India in Australia 2011-12 December 4, 2011

Who will replace Praveen for the Australia tour?

Irfan Pathan has the best Ranji form, Vinay Kumar has been succeeding in ODIs, while Abhimanyu Mithun has pace and age on his side
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An injury to Praveen Kumar has left an empty slot for another seam bowler in India's Test squad for their tour of Australia. ESPNcricinfo looks at the prospects of the three bowlers who are most likely to figure in the selectors' discussions, to be held on Monday.

Irfan Pathan


It has been over three years since Irfan Pathan played a Test for India, and two since he slipped off the international scene. Lack of pace and penetration were two of the reasons he was dropped, and other seamers took his place. His performances in this Ranji Trophy season, however, have revived his chances of playing for India. He is currently the leading wicket-taker in the Elite division, with 21 wickets in four matches for Baroda, including five-wicket hauls in three consecutive matches.

The selectors could be looking to replace Praveen with a bowler of similar pace and swing to compliment the faster Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. Irfan's abilities as a batsman also give him the edge, though his bowling form alone may be enough to merit selection. According to Sanath Kumar, the Baroda coach, Irfan seems to have got his bite back, and it shows in his body language.

"He's improving in every game. He is now getting his inswing back in a big way and he's getting the ball to swing away as well," Kumar told ESPNcricinfo. "His pace and accuracy have also improved."

Speed was never Irfan's forte and in the years since his Test debut, on the 2003-04 tour of Australia, he dropped a yard or two of pace. Sanath Kumar said Irfan's pace was now up a notch and he had developed the stamina to bowl longer spells.

"He has been bowling eight-nine over spells regularly. In a day he's been bowling around 25 overs, which is quite impressive for a fast bowler. His strength is with the new ball."

Irfan got his groove back, Kumar said, due to some technical changes. "We've worked on his loading. He used to load high and behind his body. That used to put a lot of strain on his back, which affected his balance and consequently his accuracy. We also worked on his wrist position and he's now able to swing the ball late. Overall, he appears more confident."

Irfan's chances of going to Australia will be helped by the fact that he is a left-arm bowler, something India may need if Zaheer Khan breaks down again. Experience in Australia and his Ranji form give Irfan his best chance of breaking into the national team since 2009.

Vinay Kumar


Vinay Kumar is one of two Karnataka bowlers - Abhimanyu Mithun is the other - competing for the slot vacated by Praveen. Vinay has been a regular in India's one-day plans but is yet to play a Test. He was not selected for the home Tests versus West Indies, with the selectors preferring to experiment with young quicks capable of bowling over 140kph consistently. Like Irfan, Vinay is not express and instead relies on swing and his legcutter. He has eight wickets from three Ranji Trophy games this season, with a best of 4 for 104, against Mumbai. His figures may not even closely match Irfan's but he belongs to a younger clutch of bowlers being tried out by the selectors, and has fairly satisfying numbers in India's two home ODI series since the World Cup.

He has the backing of his Karnataka team-mate Robin Uthappa, to make the trip. "Vinay has been doing really well for himself over the last couple of years. In the last game he played for India (at Vizag) he showed a lot of maturity," Uthappa told ESPNcricinfo. "He's someone who I've always thought is better in the longer version. He gets movement off the wicket, he's a very good new ball bowler and I think he could be the right replacement."

Vinay had 4 for 30 against England in Delhi, and 2 for 43 against West Indies in Visakhapatnam, where he got the new ball to move and trouble the top order. Whether or not the selectors use the one-dayers as a yardstick for potential Test success will be known on Monday. Their choice should depend on the attributes they are looking for - pace v swing - with the aim being to fly out a varied seam attack capable of succeeding on Australian pitches.

Abhimanyu Mithun


If the selectors show a greater inclination towards pace, then Abhimanyu Mithun has the edge over the other two. He is the least experienced of the three, in terms of first-class matches played, but has more Test experience, however limited, than Vinay, and age on his side when compared to Irfan. Mithun, who burst onto the domestic scene two seasons ago, is yet to find his feet at the highest level. His opportunities so far have been limited to four Tests.

He was picked for the post-World Cup tour of the West Indies after Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth pulled out injured. He played the Barbados Test and took three wickets, but was omitted for the England tour and the home Tests against West Indies. He has 10 wickets in three matches in this Ranji season and was named as Praveen's replacement for the ongoing ODIs against West Indies. If there are long-term plans for him to be a Test bowler, this may be a good tour for him to go on, even if he does not get a Test.

Uthappa feels that Mithun's lack of experience could be a factor. "Mithun is young and improving," Uthappa said. "He's worked under Vinay and he's got some inputs from him. If I were to pick one of the two, I'd pick Vinay because he's a better thinker as a bowler."

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 5, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    If a 'holidaying' R.P.Singh could be given a chance in England, why not try out an in-form Irfan who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. More over, we never know what sort of a shape Zaheer is in, if he pulls up after bowling a few overs at the WACA never to return for the rest of the series, the team will be in deep trouble similar to what happened in England. India should go in with Ishant and Zaheer (or Irfan) and the spin twins, Ojha and Ashwin atleast in adelaide and Sydney. Umesh Yadav could replace a spinner in the other two seamer friendly pitches.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    irfan, always, has given his best in Oz. Last time india won in Oz was in Perth test 2008, just because of Pathan's Man Of The Match performance. He is best option for Oz tour. Good wishes to him.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    irfan is the best option

  • on December 5, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Irfan Pathan....... He is the man the selectors shud go for.... Aussies will fear him more than he other two.....

  • salam-india on December 5, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Dhoni must be rested (throw out from the test).. automaticaly Irfan will be select in Indian squad.. :)

  • on December 5, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    LOL,, obvious it shuold be irfan .........When Irfan Pathan first made his entry into the international arena, he was regarded as the best swing bowler to have played for India since Kapil Dev. He came to the national side straight from the Under-19 arena and proved the selectors right with spirited performances.

    As a bowler, Pathan concentrates not only on swing but also is game to keep learning new tricks. He manages to swing the new ball as well as the old ball. The Baroda born talent had done quite a bit with the willow as well.

    Within a couple of years in international cricket, he was considered as India's answer to the drought of all-rounder. But the successful initial years were followed by a few flop series in 2005, which saw the left-hander being dropped from the India squad. Pathan was recalled to the Indian team for World Twenty20 in 2007, and he did not disappoint as he clinched 10 wickets at an impressive average of 14.90.

  • on December 5, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    has to be Irfan. Rearing to go. Has experience and is fit.

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Irfan pathan should be picked, no point in picking Vinay or Mithun, they won't get a game. with Irfan he might disappoint or he would run through the side and be a match winner, but with Vinay or Mithun even at their best they can't get more than 2 wickets with their potential, so my vote is fully with Irfan pathan

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Irfan pathan is the best pick, he is in some sort of form, if he is picked now in the Indian team he might find his best form from the past, if not picked he will get lost for ever, and India would lose their best allroundrer after Kapil Dev

  • on December 5, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Mithun has been selcted ..... confirmd newz

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    If a 'holidaying' R.P.Singh could be given a chance in England, why not try out an in-form Irfan who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. More over, we never know what sort of a shape Zaheer is in, if he pulls up after bowling a few overs at the WACA never to return for the rest of the series, the team will be in deep trouble similar to what happened in England. India should go in with Ishant and Zaheer (or Irfan) and the spin twins, Ojha and Ashwin atleast in adelaide and Sydney. Umesh Yadav could replace a spinner in the other two seamer friendly pitches.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    irfan, always, has given his best in Oz. Last time india won in Oz was in Perth test 2008, just because of Pathan's Man Of The Match performance. He is best option for Oz tour. Good wishes to him.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    irfan is the best option

  • on December 5, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Irfan Pathan....... He is the man the selectors shud go for.... Aussies will fear him more than he other two.....

  • salam-india on December 5, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Dhoni must be rested (throw out from the test).. automaticaly Irfan will be select in Indian squad.. :)

  • on December 5, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    LOL,, obvious it shuold be irfan .........When Irfan Pathan first made his entry into the international arena, he was regarded as the best swing bowler to have played for India since Kapil Dev. He came to the national side straight from the Under-19 arena and proved the selectors right with spirited performances.

    As a bowler, Pathan concentrates not only on swing but also is game to keep learning new tricks. He manages to swing the new ball as well as the old ball. The Baroda born talent had done quite a bit with the willow as well.

    Within a couple of years in international cricket, he was considered as India's answer to the drought of all-rounder. But the successful initial years were followed by a few flop series in 2005, which saw the left-hander being dropped from the India squad. Pathan was recalled to the Indian team for World Twenty20 in 2007, and he did not disappoint as he clinched 10 wickets at an impressive average of 14.90.

  • on December 5, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    has to be Irfan. Rearing to go. Has experience and is fit.

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Irfan pathan should be picked, no point in picking Vinay or Mithun, they won't get a game. with Irfan he might disappoint or he would run through the side and be a match winner, but with Vinay or Mithun even at their best they can't get more than 2 wickets with their potential, so my vote is fully with Irfan pathan

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Irfan pathan is the best pick, he is in some sort of form, if he is picked now in the Indian team he might find his best form from the past, if not picked he will get lost for ever, and India would lose their best allroundrer after Kapil Dev

  • on December 5, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Mithun has been selcted ..... confirmd newz

  • on December 5, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Irfan Pathan seems to be suitable replacement for Praveen kumar. Firstly he has the experience if in case zaheer misses out. Seconldy he is in sublime form having picked up 3 five wicket hauls in the ranji season. Thirdly he made a name for himself in Australia and above all he deserves a place in the test side than everbefore.

