India in Zimbabwe 2013 July 15, 2013

Pujara keen on ODI dash

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Cheteshwar Pujara has said that exposure to the one-day format at the international level would help him change people's perception about him being only a longer-format player. Pujara is part of India's squad that is scheduled to play five ODIs in Zimbabwe starting July 24 and is likely to make his ODI debut during the series.

"I think I have the basics, now it's just about shifting the gears at the right time, and that comes with more matches at the international level," Pujara told the Indian Express. "My technique is correct. Yeah, maybe at times, you need to learn more shots and you need to play according to the situation, but that comes with experience."

Pujara made a seamless entry into Test cricket after years of piling up runs in first-class cricket, and this time, the selectors have also put their faith on his equally impressive List A record and added him to the ODI squad. In 61 List A matches, Pujara has scored 2735 runs at an average of 56.97. He gave a glimpse of his talent during last year's Challenger Trophy, smashing 158*, 124* and 79 at a strike rate of 107. During his Test hundreds against Australia earlier this year, he maintained high strike rates too despite taking time to settle in, an approach, Pujara feels, would help in overseas conditions.

"With the two new balls, it does make a difference, and you have to be technically correct," he said. "If you are playing on a flat wicket, then it's a different story altogether, but when you are playing overseas, you can't play your shots from the beginning, and you need wickets at the end to accelerate. And with the new rules, you have five fielders inside (the circle), so even acceleration becomes easier once the ball is old. But you need to have wickets in hand."

Pujara will also lead the India A side in South Africa after the Zimbabwe tour and he said that the experience during the tour would be key ahead of India's Test tour to South Africa later this year.

"I have been to South Africa. I have played two Test matches, so I have some experience, but the A tour will be very helpful, for me and a few other players who will be part of the Indian team in November-December," he said. "It will really help to score some runs and get some experience in these conditions before the main series."

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  • hnlns on July 15, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    A technically sound guy like Pujara can be asked to open since he has the right temperament to play a long innings. His role should be to carry his bat thro' and get to a century or more while others bat around him. That role would be ideal for him. This tour should be hardly a challenge for someone like him. He should be looking forward to the SA tour which would be really demanding.

  • arup_g on July 15, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Pujara is a quality quality player and List A record shows that - Averaging close to 57 in 61 innings shows he has the ability to play in limited overs cricket. I can see him fitting in nicely at 4, with Karthik the out of form batsman to drop out. Kohli should not be batting lower than 3, purely because if he bats 40 overs for India, India will score 300 + with the necessary support. Pujara can be mould into the Dravid role - take his time, nudge the singles and twos, and then accelerate towards the end with the likes of Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja below him. Karthik had a poor 6-7 games and as unfair as it is to drop him, I think Pujara deserves his chance now.

  • on July 15, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    I am so glad that Pujara has been selected and willl make his ODI debut finally. He wil bat at no. 4 in the lineup and will be a huge asset on pitches of zimbawe which will swing a bit and this experience would also help him in south africa. This zimbawe tour will allow us to have a look at rasool, mohit sharma and rayadu. But the best thing is selection of Pujara in the ODI squad.

  • Un_Citoyen_Indien on July 17, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Just as Hamish Amla opens for S. AFRICA, do too can Cheteshwar Pujara for India.

  • on July 17, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    They said the same about Hashim Amla too ... but now he has an average of 55 and strike rate of 90+ .... Pujara's approach to batting is quite similar to Amla's and I am sure he will succeed in ODIs too

  • jainmanu on July 17, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    I really see Pujara as ODI opener for next world cup. I am fed up of the comments here comparing Pujara to Dravid and how Pujara is not fit for ODI as he is slow like Dravid. But, if you see the local ODI record you wil see that Pujara has a very good strike rate and ability to score big scores which is exactly what is needed from an opener.

    Just check out the following link of Batting records of last Challenger Trophy, where Pujara was best batsman in both runs scored and strike rate: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/challenger-trophy-2012/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7516;type=tournament

  • jainmanu on July 17, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    I think Pujara should be tried in opening slot in ODIs as he has good new ball technique and even has good strike rate in last challenger trophy.

    The playing 11 for Zimbabwe ODI series should be: (1) Dhawan (2) Pujara (3) Rohit (4) Kohli (5) Karthik (wk) (6) Raina (7) Rasool (8) Mishra (9) Mohit Sharma (10) Shami Ahmed (11) Unadkat

  • on July 17, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Rohit's inability to turn 40s and 50s into hundreds means one opener's spot is not sealed but now that he is doing well, he should stay for awhile. Pujara is India's best batsman, and he scores fast already. How can people like Vijay (in & out), Karthik, Raina etc get firm positions when Pujara is not in? Makes no sense. To start with, Pujara can be 4 instead of Raina or Karthik, but we know he is capable of being 3 or an opener too.

