Asia Cup 2010 June 8, 2010

A dream come true for Saurabh Tiwary

Cricinfo staff

Saurabh Tiwary, who is currently touring England with the India A squad, was "quite dazed" when he found he was selected for the Asia Cup.

"A dream, that of playing for India, is about to come true. I realise I've been selected in place of Yuvraj Singh, so the pressure will be more," Tiwary told the Telegraph. "I'm confident of being able to perform and (thereby) reducing the pressure."

Tiwary became the second player from Jharkhand, after India captain MS Dhoni, to break into the national side and the JSCA president, Amitabh Choudhary, was pleased that he made it. "Saurabh had been disappointed at being overlooked for the tri-series in Zimbabwe, even though many seniors had been rested. But, then, it's good that he's made it when the team is almost at full strength. It's so much the better," Choudhary said. "It's a matter of pride that a state which isn't even 10 years old has two players in the India team."

Tiwary served notice in the 2009 Ranji Trophy, where he scored three centuries in five games at an average of 98.83 for Jharkhand in the Plate League. During the third season of the IPL he emerged as the poster-boy of Mumbai Indians' side's young and dynamic middle-order, hitting 419 runs with three fifties as his team made the finals of the tournament.

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  • Lalith on June 13, 2010, 8:21 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.

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    But, where is Yusuf Pathan? Its too pathetic to see him out after contributing performance in the recently ended tri-series in Zimbabwe. Also, Irfan Pathan deserves a last call at this moment. :(

  • Manindra on June 9, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    im a sri lankan and i think that they have got it wrong on Yusuf Pathan, he's a very talented hitter and hitters need to spend more time on the field so they have to send him @ no 3 or 4. . Dhoni should bat down as he has experience and his batting style is more better in depth. On Yuvraj I think its totally justifiable as he lost him form, badly deciplined, and best of all making ppl like Yuvraj realise that the name doesn't get you a place is pricesless. Sri Lanka should do the same by droping grandpa Sanath Jayasuriya and giving chances to players like Chandimal and Thirimanna who got so much talent but little oppertunity. BTW I was surprised that Tiwary haven't even been selected for T20 WC let alone Zimbabwe cos he deserves it as he was very good with MI. Anyway's we expect a very good Asia Cup this time in Sri Lanka!!...adios!!

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Saurabh looks a promising youngster who's got talent. The selectors should use rotation policy on young players including Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Dhawan, saurabh and also Uthappa by giving each of them a fair chance of proving themselves. Rearding Yusuf Pathan I too feel that the selectors are having their backs on him, and with Jadeja in the squad I feel little sense. But at least I m happy that they have selected a team which is capable of putting a fight. For India to be truly strong, v need to concentrate more on bowling n fielding and drop that blather of having 6-7 specialist batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    the punishment meted out to one like yuvraj is good as an example setter to the rest of the team and to aspiring cricketers. Let him serve his time out and sort himself out.

  • Emraan on June 9, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    so its good to see such talent getting a chance to prove himself. But the main thing is we r loosing players like Irfan pathan, Virat Kholi.... these two players look very hardworking in their own manner. if tiwary clicks then he will continue in the team till yuvraj returns then wats next..... will u ignore youraj..???? tiwary will b sidelined on return of yuraj or till he loses his form.. big teams like aussie and england have good rotation policies... we sould learn something from them... players like E.Morgan, C.White are gaining something because of it.. but here the whole indian team is being rotated or their plans.... players should have competition among themselves to cement their place in the team.

  • Narayana on June 9, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Tiwary is too naive in thinking he is replacing yuvi. Yuvi is a class apart. No doubt that he has fitness and attitudinal problems. But one he gets Leaner and Fitter, he would be 1 bowler, 2 fielders and 3 batsmen put in one one package.

    Anyways, tiwary should make use of this opportunity.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Where is IRFAN PATHAN??? ohhh, he is 10* better dan Jadeja!!!

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Everyone commenting here and another 1 billion will have their own choice of team... Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Ghoni, Uthapa, Vijay, Karthik, Ashwin, Sreesanth, Ishant etc etc.. We need to understand something. A team cannot have more than 16 players in a tournament, out of which 12-13 players have permanent place. Its the fringe who are always rotated. And you have to choose these 3-4 from a pool of 50-60 players. You select Tiwary, someone will ask why not Pandey. You select Jadeja, someone will say why not Pathan? Select Praveen, why not Sreesanth? Job of selectors is much tougher than what we think. Remember, Team India is doing exceeding well in ODIs and Tests in the last 12 months. We had the same selectors in the last 12 months.. So we need to assume the Selectors have done a great job and they know their job. Its high time we stop cribbing and suppor the team and the selectors.

  • Manasvi on June 9, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Very good that Yusuf Pathan has been dropped. He has a horrible record. And for those who complain about Jadeja it is worth remembering that both of them bat in the lower middle order and that both are spinners. Jadeja is the better bowler and the more consistent batsman (though Yusuf is more aggressive) Instead of Saurabh, I feel that Dhawan/Pujara/Rahane deserved a chance.

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