16 January, 2021

Star Burst

Suddenly, it seems, Karnataka cannot stop producing top class cricketers

Star Burst
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LOOK to the West for batsmen; look to the South for bowlers." So went Indian cricket’s credo not long ago. Eastern son Saurav Ganguly may have provided the exception to the first part of the rule three months ago. But the second part is calling for drastic, speci-fic and immediate revision. Make it: "Look to Karnataka for bowlers."

Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi, David Johnson—hurlers of the red cherry are tumbling out of here like some countdown show gone haywire. Add to it the class of Rahul Dravid and the nerves of Sujith Somasundar, the hopes of pace-man D. Ganesh, middle order bat R. Vijay and wicketkeeper Somashekhar Shiruguppi—and you’re looking, staring, glaring at the nation’s new cricket cradle.

Seven Karnataka players have donned the navy blue cap this year. A state which had produced 12 Test players in 63 years has produced four in the past four months. A minimum of five have been in the playing XI in the last 10 one-day internationals. And there were six in India’s first two matches in the Titan...

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