Irani Trophy Preview - Rest of India

The "Rest of India" Team: (final twelve) Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Venugopala Rao, Dheeraj Jadhav, Suresh Raina, Neeraj Patel, Parthiv Patel, Ramesh Powar, R. Ramkumar, Amit Bhandari, R.P. Singh, S. Sreesanth and Ranadeb Bose.

It is likely that one of the four fast bowlers (Bhandari, RP Singh, Sreesanth and Bose) would be left out of the final XI. I think it would have been a better ploy to play Vikram Rajvir Singh in the final XI. He is the fastest bowler in the domestic circuit and this would have been an ideal platform to blood someone like him. He might get a chance to play in the Challenger ODI series, but someone with such raw pace is better suited for the longer version of the game. I haven't seen him in action, but this is what Sid Vaidyanathan (cricinfo) had to say after seeing him in action in the Ranji Trophy earlier this year.
Put Parthiv Patel's face on Zaheer Khan's body, add a couple of more inches in height, lengthen the run-up by a few yards, run in with a rhythmic action that gathers momentum with every step - hands moving like efficient pistons - deliver with an open-chested action and let out a mighty groan when the ball whizzes past the batsman's shoulder and you have done a perfect imitation of VRV's routine.

Shikar Dhawan (the player of the tournament in the last under-19 world cup) and Robin Uthappa are the other two who have been left out of the final twelve. Both of them are exciting opening batsmen but they would have to wait for their turn. Gautam Gambhir is currently doing a great job as Sehwag's partner and Dheeraj Jadhav is deservedly the first in line. For Venugopal Rao, who had a disastrous Zimbabwe tour, this would be a great chance to redeem himself. It might take a while for Suresh Raina to make it into the Test squad, but he would be looking to use this game to further his ODI chances. Parthiv Patel has his hands full - he is up against some really quality keepers and he knows that he has to not only keep well but also score strongly to make any sort of impression. Ramesh Powar gets one more chance. Middle order batsman Neeraj Patel and left-arm spinner Ram Kumar have had a good domestic season and they have got nothing to lose.

Inspite of the lack of big names on either side, there would be many people checking out the scores in this evenly contested game. This is the first game of the domestic season and whoever makes an impression in this game would be the first to get a look in by the selectors.

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Blogger Nag 12:59 AM

dear vishnu,

It's nice to see some one writing about the Indian domestic cricket also. I also read the other posts by you. You do write well. Keep up the good work!

BTW, why don't you visit "prempanix.blogspot.com" and participate in the online discussions!

take care,
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Blogger vishnupavan 3:10 PM

Nag, Thanks for the kind words.. I do visit Prem's blog quite often -- the discussions there are real fun..    



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