Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 25, 2014

India batting thin on experience

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Dhaka
The absence of MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina means India will go into the Asia Cup with an inexperienced middle order for the first time in a long time
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Towards the middle of India's training session on Monday, the team's media manager carried a life-size foam dummy into the open net at the middle of the National Cricket Academy ground. Running in off a short run-up, Bhuvneshwar Kumar began bowling to the dummy, designed to look like a right-handed batsman at the highest point of his backlift. Gradually, as Bhuvneshwar increased the length of his run-up, Mohammad Shami and Ishwar Pandey joined him. All of them attacked the blockhole.

While India's bowlers tried out this new method of working on an old weakness, fielding coach Trevor Penney aimed flat, hard catches at Ambati Rayudu, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Meanwhile, under a shamiana in one corner of the training area, Dinesh Karthik took his pads off.

"Who's that guy?" a local journalist asked, pointing at the batsman who had replaced Karthik at the nets.

That guy was Stuart Binny, and he might not have been the only unfamiliar figure in the team for that particular journalist. This was an India ODI team without MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh. Poor form over the last year or so had cost first Yuvraj and then Raina their places. Dhoni's side strain, on top of that, had now left India needing to assemble an entirely new-look middle order for the Asia Cup. On Tuesday, when he was asked about this, Karthik said India had enough experienced players to cope.

"I've been around the scene for some time," Karthik said. "Given the opportunity, I will try and use whatever little experience I've had and bat to the best of my ability. Having said that quite a few guys have played 100 games, which is a lot of experience now. They have been playing now for a year or two. They have been given a good run. Everybody will pull in their experience whatever little that we have, go out there and give it our best shot."

Although only two members of India's squad have played 100 ODIs - Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma - it is true that most of the players in the squad have had a decent run of games over the last year. The only issue, however, is that all of the inexperience is concentrated in one area - the middle order.

Karthik has played 67 ODIs, but has played in the middle order in only 30 of them. Ajinkya Rahane has played 23 ODIs, but has batted lower than No. 3 only five times; in those five innings, he averages 11.20. Cheteshwar Pujara has played two ODIs, both as opener. Ambati Rayudu has played six ODIs, of which four were against Zimbabwe. Stuart Binny has played one ODI, and hasn't yet had a chance to bat.

Ideally, India would want three of those five - Karthik and two others - to slot in at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 when India start their Asia Cup campaign. That would leave the top three undisturbed. But that simple solution might not work in India's best interests, because the players in that group - Pujara and Rahane, certainly - aren't necessarily suited to starting their innings with less than 10 overs remaining.

It might mean either Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli having to move to No. 4. Of those two options, shifting Kohli down one spot will probably make less of a dent up the order than disturbing the opening combination. Kohli, in fact, has an even better average at No. 4 than at No. 3, and almost the same strike rate. Rohit, on the other hand, averages 44.19 as opener and 31.43 elsewhere. In any case, both of them might have to bat differently, with the knowledge that Dhoni won't be around down the order.

More might be asked of Ravindra Jadeja too. In New Zealand, he showed there is plenty of latent potential in his batting, when he cracked quickfire unbeaten 60s in successive matches. Jadeja's position in the line-up is unlikely to change for this tournament, but without Dhoni, the batting side of his role might gain extra emphasis.

It isn't easy replacing someone who's a middle-overs innings-builder, death-overs destroyer and the calmest finisher in the game, all rolled into one. India's best option of doing that might be to do it collectively.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on February 26, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    The real problem is lack of playing time. Guys like Rahane, Pujara, karthik have been around for long time & have excellent credentials as batsmen- not playing ODI for India but in different formats. Pujara & Rahane have done so well in Test matches they played that one wonders why these 2 were kept on the bench for so long. Pujara is still on Bench for the BD ODI! Karthik never gets regularly selected because of Dhoni reserves his spot in the XI as Captain/WK. The same applies to the Bowlers. Chawla ia always selected in the squad by the Selectors but his fate does not progress beyond the Bench, Why is Binny in the squad if he gets one chance as a "guest player"- No Batting + 1 over bowling! Against BD, his role is still Bench warming! How can anyone complain lack of experience when they make it to the squad only to be benched. Extra Pace bowlers in the squad never get a chance even when Dhoni refuses to take the second New Ball with dumb excuse like "his Pace Bowlers are too Tired"!

