Asia Cup 2010 June 7, 2010

Tendulkar rested for Asia Cup, Yuvraj dropped

Cricinfo staff

The BCCI has accepted Sachin Tendulkar's request to be rested for the Asia Cup and has not included him in the squad for the tournament in Sri Lanka. Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan have been dropped, while Saurabh Tiwary, the Jharkhand batsman, has received his maiden call-up in a 15-man team that is significantly stronger than the side which failed to qualify for the tri-series final in Zimbabwe.

MS Dhoni comes back to captain a team that is bolstered by the return of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra.

Ashok Dinda, the Bengal fast bowler, and R Ashwin, the Tamil Nadu offspinner, who were part of the Indian squad for the tri-series in Zimbabwe, have been retained.

Tiwary, 20, was one of the finds for Mumbai Indians during the IPL this year, where he struck three fifties in their run to the final. That was preceded by a successful domestic season, where, playing for Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy Plate League, he scored three centuries in five games at an average of 98.83.

Yuvraj has been struggling with a wrist injury and fitness problems in the recent past. He was recently issued a show-cause notice by the BCCI for being involved in a pub brawl in St Lucia on the day India were knocked out of the World Twenty20. Yusuf hasn't been able to replicate his IPL success in international cricket. He has two half-centuries in 37 ODIs, and averaged just 10.50 in the World Twenty20.

Kris Srikkanth, the BCCI's chairman of selectors, said fielding and fitness were two important factors considered when picking the squad. "A lot of stress was given on the fitness of the players. Fitness and fielding are very important. We have gone through the record of last one year and put lot of stress on it. In recent past, we lost some matches or struggled in some matches because of poor fielding," he told reporters. "We also put stress on consistent performances. Lot of players have done consistently well and apart from the seniors, we have blooded some youngsters as well so that they know what international cricket is all about."

The BCCI, in its media release, stated that Tendulkar wanted to spend time with his children, in view of the hectic schedule ahead.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Ashok Dinda, R Ashwin, Saurabh Tiwary.

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  • lijihas on June 14, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    dropping yuvraj is excellent decision by selectors.. also give chance for other players.. sehwag also sit out side for long time and had come back very very strongly...likewise we can expect from yuvraj if he can... but yuvi should not reuturn in team if he not find form..

  • Lalith on June 13, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Why do not play 3rd place match? If so, it would guarantee that India will play 4 matches not like in the try series in ZIM.

  • israr on June 13, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    @Nazrul Islam This is by far the worst comment on cricinfo. I think you have not seen cricket in last decade. Sachin has scored 16000 runs and 47 hundreds in the last decade.

  • Samuel on June 13, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    @Nazrul Islam .. Be Serious Please. None of your statements are true.. I Hope you shuold start following cricket better. Sachin is in awsome form for the last few years.. Open your eyes mate..

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Sachin is out of form for a decade! No one seem to have realized it, he has blocked many talented play to come out to win matches for India. Fortunate Dhoni could come to lime light and has made history for India. Sachin had made records ,so what he is now in such a poor form as has been for the last decade, that Indian selectors are embarrassed to include him in the team. For his supporters Sachin with this form won't even get a chance in Zimbabwe team or Bangladesh team. India is now better than ever without this Iconic players like Sachin , Gavasker etc who made record for themselves while the team was beaten repetitively and got the title of grade B team.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    mr ZeeshanAShah just wait & watch how india will kick off & ur team....t

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    r....nice selection of team utthapa raiydu wd hv been taken in ways strong team....becoz to compete india only srilanka who can come in finals 2 play wd india...

  • Samuel on June 12, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    ALL are criticising K SRIKKANTH for not selecting UTHAPPA. The fact is "he is injured "and he has undergone surgery too. It is important for someone to let all these Ignorant fans know the truth.May be some media can let them know.

  • akhil on June 11, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    i think there r many chances for s srikant he always select player from his own state chennai its not a indian cricket team it is chennai team. why he always neglect robin and irfan for indian team. My indian team is sachin tendulkar virender sehwag gautam gambhir robin utaphha rohit sharma suresh raina ms dhoni irfan pathan zaheer khan harbachan singh parveen kumar

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    @Zeeshan: If you smell coffee then Good morning, otherwise keep dreaming. Dont put silly comments where you dont know fact. Dont you see Pak's recent years poor display in ODI and test. Your senior players are fired. Now comes funny Akhtar, he even was super ordinary in IPL and he was kicked out from our bangladesh just after 2 matches from T20 league, our local bowler did pretty well than him.

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