Asia Cup 2010

'I wouldn't drop Yuvraj from the XV' - Kiran More

Siddhartha Talya

June 7, 2010

Comments: 270 | Text size: A | A

Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan train, St Lucia, April 30, 2010
Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan being left out of the Asia Cup is a mistake, says Kiran More © AFP
Enlarge

Kiran More, India's former chief selector, has criticised the axing of Yuvraj Singh from the Asia Cup squad. More said it was too close to the 2011 World Cup to drop a player of Yuvraj's calibre. He also questioned the decision to leave out India's more experienced pace options, the likes of Sreesanth, RP Singh, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma.

"You can always send a message to Yuvraj," More told Cricinfo. " 'Sit on the bench. You'll be in the reserves, we are playing somebody else but be part of the team, get your fitness right, get your act right and get disciplined also.' That would give him more encouragement. But only one player has been pointed out, and they've dropped him from the Asia Cup."

Yuvraj has averaged 24.7 in his last 11 ODIs, and scored a best of 43 in 14 games in the IPL this year. His fitness in the recent past has come in for criticism and he was also issued a show-cause notice by the BCCI for an alleged pub brawl in St Lucia following India's exit from the World Twenty20.

"They are making a mistake," More said. "If the World Cup is so close by, I'll not fiddle around with the team. I will not drop Yuvraj Singh from the XV."

More said India needed to identify a pool of 20-22 players and not look beyond them for the World Cup. However, he was surprised that none of Sreesanth, Munaf, Ishant or RP was picked for the World Twenty20, the tri-series in Zimbabwe or the ongoing A tour of England. He said the decision to ignore an experienced set of seamers hurt the possibility of their return to the national side and remain in contention for the World Cup.

"I'm very surprised that RP, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan and Sreesanth have not been picked. They were part of the team one and a half months back, and now they are not among the next 60 also," More said. "They didn't go to Zimbabwe, they didn't go the A tour of England. Suddenly your main players are missing from the next 60, how are they going to make a comeback?

"The guys who have gone to England for the A tour, they are going to do well. The matches there will not be very competitive, and they are going to come back and be in the reckoning for a place in the Indian team. Not Ishant, RP, Irfan or Sreesanth.

"I don't know if [Ashok] Dinda or [Umesh] Yadav are going to play the World Cup. They could have gone to England as part of the A team and gained some good experience for two-and-a-half-months there. It's too early for these guys to get into the 2011 World Cup."

More also felt Yusuf Pathan had not been given a fair run before being dropped. Yusuf had a poor World Twenty20, averaging just 10.50, and has scored just two half-centuries in his 37-match ODI career. "I'm not very happy with Yusuf Pathan's place in the batting order," he said. "He's been batting at No.7 all the time. You are always batting in a difficult situation at that position, and you have to score quick runs. He got 44 in his last innings; it's not a fair call on him also."

Among the newer players in the squad, More singled out the offspinner R Ashwin as a promising prospect and said he should have played more matches on the tour of Zimbabwe. "We need a surprise bowler for the World Cup, and our concern is in the bowling department," More said. "Ashwin has done well domestically, and is a different bowler. He's got a lot of variety and a good height to bowl offspin. He should have been a certainty in the playing XI in Zimbabwe. I hope he gets more opportunities."

Siddhartha Talya is an editorial assistant at Cricinfo

RSS Feeds: Siddhartha Talya

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2010, 12:12 GMT)

more doesnt any more think like a cricketer i guess.. yusuf, no doubt is a pinch hitter and has to bat at no. 7 if he does, bcoz d middle order is always for batsmen with sound batting technique, like rohit sharma, yuvraj singh or may be suresh raina.. n coming 2 yuvraj's place in the team.. he has been given enuf of opportunity.. n we clearly no that the problem is with his attitude, and not his skill.. so having him team just bcoz of his 6 sixes is pointless.. y cant 'xperts' like more shut up and let the selectors do their job?

Posted by lijihas on (June 14, 2010, 9:37 GMT)

THIS IS THE REAL FACT THAT ALMOST 60-70 % OF INDIAN FANS ARE STARTED HATING YUVRAJ SINGH BCOZ OF HIS POOR AND SHAMED MENTALITY TOWARDS CRICKET.HE SHOULD SHOW SOME RESPONSILBILITY WHILE PLAYING FOR OUR INDIA.WE KNOW HE WAS A MATCH WINNER BUT HE IS NOT .......

