Sources at the meeting say that selectors went beyond the figures when deciding on Agarkar’s fate. ‘‘He might have taken wickets but hasn’t really run through a side. It’s not like stumps were flying or anything. He is a much-improved one-day bowler and that’s it,’’ he said.As many here would know, I personally don't think the Agarkar gamble is worth taking in tests, despite acknowledging (before many others) that he's been our *best* bowler for atleast past 5 ODIs. The reason, as the 'source' here says, is that I also feel he's just become a better ODI bowler, but still does not invoke the feeling of being a great striker in test matches, mainly due to the new restrictive style he's taken up. Sure it may (and will) work against compulsive strikers like Gayle, but not sure if he's our best bet for running through this strong (especially at home) WI batting lineup, and especially after first session/day of a match. There's a similar example given in the same article
There is certainly some justification in the selectors’ thinking when one considers the recent Sri Lanka series at home. After being the highest wicket-taker in the ODI series — he claimed 12 wickets in six games — Agarkar had just three wickets from the subsequent three Tests.That makes one doubt the test utility of Agarkar, especially in non-friendly conditions. I would surely have been disappointed had this series been played in e.g. England or South Africa (where we do go later this year, and if he retains his form, I would like to see him play the test series)
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