West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica June 19, 2011

Kohli, Bishoo aim to cement Test spots

This series will be the first serious challenge for two ambitious young men in a hurry to grow
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Seventeen years ago, Devendra Bishoo's father, Mohanlal, died with a wish. Five years ago, Virat Kohli's father, Prem, died with a dream. They wanted their sons to play cricket for the country. Those sons, now young men, are at a cusp, peering down paths their fathers had laid out for them.

"I remembered the times I used to get home from school and would spend a lot of time bowling at my father," Bishoo says. "He was a great help to me and I am happy I have made him proud, even though he is not here to see me."

Kohli's story is poignant. He was not out at stumps for Delhi in a Ranji Trophy game when his father died during the night. He turned up to bat next morning, rescued his team from trouble with an innings of 90, shook his head at a replay that confirmed he shouldn't have been given out and left for the crematorium.

The stories of Kohli and Bishoo had differences for a while. Kohli went astray for two years, especially after the Under-19 World Cup victory, but he shook himself out of a bad phase and found his path once again. Bishoo was already there.

Both of them have a confidence that is striking. Kohli could have learned to swagger before he learned to walk. Bishoo has a calmness and strength about him. They are considered important parts of their country's cricketing future, and they are aware of it. This series is both a test and an opportunity.

Kohli doesn't appear to be a great batsman at first glance. He looks to be a good one. It's his demeanour that sets him apart from most men his age and others too. That cocky, teenage confidence has matured into the confidence of an assured, aware batsman. Kohli's game is simple and his improvement is that he has tried to make it simpler. He quickly glides towards the line of the ball and nudges it into gaps. He uses his signature swat-flick to send length deliveries in line with his stumps to the square-leg boundary. He drives on the up and can pull, but rarely hooks.

The short ball will be his test, especially on the fast and bouncy surface at Sabina Park. Kohli has had no problem against it in international cricket but, in a domestic game a couple of years ago, Zaheer Khan had unsettled him with short balls delivered from a left-armer's angle. He has worked on that aspect of the game in his development as a batsman. During Saturday's net session, Kohli faced tennis balls served at him from a short distance by Duncan Fletcher. The balls would rear up and fly of Kohli's hands or body. The coach then had a word with his ward and soon Kohli was swaying and bobbing out of the way.

Bishoo looks a good legspinner. He wants to be a great one. It will be fascinating to see how he gets there. He turns the legbreak, has a topspinner and his flipper is a work in progress. He hasn't reached a stage where he can drop the ball where he desires. He pitches it short or slips it wide every once in a while. His brain is buzzing all the time, though. During the 2011 World Cup, Bishoo adjusted to the slower surfaces and did two things: he slowed his pace further but would suddenly slip in quicker deliveries. He was learning on the go, and he was learning quickly. The best thing about Bishoo is his stock ball. He gets the legbreak to spin with some bounce.

Bishoo will be tested this series. Bowling to VVS Laxman and co is one of the harder exams to pass. Another challenge is that Indian batsmen tackle spin in vastly different, accomplished ways. He cannot have just one plan to set up a batsman. Laxman has supple wrists, Rahul Dravid uses the crease the best, often pressing right back to tailor his length, MS Dhoni rarely moves his front foot across, Kohli drives on the front foot and Suresh Raina skips out.

"I want to be a great bowler for West Indies," Bishoo had said. Kohli, too, said he has a burning desire to prove himself as a Test batsman. Fletcher called him "the future of Indian cricket". This series, which begins in Jamaica on Monday, will be the first serious challenge for two ambitious young men in a hurry to grow.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Surimada on | June 22, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    The Future Indian Batting Line up after Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. G Gambhir V Sewag V Kohli R Sharma Yuvraj S Raina ------------ Kindly Suggest Bench

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | June 21, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    @ Nicholas_Clarke Hope you got answer why raina is selected not overhype domestic player badri..

    Some of domestic player like rahana and badri are simply overhype due to huge run they scored in domestic scene where bowling attack is of kid levels....

