Thursday, June 14, 2007

Non-stop merry-go-round

I'm looking forward to seeing the newcomers in action in England. Not much to look forward to, though, because the only new faces are Rohit Sharma in the ODIs and Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose in the Tests. Rohit, being a middle order bat, is unlikely to get a game unless somebody gets injured. So that's that. Ishant and Ranadeb have more of an opportunity and they might grab it too in the favourable English conditions for swing bowlers. Maybe that's why the selectors thought it would be pointless blooding a young batsman like Rohit Sharma in Test cricket. But then it was at Lord's that Sourav Ganguly established his place in the Indian team with a century, and Rahul Dravid almost got one on debut in the same match. Of course, thay had had a few years of success in domestic cricket before that. Pity we have no new batsman to project on the England tour this time, and this is symptomatic of the mismanagement and decline of Indian cricket. We keep going round and round and the same players keep getting dropped and coming back: Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, Ajit Agarkar, VVS Laxman...

4 comments:

Chandan said...

Test squad is pretty settled and we don't have a vacancy for any new MO batsman. If any of the 4 stalwarts are unable to play due to any reason, we have Yuvraj to step up!

And I hope that Rohit Sharma gets a chance in ODIs. We dearly need that!

Sumit Chakraberty said...

That's why I think one of the stalwarts, either Dravid or Tendulkar, should open so that we can start grooming a new middle order bat. How many years has it been since we've seen one in Tests?

Sumit Chakraberty said...

Why Sachin and Dravid should open

Chandan said...

I don't agree that they should open! We've to groom an opener for the future too. And they should be left doing what they do the best, ie, bat in MO.

Had Chappell/Dravid not pushed Sachin into MO in ODIs, our performance might have been different.

And they SHOULD NOT be moved around to create a vacacy in the MO. If India has a worthy opener he should step up.

Or if a MO batsman challeges any of these batsmen, he should step up too.