India in Bangladesh 2014 May 29, 2014

Raina to lead young India side

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Agarkar: Raina only choice for captain in Bangladesh squad

Suresh Raina, who was dropped for India's last ODI assignment - the Asia Cup - will lead India in the three-ODI series in Bangladesh in the absence of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli among others. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami were also rested. Robin Uthappa earned an expected national comeback, Wriddhiman Saha was called up to replace Dhoni as the wicketkeeper, and quite a few performers in the IPL and domestic cricket got selected.

Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu were the only players retained from the Asia Cup squad.* With so many players resting, this was an ideal space for performers in the domestic season and in the IPL to fill.

Maharashtra's Kedar Jadhav, who led the season's Ranji tally with 1223 runs, got in, as did left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, who impressed for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. Vinay Kumar reaped the rewards for leading Karnataka and South Zone to three domestic titles. Manoj Tiwary, who has spent a lot of time on the India bench, came back too, almost two years after last playing for India. Parvez Rasool, who travelled to Zimbabwe last year without getting a cap, got another shot at it. Mohit Sharma's IPL success worked for him whereas absence of possible captains might have worked for Raina.

Raina's previous experience of international captaincy came in a tri-series in Zimbabwe, and a five-ODI series in the Caribbean. India failed to make the final of that tri-nation tournament in Zimbabwe, losing out to Sri Lanka and the hosts. India won the bilateral series comfortably in the West Indies, but Raina's batting and shot selection came in for criticism.

The most noteworthy comebacks, though, were of Uthappa and Saha. Uthappa last played for India in March 2012, but he had long ceased being a regular member of the side. This year, though, he followed up a decent first-class season with a stupendous run in the IPL, scoring 40 or more in 10 consecutive innings, possibly a world record.

Saha, known for his keeping skills more than his batting, has frequently warmed the bench in Test cricket, but his 206 IPL runs at a strike rate of 130 seem to have put him ahead of Dinesh Karthik, who kept wicket in Dhoni's absence in the Asia Cup.

Squad for Bangladesh ODIs Suresh Raina (capt.), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra

*04.30GMT, May 29: The article had erroneously stated that Varun Aaron had been retained in the squad. This has been changed.

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  • Sanjeev Kumar on June 4, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Instead of Vinay Kumar, Sandeep Sharma should have been included in the side just to reward him for his spirited performance in IPL7.

  • Jayachandran on June 2, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    I like this selection, of course selectors cannot choose everybody but message is clear, consistency & past selections will be remembered (in case of injured player not getting enough opportunity).

    Sanju samson, Sandeep sharma & others have to play consistently well in domestic circuit. If you hit Steyn for few sixes doesn't mean you will do well consistently in International circuit. There are many examples like Yusuf Pathan who have done well in IPL & even in few intl matches but not consistently to remain in team.

    Also T20 performance doesn't guarantee a good performance even in ODI cricket where you have to adapt with bat & ball even on same Indian conditions forget about England or Australia. Pujara & Rahane are good examples of playing consistently well in domestic circuit as well as in A teams. Same way a bad performance in T20 doesn't mean bad player, remember even Steyn went for runs. So Amit mishra is still a good choice over Piyush for ODI's based on past performance.

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    My Team-Rahane,Uttapaa,Raina(C)Saha,Raydu,samson,manish pandey,binny,kedar yadav,mohit sharma,Aksar patel,pravin thambe,Umesh Yadab,Iswar pandey.

  • Uday on June 2, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Some feeling Sanju Samson and Sandeep Sharma should have been included. They are still young and pretty inexperienced. Trust me.

    But I wanted to tell that W.Saha is excellent choice as he is one of the most experienced and great wicketkeeper I have seen. Just check the Century he made yesterday, amazing. Umesh Yadav another superb choice. They needed a Fast Bowler who could change pace, bowl great line and lenght, and ofcourse, someone who has got pace.

    What surprises me is the out of form Amit Mishra, you got better in-form spinners. Vinay Kumar and Stuart Binny hasnt been impressive this Ipl but the reputation and experience, also for first-class cricket, they got in. And what is surprising is exclusion of Rishi Dhawan, who I really like.

    But still, I think the batting is pretty complete, but the bowling is missing 1 good guy. As for Akshar and Mohit, 2 young lads in amazing form, so is Umesh Yadav. But something is missing in the bowling lineup.

    Lets wait and see.

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Little bit interesting choice but Samson deserve a place in this team.

  • KISH on June 2, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Great selection. At last, Indian selectors are doing some job. This is one of the best selection I have seen from the Indian selectors. Saha is definitely the player for the wicket keeper slot. Karthik had his chances and he fumbled. Sanju Samson could have been tried. But, Saha's experience was more important. Only disappointment is the exclusion of the Yousuf and Irfan Pathans. Yousuf in place of Razool or Akshar Patel and Irfan in place of Binny would have made this team unbeatable, even by the senior Indian team.

  • Nilesh on June 1, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Overall, it is a mostly good selection. Personally, I would have preferred to have Sandeep Sharma in place of Vinay Kumar although Vinay has more experience and could potentially help some of the younger members of the side (as he is also captain of Karnataka which recently won the Ranji Trophy). I think the only other suggestion would have been to have Rishi Dhawan in the side (as a 16th member) as the medium pace bowling all-rounder in case Stuart Binny's selection does not pan out especially with the England Tour and the World Cup 2015 coming up. Akshar Patel should learn a lot from Amit Mishra on this tour. This is the series for Parvez Rasool to show his talent. He did not have a good IPL although T20 is probably not the right platform for him.

  • Observer on June 1, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    My playing XI: 1. Robin (wk) 2. A. Rahane 3. Rayudu 4. M. Tiwary 5. P. Rasool 6. S. Raina 7. K P Jadhav 8. Akshar Patel 9. A Mishra 10. U Yadav 11. M Sharma

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    my XI is Robin, Rahane, Pujara, Raina, Tiwary, Saha, Akshar , Rasool, Mohit, Vinay, Umesh

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    My XI - Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary/Stuart Binny, Wridhiman Saha (wkt), Amit Mishra, Parvez Rasool, Umesh Yadav/R Vinay Kumar, Mohit Sharma.