Asia Cup 2010

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

Siddhartha Talya

June 7, 2010

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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

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."

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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)


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 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 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.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 4:51 GMT)

Fantastic selection. Mr Yuvraj got what he deserved.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2010, 3:42 GMT)

@More, where wer you when Ganguly was dropped? More is just trying to get some publicity...

Posted by Hardy_1984 on (June 9, 2010, 19:54 GMT)

Look at Shewag column and comment about Yuvraj Selection : --> His team mate knows Yuvraj capabilities. Regarding his fitness he bit silly in that part because nobody else working hard in the team. First need to change the environment then for single player.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 19:14 GMT)

Thanks Kiran for your comments but how well were you as a selector and umm excuse me - why were you dropped off from the selection committee?? There is no other player than Yuvraj who has got the kinda chances he had!! Other that even Sehwag who had to prove his mettle every time he came back into the team -considering the fact that he is not half the player of Sehwag's clibre. All said and done - yuvraj - dude - start playing cricket again and then think of selection - hey thanks for the 6 6s - long long time back wasn's it????????

Posted by ScriptWriter on (June 9, 2010, 19:09 GMT)

Yep, way to go Mr. More. Oh wait! Aren't you the one who dropped Saurav da? Looks like the pot is calling the kettle black.

Posted by pakspin on (June 9, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

If India think that Yuvraj is "irreplaceable" i feel worried about India's future. Seriously, what happend to the standards of Indian batting when somone like Yuvraj is considered Irreplacable? I know for sure that India must have somone who remove him and take his place.

Posted by Nampally on (June 9, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

For once the Selectors have been bold enough to send a message to passengers in the recent world 20/20 & Zimbabwe series. Lack of effort and sloppy performance will not be tolerated any more. Yuvraj & Yusuf Pathan have been hugely over rated & under performed. Their dropping is fully justified. However Jadeja is not the replacement for Yuvraj. Jadeja is very poor bowler and does not have the batting prowess of Yuvraj. Irfan Pathan is a better choice. Indian bowling is attrociously poor. Ashwin is one bowler of the future and must be given chances. His dropping in 3 out of 4 games played in Zimbabwe was totally unjustified & Raina + Kirstin have lot of explaining to do. India still needs 2 fast bowlers to replace aging Zaheer & Nehra. Ishant & Yadev should be sent to a coaching camp to improve their direction, length & control. The current team selected for Asia cup is a balanced side. I would have replaced jadeja & Kumar with Yuvraj (despite his attitude) & Yadev. Tiwary is a good add

Posted by 786-786 on (June 9, 2010, 15:19 GMT)

hi we need to replace the selector first.if team is not performing the selector r also responsible too as they select the selector shuold be left out if they do not select proper team.specialyy srikant have mess up everything.if look at selection of zimbabve tour team its a joaack.pathan left out team is not justified as he send lower order in tense .

Posted by BoseDeeKay on (June 9, 2010, 15:01 GMT)

Mr. Kiran More is trying to be in the limelight by making such comments and stirring up a controversy. Most Indian cricket fans feel that Yuvraj needs to be out of the team until he regains his form back. Probably, Indian selectors have thought about this made this decision to not include him in Asia Cup. It also gives an opportunity to youngsters to play. it's all part of the plan. There is no need for Mr. More to try and stir up unnecessary controversies. Yuvraj needs to sit down and think for himself what he needs to do. He does not seem to be having his head on his shoulders at the moment. Also there is no point in crying over spilt milk. One just has to realise their mistakes and take steps to rectify them and move on.

Posted by amulya.amy on (June 9, 2010, 14:47 GMT)

hhmm. i think Yuvraj should b dropped because. if he would have not be dropped then he must have continued his poor dropped as world cup is concerned there are many series left for yuvraj to give a thrashing comeback. now we come on selections i m totally surprised that why "IRFAN PATHAN" didnt got a chance. i just want to ask why irfy is invisible in front of selectors. punjab failed in this edition of ipl but still irfan was the star of the team this year. it seems that dhoni has got some issue with him. OR he is a perfect all rounder.. after our legend kapil dev. He is the one who became a perfect fast bowler all rounder and he is little out of form but other players who r selected are playing much bad than irfy. DIS IS VERY SURPRISING. I REQUEST SELECTORS FOR IRFAN. & even yusuf didnt got chance to bat on no.3 or 4 he got one chance and he scored 44 odd runs..dats not too bad on the first try.

Posted by Balls-n-Bails on (June 9, 2010, 14:34 GMT)

The main focus of BCCI is IPL. Not only that is evident from the secret bids their top brass put in for teams, it is also evident from the team selection. The National team or it's performance is irrelevant. Promoting young players to make them for marketable for their IPL franchises is more important than the good of the National team. Players like Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, RP Singh who made their mark in the past and are too expansive for their respective IPL teams and fading them out is the best course of action. Right now players like Tiwari, Dinda, Ashwin and Vinay Kumar are being promoted to boost their star value and once they become expendable they will face the same fate as Pathans and Singhs. The National team's performance in last 3 world cup should not shock anybody because that is how it is going to be from now on. Once the class players like Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar retire our National Test team will also plummet. Long live IPL and it's crorepaties.

Posted by up-in-the-air-and-taken on (June 9, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

Agree with what More says ... Players like yuvaraj need just one good innings to find his form back..he is a match winner..he is out of form just coz he wasnt able to live upto expectations in 20-20 format ..ipl and world T20.. This is 50 over format ..and he could have got into the grrove back in this tournament ... And for all you hypocrites who think he should not be in the team coz of reason outside cricket.... have my two words .... he has it so he does it ... We cannot win the world cup with him ..PERIOD.

Posted by Sooraj4cricket on (June 9, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

i don't think much fuss is to be made on the team selected.rather the focus must be on the preparation and what team INDIA perform with the available resources ......

Posted by Jitters on (June 9, 2010, 14:13 GMT)

Kiran More and his opinions..what a ludicrous guy. Yuvi and Pathan, the country expects you to perform consistently and while it is not fair to expect you guys to perform every time, but in all fairness you have been given plenty of opportunities to play despite your poor show in the field. I give full marks to Kris Srikanth..good judgement and the right decision. As regards Kiran More, I absolutely have no respect for his team selection capabilities. Look what he did to Dada. Yuvi..practice hard and come back to the team..we all love you..ask what Sehwag did to come back...ask Dada/Dravid what he did to come back...and boy did they come back strong! Yusuf...maybe it is time to do some thinking. Look how MS changed his batting style..effective yet responsible. Maybe it is not such a good idea to come and hit the ball out of the park every time. Focus on your biggest weakness- the short ball. Good luck guys!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

Dropping useless Yuvi is a right decision and a perfect one which was long due. he has done nothing of noteworthy in the recent past and can not go on holding his place denying an youngster an opportunity based on past laurels dating years back.

Partisan north indian fans would always find fault in whatever selection committee decides as it's headed by a south indian. Kiran more better shut his mouth and harp on his mistakes when he was at the helm of affairs.

Posted by Big_Fat_Dan on (June 9, 2010, 13:35 GMT)

Yuvraj had this coming, his body language stinks when his playing for India at the moment, it also stunk when he was playing in the IPL. Don't get me wrong, on his day he is a cracking cricketer, but this will do him some good.

Posted by manojbash on (June 9, 2010, 13:16 GMT)

Honestly I believe Yuvraj is an over rated player. I agree with SK decision. There are plenty of youngsters who need a chance and thats what I think the BCCI selectors are trying to do. Even though we lost the Zim tournment I think whats more important is to find the right combination of bowlers. Bowling has always been the weak point for India and its sad to see, with so many players not even one qualifies to be a main seam bowler for India.

Posted by Raj2506 on (June 9, 2010, 13:11 GMT)

Dropping yuvraj is the best thing the selectors have done so far. To those yuvraj supporters, do you think he is the only player playing for india, be broadminded, he has to be more disciplined. Discipline is the first thing cricket teaches

Posted by vedanthy2 on (June 9, 2010, 13:07 GMT)

Yuvraj's attitude needs a change.He has yaken for granted his place in the team. Banish him for 6 months and try. then send him into sunset like Sreesanth has been.

Posted by mrxxx on (June 9, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

decision 2 drop uv is more u r wrong!

Posted by scoundrel on (June 9, 2010, 12:34 GMT)

Yuvvi needs to be brought back to ground level! Kiran More belongs to the quota era and bothers about reputation and regional representation only as he used to do when he was in selection committee.. We have to liberalise our selection procedure also like we did in our economy. Only performance should count. Yousouf Pathan is not a good alrounder and deserves the axe anyway!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 12:34 GMT)

Fans shouting at Dhoni.Kindly remember is has won ICC awards for ODI twice and has been a very good and calm influence in team during tuff matches. Remember M.Hussey of Aus himself has not been consistent. Last yr he was almost chucked out when he came back with vengence. Dhoni is of this kind. Also just becos of his poor form in T20 dont forget his ODI consistency. Also there is no one to replace him. He needs rest and support from players.He is not the kind who will bark at players.He lets them be themselves and the players like that. He cant teach an Ishant to bowl properly. Its Ishant's job to sort himself. Also when he throws a ball to a bowler to bowl last over, he believes that guy can do.Its upto bowler to show back his sincerity. He has been a bit off color with field placings and stuff. but he will be back fresh. Dont worry Ind. is in good hands as long as he is there. Altho I feel Dravid shud be in team like Kallis. And allow him to retire post WC only from ODI not tests.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 12:25 GMT)

I think what was said by Kiran is correct, but one thing he cant be kept sitting in the dressing room instead he should be given one more chance to prove himself. Yuvraj singh is a guy, who wants to break his critics whenever it is possible. yuvraj singh is a match winner, you cant deny that, even u can ask MSD, he will also back up for him. I dont know how we are going to play well in ASIA CUP.

Posted by SampathCFO on (June 9, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

"I wouldn't drop Yuvraj from XV". That is why you are not made the selector. We have always seen Yuvi as a package.. When fully fit, he is really a huge asset, talisman with his electric fielding and tantalising batting. Yuvi should make use of this break to get done his long-pending knee surgery and consequent rehabilitation. If that means he will be out of action for 3,4 months, let it be.

WC is still 8 months away. So even if he takes 4,5 months off, he can always come back into the game, get a few warm-up games and be fit and in form for the WC.

We need you Yuvi fit and in form for WC. You really are a great asset to the team.!!! If you see things this way, dropping Yuvraj does make sense. Hope he utilises the break in the right manner.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 11:58 GMT)

Chika's decision of dropping Yuvi is correct. We all agree that he has talents but off late he is not playing well to his potential. He should be given rest and tell him to focus on fitness. There is no point in making him sit as 12th man instead he will focus on his fitness if we give rest.

I think people above forgot that Dhoni is the best finisher in our team. If Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, Yuvi plays well and there is no one to finish the game then the effort goes in vein. I think Dhoni is doing well than Yuvi in all format.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 11:20 GMT)

Right.India and Pakistani selectors are the same.Big politics always is there. Yuvi is dangerious bat and bowler specially agains us.(Pakistan) Same Yousuf pathan is a good bat and bowler but be sent for batting at no.3 or 4 if you need some quick runs.Dhoni is not like before yes sure he should join some adv. company and say bye bye to cricket.Like pakistan all asian teams need good catching practice and fielding.At least selectors should select good team for World Cup.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 11:01 GMT)

I dont understand what is meant by keeping Yuvi in the 15.What kinda statment is that , he aint going to learn from the experience ,he is a seasoned caimpaigner , Out of form , put on weight and not the inspiration with the bat or on the field , he once was. Good job Kris. I feel pick your bowlers more wisely .On bouncy track Ishant is a must on seaming tracks Praveen .India's death bowling is the biggest cause of worry .All said and done. We will be contenders for the world cup as long as it is in India :) . We dont need to hook here

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 11:00 GMT)

the thin yuvi needs 2 do now is 2 work hard on his basics n strike forms as soon as possible!!! a player lyk yuvraj is not easy 2 be replaced by an1 elz!!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 10:54 GMT)

More is dead wrong to imply that Yuvraj is an automatic choice for the World Cup... stop mollycoddling these spoilt brats and let them face up to harsh reality; they will either work harder or take the easy way out and go to Bollywood !

Posted by Rajesh4mdubai on (June 9, 2010, 10:45 GMT)

I think Kiran more is cracy. I dont know how he told like tat. Its really a shock for me to see kiran more speaking about the upcoming world cup. I think he forget what he did to dada. Dropped him b4 1 year and selected in the 2007 world cup. Now he is speaking about droppling of yuvraj by sreekant.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 10:45 GMT)

We have been preparing this "BCCI Blimp" for the past Decade o more for the World Cups eva since. Unfortunately, all his memorable performances came during the opening o the closing ceremony dancing with the Pom Pom girls. If not after a Decade when does Mr.Kiran More expect the BCCI to drop him man? Besides fumbling behind the Stumps, he seems to be fumbling with his Logic too offlate. If you are so fond o him, please take him Home instead \m/

Posted by Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on (June 9, 2010, 10:40 GMT)

THe thing is that how much has he perform??? Yuriraj highest in T20 only 56 against England in which he hit 666666 but after that he didn't show his form.. so could Idain Cricket board select him?????? and Pathan on the current tour of Zim he havn't perform match winnig performance neither with bat nor with Ball. Does he desirve to play Asia Cup????

Posted by sony_sr on (June 9, 2010, 10:32 GMT)

Everyone will be having their on views. Don't have to give too much importance for that. In India you ask 100 guys and each one will come up with a different team. As of now Mr Sreekanth is the chairman of selector and let him select his team. When Mr More gets a chance next time he can implement his views. Its easy to sound smart when you are not part of the process.

