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Gowza
September 6, 2012, 07:48 PM
With dravid and vvs having retired there has been a lot of talk about whether india's young batting prospects can take over the mantle and who, when the time comes can replace tendulkar and sehwag. here, we can talk about india's up and coming batting prospects, who will and won't do well if given the chance, who can bat where. now there are a lot, i'm going to go through the ones who are already on the fringe or who are known a bit and then the ones who aren't as known.

Cheteshwar Pujara: currently is the test #3. 13 tests ave 65.55, 4 centuries, 3 half centuries, top score 206*. FC ave 60.3 21 centuries 25 half centuries top score 352 25YO right hand batsman
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/32540.html

Suresh Raina: current test #6, 17 matches ave 28.44 1 century, 7 half centuries, top score 120. FC ave 43.42 12 centuries 35 half centuries top score 204* 26YO left hand batsman
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/33335.html

Manoj Tiwary: 0 test matches to-date. FC ave 59.55 18 centuries, 14 half centuries, top score 267 27YO right hand batsman
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/35565.html

Rohit Sharma: 0 test matches. FC ave 60.78 16 centuries, 20 half centuries, top score 309* 26YO right hand batsman
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/34102.html

Ajinkya Rahane: 0 tests. FC ave 60.21 19 centuries, 23 half centuries, top score 265*. 25YO right hand top order batsman
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/277916.html

Abhinav Mukund: 5 tests ave 21.10, 0 centuries 1 half century, top score 62. FC ave 50.98, 17 centuries, 17 half centuries, top score 300* 23YO left hand top order batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/302582.html

Subramaniam Badrinath: 2 tests ave 21.00, 0 centuries, 1 half century, top score 56. FC ave 60.13 29 centuries, 36 half centuries top score 250 33YO rigth hand batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/26806.html

Murali Vijay: 16 test matches ave 38.48, 3 centuries, 3 half centuries, top score 167. FC ave 47.49, 13 centuries, 18 half centuries, top score 266. 29YO opening batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/237095.html

Ravindra Jadeja: 5 tests, ave 19.4 FC ave 50.98, 7 centuries, 12 half centuries, top score 331. 24YO allrounder, left handed batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/234675.html

Abhishek Nayar: 0 test matches played. FC ave 56.28, 12 centuries, 21 half centuries, top score 259. 29YO allrounder, left handed batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/32091.html

Manish Pandey: 0 tests. FC ave 51.71, 9 centuries, 15 half centuries, top score 218. 24YO right handed top order batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/290630.html

Mandeep Singh: 0 test matches. FC ave 52.37, 5 centuries, 9 half centuries, top score 211. 21YO Right handed top order batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/398506.html

Robin Bist: 0 test matches played. FC ave 50.00, 7 centuries, 18 half centuries, top score 176. 25YO middle order batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/262464.html

Suryakumar Yadav: 0 test matches. FC ave 51.19, 3 centuries, 6 half centuries, top score 200 s/r 85.86. 22YO batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/446507.html

Ashok Menaria: 0 tests. FC ave 47.00, 6 centuries, 7 half centuries, top score 230. 21YO left handed batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/371150.html

Akshath Reddy: 0 test matches played. FC ave 54.67, 5 centuries, 8 half centuries, top score 196. 22YO opening batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/376109.html

Ankit Bawne: 0 test matches. FC ave 49.23, 6 centuries, 9 half centuries, top score 166*. 20YO right handed batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/327123.html

Chirag Khurana: 0 tests. FC ave 42.72, 2 centuries, 4 half centuries, top score 123. 20YO right handed batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/327125.html

Uday Kaul: 0 tests. FC ave 51.2, 12 centuries, 18 half centuries, top score 165*. 25YO left handed wicket keeper batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/30235.html

Unmukt Chand: 0 test matches. FC ave 37.25, 2 century, 8 half centuries, top score 151. 20YO right hand opening batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/446499.html

Manprit Juneja: 0 test matches. FC ave 79.75, 5 centuries, 3 half centuries, top score 201*. 22YO right hand batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/390480.html

Jiwanjot Singh: 0 test matches. FC ave 62.76, 5 centuries, 2 half centuries, top score 213. 22YO right hand batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/586985.html

Amit Kumar: 0 test matches. FC ave 59.27, 2 centuries, 4 half centuries, top score 119*. 23YO right hand batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/542935.html

Lokesh Rahul: FC average 38.84, List A average 52.53. age 21 right-handed wicket keeper batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/current/player/422108.html

Muralidharen Gautam: FC average 59.67, 8 centuries, 9 half centuries, HS 264* 27YO, right-handed wicket keeper batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/current/player/302208.html

Vijay Zol: century on FC debut, 18YO left handed batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/Australia/content/player/554699.html

Rajat Paliwal: FC average 52.36, 4 centuries, 4 half centuries, HS 167, 21YO right-hand bat.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/538021.html

Sheldon Jackson: FC average 53.86, 3 centuries, 4 half centuries, HS 118*, 26YO right-hand wicketkeeper batsman.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/237696.html

also to mention is Baba Aparajith.

now that's a lot of players, some are still early in their careers so could do with a bit more seasoning before making the jump to international cricket, but you never know with indian cricket, often they select out of nowhere or just off one FC season.