  • on December 5, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    We want Irfan back... He has the best Ranjhi form, other reason his experience, and another one his parents belong to my village.

  • ShashidharHundi on December 5, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Though I am big fan of Irfan, I still feel, he need to play full Ranji season & prove his fitness & wicket taking abilities. Vinay is a thinking bowler & as we have seen in the current WI series is swinging white ball which batsmen are strugling to score. With red ball he should be more handy as well.

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Should'nt i. Khaleel be playing in place of P.Patel. Who's blue eyed boy is Patel, Modi's.

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    i think selctor select irfan pathan for last 2 one day agaist windis.they should remamber 2007 pert test.in this match irfan gvn a vry gud performance

  • devalyagnik2003 on December 5, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Irfan is unfit!!?? @raj12345 how can you say that after him getting 21 wickets which is better than the other two, far more better this season. He is having average and strike rate similar to that of 'Zaheer' the best Indian bowler for last few years, and better then even Ishant sharma. 100 wickets in 29 test matches so far and more then 1100 runs which means his record is even better then Ishan and zaheer overall. He is 27 years old and clearly can play at least 5 more years. In 99 first class matches he has 322 wickets and more then 3000 runs, he should have got more chances already. Before being side lined for ever he deserve chances at least in 5-6 matches. In absens of Praveen and Zaheer's injuries a left hand swing bowler who can bat is the best option considering Ishant, Aron and Yadav's batting skills...

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    irfan is way ahead of the other two

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    has to be Irfan hands down.... he is xperienced..has shown gud form...been picking wickets and is bowling a gud number of overs as wel.... his stamina is back and so is his wicket taking form... no point arguing upon vinay and mithun.... they r the kind of donkey bowlers whi can at the max keep one end tight but i doubt whether even that wud be the case in australia..... it is a tough tour and it is no point leaving irfan out for someone like vinay or mithun... yes had it been praveen going it was justified to leave out irfan but he is head and shoulders above vinay and mithun no doubt about that

  • A.Ak on December 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    It will be great if we could see Irfan back. We knew his capabilities. If he could deliver his potential, it will be great for the team.

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Without a doubt..........Irfan Pathan is the best bet. The proof is his Ranji form in the recent matches............

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    i wud say irfan is d right pick in place of praveen. he can prove as an all rounder.wud use him both as a batsman and as a bowler.

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Irfan must be the preffered choice. Because he has the experience,skill and maturity to survive on Australian pitches. With the amount of swing he generates in the first few overs, he could be pretty lethal. I know, he has dropped on pace and form in the last few years. But now he seems to be finding his touch as seen in some of the recent Ranji game

  • Gordo85 on December 5, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    It is obvious it has to be Irfan Pathan if India is to have any chance at wining the Test series. Go Irfan go !!

  • on December 5, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    i think irfan pathan deserve a change , he is a swing bowler and he have experience behind him and he is very handy batsman at no 7 or 8 lets see what selector think about it............

  • Raj12345 on December 5, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    very simple. Irfan is unfit for last 3 years. Still he is. So make decision accordingly.

  • atuljain1969 on December 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I REQUEST SELECTORS TO HAVE A LOOK AT EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE OF "RISHI DHAWAN" OF H.P. HE SEEMS TO BE AN EXCEPTIONAL TALENT. BOTH WITH BALL & BAT. HE SHOULD BE GROOMED FOR FUTURE.

  • NikhilNair on December 5, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Please selectors! Please Team! Please Dhoni!! PLEASE SELECT IRFAN!! He's still a very good player... and he still has it in him to be a long-term allrounder for the team!! We already have too many spin bowling allrounders... and what we are missing is a fast bowling allrounder that Irfan can fill!! PLEASEE!!

  • ABBAS.CHOUDHURY on December 5, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Irfan should get chance after a better performance in ranji...I thnk he deserve

  • on December 5, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    I think Irfan should be rightly given a chance.I feel the preference should be given as:

    1.Irfan 2.RP Singh 3.Vinay Kumar 4.Abimanyu Mithun

    Based on the swing factor in all of them.Irfan poses the biggest threat of all the new ball bowlers and bowls a similar line and length as Praveen Kumar.Also,he is experienced and can bat too,filling the all-runder spot as well.

  • katilya28 on December 5, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    i hope the selectors show courage and pick Irfran though Vinay and Mithun are front runners to replace praveen because the best of irfran is better than the best of vinay or mithun.

  • on December 5, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should get a chance this time..

  • on December 5, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    please select irfan he is good bowler &batsman

  • on December 5, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    the selectors should give irfan pathan another chance... he is a brilliant bowler and the perfect allrounder

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    irfan is very good choice go to australia, he has experince play in austerlia.he desrve one chance,he can bat he played last test in india v sa both ing not out

  • BetterReading on December 5, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    If Irfan Pathan is selected for the Aussie tour then he should also be selected for the last 2 ODIs against Windies to get Irfan some international match practice.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    @getsgopk - and Shahid Khan Afridi is also very fast at realizing that cricket balls make good food

  • Masskandan on December 5, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Now Irfan is good replacement for Praveer kumar. Because in recent Ranji trophy he has proved his good performance. Also he can able to bat in low order.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    irfan pathan is the suited person

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    @getsetgopk - also gets hit for six

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Considering current form, match fit nand experience Irfan Pathan should be there for the Aus tour and not to forget he he not only a swing owler like Praven kumar but also a good batsmen as well and also a good fielder. So 100% Irfan and he should also play in the remaing 2 1 day matches against WI.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    most worst baller of indian pace is mithun .... no seem movement no pace no aggression...while dinda has pace not fit for in international match did not have good fielding not batting not aggression .....while pathan have exprience have seem movement have all rounder capablity have aggression and also take hatrick against pak..... if BCCI have sense then plzzz pick IRFAN PATHAN as a player against Australia bcoz he has also experience in Australia

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    kindly please one more opportunity for IRFAN........... he ill prove

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    whr is sudeep tyagi...he is tall and can hit the deck and he is quick too ...give sudeep tyagi more chances in international he is just 24 and he can be future prospect for india with likes of Umesh and aaron...then we can couple of young fast bowlers like england are having right now....rotate these fast bowlers to keep them 100% fit....Ishant ,Umesh,Aaron,Sudeep tyagi,RP singh,Pradeep sangaw,manpreet gony,Bhuneshwar kumar so tht we can some fast bowlers in our belt..

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Mithun is not a correct choice, I am surprised that Abu Nechim's name is not considered as a contender for Praveen's replacement.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is the Best option make use of him...If he got selected for the Aussies he will prove and regain his slot........... Abhimanyu Mithun is to be ruled out based upon his todays worst performance...Its better go for Irfan Pathan his current form is Superb....it would be good for the team in batting side also. He is good batsman........

  • rakzmenon on December 5, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Mithun, Vinay has no pace no length, no control, but they do have ability to give wides, ability to give away runs. Just look at todays match. I hear commentators say inexperience, but i have seen it enough number of times. So they are not my players for Australia. Well it doesnt mean Irfan is judging by other posts on his pace. If no good replacement then lets go back to Munaf, or take a good spinner or batsman.

  • on December 5, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Sreesanth will be the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 5, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    surely RP Singh is the right choice to replace Praveen Kumar, as he bowls in swingers very well to the right handers.

  • on December 5, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    i vote for irfan pathan... by the by... wen is the selection

  • on December 5, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Irfan should be selected for the AUs Tour.........................

  • on December 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    RP Singh will be the right replacement for praveen kumar.

  • TheNarrator on December 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    @getsetgopk - yes but the count doesn't stop there. He is cleverest of all the cricketers in the whole world (who could have pulled out those digs and bites without the world knowing it). he also has more no. of retirements than all the pakistani cricketers put together!! and yes he is still 18!!!

  • on December 5, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Irfan Pathan deserves a second chance as he was one of the main victims of mindless experiments that Greg Chappel promoted in the Indian team. He was extremely aggressive as a bowler and was delivering results whenever called for. His rythm was spoilt by Greg Chappel who made Irfan focus more on his batting, as he was sent at no.3 many times.

  • Sam_Cbe on December 5, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    We should pick the right guy with their current achievements. in this case Irfan has done really well in ranji. it doesnt mean that he performed good in 2003 in aus. so its better to take irfan. if he hasnt picked, then whatelse he needs to achieve. 3 five wicket haul is not sufficient.

  • on December 5, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    irfan pathan pawan suyal and sudeep tyagi should be sellected ahead of mithun arvind and vinay kumar.Irfan Pathan is indias best bowler.Sudeep tyagi doing way much better than vinay kumar and mithun he can also be sellected.Pawan suyal is a very good left arm bowler for india.Suyal has a habbit of taking wickets in domestic games

  • on December 5, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Irfan must be the preffered choice. Because he has the experience,skill and maturity to survive on Australian pitches. With the amount of swing he generates in the first few overs, he could be pretty lethal. I know, he has dropped on pace and form in the last few years. But now he seems to be finding his touch as seen in some of the recent Ranji games. Apparently, the man can hold the stick as well. Also,not so long ago, he was deemed as India's Wasim Akram. So give that man a chance to again prove his metal.

  • on December 5, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    If Irfan is selected, he should make full use of it and I think this will be his last opportunity. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this.

  • on December 5, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is very good bowler

  • getsetgopk on December 5, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Shahid Khan Afridi's fastest delivery is atleast 5 Km faster than any of the three mentioned in this article.