Posted by tusharkardile on (June 9, 2010, 10:27 GMT)

It was right to drop Yuvi. But Pathan should have been in unless there are issues with his commitment or hard work.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 10:16 GMT)

Because he is out of form gets injured every month .Thats why Yuvraj is out of the team.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 9:46 GMT)

Those who r against More r 100% right! & guys when was last time Yuvi made a match winning perfomance after those 6 sixes well money is involved in most cases than none so the real focus of playing genuine cricket has lost its touch and thats the truth!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 9:30 GMT)

we all know yuvraj is a promising batsman, no doubt at all.. but right now he is not performing well so obviously he should be dropped so the rest young talented payers can show us their potential. but i am surprised that why is irfan pathan not given a chance. nd after all our bowlers are doing nothing at all. so irfan can be used as an all rounder also. because we all know that batting is our main power. and srisanth should also be given chance. i am satisfied with the inclusion of tiwari.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 9:11 GMT)

Well....why should be pick an unfit player and even keep him in the squad and deprive some1 else a chance to play for India? To even pick Yuvraj and make his sit on the bench will not teach him a lesson but will sure give his already inflated ego a boost and will take his place for granted..For starters he should have been dropped from the Kings team for the IPL after Failing for 6 matches in a row.instead of walking the ramp and dancing Yuvraj should have been in the nets and the gym.There is no doubt that he is a match winner...but at the same time there has to be no room for him to take his place for granted.

Posted by Hardy_1984 on (June 9, 2010, 8:57 GMT)

I m just following my current comment. Yuvraj is absoleutly pure timing stand and deliver. Just look at his foot work. Only thing he was kept out of the team this time because he is participating in other activities also. Everyone do that Dhoni & otherplayers also. Everybody likes to watch Yuvraj when he is onsong. Everybody seen the result with Raina , Rohit, Virat, Jadeja, in Zimbawae they lost 2 times from team like that who nver won the game ever. Do give the priority for IPL form that loose the standard for Indian cricket we have seen in T20 world cup. Player like Tendulkar Calibar , Shewag, Ganguly , Dravid , Kumble likes to watch Yuvraj. Anyway i would like see this cloumn again after Asia CUP. Pakistani blowing and Sri Lankan blowing will crush Indian batting attack. If Shewag and Gambir will not perform. Lets wait and watch guy's. If u look at Yuvraj stats from his 40 scored 50 runs India wins 38 times in One Day cricket. So, plz look at then comment.

Posted by Hardy_1984 on (June 9, 2010, 8:48 GMT)

Hi Everyone .. wow a lot comment on Yuvraj selection .. i have gone through almost all the comments .. i have lot of people criticized Yuvraj only.. and praising Kris Srikath..chairman .. Pls keep in mind Dhoni also performing the same.. but Yuvraj has talent he can perform anytime anywhere in the world and any platform in the cricket event. Mr. More is right .. Guy's jst go through other batsman can anyone explain about Raina ? he perform well in IPL which can't compare with international level. Does other any player .expect .Shewag & Ghambir has potential as match winner of India. No one can play short of length ball . Our team will screw up in ASIA cup with Shewag & Ghambir will not perform up to task. Keep in mind Yuvraj is Match winner & he will come back and get his poistion back .. Raina, Rohit, Virat & Jadeja .. nowhere stand to the Yuvraj Singh. Can anybody tell me fielding status about other player.. expect Yuvraj .. all are same doing .. silly ..fielding. Best of Luck

Posted by theswami on (June 9, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

thank heavens he's the ex - chairman of the selection committee .....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

More does not have any right to talk with regard to selection process. When he was the Chief Selector, he select players not on their caliber or talent, but in personal interests only. All know what he did with Sarauv Ganguly. You can not compare Ganguly with More. Even More has to play for next 200 years to at least reach half mark of Ganguly. I am not against Yuvi or Yousaf or Srishanth. All are talented and good players, who are really worth of being selected. Only issue is that More does not have any right to talk on any selection process, since he showed the worst example as a selector

Posted by girikula on (June 9, 2010, 7:36 GMT)

Dhoni is over-rated cricketer of India. Most of his success has been due to established players like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, Yuvi, Kumble, Zaheer, Bajji. He has hardly nurtured new talent. He playes cunning game most of the time - ex: If its a good pitch and India is in good position, (ex- 130/1), he will come down to bat at no-3, if touch pitch and say its 30/1, he sends some1 else. When there are 30-40 odd runs required and easily gettable, he comes down, instead of sending a new guy, who can get some exposure to finish the games. etc etc. He is fit for doing ads and better relocate to Mumbai ad-world.

Posted by NaimAhmed on (June 9, 2010, 7:04 GMT)

I agree with More, this is not a time to check your new players just 6 months b4 worldcup, you can try with 1 or 2 player, but not like 4 to 5 players one time...also I do not like shrikant's selection, I do not know how he select a player, as he told that he selected on fielding basis like whole team will do only fielding, batting & bowling is not important? he can go and choose some body builder who stand very near to the batsmen of opp team and catch every ball immediately after they play a short.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 6:52 GMT)

hi Mr. Srikant has done the right thing by not only dropping yuvi, but the set of so called front line fast bowlers who have been non-performers showing no inclination to improve. This rest before the world cup will do them good. My only regret with Srikant's decision was he could have sent these bowlers to Zimbabwe for the Tri Series, as match practice cannot be replicated during practice and so too yuvi.

Mr. More's comment should not be taken too seriously, it was only media byte.

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (June 9, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

Its not like getting dropped is the end of your career. Take Australian players for example, and some of the top order batsman we've had over time. Damien Martyn, played in the early 90s, got dropped and went back to his state side for a number of years, came back in the 2000s...and held his place at No. 4 til he retired. Same with Michael Clarke. Debuted, did well...had a form slump, got dropped and then came back better and stronger. Steve Waugh was famously dropped for his twin brother before forcing his way back into the side. Simon Katich as well, started his Test career in the middle order in 2001, lost his place after the '05 Ashes, and now has made a name for himself as an opener. Those are just some examples that I can think of...point is; getting dropped isn't the end of the world, if anything it makes you a better cricketer and gives you the fire to come back and do better at the top level.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 6:49 GMT)

hi Mr. Srikant has done the right thing by not only dropping yuvi, but the set of so called front line fast bowlers who have been non-performers showing no inclination to improve. This rest before the world cup will do them good. My only regret with Srikant's decision was he could have sent these bowlers to Zimbabwe for the Tri Series, as match practice cannot be replicated during practice and so too yuvi.

Mr. More's comment should not be taken too seriously, it was only media byte.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 6:40 GMT)

Agree with Eliya...and adding "what wrong about yousuf" i think selctor does not want to selecta good team

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 6:36 GMT)

Indian's selectors are like their counter part Pakistan. Politics play too much in selection. Yuvraj is a match winner both with the ball and bat. So why drop him

Posted by Guru1234 on (June 9, 2010, 6:35 GMT)

I am Glad Kiran More is no more a selector :)

The selectors have done right is dropping Yuvraj and Yousuf.

To include Sreeshant,Ishant Irafan,RP Singh will be waste of time. We should not make mockery at international stage. They havent shown any intent in Domestic. are they alraedy too BIG to play in Domestic.

Hope Selectors will try out Rayudu,Dhawal Kulkarni (MI), Trivedi (RR) soon.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 6:26 GMT)

and now everyone are forgetting the great rahul dravid!! he needs to return to the ODI team to play the world cup...y isnt anyone thinking abt him? he has always proved his greatness..!! and such a great player has to be given a fair chance!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 6:23 GMT)

everyone knws wat yuvraj hav been doing for last few years....... he never prefer game or the country........noone is bigger den his country......he sud hav been dropped long time ago.........cant believe our selecters either....... there so many players performing well for long time n never get place in the many chances yusuf need??????? n wats wrong wid robin uthappa? no wonder if dhoni goes out of team next.......

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

not good in india becouse sachin is rest and Wat does Irfan Pathan need 2 do??? threatenh the selectors????..... PLZ DONT WASTE HIS TALENT!!!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 6:10 GMT)

I think More has gone insane. He not only vouches for Yuvraj, but also for Ishanth, Irfan and et al. He laments dropping Yousuf, who succeeds once in a blue moon. Yuvraj is a spoiled kid, can't help. It is a pity and if somebody grabs the chance in his absence, I don't think Yuvraj will make the cut. May even fade like Kaif. Funny though the media played its part by repeated relaying his dance numbers with a pop artist. Wish Yuvraj watch and enjoy now..haha..

Posted by Maxwell_Coutinho on (June 9, 2010, 5:48 GMT)

More is making stupid comments to stay in the news. How many days he want Yuvi to be in squad even when not fit and not performing? Playing 11 should be best 11 players from India as of recent days. Who did what years back should not be only criteria for selection current form and fitness should be given equal importance. If More is so perfect in selection then Team India was not doing so well when he was Selector.

Posted by Max6 on (June 9, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

Dhoni and Yuvraj are not playing to their full potential.It is affecting the team. Dropping of Yuvraj is a right step.

Posted by manio on (June 9, 2010, 5:12 GMT)

Next in the line is Dhoni? Late decision but right one.Shld give opprtunity to lot of talented cricketers in the Q.Don't depend on limited players.But bring back if they proves in domestic competitions.Otherwise send them out. Srikanth boldly done good for indian cricket.

Posted by cricnar on (June 9, 2010, 5:09 GMT)

Yes irfan deserved a call. he is a decent all rounder. but what about the bowlers for the world cup. we need to have 5 fast bowlers and 5 spinners for the world cup.

sreesanth, ishant, sangwan, zaheer, praveen need to be played and kept in fine shape. where does dinda and umesh and the other guys fit in.

For gods sake, can someone put some common sense into the selection comittee

Posted by manio on (June 9, 2010, 5:05 GMT)

Enough! depending always on old players(experienced!) while they are not in form for long period is blunder mistake which leads present failures of our team.Should shuffle with experrience & new blood to consist game result.Srikanth makes right decision in right time.If not now means then When?

Posted by EATHEN on (June 9, 2010, 4:45 GMT)

India is always have batting power behind them: whethere Yuvi playing or not doesn't matters that much as they have some inform batsman included like Raina, Rohit Sharma and then "Sone pe Sohaga" Sehwaag is back with Gambhir, so they have a strengthen team.

Posted by Laulin on (June 9, 2010, 4:43 GMT)

Better to drop him now than to repent later. No doubt he is a talented player but attitude determines altitude. Srikkanth is doing a much better job than More even if Srikkanth is doing mistakes. This should be a wakeup call for Yuvi. He has enough time to come back before world cup by working on his belly. God knows when was the last time Irfan and Sreesanth performed. What is More talking about here? All of us want Ishanth to come back to form which unfortunately is not happenning. If Saurab Tiwari shines by any chance all people now criticizing will start praising.

Posted by landl47 on (June 9, 2010, 4:35 GMT)

It doesn't really matter who India play or drop. Their best players are getting old and the new players aren't top class. India is going to go through a period of rebuilding, like the West Indies after the great players of the 80s and 90s retired. Fans are going to have to be patient as India drop down the rankings for the next few years.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 4:11 GMT)

As king karthik says, "Yuvraj and Ishant need this kick up the backside, they have not won any matches for India in the recent past and have consistantly looked pathetic. So according to More, we should continue to play this same rubble for the sake of continuity? What the hell for? Was it not the same players who humilated India with crap performance in the champions trophy and the world T20? Does More want a hatrick of humilations? Let SriKanth do his job, Mr. More go back to ICL." I agree to this these guys should be dropped and asked to report to the academy for the basics, since they are in contract these days are not rest days they are still in duty and they should go and revise their basics and then think of ads and other things. Mr. More it is better to keep your ideas with ICL and don`t poke in your nose here.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 4:05 GMT)

Wat does Irfan Pathan need 2 do??? threatenh the selectors????..... PLZ DONT WASTE HIS TALENT!!!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 4:05 GMT)

As king karthik says, "Yuvraj and Ishant need this kick up the backside, they have not won any matches for India in the recent past and have consistantly looked pathetic. So according to More, we should continue to play this same rubble for the sake of continuity? What the hell for? Was it not the same players who humilated India with crap performance in the champions trophy and the world T20? Does More want a hatrick of humilations? Let SriKanth do his job, Mr. More go back to ICL." I agree to this these guys should be dropped and asked to report to the academy for the basics, since they are in contract these days are not rest days they are still in duty and they should go and revise their basics and then think of ads and other things. Mr. More it is better to keep your ideas with ICL and don`t poke in your nose here.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

Best Indian ODI team is: Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj, I Pathan (allrounder), Bhajji, Zaheer, and two more seamers. Yusuf Pathan and Ravi Jadeja should be reserves. Both can make the team as batsman or spinner if they need them.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 3:55 GMT)

the fact that India bowling has languished under for so long is mainly due to the selection follies Srikant and his team of good for nothing selectors have made. People elsewhere in the world have already embarked on a select 15 to look for the world cup and this man here is still trying out rookies... !! this is unacceptable... Its high time people should realize the time for experimentation has passed... world cup is just 9 months away and u cannot escape if the team looses, especially when u are the host and a billion people are looking forward to your decisions to have something to cherish a lifetime... !! It does not make any sense to hand out debuts to rookies when u are just 9 months away from a world cup and your bowling is the weakest in years... !! common sense should prevail and if anybody has to be removed, it has to be srikant... !! I would recomend Sourav Ganguly to the post... !!

