CB Series 2011-12 February 24, 2012

Irfan Pathan makes his case for No. 7

It is clear that Irfan is a better batsman than Ravindra Jadeja, at least at No. 7. It should be a no-brainer that Irfan should be preferred because his bowling is likely to be more effective than Jadeja's
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Irfan Pathan, still on a comeback trail, has said that his reworked action, in which he delivers from a higher arm position, has helped him find his areas better, and made him a better bowler. He also feels he is in a peaceful mental state, not worrying too much about selection or results, and just staying happy.

"What I wanted to do in this [Australia] trip is, make myself a circle, where I am happy no matter what happens," Irfan said. "Even if I play, don't play, do well, don't do well. I have realised that there are certain things that are important in life. I am trying to stay in that circle."

That doesn't mean Irfan has not been working hard. It has taken him four to five months to get his action right, he said. "When I came in 2003, I had a natural action in which I used to twist," Irfan said. "When you are 19 and when you are 27, it's different. My action went wrong because of the twist. I kept going even more round-arm, side-on. That hurt me because I couldn't bowl in the right areas. The speed went out too and the swing was coming out of the hand.

"When I went to Sekhar sir [TA Sekhar, the head coach at MRF Pace Academy in Chennai], I worked on my action. It took me four-five months to change it to feel what I am feeling now. It's a long and slow process. When I worked with him in 2007, I started with just walking for a week. It took a month just to get a feel of it. Then it took four-five months in the change of action."

Irfan is happy with the swing he is getting, the accuracy and the variations. "Working with Eric Simons [India's former bowling coach] has also helped me," he said. "Getting help and getting the basics right is helping me bowl the yorkers and different variations. I am trying to get better. Sometimes the results happen, sometimes they don't. Obviously you need the help of the right people at the right time, which I have been lucky to get."

In his three ODIs in this tri-series, Irfan has bowled 29 overs for 153 runs and six wickets. He has opened the bowling, bowled first-change and has also been used at the death. It is, however, his batting that has provided a curious study of India's selections. It is clear to everybody that Irfan is a better batsman than Ravindra Jadeja, at least at the No. 7 position, which usually needs bigger, cleaner strikes in the final few overs.

It should be a no-brainer that Irfan should be preferred because wherever his bowling might be, it is likely to be more effective than Jadeja's. In fact Jadeja, always chosen ahead of Irfan, has bowled only 42.4 overs in six matches so far, for one wicket.

In one of the earlier press conferences, when asked to explain his choice of playing too many spinners in Australian conditions, MS Dhoni said he was handcuffed by the absence of a fast-bowling allrounder. It is easy, in this atmosphere of mistrust, to look at this as a case of favouritism, but when pressed Dhoni said Irfan was his fast-bowling allrounder, but he didn't want to play him as soon as he had arrived in Australia.

When Irfan did play, he was sent in at No. 9, where he hit a crucial six in a tie. Irfan took that sportingly. "You have to be realistic," he said. "What you have done in the past is totally in the past. You have to look at the current scenario. Ashwin has batted really well. He has a Test hundred and batted well in Australia. You want to get higher, but have to be realistic too."

Does Irfan think he is ready to take - at least in Australia - the No. 7 spot, a position that has exchanged hands between Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan recently with no clear winner. "When you are not thinking about results, it comes," Irfan said. "Even for my short-term plans, [do] not think too much ahead, [do] not think too much back, stay in that circle [of happiness]."

The message, though, had been drilled home. In India's previous game, Irfan was promoted to No. 6, and scored 47 off 34 with hardly an undue risk taken. "In the last game, I got a hint that they would send me to use the Powerplay," Irfan said. "I am ready to bat wherever the team demands. It is not an issue for me. In terms of bowling as well, I am willing to bowl whenever they want me to, with the new ball or the old ball. As long as I am playing, I am happy."

How does Irfan see himself? Does he himself think he is that fast-bowling allrounder? "I think I am a bowler who can bat," Irfan said. "If you look at me in the nets, I always make sure I give equal importance to both aspects. When I am bowling, I make sure I bowl length at the start, use variations and try to finish it with death-overs bowling and variations.

"Same in batting. I pad up and wait for my turn and make sure when I finish my batting with regular bowlers, I try to do some extra throwing with the coaches, and bat some extra. Even in a match, when I bowl I am a bowler, and when I am batting, I try to think as a batsman. Unfortunately in the last match, I wanted to stay till the last, but the result didn't go our way.

"The best thing for me would be to take wickets. When I keep taking wickets, it helps my batting. And vice-versa. When I look at myself, I feel it's 60-40 - 60, bowler, and 40, batsman. But when I bat, I like to think as a batsman."

Does Irfan think he is ready to take - at least in Australia - the No. 7 spot, a position that has exchanged hands between Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan recently with no clear winner. "When you are not thinking about results, it comes," Irfan said. "Even for my short-term plans, [do] not think too much ahead, [do] not think too much back, stay in that circle [of happiness]."

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    partialaty, partialaty why i dont know why dhoni is doing lke that he is reaaly a good captain but why????? he is playing his favourate player like jadeja , r.p.sing e.tc. even the are not in form and he his not giving full chance the player like irfaan, manoj why ???????????? i think know its time to go for sachin, sehwag, dhoni,ghambhir and give chance to new player

  • Makkumatr on February 26, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Another highly overrated player, he is ridiculously slow to be in the national team period.

  • NikhilNair on February 26, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    A fit and in-form Irfan Pathan is better than Jadeja and Y. Pathan, at least for me. He adds to the pace attack, a department where we lack... we already have a lot of part-time spinners to support Ashwin or any He still has lot to offer to Indian Cricket and I sincerely hope he will be consistent in future and retain a permanent position in the team :)

  • gestapo on February 26, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @kiran kumar c, 100 % agreed with what you wrote about jadeja,,dhoni did a mistake by giving him many chances the first time and he's been him again and again wasting a slot. he's got to be in ranji and IPL,,not with the Indian team.

  • on February 26, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Jadeja is a real waste. I CAN ASSURE ALL INDIAN FANS THAT IF IRFAN PATHAN FLOPS IN NEXT MATCH AGAINST AUS THEN HE WILL BE DROPPED INSTANTANEOUSLY FROM TEAM WHILE PLAYERS LIKE JADEJA WILL BE KEPT IN THE TEAM EVEN AFTER MANY FAILURES ( T20 WC 2009 , T20 WC 2010 , HYDERBAD ODI AGAINST AUS IN WHICH SACHIN MADE 175 & WAS OUT WHEN INDIA NEEDING ONLY 18 RUNS FROM 17 BALLS WITH LEAVING 4 WKTS IN HAND YET JADEJA CAN'T BRING INDIA HOME & INDIA LOSE GAME BY 3 RUNS , IST ODI AT MCG WHERE JADEJA LEAKS 41 RUNS FROM 2.4 OVERS , TIED MATCH AGAINST SL WHERE HE MADE ONLY 3 RUNS FROM 10 BALLS) dhoni makes partiality to players like Pathan Brothers, harbajan, sachin, sehwag etc. he wants his CSK teammates like Raina, Ashwin, Jadejain the indian team( all dhoni's chelas). He droped inform Yuvaraj singh for raina in test match against Srilanka. gave 50+ chances in odi for waste so called jadeja & not enough chance to real allrounder Irfan pathan.Jadeja is the Worst Player I have ever seen from India).

  • on February 26, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    India should try him( IRFAN ) again and again i'm damn sure he can be one of the best bowling all rounder for team So selectors and team management need to support

  • on February 26, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Irfan is a good utility player in the shorter format. hes not the best all-rounder but hes the best we got. if he picks up his pace to135 and maintains a steady nice line and length he would be a great containing bowler in the middle overs. as for his batting, he is quite frankly underrated. hes a way better batsman than dhoni and co. he is not only a clean striker of the ball but is also capable of pacing his innings which was quite evident from the last game. if this guy cud pace the bowl at 145, he would have been one of the best all rounders in the world...