Gowza
September 9, 2012, 10:44 PM
alright well i guess i'll start things off by saying i think pujara will be kept around for the next year or 2, if he's done well after that period i think he'll most likely be india's #3 for a long time.

i think raina has had his chance, he's been given enough matches to show himself and although he's had a couple of good innings he's proven he can't do it consistently at the test level so i think they should be giving some others ago.

rahane should probably get a chance since both sehwag and gambhir haven't done well lately, with raina's spot going to either rohit or tiwary at this point to see whether they've got what it takes.

long term i think chand and reddy will be in with good chances, opening batsmen which doesn't have as many contenders as the middle order, mukund is still on the radar though his first few test matches weren't a success he could be given another chance, we'll see how he goes on the up coming A tour (same with chand).

i've also heard good things about pandey, mandeep and yadav.

kaul can keep wicket so he'd be an option as keeper when the time comes, it's not like dhoni is stellar with the bat in tests, he's still great for a keeper but not to the standard of what india has had with the rest of the batsmen since the early 90s. of course saha is a good keeper and solid batsman so he is there also.

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 12:38 AM
I haves high hopes from Pujara, who I feel is going to be the next superstar in the Indian test line up.

Rahane is another exciting prospect and he will surely come into picture very soon, and then we can see how he handles himself in test cricket.

I still think Rohit will be a good Test batsman and IMO he will take that number 5 position after Sachin retires and Kohli moves to number 4.

Mandeep singh is a player to keep and eye on. Brilliant prospect he is.
Haven't seen Yadav bat, but his stats are amazing.

Its not the batting, but the bowling which has always been the problem for India.

Gowza
September 10, 2012, 04:27 AM
I haves high hopes from Pujara, who I feel is going to be the next superstar in the Indian test line up.

Rahane is another exciting prospect and he will surely come into picture very soon, and then we can see how he handles himself in test cricket.

I still think Rohit will be a good Test batsman and IMO he will take that number 5 position after Sachin retires and Kohli moves to number 4.

Mandeep singh is a player to keep and eye on. Brilliant prospect he is.
Haven't seen Yadav bat, but his stats are amazing.

Its not the batting, but the bowling which has always been the problem for India.

yes the bowling is an issue, but there are huge shoes to fill in the batting and everyone is talking about whether india can replace them.

Gowza
September 10, 2012, 05:19 AM
chirag khurana looking for big things this season: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/chirag-khurana-aims-big-as-new-cricket-season-kicks-off/1000033/2

jeesh
September 10, 2012, 06:55 AM
Some serious batting talent. We could do with a few of them in our team

senman
September 10, 2012, 07:15 AM
Some serious batting talent. We could do with a few of them in our team

Give Shakib Al Hasan and you can pick 2 :waiting:

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 07:43 AM
yes the bowling is an issue, but there are huge shoes to fill in the batting and everyone is talking about whether india can replace them.

Yes, its not easy to replace players like Sachin and Dravid. these are once ona generation players. But IMO, we do have the batting talent that can do well and can be a decent batting order if not great.

As I said bowling is our main issue. If we can find good bowlers than We can do well as a team in every conditions.

Night_wolf
September 10, 2012, 07:45 AM
Give Shakib Al Hasan and you can pick 2 :waiting:

give kholi and you can have 10 except shakib

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 07:52 AM
give kholi and you can have 10 except shakib
:ohno:

even if you give Shakib, kohli isn't going anywhere.:D You can have tiwary.

JamshedPK
September 10, 2012, 07:52 AM
Due to the Lack of good bowlers in indian domestic cricket, Indian domestic batsmen average are high, inflated.

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 08:05 AM
Due to the Lack of good bowlers in indian domestic cricket, Indian domestic batsmen average are high, inflated.
Absolutely. Indians are Flat track bullies/Poor bowler bullies.:up:

JamshedPK
September 10, 2012, 08:15 AM
Absolutely. Indians are Flat track bullies/Poor bowler bullies.:up:

Can't say that for all indian batsmen, some are pretty good, Virat Kohli. I think he played well in Australia. I was refering to the indian domestic players.

Tiger444
September 10, 2012, 08:18 AM
A lot of batting talent for sure. I know some Indian fans don't like that people are calling for Tendu's head but it's time for him to go. He just doesn't have it anymore and should follow Dravid's and Laxman's path.

I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to drop Sehwag down in Tests to maybe #4/5 and bring Rahane to open. Chand is definitely a guy that should be fast tracked. I'm really not sure about Rohit. Of he can't be consistent in the shorter forms, then I don't see him being good for Tests either.