  • Bathinda11 on December 5, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Every one is talking about Irfan, Vinay & Agarkar(out of the blue)...but what about Pankaj Singh..the seamer behind the success of Raj's Ranji victory..He toured downunder last time and had took some lessons from wasim akram..since then he is very matured and wicket taking bowler..more over he is tall and can extract bounce from there...he was under played in IPL too...a natural away swinger and handy batsman lower down....lets b fair and give this lad his chance...

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Doesn't really matter who the Indians bring, they have NEVER won a series here and things won't change this series.

  • anupamraj114 on December 5, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    irfan should be selected......his bowling is back on track....his batting is an added advantage....we saw how our lower order struggled in england....with irfan nd ashwin our batting looks even more strong....

  • neerajprasher on December 5, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    why parthiv patel in the team .they should give saha a chance to play last two oneday against west indies.he is a second choice wicketkeeper in test against Australia.hope irfan pathan will get a chance.better than vinay and mithun.

  • Arunviz on December 5, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Pradeep Sanghwan will be a pretti choice in my openion...

  • on December 5, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    irfan pathan is the best person

  • on December 5, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    only and only irfan pathan should play in australia.....................

  • sarath2318 on December 5, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    I too agree with you people over there. Irfan Pathan is the best available source to replace Praveen Kumar. The way he's bowling now, he should definitely be in the Indian squad for Australia. Moreover he's got the experience of bowling in Australia. He took 21 wickets in the ongoing Ranji Trophy in just 3 matches, and he is fit and in good form and has all the ingredients to go to Australia. He has a clear edge over all the bowlers that are being considered for the replacement of Praveen Kumar. Its foolish not to take him for the tour of Australia. But we have to wait for the selectors, especially Srikanth to make the final decision. Lets hope the best for the country.

  • on December 5, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    good to see irfan in the team

  • Beertjie on December 5, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Given the probability of Zak not playing more than a test or two, and an inexperienced attack of quicks, Irfan should go now and get used to the team environment again. He'll probably be needed for the WACA, if not before. If the top 6 batters go well, he may even be considered at number 7 (with Dhoni moving up to 6) to provide the extra swing bowling option.

  • zuber21886 on December 5, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    India don't need one more pace, for that we already have yadav and aaron

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Irfan bowls lots of short pitch deliveries and let us hope that he won't commit the same again and that too against the mighty Aussies. Anyway, he is a senior and experienced bowler and the selectors should not experiment with especially on a tour of Australia. However , one need not bow to the pressure from regional ( ! ) fans and well - wishers in selecting the team.

  • Johnny_129 on December 5, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    The Indian attack is short on experience - there is no substitute for experience! Heaven forbid Zak gets injured on tour! It is easy for the selectors and fans alike to get carried away by the recent success of Yadav. However, I would be surprised if the young pace bowlers are highly successful in Oz. After all, bowlers that can bowl +140k are dime-a-dozen in Oz...they are all over the domestic seen here so people should not get excited just bcoz there are a couple of Indian bowlers that can exceed the 140k barrier! Irfan Pathan may well be a gamble but he remains India's best bet! Irfan has been there and done that before - it would be better to go with him, hoping that he will find form close to his best, rather than going with a raw talent trying to find his feet at top level! Irfan & Zak at their best will win India a rare series down-under.

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Agarkar??are u kidding me?

  • Nisark on December 5, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    It should be Irfan Pathan, He is experienced bowler as well as good batsman in need. He improved his bowling.

  • Leggie on December 5, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @satishsasikumar - Indeed Satish :-). I saw it just after I posted. In the absence of Sreesanth, in my opinion it should be Irfan Pathan.

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Irfan should get a chance to prove himself. Right now he is in form in domestic cricket and the momentum. The other cricketers like vinay,mithun are good and young and can wait for some time. Moreover irfan will be different from the other bowlers touring Australia. Left arm swing who can bat also. So ,Indian selectors... If you are reading all the comments on this article, most are in favor of Irfan Pathan. I think he deserves a come back. Hope the selectors don't bring states and quottas in selecting.

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Select irfan give him one chance to prove himself....

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    BRING IRFAN BACK. AT LEAST GIVE ONE MORE CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF. HAVE A GOOD RECORD IN AUSTRALIA . HE CAN ALSO BAT NO.6 OR 7.PERFECT TIME TO RECALL HIM.

  • 10thegod on December 5, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    irfan must be selected ,,,,his bowling is going grt and he is handy with the bat too.....,,,

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Irfan is the obvious choice, and it's time we bring him back. His spirit and attitude bring a freshness to the team. BTW, where is Sreesanth?

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    I would Surely Prefer Irfan patan, due to his recent form. Three consecutive 5 wickets haul, That should tell abt all.

  • mysecretme on December 5, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    I fail to understand why nobody is talking about Ashish Nehra.

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    All the comments SUPPORTING ONLY IRFAN

  • JijuRajS on December 5, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    i think IRFAN is the best choice....He is familiar with Australian pitches...I dont know why the selectors gave much importance to Abhimanyu Mithun.He is not a good wicket taker and not a right replacement for Praveen.

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    irfan should be given chance he had yet lot to give to indian side.......

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Selector should given one chance to ajit agarkar.he is experienced player.now we have 2-3 new bowler so we require senior player.last time agarkar played well in aus.so it time to select agarkar in aus tour.

  • junkrealm on December 5, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Irfan will make a fine addition, no doubt. The bowling looks quite bare and without Zaheer, in case he isn't fit, will lead India to a white wash like in England. Pathan's experience in Australia will also come in handy, he did get the MOM in the only test India won down under the last time we toured

  • Raman.UV on December 5, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    well guys its a Series between INDIA and Australia. Not Karnataka or some othr, so we need players who r gud at national level not Ranji level. Irfan will be the best choise but i will go for Nehra or Munaf rather than Vinay who is just an ordinary bowler with nothing caleed pace or swing, In the T20Is and ODIs wher he represented national side he has been always leaked runs with old ball and also with new one. well his stats will provide u good idea, even in english conditions he was nothing good, we need a bowler who can get us wicket with old ball and who can take wickets with his thinking like Zak and to some extent Ishant, and vinay alway depends on batsmen to give his wicket, Well Agarkar would be much better than this guy vinay. Dont support players based on there state, well I m from chennai and i want guys in the team who can be matchwinners not based on fans and supporters. Vinay is not even a good ODI bowler may be he is done a fabulous job in Ranji but not at internl level.

  • Boopathy.KanPaL on December 5, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    The selectors should see irfan's current form with ball in the Ranji trophy and pick him ahead of other bowlers.....Pathan all the way...

  • Sano27 on December 5, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    My first choice is obviuosly IRFAN....bt as we are looking for an exact replacement for PK....VINAY also hav a chance...Vinay is also a right arm medium pace bowler who can swing the new ball very well lyk PK.....also his performance in the emerging players tournament held in Australia was good....Irfan is improving day by day & its a good sign....Bt if Zaheer does well in Australia, there is no need for Irfan.....I luv to see Irfan back in the Indian team...but as of my concern Vinay is a bettr option to replace PK in A ustralian conditions...

  • samirdudani on December 5, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    It should be Pathan and Agarkar who need to be brought back into the national squad. Agarkar's experience and swinging abilities in the conditions down under would be a boon for the team. Not to forget, he is no mug with the bat. Let's not forget that those infamous golden ducks happened during the nascent stages of his career.

  • on December 5, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    irfan should be the obvious choice. in tests, i will pick him over any pacer except for zaheer and ishant. rp singh can be an alternative as well, though he will be more of a gamble. however i am not a big fan of srikanth and i feel he will make the wrong choice, i.e. vinay or mithun. oh and he's biased too.

  • on December 5, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    You talk about Future Zaheer should play for 2 or 3 years max After him who is the leader of indian pace attack Ishant is good but he can't do that look at Ausie attack once mac grath & warne retired Lee didn't show up that skill. So we need Irfan Pathan to do that. He did that in austrailia & pakistan before & do that again.

  • on December 5, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    I would love to see Irfan back.. he's not great on flat Indian tracks.. but in more helpful aussie conditions, he could be a handful.. also, the chances of a batting collapse are higher in australia, and an extra hand with the bat can do no harm.. overall, especially considering his recent return to form, I'm excited by the prospect of Irfan playing down under..

  • on December 5, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Irfan is a good option if he got his Rhythm back he can bat too Bowlering attack should be Zaheer,Irfan,Varun,Umesh Yadav and Ashwin

    Batting Should be - Gambir,Sehwag,Dravid,Sachin,Laxman,Kohli,Dhoni,Ashwin,Zaheer/Varon,Irfan, Umesh

  • pashya on December 5, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Hey,5 wicket hauls in last 3 games !!! Common Irfan Australia calling.He is the ideal man at no 8 batting position and 3rd seamer.The fact that his bowling performances are so solid that he can get selkected only on bowling merit. Zak,Umesh ,Irfan ,Ishant, Ashwin would be ideal bowling attack.

  • Vivekn on December 5, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Selectors should give another chance to Agarkar...He has pace and variety bothe required in season Down Under...

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    irfan pathan please select for australia tour

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    My 3 Choice (1) IRFAN PATHAN (2) PATHAN IRFAN (3) King Of Swing.

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    I Think Irfan Pathan is the Best All Rounder and give a chance to prove ability.

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    There is no comparison between Irfan and the other two..... If Vinay Kumar is picked for a test match .. it wud be injustice...

  • saqskhan on December 5, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    He was one of best all-rounder and was compared to Kapil Dev...but all of sudden, don't know what happend and he suddenly disappeared...but now i think he has gain some confidence with his recent performance in Ranji Trophy, i personally believe he is the right person to be pick in place of Mithun and Vinay, but very important do not judge his performance only in Aus series, give him a chance for alteast 3 series and if he did not perform there are others waiting for him and am sure he knows this very well...Good Luck Irfan...awaiting to c u in action in Australia..

