Indies will beat India very badly next match..maybe West Indies mek 345 and India mek 160 all out. Badri will fail again no doubt about that. Him cannot play on fast surface. And WI will definitely win 2 test in Jamaica and Barbados.

  • chuckmeister on June 15, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    I really want Badri to succeed, this guys has paid his dues in the domestic circuit several folds. He may not be best suited for the shorter format but he can be an ideal replacement for Dravid.

    As for Y. Pathan, he should stick to T20, thats his game and he can be awesome in that. There are far better players in the pipeline to keep persisting with him, his brother being one of them.

  • enigma12345 on June 15, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Marlon Samuels is best batsmen in west indies now

  • nmaniar on June 15, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Excluding Sachin Tendulkar ( who is class apart from rest of the indian batsmen ), all the other players fall under either of these two categories: 1.) Attacking Strokemakers (Dhoni,Raina,Sehwag,Yuveraj,Rohit etc etc) or 2) Solid Defensive anchor (Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir etc). Looking at Badrinath, he is hanging in between, even while batting during the match he is not sure whether he should be anchoring or whether he should be attacking. That is pretty much his downfall. He needs to re-think his batting strategy and get in that particular mould in domestic cricket and then make a comeback to international. Unfortunately, he does not have much time in his hands

  • stheodore on June 15, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    I don't understand why 7 odis and 4 test innings for badri is too much when someone like Rohit Sharma is being given chance after chance after 65 games. In his very first odi badri played a fine knock in partnership with dhoni, against the likes of mendis and muralidharan on a turning track. On a pitch where dale steyn wrecked havoc, badri stood tall and made a gutsy fifty! And...the pitches in WI are not featherbeds. They are difficult for stroke making and have slowed down considerably over the years (not a single 300 plus score in the last 8 or 9 odis). Badri got run out in the 3rd odi when he was looking good. Lets also not forget that he was MOM in his first and only T20 appearance. Every player has weaknesses ..but its all about adaptability. For that, badri just needs some backing and opportunities.

  • on June 15, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Badri has not taken his chances. But I feel he should still get atleast 3-4 more chances. Or else Rayudu and Rahane are in the line and they are good too and more importantly younger. Badri probably let the pressure of this bieng his last chance get to him or else he is definetly better player. Rohit came good but to be fair even though he is Mumbai guy and I being Mumbaiguy do have to admit he got loads of chances comparatively.Pathan will still get chances later on becos he is a beast at times and 1 batsman of that category will always be needed even if he fails many times. Well but then life is not always fair....Shivalkar from Mumbai was a fantastic spinner but boen in era when 3 great spinners existed. Bhaji was luckyin that ...he may be great team performer but his spin hardly evokes confidence of matchwinnig spell plus he had very less competition in his time

  • Raj12345 on June 15, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    I am also follower of Badri. Sriram comments are good and not 100% true. Don't think that Kohli & Raina had great series. Tell me that they played all matches? Just produced one good match not means that they are great. They have given lot of opportunities and more on flat tracks. They don't have pressure to get a place in ODI. But both Badri & Rohit are in pressure, Rohit proved his worth now. It is up to Badri to take chance. Raina has given 30 ODIs in last 2 years, I am not seeing, he is doing any value in ODI. Can you bring that to cricket world that. All Raina does, when pitch is so flat and ball is not raising above the knee, there you go, he score tons of runs then he survives in team and fails always when he face quality bowling.

  • AjaySridharan on June 15, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Quite frankly, you don't need either Badri or Yusuf in the team anyway, irrespective of whether they perform or not. They are at best replacement players to me if the mains get injured. How many more middle order batsmen do you need when you have Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and Yuvraj in good form? They will anyway be the first choice pick. So Badri, Yusuf and Rohit are only rotational players. And please don't say Yusuf is a bowler...he is a terrible bowler. I'd rather have Ashwin shore up his batting skills...after all he started off as a batsman

  • moko58 on June 15, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Except for Krish Srikanth, no player from Tamil nadu has lasted in International cricket. They show promise in domestic, but seem to lack the temperament to carry on in International.

  • magzrossman on June 15, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Veera - too harsh on Badri. It is frustrating to see him throw his wicket away with poor shot selection and the run out was Parthiv's doing really. Yes, the limited time he has had is certainly running out...key word "limited".

  • TRAM on June 15, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    So Veera, if it is Badri, it is 5 innings max is it? Why wouldn't you talk about the chances given to RSharma, Raina and Kohli so far? Why wouldn't you talk about Badri's 56 score against the same Steyn & co in his first test ?? The fact that some players would be dropped after very few chances in itself creates pressure in those players mind, are you aware of that? Whereas the blue-eyed players like RSharma/Raina know very well they will be given more chances, so they play more freely. It is simple psychology. Some players are projected from the beginning by the Bombay trio (Gavaskar, Sahstri & Manjrekar) that 'he is a class player, he is future of Indian cricket, he is captaincy material', etc etc, even when they have not yet cemented their place in the team, where for some players "time is running out", why is that?

  • mrgupta on June 15, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    @cricgiri: Good players don't need flatbeds to cement their place. If Badri has the class and quality then he shud be able to play anyone anywhere. Badri is into his 30s whereas Rohit and Kohli are still under 25 years of age. They have time, which is running out for Badri. Somebody mentioned 'had Dravid not been around his spot will be Badri's' Really? I didn't feel that way neither did the Experts after seeing how awkwardly he batted against Steyn earlier and then against a newcomer like Russel. If you understand Cricket then its easy to notice that Badri was absolutely rubbish in the series specially the 4th ODI, sorry to say but Ashwin and Bhajji looked better and Confident while batting than Badri. I had high regards for him and desperately wanted him to succeed but looking at how he has been playing you can see the difference in the confidence and class between Badri and Kohli or Sharma.

