Afghanistan v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 5, 2014

Why no Pujara and Pandey, asks Gavaskar

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Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the Indian team management for not experimenting with the XI in Wednesday's dead rubber against Afghanistan in Mirpur, warning that it could breed complacency in the team.

Fast bowler Ishwar Pandey has been part of the ODI squad for the recent New Zealand tour and the Asia Cup, but hasn't got a look-in in either series despite India's listless performances. Middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who is in the Asia Cup squad, also hasn't added to the two ODI caps he earned in the low-profile Zimbabwe series last year.

"Very hard to understand, to be honest with you, it's baffling," Gavaskar said on Star Sports about India's decision to go in with an unchanged XI. "Some of the players have been playing non-stop, they need a bit of a break before the World T20 starts, the second thing is if you are not going to give the reserve players a chance, then when are they going to play."

Pujara has become an integral member of the Test side, and averages 58.92 in domestic one-dayers but has found it hard to make the ODI XI. "Are you worried that Cheteshwar Pujara will score runs so that your favourites who are not consistent might have to make way?" Gavaskar asked. "Are you worried that Ishwar Pandey will pick wickets, and again some of your favourite bowlers might not be certain of a place in the team, what are you worried about?"

Gavaskar also said the move will 'breed complacency' in the team. "The only thing that comes to my mind is that there is that worry and there's probably a fear that if these guys do well, what happens to our favourites in the team.

"This is what breeds complacency, guys know, kuch bhi karoon, team main hoon (whatever I do, I'm in the team)."

At the toss, Virat Kohli had defended the decision. "It is important the team gets confidence from playing one unit, you have to be patient with this side," Kohli said. "We are in a transition phase as far as one-days are concerned, we have shown great fight in this tournament, people have to be patient with us, we surely have the talent, but we will have to wait for the experience to come."

India are already knocked out of the Asia Cup after final-over losses to Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and are playing their final league match against Afghanistan on Wednesday.

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  • twistatwistaa on March 12, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    1 rahane 2 dhawan 3 kohli 4 ashwin 5 yuvraj 6 dhoni 7 rohit sharma 8 jadeja 9 zahir khan 10 mohamed shami 11 bhuwneshwar kumar

    reason why ashwin should bat at num 4 bcaz he is a good hooker and also rotates the strike very well by playing drives down the ground and guiding bowl towards the thirdman

    rohitsharma at num 7 bcaz than he would no more be confused, he would be more clear about his shot making and running between the wickets

    when top order fails to perform and in pressure situation dhoni should be moved up before yuvraj

    rahane and dhawan both are classy offside players and good runner between the wickets together they make the worlds best opening pair

  • on March 9, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    Dhawan,Pujara, Kohli,Rahane ,Rayadu,Dhoni,Binny,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Zaheer.This is the best XI for ODI & T20.

  • on March 8, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Gavasker is 100% right, totally agree if they perform some of the players has to go. It's a shame and not fairness thought.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Gavaskar is completely right. Kohli should have given the chance to both Pujara and Pandey. How do you know that they are not better than the current selection unless you try them? I fear that the Indians keep selecting the wrong captain.

  • TRAM on March 8, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    2 things unexpected for me.

    One, Gavaskar saying openly against team selection/politics. Was he not pushing for RGSharma's place in the team and supporting ISharma as unlucky bowler all these years?

    Two, Kholi following exactly what Dhoni would have done in terms of team selection or handling of bowlers in the match. It looked as though Kholi was getting instructions directly from Dhoni.

  • spellbinder76 on March 7, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    There was very little difference among the three top teams for the Asia Cup. India lost because Dhoni was not playing and Karthik dropped tow important catches. The difference was also the flamboyant innings of Shahid Afridi, he is not likely to reapeat such betting in every match.

  • Coolcapricorn on March 7, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Both MSD & Kholii will stick with the same failures + team composition & not give opportunities to other squad players - maybe for the reasons given by Gavaskar - even in a dead rubber match or where the team is on a long losing streak. With such a policy, you can even see first choice players like Shami looking so jaded & prone to picking up injuries due to being overbowled all the time. It really is a joke - is it any wonder we have kept on being whitewashed & humiliated on all recent overseas tours. Sadly can't forsee anything changing soon for the better & so chances are that both England & Australia will wallop us again in both Tests + ODI's when we tour both these countries later this year.

  • on March 7, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    ind failed to score 250 against the same Pakistan attack which was blasted away by Bangladesh for 320 .ind need players like pujara to play big innings like the way he does in domestic one dayers

  • on March 7, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    memorizing a match against srilanka t 20 game...almost lost ..yusuf n irfan came on crease and destroyed lanka very badly..never seen such match after that..dhoni feared of that power hitting and taking all focus of country......

  • bhushanB on March 7, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    The question may be ill timed.. but is the correct question... I totally agree.. that this question should have been asked in the SA tour.. when IND could barely put bat to ball....Rohit played and missed 20 odd balls to steyn & co, that too in an ODI..........The question about Pujara should have been asked then.... samething.. against NZ a No 8th ranked team... when IND struggled.. especially in pitches where world cup is going to happen in less than a year.... the question should have been asked then.............Well I kept asking the question about Pujara in ODIs.. on each and every IND game... for the last one year minimum....

    Even though ill-timed.... Gavaskar at last asked a valid question....and it was direct...and I liked that fact....

    Better late than never.... I guess... all IND fans..do not mind if Pujara finds place at least now.. than never... same with the question.. better late and ill-timed than NEVER>..

  • twistatwistaa on March 12, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    1 rahane 2 dhawan 3 kohli 4 ashwin 5 yuvraj 6 dhoni 7 rohit sharma 8 jadeja 9 zahir khan 10 mohamed shami 11 bhuwneshwar kumar

    reason why ashwin should bat at num 4 bcaz he is a good hooker and also rotates the strike very well by playing drives down the ground and guiding bowl towards the thirdman

    rohitsharma at num 7 bcaz than he would no more be confused, he would be more clear about his shot making and running between the wickets

    when top order fails to perform and in pressure situation dhoni should be moved up before yuvraj

    rahane and dhawan both are classy offside players and good runner between the wickets together they make the worlds best opening pair

  • on March 9, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    Dhawan,Pujara, Kohli,Rahane ,Rayadu,Dhoni,Binny,Jadeja,Ashwin,Shami,Zaheer.This is the best XI for ODI & T20.

  • on March 8, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Gavasker is 100% right, totally agree if they perform some of the players has to go. It's a shame and not fairness thought.

  • on March 8, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Gavaskar is completely right. Kohli should have given the chance to both Pujara and Pandey. How do you know that they are not better than the current selection unless you try them? I fear that the Indians keep selecting the wrong captain.

  • TRAM on March 8, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    2 things unexpected for me.

    One, Gavaskar saying openly against team selection/politics. Was he not pushing for RGSharma's place in the team and supporting ISharma as unlucky bowler all these years?

    Two, Kholi following exactly what Dhoni would have done in terms of team selection or handling of bowlers in the match. It looked as though Kholi was getting instructions directly from Dhoni.

  • spellbinder76 on March 7, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    There was very little difference among the three top teams for the Asia Cup. India lost because Dhoni was not playing and Karthik dropped tow important catches. The difference was also the flamboyant innings of Shahid Afridi, he is not likely to reapeat such betting in every match.

  • Coolcapricorn on March 7, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Both MSD & Kholii will stick with the same failures + team composition & not give opportunities to other squad players - maybe for the reasons given by Gavaskar - even in a dead rubber match or where the team is on a long losing streak. With such a policy, you can even see first choice players like Shami looking so jaded & prone to picking up injuries due to being overbowled all the time. It really is a joke - is it any wonder we have kept on being whitewashed & humiliated on all recent overseas tours. Sadly can't forsee anything changing soon for the better & so chances are that both England & Australia will wallop us again in both Tests + ODI's when we tour both these countries later this year.

  • on March 7, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    ind failed to score 250 against the same Pakistan attack which was blasted away by Bangladesh for 320 .ind need players like pujara to play big innings like the way he does in domestic one dayers

  • on March 7, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    memorizing a match against srilanka t 20 game...almost lost ..yusuf n irfan came on crease and destroyed lanka very badly..never seen such match after that..dhoni feared of that power hitting and taking all focus of country......

  • bhushanB on March 7, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    The question may be ill timed.. but is the correct question... I totally agree.. that this question should have been asked in the SA tour.. when IND could barely put bat to ball....Rohit played and missed 20 odd balls to steyn & co, that too in an ODI..........The question about Pujara should have been asked then.... samething.. against NZ a No 8th ranked team... when IND struggled.. especially in pitches where world cup is going to happen in less than a year.... the question should have been asked then.............Well I kept asking the question about Pujara in ODIs.. on each and every IND game... for the last one year minimum....

    Even though ill-timed.... Gavaskar at last asked a valid question....and it was direct...and I liked that fact....

    Better late than never.... I guess... all IND fans..do not mind if Pujara finds place at least now.. than never... same with the question.. better late and ill-timed than NEVER>..

  • on March 6, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Who will take 20 wickets while touring England for 5 tests series..Please be prepared for humiliation as BCCI don't care build up fast blower nor nursing them properly..Please be happy with IPL forever

  • on March 6, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Hey all fans. root need to go. He is not consistent in his performance. need to replace with Pajaro who is calm and looks at the situation. Rohit is just stylist player. Not good for anything. lot of misjudgment is choosing the shots. more often getting out on bad deliveries. need new bowlers as batsmen would not know the bowling style. pander should have been tried from beginning

  • Temuzin on March 6, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Indian cricket is in real bad shape at the moment. No amount of shrill and screaming will work. Media, fans and so called experts (all of them) are playing their favoritism. A players plays one good match and he becomes hero and then struggles in countless games but is selected. His fans keep screaming at selectors and captain to select him. after selection that players flop but fans keep regurgitating that name. Rayudu, Rahane, Karthik, Mishra, Rohit, Ishant, Varun, Yadav, Bhuvi, Mohit sharma, Raina, etc have been in and out of the team. They played a few good game and many bad games. they are the ones who are being repeated without any fore sight. It is expert like Gavaskar who are creating unnecessary ruckus. They are stating very obvious which any less knowledgeable and emotional fans will do. Where is a strategic thought from some like gavaskar?

  • jayray999 on March 6, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    You know Indian cricket has hit rock bottom when discussion revolves around whom we should have selected to play Afghanistan. I think all the years of pampering and mollycoddling our "stars" is finally paying off; now they can't even win in Bangladesh against Sri Lanka and additionally have to fight hard to win against Bangladesh. Pakistan on the other hand have begun to look like hardened road warriors and despite having grave deficiencies in the batting department, have learned to win abroad with minimum fuss. Basically it is the story of the rich kid who has educational software, spell check, and calculators to help him and the poor kid who has books, pencil and paper. Who do you think will prevail under all circumstances? Yes we are the biggest force in world cricket but only as paymasters. Already my test cricketing needs are being met by following the Australian team. When Ryan Harris finally bowled out South Africa, it felt like an epic battle where life & limb was being risked.

  • Temuzin on March 6, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I think team management has a plan as for as Pujara is considered. I guess team doesn't want Pujara to get hurt before overseas tour. He is injury prone with bad knees and should not be playing unimportant games. Afghanistan's game was dead rubber. I will not want Pujara to play any dead rubber. I wanted him to be in the team for at least Pakistan match. Indian team committed mistake by not including him in that match. That was crux match for India since it was do or die match. Gavaskar and company should explain, why they did not make fuss about that. Why for a dead rubber match? BTW Pujara will start playing during Australia series and will certainly play in world cup matches.

  • pritpalpabla on March 6, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Pujara certainly deserve a chance in ODIs. In current team he can only replace Rayudu, other team looks ok... But still feels that India don't have any genuine opener except shikhar... About Rohit I am not sure specially overseas... he was really slow in SA and NZ, India lacking a Sehwag, sachin like opener in current team...

  • Temuzin on March 6, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I am loving this debate. No one raised any issue when Pujara was not included in the 11 during Pakistan or Lanka matches. Pujara is a class bat and need not to prove his class to any one. He is also injury prone, already had two knee surgery,and had been out of cricket for some time. He should be used judiciously in important games and not some Micky mouse games. He should not be unduly stressed in playing unimportant games. Pujara will not gain anything by playing against Afghanistan or Bangladesh. I wonder why Gavaskar felt his absence only in Afghanistan match? Is he trying to divert people's attention from the fact that a new captain who gavaskar was proposing could not even reach to fainals of Asia cup in the subcontinent? Since defensive Dhoni who was causing team to lose was remov ed, what happened to team? Come on gavaskar and co tell us what happened to the new captain. Why did he not win us Asia cup? tell us?

  • on March 6, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    In the world cup in AUS and NZ, Pujara will have to be in the ODI team. He is a technically gifted batsman, and India will need him to anchor the innings. He makes the line up very strong. I hope he is given some time in the ODI squad in the future, and that the indian selectors have in thier minds to make Pujara play ODIs. Don't follow the poor example WI set by leaving out seniors in their ODI team and watching thier youngsters fail over and over.