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    is munaf fit?if he is fit then he should be the first option...if not then irfan should get the chance.. is munaf fit?if he is fit then he should be the first option...if not then irfan should get the chance..

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    irfan pathan .....best among the 3 .....

  • rosh78 on December 5, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    I support Irfan to be in the team. Vinay doesnt reserve to be in Indian team and mithun doesnt deserve to be in Ranji team itslef.

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    irfan pathan is the best of the lot .... one more thing swing blowler are more dangerous then pace blower...

  • ravikumar6789 on December 5, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    I feel Balaji will be a better option then these three. He is a better test bowler , and he can swing the ball like praveen Kumar. His domestic performance for the last 2 seasons is good and it is continuing in the current season also .

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    99% support to bring back Irfan Pathan. What else does a selector needs. SELECT HIM AND CLOSE THE CHAPTER.

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Bring Back Irfan.............he is in good rhythm and form.Even if Zaheer is Back the selectors must give Irfan A chance due to his batting ability at any place........so I request the selectors to plese give him a chance which he truely deserves

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    irfan , irfan n irfan.......if u gotta replace a swing bowler then replace with the one who can swing it deadly..nd in oz we seriously needa a bast bowling allrounder...so plz kris pick irfan

  • Vicky.mb on December 5, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    I think the selectors should give one final chance to Irfan to prove his worth, picking Irfan over Mithun and Vinay Kumar is not the worst gamble to take by the selectors....

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    If I were the selector, I would straight away go for Irfan Pathan for the Test team, because of his alround ability with the ball, bat and his fielding is tight in the outfield which is a major plus when he is not bowling.

  • anver777 on December 5, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Nice to see Irfan is fighting hard for a place in the team.......after some good bowling in Ranji Trophy i think he's the right choice for the Aus tour.....Vinay is good but more suited for limited overs, so experienced Irfan surely has the edge over others..

  • satishsasikumar on December 5, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Some one should post the coments of this article in Cricinfo to Irfan..he should happy to that he has so many well wishers

  • on December 5, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Giving chance to Irfan may do a world good for him. He has enough experience and proved in the past both with bat and ball !. Since, all other 4 bowler's can't score much as well the 5th option like mithun & vinay, Giving chance to him will not be a bad idea !. Morever, vinay and mithun are buddng young talents they can get their turn in the near future should other bowlers fail !.

  • ShankarAnand on December 5, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Don't forget that Irfan Pathan was the Man of the Match in the famous Indian win at Perth in 2007-08.

  • anukrtiti on December 5, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    i think irfan pathan will be the best choice because when we play against australia we need everything possible.It counts experience,confidence,and superb bowling techniques with pace.irfan pathan has it wid him as he already played for india and knows aussie pitches very well and he's form this year and in this ranji trophy is wonderful...........a person wid good capability can pick 5 wkts in 1 innings or may be 6 but wid bowling figures of 8 wkts in 1 innings is only possible when u have everything in favour of yours...............and he has almost all this year starting from luck,form everything.... INDIA must not miss the chance of dropping him especially when they play against AUSTRALIA........

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on December 5, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Bring back Kapil Dev. I think he is still better than any of these fellows :P

  • on December 5, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    I saw Mithun in Spring WI series. He has a decent consist Bowling line and forces Batsman to play shots. That's a hallmark of a good bowler. He need to given more chances on the pitches like that in Down Under.

  • on December 5, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    IT has to be Irfan Pathan because he has played in Australia before and has a load of experience. The Indian selectors would have to be stupid if they go with Vinay KUmar or Abhimanyu Mithun.

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on December 5, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Irfan should be unanimous choice given the fact that he has worked hard on his fitness and swing, moreover he has proved it in First Class cricket which is the criteria of BCCI and Selectors! His inclusion in team will give Team India many options, they can play with 5 specialist bowlers - if you have the bowling allrounders like him and Ashwin, in Aus you need depth in batting as well as 5 bowlers to take 20 wickets. My playing XI in Aus. 1. VIRU 2. GAMBHIR 3. DRAVID 4. TENDULKAR 5. LAXMAN 6. DHONI 7. IRFAN (or) KOHLI 8. ASHWIN 9. ZAHEER 10. UMESH 11. AARON. Good luck team India and Irfan if you are selected.......

  • on December 5, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    It's been a long time since people have seen irfan........if the selectors are gonna chose one among the above three, Irfan is the better option......he is doing very well in the current ranji season....his earlier experience in australia will also help.....

  • inswing on December 5, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    I support Pathan like many if has got his mojo back. But what is the situation with Nehra? Is he not considered a test bowler for some reason?

  • RakahDus on December 5, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Please give a chance for IRFAN PATHAN. He is a left arm bowler and good all-rounder and very talented guy after great kapil dev. He can bat at any place. He is the leading wicket taker in the current ranji trophy series.. what else you are expecting from him.. we are waiting for his come back for past two years.. so plz., plz., plz.,..... we need irfan at any cost.

  • on December 5, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is 1st option coz he is also good bating record in lower order

  • fearless69 on December 5, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    IRFAN PATHAN .. Probably the king of swing in recent times, if he regained his in-swingers to right handers.. Selectors MUST include him in the squad..

  • CanTHeeRava on December 5, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    As a Karnataka supporter, my heart is with Vinay Kumar. He would certainly deserve his place if he is picked. However, as an India fan I would like to see Irfan Pathan back in the team. Irfan brings a lot more to the Indian side than just swing and a good bat at number 7. If in good form and fitness, Irfan must be in the national test side.

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Bring Irfan back. We need him Very Badly in INDIAN Team.

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    I go with Irfan bcoz of 4 main points. 1) His current form in Ranji Matches 2) His experience in Australian tracks 3) His career experience which helps to lead Indian attack in Zak's absence. 4) His ability to score runs. On these grounds, he leads among these 3 names mentioned here.

    Vinay is good in ODI format, but his lack of pace may not prove good in tests, also compared to Irfan and Mithun, his batting ability is less. Mithun has pace and age behind him but not enough exposure at this level.

    If Zak is playing, Vinay/Mithun can fill in PK's place but if he is not playing some experienced bowler with good form needs to be there to guide youngsters which Irfan can be right choice.

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Irfan should be given a chance. Since our current bowlers are not able to bat(Yadav,Varun,Ojha,Zaheer)so a swing bowler and a lower order batsman will help chance.

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;team=6;template=results;type=bowling

    This piece of stat definitely confirms how good irfan pathan is. Definitely one of the more successful bowlers india has produced. And well if he has got his swing back at a decent pace he would be an ideal man to replace praveen kumar and even zaheer khan(if unfit). And he has enough experience playing in australia having played there in the previous two tours.

  • DaisonGarvasis on December 5, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    If Irfan Pathan has got his swing back and got some of his pace back, he should be the number 1 choice and not a replaement! He should open the bowling with Zaheer Khan in Australia. Only one of the two younger lads should play in the 11. Irfan was a handful for the australians in his debute and he will be more than a handful with the experiance he got now.

  • mrgupta on December 5, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    India will play 3 seamers and 1 spinner in almost all the tests. Either of these guys will get to play only if one of the 3 main seamers (Zak, Ishant, and Yadav) will get injured. In that case Irfan would be the ideal choice as he can strengthen the batting too. How can one forget his match winning allround effort in the famous win at Perth on India's last visit to Australia. Vinay Kumar is good but if selectors are looking for an ideal replacement for Praveen Kumar then they don't need to look beyond IK because he bowls at similar pace, can swing the ball and is a much better batsmen.

  • Samar_Singh on December 5, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Irfan is the best choice among the 3 . He is a decent batsmen and deserves a slot in all 3 formats of the game as a fast bowling all-rounder ..good luck Irfan ..

  • hattrick_thug on December 5, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Speaking of Agarkar, we should consider Ramakant "Tiny" Desai - lively pace, and can bowl all day. A bit on the small side, but with the heart of a lion. For accuracy, there's always Subrata Guha. Moreover, they both have immense experience on their side. Suresh Raina is looking shaky, and Ambar Roy and Ashok Gandotra should be shoo-ins to lend some credibility to the lower middle order. Parthiv Patel has not pulled his weight in the chances he's been given. Bring in Rusi Jeejeebhoy, he has never failed as an opener in Tests. The rest of the team selects itself, and should not be meddled with.

  • Joby_George on December 5, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    For sure Vinay Kumar will not be effective in australian conditions and Irfan is far better than Mithun. Give him a chance, he got the talent. But make sure that Irfan should not slow down his speed. Bowl the same speed you started with.

  • satishsasikumar on December 5, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    @jagansanthanam..I guess you are not familiar with Australian pitches..save Adelaide Oval..otherwise you would have never recommended Jadeja..he is not a Test match material

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Sourav ganguly says AUS are matchless with IND but he is mistaken they have SIDDLE,PATTISON and Cummins who even in absence of JOHNSON are handful in AUSSIE conditions,we must not forget the pasting we got in ENG earlier,SPEAK LESS n do MORE,let bat and ball do the talking then ganguly,We have never won first test of the series abroad,we won in W.I. In 2011 and SAF in 2006,thanks to our bowling as we could not cross 250 in 1st innings in them,that too after we played an ODI series before,so IND must be careful I know even if they can draw BOXING day test it would be an achievement,IND has always been slow starters,IRFAN must play in last 2 ODI's in place of UMESH,rest sehwag and kohli after 3rd ODI win,Raina should lead the side for last 2ODI's,GAMBHIR is being dismissed far too often in OFF side now,AUS must be watching this closely,we must develop a plan for Clarke and Hussey as they would trouble IND,SACHIN,laxmana and sehwag should find replies to the young pace trilogy of AUS.

