Sunday, April 22, 2007

Powar spinner

As ever, India are imminently back on the cricket scene. Their tour to Bangladesh early next month excludes a few big names but this blog is overjoyed with the inclusion of right-arm off-spinner Ramesh Powar.
The 28-year-old has been an on-off ODI player for three years now (24 wickets at 27 from 18 matches) without even a sniff in the Test arena. The image of Powar in India's light blue one-day kit, sporting trademark red shades to complete his rather portly figure has always left the Nutley running for the remote whenever he is playing. Perhaps he is the Test arena's answer to our man Dwayne Leverock.
He seems to have this ability of how the game should be played, too: a great fighter coupled with a smile or two after a ripping delivery. He also gives the ball good flight and it is refreshing for India to have an off-spinning talent in the making after years of left-arm slow bowlers and leggies.
Has he the potential to succeed at Test level?