  • on July 16, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Pujara, we all know you are a fine talent. Time to transfer those great Test performances into ODI performances. I feel Pujara will be critical to the Indian side in playing the anchor role.

    Here's my India XI: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli (c), Pujara, Raina, Karthik (wk), Jadeja, Rasool, V. Kumar, Ahmed, Mohit Sharma.

    I would love to see Rahane get a chance or two, mainly because I feel he should make his Test debut later this year in South Africa, with a first-class average of 60, along with Rohit Sharma.

  • Temuzin on July 16, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I think Pujara should open with Dhawan. Rohit should be kept as reserve opener in ODIs. Yuvraj Singh should be brought in the playing eleven in place of DK. DK should be in 15 squad as a reserved WK. One more bowler like Bhuvneshwar and team will be complete for WC2015. All other players like rahane, rayaudu and tiwari should be working hard and be ready to take place if some one gets injured. Tiwari should work on his fitness. right now he seems to be made up of candy and stays on the injured list more than he keeps playing on the field.

  • hnlns on July 15, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    A technically sound guy like Pujara can be asked to open since he has the right temperament to play a long innings. His role should be to carry his bat thro' and get to a century or more while others bat around him. That role would be ideal for him. This tour should be hardly a challenge for someone like him. He should be looking forward to the SA tour which would be really demanding.

  • arup_g on July 15, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Pujara is a quality quality player and List A record shows that - Averaging close to 57 in 61 innings shows he has the ability to play in limited overs cricket. I can see him fitting in nicely at 4, with Karthik the out of form batsman to drop out. Kohli should not be batting lower than 3, purely because if he bats 40 overs for India, India will score 300 + with the necessary support. Pujara can be mould into the Dravid role - take his time, nudge the singles and twos, and then accelerate towards the end with the likes of Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja below him. Karthik had a poor 6-7 games and as unfair as it is to drop him, I think Pujara deserves his chance now.

  • on July 15, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    I am so glad that Pujara has been selected and willl make his ODI debut finally. He wil bat at no. 4 in the lineup and will be a huge asset on pitches of zimbawe which will swing a bit and this experience would also help him in south africa. This zimbawe tour will allow us to have a look at rasool, mohit sharma and rayadu. But the best thing is selection of Pujara in the ODI squad.

  • Un_Citoyen_Indien on July 17, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Just as Hamish Amla opens for S. AFRICA, do too can Cheteshwar Pujara for India.

  • on July 17, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    They said the same about Hashim Amla too ... but now he has an average of 55 and strike rate of 90+ .... Pujara's approach to batting is quite similar to Amla's and I am sure he will succeed in ODIs too

  • jainmanu on July 17, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    I really see Pujara as ODI opener for next world cup. I am fed up of the comments here comparing Pujara to Dravid and how Pujara is not fit for ODI as he is slow like Dravid. But, if you see the local ODI record you wil see that Pujara has a very good strike rate and ability to score big scores which is exactly what is needed from an opener.

    Just check out the following link of Batting records of last Challenger Trophy, where Pujara was best batsman in both runs scored and strike rate: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/challenger-trophy-2012/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7516;type=tournament

  • jainmanu on July 17, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    I think Pujara should be tried in opening slot in ODIs as he has good new ball technique and even has good strike rate in last challenger trophy.

    The playing 11 for Zimbabwe ODI series should be: (1) Dhawan (2) Pujara (3) Rohit (4) Kohli (5) Karthik (wk) (6) Raina (7) Rasool (8) Mishra (9) Mohit Sharma (10) Shami Ahmed (11) Unadkat

  • on July 17, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Rohit's inability to turn 40s and 50s into hundreds means one opener's spot is not sealed but now that he is doing well, he should stay for awhile. Pujara is India's best batsman, and he scores fast already. How can people like Vijay (in & out), Karthik, Raina etc get firm positions when Pujara is not in? Makes no sense. To start with, Pujara can be 4 instead of Raina or Karthik, but we know he is capable of being 3 or an opener too.

  • on July 16, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Pujara, we all know you are a fine talent. Time to transfer those great Test performances into ODI performances. I feel Pujara will be critical to the Indian side in playing the anchor role.

    Here's my India XI: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli (c), Pujara, Raina, Karthik (wk), Jadeja, Rasool, V. Kumar, Ahmed, Mohit Sharma.

    I would love to see Rahane get a chance or two, mainly because I feel he should make his Test debut later this year in South Africa, with a first-class average of 60, along with Rohit Sharma.

