Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Asia Cup, Dambulla June 15, 2010

Testing times for India's bowlers

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Going into the Asia Cup, India's biggest worry is the bowling. The country's fast bowling stocks have rarely been healthier than a couple of years ago when a new generation of quicks fuelled the hopes of Indian fans. Cut to the present, the form and confidence of that bunch has waned and the attack is being led by 30-somethings Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra, both of whom were an integral part of the bowling as far back as the 2003 World Cup.

The first-choice trio of Zaheer, Nehra and Praveen Kumar are back for the Asia Cup, but the search for quality back-up for them has proved fruitless so far. Ishant, Sreesanth and RP Singh have struggled for consistency, while each of the half-dozen seamers who have been tried over the past six months have proved to be works in progress, with only Ashok Dinda making it to Sri Lanka.

MS Dhoni has backed the talent scouting. "We have plenty of options, but we don't have too many experienced fast bowlers," he said, "and its better if the youngsters are given a chance because all of a sudden, if your experienced bowlers like Zaheer Khan or Ashish Nehra get injured you should have someone as a back-up for a high-pressure tournament like the World Cup."

The spin bowling is likely to prove crucial in Dambulla, and it is headed by India's most successful bowler in Sri Lanka, Harbhajan Singh, whose last performance in the country was a match-turning five-wicket haul in the final of the Compaq Cup in 2009. However, as with the fast bowling, the hunt continues for reliable support performers.

Ravindra Jadeja currently seems to be on the inside track for the second spinner's spot. He may have had a year to forget as far as Twenty20s are concerned - being banned from the IPL and following it up with a horror World Twenty20 in the Caribbean - but he has proved to be a canny bowler in one-dayers, as his career economy-rate of 4.90 testifies.

It is Jadeja's unfussy batting that gives him an edge over the other contenders for the fifth bowler's slot. It may lack the overdrive needed in the high-scoring one-dayers that are the norm in the subcontinent, but can prove effective in Dambulla where scoring is usually less frenetic.

The two other spinners in the squad had reasonable tours of Zimbabwe - left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha who returned after more than a year out of the one-day side and offspinner R Ashwin, getting his first international games - but will probably spend time on the bench before getting another chance.

India have an ordinary record in multi-team tournaments over the past decade, having won three titles and shared two in 27 one-day competitions. To improve on that they'll need the returning big guns of their batting - Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir - to fire.

"It's good the seniors got a break," coach Gary Kirsten said after the team's practice session on Tuesday evening. "I'm happy with the way the Twenty20 games went in Zimbabwe, and I'm looking forward to the tournament. This is a new beginning before the World Cup."

More than the seniors, the focus is likely to be on the three batsmen who jetted into Sri Lanka on Tuesday after completing the Twenty20s in Zimbabwe. Suresh Raina captained the youngsters there, while Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were the best Indian batsmen in the one-dayers. All three could well be fighting for one spot when Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh return to the side, which makes the Asia Cup vital to their chances of staying in the XI as the World Cup approaches.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Rooroo on June 16, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Yes Indian team is lacking quality fast bowlers but then there is no much time 2 bring in a new bowler before worldcup rather India have a good set of spin bowling allrounders and we should try to utilize that. Our main 15 which we should take for worldcup should be SEWAG, SACHIN, GAMBIR, RAINA, YUVRAJ, DHONI, JADEJA, HARBOJAN, PRAVEEN KUMAR, ZAHEER n NEHRA (the 11) n then KOHLI , OJHA, YUSUF N 1 FAST BOWLER(Dinda/vinay) We have solid openers a good number 3(whu can open if needed) a good middle order in Raina Yuvi, Kohli n Dhoni , Jadeja, Yusuf n Harbojan allrounders ( even Praveen 2 an extent) n then 3 Fast bowlers in Praveen Zaheer n Nehra n 1 Xtra fast bowler as backup. The only problem is we don't have a keeper for replacement n lets hope its not needed. In Subcontinent pitches this is a very good attack. I prefer Dinda over other bowlers for that last spot because of his death bowling ability( which india lacks). ALL THE BEST INDIA! Lets win it for SACHIN!!

  • Bombayorker28 on June 16, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Agree with thatsy,soumyas,rsurya, 6x_CS_King,Nampally,Kushank Gulati. Jadeja should NOT be in the team. Pick a specialist instead. Sad how the 'so called cricket experts' can't see the obvious, he can't bat, can't bowl, can't field.

  • ticktac on June 16, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Jadejas batting gives him an edge ...huh...is this a joke?? means that u r trying to portray him as a bowling allrounder....come on....he is a sure shot match loser

  • Fazallullah on June 16, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    one thing all should think of is dont take IPL as a platform for picking players in the INTERNATIONAL ONE DAY TEAM in IPL a bowler can bowl max of 4 ov if he is taken for runs the main reason is first MONEY FOR MORE SIXES second small ground and finally fast outfields even a bowler bowls well for his 3 ov and gone for more runs in the last over then the judgement is he doesnt bowl well SO IPL SHOULD NOT BE CONCERNED FOR ONE DAY CRICKET

  • Daba on June 16, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Irfan pathan should have been included in the squad as fast bowling allrounder, He s more capable. It'll be a good contest to see Ind playing Pak. Go india goooooooooooooo. Aravin

  • danishahmed5795 on June 16, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I think Irfan Pathan should be given a chance to prove himself.