  • pvwadekar on June 15, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Some of the comments about comparing Badri with Rohit/ Raina are very interesting. First of all if one compares pure talent then Badri is the last. Next is his age .. this is not Australia or UK where 30 + player can cement his place. When was a last time a 30+ indian player was used ? Badri has had had about 8 matches and still has nothing to show for that .. The talent that we have in terms of Pujara, Rayudu, Rohit, Raina, Kohli, Rahane is so good(just first class record no IPL or ODI) ... that's why it's gonna be difficult for Badri . People are using vague excuses and defending him saying that he is a better test player ..Let's see how he plays in the test against west indies .. if we are building a team for the next 10 years or so will u still have Bardi inside ?

  • kingcobra85 on June 15, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    "made Badrinath hop and jump awkwardly on a docile pitch" Did you even watch the match Sriram ? the pitch was fat from docile.It had pace and bounce in it. The keep collected the ball above his head and did you see ishant sharma's first week or listen to the commentary of ian bishop.

  • on June 15, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    I would give Badri atleast couple of series at a stretch before coming to a conclusion on his career. One series is way too less to determine someone's talent. Anyone who plays cricket or has played cricket would agree with me.

  • couchpundit on June 15, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Guys... I dont understand why is Badri running out of time? he had played about 10 ODI's only...Think of players like Raina,Rohit who had more 5 or 6 times the opportunity to get to current positions...Think without BIAS guys... and btw how long did Sachin take to score a century foir a genius he was?

  • donda on June 15, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Wastage of time to give chance to old player like Badri. India should think about long term future not domestic form. But its up to selectors who are just so domestic lovers.

    Disappointed to see Badri is not able to make any impact. May be in the last math he do.

  • shrastogi on June 15, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    I think the article is too severe on Badri. With Rohit, Raina & Yusuf getting so many chances he deserves a few more. Some batsmen do take time to find their feet in International cricket. May be Badri is one of them. But the catch is Both Dhoni & Srikkanth are from Chennai. Tthe charges of nepotism wouldnt be far off if Badri is given more chances. May be Duncan Fletcher needs to have a good talk with Badri. Yusuf Pathan has to justify his over confidence. He has played remarkable innings last season but cant sit on laurels. He has to fire and he has talent to do well. He has to do it fast as time is running out.

  • cricinme on June 15, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Yousef should be given one more chance. He should open the innings and Manoj should play down the order.

  • m_ilind on June 15, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Pls don't write them off yet! Remember Vengsarkar took a long time to come good in the international arena! Another instance is probably Hayden of Aus. Badri must be feeling the pressure, as it's not easy to get a spot in the Indian XI these days.

  • Mohan_Krishnamurthi on June 15, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    I feel that Badri should have been given a chance in the Test Matches. I don't understand that if badri is good in a T20 ( a limited over version) and also good in longer format (runs in Ranji) then how is not good in ODI although he always got opportunity to Bat when good number of runs and overs left. T20 is to be played in aggressive style and Test match requires patience. He excels in both forms and ODI is a middle form. I wish that badri should have been a chance in the test match also to prove himself because this is not the west indies of 70s and 80s when its fast bowlers presence itself will shiver down the batsmen's spine. It could have been a good platform for him to prove himself in an international level and also boost his confidence. Good Luck Badri.

  • gdalvi on June 15, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I agree Yusuf's time has run out. He bats well once in a while and yet to produce a match-winning bowling spell. He may be a hard-hitter, but looking a India's woes in power plays, what we need is a smart hitter and Yusuf is not one of the them. His skills are ordinary (except for hard hitting) so I don't think he is going to improve in long run. Raina is certainly better and more reliable bat than Yusuf and also bowls equally good off-spin. If Bhajji can bat the way he is doing recently, there is really no need for Yusuf. I am thinking it would be better to work with others instead. R Jadeja is certainly a good option (left-arm-spin but we already have Yuvi), but I would rather Irfan steps up and takes the spot. It will give India option of playing either an extra spinner or pacer depending upon the pitch conditions.

  • Silly_Point_81 on June 15, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Sympathy can only take you so far.... Badri...a talented batsman who failed to take his oppourtinity. Hope he proves me wrong in the fifth ODI.

  • on June 15, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    There is a gr8 deal of wisdom and foresight in this article. There is no doubt that Badri is amongst the most gifted batsmen in the new generation and Pathan's hard hitting has carved a niche for him. However, in a country where the competition is unbelievable and 70% of d team selects itself, letting go of this series is a cardinal sin!!

  • gdalvi on June 15, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Rohit has lot more chances because all experts recognizes him to be a exceptional talent. Others are more a combination of very good talent and temparament. I don't know why ppl think Badri is test match material (now that he has failed in OD) while Rohit is not. Both have very similar 1st class averages. If Badri is raved to be the top Tamil batsmen - then really no need to try out other two - Vijay and Mukund - here in WI. I think Rohit and Parthiv should play the test matches instead of tamils - Badri, Vijay and Mukund. I am still shocked and angry at what I considered shameless preference to Tamil/CSK players by Srikkant at expense of others, particularly Rahane and Rayadu. So I am twistedly happy that Badri is failing and I hope Vijay, Saha and Mukund will follow the suit of failure.

  • on June 15, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    As his first class record suggests, Badri looks suited to tests. I don't understand this idea that ODIs should be used as a proving ground for potential test players. If he's a test player he should be given a chance in test matches, ODI's be damned. A first class average of 60+ at least deserves a go in tests.

  • bajirao on June 15, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    @KrickFan: difference between Sharma and Badrinath is Sharma had already proved he can play at the international level. He had got some 50s even in first 10 matches which is not the case with Badri. The one innings by Sharma at Sydney in CB series final was very good. Also He scored a beautiful 50 on bouncy swinging track of durban against the attack of- Pollock, Ntini, Morkels. And he is younger than Badrinath so even can be thought of as player for the future.

    He is bound to get more chances than Badrinath.