Posted by cricketfullness on (June 9, 2010, 3:50 GMT)

Kiren More, Do you really think droping yuvaraj a mistake? Giving any position for you in indian selection committee would be a very big mistake. Because it seem like you have been paid of by yuvaraj. You must have collected some of his IPL money. Yuvaraj hasn't been a part of Indian success since the first 20/20 worldcup, more than three years ago. Yet he always guaranteed a position in Indian team if he was fit to walk. While players like uthappa been dropped and never given chance long time ago.They should rather play ganguly or Dravid instead of him. Ganguly can bowl and dravid can be the wicket keeper, so does Uthappa. If Dhoni stay on wicket everytime as much cricket as he been playing(also batting number1 sometimes) and captain, it will start to diminish his skills. He has not been the same as he was 3 years ago. India play the most games and wicket keeper takes full load on his knees all day. Let him play but keep him off the wicket sometimes.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 9, 2010, 3:47 GMT)

Selectors have done the right thing in dropping UV. It will give Dhoni more free hand and he will eventually mature into his captaiincy role. Controlling UV could have been difficult for him. Dhoni will also prefer that he gets someone young and who is not difficult to disipline. It has been Dhoni's approach as he has knocked many of the seniors and has replaced them with the youngsters. Indian board has to draft in new talent slowly and not like crowd as they did in Zim tri series. Straighten up UV.

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (June 9, 2010, 3:26 GMT)

It's really surprising the amount of backing Yuvraj has from ex-selectors and players. It's a pity that they are too blind to notice his many faults and failings

Posted by diwal on (June 9, 2010, 2:58 GMT)

dropping yuvi was a fantastic decision. one of the better decision of indian board.......he was to b dropped earlier bt he is being need of the player who cnt field n even cant show good performance via bat.....good 4 dhoni

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 2:40 GMT)

For all those so-called cricket experts in this forum posting their comments and expressing their anguish on why Robin Uthapa was not selected... Pls. get your facts correct. He is injured and out of action for atleast 3-4 months.

Posted by Deenesh on (June 9, 2010, 1:49 GMT)

is anyone else seeing yuvraj the fatty in the pic above? Obviously he wasnt getting the message while still being on the team, so they neede to drop him. He'll bounce back. He is in his late twenties, his body is capable of doing most things, with the rite commitment, he shud be okay. If he'll be okay in time for the world cup is a different question altogether

Posted by tinitin123 on (June 9, 2010, 1:48 GMT)

i agree with vikesh juggling around the team with bad selections can hurt our world cup prospects.

Posted by kingkarthik on (June 9, 2010, 1:30 GMT)

Excellent call by the selectors to drop the likes of Yuvraj, Pathans, Sreesanth, Munaf and Ishant. These players, with the exception of Yuvraj and Ishant are not world class players. They have been average or pedeastrian at best. The Pathans are flat track, weak bowling side bullies. Against decent opposition they wilt faster than butter melts in the sun. Sreesanth need mental help...seriously. Munaf gives the look and feel of someone who would rather be doing something else. Yuvraj and Ishant need this kick up the backside, they have not won any matches for India in the recent past and have consistantly looked pathetic. So according to More, we should continue to play this same rubble for the sake of continuity? What the hell for? Was it not the same players who humilated India with crap performance in the champions trophy and the world T20? Does More want a hatrick of humilations? Let SriKanth do his job, Mr. More go back to ICL. Change is not always a bad thing. Grow up.

Posted by VisBal on (June 9, 2010, 1:10 GMT)

Looking at the bowlers More has recommended (Sreesanth, RP Singh, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma), the question to be asked is why they were not on the A tour to England. Of these, I would reserve Ishant and Sreesanth for Tests: their style of bowling is not suited for ODIs and they have been more successful in the longer format (I would go one step further and have the BCCI deny them permission for IPL to avoid spoiling their rhythm). Hence, RP Singh and Munaf Patel could be tried in the Asia Cup as a proving ground for the World Cup. Of course with Munaf you always need another bowler on standby...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 1:09 GMT)

this is blunder step had taken by bcci to drop yuvi. he is one of most experience player in the indian side. you already saw the result of inexperience's team. they weren't qualified for final in Zimbabwe.

Posted by thebats on (June 9, 2010, 0:35 GMT)

Great decision to drop Yuvraj. Sure, he is a talented player, but talent is only a small part of what makes a successful cricketer. Look at Symonds, one of the most talented all round players to ever play the game - Yet his talent only got him so far. I think India needs to take a harder line with its selections - Players like Ganguly, Yuvraj and i think now Dhoni need(ed) to be brought back down to earth. Dhoni is hugely overrated

Posted by Mahesht on (June 9, 2010, 0:14 GMT)

As clearly pointed by More, Saurab Tiwary is not going to be playing the world cup for sure and hence this exercise is nothing but a meaningless tamasha. In a country where emotions run high only when we lose, we are clealry loosing sight of the world cup goal and glad atleast someone like more remembers it. Despite having grown to no.1 status in both forms of game, this team is still the toy that Srikanth and Dhoni exploit to the core. It was Dhoni's innings and captaincy that kicked India out of T20 WC and yet again the spineless selectors look for soft targets/wrong targets to show they exist. God save india!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2010, 0:13 GMT)

Best Indian ODI team is: Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj, I Pathan (allrounder), Bhajji, Zaheer, and two more seamers.

Yusuf Pathan and Ravi Jadeja should be reserves. Both can make the team as batsman or spinner if they need them.

Posted by Navdip on (June 8, 2010, 23:06 GMT)

This is the differende between Shrikant & More. In their playing days, Srikant was always like that, right on the bowlers to dictate the terms & this is how it should be, while More will be dictated terms by the opposition. I have seen them playing. Yuvi should have been dropped & is rightly dropped, There are few who are riding the boat for nothing, Pathan is rightly dropped but I would have Pathan rather than having Jadeja. I would include Ishant sharma & RP Singh & would not even consider Munaf Patel.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 22:54 GMT)

are indian selectors trying to be australians? let me remind them we are indians and new players cant be as good as experienced. Yuvraj left out means indian team left out of asian cup. This might be a wake up call for Yuvraj. But definetly "for selectors" I totally agree with More

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 22:44 GMT)

can somebody plz tell me what is the future of Irfan Pathan (allrounder), abhishek nayar ( allrounder)...n what bout robin uthappa, I think sreekanth has forgot his is going no where there is no hope of winning any tournament ( world cup give it a break ) without quality allrounder...luk at srilanka they have got a gr8 allrounder in angelo matthews..seem like other teams r getting more benefit from IPL then India.

Posted by Arthaurian on (June 8, 2010, 22:34 GMT)

Umm, if your reasoning behind not dropping him is 'calibre', then unfortunately, I have to disagree with you Mr More. It's the same with the Mark Boucher situation. He's also a player of 'calibre', but a team can't go into a World Cup with a fifth wheel, even if it is better looking than all the other ones. Thats just ignorant.

Posted by aalumaalu on (June 8, 2010, 21:24 GMT)

Mr More.. Wake has been 3 years since yuvraj scored 6 sixes in an over. I guess you went to bed just after that and have just woken up to the news of Yuvi being dropped. Look at his performance in the last 3 years and yes you do remember when you were The CHEIF selector, I guess things are different now as you can comment on what others are doing and forget what you used to do.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 8, 2010, 21:05 GMT)

Yuvraj needs the eye of the tiger, the hunger inside of him. He needs to let go of all worldly possessions and take to life over the next 6 months wandering as an ascetic without a home. Only then will the hunger return to his belly (in more ways than one). He should live life as a homeless man and only then will he value his wicket. In fact this is my solution to any player, anywhere in the world who has lost the desire and value of playing International Cricket. This may seem extreme to others but it is a recipe designed to succeed. Medicine does not need to taste sweet to get the job done.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 20:45 GMT)

Dropping yuvraj is a blunder , no doubt some of the senior players in the squad should be taught a lesson but this is not the right time to do that ,Dhoni should be taught a lesson , he is undoubtely the best captain but it cannot be only Dhoni so he need to understand this.Robin Uthappa should be given a chance in the team.

Posted by ajaydesai on (June 8, 2010, 20:23 GMT)

Shrikanth and Dhoni are screwing India. Fire them or wait until we lose again in Sri Lanka.

Posted by ramky1786 on (June 8, 2010, 19:45 GMT)

yuvraj was to be axed long tym ago coz ever he makes gud score he gets scramps

his stamina was poor, politics ruin indian cricket , players lik yusuf mus be given chance

yusuf mus play 1down or 2down but not as a hitter

india is a very gud team in losing

no doubt abt it :-)

but stil india is making gud changes in terms of combinations

players lik kohli, goswami, jadeja r the future stars

jadeja is gud for 1down

but public ruin a gud all rounder by terming him the cause of losing t20world cups

wat were the rest 10players doing at tat tym

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 19:25 GMT)

its good decision to drop yuvi and it will send right message to young players at least the example has been set that if aplayer like yuvi can be dropped anybody can.whole team need to have a right attitude cause if one player is not working hard others will follow and with unfit players world cup cannot be won.and players like munaf srisanth irfan or ishant they need to start bowling at is shameful that after getting very good facilities and much more money then rest of the world fast bowlers they behave like inferior men to them.if we have to compete have to compete in all departments of the game.

Posted by CricIsCrazy on (June 8, 2010, 19:22 GMT)

They need to drop everybody soo that they can attend all the parties before and after world cup.

Posted by TikkaMasala on (June 8, 2010, 19:17 GMT)

I am glad they dropped him. If a player is doing badly then you naturally drop him. No player is bigger than the team. If this player has a good history then yes you would give him a chance but yuvi has been given a long time to get back to form. You cannot keep playing out of form oldies at the expense of bringing in new blood.

The same applies to the out of form bowlers. Ishant Sharma is a terrific bowler but I only rate him good for test matches. He is not that good in the short form of the game especially t20.

Kiran More doesn't know what he is talking about. By his statements I think he has proven he picks players based on status rather than form. The team picked for the t20 world cup proved that if you pick a team based on status you will not always get far, India proved that!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 19:12 GMT)

I think murli vijay is a liability for Indain team. He is just playing because of Mr.Srikant. I just want to know why the hell is Robin Utthapa not playing? he has some experience and his form was excellent in ipl3. answer this mr. srikant. atleast better than murali vijay..

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 19:00 GMT)

Mr.More, Reflect on what you had done when you were one the selectors when you kept dropping Ganguly and later you used all your power to prevent Ganguly from making a comeback. Please don't talk about Yuvraj being missed out. Yuvraj needs to think where he stand at the moment. He is a talent however he has been failing miserably for the last one year. So shut up.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 18:52 GMT)

No Mr. More. They should have done this long back. Yuvi did not become obese overnight. He should have been checked long back. But now it is too late. No one can take his place for granted. Yuvi is another one of many cricketers who fell for all the glitter that, so sadly, accompanies the success you achieve on the field. I am afraid this the beginning of his end.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

there is a platform for assesment for being in playing 15.One guy says yuvi sacking is bad and another says it is good.Just have a look at the aussie team who have removed the might Gilly,Hayden and Andrew Symonds.they are excellent players who were removed eiter due to retirement or some problems.Had it been India ,there will be thousands of such stupid blogs supporting or encouraging it.You perfrom ,u stay .You dont perform , u r out.Let us stick to this .And there must be standards for performanceEither IPl or Ranji or any touranament.Yuvi is a very good player .No doubt about it.But how do u justify in staying the team , if ur not performing.This is not a pleasure trip and no emotions should be involved. I wonder when Indians are going to call a spade a spade and give the right treatment.U make noise for nothing and give support and voice to Yuvi as a politician who has not been given seat............. Nonsense stuff.Hats off to Shri being unbiased !!

Posted by Shrikar_11 on (June 8, 2010, 18:27 GMT)

I agree with yuvraj being dropped, but I refuse to accept this as India's best team. I have watched every single game india has played since the '90s, but starting with the Zim tri series I refuse to watch a single game involving this team of posers. Dhoni and his India B team can keep playing Sri Lanka. And how much does sachin plan to rest? I know he wants to play 2011 wc, but this is just selfishness. Lastly, Dhoni is far from a great captain or batsman, as they say- in the land of the blind the one eyed is king.

Posted by Awad on (June 8, 2010, 18:24 GMT)

Its always been like this. Ex-selectors criticize the new ones.

Its not Srikanth's fault. The talent, in the bowling department is bare and the choices are limited. India need to unearth four proper ODI bowlers and honestly, the writing is on the wall. The ones More has talked about, all look jaded and burnt out.

Also, comments with expletives are being published. Cricinfo used to be a clean forum but I guess it's not the case anymore.

Posted by Deepfreezed on (June 8, 2010, 18:23 GMT)

lol, Yuvraj should switch with Yusuf on that ball

Posted by W350 on (June 8, 2010, 18:19 GMT)

So according to you(Mr More) a player cld rely on his past performances to earn him a place in the national squad no matter wht his attitude,fitness or current form is!!! lol weren u in th selection committee sometime ago?? lol wht an arse u are!! With all due respect i think u probably were totally outta ur mind while u spoke all tis out or else u are jus another nut like yuvi.. We are talkin abt th national team here not ur backyard tennis ball matches!!well if we were to go ahead with wht u next rubbish tht u might say is even keep an injured player in th team.. U are full of rubbish nd mayb its cos of people like u yuvi n a few youngsters hav this sick attitude prob!! Shame on u nd u got no excuse..Its total rubbish(jus th yuvi part) esp for someone whos played for the country for so long!!! lol!!

Posted by Rajesh. on (June 8, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

Well, it was long over due......Yuvraj deserved to be axed long back, not now...... Same with Yusuf Pathan.

Posted by ankursachinislife on (June 8, 2010, 18:14 GMT)

i think guys u have wasted tym reading this article.. what mr more wants? yuvi has a avg of 26 in past 1 year look at him in the pic..n mr more was the wrst selector we had in the recent past..he dropped mr ganguly,,in a test match he made him play as an bowler i hope u guys remember this..i think cricinfo also shld not waste there web space by articles lyk dis..people lyk kiran moore just want to destroy cricket nothing else...