  • cricfanraj on June 16, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @Avinash Ranjan .. buddy you took me completely wrong. I'm not saying that Irfan pathan is a bad player . He is an excellent player and I'm a fan when he was playing under 19 also. But if you see his bowling in any of the recent matches and e still saying that he is bowling well , I disagree with that statement. He is not half as good as he can be. First thing is this unnecessary hype for allrounder should go away. He is a bowler first and to create an allrounder forciblely we already destroyed a very good bowler.This should not continue.Having an all rounder is not mandatory .7 good batsmen and 4 good bowlers can always do the job given we have someone like viru and ...All that I'm saying is we need Irfan as a front line bowler not as batsmen who can score 20 in lower order. And whatever I saw in recent past I din't impressed with his bowling. Remind me if there is one good performance where he ran through even a domestic side also or troubled a international batsmen.I wish I'm wrong

  • vikicork on June 16, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Also i think we should play 7 batsmen and four bowlers ,Ganguly used to do that with great success the fifth bowlers overs can be shared by Sehwag ,Yuvraj and Raina theres no point in taking 3 pacemen ,they always and i mean always get hit ,so imitating other countries who have great pacemen like Australia or even Sri Lanka or Pakistan is not going to work , i remember when West Indies packed their team with batsmen/all rounders and won world cup Ideal ODI team Sachin ,Sehwag,Gambhir,Raina,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Kohli ,Irfan,Harbhajan,Jadeja /Ashwin/Ojha,Praveen we would bat down till number 10 ,give up the same number of runs we do now or less

    Why cant they see this ????? Ganguly would do this and at least with team selection hes way better han Dhoni though Dhoni better i think with inspiration

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

    ardent_crciket lover just because a deserving TN cricketer was not selected in the past dosent mean an undeserving one should be selected now , two wrongs do not equal a right , Srikkanth might have not selected more than one TN player for this Asia cup(there was noone he could select given how they have played) but he has shown time and time again a willingness to give chances to TN players over and above any states players Yes he was the man of the match in our most glorious moment when we won the world cup ,i was a big fan of his as a player but he has been terrible and biased as a selector .if Irfan wants to get into the side he will have to somehow switch from the Kings to the Super Kings in the IPL and for his sake i hope it happens but we need him before that for the world cup! I remember when Dhoni had selected Manoj Tiwari over Raina in an ODI and i was like why ?? then when Raina was selected by CSK to play under Dhoni i was happy ,Irfan needs to do same

  • rahu367 on June 16, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    india should give dinda a chance as we have many spinners but there is no back up fast bowler and if he anyone got injured in the world cup . he can bowl like a experienced compainor

  • Rooroo on June 16, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Yes Indian team is lacking quality fast bowlers but then there is no much time 2 bring in a new bowler before worldcup rather India have a good set of spin bowling allrounders and we should try to utilize that. Our main 15 which we should take for worldcup should be SEWAG, SACHIN, GAMBIR, RAINA, YUVRAJ, DHONI, JADEJA, HARBOJAN, PRAVEEN KUMAR, ZAHEER n NEHRA (the 11) n then KOHLI , OJHA, YUSUF N 1 FAST BOWLER(Dinda/vinay) We have solid openers a good number 3(whu can open if needed) a good middle order in Raina Yuvi, Kohli n Dhoni , Jadeja, Yusuf n Harbojan allrounders ( even Praveen 2 an extent) n then 3 Fast bowlers in Praveen Zaheer n Nehra n 1 Xtra fast bowler as backup. The only problem is we don't have a keeper for replacement n lets hope its not needed. In Subcontinent pitches this is a very good attack. I prefer Dinda over other bowlers for that last spot because of his death bowling ability( which india lacks). ALL THE BEST INDIA! Lets win it for SACHIN!!

  • Bombayorker28 on June 16, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Agree with thatsy,soumyas,rsurya, 6x_CS_King,Nampally,Kushank Gulati. Jadeja should NOT be in the team. Pick a specialist instead. Sad how the 'so called cricket experts' can't see the obvious, he can't bat, can't bowl, can't field.

  • ticktac on June 16, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Jadejas batting gives him an edge ...huh...is this a joke?? means that u r trying to portray him as a bowling allrounder....come on....he is a sure shot match loser

  • Fazallullah on June 16, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    one thing all should think of is dont take IPL as a platform for picking players in the INTERNATIONAL ONE DAY TEAM in IPL a bowler can bowl max of 4 ov if he is taken for runs the main reason is first MONEY FOR MORE SIXES second small ground and finally fast outfields even a bowler bowls well for his 3 ov and gone for more runs in the last over then the judgement is he doesnt bowl well SO IPL SHOULD NOT BE CONCERNED FOR ONE DAY CRICKET

  • Daba on June 16, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Irfan pathan should have been included in the squad as fast bowling allrounder, He s more capable. It'll be a good contest to see Ind playing Pak. Go india goooooooooooooo. Aravin

  • danishahmed5795 on June 16, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I think Irfan Pathan should be given a chance to prove himself.