  • on February 26, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    This is the time to experiment. India should play Binny either in place of a fast bowler or a batsman. If played instead of a batsman and he does well with the bat, then India will have another bowling option. If played instead of a fast bowler, he will need to bowl well but will add depth to batting. India lacking a left hander like Raina or Yuvraj in the middle order. Also the medium pace group doesn't have much variety.

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Rohit should go down the order to No.6 and bat freely like he does in T20 successfully Rahane should open with Dhawan. Virat, Pujara and Karthik will fit into other roles. Bowling is the only worry if Ashwin continues to fail in picking wickets then sure India is in trouble.

  • chaskamaska on February 26, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    poor guy ishawar pandey if he debuts here in this dead flat wickets he will be smashed buy this batters he never going to play for india again Like fast bowler p awana. india miss the chance to play him in newzealand we never known who is more talented until he is given a chance but give him a chance where he deserves that chance my team would be. 1. s dhawn/rahane 2. gambhir (captain) 3. v kohli 4. saurabh tiwary 5.Dhoni 6. abishihek nayar/ Rajat batia 7.Rishi dhawn / irfan pathan 8. Ashwin 9. R. Jadeja 10. B kumar/ praveen kumar 11. Umesh yadav This team gives batting depth and lot of bowling options for the captain for the world cup.

  • True_Indian_Raj on February 26, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Today's India XI: Dhawan,Rohit,Virat,Pujara,Rahane,Karthik,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Shami,Aaron. But I think Binny should be included inplace of Ashwin and Rayudu should include inplace of Karthik. Pandey Should include inplace of Aaron. Best of Luck Team India

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Pujara,Rayudu,Dinesh,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvaneshwar,Shami,Varun

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    I think Rayudu should play. He had played some good shots in the bouncy tracks of New Zealand. He is in a decent form. He could make the middle order stronger along with Rahane, Karthik and Jadeja while Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli play in the top. The bowling is very weak. Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Ashwin and Varun should hit the right areas to get wickets..

  • AravindVatsal82 on February 26, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Open with dhawan1,rahane2 just because they do open T20 format,obvious the virat @ 3 the sheet anchor role play as long as possible,rohit 4 pushed down as over ambitious shots against pace,pujara can only fit in top 3 slots as 4th position is too littel time for a player of this kind,karthik5 because he has played 65 ODI,binny 6 should do job of dhoni he is up the order need some time in the middle,jadeja7 more as a bowling allrounder,ashwin8/9,kumar9/10,shami10/11,with 3 genuine bowlers+2bowling allrounder as an extra batsmen is added just to fill in for dhoni.considering bowling attack of pak & srilanka.

  • chaskamaska on February 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    India weakness is bangladesh strength. India selectors might have tried with few medium pace allrounders like abshihek nayar, rajat batia and rishi dhawan.which are useful for next year world cup. Sending same side which losed to weak newzealand side is a big mistake mix of some young players and some senior players from ranji trophy will do the job. pujara ashwin mishra binny shami this are indians most un athletic fielders and not good runners between the wickets. they cant save runs on the field or they cant run fast between the wickets for extra runs it will hurt india. carrying mishra is a big mistake if he is there in the team he must be playing in playing XI or give chance to any young spinner atleast he can learn from the dressing room not mishra. Amit mishra is more and better than ashwin in wicket taking ability. Never ever go for piyush chawla any other spinner but not piyush.

  • .Raina on February 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    @ DhairyBoghani: You seem to invest a fair bit of time into your analysis; but there is a need also to look at what has worked over the history/life-time of the game. A successful player on the international level is not necessarily selected on his FC record, and nor does a good FC record guarantee any success on the next international level. There are quite a few examples in international cricket; most notably Mark Ramprakash, & George Bailey recently (who doesn't have a good FC record, but is a success to some extent in limited overs cricket). <Br> DKarthik is another good example. He was identified even before Dhoni was, but he couldn't capitalise on the opportunities he got earlier on in his career, and Dhoni made the most of his. Pujara (with a great FC record, & success in tests) also needs to break out of his shell. He is perceived to be a slow starter (but so is Rohit S), and his running between the wickets needs to improve in today's age of cricket.

