made his first class debut against Kerala in the 1996-97 season
following a fine showing for India Under-19 against South Africa at
home. Before long he was stepping up a gear, playing for India A in the
SAARC one-day tournament in Dhaka in 1998. His selection for the Asia
Cup last May was not surprising, coming just after two elegant knocks of
162 & 63 in the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Mumbai. Badani looks
ready to cut his teeth in the Test arena too.
His biggest asset is his temperament, it keeps him cool even under
greatest of pressures. Badani
carves the ball around with a touch of elegance, discriminating in
favour of the gaps, and his front foot drive played on the rise through
cover is especially pleasing.