  • cricfanraj on June 16, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @Avinash Ranjan .. buddy you took me completely wrong. I'm not saying that Irfan pathan is a bad player . He is an excellent player and I'm a fan when he was playing under 19 also. But if you see his bowling in any of the recent matches and e still saying that he is bowling well , I disagree with that statement. He is not half as good as he can be. First thing is this unnecessary hype for allrounder should go away. He is a bowler first and to create an allrounder forciblely we already destroyed a very good bowler.This should not continue.Having an all rounder is not mandatory .7 good batsmen and 4 good bowlers can always do the job given we have someone like viru and ...All that I'm saying is we need Irfan as a front line bowler not as batsmen who can score 20 in lower order. And whatever I saw in recent past I din't impressed with his bowling. Remind me if there is one good performance where he ran through even a domestic side also or troubled a international batsmen.I wish I'm wrong

  • vikicork on June 16, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Also i think we should play 7 batsmen and four bowlers ,Ganguly used to do that with great success the fifth bowlers overs can be shared by Sehwag ,Yuvraj and Raina theres no point in taking 3 pacemen ,they always and i mean always get hit ,so imitating other countries who have great pacemen like Australia or even Sri Lanka or Pakistan is not going to work , i remember when West Indies packed their team with batsmen/all rounders and won world cup Ideal ODI team Sachin ,Sehwag,Gambhir,Raina,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Kohli ,Irfan,Harbhajan,Jadeja /Ashwin/Ojha,Praveen we would bat down till number 10 ,give up the same number of runs we do now or less

    Why cant they see this ????? Ganguly would do this and at least with team selection hes way better han Dhoni though Dhoni better i think with inspiration

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

    ardent_crciket lover just because a deserving TN cricketer was not selected in the past dosent mean an undeserving one should be selected now , two wrongs do not equal a right , Srikkanth might have not selected more than one TN player for this Asia cup(there was noone he could select given how they have played) but he has shown time and time again a willingness to give chances to TN players over and above any states players Yes he was the man of the match in our most glorious moment when we won the world cup ,i was a big fan of his as a player but he has been terrible and biased as a selector .if Irfan wants to get into the side he will have to somehow switch from the Kings to the Super Kings in the IPL and for his sake i hope it happens but we need him before that for the world cup! I remember when Dhoni had selected Manoj Tiwari over Raina in an ODI and i was like why ?? then when Raina was selected by CSK to play under Dhoni i was happy ,Irfan needs to do same

  • rahu367 on June 16, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    india should give dinda a chance as we have many spinners but there is no back up fast bowler and if he anyone got injured in the world cup . he can bowl like a experienced compainor

  • on June 16, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    @cricfanraj.... how you could say he isn't bowling well .... luk at the past year domestic record buddy.. u'll found he's been the best allrounder in domestic tournaments.... he'z been one of the top scorrer and wicket taker both...

    and about pace... man He's bowling at 130 now.. he used to bowl abt 120 with great swing when he introduced to International Era.. so Plzzz get ur facts right and then comment... god give you some sense to understand these things....

  • Go_F.Alonso on June 16, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    "It is Jadeja's unfussy batting that gives him an edge over the other contenders for the fifth bowler's slot." - This is the most ridiculous line I've ever read on Cricinfo. You couldn't do worse than this. Jadeja has single-handedly lost matches for India with his ridiculously slow batting.

  • ardent_cricketlover on June 16, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    @jomesh and every one who think tamil nadu players are given priority. It is very unfair to say Tamil nadu players are always getting the chances. Last decade apart from balaji , sadogopan ramesh, dinesh karthik i dont think any one got a chance to the national side. just now badrinath is getting recognized for his domestic performances. Dinesh karthik by greg Chapell standards was one of the most technically accomplished youngsters in the team. Giving a chance is not just playing 3 matches and then dropping . Uneed to give them chances for atleast 6 to 7 matches in a row .

    Sadagopan ramesh was one of the elite batsman in indian cricket who played wasim akram and waqar younis with ease. Sadogopan ramesh was taken to australia and was sked to play tour matches. When the whole team failed he made a well constructed 80 but he was not even selected for the test matches.

  • vikicork on June 16, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Watching match now and while its early ,Zaheer again as i have been saying is just not right for ODIS any more and should not be picked Im tried of saying this but Irfan should be in the side ,for people calling him a failure he has better stats than most of pacemen ,again was the highest wicket-taker among Indian pacemen in the last IPL and has always played well given the chance he has been dropped without reason ,I dont know if its Srikkanths fault ,Dhonis fault or West Zone selectors fault ,either way this selction committee is the worst ive seen completely agree with Andy199 team ,i think thats the ideal one day team except that our pacemen are so inept that maybe there should be 3 spinners with Yusuf or Ashwin getting the last spot instead of Zaheer / Nehra For some of you Tamil Nadu apologists try and look at whats good for India rather than defending Srikkanths absurd selection policy ,im from Mumbai and i coudnt care less if there were no players from Mumbai

