Vengsarkar, Rajput told to keep mum about seniors

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Rajkot: BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah on Tuesday cautioned Chairman of the Selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar on making statements to the media about senior players and Team India manager Lalchand Rajput for reacting to them.

"Both should not have made any observations to the media during the ongoing one-dayers against Australia,'' Shah told reporters here.

"We have cautioned them not to make any comments on the issue," he added.

Welcoming the rotation policy, Shah said inclusion of all rounder S Badrinath for the next two matches against Australia, in place of the injured Gautam Gambhir, was due to his recent performances for India A in the test against South Africa, 'A' where he scored a double century.

He said more and more players are performing well and they automatically come into the reckoning. Parthiv Patel, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina and Munaf Patel are doing well. ''The second line of yougsters are ready and as per the rotation policy, their chances are bright'', Shah said.

Dream come true, says elated Badri: ''Playing for India was my dream and it has come true,'' is how stylish batsman Subramaniam Badrinath reacted upon being called to the Indian squad for the ODIs against Australia in place of injured opener Gautam Gambhir.

Speaking to UNI after Rest of India's victory over Mumbai in the Irani Trophy here today, Badrinath said he would join the Indian squad tonight at Vadodara where the fifth ODI will be played on Oct 11.

He said Team India has a better chance to win the remaining ODIs against Australia, after the team's victory in the fourth ODI at Chandigarh.

''Team India players are playing well and have good chance to beat World champions Australia in the series,'' he said.

''I will give my 100 per cent and contribute to the team as much as possible,'' Badrinath said.

Badrinath had made a double century for India 'A' in the Test against South Africa 'A' in Delhi and had shown good performed will performance during the Zimbabwe and Kenya tours.


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