  • Nampally on February 26, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    The real problem is lack of playing time. Guys like Rahane, Pujara, karthik have been around for long time & have excellent credentials as batsmen- not playing ODI for India but in different formats. Pujara & Rahane have done so well in Test matches they played that one wonders why these 2 were kept on the bench for so long. Pujara is still on Bench for the BD ODI! Karthik never gets regularly selected because of Dhoni reserves his spot in the XI as Captain/WK. The same applies to the Bowlers. Chawla ia always selected in the squad by the Selectors but his fate does not progress beyond the Bench, Why is Binny in the squad if he gets one chance as a "guest player"- No Batting + 1 over bowling! Against BD, his role is still Bench warming! How can anyone complain lack of experience when they make it to the squad only to be benched. Extra Pace bowlers in the squad never get a chance even when Dhoni refuses to take the second New Ball with dumb excuse like "his Pace Bowlers are too Tired"!

  • on February 26, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    This is the time to experiment. India should play Binny either in place of a fast bowler or a batsman. If played instead of a batsman and he does well with the bat, then India will have another bowling option. If played instead of a fast bowler, he will need to bowl well but will add depth to batting. India lacking a left hander like Raina or Yuvraj in the middle order. Also the medium pace group doesn't have much variety.

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Rohit should go down the order to No.6 and bat freely like he does in T20 successfully Rahane should open with Dhawan. Virat, Pujara and Karthik will fit into other roles. Bowling is the only worry if Ashwin continues to fail in picking wickets then sure India is in trouble.

  • chaskamaska on February 26, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    poor guy ishawar pandey if he debuts here in this dead flat wickets he will be smashed buy this batters he never going to play for india again Like fast bowler p awana. india miss the chance to play him in newzealand we never known who is more talented until he is given a chance but give him a chance where he deserves that chance my team would be. 1. s dhawn/rahane 2. gambhir (captain) 3. v kohli 4. saurabh tiwary 5.Dhoni 6. abishihek nayar/ Rajat batia 7.Rishi dhawn / irfan pathan 8. Ashwin 9. R. Jadeja 10. B kumar/ praveen kumar 11. Umesh yadav This team gives batting depth and lot of bowling options for the captain for the world cup.

  • True_Indian_Raj on February 26, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Today's India XI: Dhawan,Rohit,Virat,Pujara,Rahane,Karthik,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Shami,Aaron. But I think Binny should be included inplace of Ashwin and Rayudu should include inplace of Karthik. Pandey Should include inplace of Aaron. Best of Luck Team India

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Pujara,Rayudu,Dinesh,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvaneshwar,Shami,Varun

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    I think Rayudu should play. He had played some good shots in the bouncy tracks of New Zealand. He is in a decent form. He could make the middle order stronger along with Rahane, Karthik and Jadeja while Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli play in the top. The bowling is very weak. Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Ashwin and Varun should hit the right areas to get wickets..

  • AravindVatsal82 on February 26, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Open with dhawan1,rahane2 just because they do open T20 format,obvious the virat @ 3 the sheet anchor role play as long as possible,rohit 4 pushed down as over ambitious shots against pace,pujara can only fit in top 3 slots as 4th position is too littel time for a player of this kind,karthik5 because he has played 65 ODI,binny 6 should do job of dhoni he is up the order need some time in the middle,jadeja7 more as a bowling allrounder,ashwin8/9,kumar9/10,shami10/11,with 3 genuine bowlers+2bowling allrounder as an extra batsmen is added just to fill in for dhoni.considering bowling attack of pak & srilanka.