  • on June 16, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    First of all indian players need a training how to handle the pressure.when

    chasing big target.they sholud make a target for every two or three

    overs.india should get atleast one alrounder (top order batsman)may be can

    bring irfan Or Jadeja Or Yusuf Pathan.indian batsmans are struggling short ball beacause most of our indian batsman when they are facing fast ball they are inside the greece.they sholud come out of the greece

  • rush2rajiv on June 16, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    I too agree tat irfan has to be in the team.. he is a handy all rounder... I dont know y he is not given enough chance to prove his talent. I am from TN but i hate srikanth.. There are lot of options like robin,irfan,naman,ishanth. Really vijay is wast fellow. Vijay is also one of the reason tat v lost against zim and in T20WC...

  • Kings_XI_Punjab on June 16, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    CS King how are u going to say that it doesn't matter if India wins or not... of course it matters... I love Sachin, but if he is still the best, most dependable batsman at that age, then it is a very sad story for Indian cricket... I know India will come up with batsmen somehow, but what about the fast bowling, our fastest bowler still bowls a medium pace compared to the rest of the world! Ishant sharma bowled 145+ for a week in Australia and now he's not anywhere... we need better programs on the state level than we have right now... w/e they are we are not focusing on preparing the players for the international level, its about just winning at the small domestic level... no one even bother's to think beyond their own backyard that is problem with Indian cricket, people need to stop being selfish!

  • RaghuramanR on June 16, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    I guess that Indians have to continue this hope-mongering about our team and more importantly World Cup 2011. Already the promos have started that Sachin would like to play his last World Cup and play the final in front of home crowd. India has a chance because cricket in rest of world has gone down. It would be better for cricket if India is knocked out tournament after tournament. The quality is pathetic. I dont know what M Vijay and D Karthik have done, except being from the home state of the selector. They are pretty much mediocre. I can understand if a veteran like Sachin is expected to perform but fast bowlers like Zaheer or Nehra? Highly unlikely (to succeed).

  • cricfanraj on June 16, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I don't agree to the comments that say Irfan should have been in the side. THere should not be any selection for wrong reasons. If Irfan should play he should play like bowling alrounder and he is going through a very poor form as bowler. As is he doesn't deserve a place. Its like chosing Viru of his offspin bowling. Irfan is a great asset but first he need to improve his bowling and then only should get a place not because he can score 20 runs .Now Irfan is bowling @ 120 KMPH pace . Remember he used to be in HIGH 130's with great swing. All that I can see now is batsmen swinging his bat at will when he is bowling. If it takes 1year practice for Irfan let it be. Let him goto England domestic to improve. BUt ASIS form my vote will never to to him. We need him as frontline bowler. NOt as BITS and PIECES player.

  • Rangarajsivaramakrishnan on June 16, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    The selectors should persist with Ishant, Sreeshant and R.P.Singh in the coming matches and make them sweat it out in the Cricket Academy. They are the pace bowlers with variety and experience and their finding form is critical for India having a good back up. With their age Zaheer and Nehra are prone to injuries and Praveen is also not in good health these days. Similarly, the team should now start playing Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha regularly in the one dayers and in tests. When they bowl together, both will learn a lot and on occasions become lethal if the wicket is helpful. Our batting is almost finalised with Tendulkar and Yuvraj coming in and with Rohit and Kohli in the reserves. The most important thing is for the selectors to show consistency in these players so that by World cup time we will have a settled team.

  • parik50 on June 16, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Its just sad to see that after all the hype about youngsters india is relying on the same two pace bowlers (zaheer and nehra) they did 10 years ago! ...we can discuss team selections and how biased shreekanth is...but fact of matter is that we dont have a single quality pace bowler in this country and no matter who u pick..ishant/irfan/rp/shreesanth/ nehra/zaheer...all have been proven failures in the past and are not going to do magic in the future. If we look at teams like SL and PAK next door...their 2nd and 3rd string pace bowlers are better than us...its high time selectors and ranji teams realize this and start grooming pace bowlers...else occurences like recent times (unable to defend 285 vs zim) are only going to get more common.

  • clr3 on June 16, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    hey...its not fair to say...the selectors are biased towards tamil nadu players...plz check through the stats....vijay and karthic were the higherst scores in domestic cricket along with pandey and a few others....and yes irfan is a way better playes then his brother and jadeja.... but irfan is no longer the same bowler...yes he takes wickets...but he is very very expensive.... its easy to blame the selectors... u want them to pick up every player...and thats not possible....badrinath had to wait so many years to get a chance....there are a lot of people like him....still waiting...just cause youngsters prove themselves in the ipl... does not mean they get a immediate chance....so there is no point blaming the selectors...if u a fan... wants india to win so badly...so will the selector...cause its his job and more over he played for india too....in that case...for ages ppl have been selected over and over again from mumbai....its baseless...its better we stop blaming the selectors....

