Badrinath has never been closer to playing for India. If you follow up two bumper domestic seasons with an even more prolific start to the third, you leave the selectors little choice. Although he missed out in Rajkot, he has scored 867 runs this season, only getting out twice. He's already been rewarded, earning a call-up to replace the injured Gautam Gambhir in the squad for the ODI series, overtaking Manoj Tiwary and Suresh Raina, two who have been picked for India ahead of him previously.
Tiwary's aggressive 130 under pressure was his first big innings after coming back from the shoulder injury he sustained on the eve of what could have been his ODI debut. His stays on the wicket were brief against South Africa A and with three matches being washed out, this innings would do no harm to what he would be thinking is rightfully his: a second chance.
Parthiv has been even more prolific than Badrinath this season, and with 179 and an unbeaten 59, he has served notice that even he can play as a specialist batsman. He may still lose out to Dinesh Karthik as a pure wicketkeeper, but he has done enough to be looked at as an opener.
Drafted back into the national fray because of the need for specialist opening batsmen in Australia, Chopra will be disappointed he didn't get a big score here. Although he scored a double-century against South Africa A, it was a painstaking innings scored on a typical Feroz Shah Kotla wicket. He will get a couple of Ranji games before India play their next Test, against Pakistan at his home ground - the Kotla.
Munaf the good and Munaf the bad both played this match. In the first innings he was clearly holding back, just running in and putting the ball in. In the second, he knocked over Mumbai. Where does he stand now? Nobody knows. What is wrong with him? He only knows. But if he is not completely fit, as the selectors probably believe, he will do well to get fit, play more domestic cricket, bowl more spells like in the second innings, and get rid of Munaf the bad. Because when he is good, he is just too good.
Sidharth Monga is a staff writer with Cricinfo Magazine