Agarkar: Pujara and Pandey must play

Ajit Agarkar says India must play their reserves in the dead rubber against Afghanistan in their final Asia Cup match

Host: Raunak Kapoor / Expert: Ajit Agarkar

March 4, 2014

Posted by GrindAR on (March 5, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

@Tepee: ... like Gavaskar did?

Posted by myStraightTalk on (March 5, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

India win here by not testing the bench strenth. Very very bad decision by the coach and captain. Because of the defensive approach india is not winning game against Pak and SL. This shows india is a week team with untested bench strength. Also India's minority has lot of talent and they are not allowed by the upper class. SL Sangakara had talked about bringing the talent from minority section of their country. Can some one raise the same point in India.

Posted by Tepee on (March 5, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

I was reading Gavasker's comment. he is absolutely right. Fear of not seeing your favourite stars. We are not in the film industry. The individuals are representing a nation. When a player is not fit he should bow out gracefully. Not hang in there with the help of the selectors. Indian players play for personal glory - Nation is secondary. That is the main difference between the Indian team and other national sides. Also Indian should stop playing for them selves and the gallery and concentrate on playing as a team. Make way for younger and talented players. Experiment. Take chances. Hope things will change for the better

Posted by raj-india on (March 5, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

India have now the time great concern in middle order.Rahane have average only less then 25 in ODI and how selectors take in him for team. He is not proving him self in batting against HIGH CLASS bowling opponent or crucial match for india in passed... selector can pick any all-rounder or bowler for his replacement.

Posted by zexmanoz on (March 5, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

Poor indian team,i was desperately dying to see pandey and pujara given playing oppurtunity since odi in newzealand but even after humilating defeat,indian selectors are encouraging their useless players.be like bangladesh,they replaced 5 players and brought amazing game plaY.worthless kathik.boring wicket keeping and poor batting.rayuda he is also not be in team .please being an indian team fan from nepal.i wish pujara and pandey be given oppurtunity in todays game.hope it happens

Posted by DontMessWithZohan on (March 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

There has been regular experiments with the batting lineup and right now, the middle order is trying to settle with Rahane and Raydu. There has been many questions against some of the batsmen - especially Rohit Sharma. So, it may be wise to give Rahane and Raydu more chances than to further complicate things with more experiments (adding Pujara to playing XI).

I also think that Kohli should rather come at #4 or even #5 in this match against Afg - allowing Rahane and Raydu to come earlier. He might be one of the greatest batsmen ever after 5 yrs - but he should be rather have higher priorities to make a batter team than making a better name for himself. This is something that Tendulkar never did. Tendulkar had nothing more to gain in his last few yrs. He had achieved everything. But he still batted at #1 and did not gave much oppurtunities to young players. If he had batted at #4 or #5 for his last 20-30 games, I think Indian team would have had a settled batting lineup by now.

Posted by akshayasiri on (March 5, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

India need to test the bench strength and also try some of new options for fast bowling. Take a few bowlers from Ranji trophy and test them in international arena. Lack of bowling resources is hurting Indian Cricket. Apart from these, send Fletcher and Dawes out of India. People in India are wondering what is the job of Dawes.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

india definitely give chance to Ishwar pandey in match against afghanistan

Posted by Nampally on (March 4, 2014, 22:30 GMT)

Exactly my thoughts expressed in the other Blog. I concur with Mr. Agarkar. Shami is likely to suffer a "tired Arm' syndrome if he is not rested. Get "Ever Benched " guy to play at last & show his talent. Pandey has excellent performance record in Ranji & bowled well in NZ practice match. Why waste a good economical bowler who is keen to play? With such feeble middle order lacking in hunger for Big score, why is Pujara excluded. If Indian Captain wants India to play as a Team, cut out the politics & put the best players on the field. This is lacking for such a long time that It makes many fans shudder at partisan selection of XI. It is hurting India. The team has slipped from #1 ODI towards bottom end- swept by SA & NZ + lost to SL & Pakistan. If that is insufficient result of politicking, what is? The Best Indian batsman on the Bench despite a shamefully losing record. It is futile to say we lost only by a Metre Or showed character. You are rated by WINS NOT character -Wake Up!

Posted by jerryman on (March 4, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

India must play some of their bench players ,, however should end with a high by winning with a bonus point . If they do not get a bonus point , it will be another disappointment . Maybe like the BD management having a chat with certain players tete a tete , might be beneficial for the current Indian side .

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