  • on March 6, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Though Mr. Gavaskar is not totally wrong, we can't criticise strieght away by the decision of keeping Pujara & Pande out even against Afganistan. We should remember after just 10 days we are having T20 WC ahead of us. After loss in Asia Cup, our moral was a bit down. So it was not for any player to be kept out of the side, when is going to be part of Indian team for T20 WC. As we have seen rightly Rahane who was at low confidence level after SA, NZ ODIs and Asia cup, sent to open the inning. Rohit was comparatively on higher confidence level as he has fifty plus agains mighty Pak team. The purpose is to give Rahane some confidence before WC. Pujara is not going to play T20. Then there is no use of trying Pujara. In ODIs too when Rahane is there, there is very less chance left for Pujara as both players are of exactly same in style. A ODI team can't afford two technically perfect batsmen in there team. And that is why Pujara left out from the playing 11.

  • joseyesu on March 6, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    It looks simple to me. The players in the team are already awaiting for the opportunity like Rahane, DK, Rayadu and whom will Pujara replace and similar with bowlers with Bhuvi, Shami. And only player than can be replaced is Ashwin and not because he is not good but need some rest. the same happened in Zim tour

  • on March 6, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I am not sure why we are giving binny a look in. He surely can't give you more than 4-5 overs in a game and as for batting - we already have enough. On these kind of pitches I wouldn't have minded if Parvez Rasool was taken alongwith the team. In sub continent he could be more useful than Binny. If we are looking to take binny to the world cup then that doesn't make sense either. Vinay Kumar bowls better than him(although he's a bad bowler himself) and at 8 or 9 he can hold a bat.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 6, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Agree with @JustAnObservation - The same combo of Kohli and Fletcher kept out Parvez Rasool last year in Zimbabwe. Then, no expert reprimanded the two (and the 2 puppet masters - Srini & Dhoni). Nonetheless, Gavaskar is right. Had Parvez Rasool clicked, Jadeja or Ashwin would have had to make way for him. Had Pujara clicked, Rohit or Shikhar would have had to make way for him. Had Ishwar clicked, the chances of Ishant's return would have dimmed.

    There is something rotten about Indian cricket, and I think the rot starts at the head. The management is trying to protect certain players by denying chances to would be replacements.

  • JustAnObservation on March 6, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    The same combo of Kohli and Fletcher kept out Parvez Rasool last year in Zimbabwe. Then, no expert reprimanded the two (and the two behind the curtain - Srini & Dhoni). Nonetheless, Gavaskar is right. Had Parvez Rasool clicked, Jadeja or Ashwin would have had to make way for him. Had Pujara clicked, Rohit or Shikhar would have had to make way for him. Had Ishwar clicked, the chances of Ishant's return would have dimmed.

  • shaykumar on March 6, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    I am not sure as Rahane as an opener. Rohit I agree is going through a bad patch but look at his scores in England at champions trophy. 200 vs Ausies 140 vs ausies when m Johnson was playing who btw is destroying other teams. Our batting doesnt need much change. I am shocked out of 1.2billion people none of us can bowl accurately above 140kmph or none of us can bowl yorkers consistently. I think what indian bowlers need is constant change, if someone doesnt perform two matches take him out try soemone new. the pressure will build up and better bowlers will come. And learn from other bowlers mjohnson was going through the worst patch he bulked up came back with a bang. Our bowlers look like kids out of the play ground I am a terrible batsmen but I would fancy facing v.aaron, ishant sharma, u yadav, b kumar and dinda. work on physique mj is faster by 4 to 5 kmph after his transformation!

  • on March 6, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    @Bhargava Ram: What is BKumar doing?? Yuvi cant play short ball, bhajji is out of flavour, gambhir is temporary.. According to you who else can play short ball? Rohit scored a double hunderd. Where?? Indian pitches if u remember. What has he done after that as an opener? I m not saying drop him. According to me he is a middle order batsman. I am sure Rahane will do a much better job as he is a top order batsman for Mumbai and has a better technique than Rohit

  • gavinfrank on March 6, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Sorry to say , but the biggest enemy of Indian cricket is the Media. Media hypes everything and everyone up. Bowlers get a 5 wicket haul in Ranji , they are touted as the next kapil. Do the players themselves talk about being the next legend? No. its the media that does it. And im sorry to say , media has hyped players like Ashwin, raina,Ishant,rohit etc. Do you see this happening in other countries ? On the basis of a few good performances players get demi god status. Even if you talk about sachin , when he was on 99 hundreds , the media hyped the situation so much . Everywhere you went , you could see the anticipation building up , the buildup to the 100th 100 was bigger than the hundred itself. Sachin himself never spoke of it , for him it was just another hundred.Yet the media made such a big deal of it , that eventually it started playing on the great mans mind and he ended up making a match losing century against BD. He was made to feel like he had to get it sooner or later.

  • on March 6, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Hi dear friends & cricket fans.I agreed with Sunil gavaskar sir as sead and also I am not happy with ambati rayadus reply because. and if the same squad will play in world cup one day & t20 we are going to loose more games in the series so please I request to team selection management to add as much as senior player's into upcoming games .

  • DanielRob on March 6, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Correctly pointed out by Mr.Gavaskar. In my opinion Pujara should have played all the matches in this Asia Cup, not only the match against AFG given the inexperience of IND's middle order going into this tournament. Pujara is a class act, plays both Spin/Pace with ease. Some say that he is a Test player & does not score runs quickly. But if Dravid can score 10000+ runs in ODIs with a Strike Rate of 70+ and avg of 40 so can Pujara. With new ODI rules in place, Pujara can score runs at much faster rate than Dravid's. Indian team will need Pujara's services in WC 2015 in Aus on those fast bouncy pitches. The sooner the team mgt realize that the better for the Team.

  • fab4_india on March 6, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    I also think Binny shouldnt be getting a chance to play...what wrong has Rishi Dhawan done?? Binny doesnt even have records to speak for...worst decision made to make him play...

  • fab4_india on March 6, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    For all those saying that Karthik should have been dropped and Rayudu should have made a make shift keeper, keeping is a job of expert...Keeping wickets in ODIs is much tougher then keeping wickets in IPL..Despite of having an expert keeper we lost 2 crucial chances that cost 2 matches and ofcourse elimination...then how could u expect a make shift keeper to grab those chances??

    No doubts Rayudu and Ajinkya both deserve to be in Indian playing XI but not as keepers but as specialist Batsman..If u want to draft Pujara in, u need to drop Rohit, how many chances should he be given, a talent wasted...

  • fab4_india on March 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Finally some one has shown guts to speak up...Good job Sunny...I think India should have rested (read dropped) Rohit and rested Bhuvi and Shami (both playing non stop cricket) for this useless match. Instead they should have given chance to Pujara and asked Ajinkya to open (which he anyways did)..and slotted in Varun Aaron and Ishwar Pandey for the pacers..Aaron is a precious gem he need to be polished which could only happen by making him bowl..and Ishwar surely deserves opportunity, so does Pujara. Indian couldnt have lost to Afghans because of these 3 and they did not even win because of the 3 am talking to be replaced...so this was worth a chance...

    They could have made these changes unless they didnt want to change / hamper their loosing combinations...

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Sunny is right on the money not sure about Pandey though but yes not including Pujara Justifies what Sunny is talking about

  • ListenToMe on March 6, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Agree with Gavasker. If you are having many inexperienced players, it is important to rotate the players giving equal chances to all and find out who performs better. Only a few players are performing consistently in this team and I accept that with experience they will come good. But what about other talented players who are sitting in bench? Don't they need experience? How will they get it if you are not giving chances to them? Please rotate the players even in important matches so that all get equal chances.

  • thaikkathameed on March 6, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    We cannot find Indian cricket team. Only India Cements and CSK teams, pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. DISGUSTED FAN.

  • thaikkathameed on March 6, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Virat Kohli proving very fast that he will not be a good captain. He is just following the footsteps of Dhoni by giving lame excuses and complaining about pitches, weather, etc.. etc. Indian team management is taking one step forward and two steps backward.

  • on March 6, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    "Are you worried that Cheteshwar Pujara will score runs so that your favourites who are not consistent might have to make way?" Gavaskar asked. Great question and the right one to be asked right now.

  • on March 6, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Let's be honest Shami has bowled massively and needs a break and B Kumar has been found out and looks a joke.Ishwar Pandey bowling in place of them wouldnt have hurt and surely Stuart Binny could have got the role of other opening bowler.Three spinners in Australia wont work , heck they dont even work in India where teams are ratcheting up 350 +scores with regularity.Aside not picking Pujara on slow low wickets is a cardinal sin.If there are any wickets he can get runs these are the ones and with low bar set by Rohit, including him wouldnt have hurt.

  • on March 6, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    I don't quite agree to Gavaskar here. Mishra just got two matches and Rayudu, rahane , need a long run - also playing Pujara for one match against Afghanistan wouldn't have proved anything. Pandey deserves a chance - but the condition demanded 3 spinners - so Mishra was a good fit

  • thaikkathameed on March 6, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Thank you Sunny, you have spoken for the majority of Indian fans. It is really baffling to see that reserve players are not given chances in dead rubbers. What is the point in taking these players along with the touring party. Then in future just select 11 players only and the need to give chances to others does not arise. I think Shami is already in the path of Ishant Sharma, if he is not given rest he will very soon breakdown. I thought Virat Kohli would be a different captain, but he too disappoints. As Gavaskar pointed out there is some caucus going on in the team management. GOD SAVE INDIAN CRICKET.

  • on March 6, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    For heavens sake, just forget karthik as keeper; keepers should be keepers 1st and bats only next; karthik missed so many vital chances; arent selectors to look into such things; karthik even muffed up in batting too; and regarding the pacers when they were bowling half volleys and short stuff was the captain dozing or do players have no fear of beeing removed by the captain because of support from bcci/selectors; have the indian captains seen how tough the criket austrlia guys and their captain are to loose stuff by players; its only in india players are paid handsomely failure or no failure; just choose only players who play in english or other leagues; they are the men among some of these who are turning out to be boys.

  • The-love on March 6, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Come on dude....SL and Pak were very close matches and its unfortunate to be at losing side in both matches as some credit goes to those teams too.We have always been short of good fast bowlers.BK and Shami are doing good although I wonder why BK didn't play consistently on helpful pitches.Jadeja is not the best but one of the best ever to have played for India in last 2 decades.Every one showed glimpse of talent except karthik.We may criticise Dhoni heavily,but I don't think we still have any alternate for him.

  • AravindVatsal82 on March 6, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Mr.Gavaskar I truly agree with you,but unfortunately the BCCI somtimes i feel it lacks cricketing brains rather more of administrative & so the richest board in the world,playingin bangladesh & keeping mishra away from playing 11 was a mistake,not played against srilanka if he had would have been a diff equation,& trying likes of aron who has pace only,on the batting tracks but of great help for spinners,made no sense.we saw rayudu 50+ was just an example why the bench players are not given chance to play.for me the the biggest find is mishra & has to be part of playing eleven & give break to ashwin who deserve it for long time now,

  • on March 6, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    50 Over Squad ----------------- AM Rahane S Dhawan KD Karthik V Kohli Yuvaraj or RG sharma Ms Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Mohammed Shami A Mishra B Kumar

    20-20 Squad ---------------- Am Rahane S Dhawan V Kohli D Karthik RG Sharma or Yuvaraj Ms Dhoni Jadaeja Ashwin Mohammed Shami A Mishra B Kumar

    Test Squad ----------

    Am Rahane S Dhawan Pujara V Kohli D Karthik Ms Dhoni Jadaeja Ashwin Mohammed Shami A Mishra B Kumar

  • fudgys11 on March 6, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    If Kohli was the initiator of this kind of selection, then we are sure he would not be a very good captain. If its favoritism, its atrocious but if its that 'fear of losing', its worse. We already have a captain who has a poor record for trying out new talent. He has probably lost more matches for want of improper bench strength as he did not give enough chances for some and too many chances for others with consistent failures. All in the name of consistency and class. You are not in the team to show class but to perform. Unless you try fringe players in inconsequential matches,which you rarely get now in international matches, how on earth would you find out the temperament. Very disappointing ! ! !

  • muzaffarburondkar on March 6, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    mark my word if india don,t iclude zaheer khan in world cup 2015 squad then we are making a big mistake.zaheers has lot experince ,and last world 2011 hw was leading wicket taker for india .in test matches he has to bowl more overs but not in one dayers.please select him for world cup 2015.

  • Dinkepo on March 6, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Mr.Gavaskar, Thanks for the questions you had raised,BCCI should ansewer these questions which are in most of indian fans mind.