  • satishsasikumar on December 5, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    @Leggie..it seems you do not read other articles in cricinfo...

    Related Links News : Injured Sreesanth out for up to eight weeks

  • sg05 on December 5, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    IRFAN pathan -now rocking in ranji trophy ,can bat and bowl well ,earlier days irfan swing with FAST of 140kmph is needed now

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Itotally support Irfan pathan!! He is an amazing talented cricketer (#KingofSwing), But Kris seems to be a bit baised with south Indian cricketers I think its gonna be Abhimanyu unfortunately :-(

  • KiwiRocker- on December 5, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Reality is that it does not matter who India's Picks. They are all pretty similar bowlers with average record or ability. Irfan Pathan should be last on the list as he had enough chances and proved a failure. Performances in Ranji mean nothing when you have to encounter Australian team in their own backyard. On current form, India is heading for another white wash. India's spin bowling is pretty average and being hyped because they got few wickets against W.Indies. Ashwin is no Saeed Ajmal. SreeSanth would have been an ideal bowler for India as he has got pace on his side. If for sake of filling in places, one has to be picked, it should be Mithun. Australia is not in top three teams in world at the moment based on form that are England, SA and Pakistan. This is a chance for India and Australia to decide if they belong in top three or not. Another defeat for India will again make them a laughing stock. It is time that Tendulya finally scores some runs when it matters in 4th innings!

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should take the flight

  • satishsasikumar on December 5, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Well my gut feeling is even if Irfan does not make the cut right now, by the time one or two Tests would have been played..he can make it into the squad due to some injuries to the other pacers in the squad..Sreesanth is not available for Aussie tour

  • karthik666 on December 5, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    OMG .. i cant believe u r still recommending agarkar's name ! the man who hit 5 ducks and u want him back ? the player who has had most chances ever ! pls lets not even take anyone for taking agarkar

  • Ansarijh on December 5, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    1st & Last choice should be only IRFAN PATHAN. Now he is in good form in bowling & also batting. He have also good test experience.

  • satishsasikumar on December 5, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    I would prefer Irfan...he has improved a lot, plus he has experience bowling on Australian pitches..He, along with Zaheer (if fit) and the new set of bowlers can give the Aussies a tough fight..if the selectors decide to settle for one of the other two, our bowling would look too inexperienced...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 5, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    It has to be Irfan Pathan. Why all these discussions? End of story. Go Irfan bhai go...

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Speaking of Ajit Agarkar, who has a test batting average of 16 and a test bowling average of 47, here is a quote that Geoff Boycott might have said "If his batting and bowling averages were reversed, Ajit Agarkar would have been an amazing all-rounder!"

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should be picked in place of Praveen o

  • Romenevans on December 5, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    It has to be Current form. So Irfan for sure. Added batting option will strengthen our tail as well.

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    give irfan a chance . ..last chacne

  • sanzo5 on December 5, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    bring back ajit agarkar.. he was dropped after just one bad match against england in 2007.. he is the only experienced bowler who can complement zaheer.. he still have enough pace too....

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    irfan pathan.....,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    i prefer Irfan pathan... with only pace we cant get wickets...

  • CandidIndian on December 5, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    I hope the selection is correct this time.Things have changed since disastrous Eng tour and otherwise going by past records a batsman or spinner could have taken place of Praveen.If we go by logic Irfan is best replacement of Praveen in options available ,i believe this because Irfan has late swing like Praveen, he can swing the ball both ways and he is good against Left handers just like Praveen.Mithun is basically a in-swing bowler ,obviously he cant swing the ball both ways .Vinay is good upcoming bowlers but he does not have reverse swing in his arsenal,or so far he has shown it that he is capable of bowling such balls ,also Irfan has lot of experience of bowling in Aus unlike Vinay.

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    plsss SRIKANT give chance 2 pathan as he is better than his eder brother in comparing his form so plsssssss he knws oz very well as he has gone couple of times over their so plssss :-)

  • InnocentGuy on December 5, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Amazing how Yadav and Aaron have sealed their Test spots for the Aus tour and we have the others fighting for a spot. Of these 3, I prefer Pathan coz he is more experienced, he is left armed, and he has played in Australia before. We can't have 3 rookie bowlers with no experience in alien conditions going in.

  • SASANK360 on December 5, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should be the obvious choice.I have been following the current Ranji season.I never found Mithun moving the ball appreciably.But Irfan has been doing it very well.Also Vinay Kumar is a very good bowler,but his skills better suit ODIs. Apart from these Irfan Pathan's batting is way ahead when compared to the other two.Just look at his statistics at International level.He has scored 1100 odd runs in 29 matches @ 31. Also he has picked up 100 wickets in 29 matches.The lone century he made was against a strong Pakistan bowling.So he has a lot of experince in international cricket.Thus he can easily overcome the other two in the competetion. Wishing you all the best Irfan.GO!GO!GO!

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    india will thrashed by aussies like they were against england not long ago. India away from home is a pretty ordinary team. They literally cant be called world champions when they win only at home!

  • satish619chandar on December 5, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Irfan should be the pick if there is a choice between him, Vinay and Mithun.. Vinay was decent in the ODIs but Irfan with his experience might be required if Zak breaks down in the middle.. Too tough to have a loads of debutants in Australia..

  • TRAM on December 5, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    None of these 3 fast bowlers quoted would succeed. We dont have effecive fast bowlers. But we have good spinners. Take Chawla for the variety and also his batting is improved. India should play at least 2 spinners and in spin pitches play with 3. Ashwin/Ohja/Chawla would be deadly variety.

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    I would go veteran AA, my fav cricket, he has the experience with in oz and rookies Aaron and Yadav may go awry...........my choice AA or Irfan,

  • syedmkr on December 5, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Most suitable and highly recommended is IRFAN PATHAN, who is a capable and experienced guy having 100+ wickets (best 7/59) in Tests and a potential batsman with the average of 31.57 from 29 tests with top scores of 102, 93, 90 & 82 against a strong bowling teams Pakistan & Srilanka. It is upto the Selectors to choose IRFAN weighing his complete skills & experience besides his recent Ranji trophy performances.

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    It Should be Abhimanyu Mithun or Irfan Pathan, i will go with irfan pathan, reason is we have seen lots of bowler like Vinay Kumar, they come & they go there strength is limited, but we lack a genuine Swing bowler like Praveen Kumar & Irfan Pathan, Pathan is swinging a bowl very good here & i dont think it will be tough for him to replicate it in Australia, and i have seen his wickets in Ranji matches he was fantastic looking like a Dubbed version of Wasim Akram or Glen McGrath .. he was easily swinging bowl at Baroda .. and yes he has played 4 matches in 4 different pitches which is also a point to be noted....

    My Pick Irfan Pathan if they want Replacement for Praveen Kumar or else i would not mind giving chance to Mithun who has been consistent performer in Ranji from last 3 season...

  • venutt on December 5, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Irfan is a good choice considering his current form. Agarkar? Seriously? Remember, he did not even get a chance in Mumbai team let alone his age!!

  • rkgstyles on December 5, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Bring Irfan back... he has great bowling as well as batting skill and might be helpful as Indian top order generally fails..

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    take bajji it is good option provided he is fit or irfan pathan, i m sure he will do good

  • ballacks on December 5, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    I would prefer Irfan Pathan,because he is showing a good performance in the ongoing ranji season.He is also an good allrounder.He had a great talent.So please bring back Irfan pathan.

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    " His figures may not even closely match Irfan's but he belongs to a younger clutch of bowlers being tried out by the selectors". Vinay Kumar: 27 yrs and 296 days; Irfan Pathan: 27 yrs and 39 days (according to cricinfo records). Younger?? REALLY????

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    irfan or agarkar :) ............................................

  • Vnott on December 5, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    I wud love to see Irfan back in the one day side. Expecting him to do well in tests is too much of a rush and I would not want him to fail. In my view we should look at either Nehra who is performing well in Ranji too OR Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who is young and is a consistent performer.

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    what happened to ishant sharma?

  • FoollyFedUp on December 5, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    I know, out of sheer mob rule and sentiment, it will be Irfan Pathan...once more showing that domestic hard work and talent doesnt count for much. Anyway, the unfortunate Indian bowling attack will be sliced open in Australia.

  • givenUP on December 5, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Please give Irfan a full fledged last chance.....

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Mr. M.S. Dhoni like R.P. Singh .. Irfan is the best choice but no one will select him until Amarnath became selector. My heart goes with Irfan.

  • cric-kumar on December 5, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Like to see Irfan back in Indian team to fill the medium pace allrounder spot left for decades !!

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    It shud be none of the three. They shud opt for Ashish Nehra. He is nippier than the three and has got more experience and more importantly he is among wickets recently. If he does well In Aus, he might contribute for test cricket for another 2 or 3 years.

  • logesh-81 on December 5, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Irfan is the best and the right choice and he has the points to justify his place. Current form in Ranji, Experience playing international cricket and more than that has prior experience in Aus conditions. The selectors have to be questioned if he is not picked up.

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Drop tendulkarto be replaced by youngsters

  • ghaleecha on December 5, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Agarkar? why not bring kumble back then? Never proven to be a decent bat nor a half way decent bowler...Irfan should be picked as he can contribute with bat whereas the other 2 are very average bowlers without any batting plus

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    i hope dat the chairman of selectors kris gives irfan a chance......this time

  • mahendra1 on December 5, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    A. NEHRA for ODI

    India started wining abroad only after the emergence of Z. Khan and A. Nehra and He seems very fit at this moment taking 9 wkts against Baroda in wining case and can surprised the batsman with some deliveries up to 140 Km/hr whereas I. Pathan taking only 7 in the same match and could not force the result for his team!

