Saturday, January 27, 2007

Pathan's Recall - What has changed?

At the start of the ongoing series between India and West Indies, the selectors rewarded Joginder Sharma for a fine Ranji season by recalling him. He was given one game - a low scoring affair in which West Indies destructed handing India a 2-0 lead. Joginder came in at the fall of Dhoni's wicket in the 21st over and scraped together 6 runs in 19 balls. As the first change seamer, he sent down 4 overs for 16 runs.

While Joginder was trying to make the most of his chance, Pathan was trying hard to regain his mojo, bowling for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy. Baroda lost two of the three games he played but he showed occasional glimpses of his old form, at one point collaborating with Rakesh Patel to send Mumbai spiralling to 0 for 5 in the semifinals.

By any standards its not enough to justify Pathan's recall as India's premier seamer. But it may not be what the selectors are looking at. Viewed differently, Pathan now becomes India's allround option, much like the ones the selectors were trying to unearth with Joginder. He can bat really well (he recorded the highest score for India in their disastrous tour of South Africa recently) and if he isn't expected to carry the seam attack, his bowling can be seen in a different light as extremely handy.

It remains to be seen how Pathan is positioned and used if he gets a game to play.

1 comment:

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