India in England 2011

Selectors sending out mixed signals - More

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August 8, 2011

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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, 18:28 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, 18:09 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, 1:29 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, 19:00 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, 9:59 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, 8:02 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, 7:58 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, 6:15 GMT)

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

Posted by S.N.Singh on (August 10, 2011, 1:32 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, 20:33 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.

Posted by bestofluckindia on (August 9, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

@ rsurya MS Dhoni is lucky captain. Ok, who else was ready to become captain of India after the 2007 worldcup misery. Dravid gaveup ! No one wanted Ganguly ! Tendulkar not the best captain ! Sehwag not bothered ! Dhoni stepped up ! Not only he led these so called fab 4 who know only to bat. He got some youngsters in who are capable to lead India after Himself. Gauti, Raina, Kohli are next captains. Dhoni has contributed a lot to Indian team other than his captaincy which may be sub-standard but enough to win some games and give you a chance to call him lucky !

Posted by ak2207 on (August 9, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

@JoCool55 - you speak the most sense i have heard from anyone in a while. Have been thinking exactly the same thoughts. Indian fans - lets end this fickle nature of our supporting, get behind our team who want to win as much as we want them to. Come on India!!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

The better 15 for england one day series should've been: S. Tendulkar V. Sehwag G. Gambhir V. Kholi S. Raina M. Dhoni R. Sharma R. Uthappa P. Kumar I. Sharma R. Ashwin S. Sreesanth M. Patel P. Chawla A. Nehra

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

Absolute foolishness. India should bring in youth so that then can have good bench strength by 2015 in australia. The emerging players tournament is going on and dhawan, pandey, s.tiwary, rayadu all are doing well Seamer vinay kumar is exceptional. Atleast the selcetors could've picked uthappa who has no fear in whacking the shortball straight above the bowler. The selection was pathetic

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

Dravid is the go to man whenever things go wrong! And wrong they have gone spectacularly. With none of the Indian batsmen, barring Dravid and Lax having shown the bottle to hang around and guts it out, Dravid is an automatic choice. As for Sreesanth, Dhoni has always been bad mouthing him. Probably the fact that he is from the South and not in the CSK team may have contributed. Sreesanth is one bowler who is a great asset to the team and needs to be cajoled and coaxed into performing. Dhoni does not care to do that as is earning enough not to care for the team interests. Dhoni needs to understand that all his endorsements are there because of the team that has supported him. He is in danger of losing it all in the next 6 months, unless he pulls up his socks and performs as a player first, and as a captain. The signs are ominous for him! Fate is a fickle ally.

Posted by zico123 on (August 9, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

RP singh was a good swing bowler, then he too lost his form and eventually faded away, if he can find form again, it will be a big plus for India, also India need an all rounder in the test side, it is difficult to win matches with 4 bowlers, anyway Raina is not doing much with bat or ball, only sort of all rounder india had in a while was Irfan pathan, he should be given another chance, in swiinging conditions he might have found form, which would have been excellent for India

Posted by Johnny_129 on (August 9, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

The selectors are not to blame. They have probably done the right thing by selecting Dravid for the ODI's in England. Even though India won the WC at home, there is a lot the youngsters can learn from Dravid about playing in foreign conditions. After all, the next WC is 4 yrs away and there is time to build. Let's not forget these same selectors picked the WC winning squad. The only criticism I have of this selection committee is the favouring of Srikanth's son over more deserving candidates in the A team - that needs to stop! Prior to the WC, Team India seemed to be doing everthing right - they gained top ranking in Tests and the won the WC. Why then a sudden decline - what has changed, I ask? THE COACH, I answer! Team India, at this time, is in need of a coach that is a 'motivator' as opposed to an 'organiser' - I would suggest terminating Fletchers contract...pay him out the fair sum and find someone more suitable. The BCCI can afford it, can't they?

