Asia Cup 2014 February 23, 2014

Kohli prepared for captaincy test

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A chance to test where I stand - Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, India's stand-in captain, has said his temporary role does not have the added pressure that MS Dhoni faces on a regular basis as the team's leader. Kohli was appointed captain for the Asia Cup after a side strain ruled Dhoni out of the Asia Cup and this will be his third leadership stint, after the tri-series in West Indies and the ODIs in Zimbabwe last year.

"I don't think this is anything compared to what he has gone through in the past few years," Kohli said. "I am captain for just one tournament. It is completely different from regularly captaining the side. When you win, you're praised, when you lose, you're criticised. It is all a part of it.

"I am not in a position right now to experience all that. I have got this one-odd opportunity like I did in the past as well. I am sure it is a very tough position to be in. You have to be ready to take all the criticism and praise that comes your way."

In the past, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have captained India in limited overs in Dhoni's absence. Gambhir won all six of the ODIs he captained in 2010 and 2011, while Raina won four of nine ODIs and all three T20s in which he led the side. Sehwag led India to victory in seven of the 12 ODIs he captained and the sole T20. Kohli, who stepped in as Dhoni's replacement during a tri-series against West Indies and Sri Lanka, began with a loss but has since won all seven matches he has captained.

These numbers are minor when compared to the 159 matches that Dhoni has led, with a success rate of 55.34%. Kohli will lead a young side with only a few members as experienced or as successful as him in ODI cricket. He said he wanted a smooth communication channel with the players, which he believed would help him understand them better.

"I have only been captain for about eight games till now," Kohli said. "It went pretty good but this is a big tournament. It's a challenge I'm looking forward to. We have got a young group of guys and some exciting players.

"I think that excites me to have a group that I can have a chat with and be on the same page. It's important to have an understanding. It's really exciting for me to improve the record which is already good. I'm looking forward to the tournament."

When asked about the big game against Pakistan on March 2, Kohli said the focus was on winning the Asia Cup.

"Obviously we are here to win the tournament. We haven't just come here to play one game and go back home, that's not our aim.

"Our aim is to win every game that we play. A game against Pakistan is always a hyped game for us, obviously a big pressure match. We take every game the same way. You know, the aim is to win the tournament, not just one game, and make sure the people are happy."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on February 27, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Virat Kohli is the best batsman of the team.

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Same as dhoni .. Trying to bring pacers if wicket doesn't fall in middle overs ..pls take care these scenario ..this more than enough .

  • mzm149 on February 25, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    No doubt Kohli is a good player. But without Dhoni India is half it's batting strength. Moreover managing such poor bowling attack will be tough for Kohli.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    My line up for BD & AFG matches.(I think in all 5/6 matches if they can perform their role.)

    1.Dhawan 2.Poojara 3.Kohli 4.Aswin 5.Jadeja 6.Kartik 7.Rohit/Rayudu/Rahane 8.Binny 9.Kumar 10.Shami/Aaron 11.Panday.

    Shami & Aaron are very inconstistant. On their day they can take 3/4 wickets & other day they can taken apart for 80 odd runs. We shoud have one of this type not both.

    Rohit, Rahane, Rayudu are averaging under 35 in both LA & ODIs. that shows they can't play at top of the order. They should play at sloger.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I think against BD we should try out some players. We should do some experiment to select proper team for WC2015.

    Play Poojara with Dhavan as opner.

    Aswin is matured batsman. He can play at no.4 & bowl some handly 5-6 overs.(In SC he will bowl 10 but 5-6 outside India.)

    Play Binny as a all rounder. He can bat well.(He has 100 in last FC played.) Bowl some handly 6-7 overs in death/powerplay. It would be hard to score fast against his medium pace bowling & cutters.

    Try Panday. He is young, energetic who can bowl far batter than Ishant.

    Tell Bhuvi not to be more defencive. just attack and try to get early wickets like he has done early in his career. Caption should tell him not to worry about runs considerd.

    Jadeja is not man who can spin big. But he is more than handful with his perfect line & length. Caption should tell him to consantrate on his ability & not to overret himself.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    To become superpower in world & win worldcup2015 India have to have genuine fast bowling all rounder. India have Jadeja & Aswin as spin bowling allrounders but not enough to play in NZ SA/AUS/ENG/WI. all teams have one/two fast bowling allrounders as their key sucess. ENG-Bopara & Stokes SA-Kallis & Maklaran AUS-Faulkner & Watson WI-Sammy & Polard & Bravo SL-Methews & Parera & Kulasekera NZ-Andersan. So I think India should use Binny in all ODIs and bring R Dhavan/Nayar/Shukla/ Bhatiya as another allrounder.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    People who want Amit Mishra instad of Aswin.

    Amit mishra: played 13 tests took 43 wickets avg 43.30

    Ravi Ashwin: played 19 test took 104 wickets avg 28.50

    Mishra wickets: 37 from 21 matches 18 from 5 matches v/s Zim 11 from 5 matches v/s WI 3 from 2 matches v/s Ban 5 from 9 matches v/s strong team.

    Aswin wickets: 97 from 75 matches 25 from 16 matches v/s Eng 24 from 15 matches v/s Sl 16 from 13 matches v/s Wi 12 from 10 matches v/s NZ 12 from 11 matches v/s Aus 6 from 5 matches v/s Pak 2 from 5 matches v/s SA+Ban+Zim

    So you can decide what is the fact. I am not telling Aswin is best. We can replace him with young guy but not with worst Amit.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Some digits of AVG of Indian cricketers taken from espncricketinfo.com suggest that players playing at LA avg of 50 is not taken and players with LA avg of 35 is playing every game.here is list.

    Player LaAvg (La matches)+ODIsavg (ODIs)

    Pujara 54.57 (68) Kedar Jadhav 51.11 (44) SR 106.36 Kohli 51.01 (164) + 51.85 (130) Dhoni 52.06 (300) + 53.28 (243) Dhawan 46.37 (136) + 41.00 (35) KL Rahul 52.53 (15) Juneja 44.23 (22)

    Raina 36.55 (244) + 35.35 (189) Yuvraj 37.65 (374) + 36.37 (293) Rahane 34.37 (86) + 22.30 (23) Rohit 36.85 (186) + 35.68 (119) Rayudu 36.25 (71) Uthappa 36.94 (136) + 27.10 (38) Yusuf Pathan 33.83 (145) + 27 (57) D Kartik 36.33 (161) + 28.06 (67) Sehvag 34.44 (324)+ 35.05 (251) Gambhir 37.55 (261) + 39.68 (147)

    How can we except players don't have 40+ avg at LA level will be a great ODI player? We should have 3 players in top 5 with avg of 50+ & 1 avg of 40+.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Hope Jadeja whould get a chance to bat up in the order. He never get chance to set and play. He plays at no.7 in odis where he has to loft only. He played 6 tests before. only once (delhi test against aus) he got a chance to score and found a solid partner at other end. He responded with 44 (243 total). He plays at no.7. So he never get a pqrtner who can stay at there. he hit 3 triple 100s last year at FC. ( he bats at no.4 there.)

  • manas_02 on February 25, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    For all Rohit detractors here, I just saw Mahela Jayawardene's ODI record...He averages only 33 odd after 408 games...Isn't Rohit doing slightly better than him?

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Virat Kohli is the best batsman of the team.

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Same as dhoni .. Trying to bring pacers if wicket doesn't fall in middle overs ..pls take care these scenario ..this more than enough .

  • mzm149 on February 25, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    No doubt Kohli is a good player. But without Dhoni India is half it's batting strength. Moreover managing such poor bowling attack will be tough for Kohli.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    My line up for BD & AFG matches.(I think in all 5/6 matches if they can perform their role.)

    1.Dhawan 2.Poojara 3.Kohli 4.Aswin 5.Jadeja 6.Kartik 7.Rohit/Rayudu/Rahane 8.Binny 9.Kumar 10.Shami/Aaron 11.Panday.

    Shami & Aaron are very inconstistant. On their day they can take 3/4 wickets & other day they can taken apart for 80 odd runs. We shoud have one of this type not both.

    Rohit, Rahane, Rayudu are averaging under 35 in both LA & ODIs. that shows they can't play at top of the order. They should play at sloger.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I think against BD we should try out some players. We should do some experiment to select proper team for WC2015.

    Play Poojara with Dhavan as opner.

    Aswin is matured batsman. He can play at no.4 & bowl some handly 5-6 overs.(In SC he will bowl 10 but 5-6 outside India.)

    Play Binny as a all rounder. He can bat well.(He has 100 in last FC played.) Bowl some handly 6-7 overs in death/powerplay. It would be hard to score fast against his medium pace bowling & cutters.

