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KL Rahul's injury exposes poor coordination between selectors and team management

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https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/ind-vs-nz-1st-test-kl-rahul-injury-exposes-poor-coordination-between-selectors-and-team-management-1290738

 

 In the absence of Vihari in a home test you could pick so many guys who have been slogging in domestic. But we went with SKY whose domestic average is 39. When we tour overseas we have very little option but to use the ones that we have like we  did with Sundar/Natrajan in Australia. But when you are at home shouldn't they reward players who have more consistency in domestic? Shouldn't guys like Sarfraz khan be in the reckoning.  24 year old averaging 66.50. A flop in limited over games. But he has a decent start to his FC career. There may be more names that don't know.  Basically SKY earned his selection through IPL -> T20

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9 minutes ago, vvvslaxman said:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/ind-vs-nz-1st-test-kl-rahul-injury-exposes-poor-coordination-between-selectors-and-team-management-1290738

 

 In the absence of Vihari in a home test you could pick so many guys who have been slogging in domestic. But we went with SKY whose domestic average is 39. When we tour overseas we have very little option but to use the ones that we have like we  did with Sundar/Natrajan in Australia. But when you are at home shouldn't they reward players who have more consistency in domestic? Shouldn't guys like Sarfraz khan be in the reckoning.  24 year old averaging 66.50. A flop in limited over games. But he has a decent start to his FC career. There may be more names that don't know.  Basically SKY earned his selection through IPL -> T20

thats what i always said. india dont even pick our best players. 

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15 minutes ago, vvvslaxman said:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/ind-vs-nz-1st-test-kl-rahul-injury-exposes-poor-coordination-between-selectors-and-team-management-1290738

 

 In the absence of Vihari in a home test you could pick so many guys who have been slogging in domestic. But we went with SKY whose domestic average is 39. When we tour overseas we have very little option but to use the ones that we have like we  did with Sundar/Natrajan in Australia. But when you are at home shouldn't they reward players who have more consistency in domestic? Shouldn't guys like Sarfraz khan be in the reckoning.  24 year old averaging 66.50. A flop in limited over games. But he has a decent start to his FC career. There may be more names that don't know.  Basically SKY earned his selection through IPL -> T20

FC average of 44 and not 39. Scored 500+@56 in the last Ranji Trophy in 2019-20. Plus he has shown the right temperament for International cricket in the games he has played. Not exactly the worst choice.

 

Sarfaraz Khan is fat and looks unfit, needs to grind out for India A before being picked for the Test squad.

 

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Still persisting with Rahane and Pujara is lunacy, in any other sport these kind of returns would see you axed:

 

The other two, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane, you have to believe, must be under some pressure. Rahane is averaging under 25 over the last 15 Tests with one century. At home, he has averaged 18.66 in four Tests in this period. Pujara is averaging under 29 over his last 22 Tests and he hasn't scored a century. His average of 32.25 in nine home Tests in this period is a cause for concern.

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3 hours ago, sensible-indian said:

There is no clear process.

I actually think there is a retarded one: keep have beens like Rahane and add all format players, which means use ODI/T20 success for tests.

 

If someone in the committee mentions the word specialization they will be lynched or buried alive. 

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3 hours ago, vvvslaxman said:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/ind-vs-nz-1st-test-kl-rahul-injury-exposes-poor-coordination-between-selectors-and-team-management-1290738

 

 In the absence of Vihari in a home test you could pick so many guys who have been slogging in domestic. But we went with SKY whose domestic average is 39. When we tour overseas we have very little option but to use the ones that we have like we  did with Sundar/Natrajan in Australia. But when you are at home shouldn't they reward players who have more consistency in domestic? Shouldn't guys like Sarfraz khan be in the reckoning.  24 year old averaging 66.50. A flop in limited over games. But he has a decent start to his FC career. There may be more names that don't know.  Basically SKY earned his selection through IPL -> T20

vihari is the long term pujara replacement but i can't remember when he last played a test at home. rahuls injury is a shame as he could have used a strong series at home to cement his comeback after a good England tour. 

Sky and iyer type players won't be the first name to come to mind when you want someone to be given a chance in red ball cricket but they seem the types to have the temperament to still make it work, especially if guys like Thakur and Sundar did well in a tough tour abroad. Our batting stocks in general are not great atm.

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Why exactly has SKY been labelled as a white ball specialist? One of the genuine middle order bats, who regularly plays at number 5 or 6 for Mumbai, has done multiple rescue acts for them and has a respectable FC batting average of 44. Such players will not have 50+ FC averages due to the position they bat at. Normally our test batting units have had 4 players batting at 3/4 for their Ranji sides bat at number 3-6 for the Test squad. 

 

Also, one lament many posters on this forum have had is the slow scoring rate of our batsmen giving an upper hand to the opposition. Iyer has a FC SR of 80+ (and a FC batting average of 51) and  and SKY's FC SR is 62 (scored 500+ runs in his last Ranji season @56 and a SR of 95). 

 

I actually like that the selectors are being bold in their selection (except for being harsh on Vihari when he deserved a proper run).

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2 hours ago, rollingstoned said:

vihari is the long term pujara replacement but i can't remember when he last played a test at home. rahuls injury is a shame as he could have used a strong series at home to cement his comeback after a good England tour. 

Sky and iyer type players won't be the first name to come to mind when you want someone to be given a chance in red ball cricket but they seem the types to have the temperament to still make it work, especially if guys like Thakur and Sundar did well in a tough tour abroad. Our batting stocks in general are not great atm.

 

Vihari is no spring chicken, he's 29 next year. His career has been handled badly.

 

If he doesn't get to play now then can see him being discarded, however unfairly, for other younger emerging players.

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