With an utter contempt, Robin Uthappa made the mincemeat of the bowlers of Chennai Super Kings and emerged as the difference between the two teams. It was his pyro-technique with the bat that pushed the required run rate from a comfortable 7 runs per over to a difficult 8.5 runs per over and even a Mongoose bat of Mathew Hayden could not come to the rescue against the prowess of the normal bat displayed by Uthappa. For the sake of record it needs to be underlined that one of the sixes that Uthappa had hit went right on top of the roof of the spectators stand, and it was a spectacle that may not have been seen earlier in Bengalaru stadium.
Is it then not surprising that Uthappa does not form a part of the Indian T20 squad, but there is a certain Murali Vijay who hails from Chennai and is in the list of probable who might be vested with the responsibility to play for the country in the T20 World Cup tournament.
The consistency with which Uthappa is taking the match away from the opponents need to be figured in by the Indian selectors as he is in tremendous form and the kind of power that he is displaying with the bat needs to be honored by the selectors, when the team is finally decided.
With the display of pyro-technique from his bat, Uthappa provides an opportunity to his bowlers to attack the opposing team right from the beginning of the match and put the opposing team under pressure. RCB did that with flourish against Mumbai Indians, then with Rajasthan Royals and now have done it again with Chennai Super Kings.
Now contrast this with performance of Murali Vijay. He is yet to make his presence felt with the bat in any of the matches that he has played so far, and it indeed begs the question whether Murali Vijay’s selection in the Indian squad is owing to the fact that he plays from Chennai from where the Chairman of the selection committee hails?
The moot point of the whole argument is that the final squad for the country should have been picked up after the last bowl was bowled in the IPL’s third season. It is owing to the fact that IPL would provide the real lab conditions for the Indian players to perform, and based on their performance the playing 11 should have been selected.
By: Suman Rai