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    None of our fast bowlers come close to Aussie pacers. Problem is, we still do not have any good plans to create and nurture fast bowlers because our strength is batting. Any way, I wud say Irfan deserves a chance as none of the mentioned bowlers are any impressive!

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    @RogerC: u r the first man in this world to say Perth , a flat wicket

  • maddy20 on December 5, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Irfan should be in the team. We should not burden him with the all-rounder tag this time around. We should use him as a specialist seamer and anything extra he brings to the table is bonus. I just cannot forget his delivery to Ponting in the 2003 tour when the ball sneaked past his forward defensive and re-arranged his stumps!

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    irfan s/b a handy choice as he is in top form in Ranji Trophy.

  • SLfan on December 5, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    I think Irfan Pathan deserves to be selected...The man is too good to be left out and he will be dangerous if he has got his swing back.

  • posybeon123 on December 5, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    WHY??????? why irfan he cant bat or bowl to save his life. seamers - zak, umesh, praveen(if fit), aron(maybe)

  • never.mind on December 5, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Well....How about Abu Nechim Ahmed.... He impressed one and all during Mumbai Indians' Champions League win .......He is among wickets this Ranji season.....He bowls at pace ..consistently 140K+.......swings the balls.....reverses it.....Wt else do u need....I think time has come for BCCI to gorget abt ICL and give these promising players a chance.....

  • cirano on December 5, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    its funny to see comments on Vinay and Mithun unsubstantiated, What one needs to see is their stats in prev few years to determine weather they deserve team position, stats prove a point they deserve a chance , its important to remember that Varun Aron and Umesh Yadhav bring promise and are yet to prove their mettle , Varum Aron is being playing most of his Ranji in Plate league , different class compared to Elite league I would still go with Vinay Kumar or Mithun compared to Aaron anyday , cause of their determination and body language, whatever little i have seen in them ( eg VInay making that diving effort for a impossible catch, and have seen few mis fields from Aaron ) , BUT I would still give IRfan Pathan the ticket to Aussie , he deserves one more CHANCE.

  • on December 5, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    I think Abhmanyu Mithun is the best option

  • on December 5, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Thou Irfan gets selected in the squad , MSD wont select him in the team .. He will go with ZAK, Ishanth, Umesh ...

  • Doogius on December 5, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Does it really matter. Whoever you pick is coming to Oz for a holiday and to have there stats smashed around for a bit. Pick whomever didn't go to England, they've already had their holiday :)

  • on December 5, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    whoever selected wont play. india is going to go with 3 +1 combination always and with Zaheer coming back to the team Zaheer, Ishantha & 1 of Umesh and AARON plays. Unless there is a serious injury on eof the bowlers, the 4th one gets the knod; Indian even will tempted to play 2 spinners in pitches like Sydney.

  • on December 5, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    IT has to be Irfan

  • on December 5, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    The decision is a no-brainer. Irfan by a mile. Experience, proven results - who can forget his all round performance at the WACA when India beat Aus in the 3rd Test the last time India toured Aus - form, and not to mention the banana in-swingers to right handers. Go Irfan!

  • on December 5, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Irfan pathan it shud be.. dont forget that zaheer khan was also dropped once bcoz of poor form , he proved himself with a bagful of wickets in county cricket and made his way back to the indian team and became one of the most important players for india in tests... hope irfan can be another zaheer with his new found swing..

  • on December 5, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    agarkar cudnt even make it into mumbai state ranji team based on his current form .. and ppl are asking to bring him back to Indian Test Team?? Seriously guys??????

  • on December 5, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    SELECTORS, PLEASEEEEEEEEE BRING IRFAN BACK!!!! ON POPULAR DEMAND!

  • on December 5, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    It Should Be Irfan Pathan

  • here2rock on December 5, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    My choice will be Vinay Kumar. He has shown enough promise and bowls a good out swinger. Irfan Pathan has been given enough chances, he has not got the pace, you are not going to worry too many batsman at 120 km, even if he recovers his swing. How many chances Irfan Pathan had so far? India needs to look at the future and he should not be part of it. Abhimanyu Mithun will have to wait; you can not bring him into the Indian side cold. Vinay Kumar has taken the opportunities presented to him that is what you like to see in a youngster. He is very impressive with his attitude, you will need plenty of it when playing Australia

  • LillianThomson on December 5, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    I'm in Australia, and I can tell you that it's Irfan Pathan whom we fear.

    On the last two tours here he has bowled well - and was only a rookie the first time. To be frank, Irfan and Ishant are the only two current Indian internationals with any serious chance of taking wickets here.

    The other issue is the Indian tail. As we saw with New Zealand yesterday, Australia will usually take 3-4 wickets when the ball is less than 20 overs old, but the next 60 overs are a batsman's paradise. This means that India would derive a huge advantage from having Irfan bat at number 8 in the Tests. In Australia a good team can recover from 50-4 after 20 overs to be 300-6 when the second new ball comes in after 80 overs. But a weak team - like New Zealand - can easily lose the last five wickets in virtually no time.

  • on December 5, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    "His figures may not even closely match Irfan's but he belongs to a younger clutch of bowlers being tried out by the selectors"

    This is completely wrong information as Irfan though he has been on the international scene for over 7 years, he is still six year younger than Vinay Kumar.

  • on December 5, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Mithun or Irfan depending on what kind of pace bowler the selectors are looking for. Heart says Irfan but head says Mithun.

  • on December 5, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Don't get the fascination with Irfan. He is a rubbish bowler. He bowls 120-125K and is going to get demolished at that pace in oz. Also the wickets he got in the last 4 ranji matches when he got the bowl to swing he was bowling around 118K which is only going get him wickets at the national level. Hope the selectors don't pick him for the Aus series. Come on guys get real he should stay at the domestic level not good enough for the international scene. He got enough chances in the past. Both brothers are highly overrated.

  • Realhotshady on December 5, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Bring Agarkar back...I've still not forgotten Agarkar's six wicket haul to destory Australia in his last tour...and he has Test century in his name...A perfect allrounder...

  • amanroy on December 5, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I'm very glad that lot of people supporting Irfan and I hope Kris should make right decision atleast this time. Go Baroda Bomber!

  • nkoch on December 5, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    how about Ajit Agarkar? He's most available among all fast bowlers, just been sent packing from Mumbai team. Hes' one pace bowler who's delivered a win in Australia this century.

    Just kidding.... Irfaan it would be...

  • RogerC on December 5, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    Take a good spinner like Amit Mishra or Piyush Chawla. Harbajan Singh is also a good option. Melbourne and Sydney will help spin. Adelaide and Perth are usually flat wickets. Why not play three spinners in the team like the 70s? Three good spinners in the team is better than a three half-good fast bowlers.

  • PavanM on December 5, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    I prefer Irfan.he is good swing bowler like praveen, asif .Do not forget ,He hasd Hat-trick in test cricket .

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    pls bring back irfan ..he has great talent in bowling and batting also

  • jaggi.jagan on December 4, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    None of the 3 will add any depth. Out strength is batting, only way out is to put as much as possible on the board and expect the limited bowling talent that we have to pick 20 wickets. In order to do that, I will pick Ravindra Jadeja, add a decent lower order batsman (since Dhoni is not likely to bat well) and also use him as a 2nd spinner. I would play him along with 3 other fast bowlers and 1 specialist spinner.

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    irfan pathan ;)

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Irfan Pathan any day. Cause in Australia he has a good record and can bat well lower down the order.

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    should be IK, one should not discount the fact he has experience in australian conditions and will form part of a solid batting rear guard with the likes of dhoni and ashwin.

  • Deep. on December 4, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    If Pathan is not chosen this time, then there is something wrong with the selection committee. He has proved himself in this year's Ranji season. We have got Varon and Umesh to takecare of the bounce. Pathan will definitely be able to do well in Australia considering the pitches. He should be given the first preference. If a bowler(Mithun) is bowling <140, that is a good pace but doesn't mean he is good enough for the National side. All pacers in India are now bowling close to 140. Almost all Indian Cricket fans now want Irfan on the National side. Not takin him on the National side for this our will only and only detorate the value of Indian Cricket in fans.

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    PK's strength has been his accuracy (wkt to wkt) & his swing @ 124-128 kmph range (occasionally clocking 135/6 when needed to vary pace). Reminds me of BS Sandhu & Jimmy in the 1982-1985 Squad (in the 115-125 kmph bracket). Instead of thinking about Indian Bowler's strength, what Selectors need to consider are (i) Aussie Weather Condition, (ii) probable Pitch behaviour and (iii) Aussie Player's in their Team. Though I am not a Cricket PUNDIT but its common knowledge that Aussies are already 'well experienced' with Pace & bounce, so that is not even a decisive factor whatsoever. They can only be troubled by Swing & Variation of Speed by a crafty bowler who has the experience. Though A. Mithun has a bright future he will NOT add value. Vinay Kumar can be good, but not for his speed, but if he can SWING both ways. If Irfan can control his swing & be accurate, he will be potent, as he has the experince from past tour & is a left Hander too. Lets not talk abt batting. If 6 can't.. 7th bat?

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    India should use a traditional 5 bowlers combination in Australia rather than 4 + part timers. It is not be batsman that can make the difference. One good bowling session would make or break the test match despite 4 2/3 days which batsmen are going to dominate. Hence all the three should tour Australia.

    One 5wk producing session would undo multiple century in the previous innings. England this summer an extra bowler would have served India better than the extra batsman.