  • Andy199 on June 16, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I also agree. India needs Irfan. He might have lost sting with the ball, yet he is on par with all-rounders like Matthews... Agarkar who has 280+ wkts in ODIs is a forgotten entity, why? because he was erratic and expensive... now in this team who isn't? he atleast had a very good yorker and while being expensive took some wkts as well... he's bowled at 148kmph in past.. if you take Zaheer/Nehra, the so called strike bowlers have had their share of awful performances as well... Srinath was the only one after Kapil who was world class... my point is - take all-rounders like Irfan, Agarkar who could atleast contribute a lil bit with bat cuz bowling is anyways gonna take some beating... Praveen's accurate, can swing both ways + he bats quite well. good to have him. My team = 1Sachin,2Sehwag,3Gambhir, 4Yuvi, 5Dhoni, 6Raina, 7Rohit/Kohli, 8Irfan, 9Agarkar/Zaheer/Nehra, 10Bhajji, 11Praveen (Gambhir shouldn't take his place granted and must show more promise being a senior now...)

  • anil80 on June 16, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    team for today:

    sehwag gauti kohli rohit dhoni raina ashwin bhajji dinda zaheer nehra

  • sameer422 on June 16, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    This is testing time for both bowlers & batsmen of india, if youngster can prove themself it will good for indian cricket, Mr.srikkanth if india is looking for allrounder atleast give a change to irfan phatan instead of ravinder jadeda, hope this time selectors look in to irfan & robin (if he is fit), Goodluck to india in Asia Cup.

  • monil21 on June 16, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    i can see hear that each an every person is talking about IRFAN. so that means that all cricket lovers knows what is good for team india than why does selector don t understand that IRFAN is really good for india. an if they cant find any good allrounder then they should start a show indian idol for allrounder so that way they can get some good one.

  • on June 16, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Nothing about the Bangladesh squad?

  • soumyas on June 16, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    jadeja shud never be picked... and they shud pick vinay kumar and give chnaces to Robin uthappa,Manish pandey

  • soumyas on June 16, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    if jadeja plays... i pray for india to loose.... he is not at all fit in team. i can play better than him

  • sankarg on June 16, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Whenever team is not performing well our fellow Indian always put the blame on coach and the selectors.This is really a bad culture in us.We need to think out of the box and try to find out how to perform.This team is the best team and we need to improve the bowling and fielding departments.Once we achieve that one then we can think of winning the big tournaments.

  • on June 16, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    heartening to see unadkat take 13 wickets in england -perhaps we should promote him to the senior side sooner rather than later.go India and bring the asia cup home.It seems mostl indians fans focus too much on the negative rather than looking forward

  • rsurya on June 16, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    vikicork is absolutely right...... if irfan is down the order we can hav hope til the last ball, but if jadeja is there, at the end even 18 runs of 18 balls is an impossible task. irfan can turn any match which dhoni even cant do... u dont give him a chance in this Asia cup, u may hav tried him zim tour or India A. Iam gonna stop watching this cricket after sachin retires, ive lost evry hope, not on India but on the selectors. I am a tamilnadu guy but i dont want vijay or dinesh karthik in the team i want the one who can really strives hard for the sake of team not for himself to stay in the team. If the selectors think like that then no team in the world can even dream of beating India.

  • 6x_CS_King on June 16, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    i dont care whether India wins or losses , I just want them to put up fight against the opposition , the team performance was very pathetic during T20 , jumping around in the crease is not at all a good sight(for a batsman), hope they do their best and put up a fight rather than surrendering themselves to a good bowling attack on bowler's friendly pitch in Dambulla ,And i really have no idea why RAVINDRA JADEJA is in the team omg that guy is pathetic , India can play an extra bowler instead of Mr BIT'S AND PIECES(jadeja)....i dont want to name any specific player but i can assure that there are much better talents than him ....

  • itssachin on June 16, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    The two main things india needs to look after immediately for them for having any chnaces in 2011 WC is 1.The ALLROUNDER slot(No.7) and the Fast bowlers as the battingtakes cares of itself and has no immediate threat.1.Allrounder :India neds bing back irfan ASAP and give him enough matches to regain his touch before 2011 WC as he is very handy with the bat at no 7 and is a decent swing bolwer and will take care of the 10 overs and will give the breakthrough.Irfan setteling down in the lineup will provide india a chance to play second spinner laong side Harbhajan in the side which is ver cruical considering the pitches which will be there in 2011 WC in Indain subcontinent.2. Fast bowlres:Zaheer will be the main strike bowler abd with irfan in the playing XI we nned one more fast bolwer in the starting line up and 2 more in the XV. for this we nned to zero on on the proven customer like RP, Ishant ,sreeshant,PK and depending upon the current form one of them be in squad................

  • Ravichamp on June 16, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    One thing India always lacks is consistency. Its very rare when the entire team performs as a well gelled unit. One match the bowlers excel and the batsmen flop and the next match it will be vice versa. When we have good part time spinners like Sehwag, Raina, Rohit Sharma and even Virat Kohli was a good bowler during his under 19days, but seldom we see all of them getting a good bowl. With the world cup round the corner, we should try out Ashwin who by the looks seems to be good bowler and a decent bat. Lets not forget Irfan Pathan, he is definitely better than Nehra a decent bat, a good fielder and on his day can be a good bowler too..... Yuvraj when he returns can be a restrictive left arm bowler. Nothing is lost. All the best. You WIN ALL IS FORGOTTEN, YOU FAIL THEN ALL GO TO JAIL, Thats the INDIAN CRICKET FANS LOGIC...............................

