Australia v India, Commonwealth Bank Series, Sydney February 25, 2012

India face 'best XI' quandary

MS Dhoni had earlier spoken of how the rotation policy will have helped "by the time" India make it to the finals. With "by the time" becoming a big "if", India are set resort to their best XI, but who constitutes that XI is not a straightforward decision
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MS Dhoni will persist with Ravindra Jadeja as the allrounder, and Irfan Pathan will play as a specialist bowler in India's near do-or-die match against Australia on Sunday. Dhoni said he was impressed with Irfan's bowling, but that playing him at No. 7 will leave the batting thin. When asked if India will play a specialist batsman at No. 7 as, seemingly, the batting was their main concern, Dhoni said he didn't want to lose out on Jadeja's spin bowling.

It is an interesting persistence. Jadeja is a likable player, no doubt. He fields superbly in the circle, has a rocket arm from the deep, and squeezes every last drop out of his batting and bowling talent. You want to make space for such players in your side, but how long do you persist, and do you respect conditions? The fact remains that Jadeja is neither as good a timer of the ball as Irfan nor as good a bowler in Australian conditions with two new balls being used.

This thought process points to a limited side that happens to be out of form too. In other words, Dhoni is not confident that his four specialist bowlers and Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag can bowl 50 overs among them. Nor does he trust his six best batsmen followed by Irfan and R Ashwin to bat out - and bat out convincingly - 50 overs. You have to empathise with Dhoni here: the batting is struggling, and you will never bet your well-earned money on India's bowlers, bar two, completing their quota.

One of those two bowlers, Zaheer Khan, is out with a calf injury, which is the reason Irfan was tried out in the first place. The second, Praveen Kumar, has played only two ODIs in this series despite being fit. Given Vinay Kumar's hamstring injury, Praveen is likely to return, but Dhoni made it clear he wasn't the first choice as his pace and length had fallen away following a rib injury that kept him out of the Test series.

"He is swinging the ball," Dhoni agreed, but added, "after he has come back from injury, he has dropped down in pace a bit. From a bowler who was bowling just over 130, the last game that he played, he bowled close to 125 and below that. And he was bowling a fraction short. At that pace if you are a fraction short, then players have more opportunity to cash in."

Dhoni said that with the injuries forcing him to rotate players, there was no need to employ an extra rotation policy. When India had won two matches in a row and tied the third, Dhoni had spoken of how the rotation policy will have helped "by the time" India make it to the finals. "By the time" has become a big "if" now. And so, he suggested he would go back to playing the best XI, meaning Rohit might miss out again.

It was a bold move to back the youngsters, to give them more exposure, or even look for a better fielding unit. The motive behind the move cannot be questioned in a vacuum. The communication can be, but that's a different matter now. At the end of the day, the youngsters haven't taken those opportunities. Rohit has all but played himself out, Raina has only been marginally better. Dhoni is not giving up on them any time soon, though.

"Not disappointed," he said, "because every time any individual goes on to the field he wants to perform. And at times you can't perform. It has happened to each and every one who has played international cricket. It's just that most of our batsmen haven't done consistently well in the series, so we are feeling the pressure.

"Doesn't matter who you are or where you are batting, if you think of the first six batsmen as a unit. Out of first six, if three or four of them are performing, it doesn't matter who is the person who is not performing. Because what happens is, as a team you do well. You can give those extra few games to the individual who has not done well.

"But when you are going through a phase where you are struggling a bit, then it becomes difficult to give that particular individual those extra two games or three games, which may make him turn things around. You have to go by the demands of the game, and right now we are not in a very good situation. We are in a do-or-die situation, and the best XI will feature based on fitness and availability."

What the best XI is, is another matter altogether. There are various factors to be considered: slow fielders, injuries, bowlers who can't be trusted to bowl ten overs every day, out-of-form batsmen. You wouldn't want to be in Dhoni's shoes right now.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    I pity on Manoj Tiwary these days. Despite making a brilliant century in testing conditions at tha Chepauk, he has never been tried out... The entire team is in tatters.... Even if Team India reach the final somehow, still there is an immediate need for a change. No more sachin and no more tolerance with the Mysterious injuries to the players would certainly help the Team a lot. Why are Raina, Jadeja playing continuously and Tiwary not even getting a spot in the team. That seems impartial to me on Dhoni's behalf. It's time to take some audacious decisions now.... Sachin is becoming a liability to the team.... He should be shown the door like what was done to Ponting a few days ago... There's no place for emotions in a game like cricket. God save team India... It comes from a hardcore Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | February 26, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    " but that playing him at No. 7 will leave the batting thin." why so? Jadeja was never a batsman. Pathan is much better. And jadeja's bowling is not even good outside india (either T20 or WC). IPL not only spoiled the seniors but introduced such bits and pieces of players. @JB77 Agree Smith is also bits and pieces player but a better timer with bat than jadeja

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Can some one please clarify how is Jadeja an all-rounder ? Does all rounder mean some who can't bat and ball, or does it mean some one who can run all round the field ? If it means neither of the above 2, then Jadeja can't be called an all rounder ?

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | February 25, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    This guy Jadeja, reminds me of another "Joginder Sharma"... can't bowl can't bat.....

    Jadeja must have done something right.. to keep players like Irfan, Manoj Tiwary out of the team..... even after failure, after failure, after failure....

    I do not understand how he is seen as a batting alrounder - when all he makes is a meek 20 or 30 at 70-80 strike rate.. and still cannot even save the bonus point in all those defeats.. Irfan atleast saved a bonus point for us..

  • POSTED BY JB77 on | February 25, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    With the influence that the BCCI has on....well....everything, I wouldn't be suprised if Dhoni was being put under pressure to retain Jadeja in the side. I mean it's hard to make the IPL look like a legitimate competition if the most expensive player is dropped when it turns out he's actually quite useless. Jadeja reminds me of Steven Smith that we persisted with for so long: bowling a bit, batting a bit and being dynamic in the field doesn't add up to a complete cricketer. These 'bits-and-pieces' players are the worst thing that the T20 revolution has done to cricket in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 25, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    The currrent tour for India is washed out completely. I don't think this team is going to finals. Its time to rebuild. Shewag should be selected only to play in subcontinent. He is approaching 35 and has not done much with bat now for two years outside of subcontinent. 2012 should be the last year for SRT to represent India. Rohit Sharma is big question mark. He seems to have technic but his batting is totally brainless. Raina and Jadeja are not players who can handle pace and bounce. BCCI should pick set of teams, one for subcontinents and one for non-subtinent based on players skills not only past records.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Ashwin & Jadeja should go out for tomorrow's Game, Dhoni should use 5 specialized bowlers and he should trust remaining 6 Batsman. but if he still use both of them and not give chance to Rahul Sharma ,so defenitly there is a CSK factor as others said.1 Tendulkar 2 Sehwag 3 Gambhir 4 Kohli 5 Raina 6 Dhoni 7 Irfan 8 Praveen 9 Rahul 10 Vinay 11 Yadav

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 25, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    I can see India winning if they are chasing, but will be hard to defend a total with such horrible bowlers against in form Forrest, Clarke, Hussey Brothers, and a violent Daniel Christian

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 25, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @iarkin you say that Dhoni is the best captain in the recent months? He is the man who got whitewashed TWICE In a ROW and also having a poor ODI record away from home (whitewashed in ODI's in England). Then you have someone like Mahela who's captaincy turned an ODI side from being 43 all out in South Africa to being one of the best teams in this tournament. Dhoni has never been a good captain. His field placings have been ridiculous and his selection (leaving either Sehwag, Tendulkar, or Gambhir out??!?!) has been insane. Dhoni is, however, a great player in the One Day format, but captaincy wise, I do not think he is good. Winning world cups does not mean your captaincy is good, it means your team is good. Now that the teams are not as good as they were, we really see his captaincy for what it is: a farce

  • POSTED BY iarkin on | February 25, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Dear writer, why are you trying to push your personal prejudice against Dhoni? A cursory glance of all your recent articles clearly proves that you are trying to settle scores against one of the best leaders of men India has had in the last few months.