  • Temuzin on July 16, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I think Pujara should open with Dhawan. Rohit should be kept as reserve opener in ODIs. Yuvraj Singh should be brought in the playing eleven in place of DK. DK should be in 15 squad as a reserved WK. One more bowler like Bhuvneshwar and team will be complete for WC2015. All other players like rahane, rayaudu and tiwari should be working hard and be ready to take place if some one gets injured. Tiwari should work on his fitness. right now he seems to be made up of candy and stays on the injured list more than he keeps playing on the field.

  • on July 16, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Asusual again Rohit Sharma is repetedly has been at the center of the comments. Again it is hard to understand why now people keep talking about Rohits opening slot. Is it just to fit Pujara in playing 11? Rohit has done so well in recent 2 important series , one of them is Mini Workd Cup. Still want to critisise Rohit ? Pujara is good batsman no doubt. But there is no point in making mess of winning combination. If Pujara playing in playing 11, he has to play at no 4 after Virat unless some consistant failure take place at top order or any injury. Why to take chance about change in top order ? Why to remove Rohit from opening slot ? Definately Pujara is going play in playing 11 as MSDs spot is empty for him by default. But Pujara should start his ODI cr at no 4 assuming Raina will come at 5. There is no point to change any settled batting order for just Pujara.

  • on July 16, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    @palavadisuresh..Pujara has good strike rate alongwith average,he's not like Rohit or Trott in that matter..also indian middle order is far from setlled,in the WI the indian team struggled all through except one match against WI,so Pujara is indeed needed,look at the final b/w india-SL where india crumbled from 139/3 to 157/7..same thing happened in all the other matches...

  • on July 16, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Very good to see Pujara is included in the Team and I am not sure in what position he will have for his batting. The first three positions (dhawan, rohit sharma and virat kohli) have been sealed already. The only possibility that he could get in is either two down or three down or four down however these positions require acceleration and I am doubtful that Pujara can accelerate the scoring. Therefore, if Pujara is selected then Virat Kohli should come down to two down so that Puraja can come at one down to start steady and consolidate the innings. Otherwise there is no way, Pujara can come in to the team. Since Zimbabwe is not a strong team, Pujara has an excellent opportunity to start steady and consolidate the innings to cement his place in the team. I wish him good luck.

  • on July 16, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Pujara has the temperment of an opener, but until Suresh Raina I think India is settled. He can come in aa no 6 and when Dhoni is in, drop Karthik and keep him at a no 4. He has the quality to play any position or shot in the book, ALL THE BEST!

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 16, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    @hnlns we dont need another rohit like batsman in indian team. ODI is not tests, as per ur comments playing throughout innings (atleast 140 or 150 balls), scoring 100 or little above means strike rate at 60 or 70. Are u kidding man, i m not against pujara but the reality is, WE DONT NEED TWO TROTT LIKE BATSMEN IN ONE TEAM.

  • cricketpurist on July 16, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Whom are u trying to convince pujara. !! we know you are a talented player on par with Legendary Dravid. I am sure you will be a great one day genius in days to come. Remember we are watching your off field antics to fit you in the class of THE OLD FAB5. still a long way to go for that hope you will be counted on TOP.

  • on July 16, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    i think pujara can do what dravid did for indian odi team, he can be the necessary back bone for the team in the no.4 slot along with kohli who is well settled at no.3... we have a great game finishers in the form of dhoni, raina, jadeja, who can accelerate the score quickly with out taking too many balls to settle, and pujara doesnt have a bad strike rate too , he can accelerate if necessary ( we have seen the glimpses of that in recent aus test series).... and for now we have a decent settled opening pair which needs to be tested for a bit long, and even if any of them fails , pujara can be a replacement for anyone of them .... ad we can also groom pujara for a good slip fielder ( people have complaint on pujara's fielding, so slip fielding is an option for him along with ashwin, who is not verygood in his fielding )... so the option left is replace karthick with pujara and dont drop karthick from team, let him be in 15 member squad , he will be needed once dhoni gets injured.....

  • VVSR92 on July 16, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    pujara an absolute certainity for long term opener for India

  • on July 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Get rid of Raina and bring him in. Raina fails so many times yet everyone loves him as he can slog in the T20s. Keep bowling short and he fails too. Poor technique; even worse to not correct it. Pujara oozes class. Hope he has a brilliant tour!

  • on July 16, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    First choice indian lineup should be like this especially in foreign pitches. R Sharma, S Dhawan, C Pujara, V Kohli, S Raina, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, R Aswin, B Kumar, and 2 good fast bowlers.

  • on July 16, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Finally cheteshwar has been given a chance that he thoroughly deserves. His game will improve by playing ODIs as he will get more chances to play against quality oppositions. It will keep him in rhythm and his shot making ability will improve.He can be a great asset to india if he shows the consistency he has already shown in test cricket. On difficult pitches such as in Australia and South africa, he can play the sheet anchor's role to perfection. he has the technique and the temperament of a perfect no3 batsman. Wish him all the luck in the world to succeed in international cricket.