  • on June 15, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Badri should get chances, no matter what. I would make him play in atleast 15 more ODI's before I loose hopes on him. Everyone who has less experience at domestic level got more chances than him. Only one knock at international level can make a difference to such a kind of class player. Go BADRI go

  • v_eshwar on June 15, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    When sehwag debuted, he had Dravid, Ganguly and Sachin in the team to guide and ease the pressure off in the middle. When Gambhir debuted, he had the same group... Same is the case with yuvi, dhoni, Kohli, yusuf, raina, but for Badri there is no one to talk to him to ease his pressure off when he is out in the middle struggling. I wish he gets a chance in England when the seniors like dravid, laxman, sachin are with him in the middle... We have seen lots of test and ODIs where Sachin controlling sehwag or kohli when they tend to make a mistake in the middle... Badri is currently going through a mental struggle, I wish he gets a proper guidence. When he prospers, India prospers... GO BADRI... GO... I am a big fan of yours...

  • Percy_Fender on June 15, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    In the 1996 tour of England, the batsman who failed in most of the side games and was written off by many arm chair critics made his debut at the Lords was Rahul Dravid.He scored 95 of the most glorious runs seen in that Test match and everyone who knew about cricket could see that a star had been born. He was so skilled technically that he did not need any technical adjustment to be successful in England. He is one of the finest players of fast bowling that I have seen anywhere in the world. He failed in Australia in 98 but made adjustments to his technique and returned in 2004. His performance was phenomenal and one could see that he was not like Sanjay Manjrekar who was a slave of the book, who did not have the ability to change. Badrinath was successful on Indian wickets and in South Africa. So I am not too sure if he is failing because of his inability to adjust or just because of poor luck. If he had been lucky the hook in the last ODI would have gone for six.Give him a chance.

  • on June 15, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    hahaha Mr. Veera are you the special adviser to the Indian Selectors? you have pretty much decided Badrinath's fate..

    @Shravan Kumar: Dravid has played 100 test matches., 300 ODIS....and you have only 4 instances to remember when he played well? I can count you 100 times when he has failed against quality opposition or when there is pressure of scoring rate...

  • on June 15, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Fans of Badri might be (rightfully) aggrieved at the lack of chances he is being given to cement his spot. Must realize though, the stakes are different. Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan had obvious talent, but they had their age giving them a leeway. Most of all though, amidst all their failures - they produced performances which showcased their international class and game-breaking ability. Rohit's World T20 (2007), AUS(2008)- Raina's series against ENG (2006), Asia Cup(2008) and Yusuf's brutal knocks earned the breathing space. Badri, and Manoj Tiwary have simply looked out of depth with the step-up in contrast. It is unfair, but the competition is high and they just wouldn't get same number of chances like Robin Uthhappa or Ravindra Jadeja to fail.

  • Ashwintej on June 15, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Well... It is pity on the part of Badrinath.. The Guy is taking too much pressure on him... probably he need to perform to keep his chances fruitful for test series. But let us talk about the so called Dangerous and Dashing Yousuf Pathan. Inspite of repeated chances, he failed miserably. HIs contributions so far in the entire career he played for the country is hardly restricted to 3 or 4 innings. But still v back him. I dont know y? Perhaps looking into his stature, v feel that he can do anything...S finally he is doing nothing. Dropping catches, giving runs & not scoring. But still v are fond of him because of his ability to hit sixers. I think Yousuf Pathan should be dropped. Though he is having d potential..where is the performance.V the Indians always like hard hitters irrespective of their performance & not grafters like Dravid,Laxman, cook, collingwood, clarke, jayawardene, sarwan, younis khan, samaraweera, anderson, swann, vettori, etc. Its time to WAKE UP.

  • vaibhavgera on June 15, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Why wasnt Ambati Rayadu selected in the one day team... he performed exceptionally well in the IPL. he shud be given a chance.

  • Alexk400 on June 15, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    For me Rohit sharma is useless. Yes he played well here. he plays once in a while against weak teams. He is just a tease. He got a finesse style i can give him that. Mentally weak. Do not play well against good teams. I do not think he has it in him.

    Badrinath whines why he did n't get chances like other , then he do not deliver in his 4 chances. if rohit sharma got 61 chances he played few 50s in between to keep himself in the radar. centuries keep you in 5 matches , 50s can make you play next match.

  • InnocentGuy on June 15, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Badri hasn't nearly had as many chances as some of the lesser talented/performing d-bags. Plus just coz he didn't perform in 5 ODI games doesn't mean you can relegate him to lower circuits. In any case, Badri would be a class act in a Test match. I hope Dhoni recommends him. I'm pretty sure Dhoni considers Badri a great batsmen for Tests.

  • arvnd on June 15, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    You can't write-off a player(BADRI) based on 3 innings...All the players compared with him have been given there chances to prove themselves. Give him his time and space, he would do a world of good to indian cricket. I would like to ask why we keep on batting second even after winning the toss. Wouldn't it be better to make use of the wicket first and visibly the pitch is getting slower towards the latter part of the match.A target of 250+ would be tough for any team to chase down on these tracks.

  • on June 15, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    there is still some more youngster in IPL season can give opportunity to them don't waste with same players(badrinath,yousaf)

  • harshalb on June 15, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Chika Super Kind to CSK. Badri and Mukund must show they have class as they every commentor from Madras mentions their names in a way that will give complex to Bradman.

  • Nampally on June 15, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    While Badri and Pathan have failed badly by playing irresponsibly, Raina is not far from the same fate.Raina has set a poor example by playing rank bad shots in the last 2 ODI's when the occasion demanded him as a Captain to set an example of getting some runs by staying at one end.The slog shots he played were immature & uncalled for.A captain is supposed to lead the team by example.No wonder Pathan followedi Raina's example twice.In ODI, the most important thing is to play calmly and rotate the strike thru' singles. If you take 4 to 5 singles in an over with odd 4's and 6's every few overs, the team can easily compile 250 runs.Raina. Pathan & Badri as senior member should understand these basic facts.Raina has severely jeopardized his future in Tests. Badri will not be considered for future ODI. For now Pathan & Raina will retain their position in the ODI's The 5th ODI will be the last chance to consolidate that spot or lose it.Gambhir & Yuvraj will replace them in England.