    Thankfully team mangement given priority of talent over run scored in flat track...raina is future in test not some rahana or badri...

    shewag has ordinary domestic avg but he has talent ..now see where he is...

    Raina,rohit and kohli must be given more chance,,,,,they are future...rest are flat tack bully........

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | June 21, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    West Indies provided the morale booster to India after getting 6 wickets cheaply. On this kind of pitch 246 is a winning total unless someone plays a very good inning from West Indies. Playing 4th inning on this surface is not WI wants.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    few people mentioned about Pujara, he is injured guys that is the reason why he is not picked into the side. Selectors didn't forget him!! Mukund has a good reputation as a test player based on his temperment and the amount of runs he scored in domestic level, it only his first chance let us wait and see what he does. Vijay got enough chances, selectors need to find a replacement for him as a 3rd opener. Virat Kohli, people are expecting a lot and puting more pressure on him, nothing wrong that is what happens with lovers. We always want our favourite players to score runs, hope Virat does that.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | June 21, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Those of you asking for Pujara, he is injured. Please stop being critical of the selectors when you don't have the facts. It just makes for tedious reading. Vijay has been successful in tests in the past so he is a good selection in the absence of Sehwag and Gambhir. He failed today, but so did Kohli and Laxman -- so are we supposed to drop them too? Mukund virtually demanded to be selected given his domestic performance. Badri was rightly behind Kohli and Raina in the final 11. He didn't have a good enough ODI in these conditions to merit selection over a proven Kohli or Raina. I think we have the best 11 (and the larger team as a whole) given that many of the seniors are absent.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @thehytool Pujara is injured. Also, he does not open the innings. Abhinav Mukun was one of the highest run-getter last season. Who could have Rohit Sharma come in place of?

  • POSTED BY thehytool on | June 20, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    I'm seriously asking question to selection panel of Indian team. why should they choose Vijay, Mukund? still you have class player like Cheteshwar Pujara? Raina and Kohli are still to be matured but they should be IN as far as the future is concerned. But Cheteshwar Pujara is the Biggest question!

  • POSTED BY sai_prashanth on | June 20, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    chatteswar pujara is not given enough chances. does he have injury too?

  • POSTED BY Nicholas_Clarke on | June 20, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Why is Raina (FC Average: 43.15) getting selected ahead of all the other Indian batsmen who are averaging in the mid-50s and above?

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | June 20, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Noone needs to worry about Kohli; he already is a world class player; he will be the mainstay of Indian batting and he could do a better job than Tendulkar if he doesn't get bored of cricket. It is sad to think of the scene that Badri may not get chance number 3. What is the point in trying Vijay in tests? Mukund looks to have little time to play. Sehwag and Ghambi are going to return anyways so why can't the selectors try Badri at slot 1 or 2? How can Murali or Mukund be better players than Badri? In Indian cricket 'batting position based allocation of slots' is unfair; there is so much competition out there; Mukund plays Badr benched; Ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY Surimada on | June 22, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    The Future Indian Batting Line up after Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. G Gambhir V Sewag V Kohli R Sharma Yuvraj S Raina ------------ Kindly Suggest Bench

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | June 21, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    @ Nicholas_Clarke Hope you got answer why raina is selected not overhype domestic player badri..

    Some of domestic player like rahana and badri are simply overhype due to huge run they scored in domestic scene where bowling attack is of kid levels....

    Thankfully team mangement given priority of talent over run scored in flat track...raina is future in test not some rahana or badri...

    shewag has ordinary domestic avg but he has talent ..now see where he is...

    Raina,rohit and kohli must be given more chance,,,,,they are future...rest are flat tack bully........

