West Indies A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Barbados, 4th day

Captain Pujara wins thriller for India A

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 5, 2012

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India A 277 (Rohit Sharma 94, Saha 56, Carter 5-63) & 188 for 8 (Pujara 96*, Holder 5-55) beat West Indies A 252 (Permaul 66, Ahmed 3-43) & 210 (Simmons 53, Rohit Sharma 4-41) by two wickets

Shami Ahmed and Cheteshwar Pujara added 73, West Indies A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Barbados, 4th day, June 5, 2012
No. 10 Shami Ahmed added 73 with Cheteshwar Pujara to take India A home © WICB
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Cheteshwar Pujara took a huge step towards Test selection as he added 73 with No. 10 Shami Ahmed to take India A to a thrilling win in the first unofficial Test, at Kensington Oval. Pujara's unbeaten 96 was the highest score in all four innings of the match, and more than three times the next best effort by an Indian in the final innings. An equally impressive performer, the 6'7" tall Jason Holder, playing at his home ground, ended up on the losing side despite registering his third five-for in his 15th first-class match. His effort reduced India A to 115 for 8 in a chase of 186.

It might have been an unofficial Test, but the qualities that make Test cricket special were all on display. Two teams full of young men hoping to represent their Test sides went into the final day with all three results possible, and three rain interruptions brought a draw into the picture too. In fact when the players went off the third time, in the last hour of the day, with India A needing 20 runs, it seemed the sides would have to settle for a draw.

India A would have been glad they got a chance to come out to finish the game off, but not long before that they would have happily taken that draw when rain interrupted on the first two occasions. When the clouds opened up for the first time, during the lunch break, all three West Indies A quicks had taken a wicket each to add to their overnight effort of 22 for 3. And in a tense morning session, they had conceded just 55 runs.

India A had added only two runs on the final day when left-arm quick Delorn Johnson broke through Shikhar Dhawan's defence with a slower ball. Dhawan failed to add to his overnight 13. Rohit Sharma and Pujara then fought through a testing period. Rohit was dropped on two by substitute Kyle Corbin when India were 28 for 4. Even before he had reached double figures, Rohit had played two edgy shots: a mis-hit that just cleared extra cover, and another that just fell short. In the first hour only 20 runs came by. Johnson and Holder's figures on the final morning at one point read 6-2-9-1 and 6-2-9-0.

Rohit relieved a bit of pressure with a six over long-off and a four over mid-on. However, just when he had begun to show signs of having overcome a shaky start, Rohit followed and edged a wide delivery from Jonathan Carter, who already had a five-for to his name in the first innings. In the minutes before lunch, Holder bowled Manoj Tiwary with an inswinger to make the session West Indies A's.

Showers during the lunch break caused a 45-minute delay in resumption. Pujara, 26 at lunch, now counterattacked. He hit three fours in five deliveries to bring the target down to two figures, but Holder struck soon. It took a sharp low catch from Nkrumah Bonner to send Wriddhiman Saha back. That was the cue for Pujara to attack more, and he did so by hitting Johnson for back-to-back fours to reach his half-century. India A had reached 115 when Holder pegged back Bhuvneshwar Kumar's off stump, and West Indies were all but there.

Holder followed Bhuvneshwar's scalp up with a bouncer that hit Pujara on the right hand. Even as the physio made his way off the ground, rain made a second appearance, sending players in for an early tea break. Pujara and Ahmed had added only five runs by then, and you would have thought that a further delay might have given them some hope for a draw if they could hang in until the next rain interruption.

You had another thing coming: soon after tea Ahmed lofted Holder over long-on for a six. That seemed to be a momentum-shifting shot. The partnership now relied more on Pujara's risk-free shots. He now took such control of the situation that in the end Ahmed ended with just 27 of the 73-run stand. The drama was hardly over, though.

By the final drinks break of the match, the two had seen off the quicks, eased through a brief spell of spin from both ends, and were now bracing up for another burst from Holder and friends. They had added four after the drinks, which took the partnership past 50, when it began to pour down again. This interruption seemed to have a finality to it, but about 15 minutes later we were back on again.

Now India A needed 20, West Indies still needed two wickets, and the weather was around too. Serenely Pujara resumed with a four to fine leg. Streakily Ahmed swung at two wide deliveries and took seven. Holder put in one last effort, but an inside edge off Ahmed's bat evaded the stumps. He did manage another maiden to keep India A waiting, but Pujara at the other end finished it off with another boundary.

Pujara has had previous experience of batting well with the Saurashtra tail too, most notably when he saved one in the fog and fading light of Delhi in 2007-08. He'll be glad he went a step further this time.

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Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (June 9, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

Just say good-bye to the elephant in the room and get in Pujara at once. Right now!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Now pujara can come back to Test side. RG sharma must be a substitute. Selectors must find a good subs wicket keeper for Dhoni.

P.S - Dhoni holds good captaincy. He should continue for a year atleast.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

rohit sharma is not performed that much good as expected in cricket in cricket you need to be consistance like sachin,dravid,ponting,brain lara others look their records they all played e very match and scored best runs in every match so rohit is no where yet

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

I surprise to see bowler with just 7 Ranji matches ( also these are second grade) with average performance is in India A team. How this happens?

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

my test team.rahane ,m.vijay,c.pujara, kohli,rohit,m.tiwari, wk-saha/n ojha/rayadu, ashwin rahul sharma, uyadav aroon...reverse shami ahmad /abu nachim,/dinda/p,ojha & dhaval kulkarni.

odi team :. gambhir,sehwag,kohli,yuvi,rohit,raina,dhoni,i patahan or y.pathan,ashwin uyadav,arron....resrve..dinda,rahul sharma, n.ojha,rayadu

t20 team..gambir,rohit, kohli raina yuvi n.ojha, ithan y pathan,p.ojha,umeshyadav awana, resrve dinda,rhul shrma,v.aroon, rayadu,ashwin

Posted by hyped on (June 8, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

the odi and t20 team must be 1.Gambhir 2.Rahane 3.Kohli 4.Yuvraj 5.Rohit 6.M Tiwary 7.Rayudu 8.I Pathan 9.Ashwin 10.Yadav 11.P Kumar

Reserves Saha,Pujara,Ojha,Aaron,Dinda

Posted by hyped on (June 8, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

my future indian test team would be 1. Gambhir 2. Rahane 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Yuvraj 6.Rohit 7.Saha 8.Ashwin 9.Aaron 10.Yadav 11.Ishant with gambhir as captain and saha as keeper the reserves must be I Pathan,Rayudu,Ojha,M Tiwary ,Dinda Rayudu serves as a backup both as a batsman and a wicketkeeper.

Posted by kristee on (June 8, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

Phew! He, after all, missed the 100!! Do we need such players? Besides, our eldest player is only 40. So...well...he can wait! Best wishes to him!