    I would strongly suggest playing Irfan up the order at 4 after Kohli and move Sehwag (if hes not dropped) down the order.

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Irfan, you have done very well in whatever chances you got so far. we love you, and the best option for you as a player is to be a 50-50 bowler and batsman. there is no point in trying too much, you are never going to be a wasim akram. you just dont have that kind of talent. but what u can be is a tidy line and length bowler. if i were u, i would try to increase pace to about 130-135 and maintain a steady good line and length. You are a way better batsman than Jadega and quite frankly should be coming at 5 or 6. Good luck buddy, maintain your current batting performance and if u can speed up to 135 and have a tidy line and length. wish u the very best

  • on February 25, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    play jadeja as a spinner and irfan as a seamer and two other pace bowler and 7 batsmen. more bowling and batting dept. done!!!

  • AvidCricFan on February 25, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Irfan's change in action may have made him better than what he was before. However, he lacks pace and the swing he used to get early in his career is still not there. He needs to pick pace a little and be consistent at around 135k. Only than he will be better bowler. Being in happy zone is fine as long as one doesn't err in rigor of training and commitment. This is where SRT has done good. Shewag does not come across as a player who will put rigor in maintaining physical fitness. Nor has be put any commitment in addressing his lack of footwork.

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    partialaty, partialaty why i dont know why dhoni is doing lke that he is reaaly a good captain but why????? he is playing his favourate player like jadeja , r.p.sing e.tc. even the are not in form and he his not giving full chance the player like irfaan, manoj why ???????????? i think know its time to go for sachin, sehwag, dhoni,ghambhir and give chance to new player

  • Makkumatr on February 26, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Another highly overrated player, he is ridiculously slow to be in the national team period.

  • NikhilNair on February 26, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    A fit and in-form Irfan Pathan is better than Jadeja and Y. Pathan, at least for me. He adds to the pace attack, a department where we lack... we already have a lot of part-time spinners to support Ashwin or any He still has lot to offer to Indian Cricket and I sincerely hope he will be consistent in future and retain a permanent position in the team :)

  • gestapo on February 26, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @kiran kumar c, 100 % agreed with what you wrote about jadeja,,dhoni did a mistake by giving him many chances the first time and he's been him again and again wasting a slot. he's got to be in ranji and IPL,,not with the Indian team.

  • on February 26, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Jadeja is a real waste. I CAN ASSURE ALL INDIAN FANS THAT IF IRFAN PATHAN FLOPS IN NEXT MATCH AGAINST AUS THEN HE WILL BE DROPPED INSTANTANEOUSLY FROM TEAM WHILE PLAYERS LIKE JADEJA WILL BE KEPT IN THE TEAM EVEN AFTER MANY FAILURES ( T20 WC 2009 , T20 WC 2010 , HYDERBAD ODI AGAINST AUS IN WHICH SACHIN MADE 175 & WAS OUT WHEN INDIA NEEDING ONLY 18 RUNS FROM 17 BALLS WITH LEAVING 4 WKTS IN HAND YET JADEJA CAN'T BRING INDIA HOME & INDIA LOSE GAME BY 3 RUNS , IST ODI AT MCG WHERE JADEJA LEAKS 41 RUNS FROM 2.4 OVERS , TIED MATCH AGAINST SL WHERE HE MADE ONLY 3 RUNS FROM 10 BALLS) dhoni makes partiality to players like Pathan Brothers, harbajan, sachin, sehwag etc. he wants his CSK teammates like Raina, Ashwin, Jadejain the indian team( all dhoni's chelas). He droped inform Yuvaraj singh for raina in test match against Srilanka. gave 50+ chances in odi for waste so called jadeja & not enough chance to real allrounder Irfan pathan.Jadeja is the Worst Player I have ever seen from India).

  • on February 26, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    India should try him( IRFAN ) again and again i'm damn sure he can be one of the best bowling all rounder for team So selectors and team management need to support

  • on February 26, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Irfan is a good utility player in the shorter format. hes not the best all-rounder but hes the best we got. if he picks up his pace to135 and maintains a steady nice line and length he would be a great containing bowler in the middle overs. as for his batting, he is quite frankly underrated. hes a way better batsman than dhoni and co. he is not only a clean striker of the ball but is also capable of pacing his innings which was quite evident from the last game. if this guy cud pace the bowl at 145, he would have been one of the best all rounders in the world...

    I would strongly suggest playing Irfan up the order at 4 after Kohli and move Sehwag (if hes not dropped) down the order.

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Irfan, you have done very well in whatever chances you got so far. we love you, and the best option for you as a player is to be a 50-50 bowler and batsman. there is no point in trying too much, you are never going to be a wasim akram. you just dont have that kind of talent. but what u can be is a tidy line and length bowler. if i were u, i would try to increase pace to about 130-135 and maintain a steady good line and length. You are a way better batsman than Jadega and quite frankly should be coming at 5 or 6. Good luck buddy, maintain your current batting performance and if u can speed up to 135 and have a tidy line and length. wish u the very best

  • on February 25, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    play jadeja as a spinner and irfan as a seamer and two other pace bowler and 7 batsmen. more bowling and batting dept. done!!!

  • AvidCricFan on February 25, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Irfan's change in action may have made him better than what he was before. However, he lacks pace and the swing he used to get early in his career is still not there. He needs to pick pace a little and be consistent at around 135k. Only than he will be better bowler. Being in happy zone is fine as long as one doesn't err in rigor of training and commitment. This is where SRT has done good. Shewag does not come across as a player who will put rigor in maintaining physical fitness. Nor has be put any commitment in addressing his lack of footwork.

  • RKStraightdrive on February 25, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Irfan may have taken more wickets than Jadeja in the CB series. But Jadeja is more economical in ODIs. Irfan should improve his economy rate in ODIs if he's to challenge Jadeja for the No 7 spot.

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Irfan Pathan has improved as a bowler and provides a good all-round option for India. If possible he should bat a bit higher cause he can build partnerships and score at a good rate. Its Australia again that is taking his career up.

  • on February 25, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Johnny_129 on February 25, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    It's funny, the only time Jadeja played well for India was in the lead up to the IPL auction! Recall his contract dispute - he reminds me of another guy by the same name that either played for India or played the people of India!

  • Johnny_129 on February 25, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Agree with Sarigama Su's(February 25 2012, 06:04 AM GMT) playing 11 - leave Raina at 5 and Yadav at 11.

  • Vilander on February 25, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Irfan is a better batsman than Jadeja and definitely better bowler than Jadeja.

  • Hussain59133 on February 25, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    there is no doubt that irfan is a far better all rounder than jadeja or yousuf if india want to win remaining matches to qualify for CB final then irfan should play instead of jadeja

    irfan has proved himself in this series. i am shocked why dhoni has not picked him since the start of the series. Because he was available from beginning of the series so he should be there

    my best 11 are sachin, gautham, kohli, rohit, raina, dhoni, irfan, ashwin, zaheer, vinay, praveen

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Jadeja is a real waste. I CAN ASSURE ALL INDIAN FANS THAT IF IRFAN PATHAN FLOPS IN NEXT MATCH AGAINST AUS THEN HE WILL BE DROPPED INSTANTANEOUSLY FROM TEAM WHILE PLAYERS LIKE JADEJA WILL BE KEPT IN THE TEAM EVEN AFTER MANY FAILURES ( T20 WC 2009 , T20 WC 2010 , HYDERBAD ODI AGAINST AUS IN WHICH SACHIN MADE 175 & WAS OUT WHEN INDIA NEEDING ONLY 18 RUNS FROM 17 BALLS WITH LEAVING 4 WKTS IN HAND YET JADEJA CAN'T BRING INDIA HOME & INDIA LOSE GAME BY 3 RUNS , IST ODI AT MCG WHERE JADEJA LEAKS 41 RUNS FROM 2.4 OVERS , TIED MATCH AGAINST SL WHERE HE MADE ONLY 3 RUNS FROM 10 BALLS) dhoni makes partiality to players like Pathan Brothers, harbajan, sachin, sehwag etc. he wants his CSK teammates like Raina, Ashwin, Jadejain the indian team( all dhoni's chelas). He droped inform Yuvaraj singh for raina in test match against Srilanka. gave 50+ chances in odi for waste so called jadeja & not enough chance to real allrounder Irfan pathan.Jadeja is the Worst Player I have ever seen from India).

