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Another chance for the old guard

ESPNcricinfo's Kanishkaa Balachandran and Raunak Kapoor react to the inclusion of Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir in the India A squad

Producer: Arya Yuyutsu

September 10, 2013

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Yuvraj is the better batsman or a better bowler than Jadeja.. Yuvraj has the match winning form always.. he is a senior player who have chance to play again in the indian squad...!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

Why nobody is talking about Kaif ?

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Yuvi deserves a chance because bad luck shortened his chances and has oodles of talent, but his temperament might let him down esp. tests. Zak is worth a look since we still need a rudder for a talented crop that's coming up. Ishant is just not cutting it. Gambhir is talented but pays more attention to peripherals and is plain bad news and not in the interest of the team. The sad part is should he fail, the selectors would be curt, if not they'll have a look-see for SA tour, probably. Shewag; gotta love the guy but his bad back and alleged allergy to keeping fit regularly is also bad news. What's with Indian cricketers and retirement? Besides, it's always better to blood motivated fit young blokes contributing a consistent 40-50 runs or a wicket or two than semi-fit seniors with bad attitude and great ancient history. P.S. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Just build the bench strength.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

yuvi for many of us out here is a lost force .. well we do not undermine his credability but yeah he is a passing phase .... the strongest point i make when i make this comment is " he does not patrol the point region" which was is forte .... no doubt he is a matchwinner and well he was instrumental in us winning the world cup but times change and people fade .. its time the selectors look beyond yuvi ... and yes for the matter of fact sehwag tooo ... (sehwag has lost his instincts his sight the same happened to sandip patil after a stupendous run with the bat ... i still feel gambhir has a chance to creep in with the dravidian defence he has .. i aint comparing him with dravid though but yeah he can be there ... as far as zak is considered i feel he has a couple of series in him with just his knowledge and time spent on the field ..

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Yuvraj is a better bowler than jadeja. Many times Yuvraj had taken India to win with his great bowling performance. He was the match-winner for many games.

Posted by Nampally on (September 10, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

The Selectors have given the senior players one more chance to prove their Fitness, Form & performance before the SA Tour. Sehwag & Gambhir get a crack at the opening spot again whilst ZAK has to show the same as an opening bowler. These 3 will be playing in the second & third 4 day matches. The first match has J.Singh & Rahul in the opening spot. This gives the selectors to see how the youngsters compare with the old guard as opening batsmen. Kulkarni & I.Pandey appear to be in contention for an opening bowler's spot & they are playing in all 3- 4 day matches. This way it is possible to assess Kulkarni & Pandey on their own + in company with ZAK. This is a well calculated approach by the Selectors & a very clever one too. Yuvraj on the other hand is competing as an ODI player. Has he still got that passion to contribute & fight for his spot in the Indian ODI team? Jadeja is his main competitor. Yuvraj is a better batsman but can he produce in bowling what jadeja does? A Litmus Test.

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