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

I just cant understand why people remarking such strange comments about Rohit ( Karunk ). He made 94 runs in the first innings. People making fool point that the pitch was good in first innings. Then in the secong inning Rohit got life and survived twice. What do you mean ? Show me any batsman in the world including sir Don Bradman who doesnt got life in their innings. And what Pujara did in this match, remember Rohit did three times in WI against senior WI team 6 months back. Remember in our last WI series in WI in all first three ODIs India are struggling badly and one handedly Rohit took the series for India. He got MOS for his efforts. I dont want to take credit away from Pujara. No doubt Pujara played brilliently. But no means somebody can take away credit of Rohit. His 94 runs plus 5 wickets counts lot. He is equal match performer with Pujara.

Posted by anshu.s on (June 7, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

@Sachinkhairnar5983,thanks mate for mentioning all the names like Pandey,Chand and all other names you mentioned and i fully agree with your list and assesment you made,lot better than rest of the panelist who seem to harp on 3 or 4 names all the time.

Posted by jiggyjugs on (June 7, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

In my humble opinion the future India test team should be: 1. A MUKUND 2. A RAHANE 3. C PUJARA 4. V KOHLI 5. R SHARMA 6. MANDEEP SINGH 7. W SAHA 8. R ASHWIN 9. P OJHA/I PATHAN 10. U YADAV 11. V AARON 12TH MAN: P AWANA

Posted by jiggyjugs on (June 7, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

In my humble opinion Indias future test team (after retirement of current players) should be: 1. A Mukund 2. A Rahane 3. C Pujara 4. V Kohli 5. R Sharma 6. Mandeep Singh 7. W Saha 8. R Ashwin 9. P Ojha/ I Pathan 10. U Yadav 11. V Aaron 12th man. P Awana

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 7, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

The debate about the seniors comes to nought cause all these fans bashing one or the other do not consider the time when these players were in there youth and peak form. No use looking at recent stats - these aging stars are fading and will retire- PLEASE ASK YOUR DADS TO FACE A MORKEL, STEYN, ANDERSON. They cannot reflexes etc.

Posted by aalkool on (June 7, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

@farce-follower, you are wrong in attributing comments about Sachin's stats to me. Seems like you are simply shooting from the hip. Also, more often than not, to win test matches you need to take 20 wickets. And that is exactly what happened in Headingley 02, Adelaide 04, Rawalpindi 04 and even in Kolkata 01, the greatest partnership ever would have come to nought had India failed to bowl Australia out.

Posted by aalkool on (June 7, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

@gdalvi, thanks. It is funny how India's famous victories get attributed to team-man Dravid and the contribution of bowlers who took 20 wickets gets neglected. We saw what happened in England when our bowling let us down and the team performed disastrously, despite Dravid's hundreds. These hundreds are valiant efforts, but had they come from Sachin, the hundreds would have been tarnished as selfish hundreds. Different yardsticks for different players.

Posted by aalkool on (June 7, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@cimrsimg, it is not Dravid-bashing, but Draweirdos-bashing. And as far as researching Pujara's play is concerned, can you point out where I have stated that Pujara generally bats like Laxman, Parthiv Patel or Dhurandhar Bhatawdekar for that matter? It is this particular innings that I have made reference to.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (June 7, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Let new guys built a new team India, enough of Sehwag, Dhoni, Laxman and Sachin in tests. We have 10 tests this season at home if in 19 days break between England series if we play 2 test series vs Pak it will be 12 test. Test young talent in Indian conditions so when they go for foreign tour they will have some international runs under there belt. Batsmen: Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Mukund, Pandey, Mandeep, Chand, Robin Bisht, Nayar,Yadav, Rayudu,M.Tiwary, S.Tiwary. Uttappa and Dhawan only for ODIS AND t-20 WITH Yuvraj, Raina and Sehwag. if we have problem with Openers go for Jaffer for 3 years till than Mukund or Chand or any other will get settle both are 20 and 21. Bowlers: Yadav, Aroon (ODI), Awana, Nechim, Ahmed, Dinda (Odi), Kulkarni Irfan (ODI),Praveen (odi), Ishant (Test) and Sreesanth (Test). Enough of Vinay, Munaf, RP and Mithun. Wk: Saha (Test) and Kartik (Test and ODI), dHONI (oDI and t-20) and Parthiv (t-20).

Posted by Karunk on (June 7, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

@Vishnu: Rohit did score 94 in first innings. Pitch had become more difficult in the second innings. Rohit was dropped when he was 2 and survived 2 edgy shots and finally chased a wide delivery from Carter, instead of staying at the wicket.(Read the report). More than inconsistency, the right word to describe Rohit is lack of temperament. Play him on our flat tracks in T20 and one day matches. He will continue to dazzle. Overseas pitches, moving & seaming ball, turning track & difficult pitches, all his oozing talent goes for a toss. Team & Indian public will run behind Pujara on such pitches, to win matches for India. It is similar to comparing Dravid with Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina etc.. Overseas pitches, difficult conditions, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj will be back in Pavilion leaving the turf for Dravid. Return to subcontinent flat pitches, Sehwag, Yuvrag, Raina, Vijay, Kohli, Rohit will start roaring and Indian public forgets players like Dravid, Pujara...

Posted by Farce-Follower on (June 7, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

@aalkool, gdalvi, 007 and other stat lovers : Yes, SRT has the best average. Yes, he has the most records. He has a good strike rate too. That is bound to happen when you open the innings in ODIs, but hide and take cover in Tests. And please, don't blame the Indian bowling. It was the Indian bowling that won us many home tests in the 90's and not the batting. When Sachin fails its a team game. When he scores - its his individual brilliance. Weird logic. Serious cricket lovers will see the inanity in this line of thought.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (June 7, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

@gdalvi:Sane fans long learnt to ignore"SRT isGod" fanatics, prob is that Draweirdos don't realize that Dravid himself will reject them for maligning other cricketers in order to laud/glorify him.RD is/was in awe of SRT's talent right thru his career & with sheer dedication/resolve, cussed ambition (yes no less than any talented cricketer) almost scored as many Test runs as SRT in a shorter career span (BCCI was pathetic during SRT's early career with few series fixed). But where SRT is supreme (which @FarceF unnecessarily took a dig against about dust bowls) is that SRT had already become a world bat while playing 19 away Tests before turning 20!RD fans also ignore RD's average returns against 2 of the best attacks SA and OZ on their soil. Lots of aspects to critique SRT like lack of initiative to dominate bowlers, going into shell against left-arm spinners, loving his records if not outright chasing them (a mere reflection of his longevity and sheer no. of games).Why hate/ridicule?

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 7, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

Let the selectors keep it in the priority order : Pujara was the first selected replacement apart from Yuvi for Dada.. Let him get his chances now as he is fit and had a good innings now.. Let Raina stick with ODI and T20 stuff alone.. We do need guys for power hitting and better for him to spend time on his positive rather than thinking about technique or something which don't come to him that naturally.. We do have guys like Rahane, Pujara, Rohit, Tiwary for that.. Players for formats will give them enough rest as well as, keep them in focus on that particular format..