  • iammadhu on June 15, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Badrinath is more suited for tests i think.. Ambati Rayadu should be in ODIs.. why murali vijay is also good

  • intcamd on June 15, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Insightful article from Sriram; good analysis. Agree that he has failed so far this series, and might not get too many more chances. Too bad. Also agree with his thinking that Yusuf too failed but might get a few more chances due to his hitting. But in general, both have failed to impress. And yet they make millions in the IPL. WOnder if their motivation is dented. The IPL was supposed to help us discover a bunch of quality players and improve their confidence playing against international bowlers but it looks like some of these borderline players are making tons of money in the IPL, have even less motivation to make it to the national team because their cash flows are already quite good, and taking it easy.

  • mahquraishi67 on June 15, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    its very sad moment for india that some good players are wasted by not using them properly,now yusuf pathan is suffering by not giving him more time to play he is comming eitherat the end of the innings or comming when india lost 5 wickets early this is going very bad on part of india ,send him like before at no.5 so that he should settle and play some good shots at the end. we are with you yusuf play your natural game.

  • on June 15, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    fast bowling and bouncers.. I don't think we have any one in our current indian team who are good playing fast bowling in a bouncy pacy track. Common give a break to player like Badri who played only 10 international ODIs. People saying Rohit is not a good batsman till begining of this tournament and now no one talk about him. He got 61 chances to make them quiet!! again he has huge weakness against bouncers. Its good for India to encourage and give confidence to players like Yusuf, he can change game anytime and we do not have clean hitters like him in the team. I hope this young players fit in to shoes of gr8 sachin/dravid/lux/shewag soon or we will go through same thing what Aus going through now. So lets all support the

  • IhateSachin on June 15, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @Siddhant Dubey. Dravid is scared of Fast bowling???? come on u guys dont get sleep if u dont pull Dravid's name whereever possible. If u have time please see is away records in test and comment plz

  • on June 15, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    People do not mention Vijay and Aswin as they belong to Tamilnadu I am not an Indian but i could see cricketers from Tamil nadu get a step motherly treatment.

  • on June 15, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Why did the selectors give him a chance to play the 5 ODI ? Nothing else but just to send him off stating u didn't utilize the chance. This was just a consolation chance for a player who was waiting for a long time to be one among men in blue. If Badri had got the same number of chances as Rohit, this article or such discussions wud not have existed. In the current series, Parthiv patel and Dawan, didnt play for the team or for the vitory but for the 50's. Atleast badri didnt do that (i didnt mean he cud'nt even do that). Anyways I pity for Badri.

  • on June 15, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    You cannot test a batsman in odi. All do not get chance to bat even when they get they have to hurry and cannot take time to settle.

  • AjaySridharan on June 15, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Are you kidding me Veera?!? Badri's played in all of 7 ODI games...all against SL and WI...and that too after waiting in the wings forever, and you say that he has been given ample chances!! By contrast, Yusuf has played 55 games for a paltry avg of 26; Rohit Sharma, the perennial under-performer scores in one innings and suddenly he fits right in? He has played in 65 games for a mediocre avg of 30; V Kohli has played in 58 games, 52% of which are against Asian teams and minnows, and 62% in Asian grounds. How does Rohit and Kohli get so many chances when they are not even 25, and Badri has been denied chances despite being prolific in the domestic circuit? and finally he gets his chance and you bill him as old? Since when did age become a criterion in Indian cricket? He is leaps and bounds a fitter cricketer than Rohit and Yuvraj. Give the guy a break...if he gains confidence, he has a good 5-6 yrs ahead of him. And he might fancy himself more in Tests than in ODIs anyway

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    What selectors must look for is the temperament to succeed at the highest level alongwith the required skills. While Badrinath seem to lack the temperament, Pathan is a case of Shot selection. While Pathan can sort out and come back later as a Batsman (I think we shouldnt look at him as an allrounder in scheme of things looking at his unimaginative Bowling), cant see Badrinath getting another chance beyond this one.

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!! Plz shut up guys. they are not a computer thts programmed. just humans!! Badri & all other plyrs in current squad arel world class. It takes time to settle in every aspect of life. wait and watch!! Our Ranji pitches are usually docile. u can play even w/o helmet. Common badri!!!!!!!!! Sometime more u try more u fail....just leave him alone... he will score big...Plz don't talk as if we hve 100 sachins & gambirs in Ranji...if u identify a talent give him time. see how Rohit is delivering in alien conditions. as Sachin once said " Tree tht bears sweetest fruit will get more"stones..."

  • Babbub3 on June 15, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Its actually a matter of dedication to stick to the wicket and bail a side out of a bad position. In all forms of sports a fair degree of concentration is necessary for a good performance along with a urgency to stay focused. When u have the local IPL team giving you the moolah u really do not care if you get selected in the national side. The players know that their riches will emanate out of playing in placid pitches of the subcontinent and they stay focused to flay their full potential in the shortest form of the game. A look in the national side or grabbing an opportunity if they get one to represent the country is hardly the issue now. What matters is you placate your IPL bosses and the rest will be taken care of.

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    manoj tiwari luks impressive , hope he wil concrete his place in futre

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    for all Yusuf Pathan supporters !!

  • shannu152 on June 15, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    I sincerely hope Badri performs, and thereby gets more chances... it'd be a shame for such a talent, patience and hardwork tp go wasted...

  • Rajesh_Kumar_Jeengar on June 15, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    first thing remove suresh raina from captaincy after that we can talk abt yusuf and badri bcause both are better then raina

  • UnbiasedCritic on June 15, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    I do not understand Sriram Veera's purpose of writing this note at this time just before the 5th ODI. It only adds additional pressure to both Badrinath and Yusuf. I think if they were supposed to be warned, they should have had it before the start of the series - not when it is about to end. Even if both succeed in 5th ODI, selectors may not going to retain them when big names return for future series. Why put additional pressure on those two folks?

