24 April 2008

Abhishek Nayar - the newest Ian Harvey

Like Ian Harvey, the ageing Lance Klusener and Ben Hollioake before him, and perhaps countless county cricketers, Abhishek Nayar seems cut out for the shorter versions of the game. Some time back, I saw snippets of his attacking batsmanship in Mumbai's succesful 2006 Ranji campaign. He looked good, but it was evident that his batting alone, or bowling alone was not enough to vault him into the Indian Test side - certainly not with the surfeit of riches it has now. But in the 20-20 game, he is a potential superstar, and i would place a cricket bet on him dominating this format. He can, like Joginder Sharma, come in and do his bowling in one-over spells, and can pick up a wicket, and there is a good chance he will not get thrammed. As for his batting, he did what the illustrious redneck Saffer predecessor might have done - take the team to the brink of victory with exciting strokes and shovelled singles, and then have a brain explosion to take a single and let Ashish Nehra take strike.


Gaurav Sethi said...

saw the scorecard and never figured this one - think Bhajji got out on 18.5 overs, and then Nehra faced 2 balls for 1 run. now i know. Lanceless innings by Nayar.

Anonymous said...

Liek you I watched him in this Ranji season and he was pretty impressive scoring his runs very fast... I suppose he is one who is in the radar.