Rao makes way for Kaif

He reminds me of Pravin Amre and my dad thinks he looks a bit like Nagarjuna Akkineni (Nag's fans might vehemently disagree). But, it doesn't really matter what I or my dad feel about him - the important thing is what young Venugopal Rao feels about himself after being dropped for the final two games against the Sri Lankans. Three days after being named (along with Dhoni and Raina) by his captain as the future of Indian cricket, he finds himself out of the team making way for the fit-again Mohammad Kaif.

He walked into bat yesterday in the 37th over with the stage well set for India to post a 320+ total. He didnt waste much time, tried to give Maharoof the charge and holed out to the fielder in the deep - his dismissal (along with Raina's) was instrumental in India not reaching 300. Later in the evening, he picked up two good catches in the slips and celebrated them both in style. It seemed like a routine day at work, but the people who met in the midnight selection meeting had no favours for him. The real problem for him was not with his own performance - it lay in the fact that Mohammad Kaif had to be brought in at any cost and that the mostly likely player in the squad for Kaif to replace happened to score a chanceless century today. With Gambhir showing today that he is mentally a few notches up above the likes of Rao, the selectors had no other choice left.

I'm sure Chappell and Dravid would have spoken to him about the reasons for letting him go and would have told him that he is very much in their scheme of things. It is important for Rao to stay focussed and keep the negative thoughts out - it might help having a chat with VVS about being eternally positive.. and it might even help watching a few Nagarjuna movies (OK.. I dont really know how that would help, but still..).

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Blogger sheryl 3:09 AM

u knw wat even i feel rao looks like nagarjuna..lolzzz    



Blogger Chetan 6:43 AM

Talking to Laxman, not a good idea - ask him to talk to Mohinder Amarnath.

Laxman will probably teach him how to manipulate media, not how to earn his place in the team.

I don't remember a south zone Newspaper ever saying it was unfair to drop a Mumbai / Delhi batsman who scored 5 matches ago.

However the same newspapers insist that we should keep South-Indian VVS (Very Very Selfish) Laxman in the Indian team during 2005 because of the 281 he got in 2001 !

Though the write-ups are probably paid for by Laxman himself, they have no later performances of value to mention.    



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