    If Raina and Rohit have not set the scoreboard afire, neither have Sachin or Sehwag. Seriously, fighting against the captain and getting out twice playing the same shot (to the third man) against the same team -- and you are supporting Sehwag? And the only fellow showing any sort of fighting spirit out there - Dhoni - gets caned by you?

    Dont use your job as a vehicle to settle personal scores against Dhoni - just because he does not give you any fodder to write any sensational third page gossip on a cricket magazine, which you and some of your fellow writers are desperately trying to convert into a paparazzi magazine.

    Thank you Sambit Bal and Harsha Bhogle for writing for the real cricket fan!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    I pity on Manoj Tiwary these days. Despite making a brilliant century in testing conditions at tha Chepauk, he has never been tried out... The entire team is in tatters.... Even if Team India reach the final somehow, still there is an immediate need for a change. No more sachin and no more tolerance with the Mysterious injuries to the players would certainly help the Team a lot. Why are Raina, Jadeja playing continuously and Tiwary not even getting a spot in the team. That seems impartial to me on Dhoni's behalf. It's time to take some audacious decisions now.... Sachin is becoming a liability to the team.... He should be shown the door like what was done to Ponting a few days ago... There's no place for emotions in a game like cricket. God save team India... It comes from a hardcore Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | February 26, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    " but that playing him at No. 7 will leave the batting thin." why so? Jadeja was never a batsman. Pathan is much better. And jadeja's bowling is not even good outside india (either T20 or WC). IPL not only spoiled the seniors but introduced such bits and pieces of players. @JB77 Agree Smith is also bits and pieces player but a better timer with bat than jadeja

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Can some one please clarify how is Jadeja an all-rounder ? Does all rounder mean some who can't bat and ball, or does it mean some one who can run all round the field ? If it means neither of the above 2, then Jadeja can't be called an all rounder ?

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | February 25, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    This guy Jadeja, reminds me of another "Joginder Sharma"... can't bowl can't bat.....

    Jadeja must have done something right.. to keep players like Irfan, Manoj Tiwary out of the team..... even after failure, after failure, after failure....

    I do not understand how he is seen as a batting alrounder - when all he makes is a meek 20 or 30 at 70-80 strike rate.. and still cannot even save the bonus point in all those defeats.. Irfan atleast saved a bonus point for us..

  • POSTED BY JB77 on | February 25, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    With the influence that the BCCI has on....well....everything, I wouldn't be suprised if Dhoni was being put under pressure to retain Jadeja in the side. I mean it's hard to make the IPL look like a legitimate competition if the most expensive player is dropped when it turns out he's actually quite useless. Jadeja reminds me of Steven Smith that we persisted with for so long: bowling a bit, batting a bit and being dynamic in the field doesn't add up to a complete cricketer. These 'bits-and-pieces' players are the worst thing that the T20 revolution has done to cricket in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 25, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    The currrent tour for India is washed out completely. I don't think this team is going to finals. Its time to rebuild. Shewag should be selected only to play in subcontinent. He is approaching 35 and has not done much with bat now for two years outside of subcontinent. 2012 should be the last year for SRT to represent India. Rohit Sharma is big question mark. He seems to have technic but his batting is totally brainless. Raina and Jadeja are not players who can handle pace and bounce. BCCI should pick set of teams, one for subcontinents and one for non-subtinent based on players skills not only past records.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Ashwin & Jadeja should go out for tomorrow's Game, Dhoni should use 5 specialized bowlers and he should trust remaining 6 Batsman. but if he still use both of them and not give chance to Rahul Sharma ,so defenitly there is a CSK factor as others said.1 Tendulkar 2 Sehwag 3 Gambhir 4 Kohli 5 Raina 6 Dhoni 7 Irfan 8 Praveen 9 Rahul 10 Vinay 11 Yadav

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 25, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    I can see India winning if they are chasing, but will be hard to defend a total with such horrible bowlers against in form Forrest, Clarke, Hussey Brothers, and a violent Daniel Christian

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 25, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @iarkin you say that Dhoni is the best captain in the recent months? He is the man who got whitewashed TWICE In a ROW and also having a poor ODI record away from home (whitewashed in ODI's in England). Then you have someone like Mahela who's captaincy turned an ODI side from being 43 all out in South Africa to being one of the best teams in this tournament. Dhoni has never been a good captain. His field placings have been ridiculous and his selection (leaving either Sehwag, Tendulkar, or Gambhir out??!?!) has been insane. Dhoni is, however, a great player in the One Day format, but captaincy wise, I do not think he is good. Winning world cups does not mean your captaincy is good, it means your team is good. Now that the teams are not as good as they were, we really see his captaincy for what it is: a farce

  • POSTED BY iarkin on | February 25, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Dear writer, why are you trying to push your personal prejudice against Dhoni? A cursory glance of all your recent articles clearly proves that you are trying to settle scores against one of the best leaders of men India has had in the last few months.

    If Raina and Rohit have not set the scoreboard afire, neither have Sachin or Sehwag. Seriously, fighting against the captain and getting out twice playing the same shot (to the third man) against the same team -- and you are supporting Sehwag? And the only fellow showing any sort of fighting spirit out there - Dhoni - gets caned by you?

    Dont use your job as a vehicle to settle personal scores against Dhoni - just because he does not give you any fodder to write any sensational third page gossip on a cricket magazine, which you and some of your fellow writers are desperately trying to convert into a paparazzi magazine.

    Thank you Sambit Bal and Harsha Bhogle for writing for the real cricket fan!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    sachin, sehvag, gambhir, kohil, raina, tiwari, dhoni, patha, ashwin/jadeja, p. kumar, v. kumar

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | February 25, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    As a CSK fan, I wish to point out that Dhoni is the Godfather of Ravindra Jadeja not because he is in CSK. Instead Ravindra Jadeja has come to CSK because Dhoni is his Godfather. Ashwin has done well against Sri Lanka but not Australia. India should pick Ashwin against Sri Lanka and Rahul Sharma against Australia. Tiwari should come in at 6 and Raina should bat at number 7 with Dhoni at 5.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Surely it will be "the Chennai Super Kings" eleven.

  • POSTED BY SantoshGhirnikar on | February 25, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    We are going LOSE this match if we stick with this sorry bunch of players, period! It is time to try something new even if it means another big loss. At least we will have a proper excuse. If I had the power to select the team, I would drop Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar and Raina. Bring in Tiwary, Rahane, Parthiv and Praveen.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Upto a point, Dhoni was able to get his guys to deliver at the crunch, he has used tricks in the past that looked stupid to me, but he was able to make them work - he was able to get guys to deliver better than their best. Of late, either Dhoni has lost that charm (in which case, BCCI should say a nice thank you & replace him with someone else)....OR Srikanth & Srinivasan are putting inappropriate pressure on him, as a result of which Dhoni is unable to think & plan straight...in such a case, the Indian Media needs to help India by consistently writing against them so they either leave out of shame OR are pressurised out of their job....Chennai Super Kings might be Srikanth & Srinivasan's bread & butter, but the need to create vacancies in Team India for CSK stars cannot be the right priority for the chairman of India's selection committee / president of BCCI. If Srikanth & Srinivasan are operating as if CSK is more important than India for them, they quit their India posts.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | February 25, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    The selectors and / or management seem to be waiting for Tendulkar and Sehwag to return to form. Sadlt they are in form but the fast bouncy conditons are not suiting them. The batting is struggling but there is no short-term solution. Dhoni must think long term and use this as a learning opportunity for the younger players. If we're going to lose, better to lose with the younger players. Unfortunately Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir for a while have been 1 in 10, if that, match performers. Simply not good enough. Give the youngsters a chance and by that I mean 15 - 20 games at least and let all the experienced players earn their recall.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    india's best chance to make it to the finals is with persisting with the 3 seniors !!i dont see how gambhir is a senior and raina is not coz raina has played only 30 odd matches fewer than gambhir and in all cases an in form gambhir must open with viru and sachin should play a sheet anchors role at no 4 with virat at number 3 !!hoping viru gives a good start !!we can capitalize on it with virat at no 3 and sachin at no 4 who can steadliy rotate strike and of course dhoni the batsmen and raina the finisher shall be perfect as it stands !!i still reckon jadeja THE bowler can be picked i just dont see a reason for him batting at no 7 when pathan is striking the ball so fiercely !the mistake which cost us the game against srillanka !!jadeja came in at 7 and started to struggle and wasted so many deliveries which created huge pressure and eventually we ended up drawing scores rather than clinching victory!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    i think india win this game

