Vote of confidence for Venugopal Rao

Greg Chappell - "He [Yalaka Venugopal Rao] is a fine youngster with good attitude and he knows that the team is behind him. Unfortunately, twice in two games he got two very good balls."

Good for Rao. The team supports him. He had 2 opportunities to come good at the top of the order and he failed to score on both the occasions. He was done in by an express yorker (off Bond) in his first outing and a beautiful outswinger (off Streak) in the second. Those were only his 2nd and 3rd innings at the international level, but he would know well that getting out to jaffas or not, he is running out of chances. Marvan Atapattu had scores of 0,0,0,1,0,0 in his first 6 innings as a test bastman, but not all of them are as lucky. For someone who was a member of the victorious under-19 Indian squad that won the world cup in 2000, and wants to emulate the same with the senior team, time has now come to grab the opportunity and make it count. If he doesn't, he would soon join the long list of those fine youngsters with good attitude (the likes of Sriram, Badani, Gavaskar Jr, Mongia, Sodhi), who failed to realize their potential at the international level.

One of the main reasons why Yuvi and Kaif continue to be persisted with (inspite of them being inconsistent) series after series is that the players who are supposed to be breathing down their neck have failed to grab their opportunities.

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Blogger worma 9:05 AM

and lets also remember that Yuv was also dropped. he forced his way back.    



Blogger vishnupavan 11:10 AM

Worma, Yeah.. Yuvi did make a strong comeback and so did Saurav... There is no clear yardstick for the selectors to determine who deserves a comeback and who does not.. So it becomes imperative to grab the opportunities when presented and make them count.. If Rao fails to make an impression in the coming games, he would find it really hard to make his way back..    



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