  • KiwiRocker- on February 25, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Irfan Pathan has been tried, tested and he failed. Irfan Pathan is an average bowler, average batsman and more importantly, a poor fielder. Jadeja is the same case however he is a better fielder. Irfan Pathan's main role is a bowler and he simply is yet another indian friendly medium pacer with nothing special to offer. Having said that Indian media and fans need to take a blame for poor Irfan Pathan's failure. When he started, he got few odd wickets and everyone started to compare him with Wasim Akram..Lets be clear, Irfan Pathan is an average bowler. Now same thing is being done..Irfan Pathan has WON nothing for India and he is being touted as 'best all rounder' in the world. Problem with India is that Indian team is full of mediocre and over aged players...examples being Suresh Raina...and Tendulya..One is a sitting duck againt quality fast bowlers and other has pro-longed his career at his own will scoring worthless 17K runs. Irfan should be given a longer run and allowed to prove!

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    we agree with that irfan is better no.7 batsman than ravindra jadeja but we want yusuf on seven and irfan on 8 positions.

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Pathan has to prove himself in this CB series. If India keeps Irfan out there'll be a serious issue among IC fans. Pathan Rocks

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 25, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Choice is really simple.. if its fast and bouncy pitches play irfan , if we are playing on more spin friendly pitches play jadeja.. when yuvraj comes let him replace jadeja and play irfan. but for some reason dhoni likes to keep irfan out.

  • praveenchopra on February 25, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    i think praveen kumar s a better allrounder than irfan

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    he is best allrounder in the world........

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    My team for Sunday match is, 1.Sachin 2.Sehwag 3.Goutham 4.Virat 5.Raina/Thiwary 6.Dhoni 7.Irfan 8.Aswin 9.PKumar 10.Zaheer 11.Umesh/Rahul sharma. India have to win both matches so it is better to select gud players with no experiment.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Hi, Irfan is always better than Jadeja, Jadeja can't bat like Irfan and Irfan can be a use full batsman at lower order. Definitely Irfan is the better option for Jadeja. With Irfan in team India can get an extra batsman r bowler.

  • cksakhida on February 25, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    IRFAN is the best all-rounder India has after Kapil Dev. i do not understand y he was out of the team for so long. he is a very handy with both bat and ball in ODI as well as T20 cricket. IRFAN is far more better than Jadeja and Yusuf.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    irfan is a quality player and he is olso a best allrounder in the world... but dhoni is WHY THIS KOLAVERY?... he (dhoni) want play oll CSK player in the team.. then wat to do??? "oll the best dhoni":P.... my playing 11= (1)GAMBIR (2)SEHWAG (3)KOHLI (4)TIWARY (5)DHONI (6)RAINA (7)IRFAN (8)ASHWIN/RAHUL SHARMA (9)ZAHEER KHAN (10)VINAY KUMAR (11)UMESH/PRAVEEN.

  • svel on February 25, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    @USAIndianCricketLover - harbajan?? seriously??!

  • on February 25, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    A non-native coach is useless for India. Pay 5 non-native selectors to identify talent.

  • on February 25, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    yeah rightly said, dhoni,s favoritsm is costing irfans career.. or else it wudnt have taken such long years,for the come back... when he came.. he came with a bang... lollzzz.. cant get anything better.. hahaha.. alll the best irfan... expecting a lot from u, u are gonna full the place of the most required place of a bowlling alrounder....

  • on February 25, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Sachin go now i understand what your saying. Although i atrongly agree irfan shud be in, and jadeja is not performing, but sachingo is right, its the likes of tendulkar and sehwag we need to get rid of. This way we have a young india11, maybe we will have room for irfan jadeja and yosuf pathan. I hope jadeja does not feel bad, because he is at this point lot more capable then sehwag, brings energy. But irfan no matter if yuvraj comes or not shud be in indian team without even a single doubt, you wnt find a better fast bowling all rounder then him. He is the shane watson of our team. I hope india kick out sehwagg in next match. I dont see how sri lanka and austrilla can remove there under performing playets like thanrgna opener, and pointing in aussie, but ignorant india keep sehwag. How badly you hurting the hearts of indians. Whats wrong with this selectors

  • Gizza on February 25, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Irfan seemed to be a little overhyped with his bowling. At the moment he looks like a batting all-rounder which is still not bad. But he should move up the order to No. 5 or 6. I don't think India has played all three of Dhoni, Pathan and Ashwin together yet. That will make their lower middle order very stong and should give them around 20 runs more in the innings than what they currently getting.

  • T_Patel on February 25, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Should have Jadeja & Pathan both....R Ashwin needs to be put in rest for quit some time.

  • maddy20 on February 25, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    I have always felt that Irfan was a great all-rounder until the Chappel fiasco when his form hit a terrible low. Its good to see him coming into his own again.

  • on February 25, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    india beting order should be like this - --- -- - -S Tendulkar , G Gambhir , MS. Dhoni , V kholi, V Shewag, S Rana, Irfan Pathan, R. ashwin, Z. khan, V kumar, R Sharma.

  • T_Patel on February 25, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    I read few comments and it appeared that everyone is after Jadeja...Why...? Is anyone looked into Fielding done by R Ashwin, lazy fielder....even I am believing that he is deliberately not fielding if Jadeja is bowling.....Reason could be many...I agree that Jadeja is not able to take many wickets in this CB Series, but overall I would prefer him more over R Ashwin.

    I think it will be good decision to have both Jadeja and Pathan...R Ashwin out.

  • cosair on February 25, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Irfan has been put in the sidelines for two long. He was mismanaged by Greg Chappell and hence he became ineffective as both a bowler and batsman. He is an all rounder who does not give his wicket easily and bowls his heart out when given the opportunity. He is much needed and I do hope he plays the remaining two matches for India in the Commonwealth Bank series. Unfortunately I do not see India making it into the finals as the pitch in Sydney favours the Aussies and it would have been better if both the remaining matches were played in Tasmania. Until India can get the combination right like Sri Lanka, there will remain in the doldrums of cricket.

  • TheTrueSport on February 25, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    @USAIndianCricketLover- Have you seen Harbhajan for the past 2 years, especially recently? He's been playing AWful! Even Jadeja's better than him.

  • wolf777 on February 25, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Irfan Pathan at Number six in the Test Match. 5 Batsmen, Irfan Pathan, WK, and Four Bowlers. Much better combination than 6+1+4 being used now. Fast bowlers will have lesser work-load and they will get less injuries. Also, likes of Yadav and Arron will always be fresh to bowl fast at the tail to keep it from hanging around.

  • on February 24, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    What will happen if Irfan bowls same In/out swingers at 150Km/hr? I believe within no time he can wrap up the top order easily. He needs to work on pace and fielding. And India has always an option of sending him in powerplay overs whenever they want, specially while chasing over 300. Good luck Irfan.

  • jango_moh on February 24, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    For ppl saying Irfan is not effective at death due to his speed, i bet u didnt see the matches he played in this series... he actually bowled faster at the death, and had some excellent yorkers one of wich got him a wicket, he's also got a few good slow ball variations... i think he's easily better than jadeja, and i hve no issues with both irfan and jadeja playing, it can really provide balance to this team in the future!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Each and every player fails to perform in all the matches he plays even Irfan has his own limitations and weaknesses. He may not be the best all rounder in the playing 11 but he is one of the best fast bowling all rounder country has.He is young,hardworking cricketer he has fought back his place in the team and deserves to be selected and played.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Thank you for acknowledging this legend with one article ad-mist all the rubbish 'Dhoni said this...Sehwag said that'. Irfan is a spirited, effective and a much more talented player compared to all the no.7's that the country has seen in the recent past. Dhoni's negligence and favoritism towards Jadeja has ruined Irfan. I am just hoping that Irfan is able to cement himself so I and the other viewers do not have to see demoralizing Jadeja ever on our screens. Irfan is undoubtedly the only no. 7 choice that the country has and I would like to imagine the best one.