Posted by Emancipator007 on (June 7, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

@FarceFoll: What's the point in comparing Viv's record with SRT's and co-relating to winning ratios when knowing the bowling strengths (or otherwise) of their teams? Viv was tested to the hilt during his teams' titanic tussles with Imran's teams in 2 consecutive series (hardest fought series in '80s); his fearsome and penetrating (penetrating is something never associated with most Indian attacks in history) pace attacks bailed him out. Most Indian fans remember (if you are young not to) that SRT's many innings (50s and 100s) abroad went waste during '90s only cos of weak bowling attacks and he still had the highest av. 58 in' 90s Tests(Lara and Waugh being others with 50 av.). If you saw SRT's 73 and 80 in M'bourne and Sydney last series, you would know what I meant that his skills/talent of old are astonishingly still intact compared to Viv's late career deteriorating skills cos of a game built primarily on hand-eye co-ordination, brute power and superb reflexes.

Posted by gdalvi on (June 6, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

@aalkool. Thanks a lot for coining the term 'draweirdos' - Absolut genious!!! I am really sick of them bashing Tendulkar on one pretext or other. I think they are more anti-Tendulkar than pro-Dravid and they seem to use Dravid as a 'clutch' or 'shield' to hide their true intentions. Otherwise it does not explain how they seem to attack no other Indian player so viciously. It is hilarious how they never asked Dravid to retire before Aus tour - but once he retired after a failed tour, he has suddenly became a martyr (#2to Gandhi) and they are now clamoring for T' 's retirement. They praise Dravid for his fabulous display in Eng but then always conveniently fail to remember his miserable tour of Aus. T actually was #2 Indian batsmen in BOTH series - though certainly performing below his level. Then they bash him for this 100th 100- he was not any slower than in-form Kohli - yet somehow those few overs he was bogged down was entire cause of India's loss - never mind our pathetic bowling

Posted by gdalvi on (June 6, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Funny that people are bashing Rohit as lazy, careless, inconsistent, lacking temparament etc. without even bothering to check his first class stats. Rohit has FC average of 63 - higher than almost everyone including Kohli (50), Pujara (54), Mukund (56), Badri (60), Tiwari (60), and of course lesser batsman (but TN/CSK favorites) like Raina (43) and Vijay (48). You can't be lazy,... etc. and yet have superior stats than others that are presumably hard-working and other positives - that too in longer version of the game just on basis of talent. The only youngster with better FC than Rohit is Rahane @ 67. Just makes you wonder that magic wand did Vijay, Raina, Mukund and even Kohli etc had to get breaks in tests earlier than Rahane and Rohit. Please publish.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

Indian cricket fans are typical "fair weather fans". When the team wins everyone talks good things. No one criticizes them. Should they lose a few matches, everyone jumps on the foul-mouthed bandwagon. Being a true fan is about supporting the team in good times and in bad.

I can't believe some of these comments here. Criticizing the best cricketer of all time in Sachin and everyone else that helped make this team No. 1 in the test arena. How people forget the good times Witt their short term memory!

Anyways, it's great to see that test cricket is in good hands for India in the coming few years. Test cricket is the real cricket, everything else is a moneymaking racket!!!

Posted by kalyanbk on (June 6, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

It gives great pleasure to see Indian youngsters do well in Test cricket. With the generation change in Indian Cricket, I was fearing we would go back to the dark ages of the 90s where we went 14 years without a single test win abroad. A strong Indian Test team is important for the game.

Posted by rawny21 on (June 6, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

This unofficial test proves that the red ball game beats all other forms in the thrill it generates as also that "cometh the hour, cometh the man". Its not an easy task to concentrate & keep yourself motivated to score a triple century in Indian domestic cricket with empty stands & dismal playing conditions....Pujara is a double triple centurion & yet ignored by the selectors at the prime of his form...He is the man with the right temperament for test cricket. Saha: He should be in test team coz MSD is not performing as a player also and should not be occupying a spot for his captaincy alone. Rohit Sharma: His style is apt for ODI/ T 20 and is not a player who attaches a prize to his wicket coz of his flashiness outside the off stump. S Badrinath has another 4-5 yrs. of cricket left in him and should surely be given a chance to establish himself by playing in sub-continent conditions.

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 6, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

While we all harp on this new talent, no one should forget the contribution made by Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Shewag, Ganguly, Kumble, Khan, Harbajan - I may have omitted a few. But these guys brought India to no1 test spot collectively and individually. So the debate on between Dravid/Tendulkar is nonsense.

Posted by Nampally on (June 6, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

@Sudhey: You are absolutely right. Pujara & his youngsters just did not fold up even after losing 8 wkts. Ahmad batted like a Tiger not like a rabbit. Above all they did not fold up as Dhoni's team did in all tests in England & Australia. The real Issue here is Leadership. A united team with guts led by excellent captain like Pujara, who leads by example. Compare this to the team in Australia split by internal differences & lacking leadership. I hope Pujara's team keep it up and play all tests with the same intensity. For the next test India need speed merchants. So Awana will be an excellent replacement for B.Kumar. Aaron should have been in the squad to give India more pace options. But pujara is making the best of the limited resourses in the bowling. Good Luck team India A. Keep up the "Never say Die" attitude shown in this test! Intensity & strong mental attitude is half the battle apart from the other cricketing skills.

Posted by aalkool on (June 6, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

@siddarthshikhar, has Dravid scored 73 runs with the no.10 batsman to take India to victory? No. Has VVS done it? Yes. Yet Draweirdos hijack that achievement and start making comparisons with Dravid. So my criticism was directed more towards Draweirdos, not Dravid himself.

Posted by Nampally on (June 6, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

I was disappointed that there was total news blockage for 24 hours on each days' scores. Even Cricinfo did not cover this important game either with ball by ball live scores or daily scores.BCCI should have arranged TV broadcast of all 3 tests since it is more interesting than other 2 contests going on in SL or in England. These unofficial tests have put the WI & Indian talents on display & all cricketing public will be keenly looking forward to witness this "live" on TV Live streaming. Common BCCI , let us have the next unofficial test covered by TV! Let us face it - most ardent Cricket fans all over the world are of Indian Origin. If cricinfo takes an opinion poll, they will find a huge support for live online coverage. Could cricinfo give some thoughts to covering the next unofficial tests between India & WI teams please. Thank you.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

negative thing in this win is...........Indian players are far more experienced ..............West Indies players are very young and not much experience...............still it went that close...........

