23 September 2008

Yuvi's back OR Will someone show me the method in this madness?

In what is probably the first piece of real good news that Yuvi must have heard since his name was announced for the tour of Australia (getting nominated for a meaningless ICC Award notwithstanding), he has been named captain of the Board President's XI that will take on the Aussies in a four day encounter starting Oct. 2.

Clearly behind Kaif and Badri in the race for a Test spot, it seems that some of us were wrong to conclude that Yuvi was behind Sharma and Raina as well. If Kaif and Badri do not make the most of their opportunity, Yuvi could be back in whites sooner than we expected.

As ever, the selectorial brain continues to excite and befuddle. If his obvious outrageous talent is the reason he was in the scheme of things, then casting him into Test wilderness after two bad matches in OZ was premature. Similarly, if his percieved inadequacy on tough wickets against tough bowlers was the reason he was dropped, he certainly has not demonstrated any great improvement in technique to merit a recall.

And what of those thoughts that flew in the wind - something about a knee surgery to prolong his career?

But I am sure there is great method in this seeming madness.

Others who seemed to have slipped off the radar, but have made the cut for this team include Chopra and Sreesanth.

12 comments:

Ottayan said...

Yuvi certainly has a 'powerful' godfather.

Soulberry said...

That some aspects of the game are covered by his sheer talent is unmistakable, but what about the naked helplessness of the remaining aspects of his game? The selectors appear to believe that flipping the coin repeatedly is sufficient for it to land with the good side up more times than not. Their methods are steeped in the possibilities of probability and yet they have no clue to the fundamentals of that subject when there are only two choices to play with - a child will tell that there is almost equal chance that his unprepared nakedness of game-structure could turn up instead. Or are we all mistaken? Is it the final plank being measured out for Yuvraj's coffin? Let him shine in the odd one or two innings and let him be consumed by the blackwholeness of his failures...this time permanently condensed into a nucleus of history.

Naked Cricket said...

ott - yuvi has more godfathers than Copolla made.

John said...

Who are these godfathers people? Care to enlighten me?

Soulberry, well said!! With Yuvi in Tests, it has certainly become a game of chance.

Ottayan said...

NC,

Can we eliminate the 'fathers'?:)

John,

No idea. It was a rhetorical comment. Probably political as Yograj seems to be well connected.

Buzzz said...

i think right now more than form. yS needs to work on his fitness and attitude. There was never a doubt over his class and batting. he is super gifted and still he can resuccrect his Test career.

John said...

Of course he can, Buzz and I will be the last one to doubt it.
But once it is established that there are flaws that need to be ironed out, is there good reason behind placing him back into the mix without giving him an opportunity to iron them out.

Or is this the opportunity?

Straight Point said...

i think headline of cricinfo got you john...they have done it before and will do countless time in future...

i think they have given him an assurance as well as platform that you are still in radar...

nothing more...nothing less...

Soulberry said...

Sad but true...Yuvi's falling back. If Kohli makes it count now...he'd have sealed Yuvi's fate mostly. Unless Yuvi is given a specific role to play at no.6.

The biggest problem is Yuvi's main role is as a batsman in the longer game...not even a fielder anymore and certainly not a test calss bowler who can bat a bit....he's got to merit selection on that score. Unfortunately all his well-wishers have been yelling that into his ears all along but Kumbhakarna is only just beginning to wake up from his denial.

John said...

For me it is the saddest part of the Indian cricket story in 20 years.

John said...

But somewhere in my head, his story is connected with that other brawny and confident fellow he made his debut with. Zaheer has had a good time the last few years, and so there is no saying what a change in attitude and fitness might bring.

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