  • Malik_Murad on March 6, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Kohli said: "We are in a transition phase as far as one-days are concerned". So, keeping these words in mind, I wonder what Misbah will say about PAK Team as PAK Team is always under transition phase, you never know who will be given chance out of nowhere in the team. Just think of Fast Bowlers' breed that had been introduced in the team in lasts 5 years. So our hats-off to Pak Team who consistently performed well despite the issues like Lack of Intl Cricket, Domestic structure, management issues etc. Keep going well Pak Team !

  • TheOnlyEmperor on March 6, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    In ODIs, Aus, SA, Eng will easily score 325+ on any given day against our bowling attack. So, the Indian team, with obvious bowling limitations needs a team that can surpass this score consistently. This means you require players who can not only score big consistently but who can score at a near 100% strike rate with potential to score at 150% when the situation demands. Sadly, Raidu, Karthik and even Rahane don't fit in. Rahane needs to improve his strike rate and avoid getting out to lofted shots. Raina and Pujara should definitely be in! Rohit if he needs to be in, must learn to aggressively look for singles and 2s. Being only a boundary hitter will not only find him useless but will be detrimental to the team. With such a lot of talk on building talent and a solid team for the future, it is stupidity to keep Pujara out of the ODI squad. IMO, he is the best cricketer India has and is leagues ahead of Kohli! Pujara can open with Dhawan and Kohli can still keep his No3 slot!

  • on March 6, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    One cannot blame Kohli for sticking to his known strength as this was his first series as a Captain for a Championship Tournament and wanted to balance his win and losses.Of course he could have gone on to play at the least Ishwar Pandey in place of Bhuvi and what would have happened ? At the most Kohli would have to make sure that he did not fail as a Batsman again after his last 2 disappointing performances, if Afghans had scored more runs! Kohli had no trust in his batting unit, after the failures or inconsistencies of Rohit, Dinesh, Rayudu, Shikhar and so he made sure that he had the best combination available. But Ishwar has been deprived of his chance to show his mettle, by both Dhoni and Kohli. Without playing the new members how do you expect them to get good Foreign condition experience ? 99.99% Ishwar will not be in the side Touring Australia/England later in the year. But mainly the need of the Team is a Good All Rounder and we do not have many in sight.

  • Chaitu87 on March 6, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    @ Raja Ramamurthy... This is the biggest flawed legacy we all tend to carry in this country. When someone questions the bad and poses right questions, we tend to scrutinize his/her credibility and deemed moral authority. What Gavaskar had done was perhaps 30 years ago. He could have been a spoilsport to careers of many. But now, in this context, he is SPOT ON. Let's agree with that and hope this brings some change in the team selection.

    On the statement itself, I think it's time and right time in deed to bring in a change in the core 16 that travels to different tours. Why Ishant and Rohit, after having played 50 tests and 100 ODIs respectively, are still considered 'youngsters trying to cement their place'. This is utter non-sense. Dhoni may or may not be the greatest captain India had ever had, let's leave that debate to after his retirement. For now, this is a big threat with talents like Pandey and Pujara rotting.

  • Sir_Ivor on March 6, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    I think the playing eleven gets a higher remuneration than the players on the bench. That may be the reason because even Dhoni does the same thing. I wonder who constitutes the "Think Tank". Is Fletcher also in it ? I wonder why the selectors are silent on this subject.

  • Cricket_Great on March 6, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Very sad to see Kohli also has same mind set as Dhoni, never want to take risk and not trying the possibilities. Gaveskar is very rightly said, why he has not given the chance to new player in dead rubber, really pathetic approch.

  • basusri133b on March 6, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Thank you Mr Gavaskar for asking these unpalatable questions. Sandip Patil as head of the selection committee owes all cricket lovers in India an explanation. We have been stone walled by the BCCI for far to long. I am inclined to agree with Mr Gavaskar's view that they will be in an uncomfortable spot lest the reserve players perform better than the 1st eleven. In fact they already have a hot potato in their hands - Mishra ! His performance in the Asia Cup has been top notch. I am disappointed with Kohli's comments. As the future India Captain, he needs to be more forward in his thinking.

    Mr Patil, we are waiting for your comments.

  • RAKSONRAJ on March 6, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    vinay in team - are you joking . bring back yuvi - he is the match winner . pujara , umesh , irfan should be in team. nohit should be out , he cant be inside the team by just performing one series. He is the only player in India team who played more than 100 odi without consistency and still in . Dhoni is not cool captain , he is the luckiest to have such a team while winning WC (mainly yuvi) . he is not the best captain , he was the captain of best indian team.

  • on March 6, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    my world cup 15 members in austrlian condition...Robin uttappa .gowtham gambir...kohli..rohith..pujara..dhoni..Raina..jaddu..ashwin...shami..yadav...vinaykumar...irfanpathan..shrma..extra batsman..dhwan...raydhu..binny

  • Batmanian on March 6, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    @desiboy454, yes India does need two spinners - for Adelaide and Sydney. It has these, and can get plenty of batting out of them. It also needs three decent quicks. It doesn't seem to have any of these, and will be batting for draws in Brisbane and Perth against quality pace. Actually, I'd better check the schedule - the numbskulls have probably only gone with three or four Tests...

  • HolyShmoly on March 6, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Holy cow, what have you done Gavaskar? You are going to be black listed by BCCI for speaking out. Perhaps you are already, since you and your brother Ravi were always kissing up BCCI.

  • on March 6, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Though I agree with the sentiments expressed over giving chances to the players in the bench, Gavaskar does not have any moral authority to criticise the favouritism shown to a few players. Who can forget Gavaskar packing the Indian team with players from his State to tour to England and opening with a bowler who did not open for his State team!

  • on March 6, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    The changes to Pandey, is important because Bhuv is heading towards slowing down. Also Ashwin on overseas should pave way for Mishra and the development is crucial for Varun and Yadav along with Pandey.

  • satishsasikumar on March 6, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    My assessment after watching India play (largely after Champions Trophy 2013) with baffling and inflexible team selections is that they would find it very very very difficult to defend the World Cup 2015. A miracle or some divine force might help them. Otherwise, the balance of bowling and batting combination of a few other teams surpasses that of India. Moreover, with buttered fingers of Indian fielders who drop catches frequently and keep colliding with each other, it quite possible they would drop the WC 2015 in the league stages itself. Even then I wish team India good luck.

  • on March 6, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    I agree with Sunny Gavaskar 100%. The team dropped some two dozen catches in New Zealand. In this tournament they dropped catches and missed stumpings. In Sri Lanka match, Dhawan dropped a catch, which could have improved run rate. Dinesh Karthik played some lousy shots. Why didn't Kohli drop Karthik using Rayudu as keeper to include an extra bowler in a do or die match? Yes, complacency is all over the place. They do not look worried about losing and do not seem to plan on winning.

  • on March 5, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    I strongly believe that Kohli has nothing to do with this,because he himself is afraid of M.S.Dhoni.He cant introduce a new player into the team as M.S left them to the reserve bench.Once M.S tries them out,I am sure Kohli allows them to play.

  • BigINDFan on March 5, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Hopefully Gavaskar's comments will get the proper attention. It is disgusting how the team selection has been controlled by MSD and now Kohli with the coach nowhere in the picture. MSD should be removed as captain in all formats and Kohli should not be given the captaincy. I feel Jadeja should be made captain in ODIs and T20s and Pujara and Dhawan should open in all 3 formats. Rohit can play in the middle order and MSD should bat at No. 4. Shami, Bhuvi, Pandey/Rishi Dhawan/Yadav/Binny should be the fast bowling options and rotate them based on performance and series. Mishra, Jadeja, Ashwin/Rasool should be the spin options. These guys can bat well too so no need for special all rounders.

    Kohli should be made captain in Tests since that is where he can learn and mature both as a cricketer and a captain. Jadeja is capable of leading in the shorter formats and MSD should focus on batting and keeping. He had his run and now its time for changes

  • satchander on March 5, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    For the first time Gavaskar, I agree with you. Usually your articles are full of non-sense, but this is the first time you have spoken some sense. Kohli should have tried Pandey and Pujara in the dead rubber. Not sure how long they are going to protect each other but this is surely not good for Indian cricket. Favouritism can only ruin indian cricket - it will never take it forward !

  • desiboy454 on March 5, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Do we really need 2 spinners in Australia/Nz?? Ashwin and Jadeja both leaked runs in NZ and same will happen in Aus as well. So does the team management still think that the team is stronger with Rahane, Rayadu and Jadeja in the middle compared to Yuvi, Rohit n Irfan. I am sorry but Irfan Phatan also bats better against pace. I dont know why the captains, the coach and the board are being so lazy about this. I mean aren't they interested in winning a WC again, that to overseas? MSD is a lazy captain, let the bowlers leak runs then our batsmen will try to chase it down. Seriously, idk which other board is so lazy about their team. It is disgusting. But thats the BCCI. Lets hope we can make it to the quater finals of the WC and in regards to the Wt20, india wont make it to the semis, so thats pointless. Still as always.. LETS GO TEAM INDIA.. ESPN please post all 3 of my comments, its been a while since you posted any of my comments. Thank you!

  • desiboy454 on March 5, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Post 2/3.. I know they need to give players chances and all, I get that, experience will help them in WC, but did Shami really have to play the Asia cup? now 2 weeks later, its Asia cup, then IPL, then 5 tests in england.. By the time the WC comes, half the players will be exhausted or unfit. Right now on form, Vinay kumar (yes i know, but he is bowling really well in last 2 -3 months, so he deserves a go in world t20) and Irfan Phatan is batting bowling welll. Would Irfan be a good experienced all rounder for WC? Right now Bhuvi is getting no wickets with new ball, Irfan still gets wickets. Yuvi has the experice and an extra bowling option. So wouldnt a WC 11 with pujara, yuvi, irfan look stronger? 1. Shikar 2. Pujara 3. Virat 4. Yuvi 5. Rohit 6. MSD 7, Irfan.Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Vinay Kumar 10. Shami 11. Umesh/Pandey... If you have Irfan and Vinay Kumar they will provide the swing and shami n umesh the pace. ... Continued

  • desiboy454 on March 5, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Post 1/2.. First of all, everyone needs to stop fighting and saying their respective teams are better. We are playing the Asia cup in the subcontinent so Ind, SL, Pak being Giants.. when all 3 teams go overseas, they become minnows. Lets face it, all 3 of these teams barely stand a chance in Aus/Nz, honestly all 3 teams are on par with each other when it comes to the world cup. Second, I totally agree with Sunny, what the heck is the coach and management thinking?? Shami seems tired, bhuvi is out of sorts not getting wickets, and then you have Ishwar Pandey who should be tested. Does the BCCI think taking these XI plus MSD will do anything in the WC, hell we wont reach the semi's. Since last 6 months, it has definently shown that their are favorites.. Ashwin, Rohit, Ishant.. these are players they want no matter what. Seriously does Rahane Rayadu DK make a formidable middle order? Rayadu doesnt deserve to be in the national team, and Rahane is an opener. Continuted....

  • on March 5, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    The Indian Team lacks consistency......Captains pick their favourites....and we do not field the Best Team...to represent the Nation. We are so deeply involved in IPL.....that we cannot think anything beyond IPL. We have MSD & his favourites relaxing for the IPL. Raina, Murali Vijay. etc...

  • on March 5, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Thank You Sunil Gavaskar for speaking up. This is outrageous. The favouritism is out there for all to see. Every single player on the bench should have played today. What is the point of including these guys if you won't play them?

  • on March 5, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    @Haleos In modern day cricket, players like Dravid, Pujara are rare. What Kate Williams brings to New Zealand, What Joe Root brings to England, What Hasim Amla does for South Africa, Pujara can bring that for India.

    I still don't understand rationale behind some of the Indian team management decisions. Rahane is opener in all first class matches, Rohit is middle order player in all first class matches but in International format their roles are reversed and we have both of them in the team. When Indian team management starts something, they stick to it. No matter whatever their brain says is correct. Pujara can be ideal one down for Team India and hold the innings together. While Kohli can bat at no:4 and do what AB does so well for SA. My batting order would be Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin. This brings solidity and flair to the side. My thoughts, take it or leave it.

  • indianzen on March 5, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    It was important not to loose the game first up. I think Kohli was too defensive. Probably, I would have given chance to Pandey the new bowler at least in place of Mishra...

  • makmayank1987 on March 5, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Its justified in a sense that neither Pujara nor Pandey are in the World T20 squad and since the tournament is in Bangladesh,we need to give more games to players who are going to play in order to acclimatise to the conditions. Nevertheless,I sincerely believe that Bhuvi doesnt deserve a place in the side anymore for he is neither able to take wickets nor able to contain the batsmen in the death overs.Pandey should be given a chance in future tours.Also,Pujara can be roped in rayudu's place for he is technically better and will be more suited to Australian conditions in the next WC

  • baskar_guha on March 5, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    I would have rested Shami and Bhuvi and replaced with Binny and Pandey. Batting wise, I would have rested Karthik and have Rayudu keep and play Pujara. Kohli's speech is nonsensical as this crew bar Dhoni won the Champion's Trophy -- obviously some of the players are not what they used to be.