    Try Panday. He is young, energetic who can bowl far batter than Ishant.

    Tell Bhuvi not to be more defencive. just attack and try to get early wickets like he has done early in his career. Caption should tell him not to worry about runs considerd.

    Jadeja is not man who can spin big. But he is more than handful with his perfect line & length. Caption should tell him to consantrate on his ability & not to overret himself.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    To become superpower in world & win worldcup2015 India have to have genuine fast bowling all rounder. India have Jadeja & Aswin as spin bowling allrounders but not enough to play in NZ SA/AUS/ENG/WI. all teams have one/two fast bowling allrounders as their key sucess. ENG-Bopara & Stokes SA-Kallis & Maklaran AUS-Faulkner & Watson WI-Sammy & Polard & Bravo SL-Methews & Parera & Kulasekera NZ-Andersan. So I think India should use Binny in all ODIs and bring R Dhavan/Nayar/Shukla/ Bhatiya as another allrounder.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    People who want Amit Mishra instad of Aswin.

    Amit mishra: played 13 tests took 43 wickets avg 43.30

    Ravi Ashwin: played 19 test took 104 wickets avg 28.50

    Mishra wickets: 37 from 21 matches 18 from 5 matches v/s Zim 11 from 5 matches v/s WI 3 from 2 matches v/s Ban 5 from 9 matches v/s strong team.

    Aswin wickets: 97 from 75 matches 25 from 16 matches v/s Eng 24 from 15 matches v/s Sl 16 from 13 matches v/s Wi 12 from 10 matches v/s NZ 12 from 11 matches v/s Aus 6 from 5 matches v/s Pak 2 from 5 matches v/s SA+Ban+Zim

    So you can decide what is the fact. I am not telling Aswin is best. We can replace him with young guy but not with worst Amit.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Some digits of AVG of Indian cricketers taken from espncricketinfo.com suggest that players playing at LA avg of 50 is not taken and players with LA avg of 35 is playing every game.here is list.

    Player LaAvg (La matches)+ODIsavg (ODIs)

    Pujara 54.57 (68) Kedar Jadhav 51.11 (44) SR 106.36 Kohli 51.01 (164) + 51.85 (130) Dhoni 52.06 (300) + 53.28 (243) Dhawan 46.37 (136) + 41.00 (35) KL Rahul 52.53 (15) Juneja 44.23 (22)

    Raina 36.55 (244) + 35.35 (189) Yuvraj 37.65 (374) + 36.37 (293) Rahane 34.37 (86) + 22.30 (23) Rohit 36.85 (186) + 35.68 (119) Rayudu 36.25 (71) Uthappa 36.94 (136) + 27.10 (38) Yusuf Pathan 33.83 (145) + 27 (57) D Kartik 36.33 (161) + 28.06 (67) Sehvag 34.44 (324)+ 35.05 (251) Gambhir 37.55 (261) + 39.68 (147)

    How can we except players don't have 40+ avg at LA level will be a great ODI player? We should have 3 players in top 5 with avg of 50+ & 1 avg of 40+.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Hope Jadeja whould get a chance to bat up in the order. He never get chance to set and play. He plays at no.7 in odis where he has to loft only. He played 6 tests before. only once (delhi test against aus) he got a chance to score and found a solid partner at other end. He responded with 44 (243 total). He plays at no.7. So he never get a pqrtner who can stay at there. he hit 3 triple 100s last year at FC. ( he bats at no.4 there.)

  • manas_02 on February 25, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    For all Rohit detractors here, I just saw Mahela Jayawardene's ODI record...He averages only 33 odd after 408 games...Isn't Rohit doing slightly better than him?

  • AravindVatsal82 on February 25, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Iyer I agree with u in totality dhoni's absence to team india,has gained great respect from the youngster,aslo has been with likes of sachin,dravid,kumble lakshman,Man management skills are hugely appreciated,always brought that calmness in to team on the field under pressure situation,big finals,No 1 teams,which i believe was one of the weakness for a long time,backing his players more importantly keeping things very simple,,,,,not to forget self belief and decision on instincts which had hand on the mouth even for the experts.

  • Oracle_Magus on February 25, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @Iyer_Brain. Bro you got it wrong. MSD took over ODI captaincy from Dravid after a pathetic WC 2007 performance. He took over test Captaincy from Anil Kumbe. Agree India had a good players then but it was Dhoni's leadership that made India into a good team. Being the winner of WC 2011 does not mean that they will have to win all matches post that Bro. MSD has earned the respect of our team and that's most important for a leader. His so called 'unimaginative ' captaincy is what got us the WC buddy. But we need to accept that the other teams can play better on some days. Every country prepares the pitches to suit their team, and the loss of England 5-0 in Aus after thrashing the Aussies in England is a proof to that. Our present team got the talent, changing the team every time is not going to help. CSK's performance in IPL is sufficient evidence to MSD's policy of player retention. Have faith in our team and Captain Bro and you will see them play better. Cheers

  • on February 25, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Karthik must come at No. 7 (Dhoni's place) and being captain stuff help Kohli.

  • SP009 on February 25, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    bring back Yuvraj Singh, he is player of big tournaments. don't include Jadeja & Ashwin in the team, keep them aside.

  • AravindVatsal82 on February 25, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Really good though kholi fancy this chance considering the conditions similar to india & up against team who play similar cricket except be watchfull on pakistan bowling attack,I see exposure is lacking in the fast bowling department,batting openers will be the key as dhawan is not in great form & inconsistent sharma will be a worry,pujara grab this opputunity at middle order to make quite runs taking time which suits him but test his skill when it demands for change gears when run rate is up,karthik no options for dhoni & never a replacement for the man not only who can control his team but also the opposition atleast in this format,kholi as a batsman like challenges but as captain importantly testing his temperment,cricketing brain,maturity as a leader,hold his emotions back which does send a signal to the oppostion then it becomes the mind game with all this i conclude india will be 2nd favorate,knowing pakistan can be surprise package with crowd backing up.

  • sandeepknk on February 25, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Kohli bring back yuvraj ,he will be good asset for you,

  • on February 25, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    My regular line up : Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteswar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohith Sharma,Suresh Raina, MS. Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny,Bhuvaneswar Kumar,Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami

  • Abbas67 on February 25, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Its time to bring some heavy changes in Playing XI, enough of CSK ! Rohit Rahane Kohli Pujara Karthik Binny Jadeja Bhuvaneshwar Pandey Mishra Shami ... Jadeja needs to contribute with bat or else Rayudu can replace him, Dhavan has a lot of failures, so need to bench him for couple of matches !

  • GRVJPR on February 25, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    In asian conditions you need to score as many runs as possible to be safe. Late night dew will play its part. I will include all attacking batsmen at the top. My team: Dhawan, D Karthik, Kohli, Pujara, Rayudu, Binny, Jadeja, Shammi, mishra, b kumar, aaron

  • Anvith21 on February 25, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    If India has to win the come they should go with this team for all the matches no matter what, 1.Dhawan, 2.Rohit, 3.Pujara, 4.Kohli, 5.Rahane, 6.Kartik, 7.Binny, 8.Jadeja, 9.Ashwin, 10.Kumar, 11.Shami and extras replace in case of injuries only. Rayudu/Mishra/Varun/Ishwar

  • KrishnaChicago on February 25, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Changes is always better, but Kohli should never under estimate other team. He should do his home work for every game and find out positive and week points about Indian team and also for opponent team. Kohli should find wild cards and used at right time particularly when team have bat to chase the target, Kohli is one wild card.

  • KrishnaChicago on February 25, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Kohli should increase his confidence like Kapil Dave won 1983 world cup. This is best time to find new players before goes to 2015 world cup. Game will be depend Indian team on how team is approaching offensive or defensive. Offensive plays make champion but Defenses makes world Champion. Relax and enjoy the Asia cup.

  • SANATP22 on February 25, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Its time for Indian seamier & spinier to improve their performance on subcontinental.Its time for Ashwin & rohit sharma to perform well or give chance to other ranji player. good luck Virat.

  • on February 24, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    Kohli has made a good statment here. There is no doubt he is maturing as a player and will soon be capable of filling MSD's shoes. Pujara should play tommorow as no. 4. I wish rohit sharma would have not got that 209. His average would have been so low. He makes a 100+ in one game doesn't perform in the next 5. We don't need such an opener. We need someone who is reliable which rohit sharma isn't.hopefully pujara will be able to replace him. Rayudu needs to tone his agression up a lil bit. There is no place for Rahane in the odi team definitely as he has failed to perform in the odi's consistently. I would still give Ashwin one last chance as he is a great asset but hasn't perfoemed upto his potential and sir Ravindra jadeja is definetly the number 6 in the batting. A quick fire 50 is all that's need from him. Hope we come out victorious. It will be such a boost of confidence for kohli.