JamshedPK
September 10, 2012, 08:24 AM
I guess Tendulkar did not play Ajmal too often, otherwise his career average would have gone right down to earth:)

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 08:38 AM
A lot of batting talent for sure. I know some Indian fans don't like that people are calling for Tendu's head but it's time for him to go. He just doesn't have it anymore and should follow Dravid's and Laxman's path.

I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to drop Sehwag down in Tests to maybe #4/5 and bring Rahane to open. Chand is definitely a guy that should be fast tracked. I'm really not sure about Rohit. Of he can't be consistent in the shorter forms, then I don't see him being good for Tests either.
Our openers are in very poor form. One of Sehwag/Gambhir needs to be dropped. Rahane should open.
I still beleive rohit has the credentials and potential to succeed in test cricket and would like to see the team giving him opportunities in place of that Hack Raina.

Tiger444
September 10, 2012, 08:49 AM
Our openers are in very poor form. One of Sehwag/Gambhir needs to be dropped. Rahane should open.
I still beleive rohit has the credentials and potential to succeed in test cricket and would like to see the team giving him opportunities in place of that Hack Raina.

Ya Raina has gotten his opportunities and it's time others are tried. Rohit definitely has the ability to succeed at this level but for some reason he hasn't been consistent enough. Perhaps it's the pressure that cant handle?

JamshedPK
September 10, 2012, 08:51 AM
Indian batsmen, total failure away from home:)

When they play against Pakistan, they always make sure's that Surface is 100% Batting Paradise.

I think they do that becuase they know that maybe for less than 100, they will be bowled out

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 08:53 AM
Indian batsmen, total failure away from home:)

When they play against Pakistan, they always make sure's that Surface is 100% Batting Paradise.

I think they do that becuase they know that maybe for less than 100, they will be bowled out
Pakistani fan talking about India's Batting??:floor:

JamshedPK
September 10, 2012, 08:56 AM
Pakistani fan talking about India's Batting??:floor:

dare to play us in a bowling pitch?

Ur so called top guns wicket will be flying, left, right, middle OUT OUT OUT

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 08:58 AM
Ya Raina has gotten his opportunities and it's time others are tried. Rohit definitely has the ability to succeed at this level but for some reason he hasn't been consistent enough. Perhaps it's the pressure that cant handle?
Don't know what Rohit's problem is. Maybe he is not that good that his fans(including me) think of him. Maybe its just the eye catching and attractive shots that he plays makes us feel that he is something special, but his crap performance says otherwise. But I would take him my team every time over Raina. He needs to perform now as India has some other batting prospects that our waiting for their turn.

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 09:05 AM
dare to play us in a bowling pitch?

Ur so called top guns wicket will be flying, left, right, middle OUT OUT OUT
wake up Pak bowling is no longer a world class attack. You only have ajmal who is world class test bowler. No one else is. I think Cheema was opening the bowling for Pak side in last series. You think Indian batsmen are scared of Playing Cheema and Tanvir?? :lol:

Btw who is going to score runs for your side on a bowling friendly pitch?? you don't have the batsmen to play on a bowling friendly track.

JamshedPK
September 10, 2012, 09:13 AM
wake up Pak bowling is no longer a world class attack. You only have ajmal who is world class test bowler. No one else is. I think Cheema was opening the bowling for Pak side in last series. You think Indian batsmen are scared of Playing Cheema and Tanvir?? :lol:

Btw who is going to score runs for your side on a bowling friendly pitch?? you don't have the batsmen to play on a bowling friendly track.

I guess u have not been following Pakistan cricket team.:facepalm: Both Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez are ranked No.1 & No. 2 In ODI ranking. Hafeez has a economy rate of 4.04 and Saeed Ajmal 4.14. in terms of our batting, we have players like Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshed who perform well. Yes our middle order is a bit of a concern as Misbah is catching up with old age.
This Bowling attack should be enough for India: Ajmal, Hafeez, Gul, Afridi, Tanvir, Junaid is also exciting bowler.

World Champs
September 10, 2012, 09:27 AM
I guess u have not been following Pakistan cricket team.:facepalm: Both Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez are ranked No.1 & No. 2 In ODI ranking. Hafeez has a economy rate of 4.04 and Saeed Ajmal 4.14. in terms of our batting, we have players like Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshed who perform well. Yes our middle order is a bit of a concern as Misbah is catching up with old age.
This Bowling attack should be enough for India: Ajmal, Hafeez, Gul, Afridi, Tanvir, Junaid is also exciting bowler.
This was the same attack with which Pak has lost against India in last 3 matches. Only Tanvir is the addition. So the great Tanvir is going to take India down. Hail Tanvir. :notworthy:

And pls don't even compare you ODI batting line up with India.

your Great bowling line up against India
Sohail Tanveer averages 36.41
Afridi averages 58.21
Gul averages 45.46
Hafeez averages 47.50
Ajmal averages 25.22

:floor:

We are scared.