Posted by buntyj on (June 6, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

given the relatively poor/ below par records of indias top 6 in south africa over too many tours and years to be unrepresentative vs the side with probably best pace attacks in past 20 years and fastish tracks india could do well trying out a new xi in 2013-14 in rsa; i dont think my xi would do worse than any other indian xi and may surprise a few: chand, mandeep, rahane, pujara, kohli, ashwin, saha, praveen, yadav, shami, awana. with kohli or ashwin as captain; maybe gauti (captain) and dinda in the radar screen too.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 16:50 GMT)


Posted by riteshshah07 on (June 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

My Test XI after Tendulkar and Laxman retires

Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ashwin, Khan, Umesh Yadav, Varoon Aroon

Posted by Nampally on (June 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

A magnificient come from behind win for India made possible by Pujara's brilliant innings & Ahmad's plucly knock when all seemed lost.This "never say die" attitude was absent in Dhoni's Indian Test team that toured England & Australia.Pujara's leadership deserves high praise. His batting in both the innings was the highlight of the game - half century in the first innings & just 4 short of his century in the second!.Pujara convinced the Selectors on both the counts he was tested for - 1. He is an excellent batsman-Dravid's replacement in the India Test side 2. Potential Captain for Indian Test team after totally unimaginative Captaincy of Dhoni in the last 2 series in England & Australia. Pujara also has excellent PR qualities and has been led India under 19 & India A teams creditably. This was a well deserved win for India where both Rahul & Rohit Sharma as well as Ahmad capitalised on their chances & fared well. Rahane, Tiwary & Dhawan failed but will have 2 more chances.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

@Anand - great comment - thank you. Kudos to Shami Ahmed for staying with the Captain Courageous!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

well done team A guys. what a performance. we have talent in pure form also. but missing real young ones like unmukth chand , ambathi Rayudu ,mayank Agarwal, MAnish pandey , MANdeep SIngh ANY GOOD Young Spinner plase

Posted by cimrsimg on (June 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

@aalkool - Just like we have Sachin basher, you sound like one going after Dravid. The amazing fact about stats is, they can be interpreted in various ways to get desired effect. But the main thing is, team is not about individuals but balance. Dravid had a role to provide solidity at no. 3, and I think he did an amazing (I would exaggerate and say incomparable) job. The pressure situations have come more often than not when Dravid failed. He never left things for 3rd or 4th innings. And we had other specialist to take care if he fails, and we are under pressure. VVS has mastered that role. If Pujara can do both, it's bonus. But if you have researched well, Pujara is more apt to taken on Dravid's responsibility than VVS's. If he can repeat his today's performance consistently, it's a different story. But it's too early to say at this stage. Nevertheless, once again, well played Pujara. And I would love to see him occupying no. 3 for India team.

Posted by cimrsimg on (June 6, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Congratulations to Pujara & Boys. And wow, what a response from fans. But I agree with Anand. It was just 1st test of the series. No doubts that Pujara & Rohit are good players. But then others (Mukund, Rahane, Tiwary) are good too. Esp. Rahane is at par or slightly better than Pujara if you compare then on domestic performance. One good or bad match is not sufficient to conclude and you can't jump to the team composition. I wish all the best to all these young lads, and let the best of them come out in this series.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

It's good to see the youngsters standing up to their opponents. Pujara is a deserving candidate and Shami Ahmad has also performed well. He has been consistent for Bengal at the domestic level this season. These players should be given a chance in the Indian squad right away.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Cheteshwera Pujara innings was brilliant under pressure.He should be considered as regular member in Test Team..Good Technical batsmen..

Posted by Sudipta.94 on (June 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Parvindar Awana should get a chance instead of B Kumar.

Posted by aalkool on (June 6, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

@Farce-Follower: I suggest the following 1) read my post carefully, and 2) do your homework regarding the Sabina Park victory that you have mentioned. If you follow instruction number 1 carefully, you will realise why Adelaide does not fit the bill.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (June 6, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Im soo elated!!! well done boys :)

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Well friends !India A team won a thrilling "test" match yesterday. So many comments are coming. After reading all the comments it is very much cleared that evry body is verymuch interested in future Indian team. So many views, so many comments, so many suggestions etc etc... Only I feel a bit bad about criticism. After only one match it is not fair to judge any player. After first inning it was Rohit, after second it was Pujara etc etc....Friends whole Indian team is tallented. Still 6 matches to go. Rahane, Mukund, Tiwary, Saha etc all players are equally tallented. Just be patient. If say in second test Pujara or Rohit gets out cheaply then what you will say ? Will you start immediately critising them ? Please give everybody some place to show there tallent. And a very strong point I want to request everybody again & again. Please demand strongly to BCCI about live telecast of these series. We want to see pour heros performing in WI. Pleeeeeeeeeeees join me in this. Come on !!!

Posted by siddarthshikhar on (June 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

@aalkool... Just to criticize dravid would be unfair. Agreed he hasnt scored a big hundred in the 4th innings..but to say that some of his scores didnt help india to a win would be wrong. You must not forget the all important 78* he got in Adelaide after 233 in the first innings. Add that to a list of some superb performances he has dished out in his career. He has 36 test 100's and India has lost only 4 of those tests.. 3 of them being in the recent 4-0 drubbing at the hands of England.

Posted by vrn59 on (June 6, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

My XI: Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Laxman, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, P Kumar, Zaheer, Yadav

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Impressive stuff. Good for cricket on the whole. Just like the seniors couldn't finish off the tail. Have to work on that aspect of their game.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Rohit Sharma will played only his first class carrier and IPL when he made into international then he will not get score. so instead of Rohit Sharma we can have Pujara into the India XI

Posted by Bruisers on (June 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: Strike rate of Sachin in ODIs - 86.2... That of Dravid - 71.2.... Tells the whole story doesn't it.

Posted by Sudhey on (June 6, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Congrats to team India A, specially pujara & sharma, it's only a question of time before they become regulars in the senior side. However, I really do want to see this shami ahmed in place on zak. I've never seen ahmed bowl, & I know one match is too short to judge one's potential. However, it's clear to me that he has way more fight in him than zak, if not his talent. Just imagine zak in a similar situation as ahmed. Facing a 6'7'' fast bowler charging in in low light, zak would have backed on one side, trying to protect his body, and ended up playing a stupid shot to get out. What's worse, he would've simply shrugged his shoulders as if he doesn't give a damn, and it's not his job to score runs !!

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (June 6, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

2 points regarding this test..1.) Any test team would vote for solidity over flair at nos. 3 & 4. So, Pujara must be given more preference over rohit, as far as tests are concerned. Despite his 94, Rohit is at times very careless and also he always looks to attack due to which i feel he will be more suited for no.6, at which kohli is currently playing. 2.) Is the team management going in the right direction by playing bhuvanesh kumar?? True, he took wickets but we will be well served by a bowler with pace + movement, which a certain Awana seems to have..

Posted by Indiaforever on (June 6, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

I would say that Virat has replaced Dravid and has the talent to be the future no 3. I also strongly believe that Pujara should definitely be in the team at no 6 atm and then when Laxman retires take over. I personally think that Sachin has still got time left to stay in the test team and maybe should retire from ODIs to give others a chance. India cricket is on the way up though!!!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

@joseyesu: Your comment is baseless. Pujara and Rohit are not fresh kids who are on their first tour. They have been in team India, and the question is only about selecting the playing 11. Form and current match preparation is key for that. Every test game in West Indies will be closely observed in this regard, I am sure.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (June 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

@aalkool : Its obvious you follow cricket once in a leap year. Dravid took India to two of its greatest overseas victories - Sabina Park and Adelaide. If supporting Dravid makes me a Draweidrdo, I am happy to be one.

Posted by suveensinha on (June 6, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

So another development that has no connection with Sachin triggers a debate over him? Poor chap!

