Where are they??
Kerala speedster Sreesanth just made his debut in international cricket. A modest beginning from this promising youngster.
When I heard the news about Sreesanth's selection to the Indian team the first thought which came to my mind was "How long will he be in the team?"
There are so many players who played a handful of international matches and were just dumped to wilderness. Promising careers of so many players were destroyed by the hide and seek policy of the selectors and BCCI.
T Kumaran, D Ganesh, S Ankola, T Yohannan, Robin Singh jr, L Shukla, Atul Wasan, are few of the fast bowlers who made International debut with soo much promise and went into wilderness.
I recently read an interview with Dinesh Mongia in rediff in which he spells out his frustration at not getting the selector's nod. He is a prolific scorer in domestic and county cricket last season. Atleast selectors or BCCI officials should tell him what exactly he needs to do to get into Indian team. Otherwise we are going to waste another talent.
Take the case of S Ramesh, former Indian opener. He was taken to Pakistan as India's 3rd opener and was not given a match. He is an opener with an average of about 38 in Test matches. He was not in the team for the next series. What more is necessary to drain the confidence of a player. The feeling of thrown out of "Team India" drains your confidence and kills the player.
Same is the case with T Yohannan, first malayali to play for India. After a decent start to his Test career against England, he was selected to the Indian team touring WestIndies where he was not selected to play in any of the matches. On his return he was dropped from the team. The drop had catastrophic effect on Tinu's career that his form slumped so much that he was dropped from Kerala Ranji team too.
So the point I am making here is that if a player is selected and subsequently dropped, selectors/BCCI should sit with the player and let him know the reasons for his omission and more important, what he has to do to get back to "Team India".
Hope Sreesanth won't be another "TINU YOHANNAN"
Sreesanth-Best of Luck for long innings with "Team India"