Asia Cup 2010 June 8, 2010

A dream come true for Saurabh Tiwary

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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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  • LALITHKURUWITA 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.

  • 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. :(

  • zidane617 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emraan9991 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.

  • cricnar 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.

  • on June 9, 2010, 4:09 GMT

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

  • 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_lingam 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.

  • LALITHKURUWITA 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.

  • 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. :(

  • zidane617 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emraan9991 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.

  • cricnar 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.

  • on June 9, 2010, 4:09 GMT

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

  • 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_lingam 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.

  • chintanpatel on June 9, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    if Tiwary proves against pakistan he will stay in the team.

  • on June 8, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    I wud've picked Irfan pathan instead of this new kid !!!!! well wish u gud luck for serving drinks n joining dressing room with Indian team !!!

  • NewYorkCricket on June 8, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Not seen a lot of him, except the IPL. Looks like he has all the talent. Hopefully he will learn something from Dhoni and not take success to his head..

  • Mushyah on June 8, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    He should have come in the place of Jadeja and not Yousuf. We are destroying Yousuf's career and confidence by sending him at 7 all the time. Either he has to hit out or get out since there are not many balls left. All the balls were gobbled by the Kohlis, Rohits and ofcourse Karthik and Vijay. Unfortunately, super human efforts are expected of Yousuf whenever he goes to bat. The only opportunity he got at the top, he scored 44 out of 40 balls. Compare these with the strike rates of the top 5 or 6 till the 35-40 over stage. Worser still, the freak Jadeja got to play at 6. Looks like a well planned strategy to put Yousuf down. Best way to remove a guy is to deny him opportunities inspite of him being in the playing XI.

  • Riyazdeen on June 8, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    congrats saurab... all de best..

  • skb.junior on June 8, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    He is a good pick. He could be developed into a good ODI player. But as we saw in the IPL, he has to improve hsi technique against the spinners. Good Luch to Saurabh!

  • kssrikanth on June 8, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    he should use this oppurtunity and should not waste this moment if he get a place in the final 11 because he got a place in the expense of another left hander Mr.Yuvi ALL THE BESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT 4 TEAM INDIA.

  • MadeInIndia on June 8, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    "I realise I've been selected in place of Yuvraj Singh, so the pressure will be more"

    Nice Try Tiwary! You were just selected in the 15 along with Rohit, Virat who have been already playing well. You are not selected into the 11 as a replacement for Yuvi.

  • on June 8, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    a month ago he supposedly wasnt good enough to be in a second string indian team.....wat has changed now

  • shou_cric on June 8, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    dats reallygreat that the Indian selection panel has selected Saurabh Tiwary.At this stage of Indian team, we are really running short of young guns and talent like Rayudu, Tiwary, Manish Pandey all should be given fair chances to prove their skills in this level of cricket.Hope to find a young XI by feb'10

  • BrianCharlesVivek on June 8, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Nothing special with his game. Mostly cross batted slogging. Lets see how he performs.

  • on June 8, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Wishing you best of luck... kindly stay away from all distractions and focus on cricket..

  • D.S.A on June 8, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    It's a shame that the selectors seem to look at the IPL as an indicator of quality, rather than the domestic competitions, hence Murali Vijay was wrongly chosen for the World Twenty20, and his performances proved me right several months back (see the Virender Sehwag article of his injury for proof if you do not believe me...You'l notice how so many people wanted Vijay or Uthappa, merely because of the IPL, but the minority see past the form-horse nature of the majority). Like I said before, Shikhar Dhawan and Saurabh Tiwary should have been the first in line to prove their worth internationally, and only 1 has been chosen. Hopefully, the dropping of Yuvraj Singh means he will no longer be in the Test team because if one is unfit for one day games, five day games would be then beyond him. Hopefully, Pujara, Rahane or Dhawan gets selected based on domestic performances, like it should be, if the selectors do not retain him for Test matches.

  • Kashi0127 on June 8, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    So Tiwari was noticed because of Ranji Trophy. Why not Manish Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun , Robin Uthappa dn Vinay Kumar?

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  • Kashi0127 on June 8, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    So Tiwari was noticed because of Ranji Trophy. Why not Manish Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun , Robin Uthappa dn Vinay Kumar?

  • D.S.A on June 8, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    It's a shame that the selectors seem to look at the IPL as an indicator of quality, rather than the domestic competitions, hence Murali Vijay was wrongly chosen for the World Twenty20, and his performances proved me right several months back (see the Virender Sehwag article of his injury for proof if you do not believe me...You'l notice how so many people wanted Vijay or Uthappa, merely because of the IPL, but the minority see past the form-horse nature of the majority). Like I said before, Shikhar Dhawan and Saurabh Tiwary should have been the first in line to prove their worth internationally, and only 1 has been chosen. Hopefully, the dropping of Yuvraj Singh means he will no longer be in the Test team because if one is unfit for one day games, five day games would be then beyond him. Hopefully, Pujara, Rahane or Dhawan gets selected based on domestic performances, like it should be, if the selectors do not retain him for Test matches.

  • on June 8, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Wishing you best of luck... kindly stay away from all distractions and focus on cricket..

  • BrianCharlesVivek on June 8, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Nothing special with his game. Mostly cross batted slogging. Lets see how he performs.

  • shou_cric on June 8, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    dats reallygreat that the Indian selection panel has selected Saurabh Tiwary.At this stage of Indian team, we are really running short of young guns and talent like Rayudu, Tiwary, Manish Pandey all should be given fair chances to prove their skills in this level of cricket.Hope to find a young XI by feb'10

  • on June 8, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    a month ago he supposedly wasnt good enough to be in a second string indian team.....wat has changed now

  • MadeInIndia on June 8, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    "I realise I've been selected in place of Yuvraj Singh, so the pressure will be more"

    Nice Try Tiwary! You were just selected in the 15 along with Rohit, Virat who have been already playing well. You are not selected into the 11 as a replacement for Yuvi.

  • kssrikanth on June 8, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    he should use this oppurtunity and should not waste this moment if he get a place in the final 11 because he got a place in the expense of another left hander Mr.Yuvi ALL THE BESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT 4 TEAM INDIA.

  • skb.junior on June 8, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    He is a good pick. He could be developed into a good ODI player. But as we saw in the IPL, he has to improve hsi technique against the spinners. Good Luch to Saurabh!

  • Riyazdeen on June 8, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    congrats saurab... all de best..