Tiger444
September 10, 2012, 09:33 AM
Both are good teams but sorry Jamshed, I would have to say that India have the better side. Both are very good teams no doubt but India's batting has a big leg up compared to Pakistan's. Pakistan's bowling is better of course but its mainly due to the spinners. The pacers have surprisingly not been great for Pakistan recently. Gul's the best pacer but hasnt been on song. Junaid Khan is a big prospect however. If you guys have a better pace attack then I think you guys could give India a run for their money.

JamshedPK
September 10, 2012, 09:34 AM
This was the same attack with which Pak has lost against India in last 3 matches. Only Tanvir is the addition. So the great Tanvir is going to take India down. Hail Tanvir. :notworthy:

And pls don't even compare you ODI batting line up with India.

your Great bowling line up against India
Sohail Tanveer averages 36.41
Afridi averages 58.21
Gul averages 45.46
Hafeez averages 47.50
Ajmal averages 25.22

:floor:

We are scared.

ofcourse you guys are scared, we played against u guys in condition that even our team scored 300:facepalm:. The Pitch in dhaka was a great shame, nothing for the bowlers. and you remeber what happend in World CUP, Tendulkar had 100 lifes. This averages will go down, when India let go of there fear and play us in conditions that is not batting paradise/friendly. check...overall how many times we won against India.

Night_wolf
September 10, 2012, 09:53 AM
I guess Tendulkar did not play Ajmal too often, otherwise his career average would have gone right down to earth:)

now kids this is what we call a troll massage

BrianLara7
September 10, 2012, 11:18 AM
Indian batsmen are the best, it's just they are unlucky that pitches outside India are not batting heavens like ones in India and they have to face bowlers 100 times better than Indian trundlers. Great Indian batsmen couldnt win more than 1/2 tests outside subcontinent for 2 decades, didnt win a single 1 in 90's and still have never won in 2 seamer friendly conditions- SA and Aus.. I don't rate any of their batting prospects from this generation in testing conditions after Dravid and Sachin.

zinatf
September 10, 2012, 11:38 AM
Apnara shobai chup thaken ar duitar tamasha dekhen...nijera nijerai lorai kore jak ;)

Night_wolf
September 10, 2012, 11:44 AM
Apnara shobai chup thaken ar duitar tamasha dekhen...nijera nijerai lorai kore jak ;)

lol..gese koi..heavy moja paitesilam :lol:

nijera jhogra korar majheo koy j pitch in dhaka was a shame..mane majhkhna diye pinch na korle valo lagena :facepalm:

zinatf
September 10, 2012, 12:13 PM
lol..gese koi..heavy moja paitesilam :lol:

nijera jhogra korar majheo koy j pitch in dhaka was a shame..mane majhkhna diye pinch na korle valo lagena :facepalm:

eijonnei to naam diyechi "utkrishto krira boddha":exclamation:

simon
September 10, 2012, 12:23 PM
haha,funny thread.
indo-Pak off field :p

Gowza
September 21, 2012, 08:26 AM
Mukund just got a half century for India A in NZ.

Gowza
September 21, 2012, 05:43 PM
robin bist got an unbeaten 117* against rest of india.

Gowza
September 22, 2012, 01:17 AM
vijay and rahane so far both on unbeaten half centuries for ROI.

Gowza
September 22, 2012, 02:54 AM
rahane just hit is 5000th first-class run, 54 matches averaging 64.93. currently on 76* with his partner vijay on 74*.

Gowza
September 22, 2012, 03:20 AM
rahane run out on 81, missed triple figures but still a good showing.

Gowza
September 22, 2012, 07:24 PM
so at the end of the day rahane got his 81, pujara was out on 78, murali vijay ended the day on 151* with badrinath on 1*. so far all the batting contenders have performed in this match.

Nocturnal
September 22, 2012, 08:10 PM
This match is LIVE on ATN Cricket Plus ...
I watched a bit in last 2 days ...
man o man ...when we have young players like rahane / m.vijay / pujara etc.
*SIGH*

Gowza
September 23, 2012, 12:53 AM
vijay got his double and badri is nearing his 50.

Gowza
September 23, 2012, 04:17 AM
vijay got his highest FC score, 266. badri 55.

Gowza
September 24, 2012, 02:28 AM
robin bist after his unbeaten century in the first innings has so far accumulated 60 runs in the 2nd innings. i know the tracks are often flat but seriously these guys are run machines.

Maysun
September 24, 2012, 03:02 AM
I have been following the game a bit as well on CI, just astonishes you that, players averaging 50-60 in FC doesn't get called up or given a look at!

Gowza
September 24, 2012, 04:31 AM
I have been following the game a bit as well on CI, just astonishes you that, players averaging 50-60 in FC doesn't get called up or given a look at!

that's because they have so many that average 50+, they can't all fit into the squad. but there are a few of them playing in NZ atm for india A.

al Furqaan
September 25, 2012, 11:07 PM
Did the Indian domestic season start already? Btw, I think it will be a good idea to update the OP from time to time since the thread will likely get long if people start posting every half century from the long list.

Gowza
September 30, 2012, 11:22 PM
pujara got a huge 158* strike rate of 125 in a list A for india B against india A. also chand got a half century for india A in NZ, though the best batsman for india A in NZ has probably been Ambati Rayudu.

