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Ravindra Jadeja has made his way back into the Indian test team

Ravindra Jadeja has made his way back into the Indian test team.

He has been rewarded for his good form in domestic Cricket as he has been named in the squad for the upcoming Mandela-Gandhi test series.

With Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri quite insistent on the fact that they would play with 5 bowlers, the inclusion of somebody like Jadeja was always on the cards for he is exactly the kind of player you want to have in the XI in Indian conditions.

Not only does he provide you a lot with the ball, he is not bad with the bat either.

Yes, so far in his test career, he has failed to make any big contribution as a batsman, but, most of his test matches he has played overseas and on those pitches, his game has limitations.

However, on the slow pitches in India, he is a handy bat and a fine, fine bowler especially on the 4th and 5th day when the wear and tear on the pitch starts helping the ball spin.

Jadeja had last played a test match for India on the England tour last year. Thereafter, he was retained for the Australia tour as well and he had even travelled with the team to Down Under, but, he had to head back home before the start of the second test to receive treatment on shoulder injury.

Later, the selectors opted not to pick him for the One off test played in Bangladesh and went with Harbhajan Singh instead. (more…)

MS Dhoni and the Indian team management have not yet decided to have a look at the young Gurkeerat Mann

It’s quite surprising that MS Dhoni and the Indian team management have not yet decided to have a look at the young Gurkeerat Mann even after the repeated failures of the lower middle order in the series against South Africa.

Mann is a batting all rounder who is a decent finisher and can bowl a bit of off spin.

Often in this series, India has had to suffer because of the lack of depth in batting.

Mann is probably someone whom the team requires at no. 7 at this point in time as he is a multi dimensional player and has got different gears in his batting.

Although, bowling wise, he is a work in progress and he still can’t be considered a 10-over bowler, but, he is making regular improvements.

Playing for the “A” team recently, he bowled some decent spells.

Currently, it’s Axar Patel who is occupying the no. 7 slot for India, but, that looks one position too high for him.

Yes, he is no mug with the bat and can play some big shots, but, you still can’t call him an all rounder.

He was tipped to be the ideal replacement for Ravindra Jadeja and while, in bowling, he has shown he is as good as his state mate, he doesn’t seem to possess the same sort of quality in batting as Jadeja. (more…)

Amit Mishra has managed to get his test career back on track

Amit Mishra has managed to get his test career back on track with a good showing in the test series against Sri Lanka.

He got a total of 15 wickets in the three test matches and played a huge role in India winning the series.

Not only did he make contributions with the ball, Mishra played a couple of key knocks as well for India in the decider which had taken place at Sinhalese Sports Club.

Had it not been for Mishra’s first innings partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara in that game, India would probably not have been able to post a competitive total and who knows what would have happened in that case?

Sri Lanka lost that game only by 100 odd runs. So, if that hundred run partnership had not been there and India had been bowled out below 200 in the first innings, it probably would have been a different ball game.

Mishra actually showed such good form with the bat throughout the series that in the second innings at SSC, he was sent ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin, who is considered an all rounder, to bat at no. 8.

However, more than the batting, it was Mishra’s bowling which was under the microscope. (more…)

The wicketkeeper’s slot in the Indian test team is up for grabs now

After the retirement of MS Dhoni, the wicketkeeper’s slot in the Indian test team is up for grabs now.

Currently, Wriddhiman Saha looks to be the first choice man, but, by no means is he a certainty.

Saha was actually the back up for Dhoni on the Australia tour and he got to play a couple of games there.

One game i.e. the Adelaide test match, Saha had to play anyway as the team management did not want to risk Dhoni’s finger considering the World Cup that had to follow.

But, the second one he played only because Dhoni decided to retire mid way through the series.

His performance with the bat in neither of the games was extraordinary.

There were not too many blemishes behind the stumps, but, these days, the wicketkeepers are not judged by their glove work solely.

You have got to score runs too to establish yourself as a wicketkeeper in any test team in the World.

So, that would be the challenge for Saha in the test series against Bangladesh and South Africa if he gets picked.

Many reckon he might have got brilliant wicket keeping skills, but, he is perhaps not as good with the bat as some of the other wicketkeepers in the country are. (more…)