Subramaniam Badrinath
S. Badrinath
S. Badrinath

Subramaniam Badrinath


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Full name Subramaniam Badrinath
Born August 30, 1980, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Current age 27 years 363 days
Major teams Chennai Super Kings, India Red, Indian Board President's XI, Tamil Nadu
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
S. Badrinath


Young and run-hungry, S Badrinath has been the mainstay of the Tamil Nadu batting for the last three seasons, and also their captain for the last two. Standing tall at the crease, Badrinath, who plays with a correct technique, was pitchforked into the national consciousness in 2005-06 when he nearly topped the batting charts, scoring 636 runs from 7 matches at almost 80, missing pole position by 36 runs to Amol Muzumdar, who played one match more. In comparison 2006-07 was not as spectacular, but Badrinath managed 436 runs at almost 50. An excellent fielder at point, and elsewhere in the circle, Badrinath began as a grafter, something quite rare at a time when strokemakers ruled, and expanded his repertoire of strokes as he gained experience. In 2007, he piled on the runs for India A on their tours to Zimbabwe and Kenya, and in the home series against South Africa A. In October, he was called-up to the ODI squad for the last three one-dayers against Australia, though he did not get a game. He was dropped for the series against Pakistan that followed. He shrugged off the disappointment by performing well in the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season, scoring 659 runs at 65.90. After being ignored for ten months, he was named as Sachin Tendulkar's replacement for the Sri Lanka ODIs.

The transition from Domestic cricket to International cricket can be a quick, smooth one for some cricketers while it is a long, drawn out process for others. Scores of domestic cricketers fight an on-going battle to make an impression on the national selectors but despite solid performances many unlucky guys fail to make the cut. Surabmanium Badrinath from Tamil Nadu is one such lad who despite an astounding first class average of 56.49, has yet to make it to the International stage. The closest that he came to wearing the revered blue jersey was in November 2007, when he was included in the squad that played against Australia, but was dropped without actually being allowed to play a single game. But the 27-yr old who has served Tamil Nadu for over seven years hasn’t given up just as yet. We caught up with “Badri” during the 2007 Irani Trophy…

You have come through the ranks, playing domestic cricket. You have served Tamil Nadu for so long and now you are one of the senior players. Is there any additional pressure on you?
Not really, I don't think there is any pressure on me because I have been playing domestic cricket for quite a while now. So, I know how to go about things in domestic cricket. I have been getting runs and I have been in good form. So, I do not feel the pressure. I simply go out there and play my cricket.

Over the years, in the life of a young cricketer there are many people who help him out and influence him. Can you name a few guys who have been instrumental in getting you where you are today?
One of them is my dad and my entire family too, they have had a great influence on my life. There are also a few others to mention like Mr. Bharat Reddy who has had great influence on me for the last seven or eight years now. My coach Mr. Abdul Jabbar has always been there, helping me out, another coach Mr. Ajay Kumar has also helped me a great deal. My Tamil Nadu coaches as well, Mr. Arun and Mr. Raman have all played their role in getting me this far.

Did you have any idols while growing up?
Definitely, Sachin is always on top of that list; he and Rahul Dravid too. I have grown up seeing them so they are on top of my list. Also, Australian cricketers like Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey are my idols. But Sachin and Rahul top the list.

You are known to be your own man, you have your own technique and style of playing. Do you have a particular frame of mind when you go to bat?
You have got to have your own plan for every game, taking into consideration the situation of the game. But as far as I am concerned, I just keep my mind blank. If you prepare yourself before the match that is all you need. Preparation is the most important thing before a game. If you are well-prepared everything else will follow.

What do you do outside cricket?
Whenever I am at home, I like spending time with my wife and I travel all the time. It is tough for her to be away from me all the time but as much I am at home, I spend time with her.
S. Badrinath


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