On the contenders

On the replacements for Sachin, Saurav, Rahul and Laxman

This blogger is as guilty as others are in calling for a change without suggesting alternatives.
Though names like Gambhir, Raina, Rohit, Badri and Yuvraj rolls off everyone’s tongue, it is debatable whether they have shown anything beyond talent and promise.
Also compounding the problem is the fact that none of them bar Yuvraj and Gambhir has ever played a Test. This proves an obstacle when it comes to judging and suggesting alternatives.
However, their one-day performances give a fair indication of their temperament and undoubted talent.
Yet, it is dicey to go by their one-day records (Yuvraj is a good example of why it is foolhardy to do so.) and replace the seniors in one fell swoop.
So how do we learn whether they (the contenders) can bridge the fjord between Tests and ODI’s?
This is where the seniors can do their bit for Indian cricket. They by mutual consent should agree to sit out one Test series. A series of Test matches be it a two or a three Test series, will provide sufficient evidence of say, whether a Rohit is the right replacement for Rahul.
Unfortunately, their reluctance to do so is the cause for so much heart- burn among Indian cricket fans and forcing them to quote the Australian brutal method of showing no mercy.


Blogger Ravindran said...

I told u when he made those 178 runs in warm up match that Yuvaraj will be sorted out. and we saw it happening. There is something abt his failures I am unable to figure out.
Rohit ,Badri and Kohli will be good repalcement for the three usual pitiables sourav laxman and dravid.

30/08/2008, 15:57  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Yuvi is one sorry example of a batsman.

However do you think Rohit and Kohli are ready to take over?

30/08/2008, 16:40  
Blogger Ravindran said...

They seem to have the necessary patience to bat slowly when required. Of the two I find Kohli a much better test prospect.

30/08/2008, 20:43  
Blogger Ottayan said...

I am impressed with Kohli. He is certainly a prospect.

Rohit is going through the horrors.

31/08/2008, 04:33  

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