  • Thyagu5432 on July 16, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Pujara was pretty ordinary in T20, which basically means that his role in ODI will be limited. He can possibly open, possibly come 1 down. He could also come down the order to stem the rot but what if there is no rot? He will be quite rotten down the order not knowing what to do. I would prefer to pass him for a more exciting option.

  • satishchandar on July 16, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    I feel the no.4 slot is still vacant.. Yuvi would be the best to fill in that slot when he is back.. I would use Pujara at 4 till Yuvi is back as full force.. But use Pujara as a damage controller - like Badrinath for CSK.. If score is 150-2, i would get in the big hitters in Raina, MSD and RJ ahead of Pujara.. For the Zim series, DK should bat at 5 and Pujara should be the no.4.. He should be a good asset in Australia for WC 2015.. At the same time, would love Rayudu getting some chances too..

  • Fan01 on July 16, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    @paras Rishi...Show some patience on DK...MSD knows what to do..He showed lot patience on Rohit,Jadeja when whole india stoned him...Now both are playing crucial roles in indian ODI line up...One cannot perform all the matches ..Players will have highs and lows in their career...Even Dhoni had in the past..BAs you said, if Dhoni was not have given enough chances in the past(when he was not playing well),,phew..india would have lost its best captain....

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on July 15, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Pujara's performance was exceptional in the Challenger Series. Even in the Ranji Trophy in that innings of 352, he showed that he was perfectly capable of turning up the scoring rate when he wanted to. Pujara by no means is a slow player. He is a perfect fit for the ODI team and could be a great long-term prospect for India in the 50-over format. Kohli and Pujara in the ODI side together could be brilliant.

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 15, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Finally it is time for what Pujara has been waiting for. My guess is he will do well in ODIs as well and will bring solidity to our batting line up. After all our line up does break down occasionally. He may take some time to adjust to scoring quickly with international bowlers and conditions in ODIs, never the less his List A record bodes well. It will be great to see Rohit, Shikar, Kohli, Pujara, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja in the line up. They all have unique gifts and bring different strengths to the field. The danger with ODIs is that the batsmen may start to lift the ball up over the infield in test cricket as well, which will be more risky. I like to see the ball rolling all along the ground for fours in test cricket. Had Rohit started his international career in Test cricket, we would have likely seen many exquisite shots already.

  • on July 15, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    My ODI Pick for near Future.. 1.Dhawan 2.Rohit 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Ishant 11.Shami/Umesh

    And For the ZIM series 1.Dhawan 2.Rohit 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Dinesh 6.Rayadu 7.Rasool 8.Jadeja 9.Shami 10.Ishant 11.Umesh

  • on July 15, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    PEople never thought Rahul Dravid could or would ever fit into a OD team and he did it in style, Pujara also will do the same and maybe the GLUE Team India ODI team needs..at number 3...if not open the batting

  • on July 15, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    DK can only bat well in practice games or Ranji matches. I have no idea why is he given so many chances, he looked all out of sorts in West Indies!

  • on July 15, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Great News!! I see him as the Indian answer for, Hashim Amla or Jonathan Trott. I think he will be great addition to the ODI side. He should be an opener, with Dhawan as his partner. But, India will be spoilt with choice! It is tough being a selector!

  • on July 15, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Despite having great run in Tests, i dont think Pujara will succeed in ODI's. ODI is different ball game. His IPL performance is very poor. Also we cant compare Test's strike rate into ODI's. It is too early to place him into the league of legends like Dravid.

  • DontMessWithZohan on July 15, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    I think he is a must in ODI team, and he should be considered as a replacement of Dravid in ODIs as well. He already has taken Dravid's place in Tests. He should bat at #3 if wicket fall early. After that his batting position should change depend upon the situation. Players like Kartik has no long run future.

    I also think, next year in IPL, CSK should kick Badrinath out for not performing in the finals and buy Pujara as his replacement.

  • CricketChat on July 15, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Pujara should get a look in place of D Karthik. Anyway, Zim tour may well turn out to be the last for DK unless he comes up with goods big time. He is also nearing 30. With past greats retired/on the verge, Ind needs a sold no.3 for the next 5-6 yrs. Pujara is the best bet based on skill and temperament.

  • on July 15, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    I'm happy for the inclusion of Pujara in the 15 squad. He is more than worth a try but the point we should keep in mind is with the batting likes of Shikhar, Rohit, Kohli, Karthik, Raina, Jadeja... will the management to put Pujara at 4 or 5 or give Rayudu a chance at 6... Both have waited for a long time but whom will the management or Kohli prefer.. I got an idea which may work to give these two a smooth run... Raina can be given rest for few matches... The selectors might have picked up to strength the bench but I still say one reserve opener, one middle order batsman ( Rayudu), an all-rounder ( Pervez Rasool) & a bowler who can be swapped in seam-less conditions.

