The recently-concluded unofficial Test series between India ‘A’ and New Zealand ‘A’, though ending in a stalemate, has given cricket lovers a glimpse into some of the future international stars from both nations.
Kiwi players Mark Gillespie, Neil Broom and Doug Bracewell brought in the dash of experience needed in the longer format, while India’s domestic titan Abhishek Nayar had the honour of not only leading his side, but also gave it the touch of maturity needed in tough situations.
There were fine performances from both teams, coming at just the right moments in crunch situations. Here is a list of five players who made a lasting impression on the cricket-loving public and, quite possibly, the national selectors:
5. Doug Bracewell (New Zealand ‘A’ – 112 runs and 4 wickets)
The former Kiwi national fast bowler did no harm to his reputation as he churned out a series of reasonably good performances in both games. Though his final tally of wickets do not reflect his abilities, he showed good control over his line and length, while maintaining enough speed to trouble the young Indian batsmen.
Even with the bat, Bracewell defied the Indian bowlers with a superlative innings as he shared an important partnership with Ish Sodhi for the ninth wicket in the second Test. His ability to wield the long handle, well enough, to score valuable runs lower down the order and strike early blows into the opposition line-up should earn him a permanent place in the New Zealand Test team for quite a considerable period.