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Pujara definitely deserves a chance in the playing XI. He is way better than many of the players currently in the squad. Management think he might not be able to pick up with the runrate....well if that is the case they are very mean. He is a kind of a player who understands the value of his wicket unlike Rohit and others who throw there wickets away when they get settled. He promises to become the next wall of indian middle order. He must be given a chance. What is the need of selecting him if his talent is not respected.

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Dear Mr.Gavaskar, we respect your cricket acumen a lot, and our observations and reasoning are nothing compared to yours,but I still support the selection of XI today only due to the fact, that the WCT20 to be played in the same country within 10 days from now, and India having already knocked out of Asia Cup, it made sense to play a team which will be playing the WCT20.Our reserves, i.e Pujara, Pandey, Aaron,Binny are not going to part of playing XI in the T20s, Pujara and Pandey are not even in the team, and Aaron and Binny do not make first XI, it was a good call to open with Ajinkya as we have seen with Royals he is a good opener in T20s.Rohit is a good finisher so he batted in the middle order.With Asia Cup gone it made sense to practice for T20WC which is just 10 days away. Rahane,Dhawan,Virat,Rohit,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Mishra,Bhuvi,Shami should make the first XI with Raina,Binny, Aaron,Rayadu sitting out

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    For once I agree with the great batsman!... I think Kohli should have fired Ashwin and Shami and brought in Pandey and Binny and taken rest himself and brought in Pujara

  • on March 5, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Correct, Mr. Gavaskar... This culture has been regularly cultured by Mr. Dhoni and no reasons why the same team management sans Dhoni for one series will not follow the same!! There are now innumerable players who r happily benched series after series and the number of players getting breakdowns due to continuous playing is also increasing.. we hv lost many fast bowlers to such injudicious, continous, non-rotational policy and it wud not be long before Shami joins that list!! Players keep complaining about fatigue but r hesitant to be rotated. Benchwarming also dents the confidence of all players

  • John_Mil on March 5, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    What ever we speak and comments as fans and as Indians or somebody like Gavaskar,Ganguly reacts to the current situation.Nothing is going to happen on selection to the coming matches.Not sure if the players and the committee has the same Indian spirit as the fans have or do they only money and politics oriented.Because,Again the selection committee and Great Dhoni is going to give chance to Rohit,Aswin etc.If Rohit scores one 50 or 100 out of 10 matches with strike rate 50 then that will be more than enough for him and the Selection committee to secure his place for the whole year.I think he is good for IPL and may be for test matches.I'm not asking him to drop completely.may be rest him and other under performed players for couple of series.only then they would realize.Dear commitee,Dhoni and the politician involved here please stop politics.Think the cricket spectators and fans.If it is going in the same way then may be in couple of years there won't be any one to support cricket.

  • cruisecontrol on March 5, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Pujara is too good a cricketer and as good an ODI prospect (as Sharma or Rahane or Dhawan or Rayudu) to be left warming the bench. But then, who says Indian cricket is about sporting decisions? If that were so, Rayudu's chance was years ago. Indian admins think Sharma & Ashwin will someday turn up at the maidan like Jadeja did. Kaif never did and was finally dropped. Not to say any of them are bad; most still have potential. But what about performance? It's also about timing, nurturing, challenging, and competition within the team (amongst individuals). Kohli's remark about team confidence is convenient & cynical; I doubt that he believes what he said. He's much smarter than that. Rayudu, Ojha, Mishra, Badrinath, Tewari never got the timely chances. Because, gods did not wish so and wouldn't move;-) Maybe VVS and Dravid were magnanimous. Perhaps they should be the ones in Rajya Sabha. But who says Indian politics is about common good?! Anyway, get a look in at SN Khan, K Yadav. Now!

  • rkannancrown on March 5, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Gavaskar is correct in his comments. i only wish he had shown simialr fairness during his playing days when he pushed & propped the careers of several Bomaby players while ignoring better performers from around the country.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    sunil is right, all the blame must be at fletcher's door, the longer he's there we're going down. I'm glad england got rid, his record with odi is shocking

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    This is very, very disappointing by IND....... this kind of situations demoralises a players talent n confidence.

    All teams tries to keep a winning combination but in case of IND, they tries to keep a loosing combination also!!!

  • nainil0683 on March 5, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Bang on Mr. Gavaskar. The day Pujara is given a run, he will force all the Sharmas, Rayudus, Rahanes, and maybe Dhawans out of the Indian team. This kid is very very talented. He averages 55 runs in List A games. More than any contracted Indian player in their List A career. I don't see any harm in trying him out for this dead rubber. Dhoni does the same exact thing. He will have reserve players with him and would not play them in the most inconsequential match ever. If you don't give chances to fringe players in less important games, then what is the use of having those players around. Let them play the domestic matches. You can borrow few local players if you need any substitutes. Then you will have unfortunate players like Manoj Tiwari sitting out of the team forever and when their turn comes, they have been unfortunately injured in some domestic games. What a shame. Real shame!!!!!!!!

  • cruisecontrol on March 5, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    A prudent transition plan will have Kohli as the permanent captain and Dhoni will guide and groom him. If India were smart, they would have started this off in NZ. Never too late....

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    On what basis Rayudu gets to play before Pujara? Check their first class records, Pujara is miles ahead....

  • Aristocratt on March 5, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    There is no doubt that Virat Kohli the batsman is India's best at the moment in ODIs. He's also right up there in Test matches.

    But Virat Kohli the captain is another story altogether. Let's look at his captaincy track record. Kohli never lets A.B. de Villiers bat above him in the IPL for RCB where he is captain, even though AB is far more destructive at the death by every stretch of imagination. AB's strike rate was 161 at the 2012 IPL. He upped it to 164 at the 2013 IPL. In comparison, Kohli's was 111 in the 2012 IPL, and 138 in the next edition.

    AB is the ICC's No. 1 test batsman and no. 1 ODI batsman. Kohli who is No. 8 in Test rankings and No. 2 in ODI perceives him as serious threat, and in spite of AB's far superior striking skills, never allows him to precede him in the batting order.

    Now he sees Pujara as competition in waiting, and wants to kill it right at the outset. Pujara has 6 hundreds in 19 Test matches and averages 58. Kohli has 6 in 24 and averages 46.

    Knowing w

  • sid2677 on March 5, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Totally agree with Sunil Gavaskar; this was a dead rubber, we should have definitely tried out Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey as well as Pujara. It would have give bowlers like Shami much needed rest. It is clear why Indian bowlers lose pace so quickly and don't last long. If they play continuously without any rest, it is bound to take a toll on their bodies. It is ridiculous that the BCCI fails to appoint a decent bowling coach who actually understands the bowlers well. Its completely unfair to say that India doesn't have good bowling talent, there is a lot of talented bowlers, but they seem to be completely mismanaged. Wonder why the team 'think tank' doesn't understand this either.

  • yoohoo on March 5, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Nonsense. If you should give chance to new people, they should be against proper opposition. What is the point of giving opportunity against Afghanisthan? What will we or they learn? It is better to use these matches to get out-of-form batsmen like dinesh karthik some batting.

    Also, many of the players in this team are already new, and you want to replace these new players with even newer players? Rahane, Rayudu, Shikhar, Dinesh, Mishra etc. have played very few matches themselves. They need to gain some experience.

    Somebody like Ishwar should be tried against a proper team, so that we can gauge his caliber and suitability for International Cricket. For pujara caliber is not hte question, but ability to speed up scoring is a big question mark. He is a liability if the chase is more that 270+.

  • Maverick2 on March 5, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Thank god Ishwar pandey hasnt debuted in ODI in the present scenario. dhoni is prince who kisses the fast bowler and convert them in to frogs. Invariably, Dhoni converts an attacking fast bowler into defensive or kicks him out of the team. Dhoni still in pre-2012-rule change era where batsmen attacked the bowlers in the batiing power play thus losing the wickets. However after rule change it is not that hard to score in the middle overs, thus batsmen begin to start slowly. it is imperative for the bowlers to attack in the power play overs to get wickets. Look at once upon a time attacking bowler buveneshwar kumar now became defensive. dhoni gives chance for mohit sharma in bouncy South african pitches ahead of umesh yadav. it is realy frustrating for agressive bowler to see mediocre Iahsnt, munaf patel, moith sharma selected ahead of them. i think a much better debut for ishwar pandey will come only if he waits for the retirement of Dhoni

  • ranga on March 5, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Order of the day is to provide umpteen chances to under performers and no chance to players who could possibly deliver the results

  • on March 5, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    This Indian Team needs someone to hold the Innings together & play the role of anchor like Dravid has done over the years. You cannot play the ODIs like a Twenty20 match and lose 6 wickets to put a brisk 200 in every match. Both the openers like to play their shots & make use of the field restrictions; Fair enough. But we need someone who can hold fort and rotate strike so that the scorecard can be kept ticking while playing along the ground and hitting relatively risk free shots scoring runs even during spells of Good bowling, especially on foreign tours. It is unfair to keep playing Rahane, Raina & Rayadu ahead of Pujara on flatbeads of India & then think of Pujara when they are bounced & paced out on livewires abroad.

    With the inclusion of Pujara: India will add much needed solidarity to their top order & increase chances of playing the full quota of 50 overs with a better platform for the big hitters like Dhoni lower down & improve chances of winning when batting 1st too!

  • immi2711 on March 5, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Seriously!!! Some of you guys paying accolades (shabashi) to Pakistan for change. They just picked Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik for T20....Serously...Pakistan is the last team you want to emulate. The changes in Pak team was out of necessity, becos Younis, Yousuf,Inzi, Slaman Butt (yes the cheater) they were all gone all of a sudden so Pak had to replace these guys, and we are still not settled. Look at it this way, Fawad Alam is better player then at least 3 guys in the current team, but he does not get a chance...so please dont follow Pak...If you need to look, look at Aussies, one of your big 3, I think they have the best formula.

  • Sunil_Canada on March 5, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Leadership & success should not be measured only by how you perform individually (I have no question about the great performance by Kohli & Dhoni time & again) and how many matches you win, it should also be measured by how many talents you groom. I am sorry to say, India, you have failed miserably. Please dont try to justify the reasons for not giving an opportunity to Rasool in Zimbabway and to Pujara & Pandey today. If you dont give them opportunity in such circumstances, when will you? Please take a vow to l improve in this area and transform yourself into a great leader from only a good player.

  • addsmiles on March 5, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Current Indian ODI batting looks very inexperienced in shaky. One cannot even trust Dhawan and Rohit Sharma (who was clueless against Styen in SA) to deliver the goods in Aus-NZ next year. We need a batsman who can bring some stability and Pujaara should come into the picture. He will be very important in Aus-NZ conditions and need to be drafted into the side asap.

  • on March 5, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    With this kind of bowling attack , it is really impossible to win against big teams.Batting is also average...You never know when batting will click...but as far as bowling is concerned you are always 100% sure it is not going to click.... wake up BCCI .....act fast or we would be commenting this way even after the world cup....God bless Indian cricket

  • on March 5, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    I agree with Gavaskar. Indian team has too much complacency when they are doing well and lack of urgency when they are not doing well. Indian team bemoans the lack of quality bowlers but then continue to use the same ones. I do not suggest we become like Pakistan and change our players with every new selection committee. However, we do need to give shorter ropes to existing players and have some turnover just to give rest to existing players and test new players.

  • on March 5, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    As an avid cricket fan, more than the recent debacle, the absolutely bizarre decisions totally stumped me...Mr gavaskar is absolutely spot on...When our bowlers are not able to get wickets even in bowling friendly pitches, cant we give chance to ishwar pandey? i think the cricket team is totally politicised and only favorites get to play however they perform...thats the reason Rohit sharma is getting chance in last 5-6 years though he is a highly inconsistent batsmen. Fuck this cricket....until an unless some drastic changes are made, we will loose interest in this greta game...

  • ProdigyA on March 5, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    @rohanblue- the same old silly excuses. The so-called weak bowling is all thanks to Dhoni for selecting the same old Ishant etc over and over again. He never gave any chance to new faces. Kohli gave a chance to Mishra and he almost won the game for us. Nobody but Dhoni is to blame for his bowling attack. I hope he does not get selected in the Test team and Virat gets to lead.

  • Temuzin on March 5, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Contd. This failure in the Asia cup was not due to captain, similarly losses in SA and NZ were not due to MSD, it was due to weakest bowling among all nations. MSD with his street smartness has masked this weakness and won many matches for India. But any other captain will be brutally exposed unless we get quality bowlers and Ishwar pandey is not one of them.

  • on March 5, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Gavaskar is right. Kohli is afraid, his captaincy might be in jeopardy if Pujara start scoring well.