AsifTheManRahman
October 2, 2012, 09:10 AM
And here we are, jumping in joy when Anamul makes a 25 against a WI academy squad, that too chasing 50.
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Gowza
October 2, 2012, 10:13 PM
in the next challenger match pujara got another unbeaten century, vijay got 93, saha got 116, 124 strike rate. then in the more recent challenger match vijay got a 155, strike rate 128 with pujara getting 79, rahane got 64 and pandey managed 47. now currently india A are over in NZ playing NZ A and today is the first day of the 2nd FC match, mandeep is currently unbeaten on 106 with menaria 100* where he's managed to strike at more than a run a ball.

jeesh
October 3, 2012, 02:08 AM
How many of you here support India? Here in Sri Lanka almost 99% seem to be anti Indian. When India got knocked out yesterday, people were celebrating like Sri lanka won some trophy or sth.

Navo
October 3, 2012, 02:23 AM
Besides Bangladesh, where strong patriotic sentiments are involved, I enjoy watching good cricketers plying their trade, that's it. It doesn't matter where they're from and I'm not really bothered by their off field activities. I really enjoyed watching Mohammad Amir destroying England and Australia in England and I really enjoy seeing Virat Kohli, Hashim Amla, Gayle, AB de Villiers tear apart opposition bowlers (when they aren't us!) in graceful and sometimes not-so-graceful ways

cricheart
October 3, 2012, 02:40 AM
How many of you here support India? Here in Sri Lanka almost 99% seem to be anti Indian. When India got knocked out yesterday, people were celebrating like Sri lanka won some trophy or sth.
:lol: Everybody loves India from their heart in Bangladesh, dont you ever notice that!?

jeesh
October 3, 2012, 03:05 AM
Lol. But there is a division, you get Indian supporters and Pakistani supporters. But here in Sri Lanka you wont find anybody who supports India.

BANFAN
October 3, 2012, 05:50 AM
:lol: Everybody loves India from their heart in Bangladesh, dont you ever notice that!?

I don't think that's fair. People in BD are mostly neutral ... Well there are some die hard supporters of India & Pak both, but we know the reasons too.. That's not applicable or the mass population.

In SL... The Tamils (Hindu) are mostly Ind supporters, while the Muslims support Pak. But the Buddhist Majorities are Anti Indian..

cricheart
October 3, 2012, 07:48 AM
^
very true cant go against Muslim bros either. lots of die hards.

jeesh
October 3, 2012, 11:12 AM
I don't think that's fair. People in BD are mostly neutral ... Well there are some die hard supporters of India & Pak both, but we know the reasons too.. That's not applicable or the mass population.

In SL... The Tamils (Hindu) are mostly Ind supporters, while the Muslims support Pak. But the Buddhist Majorities are Anti Indian..
Lol these days everybody Tamil, Muslim, Buddhist, everyone is anti India. FB is full of memes. Most of it is targeted at Kohli. Poor guy, whenever he hits a big knock India loses.

senman
October 3, 2012, 11:26 AM
Lol these days everybody Tamil, Muslim, Buddhist, everyone is anti India. FB is full of memes. Most of it is targeted at Kohli. Poor guy, whenever he hits a big knock India loses.

I am confused, its actually the opposite. The better the player the more hate from the rivals, it probably fire him up to up his performance to even better levels.

Regarding SL being anti-India, most Indians know this, nothing news worthy.

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The problem with India in this T20 is well known, we went with one in-form batsman and one in-form bowler others were there to makeup numbers.