  • flyingmachinee on June 15, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Badri is the top run scorer in doemestic cricket for last five years......he deserves more chances ......he wll be great test batsman if hes given enough chance.........

  • chetan146 on June 15, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I thnik BCCI selector go with Manish Pandey from Karnataka, He is first Indian Player scored century in IPL. He is highest Run getter in last Ranji Session n he awrded for that frm BCCI. I still dint Understand why Manish Pandey is nt picked for Indian Squad. He is Young and energitic Player who bat very well against Bounce ball. It will help him to grow..Alway BCCI selectors have Stepmother feeling have on Karnataka player, Hope he goin to select for INdian Future series. surerly He will be Big Rising Star of Indian CRicket

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    West Indies bowlers are all in really good form and looking good expecially sammy, bishoo and martin. So the bowling has been good , but you would have expected badrinath to knock up a couple of 50-100 scores in the series given his prolific domestic and IPL seasons.He looked good in the T20, but for some reason he has gone into his shell in every ODI game he has played in, scoring slowly and digging a hole for himself. Surely he will have a good knock in the last game, otherwise india will be hesitant to select him in test XI , tho raina has also been in poor form. I do think badri should play the 5th ODI tho and the 3 tests, Manoj tiwary as well would be keen for runs, yusuf pathan is just hit and miss with bat and ball, we all know that

  • bismoy on June 15, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    only rohit,raina and kohli should be retain once gambhir,shewag,yuvraj and dhoni is back,,,,rest all are simply not good enough to be part of indian team....

    Selector must play best indian team rather than some indian b team....after all country comes first all after that.........

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    I generally dont comment here.. but this must be one of the worst articles ever published. Here is some stats for you - Jadeja 35 ODIs, Rohit 61 ODIs, Kaif 13 tests 125 ODIs, yusuf -55 odis. and Badrinath - 7 ODIs. what do you mean given enough chances and running out of time?

  • bismoy on June 15, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    why no mention of Shikhar dhwan?? comming to badrinath his time is running out surely at 30 year age...He will be mostly out once champion like yuvraj is back....so badri must try harder in test match....

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Dubeyji wakey wakey. If Dravid was afraid of fast bowing he would never have scored over 12K test runs batting at no. 3 along with around 11K ODI runs for India. He is one of the few batsman to have a better batting average abroad than in India. It is only unfortunate that he played in Sachin's era otherwise would have been India's best batsman of his time.

  • Farce-Follower on June 15, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @Dubey : I assume you are joking or you genuinely know precious little about cricket. Your comment that Dravid is scared of fast bowlers seems absurd. Of course, you must also be of the opinion that Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh etc, all are masters of the short and swinging ball. Good for you, mate.

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Badri, he need to no he not playing in india , he should stay in the pitch for some time & he need to play long shots, let see this all politics cos of your selector shrikanat, who play good first class cricket means manish pany h highst scoreer 2011, but he didt conseder India team , all shrikanth , lets no its not easy to stay on all.

  • CricketChat on June 15, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Time might have already run out for Badri and Yusuf as they are unlikely to be picked for 5th ODI. They already had their multiple chances thus far. I think it is time to give chance to Saha and bring back Munaf for last ODI. I think Ind should try to wrap up the series 4-1 now. Pak did the mistake of experimenting with too many bench players at the same time and barely eked out a 3-2 result recently after looking to run away with a 5-0 margin.

  • madras_boy on June 15, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    I am shocked to see the comments on badri. Everybody forgot his 48 in the only T20 played in WI. In the whole series until now, even raina, kohli has contributed to only one big score. Why India lost in WC2007 in WI when the whole team had big players ! Simple reason - Short Ball. Rohit and Raina danced against short balls in previous T20 WC. So, dont criticize badri. He is a technically sound batsman unlike others. All he needs now is the suport and confidence from the team management. Comeon Badri, you will shine in the final one-day tomorrow.

    Someone commented on Kris selection on Vijay. If he is biased, he should have taken vijay/ abhinav instead of shikar dhawan/manoj tiwary which he didn't. Don't forget that chika's team selection won us the 2011 world cup.

  • dmaran on June 15, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I am sick and tired of the chaps who are picking on certain selectors and/or pushing players who they feel should be (but are not) in the India squad. Guys, please give those who have been given a break a chance (or a few more chances); give them slack to prove themselves. The pressure of performing at the international stage is severe enough, without the added pressure from the press and cricket fans. Let's follow the example of true fans and give these players encouragement instead. Remember, if players like Badri are expected to perform miracles, then India will be a team full of Sachins and, therefore, unbeatable. Look at the progress Rohit has made this time. Preferably, BCCI should select players suited to particular ground conditions - as the Aussies say, "horses for courses". Instead of selecting the 11 who produce average performances on all grounds, why not go for a team of super performers on given grounds?

  • jpaul211 on June 15, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    So what does this mean?????? We have a very lousy domestic setup. People shine in domestic cricket and fail internationally even against second string or not so great teams. IT IS TIME WE MAKE DOMESTIC CIRCUIT MORE PROFESSIONAL. Get international players and make variety of pitches.

  • on June 15, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Hi All,

    Clearly observe the players in domestic cricket and say is ambati tirupathi rayudu not elgible to play for INDIA?

  • on June 15, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    y u take out of the team

  • divin on June 15, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    there is no way such a consistent domestic performer cannot perform at the international level. it is just the matter of one good innings and Badri will be back to his best.

  • on June 15, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    My XI for India 1.Rohit 2.Parthiv 3.Kohli 4.Manoj 5.Raina 6.Saha 7.Harbhajan @ no.7{atleast he lasts some deliveries} 8.Yusuf 9. Praveen 10. Amit Mishra 11. Munaf . . . My XI for windies 1.Simmons 2.Barath 3.Darren B 4.Sarwan 5.Dwayne B 6.Pollard 7.Russell 8.Sammy 9.Roach/Rampaul 10.Bishoo 11.Martin

  • Jan on June 15, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Badri, just because of his age he is running out of time. But please give him more chances at least half what Rohit Sharma got. I know he is not a ODI player so better give a chance or 2 in tests. And Yusuf, just hope he doesn't fade away like his brother

  • maninthewoods on June 15, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    This is ridiculous! How can one be tested in 4 matches. Give Badri 2 more series and then talk.