  • on February 24, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    it's not very easy for kohli and not much difficult againist such as like afganistan, bangla, lanka. even pak also.. i think this time indian batting line-up much better.

    india's first11 should be

    dhavan, rohit/rahane, kohli, pujara, rahane/rohit, karthik/raydu,jaddu, binny/ashwin,bkumar,shami,aron/pandey/mishra.. this batting line-up guaranteed that no innings score less than 300 or above than 350.

  • Temuzin on February 24, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    best of luck to Virat and team India. I hope they particularly virat will be able to marshal our pygmy bowlers and defend a score below 300.

  • on February 24, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    kholi is great player and great person and great all talk by dhoni and dhoni great captain for india

  • on February 24, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    india :'( india :'( india :'(

  • i_amVIVA on February 24, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    kholi will be a flop, I predict. he's too hyper to be a leader :)

  • on February 24, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    my team pujara shikar kohli karthik raydu rahane binny mishra shami aoron pandey no agent of dhoni should be plsyed like rohit .raina .jadeja.ishant.ashwin

  • on February 24, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    C.Pujara is a very good batsman , he should be given chance in ODIs , as we have seen ,India have got good opening pair in the form of Rohit Shram and Shikhar Shawan , One down is Virat Kohli , but India is lacking a solid batsman in Middle order , that was proved in the Newzealand series , I think , Pujara at no 4 and Yuvi at 5 will make Indian batting Line up strongest Batting line among 8 test playing countries with no loop hole

  • on February 24, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    dhavan rohit/rahane pujara kohli dk rayudu binny jadeja ashwin bhuvi shami is my team

  • the_predator on February 24, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    This team has lot of classical batting SKILL, which is typically suited for tough batting conditions. Actually core of the test batting is selected here. But in subcontinental condition we need some hard hitters. I think that is missing in this linelup. But this same team perhaps is very well suited (incuding DHONI) for next years world cup (where we would require core batting skills). that is why i think selectors wantd to see PUJARA. Even this team looses dont loose your sleep over it. give them time. they will do well. remember even sachin scored his first 100 at 79Th match (agaist AUSIi think in SL)

  • ig4indranil on February 24, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Team for WC15- Dhawan,Rohit,Gambhir,Kohli,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Raina, Jadeja, Zaheer,Shami,Bhuwaneshwar

  • Cricket0083 on February 24, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    The test squad should be mixture of seniors and Junior's. Zaheer khan should groom youngster's like Bhuvi,Shami,Aaron,Ishat,Mohit.

    Zaheer should be there till 2015 WC.

    My Test Squad: 1.Dhawan 2.Wasim Jaffer 3.Pujara 4.Virat 5.Gambir(Captain) 6.Rehane 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Shami 10.Zaheer 11.Yadav/Aaron.

  • Anandsadvice on February 24, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    I am sure Kohli will do well, he is aggressive caption, only thing he needs to focus on is the Indian bowling in these kind of pitches. Spinners are good but the pace bowlers need to bowl according to the match situation and work hard at the nets and realize that the team cannot just win matches on batting strength bowlers should do their part as well then only we can win the Asia Cup.

    Young and super Indian batters should play accounting to the match situation and use their experience and avoid unnecessary risky shots. I do not have to say be brave as all the batsmen are positive and brave to get the target or put up a good target.

    Go India go the world cup is around the corner get into the winning streak again and get us the Asia Cup and the T20 Cup and finally the world Cup. I know you guys are the best and can surly do it and you have proved it as well before.

    Good Luck young guns have a blast.

  • Hashimbaig on February 24, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    I dont think india will win they are struggling. Dhoni is now injured, and now is up to kohli. India need expirienced players like zaheer, harbhajan sing and yuvraj. Gautam to open with rohit. They cant win without expirience:( Sorry but india cant win the asia cup 2014. Look back to 2012 asia cup. They had some expirenced players in 2012 asia cup. There was sachin, gambhir, but now a full young team. Never a chance for india now.

  • on February 24, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Dhawan,Kartik,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit,Rahane,Jadeja,Mishra,Shami,B.Kumar Varun. If this team is given a run for the full Asia cup- don't be surprised if India Lifts the Asia Cup for the 6th time. This team covers most of everything that any other team in the Asia cup can trow at us. Dhoni would surely make a difference to finish a inning or finish the match. I believe that Rohit and Rahane can do a decent job with Jadeja at No 7.

    All the best India

  • on February 24, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Virat, without getting bogged down with past statistics of wins & losses, be positive and approach games ie one game at a time without underestimating any of the teams. Involve everyone in Team Strategy and do remind them in case they go astray. Pls don't be a mute spectator as if it is not your job and every individual being matured players, they are bound to act responsibly etc Since almost most of the Team members are of your age group, enjoy, but when needed be a true leader, whom the other Team mates look to you as a role model !

    Pls do improve your maturity, by disengaging yourself from undesirable spats, on field fighting as u seem to be generally ulra-aggressive and get emotional easily and these instincts needs to be curbed.

    Position yourself in a congenial slot familiar to you, improve your fielding. Better days are ahead of u.Prove yourself and Best of Luck !

  • on February 24, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    I like to see kohli giving chances to Pujara and Rahane at no4 and no5 respectively...Sir jaddu at no6.

  • sahil16556 on February 24, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    I think it will be a great test for kholi and I hope he will win the ASIA CUL Best Luck kholi & Team India

  • Johnny_129 on February 24, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    India should select Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron based on principles alone!!! I'm sick of watching India constantly being seen as a pussy team with medium pacers only. I am actually very interested in finding out how the monkeys at the BCCI are selected - I would like to apply for a job because I strongly believe I can bring improvement in the much needed pace bowling department. Here are a few ideas BCCI should consider: 1. Develop harder/ faster pitches at domestic level. 2. Have a comp awarding any local bowler USD50,000 who can bowl 6/6 balls above 145kmph - Maybe nobody will win initially but the idea is to have youngsters striving for pace. We might even find Ishant lifting his pace!! 3. Issue show cause notice to any international bowler who suddenly drops pace (eg. Ishant). 4. Make IPL pymts limits on pace bowlers based on pace! The above actions, especially pace based pymts, will miraculously see a rise in pace bowlers on the local seen!!

  • on February 24, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    my 11 dhavan,rohit,kholi,pujara,rahane,karthik,binny,jadeja,mishra,kumar&shami 12th man ashwin

  • Yaduwansialok on February 24, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Good luck virat !! good luck team india !! i think gauti and viru ..much better dan dhawan nd rohit !!

  • AsherCA on February 24, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    11 in batting order - Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Karthik, Sharma,Jadeja, Binny, Ashwin, Shami, Kumar

  • on February 24, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    My Best 11 player for 2015 World Cup is:

    1. Gampir. 2. Rahane/Rohit. 3. Kholi. 4. Yuvaraj. 5. Karthick/Rayudu. 6. Dhoni. 7. Jadeaja. 8. Ashwin. 9. Zaheer Khan. 10. Mohamed Shami/Bhuvaneshvar Kumar. 11. Nehra.

    I dont think Pujara is capable of playing Oneday. Also, by seeing 2 or 3 series, we cant blame Ashwin is a bad player. He is actually good alrounder.

    Test Squad:

    1. Vijay/Karthick. 2. Rahena. 3. Pujara. 4. Kholi. 5. Badrinath. 6. dhoni. 7. Ashwin. 8. Jadaja/Ohja. 9. Mohamed shami. 10. Zaheer Khan. 11. Nehra.

    Nehra and Badrinath chance should be given. Murali Vijay is actually good player, between he s making some mistakes that causing his loss of Wicket.

  • on February 24, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    appoint glen mcgrath as bowling consultant (he is ready to take up the task).......yadav,aaron,shami....the quickies in INDIA..at present must be prepared well for the WC in aus....mcgrath will have an impact on them....hope ishant corrects his mistakes....and starts improving as a bowler....he will be under waqar younis and dale steyn for the ipl....hope he will improve....binny must be given a go in the squad from now on....try ojha as the spinnner in overseas...in eng and aus...this year......and the main thing appoint an indian as the coach preferbly kumle or ganguly....sack duncan as soon as possible....bcci must be proactive atleast now...

  • on February 24, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Without Dhoni, Asia Cup would be a tough target to win for India under Kohli's captaincy.