Posted by Jarr30 on (June 8, 2010, 18:13 GMT)

I don't agree with More, as dropping Yuvi was the right call but I also feel that Yusuf Pathan could have been used better. If Pathan come at No.7 to bat what wonders can he do when he gets 2-3 overs.Dhoni could have used him 1 down or 2 down and suprise the opponents.Shane Warne used Yosuf very efficently and took most out of him.I also feel that we should get Ishant & Irfan Pathan back in the side for W'cup 2011.

Posted by jeromedascorp on (June 8, 2010, 18:07 GMT)

I think letting Kiran More talk is the mistake. Such stupid comments. Yuvi has become a fatty and isnt exactly in the top half of our bes fielders. The only way Yuvi will get back to form is by being dropped. He needs to lose his gut and his arrogance.

With fast bowling I think we need to pick Irfan. Irfan can bowl well in limited overs and is an excellent allrounder as well. Sreesanth is a huge gamble cos he has never been great on subcontinent pitches and is a much better test bowler.

The biggest problem our team has now is with the batting order. We need to stick with our bating order and stop the continuous shuffling. We need to trust the guys to perform in that position.

Posted by svinodmenon on (June 8, 2010, 18:03 GMT)

Yuvaraj Singh was world no 2. ODI batsman if am correct before 4 Months. In last four months we did not have any competitive cricket in 50 overs game. Its truly unfair to drop him from the squad only because of his form. Even Sehwag and Gambir was not at their best of their form. They have still made it to the squad. Without Tendulkar Indian team always looks scramble. I think Yuvi deserved a place in the playing 11. Selectors try and figure out the problem with the bowling dept not in the batting. We still have the best batting side. If India was not able to defend a total which is more than 400. They still a weak side with this bowling attack. Need quality bowlers. Here is the resolution no other way.............Learn it quickly

Posted by Ramdiv on (June 8, 2010, 18:01 GMT)

More's remarks that its difficult for a batsman at no.7 to score consistently, and thus Yusuf has to be given a longer run is non-sense, at best. What else is that position for? Isn't a hitter called a "hitter" bcos he is expected to do that job? Is a hitter paid for giving a reason that batting at no.7 is hard? If you can't do the job - quit! This is not Indian govt. job where you are paid for doing no work. If you do well stick on to the team - else quit. As much as I regard More's cricketing abilities, I am sorry to say that as long as ppl from his generation are in the cricket's thinking circuit, we'll only see reasons for failure, no results. "take responsibility for what you do" has to be the Indian moto - not fishing for reasons.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 17:46 GMT)

Gr8, 99% of the cricket fans feels Yuvi's exclusion is correct. The person with Atitude problem has no place in Indian team. We already seen what happened with Pak team. Coming to the current Team I would have love to see manish pandey but unfortunately he doesnt have place b/c of Rohit's centuries. Twiwary will be in lot of pressure b/c he is replacing Yuvi but I am confindent he will not let the selectors down. Its high time to groom Manish, Rayudu etc... Coming to the bowling none of the current bowlers of indian team are of International Std's Excluding Zaheer. Very dissappointed with Baji for last 2+ years. Indians have to spend more money in getting some genuine fast bowlers else we are not going to win any of the tournaments. I still feel that we are too much behind in bowling dept. Best of luck Indian team in Asia Cup.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 17:33 GMT)

Dropping Yuvraj from the team is the only right move done by selection commitee headed by Srikkanth from the last 1 month or so. Yuvraj has been a great one day player for INDIA since last 10 years but his bad patch is certainly effecting the team's success . But I am sure that Yuvraj will definately come back with a bang. In the Asia Cup squad India have got a right pack for Bowlers. Zaheer,Nehra,Praveen,Harbhajan,Ashwin,Ojha are the best availabe bowlers in the country. I hope selectors should show lot of faith in youngsters like Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin even if any one of them fail to perform in Asia Cup because they are the future of Indian Cricket which is Marshalled by Dhoni, selectors should'nt even think of axing him as captain. I hope Indian team will erase the bad memories of Zimbabwe very quickly and bring home Asia Cup. Best of Luck for Team India.

Posted by gerardpereira20 on (June 8, 2010, 17:32 GMT)

With the world cup being played in the sub continant it is up to the selectors to identify the chinks in the indian team. It is obvious that with Shewag, Tendulkar Gambhir, Uttapa, Rohit Sharma, Kholi, and Dhoni India have probally got the best batting line up in the world with or without Yuvraj. While the batting will win you a few matches however It is the team with the best balance and mental attitude that will win the tournment. India have neither the quicks of the caliber of Tait, Johnson, Styen,or bowlers who have variation and an ability to bowl to a field a la Broad, or Anderson. Even spinners like Swan and Yardy look better bowlers than guys like Bajji. Raina, Jadeja and even Tendulkar lack the mental toughness of finishers in preassure situations. The other area that India is way below the rest is feilding with guys like Nehra,Munuf Patel,and Zaheer likely to cost the team about twenty runs per match. Unless these chinks are ironed out india has two chances slim and none

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

Irfan, Sreeshanth are argubly the worst bowlers in India right now, Munaf is a biggest mystery no one knows when he gets injured these are the optios More is giving. As people say the selectors on any time in Indian cricket are proving them a comedians.

Posted by cricfan_india2 on (June 8, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

yuvi's tummy and his body language is apparent on the pic is self explanatory.......... MR MORE

Posted by howizzat on (June 8, 2010, 17:18 GMT)

Mr. Kiran More had put India in totally hopeless situation during his career as the selector. Till now Srikkanth also have done lot of damage to the TeamIndia. It looks Mr. More was sadistically enjoying the proceedings. He didnt utter a single word. But now for the first time Srikkanth has done much much better job. At least it looks like a step in the direction of rebuilding TEAMINDIA. So More suddenly woke up to mislead the indian cricket public. Yuvraj needed a lesson and should be a warning to the other players who are taking their place for granted. Its shocking that Mr. More is supporting the crap like Yusuf. Its again too shocking to hear from him that England Tour of 'A' team that the English conditions are not challenging as if he was a great exponent of English conditions in his times. His only view I can agree to, at this juncture is that players like, Irfan and RP should be looked into seriously. But again, Sreesanth and Ishant are in any way do not fit into ODI bill.

Posted by nataraajds on (June 8, 2010, 17:18 GMT)

dropping Yuvarj is right decission because as a senior player his form & attitude is a big concern. having played so much of international cricket he still lacks consistency. it's pity.. if you look at the way our team peoform in t20 worldcup & zimbabwe series one can feel that even our seniors donot plat to their standards & lacks commitments.. our selectors should think twice before selecting a young talent and also before dumping without giving enough opportunities.. i stil feel our fast bowlers Zaheer , RP, Ishanth, Sreesanth,Nehra etc & Young talents Dinda, Praveen, Mithun,Vinay kumar need to be handled carefully on rotation basis.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 17:16 GMT)

Its not a good decision to drop yuvaraj from asia cup squad............. I agree with more......... I think some politics is going on inside indian cricket.....

Posted by ahlawata on (June 8, 2010, 17:05 GMT)

I think kiran More should go back and look what we have achieved in the past couple of months what yuvi has achieved as a player, I think it is good to drop players who are not in form and try who are in form so that we can win some matches. just depending on the star value we should concentrate on players who are in form. I did not like when he was selected over utthapa (i am not a fan of his either but he was in good form in IPL) in T-20 world cup.

Posted by Shake_n_Bake on (June 8, 2010, 17:04 GMT)

murali vijay should be given a proper run in the side, yuvraj has been given many a chance and you can not keep playing players on reputation. They have to be played on current form. All throughout the IPL he was useless and recent odi's he has been no good. They should have got rid of him for the world t20 and tried tiwary instead.

Posted by kalyanbk on (June 8, 2010, 17:01 GMT)

I think everyone agrees that Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan are not at his best. Saurabh Tiwary has been doing well and deserves his chance. Robin Uthappa has just had shoulder surgery and has posted on twitter that he will be back only after 14 weeks. Ishant, Sreeshant, RP and Irfan all seem good choices but then they have also not performed well consistently after several chances. It is only fair to give opportunities to others. It is quite sad that people like Pankaj singh, Vinay Kumar and A. Mithun have not siezed the limited opportunities to cement their place. Sadly no one seems to have genuine pace. At least Virat Kohli and Ashwin seem to have something going in the limited chances they got.

Posted by chennaichennai on (June 8, 2010, 16:59 GMT)

what kiran more has said is absolutely right because we have only 6 to 7 months for the world cup and more over every team has selected the playing 11 for the world cup but we are not able to find a single fast bowler who can consistently bowl above 145 km/h selecting medium pacer's on indian track is really like committing suicide. just left testing with young guns and just blend the experienced blood with fresh legs and at last harbhajan singh has to hand over his duty to R ashwin becuase bhajji is not on form for a so long period he could able to contain the over but could not able to pick the wickets 50 50 is the game where as u a bowler u have take wickets regularly. R ashwin is showing a good variation in the bowling like carom ball, dushra , off break and the great soduku what we people regularly do in the lights match with the tennis ball

Posted by Kabir_USA on (June 8, 2010, 16:52 GMT)

More doesn't know what he is talking about!!!

Posted by gerardpereira20 on (June 8, 2010, 16:36 GMT)

Thank god More is not a selector.While he makes a good point about the exclusion of the bowlers, ishant, RP, and Sreeshant. the dropping if Yuvraj is a good thing if only to make a point. Yusuf Pathan has been given loads of chances but can only perform in India on flat pitches. Jadeja, Nehra,Dinda, Yadav, Vinay Kumar are primarily IPL merchants and not internation meterial. Munuf Patel is another disaster the guy has all the mobility and enthusiasm of an elephant. And why not drop Gambhir until he learns to run between the wickets

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

Form and fitness should be the first criteria for selecting the best team. If big names have to make way for players in form and who are fit, so be it. I would have also liked to see Ambati Rayudu in the reckoning - surely a player of his class has a place in the Indian A team at least - unless he is being punished for his ICL choice! I have no problems with this team but for the choice of Jadeja - surely he needs to learn a lesson or two too!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

I think it is a blunder to point him out for a whole teams dismal show and axe him from the 15.It is the captaincy of Dhoni which resulted in disastrous T20 world cup. And one has to take the circumstances into account.Everyone expects yuvi to go bang in all matches he plays.See the batting of kohli, Dhoni in ODis they are not striking the ball powerfully untill they reache 40 or 50, so the result is they have better average.Make yuvi as a sheet anchor and see the performance of him. The likes of Roby Irfan and Rp should have been given a chance

Posted by ojaz on (June 8, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

The Indian selectors are relying on players who would like to prove a point in their debut rather than banking upon the veterans who would play at any situation.Exclusion of Yuvraj may see Saurabh Tiwary who is making his debut to be sucessful but in the world cup selection they will again face this dilemma of talent vs experience.Performance is IPl is no way a yardstick to select a team which reqires a longer duration of concentration.Krisnamachari Srikanth will face the heat sooner or later

Posted by ssonkusare on (June 8, 2010, 16:19 GMT)

More does not make much sense, I guess his personal opinion need not be the 'right' one. Also, I do not understand the fuss about Yousuf batting at number 7...I think that is just being used as an excuse. Somebody has to bat at number 7, and bat well. If not, who is going to bat at number 7, Harbhajan? Zaheer? Nehra? This is just nonsense. From hereon, we should stop talking about the position Yousuf gets to bat at. He should be happy that he is getting so many opportunities, and should prove that he is worth those chances.....

Posted by souryabose on (June 8, 2010, 16:19 GMT)

If I say Kiran More is useless, that would be an understatement. An average wicketkeeper, who I would say was lucky to play about 49 Test matches; was again lucky to be the National Selector.The Indian Team performed averagely during his tenure. As pointed out above by some one, to which I agree that the ex average cricketer is just trying his level best to criticize the selection committee which I believe picked up the right team for the tour of Zim & now have done the right thing by dropping Yuvraj, whom I think should take this obstacle as an opportunity to tone up his fitness & batting. Everyone knows & would agree that he is a class act. I am sure he would be back soon. As far as More is concerned he has to do something. he could not do much during his career, other than dropping crucial catches, so now to be in the news has to say some kind of nonsense so that people can co relate to his idiosyncrasies. (Especially now that ICL is no more) . Good Luck Team India, do well. Thanks

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

I looked at the Pakistan Team, Sri Lankan team and the fighting spirit of the Bangladeshi team... and I really hope and pray that India doesn't lose all the games in Asia Cup. Irfan Pathan needs to be in the team.

Posted by S.N.Singh on (June 8, 2010, 16:10 GMT)


Posted by moolah on (June 8, 2010, 16:06 GMT)

Ha Ha, well said, Rake 1. Kiran MOre is one to talk now.

Posted by timelord24 on (June 8, 2010, 16:05 GMT)

thanks for your opinion mr.more. yuvraj has not bee performing at all for the past one year or so. he is dead weight in the team not contributing in any way. he is not agile as he was before so his contribution towards fielding is also NIL. keeping him in the team on the off chance that he "might" produce one innings of value is not logical . but thanks anyway mr more. the good thing is your opinion doesn't count.

