Interesting piece in the TOI a couple of days back. Apparently India played just 69 tests in the 90's, compared to 109 in the 00's. I'd never have guessed, what with the entire world vilifying the BCCI as T20 and ODI hungry monsters. What I'm getting at is, supposing India played those 40 more tests in the 90's instead of all those pointless ODIs, and Tendulkar kept at the rate of a century once every 4 tests, he'd have been on 200 tests and 55 centuries or so by now.
In fact since 2007 when T20 cricket really took off, India has played 31 matches and is second only to England's 37. Team records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru | Cricinfo.com
And yeah, keepers do seem rather weak standing up to the stumps these days. Matt Prior is one of the better ones, somewhat bizarrely, and that's how you know it's a problem. It's difficult of course, but when your side is so spin-heavy you pick a keeper who can do it. It's one area where I feel Gilchrist never got enough credit for his ability.
Prior has improved out of sight, it's unbelievable considering Alec Stewart is his mentor, no offence to Alec but he was anther Batsman first, keeper second.
Prasanna was hideous in the first test, but he batted for a long time which the commentators at the time felt could have impacted his ability to stay low on those low leg side deliveries. I have seen him keep previously and he looks very sharp normally.
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