  • Cric_Is_Fun on December 4, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    With Irfan fit and back to form the top three choices are 1) Irfan, 2) Irfan and 3) Irfan. End of story.

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    the best choice for india should be Ifran pathan

  • Vilander on December 4, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Where is MANPREET GONY Surely deserves a mention here, he is tall and can extract bounce in Aus.

  • S.N.Singh on December 4, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    I WILL PALY IRFAN PATHAN BEFORE ANYONE ELSE FOR THE AUSTRALIA TOUR. IRFAN PATHAN CAN MAKE ANY SIDE FOR INDIA. 5 AYERS, 50 OVERS OR 20/20. HE CAN BAT ANYWAY IN THE ORDER. HE WILL BE A PERFECT ALROUNDER FOR INDIA IN TOAYS' CRICKET. PARVEEN WOULD HAVE DONE WELL ON THE AUSTRALIAN CONDITION. IRFAN WILL GENERATE MOR PACE . S.N SINGH U.S.A.

  • johnathonjosephs on December 4, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    This is not India. This is a tour of Australia. None of these fast bowlers will do good. Bring in Yadav, but other than that, if I was Dhoni and I had these choices, I would pick RP Singh. Why not? He can't be any worse can he?

  • NRI- on December 4, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    What about Nehra? They may need two replacements if ZK is also declared unfit.

  • Vishnz on December 4, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    My preference is Irfan. He seems to have turned a leaf regarding his bowling. Wouldn't it be great to see him do well in Oz (I blame Greg Chappell for screwing up Irfan's career). He will also substantially improve the batting of the tail.

  • Rakim on December 4, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is an overrated bowler. He's had his share of chances.

  • on December 4, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    by this time irfan is better.

  • on December 4, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    im a fan of cricket and would be backing Aus in their series vs india...... the best choice for india should be Ifran. he can be a hanfull on Aus wickets and he can also bat......

  • on December 4, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    must be irfan pathan. this time may be selactor is not unfair.

  • maztermine on December 4, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Mithun has pace, are you kidding me?? woww

  • Mr_Anonymous on December 4, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    I would like to believe that Irfan is the front runner but I have been sincerely disappointed with him. He looked sooooo talented when I saw him bowl in the series against Pakistan in 2004 and then also against Bangladesh where he was the Man of the Series in the test matches.

    Personally, I don't care at what pace he bowls right now but he has to remember that if selected, he is in the side as a wicket taking bowler. I don't want him to take 1 wicket in each innings or a couple of wickets in the match and then hit a 50 and stake his claim based on that batting performance. His all-rounder skills are appreciated and they fill an important void in the team but he has to remember that he is primarily there for his bowling.

    In my mind, when on song he was a fantastic swing bowler but he should not rest on his laurels of the above series which were nearly 6-7 years ago. Somehow, he is lucky to be coming up again just as there seems to be an opening. Good luck to him!

  • on December 4, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Mithun plays with VK in Ranji and Mithun's overall figures are much worse than VK, so Mithun is automatically ruled out. Irfan/Jadeja/VK would be the choices......India should play Zak, Umesh, Ashwin with the 4th bowler slot going to either Jadeja (2nd spinner on flat wickets) or Irfan (3rd seamer on green top). If Zak doesn't play, Ishant should play. Irfan won MoM in Perth during our last Australia tour. But I have a feeling, he may be undercooked this time as batsman and shouldn't expect much from his bat. Jadeja is probably best India fielder along with Raina....He could learn from the tour even as 12th man.

  • enter_text00 on December 4, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Dipak chahar or pankaj Singh of rajstan . They were instrumental force behind rajstan's ranji victory and besides tht they r consistent unlike Pathan . He has been given many chances which he spilled out . Just 3,4 good performances should not be a merit for selection . Chahar and Singh are 20 yr old with great pace like yadav , good fielders and decent batsmen , but there are already so many batsmen in this team . What we need is good fast bowlers who can exploit Oz conditions very well . Time is over for Irfan. If only past performance and batting skill is only considered then why do not we have Agarkar ?

  • on December 4, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    irfan..................................................

  • on December 4, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    I hope they give Irfan a chance. The Australians have a hard time against good swing bowling, which is why they lost the Ashes. Praveen Kumar would have been good too, but a fit Irfan is our best swing bowling option. Mithun will be hammered by the Aussies.

    IMO, our top fast bowlers (in terms of wicket taking ability) right now are:

    1. Zaheer Khan 2. Umesh Yadav 3. Praveen Kumar 4. Irfan Pathan 5. Ishant Sharma 6. Dhawal Kulkarni

  • ABP235 on December 4, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Selectors have their own funny way of choosing. In case of Mithun, they took him to SL first where he had good success, but deprived him a ticket to South Africa where he could have matured fast on bouncy tracks. Then they took him to the lifeless caribbean tracks, but again deprived him of a place in England tour. Now having chosen him as drink boy in the home series, will they give him his due in useful conditions of Australia? Vinay is nippy and has knack of picking wickets. But I still feel, Irfan will be the like for like replacement for Praveen in terms of limited pace but huge swing, but the plus factor is that, Irfan can be played at No.6 in the order, giving the 5th bowler's option for the captain. Well of course, the captain has to ride over his ego to give Irfan a ticket in the first place!

  • on December 4, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    We want Irfan back....................... If he can't bowl well, he can make it up with the bat....4 sure

  • aryandubey01 on December 4, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    It will be unfair if selector ignore Irfan Pathan this time. They have given many chances to many other players, this time Irfan should also get a chance to prove his worth. In his best form, Irfan is much better than Vinay and Mithun.

  • r1m2 on December 4, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Actually these comparisons are not making sense sense to me. As a replacement for Praveen in Tests in Australia, I can't see how Vinay or Mithun are anywhere near competing for Irfan's spot.

    Sure Vinay has done well recently, but I do not think he's got much potential in the long run, and he's also doesn't have the experience. His batting is useless. Mithun does not seem to have any talent or potential whatsoever. Neither of them have any long term records to fall back on. Vinay's only positive is he's done well recently and against West Indies.

    I think it counts more that Irfan has done well in Ranji which was played against teams which are a lot better than this West Indies. His batting is not too bad at all, he's more than a decent batsman. Plus he's got the experience of playing in Australia.

    If Irfan's really found his swing and got up to around 130 km/h, then he'd be the perfect replacement for Praveen, because like Praveen, Irfan had a nack of taking wickets with new ball.

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Based on current bowling form alone, Irfan seems to be knocking on the door much harder than other two folks. My opinion and preference: Irfan, Vinay and then Mithun. 3 five wicket hauls in 4 matches is no joke.

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    IRFAN FOR SURE...!!! I'M FLATTERED TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE BACKING IRFAN AND ALSO HIM BOWLING SO WELL....IF ANY OTHER BOWLER IS PICKED, IT WOULD BE DISAPPOINTING ON HIS PART..!!!

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Are u kidding me that A mithun has pace , he just looks like another club level bowler also he does not swing the ball away from right handers and into the left handers.the only thing thing he does is sending the ball across the left handers and bringing back into right handers . Agreed that he has got stamina and one of the fittest fast bowler but he is not my choice.

  • rko_rules on December 4, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    What about Manpreet Gony?? He is 6'5, bowls 135 k and is the second highest wicket taker after Irfan Pathan with 19 wickets

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth u must select irfan this time..he proved that he is in his prime form..So plz select him..wish all the Indian players very best in Australia

  • sinchl on December 4, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    THRY SHOULD SELECT DHAWAL KULKARNI, DOMESTICALLY HE IS PERFORMING WAY BETTER THAN ALL OTHER INDIAN BOWLERS.

  • pras167 on December 4, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Get Irfan and persist him for a year as we lack an allrounder for a long time. But hopefully his attitude towards game must have changed. Irfan must like caption"left arm medium" rather than "left arm slow" if he doesn't want to be dropped again

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Only Irfan Pathan.He has proved his fitness and Rhythm by taking 21 wickets from 3 Ranji Matches.

  • Nampally on December 4, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should prevail above the other 2 because of 5 reasons: 1. He is fit and in form with the highest number of 21 wickets in 4 Ranji games compared with 8 of Vinay & 10 of Mithun (both in 3 matches). 2. Aussies are more susceptable to left hand bowlers . 3. Irfan is slightly younger than Vinay(both 27) but older than Mithun(22). He has more international more experience than the other 2. 4. Irfan has bowled upto 25 overs/day - stamina & endurance proven. 5. The deciding factor is Irfan is an all rounder, whilst the other 2 are just bowlers. A fact many ignore is that Irfan is a fine fielder at any position - great boost to supplement 4 aging players in XI.Irfan's presence @ #7 gives Dhoni a choice to choose 2 spinners + 2 seamers - 4 specialist bowlers, on spin friendly pitches such as Brisbane where the Aussie off spinner Lyon got a 7 wkts match haul Vs. NZ. India's strength is in this spin duo who are accurate & wkt. takers -.Aussies weakness. So Irfan is the Right Man!

  • playitstraight on December 4, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    I would definitely go for Irfan, the fact that he has taken three 5 wicket hauls in 4 matches shows that he is back in form.Vinay is also a good pace option, but he does not get the kind of swing that Irfan can get. Mithun is a great option, but since Yadav and Aaron can already bowl over 140 kph, he will probably not get the choice. If Irfan can bowl the "banana swing" that he gets and bowl around the 130kph mark, then he will definitely take wickets. I seriously believe that even without our spearhead Zaheer Khan, India can win this with just Yadav, Aaron, Ishant, Irfan, Ashwin and Ojha. Good luck India and may the best team win!!

