India in England 2011

Selectors sending out mixed signals - More

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August 8, 2011

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Rahul Dravid's 92 off 63 balls helped India pile 93 runs in the last 10 overs, England v India, 2nd ODI, Bristol, August 24, 2007
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Former chairman of selectors Kiran More has said the decision to recall 38-year-old Rahul Dravid to the limited-overs side for the England tour reflected poor planning by the current selection committee.

"I think they have made a lot of changes recently," More told Reuters. "And the changes they have done are not looking ahead. I don't know what their thinking is but I know things have not gone very correctly."

More said that while the decision to recall Dravid was because a batsman of his calibre was needed to hold the batting together in tough conditions, it wasn't a forward-thinking decision. Dravid scored two centuries in the first two Tests in England but last played an ODI for India in September 2009, during the Champions Trophy in South Africa. Dravid, who was surprised at his recall, said he would retire from ODIs after the England series.

"They needed an experienced batsman, looking at some of the players who have been exposed on this tour. In English conditions you need to have a batsman who can carry the innings and that's the reason he [Dravid] has been picked.

"After the World Cup they (selectors) should have taken a call and thought about building a team for the next World Cup also," More said. "To win another World Cup or dominate world cricket, there needs to be proper planning but that's not happening. It's been a little haywire."

India's pace attack for the limited-overs leg of the England tour comprised Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel and Vinay Kumar. Zaheer was subsequently ruled out of the series and left-arm seamer RP Singh was named his replacement. The selectors - led by chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth - left out fast bowler Sreesanth, who is part of the Test squad, from the 16-man limited-overs squad and More said such decisions would send out wrong signals to the players.

"The players are also confused. Now Sreesanth is not part of the one-day team though he is bowling well. I don't know what confidence you are giving to Sreesanth. He was part of the World Cup team but he is not part of the [current] one-day team. Yusuf Pathan could have played a few games ... he's not a bad player. They are not sending proper signals to the players."

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Posted by Rahulbose on (August 11, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

Haha. It is called Panic mode. After getting drubbed in tests and losing the top rank. The selectors are scared that ODIs will show India is not the top team in limited over either. In fact might actually be competing with Bangladesh for the bottom soon.

Posted by landl47 on (August 11, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

@Jocool55: I think I see a tiny omission in your list of India's games. Tour to England: 0-2 and about to go 0-3. That rather changes the picture, wouldn't you say?

Posted by proudpommy on (August 11, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

I definately agrre, to have 38 year old playing limited overs cricket is odd considering the young talent that lies within the indian camp. Dont get me wrong heis a greta player but its time togive someone else a go and build up the team with some youth.

Posted by yusufpathan786 on (August 10, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

from my point of view....the current squad is worst...i will say....coz.....the selectors r selecting ...injured/not fit/sick...they r not selecting the players like yusuf pathan, irfan pathan,uthappa,manish pandey,which they have more talent.........if u give a chance...they will prove right....my squad fr eng odi series is..gauti,sehwag,kohli,raina,dhoni,yusuf,sressanth,praveen,ishant,mishra,and munaf patel......this will the best i will say.........im hundred % sure .....india will lose..both test n odi series.................

Posted by Jocool55 on (August 10, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

@munibkhan yes, you are right.SO let's see what India has achieved over these last 20 months after becoming no.1 side. In India (beat SL 2-0, drawn SA 1-1,beat Aus 2-0, beat NZ 1-0) AND Away (Beat Bangla 2-0, drawn SL 1-1, drawn SA 1-1, beat WI 1-0). As can be seen, not a very bad record would you say..? not losing a single series (As you would recall even though AUS was no.1 , they kept on losing to India). Ofcourse, the circle of playing home & away with every major team is still not complete for India, but same is not complete with England as well. so at this moment we can not call England as a better team than India. But at the same time as per ICC method, India is No. 1 & should be respected for the same.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

Dravid has a big role to play in this series..not only as a batsman but also as a coach & rolemodel to the youngsters in the side. Hope the youngsters make use of the opportunity well to study hw to play in the pacy conditions... The major problem with this oneday team is about absence of an allrounder.... raina is ok with bowl but sehwag may not be fit to bowl, tendulkar usualy dont bowl in recent times and kohli is a meduim pacer and cant rely much on.. rohit sharma may not make the playiung eleven and yuvraj not in the team, dhoni will find difficult with the 5th bowler quota to be filled... Ravindra jadeja is a good option as he has a minimum guarantee in his 10 overs without leaking much runs and a strike bowler in the other end can pull the opposition to backfoot in middle overs... aswin has that ability to take wickets and the would have been a good pair for limited overs... also Dinesh Karthik should be brought back ahead of parthiv.. he is good player of fast/swing bowling.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

Dravid has a big role to play in this series..not only as a batsman but also as a coach & rolemodel to the youngsters in the side. Hope the youngsters make use of the opportunity well to study hw to play in the pacy conditions... The major problem with this oneday team is about absence of an allrounder.... raina is ok with bowl but sehwag may not be fit to bowl, tendulkar usualy dont bowl in recent times and kohli is a meduim pacer and cant rely much on.. rohit sharma may not make the playiung eleven and yuvraj not in the team, dhoni will find difficult with the 5th bowler quota to be filled... Ravindra jadeja is a good option as he has a minimum guarantee in his 10 overs without leaking much runs and a strike bowler in the other end can pull the opposition to backfoot in middle overs... aswin has that ability to take wickets and the would have been a good pair for limited overs... also Dinesh Karthik should be brought back ahead of parthiv.. he is good player of fast/swing bowling.

Posted by AgeySuhas on (August 10, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

Its A Gr8 Decision by BCCI, Dravid will be a key player in ODI................!

Posted by S.N.Singh on (August 10, 2011, 2:32 GMT)

AS MUCH AS I AGREE THAT SHREESANT SHOULD BE IN THE SIDE AS THE FASTEST BOWLER IN INDIA AND ALSO AGREE WITH THE SELECTOR THAT DRAVID SHOULD BE IN THE 50 OVERS SIDE A LONG TIME AGO. THE WAY THE 50 OVERS IS PLAYING YOU NEED PEOPLE WHO CAN BUILD PARTNERSHIP. AND YOU NOW HAVE THE BEST, YENDULKAR, DRAVID, AND KHOLI. THESE PLAYERS PLAY IN ANY TYPE OF GAME. YES THE SELECTOR ARE MAKING MISTAKES BUT THE INDIAN PLAYERS ARE GETTING FITTNESS PROBLEMS. YOU CAN'T BLAME THE SELECTORS FOR THAT. I THINK BOTH DRAVID AND SHREESANT SHOUL BE IN THE SIDE. REMEMBER DRAVID GOT 10,000 RUNS AND AN AVERAGE OF 40. sHREESANT IS THE FASTEST BOWLER IN INDIA. S . N. SINGH USA.

Posted by proansh on (August 9, 2011, 21:33 GMT)

I think the problem is with the whole process of playing cricket in India. Our Indian team and management do not play proactive cricket. We have all the technology and we are not using it to the fullest.

I am sure in these days we have a way to practice bounce and speed even in India but we are not thinking.

But 1 gud is happening and it is that non-performers are being shown the door which should be the way.

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