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    Well-rounded package, but he's neither set the runs charts nor wickets tally on fire this season. He's been balanced, but that's it. Fitness may not be up to the mark. What really may break the deal is a murmur or whisper that he's fudged his age all along- something broken out by a senior cricket journalist, though hinted subtlely, and eventually a few fans spent enough time to decide. If he's in form with the ball and bat, and does well on the field, he'll be an ideal middle-overs batsman at seven, but we don't know much about his age and fitness.
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    Bengal wins the Vijay Hazare Trophy. No one noticed.

    Saha seems a winner in the battle of the keeper-batsmen, but Karthik's superior strike rate and past India experience should put him slightly ahead at times. You now have options beyond MS Dhoni, who can at the very least take a break and recuperate, and beyond Parthiv Patel, who's not good enough.

    With Yusuf Pathan as the preferred batting all-rounder and Ravindra Jadeja (still, somehow) India's 'best' all-rounder, Laxmi Ratan Shukla didn't stop short of proving a point. Already with a century in one game and four wickets in another, he's done both in the finals, winning the game almost single-handedly for Bengal. He scores on so many points, including fielding, it makes sense to include him in India's first XI without a second thought- like IPL credentials and powerful hitting made it for Yusuf Pathan and Dhoni's unflinching faith and also an age certificate made it for Jadeja. What's stopping the selectors? Maybe he doesn't play for Saurashtra? Really.

    Anustup Majumdar has also had a good tournament. Also in the top ten run-getters with Bengal teammates Shukla and Saha, he may be a bit far from an India call-up, but India A it is.

    Bowling charts are populated by perennial extras and newcomers, so you can't make much out of this, except IPL teams. Top-rated bowlers, though, struggled, notably Dhawal Kulkarni, who had a dream debut season, but fell away since.

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    It's West vs North in the Deodhar Trophy. But who's watching? Or rather, who's in the team to make you watch?

    Parthiv Patel scored 78, until he was out. Rahane and Pujara are going strong here. West have lost a single wicket and are over 200. Live score on the BCCI site, but there's no streaming video.

    So far, Harbhajan still struggles with the ball. It's time to set him aside for a longer term, though the paucity of spin options doesn't help. Chawla's been better, and got more runs, but his age is still a controversy- maybe selectors have taken note of that senior journalist's observation?

    Iqbal Abdulla has made a strong case for a promotion to the national side. Nearly fifty OD games, a very, very impressive strike rate and decent economy. He can also score a few runs, and is good on the field.

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    West Zone wins the Deodhar trophy. Rahane scored a ton, Jadhav scored a quickfire 67 and Pujara scored 71. Pujara seems to be getting into form with his last 4 scores being 32, 80, 70, 71. For a guy who is considered as a test prospect, Pujara has a great List A record with an average of 52.28.

    Munaf Patel and Iqbal abdullah picked up 4-4 wickets. Considering our seam bowling performance in ODI's this year, Munaf should be considering getting a recall in ODI squad.


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    The IPL's poor cousin, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, got some support from Harbhajan Singh and Rajat Bhatia. Harbhajan says this event is by no means small, as it gives the entire domestic player base a chance to perform and excel, which the foreigner-centric IPL doesn't. It is a good chance for these blokes to impress the selectors in the lead-up to the World T20, and both players and selectors need to take it seriously. Rajat Bhatia, who scored a century against Railways and then took two wickets to win the game, said he wants more India regulars, including all his Delhi teammates, to appear in this event, so that there is some star power in this event to make it relevant for players, fans and officials alike. Both talk sense.

    The knockouts are being played in Mumbai, either in Brabourne, or at the BKC ground. While the BKC is essentially an academy ground, Brabourne performances count for a lot more. So far, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik and Yusuf Pathan are amongst the top scorers, and haven't even played their full quota of matches.
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    West Zone wins the Deodhar trophy. Rahane scored a ton, Jadhav scored a quickfire 67 and Pujara scored 71. Pujara seems to be getting into form with his last 4 scores being 32, 80, 70, 71. For a guy who is considered as a test prospect, Pujara has a great List A record with an average of 52.28...Munaf Patel and Iqbal abdullah picked up 4-4 wickets. Considering our seam bowling performance in ODI's this year, Munaf should be considering getting a recall in ODI squad.
    Pujara has good India-A credentials, but he'll still have to compete with Badrinath (double domestic/reserves experience) and Rahane (wins titles for Mumbai/West). Munaf Patel is nothing special now- he's only medium pace, and will struggle like all the other pacers playing for India. He can't bat or field at all. It's time to move on to Umesh Yadav, and rotate him with Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron, all of whom offer more value per place than Munaf.

    The spin base is in worse shape than the pace stock. Iqbal Abdulla is one of the best limited-overs spinners in India, and should be in ahead of the likes of Jadeja and Rahul Sharma, both of whom are too raw and don't turn th ball much. His fielding and batting are a huge plus- makes sense to pick Abdulla over Jadeja any day.
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    Irfan wins the SMAT final with bat and ball, and clearly, having India players made a difference for both Baroda and Punjab. The best T20 sides made it, and Baroda finally won something. Delhi, though, clearly missed their India players, while Mumbai flopped in their semi.

    Mandeep Singh, Rayudu, Uthappa, Sarul Kanwar for T20Is, surely. Also Ablish and Anand Rajan.

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    Cheteshwar Pujara will lead India A on a tour of the Caribbean in June. West Indies A will host India A for three four-day matches, three one-day matches and two Twenty20s on the tour, which begins in Barbados on June 2.

    Cheteshwar Pujara (capt), Wriddhiman Saha (vice-capt), Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Jalaj Saxena, RP Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Robin Bist, Akshay Darekar, Shami Ahmed
    Batting looks very strong, although bowling still looks weak. Would have loved if Awana got picked instead of RP Singh

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    RP Singh? Ridiculous!
    The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manee View Post
    RP Singh? Ridiculous!
    Seriously WTF selection! On what basis was he picked?? Had a crap domestic season.
    Last edited by nsniks; 27-04-2012 at 12:12 PM.

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