  • Temuzin on March 5, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    I see many fans siding with Gavaskar here. My question to all of them including Gavaskar is, why anybody worth its salt should be given a chance against Afghanistan? Pujara is a great player and he should be tested against Great teams. Why Gvaskar has raised this issue now and not when Pujara was not selected against Srilanka and Pakistan? Does he thinks that Pujara was not good enough to be tested against quality bowler. I dont care about Pandey as he will be another Bhuvneshwar or may be worse, but Pujara if team wants him then should be selected against quality bowlers to prove to the world about his class and not against Bangladesh or new team like Afghanistan. It tells me that gavaskar doesn't care about Pujara. He is caring about his statement of changing captain. In the absence of MSD India did not reach in the finals. Gavaskar needs to analyze that and tell us what happened. Kohli (though a great bat and good captain) did not win us the cup. Contd.

  • myStraightTalk on March 5, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    The following Sangakara speech applies here.."Unless the administration is capable of becoming more professional, forward-thinking and transparent then we risk alienating the common man. Indeed, this is already happening. Loyal fans are becoming increasingly disillusioned. This is very dangerous because it is not the administrators or players that sustain the game - it is the cricket-loving public. It is their passion that powers cricket and if they turn their backs on cricket then the whole system will come crashing down"

  • abhilamus on March 5, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Now that practice sessions for IPL is over, except T20 WC, of course, expect all Indian batsmen to be in well shape. Also much needed rest for Dhoni, as he have to lead his own side well in coming IPL (To hell with Indian team, it doesn't matter in front money). After all it is money that matters the most. Otherwise, thief (read BCCI president Srinivasan) himself would not have got the locker (read administration) key. Please cricket lovers, for sake of Indian cricket, stop following current Indian cricket, who take no pride in representing nation and do not care about emotions of millions of fans who support them devoting emotional and financial support. BCCI is doing nothing to nurture/ bring up the talents in India. Instead, whatever talent is there, is being spoilt or asked to warm the benches. Even Afghanistan has got a bowling unit (whether spinners or fast men), which will make Indian bowlers (barring mabe Amit Mishra) look school cricketers.

  • goldenpower on March 5, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    From this Match, we understand kohli (or) dhoni couldn't Support talents.And team managements never find best domestic fast blowlers. In future, we will win only Ban, zim,afgan,netherlands,namibia,Kenya etc.

  • Temuzin on March 5, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Gavaskar was trying to divert the attention of fans on inconsequential things. India not being able to beat Lanka and Pakistan in the subcontinent is the real issue. It has exposed our bowling weaknesses. Dhoni was unduly blamed by experts and fans for the losses in SA and NZ. The fat is with pathetic bowling Dhoni was still managing to be invincible in the subcontinent. Now in the absence of Dhoni, India did not even reach in to final of Asia cup. It tells a lot about the importance of Dhoni as a captain and wicket keeper batsmen. Now those who were preaching change of captain and had criticise Dhoni for the losses are swallowing bitter pill. And how can tehy change the topic? By blaming Kohli for not selecting Pandey and Pujara. So Mr. Gavaskar dont change the topic. Come on and discuss what was India's performance and experience after Dhoni was removed as a captain. That too even in the subcontinent. Just Imagine this team playing in SA and NZ without Dhoni? Now you got the picture

  • Johnny_129 on March 5, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Generally speaking, the comments I have been posted on this site have been accurate - In fact, they have always been accurate! The reason for not trying new players such as Pujara and Pandey was because Kohli as captain did not want to risk losing against Afghanistan!!! It is obvious in Indian cricket that these new players (post SRT, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Kumble era) put themselves before the team. Critics used to accuse SRT because he scored many centuries BUT NOW we are seeing true players who cover their own behinds before thinking about the team! Kohli is a great player but aspirations of being future captain has made him put the future of Indian cricket second - Dhoni does the same. Dhoni inherited a great team from Ganguly and turned it into a loser team! It is so obvious that the likes of Ishant and Rohit are all from themselves. Ishant starts taking wickets when his place in in danger and then stops once he feels he has done enough in a match to retain his spot. Rohit?

  • perl57 on March 5, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Why did you play for 60 overs and only scored 36 runs? Why did you get out for only 4 when INdia needed you against England in the SF of 1987 Reliance world cup? Just because you have a mic in hand, do not go about speaking as you wish. And whose position is in real threat except Dinesh Karthik? He is already gone. Rohit Sharma? Rahane? No way. Yes, it is true that they should have picked up Pujara and Pandey but that's how this team plays as opposed to your team which chopped and changed every game like what Pakistan is doing now.... Pakistan won once against India and hence it is feeling so high. Wonder if the same high stays 15 days from now when the T20 WC begins.

  • RaviNarla on March 5, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Why don't we televise selection meetings. When IPL auctions are aired live why not this. This way there is lot of transparency and everyone on focus will talk sensibly and meticulously and pick players on merit.

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    where was gavaskar when dhoni consistently ignored amit misra and rahane while giving chances to non performing raina and ashwin?? I admit kohli.should have given chance to both of them, atleast pujara.. but then he wasn't selected for the newzeland or south.Africa odi's where he could have played a good hand for the team.. criticisation should be fair..

  • AsherCA on March 5, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Pujara is ideal #3 material as a batsman. The man at #3 who also happens to be team captain did not want to move out of his own comfort zone. Therefore, Pujara warms the benches.

  • wolf777 on March 5, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Why no Aaron? Why not Yadav? Why not both of them together? One bad game and he is out? Meanwhile, these military medium pacers are allowed game after game where they leak runs...it seems that India is ashamed of its fast bowlers. 'We are Indian and sorry; but, we are not suppose to bowl fast' type of mentality. As fan I am sick to the stomach to see one after another medium pacers lined up by India. Let's face it, there is no respect for Indian medium pacers around the world. Look at Mitch Johnson. He was bowling just like Arron and Yadav at the start of his career. He, however, was persisted with by Australians and he is now a real threat to batsmen around the world. India should treat these two the same way. India is not winning or getting any respect with medium pacers anyway. Why not plan for the future with these two?

  • bhushanB on March 5, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    I am taking a print out of this and putting it in my cube.... If it were on facebook, I would have created 100 fake accounts.. just so that I can like it 100 times.:)

    Sunil Gavaskar: "Are you worried that Cheteshwar Pujara will score runs so that your favourites who are not consistent might have to make way?"

  • ProdigyA on March 5, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Though I agree with Mr. Gavaskar, what surprises me is that he never ever questioned Dhoni's selection so openly. Kohli made the mistake for only match, and rightly questions are being asked. But Dhoni has been making the same mistakes since 2011 and nobody questioned him. Has he ever questioned Dhoni's place in the test team? Looks like all politics to me. Kohli should continue as captain in the test team and Dhoni only in ODIS and T20.

  • bhushanB on March 5, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Thanks a bunch Mr.Gavaskar...

    You have answered the question yourself... and yes.. they are not only afraid.. but 110% sure that if Pujara gets into the ODI, there is no looking back... they will have to drop one of their favorites.... most probably Rohit Sharma.....

    With Ishwar Pandey...I am not sure he is as great a threat as Pujara... but I guess...if he gets some success.... it will be bye bye time for Ishant....as Shami has already cemented his place.... (ofcorse Bhuvi can still be displaced)....

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    People thinking of kohli as any different should remember he wouldnot try Rasool in an inconsequential game against Zimbabwe

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Hi India, do you remember Nasir Jamshed, who made 3 centuries against you? I hope you do so, where is he? And Asad Shafiq as well. And Azhar Ali. And Younis Khan? And Kamran Akmal? And may be more... In span of a year, when you're playing Pakistan again, they're gone. Even now Hafeez is struggling (despite being vice-captain) to retain the place. Pakistan made at least a change in every game, till this point in Asia Cup (whether it was big match or small). To me, Pujara is awesome player and he deserved chance (at least today with Afghan team). I guess now and I'm afraid that Kolhi's agenda is also similar to Dhoni.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 5, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Agree with @jsnaurvi - This is where India can learn from Pak. Pakistan team management and selection committee always show courage of selecting new player and giving chance in match even if it is tough opposition. That's why they have lot of pace bowlers.

    Shami has been playing non-stop for the past few months. Kohli could have rested him and given a chance to Ishwar. Pujara could have been tried instead of Rohit. Kohli made the same mistake last year when he refused to give a chance to Parvez Rasool against Zimbabwe when India had already won the series. This speaks volumes about Kohli's inability to think for the future. He is too short sighted to be a good captain.

  • NCP1 on March 5, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Gavaskar has raised important questions, you need to give others a chance when nothing is at stake. Dhoni didn't win the 20/20 or 50/50 world cup, people who won are not there anymore( Yuvi, Gauti, Sehwag, Sachin, Irfan, Bhajji etc etc). Rahul Dravid took India all the way to the WC final in 2003 by wicket keeping and batting don't forget. Pujara is a good cricketer and knows ODI, you don't score 100, 200 and not know the game. Today everyone can play ODI and 20/20 but not Test match. Go by performance, expert analysis suggest Karthik has made important wicket keeping mistakes, may be because he is under pressure as he never gets a chance, there must be other younger keeper around if you look for future.

  • ProdigyA on March 5, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Looks like Dhoni has had too much of an effect on Kohli and making the same mistakes that is making everybody hate Dhoni.

    Dhoni had absolutely no excuse for not giving Mishra, Pandey a chance and we all clearly know Dhoni wants his favorites in the team no matter the result.

    But Kohli should have given them a chance in this dead rubber, very disappointed to say the least.

  • IndTheBest on March 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Gavaskas is as accurate in comment as he is as a test batsman. Ignorance of Pujara and continuous selection of Rohit Sharma/Rahane baffles me. All of them have almost same strike rate in List A matches. Sharma/Rahane's average is around 30 where as Pujara's average is almost double ~55. Even R Jadeja has better strike rate/average then Sharma/Rahane. Continuous ignorance of Pujara/Pandey and some other guys like Manoj Tiwary, Praveen Kumar, Gautam Gambhir, Rishi Dhawan is beyond my understanding. We do have good bench strength but we waste it. Something is definitely wrong with our system, it needs overhauling.

  • gautam_the_matrix on March 5, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    This indicates that DHONI is still monitoring the team Via- phone. There is no need warm the benches. Ishwar & Pujara should have got this chance to prove that they are worthy of it.

  • ssenthil on March 5, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    @Haleos, What a joke. The following story made me laugh when you say that "If MSD would have been there Indian would be in finals"

    MS Dhoni - Elder Brother VS Virat Kohli - Younger Brother

    In a Village there is a Family lead by Elder Brother who got hit in their own Village by Eng and Pak so decided to tour Eng, Aust, SA and NZ where they were hit very badly. After all this thrash elder brother who was wounded badly decided to escape from the next Asia tour where it was lead by Younger Brother again got hit by SL and Pak though not badly some people are saying

    . . . . . . . . . . If only Elder Brother is there, he would have thrashed them all

    I wonder what was MS Dhoni doing in the last Asia cup when they failed to progress as well.

  • bouncer709 on March 5, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Thie clearly indicating death of cricket in India. Congratulation India fans for winning today match with a bonus point. Well played.

  • Haleos on March 5, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    @BrainsRam - Hope Pujara does not turn out to be another Dravid in ODI as you said. In modern day cricket players like RD wont win you matches.

  • rohanblue on March 5, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    @Rajeev Ranjan, dude kohli is no where close to dhoni as captain, we should thank dhoni that with this kind of bowling india managed to win 3 major icc tournaments, which no other captain in d history have ever done, dnt blame dhonis tactics on his bowling changes, because the change bowlers are equally bad.....

  • Retour on March 5, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    I would not be surprised if this is a case of team politics by the team management .... This game was a great opportunity to try out some of the guys who did not play. Raydu and Karthik are not part of T20 so may be one of them could have been rested to give chances to others. Would have liked to see Varun in as well to give him confidence esp. ahead of the T20s .... What more to say except "opportunity missed"

  • John_Mil on March 5, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    I completely aggree with Gavaskar on giving the chance to Ishwar pandey and Pujara,resting Buvanesh Kumar and Rohit/Rayudu.It's ok loosing the matches.India keeps having the habit of waiting wating for someother team to loose to enter in final.I would say India played better in Asia cup but should have been the best.But.Captain needs to take some bold action now and then.I suggest Ranahe can be open the batting with Dhawan in coming matches and Rohit can be rested for sometime or coming down the order as 4th or 5th down.Also India should give chance to Gambir,Tiwary,Irfan,Praveen kumar,Shewag(at least in test on regular basis to get in to his normal action as he has good average and strike rate also created so many records than any other batsman),yuvaraj,and some of th fine fast and spin bowlers.India can go with youth and experienced mixed and rotation policy as well rather than giving so many chances to players like Rohit,Aswin etc.

  • jsnaurvi on March 5, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    They will be given chance in tough game so that if they fail and there is excuse to remove them from team. One reason I like about Pakistan team management and selection committee is that they always show courage of selecting new player and giving chance in match even it is tough opposition, thats why Pakistan have lot of pace bowlers.

  • on March 5, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Kohli is no other kind of captain...He has same mindset as Dhoni. Dhoni does not believe to give chance to players who are warming the bench.