Posted by deepaknalli on (June 8, 2010, 15:51 GMT)

Indian team needs to regroup now. No matter who is picked! the main focus is finding the winning combinations. I should say the selectors have failed misearbly in motiviating the struggling players. Yes, we need youngsters, but at the same time we need to make sure our experienced folks are motivated to do better by giving more chances. It was a surprise that Irfan, Sreesanth, RP and ishanth were not considered for zimbabwe tour. It is not a surprise that Selectors are keen on picking up players from their region. Mr Srikanth wants chennai players. If anybody from Baroda is chief selector he wants his players. To me Murali vijay is a test batsman and should be kept there. Why was uthappa not considered for the tour then?? Indian team is going to the same place where it was. No matter what you do in the sport, if you do not motivate players and give them confidence, you are not doing justice to the job being selectors. I think Gary Kirsten is thinking the same way.

Posted by abisheksurana on (June 8, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

Awesome team selection barring the selection of Ashok Dinda. I think the selectors chose him to avoid any comments questioning the selection of 5 new seamers for the Zimbabwe trip & not retaining anyone. Lets hope that players like Yuvraj, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa & Ishant Sharma get back their fitness & form in time for the world cup so that we have an awesome pool of 20 players to select the world cup squad including Sachin.

Posted by klobania on (June 8, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

i totally agree with mr. more there are hardly any good looking players in indian squad and we are tired of looking harbhjan singh and sachin tendulkar i indian must induct some good new faces in squad.

Posted by arasan000 on (June 8, 2010, 15:42 GMT)


Posted by AnthoniJi on (June 8, 2010, 15:39 GMT)

I don't know what Kiran More is smoking, but I think we all know that India has tons & tons of talent pool. Sreesanth & RP Singh are not the type of bowlers who will last long in international arena. They don't have a good bowler's deception. Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma have not made much impast in limited overs cricket. Yuvraj Singh, is just a super star and even super stars need to produce the goods when needed. No goods, no place.....The line to get into the team is really long...

peace anthoniji

Posted by chandau on (June 8, 2010, 15:30 GMT)

More is right in his assertion that a core squad of 22 or should be there to choose the final 15 for WC. this is basically the combination x 2, where each of the 1st XI will have a cover player in the 2nd XI. What is the combination? In the last series against SL it was a 7/4 with pathan and raina and sewag as cover bowlers. Somehow i cant understand why India is concerned about batting strength, hence a 6/5 would be a more appropriate team. The problem seems to be that all important NO 7 is a rarity with Irfan P not showing good bowling form. I dont know of any other pace bowling all rounder but there are plenty of spinning batsmen like Yusuf P, Jadeja, Yuvraj. If we assume all are fit then its Sewag, Ghambir, Sachin, Raina, Dhoni, Rohit, ? , Baaji, Zaheer, ?, Nehra. There is the allrounder's spot and 2nd spinner or pacy's spot vacant. Who do you choose? cheers from sri lanka

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 15:30 GMT)

Does Irfan Pathan need to threaten the selectors with gun-point to make a come back? He has done everything else I suppose! Scoring runs....taking wickets in domestic cricket, being stand-out performer for hapless KXIP... Why is he still out?

Posted by asadkum on (June 8, 2010, 15:21 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA.......... I guess dropping Yuvraj is a correct decision... Actually Kiran needs some points for the sake of Critisize only..... Selected team is a balanced one..........

Posted by bharath74 on (June 8, 2010, 15:21 GMT)

Kiran more have taken some great decisions like appointing chappel, dropping ganguly, and so many other bad decisions. Let kris srikanth do his job, he has been doing great job so far. yuvraj needed a wake up call before world cup.I am sure he will work hard to come back.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 15:16 GMT)

YV's axing justified. He's busy flirting and partyng wit girls. The excess alcohol can be visible on him. YP should been droped he's gud for nthng. Where the hell is Irfan Pathan, ndia require him. IP is wat Jaques Kallis is for SA, Shane watson for OZ, Andrew Flintoff for Eng. India won d first T20 world cup bcaz they used 4 fst bowers. India require a pace bowling allrounder lyk him. Indian lyn up shoulsd be 3 fst bowlers Zak,Aashish, PK, with Bhajji as d spinner, IP as d fifth bowler. RJ is a flop agaist top sides he should b dropped.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

its right decision to drop him and player of his calibre cannot be left out of playing eleven when he is in the 15 member squad. Better give him some time off and let him train in NCA and come back more fitter and stronger!!!!!!!we need you yuvi!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 15:03 GMT)

few bad decisions...followed by few good decisions....sending youngsters to ZIM is very bad decision creating pressure on the players...there should be a mix of seniority and young blood. Dropping Yuvi it's good sign and a message to players. I think it's good idea to consider Irfan Patan, who can be an allrounder should have been tried him in ZIM series. We need an allrounder. Openers completely disappointed in ZIM series...when the opp team is playing one days, why INDIAN openers are trying to play test match, creating the pressure on middle order and tailenders...surprised me.

Posted by Cricket_Review on (June 8, 2010, 15:03 GMT)

Very well said, this is not the best time to play around on selection for specifically bowling department, also Y.Pathan has to bat up in the order not at no 7, and can't be judged by putting him @ no 7. Another very strange case is Irfan, its something to do with BCCI and its purely on politics he has ignoring. Jadeja is one of the good promising players, but not fit for No7 and so scoop at current team. So should Irfan have to be there in that slot? See and RP has to be there in the team than any one else and we are getting late and selectors jokers realize always at the end

Posted by sachinfan1 on (June 8, 2010, 14:54 GMT) yuvi will come back? i totally agree with MR.more....he has to get fit and he has to keep as a reserver. Selectors should have to give chances players like yusuf and yuvraj....what u all think selectors will route out yusuf and yuvraj for WC? i dont think so....i m sure they will select them for why not they are giving them chance? they will play with dinda? lolz

Posted by Cricketsasportnotproduct on (June 8, 2010, 14:53 GMT)

What a load of rubbish? Shreesanth, Ishant didn't even make final 11 in every match of IPL and they were playing for weaker teams like KKR and Punjab. RP doesn't have enough variations or speed to be starter. Irfan has lost the speed and accuracy too. Not sure what happened to him cos that guy could bowl when he started. YV -Once Michael Vaughan said about Flintoff that Flintoff is best player in England when his confidence is high and he doesn't get motivated by getting told off. If one tells off Freddie, then you wouldn't see best of Freddie...I think YV is same...look @ the way he handled media when they gave him stick...He stopped talking to Press..One has gotta make him feel that hes the main guy and then telll him where is lacking...Remember he hit Alan Donald for three consecutive 4s in which one was pull, 6 6s against England..Hes senior nuff in squad to be man managed and not be made example for others but I trust Kirsten too.

Posted by sandeep_19 on (June 8, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

I really appreciate Mr. MORE for his world cup vision .But , his comments regarding RP ,pathan and ishant shows the hatred rather than opinion. He needs to revert back and see the performances and chances given to these players when they were shown the door.RP was given a full year after his succesful 2nd IPL , but he was unable to put any remarkable performance. Pathan's bowling had been ineffective with no swing, no pace .(if u remember series involving srilanka and bangla desh). And no need to talk of ishant sharma who always makes opposition to play with 12 players.

If world cup is vision then select right set of players with correct mixture of experience and newcomers who have caliber to bowl on indian flat tracks with good pace and swing . Zak , nehra sreesanth,agarkar( good odi record than others ,he shud be tried till world cup atleast) , Mithun and dinda .

Posted by riskrao on (June 8, 2010, 14:44 GMT)

dare yuvraj, bring back durban and stuart broad. of course you cannot live with the past, yuvraj has some attitude problems and looks as if he is ruling the world. he is just another batsman and no way near greatness. other players should learn from this and should not take their places in the team for granted and only tendulkar have been automatic selection and all the selectors are probably showing partiality in his selection. ganguly had said this before. tendulkar would've been dropped many times in the past but he faked with injuries and now citing family commitments and thus ruining many cricketers career. i suspect yuvraj is following the same idea. this is indian cricket for you. i would like to see tendulkar being dropped atleast once in his career although he deserves more than once. whenever tendulkar is out of form and the team does badly, simply he ll say i've got an injury and take a lay-off for a while and come back when the team is winning.

Posted by cric_4_real on (June 8, 2010, 14:42 GMT)

Mr. More, What in the name of God is your problem. You are not a selector any more and don't you have the basic knowledge that you have to respect the chariman and the selection committe you being former chairman yourself.

I agree with Yuvraj's exclusion, if he is readig this or if some body does it for you I have a piece of advice, please for yoursake and India's sake have some commitment and get back into shape (physical and mental).

Posted by indianbull86 on (June 8, 2010, 14:41 GMT)

Who is Munaf Patel ?? Indian Team doesn't need a player who lacks the spirit to fight. Ishant Sharma was totally wasted by making him play in all formats.. By the way how long wil you guys be questioning about Robin Uthappa ? He is in england for some surgery... Unless knowing things don't judge the selectors. When Sehwag was injured.. who els wud have been a better fit at tat opening position ?? But, given the oppurtunity vijay played worst cricket.. it has nothing to do with the selectors. Why do you al think tat a chennaite selects a chennaite ?? Its not a One man decision.. its decided along wit captain, coach and other board members. I watched al matches tat Yusuf pathan played, he is not worth to b a international player.. he doesn't evn possess the maturity tat Raina has. Yuvraj is a potential much needed b4 worldcup, i have seen him struggling in mid on and mid off.. once he was a rabbit at point. He shud follow collingwood. Age is not a concern to justify himself.

Posted by Venkat-Ric on (June 8, 2010, 14:31 GMT)

More comments looks to be funny and unmatured to me. If you know that you are plannig to keep Yuvraj on the bench and not in playing XI why do you need to select him? When you are selecting 15 players, you should be able to pick any 11 from them. He is talking about SriSanth, Munaf, Ishanth to the world cup. They are in terrible form recently(IPL). Even they can't bowl to domestic players, how can you rely on these for the world cup? Every one knows about Munaf fielding strength, Sri's attitude. Yousuf, he only shine one in 10 matches at domestic level, I never seen that he won match for India in international level so far. He got too many opportunities to prove himself, but he couldn't. His brother is much better option than him as bowler or batsmen. So whats your problem mr More Sir?

Posted by AshwinSankaran on (June 8, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

I wouldnt agree with a few people here who claim Srikkanth to be biased towards his state. If I remember correctly, at one point during the 90's, Indian team had as many as 8 playes in the squad of 15 from Mumbai.Apart from Vijay and Ashwin, I dont see any Tamilnadu player.I guess people need to differentiate between partiality and merit chances. Coming to More's comments, it wouldve been a blunder to carry a player who does no justice to cement his place in the playing 11. If he keeps getting a chance to play despite his low reaps, his lethargy would grow even more. As it is, he has a feeling that he is the king of the team. His attitude is bad and the guy is arrogant. Dropping a senior like him should irate him and motivate him to do better. Thats what all are expecting.Uthappa had a good IPL along with Tiwary and I believe he too deserved a chance. We too are in need of good seamers. Guess we have a year in hand to identify the best 5-10 seamers and train them to spit fire.

Posted by yaarappa on (June 8, 2010, 14:27 GMT)

Dear Mr.Kiran Mooor.... Remember u are not the National Selector of Indian team anymore. There are other people to do that job. Now, we really feel happy that ur not the chief selector anymore.. We have no trust on ur hopeless list of players including Ishant, Yusuf, etc etc... God SAVED india..

Posted by Kaaaaaaash on (June 8, 2010, 14:24 GMT)

Oh yessssss! being a pakistani, it is a big releaf for me, But as a lover of cricket i miss yuvi alot. amna who hange the game single handedly. so many time he done that. one more thing that i noticed is "MS Dhoni" dont want any other player to replace him as a captain. He love to play cricket and the lead cricket too. No doubt it was a decession that no one like. Atleast me. I miss my yuve alot\

Posted by CricketisMyPassion on (June 8, 2010, 14:19 GMT)

More has a point. Closer to the WC it is good to have a nucleus of 20-25 players from whom the final 15/16 will go to the WC. The rest can be the back up for any contingency like injury etc. Dropping Yuvraj is a different matter. On form, he does not deserve to be selected. But how will he get back to form if he does not play? Thats Catch-22! On his off field exploits, I wd not comment on it given how much 'masala' gets added by the media - web, tv and print. If players want to play for India they have to keep themselves fit - physically, mentally and emotionally. Now with the youngsters getting access to all temptations life offers, it is difficult to keep one's feet on the ground. Not every one can be a Tendulkar! A star anti-examples was Lara. Like Kumble had said we need to build 'life-infrastructure' that wd help the young ones to handle name and fame.

Finally, no set of selectors have been above regional favoritism. We have to live with the 'system' :(

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 14:18 GMT)

This Kiran More is no good to the nation. Now he's howling at his successors. Yuvraj is in a pathetic form and it makes no sense to have a burdan in the team. Inclusion of Sourav Tewari makes sense atleast. Who knows he might just emerge out to be one of the key players for the upcoming worldcup. This decision is perfect. Also we need to find ways to seal mouths of these comic characters like More who were never any good to the nation during their cricketing careers more so during their selection careers.

Posted by Tigg on (June 8, 2010, 14:17 GMT)

Yuvraj has lost 'it' when it comes to the short form. Time away from the spotlight will do him good. Sreesanth is a good Test bowler but far too expensive in the shorter forms.

Posted by ganand on (June 8, 2010, 14:07 GMT)

Who is going to listen to someone like More ?? and why is someone actually asking and then reporting what he thinks ? I think cricinfo must get the priorities right and not start silly arguments based on a complete no-no like More. No one wants to hear what More says any way. He went on to the selection committee which was totally bizarre , what had he done in his life to deserve this ????????

Posted by mikemaj1 on (June 8, 2010, 14:07 GMT)

Kiran More shows sour grapes attitude. What is his Record? I think, a player should be in team if he performs well and out of the team when he does not. Simple... what is a big fuss about that.

