Thursday, October 2, 2008

Indian Young Cricketers

Indian young cricket players are proving their mettle. Raina scored a blazing hundred in the first test between India A and NewZealand A. He has been a consistent perofrmer in all forms of the game. His performance in the Asia Cup was match winning. And today it was a splendid performance from the youngsters Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the tour match against Australia. They both made centuries and put their team in a strong position by the end of day-1. Rohit came in when the Indian Board President's XI was in trouble at 59 for 3. Rohit and Kohli added 146 runs for the 5th wicket. They both scored runs at almost the same pace with some fabulous shots all around the ground. Rohit, especially, is very good at playing spinners. A nice feature of his batting is the way he uses his feet against the spinners. His shots off the back foot are simply awesome. Anything short and wide outside the off stump will end up in a boundary. Virat Kohli failed against the Rest of India team in the Irani Trophy. But he came back well and played superbly.

It is clear that the young generation can also play the long format well. Players like Rohit, Badrinath, Kohli and Raina are the future of the Indian cricket in the absence of the fab four. I think these players can replace the fab four if they
  • master their shot selection
  • don't try to play too many shots too early in the innings
  • are able to tackle the pressure situations
  • can be able to play at any position
  • don't hang over in the current success

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