  • 30-30-150 on March 5, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I'd like to see Kohli continue as captain for a few months. He makes aggressive moves as a captain. Also think it's time to bring back Gambhir into the ODI team. Rahane's watchful game is of no good in limited-overs cricket. We need batsmen who can play aggressive shots in the middle-order. Let's save Rahane and Pujara for Test matches as they seem to be Test specialists.

    My ODI XI: Dhawan, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit/Rayudu, Raina/Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin/Mishra, Shami, (vacant slot), (vacant slot)

    We need a couple of decent quick bowlers. Ishwar Pandey and Pankaj Singh should be tried out for a few games.

  • Jobinstars on March 5, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Thanks you Gavaskar Sir for raising this Question.. please take this Issue seriously.... Rohith Sharma , Dawan always do the same mistake & out . give the chance to reserves especialy Pujara.. give atleast one chance. they were ( Dawan Rohith) think that No one questioning them what they will do(done).Our opening performance in power play this is not for todays cricket. they were living in 80-90s . The Indian openers are the worst opponers at current status , they were playing for theirs personel averages not for team atleast keep a run rate of 4- 5 . even Afgans were do. at the end of the power plays the lost their wickets i am not criticising our openers , its a frustration from a hard Indian Cricket Fan Is Indian team preparing for WC 2015 ? . To compete with Australia and England , SAF at their home soil/ in india also.we need Player like Pujara . we need a bowling coach also. At the death over how many fulltoss are bowleed by our bowlers atleast 3/ over.

  • raj-india on March 5, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    I will agree with sunny, rahana has fails to bat against quality bowling then why he have been given more chances have batting average of 24 in ODI.

  • DontMessWithZohan on March 5, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Pujara should had been in playing XI in SA and NZ. And if Pujara was to be included, he should had been playing from game 1 of Asia cup. Pujara would have replaced Rayudu. Since, he was not included in playing XI from the first game of Asia cup - he should not had been in the squad.

    I think the Indians did the right thing by not including Pujara for only this match. And they did the great thing by having Rahane as an opener. He is 51NO right now - and I think he will soon replace Rohit Sharma to open the innings. If there is a wicket fall, Rayudu must come in.

  • ultrasnow on March 5, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Thanks Mr Gavaskar for raising a pertinent question. I just lost respect for kohli's leadership and independence (does not seem he has any)

  • Damian123 on March 5, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    In terms of Kohli, a batsman with some ability with a hugely bloated ego. Other teams will be happy if he's captaining India!

  • BrainsRam on March 5, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    In the midst of all the clamour for Pujara & Ishwar Pandey, I recall there was a similar demand to play Ashwin in place of Harbhajan during World Cup 2011 and Dhoni was reluctant to play Ashwin instead of Bhajji. Now Ashwin is a regular (Bhajji is in the wild) and though he has his share of critics, he is doing well in sub-continent wickets and is under immense scrutiny of the public all the time.

    I feel, the same thing is bound to happen to Pujara and as Sunny has rightly pointed out, he is capable and will edge out the favoured players through his sheer performance and will be another Dravid of the ODIs as well....

    Lets wait for his chance and I have a gut feeling, sooner than later, he will be in the playing XI.

  • ssenthil on March 5, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    India need to get this team for the world cup.

    Playing 11: S Dhawan, A Rahane, V Kohli, C Pujara, MS Dhoni, Y Singh/S Raina, 7. R Jadeja 8. R Ashwin/R Dhawan, 9. Shami, 10. U Yadav/V Aron, 11. I Pandey/Unadkat.

    Drop Nohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma's permanently. We need to find the best 3 seamers for the world cup squad and a back up to. I found only Shami can be good and B Kumar is not the best to make it. Perhaps P Kumar can make it. We need either of Y Singh or S Raina to play for the lower middle order for power hitting also can be reliable for some spin bowling in the middle overs if needed. But definitely Dhoni can't be captain of this side which won't feature Ishant and Nohit Sharma's. Kohli can be the captain if he is aggressive as he was in Asia Cup. We can't give Dhoni the team since he was happened to be the Captain of the best ODI 11 India had for the 2011 world cup.

  • Haleos on March 5, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    @shaykumar & ajju321 - completely agree with you guys completely. Ashwin has been given such a long rope for god know why. He might be a good Test bowler that too only in India but that is it. Now For all DK fans going gaga after the first match about how he had not lost last 8 matches that he had played. The last 2 matches India lost, DK had a huge role to play. In the first for missed easy stumping of Sanga and second by playing ridiculously slow against a bowling attack which was taken to cleaners by Bangladesh yesterday. If MSD would have been there Indian would be in finals. Period.

  • ssenthil on March 5, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Lets face it. Dhoni is a captain was never good. He got some of the India's best players at their peak to perform him under his captaincy. When they are retired and faded away, he is really looking like a person who just doesn't know anything about cricket. Again, cricket is not about instincts. I know Dhoni fans defends with his stats but I always believe the captain is as good as his team only and his stats are purely due to personal brilliances doing well. Any one occasion Dhoni has ever managed to win a match with below par score? NEVER. He spoiled so many bowlers by making them defensive and asking to bowl just line and length and don't show any aggression. He made attacking bowlers to defensive bowlers, the likes of H Singh, Ashwin and numerous fast? (Medium Fast) bowlers. If India are thinking about defensing the world cup, we need to sack Dhoni from Captaincy first, before all others start to follow him.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Moreover, how has performing in the ipl become a basis for selection if players in the indian team. Binny performed in the ipl so he gets to play in the indian team, on the other hand rishi dhawan who averages 40 with the bay in Fc and 22 with the ball does not get selected what's going on here? Same is the case with M. sharma, he performed well in the ipl so he got a place in the indian team but what about pankaj singh who played 10 times more fc and has been a consistent performer in the ranji trophy for past 5 years. I just cannot understand this. if Ipl is the only way a player can get selected then what's the point of having ranji trophy salvekara and all that, why not have 5 ipls ina year. BCCi needs to focus on this instead of asking for more money from ICC. This way good players will keep warming the benches and ipl stars will make the indian team. Even though they play pathetically in the one dayers, and perform in the ipl.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Team was doing better than before in tests because Zaheer came back. even though he is not at his best still able to guide others and even can play role of fast bowling coach for India for ODI and T20 rather than outsiders and for spin Murlitharan or Warne can be coach or even Anil Kumble. Gavaskar is absolutely right.

  • RaviNarla on March 5, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Absolutely right Mr. Gavaskar. Cricket should take a cue from sports. Even if the best of the player is not in form they are benched. Otherwise every player takes his place for granted. On a lighter note we should let a computer do the selection and pick the eleven. Nepotism prevails.

  • GaurishGawas on March 5, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Where is Pravin Kumar..

    If he is playing in IPL why not for nation???

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Mishra finally got a chance after 4 tours. pandey has only been benched for 2 tours now so he has to wait for about two more, rohit sharma will score less than 10 in his next 10 odis and in the 11th he will score a fifty so he will make his spot permanent in the team. Rahanae will score a fifty agianst teams like bangladesh and his spot will be made permanent too, even though a failure of full nz tour was not enough for selectors to drop rahanae from odis. b kumar has not taken more two wickets for a long time. gives away easy runs in the depth. Pandey will have to wait until b kumar's average rises to about 50 with the ball and finally is able to convince selectors that he is a failure but in the mean while if he gets a 4 wicket haul and still averages 40+ he will make his spot permanent in the team, such is the situation of Indian selection Committee.

  • kiran2406 on March 5, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    chill out guys.. Pujara will get fair chance once he is in the playing XI..

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Chill Guys!!!! Kohli is just doing what he is asked to do. He is just a dummy He can not afford to go against Dhoni If Dhoni would have been the Captain he would have done that same thing by not giving Pujara & Panday a chance to play. These players were included in the squad on public demand ONLY... Kohli can not afford to go against the scheme/plans which were set for him by Dhoni and his group. After all he wan to keep his chances alive to be India's future captain :) So just relax and do not worry on things that you can not change or control

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    now when rohit is failing we are saying it is funny bla bla. why not when he was playing good against australia. every player goes through this phase including sachin when he was complete failure in one day from 1992 south africa tour till end of 1993 and after that he started opening for India in one day.

  • shaykumar on March 5, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    I dont understand how pujara is not in the team. If the question is about strike rate please check rahane, rayudu and karthik. Pujara is probably our most technically correct and dependable batsmen after kohli. The order according to me should be dhawan, sharma, kohli, pujara, dhoni, raina, y.pathan, jadeja, b kumar, shami, i.pandey. This 3 seemer but mroe all rounders team will suit most countries and perform better. If all the first four batsmen fail you still got 4 extremely capable batsmen left in the side. I would include raina because even on his worst day his strike rate is 100 same with yk pathan.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    I totally agree with sunny here, what's the point of having reserve players when you dont give them aleast one chance to play in the team. I was really expecting pujara to replace Rahane who scores aginast teams like zimbabwe and bangladesh and fails against quality sides. I was also expecting ishwar pandey to replace Bhubaneswar kumar but that did not happen too. This is absolutely ridiculous. Rohit sharma does not perform and maintains his average of 35 and gets to stay in the team no matter what.Rahane just because he scored a test century averages 24 in the odis has found a permanent place in the team. What's happening is players that don't get chance are so low on confidence that when they do get one, barely once in a year they come under immense pressure of getting removed from the team if they don't perform that they just crumble undrr pressure. It's a bit easy for bowler but not for a batsman in the Indian team. I still find rohit sharma's average of 35 unacceptable.

  • karthibala on March 5, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    "Need to get confidence by playing as unit" u mean playing as unit is only 11 not 15? Ridiculous they why did we send 15 member team unit. How can a captain can see 12,13,14 & 15 as not part of unit. r they just baggage? Attached to the team.In what way game against Afghanistan is going to help their confidence as a unit11? Find some better excuses..Rohit struggles as opener then why should he play No.3, when u have test qualified regular No.3 warming the bench. BKumar neither gets new ball to swing nor able to bowl in death, so what stops you from bringing Ishwar pandey? Groupism is pretty evident; newcomers are not welcomed into this group. So it's not Dhoni alone promoting it has become a culture within Team India - Unit 11. Forget winning any trophies and retaining WC next year. Empty stadiums and lower viewership for cricket alone will ring alarm for change.

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Virat has really gone insane, pujara, binny and ishwar should have been in playing eleven instead of dhawan, jadeja and shami, virat did the same thing on zimbabwe tour where even after winning the series he dint gave parvez rasool a chance. and people think he is the future of india

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Thanks a lot to Gavaskar Sir for raising this issue. Is Indian team really preparing for WC 2015 ? The way they are playing it looks like they are building a team for WC 2023 . To compete with Australia and England at their home soil we need Player like Pujara to be part of Playing eleven not just part of 15 members squad.

  • ajju321 on March 5, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Chill guys! Kohli is just a dummy He is just doing what he was told to do I am sure that he had instructions not to play Pujara and Panday as they were included in the side on public demand. So this is not Kohli's fault or decision After all he need to keep his place in the team as well and keep his chances alive to be India's next captain :)

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Telling that a great performance against Afghanistan would help any of the fringe players to oust anyone from the playing 11 is a bit too far fetched. However it would have been ideal to try out players like Binny, Pandey and give them maximum overs without the fear of the runs they leak leading to a loss. In Pujara's case he should be tried in the ODIs against England in England and tested whether his batting compensates enough for any slowness in the field.

  • Ranjan036 on March 5, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Although its may be too early to say ...but i think like the great Sachin failed as a captain ,kohli will too.....

  • on March 5, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Virat has really gone insane, pujara, binny and ishwar should have been in playing eleven instead of dhawan, jadeja and shami, virat did the same thing on zimbabwe tour where even after winning the series he dint gave parvez rasool a chance. and people think he is the future of india

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    With club cricket in place Indian cricket is will loosing the charm. Days have gone when bowlers used to take wickets on yorkers or swing. Indian bowlers are relying on batsman mistake to secure wicket. Keeping high talents on bench its not worth watching the same non-performance players.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    This team management is real failure....I agree 200% with Gavaskar...Dhoni & Kohli are the same...They don't change the team at all...

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    I don't think we are weak team. its matter of time. It is fact sometime you struggle, but it doesn't mean that you are weak. I know we will be one of the main 3 contenders with S.A & Australia in next world cup. we also know that in this asia cup we were playing 2nd bunch of players. I am very optimistic with the inclusion of Gambhir, pujara, yuvraj , I pathan, H.singh & umesh yadav will make difference. Because talent matters.

    With the inclusion of Pujara & Gambhir our upper order would be strong. With yuvraj & Dhoni, we have best batsman at no. 5 & 6. Don't forget yuvraj always plays better fast bowler than spinners. With I. Pathan, we will have fast bowling allrounder, it will help for team balance. By this we could make play specialist spinner H.Singh Or A mishra. With Z.Kan, U.yadav & M.Shami, we will more balanced pace bowling attack.

