5 instances when Indian batsmen played for a spot on the team
Batsmen head out to the crease with a two-fold purpose. To score runs and avoid getting out. Sometimes circumstances demand that one of those concerns outweigh the other. If a team is chasing a high score and overs are scarce, a batsman is expected to allow the importance of scoring runs outweigh the risks of getting out. That is what the team requires at that point, a slight reckless abandon in batting. Sometimes though the batsman allows concerns of holding a spot on the team influence his style, and lets staying on the crease take precedence above all else. Here are five instances when Indian batsmen set out to bat playing for a spot in the team:
#1 Venugopal Rao
India faced Pakistan in the 1st ODI of the DLF Cup on 18 April 2006 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Venugopal Rao scored 61 runs off 93 balls. This was his first career half century in ODIs. He sustained a partnership with Suresh Raina who had 40 runs to help India get to 197 runs. The duo maintained a 64 run partnership.