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | June 21, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    West Indies provided the morale booster to India after getting 6 wickets cheaply. On this kind of pitch 246 is a winning total unless someone plays a very good inning from West Indies. Playing 4th inning on this surface is not WI wants.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    few people mentioned about Pujara, he is injured guys that is the reason why he is not picked into the side. Selectors didn't forget him!! Mukund has a good reputation as a test player based on his temperment and the amount of runs he scored in domestic level, it only his first chance let us wait and see what he does. Vijay got enough chances, selectors need to find a replacement for him as a 3rd opener. Virat Kohli, people are expecting a lot and puting more pressure on him, nothing wrong that is what happens with lovers. We always want our favourite players to score runs, hope Virat does that.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | June 21, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Those of you asking for Pujara, he is injured. Please stop being critical of the selectors when you don't have the facts. It just makes for tedious reading. Vijay has been successful in tests in the past so he is a good selection in the absence of Sehwag and Gambhir. He failed today, but so did Kohli and Laxman -- so are we supposed to drop them too? Mukund virtually demanded to be selected given his domestic performance. Badri was rightly behind Kohli and Raina in the final 11. He didn't have a good enough ODI in these conditions to merit selection over a proven Kohli or Raina. I think we have the best 11 (and the larger team as a whole) given that many of the seniors are absent.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @thehytool Pujara is injured. Also, he does not open the innings. Abhinav Mukun was one of the highest run-getter last season. Who could have Rohit Sharma come in place of?

  • POSTED BY thehytool on | June 20, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    I'm seriously asking question to selection panel of Indian team. why should they choose Vijay, Mukund? still you have class player like Cheteshwar Pujara? Raina and Kohli are still to be matured but they should be IN as far as the future is concerned. But Cheteshwar Pujara is the Biggest question!

  • POSTED BY sai_prashanth on | June 20, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    chatteswar pujara is not given enough chances. does he have injury too?

  • POSTED BY Nicholas_Clarke on | June 20, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Why is Raina (FC Average: 43.15) getting selected ahead of all the other Indian batsmen who are averaging in the mid-50s and above?

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | June 20, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Noone needs to worry about Kohli; he already is a world class player; he will be the mainstay of Indian batting and he could do a better job than Tendulkar if he doesn't get bored of cricket. It is sad to think of the scene that Badri may not get chance number 3. What is the point in trying Vijay in tests? Mukund looks to have little time to play. Sehwag and Ghambi are going to return anyways so why can't the selectors try Badri at slot 1 or 2? How can Murali or Mukund be better players than Badri? In Indian cricket 'batting position based allocation of slots' is unfair; there is so much competition out there; Mukund plays Badr benched; Ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Whatever..its enough of chances given to Vijay.. South Africa and now West Indies.. I do not believe he has it in him to make it big in pace and bouncy tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Good luck both of them..!!

  • POSTED BY Vadlamudi_sp on | June 20, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Ganguly had the same kind of image as kohli does now a days, dada scored fastest odi runs than sachin and seemed to take over sachin but things changed that is going to happen to kohli...dont put much pressure on kohli saying he is indian future

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Bishoo reminds me of warne. He has ability to turn the ball long way. If he gains little muscle, then he can controll his deliveries much better. He seems very promissing out of current lot of spinners.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    come on WICB pick gayle at the last minute... its not too late

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | June 20, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    I saw Bishoo in his debut ODI's and what was most striking is his attitude on the field was this young man was racing towards the deliveries coming his way while fielding at third man even though WI were struggling. WI need more young men like Bishoo who wants to be out in the field doing hard yards for the country. It doesn't get bigger and better for bishoo then getting Dravid or VVS's wicket in test matches. It will do him world of good. Same for Kohli, thanks to IPL we all have forgotten that it was Virats partnership with Gambhir in the finals that settled the nerves for team India. As legendary Imran Khan always said, you throw a young men in most volatile and tough situation and then see how he performs to know his true potential. Virat certainly seems to be on the right path. All the best to these two exciting talents and lets hope that they get ample opportunity in these tests to showcase their talent.

  • POSTED BY maruthikunnuru on | June 20, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Of all the young Indian batsmen, Kohli seems to be the most promising one. He has a sound technique and his temparament has improved a lot within the last one year. He seems to have equipped with all the necessary things to start off his test career. I think he got the opportunity at the right time thanks to the injured and resting seniors. Good luck Virat!!