Posted by anonymousfan on (June 8, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

Kiran More's only achievements in life were (1) attempting to screw up Sourav Ganguly's career (2) getting into a monkey act competition with Javed Miandad in the 1992 world cup. I looked up his test and one day careers and couldn't find a single 100. Hell he didn't get to score a single fifty in a one dayer. The fact that someone like him ever got to be a selector , and decide the careers of much more talented individuals , is something which defies logic. Now he's back with his usual nonsense and that's even getting published. Cricinfo must have lost all their experts to competition post the global recession.

Posted by TwitterJitter on (June 8, 2010, 13:57 GMT)

People usually resort to personal attacks on those whose opinions they do not agree with, attacking their motivations and intentions. Lets accept it. The critical need of the hour is focus on centre of excellence. We have a bunch of good players but only few excellent players. We need to develop a system that builds quality players by guiding and training them to be excellent players rather than depending on just the players natural ability to sustain them. Players can start with their natural ability but then that system (center of excellence) will take over and make that player reach heights. Its like getting a very good car and not putting any time and effort into its maintenance and still expecting it to perform at its peak. When they stop performing we cast aspersions on them and question their motivations and priorities. Focus on excellence (quality) in the system (talent identification and subsequent nurture) and you will get a pool of excellent players.

Posted by Solution on (June 8, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

Mr. Srikanth...Be a Genuine Selector....Where is Uttappa?


Posted by funsuk on (June 8, 2010, 13:49 GMT)

This is perfect decision of Dropping Yuvraj. He is not in a form all including fielding and fitness and either Yusuf Pathan. They have got more than enough chances to prove them selves. There are more talented players coming up in team who doesn't get enough chances to proove like Robin Uthappa and Virat Kohli. Kiren More did a same thing with Sourav Ganguly when he was out of form. I agree with dropping Ishant Sharma, Shreeshant and Munaf Patel being left out of Zimbabwe tour.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 13:49 GMT)

Mr. Kiran More, Seriously? If you are reading this article just look at the picture of Yuvraj and Yousuf Pathan. Just look at the size of that belly?..does that look like the physique of an international cricketer? The picture alone shows what an irresponsible brat he has turned out to be who is cocky and thinks he can continue destroying attacks around the world without hard work.

I hope he matures a little and decides to take a leaf out of Sachin book of modesty, humility and hard work. Thats the only way a player can stay in a high profile team no matter how great you are.

As far as the world cup is concerned its better if hes excluded from the squad if he is performing this way and give a younger player that opportunity!

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (June 8, 2010, 13:45 GMT)

Yuvraj should be dropped, he's got discipline issues related to his fitness, he should be dropped. But this doesn't go anywhere near the real problem which is: when will the Indian selectors realize that IPL form does not relate to actual cricket form? Any clown can make piles of runs in T20 on a flat, dead pitch but in a 50 over game where the pitch can offer some assistance (like in Zimbabwe), and they actually have to build an innings, they are completely stuffed. Similarly, all these so-called 'IPL stars' suffer against legitimate short pitched bowling, because their flat, dead IPL pitches don't offer any real bounce, so any short pitched balls can be swatted over mid-wicket for six. On a real pitch, bouncers actually get real height and cause batsman a problem, which they're not used to dealing with. So once again, all the problems with Indian cricket can be traced directly back to shoddy pitches designed to entertain fans and make money, and not providing good balanced cricket

Posted by ticktac on (June 8, 2010, 13:41 GMT)

enough of mud slinging. no selector is good enough. everyone has some bias towards some individual player. i feel the players have to be elected rather than selected. really...i feel so bad considering the fact that half a dozen mortals control the fate of indian cricket.

Posted by cricfr3ak on (June 8, 2010, 13:35 GMT)

Every bold step by someone is a mistake to another. Same looks the case with mr. More. Yuvraj's attitude has to be changed and that itself will bring his form back. Well more's statement can still be agreed on about dropping yuvraj but he contradict himself when it comes to yusuf pathan. "Yusuf had a poor World Twenty20, averaging just 10.50, and has scored just two half-centuries in his 37-match ODI career." 37 match career is a decent run to prove ur worth at any batting order. We have had enough of him at the cost of losses to teams like zimbabwe. He has been rightly sacked.

Posted by kgovekar on (June 8, 2010, 13:15 GMT)

We should go with the current form of the player rather than his stature. Yuvraj has been a total failure both in IPL and T20, so its a right decision not to include him the team.

Posted by spinkingKK on (June 8, 2010, 13:06 GMT)

Yuvraj needed to go and it was the right decision. No one can take their place for granted. Yuvi was lacking commitment. Yes, Sreesanth, RP and Irfan could have been tried. Ishant needs more rest. He will come good one day, one hopes. Ashwin is going to rock the cricket world soon. He is a very good pick. Without Sachin, they could have added Dravid in the team. You need to have a senior to show the youngsters what commitment and hardwork really means. With the current batting line up, I fear that everyone might start taking it too easy and end up getting all out for low scores. Guys, please stop whining about Srikanth being biased. There is only one Tamil Nadu player in the side and he is the only player from the entire south zone. One has to be totally out of his mind to blame Srikanth as biased. Get real!!

Posted by anubhavargal on (June 8, 2010, 13:04 GMT)

Rake1 that is a Super point! I hope Mr. More is reading this - let's not get emotional here. Perform or Perish should be the mantra. Yuvi is a great denying that. But let's look at consistency here. We have enough time to get a Plan B ready mate!

Posted by Indian_Rules on (June 8, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

shrikant is simply promoting the chennai team players.. he is totally biased in his selections and the whole country ( read cricket ) is suffering because of him

Posted by DanieTJohn on (June 8, 2010, 11:52 GMT)

I completely agree with the other posts. Yuvraj has turned to be a liability rather than an asset for the team. No doubts that he is one of the very best hitters the game has seen but his current form is really a big concern. RP, Munaf, Ishant and Sree are not at all effective bowlers. Indian cricket team definitely lacks a genuine allrounder and a strike fast bowler. Look at Australians Tait, Nannes, Bolinger and the list continues. Why can't we get a bowler of that caliber ? Why are our selectors only looking for specialist batsmen but not for a strike bowler? We have to start the hunt to get some good fast bowling talents. Or else we are not gona win any major tournaments henceforth.

Posted by bramville on (June 8, 2010, 11:48 GMT)

Kiran More is just looking for reasons to criticise his successors. What does he expect, to deprive upcoming players of a place in the team, by persisting with some seniors, who have been given enough chances to get over their bad patch, but just doesnt seem to be doing so.

Posted by JPaul on (June 8, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

Its true whats Srikanth doing is preferring his state/zone, but in Yuvraj's case its a correct decision. Jadeja may come good as a bowler in spinning tracks, but Irfan's form in IPL was reasonably good. Murali Vijay wont do any good any internationals, better to exclude him. have a good day.

Posted by puneet_cricinfo on (June 8, 2010, 11:04 GMT)

No doubt, the selection process this year has been really strange. How can a World No. 2 ODI team rest 9 players of the playing 11 team from the Zimbabwe tri series; that too at a time when most of the players were out of form. Are they trying to build a completely new team, implementing Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland idea of having different team for different formats. The case of Yusuf Pathan is most interesting- he bats at no.7, he bowls very little & at times doesn't bowl a over. So the selectors have probably ousted him on his fielding performance which is better than most other Indian fielders. From all this it seems that the selectors are trying to make 2 teams for the World cup- one for tier 1 teams & another for tier 2 teams. Also it seems that the selectors are picking players on the basis of IPL performances. Its high time now & the selectors must realise that they are picking team for INDIA & not IPL XI !!!!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 11:02 GMT)

Dropping yuvraj is a correct decision ... its a wake up call for him ...

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 10:57 GMT)

First of all Shrikant was not a good player and he always trying to give chance to Cennai player he dont know who is talented palyer and it will be better for india remove him .

Posted by satzcrazy1 on (June 8, 2010, 10:51 GMT)

Don't agree with Mr.More. Yuvi is a nice player and very good finisher in the 50 overs format of the game, but his fitness level is too bad and attitude towards the game is even worse.. I wish yuvi to overcome these issues and u are capable of doing that... our love is still with u, we want u to blast again... we are waiting to see you in action.... come back, come back like u were in 2007-2008... All the best....

Posted by Fabianenio on (June 8, 2010, 10:18 GMT)

Looking at the present squad for the Asia Cup i feel there has been a bit of an unfair selection which prompts me to say that some good performers like Robin Uttapa and some seamers should have been given the opportunity as the World Cup is on its way. I guess if selectors have any grudges with players it's not good for Indian Cricket, I hope that the selectors do read comments written by the fans as there is only one thing we want to see is India on top of all 3 formats of the game. Looking at perfomances during the IPL, there have been players like Saurab Tiwary, Robin Uttapa, Praveen Kuamr and to name a few more have really performed well and they should have been in the squad of XV atleast. I just hope and pray that the decesions made by selectors are not hasty and will benefit the game and we look forward to India coming home with the Asia Cup2010. Good Luck on your selection.

Posted by AsherCA on (June 8, 2010, 9:59 GMT)

Suresh Raina's (IPL Team CSK) performance evidence over the last 2 weeks -

1) Inability to score runs effectively on a minimum of 3 chances against mediocre bowling. 2) Lack of common sense evidenced by not advising the umpires that he is opting for the bowling power play. 3) At best, Irresponsible comments - in a match where he has himself scored 35 off almost 50 balls against less experienced opposition, he publicly blames the Indian bowlers for India's defeat. Backs up all his incompetence by trying to drive a split between the Indian Batsmen & bowlers with comments against bowlers who unlike him, at least gave of their best on field. Selection meeting composition - Chairman, K Srikanth from Chennai. Captain - M S Dhoni, CSK Additional inputs from owner of Chennai Super Kings, disguised as BCCI Secretary inputs. Incompetent Raina retained in the Indian Cricket team at the expense of better options. Integrity - anyone ?

Posted by Rake1 on (June 8, 2010, 9:57 GMT)

I think Kiran More should not have dropped a simple catch from Gooch at Lords in 1990 when he was on 36. Gooch went on to make 333.

Posted by V.RaghuPrasad on (June 8, 2010, 9:23 GMT)

This is very good decision to drop yuvi, Yuvi was talking the team very lightly so he deserve this respect. He should not be consider to the line up till he prove himself in domestic season.

Posted by drake1234 on (June 8, 2010, 9:20 GMT)

comparing rohit sharma or kohli to M.Clarke is a joke in itself...kohli has been a regular member now.... may b scoring runs.. but at a rate slower than even rahul dravid..watever kind of track it's.... And watever if's n buts yuvraj gonna came back to squad soon...these two have a long way to go before they could match yuvraj... And who has been consisitent in last few ODI's apart from SRT...sachin is winning them matches single handedly..and most of them are in indian backyard.. this is high time for indian cricket.if the bowler's dn tighten up .. indian chances are bleak at next year world cup..

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 9:18 GMT)

I agree with More. We ignored players like RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma who were not long back the main bowler in playing XI and we are focusing on players like R Vinay Kumar, Ashok Dinda & Pankaj Singh, who'eve just come to the fold and need a lot of training and exposure before hitting. If you don't want to select them in Indian squad no problem, what's the problem in including them in India A squad?

Posted by indianzen on (June 8, 2010, 9:13 GMT)

After seeing the form of Ashwin in IPL, I am sure that Ashwin will be the next harbajhan.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 9:11 GMT)

i agree with axe of yuvi..............................too distracted..............more rampwalk,......than in nca..............the selectors have got it right........not going with fitness and form....his fielding has gone he can still i still disagree with ....the bowling combination...........ishant sharma has gt enough break and could be prefered over oare all fine........:)

Posted by Malayas on (June 8, 2010, 8:36 GMT)

Hi Kiran More, the reason selector's drop Yuvraj is very clear, can u pls look at the yuvraj's pic as given above, look at his stomach.............. i thought that was superb move by selectors. Well done srikkanth and group.

Posted by CHARLA on (June 8, 2010, 8:26 GMT)


Posted by jomesh on (June 8, 2010, 8:06 GMT)

Selectors are absolutely correct in dropping Yuvraj. India need players with the right attitude & fitness to win matches. Remember how Australia axed Symonds for lack of discipline/attitude? More over, the selectors must identify the players who have the ability & attitude to perform at the International level (not fall for their domestic & IPL performance alone). There are an abundance of "Ordinary" players in the scene, accentuated by the flat tracks in domestic cricket & IPL. The selectors must identify horses for the long race rather than waste time indulging with these misfits in the International scene. Players like Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, R Jadeja, Y Pathan, R Uthappa are absolute misfits for International cricket; instead, they would do well to groom players like S Raina, S Dawan, M Pandey, R Sharma, V Kohli, C Pujara who are actually capable of handling international attacks & the pressure at that level.

Posted by CricEshwar on (June 8, 2010, 8:02 GMT)

I feel Yuvraj's drop is very justified but as a lot of people here think of him as excess baggage good for nothing, I do not support that. He is still a wonderful player, just a little distracted, well who doesn't get carried away sometimes in our lives too. I hope he comes back with a mission in his mind, more importantly set a personal goal in his mind to prove his critics wrong, well that too he doesn;t have to.

Posted by ashankar on (June 8, 2010, 7:53 GMT)

Well! i agree with all you guys. When there is a right replacement we should not hesitate to do the axing. How long will Pathans and yuvis and jadejas will occupy the squad. Look at Kholi man he crossed 1k in 24 matches. He is been vaguely remembered as he is not getting enough chances but whenever he got those he proved a point. Even Rohit crossed this mark at 41. Please selectors kindly treat this lad as how Aus treated M.Clarke. He deserves more.