Posted by athem79 on (June 6, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Dear Pujara . . Please maintain your standards. India looking for a Dravid's replacement . You are an ideal fit. Please maintain your standards once selected. Strange to see your bat is without a sticker. I am sure sponsor would chase you to fill that spot. Good Luck

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

skepticaloptimist - if sachin scored 103 against englnd in chennai to win a match n so has dravid scored "180" in third innings in an historic win over aussies in kolkata 2001 alongside laxman "281" - - now tats pressure game tat too wen asked to follow on... beat this ..!!!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

What a terrific innings,better than a big 200 or even a lot of international innings..but no surprise at all with pujara's effort..he is definitely one of the next big things not just for ndian but world cricket with the likes of rahane and rohit.just waiting for a few more big knocks on the tour from them.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

skepticaloptimist - don compare dravid to sachin plss .. we all saw wat happen to the match in recent asia cup wen sachin reached 100th 100 ... tat was the worst innings i had seen of sachin .. dravid scored 3 or 4 back to back 100's in england in last series in tough conditions..wat was sachin's scores..?? if not for dravid donno how many matches india would hav lost by an innings or so..?? if not for his intense capability to put stay without giving away his wicket most of the times india would hav never reached high scores..

Posted by joseyesu on (June 6, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

So this 1 match is enough to prove PUJARA and ROHIT talent..?and we have a new alrounder in making ROHIT and a great captain PUJARA..Need to assign to their national dutie immediately...Atleast a minimum of 3 test match is needed to know their ability in overseas

Posted by buntyj on (June 6, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

congrats india a. rohit seems to have scored mainly vs spinners in first innings so i would still place pujara ahead and rahane too despite his failure in this match. mandeep singh is another to watch out for. can he be groomed as an opener? where are the spinners? good article by chopra highlighting the prob? and all rounder? 1 possible imperfect solution is ashwin as spin allrounder. while hes not a class bowler his stats in australia are similar if not marginally better than harbhajans despite bhajjis many tours and presumed pyscho ascendancy due to performances vs oz in india. and ashwin can keep it tight on unhelpful tracks and exploit helpful ones despite his limitations. he can be groomed like 90s kumble as a safe gully fielder. but this is possible only if india have a more than decent pace attack. for a change this looks promising - apart from aging zak (still the best indian bowler vs lefties) there are dinda, young yadav, shami, and awana and also the swing of praveen.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Pujara should be back in Test playing 11 100% period.... plz no comments

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Woohoooo!! So happy that India A won! Although I think the man of the match should've been given to Rohit Sharma for his 94 and 5 wickets, but I'm equally happy that Pujara got a chance to show his potential. My dad had already told me at the beginning of the match that Pujara is an exceptional player and he deserves to be in the Indian team. After this match, it is sure that the two people to get a chance in the Indian team are Rohit Sharma and Pujara! ( Although I still think that removing Rohit Sharma from the team was wrong in the first place). I really wish this match would've been broadcast- ed on TV. But, I'm still extremely happy and I can't wait for the next match! :)

Posted by vinayespn on (June 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

What a timely knock by Pujara.. Pujara has the temperament which is required for any batsman to excel in test matches. Rohit is classy.. he too deserves a test match opportunity.. And coming to sachin vs Dravid rivalry, I firmly back Dravid in test matches.

Posted by vinayespn on (June 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

What a timely knock by Pujara.. Pujara has the temperament which is required for any batsman to excel in test matches. Rohit is classy.. he too deserves a test match opportunity.. And coming to sachin vs Dravid rivalry, I firmly back Dravid in test matches.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (June 6, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Its amazing how foolish cricket fans love to make comments about Indian batsmen being "flat track bullies" & how they love playing at home.When in reality,India plays more away tests than any other team,no other quality batsmen has played such a large percentage of away tests as Sachin Tendulkar & Rahul Dravid.Not Ponting,Lara or even Kallis,they all have played many more home games than away games.Dravid played just 70 home games of 164 tests matches.Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane are two batsmen that need to be offerred test oppurtunities,they are the ideal #3 & #4 for India.Mandeep Singh is unfortunate to miss this oppurtunity to show his abilities to the selectors sadly.The bowling side of things are worrying,Umesh Yadav & Varun Aaron are not experienced enough to miss A tours & Dhawal Kulkarni is another guy that deserved an oppurtunity.Kulkarni has decent pace but excellent control & does bat a bit down the order.There are no quality allrounders to speak off right now.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

My Vote for Pujara.. i saw his batting.. he deserve a spot in india team

Posted by MrPontingToYou on (June 6, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

extremely poor captaincy to bowl bishoo for only 2 overs in the second innings. the ball had gotten old, it was late on the last day, and the pitch was turning. the part time spin of sharma had taken 4 wi second innings wickets the day before to provide a hint.

Posted by aalkool on (June 6, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

It is unfair to compare Pujara with Dravid. Not once has Dravid pulled off a fourth innings chase in such trying circumstances, or even come close to it for that matter. There has been some excessive glorification of Dravid, since his retirement, with his below-par record against two of the best bowling attacks of his generation becoming a footnote. It is quite amusing to see Draweirdos (Dravid fanatics) hijack every positive achievement by a young Indian player and give a Dravid-spin to it. Desperate Draweirdos!

Posted by hari040761 on (June 6, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

well said friend. We need only team man and not any record making men. it is of no use. instead of individual record india winning asia cup is important, india no.1 test playing nation is important. MS already made his plans and now the BCCI to plan for 2015 WC now onwards for a batsman cum wicket keeper for shorter format and longer format separately as SAHA is not capable of plaing unarthadox and powerful shots. So for test Saha can be tried and for Shorter format either karthik/naman oja/bisla or any other can be tried and trained in presence of dhoni. Rohit got five wickets but he is mainly a batsman and consistancy is more important but he never played couple of innings together with consistent performance even in IPL.

Posted by theswami on (June 6, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Yeah, Pujara can play, but Badri deserves a place ahead of him, remember his 50 in SL

Posted by skepticaloptimist on (June 6, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Well, I don't know why, but my first comment didn't get published. I'd respond to Dravid_Gravitas again. The last 50 plus score Dravid made in a fourth innings was back in 2006, and last 50 plus Dravid made when India won was back in 2004 vs Australia, in Adelaide. Eight years. Now the person, whom Dravid_Gravitas calls a selfish, match-loser, etc: in the same period since 2006, Tendulkar has scored 6 fifty plus scores in fourth innings, of which five resulted in Indian victories. The five also include a 103* vs England in Channai in 2008, when India successfully chased down 387. It wasn't exactly a cherrypick for Tendulkar, because when he came to the crease, India still had to score 244 more with 8 in hand on day five. He and Yuvraj put up an unbeaten partnership of 163 to lift it for India. What a poor, uni-dimensional example of batting. And guess what? I can go ahead and bash RD about his records, too, but I wont - he's a class performer, as is Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

i think that rohit should get a place in the indian test team also he should get a chance in the team and anyway there is no draivd in the indian team so he has a better chance to make it i the team and sachin is a good test player and he can bat in and condition he is the best player i have seen

Posted by yezdi70 on (June 6, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

its clear that the young guns are not yet in a position to step into the shoes of the seniors. I hope the tendulkar baiters will stop opening their mouths to put their feet in.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

1) I completely agree with everyone who have commented here that Raina doesn't deserve a test spot ahead of Pujara. 2) Enough of favouritism to Tamil Nadu players, Abhinav Mukund should be shown the door. After disappointing on the previous Caribbean & England tour.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Robin Bist who has led Rajasthan to Ranji title should get a chance in the playing XI, while the bowling department looks very balanced to me.

