Did he do enough to merit a recall?

The Indian cricket team starts the three-Test series against New Zealand in Hamilton on March 18.

However, to everyone’s surprise, India's cricket selectors picked Lakshmipathy Balaji for the New Zealand tour, a player who last played a Test match in March 2005 before suffering a career-threatening stress fracture to his back.

I for one, wonder whether Balaji had done anything to merit a recall since his return to active cricket.

Test squad:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt.)

Virender Sehwag (vice-Capt.)

Gautam Gambhir

Rahul Dravid

Sachin Tendulkar

Venkatsai Laxman

Yuvraj Singh

Murali Vijay

Dinesh Karthik

Harbhajan Singh

Amit Mishra

Zaheer Khan

Ishant Sharma

Munaf Patel

Lakshmipathy Balaji

Dhawal Kulkarni.

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Blogger Ravindran said...

Everybody except you and me seem to know the reason behind Balajis inclusion.

13/02/2009, 23:02  
Blogger Soulberry said...

Not according to me, yet.

He moved the ball both ways and perhaps he is India's "secret weapon" in a country which is expected to swing. I'm skeptical at the moment.

14/02/2009, 00:16  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Cheekha bowing to quota?

14/02/2009, 06:37  
Anonymous Lazybug said...

Balaji is not a bad addition at all. I only hope he swings the ball the way he used to.

I am wondering though, what happened to Piyush Chawla?

16/02/2009, 14:42  

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