First things first, this is not about whether Sachin Tendulkar should retire or not. Enough has been said and written about it. There is another bigger problem facing the Indian side and its selectors, and this pertains to the youngsters, who have been on the verge of selection for some time now.
The Selectors have today named India A and India B Squads for the upcoming NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. S Badrinath will lead India A while Cheteshwar Pujara will lead India B in the three-team tournament.
When the Test series between India and New Zealand kicks off on Thursday, it will mark the first occasion in a number of years that neither Rahul Dravid nor VVS Laxman will be a part of the Indian Test line-up.
With just another two days to go for the First Test at Hyderabad, Team India must be thinking which two youngsters should fill in for the vacant slots created by the retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
One person’s pain is someone else’s gain, somebody’s loss is somebody’s gain – whichever way you put it, both these clichés fit perfectly on Subramaniam Badrinath. He hasn’t been on the national selectors’ radar for a while now, but the sudden exit of VVS Laxman has given him another opportunity to prove his credentials at the international level.
S Badrinath, Tamil Nadu’s prolific run scorer has been added to the India Squad as a replacement of VVS Laxman, who had announced his retirement from International Cricket with immediate effect. Badrinath joined the Indian team on Sunday night.