cricheart
October 4, 2012, 07:26 AM
Utpal Shuvro of PA from Colombo :-p Spicy reading.
[বাংলা]রাজা-বাদশাহদের আমলে সব রাজপ্রাসাদে গোপন একটা সুড়ঙ্গপথ থাকতই। বিপদে-আপদে পালিয়ে যাওয়ার রাস্তা। বখতিয়ার খিলজি মাত্র ১৭ জন অশ্বারোহী সৈন্য নিয়ে রাজপ্রাসাদ আক্রমণ করার পর মধ্যাহ্নভোজনরত লক্ষ্মণ সেনের গোপন সুড়ঙ্গপথে পালিয়ে যাওয়ার ইতিহাস কে না জানে!
কলম্বোর তাজ সমুদ্র হোটেলেও এমন কিছুর ব্যবস্থা আছে বলে এত দিন কেউ জানত না। জানল পরশু মধ্যরাতে, যখন হোটেলের লবিতে ভিড় করা ভারতীয় সাংবাদিককুল ঘণ্টা খানেক অপেক্ষার পর সবিস্ময়ে আবিষ্কার করল, ভারতীয় ক্রিকেটাররা যে যাঁর রুমে উঠে গেছেন!
ভারতের টিম বাস হোটেলের সামনে আসেনি। মূল প্রবেশদ্বার দিয়েও ঢোকেনি কেউ। মুখোমুখি দুই-দুই চারটি লিফটের দিকেও সবার শ্যেণ দৃষ্টি ছিল। তা হলে? এই ‘তা হলে’ টি-টোয়েন্টি বিশ্বকাপের সবচেয়ে বড় ধাঁধা।
যে ধাঁধার উত্তর হোটেলের লোকজন আর নিরাপত্তাকর্মীরা নিশ্চয়ই জানেন। কিন্তু টি-টোয়েন্টি বিশ্বকাপের টানা তৃতীয় আসরে ভারত যে ধাঁধার জন্ম দিয়ে গেল, সেটির উত্তর দেবে কে!
কেন, মহেন্দ্র সিং ধোনি! না, তাঁর কাছেও উত্তর নেই। পরশু দক্ষিণ আফ্রিকার বিপক্ষে ১ রানে জিতেও টুর্নামেন্টের বৃহত্তর প্রেক্ষাপটে ‘পরাজিত’ ভারতীয় অধিনায়ক ব্যাটিং-বোলিং-ফিল্ডিং—তিনটি বিভাগ কখনোই একসঙ্গে ‘ক্লিক’ করেনি বলে আক্ষেপ করলেন। করেনি যে, এটা তো সবাই জানে। অধিনায়কের কাছে স্বাভাবিকভাবেই সবাই কারণটা শুনতে চাইবে। এখানেই ‘কবি নীরব’।
অনেক দিন ধরেই টি-টোয়েন্টির ধারক-বাহক-প্রচারক সবই ভারতীয় ক্রিকেট বোর্ড। আইপিএলের কারণে ভারত এখন টি-টোয়েন্টি ক্রিকেটের আঁতুড়ঘর। অন্য দেশের ক্রিকেটাররা আইপিএলে খেলে টি-টোয়েন্টি শেখে। অথচ নিয়তির নির্মম পরিহাসই বলতে হবে, ভারতের টি-টোয়েন্টি বিশ্বকাপে একমাত্র সাফল্য আইপিএল শুরুর আগে। আইপিএল শুরুর পর আর সেমিফাইনালেই পা পড়েনি। এই বিশ্বকাপের পারফরম্যান্সকে যে তার পরও ‘সন্তোষজনক’ বলছেন ধোনি, তার কারণ অনুমান করাই যায়। এবার তো তা-ও সুপার এইটের দুটি ম্যাচ জিতে নেট রানরেটের চক্করে বাদ পড়ল ভারত। গত দুটি বিশ্বকাপের সুপার এইটে তো জয়েরই দেখা মেলেনি!
আগের দুবারের মতো এবারও ধোনির বিদায়ী সংবাদ সম্মেলনে আইপিএল প্রসঙ্গটা উঠল। আন্তর্জাতিক ক্রিকেটের সঙ্গে আইপিএলের তুলনা হয় না—এ কথাটা আগেও বলেছেন। আবারও বললেন। সঙ্গে মনে করিয়ে দিলেন ‘আইপিএল একটা ঘরোয়া টুর্নামেন্ট।’ তা তো ঠিকই। তবে সেই ‘ঘরোয়া’ টুর্নামেন্টের জন্য বিসিসিআই মাঝেমধ্যেই আন্তর্জাতিক ক্রিকেট ক্যালেন্ডারে ‘উইন্ডো’র দাবি তোলে কেন, এ প্রশ্নটা ধোনিকে কেউ করলেন না।
ধোনি ঢালাওভাবে ‘ব্যাটিং-বোলিং-ফিল্ডিং’ বললেন বটে। কিন্তু মজাটা হলো, ভারতীয় দলের দুর্বলতম দিক বলে বিবেচিত বোলিং বরং অনেক ভালো ছিল এই টুর্নামেন্টে। অস্ট্রেলিয়ার ইনিংসের শুরুতে বৃষ্টি এসে আসলেই ঝামেলায় ফেলে দিয়েছিল ভারতীয় স্পিনারদের। ওই একটা ইনিংস বাদ দিলে বাকি চারটি ম্যাচেই তো প্রতিপক্ষকে অলআউট করেছেন ভারতীয় বোলাররা, টি-টোয়েন্টিতে যা অনেক বড় ব্যাপার।
ভারতকে ডুবিয়েছে আসলে ব্যাটিং। চিরকালই ব্যাটিংটা ভারতের মূল শক্তি। এই বিশ্বকাপেও ভারতের বিপক্ষে ম্যাচের আগে প্রতিপক্ষ অধিনায়কের মুখে একটা কথা ‘কমন’ ছিল, ‘ওদের ব্যাটিং লাইনআপটা দুর্দান্ত।’ অথচ সেই ‘দুর্দান্ত ব্যাটিং লাইনআপ’ থেকে বলতে গেলে বড় কোনো স্কোরই আসেইনি।
গত দুটি টি-টোয়েন্টি বিশ্বকাপেও তা-ই হয়েছিল, সেটির কারণটাও ছিল স্পষ্ট। শর্ট বলে ভারতীয় ব্যাটসম্যানদের নাচানাচি রীতিমতো কৌতুকের জন্ম দিয়েছিল ওই দুটি বিশ্বকাপে। তা লর্ডস বা ব্রিজটাউনের গতিময় উইকেটে না হয় চিরন্তন ওই দুর্বলতা কাল হয়েছিল। কিন্তু এই শ্রীলঙ্কায় প্রায় ‘হোম কন্ডিশনে’ কেন এমন ব্যর্থ ভারতীয় ব্যাটসম্যানরা?
ধোনির ব্যাখ্যাটা এমন অদ্ভুত শোনাল! প্রথম বিশ্বকাপে ভারত নাকি ভালো করেছে ডারবানের উইকেটে বল সুইং করেছে বলে। ফ্ল্যাট উইকেটের চেয়ে তাঁর দলের জন্য সুইঙ্গিং বা টার্নিং উইকেটই বেশি ভালো। তা হলে ভারতের বোলাররা বেশি কার্যকর হয়। ও মা, ভারত তো ডুবল ব্যাটিং-ব্যর্থতায়। সেটি কি ফ্ল্যাট উইকেট বলে? ভারতীয় ব্যাটসম্যানদের কি তা হলে ফ্ল্যাট উইকেটের চেয়ে বল সুইং করছে বা টার্ন করছে, এমন উইকেটই বেশি পছন্দ! কবে না ধোনি আবদার করে বসেন, ভারতের ব্যাটিংয়ের সময় এক রকম উইকেট চাই, বোলিংয়ের সময় আরেক রকম!
করলে অবাক হওয়ার কিছু নেই। ক্রিকেট-বিশ্বে ভারতের ‘আবদার’ তো এখন ‘নির্দেশ’-এর মতোই! এখানেই দেখুন না, ক্রিকেট-বাণিজ্যের লক্ষ্মী ভারতের জন্য কী জামাই আদরই না ছিল! স্বাগতিক শ্রীলঙ্কা যেখানে হাম্বানটোটা-ক্যান্ডিতে খেলে বেড়াল, ভারতের সব ম্যাচই কলম্বোয়। একমাত্র দল, যাদের সব ম্যাচই ‘প্রাইম টাইম’ সন্ধ্যা সাড়ে সাতটায়। সুপার এইটে শেষ ম্যাচ খেলার সুবিধাটাও নাকি আদায় করে নেওয়া। তার পরও যদি ভারত না পারে, আইসিসির আর কী-ই বা করার থাকে![/বাংলা]
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Gowza
December 2, 2012, 07:51 PM
mukund hs hit really bad form lately, reddy has been making lots of runs, m.tiwary recently made a big ton, manprit keeps making runs, chand had a bad run but has started making some runs again. rohit made a century not that long ago. we all know what pujara has been up to.