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    It's not a question of showing soft corners. It's a matter of providing valuable match practice under international playing conditions. CSK has invested several Millions in these players. The capatin has a responsibility to keep them match fit. One of these may as well bowl a match winning spell or score an unlikely century in an indian win. However, that is not why Dhoni is playing them. May be BCCI needs to have a new stipulation like any of the IPL capains should not be allowed to capatin the national team.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | February 25, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I don't get it. Lots of comments saying what has Jadeja done to be in the team. Same question should surely be asked of Sehwag and Tendulkar. Tendulkar has done nothing of note in the last 8 away tests or any of the ODIs so far whereas Ponting was dropped. If players of his ability are not performing surely better to give opportunities to younger players and let the more experienced players earn their place in the team again. Competition for places and not automatic selection is a simple measure that will ensure a higher standard, maybe not enough to win but better than what what we have seen. The younger players need to be given a decent run in the team, after all it took Tendulkar 70 odd matches before he scored his first ODI century.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    every team have day dear INDIANS

  • POSTED BY sj0588 on | February 25, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    he saved himself in world cup final, wen he picked sreesanth over ashwin ,i doubt this love with jadeja will nt expose his stubborn ways tomm.. jadeja is ur all rounder in india,nt outside it..small boundry,slow turnin pitches,he becums a hit, nt here .. pathan has 2 b ur no7 ,ashwin at 8,if u expect that u need batting at 9,tht wnt help ,trust me.. sachin,gauti-kohli, rohit,dhoni,raina,pathan, ashwin,rahul sharma,yadav,zak,

    its unfair on tiwary 2 cum 4 suden death ,shuld have tried him b4 only ..and i doubt he ll drop raina ,jadeja in same game,thts hopin against hope !! sharma,has 2 b tried in death with zak, cnt gt clobbered again,thus no kumars..

  • POSTED BY HOTCHA on | February 25, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I don't think India will come anywhere close to being in the finals. There is no point in further discussions. Let the BCCI clear the crap they have made out of this team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Dhoni as Captain ,Srikkanth as Chairman of selectors ,N Srinivasan as president of BCCI and also controlling interest in CSK and you people are wondering why CSK players like Jadeja ,Ashwin ,Raina ,Saha .Vijay are selected time and time again over it appears more deserving players . Regards Raina fantastic player on sub continental pitches ,truly one of the best ,great fielder too and useful part time bowler but overmatched on pitches with bounce --so i still think by and large he should be in the side in ODIS .

  • POSTED BY RajeevRamadugu on | February 25, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    as a batsmen irfan plays way better than jadeja and raina....drop sehwag..

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Rajesh.Jayaram we need more Indians like you who are fans of some teams like CSK but can still see the big picture when it comes to the Indian team . i have never ever said anything negative about Jadeja ,I always thought the criticism against him was unjustfiied but his bowling simply dosent justify his place in the team . Tiwari needs to be in the team in his place ,bat at No 5-6 and Raina and Sehwag/Rohit should share ten overs .Or take Jadeja and leave out Ashwin who this series has shown is completely overrrated and dosent bowl or field well enough to justify his place in the ODI squad . Why they left out Harbhajan?? who always kept the runs down in ODIS and was a useful bat too ,but so many comments on this very site against Harbhajan for not taking enough wickets???? so what has Ashwin done??????????

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Why is Harbhajan ,one of the best spin bowlers and all rounders in the world ,captain of the Champions winners Mumbai Indians not in the side ?

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | February 25, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Why can't you state the obvious? Jadeja is playing because of IPL, Dhoni wants to have his IPL buddy in the side.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    i think teams should be like this for tomorrow like this gauti,viru,master,kohli,raina,dhoni,pathan,ashwin,zak,rahul sharma,umesh or parveen

  • POSTED BY ccrriicc on | February 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    MSD has given India many a great moments - but now is the time to go - keeping Dhoni keeps players like Tiwari out - Mr. Dhoni should join Mr. Srinivasan's-everything is fine BCCI administration, now (just like Ganguly on the BCCI technical committee) and let some one else breath some life, and possibly some respectability to TEAM INDIA.

  • POSTED BY AbAdvani on | February 25, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Rahul Sharma is a better choice than Jadeja -Rahul's height helps him on bouncy Australian pitches, he is a decent bat (lower down the order) and he is a good fielder -Jadeja just doesn't have it in him to do power hitting -he is a total misfit when it comes to slogging -he is also not a vicious turner of the ball -wonder what Dhoni sees in him (still remember how Jadeja spoiled our chances in the T20 world cup by not being able to slog and not getting out either) -Captain Cool -please look at the all round calibre of the player - players kept in the team just saving 20 runs in the field is not going to win you matches

  • POSTED BY rajbillu1104 on | February 25, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    wat the hell dhoni doing nw with seniors. he wont giving chance to tiwary . really he s a nic player. dhoni doing too much.. surely he will get nicly frm some senior players .. just throw out him. with out doing anything he blaming others .......... best team for tmw match ... gambir, sachin / sehwag , kohli ,tiwary , pathan , raina , dhoni , zaheer , rahul sharma , yadav , ashwin...

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    i think india win the game against australia and do something better than all matches played .................i think tommorrow sachin makes his 100th hundred and surprise all of them....................and i am sure virat also done tremandesuly good.

  • POSTED BY TheTrueSport on | February 25, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Jadeja should be replaced by Tiwary. Jadeja has impressed neither with ball nor bat. The addition of Tiwary will strengthen the batting. And when Yuvraj is back, we can get rid of another useless player: Raina.

  • POSTED BY KilleRB0Y on | February 25, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    irfan is way better than jadeja.. i agree with Rajesh.Jayaram.. dhonidoes have a soft corner for CSK players..

  • POSTED BY praveenchopra on | February 25, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    i think india can win next 2 matches with a bonus point,but ravindra jadeja must open with sehwag,so they can set the game

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | February 25, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Dhoni's comments about rotation showed his overconfidence after India won two matches in a row. Now, India is on the brink and should get eliminDhoni should be responsible for India's failure. His favors players like Raina, Jadeja etc purely for their fielding, while Gambhir is made to sit out, bcoz he is not as quick as the other two in the field. That's illogical!

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    why does the writer say "It was a bold move to back the YOUNGSTERS"?Even Manou Tiwary is a YOUNGSTER,and he never got a game in the series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    If india lost this match dhoni, jadeja, and raina will not be in the team for sure dhoni will lose his captaincy and other 2 will lose their spot in team for long time future 11 Shewag Gambhir kohli Yuvraj Dhoni/ parthiv yusuf irfan BHajji/ ashwin zaheer umesh vinay/praveen/ And sachin should be a 12 player and mentor for young team who can help everybody in batting and play when somebody is injured and the captain should be harbhajan or yuvraj.

  • POSTED BY KaptainKool on | February 25, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    My 11 for tomorrow is: Gambhir,Sachin,Virat,Sehwag,Dhoni,Raina,Tiwary,Pathan,Praveen,Zaheer,Rahul. Depending on 6/7 specialist batsmen they can go in for Ashwin in place of Tiwary.Ashwin is pretty good with the bat.Also depending on match fitness of Praveen,Zaheer,Vinay and Umesh ,the best 2 out of these 4 can be selected.Rest of the team should remain as mentioned.Sehwag should come down being terribly out of form n I dont mind sehwag n pathan to be sent as pinch hitters if needed so.Also time has come for Dhoni to come up may be at no.4 as he has best performed at that position n it will also allow him to build his innings in the middle..