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Irfan pathan shud get selected dis time...he has good in ranji season so far...selecter has shud confidence on him....he is g8t bowler as well as good allrounder....this is best time to give him chance....he is better dan varun....hope he'll back to indian team..!!!

  • Leggie on December 4, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Sreesanth should be the natural replacement for Praveen Kumar. In the England series, there was not much difference between Sreesanth & Ishant (bowling average of 61 vs 58). The bowling average must also be taken into account with the perspective that at least in 3 innings India struggled with 3 a bowler line-up and that really took a toll on the Indian bowlers. And Mishra/RP turning out to be in poor shape, both Ishant & Sreesanth tried their best. I'm pretty sure that in a half-decent bowling line-up their averages would have been much better. Sreesanth deserves a chance. His best comes against Australia and he must be persisted with.

  • RaghuBose on December 4, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    I hope Irfan will take australian first wicket(hopefully IPL mate warner)...and five wicket haul in the same match...this sani peyarchi(dec-21) will be excellent for him after 2 & 1\2 yrs....

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    I think Irfan Pathan should give a chance..

  • RaghuBose on December 4, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    I was waiting for this article for so long. finally our hero(Irfan) is going to come back.....

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Go for irfan..he has already played in aus..expereince will come into the play

    Also he can bat he avg.s 31 with the bat..

  • wnwn on December 4, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Good to see Irfan Pathan back in form. Greg Chappell really messed him up by trying to turn him into a batting all rounder which resulted in his bowling going downhill. He should just concentrate on his bowling and whatever runs he gets are a bonus.

  • amanroy on December 4, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Come on Kris, pick up the Irfan. No more discussion on this. He deserves comeback!

  • Q.Ali on December 4, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    We need Irfan back in the team. His batting with our not so consistent no.6 & no.7 it will be handy to have someone who can chip-in with some useful runs. And I haven't seen him in the Ranji matches but it sounds like he's back in form. India should get him back in the last two ODIs and see how he performs. But with his swing and capability to bowl long spells it will come in handy to keep one end tight. And I don't know why Mr. Balachandran would be concerned about his age. He's 27 and still has good amount of cricket left in him I'd say. Go Irfan!!

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    My opinion is Irfan should give a chance..

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Even if irfan cannot make it to the test side,, he must surely be given a chance in the odi's as the team is struggling to find a seam-bowling allrounder. Jadeja is good but irfan is far better than him. And off topic, YUSUF PATHAN IS CRAP..!!

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    irfan would be the best choice

  • poolcricket on December 4, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is the best choice of the three. He can perfectly replace Praveen Kumar as both have similar pace and both are known for their genuine swing. Irfan is more experienced which would be very important against Oz. Also, he can bat at the lower order. Irfan's swing complements nicely with Umesh's and Aaron's pace. It brings diversity to the bowling attack.

  • Karthiasundaram on December 4, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Irfan should be given a chance as he has experienced the australian tracks in the past

  • montys_muse on December 4, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Will be good to see Irfan make the cut.

  • shaf007 on December 4, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should get a nod ahead of others. he has played in Australia before and has done very well.. He was d man of d match in the famous Perth test during d previous tour. He still has good 8 yrs of cricket left in him n can b a ideal candidate to replace Zaheer Khan in the future. More over his batting will give a small respite for India's all rounder worries.. Vinay Kumar doesnt hav anything substantial to boast abt.. his ODI numbers are pretty ordinary. And Mithun looks a bit under cooked and needs to bowl a lot more to be successful in the international level.

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    My vote would go to Manpreet Gony. He is the second highest wicket taker in the current season and has been bowling long spells. Also he is quicker than the three choices we have here and his back of the length bowling style is best suited for australian conditions.

  • siddharth_r2001 on December 4, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    How does Vinay Kumar belong to a 'younger' clutch of bowlers? The man will be 28 in 2 months' time, and that's hardly 'young' in this day and age. In fact, he is 8.5 months older than Irfan. Besides, he is a completely useless bowler. No pace, and hardly any swing! God only knows how he has stayed in the ODI team for this long!

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    i would be going for the "Wasim Akram" of this gen.. You know what m tokin' about... XD

  • S.Jagernath on December 4, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    If the selectors think that Irfan Pathan has found form again then he should be picked.Irfan Pathan can add to the batting as well.Vinay Kumar is also similar to Praveen Kumar and he can bat a little bit.Mithun is not good enough to play for India & should not be considered for them at test level.India can take both Vinay Kumar & Irfan Pathan can be taken,there is nothing stopping India from taking an extra player on tour.

  • grameshvenkata on December 4, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    irfan must be given the chance as it is not confirm that zaheer is 100 percent fit if he is not ready then it irfan is experienced bowler he can also bat . every one is getting chance so he must also get a chance to prove himself

  • vinayjayaram on December 4, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    My vote would definitely go to Vinaykumar..cos he's a type of bowler who can thrive in conditions which have some swing/bounce..and this will be a very good opportunity for him to prove himself..

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    we wan Irfan Pathan......

    All Indian's know very well.. that Irfan pathan is the best All rounder for INDIA aft KapilDev...... So pls bring Irfan back to Indian Side.... Surely he wil perform well.. he is the top wicket taker in current ongoing Ranjii session.......

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    pleasee....pick irfaaan :D

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    My pick wud be Irfan Pathan..... Come on selectors he is raring to go.... Jus giv him one chance he deserves it. He has taken 21 wickets in just 4 Ranji matches... Wat else u want him to do to make a come back...

  • salam-india on December 4, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    I never see Zaheer and Irfan perform in same match...if Irfan get chance to select..India will win the series against australia... As indian coach changed,Amarnath is there and Irfan is leading wicket taker in Ranjith Trophy..Hope he gonna play for India...

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    irfan sh0uld b d 0bvi0us 0pti0n.....

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN! Go For Him

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    vinay kumar it will be.long awatng in d q.got the both side swing..generating good pace now-a -days, bowling type similar 2 praveen,,exellent first-class record.

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    I think Irfan..............

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 4, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    My brutal and honest opinion is that Irfan Pathan MUST be given the ticket to Australia. I say this because he's a left-hander PLUS he's an ALL ROUNDER, a rare breed in Indian cricket. He bowls good decent pace and can swing the ball. India already has 3 right handed fast bowlers in Ishant, Yadav, and Aaron. It looks like Zaheer Khan might not make the trip because India doesn't need him at 50% fitness. Vinay Kumar is not test match material and Mithun is a rookie. Irfan Pathan has already toured Australia before in 2003-04 and did well. So my verdict is to draft Irfan Pathan into the squad and let him travel along with the seniors ahead to get acclimatised.

  • Yayakhan on December 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Good news for cricket lovers that Pathan is comming back... i wish him best of luck in the selection process. Cricket and Pathans...an awsome combination...Imran, Zaheer, Younus, Irfan, Yousuf, Shahid....isnt it a a list of the some of the best in sub continent!!!

  • vinay21 on December 4, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Vinay kumar is a test bowler.he should be selected, he bowl ,bat and field well.Mithun also good he has taken wickets in test.

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Irfan Pathan, he's doing better than Mithun! plus Mithun hasn't clicked in the international stage and on top of that h'es not really that good in First Class cricket either! Irfan Pathan is the perfect replacement for Kumar, limited pace, big big swinger and acurracy! and no to mention that he already has so much eperience in the international stage! plus ofcourse his batting! he'll get you 35 extra runs in an innings! India needs him!

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Irfan should be back. A long exile he had. Lets wait and watch what the master of inswingers has in his pockets

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  • on December 4, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Irfan should be back. A long exile he had. Lets wait and watch what the master of inswingers has in his pockets

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Irfan Pathan, he's doing better than Mithun! plus Mithun hasn't clicked in the international stage and on top of that h'es not really that good in First Class cricket either! Irfan Pathan is the perfect replacement for Kumar, limited pace, big big swinger and acurracy! and no to mention that he already has so much eperience in the international stage! plus ofcourse his batting! he'll get you 35 extra runs in an innings! India needs him!

  • vinay21 on December 4, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Vinay kumar is a test bowler.he should be selected, he bowl ,bat and field well.Mithun also good he has taken wickets in test.

  • Yayakhan on December 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Good news for cricket lovers that Pathan is comming back... i wish him best of luck in the selection process. Cricket and Pathans...an awsome combination...Imran, Zaheer, Younus, Irfan, Yousuf, Shahid....isnt it a a list of the some of the best in sub continent!!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 4, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    My brutal and honest opinion is that Irfan Pathan MUST be given the ticket to Australia. I say this because he's a left-hander PLUS he's an ALL ROUNDER, a rare breed in Indian cricket. He bowls good decent pace and can swing the ball. India already has 3 right handed fast bowlers in Ishant, Yadav, and Aaron. It looks like Zaheer Khan might not make the trip because India doesn't need him at 50% fitness. Vinay Kumar is not test match material and Mithun is a rookie. Irfan Pathan has already toured Australia before in 2003-04 and did well. So my verdict is to draft Irfan Pathan into the squad and let him travel along with the seniors ahead to get acclimatised.

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    I think Irfan..............

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    vinay kumar it will be.long awatng in d q.got the both side swing..generating good pace now-a -days, bowling type similar 2 praveen,,exellent first-class record.

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN! Go For Him

  • on December 4, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    irfan sh0uld b d 0bvi0us 0pti0n.....

  • salam-india on December 4, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    I never see Zaheer and Irfan perform in same match...if Irfan get chance to select..India will win the series against australia... As indian coach changed,Amarnath is there and Irfan is leading wicket taker in Ranjith Trophy..Hope he gonna play for India...