  • on February 24, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    My PlayingXI for WC2015 : Rohit,Gambhir,Virat,Dinesh Karthik,Yuvaraj,MS Dhoni,Stuary Binny,Jadeja,Shami,Zaheer,Bhuvaneshwar

  • baji003 on February 24, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan -- Rohit Sharma -- Virat Kohli (c) -- Cheteshwar Pujara -- Dinesh Karthik (wk) -- Ajinkya Rahane -- Stuart Binny -- Ravindra Jadeja -- Ravichandran Ashwin -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar -- Mohammed Shami --

  • Nampally on February 24, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Dhoni will be missed as a player but as a different Captain, Indian team is much better. Firstly, I expect an alternate Captain will have the ability to choose an unbiased & balanced XI. Dhoni XI selection defied logic & understanding of the game especially in Tests. Secondly, an alternate captain will be able to convert an initial collapse to full collapse unlike Dhoni, who always lost control. This is because I expect Kohli to have a better balance of bowlers in his XI. India lost both the SA & NZ winnable series because of Dhoni's short comings in this area! Thirdly Kohli needs more appropriate field placement catered to wicket taking after proper discussions with the bowlers prior to the match & on the field. Strategic tactics were totally absent in Dhoni. A good Captain always has strategy aimed to work on batsmen's weaknesses. Last but not the least, Kohli's primary goal is Winning! So his best XI will include permanently banned guys by Dhoni such as Pujara & Chawla! Good Luck.

  • on February 24, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    I feel players like Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be extra cautious under Kohli's captaincy. They wont have a favourable captain like Dhoni this time, if they fail to perform in 2 matches, Kohli would really think of their replacement unlike Dhoni

  • on February 24, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    @Iyer_Brain. Your second answering post is more nearer to reality. Sir you wrote in your first post so far Rohit had only 3 decent series, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Aussiesn India. So I corrected. Now you have included WI in your second post and still forgetting following SA, Aussies, and England outside subcontinent. Remember his debute T20 World Cup in England where he scored 50 in his first match vs SA. In his first Tri series final he scored mejor runs along with ST to won India's first ever win in Aussie. Last CT, Rohit along with Shikhar were the mejor performers for India in England. And please just give fine touch to your survey with cricinfo. After removing his 35 ODIs as an opener, in remaining ODIs, more than 75% time Rohit got chance after 44 overs and still having aggregate avg over 36. Last entire year Rohit is performing very well in all conditions. Not only at sub continent. So why always criticise him ? I always remember. Form is temporary and class is permanent.

  • on February 24, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Rohit and shikhar open than virat at 3 pujara at 4 and rahane at 5 than kartik at 6 , jadeja should be given rest and let's bring Stuwart binny at 7 similarly Amit mishra at 8 shami at 9 bhuvi or ishwor pandey at 10 and varun Aron at 11 hope to see this team playing. If some bowlers have off day than rohit and virat will also bowl so looks very balanced team

  • Hannibal_Lecter on February 24, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    My XI would be : Dhawan, Sharma, Kohli, Rahane, Rayudu, Karthik, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami and Kumar

  • on February 24, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Kohli... Be aggressive... Till the. Match is won....like aussies.....

  • on February 24, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Without Dhoni the Indian ODI team is only half of what it is with him. MSD is without any doubt the most valuable player in ODIs. He has mastered the art of pacing an innings and the fact that he doubles up as an effective /tireless wicketkeeper (not to mention bowler!!! sometimes) makes him invaluable. This Indian team without him is surely going to find it tough without him. While as an Indian I want them to win , it looks difficult.

  • on February 24, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Team will change . also change opening batsman R.Sharma to Rahane R.Sharma will be bat 4 team will be good

  • lasfri on February 24, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Virat Kohli of today has streaks of the Sourav Ganguly of Champions Trophy 2000, when a young leader led a younger and totally raw side to the finals of the tournament with memorable victories over Australia and S.A. Could this be a new beginning for Indian cricket?

  • on February 24, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    My playing XI will be: Shikhar, Rohit, Virat, Pujara, Rahane, Karthik, Binny, Ashwin/Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuvi, Shami... If Rohit fails to fire, which I am very much sure of, I would like to See Rahane opening with Dhawan and Rayudu or Jadeja coming in place.

  • ButchiReddy_TimmaReddy on February 24, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    WC2015 XI: Sehwag, Dhawan, Kohli, Rahane, Yuvraj, Dhoni, R Sharma/Irfan, Jadeja, Shammi,Ishanth, Zaheer Rem: Rayudu, Bhuvi, Ashwin

  • on February 24, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @iyer brain- sehwag and yuvraj also averages 36 in ODIS and if you take out there best performances then they would also average 20.rohit averages 50 as an opener and i agree that he's a late bloomer but his average of last 2 years is around 45.just wait and watch his batting in the upcoming years.rohit sharma is India's next sachin tendulkar.

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 24, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    At Oracle_Magus... that's almost my point too, but in tangent! Dhoni received a great test team handed over to him in a Platter by Ganguly, who built it from the scratch when he took over. Dhoni merely went along with that great team & got all the records under his belt, without ever focusing on building a team like Ganguly did. 5 Series Drubbings in a Row, there was nothing Dhoni could do.

    There has been no-captain as unimaginative as Dhoni. He tries nothing new, nothing different, never sets up a fielding/ bowling commensurate with a batsman's weakness to get him out. He does not pick team on merit. He gives Rohit, Jadeja, Raina & Ishant assured seat, despite repeated non performances. He allows players like Rayudu with domestic average of 44 to get into Indian Test Side! But, in my humble opinion, Dhoni's worst trait is he seldom fosters new "talent" and keeps betting on his favourites or gets influenced by fomer-players.

    Thanks to Dhoni, the next Captain has to start afresh...

  • manas_02 on February 24, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma will thrive under Virat Kohli's captaincy for the simple reason that Virat is going to treat him like the vice captain of the team. Rohit does seem to enjoy responsibility and the Asia Cup should show hopefully bring about a more determined performance by him

  • on February 24, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Team... SDhawan CPujara VKohli RSharma ARayadu DKarthik SBinny RAshwim AMishra VAaron IPandey.. bring Jadeja,Shami and Bhuvi for pakistan game if needed...play pujara and binny for the entire tournament...play rahane for rohit/dhawan...if they fail...

  • sumit1982 on February 24, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    I love to see a blower become Indian test captain. India inability to win the test series in overseas mainly not able to take 20 wickets.

  • ramz30380 on February 24, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    No matter who captains India, the most important asset for a good team is to have 3/4 good fast bowlers at ur disposal at any given point of time. By any given point of time I mean that we need to have a bench strength of 9-10 of them. If this does not happen, no matter the captain's potential, India will not be a reckoning force in the world cup 2015.

    IMHO some one in the calibre of Wasim Akram can be brought in as the fast bowling coach and be given the utmost freedom to go around India and pick bowlers whom he thinks have the potential. He was the first person to identify the potential of Shami as a KKR coach - this man has an eye for that. Also selectors have to make sure that such groomed fast bowlers are picked into the playing XI.

    The reason I choose Akram is bcoz he can communicate in Hindi at ease. He is fiery, competitive and aggressive - something that India can do with as part of their pace bowling arsenal!

  • gauravm5 on February 24, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    @Iyer_Brain: Yes, Rahane batting average is just 23 but he is in early stages of his career and has played only 23 ODIs. You cant judge a player on the basis of his first 25 international outings. DO you know Sangakkara's ODI batting average after 40 ODIs was 22.27, Mahela's after 39 ODIs was JUST 24 and that of AB De Villiers' was 27.48 (after 26 ODIs). All these three are now counted as few of the best batsmen in the world . Give some time to Rahane to prove himself and then question his place in the team.

    BTW, Rahane has already showed his talent, class and temperament in tests outside subcontinent.

  • on February 24, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Team... S Dhawan R Sharma C Pujara V Kohli A Rayadu D Karthik S Binny R Ashwin A Mishra V Aaron I Pandey get back jadeja and shami for the pakistan game......play rahane if any one of the top 3 fails

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 24, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Hey Anand Palwankar... I don't know where you got those numbers, especially Rohit played 80 matches at No. 5/6!!! Or in 60 matches he batted after 44 overs!

    Well, here's the data I pulled out from CrickInfo stats on Rohit. Please look it up yourselves if you would like.

    1) He opened Batting in 35 ODIs 2) He batted below No 5 position only on 19 of 113 ODIs. He remained not out in 11 of these 19 games (so no impact on his average) 3) Series Averages greater than 40 are: India in Zimbabwe 87, India in Westindies 128, Westindies in India 76, Westindies Trination 54, Australia series 122. Which 1737+ runs in 24 Matches. 4) In rest of the 89 matches, he has scored merely 1582 runs at an average of 19.92 runs per Match! 1582 runs in 89 matches at 19.92. Specialist Batsman!