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 13, 2010, 8:22 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.

Posted by Mayank87 on (June 13, 2010, 3:27 GMT)

Mr. More wants Yuvi to follow his footsteps....he himself never understood what it takes to be a top-class cricketer n earn a place....n he doesnt want Yuvi to understand that too. You don't carry extra, useless baggage if you are drowning in the sea...That is what was happening to India...n Sachin's non-presence in the team made it impossible for others to shoulder this useless baggage...so it was good on selector's part to shed it off...this will help the team in the long-run...n it will definitely help Yuvi too...

Posted by rahu367 on (June 12, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

Yusuf should have been given another chance, considering the number of chances given to Yuvraj in the past. Yusuf is currently the most destructive batsmen available and if used wisely in the powerplays and using as a bowler in powerplays and death overs because dart bowling can be hit only for single only when the field is wide open& More is just trying to get some publicity & Mr. More Aren't you the one who dropped Saurav dada?Yuvi needs a serious insight into his past and future w.r.t. his attitude and game Now, when you are not in the chair you are advocating over Yuvi. Mind you, Dada was on fire when you asked him to call his day to hang over his shoes. Sometimes you have odd instinct, instead look at the selection of Praveen Kumar and Raina who are looking so ordinary and cheap after this tri-series. I think there must be some end to Dhoni's captainship and give the chance to Sehwag.Yep, way to go in the selection of the Indian team. Yuvraj who has got the kinda chances he had

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 17:44 GMT)

Mr. More, Yuvi needs a serious insight into his past and future w.r.t. his attitude and game. Now, when you are not in the chair you are advocating over Yuvi. Mind you, Dada was on fire when you asked him to call his day to hang over his shoes. Sometimes you have odd instinct, instead look at the selection of Praveen Kumar and Raina who are looking so ordinary and cheap after this tri-series. I think there must be some end to Dhonism in selection of the Indian team. But who will bell the cat??????????????????

Posted by muski on (June 10, 2010, 8:30 GMT)

More always has his foot in his mouth. On what basis is he justifying Yuvraj on the bench and then kill the chances of another budding youngster.His views on Yusuf is also a complete nonsense. The only place for Yusuf in the Team was at 7. Its either he performs at that spot or perishes. Guys like Bevan, Ajay Jadeja and of late Micheal Hussesy have been performers in that position. Yusuf thinks he can knock out all the balls out of the stadium. Either he is naive to think so or he does not have the capacity to do so. How long can he be a passenger in the Indian team. Any Yusuf wont be bothered about all this. He will be picked up for USD 2 million( min) in the next IPL auction. Only point where I tend to agree with More is the risk involved without too much chopping and changing now. With the current trend, we would be lucky if we get though the first round of the world cup next year. All the best to Dhoni, Kirsten, Srikanth and BCCI

Posted by rupesh.uk on (June 10, 2010, 8:03 GMT)

Yuvraj is rightfully dropped from the team because of his inconsistency, but, Yusuf should have been given another chance, considering the number of chances given to Yuvraj in the past. Yusuf is currently the most destructive batsmen available and if used wisely would have been an added advantage on the tracks of Sri Lanka where spin bowling rules.

Posted by sm1024 on (June 10, 2010, 6:44 GMT)

One of the mores of life should be to not listen to Kiran More. BCCI learnt it and now Cricinfo readers must learn it as well. With all due disrespect Kiran, your stubborn attitude of not including Saurav Ganguly, means that you have very little credibility left. Yuvraj does not need our support to come back. For Indian cricket's sake, I hope that is sooner than later.

Posted by sathishvaiju on (June 10, 2010, 6:33 GMT)

Hi, Yuvraj is a great batsman, kris srikanth will regret his mistake after the end of asia cup.again wait n c, india is coming out in first round itself.

Comments have now been closed for this article

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
Siddhartha TalyaClose
Tournament Results
Sri Lanka v India at Dambulla - Jun 24, 2010
India won by 81 runs
Sri Lanka v India at Dambulla - Jun 22, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dambulla - Jun 21, 2010
Pakistan won by 139 runs
India v Pakistan at Dambulla - Jun 19, 2010
India won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Dambulla - Jun 18, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 126 runs
More results »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days