“Nobody would have bet on me to do that’, S Badrinath shares his unforgettable moments from his short career in team India

When former Tamil Nadu middle-order batsman looks back at his short stint with the Indian Cricket team, he looks at it with no regret at all. In fact, he is extremely proud of himself for achieving his dream of representing his country which not many would have expected him to do. He played a T20 game for team India and won the man-of-the-match award as well for scoring a match-winning 43 runs against West Indies at the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad but unfortunately due to stiff competition for a place in the Indian team, he never got another game. His batting style was old school but he was a dependable batsman with the ability to play well in a crisis which we have seen him doing successfully for his IPL franchise; Chennai Super Kings.
On his short-career with team India to India.com, Badrinath said, “That has been part and parcel of my life. I am not a guy who dwells much on the past. I am still thinking about what I can do right now. There’s always this talk about that I could have played more Test cricket. But it’s something which isn’t in my hand.”
“Whenever I held the bat, I played with the best of my ability. I gave my 100 percent. At the end of the day, I can’t select myself. For that chance has to be there. Not in my hand. Life is a great equalizer. I played close to 120 games for Chennai Super Kings. Don’t think anybody could have actually believed I can play T20 cricket. To play T20I for India and get man-of-the-match on debut, nobody would have bet on me to do that.
“So, in hindsight, that gave me a lot of satisfaction and a lot of security. I am really proud to have been able to play so much of T20 cricket.”
His batting style might be old school but he was not a liability on the team by any stretch of the imagination. While playing for the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the Indian Premier League, the middle-order batsman scored 1441 runs with a highest score of 71. He scored 11 half-centuries and played a pivotal role in CSK winning back-to-back IPL titles in 2010 and 2011. He was a promising batsman with a lot more ability than the numbers suggest but there are many memorable moments that he so dearly cherish.
When he was asked about the most memorable moment of his playing career, his immediate response was ‘Test Debut’. “Playing for my country was one of the biggest dreams and the two IPL wins (2010 and 2011) are very close to my heart. Both the years I performed well for them. They were career-changing for me. In 2011, I got the Madhavrao Scindia Award for the highest aggregate of runs so that is also a memorable moment. It’s not easy to score that many runs. 2008 my ODI debut. Me and Virat (Kohli) made debut in the same series,” he said.
When he was asked who was his idol while growing up as an aspiring cricketer, his response was like many others in the country; Sachin Tendulkar but he also admitted there few others who also left an impression on him.
“Sachin Tendulkar without a doubt. He’s my idol. Countless times I have tried to emulate him in whatever way I can. Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey are all up there. Among the current lot, Virat Kohli is a complete package. I don’t judge by one format. A person who is able to fight across formats is a complete cricketer in my book and Kohli does that,” he signed off by saying this.

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