  • alltimegreat on February 24, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Irfan has got his rythm and form back but I still doubt his place in matches in sub-continent.When Yuvraj comes back ( he will be back ) things will get more tight for the likes of Irfan and Jadeja to carry on. Thats the truth!!

  • VickGower on February 24, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Not that impressed with Irfan so far. His type of bowling seems neither economical, nor that penetrating. On the other hand Jadeja needs to pick up his batting big time in overseas condition. Needs to get stronger. Drink milk, bulk up. I think of Saha here - great wicketkeeper - definite potential as a batsman. But with that emasculated frame he will struggle to be an effective batsman. To be honest, it's just a poor outlook for India in terms of talent. Seems a lot of these batsmen have been found out by the larger grounds. All that clutch big hitting for 4s/6s - nowhere to be seen.

  • CurryNCricket on February 24, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Immdialtely bring Harbhajan singh from India and replace Jadeja and keep Irfan Pathan.

  • Pramoth on February 24, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    I've not read all the comments and not sure whether somebody pointed this out earlier. When we play with the combination of 3 pace, 1 spin and 1 allrounder its hard to fit in Irfan in place of Jadeja (as an allrounder; he could fill the slot of a full time pacer) - simply because of the fact that Dhoni (am sure earlier Indian captains also have faced this issue) can't get 40 overs from his pace bowlers within the allotted time quota. Which means its risk for his captaincy - to the fact that he would lose a big percentage of his match remuneration, plus would have to sit out in the next game. I think when we play a combination of 2 pace, 2 spin and 1 allrounder - Irfan will get his chance. And for that we will have to go back to sub-contintent wickets. Irfan has always been promising with the bat than with the ball. Hopefully his new action and figures makes thing work his way in future.

  • Lodhizia2525 on February 24, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is More suitable For No : 7 or any other position in Indian Playing 11..J You cant even compare irfan pathan with jadeja... i dont relly understand why is he in playing 11.. One match dhoni didnt let him bowl even a single over..When dhoni himself feels jadeja cant even bowl one over how can you let him play in playing 11... Irfan pathan had done a lot of hard work to come back in team.. and more hard work to play in playing 11 instead of a traveler tourist like other"s Exm" Manjoy Tiwari.. He is class All Rounder Which india was searching for a long time... He can open the blowing & He can bat at any number.. or can bowl in death overs.. He is best all rounder which selectors were searching for a long time.. Best Of Luck for Your future.. Hope You Hard works give you more success for Us...

  • CaptainKool on February 24, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Jadeja is the worst player. Irfan is better than him anyday. I hope Irfan makes it in the team as an all-rounder. I think if you look Ashwin and Raina, they can also bowl and bat so why should we go with another spinner who is basically non-existent. Bring in PK for Vinay kumar and Zaheer for Umesh.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on February 24, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Why is every one after Jadeja? He saves around 20 runs in the field and if he scores 30, that means his contribution is already at 50 runs. Bowling wise, he is a "filler". Not a regular bowler. Irfan is a regular bowler on the other hand. Every one talks about these youngsters, but no one seems to have guts to ask for dropping Sehwag and Sachin. These two have become a liability (both in batting and fielding) and are not contributing anything. Keep Jadeja and Irfan and drop Sachin and Sehwag. Irfan can be used for opening and Jadeja needs to bat up higher, as he needs a bit more time than coming in during suicide period. Zak, Praveen must play the rest of the games. With Sachin and Sehwag gone, you have true triers and the best fielding side. Also bring in Tiwari for Raina.

  • on February 24, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    I am never a fan of S. Monga's writing. I always felt contradictory (his views).. But this is a good one.. Keep it factual Monga.. Well done

  • SRT_GENIUS on February 24, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Heh... now Dhoni will say Jadeja is a better fielder....

  • zico123 on February 24, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    no doubt Irfan is a better bowling allrounder than Ravindra jadeja. my 11 is Gambhir, Sachin, Kohli, Manoj Tiwari, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan pathan, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma/ Jadeja, Zaheer, Yadav

  • Romenevans on February 24, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    LOL Jadega went to CSK. Ahem ahem! Unlucky days starts chennai boys....LOL!

  • on February 24, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @ABP235: W.Saha is ordinary? He is arguably the best Indian keeper at present and has been performing remarkably with the bat as well. But anyway Dinesh Karthik is way better as a keeper than Dhoni.

  • NSGD on February 24, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Million dollar baby is good only for IPL only. My team selection for sunday's match would be 1)Sehwag, 2) Sachin 3) gambhir 4) Kohli 5)Dhoni 6)Raina 7) Tiwari or (if u want to give Rohit another chance) 8) Pathan 9) Ashwin 10) Khan 11) one of the 2 Kumar's

  • on February 24, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Leave out Jadeja and make Irfan Pathan a regular player in the team. This way his confidence will boost and so his performance... The team needs to think on Sehwag for overseas tour and his recent past record tells much for him...

  • vj3478 on February 24, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    With 2 balls being used one at each end, its no brainer that Irfan as a medium/fast bowling all-rounder should be in the team. Raina/Sehwag can bowl spin which Jadaja does. He hasn't done anything wrong but Irfan is a better pick than Jadeja.

  • on February 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Really happy for Irfan - quality player and quality bloke. Hope his second coming is even better than his strong start. Look forward to some solid opening bursts from him!

  • cricbee on February 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @Amit Langnecha, +1 for that. Jadeja is far more an economy bowler, and he bettered Ashwin (a specialist bowler) on many instances. See the recent series with WI. He is the highest wicket taker with an excellent ER. I like Irfan too. He has an abundant talent and potential. But during the Chappel period he lost his bowling and has given away so many runs. His 2nd spell does not cross a speed of 120KMPH. Even Afridi can bowl faster. Such a juicy medium pace, if it does not have any swing, it is very difficult to stop the run flow esp. in slogs.

  • on February 24, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    well, speed is ZERO...Irfan is a spin bowler........We still don't have a match winning bowler............

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja is the worst "all rounder" India has ever produced!! He is just a mediocre bowler who can clear the fence when the boundaries are 50-60 metres!! . I think Irfan Pathan is way better than Jadeja in both batting and bowling.. Also if Pathan's age is Dhoni's problem, then give chances to Abhishek Nayar (Mumbai) or Stuart Binny (Karnataka).. These two are better allrounders than Jadeja atleast!! . Dhoni should be removed as captain.. He is very partial and his favoritism towards Jadeja is the reason we have had such a bad atmosphere in the dressing room and thats the reason why we've been losing so badly in this series. Dhoni is trying his level best to kick Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir and Irfan so that captaincy remains with him.. Dhoni's next target will be Kohli.. But Kohli is no ordinary bloke to take it lying down.. He will give it back to Dhoni and Dhoni knows that very well.. so he is quite.. Otherwise, he would have kicked Kohli out of the team as well!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Irfan is any day best pick than Jadeja. In a tie against Sri Lanka, Jadeja took 10 balls to score just 3 runs and he was sent ahead of Irfan too ! He has done this before in T20 WC 2009 where he scored 25 runs in 35 balls and left too many runs to score for Dhoni & Yusuf Pathan. He is not a good hitter of the ball to come at no. 6 or 7. Irfan fits the bill here. He should be given priority.

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I love how our Indian 'living room' selectors come out with perfect selection lists..guys you are all forgetting one thing. We dont have a head...our team is once again like in the days of Ganguly....favoritism, inner circles and shady communication. And do no for a minute think it started today, all these issues started surfacing when we start losing. Dhoni has been given a leash thats miles long! He was way too arrogant for it to ever survive. Only issue is that we dont have suitable replacement among the other bunch...The selectors need to take a leaf out of the Australian handbook and 'announce' a particular player (Kohli is my best bet and I wouldnt discard Ashwin - who is a sound communicator) as the vice captain and future captain...