  • jomesh on June 16, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Uthappa in Indian team? Come on, he has been proved inadequate at the International level many times over the past. International cricket is different from slogging a few in the flat beds in a domestic competition like IPL. IPL performance should never be a bench-mark for quality/performance of a player. Any player worth his salt has agreed that IPL cannot be compared to international cricket standards. Uthappa's record in the last Ranji season is there for all to see- he was a complete failure there! Atleast he must prove himself at Ranji level before even dreaming his spot in Indian team. His technical flaws & lack of footwork means that he is bound to fail in anything else but a flat bed. & he is not a Sehwag/Gilchrist/Jayasurya to overcome those aspects by pure talent & strokeplay!

  • jomesh on June 16, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    @rajbala: Here's the stats for you: Dinesh Karthik: He dubuted way back in 2004 & before even Dhoni. Even though he has got umpteen number of opportunities, he has been an utter failure. But still continues to be picked in Indian teams. M. Vijay: Ordinary technique, zero foot work, no back foot play...not surprised with his failure at Int'l level. Ramesh&Balaji: Most impressive among the lot & promised a lot initially- but faded away due to lack of fitness&injuries. Agree that TN has been performing consistently in the Domestic stage. But the good & bad of it lies there: the players we have seen so far have been good only to play at that level: Int'l stage has proved too much a climb for all of them. However, these players get continuously selected in Indian national/A/B teams (Ordinary players like Mukund, Ganapaty, Anirudha (Srikanth's son), N Karthik, D Karthik etc). This is more disturbing, since it means denying opportunities for talented cricketers like Pujara,Pandey,Dhawan etc.

  • wolf777 on June 16, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    I can't figure out what Ashok Dinda is doing here. Irfan Pathan should be there as an allrounder. It is foolist to

  • STres on June 16, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    Hi all fellow Indian cricket fans, I am concerned that the Indian team is at a low ebb, this is as mentioned earlier not the fault of the team, we do have talent and ability, the reason is the stupidity of our own commentators and Media.

    Excuses - excuses - excuses --- surely there must be a stop to all this, the commentators starting with that stupid fellow Arun Lal, he never realizes that a team could loose due to a bad day for the Indian team or a good day for the other team, he is absolutely partial, giving lame excuses like - The team did not have time to prepare or They are too tired after the IPL or they have left behind many senior players,These stupid comments have lost us many friends and also been the laughing stock specially among our neighbouring countries, Then our press before and after they give excuses take the up-comming Asia Cup they aleady say that thsi is testing time for the world cup- no one cares adamn, we send a team and that is it - they are the Indian team

  • AvidCricFan on June 16, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Not only Indian bowlers, it is testing time for batsmen too. India needs two set of teams: subcontinent specialists with flat wicket bullies and the other team who can face pacy wickets outside of subcontinent. Most of the flat-wicket bullies are out of sorts outside of subcontinent.

  • neer_allrounder on June 16, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    I feel India should have picked irfan as well as abhishek nayar too....as both r gud allround n seem up bowlers ...for the spinner slot shud go for harbhajan n ashwin both r gud hard hitting batsmen..n pace shud be dinda,khan,n kumar...no Nehra

  • rajbala on June 16, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Its a baseless comment stating Srikkanth is selecting players from CSK/Tamil Nadu. Can u name a few if u feel a lot of players being selected from tamil nadu, apart from Ashwin and Vijay as of now. If u feel Irfan and co. should be given a chance beven inspite of poor performace, then y not vijay. I accept the fact Vijay hasnt proved utilized his opportunity, its time to look forward to other options. I think Ashwin is a very good player. He has captained the South Zone team, so he definitely deserves the recognition.

    So, vikicork please look at the stats before making comments. Also, Tamil Nadu is one of the consistent performing teams in the domestic league.

  • on June 15, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    Stop using the term "Seniors" and "Juniors". It's a cricket team we are talking about, not some college batch (to call them senior and sophomore).. Gosh.. so childish...

  • asnrao on June 15, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Not sure any of our comments really matters to Indian selectors, but will know at least some one wants something.

    If India wants to give a tough fight in the WORLD CUP CRICKET 2011, it should sort out the main problems they have in Bowling Department & finding a good All-rounder. I am not sure why Irfan Pathan has not given a fair chance and I would bet he is far better than his brother & ravindr jadeja who are the current all-rounder for our Team. If India thinking of any chance to compete in world cup cricket at least they have to do 2 things. 1. Throw Sri Kanth as selector. 2. Get irfan Pathan as an all-rounder who can sort out our 3rd seamer problems atleast.

    Good luck India.

