The likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan have played an important part in Indian cricket. Their recent performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy have been not up to the mark (Note: Apart from Zaheer the other three were invovled in the tournament). With World Cup 2015 just few months away their chances of getting back in the team looks bleak. They have played for India in all three formats. All of them were a part of winning team who won the World Cup in 2011. These five players have been struggling for form. They have played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for different franchises. In the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy all four senior player’s performances were poor. Harbhajan Singh was the top off spinner of the lot in domestic ODI tournament. He picked only 8 wickets in 9 matches, Sehwag, the dashing batsmen, scored 32 runs in duleep trophy match and 131 runs from 6 matches in Vijay Hazare Trophy. His former opening partner scored 200 runs from 6 matches , Yuvraj Singh scored 204 runs from 9 matches scoring 1 half-century. This was their last chance to impress the selectors but they were not able to do so. However, their participation in domestic cricket like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare and IPL gives an opportunity for the youngsters to take some lessons and improve their skills.
Playing with these players, some of young all-rounder’s like Karn Sharma and Akshar Patel; opening batsman KL Rahul, bowlers Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav have benefited playing with national and international players and performed well in the domestic circuit and the IPL.
KL Rahul’s performances in the domestic circuit has been prolific and has been selected in the Indian test team for the Australian Test matches. In the recent Duleep Trophy final he scored centuries in both innings for South Zone. His inspiration has been Rahul Dravid. Apart from Dravid, batsman like David Warner and Aaron Finch has definitely influenced his batting. He plays for the Karnatka in the Ranji Trophy. It is time for him is to convert his domestic form into international scene, if given a chance against Australia.
Karn Sharma has been rewarded for his consistent performances in the Indian Premier League. He plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He gives credit to the top leg spinner Shane Warne as his main source of inspiration. He was guided by VVS Laxman for batting who was a Captain initially and turned into a coach for the team. Darren Samy the West Indina all rounder has played some role too.
Akshar Patel playing for Kings XI Punjab has been performing well in T-20 in IPL. He was the leading wicket taker in the recently concluded ODI Series in Sri Lanka. Sehwag and Piyush Chawla have, influenced his batting and bowling respectively. He plays for Gujatrat in Ranji Trophy.
Varu Aaron playing alongside Mitchel Starc for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Umesh Yadav playing for Kolkata Knight Riders has learnt from Mornen Morkel and Vinay Kumar the tricks of the trade.
The news of Gambhir and Sehwag withdrawing from Deodhar Trophy is sad. Though their chances of coming back for the national duty are remote, they should to continue to play in domestic cricket as they can influence the youngsters to learn from their experience. The senior players Harbhjan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Wasim Jaffer, Badrinath and Piyush Chawla must continue to play in the domestic matches for a while so that the upcoming players get benefitted.