  • SunnyD on February 24, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    I think Irfan should replace Sehwag in the team.

  • ABP235 on February 24, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @Rockyforcricket: There has never been any doubt in what you are saying. I have said this a hundred times now on many websites. But its not just Irfan. Look at the case of wicket keepers. The more talented Dinesh Karthik who, despite being younger to Dhoni, was already India's No.1 when Dhoni's flamboyant hair and batting style brought him to Indian team. Thereafter, Karthik performed better than any batsman in the 2007 test series in England, purely as an opening batsman. But Dhoni's corrupt political calculations made him realise that Karthik (and Irfan) were a thorn in his flesh. So, he kept these lads away (and promoted an ordinary W.Saha and Ishant). One may remember how Karthik hit two 150+ knocks in a Duleep/Irani match to force the selectors recall him, after he was dropped. But performances are not sufficient in India's and Dhoni's cricket politics. Dhoni and Sehwag's problems are also not new, and all know the circumstances under which Dravid had to quit captaincy in 2007!

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @rahulcricket007,Don't compare with Irfan with Raina....raina is far better than Irfan fielding and bowling.When comes to batting department he just bat good in only previous match...look at back in chennai last ODI against WI he given a maiden in 49th over....

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    ohhhhh god.......guys....leave ravindra alone he never did anything wrong....dunno why u all are after that kid???

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    of course irfan is a better than ravinder jadeja

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    irfan should not be compared to jadeja because Irfan is superior to jadeja in batting/bowling.Jadeja should not have played a single game in the series.

  • KENNETH2007 on February 24, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    It would be great for India to add Irfan in the place of Jadeja and also bring in Tiwary, Rihanne to the squad, as I mentioned better play the youngsters and loose than to play all the stars and loose embarrasingly: my team would be like 1.Gambhir 2.Sachin 3.Kohli 4.Tiwary 5.Raina 6.Rhianne/Patel 7.Irfan 8.Dhoni 9.Ashwin/Umesh10.Praveen 11.Zaheer if the selectors really want the team to win this might help..and ofcourse the players should take the responsiblity and play rotating the strike as much as possible and then go after loose balls .... VERY SIMPLE!! BEST OF LUCK INDIA

  • kimian on February 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Irfan - The Man for Every Moment......I am going to start a comic book about him !!!!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    He is very good player of India

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Irfan Pathan (from Narendra Modi's state) has done complete justice to the opportunities that he has been provided and should be picked as and when required.

    Going forward what could completely tilt case in IP's favor is a) improvement in his fielding (not that it is bad), and b) bowling speed with accuracy.

  • Harishonthemic on February 24, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Given the curious case of both the top order and middle order failing for India (Best example is current series, 1st ODI 77/5 in 15 overs chasing 217; 2nd ODI 157/5 in 32 overs chasing 234; 7th ODI 82/5 in 22 overs chasing 289, 8th ODI 172/5 in 35 overs chasing 290), Dhoni felt the need for a bastman who could bat long with him and bowl part-time to finish off 10 overs while the other 4 main bowlers (Praveen/Umesh, Zaheer, Vinay, Ashwin) go for the wickets because he always believes in 7 batsmen-4 bowlers formula. That's how Jadeja was drafted in. Compare these stats: Avg. in format Jadeja(Inns/100s/50s) Irfan(Inns/100s/50s) First Class 45.61 (56/5/10) 30.37 (126/2/18) ODIs 29.24 (38/0/5) 22.59 (82/0/5)

    Above stats show that Jadeja can convert his 50s apart from the higher avg. His highest First Class score is his recently made 314 (which won him $2M in IPL). If anyone's better, he'll definitely replace Jadeja. Till then....

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Ifran could become a better all rounder if he is given the confidence in all formats. His strokes are pleasant to watch especially his fluent drives. he plays correcly and could score fast when necessary.

  • SamRoy on February 24, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Many people think Ishant Sharma bowled without luck. If that's the case then Andrew Flintoff is the greatest bowler of all times for the sheer no. of times batsmen played and missed and were terrorised by his pace and bounce. The reason why Flintoff wasn't anywhere near being great (forget greatest) was simple. He was always a yard short in his length. So batsmen played and missed without getting edges. Same with Ishant Sharma even though he is nowhere near as hostile as Flintoff was. My prediction, unless Ishant consistently can hit good length rather than short of good length he is always going to be unsuccessful against quality batting lineups.

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    i m very very happy that irfan is back in the team he is d best allrounder this time india hav...........good luck irfan

  • Sports4Youth on February 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @ Ram Sharat Reddy B on (Feb 24 2012, 11:51 AM GMT) :-- Looks like you have a valid point. CSK. But at the same time one thing is true, that Dhoni had dealyed Ashwin's Debut by persisting iwith Harbhajan for a long time. Maybe Dhoni himself is confused. Or maybe once he picks a player he backs them for sometime unless it is proven one way or the other. If this is true then it is a virtue every captain must have. Don't discard a younster too quickly. Give them a decent opportunity, if still they fail then discard them for good.

  • S.Jagernath on February 24, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should be batting at #7 as Ravichandran Ashwin will balance out his short comings.The best team India can play would be: Virender Sehwag,Gautam Gambhir,Virat Kohli,Sachin Tendulkar,Manoj Tiwary,M.S Dhoni,Irfan Pathan,Ravichandran Ashwin,Praveen Kumar,Rahul Sharma & Zaheer Khan Tendulkar batting at #4 again will strengthen the middle order & help Tiwary a lot.5 real bowlers will prevent any massive accelerations.The 3 best seamers on tour with the 2 best spinners is the way India can go.Gambhir & Sehwag opening will boost their chances of doing well.Dropping Suresh Raina,Rohit Sharma,Ravindra Jadeja,Vinay Kumar & Umesh Yadav will make a huge difference to India's desperate situation.

  • Riderstorm on February 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Could the selection committee consider performance as the only requisite for the selection for the coming 2 years. It would help the team alot and saves the fans the disappointment. Rohit sharma, is very a curious case, very inexplicable. He performs with sublime touch once and goes haywire the other, very unpredictable and not upto the requirement yet. Suresh raina need to iron out the glitches, importantly facing short balls and has presented the case to be dropped until he proves himself in that area. Sehwag, should stop talking and start batting little longer. Dhoni, have been big fan of your attitude, it seems it's time to let something go, T20 captaincy would be a startm both of India and CSK. Please move on to try some new players to instigate the sense of survival among the young guys.

  • yusuf97 on February 24, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    if jadeja does not perform in the remaining part of the series then he has to go out because india has got a much much better all rounder in shape of irfan..

  • screamingeagle on February 24, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I really do not know what Dhoni's thinking is. Irfan has always been a trier. Not so Jadeja, who is a one dimensional cricketer who does not really give 100% all the time. Also there is the small matter of him not being good enough. Really the team should trim off the guys who does not perform. Unfortunately there are quite a few.

  • Percy_Fender on February 24, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    I think this is the real beginning of the career of Irfan Pathan, I wish him the very best of luck and divine blessings in his endeavour. He also has the seniority to be the Captain if Dhoni quits.

  • TonyRai on February 24, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Forget it. Dhoni is never going to let him settle in. I dont know why he hates him. But u'll see, Irfan will be used on purpose at times where he is more likely to fail than succeed. may it be batting or bowling.

  • on February 24, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Plz replace jadeja with Pathan. That way we can have all three seniors and Rohit sharma too.