Posted by Desisd on (June 6, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Congratulations to Rohit and Pujara. Rohit played an important role in this game by taking 5 wickets and scoring 117 runs, while Pujara scored 146 runs and gave justice to the captaincy. Kumar and Ahmad played their role. Tiwary, Rahane, Dinda and Rahul Sharma needs to improve a lot in the coming days.

Posted by Sandeep.M.J.D on (June 6, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Where the hell this Rohit Sharma became next Sachin for India. Can someone kindly help me with some stats to prove he has the caliber to play first class cricket? I really mean it.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

regarding bowling concerns,our fast bowling wont improve if we produce dead pitches...aaron got slapped for 63 runs in 4 overs in dead pitch...if he turns out to slow down his pace ,he ll be the next munaf patel...no matter how much he gets hit,he must not slower down his pace...its strange tat indian bowlers reduces their pace after they get experience..ishant,munaf are the best example whereas in australia its the reverse..i remember siddle in his first test match,its against india and he bowled around the mid 130's and got sachin as his first wicket...now he bowls under mid 140's..starc started slow and now he s bowlin at early 140's...i dunno wat s wrong with indian pacers...

Posted by TheNick on (June 6, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Pujara has both talent and temperament. Only reason that kept him out of side is fitness.. hope he remains fit

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

cant predict who will be going to acquire the middle order vacancies, but one thing I want is a team man not a player who play for records.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: I suppose you fall in the category of people who love to hate sachin coz it's the most fashionable thing to do. "He doesn't have the talent or skills to survive tough passages of play". Really? Is it his fault if he has all the stats? i can name at least 10 innings off the back of my mind where Sachin did well in good bowling conditions. Like you, I also prefer Dravid over Sachin in tests. But if you say Sachin can bat only in 1 gear, I'm sorry to say sir, but I'm afraid you don't understand the game of cricket.

Posted by Bruisers on (June 6, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

@Cummins_Hazlewood - There were 7 such players in the WI A team.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

true he should be in the team

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 6, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Pujara has proved along with Rohit Sharma and Kohli that they will form the nucleus of the new India test side. I liked Bisla as a wicketkeeper - hope he gets a chance to prove his worth on future tours. Its utter nonsense people saying Rohit is not good. He sat on sidelines in both England and Oz tours. On the bowling front Umesh Yadav needs more hands to be put up and show class. India's biggest disappointment will come on the bowling front.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Pujara will be a gud replacement for The Rahul Dravid. big shoes but definitely with potential. he has the temperament for the longer version. selectors should give him a longish run in the test format. i think too much exposure to the shorter format is spoiling a talented batsman like rohit sharma. for me, pujara and rohit for test cricket and shouldn't even try bringing raina and yuvraj close to test cricket. both are perfect for the shorter formats.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Well done pujara :). I am watching and following this lad since the 1st IPL when I selected him for my Cricinfo Fantasy league team. Unfortunately he didn't play any match in that IPL but since then he showed again and again why he is true successor of the Wall. All the best to Pujara and hope he does't get injured to ruin his chances again!!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Why is Virat not playing in this A game. I understand he had made a test hundred but he hasn't shown any sign of consistency. It was rather bad selection it kind of confirming or sending wrong signal to Virat that his spot in the test is more than cemented.

Virat is a great talent but he need to bend down and respect cricket, more than his stature.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Che Pujara is destined for greatness. His temperament is impeccable; something that other young Indian cricketers ought to emulate.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

@Karunk, Rohit Sharma scored 94 in the first innings what do you mean inconsistent? Great knock by Pujara. Ideally Pujara should be Laxman's replacement and Rohit should come in for Dravid

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

everybody is praising Pujara...spare a good word for Shammi Ahmad...He bowled brilliantly in both innings and played a vital knock under pressure...Good future prospect! B Kumar was also brilliant in his second inngings rewerse swing bowling..

Posted by dravid.s on (June 6, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Well played pujara.U have to replace GREAT RAHUL DRAVID.Play for country.Don't play for records............

Posted by secondopinion on (June 6, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Kudos to Pujara for leading from the front. What an effort from Shami also. If the three batsmen- Mukund, Rehane and Rohit Sharma - fail in the second test also, then they will have themselves to blame only. This WI attack after all is their second string; imagine what England test XI will do to these batsmen reared on flat tracks :))

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

This was a TOUGH pitch. Some people are expecting big tons from batsmen here? Indian team is young and upcoming NOT high profile.

Posted by k2k3 on (June 6, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

best test team at this point - sehwag gambhir kohli rohit sharma pujara/ rahane (they should be trained in rotation to get a full spot within next year) dhoni irfan pathan( it is either him or jadeja for all rounder spot. i think ip is a better choice) ashwin zaheer khan varun aaron/ umesh yadav ( we need speed and not the medium pace of munaf)

ps. yes i didnt involve GOD because its time we start focusing on reclaiming no ! spot within the next 2-3 years

Posted by ami23 on (June 6, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

With the likes of dravid, sachin and laxman ageing the youngsters do need to gear up really in order to make India the no. 1 Test team again. Pujara batting demonstrated maturity that is really needed to drive India A past the winning line and to be more precise sincerity that is required in Test matches. Test matches unlike T20 where it is just wham-bam-thank-u-mam requires a lot of patience. Pujara with this innings has really put a huge statement in front of selectors to consider him for New zealand tests to be played in India...

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

pujara a sure futute star for team india..what an amazing effort by him..superb!! its this temperament that makes one a great batsmen..the added captaincy responsibility has bought the best out of him

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas your 'idol' 'Dravid allowed Aus to win in 2004 in India AT HIS PEAK when he faced a better attack, SRT was injured and got a 50 on a minefield when he returned. Bangalore 2005 5th day Dravid got out way before SRT who was not much better. Dravid has also choked in SA and SL at his peak , always failed in those tournament finals in Ganguly era. NO ONE MENTIONS THAT.

Posted by hari040761 on (June 6, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

it shows how reliable is pujara in tests and how rohit is inconsistent with one drop catch and two edges.he and vijay are of same temparament, laziness, shot selection capabilities etc. my team for the time being is gambir, rahane (better than inconsistent schewag), kholi, tendulkar, pujara, badri(still having cricket in him)/tiwari/yuvi/raina(yuvi/raina additional bowling option), dhoni, ashwin, mishra/ojha/umesh, zaheer, ishant/praveen/aaron. a wrist spinner in a test side will be always an advantage.

