It is a silly*, maybe trivial* question to ask. It’s parochial*, if not a touch provincial*. But are South Indians not suited for Twenty20 cricket at the highest level, the operative words being “at the highest level“?
Look at the 15-member team playing in the Twenty20 World Cup now on in England. There is not single player from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh or Kerala. Sure, six of the 15 play for southern teams in the Indian Premeir League (IPL), but there is not one player who can be called a full-blooded South Indian. (Pragyan Ojha plays for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy but he hails from Orissa.)
Even in the 2009 IPL in South Africa, there were few Southern stars who blazed away, at least who blazed away consistently. It was Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, et al, all the way…. Barring occasional flashes of brilliance from Anil Kumble, few bowlers made a mark. (Only S. Sreesanth and Yo Mahesh, and Robin Uthappa figure in the top ten of best bowlers and fielders in the first two editions of the IPL.)
This raises the question: are South Indian players not suited for slam-bang Twenty20 cricket? Do we/they not have it in us/them to blast our/their way through, innovate, break the rules? Can’t we/they throw ourselves/themselves on the field? Are we/they not equipped mentally or physically? Are we/they too superior for such tamasha cricket?
Or will this, too, pass?
* (*) (*) (*) If you do, please don’t waste your time