  • Sudhakar86 on February 24, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Irfan should be our no.7 and Ashwin at no.8. Play 3 quality fast bowlers on a rotational basis. Give Rohit a fair chance in Indian conditions so that he can be amongst runs. He is immensely tallented and he was not given oppurtunity in tests to apply them. Once he plays test cricket at INTL level he is someone of Pietersen,AB de villiers calliber. Kohli always reminds Ponting than Dravid. India is too much dependant on Yuvi in the middle order. Raina should be allowed to bat at no.3. KOhli/Rohit/Yuvi should be rotated at no.4&5. Uthappa/Rayudu should be used at no 6. Kick the SAKUNI DHONI out of the INDIAN TEAM. he is misusing his captaincy.

  • on February 24, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Irfan is a lot better than Dhoni's CSKian mate Jadeja... Not sure why they keep picking Jadeja!

  • cricmatters on February 24, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Success=Talent + Application. No one would dare to say that Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Raina, Jadeja lack talent to succeed at this level but they do lack application. Once they get 30 odd runs, they seem to gift away their wicket with some poor shot selection. Irfan Pathan looks very cool and confident at the crease and deserves to play every game from now on. It is time to try Manoj Tiwari in place of Jadeja. I wonder why Yusuf Pathan is not in the squad. India needs some clean hitters down the order who can clear the boundary rope. Sehwag should be rested for the remainder of the series. He is horribly out of form this entire summer. Let Gambhir and Sachin open the innings for the remaining matches. Players should be cautioned about making too many statements in the media. Please wash your dirty linen back home. Sometimes I wonder who is running Indian Cricket. BCCI need to step in and take charge. Chin up guys. It doesn't matter whether you win or lose but at least show some fight.

  • roshanpshajan on February 24, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Irfan should be retained permanently to the team for the remaining matches of the CB series owing to his present performance, giving him preference over Ravindra Jadeja....I wonder why Manoj Tiwari isn't given a chance to play, though he has a century to his name in his very last innings and that too not out....the rotation policy hasn't worked far for India....Sehwag should be dropped in the next match to get Tiwari in....Unless he finds some consistent form, I think Sehwag should be RESTED to have young talents...besides I think Irfan shoud be sent at No: 3 or4 to take advantage of the powerplays depending on the situation....Aswin is a classy proper batsman, he should also be promoted in the batting order pertaining to the apt situation...

  • sathish008 on February 24, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Irfan is good with the bat. But he s leaking runs when it comes to bowling. Lack of pace making it easy for the batsmen. He should still improve.

  • RajuallenEmanuel on February 24, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    I think the Best possible XI and The batting order that can secure India a place at finals is. Sachin, Gambhir, Virat, Dhoni, Shewag, Raina, Irfan, Ashwin, Praveen, Zaheer, Rahul Sharma/Yadav. I Prefer this Batting Order Because Gambhir is in some decent form at the top. Sachin is still timing the ball well. Virat is doing a word of good. Dhoni is the man to steady the ship and later on launch. Shewag talks about batting in the middle, its the wright time to do. Use Raina as a Finisher rather than a player who is trying to steady the ship in fall of early wickets. Irfan is the one All- Rounder who can bat. Ashwin Is Handy With Bat At No.8. Praveen Is the One Who Can Swing The New Ball At Any Given Condition. Zak Will Open With Praveen. I Think In The T20 and In 1 ODI Sharma Has Troubled OZies A Lot Than Yadav, But Yadav Is Hot In Those Condition Which Sometime May Burn Our Hands too. So India Should Make a Brave Move Like Lanka did with Mahela Opening The Innin and OZ by Axeing Punter.

  • on February 24, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Irfan is better than Jadeja........ I feel in next match against austrila....... Jadeja and irfan both should play... if u see the records of aswin and jadeja against Austrila.... than u might not that jadeja records are better......

    Vinay and Zaheer should also play........

  • crazytaurean on February 24, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Well Mr Dhoni, if you want to win the next world cup you need more Irfan Pathans in the side. Seam/Swing bowlers who can bat in the death . Wish Kapil paaji can be back again. Is there someone in the Ranji circles who can answer this problem? Not that I know of. BCCI needs to do some bold selections.

  • linuxer6 on February 24, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Bowling: Irfan Pathan: 3 Innings-29.0 Overs-153 Runs- 6 Wickets- 25.50 Average-5.27 Eco-29.0 StRate. R.Jadeja: 5 Innings-42.4 Overs- 233 Runs- 1 Wicket-233.0 Average- 5.46 Eco-256 StRate Batting: Irfan Pathan: 3 Innings - Total Runs 74 - Best 47 - Average 24.66 - Strike Rate 112.12 - 4s 8 - 6s 2. R.Jadeja: 6 Innings - Total Runs 93 - Best 24* - Average 18 - Strike Rate 73.22 - 4s 3 - 6s ZERO. Lets watch the above figures how impressive Irfan is, worst pick of the tour is R.JADEJA. Irfan has world class Swing bowling, he is not at his best, Still he is best pick than Jadeja, If he gets his old touch back, you have to dare him to compare with Jadeja(Worst Player I have ever seen from India).

    Dhoni ji please stop your favoritism , its not your CSK team, its our Indian team, Dont play your tricks with Indian team, do what ever you want with CSK, Jest pick players who can contribute to team with full efforts.

    Cricinfo please post my comments...Thank you...

  • 8teen on February 24, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Good luck Irfan .Show us who you are.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on February 24, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    He has done what he could in the 3 chances he has been given this series. I think nothing more can be asked of him. If despite this he is not the preferred first choice for the No.7 slot it is just the perfect example of the sorry state Indian cricket is now in.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    my team should be sehwag, ghambir, kohli,tiwary, dhoni,suresh raina, irfan, rahul sharma, yadav and zaheer

  • sathya1234567890 on February 24, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    SEHWAG- SACHIN- GAMBHIR- KOHLI- ROHIT/YUVRAJ- RAINA- DHONI- IRFAN/YUSUF- PRAVEEN/VINAY- ASHWIN/RAHUL/HARBAJAN- ZAHEER/YADAV/MUNAF

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Irfan is the best all rounder for india! Dunno why dhoni always backs jadeja,ashwin and Raina. All of them CSK players!!! If irfan had played for CSK then he would have been dhoni's first choice.

  • Sports4Youth on February 24, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @ SamRoy on (Feb 24 2012, 11:24 AM GMT) :-- I think you are right. When Dhoni was winning and doing well he could get away with anything. And every decision of his was regarded as a master stroke. But now he is getting exposed day-in and day-out. He is also having some problems with Sehwag. It looks like Dhoni's stars are begining to abandone him. Atleast at this stage he must realise that his policy of favoritism will bring him down faster. If he has to stay a littile longer at the top, then he should give up this policy and start picking the best players and get the best possible combination of XI according to pitch, conditions, situations etc.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Please people STOP putting ROHIT and JADEJA name in the playing 11. How many chances has Rohit gotten. After playing almost 75 ODI his average is still around 25 which is BAD for a specialist batsmen. And Jadeja is useless in most games, he's neither an above average bowler or batsmen. He can't compete consistently. All the talks about dropping Tendulkar but tell me who has proven themselves. The list goes on. Raina, Parthiv, Sehwag, all are failing miserably. Only deserving right now are Kohli and Dhoni, and Tendulkar, he's only having a bad tour after many years.

  • csowmi7 on February 24, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    irfan, kohli and ashwin are the only real positives to come out of this series when it comes to the youngsters from India. These youngsters are being given a truck load of chances and are failing miserably to capitalize. Jadeja, rohit sharma, raina and even umesh yadav to a degree are turning out to be croppers. Wheras the youngsters in sri lanka and australia are really proving their worth. The likes of forrest, chandimal, thirimanne, mathews, perera, wade, pattinson, starc, cummins and christian are making a case for themselves whereas India has been failing to put up anything worth mentioning. Instead of blaming the seniors we should turn our attention to the youngsters who really need to pull their socks up and prove their worth.

  • Rockyforcricket on February 24, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Isnt it interesting to recall that Irfan was instrumental in India winning the 2007 T20 world cup, with Dhoni at the helm...for the first time...on any given day, Irfan(barring his injury woes) is a certainty in the team....what then could be the reason Dhoni keeps favouring Jadeja, Raina, Rohit et all....as "supposed" allrounders?

