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Where are the Test Players?

India as a cricket nation has done WELL in the years gone by. Ask yourself the honest question. "Would you rather India have won this England series but not the World Cup?" You can't have everything..

The knives are out. Every Indian fan is shunning the team. Well,
cut them some slack! We won the World Cup.

The question to be asked is whether or not, in the last
three decades, we sought to play our cricket so the game's biggest financial power ever known, a country of 1 billion
who'd divorce their spouses to watch the best game of cricket, win the elusive World Cup title. Now, that's 50-over cricket. We styled our cricket on young bloodhounds, hungry for attack. Our TRDW (Talent
Research Development Wing) of the BCCI scouted for such players. And got them.

Picture this, one of the talent scouts back in 2003 spotted a
young player in the Eastern part of the country and described him to chairmen
of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar as a "hard hitting match winner."
Vengsarkar gave his approval and the long haired boy from Jharkhand was blooded
in as a wicket-keeper batsman.

The stocky 'boy' first justified his selection fully when under him
India won the 2007 T20World Cup. Well, this is just one of the stories of
aggressive players bred for India. Now, suddenly an England tour, notably
against a top opposition, castles them.

Hey, how about a change of player-breeding pattern for particular
formats? After all, we have such a vast pool. Well, the expression 'horses for
courses' is now cliched though very true and was first famously muttered by an
England manager. It meant playing players on particular turfs, like for
instance, a spinner on a turning track, or for that matter adding an extra
batsman when it was felt necessary. We need to apply this for various formats
of the game perhaps.

While, all teams field supposedly separate sides for Tests, ODIs
and T20s, the five or six who play two or all formats for India are enormously
taxed in schedule. Money spinning India just can't afford to have a rest period
for its audiences. Just imagine the mental strain a Dhoni or a Tendulkar goes

A revolutionary idea, though it is, maybe we can rest several
players, by rotation, on different Test tours. Against England in England and
with this English team, we should have had our best guys on. Whereas poor old
Zak is injured, Nehra just not ready, Harbhajan back at the NCA in Bengaluru or
in Punjab listening to old folk songs. Did we as an audience fail them? We keep
asking for them to be seen on our TV sets. So do the advertisement and
marketing companies.

Maybe a complete segregation of India cricket teams of various
formats is needed not just for the rest for key players but also to breed
another lot that only plays Test cricket and allows them time to develop.Cheteshwar Pujara is an ideal 'horse' for a Test 'course'

With a 0-4 drubbing, do we have the resolve to allow for more time
and more failures? Maybe it's worth thinking about. I know that the moment I
write this, the comments are going to come thick and fast against this theory,
along with opinions of so and so player "should have been picked"
considering "so and so". :)

Agreed, everybody may have their valid points, but my question is
"Are we missing the larger picture." Can we have a grand plan that
helps generations of our cricketers succeed? Maybe it takes too much pain to
see Dhoni, Tendulkar, Raina rested in a single series? No pain, no gain?


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white washed..:(
redrohit on 23 Sep 2011, 05:23 AM
Its very bad performance ever I have seen
shashi-kumar2 on 21 Sep 2011, 08:07 PM
we are white washed bt well show them wt we are and becom no1 once again
Deepakkyashwar on 21 Sep 2011, 06:55 AM
we are not up to the mark..
redrohit on 20 Sep 2011, 02:38 AM
india is still the best team for me
mohamedfasiahmed on 18 Sep 2011, 11:10 PM
What is happening in indian team no one is performing upto their standards...
shashi-kumar2 on 14 Sep 2011, 08:06 PM
oh !
adnan10zaf on 14 Sep 2011, 09:50 AM
We lost to england very badly
shashi-kumar2 on 05 Sep 2011, 07:52 PM
its a game its not that u will win every time every day is not a sunday just hope that india will do well in ODI
jinendra on 04 Sep 2011, 09:02 PM
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Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji was an Indian who played for the English cricket teamThe British brought cricket to India in the early 1700s, with the first cricket match played in 1721.[13] In 1848, the Parsi community in Bombay formed the Oriental Cricket Club, the first cricket club to be established by Indians. After slow beginnings, the Europeans eventually invited the Parsis to play a match in 1877.[14] By 1912, the Parsis,Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims of Bombay played a quadrangular tournament with the Europeans every year.[14] In the early 1900s, some Indians went on to play for the English cricket team. Some of these, such as Ranjitsinhji and KS Duleepsinhji were greatly appreciated by the British and their names went on to be used for the Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy- two major first class tournaments in India. In 1911, an Indian team went on their first official tour of England, but only played English county teams and not the English cricket team.[15] India was invited into The Imperial Cricket Council in 1926 and made its debut as a Test-cricket-playing-nation in 1932 led by CK Nayudu.[16] The match was given Test status despite being only 3 days in length. The team was not strong in its batting at this point and went on to lose by 158 runs.[17] The Indian team continued to improve throughout the 1930s and '40s but did not achieve an international victory during this period. The team's first series as an independent country was in 1948 against Sir Donald Bradman's Invincibles (a name given to the Australian cricket team of that time). Australia won the five-match series, 4–0.[18
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