  • chaskamaska on February 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    India weakness is bangladesh strength. India selectors might have tried with few medium pace allrounders like abshihek nayar, rajat batia and rishi dhawan.which are useful for next year world cup. Sending same side which losed to weak newzealand side is a big mistake mix of some young players and some senior players from ranji trophy will do the job. pujara ashwin mishra binny shami this are indians most un athletic fielders and not good runners between the wickets. they cant save runs on the field or they cant run fast between the wickets for extra runs it will hurt india. carrying mishra is a big mistake if he is there in the team he must be playing in playing XI or give chance to any young spinner atleast he can learn from the dressing room not mishra. Amit mishra is more and better than ashwin in wicket taking ability. Never ever go for piyush chawla any other spinner but not piyush.

  • .Raina on February 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    @ DhairyBoghani: You seem to invest a fair bit of time into your analysis; but there is a need also to look at what has worked over the history/life-time of the game. A successful player on the international level is not necessarily selected on his FC record, and nor does a good FC record guarantee any success on the next international level. There are quite a few examples in international cricket; most notably Mark Ramprakash, & George Bailey recently (who doesn't have a good FC record, but is a success to some extent in limited overs cricket). <Br> DKarthik is another good example. He was identified even before Dhoni was, but he couldn't capitalise on the opportunities he got earlier on in his career, and Dhoni made the most of his. Pujara (with a great FC record, & success in tests) also needs to break out of his shell. He is perceived to be a slow starter (but so is Rohit S), and his running between the wickets needs to improve in today's age of cricket.

  • DASHHDON on February 26, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    First of all i would like to congratulate our new captain. In my opinion today's playing eleven is going to be started with 1.Shikhar 2.Rohit 3.Virat 4.Rahane 5.Kartick 6.Rayudu 7.Binni 8.Jadeja 9.Mishra 10.Bhuvneshwar11.Sami. But my Playing Eleven is 1.Shikhar 2.Rahane 3.Virat 4.Pujara 5.Rohit 6.Kartick 7.Binni 8.Jadeja 9.Mishra 10.Bhuvneshwar11.Sami.

  • Sharath274 on February 26, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    I think India should not do the mistake of having Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli as 1,2 & 3. That will leave the middle order with too much to do in the end.. either Kohli or Rohit shud bat down..Also Ashwin and Jadeja shud bat to their best ability as shown in NZ one-dayers.. depending on who is playing, Pujara/ Rahane can open, or even Karthik if India is batting 1st. Anyway this will be a good test for India without many of the top players..

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on February 26, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @Pathik Patel I think your "team" is missing a few players there bud. Hahahaha

    "It isn't easy replacing someone who's a middle-overs innings-builder, death-overs destroyer and the calmest finisher in the game, all rolled into one." This just describes him perfectly doesn't it? You can criticize him all you want but he is indeed all of those things and literally the glue that's held India together for the past few years. As excited as I am about Kohli getting an opportunity to show his maturity, I'll miss Dhoni for sure.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    In subcontinent conditions, India has the batting to outgun the best in the business too. I think experience is of little relevance here. Given the fact that these players have been associated with IPL franchises for long and have played shorter version of the game particularly well, there should hardly be any issues. India will miss the services of MSD on one front, it is the lack of firepower in the finishing stages of the games and the cool composure he brings in while chasing big targets. Otherwise, this team has set of skilled professionals who can manage the absence of Raina, Yuvi and MSD quite easily. India will reach finals of Asia cup if they play to their potential. If the first match is any indication of how series is going to span out, then India should feel confident about their chances. There was hardly any assistance for bowlers on the wicket and batsmen will have make mistakes to get out. With Kohli in red hot ODI form, India's chances are really bright.

  • sreehk on February 26, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    This is certainly not the best eleven. As a responsible selector, I would have brought in Yuvraj to strengthen the beleaguered middle order since Dhoni is not available. Given the current squad the team should be:

    India XI: Dhawan, Rahane, Kholi, Pujara, Rohit, Karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar/Binny, Shammi, Aron

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 26, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Promoting Jadeja to 4 or 5 is not a bad idea as he can steady the ship and change gear when it required. Pujara can be @ 3, Jadeja @ 4, Kohli @ 5 , Rayudu @6, Karthik @ 7, Aswin @8. So, there will be a balanced combination of experienced and inexperienced.