  • on July 15, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @abhishek verma : who will keep in the line-up u suggested? just asking!

  • ProdigyA on July 15, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    I cant believe he is yet to debut in ODI's. He along with Manoj Tiwary should have been there settled by now. Who says he is too slow for ODI's, did anybody see his batting in tests and his strike rate. He almost bats at SRT's pace, sometimes too attacking for tests.

    At least now, I really hope he seals his spot in the middle order as Manoj Tiwary seems to be always getting injured at the wrong time. With DK, Raina and Jadeja the middle order is really weak, with too much dependence on Kohli and Dhoni. If he can seal no. 3 or 4 spot, the batting will look a lot more solid.

  • VVSR92 on July 15, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    pujara is such a class act if he plays odis he should open & he would be a perfect partner to complement dhawan..rohit is doing well now but in testing conditions rohit tends to get out softly .

  • Raj12345 on July 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Good to see Pujara given chance in ODI. I don't understand why people hate DK so much. (1) He has not given much chances like RG (2) Every time India score less runs, there is always a TN player in team to drop irrespective of other players score or not score. (3) take a look at others run in the tri-nation series, truth reveals that long time players like Raina not able to score runs, if much experienced players not scoring runs then how one can expect DK to score more runs. (4) Not sure how many agree RG given endless changes and finally he scored, but remember he never been trusted player until last series. RG has technique, so captain trusted him and RG has result now. Why not DK should be given more chances like RG. Much more team is winning, so DK can come back since not much pressure at this time.

  • on July 15, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Jayasuriya and co changed the way ODI cricket is played by plundering the bowlers from the word go during the 1996 world cup. However things seem to change lately (although in only some situations, especially on pitches helping the bowlers) where in preserving the wickets towards the end is as crucial. Pujara can be a real asset to India in such conditions also considering that next two world cups are in Australia and England respectively. Also Pujara has shown that he can very well play aggressively. Lastly I feel that since many a time there is considerable difference between two test series, playing international ODIs can help a player like Pujara to be in good nick and not feel rusty at the start of a test series.

  • podichetty on July 15, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    no doubt he has the talent to succeed even in ODIs especially at number 3 (with virat at 4), but what about his running between the wickets and dodgy knee, nobody seem to be talking about that ?

  • shrastogi on July 15, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Its good that finally Pujara has got his due. Just a word of caution to him - just grab whatever chances you get in the one dayers with both hands as we have people at helm who have a stereotyped thinking. They are willing to give 100 games to Rohit Sharma even promoting him as an opener but wont give you more than a few games if you fail to deliver. Those who do well in tests normally should do well in the 50 overs format but in australia you had Slaters and Langers who were branded as test cricketers and never got 100 games to prove their worth. On your side there are Amlas of this world who have done exceeding well in one dayers after tests. So do well.

  • on July 15, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    never been a big fan of DK... I think Yuvraj Singh should be given another chance as India needs a dependable number 4 (someone who has won matches on his own)..

    For this tournament my team would be: 1.Sharma 2. Dhawan 3. Kohli 4. Pujara 5. Raina 6. Jadeja 7. Rasool 8. Mishra 9. Vinay Kumar (even though i personally hate him) 10. Unadkat 11. Mohit Sharma

  • class9ryan on July 15, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Likes of Amla, Bell have done very well in ODIs since their promotion to the top of the order. Pujara can be no different. As of now, Pujara will bat at 3 or 4. He could be a prospect as a future opener as well and he's got the ability 2 play big knocks importantly.

  • Naresh28 on July 15, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @surajrises - Both Pujara and Rohit are good but with different styles. We should not always think that an opener is going to give us a 100 every time. So in odi's a 50-80 is good enough. The foundation they set is important. A good left arm pacer to fill Zaks spot is missing from the Indian team. Chances need to be given to Rahane, Rayudu and Pujara. The selectors have done good and must continue to pick talent.

  • phunny_game on July 15, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Yes, everybody here is right... DK should be dropped to accommodate pujara. Right??? And maybe Dhawan or Rohit can keep wickets, because there is no other keeper in the team to zim... Bravo, that is some insight!!! There is no need to drop anybody since MSD is not playing and there is one place vacant in the batting line up.