  • asnrao on June 15, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Hi

    I am not sure who has made Krishnama chari srikanth as selector ,i think he has done our team hero to zero. I strongly beleive that Irfan Pathan should be in the squad who is much better than Yusuf Pathan & ravindra Jadeja , atleast we can sort out the third seamor problems for some reason , he is a better batsmen than his brother . IF we r thinking to take the world cup glorry , the team need to do 2 things of sure , 1. take off srikanth as selector n 2. bring back Irfan Pathan and give him some fair chance to show his style again.

    thanks satya

  • on June 15, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    India has to play 3 spinners. We have to accept our strength is not fast bowling and moreover pitches favour spin . So no point in playing fast bowlers just for names sake. 3 Spinners and 2 fast bowlers OR 2 spinner and 2 fast bowlers.

  • Nampally on June 15, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    If India decide to go with 3 pacemen, it should include Dinda as one, for experience. Jadeja is a poor choice for a spinner. India should focus on 5 bowlers and 6 batsmen like Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Sharma, Kohli & Dhoni. The bowlers could be Zaheer, Nehra, Harbhajan, Ashwin and Ojha or Dinda. Calling Jadeja as a replacing all rounder for Yuvraj is a big mistake which Dhoni consistently makes. Jadeja as a bowler was thrashed "royally". He does not deserve a place as a batsman with Tiwary available. Ashwin is an economical & talented bowler for an ODI. Ojha can spin the ball in a controlled manner. If 30 overs from soinners are needed then Ashwin, Harbhajan and Ojha is a good trio. If 30 overs from Pacemen are needed then Zaheer, Nehra & Dinda are a good choice. Judging the current form, Tiwary and Gambhir are a close match for the openers spot with Sehwag. The team selection is critical for India's success. Dhoni & Kirsten should not repeat the mistakes from World ODI in West Indies.

  • vikicork on June 15, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Irfan Pathan has always done well when given a chance

    India does not have a quality paceman at this time and if all the pacers are going to get hit its better to take one who can bat well

    Its not important to bowl fast as it to bowl cannily ,Irfan and Praveen do not have pace but they are both very good bowlers ,besides he was the highest wicket takr among Indian seamers in the last IPL and of course scored the most runs

    Cmon Srikkanth stop playing petty state poilitics ,think of the good for India not for Tamil Nadu for once in your life and do the right thing by taking Irfan back in the team

  • royalg on June 15, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Robin Uthappa will be fit by september and shud be given a chance against the aussies or south africa to prove tat he shud be part of the world cup plans,

  • royalg on June 15, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    everyone is complaining abot young indian fastbowlers, i dont think anyone saw a young lad called JAYDEV UNADKAT who is only 18 and took 13 wickets on debut for the INDIAN A TEAM, S.Tiwary shud nt be wasted on the bench he shud be given a chance cause he is RAW TALENT and cud be a potential replacement for yuvraj BIG,STRONG,AGGRESSIVE batsman. R.ashwin is a canny bowler who cud be a bowler used in the powerplay if dhoni needed, anyway GUD LUCK AND ALL OUR PRAYERS R WITH DHONI AND THE BOYZZZ, CHAKE DE INDDDIIAAAAAA :D

  • pritpalpabla on June 15, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    It would be good competition between Raina, Rohit & Kohli. Still believes Irfan deserve a second chance, specially after giving so many chances to Yusuf,Jadeja as an allrounder. Also It's gonna be good test for Gauti as well... He needs some runs... Overall India's batting side seems nice..... but for their world cup dream, we have to improve out bowling strength... Including IRFAN in the team isn't at all bad option....

  • Samuel_Gunners on June 15, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Ya..A country with millions of cricket fans cannot produce a good bowling unit. It is a shame on cricket administrators. And i dont accept the below comment from VIKICORK, because IRFAN PATHAN's has gone from medium pace swing bowler to a Spin Bowler. We already have enough Spin bowlers. If IRFAN comes back a good decent medium pace bowler, then we will give a try. Till then IRFAN of 2004 is the ony IRFAN i know. The current IRFAN is a Spin bowler.

  • on June 15, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Throw out R.Jadeja and A.Dinda from the team and bring in Irfan Pathan and Robin Uthappa ............

  • Sekhar_S on June 15, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Actually Raina has sort of a settled position in the XI at No.6. So it will be Kohli and Rohit who will be battling for a spot after Yuvraj and Sachin return.Both of them are top order batsmen and have had limited success at the No.6 position.Hence Raina's position is not under any threat for now.

  • vikicork on June 15, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Srikkanth has ruined the career of one paceman Irfan Pathan already

    Pathan needs to give up playing for Baroda /Punjab Kings and try and switch to Tamil Nadu/CSK to have a chance to get back into the team He should have been in the side definitely over Dinda ,Nehra or Khan Khan seems to be in the downside of his career ,he was completely ineffective in West Indies

    Probable side

    Gambhir Sehwag Raina Kohli Dhoni Rohit Jadeja Harbhajan Nehra Praveen Khan or Ojha depending on track i suppose ,wouldnt mind Ashwin getting a look in too

  • kssrikanth on June 15, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Team India is strong in their batting and have very good reserves like VIRAT,ROHIT, MURALIVIJAY,KARTHICK & OTHERS.but their main problem lies in the pace bowling department.we dont have enough stocks left in our bank.so the likes of SREEANTH, RP SINGH,ISHANT SHARMA,MUNAF PATEL & LASTLY IRFAN PATHAN has to be given some chances before the WORLD CUP 2011.Time is running out for MS.DHONI & CO. ALL THE BESSSTTTTTT 4 ASIA CUP.