  • on June 15, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    did raina deserved the place,dude dont speak about world knows him wat he is!!!!! and tat to u compare with badri not fare!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vak1997 on June 15, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Kris srikkanth is there to support u badri, dont worry dude. once he steps down from that post, badri will be in danger!!

  • ssenthil on June 15, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Badri just need to recall the Innings against Rajastan in the Ranji Semi this Year. I agree with Sriram Veera tht Badri is Running out of time, Badri fans may claim Rohit and Raina's given more chances but Badri doesn't have the age to get more chance perhaps he just not fit for ODI's. I hope Dhoni at least give him chances in Tests to see he is up for International cricket else Finish it off for Badri. Now it's do or Die for Badri and let see, what he is going to do. I wonder will Badri play in the the 5th ODI tomorrow.

  • on June 15, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    I thing Badri is an I P L player he is good at domestic level he is not mature yet, come usuf is very good mentali but he cant handle preser at international leval boath of them ample time and overs butboath of them failled. by Raman Pancholi.

  • on June 15, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    someone mentioned about dravids inability to "attack" fast bowlers in one of the comments. someone didnt tell you that in all the famous indian victories overseas(headilngley 02, adelaide'03, rawalpindi'04 and perth'08 just to mention a few) it was dravid who laid the foundation with big scores. Coming to badris "running out of time". Hey?what are you talking about? has he got the same amount of opportunities like yusuf or even rohit for that matter. He will surely come good sooner rather than later.

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Badrinath's career is over!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't think Badri will get a chance to play in today's game as india will not even lose a single wicket.......I want Harbajan Singh and Rohit Sharma to open the innings for India!!!!!!!!!!Go India!!!! :P

  • lijihas on June 15, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    MR.RAVINDRA JADEJA...!!!!U R FAR FAR BETTER THAN FLAT HITTER TRACK YOUSUF PATHAN... YOUSUF HAS GOT ENOUGH CHANCES...HE CAN PLAY ONCE IN AWHILE BY THAT TIME ALL THE YOUSUF PATHAN FANS WILL PRAISE ON HIM... BUT ITS A FACT THAT... HE CANNOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITIES WE HAVE SEN WC AND THIS SERIES....... INDIA WASTING A 7TH POSITION WITH THIS ORDINARY SPINNER AND BATSMAN...

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    All the best India Badri and Yusuf

  • stormy16 on June 15, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    With a line of younger players in the waiting Badri for me has already missed the boat. Havent seen much of him but just looking at the reality of an oldish player cementing a spot for a few years as opposed to a young chap getting the chance to be the next Dravid, Lax ETC I dont like Badri's chances. Yusuf is a different story because he has the X factor and would play in most other sides but are able to pick and choose him and will continue to do so I reckon.

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    We should give chance to other youngster, like play tiwari in the middle order and send Yusuf opening

  • cricgiri on June 15, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    to some extent Badri has been unfortunate that he got this opportunity in WestIndies instead of the flat beds in India, most other players the Raina's , Kohli's etc.. got chances to establish themselves on flat tracks ..that after waiting for so long ..except for Rohit , one off Kohli and a few cameo's from Parthiv , all batsmen have had an off series ..

  • OnlyKaps on June 15, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Badri is a test style player. Trying him for ODI is like trying to place a square peg in a round hole

    Had Dravid not been around the spot would have been his. When will selectors realise that you cant play someone in a ODi and say you have provided international chances and he hasnt come good enough to play in the tests.Its a different ball game mate!

  • KrickFan on June 15, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Its amazing to see mention of fast bowling and bouncers.. I don't think we have any one in our current indian team who are good playing fast bowling in a bouncy pacy track. Common give a break to player like Badri who played only 10 international ODIs. People saying Rohit is not a good batsman till begining of this tournament and now no one talk about him. He got 61 chances to make them quiet!! again he has huge weakness against bouncers. Its good for India to encourage and give confidence to players like Yusuf, he can change game anytime and we do not have clean hitters like him in the team. I hope this young players fit in to shoes of gr8 sachin/dravid/lux/shewag soon or we will go through same thing what Aus going through now. So lets all support the young lads and not put pressure on them. And also lets give more respect to domestic cricket - if someone comes up as top batsman/bowler then he is a good quality player.

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Time to bring in Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey. Prolific scorers in the domestic arena in both First Class and List A. Also, age is very much on their side. I see them along with Cheteshwar Pujara to be long distance runners in the Indian Test & ODI Teams

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Badrinath is scared of fast bowler, but still he in inexperienced now and will learn how to face the fasties!

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    It seems Badri tries too hard to prove his potential and that leads to his undoing. It cannot be counted unnatural for a player who has been knocking the door of national selection for quite a long time. But for Yusuf he should realise that he must set his act right. He had terrorized Steyn& Co. in SA not long back. Now he presents himself as amateurish. It seems that he is the opposite of Laxman when the team nedds you: Laxman delivers when India requires something extra from him; but Yusuf fails miserably time and again.

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Its true Seems Badrinath is not up to mark along with opportunities he got or still getting ...there are lots of guys to take the place..its all about performance...if you make one 100 in one series and you are thinking you are on for next three series then players should in wrong position ...there are lots of guys in domestic cricket with great performance ....you have to perform in a good way and in each series...the competition is high ...and if selector change means MR Srikhant ..then South Players is going to find less place in Indian team unless and until they are going to perform a good one...Performers from any state welcome ..but not preferences...

  • joseyesu on June 15, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Give him atleast 10 matches to prove his mettle. And dont judge anybody with 1 performance

  • Amminikkala on June 15, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Siddhant Dubey, Please don't comment that Dravid is scared of taking fast bowlers, infact he is the one who was taking the indian team on his shoulders and have played lots of brilliant inngins against all kind of bowlers.......