  • POSTED BY xylo on | February 25, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    wait a minute... playing the best XI would mean Rohit Sharma will have to sit out? I thought if India were to play its best XI, Sehwag and Sachin would have to sit out.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Why critic heavy on dhone alone? Ashwin, zaheer, shewag, to some extend SRT and gambhir are safe fielders but not best leg in conditions like sustralia. SRT was brilliant but age catch up him, but others.. making fit for full IPLcash rich season .

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    better take some advice from kohli.kohli will be the good for India on 50 and 20 over game

  • POSTED BY winner2008 on | February 25, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Forget rot policy pls. I would have put Yuvraj instead of Rahul Sharma if he was there. Consider rohit instead of rahul if not going to play as spl spinner. Dont try Tiwary at all.

    1)Sachin(allow him to play natural crikt), 2)Gauti(In form opener) 3)Virat(No doubt) 4) Dhoni(should take team from here if 2 wkts fall immediately) 5)Sehwag(Cant he big hitter in death overs?orCant he guide india in the midle ovrs?,put him here to avoid taking risk in first pwrplay. Cant he bowl well? ) 6) Raina(his best place) 7)Jadeja(batting all rounder, but pls dont try to hit the ball over the boundary, you can do that only in india, can be used as a Saviour, also he should bowl 10 overs) 8)Irfan( Bowling all rounder, big hitter and wkt taking bowler) 9)RahulSharma(Dont put Ashwin against Aussies, he cant do well) 10)Umesh(allow to bowl him his first spell from 9th over onwards to take wickets and complete his spell before 40th,dont put him in death overs or Vinay) 11)Praveen( omg Zaheer is not fit

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | February 25, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Jadeja's guaranteed a spot, but Rohit who is shoehorned to be in the Test side is left out. Jadeja has bowled 40 odd overs in six games, but his bowling makes him indispensable? OK, what favors has Raina got to the table? Why does he deserve a place when Rohit's missing out?

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | February 25, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    rather than having a sehwag who ducks 4 matches and hits a 200 in the 5th match, its better to have ashwin, who is consistently getting 30 runs a match and 2 wickets per every 10 overs...

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | February 25, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    This jadeja was performing so well in last few series..almost saves 10-15 runs in the field and one or two bad match and people hav started criticizing him. The guy averages 30(strike rate 78.88) with bat and 37 with bowl(economy 4.95) plus a brilliant fielder. Irfan 22 with bat(strike rate 78.71) and 30 with bow(economy 5.24)l, as he was primarily a strike bowler, nowhere close to jadeja in fielding. It's for everyone to see who fits the role of an allrounder in team! i have no grudges against pathan, my personal 11 at sydeny would be-- Gambhir, SRT, Kohli, Tiwary,Dhoni, Raina,Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin,Praveen,Umesh.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    We are gonna see brilliant knock from the master tomorrow. Not sure, if he is gonna get a ton, but he will be at his best and would score 70+. Sehwag is due for runs this series and law of average might just work in his favour tomorrow. If India win tomorrow, then India will beat SL on Tuesday for sure.

  • POSTED BY RThumma on | February 25, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    It sounds crazy when Sehwag makes comments against Dhoni. Sehwag is not in form and wants to become the captain.

  • POSTED BY shane78 on | February 25, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    My Team.... 1)Gambhir 2) Sachin 3) Virat 4) Sehwag 5) Tiwari 6) Rohit 7) Dhoni 8) Jadeja 9) Irfan 10) Ashwin 11) Praveen

  • POSTED BY TamilIndian on | February 25, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    His hands are tied - now that that Jadeja is a CSK he NEEDS to be in the national team.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 25, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    These days playing with Sachin and Sehwag is like playing with 9 players. Ideally both should be kicked out of the team. But given that we don't have another opener beside Gauti, only one of them should be played. That will be like playing with 10 players. So basically Dhoni is playing with a handicap.

  • POSTED BY nikkam on | February 25, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    to MSD...i think instead of playing the best XI, the most probable XI suited for the conditions can be played.why not drop sehwag lower down?. sachin and gambhir can open with kohli at No.3, sehwag and raina at 4 and 5, promote irfan to 6 while MSD and Jadeja at 7 and 8, with ashwin, yadav and PK. this will ensure that the batting is not prone to collapses while the bowling has 3 pace options and three spin options (ashwin, jadeja and raina)..even if we lose the two matches, at least we can make some changes to make close games of it...rather then losing meekly.

  • POSTED BY RaviNarla on | February 25, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    As long as N Srinivasan is on the board, Dhoni will keep giving chances to all the CSK players. I don't why Tiwari is being meted out such treatment. On pure form he should have been selected. He played well in last ODI series. True that he scored in India but he should be given his chances to fail like Rohit. And Jadeja cannot play in the team just because of his fielding and bowling. He was brought in as a batting allrounder. Drop Sehwag, for he has scored only one one 50 in his last 14 innings. I think Gambhir, Sachin, Kohli, Tiwari, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Rahul Sharma, Zaheer, Umesh should be in. The 11th player should be an extra batsman or bowler depending on the pitch.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 25, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    The best thing is to remove Dhoni from selecting the final XI.He has done enough harm by choosing his favourites. Let Sachin, Ashwin & Fletcher select a XI which is easily done. The team batting strength is Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir & Kohli. Change the batting order. Let Ashwin (former opener) open the innings with Sehwag & Kohli bat #3 - followed by Tendulkar, Gambhir, Raina or Tiwary, Dhoni, Pathan,Rahul, ZAK, Yadev/PK.This is a balanced XI.Ashwin should remain at one end for 10 overs & see the shine off while Sehwag plays his usual game. A 50 run start will give India confidence to post a total of over 250. Rahul, Ashwin, ZAK, Irfan & Yadev/PK can bowl out 50 overs. Ashwin showed good batting technique so far.Can he get some runs at the top - it is a gamble.But if it works, it will be worth trying. Rahul is far better bowler than Jadeja & can take wkts.He will pose problems with fast leg breaks & googlies. This is a "Do or Die" game. Dhoni please don't blow it with your favourites!

  • POSTED BY torsha on | February 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Guys why to blame Dhoni? Since there are two matches left, he won't make any more changes in games which are necessary to win. Jadeja is the worst player as well.We don't sure how Manoj Tiwray and Rahul Sharma will play if they are in the side I'm not saying that MT and RS are not good enough players but It's not right time to pick them up.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    I would go this way.. veru,gambir,kohli,master,rina ,dhoni ,patan,aswin,rahul sharma/rohit sharma, p.kumar,u Yadav. with no middle order batsmen except dhoni in form, master batting at 4 makes opponents not to relax and gives India an physiological advantage. dhini has to drop jadeja, and play either rahul sherma or rohit sherma but not jedaja. Jedaja vil not help either as batsmen nor as a bowler with is current form, more over with so many bowling options in the team dhoni is just getting confused if jadeja is in the team.

  • POSTED BY abudati on | February 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Sehwag,Raina,Jadeja & Rohit OUT. Tiwary,Rahul,Praveen IN If we have to go out, let us go out giving chances to players who have been at the receiving end of Dhoni's logic defying selection policies.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    team should be sachin sehwag gambhir kohli raina dhoni pathan ashwin zaheer/rahul praveen umesh

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Certainly, India have not been able to act like world cup winners and not been top of ICC ranking even after having world final win. All plans whether A, B or C have back fired. Desire of being at ease with changes in the name of rotation policy blah blah have not worked. Bench strength was only marginally better then the WI so it is proving again. Persisttance with non performers like Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir has also taken its toll. Looks like something wrong with number 99 as no body is gathering enouogh courage to drop someone who is only a little master now.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | February 25, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    I'm a die-hard CSK fan but is it only me or does any else notice to that Dhoni has a soft corner for his CSK mates !?

