off the radar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Oct 2017 11:25:48

THAT the Indian selectors can afford to keep off the radar the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, is indicative of the blissful problem of plenty Indian selectors are facing currently. These immensely successful players, who had a big role in Team India emerging as the top team in international cricket, were deservingly rested for the series against Sri Lanka and Australia, having slogged in all formats of the game over the last couple of years. But their omission from the squad for the forthcoming series against New Zealand raises a question mark over their place in the national team. 

Both R. Aswhin and Jadeja have remained among the top cricketers in the world with their all-round performances in series after series, making huge contribution to India emerging as the top team in international cricket. But the rest they were granted by the selectors and their place taken by new players, could be ominous for them. Their replacements Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, by their performances against a formidable team like Australia, have made the selectors have second thoughts on recalling them.

This is both a happy as well as a problematic situation. It is a happy position for the Indian team because new talent is emerging, threatening the place of established players like Jadeja and Ashwin. However, the situation is disconcerting for the likes of Jadeja and Ashwin as they cannot now take their places in the national team for granted. They have to be always on their toes and keep on enhancing their skills. This intense competition among the players augers well for the Indian cricket team as it will add to the strength of the team.

Already Team India is being counted among the top teams in the world and is ranked number one test and ODI team. It is obvious that the national selectors have set goals for the future, especially the next World Cup scheduled in 2019, and are looking to young players for grooming for forthcoming important international events. Hence the emphasis on catching the younger players in their formative years. It is for this reason that more and more young players like Manish Pande, Rishabh Pant, K. L. Rahul and several others are being given a chance at higher level to prove their metal. It is for the same reason that new pacers too are being tried.

Thus the Indian selectors are in the process of team-building for the future. This provides a great opportunity to young emerging players to hone their skills and catch the eyes of the national selectors. For these players various domestic competitions and the IPL offer immense opportunities for enhancing their skills and stake claim for national duty.