Young Turks...

Published: Monday, December 31, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Robin UthappaA new crop of players enriching Indian cricket.  These young, talented, audacious and fearless cricketers have given the selectors a 'happy headache' in picking up the squads.

T20 World triumph proved Team India's healthy bench strength. It is for the first time our selectors are facing a problem of plenty in both batting and bowling departments.

In batting: we have Rohit Sharma, a strokemaker is a revelation in T20 World Cup. The swashbuckling Robin Uthappa, who can don the opener's role. Stylish southpaw from Uttar Pradesh Suresh Raina, a find of Guru Greg who drafted him into the squad bit early, is more matured and is ready for big stage. Raina, aggressive bat and an athletic fielder fits perfectly into the ODI squad. Then we have Manoj Tiwary like Cheteshwara Pujara (Saurashtra), a prolific run-getter in the domestic last season, is blessed with a fine timing, sound technique and right temperament needed for big games. He along with Raina can be an asset in top-order.

K B Pawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli Prashant Naik, M Vijay are some of the young and massivly promising batsmen waiting in the wing.

Likewise in bowling we have Piyush Chawla a leggie in classical mould and can also bat with some reputation. Left-arm spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ismail Abdullah have in them to make it to India squad in longer version of the game. Right-arm paceman Pankaj Singh, who along with other rookie Ishanth Sharma, found place in India squad bound Australia owing to injuries to regulars Sreesanth and Munaf.

Both young and tall bowl to a tidy line and length with good pace and exploit their height to get that extra bounce. Also watch out for the other young seamers like Vinay Kumar, VRV, Jobanputra-a  left-arm seamer from Saurashtra who made a significant strides this season. The good thing about new crop of players is most of them hail from non-cricketing centers.


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