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | February 25, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I can't believe how arrogant Dhoni is.. Tiwary who scored a century in his last ODI & also an equally competent fielder.. He can bowl a bit of legspin & medium pace also.. He should be in playing XI..in place of either Raina or Sehwag or Jadeja.. I guess Dhoni is playing politics here keeping Raina & Jadeja & benching Tiwary...

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | February 25, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Dhoni sounds like a crazy man.....still to prefer Jadeja is ridiculous.....Dhoni once again showed his partiality towards some players....best 11 for 2morrow's match- Gambhir,Sachin,Kohli,M.Tiwary,Raina,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Praveen,Umesh,Rahul Sharma.....!

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 25, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Why is Dhoni not giving chance to Tiwari? He is very good fielder and can't be any worse than Rohit Sharma or Raina. Rohit Sharma has technic if he plays with his brain. Raina lacks technic to handle bounce and swing. We need players who understand their limitation and are willing to put full grit and determination to succeed. I don't see that in this team right now. Players are too spoiled with money flowing in the game.

  • POSTED BY sabee66 on | February 25, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Team india , i will feel sorry for them

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 25, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Its irony that the so called great like "Shewag" is trying to take their position in the Indian team for granted and more. First of all, he needs to be worried about his performance. He is averaging less than 20 in the 15 innings on this tour as a specialist batsmen who has averaging fielding skills. If you include his batting performance outside of India in the last two year, his average is not much different than what he is averaging in this tour. HE SIMPLY DOESN'T DESERVE PLACE IN THE TEAM. None of the nuisance he is creating should be tolerated by the team management or BCCI. The message to him should be to "Shut up and concentrate on your performance or prepared to be sacked for good."

  • POSTED BY Rupesh2804 on | February 25, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Dhoni... Please do not speak too much.... You are creating problems for yourself...!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 25, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I don't know whether Jadeja and Raina deserve to be in the team but as far as i see, Raina was the hitter for Batting powerplay and Jadeja at 7 to accompany one of the top 6.. this was the role for them in the team.. Unfortunately due to the top order failure, they both are now not able to do their job.. They can now be dropped but the entire blame should not be on them.. As @Soumya Mukherjee says, Jadeja bowls 10 overs for 50 and scores a 18 ball 16.. If every specialist does what was expected from them, i think u can easily accomodate ur fifth bowler and seventh batsman with this stat..

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    who is Jadeja?He is the one who is and will be a permanent member of Indian ODI side.He is neither a good bowler nor a good batsman.No one in this world knows why he is playing in Indian cricket team,only Dhoni knows.

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | February 25, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    what ever the team you suggest for India will not bring the results at this stage. its better accept the fact that India will be eliminated from the Tournament tomrrow. sit back and think where you went wrong? mostly it is the boasting you carry so far that goes to the heads of your cricketers that you are the best in the world. You are proved wrong not once by many times now..

  • POSTED BY masafishiva on | February 25, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    If there is any rift in the team as blown up by media, Dhoni has all rights to talk as a captain and leader & Shewag should think about his performance twice before speaking...... As phsycologically Team india has a feeling that it is out of tournament, Dhoni should play with all players who did not get a chance so far in this tour and even if defeated the same comments only Dhoni will be facing from media & public..........

  • POSTED BY Indian_55 on | February 25, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Sehwag cannot be left out (Seniority tag)... And Jadeja won't be removed (favouritism)... ultimately Team India will have to suffer !!! Goodluck.

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | February 25, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    yes everything seems alright acording to MS.but why raina keep playing every single game.Dear MS give Tiwary a chance intead of Raina he can bowl legbreak googly with sehwag and sharma.look at his score 32,28,8,38,24,4,10,14in his last 8 innings and 2 wickets.my team would be--sehwag ,gambhir,sachin,kohli,sharma,tiwary,dhoni,jadeja,pathan,ashwin,pk

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Sidharth has started singing the same tunes as Sharda.

  • POSTED BY Abhinay15 on | February 25, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Irfan pathan has shown more than enough batting skills to be rated above jadeja if batting is to taken into consideration.Its however his bowling in the death overs that is worrying.Sehwag is too careless these days and dhoni needs to talk to him about not repeating the same mistake time and again.Rohit sharma is a good choice if he promosies to not play careless shots to the captain.His square cut is disastrous and he rates himself a bit too high in his abilty of lofted shots.Sachin is falling because of either his balls outside offstump weakness or his own innovative shots.The reason kohli is so successful these days because he looks to play straight.Its true tendulkar,sehwag and gambhir are too slow in the outfield.Leaving sehwag is a viable option because anyone coming in his place will make more runs than him.

  • POSTED BY SKamaraj on | February 25, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I agree with Sijoy. Maybe Sachin can move down to no 4 to strenghthen middle order!

  • POSTED BY 1983_2011_finals on | February 25, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Fan of Yusuf Pathan ....wish he was in the team instead of irfan pathan

  • POSTED BY RajaVellingiri on | February 25, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    This should be the playing XI and batting order according to me..

    1.Gambhir 2. Sehwag 3. Kohli 4. Sachin 5. Tiwary 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Pathan 9. Ashwin/Rahul Sharma 10. Umesh 11. Praveen/Vinay. If Zaheer is fit then he should replace Praveen/Vinay and play above Umesh...

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | February 25, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I hope they play Umesh Yadav at least. Given that Zaheer is injured and Jadeja needs to be played, my best 11 in the batting order will be: Gambhir, Tendulkar, Kohli, Jadeja, Dhoni, Sehwag, Pathan, Raina, Ashwin, Yadav, Vinay. Pathan can also be used as a pinch hitter if the situation warrants. Also, please throw the new ball to Umesh Yadav.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 25, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    In crisis match, better to have Viru than Rohit or Jadeja.. I would like the team to go with Sachon, Viru, Gauti, Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan, Rahul, Ashwin, Vinay and Zak..

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    oopps sorry................we should use ROBIN , ASNODKAR as an opener ..........i do not know why indian selectors like SEHWAG so much..........who do not understand his responsibility toward team

  • POSTED BY Shaksji on | February 25, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Learn from SL Guys. Tharanga failed and he was dropped. You need to drop underperforming Seywag/Sachin with Tiwary and another lad who can score runs...

  • POSTED BY SKamaraj on | February 25, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Sehwag has lost his hand eye cor-ordination and cannot be picked outside the sub continent anymore.Also, he seems to be a negative influence on the team. My XI for the next two matches will be Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Tiwari, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Rahul/Jadeja and Umesh. Zak and Vinay are injured, Praveen is too slow. So we have no other choice as far as fast bowling is concerned. If Warner explodes, India will have no chance I am afraid. So the bowling and fielding need to be tight. Forrest hasn't played Rahul Sharma yet and so Rahul may be a good choice. But Jadeja is an outstanding fielder and that is key in Australia. All the very best my dear Indian team. Play positively and win the game.

  • POSTED BY musingsofamoron on | February 25, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I think that Sehwag should not be played. I am a very big fan of Sehwag but if he plays and fails, all blame would be on him. India's current plight in the series is not due to him. Sehwag has played only in three matches and India has won two of them but already fingers are being pointed at him as the probable cause of India's poor show. Agreed that he has not performed well but he has also not had that many opportunities unlike others like Jadeja, Rohit, Raina. Jadeja has taken only one wicket in six matches and hence cannot be called an all-rounder on the basis of his bowling. On his batting, the less said the better!!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 25, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @KANAS . AGREE WITH YOU . WHEN YUVI WILL RETURN THERE WILL BE NO PLACE FOR JADEJA IN THIS TEAM BECAUSE YUVI CAN BOWL 10 OVERS WITH GOOD ECONOMY , TAKE WKTS, GOOD FIELDER & A HARD HITTING BATSMEN .