    Its obvious......with Irfan's age and talent, DHONI CONSIDERS IRFAN AS HIS BIGGEST THREAT TO HIS LONG TERM CAPTAINCY PLANS OF THE INDIAN TEAM....nip the rising star in the bud...nefarious plans of Dhoni...

    For starters, Irfan should be elevated to the test team immediately...and should figure in the selectors' leadership plans in the limited formats of the game...Keep it up Irfan, you have the talent and the pluck...all you need now is loads of luck.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Irfan is a dood alrounder. He has practiced in both of these fields for months & months. Now the better decision for the selectors I suggest is that Irfan should be in the next T20 World Cup.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Irfan's batting position should be no8 only. Depending on con his confidence and situation, he should be floated.

  • Sports4Youth on February 24, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    When Irfan was picked against the WI for the ODI and played the last game, Shastri had rightly pointed out that Irfan had played very well and taken a lot of wickets at the first class games (4 day matches). Hence, Shastri recomended that it would be better if Irfan was first given an opportunity in the Test matches than the ODI's , I fully felt agreed. But now having got the opportunity in the limited over games, Irfan has grabbed the opportunity with both his hands. It looks fairly certain that looking at the first class form and also the ODI performance thus far that now Irfan will be back in the Tests as well. Also it will solve the problem of Ishant Sharma (bowling without luck). If Irfan comes in place Ishant Sharma, I hope Irfan will prove to be luckier than Ishant (pun intended to Eric Simons). Also it will deepen the batting lineup. A pace combination of Zaheer-Irfan-Praveen should be great. Also U.Yadav is a great replacement.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    At a time, Irfan Pathan is No. 1 Best Bowling (Fast) Allrounder, But One Thing is Not in Hist Favor is Dhoni Favrotism to Jadeja that is not good for Indian Cricket...As Above Said Irfan Pathan Has More Potential Comparison to Jadeja in Both Batting & Bowling....But Dhoni Want To Play Jadeja and That's Why He Choose Him In CSK Team at Record Price that is More Than Jadeja Capability.......No Space for Partiality in Indian Cricket Team, It Must Need to Learn By DHONI............

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Irfan is a better all rounder than R Jadeja. No experiments needs to be done for the sunday match. australian are not easy to beat. Our seniors should click and stop talking rubbish country comes first then individuals. hope wisdom prevail upon on the team India. best of luck

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    RAVINDRA JADEJA IS PREFERRED BECAUSE OF FIELDING AND PRODUCED SOME AWESOME RUN OUT . BUT IN AUSTRALIAN CONDITIONS A MEDIUM PACER ALL ROUNDER IS ALWAYS HANDY . IRFAN PROVES HIS BETTER THAN JADEJA IN AUSTRALIA. SO PLEASE INDIAN TEAM CHANGE THE MINDSET AND PLAY LIKE LIONS . DROP JADEJA AND YOU WILL GET A BETTER TEAM. ACC TO ME SYDNEY PLAYING XI 1-SACHIN 2-SHEWAG 3-GAUTAM GAMBHIR 4-VIRAT KHOLI 5-MANOJ TIWARI 6-M S DHONI 7-IRFAN PATHAN 8-R ASHWIN 9-PAVEEN KUMAR 10-ZAHEER KHAN 11-VINAY KUMAR DROP PLAYER BY SAYING THAT THIS IS YOUR WEAKNESS AND YOU NEED TO IMPROVE IT. THIS WILL PRODUCE BETTER RESULTS

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    It is clear to everybody that Irfan is a better batsman than Ravindra Jadeja, at least at the No. 7 position, which usually needs bigger, cleaner strikes in the final few overs

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    In today's cricket world, alrounder plays the most inportant role. I thin Irfan is a good bowler and batsman. Think how he has struggled to correct some of his mistakes in bowling and has spent months in accomplishing minor corrections in the bowling field. Now it belongs to the selctros whom they chose. But my suggestion is to select Irfan and give him more time so that he would be more motivated and thus obsolutely he can be one the best bowlers in the world - and I think he has gotten this previlage. Best

  • Sports4Youth on February 24, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    If I am not mistaken this position was last vacated by Irfan himself, that was through injuries and loss of form. Here Sidharth has said that this place has rotated between Yousuf Pathan and R.Jadega. But I think more players have actually played at this position for the last 3/4 years. So finally it looks like no other player or allrounder has proved very good at this spot. Will it be proper to say that after taking a full circle, Irfan will take back the spot vacated by him. For so many years I have been hearing the indian captains and ex-players longing for a fast bowling allrounder for this spot. And yet when Irfan was available Dhoni chose to go the otherway first. After all it was Irfan who has past experience of the Australian conditions and not Jadega. Also pace is more suitable on these pitches compared to spin.

  • Hussain59133 on February 24, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    if india wants to win their remaining 2 games & stay in this series then irfan should play & bat atleast at no. 6 or 7 position

    i hope india will come home with this series win

    there is no place for vinay & jadeja replace them with zaheer khan & irfan pathan

  • linuxer6 on February 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Loosing / winning is a part of game the main thing needed is the action and full hearted try to win even when you are in loosing side, it lacks from Jadeja, he never showed it in ground, I dont know why Dhoni always goes with Jadeja, its waste of money , just go with Irfan , he is not a debutant, he proved himself as a best allrounder from India after Kapil, we have to give him more chances so that he can prepare himself for 2015 world cup/ for tests too. He can even open the batting as a opener even in tests, that states he is technically he is proved. My best allrounder of current Indians.

  • Sarpanch2 on February 24, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    V R happy to see U Irfan back in the side...now give ur 100% and I hope no jadeja or anybody can be a thorn in your way....best of luck bhai....!!!!

  • SamRoy on February 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    But Sid you are missing the point, Jadeja is Captain Cool's favourite! Otherwise some player who contributes massively in losing 2 T20 World Cups (in quarter finals itself) should not be anywhere near the team. Limited strokeplay (can he play any other shot apart from the cut shot with power/timing?) and little variety in bowling (doesn't even turn in on a flat pitch) are hardly signs of a good allrounder. Irfan on the other hand should open the bowling and atleast get 3 overs at the beginning to make maximum use of new white ball.

  • joseyesu on February 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    We don't need 1 Irfan, but atleast 2.Team India is piling up with spinners.Just like Mathews, Maharoof, Perera (SL), Watson, Hasting(Aus), Oram, Franklin (NZ), Albie,Kallis(SA) we need to have players if WC2015 in AUS is our dream

  • azzaman333 on February 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Sounds like he has a really good attitude to cricket at the moment. Way better than pretty much every other Indian. I hope he does well these last couple of matches.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    drop jadeja and get rahul sharma in,drop rohith for tiwary.......play zaheer.....

    my team would be...... sewag,ghambir,kohli,tiwari,raina,dhoni,pathan,aswin,rahul,vinay,zaheer

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    great to see him in that spirit again

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Irfan is still not the same bowler which he was when he burst on the international scene in 2003-04. But even if he is 75% of what he was, he is still miles ahead of Jadeja as a utility cricketer in the shorter version of the game.

  • here2rock on February 24, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    He gives the team much needed balance. He should be part of India's team in India and overseas. The big question is whether the selectors will give him a fair go? The selection policies have been very poor for India for the last 4 series.

  • darshan.0206 on February 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    I love see Irfan back in form. A Great Player, Team India need such players.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    At a time, Irfan Pathan is No. 1 Best Bowling (Fast) Allrounder, But One Thing is Not in Hist Favor is Dhoni Favrotism to Jadeja that is not good for Indian Cricket...As Above Said Irfan Pathan Has More Potential Comparison to Jadeja in Both Batting & Bowling....But Dhoni Want To Play Jadeja and That's Why He Choose Him In CSK Team at Record Price that is More Than Jadeja Capability.......No Space for Partiality in Indian Cricket Team, It Must Need to Learn By DHONI............