cricheart
January 3, 2013, 11:53 AM
Indian batting prospect? "DHhopaashhhhh!!..."
... can you guys hear the sound :)
What a terrible year 2012 was for them .. :lol: and what a start of 2013! lost the series choked hell against Pakistan at Calcutta in a remarkable fashion today. Inevitable downfall on the way.

Gowza
January 10, 2013, 02:20 AM
Pujara is in crazy form atm.

zsayeed
January 10, 2013, 01:33 PM
should take a hint
http://www.skysports.com/opinion/story/0,25212,12933_8388565,00.html

Gowza
August 6, 2013, 02:52 AM
how impressive has vijay zol been un u19s recently. obviously ready to take on bigger and better things

Gowza
August 25, 2013, 06:01 AM
added Lokesh Rahul for his recent u23 exploits and hist List A record, FC record isn't horrible either, only 21 years old, keeper batsman.

Gowza
August 30, 2013, 04:49 AM
Muralidharen Gautam is now on the list, wicket keeper bat averaging over 50 in FC cricket, currently in the A team playing NZ A. oh and vijay zol just got a ton against NZ A in his first ever FC match.

Gowza
August 30, 2013, 07:29 AM
notable performances from the india A V NZ A match are zol scoring a ton on FC debut (strike rate was over 70 btw), nayar was unbeaten on 102 (strike rate over 90), jiwanjot singh scored 48 and juneja 43. a lot was expected from chand, unfortunately he only managed 4. one thing is for sure, zol is in tremendous form. think jiwanjot might be in with a small chance of a national team call up if he can do well in the next unofficial test match (only because murali vijay didn't do well in the last A series - though they might prefer rahane or sharma).

NoName
August 30, 2013, 04:15 PM
At least their batting stock doesn't seem to be depleted, where as Pakistan's pace stock is.

Gowza
August 30, 2013, 05:50 PM
India have a lot of batting talent atm, it's great for them but it must be hard for them to give them all opportunities at higher levels to see who is where in their development and who might be long term options. Will be interesting to see the squad against WI A, there are still a lot of batsmen that couldn't make this A series and the last as there just aren't enough spots ( plus in the last series they played a few national teamers instead of up and comers).