    Now, I would like to see how you defend this, and how Rayudu is in the team with a domestic average of 44 or how Rahane is in the team despite his ODI average being in 20s.

    Cricinfo, please publish.

  • on February 24, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Kohli will be a good captain but more than that, it will be a testing time for R.Ashwin atleast in the subcontinent conditions he should be able to pick wickets, which i hope he will. And to all cricket fans who arent supporting india at their bad time, doesnt deserve to support india at the good time as well!!!

  • yadavharish on February 24, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    desperately waiting for the mouth watering ,ultra high voltage match between india and pakisthan .kohli is highly likely to give the reference of mothers and sisters in this high voltage match because his celebration on field is incomplete without it.

  • on February 24, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Kohli has a proven record as an ODI captain. Its good for India that we finally got reprieve from defensive captainship of Dhoni. And those who are praising Rohit as a captain my advice for them is to watch this year's IPL beofre passing the verdict. I watched the Champions league Semi Finals and Finals in the stadium which Mumbai won. In both those matches it was Sachin who was setting the fields and making key decision. Rohit was only the stamp. This year will be Rohit's real test.

  • on February 24, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    hope the pressure of captaincy doesn't get the better of him.he is the lynchpin of India batting line up in odi.if he fails things will get bitter for india.but hey the series will be in subcontinent so the D team of india would have won the asia cup.lol

  • on February 24, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    I keep misreading the title as Kohli ready for test captaincy!

  • on February 24, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    @Ravi Shankar on (February 24, 2014, 6:35 GMT):

    Re: Kohli's insistence for Yuvi for RCB.

    What you perceive as "Strategic Sense", can be perceived as "Personal Bias" by some one else!

  • on February 24, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    India need an experience batting coach for abroad matches..! If it is Sachin, would be great!!~ for all players!!~ or otherwise it should be our great champion DADA! To improve skills on varun aron,iswar panday...need good bowling coach too...

    Rohit,Shikher,Rahane,etc.. team badly require a good coaching in abroad pitches. BCCI should think about it. These indian players are really talented,but they are not familier with outside region. A captain can lead ..only when the players are fit and give the outcome with 100%. Before the WC2015, team should practice thier atleast for 30 days to get used to the conditions thier.

    Any way Dhoni is a great captain- no doubt on it.no one can replace him. Kholi can lead this team well and wishing him all the best for asia cup. I wish all the best to Rohit also to do well and come out with his best performance. Then his chances as a captain is not so far!

  • sreehk on February 24, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Having taken a Looong look at Rohit, Raina, and Ishant I think the best 11 for 2015 world cup would be:

    WC2015 XI: Sehwag, Dhawan, Kholi, Rahane, Yuvraj, Dhoni, YPathan/IPathan, Mishra, Shammi,Yadav, Aron. Extras: Dinesh Karthik, Jadeja, Pandey,

    With just 1 year to go for world cup, this is the best eleven that I can think of. Unlike Dhoni's one-match wonders like Rohit and Raina, the above eleven has proven many times and won many matches for India. They are big match players with far better temperament than Dhoni's favorite bunnies. With 6 proper bowling options, (unlike the cheap Rohit and Raina part time) and reliable batting depth up to 7, it is tough to achieve same balance without these players. Dhoni needs to bend and work with biggies like Sehwag, Yuvraj and Pathan brothers. India will not win world cup with Rohit, Raina, Ashwin, and Ishant.

  • gauravm5 on February 24, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    If Rohit, Shikhar and Virat play at top 3 positions then where you would put Pujara, he can't play at number 4 in this lineup. It would be nobrainer to put Pujara at number 3 followed by Kohli at number 4. Yes, if you have big hitters like Dhoni, Raina/Yuvraj at number 5 & 6 then Pujara is best suited for number 4 otherwise he can play only as an opener and that too only with Shikhar not with Rohit who like Pujara, is also a slow starter. Selectors thought Dhoni would be there for Asia cup thats why they dropped Raina; had they known about Dhoni's injury before picking Asia cup squad, I am sure they would have continued with Raina. Now it is the responsibility of the top 3s to score most of the runs as India can't depend on newcomers Pujara, Binny, Rayudu and inconsistent Dinesh Karthik to make good contribution with the bat and score some quick runs in the death overs.

  • uksar on February 24, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    In sub-continent conditions more often you have to chase 300+ runs.In chasing when the asking rate reaches 8 or more Dhoni is a master of that situation, next to him are Raina & Yuvraj. All the are missing.I don't know who will do the job. But Pujara is not a good choice at least.

  • on February 24, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    @Iyer_Brain. Please have some exact knowledge of the player before commenting. Who told you Rohit had decent series against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh ? Rohit scored 4 centuries, only one against Zimbabwe. Rest 3- 2 vs Aussies and 1 against SL. Out of 110 plus ODIs Rohit played only 32 matches as opener, and as opener he is having average near 50. Nearly 80 ODIs Rohit played at no 5/6. Out of 80 matches, in 60 matches Rohit got batting chance after 44 overs. Still carrying aggregate average 36.56. What is wrong in it ? Out of 21 half centuries Rohit scored 17 tons out of India and out of 17, 14 half centuries he scores out of subcontinent. Have you forgot his 70 runs in Aussie with SRT at WACA in Tri series final ? Have you forgot in last tri series at WI where every batsmen struggled in overcast conditions and at bowler friendly tracks, Rohit scored runs to won the trophy for India ? And yes. He is a better leader amongst current young Indian side. Watch his performance in IPL & CL.

  • jimbond on February 24, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy in limited overs will be missed, same with his batting- as Dhoni is arguably the best ODI batsman in the world today. Kohli has some credentials as an ODI captain- the Junior team, but his limited overs handling of the RCB was nothing spectacular, but then T20 is another game. Its amazing that after so many failed examples, Indians still seek the option of their best players as captains. Kohli might be the better player, but Rohit Sharma seems to be a better captain. For T20, the best substitute for Dhoni's captaincy would have been Rohit Sharma, but Sharma hardly deserves a place in the ODI team. The biggest gap in Dhoni's exit would be seen when Dinesh Karthik comes in to bat. If he finishes with an average of 20 or above in this tournament, India would be more than happy.

  • vipinchirackal on February 24, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    india hasnt won any matches after sachin left.@xylo everybody started comparing players with sachin.but its fact that nobody cant be even compared to sachin.kohli is the best batsman in the present cricketing world along wioth de villors.but none comes anywhere near to sachin when it comes prodigy

  • kohli_kuttu on February 24, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    if we want to see a victory under kohli's name we should go play against Cambodia.LOL

  • Ramansilva on February 24, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    India will miss MSD in a big way. He is an all round cricketer and often proved to be the difference between other teams. I think VK will be a failure as a captain as SRT proved. VK does not have the cool head that MSD has. VK will will not be able to bring India team out of the abyss they are in right now.

  • ramz30380 on February 24, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    jj0685 and Kalana Jayawardene, I wud like to clarify that gauravm5 's post was in reply to Vimukthi Dharshana's post that bashed the Indian team. He brought up the stats and that hurts people because it happens to be the truth!

    Before u comment please read thru the post of others who are bashing other cricket teams - that too a team that is rated better in ODIs and till recently was the No.1 ODI side.

  • dganger on February 24, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    All said and fine but my concern for this Indian team is where are the hard hitters in this Indian team? Rohit, Rahane, Rayadu, Pujara all are slow starters. Without Yuvraj and Raina (In subcontinent condition) and Dhoni himself thr are not many players who can accelerate any given time. Pitty Yusuf Pathan could not live up to his potential, otherwise he would have been a dynamite in this kind of situation. So Indian fans be lil patient and realistic, I dont see this team transforming into a super performer over night, good testing period for Kohli for sure, very interesting to see how he manage his players spcly his bowlers. Will he still go with tried tasted and failed players ? Same old overrated players with whom Dhoni has persisted for so long (Ishant, Raina etc) and damaged Indian Cricket permanently? Or will he groom players like Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Binny....Though inspite of the criticism on Ashwin i still see place for him in this Indian team as an allrounder. All the best

  • vishwa369 on February 24, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Boys need more aggressiveness its important to win every game as you said, like Aussies always do particularly a bowling part The poor part of Indian cricket team i mean India has the bowlers but not fast enough i think it depending on way their teaching i mean the coaching part done nothing no improvement from the players even their lost they skills, i think the past few years India has done well since the one man army become as a captain MS i mean his and his preparation done everything with his team, in fact Ishant Sharma has speed of 145 to 151 km/h in Commonwealth Bank Series he real shakes Aussies top order batman before Gary Kirsten takes his place as a coach India have won Commonwealth Bank Series,in 4 March 2008.previously ICC T20 World Cup in 24 Sept 2007 Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad as coach their won without any other country support, Aussies the best team of the world they has they own national man Darren Lehman, lets give the opportunity to our own National person

  • vim_equal on February 24, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma is a better captain than Kohli..

