Rohan Gavaskar remains the periphery man

Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Birmingham:Rohan Gavaskar's career is going no where despite two seasons in the Indian dressing room and the general opinion is that the left-hander is a steady influence with both the bat and ball.

The Bengal captain and son of legendary Sunil Gavaskar, Rohan immediately caught attention in Australia last season with his compact methods but two seasons down the line, he remains the "periphery man" of Indian cricket.

Chosen as the 15th player of Indian squad for the tri-series in Holland and the NatWest Challenge in England, Rohan has been further accommodated in the Champions Trophy in the absence of an injured Sachin Tendulkar but he remains an "extra player" as far as the playing eleven is concerned.

His 10 matches have produced only 138 runs at 19.71 and his solitary wicket has come at an embarrassing average of 74.00 but here is a clear case of figures not telling the entire picture.

He played in six league games in Australia and had a high of 54 in the Adelaide game against the world champions. He was also extremely impressive with his left-arm spin and conceded only 56 against the power-packed bats of the Aussies.

Yet, he was ignored when India toured Pakistan earlier this year and then the rain and the combination of poor luck has dogged his progress on this European tour.

He has batted in only three of the four games he has played on this European tour and has either been hemmed in by an abnormally high asking rate or been out to a freak dismissal in the field.

"When I came in against Pakistan (in Holland), we were chasing an asking rate of eight an over which soon climbed to 10 an over," said Rohan.

"Then against England (in Trent Bridge), I had settled in nicely for my 20 runs before (Paul) Collingwood at point took that astonishing catch."

Rohan again got that little start against England at the Oval before he hit a return catch to Ashley Giles -- again a case of impossibly high climbing rate which overwhelmed his innings.

Since then, he has cooled his heels -- first in the Lord's game and then against Kenya in the Champions Trophy as young wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was preferred ahead of him.

Clearly, Rohan has not been able to stake his claims as the seventh batsman of the team nor his left-arm spin is seen as an essential ingredient for the team.

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