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    I think Kohli will field the below eleven. Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2014/content/player/253802.html">Kohli</a>, Rohit, Karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ishwar pandey, Bhuvanesvar, Shami

  • on February 26, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    My Team India will be 1. Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli 4. Rahane 5. Rayudu 6. Karthik 7. Binny 8. Ashwin 9. Jadeja 10. Shammi 11. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Binny will be able to provide the batting if needed and also could bowl at least six overs and Rohit can complete the rest. This way we could compensate the late hitting of Dhoni, Raina and Yuvraj.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 26, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Yes, India's middle order is not as experienced as before, but it is far from a fish out of water. Rahane, Rayudu and Pujara all have fantastic List A records. They have barely been given any opportunities so they have not been able to showcase their abilities on the international stage. However, they are all in really good form and should do well. Karthik by no means is inexperienced. He has played a lot of ODIs and done fairly well. He is a technically sound player, and can accelerate when required. Most importantly, he is coming off some big scores in domestic cricket. Thus, India's new middle order looks promising.

  • on February 26, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    I think india easily beat BD but when we play with sri Lanka.we need to perform well in batting.... My playing 11.... 1.Dhawan 2.Rohit 3.Pujara 4.Virat 5.Ajinkya 6.Karthik 7.Jadeja . 8.Amit mishra 9.Aaron 10.Bhubaneswar 11.Shami

  • class9ryan on February 26, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    India need someone at the end, so Kohli is one who should go at no.4 and rely on someone like a Pujara or Rahane to bat at no.3 on much easier batting conditions in Bangladesh.

  • indianzen on February 25, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    A reason why India cant win against all the opponents and cannot be a dominating team is because of the (unannounced) quotas and external forces... We cant win even against Pakistan due to the quota allocations to Mumbai - A Nohit Sharma, Amit Mishra - Don't know why he still selected, Binny in the team is a Joke.

  • Aashiyer on February 25, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Pathik Patel, a team needs 11 players, not just secen

  • i_amVIVA on February 25, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Presently, BD is very weak morally, physically and psychologically. They also miss their key players for the game. I am a Bangladesh supporter, but I see little chance they may have to win tomorrow's game, rather they may perform miserably. Yet they typically wake up to the occasion, especially against India for unknown reason. Just for that, Ind should not take them lightly. And the architect of that famous 2007 win, Mortaza is back in the team; who knows Mash May Make Magic again, we'll see! Bring 'em on....... :) Go Tigers.... Cheers for Bangladesh...

  • SanjivAwesome on February 25, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    India selectors, please drop Rohit Sharma. He belongs in the same pile as Raina and Yuvraj - of the India cricketers who might have gone on to become part of the A League - of Kohli, Pujara, etc.

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    India is the world's 'super power in cricket" but only in the ICC Boardroom. After the pumelling in SA and NZ they have proved themselves as being very ordinary. They are even no match for NZ and should be ranked only above Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Maybe WI too.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 18:41 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.

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    My team dahwan,rohit ,virat,dk.jadu.rahane.binny

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 18:40 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, 18:40 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, 18:39 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, 18:38 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.) He got a chance to setle down in 2 ODIs in NZ, he responded with 60+ scores.

  • Alenn on February 25, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    dhawan, rahane, kohli, rohit,dk,binny,jadeja,mishra/ashwin,bhuvi,shami, pandey/aaron is my team. Rohit is not a regular opener and rahane is so there positin can be swapped. also because of lack of experience rohit can bring whatever experience he has gained. Binny gives an extra bowling option as well.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    i think my team will be dhavan rohit/rahane pujara virat dk rayudu/rohit binny jaddu ash bhuvi shami binny can be played in expense of batsman also and he shld play as we all knw for rr wht a finisher he is and he can bowl some seemers if any one had an off day it best for having allrounder bowling the off day players over rather than part timers and remember we have 2 new balls so tht one end we can use him as 1st chnge and he is a swing bowler who swings both ways it will help to suffocate further for runs to opp

