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Friday, February 19, 2010

Question needed to be answered after Test Series

Series levelled at Great Eden Gardens, India retained its crown of No.1 in ICC ranking but this series have left few questions which needed to be answered very soon. In Nagpur as we all saw how Indian middle order struggled in absence of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, relacements like Vijay and Badri didn't look promising as they didn't show the temperament and technique for Test Match.
Till date we tried Yuvraj Singh as replacement of Sourav Ganguly but he also didn't establish himself in this team so question is who after the retirement of Rahul, Sachin & Laxman. Its a serious question needs to be addressed immediately. I feel we have the talent but our selectors are not giving opportunities to the deserving candidates and show Zonal bias in selection, so who are deserving candidates for middle order after the retirement of our seniors? There are currently five players to whom we have to give opportunities and nurture them and they are Manish Pandey, Abhishek Nayar, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina. We all found how well Abhishek Nayar and Manish Pandey played in Board President's XI match against South Africa yet they were not selected for the First test. Had they been selected in place of Saha and Badrinath I feel we must had different result to the Test series. Anyways that is over but now we have to focus on these players and give them full opporutnities and nurture them.

Next question is who after Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan? I feel there are four bowlers in this reckoning they are talented and needed to be given good opportunities. These are Abhimanyu Mithun, Sudeep Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat And S. Netravalkar out these four 2 got selected for the first test but didn't play so we have to look upto them and give them confidence. If select the and don't play them than it will hurt their self-confidence. Few weeks back Laxman raised a point that there is no class spinners in domestic circuit, I must say that is true and we don't have many spinners so we have to nurture 3 talents and they are Piyush Chawla, Pragyan Ozha and Amit Mishra. Team did good thing by retaining Amit Mishra for the one-dayers and also backed him in Tests. We saw he played important part in Kolkata because of the confidence shown by team in him, so we need to give confidence to new talent and blood them into team at the time when they are doing well in domestic circuit.

Next is the fielding, I think in last few matches we dropped lot of catches and that resulted into many losses in one-day and Test, so we need to improve our fielding immensely in order to compete with Australia.

Finally take a example of Australia even after the retirement of Shane Warne and McGrath they have lot of players to replace them because they give full opprotunities to the talents at the right time and we need to learn from them if we want to become number one in one-day and T20 and maintain our position in Test cricket as well.

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