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    dhoni is talking crazy day by day. jadeja is not affective not at all. somebody plz tell him. use irfan pathan wisely with rahul sharma in and jadeja out

  • POSTED BY singhrahulrnc on | February 25, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    no matter whether u play Rohit Sharma or Ravinder Jadeja at no 7...If your no 7 batsman is going to face 10-15 remaining overs then u r always going to loose a match what ever the situation may be...I dont see playing Manoj Tiwari for such a crucial match..Their might be Rahul Sharma in for ashwin if Rahul is fit...Zak and vinay r struggling with their fitness..The only option left with dhoni is Praveen,Yadav and pathan with jadeja and ashwin/rahul sharma...while in batting gambhir,sehwag,sachin,virat,raina,dhoni...I dont see any other changes in the team unless any of the fast bowler is fit..I cant understand why everyone is shouting for Manoj Tiwari...Cant u remember the test series where everyone was shouting for Rohit Sharma and what he did for t20 and one dayers...If our seniours are not performing well why we r blaming our juniours who r getting used to the conditions in Australia..Hope India could win both the matches and go to the finals of CB series....

  • POSTED BY Chan1971 on | February 25, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Please have look of Sehwags last 15 innings runs: 0, 20, 10, 23, 4, 18, 6, 20, 10, 30, 4, 67, 7, 12, 8. Should he in the best (?) 11.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari will be the only member in the 17 member team who will be entrusted to carry the drinks in all these 8(or 10) matches......Cheers Dhoni.......Jadega is a living legend who cannot be dropped..........He is nt a wicket - taker , he is not a hard hitting batsman as well...he is there to bowl 10 overs for 50 runs and then score a 18 ball 16.............

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    nobody here but Happy_AusBang has had the bravery to say it, so I will. it's time to drop Sehwag; this nonsense that he will come good at some point, and when he does, india are sure to win is beyond ludicrous. frankly, given his footwork, he'll be lucky to get past 10 in any ODI. i don't care how good his hand-eye coordination is, you can't be in the indian team if you don't have any footwork.

  • POSTED BY rohan024 on | February 25, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    this political games played within the team has harmed no one more than than Rohit Sharma. The poor chap has been made a subject of ridicule and has been hung out to dry. Day 1, captain said that seniors are being rotated to give Sharma a chance, which made all the journalists fanboys of seniors go up in arms ridiculing Sharma after each & every match and questioning his abilities. As if the same seniors they were fighting for, did any wonders in the test series. Now he has been thrown out of the team as if he was performing any worse than Raina or Jadeja or Sehwag or for that matter Tendulkar. Really feel bad for the brilliant chap.

  • POSTED BY GutsForGlory on | February 25, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Batting order : Gambhir and Sachin can open, with instructions to achieve 6 runs per over minimum being the objective even during the initial stages, using power plays to propel more and showing some guts to go over the top Shewag, should be played down the order, his batting order position should be fluid ( keep him padded up to bat at any position required depending on the situation with regard to overs and wickets fallen ), as his current form does not warrant an opening or even a no.3 position( if the 1st wicket fall quickly) where he is been constantly miscueing or snicking while the ball is new and has shine and moves about. I think Shewag should come into bat when 15 overs are up, when the ball is not darting around to grab his edge. And by 15 overs time, no wicket had fallen, then he can be considred to come into bat at no. 3. ( otherwise he could come in at no.4 ) I think Dhoni and Irfan should come up in the order, Dhoni ahead of Raina and Irfan ahead of Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY truebleue_cricfan on | February 25, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Looks like Dhoni has no confidence in anybody except Harbhajan, Yuvi, Raina and Jadeja. With such an attitude, team selection obviously wont be easy for him.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    sehwag gambhir kohli sachin (moving sachin down the order may help to strengthen the struggling middle order and bring a calmness during the middle overs) dhoni raina jadeja irfan ashwin/rahul sharma zaheer(if he s fit, else praveen) umesh

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari will be the only member in the 17 member team who will be entrusted to carry the drinks in all these 8(or 10) matches......Cheers Dhoni.......Jadega is a living legend who cannot be dropped..........He is nt a wicket - taker , he is not a hard hitting batsman as well...he is there to bowl 10 overs for 50 runs and then score a 18 ball 16.............

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | February 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Big match coming up tomorrow. And this time for a change I would like to see a good opening stand. I mean, it has been ages since we have seen a solid opening partnership. In england our openers kept on failing in all 8 innings. In Australia I guess, some 26 or 28 was the highest partnership in 8 innings and so far in 6 odis consecutively our openers have failed. So for around 18 continuous times I haven't seen our openers providing a good stand. This is a big big concern. It becomes a lot easier for middle order to show their dominance once there is a good start.

  • POSTED BY VAS4 on | February 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Agree with Dhoni about Jadeja. He deserves few more chances and all credit to his fielding and a little bit of bowling. We had enough with Sehwag. He should be dropped and include Tiwari. History shows that whenever Sehwag was dropped from the team for a year or more, he has come back with better performance. We cannot afford to have a batsman who puts no value for his wicket. If Sehwag did not play according to the team's situation, then he should not be in the team. Please see all the comments, Not even ONE PERSON WANTS SEHWAG in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I cant understand why the rotation policy was not considered in a positive note. MSD wants his future players to get more chances. The top three should understand this and should come forward and accept the rotation policy and they can coordinate among themselves on only point -only two of us should play at a time -and giving way to the future cricketers.

  • POSTED BY GutsForGlory on | February 25, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    " it is better late than never". India at least need to shuffle their batting order to make some sense out of the current batting form the Indian stars are in at the moment. I am pretty certain the below mentioned can work a world of good for India. Firstly Dump the Duncan, he is utterly useless and with negative tactics. England realised that long time ago and dumped him, and India should do the same, though it is late ! India should never had picked up a trash, to start with. If India wants a great positive coach, I assure you you will be striking gold with Kapil Dev, he is a man who can turn things around for India. I can tell you he is the ONLY one who can do that from the crop of Indian cricketing fraternity,past or present, and he can be even better than Gary Kirsten for India. Bring Kapil back !!! please, for God's sake ! As for batting order: Gambhir and Sachin can open, with instructions for a 6 runs per over run rate the objective every step of the way, ....

  • POSTED BY ali_sufi on | February 25, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Dhoni, Believe it or not but Jadeja's selection will not help team cause..

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    i think captain may trust some plyers more than others and i dont think there is anything wrong if a captain pefers someones overall contribution over the raw talent of someone who he thinks isnt a trier.youve got to trust a captains intincts but i think with certain tweaking he can have his players without distubing the balance.my TEAM(to faciilitate dhoni pick his players.1sachin 2gambhir 3 kohli 4jadeja 5sehwag 6 dhoni 7irfan.....and the bowlers.means i find jadeja has more use in the top order and sehwag needs to come in the middle.

  • POSTED BY GutsForGlory on | February 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    This should have been done long time ago by India, but as the saying goes" it is better late than never". I think the batting woes of the stars of India is mainly stemmed from the silly basis of One great star achieving his 100th 100, don't they realise this is not an individual sport or game, but an team sport? !! Indians and some Indian cricket stars have this "Gasvaskar Syndrome" , that no matter what, win or lose, the individual need to sccore the century, and build on the records !! What lot of crap that is !! Only Gavaskar will advocate that even today, but sense should tell you that statistics aside, one need to play to win, not for a century or half century, those are achievements that comes along the course of the play which can enhance the prospects of a win. What good is it that the great star scores a hundred at a pace that his team loses, when someone else could have scored a 60 or 70, not a Gavaskar influenced century, at a greater rate to win the game for the team?

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    My Eleven for the upcoming match against australia: Sachin Tendulkar , Virender Sehwag , Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav Praveen kumar comes in if zaheer khan is out for this combination Batsmen - 6 , Bowler - 4 , All rounder - 1

    and if vinay kumar is injured and cant play then u'll have to go with jadeja.. Batsmen - 6 , Bowler - 3 , All rounder - 2

    This is the best possible combination at present at u have no choice other than this if e=we have to win....

