Indian Selection Committee avoiding all Risks…

The Indian cricket team is presently in an era of transition which is undoubtedly today’s need. A combination of youth and experience is the accurate blend of a team, however presently the team has the exact amount of both of it.

India’s present selection board, in its last act as a unit before their tenure comes to an end, has chosen a team that is safe and trouble-free for the most part. In marking a 16-man squad for the New Zealand Tests starting August 23, the present lot has acted sensibly, however left the current panel members with calls to build on the future of Indian cricket.

Selectors have been facing a lot of criticism due to selecting the two squads (including players from the past) for the Test series next to New Zealand as well as the Twenty20 team for the World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka next month. But, to a large extent it is for our own benefit.

The twin selections have raised more issues than offering answers.  Is Harbhajan Singh worthy of a recall – and particularly in the T20 team? What is Suresh Raina doing in the Test squad after repetitive failures? And why did we pull Piyush Chawla out of nowhere?

Though, there is very little that Harbhajan has done in the past year to deserve a comeback, but we cannot deny the fact that he was considered the number-one spinner in the world for some time. Although, England’s Graeme Swann has beaten him to that popular mark, still Bhajji seems to be unperturbed.

However, not everybody is in awe of him, but Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag lately said that Harbhajan is a match-winner and it’s just a matter of time before he staged a strong come back into the Indian fold. Harbhajan said he feels lucky because of this approval and encouragement.

“Of course, I’m fortunate to have such seniors around me who have supported me all my life. It’s their confidence in me that makes me twice as enthusiastic to return stronger,” an emotional Bhajji said.

Two other cricketers who are somewhat lucky to make a comeback are Raina and Rohit.

Raina following his hundred on debut in Sri Lanka has been unsuccessful over and over again at the Test level and for a professional batsman to have an average of less than 30 after 15 matches – after that grand launch – is unbearable. Though in limited overs of cricket, he has a class of his own.

It has been over 11 months since Suresh Raina last took part in a Test for India. Following the England tour, he was axed because of weak form. At present, the left-hander is looking to get back to Tests by accomplishing overwhelmingly in One Day Internationals.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla said on Saturday that he was awaiting a recall to the Indian national side, after a good show in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well as domestic circuit.

The only reason for bringing the legspinner back can be that the other spinners who have been tried in a limitless game of musical chairs – bar R Ashwin, who appears to have become a regular nowadays – were not up to the standard. As a result, much like at the 2011 World Cup, it’s Chawla’s turn to sit in the chair. Harbhajan seems to have benefited from the similar reason, as well.

With what they had to make use of, the selectors have done an admirable job, what do you think?

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