    So Its is clear that we are lacking in team selection. I still believe , we can win next world cup

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Agreed with the great man sunil ,india should have given a chance to their reserves in this match to see where their are at ,kholi must change the negative mind set that india is creating in their cricket

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Ishwar pandey is out of the team now. Even mishra gets a chance after so long. He prove him self Ishwar is also good I can say better then Ishant sharma. India have lack of bowling power I dont know what kohli want to prove winning against Afganistan. He must give a rest to his so called experience player and let Ishwar pandy and pujara play. They are not there to give water and helmet bat pads

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on March 5, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Absolutely right Sir Gavaskar. There was no reason to play Shami nor rohit. Pandey or Umesh should have had a chance. This is common sense, India has been loosing not because of ability but team management and composition. With WC less than 1 year away, a pool of fast bowlers and batsmen is need of hour. No player ever should get the feeling that their place is indispensable including the captain. They have been playing cricket for 60 years.. When will India learn better fitness and management techniques from Australia. Today game would have been ideal platform.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    If india wants to be improve fast bowling depatment they must have to find few pathan fast bowlers like zaheer khan etc' fast bowling is the tough job and u gta eat lots of meat for it' its bitter truth but this is the only solution to make indian team best in the world'

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    I am sure Dhoni still has a say on the team selection, even though kohli is a captain!! poor stand in captain cant do nothing more ,as going against will prove costly to Kohli , just like in case of Gambhir and also Sehwag

  • BrainsRam on March 5, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    While one can certainly understand the fear of experimentation against a stronger team or a do-or-die match, one just couldn't explain the stubbornness of the Indian Team Management in Bangaladesh. This is an inconsequential match against a weak team and still they are reluctant to expose the reserve players. If they do not play even now, when will they play and get experience and be battle-ready to be summoned in a crisis when the regulars are injured or out of form?

    As Sunny has put it explicitly, probably the so-called regulars in the team are afraid of the reserves to the point they do not even want to rest, should they be out-performed by the new players and thus are forced to fight for their places.

    it would have been great to have opened with Pujara (instead of Rohit) and brought in Ishwar Pandey for Shami or Bhuvanesh Kumar as players are also playing non-stop.

    India is certainly missing a trick of grooming the team for WC 2015 in Aus/N. Zealand.

    Who will explain this?

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    not sure about pandey but pujara should have played dis match

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    I am sure Dhoni still has a say on the team selection, even though kohli is a captain!! poor stand in captain cant do nothing more ,as going against will prove costly to Kohli , just like in case of Gambhir and also Sehwag

  • Coolcapricorn on March 5, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with Gavaskar. We've seen in dead rubber matches in NZ, SA & even in Zimbabwe when the series was already comfortably won, reserve players were NOT given a look-in at all! Just simply ridiculous - you not only don't test your bench strength but one can also see why your first choice bowlers like Shami Ahmed are looking so exhausted now in the Asia Cup due to being constantly overbowled - with the risk of picking up needless injuries too by doing this! We've also seen Mishra looking very impressive in the opportunities he has been given at last in the Asia Cup - think he would have done well in the ODI's in both SA & NZ where they are less used to playing leg spin. These days in all sports including cricket, it is not just your first team but the depth in quality of your squad that allows you to win series, tournaments, cups etc - so simply can't understand not trying out our reserve players at all! Really really baffling!

  • shuvoroy31 on March 5, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Ubiquity of corruption in Indian cricket beyond the administrative section, which was always full of greedy & largely unethical officials, has been a great source of sadness & frustration. While it takes little intelligence to guess that Kohli, or any other cricketer for that matter, won't stand up against it, it still doesn't reduce the anger a genuine fan feels observing the state of affairs. The silence & subsequent attempts of obfuscation that followed the news of a firm owned by MSD acting as agents for the likes of Raina, RP Singh etc. when they were either in the team or on the fringes was shameful. Not only was it a huge case of conflict of interest, but also unveils the immorality rife within the set up. The current team selection, as I mentioned before, is to give maximum exposure to players holding prominence in the IPL, thus forwarding the business interests of all concerned with Indian cricket, except the fans, whose money ironically is the honey-pot these people aim at.

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Indian board should banned players from doing commercial as their performance on the field is far below average outside India. Feels like they are more of a models who can play cricket a bit

  • Rishi0405 on March 5, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Gavaskar sir is absolutely right. Just a year back , Pervez Rassol was picked for Zimbabwe tour and unceremoniously dropped without playing a single match.The current Indian team is running on command of few individuals. We donot have a settled unit inspite of world cup being so near. We have lost all important ODIs in last few months (Not counting Bangladesh) and still we are persisting with the same crop.

    The unit which played for India during 2006-2011 was the strongest one ever and because of mis-management all the players who were potential leaders have been removed from the team. Instead of backing good players BCCI has ensured that it cuts into their confidence so that they cant rise again.

    No surprise that current team looks more of a CSK outfit than a national one. Why Ishwar Pandey hasnt played is beyond understandin especially when Mohit Sharma got one without breaking a sweat.

  • Shamshad05 on March 5, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Excellent Mr Gavaskar, I endorse your views 100%. To add, India should have 2 teams (not one for tests and one for ODI), but one for home series and one for overseas.

  • kingcobra85 on March 5, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    If Dhoni was the captain this article would have been directed at him. So why direct it against team management and not Kohli ?

  • siddhartha87 on March 5, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    yuvi used to be a match winner but not anymore. In 24 matches since wc 2011 he has just 299 runs.India should have included Ishwar Pandey in pace of B.Kumar. Let's face it B.Kumar experiment has failed. He has 36 wickets in 34 ODIs which is really bad for a new ball baller

  • on March 5, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Kohli's explanation doesn't makes sense. On one hand he is saying the team is in transition and on the other hand he is trying to make a rigid unit without giving chances to fringe players. On the Zimbabwe tour, he had said something similar when asked about the exclusion of Parvez Rasool.

  • pull_shot on March 5, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    @Bhargava Ram If bhuvi is not getting wickets with new ball then there is no use of him as he cannot bowl in depth and ur argument of rohit over gambir i would prefer top order player score 30-40+ consistently than score 200+ and not scoring 20 in altleast 10 matches in between

  • Aju.Nair on March 5, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    well said Gavaskar sir..I have seen all these years how you react to similar situations and you are not scared for anything by openly telling these..if I recall , years back you have made similar comments when Sarandeep singh was later included in WI tour, and some of the players attitude against him was pathetic in the field.It is for sure it is "'breed complacency" in the team..If you could check some of my earlier comments when Pujara got selected, I clearly mentioned that I will be surprised if Pujara get selected to a playing 11..I have seen similar thing when he was playing for RCB also.I have seen Saurav Ganguly's comment when he was playing for KKR, and he openly told sorry for not playing Pujara in the initial phase of the tournament.so the point here is if you are not giving chance, why selecting these players for a tournament like this..for giving drinks, you could have opted some under 19 players.Pujara and Iswar could have played the domestic matches.really bad.Godspeed.

  • hhharis on March 5, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    actually IPL has demolished indian cricket

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    I fully endorse the views of Sunil Gavaskar. Unless you tryout your bench strength in matches that don't matter, you cannot know whether the players sitting out actually deserve a place in the team. It just shows that the old mindset has not changed. I will not be surprised if one or more of these players are not considered for selection at all in the near future. We have lost a lot of players with good talent due to this policy of favouring players in good terms with the team management despite non-performance. When are we going to wake up? Things will never improve so long as financial considerations and favours overshadow merit.

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Dhoni have nothing to prove .. He got every icc cup in his pocket so it's time for him to experiment his philosophies and favour the players he likes. He become the best captain of India and will do whatever he likes...So chill and hold ur nerves till he get out of team.

  • cric_gates on March 5, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    This is called "poor Resource management " by Kohli. World knows how pathetic our fast bowler are . Bhuvi is fading so early in his career, earlier he used to swing the bowl and took 2-3 wickets at the start of d inning, he is no more effective now a days.He should have made a way to Ishwar Pandey. Our fast bowling is a serious issue now a days. During Dada era, Zaheer, Nehra, Munaf, Agarkar though not the best bowling line up but they took wickets regularly and also bowled well at the death overs. Even though zaheer is fading, he is the best pacer India have and must be there in the team till the world cup 2015( Same said by Dada in recent interview) otherwise these World champs will be eliminated in the QF itself.

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Don't expect too much from Kohli's captency. He is just a zerox copy of Dhoni. India miss a opener like Sehwag. With Rohit it is funny. Pujara, a master class batsman deserve the XI.

  • naren1983 on March 5, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    2 Questions to Kohli - 1. Are you fear of Afghans if you include two new men into team, we may lose ? 2. Else, if included, whom to exclude ? Should have given either Rohit or Shikhar rest, included Pujara. Then neither Shami & Bhuvi impressive, you could have excluded either one mostly bhuvi, and included Pandey. This is not expected from Kohli. Its like Dhoni's Captaincy tactics followed by Kohli...

  • CricketMaan on March 5, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    MSD is running the show behind the scenes, exactly why Gambhir fell off with the management. Kholi is abiding coz he does not want to follow Gambhir.

  • masoodali150 on March 5, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Kohli is following MS Dohni to justify his decision. Thats not a good sign for the Indian Team.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 5, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Completely agree with Gavaskar's view, though it will fall on deaf ears.

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    this has been the scenario from last couple of years. before this there was too much experimentation and there is none. i wonder is there any management at all

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    India is no more a team, its a gang, each and everyone creates a gang inside the team itself. Love to see Indian team goes to no. 10 ranking

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Pujara is ignored for ODI just the way Rahul Dravid was in his early days. Am sure once he makes it into the team, he will be an integral part too. Clearly Yuvi, Raina, Sehwag were dropped due to inconsistent performance, Rohit sharma is the most inconsistent.

  • on March 5, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    @AdityaBhangle .. seriously... Drop .. B.Kumar..and get... Gambhir.Bhajji and yuvi..!! Yu vi..cannot play short balls in iinidia only..forget him playing..in australia..!! Bhajji.... I would rather get..Murali karthik in for bhajji..!! Bhajji is out of flavour..!! and Gambhir..he is just a temporary..!! I would prefer RGSharma over gambhir..!! Rohit.. has hit a double century as an opener..!! He need to be at the opening only..!!

  • Jacobchikku on March 5, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Its Dhoni doing Online Captaincy boys... Virat has got no control, all of this moves are decided by Dhoni and Virat is just an executer.

  • indian1986 on March 5, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Hang on guys....criticize the selection, Ur welcome to do it but why do you want to bring in theories abt giving prominence to IPL players and srini's fav? FYI i am not a big fan of IPL nor the srini. I dont like bully administrators of BCCI who are nothing more than gold diggers.

    When Raina and Dhoni were in the team people wanted them out coz they are from CSK and shrini's fav, now team when team is doing bad they want them back? I want Pujara in ODI but i also know that he cannot help the team if he bats anywhere below no 3. Chill guys crticize the selection and stop theories. It is bad for Indian cricket.

  • MelbourneMiracle on March 5, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I hope Jayasuriya and SL Management will read this article and take a decision about Chandimal.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Kohli and shami could have been rested and instead pujara and pandey could have played.Even binny could have been given a go instead of jadeja or ashwin.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Yes Pandey and pujara could have played .Conservative stuff from kohli but lets face it india is a much better team going in with 3 spinners especially in subcontinent.Shami could have been given a rest but still India would love to ensure this is not an upset as we have lost to both SL and Pak . Also there are two problems with Pujara(Saw his stats on tv they were mind boggling so no problem in ability).The problems are he cant bat any lower than 4 and only no 4 spot is vacant at the moment .Its a fight between rahane and Pujara .Rahane being the more athletic gets it .Yes fielding and athleticism is a big thing nowadays . Not that our catching is great but we would not want to worsen it.Rohit could move to no 5 actually and pujara could open but conservative India wont make this change.Rohit showed he can play aggressively so I think we can send him down the orderhaving said that I think rohit dhawan combo is still good at the top of the order.

  • SAJIMAG on March 5, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    If someone like Sunny Stature is telling like this, obviously these people are scared of new ones

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    It's a shame that the BCCI is going only after the money but neither the development of cricket nor the performance.

  • PPL11 on March 5, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Calm down guys Pujara and Pandey will get their chance after warming banches after 3 full tours - Thats the selection policy of Dhoni and now followed by Kohli

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Is it surprising that only the same eleven play again and again in spite of repeated failures ? Kohli is merely following Dhoni's philosophies. I congratulate Gavaskar for asking if the favourites are afraid of getting dropped if Pujara or Pandey perform well. There is no accountability at all in the Indian team or its management, and people pretty much do what they please, who cares about the country ?

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    A very bulsshot selection by team media... Kohli u r nt d only who dere to play for india.. Y u carry the pandey along with the team.. Is he to see the match only? Till the time u didint give him the chance how u will be knw the type of player is he

  • DontMessWithZohan on March 5, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Even if Pujara was included today, he would have come at #4 at the earliest. And Pujara most likely wouldn't have much to prove. So, I don't think it is a good idea to have him in playing XI today. I think Pujara will make an entry to ODIs soon - but he is a kind of player who should had been in playing XI from the first game of the tournament or else he shouldn't had been in the squad at all.