  • annys on February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    sehwag gauti kohli manoj dhoni raina rohit irfan rahul yadav zaheer

  • rony87 on February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    its very clear, letting jadeja handle number 6 and number 7 batting positions has been disastrous for india... just to accomodate a fielder in the team MSD has been playing a batsman short.. which puts additional pressure on the top order batsmen.. really if team india has to win the remaining 2 matches.. this should be the team... sachin, sehwag, gambhir, kohli, tiwary/sharma, raina, dhoni, pathan, jadeja/ashwin, zaheer, yadav/vinay kumar MSD PLEASE PLAY 7 BATSMEN PLLLZZZZZZ... WE WANT TO BE IN THE FINALSS!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    good luck irfan....all the best...u have the big fan following.....

  • prawn on February 24, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    This is awesome news, Irfan is without any doubt the Fast bowling all rounder india was looking for. His has always been a curious case. I somehow feel he has been the victim of politics within the BCCI and the Selectors to be out of the team for so long. The Pathan Brothers both deserve a place in the indian ODI and T20 squads, where as irfan deserves to be on the test team too. They are what we call Single Handed Game Changers with out any doubt. I always backed Irfan whether he was in the team or no.. i think we all should. Cricket is about a good clean game with a gentle attitude, which we indians should be proud of. Irfan is a true gentleman. Players like Jadeja and Rohit sharma are the selectors pets and enjoy the confidence of Mr. Cool himself. Jadeja is a over hyped and over priced cricketer.

    best of luck Irfan.

  • 777aditya on February 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Irfan is suck a likeable cricketer, has a great attitude and good skills - doesn't go over the top in his celebrations either - Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma can learn to maintain their composure from a guy like him - really good poise for a young guy! very happy to see him back - he should be persisted with and the rewards will follow for Indian cricket. cant but help feel that spiritualism has played a huge part in his 'finding peace within' - definitely due to his father's role in his upbringing - now just one more wish, COME BACK YUSUF!!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    IRFAN IS BETTER NOT ONLY FROM JADEJA BUT ALSO FROM RAINA , SEHWAG . IRFAN HAS NO PROBLEM WITH SHORT PITCH STUFF & HE CAN MAKE RUNS AT FAST SPEED TOO .BUT UNTIL DHONI IS OUR CAPTAIN I CAN'T SEE IRFAN PLAYING AHEAD OF JADEJA .

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 24, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    All the best Irfan.The best combination for next ODI is - Gambhir,Sachin, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Irfan, Jadeja, Aswin, PK , Zak. Promote Irfan/Jadeja up in the order based on the left/right required at the situation. Also, we will get lot of options in bowling too.

  • satish619chandar on February 24, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    He is in a decent form and better than the bowlers available now.. But still, he ll lose out to the Irfan who set the things right when he was 19.. The yards that young lad put while bowling and the maximum swing he extracted can't be matched by this 27 year old.. Saying that, i would love the team to have him in as fast bowler and Rahul Sharma as second spinner.. So far, Rahul was better than Umesh in ODI's and Jadeja need to carry drinks as Irfan is a better batsman and Rahul is a better spinner than Jadeja.. Playing with 4 fast bowlers, we ll give rest again to Captain for sure.. Have Zak, Vinay, Irfan along with the two spinners.. Batting is more bleak than the bowling for sure.. The guys who get picked in rotation policy or based on form need to make it count..

  • RohithMedisetty on February 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    sack jadeja and get irfan to bat at no 7 . we would make a far better team by this. Jadeja is not good enough to play in australian conditions. He's struggling to clear the field. 1) sachin 2) sehwag 3) ganmbhir 4) kohli 5) raina/rohit 6) dhoni 7) irfan 8)ashwin 9) rahul sharma 10) zaheer and 11)vinay

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  • RohithMedisetty on February 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    sack jadeja and get irfan to bat at no 7 . we would make a far better team by this. Jadeja is not good enough to play in australian conditions. He's struggling to clear the field. 1) sachin 2) sehwag 3) ganmbhir 4) kohli 5) raina/rohit 6) dhoni 7) irfan 8)ashwin 9) rahul sharma 10) zaheer and 11)vinay

  • satish619chandar on February 24, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    He is in a decent form and better than the bowlers available now.. But still, he ll lose out to the Irfan who set the things right when he was 19.. The yards that young lad put while bowling and the maximum swing he extracted can't be matched by this 27 year old.. Saying that, i would love the team to have him in as fast bowler and Rahul Sharma as second spinner.. So far, Rahul was better than Umesh in ODI's and Jadeja need to carry drinks as Irfan is a better batsman and Rahul is a better spinner than Jadeja.. Playing with 4 fast bowlers, we ll give rest again to Captain for sure.. Have Zak, Vinay, Irfan along with the two spinners.. Batting is more bleak than the bowling for sure.. The guys who get picked in rotation policy or based on form need to make it count..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 24, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    All the best Irfan.The best combination for next ODI is - Gambhir,Sachin, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Irfan, Jadeja, Aswin, PK , Zak. Promote Irfan/Jadeja up in the order based on the left/right required at the situation. Also, we will get lot of options in bowling too.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    IRFAN IS BETTER NOT ONLY FROM JADEJA BUT ALSO FROM RAINA , SEHWAG . IRFAN HAS NO PROBLEM WITH SHORT PITCH STUFF & HE CAN MAKE RUNS AT FAST SPEED TOO .BUT UNTIL DHONI IS OUR CAPTAIN I CAN'T SEE IRFAN PLAYING AHEAD OF JADEJA .

  • 777aditya on February 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Irfan is suck a likeable cricketer, has a great attitude and good skills - doesn't go over the top in his celebrations either - Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma can learn to maintain their composure from a guy like him - really good poise for a young guy! very happy to see him back - he should be persisted with and the rewards will follow for Indian cricket. cant but help feel that spiritualism has played a huge part in his 'finding peace within' - definitely due to his father's role in his upbringing - now just one more wish, COME BACK YUSUF!!

  • prawn on February 24, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    This is awesome news, Irfan is without any doubt the Fast bowling all rounder india was looking for. His has always been a curious case. I somehow feel he has been the victim of politics within the BCCI and the Selectors to be out of the team for so long. The Pathan Brothers both deserve a place in the indian ODI and T20 squads, where as irfan deserves to be on the test team too. They are what we call Single Handed Game Changers with out any doubt. I always backed Irfan whether he was in the team or no.. i think we all should. Cricket is about a good clean game with a gentle attitude, which we indians should be proud of. Irfan is a true gentleman. Players like Jadeja and Rohit sharma are the selectors pets and enjoy the confidence of Mr. Cool himself. Jadeja is a over hyped and over priced cricketer.

    best of luck Irfan.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    good luck irfan....all the best...u have the big fan following.....

  • rony87 on February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    its very clear, letting jadeja handle number 6 and number 7 batting positions has been disastrous for india... just to accomodate a fielder in the team MSD has been playing a batsman short.. which puts additional pressure on the top order batsmen.. really if team india has to win the remaining 2 matches.. this should be the team... sachin, sehwag, gambhir, kohli, tiwary/sharma, raina, dhoni, pathan, jadeja/ashwin, zaheer, yadav/vinay kumar MSD PLEASE PLAY 7 BATSMEN PLLLZZZZZZ... WE WANT TO BE IN THE FINALSS!!!

  • annys on February 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    sehwag gauti kohli manoj dhoni raina rohit irfan rahul yadav zaheer

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    At a time, Irfan Pathan is No. 1 Best Bowling (Fast) Allrounder, But One Thing is Not in Hist Favor is Dhoni Favrotism to Jadeja that is not good for Indian Cricket...As Above Said Irfan Pathan Has More Potential Comparison to Jadeja in Both Batting & Bowling....But Dhoni Want To Play Jadeja and That's Why He Choose Him In CSK Team at Record Price that is More Than Jadeja Capability.......No Space for Partiality in Indian Cricket Team, It Must Need to Learn By DHONI............