    Back to Badri..he is never an international level player to me....And 100% unfit to be in a 50 over match...As everyone else say, its the effect of the selection committee..Regarding Yousef, he is talented but can shine once in a while, may not be when the team really need a flashy innings from his side......sad to see that he couldn't deliver on time....bad luck..hope someone else like pujara, rohit sharma etc will confirm their place in the team instead of these two......

  • eshwarmv on June 15, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Badrinath always looked out of sorts when it came to the international stage. The way he plays, shows that he is not fit for international standard. He needs some flat easy paced pitches to get into some rhythm. He does not have the gift of timing or placement. He is not prepared to give room for himself and play with freedom through the off side. Whenever, the ball is around off or just outside off, he is not able to score by nudging the ball. He has no imagination. Even saurabh tiwary looks the same kind of player. Less wrist work and more power just like a foreign player. If u dont have good wrists u must play some shots by moving around the crease.

  • EdgedNTaken on June 15, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    As long as Krishnamachari Srikkanth is chairman of selectors, Badrinath will continue to be in the squad, if not in the eleven. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

  • Haleos on June 15, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    I dont completely agree with the author. As long as shrikanth is the chief selector. Badri and Vijay would come back into the team as soon as some main player is injured.

  • Haleos on June 15, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Badrinath never looked like a ODI player. BCCI has a habit of selecting Test players for ODI and vice versa. Look at the strike rate of Badri. He should replace dravid in the Test team.

  • Haleos on June 15, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Badrinath never looked like a ODI player. BCCI has a habit of selecting Test players for ODI and vice versa. Look at the strike rate of Badri. He should replace dravid in the Test team.

  • DEV_ME on June 15, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Badrinath running out of time ?! Hey ! When did he get the time ? Its true for Yousuf, who has been consistent non-performer / flash performer on all tracks and for so many years. There are players who get 2 -3 seasons atleast, to prove themselves. Badri is not exceptionally talented but then who is in the present team ? They are a bunch of hardworkers and badri isthe most tencious amongst them. The intenational stage is big and the pressure is immense, in addtion to the instant massacre of careers by critics. Badri needs support, confidence, an assurance that not every meal is his last meal. Badri hand in there buddy, we do respect you for your never say die attitude. Critics - please be quite for 1 full series please.

  • on June 15, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    I am sure Badri will come back hard. Every batsman goes through bad patch and unfortunately he is having it at the wrong time. i am sure he will overcome this atleast in the final ODI. Regarding Yusuf is a big worry. The way he has thrown away his wicket put lots of question. He is could have played with singles initially. I hope both make a good show during final ODI. Inida will complete series on 4-1.

  • on June 15, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    All The Best Badri..Hopefully today you can prove ur talent..

  • on June 15, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Alright! Its too early too write Badri off like that though age is not on his side! Agreed there is a lot of competition for batting slots in the Indian team. But if someone has earned his spot in the side, he is something special. Its just the early nerves for Badri. He ll surely come good soon!!!

  • on June 15, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Badrinath's career is over, he doesn't know how to attack. Lik Dravid, he's scared of taking on fast bowlers.

  • on June 15, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Badrinath is player for test cricket. He is forced to do something which he is not used to.Anyhow hope he proves himsel

  • Filterplus on June 15, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    This is high time Badrinath thought about his carrer. He has struggled through out this series. Maybe he is better in T20 than ODI. Same goes in the case of M. Tiwary. Whereas, for Yusuf he has proven what he can do even in international arena. He can still continue in the team well ahead of Raina. My XI for final ODI - Dhawan, Kohli, Badrinath, Rohit, Raina, Yusuf, Saha, Vinay, Ashwin, Mishra, Ishant. India might look to give Vinay Kumar & Saha a chance to prove themselves. Well go on and do well India. Let's payback for the 2006 defeat of 4-1 in the same way. Go India Go...

  • T.SB on June 15, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    'Make hay while sun shines'...u got to remember this badrinath!!.This is a Platinum oppotunity(i mean better than a golden one) for some one like Badrinath,manoj.Its a rare scenario that u miss.sachin,shewag,gambhir,dhoni,yuvi in ODIs.This kind of poor performance from some one like badinath who heavily scored at domestic level,mighty be he is trying to prove some many things in shot time.Hope he comes top of this hurdel.

  • on June 15, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Its really unfair to put everything thing on badri's back , look at raina he also had superb ipl ,now strugglin to get his form -

  • on June 15, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Feels like a case of seeing the next Mark Ramprakash...all talent but the things just don't fall in place.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on June 15, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Badrinath will definitely be peppered with rising deliveries. Learning to play them smoothly while also being able to rotate the strike is integral to being considered to play for a team. The WI pitches are often dual paced and their pace bowlers know how to work their pitches well. Badri has not yet shown his ability or temperament to be the backbone in building an innings and leading the team to victory either in the IPL or in the ODIs... and the IPL just doesn't count for much because it is only a 20 over format. He doesn't accelerate and keep the pace of the innings well above the required run rate as compared to say a Raina or even a Rohit. Raina and Rohit seem at ease in rotating the strike. Badri struggles. Yusuf's body language sucks. He walks in with a slouch showing no enthusiasm, zest and energy. Rohit too needs to work a lot on his body language. All that they need to do is to look at Raina and Kohli and learn.

  • Vnott on June 15, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    It is unfortunate that Badrinath has not capitalized his chances. 3 Chances and one run out in them. But no one can deny he has had his chances. He did get the man of the match in the 20-20 game but that will count for nothing. A 50 tomorrow - he will get a good run in the tests too. But knowing Dhoni and his captaincy I do expect to see Badri play not one but all the tests. If he gets that freedom, he will succeed. He is too good to fail... Technical shortcomings will get worked out... he has too much grit to fail...

