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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Test matches - what is India's next gen?

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India starts off a new series against Sri Lanka, trying to gain points and retain their No.1 ranking.

The team contains the veterans - Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar - in the middle order. I am not trying to mention anything about phasing them out of the team here. This post is about identifying who can replace them in the next 1-2 years. From the current prospects who can be groomed for taking over?
  1. Yuvraj Singh - Yes, the same person who made Rahul Dravid open in the test series in Australia. He was expected to take the slot of Sourav Ganguly and make it his own. But, he has flattered to deceive. The lad has not shown much interest in the test match arena and seems to be going down in form in all forms of matches. Can he come back?
  2. Rohit Sharma - classy batsman, who has made a comeback in the ODI arena. Obviously a batsman with the best temperament and technique.
  3. Badrinath - made a good start against the South Africans at home on his debut stint. Needs to work on the short ball. Can definitely be groomed on the 'A' tours for gaining more confidence against the international bowlers.
  4. Cheteshwara Pujara - thanks to his domestic performances, has been hailed by the media as the next Rahul Dravid. Not so great performances in the last 2 seasons pulled him down but his scores in the latest 'A' tour shows him as a good prospect.
  5. Suresh Raina - acclaimed as a future great by Greg Chappell and Wisden but has not been doing anything of note in the longer version.
It is time the selectors give these youngsters ample chances in international cricket wherever possible (stand-byes in senior test series or 'A' tours to Australia, England or South Africa). They need to be ready when the legends say good bye.
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