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | June 20, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Its great to watch both of them play cricket while one wants to score lot of runs for his team the other wants to pick wickets for his team the thing which separates them is there temparament while Bishoo is calmness personified Kohli is angry young man avatar of Indian cricket team...Wishing both youngsters good luck

  • POSTED BY gg3657835 on | June 20, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Virat kohli will make his test debut today.He has been the most consistent batsman of indian odi team over the last 18 months,also he has scored consistently in the domestic cricket..His batting is technically correct,he has got temperament and wide range of shots.This is a great opportunity for him to cement his place in indian test team as Rahul dravid said 2 days ago that india needs 2-3 well talented players in the future who can play for 15-16 years like sachin ,vvs ,dravid & ganguly.Kohli has the ability to play long innings and it will be a big test for him to score on fast & bouncy pitch of kingston.Let's hope he will make a great start to test cricket & serve the indian cricket in the most challenging format of the game for long time.

  • POSTED BY msukhai on | June 20, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    Bishoo has great potential - if WI board is serious then get someone like Warne/Murali to spend a few months with this guy could do him well.

  • POSTED BY deegowd on | June 20, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    I am looking forward to Bishoo's plan against Laxman (or maybe I should say how Laxman dictates the field to Bishoo). It has been a while since we saw a young leg-spinner with some temperament and confidence. Was hoping that Piyush Chawla would be the next big thing in leg-spin, but turned out test cricket was too much to handle for him. Hope Bishoo does well for the sake of cricket in general and WI cricket in particular.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Virat Kohli is a Great batsman, he doesnt need to prove himself, he will go well in the tests. Bishoo is great leg spinner we have all seen him in WC and vs pakistan he is very talented and skillful and has a long career for WI ahead of him

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    I agree 100% with the board in keeping Gayle out . no one man is bigger than West Indies cricket, Sammy is captain and Gipson is the coach and if Gayle and WIPA don't like it , to hell with them. It will be great if gayle could show that same spirit on the field that cricket fans around the world saw in the stands recently. Neither WIPA or Gayle should dictate who is captain or coach of the West Indies cricket team. Could someone compare Gayle and Sammy's records as captain?

  • POSTED BY G.Vinoth on | June 20, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Kohli's Test Debut Today. Hope he makes a century and become 13th Indian Cricketer to make Century on Debut!

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how Kohli, Badrinath and Mukund play. I'd certainly play Badrinath ahead of Raina, who I think looks the most awkward and vulnerable against short ball of all Indian players.

  • POSTED BY Ahsan_Shere on | June 20, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    If u got batterrs like Kohli, Raina there is no point playing Yousuf Pathan which India did in the WC. I still don't believe that player of his caliber can make debut in India oneday squad. Its too much of a reward for such an ordinary player.

  • POSTED BY dragline on | June 20, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    I to believe that Bishoo is a very good talent and wish that the board will employ someone like shane Warn to work with him to develop his game. to master the art of legspin bowling.

  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | June 19, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    BISHOO is a great find for West Indies but there are other VERY PROMISING SPIN BOWLERS LIKE KANTASINGH who have been IGNORED by the selectors although having topped the bowling in the West Indies 4-day competition. The SELECTORS must be commended for recruiting Bishoo although belatedly for the WC and he has not looked back since. We must also give them kudos for sticking with RUSSELL even after he performed poorly against Pakistan. RUSSELL responded with gusto to the selectors' DOGGED CONFIDENCE in him by outperforming all others in the last three ODI's. However to the DISMAY of many he was left out by these same SELECTORS from the TEST SQUAD to face India on Monday. RUSSELL was clearly the most EFFECTIVE & INTIMIDATING fast bowler against India in the last ODI. He OUTSHINED the others including Kemar ROACH to the extent that he took the Man-of-the-Match award with 4 wickets. His inclusion would bolster the batting and allow the selectors to play 5 bowlers- 3 pace,1 med,1 spin.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    I admire Bishoo's temperament. This along with his total commitment will make him a very good spinner. He appears to know what he wants. I wish him all the best in this series.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | June 19, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    I will be watching keenly the progres of Barath, Kohli, Bishoo and young Bravo, all of them have great potential and at least one (or 2) of them will be a great test player, I hope. I will miss Russel, he is anotherone with great potentia, but Sammy has to play and captain the side, for some reason not known to me. Russel or Edwards would have been a better choice.

