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    Batsmen who could have made it to the Indian test side

    India has the privilege of having some of the best middle order batsmen in test cricket
    for an extended period of time , almost a decade now. Sachin,Dravid,Ganguly and Laxman are hard
    nuts to crack and unless they get injured, they are unlikely to be replaced.
    And that too, the list is confined only to Yuvraj and Kaif.
    Just wanted to discuss who might have been made it to the team had things been otherwise.

    This is my list:
    S Sriram
    Amit Pagnis
    A Muzumdar
    S Sharath
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    Gagan Khoda
    Amol Muzumdar
    Rohan Gavaskar
    Hemang Badani mite have a couple of tests under his belt bbut extremely talented
    Vidyut my cousin has to play

    I think the lieks of sanjay bangar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody_cloudofsm
    Gagan Khoda
    Amol Muzumdar
    Rohan Gavaskar
    Hemang Badani mite have a couple of tests under his belt bbut extremely talented
    Vidyut my cousin has to play

    I think the lieks of sanjay bangar
    badani is very unlucky. It is difficult to understand how players like Kaif are preferred for tests over Badani and Sriram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody_cloudofsm
    Gagan Khoda
    Amol Muzumdar
    Rohan Gavaskar
    Hemang Badani mite have a couple of tests under his belt bbut extremely talented
    Vidyut my cousin has to play

    I think the lieks of sanjay bangar
    Vidyut is very young and he has a long way to go. I am sure he will make it big in ODI if not the tests.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ramkumar_gr
    badani is very unlucky. It is difficult to understand how players like Kaif are preferred for tests over Badani and Sriram.
    Are you serious?

    Firstly for some reason Yuvraj is getting test spots over Kaif (hopefully that changes soon), and secondly, you rate Sriram a better potential test batsman than Kaif? Why?
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    Because Sriram is a better batsman than Kaif, Yuvraj and almost every other batsman we have tried in last 5 years and same cane be said about Amol Majumdar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Are you serious?

    Firstly for some reason Yuvraj is getting test spots over Kaif (hopefully that changes soon), and secondly, you rate Sriram a better potential test batsman than Kaif? Why?
    Well, I'm not so sure that Kaif is so far ahead of all these others contenders (if at all). Sure, he has the right mentality to succeed in Tests and is very determined - but he really hasn't shown his worth to the Test side in the FC game....in fact, his FC average is pretty poor (especially by Indian standards).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasa
    Well, I'm not so sure that Kaif is so far ahead of all these others contenders (if at all). Sure, he has the right mentality to succeed in Tests and is very determined - but he really hasn't shown his worth to the Test side in the FC game....in fact, his FC average is pretty poor (especially by Indian standards).
    Sriram is the best batsman in the current indian domestic circuit and he is definitely better than all mentioned here Kaif, Badani,Rohan(???),Amol Muzumdar,Amit Pagnis and it was a pity he was looked at only as a bits-and-pieces player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Are you serious?

    Firstly for some reason Yuvraj is getting test spots over Kaif (hopefully that changes soon), and secondly, you rate Sriram a better potential test batsman than Kaif? Why?
    That was for the simple reason that Yuvraj is miles ahead of Kaif and he is a true matchwinner and Yuvraj on his day can be spectacular. Kaif never had a field day and no one knows what he can do on his day.

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    Averages don't always tell the whole story. Strauss didn't have the greatest FC average (or so I think) but look at what he has done. Kaif did well last year against Australia when he got the opportunity at 6 in tests and I think he should tried in that position again. I agree that Sriram and perhaps Muzumdar have been very unlucky, but now is not the time to blood them. If Kaif fails, then guys like Sriram, Venugopala Rao etc. can be tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    Averages don't always tell the whole story. Strauss didn't have the greatest FC average (or so I think) but look at what he has done. Kaif did well last year against Australia when he got the opportunity at 6 in tests and I think he should tried in that position again. I agree that Sriram and perhaps Muzumdar have been very unlucky, but now is not the time to blood them. If Kaif fails, then guys like Sriram, Venugopala Rao etc. can be tried.
    Strauss actually had a decent FC average I think...Vaughan didn't though, neither did Tresco (if I remember correctly).

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    Averages don't always tell the whole story. Strauss didn't have the greatest FC average (or so I think) but look at what he has done. Kaif did well last year against Australia when he got the opportunity at 6 in tests and I think he should tried in that position again. I agree that Sriram and perhaps Muzumdar have been very unlucky, but now is not the time to blood them. If Kaif fails, then guys like Sriram, Venugopala Rao etc. can be tried.
    Agreed averages dont tell you the exact story. Also that someone having against his name does not mean everything. I watched the 50 he scored against Aus in Chennai believe me more than half of his runs came through edges. Kaif's selection to the test side ahead of Sriram and Rao is something which i will never agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasa
    Strauss actually had a decent FC average I think...Vaughan didn't though, neither did Tresco (if I remember correctly).
    From memory, Strauss' wasn't all that good in its entirety, but the few seasons before he got picked was much better and deserved selection. Any Englishmen can feel free to correct me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramkumar_gr
    Agreed averages dont tell you the exact story. Also that someone having against his name does not mean everything. I watched the 50 he scored against Aus in Chennai believe me more than half of his runs came through edges. Kaif's selection to the test side ahead of Sriram and Rao is something which i will never agree.
    You are forgetting that he played one of the best knocks of that series at Nagpur on THAT wicket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    You are forgetting that he played one of the best knocks of that series at Nagpur on THAT wicket.
    just look at the number of tests he had played and the good knocks he had come up with. even defied the law of averages.

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