Gowza
September 3, 2013, 03:58 AM
chand hasn't done so well in the current A tour, so far 2 innings and out for 4 in both of them. don't think we'll see him in the indian test squad anytime soon. might be more suited to one-day cricket at this point in his career, guess we'll see how he goes in the one-day matches.

Gowza
September 4, 2013, 04:28 AM
nayar just scored another 50 after a not out ton in the last match, been hearing he wouldn't survive at test level but he's scored a lot of domestic runs and is now scoring a lot of A team runs, plus he bowls some medium which could be useful, especially if india want to play 2 spinners.

manprit juneja also scoring runs, after his last A team innings of 43 he's now on 134*.

Gowza
September 8, 2013, 04:58 AM
after a poor run in the tests, chand has blasted 94 at more than a run a ball. pity he gave it away before he got the ton, he had hit 2 fours and a 6 in the over already and got out on the last ball.

Gowza
September 9, 2013, 05:57 AM
with chand and robin uthappa doing well in the first india A versus NZ A one-dayer, it will be interesting to see how the selectors go for their next ODI squad. rohit, although doing ok as opener, hasn't really stepped up enough, especially when there is someone like dhawan at the other end consistently making big scores.

there are 2 more unofficial ODIs so we'll see how chand and uthappa do in those, but their good scores here could be enough to get them a gig in the next squad, more scoring in the next 2 matches would obviously improve their chances even more.

i'd love to see sanju samson get a run in the next couple of matches.

Zeeshan
September 9, 2013, 07:02 AM
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Zeeshan
September 9, 2013, 07:07 AM
No offense Gowza.....just couldn't resist.

koushik
September 9, 2013, 08:49 AM
India should give chance to uttapha in next odi serise vs Aus in october as 2nd wkt keeper.
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al Furqaan
September 10, 2013, 11:07 PM
Zol scored a ton on FC debut? Same guy flopped at the last U19 world cup didn't he?

Rahane seems to be India's Hom. Insane FC average, but fails at A team level with the once in a blue moon decent score (4th innings 80 odd vs RSA A).

Gowza
September 10, 2013, 11:42 PM
Zol scored a ton on FC debut? Same guy flopped at the last U19 world cup didn't he?

Rahane seems to be India's Hom. Insane FC average, but fails at A team level with the once in a blue moon decent score (4th innings 80 odd vs RSA A).

Yes the India A unofficial test was zol's FC debut, and yes he did flop in the u19 World Cup where he was touted much like chand, though he's hit a purple patch of form in recent u19 matches.

You are right about rahane, had been insane in domestic FC cricket (don't think his recent season was as prolific, he was averaging high 60s and now its dropped to low 60s) but struggled at the higher levels.

al Furqaan
September 11, 2013, 11:03 AM
Yes the India A unofficial test was zol's FC debut, and yes he did flop in the u19 World Cup where he was touted much like chand, though he's hit a purple patch of form in recent u19 matches.

You are right about rahane, had been insane in domestic FC cricket (don't think his recent season was as prolific, he was averaging high 60s and now its dropped to low 60s) but struggled at the higher levels.

Just goes to show you how much A team and international cricket is important in conjunction with domestic stats and not domestic stats alone. Most cricket fans don't get a chance to see the domestic stars with their own eyes, especially those of us who live abroad.

All the more reason why a guy like Anamul who has hit a century against WI in a real ODI should be persisted with for an extended run. As opposed to a guy like Kayes who had his run.

Also centuries against Associate sides shouldn't be cited as reason enough for a player being ready or worthy. Again depends on context. Aftab hitting a ton vs Ireland would't prove much, but Soumya hitting one against Afghanistan would.

Just my 2 cents.

Gowza
September 11, 2013, 05:02 PM
Just goes to show you how much A team and international cricket is important in conjunction with domestic stats and not domestic stats alone. Most cricket fans don't get a chance to see the domestic stars with their own eyes, especially those of us who live abroad.

All the more reason why a guy like Anamul who has hit a century against WI in a real ODI should be persisted with for an extended run. As opposed to a guy like Kayes who had his run.

Also centuries against Associate sides shouldn't be cited as reason enough for a player being ready or worthy. Again depends on context. Aftab hitting a ton vs Ireland would't prove much, but Soumya hitting one against Afghanistan would.

Just my 2 cents.

yes A team and international cricket is also important, but i think for BD it's a bit different in that in some cases it might be worth giving some players in BD a more extended run in A team cricket than say an aussie or south african in A team cricket etc. given the standard of BD domestic cricket, the adjustment is greater and a bigger learning curve than for other nations so players may need more time to adjust and step up.

india have done it with rahane, you really have to go on a case by case basis as you explained with the aftab/soumya.

Gowza
November 16, 2013, 10:28 PM
hot run of form for the youngsters. baba recently scored 2 double tons, samson also scored a double ton recently and zol just got one as well.

koushik
December 26, 2013, 07:48 AM
Pujara & kohli showing their class in SA
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Faisal
December 26, 2013, 12:26 PM
Kohli is world class, no doubt, couple of more youngster getting there, indian batting seems to be very strong.