Youngsters in the Indian team must prepare themselves to replace the Fab 4 of the Indian team,..
THE SO-CALLED Fab 4 of the Indian batting line up, namely Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly, used to be the main stay of the Indian team. Two of them, Dravid and Ganguly, out of these four players have already hung their boots. Tendulkar and Laxman too, do not have much cricket left in them, especially the latter. When these players step down, it would give youngsters a chance to perform. There are many a youngsters who would be eyeing the famed Indian middle order. Those are huge boots to fill. Will they be able to stand up and deliver like the way the golden players of their generations did.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli
, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh
will play a major role when these pros retire from the game. All these players have abundant quality to tear bowlers apart all around the world. They are players of today’s generation, who have been swayed by flamboyant shot making, all thanks to the advent of T20. The word fear is missing from their dictionary, which, may either be a pro or a con. But, one can truly say, Indian middle order is in safe hands.
retirement announcement from Test cricket has paved the way for Virat Kohli to walk into the famous no 3 position in Indian cricket, which Rahul had made his home. Virat is already taking great strides in international cricket. He is having an amazing run, which he needs to capitalize in the longer format of the game. He may not defend the ball neither respect the bowlers like the way, the Indian wall, Dravid did, for Kohli loves to dominate bowlers.
Rohit Sharma is another major contender at number four, who could fill in Tendulkar’s shoes, when he decides to retire. He has not justified his talent in any format of the game. He needs to be consistent, as he has all the ammunition to be a great batsman for India. His combination of technique and aggression will perfectly suit the Indian team. When he finishes his career he would be a happy person if he accomplishes half of what Sachin Tendulkar
Yuvraj Singh, when fit has a great chance of playing for the Indian Test side. He has already been one of the best players for India
in ODI but is yet to prove himself in the longer format of the game. His talent has never been in doubt. He has played the most number of Test matches form the current crop of players, who is expected to bat in the middle order in the near future. He will be the senior pro of the team and needs to guide the team in the right manner, even if he is not rewarded with captaincy. He could bat for number five in the Indian middle order.
At number six, there are other players who could make the cut. As of now, Suresh Raina may be the favouorite but no can count out the Saurashtra player, C. Pujara, who has been a huge scorer in the domestic circuit. Many experts claim him to be the Indian new wall, as his technique and solid defence can be compared to Dravid. Suresh Raina needs to learn the trait of playing in the longer format of the game, especially the rising ball, which has been a major drawback for him. Bowlers have been exploiting his weakness to the fullest. At the international stage, such weakness spread like fire.
These players at this moment stand no comparison to the Fab 4, which they are touted to replace. It is not necessary that these four/ five youngsters mentioned in the story will be the mainstay of the Indian team, as new players may spring in anytime. But they are favourites to fill in these positions at present. The Fab 4 easily combine for more than 40,000 Test runs. What will the future middle order of the Indian team yield?
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