10 April, 2021

When Youth Bestirs

Couch commentators across the country are now talking of the problem of plenty in Indian cricket-youngsters waiting in the fringes for a place in the final playing eleven

When Youth Bestirs

Murali Karthik: This wiry left-arm spinner's amazing haul of 13 wickets for Rest of India against Mumbai in the just-concluded Irani Cup has once again pitchforked him as a strong contender for the Indian team. This 24-year-old made his Test debut against the visiting South Africans earlier this year and in his four innings, he made just 18 runs, and has a career figure of 6 wickets in the 87 overs he's bowled. But with an ideal action-he delivers the ball with a nice loop-Murali, like Kumble, has mastered the art of pitching the ball on a length which is inconvenient for the batsman. A talented and level-headed yougster, he may well be the ideal support for the 'ageing' Kumble and carry on the great Indian tradition of spin bowling.

Hemang Bhadani: Another 24-year-old, this time from Chennai. Bhadani, according to many, is the new talent to watch out for. A left-handed batsman, who also bowls slow left-arm orthodox, Bhadani made his debut against Bangladesh at Dhaka in the Asia Cup this year. He made his first-class debut in 1996-97 after a string of...

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