  • POSTED BY mihaufo on | February 25, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Dhoni is backing Jadeja for his left arm spin, If Yuvraj was here, the problem for Dhoni would have been limited, as he is also a left arm spinner. But he has to still drop him as he has given him plenty of chances. I also suggest Dhoni to take a bold step and drop Sehwag down the order (as he has wished sometime back, if I remember correctly). Anyhow my playing eleven would be: 1. Sachin, 2. Gambhir, 3. Kholi, 4. Sehwag, 5&6 Tiwary/Raina/Rohit/Jadeja (Use Jadeja, if he is not confident of Raina/Rohit, Sehwag and Kholi Bowling), 7. Dhoni, 8. Irfan, 9. Praveen, 10. Umesh, 11. Rahul/Ashwin (One specialist spinner) . Praveen, because Vinay&Zaheer is injured. Sehwag @4 will bring experience to the middle order which is missing Yuvraj. If Tiwary is playing then Jadeja has to play (for his bowling).

  • POSTED BY GutsForGlory on | February 25, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    India can learn so much from the way SriLanka played yesterday against Australia, they had the right attitude, which India lacks so much !!! What is India's downfall in the recent tour of Australia is NOT the dearth of talent or skill or experience, they lack in attitude and applying the mind rather than their individual stardom and glory !! They need to have the fighting spirit that a brave soldier has, to give up anything to fight for his country and team, which SriLankans showed so much yesterday. They were so much ahead of Australians in strategy, ruthlessness, comittment, attitude and fearlessness. If Indians could show half of those qualities on the field, they could easily win the battle half and the rest in applying themselves to the task to defeat the opponent at any cost. They got to think like warriors on the battlefield tomorrow to turn the tide, and show the Australians to respect them.... ( to continue on the next post)

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    sehwag cannot be in the any more...

  • POSTED BY Sazd on | February 25, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    i think India will definetly wins 2morow, but if there playing 11 will be like this 1) MSD 2) Gauti 3) SRT, 4)Sehwag 4) Raina, 5) Manoj Tiwary 6) Jadeja 7) Irfan 8) Vinay 9) Ashwin 10) PK and Zak as no 11.

  • POSTED BY Dalajit on | February 25, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    One thing MSD should learn and do...he kept everything to happened at the last, similarly the selection of best XI and keep trying with non-performer like Jadeja, Rohit, Raina. Why to wait for so many matches to try your bench strength, use your brain than heart and stop your preferences players. If they are not performing, drop them and give chances to other, there is no point in giving chances again and again. Is anybody asking MSD why he is not trying Manoj and didn't try Ojha in Tests after so many failures from Ashwin. He is repeating the things again here in ODIs also, he should focus to WIN the remaining matches anyhow. Change the opening order of either Tendulkar or Sehwag, bring one of theme to No.3. Could be Tendulkar more fit to No.3 as he is not able to score in opening. It might work for him and he may score a century as well with that slot. ALL THE BEST, if you select your best team with your proper mind, nobody can stop you.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Monoj Tiwary is just a passenger in this trip.....poor fellow should have had a chance rather thar than favored jadeja and raina

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    PLEASE PLEASE Don't DROP TENDUKA AND SEWAG AND GAMBIT, WUT ABOUT BRINGING V.V.S LAXMAN BACK

  • POSTED BY cricketmaniagola on | February 25, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Batting order should be Sachin, Gambhir, kohli, Jadeja, Dhoni, Raina, Sehwag, Irfan, Rahul Sharma, Praveen, Umesh.....sehwag had failed miserably on this Tour..let him bat down the order as our lower middle order has been fragile.....Jadeja has got the batting talent but is not a hitter of the ball..so he should be given chance at 4......kohli is also not performing consistently...we need a consistent no:3 like Dravid...Manoj Tiwary can be tried......he hit a century in his last ODI for India..looks more assured as a batsman than Rohit, Rahane, Kohli, Jadeja, Raina...

  • POSTED BY agatha.francis on | February 25, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    for heaven's sake dhoni...please win the toss and bat first...our team cant chase in Australia...plz plz god let MSD win the toss..

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    MY PLAYING XI FOR INDIA'S NEXT MATCH IN BATTING ORDER IS: 1.GAMBHIR 2.TENDULKAR 3.KOHLI 4.DHONI 5.PATHAN 6.RAINA 7.TIWARI 8.ASHWIN 9.JADEJA 10.ZAHEER KHAN(IF UNFIT-PARVEEN KUMAR) 11.YADAV

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    do anything but dont drop tendulkar....that would be big mistake...

  • POSTED BY Dalajit on | February 25, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    I think, India shouldn't try again Jadeja, Raina, Rohit in this series. They both got enough chances to impress in the series but always disappointed. They have to try Manoj Tiwary, he just can't be a traveler all this tour. My Best XI is Sachin, Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Dhoni, Irfan, Praveen, Zaheer, Rahul sharma, Umesh/Vinay. Rahul Sharma also deserve to get a game and he bowled better than Ashwin. Sachin or Sehwag, one of this two has to come down to avoid their failures. It is difficult to understand why team management haven't try to this method before after so many failures also in Test and no in ODI. Dhoni has to listen to their fans comments.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    How the players will be consistent or perform when they have the fear of getting dropped if they not perform today. It is very important that players security and positive frame of mind should be there when he is out their in the middle. But due to this UTTER NONSENSE of rotation on regular basis, has created a big vaccum in almost all the players seniors or juniors. Nobody is certain of what is their role and place in the team. If you want to give youngsters the pitch experience of Australia than arrange India A tours and select all the possible players who are due to play in 2015 WC. Anyway it is just another comment, BCCI and Selectors have their OWN MIND and OWN INTERESTS...which we common people will NEVER EVER UNDERSTAND...

  • POSTED BY abhi026 on | February 25, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    India should go with full strenth team. Sehwag, sachin, gambhir, kohli, raina, dhoni, jadeja, irfan, ashwin, praveen, umesh yadav.I think if we go with irfan praveen, umesh our bowling will have variations of irfan swing,praveen accuracy and umesh speed.But finally our batsman will have to score otherwise it would be another poor thing for indian on this tour.sunday game is do or die.no chance if we loses.We should not think about reaching in to final by the performance of the other teams.Either do it ourself or come back home.Because no one want a team to qualify for the final only because of the luck.game against aus will be acid test for some players like viru,sachin.if they dont perform and team loses no need to have world's best and most attaking batsmen in your side if they cant win matches for you.So its not the do or die for the team only but also for the playess do or perish. I wish all the best to the WORLD CHAMPIONS.

  • POSTED BY senthil25 on | February 25, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Take a brave decision dhoni, lets play the Eleven which u want, but win the match for india........... but one thing iam not agree on you view, Instead of jadeja just try tiwary, boc Ashwin & Pathan is there for lower batting order, So have tiwary to win the Match.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    I would bring in Rahul Sharma for Jadeja, Manoj Tiwary for Raina, play Irfan, Vinay and Parveen as the seamers and play all the top 3 batsmen So my 11 would be Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Kohli, Tiwary, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Parveen, Vinay, Rahul

  • POSTED BY Ravi2605 on | February 25, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    With Irfan, Ashwin and Zak sound like very good no. 7,8 and 9. So its time we go for best six batsmen and best five bowlers. Period. And my list goes like this:

    1. Sachin 2. Gambhir 3. Kohli 4. Manoj Tiwary 5. Rohit Sharma / Suresh Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan 8. Ashwin 9. Zaheer 10. Rahul Sharma 11. Praveen Kumar

  • POSTED BY syedmkr on | February 25, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Nothing to ponder on all-rounder's slot, already Irfan is here for that, so India should field 7 specialist batsmen for remaining 2 matches to qualify for finals.

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | February 25, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    The biggest problem is what do you do with Sehwag? He is a walking wicket. You would hope every time that statistically he is due for a big one, but the fact is if Sehwag bats like Sehwag particularly on pitches outside the sub-continent that big innings may never come.