  • on July 15, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    He is the future captain in view of this his selection for this tour and as well as captain for south africa a team will give him lot of exposure

  • sshailesh on July 15, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    playing 11 should be -1. Dhawan 2. Rohit 3. Kohli 4. Pujara 5. Raina 6. Karthik 7. Jadeja 8. Rasool 9. Vinay Kumar 10. Monish Sharma 11. Unadkat

    karthik will push down at 6th as we cant push raina at 6th considering that he has huge exp

  • CricketPissek on July 15, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    India would do well to invest in Pujara. The ODI team currently is in amazing form, and this is the time when managing your bench strength is most important to keep the momentum going. Someone with his technique and temperament is long overdue a 50 over debut. (See how civil Sri Lanka and India fans can be? ;) Let's not allow the loud nationalists ruin our cricinfo experience)

  • trueanalyst on July 15, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Good & very good players perform according to their List A & First class records.When I saw Sehwag I predicted he will be a better Test player than a ODI player even though his playing style suggests otherwise.When I saw Dhoni average more than 50 in List A when he was selected first for India I thought he will average the same in ODIs if he succeeds at that level.Same is case with Rohit Sharma,He will succeed more in Longer formats than shorter formats (His List A average is only 33).Chateswar Pujara has 55 List A average.His ODI will be the same.He scored 350 runs in England in a triseries involving England,Windies at a an average of 90 & Strike rate of 90.

  • on July 15, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    pujars is the right man for the number four slot. may he virat can come at 4 and pujara at three. dinesh karthik is not dependable at number 4 and is more a 20 sand 30 s man,

  • ReverseSweepIndia on July 15, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I think Pujara can easily drop at #4, in place of Dinesh Karthik, who though hugely talented, but has not been able to justify his place in the team. And with this we will have a very robust team. Pujara will be our fail-safe plan against the collapses which can happen on foreign soil or some inspired bowling.

  • nayonika on July 15, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Pujara is a welcome addition to the Indian international side. The selectors must be eyeing him as a cushion to fall back on because of Rohit Sharma's fragility after scoring a 40 or 50. Also as an opener Pujara is more solid and stable than either Rohit or Murali Vijay. The selectors have started making up the pool of players for the future and to fortify the bench strength. Good luck to all in their efforts.

  • cricket9lover on July 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    glad pujara is in one day team BUT ONE MESSAGE TO PUJARA if he wants to be good in one day he MUST FIELD to the likes of kohli jadeja raina age is on his side so good luck and be excellent in field.

  • Surajrises on July 15, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    @GRVJPR - What rubbish are you talking? Rohit threw most of his wickets by going for rash shots when he just got set. He just gets overconfident once he reaches the score of 50. Like Sunil Gavaskar says, the chap lacks temperament and that's true he certainly does. Any other player after reaching 50 would think about getting a bigger score after doing all the hard work. No doubts whatsoever that he has the talent but he has been wasting it. He is consistently getting 50s yes but don't u wanna see him bigger scores? He can't get the scores of what he gets for Mumbai Indians in a One Day match.

  • Narbavi on July 15, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    @A.Ak: spot on!! Pujara is miles better than Rohit, all that had to happen was give him some chances which the selectors didn't do, give Pujara atleast 25% of the chances that Rohit received and he will show you why is better than Rohit, same with Rahane too.

  • GRVJPR on July 15, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Indian fans only criticize their playes. Rohit, Vijay, Pujara , Raina all good players than made out to be. Everyone struggles when they first go to unknown conditions and then they improve. Players are human beings and not machines. They are not there because of their haters but only because of their hard work and dedication. People are obviously Jealous.

  • GRVJPR on July 15, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @ A.Ak Obvioulsy you haven't seen the last Series in WI. Except for rohit shama everybody else in 3 teams threw their wicket. Rohit was always out on good balls, balls that kept low or misbehaved. I haven't seen him slogging or playing a switch hit to throw his wicket. Also you are not tired actually. You have seen some commentators and fans saying that for riohit and you are repeating it without any logic again.

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    @ a.ak, agreed u r a pujara fan like many of us, but give credit where its due. rohit did splendid job as an opener, esp in windies where d conditions were not batting friendly. as far as putting ur money is concerned, never put all ur eggs in one basket. And if u spk of conversions, rohit's rate is marginally better tahn pujara in first class cricket. Had rohit made his test debut earlier than ODI, he would have blossomed in different way. dont worry, he'll do that at d earliest.

  • GRVJPR on July 15, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    It's a bad habit in India to label players. Important players must play regularly in all formats to remain in touch. Good luck to pujara. I like him. Also It's a bit harsh on Vijay to be kicked out of team. After 2 centuries he was made to warm bench in CT and then after such a long lay off couple of failures are expected on tough WI tracks. He must be given further chances. All in all India is on right path and slowly the batting order will be more settled.

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I believe that Pujara should open in ODIs. He will be to India, what Amla is to SA. While I admit that the current opening pair is great, Pujara seems better than both those batsmen.

