India in Australia 2011-12 January 15, 2012

Tendulkar back in ODI squad

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Sachin Tendulkar has been picked in India's limited-overs squad for the first time since the World Cup. He will stay on after the Test series in Australia for the one-day tri-series that also features Sri Lanka. Praveen Kumar, the India medium-pacer who missed the Tests due to a fractured rib, is also a part of the 17-man limited-overs squad. India will play two Twenty20 internationals in Australia followed by the ODI tri-series, which will be played from February 5 to March 8.

The rest of the limited-overs squad is similar to the one that was picked for the fourth and fifth ODIs against West Indies at home in December last year. Irfan Pathan, who played his first international for India in more than two years during that series, has retained his place in the squad. Zaheer Khan, who like Tendulkar has not played an ODI since the World Cup final, will also stay on for the limited-over games. Umesh Yadav and R Vinay Kumar make up the rest of the fast-bowling department.

Rahul Sharma, the legspinner who impressed during the series against West Indies, has been selected as the second spinner alongside R Ashwin. Manoj Tiwary scored his maiden ODI hundred in the fifth ODI against West Indies and is part of the squad again, which means there is no place for Ajinkya Rahane, who was part of the Test squad. Parthiv Patel has been picked as the reserve wicketkeeper despite his poor run with the bat in recent ODIs. Ravindra Jadeja, who has occupied the allrounder's spot in the limited-overs side since the one-day leg of the tour of England, has also been selected.

Yuvraj Singh's time away from cricket continues as he has not yet fully recovered from the non-malignant lung tumour that has kept him out of the team since the home ODIs against West Indies.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Manoj Tiwary, Parthiv Patel (wk), Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan, R Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Rahul Sharma, R Ashwin

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  • NikhilNair on January 18, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    agree with smullerpaten. Robin is a big hitter down the order and Parthiv is a top order batsman. We already have enough players for the top 3 with Sehwag, Gambhir and Sachin who all can open the inning. Anyways, on the whole, the team looks well balanced. I'm quite happy that Bhajji wasn't picked, not because he is a bad bowler, but it's about time we picked new, fresh spinners. I don't mind if they struggle now, because Ashwin, Ohja and Rahul Sharma have has potential to perform in the long run. And PLEASE selectors... PLEASE don't pick Vinay Kumar! I don't care if he's a legend at first-class level... but India need FAST-BOWLERS to succeed in the long run! NOT a guy who bowls 125kmph-130kmph! I would rather have Shahid afridi instead of a bowler like Vinay Kumar. We already have Praveen who is bit faster, and a lot better bowler. And I hope Umesh will be picked again for the ODI's... he has a great future! Good luck India! Don't mess up like you did in tests :)

  • mano.mcse on January 18, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    dont blame sachin. he is a legend in entire world

  • mano.mcse on January 18, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    don't forget, Sachin is a legend in entire world cricket.don't blame him, he is not a machine.

  • dummy4fb on January 18, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Sachin should take some rest , dreaming abt his 100th 100 man !!!!!

  • smullerpaten on January 18, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Instead of Parthiv Patel, They should have picked Robin Uthappa as he is a better hitter than Parthiv. Robin can do wicketkeeping in case Dhoni does not play, which he has done admirably for Karnataka, RCB and Pune Warriors.Robin can also be a floater in the batting position.

  • dummy4fb on January 17, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Yet another step backwards for the Indian's by including Tendulkar. They clearly have learnt nothing from the absolute hammerings they have received at the hands of England and Australia... The inculsion of old, old of form and past their best player is only going to cause long term pain. The inclusion of Tendulkar is completely self indulgent as well and hardly has the best interest of his nation at heart. There is no way he would have made himself available if he had managed to get his 100th century... What a joke indian cricket is at the moment! It just illustrates he views himself as bigger and more important than the team, which for the most part, has held india back throughout his career. Looking forward to continued low scores from sachin and pummelling at the hand of the Aussie team over in the final test and throughout the ODI and T20 series.

  • dummy4fb on January 17, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Gambhir 2. Tandulkar 3. Vitat 4. Sehwag 5. Raina 6. Jadeja 7. Dhoni 8. Ashvin 9. Praveen 10. Yadav 11. Zahir

  • dummy4fb on January 17, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    My 11 would be

    Opening 1. Sachin 2. Sehwag 3. Gambhir 4. Kohli 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin/Irfan 9. Zaheer 10. Praveen 11. Umesh

  • Amaan_d on January 17, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    My 11 - 1. Gambhir 2. Sehwag 3. Raina 4. Sachin 5. Kohli 6. Sharma 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Parveen 10. Zaheer 11. Yadav

  • I_Love_Cricket_7 on January 17, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    My 11 will be 1. Sehwag 2. Tendulkar 3. Gambhir 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8.Irfan 9. Ashwin 10. Praveen 11. Zaheer. Jadeja is not tested in Eng & Aus so don't expect him to bat well here so he is not in my list. Yadav will be slogged in oneday due to inconsistency of his line & length. Kohli Rohit Raina & Sehwag will do the 5th bowler's role. I believe Irfan, Ashwin , Praveen can bat a bit.

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