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    guys clearly agree india is missing experience & the best three finishers yuvi & raina bcoz of their form & dhoni to injury. my team 1.dhawan 2.rahane or pujara 3. kohli 4. karthik 5. rohit 6.rayudu 7. binny 8. jadeja 9. ashwin 10.bhuvi 11.shami binny, rayudu for their quick scoring instincts. pujara can play only 1 to 3 positions as he is little slow scorer rahane is also little bit slow ideally I would like to select pandey too but I can only select 11

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    dawan, rohit/rahane to open, virat at no 3 to keep run rate, poojara at 4. rohit/rahane 5, dk 6,jaddu 7,.. if second wicket falls after 35 overs dk to send at 4 and jaddu at 5 for pujara i think no 4 is better. if suddenly 2 wicket loosing then he can build-up the innings slowly . i think virat will not change the openers or himself his no 3 position. best of luck team india

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Send Karthik to open and Rohit at 6.

    But no. We can't get that risk. Rohit can't be trusted. He will come and throw his wicket anyway, with no one to come after him.

  • plymuth12 on February 25, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    why not move jadeja up the order to 5 leaving rayudu to slot in at 7 dhawan,sharma,kohli,pujara,jadeja,karthik,rayudu,ashwin,pandey,shami,aaron

  • siddhartha87 on February 25, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    India can beat Bangladesh even with 11 d├ębutantes. The injury of Dhoni will weaken India for sure but atleast we will know how good is Pujara-Rahane-Rayadu actually. In Dhoni's absence hopefully Kohli will give more chance to Binny,Binny was terribly under utilized in New Zeland ODIs. I will definitely like too see Binny ahead of Ashwin in playing XI. Ashwin has been a big disaster in last 3-4 months(he took one wicket in 7 ODIs)

    Playing XI should be- 1.Rohit Sharma 2.Dhawan 3.Kohli 4.Pujara 5.Rahane/Binny 6.Karthik 7. Jadeja 8.Mishra 9.B.Kumar 10. Shami Ahmed 11.Aaron

  • Nampally on February 25, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I do not believe that Indian middle order is inexperienced. They have not played as many ODI's as the original middle order of Raina, Yuvraj & Dhoni. But using Raina & Yuvraj at #4 was a huge mistake which Dhoni persisted despite their consistent failures. It is time to try Pujara at #4- with his belated debut in the ODI's due to Dhoni's lack of faith in Pujara's abilities. I do hope Pujara grabs his chance & proves Dhoni wrong! The new middle order has just Kohli who has the best ODI batting record for India is also the most experienced. Pujara & Rahane are the "New Kids on the Block" because they have been undeservedly Benched. This line up in the middle despite lack of experience is a good one to build the future Indian ODI team on. Jadeja will have to take the role of the "Finisher" in absence of Dhoni. Of course karthik is a strong finisher too based on his T20 record. So this team is very talented but its potential is yet to be explored on the field. I like this lineup better!

  • Chennaisuperkiing on February 25, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    My batting order Dhawan, R Sharma, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, Shami and Pandey

  • HarrowXI on February 25, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    1)Pujara 2) Rohit 3) Kohli 4) Dhawan 5)Rahane 6)Raydu(wk) 7)Ashwin 8)Jadeja 9)Bhuvi 10)shami 11) Pandey

  • HarrowXI on February 25, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I Cant believe the headline....India thin of experience.

    This is the similar indian squad playing for years. I know Dhoni is not around. But DK playing an international cricket more than 5 years.

    Only change is Pujara instead of Raina. Pujara is new to ODI format but he is playing test cricket more than 3 years.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Pujara, if at all he plays, should open. He can look at Hashim Amla for inspiration. Technically correct, low profile. India can't afford to have Pujara and Rahane in middle order.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Clearly indians miss MSDhoni in the middle order especially as a finisher....curently lot of top order players in the squad...therefore india must go with a different opening combination...RSharma should come down the order...At 4 would be nice....thus the team must be as follows for the game ...SDhawan,CPujara,VKohli,RSharma,ARayadu,DKarthik,SBinny,RAshwin,AMishra,BKumar,VAaron....rayadu should play instead of rahane because of the middle order....rest shami since he has been in the team from SA tour....bring him back for the pakistan game....try mishra over jadeja since the match is against bangladesh...