  • on February 24, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    The title would have read better if it were "Kohli ready for test captaincy" :-)

  • suriaero on February 24, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    One probability. Try out Rahane in the opening slot rather than Rohit and Virat at No 4 with pujara at No 4. It will be a better bet which will work out if we keep 2015 world cup in mind. Kohli can also be a better finisher than anyone else. Binny's domestic form is something to cheer about. Let see how he delivers in the Asia Cup if chances were given to him. Try other bowlers rather than the usual lot for some series to rest the present and to unearth the new talents. IPL is the best of all to test the local bowling talents. Unfortunately, those places are always occupied by the foreign bowlers rather than the locals. Nobody heard of Mohit when he made it into the CSk he came into ODI side. Likewise other teams should cultivate some local talents especially in the shorter versions of the game. Skills will improve if they have the confidence and stamina to go through the phase. After McGrath taking over MRF academy not able to hear any local talent in the camp. Whats happening there?

  • sherishahmir on February 24, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Good Luck to VK, u got talent, aggression, passion and hunger to perform at best of your abilities, hope leadership in the Asia cup will also bring maturity to make you a brand in world and Indian cricket.

  • on February 24, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    we saw kholi doing good without dhoni against zimbawe but this is diff... he might have struggled at the start against WI in the tri series but he showed nerves and captained well... this series will be fun cause after two series defeats WE take on the asian giants and with a young team and young captain there will be lots of agressivness from the team... hopping that team INDIA will do well and show that we can convert those close finishes into wins... no matter whatever happens in this series we are always a team to beat in all conditions... Kiwis tour is a best example.... all the best Chiku...:)

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 24, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Anand Palwankar & class9ryan Should Rohit be even in the team at first place... with a batting average in mid-30s at a strike rate of late 70s, as a specialist top-order batsman!!!

    After 110+ ODIs Rohit has only had 3 decent series - against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh & a batsman dominated Australia series... Just take these 3 series out (Cricinfo's stats option is superb for such analysis), his already poor mid-30 average plummets to a palrty early 20s...! A specialist batsman! Really! Rohit has got a 'Talent' that only Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri & Sanjay Manjrekar can see. It is invisible for the rest of us; atleast the statistics show the Opposite.

    Besides, could you throw some light on how Rayudu (another Mumbai player), with a Domestic average of 44 is in the India Test Squad...? There are dozens of Ranji players with domestic average of 55+, how did Rayudu get selected ahead of them!? Furthermore, none from the current Irani & Ranji champions Karnataka is in the National Team!

  • imtiazjaleel on February 24, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Virat Kohli is playing safe, he knows that he is the future captain of India. If he shows his emotions on the field then it will be difficult for him to get the support of him team mates who are also now stars in their own right.

  • xylo on February 24, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Bad news: No Dhoni. Good news: No Sachin!

  • on February 24, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    So What is Kohli wins the tournament? One of the greatest off field Indian soap opera will ensue. I can already see TOI dramatizing Kohli v/s Dhoni. Haahahha this is exciting. Go kohli!!!

  • on February 24, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    He undoubtedly has great strategic sense (I am basing it on his move to get Yuvi at any cost for RCB :)

  • Lalz on February 24, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Why we are not believing in Indian batsmen who are proved in Intl level. Everyone is concerned about who will finish in absence of Dhoni. Either we need to find a talent who can be a good finisher else help the current batsmen finish the game. Why Dhoni needs to accelerate and finish at the end overs bcoz everytime our bowlers allowed opposition to score at around 290 - 320. We used to have 6 bowlers including part timers who can deliver well economically during Ganguly's captiancy. Strike bowlers took wickets and part timers bowled economically. Now strike bowlers are asked to bowl economically and expecting part timers to take wickets. There is the problem. So we need to allow strike bowlers to go for a hunt and if failed we need to depend spinners and part timers to bowl economically. So my opinion is to select 11 which should have 6 bowlers including All Rounders . Dhawan, Rohit/Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Karthik, Binny, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuvi, Aaron, Shami is my team. Opinions Plzzz

  • Oracle_Magus on February 24, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @Iyer_Brain. Hello buddy. Did you really check the statistics or just putting some figures to support your statement. Though the Captain and coach does make recommendations, there is a selection panel who selects the team Bro. With 60% win in ODI and 49.7% wins in test matches MSD is the most successful Indian Captain. 2011 WC and the T20 WC and subsequent rise of India to no.1 rank all happened under his captaincy. Confidence of a player effects his performance. MSD gives that confidence to every player by making sure that they are given repeated chances. Just imagine if you are on a knife edge at your workplace everyday. That will surely not help your performance in anyway. Please look into the performance of our team over the years, just don't keep looking at a few recent matches and make statements. Our team's overseas performance has always been bad. So let us have faith in our team and for the time being wish the best for them and Virat for this Asia Cup.

  • on February 24, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    kohli, you are the most talented batsmen india ever produced after sachin, but dear you now have to stand on dhoni place (the great cap ever after imran khan and clive llyod) in my opinion this is the most challenging task you have ever had, after your teams performance in the SA and NZW,, and also in the absence of yuvi and raina (experience), you should now be very very calm,, not be as aggresive as u are,, because at this time your team needs a calm and cool captain, not an agressive one,, and this is the time for u to prove to world that u can do every thing,, so i recomend u that bring kedhar jadav / sanju samson in place of kartik,, there is no doubt that he is a very good player, but jadhav is a finisher, as dhoni bhai is,, so i recomend you this team,,, promote jadeja, as he can be your trump card, dont play 3 seames, as they always go for distance,

    1: dhawan 2:pujara 3:kohli 4:jadeja 5:rohit 6:binny 7:jadhav 8:ashwin 9:mishra 10: sami 11:aaron best of luck

  • kochumvk on February 24, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    An appeal to all subcontinent cricket fans ( especially from India, Pakistan and Srilanka)

    Please stop bashing your neighbour. You all are playing for long and each team produced great cricket and outstanding players. Instead of bashing each other start respecting. Respect every team. We may take a leaf off western fans here.

    It's shameful and paiful at the same time.

    Please respect each nation, it's players and it's fans equally. No matter how good or bad their performance is.

    _____End of appeal ______

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 24, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @Vimukthi Dharshana. Big dream! really. But in effect, BD will use their experience against your side and they will thrash SL. Also, I cann't see any better results for your team than the last time!

  • on February 24, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    My X1 : Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit,Rahane,Karthik,Jadeja,Aswin,BKumar,Shami,Aaron/Pandey

  • on February 24, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Kohli is an exciting player and my favourite player in the Indian Team. Not because he is a good player but because his never say die attitude. He wants to win every match he plays and always value his wicket. This should be the attitude of a player. Of coure, absence of Dhoni will badly affect the team in the Asia cup, especially in the matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as he can handle the pressure situation so coolly Dhoni's success rate could have been better had he not insisted with Raina, Ishant Sharma and to some extent Ashwin despite their consistent failure, which has cost India so dearly. Those people who have been praising him very high, have now started to criticize his captaincy. Obviously, when the team starts to lose the matches one after another, that too because of some players, people have the right to criticize, since they are playing for the country. IPL is the best place to keep a captain's favorites with him tem and not the Indian team.

  • on February 24, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    If we want to replace MSD, then I think Rohit Sharma is better choice than Virat for ODIs & T20s atleast. No doubt Virat is currently best batsman we are having. But after watching his leadership abilities in big tournaments IPL etc, anybody can compare his leadership ability with Rohit. Last IPL final it was Rohits leadership responcible for victry over CSK. Malinga was shaded off entire tournament, but it Rohits decision to brought him as opening bowler & got huge wickets of Hussey & Raina. On the other hand we saw so many times Virat lost his cool at crucial times. He is a bit impatient. Small small things can easily attack on his cool. Rohit is perfectely captain material, even Virat too has agreed. He has cool mind. And we saw his performance under leadership respocibilty. He performs verywell to when respocibilty given to him. In Asia cup extra burden of leadership may affect Virats batting performance too. I am not critisising Virat. In fact I am a big fan of Virat. ATB India

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 24, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    To all those who pity Dhoni for bowlers being bad, I have a rhetorical question! There are 800,000 enrolled 'professional cricketers' in India, with "500,000" bowlers alone... Are you saying that Dhoni as a Captain, couldn't ask for or help identity some 4 bowlers worth international level!??? You must be smoking pots! Luck will get you a few things in a platter, but please be adviced, it is never a replicable, consequently you cannot sustain what you got...