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  • kssrikanth on June 15, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Team India is strong in their batting and have very good reserves like VIRAT,ROHIT, MURALIVIJAY,KARTHICK & OTHERS.but their main problem lies in the pace bowling department.we dont have enough stocks left in our bank.so the likes of SREEANTH, RP SINGH,ISHANT SHARMA,MUNAF PATEL & LASTLY IRFAN PATHAN has to be given some chances before the WORLD CUP 2011.Time is running out for MS.DHONI & CO. ALL THE BESSSTTTTTT 4 ASIA CUP.

  • vikicork on June 15, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Srikkanth has ruined the career of one paceman Irfan Pathan already

    Pathan needs to give up playing for Baroda /Punjab Kings and try and switch to Tamil Nadu/CSK to have a chance to get back into the team He should have been in the side definitely over Dinda ,Nehra or Khan Khan seems to be in the downside of his career ,he was completely ineffective in West Indies

    Probable side

    Gambhir Sehwag Raina Kohli Dhoni Rohit Jadeja Harbhajan Nehra Praveen Khan or Ojha depending on track i suppose ,wouldnt mind Ashwin getting a look in too

  • Sekhar_S on June 15, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Actually Raina has sort of a settled position in the XI at No.6. So it will be Kohli and Rohit who will be battling for a spot after Yuvraj and Sachin return.Both of them are top order batsmen and have had limited success at the No.6 position.Hence Raina's position is not under any threat for now.

  • on June 15, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Throw out R.Jadeja and A.Dinda from the team and bring in Irfan Pathan and Robin Uthappa ............

  • Samuel_Gunners on June 15, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Ya..A country with millions of cricket fans cannot produce a good bowling unit. It is a shame on cricket administrators. And i dont accept the below comment from VIKICORK, because IRFAN PATHAN's has gone from medium pace swing bowler to a Spin Bowler. We already have enough Spin bowlers. If IRFAN comes back a good decent medium pace bowler, then we will give a try. Till then IRFAN of 2004 is the ony IRFAN i know. The current IRFAN is a Spin bowler.

  • pritpalpabla on June 15, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    It would be good competition between Raina, Rohit & Kohli. Still believes Irfan deserve a second chance, specially after giving so many chances to Yusuf,Jadeja as an allrounder. Also It's gonna be good test for Gauti as well... He needs some runs... Overall India's batting side seems nice..... but for their world cup dream, we have to improve out bowling strength... Including IRFAN in the team isn't at all bad option....

  • royalg on June 15, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    everyone is complaining abot young indian fastbowlers, i dont think anyone saw a young lad called JAYDEV UNADKAT who is only 18 and took 13 wickets on debut for the INDIAN A TEAM, S.Tiwary shud nt be wasted on the bench he shud be given a chance cause he is RAW TALENT and cud be a potential replacement for yuvraj BIG,STRONG,AGGRESSIVE batsman. R.ashwin is a canny bowler who cud be a bowler used in the powerplay if dhoni needed, anyway GUD LUCK AND ALL OUR PRAYERS R WITH DHONI AND THE BOYZZZ, CHAKE DE INDDDIIAAAAAA :D

  • royalg on June 15, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Robin Uthappa will be fit by september and shud be given a chance against the aussies or south africa to prove tat he shud be part of the world cup plans,

  • vikicork on June 15, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Irfan Pathan has always done well when given a chance

    India does not have a quality paceman at this time and if all the pacers are going to get hit its better to take one who can bat well

    Its not important to bowl fast as it to bowl cannily ,Irfan and Praveen do not have pace but they are both very good bowlers ,besides he was the highest wicket takr among Indian seamers in the last IPL and of course scored the most runs

    Cmon Srikkanth stop playing petty state poilitics ,think of the good for India not for Tamil Nadu for once in your life and do the right thing by taking Irfan back in the team

  • Nampally on June 15, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    If India decide to go with 3 pacemen, it should include Dinda as one, for experience. Jadeja is a poor choice for a spinner. India should focus on 5 bowlers and 6 batsmen like Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Sharma, Kohli & Dhoni. The bowlers could be Zaheer, Nehra, Harbhajan, Ashwin and Ojha or Dinda. Calling Jadeja as a replacing all rounder for Yuvraj is a big mistake which Dhoni consistently makes. Jadeja as a bowler was thrashed "royally". He does not deserve a place as a batsman with Tiwary available. Ashwin is an economical & talented bowler for an ODI. Ojha can spin the ball in a controlled manner. If 30 overs from soinners are needed then Ashwin, Harbhajan and Ojha is a good trio. If 30 overs from Pacemen are needed then Zaheer, Nehra & Dinda are a good choice. Judging the current form, Tiwary and Gambhir are a close match for the openers spot with Sehwag. The team selection is critical for India's success. Dhoni & Kirsten should not repeat the mistakes from World ODI in West Indies.