  • A.Ak on July 15, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I will put my Money 100% on Pujara than RSharma. No dobut about his talent, but RSharma do not have the right head. I am tired of seeing him throw his wicket after so many starts. An openers job is to score big, he has got all 50 overs to settle and consolidate. But failed and he will do that again. Pujara has been very impressive in his conversion rate. In Doni's absence, its a perfect time to put DK as keeper and let Pujara in. I would give MVijay a decent run as well, considering his international form.

  • tony_joe on July 15, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Its a very healthy bench strength with Pujara back into the side. Nice to see Vijay,Pujara,Raina fight their place out in the middle order. It will keep the guys on toes.

  • on July 15, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Pujara is a good selection, but not sure our middle order would be tested as the Zim team is a little bit better than a club team...

  • on July 15, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Pujara is gonna be one of the finest batsmen for India in future alongside Kohli. I think time is right for him to cement hi place in the side. He definitely has the technique and touch. I have no doubt that he can make a massive difference during the next world cup 2015 which is only 18 months away. If he can take place of Karthik...imagine the line up . Dhawan, Rohit, kohli, pujara, raina, dhoni, jadeja......that is 6 batsmen and an allrounder in the form of jadeja....plus the like of bhuvneshwar, vinay, shami, ishant, umesh yadav and ashwin in bowling department..... also the bonus of yuvraj and zaheer if they can make a comeback..... India will no doubt be favourites to lift the trophy again......for me Pujara is a must for world cup...... because India need guys with right technique and cool temperament to play on Australian pitches..... but for me as of today looking at all other teams ..... India is definitely favourite.

  • ShoaibPatel on July 15, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Finally, Cheteshwar Pujara will make his ODI Debut, Such a high class domestic record in List A games. I am pretty much sure he can deliver at this level too. He will be playing huge role in 2015 WC in Australia. Common Pujara..All the best..!!

  • Surajrises on July 15, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    The question is, where is the place for Pujara right now in the ODI team? Dinesh Karthik has got a chance after a long long time and I really hopes he performs... Pujara shouldn't get so desperate right now. The Indian team is looking good right now and we shouldn't change it right now. Lets just go with the winning combination. It will be unfair to throw Dinesh from the team just to accommodate Pujara..

  • Naresh28 on July 15, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Before condemning Pujara as a 'TEST ONLY PLAYER" one should look at his player page. He captained India U19 at a WC odi tournament and did well. Dont know much about his fielding, but could replace either of Karthik or Vijay. India should also look at Yusaf Pathan in the ODI format. Give him a few chances. The best 16 will go to the next WC.

  • BustIPL on July 15, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    I think he should concentrate on the longer format as there is a test championship coming where he will be needed dearly. India have to be part of it despite their lean towards limited overs cricket.

  • on July 15, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Definetely this young talent will acheive much in 50 over format.I don' tagree with the people who say that he is not suitable for 50 over format.Do u remember THE WALL RAHUL also faced this kind of problems during hi early days but he settled and fineshed as one of the finest batsem in 50 over format by scoring more than 10000 runs.I amsure that with hiskind of technique this young talent pujara will also get the same success that rahul dravid acheived in 50 over format.he needs to be ion the team when wickets tumble at early stage of innings and when we need to rotate strike.Hope he will get succeed in ODIS.

  • PeterJerome on July 15, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    I think C Pujara would do well to stick with his Dravidesque mindset and not go by what MSD proposed (soon after the Aus series) about not planning for too far and enjoying the victory moment. That logic of MSD may apply to general issues at a team level,but not to specific areas like batting technique, etc at an individual level. At an individual level, like CP said a batsman needs to assess his technique in different and testing conditions. I think this is one area MSD could well to learn from CP. A person reaches his moor point when he looses the desire to learn further. Good luck CP, good to see some batting contest again in the team between ShikarDhawan, RohitSharma, ViratKohli, MuraliVijay and CPujara, after the legendary Dravid Laxman Sachin Ganguly era.

  • on July 15, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I do not know why Pujara has earned a reputation to be a not so good ground fielder. He has to clear that perception in the upcoming A tours for him to get selected in the national ODI team. He has a good chances to get selected for overseas ODI's especially where you do not get flat wickets, like SA. Given the performances of Dinesh Karthik except for the warm up matches in CT and one solitary 50 against WI, he will be under the scanner if he does not perform in the upcoming Zimbabwe ODI's. However it could have been a good learning experience for Pujara if he was with the squad in CT and WI tri series instead of someone like M. Vijay.

  • Narbavi on July 15, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    This guy deserved to open the innings for India ahead of Rohit sharma but alas Rohit was given millions of chances, made to bat at every position in order to accomodate him and finally since he clicked as an opener Pujara's hopes have been dashed for now, ridiculous really, how can you give someone who has been a failure so many chances but not someone like Pujara?