    All Dhoni's fans please stand up on the bench, & if you still have a positive opinion of him, please raise your hand & place it over your mouth.

  • NP_NY on February 24, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Jadeja, Binny and Ashwin at 7,8 and 9, with Bhuvi coming at 10 will make India a strong batting side. But two problems - 1. where is the bowling threat? (nothing new for India) and 2. who are the finishers (in the absense of Dhoni, Raina and Yuvi)? I am not sure if Rahane, Rayudu and DK can fill the void left by Yuvi, Raina and Dhoni, especially when it comes to finishing an innings. Kohli has a tough job on his hands.

  • on February 24, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    This is the litmus test for VRT. So far he has passed all the tests wonderfully, whether in Test or ODIs...good luck for him

  • snbirdi on February 24, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Oh wow! I was a big critic of him not being mature enough to lead the side, but pleasantly surprised to read these statements from him. He's maturing quite nicely and will one day make a great captain.

  • Oracle_Magus on February 24, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Best wishes for Virat and team India. MSD will surely be missed, though it's a huge shoes for Karthick to fill, he will do justice. Once MSD recovers, we need him to lead India for at least 3 more years. We expect a lot from Virat as a Batsman. And we need him to set a few more records by then, so that his confidence in batting will reflect on his captaincy once he takes over. We surely don't want him to become like Tendulkar as a captain, by giving him the command prematurely. This Asia Cup will lay the foundation to the making of another great Indian Captain like MSD, who is undoubtedly the best captain in every format until now.

  • on February 24, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    with out dhoni let see how india go.i haope this is srilanka time

  • barryrichardsfan on February 24, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Kohli is good no doubt but Rahane looks a very measured fellow. Royals should hand over captaincy to him instead of Watson, to see what he brings to table. Just that he has to be more consistent with his performances for the country. And I bet responsibility will bring the best out of him. He is in the best place in IPL, that is under Dravid.

  • Practical_person on February 24, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    Kohli has made mature statements. Every player is different and yes, Kohli does not have the same temperament as Dhoni but he has passion like Ganguly did and that can also translate into success. What is important is that he does not lose confidence if India fails and he needs to develop and inculcate composure to manage the emotional, fickle and unforgiving media and fans.

  • GRVJPR on February 24, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Although Kohli does not have luxury of MS Dhoni. Yuvraj etc which are the main players against Paksitan and Sri Lanka while finishing off matches, I know this guy kohli, he will make life very miserable for opponents. Best of luck to opponents 'Hunter men' is leading India and that is what India needs now.

  • on February 24, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    India only win at home grounds.

  • on February 24, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    this is high drama, kholi will not success then again dhoni will be recalled for t20 world cup.

  • on February 24, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Dhoni s a gift for our indian team.. stop critizing him.. without dhoni it will be very tough for our team.. all d best to kohli..

  • playboy142 on February 24, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    Captaincy will affect Kohli's batting. Sarfraz Khan is a better choice for captain for Asia Cup.

  • on February 24, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Wow dream come true for cricket fans to see kohli captaining a side. Kohli should consider Stuwart binny instead of jadeja and Amit mishra should play as main spinner. Other 3 bowler will be shami varun and bhuvi or ishwor pandey. I hope kohli with coaches chooses balance side. Best of luck team India

  • Humdingers on February 24, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    I think this whole "young team" thing needs to stop. These guys may be young in age, but have significant experience - look at Nohit Sharma, Jadu, Ishant etc - They have all been playing for god knows how many years now. It's no longer a valid excuse for loosing.

  • on February 23, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    @ gauravm5 Well what you say might be true, but heres the other side of the coin. India and SL never had a period of 50:50 level. (none is dominating and everyone wins 50 50). Pre 96 era India dominated SL then after 1996 to 2007 SL dominated india. And MS dhoni changed it so from 2008- to now India is dominating. But there will be a turning point at some point. And I saw some big improvement in SL team against India in WI tour. (without Dhoni SL would have won the trophy). So lets keep our fingers crossed and watch the game. For the time being lets take care of this BD fans who thinks they are world beaters. First they said they can beat Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lanka gave them the thumping they deserved. And now they trash India. So I wish India all the best for the upcoming match against BD.

  • jj0685 on February 23, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    @gavravm5. I think you are bit harsh having a go at another team. India got thrashed 4-0 by a very low ranked NZ team and you trying to pull down at team that is rapidly improving. Teams can go thru' rough patches, like NZ and SL. It is unfair to have a go at them when they are at a rebuilding stage. Agree India were good in the last few years, but I think they are going to struggle without a good bowling attack, the Indian bowlers looked like a club cricket lot you would see in any aussie state.

  • class9ryan on February 23, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Dhawan, Rohit, Virat, Rahane, Rayudu, Karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhvunesh, Shami pick themselves as you can't risk a completely new team. Depending upon the pitch Mishra/Aaron can come in. But I has to pick up a team Mishra would have been my preference ahead of Ashwin but that makes the slip cordon empty.

  • on February 23, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Looking forward to see how he is going to lead the side. He is likely to do good as now he is quite matured batsman and scoring consistently. All the best for him.....

    However, he is not going to to replace MSD immediately. MSD and Ganguly are the best captains for India so far and still there is a lot left in MSD to offer Indian Side.....

  • gauravm5 on February 23, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    IN the last 11 encounters between India and SL, India won 9 & SL won ONLY 2 and still SL fans think SL is better than INDIA. WHAT A BIG JOKE?

  • prasadkhk on February 23, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    if india wins credit goes to team because team has best players. if india loses, failure goes to captain dhoni "what is this nonsense?" if kohli become captain, if india fails again then we want dhoni back as captain and remove kohli...

  • gauravm5 on February 23, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    @Vimukthi Dharshana: But India has been dominating SL since last 5 years all over the world. India beat SL in the last 4 bi-lateral series played on Lankan soil. Even a 2nd string Indian batting lineup can thrash SL bowlers.

  • on February 23, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Thank god msd is not playing. At least now team India can play without politics.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on February 23, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    For a quick second, I misread the title as 'Kohli ready for test captaincy'....Good luck Kohli...He has everything in him to be a successful captain, just needs to curb his aggressive instincts a bit. All the best

  • godshand on February 23, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Kohli is not the right choice, he might be a good batsman but he is too emotional and rash. Pujara or Rahane are cool headed and calm players and deserve this leadership role in MSD's absence.

  • on February 23, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    whoever taking India so lightly needs to calm the heck down. India is most favorite to win Asia cup if not the only favorite. Sri Lanka is on losing streak to India as we look up the match records from last many years. and Pakistan may be find difficult to stop rolling Indians if their bowlers find hard to pick quick wickets early at start. and for bangla people , we know you have a talented growing team but its not likely your bowlers can deal with very aggressive Indian batsmen. well anyways good luck to everyone , who knows I might be wrong in predicting the fixtures results coz its too early to state anything at this very time period

  • ramz30380 on February 23, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    @ Vimukthi Dharshana I am sure ur a Sri Lankan, because u guys are the ones who love thrashing India in forums and actually get thrashed on the field while playing!!! Yes, MSD not playing is a loss for India, but remember Kohli is captaining.... so nightmares for Malinga & Co - SL Just managed with great difficulty to win against Bangladesh! Wait and watch buddy, you will be trashed again!

    @ahmedfaysa If you are an Afghan, very poor judgement, you claim that Team India is in a very poor position, can u please tell us what is that position - bcoz right now Team India is in the No.2 position in ODI rankings, if that is poor, can u please tell me how the positions of the other participants in the Asia Cup are at the moment? MY answer - bad, worse, worst!

  • on February 23, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    I read many comments here saying Pujara must not be selected in the subcontinent conditions. At least he got a chance here. He can prove in these conditions well and that will be a good opportunity for him to claim a chance in the overseas tournaments.

  • on February 23, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    MSD's exit from Asia Cup doesn't mean men in blue are a weaker side. Forget about thrashing, minows should know their limitations. IIndia is still capable enough to beat Pakistan, Srilanka, Bangladesh, minowss Afghans who have just taken birth.

  • MEHATELK on February 23, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    @ALL NON INDIAN SUBCONTINENT FANS IF you take four major asian teams ODI analysis among each other played last 5 odi , IND VS SL 4;1 (all matches were out side india ) IND vs PAK 3;2 IND VS BAN 4;1 SL VS PAK 2':3 SL VS BAN 4:1 PAK VS BAN 5:0

    SO DECIDE WHICH TEAM IS BEST AMONG ASIA?

