India v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad February 25, 2010

Tendulkar and Sehwag rested for final ODI

Cricinfo staff

India have made a slew of changes for the final one-dayer against South Africa in Ahmedabad on February 27. The most significant of them is that openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag have been rested for the dead rubber. Tamil Nadu opener M Vijay and Karnataka fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun are among the new faces in the 14-man squad.

Tendulkar batted all 50 overs during his unbeaten 200 in Gwalior while Sehwag played that match after suffering a sore back in the first game in Jaipur.

Vijay has played a handful of Tests but is yet to make his ODI debut, and has had a decent run in the ongoing Vijay Hazare one-day tournament, making three half-centuries in five matches. This is the first call-up to a national limited-overs squad for Mithun, who is coming off a stunning debut Ranji season but has had lesser success in the shorter formats.

The home side will be short on experience as another first-choice player, fast bowler Praveen Kumar, has been rested, while offspinner Harbhajan Singh's break from international cricket has been extended. Add to that the injuries to Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, and India will line-up on Saturday without seven members of their preferred starting XI.

Another addition to the pool is Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma, who was most recently part of the national squad during the tri-series in Bangladesh last month.

India have already won the three-match series 2-0.

Squad: M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sudeep Tyagi, S Sreesanth, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra

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  • uma on February 27, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Dismal selection!! Already many youngsters are playing!! why need of more experimentation. very harsh for praveen kumar not selected in last ODI. He is better than wayward nehra and srishanth. Even Mithun is not having much success in List A matches. He should be picked this early. Indian cricket always digs hole for itself.

  • vikraman on February 27, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    ...(cont.) and rohith of the extremely talented guy, who has got so much time to play a fast bowler.. not so many r blessed like that.. except for his laid back attitude, the selectors have got it right, but one thing is to persevere with him.. and get back irfan, if u r planning to get ravindra jadeja as a five down batsman.. coz for the reasons obvious.. we are gonna play in india.. all of our regular bowleres are goin for runs.. so dont blame irfan alone.. he might have lost his zip and swing.. still a useful bowler.. and more than an useful batsman.. u cant go into a match with only two fast bolwers, if u want to play a extra batsman, and u cant have just seven batsman (jadeja included), if u take an extra bowler.. so obvious choice is irfan... i think he has gone out of favour due to unfavoutitism i would say.. i think he is not favoured by somebody.. check the records of all the fast bowleres in india over the last two yearss.. u wont find irfan lag behind too much..

  • Duraibalaji on February 27, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    @geevee97:I agree every statement of yours and you are correct in your analysis .(example Kaif)Vijay is technically strong i reckon him as future ponting of india.....

  • Ram on February 27, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    nayar shoulb be in the team........

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    With no Sachin, Sehwag, Gauti & Yuvi; It will be interesting to watch India`s, so called, LONG batting line-up !... All eyes on Kartik, Yusuf & the newcomers...

  • ANURAG on February 27, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    let c how young guns fire..

  • vimal on February 27, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Hey come on guys.. why make so much of fuss! We have already pocketed the series and it is right time to try some new players instead of regulars ( praveen kumar & more). Also please stop those mud-slinging against selectors. They have enough freedom to choose the players they want and mind you they are responsible for those selection too. If anything goes wrong, they are answerable to us. So sit back and relax, watch the game and see whether these players do their justice to their bosses.

  • D on February 27, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I am from north India and I do not believe that Srikanth is pushing a southern agenda. I remember last year at one time there were NO players from the south in the team. Srikanth is trying to select the best team for India and we should respect that. People crying 'north-south' are betraying their own petty mindedness.

  • Hotu on February 27, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sudeep Tyagi, S Sreesanth, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra

    Leave Ashish Nehra. Amit Mishra and S Sreesanth out of the team, and you have a completely new look about the playing XI. Go on, give every one a chance. We have already won the series.

  • indra on February 27, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    hi guys please support our future generation players then the present they are also very important for the future of INDIAN CRICKET.I pray to god that A.Mithun gets a chance to show case is talent.

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