  • on July 15, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik and Raina are two spots he can fight for. Although he has to have good strike rate. DK and Raina are both hitters and for India's sake I hope they both figure out how to become consistent on not good for batting pitches. Although DK is someone who plays like Master Blaster in conditions like of SA, Australia and England. In India he will fail for sure.

  • on July 15, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    pujara is a very competent batsman but i still doubt his front foot play. he mostly relies on his back foot which is okay on indian pitches with low bounce. Also he uses a lot of his bottom hand which propels him to push hard at the rising ball. he's record in SA is not that great, but he's competent enough 2 correct that. As for ODI'S i think his fitness would b the focal point with already 2 knee surgeries. And with current feilding standards, he can only be a replacement player if anyone in d first eleven is injured/ not performing.

  • on July 15, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    If Pujara improves his ground fielding then he will come into contention for national ODI team immediately. Especially as DK has not shown any form after couple of centuries in the CT warm up matches and solitary 50 again WI in CT.

  • on July 15, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    If Pujara improves his ground fielding then he will come into contention for national ODI team immediately. Especially as DK has not shown any form after couple of centuries in the CT warm up matches and solitary 50 again WI in CT.

  • on July 15, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    pujara is a very competent batsman but i still doubt his front foot play. he mostly relies on his back foot which is okay on indian pitches with low bounce. Also he uses a lot of his bottom hand which propels him to push hard at the rising ball. he's record in SA is not that great, but he's competent enough 2 correct that. As for ODI'S i think his fitness would b the focal point with already 2 knee surgeries. And with current feilding standards, he can only be a replacement player if anyone in d first eleven is injured/ not performing.

  • on July 15, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik and Raina are two spots he can fight for. Although he has to have good strike rate. DK and Raina are both hitters and for India's sake I hope they both figure out how to become consistent on not good for batting pitches. Although DK is someone who plays like Master Blaster in conditions like of SA, Australia and England. In India he will fail for sure.

  • Narbavi on July 15, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    This guy deserved to open the innings for India ahead of Rohit sharma but alas Rohit was given millions of chances, made to bat at every position in order to accomodate him and finally since he clicked as an opener Pujara's hopes have been dashed for now, ridiculous really, how can you give someone who has been a failure so many chances but not someone like Pujara?

  • on July 15, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I do not know why Pujara has earned a reputation to be a not so good ground fielder. He has to clear that perception in the upcoming A tours for him to get selected in the national ODI team. He has a good chances to get selected for overseas ODI's especially where you do not get flat wickets, like SA. Given the performances of Dinesh Karthik except for the warm up matches in CT and one solitary 50 against WI, he will be under the scanner if he does not perform in the upcoming Zimbabwe ODI's. However it could have been a good learning experience for Pujara if he was with the squad in CT and WI tri series instead of someone like M. Vijay.

  • PeterJerome on July 15, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    I think C Pujara would do well to stick with his Dravidesque mindset and not go by what MSD proposed (soon after the Aus series) about not planning for too far and enjoying the victory moment. That logic of MSD may apply to general issues at a team level,but not to specific areas like batting technique, etc at an individual level. At an individual level, like CP said a batsman needs to assess his technique in different and testing conditions. I think this is one area MSD could well to learn from CP. A person reaches his moor point when he looses the desire to learn further. Good luck CP, good to see some batting contest again in the team between ShikarDhawan, RohitSharma, ViratKohli, MuraliVijay and CPujara, after the legendary Dravid Laxman Sachin Ganguly era.

  • on July 15, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Definetely this young talent will acheive much in 50 over format.I don' tagree with the people who say that he is not suitable for 50 over format.Do u remember THE WALL RAHUL also faced this kind of problems during hi early days but he settled and fineshed as one of the finest batsem in 50 over format by scoring more than 10000 runs.I amsure that with hiskind of technique this young talent pujara will also get the same success that rahul dravid acheived in 50 over format.he needs to be ion the team when wickets tumble at early stage of innings and when we need to rotate strike.Hope he will get succeed in ODIS.

  • BustIPL on July 15, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    I think he should concentrate on the longer format as there is a test championship coming where he will be needed dearly. India have to be part of it despite their lean towards limited overs cricket.

  • Naresh28 on July 15, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Before condemning Pujara as a 'TEST ONLY PLAYER" one should look at his player page. He captained India U19 at a WC odi tournament and did well. Dont know much about his fielding, but could replace either of Karthik or Vijay. India should also look at Yusaf Pathan in the ODI format. Give him a few chances. The best 16 will go to the next WC.

  • Surajrises on July 15, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    The question is, where is the place for Pujara right now in the ODI team? Dinesh Karthik has got a chance after a long long time and I really hopes he performs... Pujara shouldn't get so desperate right now. The Indian team is looking good right now and we shouldn't change it right now. Lets just go with the winning combination. It will be unfair to throw Dinesh from the team just to accommodate Pujara..