  • on February 23, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Dhoni is the best thing ever happened to India, no one can replace him. Especially in the current situation no better leader than Dhoni! Kohli's batting will be affected sooner rather than later if he becomes captain

  • shezan81 on February 23, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    virat can become as succesful as ricky was for aus because of his attitude and aggression which will rub on the team as well

  • chinna151287 on February 23, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    what is the necessity when uploading a good posts i have posted in time for dhoni to go by ian chappell.from know on i will never post again in this site for sure

  • on February 23, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Difficult for India Without Good Finisher All Time In ODI History!!!!! Without MS Dhoni Indian Side Seems A Weaker Side In Asia Cup

  • on February 23, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Why can't you pick the team basing on conditions, Get Rahane, Pujara, Karthik kind of batsmen when u r playing in non-sub continent conditions. Play Yuvi,Rohit, Raina kind of players in Sub continent conditions where they can give their best output. Get the best possible out from the players, but don't try to change players here n there. My choice team combination for ODI's(Squad of 16): (Green n Hard pitches / Dusty n Dry Pitches) Dhawan, Rohit/Pujara, Kohli,Yuvraj/Rahane,Raina/Karthik,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin/Binny,Mishra/ Aaron, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami Mohammed

  • Cricsnake on February 23, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    @Pull Shot, I agree with you mate, but see the stats, most matches played by the pacers before he turns 26; Kapil Dev played 74 comfortably with much better average (-10) and Kallis, Broad, Botham all played more matches within less number of years with better averages. Waqar & Wasim too close to him. Ishant is a rare talent with his height, pace and skill. The issue is he wasn't utilized properly. If he was in Pak, Aus, SA, Eng, NZ he would have been among the worlds best bowlers. I can't believe why such an ample talent fails that miserably. He's still young and it's not too late, India hardly needs a good bowling coach & that's all.

    Source: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?agemax1=26;ageval1=age;bowling_pacespin=1;class=1;filter=advanced; orderby=matches;size=200;template=results;type=bowling

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Good Luck Kohli. I think he will be aware that whole world will be watching his captaincy skills now that knives are out for Dhoni. But I do not have much hope on us winning. Our selectors look like taking cue from Pak selectors. Pujara should have been given chance in SA & NZ not in subcontinent where I believe Raina (though little short on form atm) would add more value than Pujara. How much poor Dhoni is in tests, he is best finisher in limited over & his skills we are going to miss big time. Sl going great at the moment and Pak are always as they are best today worse tomorrow. BD has shown good promise and playing home. I guess it could be SL/Pak final. But if Yuvi got back his touch, he is in familiar conditions and no Mitch in opponents, we can make a place in final too. Fingers crossed, may the best team win.

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    he is i think most logical replacement for captain after dhoni. he is very talented and i am sure will be good in coming years. good luck to him.

  • ramz30380 on February 23, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Glad to note that Virat is taking this one at a time! I agree with some comments here, he needs a few years under Dhoni. Can try him for test captaincy, it will relieve the pressure off Dhoni, but if the team doesnt perform, it can have a bearing on his performances too! ODIs I think MSD is the best in the World!

    Anyways for now, our wishes and hopes are pinned on Virat, hopes he comes good and brings home the Asia Cup! All the best Virat, you will be watched through the microscope in this series that u captain unlike the earlier ones!

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    I so wish the headline was " Kohli ready for TEST Captaincy"

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    No doubt kholi will bring new self-belief in indian side.. with his ability to compete fiercely throughout the game he could be the right person to lead india home in all conditions..

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    All the best Team India!!! Waiting to watch Kholi..

  • pull_shot on February 23, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Please give rest to shami ahmed for first 3 matches, he has been bowling since SAF india vs west indies i.e last 3 months in 6 test matches and 11 odi's or else he will become ishant sharma, main reason for failures of ishanth r scheduling and over utilizing him, name any fast bowler that played 55 test matches before he turns 26, bowlers should be varun aron,bhuvi,pandey

  • Cricsnake on February 23, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Kohli is a superb batsman; probably the best young batsman in the world. The captaincy pressure would drive him to either to be best or worst. It's too early to test his captaincy skills. He need another couple of years under Dhoni. As a captain he need more temperament. He should keep him cool even in the worst scenarios and lead the team with brain. Being too emotional would lead to a downfall of a captain. He need to develop a lot of character to lead India. He has done it pretty well to RCB. It's a good challenge for him. Hope he could do well in Asia Cup. Good luck from SL.

  • pull_shot on February 23, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Young players, come on everybody is playing from atleast 2 years except binny,rayudu,ishwar pandey, wining vs India has become easier just take a couple of early wickets or keep d openers quietly for say 10 overs that's all over for India as we r not able to take wickets when bowling allowing just above ordinary players to look like great players, when was taylor,cullum,kane williamson,guptill has given such consistent performances

  • Fan1969 on February 23, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    All the best to my favorite young cricketer.

    Tough to win with Pujara, Rahane and Rayudu in subcontinent conditions rather than Yuvi, Raina and ofcourse the best finisher in the game Dhoni.

    It is an uphill task but wish him good luck.

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Nice words from kohli. Hope some good performance from our players that forget the disaster series in NZ. Good luck to kohli and team india.

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    He is captaincy material for sure and it won't really affect his batting IMO good luck to him

  • ahmedfaysal on February 23, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Kohli is not a good captain. Their bowling is just good enough. We afgani will thrash them as new zealand did to them. Srilanka and pakistan will thrash them also. They will only win againest bangladesh the worst team of the tournament.

  • on February 23, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Bad Luck Kholi. Bangladesh is good enough to beat Ind, Team India has never been in such a poor position. I wish them all the best. but I know they will trash either from BD or Afghanistan.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 23, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    He will be a FINE captain than MS Dhoni. I saw him captain the U-19 team in 2008 and he was aggressive, proactive and passionate about the brand of cricket played by his team. This is definitely a breath of fresh air and I am looking forward to seeing Kohli lead India in the Asia Cup. Good luck to Virat and I hope he shows Indian cricket WHY he's deserves to be the next captain. Bring that trophy home skipper and God bless.

  • on February 23, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Good statement from Kholi. He is a top quality player. Good luck to him.

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  • on February 23, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Good statement from Kholi. He is a top quality player. Good luck to him.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 23, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    He will be a FINE captain than MS Dhoni. I saw him captain the U-19 team in 2008 and he was aggressive, proactive and passionate about the brand of cricket played by his team. This is definitely a breath of fresh air and I am looking forward to seeing Kohli lead India in the Asia Cup. Good luck to Virat and I hope he shows Indian cricket WHY he's deserves to be the next captain. Bring that trophy home skipper and God bless.

  • on February 23, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Bad Luck Kholi. Bangladesh is good enough to beat Ind, Team India has never been in such a poor position. I wish them all the best. but I know they will trash either from BD or Afghanistan.

  • ahmedfaysal on February 23, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Kohli is not a good captain. Their bowling is just good enough. We afgani will thrash them as new zealand did to them. Srilanka and pakistan will thrash them also. They will only win againest bangladesh the worst team of the tournament.

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    He is captaincy material for sure and it won't really affect his batting IMO good luck to him

  • on February 23, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Nice words from kohli. Hope some good performance from our players that forget the disaster series in NZ. Good luck to kohli and team india.

  • Fan1969 on February 23, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    All the best to my favorite young cricketer.

    Tough to win with Pujara, Rahane and Rayudu in subcontinent conditions rather than Yuvi, Raina and ofcourse the best finisher in the game Dhoni.

    It is an uphill task but wish him good luck.

  • pull_shot on February 23, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Young players, come on everybody is playing from atleast 2 years except binny,rayudu,ishwar pandey, wining vs India has become easier just take a couple of early wickets or keep d openers quietly for say 10 overs that's all over for India as we r not able to take wickets when bowling allowing just above ordinary players to look like great players, when was taylor,cullum,kane williamson,guptill has given such consistent performances

  • Cricsnake on February 23, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Kohli is a superb batsman; probably the best young batsman in the world. The captaincy pressure would drive him to either to be best or worst. It's too early to test his captaincy skills. He need another couple of years under Dhoni. As a captain he need more temperament. He should keep him cool even in the worst scenarios and lead the team with brain. Being too emotional would lead to a downfall of a captain. He need to develop a lot of character to lead India. He has done it pretty well to RCB. It's a good challenge for him. Hope he could do well in Asia Cup. Good luck from SL.

  • pull_shot on February 23, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Please give rest to shami ahmed for first 3 matches, he has been bowling since SAF india vs west indies i.e last 3 months in 6 test matches and 11 odi's or else he will become ishant sharma, main reason for failures of ishanth r scheduling and over utilizing him, name any fast bowler that played 55 test matches before he turns 26, bowlers should be varun aron,bhuvi,pandey