CHURUMURI POLL: South Indians in World Cup?

The Indian team for the 2011 cricket World Cup has exactly one South Indian in it, offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin from Madras. Cut to 2009. The team for the Twenty20 World Cup had no South Indian in it, except the left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha who has made Hyderabad his home.

Seen in conjunction with other landmarks like Rajasthan emerging as the Ranji Trophy champion this year, the selection of Indian teams for world events raises the simple question: is cricket on the decline in southern India, or are competitive cricketers for the rough and tumble of frenetic cricket hard to come by?

Obviously, the fact that all the four southern States have their own IPL teams, the fact that Karnataka has figured in both the last two Ranji trophy semifinals, the fact that as many as seven Kannadigas have been part of the same Indian team are all facts, of course, but the Indian team choice is despite all that.

Going foward, what does the selection of the World Cup team tell us about cricket in the South? That our cricketers are better at Test match cricket? That the competitive fire doesn’t quite burn in our bellies? Or is it silly to see the selection of the Indian team in narrow, regional terms?

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9 Responses to “CHURUMURI POLL: South Indians in World Cup?”

  1. Alok Says:

    It is a cyclical phenomenon. There were times when no less than 5 players in the ODI side were from Karnataka. Likewise, after Sachin, there hasn’t been a consistent player from Mumbai in the Indian side.

    Lots of players from the three Southern States are either in or on the fringes of the team across formats. Think Vijay, Badrinath, Ashwin, Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Pragyan Ojha and maybe Manish Pandey. This is not counting established players like Laxman, Dravid and Sreesanth who play for the Test team.

    A few factors which contribute to the low representation in the ODI team right now:

    1. Emergence of UP as a credible first class side to go with other non-traditional cricket centres contributing more players to the national side.
    2. Hyderabad, one of the traditional sources of talent, being in complete disarray.
    3. Karnataka’s first class team being mostly young and not containing players with substantial first class experience.

    As of now, Tamil Nadu only has the requisite talent and experience (and committed selector and Board Chairman!) to contribute regularly to the Indian team in the form of Vijay, Badrinath and Ashwin.

    I don’t doubt that in a few years, if they continue to perform well at Ranji level, the likes of Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Mithun, Vinay Kumar among others will compete with the likes of Raina, Kohli, Sharma and others for middle order and bowling spots.

  2. Gaby Says:

    Thank goodness. The next thing is to see if South Indians could get interested and involved in some exciting sports- possibly till that sport doesnt become insipid through excessive commercialisation.

  3. prasad Says:

    All puluchari’s! Remember Sri Lanka is playing!

  4. Basavangudi Baddihaida Says:

    Bekaar article…why are these polls? we are indians…can we win the cup is what matters? who is there in the team…does it really matter….

  5. ashwin Says:

    In your own words “it silly to see the selection of the Indian team in narrow, regional terms.”

  6. div Says:

    churumuri, didn’t you find anything better to post?

  7. N Niranjan Nikam Says:

    We definitely should not see selection of Indian team in narrow regional terms. But the fact remains that Karnataka for long had a very solid presence in the national side be it in Test or one day cricket. Now it is sad to see the decline and that is what hurts. If with the team selected we win the world cup then so be it. However, our boys should strive hard to make it to the national team what with guys like Kumble, Srinath and Bhardwaj at the helm of KSCA.

  8. Justfine Says:

    @Basavangudi Baddihaida

    I couldn’t understand your comment completely as the word “bekar” isn’t familiar to me. I don’t speak Arabic. Anyways, I just had this crazy thought that we are “Indians” may be because we are Kannadigas first? I don’t know, may be the “real” history that I tried to learn outside the usual syllabus hogwash taught me this?

  9. prasad Says:

    This is not an Indian team, it is a BCCI team.

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