Posted by sweetspot on (June 6, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

I cannot help but think Raina should have been in this team. It is too early to write him off, and he is attacking the short ball with confidence now. If I recall right, everybody struggled on the England tour, except Dravid and Dhoni to some extent. On the Australia tour, even Dravid struggled. So, it is unfair to write off everyone from those tours, but we need to replace the old warhorses for sure. Yuvraj still is very likely to make a comeback. Raina is the only Indian batsman to have scored a century in all three formats. We need left handers in a frontline Test batting line up too. All the above said, Test cricket is finished. It can no longer sustain itself or grow fast enough.

Posted by Surajrises on (June 6, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Pujara is a star and he proved it with his brilliant innings hitting 80 odd against Australia. Y is he being made to prove himself again and again? He should be a regular player in the squad. I really hope the selectors do pick him for that No 3 position which Dravid was holding because he has not only the ability to defend but also attack when wanted. He is really a star and will take the Indian Cricket a long long way.

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (June 6, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

I am the only one trying to still grip with the fact that why in the world this match was not shown live anywhere :( . Such a good match for india and wi, both sides having a real poor outing with test cricket in the recent times to find new players. Pujara I am happy for you, finally you are living up to your expectations, abinav there are not going to many chances given to you, so grab it when it is there. It was expected pujara to do well, for me the surprise element has been shame ahmed he came from no where, are the selectors watching this game. Would love more india a games around the world, especially in SA, Aus, and Eng or even against the Ireland, where condition is conducive for fast bowling. Bring it on guys let us show the world india is a worthy test opponent so the wounds of 8-0 will be cleansed.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Well done Shami Ahmed..... I want to see you in the place of zaheer in indian test squad...........!!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

three people who stoodout in this unofficial game were Pujara-Rohit and shami ahmed . Saha & tiwary showed some good performances in 1st innings but rest will have to work harder if they eye India spot. Pujara is closest to that of dravids playing style and reliable like the wall ; Rohit has the technique just needs to control his agression which is a result of IPL and limited overs it seems! So IMO at least by today Pujara seems to be the ideal replacement of dravid and Rohits style is more closer to VVS. Though am a die hard tendulkar divotee , I feel he shud retire with grace when at top.its better to let people ask'why' about retirement rather than 'when'!! and about makin Gambhir test captain, he shud improve his own test batting records first , its been below paar since two years . if dhoni deserves to be sacked due to poor test batting record , gambhir isnt a diff case as of now.

Posted by SouthPaw on (June 6, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

If you look at Pujara's - his game, temperament, resolve, etc - he is so much like Dravid. Similarly, Rohit Sharma - with his bowling, ability to change pace in tests, ODI, T20, etc., - is very close to Statchin (Thanks Gravitas!) Tendulkar and then we have Kohli who in my mind, has already replaced VVS.

So, now we can perhaps safely say that we have worthy replacements for Dravid (gracefully gone), Laxman (time to go) and Tendulkar (please go) in the likes of Pujara, Kojli and Rohit Sharma respectively. - An optimistic Indian!

Posted by SouthPaw on (June 6, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Surely, Pujara has announced himself as the worthy successor to Rahul Dravid at #3?

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

@Farce-Follower If pujara can continue to play like this, then he will replace Laxman who is also a game finisher and real match winner, unlike Dravid who i dnt remember batting in the 4th innings wth the tail and getting games won for India...

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Sachin stats are great but there r hardly any instances of Sachin pulling out a game for India under immense pressure .Pujara showed the character and reminded of Steve Waugh at jamaica against WI.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

When the test series starts, we have to have Pujara, Kohil and Rahane in. Enough with the Laxmans and Sehwags. Let them have their fun with IPL and in Laxman's case, with his children in retirement.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Hi friends ! It is very very unfortunate that we are not getting live telecast of the series. What is use in watching Clydesdale Bank 40 from Englad or Big Bash from Australia ? Our heros are playing superb cricket in WI. But no live coverage of the series. So Sad. We have as much as 10 sports channels out of which 5 channels are cricket special. Still we are getting our cricket updates on twitters. Our BCCI is suppose to be richest in the cricket world. Then why we are not getting live telecast of our matches in our country. Pl BCCI. Take some positive step in this. We want to watch our heros. Come on friends. Lets have strong demand about it to BCCI.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Yehhhhh......This is real tallent....Where was Pujara when we were watching some mighty sixes in IPL ? Friends, this is a real testing time and Pujara passes the test with his high class performance. A superb match winning inning. Congrates to Ahmed also for his valuable support to Pujara for 10th wicket. Definately we can say now...We are witnessing the future Indian team. From this match Pujara & Rohit showed their class. With scoring runs Rohit also took important 4 wickets to finish WI timely on 202. Though rest youngsters had a little tough time, I am sure they will also come up with some memorable performance. Once again salute to Pujara & Rohit for their brillient performance. Well Ajinkya, this is a great gift on your B'day from Pujara & India A. Many many happy reterns of the day to Ajinkya !!!

Posted by Karunk on (June 6, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Pujara showed that he is much above other contenders for the test birth. Rohit Sharma continues to dazzle with his inconsistent batting. Suresh Raina should have been on this tour and would have been tested thoroughly. Pujara's innings also showed RCB management that they messed up by not playing him in the XI. He could have definitely won them the last match against DC.

Posted by ArjunVS on (June 6, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

I recall seeing Pujara make his debut in Bangalore a year or so ago, and he really stood out for the quality of his cricket. He had poise, confidence, a complete range of shots, but was neither overly ambitious nor was he cowed down by the occasion. That he batted alongside Sachin did not take away anything from his class. He is steps ahead of Virat and Rahul, though both are class acts in themselves, but if there is a first pick to come in to the test side - it is Pujara. He has the credentials of countless First Class runs and this underlines temperament significantly. What one always seeks in India are a) players who can win matches and b) players who can score in the second innings of a match

Posted by Percy_Fender on (June 6, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

I was happy that in addition to everything that Cheteshwar Pujara has been blessed with, he has the nervelessness that is so vital for a player marked for a good future. And let us not forget the strides made by Shami Ahmed. He seems to have a big heart and I am sure Wasim's influence has made a big difference to this young man. The BCCI should not waste any time in creating a fast bowler's pool and select players by rotation in a horses for courses policy.The Srikanths and Munafs are clearly history.In Yadav Aaron,Ishant,Shami,Nechim, and Awana, I think India has enough options.I hope the new coach Dawes, gives India a truly enviable pace attack like the West Indies used to have in the 80s.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Time to replace VVS by Pujara, Sachin by Rohit and Dravid by Kohli. Also replace Dhoni by Saha or Karthik in keeping and Gambhir as captain. Open with Gambhir and Jaffer or Vijay and bring Viru down the order.

This year we have all home tests only. This is the best we can do to revive Test team

Posted by Farce-Follower on (June 6, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

@Emancipator007 : SRT in great form and Sir Viv in free fall?? SRT plays safe - just the required number of runs to keep the stats intact. Nothing that will salvage India's position or win a match for us. No doubt he will have a decent outing against NZ and England - all matches in dust bowls.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (June 6, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

India has found a worthy successor to The Wall. Pujara has everything - talent, temperament and determination - to replace Rahul Dravid.