  • Amarjitmadan on June 15, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    The contents are nothing but the truth. Yusuf has been given a lot of chances and even in World Cup he didn't do justice to his selection, Raina replaced him and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Players like Sachin/ Dhoni/Ghambir should guide him otherwise he will be gone for ever.As regards Badrinath has not brought his IPL form with him and probably is too worried about rising deliveries and takes eyes of the ball.He has to play some innings of substance otherwise it is going to be curtains for him sooner than later.Good luck to both.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 15, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    It is the responsibilty of Yusuf to prove the critics that he is not a one time wonder.

  • sweetspot on June 15, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Has Rohit Sharma not had this kind of failure at the international level? Hasn't Raina? Who can forget the list of lean scores Dravid threw up? Give Badri time. Getting used to non-Indian conditions is not that easy for anyone. NONE of our batsmen have looked fluent yet. We have still won the series. So, best to wait.

  • abhi_cricinfo on June 15, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Badrinath and Murali Vijay have excellent First-class and List A record but they don't have guts to perform at level where it really matters i.e. International Level . I don't expect anything form Badrinath , he is just a failure . We need Yusuf Pathan because he is simply the best hard-hitter we have and he is handy bowler as well.

  • Varkey_here on June 15, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    good article at right time......

  • suid4321 on June 15, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Sad to see good players don't get enough chances to prove, 4 matches dont make a batsmen not good to play international cricket. look at the number of matches you selectors have given to rohit sharma : ODIs 65 61 14 1448 114 30.80 I agree how much talent this guy has got but 65 is just too much. Give badri enough chances to prove himself. i'm die hard fan of indian team but its crazy to see someone getting so many chances and others have to prove the same in a few matches they get. If u want to have bench strength tell them they have no threat to even if they fail for few outings.

  • indianzen on June 15, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    if guys doesn't play 2-3 matches, then he is not a right batsmen... Ain't it Sriram? Remember that he was the sole reason for winning the T20 against WI. Despite no wickets if bajji can be a permanent member of the team, despite no runs if rohit sharma was given so many chances, its too early to show doors for Badri...

  • adith_thegod on June 15, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    ha! Rohit Sharma has got a million chances in the international scene and has shown signs of consistency only in this series(and the one in Zimbabwe after which he faded away, again!). and this run machine called Badri will probably be playing his 'last' game in Indian colours after just playing around 5 innings. Hope the selectors don't judge Badri as poorly as Veera has.

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  • adith_thegod on June 15, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    ha! Rohit Sharma has got a million chances in the international scene and has shown signs of consistency only in this series(and the one in Zimbabwe after which he faded away, again!). and this run machine called Badri will probably be playing his 'last' game in Indian colours after just playing around 5 innings. Hope the selectors don't judge Badri as poorly as Veera has.

  • indianzen on June 15, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    if guys doesn't play 2-3 matches, then he is not a right batsmen... Ain't it Sriram? Remember that he was the sole reason for winning the T20 against WI. Despite no wickets if bajji can be a permanent member of the team, despite no runs if rohit sharma was given so many chances, its too early to show doors for Badri...

  • suid4321 on June 15, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Sad to see good players don't get enough chances to prove, 4 matches dont make a batsmen not good to play international cricket. look at the number of matches you selectors have given to rohit sharma : ODIs 65 61 14 1448 114 30.80 I agree how much talent this guy has got but 65 is just too much. Give badri enough chances to prove himself. i'm die hard fan of indian team but its crazy to see someone getting so many chances and others have to prove the same in a few matches they get. If u want to have bench strength tell them they have no threat to even if they fail for few outings.

  • Varkey_here on June 15, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    good article at right time......

  • abhi_cricinfo on June 15, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Badrinath and Murali Vijay have excellent First-class and List A record but they don't have guts to perform at level where it really matters i.e. International Level . I don't expect anything form Badrinath , he is just a failure . We need Yusuf Pathan because he is simply the best hard-hitter we have and he is handy bowler as well.

  • sweetspot on June 15, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Has Rohit Sharma not had this kind of failure at the international level? Hasn't Raina? Who can forget the list of lean scores Dravid threw up? Give Badri time. Getting used to non-Indian conditions is not that easy for anyone. NONE of our batsmen have looked fluent yet. We have still won the series. So, best to wait.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 15, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    It is the responsibilty of Yusuf to prove the critics that he is not a one time wonder.

  • Amarjitmadan on June 15, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    The contents are nothing but the truth. Yusuf has been given a lot of chances and even in World Cup he didn't do justice to his selection, Raina replaced him and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Players like Sachin/ Dhoni/Ghambir should guide him otherwise he will be gone for ever.As regards Badrinath has not brought his IPL form with him and probably is too worried about rising deliveries and takes eyes of the ball.He has to play some innings of substance otherwise it is going to be curtains for him sooner than later.Good luck to both.

  • Vnott on June 15, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    It is unfortunate that Badrinath has not capitalized his chances. 3 Chances and one run out in them. But no one can deny he has had his chances. He did get the man of the match in the 20-20 game but that will count for nothing. A 50 tomorrow - he will get a good run in the tests too. But knowing Dhoni and his captaincy I do expect to see Badri play not one but all the tests. If he gets that freedom, he will succeed. He is too good to fail... Technical shortcomings will get worked out... he has too much grit to fail...

  • TheOnlyEmperor on June 15, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Badrinath will definitely be peppered with rising deliveries. Learning to play them smoothly while also being able to rotate the strike is integral to being considered to play for a team. The WI pitches are often dual paced and their pace bowlers know how to work their pitches well. Badri has not yet shown his ability or temperament to be the backbone in building an innings and leading the team to victory either in the IPL or in the ODIs... and the IPL just doesn't count for much because it is only a 20 over format. He doesn't accelerate and keep the pace of the innings well above the required run rate as compared to say a Raina or even a Rohit. Raina and Rohit seem at ease in rotating the strike. Badri struggles. Yusuf's body language sucks. He walks in with a slouch showing no enthusiasm, zest and energy. Rohit too needs to work a lot on his body language. All that they need to do is to look at Raina and Kohli and learn.