Posted by nahan on (June 8, 2010, 7:51 GMT)

Let UV & YP enjoy the ramp & Bollywood Night parties They could score more runs there rather than cricket field.

Posted by Indian_Rules on (June 8, 2010, 7:47 GMT)

both more and srikanth are hopeless selectors... although i would back the exclusion of yuvraj, but what about the inclusion of jadeja and leaving out players like dravid and uthappa??? there are many more better players who should be in... thank god murli vijay too was not included

Posted by aashishsehgal on (June 8, 2010, 7:10 GMT)

If yuvraj singh loses his confidence, India will certainly lose a match winner.Apart from virender sehwag ,yuvraj singh is the only attacking player we have..Kiran more was much better selector than srikanth.Srkanth is only catering needs of his zone.Murali vijay,jadeaja, karthik all have flopped, they were given plenty of opportunities by srikanth..Irfan pathan is also badly missed he is certainly better player than ravindra jadeja..

Posted by khalith on (June 8, 2010, 7:01 GMT)

Whatever Kiran More said is correct bcoz the players who all have been sent to england they are not going to play WC 2011 also i am not happy wit batting order of yousuf coz he is a keen hitter when your openners are struggling why don't give chance to yousuf to carry the show just do the experiment with the players talent any how All the best guys do well in upcoming tournaments.........

Posted by Vallam on (June 8, 2010, 6:52 GMT)

I think Mr.Kiran More has spent too much time with ICL and is out of touch with Indian Cricket.

Yuvraj- has to learn a lesson and a shock treatment is required-Yes we are not denying his cricket talents.Let him prove his match fitness and commitments to Indian cricket- we can get him back.Right now he is a liability .

RP Singh, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma- these guys have not done any thing great in the last few years including IPL-which we all now know is played to entertain general public. Sreesanth- should learn a lesson to maintain some on field discipline. Yusuf Pathan - yes good for Gujarat Ranji Trophy & IPL not for international cricket.He and Dinesh Karthik do not deserve any more opportunities. I am not saying the selected players are the best. But other than Yuvraj- other players do not deserve a place at this moment.

Posted by jomesh on (June 8, 2010, 6:40 GMT)

More wouldn't drop Yuvraj, might have persisted with Murali Vijay& Dinesh karthik. He might drop Sachin, Dhoni, Sehwag & Gambhir. Which is why he was such a disaster as a selector! Yuvraj has got serious attitude & fitness problems which is clearly the reason why he was dropped. He is found more on some TV/ Fashion shows than in the nets/ gym. Dinesh Karthik is the biggest blunder to have happened in Indian cricket for a long time. He was picked in the team in 2004 (Yes, a good 6 years back) & even before Dhoni had even got into an India-A team! He was given far too many opportunities & it was proved over & over again that his talent is good only at Domestic level & a big misfit at the International level. His figures speaks for itself: averaging 20-odd in 23 tests& 45 ODIs and 15-odd in T20's in simply not what you associate with a top order batsman. And he was a failure in whatever opportunities (esp. Test matches) that were given to him in the Wicket-Keeping aspect too.

Posted by sspkp on (June 8, 2010, 6:38 GMT)

its time for hard work for yuvraj

Posted by Uchistha on (June 8, 2010, 6:29 GMT)

Well said Ashwin 19990....

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

Team selection looks lot of ambiguities...Srikanth is not taking a wise decisions. What are they acheiving by selecting Ashish nehra again and again....he always wobbles while bowling at the crease. They could have find a replacement like RP, Sreesanth, Irfan or Ishant. Also missing Dravid's experience...overall selection looks not good. I don't think they can able to win ASIA CUP.

Good luck and All the best !!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 6:06 GMT)

Regarding Yuvraj, if he is smart and sensible channel his thoughts in to getting his fitness straightened and play some domestic matches and earn his place, I doubt with his attitude he will do it, lets hope. But with the pacers yes may be I am with more on this too.

Posted by cricket_ftw on (June 8, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

What is More going to do with a player (Yuvraj) in a world cup whose attitude stinks and is not fit ... Yousuf has been given enough chances to p[rove and its time to get other players some chances too ... You dont need a player who cannot perform in international level in a world cup ...

Posted by thianavi on (June 8, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

By More's count there needs to be 30 players in the final XV and 20 players in the playing XI. Yuvaraj should have been dropped a long, long time ago. In my view, he was given too much rope.... If I had a gripe with the selection committee, it would be that Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik are not getting more of a look in.... My final XI is as follows: Sehwag, Uthappa, Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Nehra. The 4 reserves: Dinesh Karthik, Badrinath, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav. I for one hope that Dhoni does not pick 8 frontline batsmen and just 3 bowlers in the final XI. If 7 batsmen can't get the job done, chances are that 8 won't either. And can we please discover a real fast bowler - a la Steyn/ Roach/ Edwards - to compliment Zaheer Khan? How long can Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid & Lakshman shield the weak bowling department? When they do retire it will be back to the good ol' days when we got thrashed by an innings all the time.....

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 5:51 GMT)

Wow - i guess More's love for Yuvi is coming to the fore...What has yuvi done to deserve a place. If we need to be the best team - we need to get rid of excess baggage. Perform of Perish..We need to identify the best team before the world cup and playing the same bunch of losers against a not so good SL does not really make for good preparation - at least if you have to play the same opponents give the new guys a chance - anyways if you play Yuvi - Murali will get him and if you play Yusuf - dilhara will get him - we all know how these people will get out even...What's the point

Posted by aravindsurya76 on (June 8, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

Mr. more has no credibility in criticising kris coz Shrikant was a better player than more and also a better selector. So Mr. More please mind you job.

Posted by Jim1207 on (June 8, 2010, 5:24 GMT)

this brilliant guy dropped Sourav Ganguly and now he is talking for Yuvraj. What a hypocrite!!

Posted by kimian on (June 8, 2010, 5:21 GMT)

Mr.More dropped Ganguly a man for his discipline,but wants Yuvraj who's struggling to be a good player that he was...and has no reputation of being disciplined. As for as Yusuf is considered we have to give him more chances at the top.

Posted by chuck.of.all.trades on (June 8, 2010, 5:09 GMT)

Looks like most comments here think that Yeh Dil Maange no More :P

Posted by Vijaymca on (June 8, 2010, 5:04 GMT)

I think this is the chance to Yuvraj can find out the form while he playing domestic matches, off-course he need to prove his fitness first, seems his look is not sports this is time for him to wake up his talent once again.but we don't forget he is n ll be always match winner for India.

Posted by Jahanpanah.alamgir on (June 8, 2010, 4:59 GMT)

Bowlers like Ishant, Sreesanth and Irfan should be given more opportunities to domestic cricket and their progress should be monitored, while one can go with the other experienced bowlers like Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra who are proven performers at the world stage. R.P. Singn and Ishant Sharma have not been consistent. Same is the story of both Sreesanth & Irfan, despite the fact that these people have talent. Kiran More seems to be short sighted who doesn't realize that hugely talented but inconsistent players like Ajit Agarkar have faded into obivion. Efforts must be made to see that these bowlers are given enough opportunities in domestic cricket and A tours to regain their touch and zeal.

Posted by CricEshwar on (June 8, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

I totally agree with the rest of the guys here. Yuvraj has been a wonderful player and it would always be a risk and denial for the selectors to drop him, but they did this bravely. Srikanth has been criticized for bringing in South players, of course they need their opportunities, they are not unknowns we are seeing them all of a sudden. They have been scoring tons of runs in domestic circuit. I will criticize him vehemently if he keeps sticking to them if they don't deliver even if they were given a fair chance. But thats not what is happening here. All the best Srikanth, we are behind you. When it comes to pace department, I agree with More, not a critic for Mr. Srikanth but just a different perspective I agree with More. Umesh Yadav and Dinda are not going to be someone will be rooting for WC, I think the experienced out of team lot should have been given a chance in Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

Well now, it's a good thing that More is a *former* chief selector, isn't it?

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

I am very happy that,Yuvraj drop since he has not been playing well. The team in Zimbabwe was rubbish, from the fast bowling deparment, batting and captan as well. Time to change Dhoni for being captan too. Uthappa should in why is he still not in? funny selection???

Posted by wannabcommentator on (June 8, 2010, 4:15 GMT)

Then i dont know why he axed yuvi when he was selector?

Posted by SUNNY221 on (June 8, 2010, 3:59 GMT)

Mr. Kiran More ?? Remember , this is the same great man who destroyed Indian Team with the valuable help from Mr. Greg Chappell !!. By the way , who is asking his opinion ???

Posted by Neeta on (June 8, 2010, 3:56 GMT)

Yuvi needs a break from international cricket.He needs to work on his fitness and he will return as a better player if not better than the other guys in the team.One glaring example is that of Zaheer Khan who was dropped three years ago because of fitness issues and he went away to play the whole season of Count Cricket with Wocestershire and returned to the team as the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack and has been bowling well ever since.Also the board needs to send RP, Munaf ,Irfan and Sreesanth and other experienced indian bowlers to play county cricket otherwise no one can save the disintegraton of the indian team after Zak retires.

Posted by ashwin1990 on (June 8, 2010, 3:56 GMT)


Posted by PHOENIX2025 on (June 8, 2010, 3:51 GMT)

why pick him in the fifteen and not play him in the eleven. does't make sense? If there is any way where you want YUVI to understand the value of representing INDIA, then this is the best. As for YUSUF , come on Mr. More, he need more chance to prove himself? He cant be playing in the same eleven when Jadeja is playing. That is not balanced. he doesn't score 20-30 runs consistently. and doesn't bowl intelligently or economically either. As for bowlers in the squad the decision must be judged on performance in the ASIA cup. We just can't go around trashing the selectors all the time. Its the men who play matters.

Posted by Singham on (June 8, 2010, 3:46 GMT)

Perfectly right decision made by the selectors. Yuvi's attitude was well shown in his face during the IPL too, not good for a team. I really like his game, but when we see for the team, he has not shown anything to confirm his place in the team in the recent past. I dont know what More is talking about. More you please think of "more" options as India has got abundant talent yet to be seen. Ishanth, Yvui, Irfan or Sreeshanth were the most inconsistent performers over the past years. When are we going to become like Australia, our selection panel should go by the attitude of Australia..when one is out of form even after considerable time, he should not be in the team. Yuvi should go through this pain and come back..No pain no gain.

Posted by Naru-12 on (June 8, 2010, 3:43 GMT)

Not sure what is in the minds of selectors. Dropping Yusuf pathan is a good decison, but not Yuvraj Singh. Also on the bowling side someone else should play in the place of Ashish Nehra.

Posted by vikicork on (June 8, 2010, 3:16 GMT)

More was a much better selector than Srikanth who is the worst selector we have ever had but i disagree with Mores comments Thank god Sreesanth or Ishant are not in side ,i would rather see anyone else than those two ,they got thrashed in IPL too ,they should be only considered for tests Irfan Pathan is unfortunately left out again

Posted by coppyshoppy on (June 8, 2010, 3:07 GMT)

Who is More. All of us know what he has done for Indian Cricke and how he played. Yuvaraj should be axed and sent to firstclass cricket to regain his form and fitness. No one is above than indian cricket. Let Kiran concentrate in ICL like matters and leave Indaian cricket to BCCI.

Posted by Mukundvg on (June 8, 2010, 2:57 GMT)

Hi More! You mean batting at no.7 in ODI is not enough for Y.Pathan to prove himself? Which Batting position did Michael Bevan play in his entire career? Where is Michael Hussey or Cameron White sometimes playing? Its all No.7. If he has real talent, he can perform in No.7 very much. Dont give silly reasons for failure. Accept failure...if you fail. He deserves to be Dropped.

Posted by SanjuMenon on (June 8, 2010, 2:49 GMT)

That is why Kiran More is dumped as the worst Selector in Indian Cricket. He would drop only good players like Dada and never drop players like Yuvaraj. More, More blunders are expected from you Sir

Posted by ashy16in_ on (June 8, 2010, 2:47 GMT)

According to Srikanth fitness and fielding were the main criteria for selection in the Asia Cup. If that was the main yardstick for selection then Ojha, Nehra and Zaheer along with Yuvraj should not have been part of the squad.

Posted by eyaniv on (June 8, 2010, 2:36 GMT)

This was the same Kiran More who dropped Ganguly, lauded Greg Chappell and criticized Rahul Dravid. He has no locus standi to comment on any other selection panel.

The Indian cricket team succeeded in spite of having to deal with Kiran More! We are now the #1 team in Tests and #3 team in ODIs.

Having said that K Srikkanth & co can do a better job in terms of selection. We really need to be planning around a core group of 20 players for the World Cup and we don't have too many matches in between to get the combination right and to keep the group fresh.

Posted by mohan1311 on (June 8, 2010, 1:59 GMT)

Uthappa should be given chance, i think there is some problem between him and BCCI, else he would have picked. He is a fearsome hitter and also can double as wicketkeeper if needed.

Posted by khmayecha on (June 8, 2010, 1:37 GMT)

Its pretty wrong to castrate a player for attitude if he is flambouyant in his personal life. everyone loves his flambouyance on the criket field and he has a right to his personal life. Agreed, he is out of form and sorts and we should focus on getting that right. With the quality of alternate players available, he is still the best bet for lambasting India out of trouble. An example is the indian bench strength performace in Zimbabwe. One more example of BCCI goofup. Prepare them well before pushing them into the fire.....

