Mumbai, July 4: Is chairman of the national cricket selection panel Krishnamachari Srikkanth guilty of nepotism? That is the question that has been doing the rounds and has raised a lot of eye-brows after his son Srikkanth Anirudha was picked in the squad of Emerging Players set to tour Australia next month.
The Tamil Nadu opener who was earlier included in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings had an ordinary Ranji season, putting up just 251 runs in 9 innings which is nowhere near the best aggregates of the season.
His Overall First Class average stands at 29.45 and being an opener, these numbers just don't cut it. He is generally considered an attacking player and is said to be suited for T20 format. But even here his stats fall short of impressing. With his IPL franchise, CSK his scores are 3, 7,9, 0, 64 and 0.
Despite the additional fact that Srikkanth Anirudha only appeared occasionally for the Tamil Nadu first XI last season, he was selected for the Challengers Trophy last year without even performing in a single List A fixture.
The trend of favouritism in Indian cricket has been noticed in the past as well. For instance, Brijesh Patel and Roger Binny who both hold high positions in Karnataka Cricket have recommended their sons Udit Patel and Stuart Binny, respectively, for the state team.
Losing out in this case is Ishan Jaggi. The 22-year old Jharkhand opener who has impressed everyone with an aggregate of 522 runs in the longer version this past season and averaging a stunning 57 in the limited-overs version of domestic cricket.