  • Iceman29 on March 5, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    absolutely spot on Sunny...this speech should have been come from you and others long before during Dhoni's captaincy....we fans have been stressing about this favoritism in the team long before this is the reason for India's downfall..hats off to you sir...

  • krishna_cricketfan on March 5, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @@Sufian Malik: Thank you for listing the players dropped. There lies the answers to your posers. Retirement or drop in form or age issues does not matter. The player is not good enough to play for India at this point of time at least in ODI. When we are replacing such a big list of fantastic players, we can safely call it as transition. Kohli is right in saying so.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    At this rate, India wont even make it to second round in the World cup 2015, forget winning it. First thing, get your openers right. How on earth can u play Rohit as opener. All of a sudden no openers in the country?? Not very long ago we had 4 top class openers - Sachin, Ganguly, Gambhir, Sehwag. Dump Ishant sharma and B.Kumar and the coach. And finally if possible get Gambhir, Bhajji and Yuvi back in the XI

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Recent India's cricket team selection, decisions, game plan & performance all looks pathetic. Better we need to be out of Cricket for next one year & if you still want to follow then don't keep any hopes. I'm sure this will continue till next year's India's exit from world cup. Better to enjoy other sports.

  • shuvoroy31 on March 5, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    One would hope that this incident manages to convince the numerous dim-witted & credulous Indian fans, most of whom coincidentally hold the IPL as the gold-standard of cricketing excellence & MSD as the immaculate conception of human being, of the complete submersion of Indian cricket in dirty politics, favouritism, regionalism & corruption, once & for all, but probably it is asking too much. The unethical practices, ushered in by MSD with the blessing of Srini & the rest of the cartel, has engendered a nefarious system, which no individual player or administrator can or wants to challenge. Therefore, those expecting Kohli to be different from Dhoni were living in a fool's paradise. The IPL is imminent & may I remind some of you of limited intelligence that all the players in the current 11, i.e. DK, Rayudu, Rohit, B. Kumar etc. are far more prominent in the IPL than the likes of Pujara & Pandey. Need one elaborate further the motive behind Kohli's team selection?

  • SAJIMAG on March 5, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    I really wish Pujara,Binny & Pandey will get a chance...May be Rohit/Kohli/Rahane, Jadeja,Shammi could give way to them..anyways this is utter ridiculous not giving a chance...

  • sandy_bangalore on March 5, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Its stagerring that such an overhyped team, basking in riches and wealth, not to forget media and public adulation, cannot win matches on a regular basis against top class opposition . Or against teams that dont even have the luxury to play at home! We are a one-sport nation, with all the human resources, yet can't perform when it matters. Or in challenging conditions. Anyway, its easy to predict what whill happen today: India will cruise past Afghan, and our supporters will be back to celebrating this mediocre bunch of non performers(rayudu, jadeja etc). So Indias two wins in 2014 so far have been against: Bangladesh and Afghan! Well done team India. You are the beacon of hope for non performers everywhere on this planet

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    kohli said that experience will come,i have a doubt in in india no experience players r there or he dont know .... virendar,gambhir,yuvi,zaheer,singh .,,, Worst selection by BCCI and captain

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Should have dropped Karthik, since he is having bad run and messing with stumping, two blunders in two cost us elimination!!!, Rayudu could keep instead and make room for Pujara..... when we travel to Australia for the world cup, we will know why Pujara should be one of the opener....., 2nd thing is Pandey should have been included to have a look at him, just rest one of the regular...., we missed the opportunity when could have fielded both safely, I am not sure of Pandey's success at this moment but Pujara will certainly shine in testing conditions...., regards

  • sahil123india on March 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    what shami nhuvi and ajinke doing in T20 squad, they are pricious for test, save them for test matches, Hell BCCI, no plans , pathetic

  • pull_shot on March 5, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    If IPL stars gets more preference in team selection then i am going to stop watch ipl

  • Sudhir65 on March 5, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Very poor decision making by captain and coach in not playing reserves in a meaningless game. Disappointed in Kohli. He is turning out to be no different than Dhoni. Too conservative and too scared.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Spot on Sunny. I think what we see is just the tip of the iceberg. If you analyze the matches since the win in WC 2011, there is a pattern. IPL, CSK, seniors asked to go, players picked but not played, players not given enough chances, some players getting too many chances, and wrong team balance. Inflexibility in various situations, no questions asked of coach, no aims at improving overseas records, no care for bowlers, no nurturing of allrounders etc. Cricket fans and citizens of the country need answers. Cricket belongs to the people not a private firm. BCCI is not bothered. Is it just to make IPL - THE ONLY CRICKET in India? and push tests/other tournaments to second rung? we deserve an answer. maybe time for investigation. Really baffling. Ideal to play some of these players like Binny, Pandey, and Pujara against Afghanistan in subcontinent conditions, in no pressure situation. Looks like someone else is dictating things. is it Ind Cricket or private cricket?

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    It is just baffling for all us !!! Something is wrong with the think tank of the team. It was a simple logic to replace the likes of DK and Shami for Pujara and Pandey. Rayudu can be the wicketkeeper and he has kept wickets in IPL for MI too. Also until Asia Cup, Rayudu was termed to be a back up wicket keeper for MSD. So this was a good chance to test his keeping skills too. Virat's words would've been justified if the team had won all matches and entered the final, but when the team is lost 2 matches on the trot, what is the use of providing experience at the cost of losing yet another match, this time to the minnows !!!!!

  • JustAnObservation on March 5, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Finally Gavaskar has opened up and spoken the truth. So people are now following the footsteps of Saurav Ganguly. The others who spoke the truth viz, Bedi, Kirti Azad, etc were termed as 'rebels'. This is what majority of the cricket fraternity has been commenting on this website. Favoritism and the resultant complacency has been killing our performance. What happens when the captain announces that particular batsman (read Rohit), particular pacer (read Ishant), particular spinner (read Ashwin) and a particular all-rounder (read Jadeja) are certainties for the World Cup? They then care the least for their performance and know for sure that they will not be dropped even for a match. It was only when ex-cricketers started calling for Ishant's omission that he was dropped. Only if players like Gavaskar, Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble speak out the truth, then the non-performers will be dropped. Else, the captain's favorite men will play each match. But first things first, DROP DUNCAN FLETCHER.

  • Sandt on March 5, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    gavaskar is right. Well said sir. I think indian cricket lovers and former players should speak up now. What he has told is fact. What Kohli told is useless. You want to build a team with non performing people while talented people are just sitting in side bench.How much chances you will give to these people. Don't understand the logic. How much patience should we people and circket lovers should show. Just don't understand. Are these Indian team management taking the people for granted.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Totally agree with you Mr Gavasker. If not now when are these bench players going to get chance. Why is this favouritism going on. There is no difference between Kohli and Dhoni captainship. Both are playing the same tactic.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    I am not too sure why the Indians keep talking about the transition and in experienced side playing the one dayers. Gautam gambhir, sehwag , yuvraj singh, harbhajan sing, zaheer khan were part of their world cup winning side and all dropped because of poor form/age. None of them have retired from international cricket to date. Losing players like Dravid, tendulkar, ganguly and laxman is transition. Look at what australia had to cope with after the 2006 ashes series. Shane warne , Glen mcgrath , Adam Gilchrist , Jason Gillespie, Matty Hadden and Justin langer.

  • zexmanoz on March 5, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Well said Gavaskar.yes India should consider this point.no favourtitism.its game and players must be selected who got talent.RIP to Pujara and Pandey for being in squad but still not getting oppurtunity...

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    This is heartbreaking, seriously. I was excited to see Pujara and want him to see a valuable part of next WC 2015 squad. He is very good player and stabilizes innings. He can bat as an opener and middle order.

    Feeling so bad...

  • SR84 on March 5, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Very surprising to hear Sunil Gavaskar being critical of the BCCI.

  • SHEREHIND on March 5, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    What a jocular explanation Kohli is giving of non exclusion. Seems have learnt lesson from Mr. Dhoni, how to select the final XI.

    Any way, by these things many cricket fans will loose interest and sponsor will run away.

  • here2rock on March 5, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Indian cricket is poorly managed, there is no accountability for their continuous failures. Same players get picked despite their poor performances. Why no Pandey? The poor guy must be thinking what he has done wrong not to be part of the team? When will he be tried? Is he just a net bowler? His domestic records is much better than others in the team.

  • InsideHedge on March 5, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    I think Gavaskar misses the point a little. They're scared of losing to Afghanistan and therefore have gone in with a first choice XI. Of course, that's no justification. He's right that several players, esp Shami and Bhuvi, need a rest. These two should not have played the 5th and final ODI against NZ (dead rubber) either as they were guaranteed starters for the 2 Test matches that followed.

    Still, we shouldn't be surprised by any illogical decision making. This is Indian cricket we're talking about. All the amateurs following the game can see the obvious deficiencies in the team, the poor bowling resources, shockingly poor fielding from a team full of youngsters and an over hyped batting unit.

    Yet, the rumour is that the coaching staff are all about to be given an extension. Meanwhile, we're told that there's no alternative to a captain who has been universally exposed as a poor leader and tactician.

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  • InsideHedge on March 5, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    I think Gavaskar misses the point a little. They're scared of losing to Afghanistan and therefore have gone in with a first choice XI. Of course, that's no justification. He's right that several players, esp Shami and Bhuvi, need a rest. These two should not have played the 5th and final ODI against NZ (dead rubber) either as they were guaranteed starters for the 2 Test matches that followed.

    Still, we shouldn't be surprised by any illogical decision making. This is Indian cricket we're talking about. All the amateurs following the game can see the obvious deficiencies in the team, the poor bowling resources, shockingly poor fielding from a team full of youngsters and an over hyped batting unit.

    Yet, the rumour is that the coaching staff are all about to be given an extension. Meanwhile, we're told that there's no alternative to a captain who has been universally exposed as a poor leader and tactician.

  • here2rock on March 5, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Indian cricket is poorly managed, there is no accountability for their continuous failures. Same players get picked despite their poor performances. Why no Pandey? The poor guy must be thinking what he has done wrong not to be part of the team? When will he be tried? Is he just a net bowler? His domestic records is much better than others in the team.

  • SHEREHIND on March 5, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    What a jocular explanation Kohli is giving of non exclusion. Seems have learnt lesson from Mr. Dhoni, how to select the final XI.

    Any way, by these things many cricket fans will loose interest and sponsor will run away.

  • SR84 on March 5, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Very surprising to hear Sunil Gavaskar being critical of the BCCI.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    This is heartbreaking, seriously. I was excited to see Pujara and want him to see a valuable part of next WC 2015 squad. He is very good player and stabilizes innings. He can bat as an opener and middle order.

    Feeling so bad...

  • zexmanoz on March 5, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Well said Gavaskar.yes India should consider this point.no favourtitism.its game and players must be selected who got talent.RIP to Pujara and Pandey for being in squad but still not getting oppurtunity...

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    I am not too sure why the Indians keep talking about the transition and in experienced side playing the one dayers. Gautam gambhir, sehwag , yuvraj singh, harbhajan sing, zaheer khan were part of their world cup winning side and all dropped because of poor form/age. None of them have retired from international cricket to date. Losing players like Dravid, tendulkar, ganguly and laxman is transition. Look at what australia had to cope with after the 2006 ashes series. Shane warne , Glen mcgrath , Adam Gilchrist , Jason Gillespie, Matty Hadden and Justin langer.

  • on March 5, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Totally agree with you Mr Gavasker. If not now when are these bench players going to get chance. Why is this favouritism going on. There is no difference between Kohli and Dhoni captainship. Both are playing the same tactic.

  • Sandt on March 5, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    gavaskar is right. Well said sir. I think indian cricket lovers and former players should speak up now. What he has told is fact. What Kohli told is useless. You want to build a team with non performing people while talented people are just sitting in side bench.How much chances you will give to these people. Don't understand the logic. How much patience should we people and circket lovers should show. Just don't understand. Are these Indian team management taking the people for granted.

  • JustAnObservation on March 5, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Finally Gavaskar has opened up and spoken the truth. So people are now following the footsteps of Saurav Ganguly. The others who spoke the truth viz, Bedi, Kirti Azad, etc were termed as 'rebels'. This is what majority of the cricket fraternity has been commenting on this website. Favoritism and the resultant complacency has been killing our performance. What happens when the captain announces that particular batsman (read Rohit), particular pacer (read Ishant), particular spinner (read Ashwin) and a particular all-rounder (read Jadeja) are certainties for the World Cup? They then care the least for their performance and know for sure that they will not be dropped even for a match. It was only when ex-cricketers started calling for Ishant's omission that he was dropped. Only if players like Gavaskar, Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble speak out the truth, then the non-performers will be dropped. Else, the captain's favorite men will play each match. But first things first, DROP DUNCAN FLETCHER.