Posted by unabashed on (June 8, 2010, 1:32 GMT)

I dont understand why people dont get this - Jadeja is a decent ODI player. In fact he is leaps and bounds above a lot of under achieving all rounders currently doing the rounds. He had the second highest average amongst Indian batsmen and the highest overall wicket count amongst Indian bowlers in the Zim series. Now for God's sake stop being on his case for once!!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 0:12 GMT)

Hahah It seems like the same ppl who have been criticizing IPL n other T20 torunaments want Uthappa in the Indian Team (based on his few IPL innings) ..n on that same note they want yuvraj out (on recent IPL n T20 form) ...Shame ..and more shameful thing is that the Indian public is sooo naive that they r being misled by the Indian Media .. Yuvraj Singh takes a Dump some place else instead of his home ..The Media is there to show it to the public with the headlines "THIS PLAYER IS TAKIN A D*MP OUTSIDE OF HIS HOME..HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT CRICKET..." etc etc .. WAKE UP ..all of u ...specially the Indian Media ..DO not make a mockery out of yer best players ...

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 23:57 GMT)

I would disagree with Mr.More on Yuvi being in the team, but the fact that Ishant or Irfan not getting a chance is a bit surprising. Dinda and Co. might have performed well, but then honestly we dont see them in the world cup. Ishant can be trusted with the ball in power plays. Batting for me has been baffling as well, we apparently have too many players for the third place with Kohli, Raina and maybe Tiwari fighting for that spot and realistically it will be Gambhir playing their when Sachin comes back. If it was for me, I would have definitely sent Uthappa as the back up keeper instead of Karthik. But then again, Indian selectors have always surprised no matter which zone they might have represented. So lets just keep our fingers cross and hope that the playing 11 win every game they come across.Amen !!!

Posted by arjunyadur on (June 7, 2010, 23:32 GMT)

Mr.More is raising the issue just for the sake of doing, to make his presence. I am very sure if yuvraj was picked for the squad, he would have criticised saying that he is not playing good cricket, not fit, attitude problem, blah blah blah. Wish our ex cricketers, selecters and the players would be more sensible.

Posted by xylo on (June 7, 2010, 23:32 GMT)

If Yuvraj has managed to drive a selector to this extreme, you get an idea of how sloppy he has been.

Posted by bigshot on (June 7, 2010, 23:22 GMT)

who asks u. you already eat the carrer of abhjeet kale

Posted by cricveriyan on (June 7, 2010, 23:07 GMT)

Finally, cricket board has taken a very good and bold decision to drop players like Yuvraj Singh. He has been a constant failure in Indian side other than bowling attack. I think it's time for young players. If that position is a failure, let it be with young players rather than Yuvi. I think he has failed enough to be dropped from the team. Good job...Finally !

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 22:55 GMT)

Dear Mr.Kiran sir,

You yourself dropped a player of gangulys calibre and almost literally put an end to his career... :) but still i support your point of view in this regard

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 22:45 GMT)

I think Kiran More has a soft corner towards Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj had it coming, he was not playing well over the last few months and his off-field behaviour was far from good.

Posted by cjscanada on (June 7, 2010, 22:33 GMT)

WOW! No wonder we hear, selectors are jokers. that was until More was the selector. What kind of a thought proccess is picking Yuvi and benching him? Also in the event of injury Mr More you are reducing a player. Yuvi deserves what is coming to him. Talent does nothing if you have no work ethics or humilty. It is something called power or lack of it that is getting at Yuvi. I had this feeling, ever since he was stripped of the captaincy in the IPL, he would play negative. This is the kind of attitude that has stopped Pakistan from ruling in cricket. I prefer, Irfan Pathan, who has worked hard but somehow got a raw deal. Even if he has not bowled well, he has batted better than some of the regular batters. By the way More, what did you do to Ganguly during his time? Is this not double standard?

Posted by Sanket239 on (June 7, 2010, 22:23 GMT)

Look whos talking...........the man who destroyed Gangulys career with Greg Chappel....we dont wanna know what u feel Mr. More........Yuvraj being droped is good......but only as long it is a wake up will be a huge mistake if he is sidelined!.....he must be back by the next series......INDIA believes in u YUVI!

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 22:21 GMT)

Ya... Sree, I.Pathan, RP, Ishant shud b given a chance... Also uthappa shud b given a try...Completely agree wid all facts apart from favouring Yusuf... Yusuf has got his chances n its time for him to sit out...

Posted by needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on (June 7, 2010, 22:01 GMT)

out of all previous selectors Gr8 kiran More who dropped "DADA" is calling for yuvis drop not untimely.Man MORE when u were selector u were pain and now even though u r not u r still a pain. When whole world felt DADA should have continued u just ignored it . Now when everyone is talking about good decision of droping Yuvi u just ignoring it. I can't understand u r thought process. If you can take a player aside and talk with him without dropping senior player why wasn't that the case with DADA since DADA was doing well scoring runs in all formats u couldn't take him side. You replace DADA with YUVI arguing young blood in test cricket. Remember DADA was not playing ODI then. What did Yuvi achieve from then till now. Sitting Duck against spin , usual mistakes of getting in and getting out , maintaining worse avg among mid/senior players, added with worse attitude (esp IPL3), worse body language in field , drastic dip in form both batting and bowling. What else do you need to DROP MORE

Posted by Meenugnana on (June 7, 2010, 21:51 GMT)

It is very easy to criticise the selection panel....what really matters is to see if there is any sense in the criticism. It is a shame that somebody wants a player in the team to sit on the bench....! How funny is that??? Players are in the team to play and try to win / fight but not to sit. Yuvraj needed a wake up call and he has got it....he has to blame himself. He has the talent but has lost his head. We can only hope he takes this as a challenge and makes a come back by performance rather than just by the brand name. Dropping Yousuf Pathan is good for Team India because he is not a reliable player....he is probably ok for T20 but not for ODIs. The only thing that I would'nt agree with in this selection is the inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja. What is he good at ???.... Lets wait and see.

Posted by on_the_level on (June 7, 2010, 21:32 GMT)

Certainly Yuvraj needed to be dropped. I saw that dance with the pop star, and he needs the time to work on his steps.

Posted by sbhusarapu on (June 7, 2010, 21:31 GMT)

I agree with More, selection panel should have a clean list of 20 -22 world cup probables and give them enough oppurtunities before WC, but it seems Srikanth and his panel have no clear plan for WC. Although the WC is in India/pak and srilanka, one can argue that these new players have been doing well on domestic circuit so they may do well in WC, but one of these guys ever played in high pressure games like the ones we will have in WC. So they should have a plan to draft in Ishant and Irfan into the squad to support Zaheer and Praveen Kumar. About Yuvraj.. I totally agree with Selection panel dropping him for Asia Cup.. he should take it seriously and get back in shape and form and come back into the team as a better player, Its always better to see Yuvraj at number 4 than seeing Raina, Rohit or Kohli.

Posted by ZAK11373 on (June 7, 2010, 21:08 GMT)

I think our chief selector and co should be axed first. They are not sure what they are doing and how they are selecting. They should look into the top perfomers in domestic cricket and judge accordingly. There is no transperancy in selction. I dont understand the reasoning behind selecting Jadeja, yadav etc., I think BCCI should have some guidelines in selecting players including performing in domestic cricket.

Posted by MatrixRealoded on (June 7, 2010, 20:53 GMT)

India & Pakistan have lot of bastards and their assignment is to select a team who can lose or ability to lose. where is Ishant, Irfan, Uthappa, RP, Sreesanth etc ( from India) and Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Muhammad Irfan (7ft+), Ahmad Shehzad (from Pakistan). Thanks God Ashwin and Shahzaib Hasan, Umar Amin got a chance.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 20:33 GMT)

We would like to drop Yuvraj. First he needs to get his head straight and play the game. We don't want to hear from you Kiran More.

Posted by ABP235 on (June 7, 2010, 20:28 GMT)

Attitude like what More depicts is what has made Yuvraj a spoilt kid. It is better to drop him from the XV than make him sit on the bench. Yuvraj's arrogance is probably not known to More. Selectors have done it right by choosing another classy left hander like Tiwary. good luck to him. For Yuvraj, if he wants to come back, he needs to focus only on his cricket, nothing else.

Posted by le_stephenois on (June 7, 2010, 20:27 GMT)

why wouldn't you drop him? he is out of form and unfit... in the recent past guys like Ganguly, Inzi anf Kallis have been unfit too but they still got loads of runs, Yuvi was never a great player in the best of form but now he is utterly useless.

Posted by vinishome on (June 7, 2010, 20:25 GMT)

dropping of yuvraj is justified because his attitude towards the game wasnt good

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 19:48 GMT)

When More was the selector, he was abused bt Srikkanth for not doing the job. Now its the other way around. What do these people think that we dont understand or what?

Please make room to play some good test cricket. Its been long time that we have played any other opponent than Srilanaka, and that too in dead encounters.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 19:24 GMT)

More's statements about the pace department are ridiculous. We cannot afford to look at Sreesanth, RP or Ishant for the World Cup because they got thrashed in the IPL. Zak is the only certainty as far as pace bowlers for WC go. We need 3 more pace options. Nehra seems one of them presently, though I detest him. Irfan needs to get his act together. And we could probably try a couple of in-form bowlers going in to the WC. If India are to win the WC, we have to stop giving under-performers more chances.

Posted by gatta44 on (June 7, 2010, 19:22 GMT)

I do not agree with Kiran More to select Yuvraj for the Asia Cup. It is impossible to tell Yuvraj to sit on the bench if he is in the team. He is a very talented player and should get fit before returning to the team. I am confident that he will play in the 2011 wourld cup. ----I agree that they should have selected Ishant and Irfan. They should also give one more chance to RP and Sreesanth. They should also include Robin Uthappa and Mahish Pandey. Raina should play Abhimanyu Mithun in T20 games aganist Zimbabwe. Mithun should have gone to England with team A. Selectors should give him a chance in the Indian team before the world cup. He has the speed and the bounce.

Posted by kevin_ma on (June 7, 2010, 19:20 GMT)

With all due respect to Kiran More, I believe that this is an outrageous statement made just to criticize the current selectors. Seriously, it indicates how smart our cricketing population is. If someone is not fit and you know that, why do you want him to be on the bench? Its not the Indian teams duty to get him back in to fitness and form, its his own issue. You select a team of 15 so you can play any 11 according to the conditions and situations on a given day. I hope the future of Indian cricket lies in the hands of people who can think progressively than this ex- chairman of selectors. And regarding Y Pthan, he deserves the axe more for his bowling than for his batting. I do agree with More on the issue of fast bowlers but these selections may also indicate both the team management and the selectors state of desperation to find reliable, healthy medium pacers, who have not been previously tried. I believe I. Pthan is a better option than Praveen unless he proves me wrong.

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 7, 2010, 19:18 GMT)

Mr.srikant is making a mockery of the selection panel,they picked kulkarni and others in INDIA-A team and yadav,pankaj vinay kumar and dinda for zimbabwe tour but not giving chance to ishant,RP,sreeshanth,irfan etc where they wud have gained something..does they think dinda and co. are fit enough for WC??and y jadeja is persisted with??is he a genuine allrounder and can he contribute with bat and ball like a authentic batsman/bowler to win matches for india??bits and piece players is a wasted slot in the team

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 19:13 GMT)

Like Kiran More said its wrong to drop Yuvraj and not include Irfan or Uthappa at this stage with world cup within a year, but YOUSUF PATHAN is useless and he had enough chance to prove it.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

Mr.singh's issue was not form it was attitude, for his own good and for the greater good of indian cricket he needs to correct that, be it the ipl, ranji or team India, if you cant play for your team you dont belong. Of greater concern is more's thinking, if this simple fact of playing for your team and thereby ensure you are in the best possible shape to do so is beyond someone with more's experience i think it reflects poorly on the people that cricinfo is willing to get a quote from.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 19:05 GMT)

Well said Kiran!! Indian bowling has always looked lacklustre....So, the seamers were quite undeserving to hv played Zimbabwe.....As u say Sreesanth n RP shud hv been given a nod!!! Munaf has looked out of sorts fr quite a while now......Ishant is still on his way back. Dinda and Yadav have nevr looked seamers......Dinda doesn have the pace and length to bowl with Yadav inexperienced in managing pace....Both did not deserve to hv been picked!!! Whatevr....Hope, the selectors have a thought and vie towards having sustainable youth in the team!!!

Posted by Sampdoria on (June 7, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

"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."

You mean, keep him on the subs bench so he can sulk further and polarize other team mates?

I don't care if India looses the Asia Cup or even the World cup but this axing is needed to let players like Yuvraj and as well as his replacements to know, performance should always superceed reputation.

Posted by Yaksha on (June 7, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

Sorry, but I think Indians have too much legacy separation anxiety. The only time they players should be offered multiple chances are: a. They are performing b. They are not performing but doing everything they can to be able to perform These are the only time when a player deserves to be in the team. You can be underperformer as long as you are not dragging the team down and are not boisterous about being an elite athlete. Yuvi def. is a good player but sit his butt.. not on bench but the one outside dressing room bench. I am sure he will bounce back. There is no such thing as good and bad timing..

Posted by cric_follower on (June 7, 2010, 18:58 GMT)

Don't agree with Mr. More. Yuvraj does not need any more batting o rmatch practice for the world cup. He cannot regain fitness by sitting in the dressing room either. He needs to be left alone to sort himself out and then given a chance. I agree with More as to why the experienced pace bowlers are not showing anywhere. Certainly Dinda is not a world cup prospect. Regional politics still plays some part in picking the fringe players. Somebody like RP or Sreesanth would have benefitted. Very surprising that nobody has commented as to why Sachin has opted out. Isn't playing Asia cup a big deal, after all when will he play against Pakistan after this?

Posted by vakkaraju on (June 7, 2010, 18:57 GMT)

Unfortunately it is the kettle calling the pot black. During his days as the chief selector, his picks were never free from controversies. He is and always has been playing politics with the Indian Cricket. His entire criticism lacks credibility.

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