  • POSTED BY cablemannpete on | June 19, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    mY WISH IS THAT WEST INDIES BOARD AS WELL AS MGMT WILL LOOK PAST THE POLITICS AND SELECT GAYLE TO PLAY FOR HIS COUNTRY. nO ONE EXCITES THE CROWD LIKE GAYLE. MANY OF US CARRIBBEAN AMERICANS WOULD LOVE TO TAKE OUR FAMILY TO SEE SUCH A GREAT BATSMAN BUT NOT NOW.WE ARE WAITING TO SEE IF POLITICS ACTUALLY TAKES PRECIDENCE OVER JOB. THAT IS WILL POLITICS STOP WEST INDIES FROM PICKING THE BEST TEAM. WE SEE GREAT IN RUSSEL,BISHOO,GAYLE,SIMONS ,BRAVO AND AND STOP THE INNFIGHTING AND PICK THE BEST TEAM. GAYLE IS CLASS,HE HAS SERVED HIS COUNTRY WELL FOR YEARS AND SOMETHIING OR SOMEONE MUST HAVE TICKED HIM OFF. hE HAS ALWAYS PLAYED EVEN WHEN HE WAS SICK AND NOW HE IS THE GOAT. PLAY GAYLE

  • POSTED BY Stos on | June 19, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    This was a pretty good article. Bishoo does still need to work on his consistency, but on the other hand Warne wasn't necessarily brilliant in his first matches either, and legspinners in general take some time to mature. He does have this time, so it'll be interesting to see how he does. One thing that he'll need to do is get more used to test bowling, as his bowling in tests so far has sometimes been a bit reminiscent of ODI bowling in terms of line and length, while in tests he can afford to take his time and chip away a bit. He's looked very effective when he bowled on a middle-and-leg line with overspin (for example, in his four-wicket haul against Pakistan in the debut), although he does sometimes not keep his focus there or bowl around off-stump with too much sidespin (that is, with not enough overspin to keep the ball coming off the pitch quickly, giving the batsman time to hit). Still, international cricket has a fair few promising leggies now, and that's good to see.

  • POSTED BY nafzak on | June 19, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    I am Guyanese so I may be a bit prejudiced, but I dearly hope and pray that Bishoo is given a real chance to succeed at the Test level. I hope the selectors just don't discard "another" spinner after a bad series or two. So far, Bishoo has shown glimpses of what could be a great career in the making. I hope he keeps improving and keeps up his positive attitude. He seems to be a guy who is liked by everyone.

  • POSTED BY WI-NZ-SA-ENG on | June 19, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Just hope Bishoothe best, maybe get some advice from shane warne...

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  • POSTED BY WI-NZ-SA-ENG on | June 19, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Just hope Bishoothe best, maybe get some advice from shane warne...

  • POSTED BY nafzak on | June 19, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    I am Guyanese so I may be a bit prejudiced, but I dearly hope and pray that Bishoo is given a real chance to succeed at the Test level. I hope the selectors just don't discard "another" spinner after a bad series or two. So far, Bishoo has shown glimpses of what could be a great career in the making. I hope he keeps improving and keeps up his positive attitude. He seems to be a guy who is liked by everyone.

