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  • Subramaniam Badrinath

    3 4.05%
  • Cheteshwar Pujara

    30 40.54%
  • Virat Kohli

    33 44.59%
  • Rohit Sharma

    1 1.35%
  • Suresh Raina

    1 1.35%
  • Saurabh Tiwary

    0 0%
  • Murali Vijay

    1 1.35%
  • Ajinkya Rahane

    3 4.05%
  • Abhinav Mukund

    0 0%
  • Manish Pandey

    1 1.35%
  • Manoj Tiwary

    1 1.35%
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Thread: India's Upcoming Batsman - How do you rate them?

  1. #166
    International Debutant Salamuddin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    Is Dhoni really that inadequate at no 7 outside the SC? Honestly, India are gonna need all their bowlers and all their batsmen, pick six batsmen, 4 bowlers and Dhoni to keep, specialists doing their job is what will win you matches IMO
    Dhoni's poorness away from home is a bit exaggerated IMO. He averages 31 in SA which is respectable for a subcontinental wicketkeeper.
    Having that said, I do agree that batting him higher than 7 would be folly.

    India don't really have a batting allrounder - selectors don't seem that keen on Abhishek Nayar for some reason.

    Given that, its pretty obvious their best side for SA is
    Dhawan
    Vijay
    Puj
    KOhli
    Rohit
    Rahane
    Dhoni
    Ashwin
    Zak
    Shami
    Umesh

    Don't quite get the BHuvnesh KUmar love. He's a decent option for ODIs/T20s but I just can't see him being a consistent wicket taking threat against good batting lineups in tests
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    Nah, Bhuvi has done enough easily to at least get a go in SA, any bowler who can move the ball both ways can be a threat to any batsman, he has shown good control over his career as well. Not only this but he can hold a bat, so I think he must play tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by centurymaker View Post
    They deliberately made flat pitches and played weaker bowlers during that tour. It is not indicative of anything.
    Even flat SA pitches have pace and bounce. India struggled even on flat, fast, bouncy pitches in Australia and England during 0-8. The second test was clearly not on a road. Rahane and Saha's performances were impressive. And look at who SA had bowling...those guys are pretty good in domestic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    I would straight up get Gambhir back in for Vijay. Even when Gambhir got dropped it very much felt like they'd dropped him due to extended poor form so he could get his game together away from international cricket, rather than dropping him because they thought he was finished (ala Zaheer, Sehwag and Harbhajan). Definitely one of India's best six batsmen IMO.
    What about the 'batsmen getting a chance to fail' stance of yours when players who haven't done too much wrong are concerned?


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    Opening is the big problem for India. Some have suggested moving Pujara up. I don't want to move him because his runs at 3 are also critical.
    Have they got any old domestic play with decent technique who could grind out 25 (100) relatively consistently? Or do those guys not exist in India.
    Probably bringing back Gambhir would be the right choice. Vijay doesn't stand a chance.

    Dhawan
    Gambhir
    Pujara
    Rahane
    Kohli
    Sharma
    Dhoni
    Bhuvi
    Shami
    Zak (must play if fit, IMO)
    Ojha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shri View Post
    What about the 'batsmen getting a chance to fail' stance of yours when players who haven't done too much wrong are concerned?
    that would be fine if that had been the selectors' policy all along but they dropped Ojha after he was the best player vs England and then brought him back even though Jadeja had done well.

    They're doing horses for course. It's unfair but that's the way they're operating.

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    Ya not too confident about Vijay as an opener. Hopefully Gambhir can get back in to some semblance of form and can compete with Vijay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    Opening is the big problem for India. Some have suggested moving Pujara up. I don't want to move him because his runs at 3 are also critical.
    Have they got any old domestic play with decent technique who could grind out 25 (100) relatively consistently? Or do those guys not exist in India.
    Probably bringing back Gambhir would be the right choice. Vijay doesn't stand a chance.

    Dhawan
    Gambhir
    Pujara
    Rahane
    Kohli
    Sharma
    Dhoni
    Bhuvi
    Shami
    Zak (must play if fit, IMO)
    Ojha
    Wasim Jaffer

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    yeah, wouldn't be opposed to him coming back either. I quite liked him. Did a job, did it well.

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    whoever you play, steyn and co will not spare the openers at the bare minimum. It's matter of having someone who can at least see out some of the new ball period.
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    Jaffer had a really good domestic season last year as well iirc, but he didn't impress me at all when I saw him in Aus in 2007/8, has he improved?

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    Rohit Sharma is the most impressive for mine. The guy has oozed class from the first time I saw him bat. Was gob-smacked to learn he only just made his Test debut in this latest series in spite of the strong competition for places. As impressive as Kohli is, Sharma to me looks a more complete batsman.

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    I agree. Playing Jadeja in SA would not be a successful ploy. 6 bats, 3 pacers, and Ojha. If Jadeja is to be played, then play 3 pacers and Ashwin.

    Without Jadeja: Dhawan | Vijay | Pujara | Kohli } Rohit | Rahane | Dhoni | Bhuvi | Shami | Ojha | Umesh/Zak
    With Jadeja: Dhawan | Pujara | Kohli | Rohit | Rahane | Dhoni | Jadeja | Ashwin | Bhuvi | Shami | Umesh/Zak

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    Haha, Just noticed I'm the only one to have voted for Sharma 2 and 1/2 years ago Early days, but who knows how good his test record may end up.

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    He'll be a gun at the longer form.

    Going to be so many photos of Kohli and Sharma fist pumping in the middle of the pitch for years to come.

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