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  • on February 25, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Clearly indians miss MSDhoni in the middle order especially as a finisher....curently lot of top order players in the squad...therefore india must go with a different opening combination...RSharma should come down the order...At 4 would be nice....thus the team must be as follows for the game ...SDhawan,CPujara,VKohli,RSharma,ARayadu,DKarthik,SBinny,RAshwin,AMishra,BKumar,VAaron....rayadu should play instead of rahane because of the middle order....rest shami since he has been in the team from SA tour....bring him back for the pakistan game....try mishra over jadeja since the match is against bangladesh...

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Pujara, if at all he plays, should open. He can look at Hashim Amla for inspiration. Technically correct, low profile. India can't afford to have Pujara and Rahane in middle order.

  • HarrowXI on February 25, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I Cant believe the headline....India thin of experience.

    This is the similar indian squad playing for years. I know Dhoni is not around. But DK playing an international cricket more than 5 years.

    Only change is Pujara instead of Raina. Pujara is new to ODI format but he is playing test cricket more than 3 years.

  • HarrowXI on February 25, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    1)Pujara 2) Rohit 3) Kohli 4) Dhawan 5)Rahane 6)Raydu(wk) 7)Ashwin 8)Jadeja 9)Bhuvi 10)shami 11) Pandey

  • Chennaisuperkiing on February 25, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    My batting order Dhawan, R Sharma, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, Shami and Pandey

  • Nampally on February 25, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I do not believe that Indian middle order is inexperienced. They have not played as many ODI's as the original middle order of Raina, Yuvraj & Dhoni. But using Raina & Yuvraj at #4 was a huge mistake which Dhoni persisted despite their consistent failures. It is time to try Pujara at #4- with his belated debut in the ODI's due to Dhoni's lack of faith in Pujara's abilities. I do hope Pujara grabs his chance & proves Dhoni wrong! The new middle order has just Kohli who has the best ODI batting record for India is also the most experienced. Pujara & Rahane are the "New Kids on the Block" because they have been undeservedly Benched. This line up in the middle despite lack of experience is a good one to build the future Indian ODI team on. Jadeja will have to take the role of the "Finisher" in absence of Dhoni. Of course karthik is a strong finisher too based on his T20 record. So this team is very talented but its potential is yet to be explored on the field. I like this lineup better!

  • siddhartha87 on February 25, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    India can beat Bangladesh even with 11 d├ębutantes. The injury of Dhoni will weaken India for sure but atleast we will know how good is Pujara-Rahane-Rayadu actually. In Dhoni's absence hopefully Kohli will give more chance to Binny,Binny was terribly under utilized in New Zeland ODIs. I will definitely like too see Binny ahead of Ashwin in playing XI. Ashwin has been a big disaster in last 3-4 months(he took one wicket in 7 ODIs)

    Playing XI should be- 1.Rohit Sharma 2.Dhawan 3.Kohli 4.Pujara 5.Rahane/Binny 6.Karthik 7. Jadeja 8.Mishra 9.B.Kumar 10. Shami Ahmed 11.Aaron

  • plymuth12 on February 25, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    why not move jadeja up the order to 5 leaving rayudu to slot in at 7 dhawan,sharma,kohli,pujara,jadeja,karthik,rayudu,ashwin,pandey,shami,aaron

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Send Karthik to open and Rohit at 6.

    But no. We can't get that risk. Rohit can't be trusted. He will come and throw his wicket anyway, with no one to come after him.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    dawan, rohit/rahane to open, virat at no 3 to keep run rate, poojara at 4. rohit/rahane 5, dk 6,jaddu 7,.. if second wicket falls after 35 overs dk to send at 4 and jaddu at 5 for pujara i think no 4 is better. if suddenly 2 wicket loosing then he can build-up the innings slowly . i think virat will not change the openers or himself his no 3 position. best of luck team india