Posted by shrastogi on (June 6, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Wow thats an unexpected result given the state match was in. Pujara if can bat so well at Bridgetown should bat better under home conditions also. He has claimed Dravid's place. Rohit sharma should eye Laxman's place. That leaves only Tendulkar. He can play for one year in test side though there is no place for him in the one dayers and should see over smooth transition of test team. Those who are questioning Dhoni should realise that he has a fairly good record in India and as a leader I dont see any replacement for him. Gambhir should set his batting right rather than have captaincy ambitions due to an IPL win.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (June 6, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

@Jayesh Kumar, cheers mate ;-/)

Posted by RaghavendraMaiya on (June 6, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

On which channel we can watch the live telecast of India A tour of West Indies?

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Absolutely Agree with You all ,Pujara a Master Class ahead of all its college Showing True Character of Test....

Posted by shirishdedhia on (June 6, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Wow dats Another Dravid in making ! well done Pujara!!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Someday I would love to meet to Dravid_Gravitas. You have an amazing sense of humor!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas, can you check who has scored maximum runs in Indian wins and who has the highest average in Indian wins ? Sachin wins over any other so called Maestros

Posted by KishorKumar25 on (June 6, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

The New Laxman in making.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (June 6, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

India's New Test squad should be as follows: Mukund, Rahane, Gambhir, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Kartik, Rahul, Ashwin, Ojha, Umesh, Ahmed, Nechim, Awana, Aaron, Pandey, Mandeep and Saha. If Gambhir perform bad drop gambhir. Its high time that Laxman, Sachin and Zaheer should relaise there time is over and Sehwag-Dhoni are not useful on foreign soil too is Gambhir but gambhir is young of the lot so be given chance for atleast next 2 years.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Wow Pujara - Great Knock under pressure..hope to see some more from you..all the best!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

Dramatic turnaround by one man. Pujara shows again he has the mettle for Test cricket.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

Why A.Rayudu was left out?

Posted by banglafan on (June 6, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Hats off for an excellent innings. True mettle shown by Pujara. Brings all the glory of test cricket to the front. And , lets not forget, an extremely well-written report, it was a pleasure to read.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

like their seniors, the upcomings cannot take two x 10 wickets. One bowler shines per innings. One of the reasons is that better players are not selected, because of national loyalty. Its the crime that is destroying W I cricket,

Posted by Vkarthik on (June 6, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Guys like Manjrekar who was putting down first class cricket should have followed this. Nothing better than this. A young captain fighting tooth and nail taking body blows to win a game for his team. Let Manjrekar, Shastri live in their lala land dreaming about Saurabh Tiwary's slogs.

Posted by grizzle on (June 6, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Good on you Pujara! And a good learning experience for this young Indian side. Hope Rahane and Mukund also shine at some point.

Posted by natasrik on (June 6, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

Let us put this way, India have talents to replace players in this order Dravid to Rohit Sharma, Sachin to Pujara, Laxman to (many in the wings Yuvraj, Badrinath, Raina, Tiwary, Rayadu) etc.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (June 6, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Just imagine Statchin in this chase ( O _ O )! He would have choked big time with maiden after maiden and clueless as to how to come out of a tight passage of play unlike Pujara and Dravid. Statchin's game is too uni-dimensional and he has only one gear. He doesn't have the talent or skills to survive tough passages of play and then pounce on the opposition at an opportune moment. Pujara seems to be The Maestro like Dravid.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

Will you guys please update the scoreboard?

Posted by lovepork on (June 6, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

Sabash Pujara and boyz! weldone. Pujara, Rohit, Kohli are the next Dravid, Sachin and Laxman!

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

@ Emancipator007, well said!!

Posted by street_smart on (June 6, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

Why the scorecard got stop showing the progress.

Posted by maddinson on (June 6, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

9 players in the playing XI of India A played international cricket and still they are almost lost the match against an inexperience WI A.

Posted by sundar_poco on (June 6, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

What has happened to Bishoo - no wickets against Indians. Hope he sort out his issues and regain form cause I think he can be better than Narine

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

With a high profile line up like this I would say that both of India's batting innings are serious failures. With the exception of a handful players in India, I am struggling to find a current player who can master the pace on lively wickets. You would think with One Billion people they should be able to produce the BEST in everything. With all the hype about Pujara, Rohit and their place in the test team, I hope that WI pacers can skittle them for little in Jamaica.

Posted by nyc_missile on (June 6, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

Someone compared it to VVS Mohali inns! Absolutely similar,this guy deserves a place in the Ind test team NOW dont know in whose place but gotta be there..Tendulkar if he retires will obviously help.Time to let Pujara,Rohit,Rahane&Tiwary bloom,they must be given ample opportunity like Kohli to settle in even with a few failures.Come to think of it,we forget that Rohit&Rahane were already in the Aus squad :) so their selection is foregone.Its Pujara& Tiwary's turn now..Thank you my dear Cricinfo,for a beautiful report as I haven't seen the match but could feel it through your words..

Posted by Emancipator007 on (June 6, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

Been saying for long, obviously "Tests-capable" Pujara not getting long rope in Tests that Raina undeservedly got. Simply cos Pujara not getting "limelight"runs in IPL seasons. From all accounts, this seemed a hard-fought match and Pujara sidelined by RCB proved his real worth along with irrepressibly talented Rohit who was in such prime form last season but never got a Test in Aus. Pujara is real no.3 for Tests, not Kohli/ Rahane. India's Test XI for 10 Tests at home against NZ,Eng,OZ:Sehwag,Gambhir,Pujara,Tendul,Kohli,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin,Ojha,Zaheer,Yadav.SRT should be told in clear terms that he would have to bat at no 5/ 6 from next season onwards to push Rohit/Kohli up the order if he does not retire.Viv, Border,Sobers sacrificed their fav Test spot during the latter stages of their careers for the teams' sake. Of course Viv's Test batting was in a freefall long before his retirement unlike SRT's game & talent which is still intact. Rahane automatically slots in once SRT retires.

Posted by Kapil_Choudhary on (June 6, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

I didn't see the match myself but based on the report - an absolutely excellent innings from Pujara and exactly the kind of temperament India needs in the test team...

Posted by JKSFB on (June 6, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

Brilliant game of cricket...congratulations to pujara and rohit sharma. The 2 best young batsmen in India outside the test team.....

Posted by FairPlayZ on (June 6, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

Great News. Lots to improve. A rookie fast bowler has once again challenged the flat wicket bullies.

Good job - Rohit, Pujara and Ahmed.

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 6, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

Give one last goodbye test to VVS and thats it,its high time Pujara replaced him.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Fabulous The player who deserves a test spot in the team more than any one.An apt replacement from Dravid .Rohit sharma should replace laxman when he retires

Posted by srriaj317 on (June 5, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

An India A side with 10 of its players already having made their international appearances...The future is not bleak West Indies! Keep pushing on! The only 2 mistakes you did in this game were that 2nd inns collapse and then this 9th wicket partnership. Great to see you almost pulled it off against India's second-choice intl team!

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