  • POSTED BY singhrahulrnc on | February 25, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I completely agree with MSD saying...Jadeja should be playing bcoz of his fielding and bowling..Regarding next game Top three has to perform well in order to win the match but it has become very difficult to win both matches...There will be lot of pressure on Sehwag and Sachin to perform well...with Zak and Vinay struggling to stay fit,it will be very tough ask for the bowlers especially pathan cann't be trusted as a bowler although he has taken wickets but anyday he can go for plenty of runs...He is more trusted while batting...There r lot of things India has to do in the next game,1st of all MSD has to win the toss and our openers must make a mark in next do or die match and team has to play as a unit...Just one way to go for India in this series now either u win matches otherwise u will come to India early....Hopeee something nice happens 2morrow and India wins.......

  • POSTED BY streetblader on | February 25, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I think India, and more importantly, the stubborn and tactless dhoni, have to be positive here. If only dhoni's statements did not reek of his dislike for senior stalwarts like Sachin and Sehwag and if only he did not put blind faith in some of his "favorite" players, India would not have been in this situation. If only he just concentrated on the present and not on a World Cup that is coming 3 years later, he would pick the team based on who's the best on paper. All these players, Sachin, Sehwag etc are not limited by form... Time has shown they can shrug off a string of bad scores and rise above all to sculpt an innings of authority... and time is testimony to the fact that if there are 2 players capable of achieving that, its Sachin and Sehwag. BUT.. If only we didn;t have a stubborn captain drunk on his own laurels and spitting venom against his own team members, hoping to force some of them out. If only......

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    GO WITH THE BEST YOU HAVE FOR MOST IMPORTANT MATCHES LEFT. SACHIN SPECIAL JUST AROUND THE CORNER.....WE DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE THE TEAM IN FINALS.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 25, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Dhoni said he was impressed with Irfan's bowling, but that playing him at No. 7 will leave the batting thin. When asked if India will play a specialist batsman at No. 7 as, seemingly, the batting was their main concern, Dhoni said he didn't want to lose out on Jadeja's spin bowling. MR . DHONI, JADEJA IS OUR PART TIME BOWLER NOT A REGULAR ONE . PART TIME BOWLING CAN BE DONE BY RAINA , HE BOWLED 10 OVERS IN GABBA AGAINST AUS & GAVE ONLY 43 RUNS . TIWARI IS ALSO A HANDY PART TIME BOWLER WHO CAN TAKE WKTS & IS MUCH BETTER BATSMEN THAN JADEJA .

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 25, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Surely you've to empathise with Dhoni who made two indian victories on his heroics alone.The senior guys seem to have become a liability though the youngsters too have not put up the hand .However I think the worst factor is indian bowling unit than the batting and fielding and the loss of Zaheer who looks the best indian bowler is a big factor. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • POSTED BY prawn on | February 25, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Jadeja just doesnt deserve to be in the side, there is manoj tiwary sitting on the sidelines whose last one day match ended with a Century and he has proved him self over and over again in the IPL. I guess the only criteria to be in the indian team these days is to be a Chennai Super King player. So what if we are loosing games as a nation.. atleast Chennai Super king players are getting in good bowling abd batting practice before IPL 5.

    God Bless Indian Cricket.

  • POSTED BY praveenchopra on | February 25, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    ravindra jadeja is the key as dhoni said correctly,australians fear his batting,and he is a very economical bowler and he can save 10+ runs

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | February 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Suddenly it makes me feel there is lot of negativity in dhonis comments.Jadeja wont be effective in these condtions..India are missing Yuvraj, he has been the key for indias success in limited overs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Irfan Pathan Can bat at no. 7 and can use powerplay overs also.... so why not exclude Jadeja.. Include Rahul Sharma. he is very good bowler and much unknown for other teams also... and as far as the depth of battting is concerned.. order should be as SRT, GG, VS, VK, Raina, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Praveen, Rahul, Umesh

    jadeja can field in middle overs as raina did in world cup... ashwin bats far better then jadeja..he can smash the ball...

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  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Irfan Pathan Can bat at no. 7 and can use powerplay overs also.... so why not exclude Jadeja.. Include Rahul Sharma. he is very good bowler and much unknown for other teams also... and as far as the depth of battting is concerned.. order should be as SRT, GG, VS, VK, Raina, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Praveen, Rahul, Umesh

    jadeja can field in middle overs as raina did in world cup... ashwin bats far better then jadeja..he can smash the ball...

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | February 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Suddenly it makes me feel there is lot of negativity in dhonis comments.Jadeja wont be effective in these condtions..India are missing Yuvraj, he has been the key for indias success in limited overs.

  • POSTED BY praveenchopra on | February 25, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    ravindra jadeja is the key as dhoni said correctly,australians fear his batting,and he is a very economical bowler and he can save 10+ runs

  • POSTED BY prawn on | February 25, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Jadeja just doesnt deserve to be in the side, there is manoj tiwary sitting on the sidelines whose last one day match ended with a Century and he has proved him self over and over again in the IPL. I guess the only criteria to be in the indian team these days is to be a Chennai Super King player. So what if we are loosing games as a nation.. atleast Chennai Super king players are getting in good bowling abd batting practice before IPL 5.

    God Bless Indian Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 25, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Surely you've to empathise with Dhoni who made two indian victories on his heroics alone.The senior guys seem to have become a liability though the youngsters too have not put up the hand .However I think the worst factor is indian bowling unit than the batting and fielding and the loss of Zaheer who looks the best indian bowler is a big factor. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 25, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Dhoni said he was impressed with Irfan's bowling, but that playing him at No. 7 will leave the batting thin. When asked if India will play a specialist batsman at No. 7 as, seemingly, the batting was their main concern, Dhoni said he didn't want to lose out on Jadeja's spin bowling. MR . DHONI, JADEJA IS OUR PART TIME BOWLER NOT A REGULAR ONE . PART TIME BOWLING CAN BE DONE BY RAINA , HE BOWLED 10 OVERS IN GABBA AGAINST AUS & GAVE ONLY 43 RUNS . TIWARI IS ALSO A HANDY PART TIME BOWLER WHO CAN TAKE WKTS & IS MUCH BETTER BATSMEN THAN JADEJA .

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    GO WITH THE BEST YOU HAVE FOR MOST IMPORTANT MATCHES LEFT. SACHIN SPECIAL JUST AROUND THE CORNER.....WE DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE THE TEAM IN FINALS.

  • POSTED BY streetblader on | February 25, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I think India, and more importantly, the stubborn and tactless dhoni, have to be positive here. If only dhoni's statements did not reek of his dislike for senior stalwarts like Sachin and Sehwag and if only he did not put blind faith in some of his "favorite" players, India would not have been in this situation. If only he just concentrated on the present and not on a World Cup that is coming 3 years later, he would pick the team based on who's the best on paper. All these players, Sachin, Sehwag etc are not limited by form... Time has shown they can shrug off a string of bad scores and rise above all to sculpt an innings of authority... and time is testimony to the fact that if there are 2 players capable of achieving that, its Sachin and Sehwag. BUT.. If only we didn;t have a stubborn captain drunk on his own laurels and spitting venom against his own team members, hoping to force some of them out. If only......

  • POSTED BY singhrahulrnc on | February 25, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I completely agree with MSD saying...Jadeja should be playing bcoz of his fielding and bowling..Regarding next game Top three has to perform well in order to win the match but it has become very difficult to win both matches...There will be lot of pressure on Sehwag and Sachin to perform well...with Zak and Vinay struggling to stay fit,it will be very tough ask for the bowlers especially pathan cann't be trusted as a bowler although he has taken wickets but anyday he can go for plenty of runs...He is more trusted while batting...There r lot of things India has to do in the next game,1st of all MSD has to win the toss and our openers must make a mark in next do or die match and team has to play as a unit...Just one way to go for India in this series now either u win matches otherwise u will come to India early....Hopeee something nice happens 2morrow and India wins.......

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | February 25, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    The biggest problem is what do you do with Sehwag? He is a walking wicket. You would hope every time that statistically he is due for a big one, but the fact is if Sehwag bats like Sehwag particularly on pitches outside the sub-continent that big innings may never come.