Friday, August 3, 2007

Wicket Keeprs and Spinners

One decade ago, India was a country of spinners.
A country which had at least 2 spinners in playing 11 if not more.
A country which looked up and tried to emulate the famed trio of spin bowling in the whole world - Bedi, Prasanna and Chandra.
A country where spinning tracks were prepared for playing cricket.
A country which had only one wicket keeper in the team without a back-up.
A country where the leading batsman and Vice Captain had to play a role of a wicket keeper because we could not afford a specialist wicket keeper.

How times change!

Today, Indian team has 2 wicket keepers in the playing 11 . Plus, there is a third wicket keeper (Parthiv Patel) waiting in the wings and scoring centuries for India A.

Today, Indian team has only one place for spinner in the playing 11. Apart from him, there are only 3 names doing the rounds from all over the country - Bhajji, Powar and Piyush Chawla.

For good or bad, the times do change!

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