  • POSTED BY Stos on | June 19, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    This was a pretty good article. Bishoo does still need to work on his consistency, but on the other hand Warne wasn't necessarily brilliant in his first matches either, and legspinners in general take some time to mature. He does have this time, so it'll be interesting to see how he does. One thing that he'll need to do is get more used to test bowling, as his bowling in tests so far has sometimes been a bit reminiscent of ODI bowling in terms of line and length, while in tests he can afford to take his time and chip away a bit. He's looked very effective when he bowled on a middle-and-leg line with overspin (for example, in his four-wicket haul against Pakistan in the debut), although he does sometimes not keep his focus there or bowl around off-stump with too much sidespin (that is, with not enough overspin to keep the ball coming off the pitch quickly, giving the batsman time to hit). Still, international cricket has a fair few promising leggies now, and that's good to see.

  • POSTED BY cablemannpete on | June 19, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    mY WISH IS THAT WEST INDIES BOARD AS WELL AS MGMT WILL LOOK PAST THE POLITICS AND SELECT GAYLE TO PLAY FOR HIS COUNTRY. nO ONE EXCITES THE CROWD LIKE GAYLE. MANY OF US CARRIBBEAN AMERICANS WOULD LOVE TO TAKE OUR FAMILY TO SEE SUCH A GREAT BATSMAN BUT NOT NOW.WE ARE WAITING TO SEE IF POLITICS ACTUALLY TAKES PRECIDENCE OVER JOB. THAT IS WILL POLITICS STOP WEST INDIES FROM PICKING THE BEST TEAM. WE SEE GREAT IN RUSSEL,BISHOO,GAYLE,SIMONS ,BRAVO AND AND STOP THE INNFIGHTING AND PICK THE BEST TEAM. GAYLE IS CLASS,HE HAS SERVED HIS COUNTRY WELL FOR YEARS AND SOMETHIING OR SOMEONE MUST HAVE TICKED HIM OFF. hE HAS ALWAYS PLAYED EVEN WHEN HE WAS SICK AND NOW HE IS THE GOAT. PLAY GAYLE

  • POSTED BY avmd on | June 19, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    I will be watching keenly the progres of Barath, Kohli, Bishoo and young Bravo, all of them have great potential and at least one (or 2) of them will be a great test player, I hope. I will miss Russel, he is anotherone with great potentia, but Sammy has to play and captain the side, for some reason not known to me. Russel or Edwards would have been a better choice.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    I admire Bishoo's temperament. This along with his total commitment will make him a very good spinner. He appears to know what he wants. I wish him all the best in this series.

  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | June 19, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    BISHOO is a great find for West Indies but there are other VERY PROMISING SPIN BOWLERS LIKE KANTASINGH who have been IGNORED by the selectors although having topped the bowling in the West Indies 4-day competition. The SELECTORS must be commended for recruiting Bishoo although belatedly for the WC and he has not looked back since. We must also give them kudos for sticking with RUSSELL even after he performed poorly against Pakistan. RUSSELL responded with gusto to the selectors' DOGGED CONFIDENCE in him by outperforming all others in the last three ODI's. However to the DISMAY of many he was left out by these same SELECTORS from the TEST SQUAD to face India on Monday. RUSSELL was clearly the most EFFECTIVE & INTIMIDATING fast bowler against India in the last ODI. He OUTSHINED the others including Kemar ROACH to the extent that he took the Man-of-the-Match award with 4 wickets. His inclusion would bolster the batting and allow the selectors to play 5 bowlers- 3 pace,1 med,1 spin.

  • POSTED BY dragline on | June 20, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    I to believe that Bishoo is a very good talent and wish that the board will employ someone like shane Warn to work with him to develop his game. to master the art of legspin bowling.

  • POSTED BY Ahsan_Shere on | June 20, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    If u got batterrs like Kohli, Raina there is no point playing Yousuf Pathan which India did in the WC. I still don't believe that player of his caliber can make debut in India oneday squad. Its too much of a reward for such an ordinary player.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how Kohli, Badrinath and Mukund play. I'd certainly play Badrinath ahead of Raina, who I think looks the most awkward and vulnerable against short ball of all Indian players.