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

Absolutely correct, when selectors are not sending correct signals to the players then their confidence level will decrease and may not perform well also. What happened to Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, still more young players they are the emerging players of future cricket. They are calling a batsman who is going to retire next day. Then this is the case why they removed Ganguly? So dont go backwards, look for future indian team & give chances to those who are future's diamond. Dont waste the opportunity by giving them to retiring players.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

Ssrikanth is the most successful chairman of Indian Cricket Selection Committee and there is no doubt in it. His sincerity and commitment to the game are unquestionable. But at the same time, he appears to be prejudicial to few players like Irfan Pathan. What is the use of taking players like Yousuf Pathan who shines in 1 out of 20 games? If that is the case, Ravindra Jadeja is better. Dinesh Karthik is definitely better than Parthiv Patel, to be 2nd wicketkeeper. Any how, let us hope that the time will recover from the recent defeats and put up better performance in the coming test matches.

Posted by munibkhan on (August 9, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

@ JoCool55 By the same token as your argument, a team cant claim to be the best side in the world if it cant beat the opposition in the opp's back-yard!

Posted by anver777 on (August 9, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

Cant understand why ?????? the selectors have picked a test specialist like Dravid instead of Yoosuf Pathan who is more suited for overs format ?????????????

Posted by Beef_ on (August 9, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

@wolf777 - Not sure whether you follow any Indian domestic cricket. Irfan Pathan has done absolutely NOTHING in the last 2 yrs to warrant selection in the National team. He didnt play WHOLE of last domestic season. And he didnt set anything on fire during this year's IPL where he was coming back from injury. So just bcoz you cant tolerate Srikkanth does not mean you can ridicule his selections. And the fact remains that we won the WC which was selected by this committee. They cant help it if it was in the subcontinent. Also, you sound as if there are thousands of replacements for people like Raina who cant play the short ball. Like it or not, he is the best of the lot of youngsters we have currently. It is not as if we had numerous choices and Srikkanth blundered by picking Raina

Posted by Notredam on (August 9, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

RP singh deserves a chance..Irfan pathan will bring more medicoriness to team..which is already lukng blank at the moment..

Posted by Jocool55 on (August 9, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

There is a lot of fuss being made about India not being no.1 team in the world & how England are going to smash India 4-0 etc. etc. All this talk is premature & lack the respect for the system put in place by the guardian of the game ICC. India has been the no.1 test team for more than last 20 months & still continues to do so. Just by losing first 2 tests doesn't take away this reality from them. Also, it is not new that the best of the teams lose to the home team for the pitches are prepared to favour the home team. I don't recall anyone questioning Australia as no.1 team even though they kept on losing to India in India. So guys, wake up to reality, just by losing the series in England doesn't mean that England are better than India. Let them come to India & beat India in India, then only the claim can be made. Till that time the job is only half done & India still remains the best team.

Posted by Prasanna_googly on (August 9, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

Mr. Kiran More, with due respect i would like to remind you that you are not the selection committee chairman any more. Let Mr. Srikanth do his job. while whole of the world thinks this is a sensible move to bring back inform Dravid to handle the tough conditions.your words will not be heard just bcoz you sound different. we accept that we need to groom youngsters for next world cup, but this is not just the right time to test and experiment. we have full confidence in Mr.Srikanth who has seleceted a world cup winning squad and brought home the tropy after 28 years.

Posted by kiranvg on (August 9, 2011, 4:12 GMT)

I don't think India's bad performance is due to the team selection or injury problems. Its because of 2-3 months long IPL the players dont get to play elsewhere. Remember the past performance in England; It was only because these players did not get used to play in shorter formats of the game. I don't think India's bad performance is due to the team selection or injury problems. It's mainly because of 2-3 months long IPL the players do not get to play elsewhere. Remember the past performance in England; these players did not get used to play in shorter formats of the game. Rahul dravid, Ganguly, Kumble , harbhjan and tendulkar played for county. since for last how many years they have stopped playing county or is there any player now playing for county other than murali karthik. This means how they can adjusted to tough English conditions then. It would have been better players like Rohit Sharma, Dinesh karthik, virat, raina, tiwary's would have played count

Posted by moko58 on (August 9, 2011, 4:12 GMT)

@Alexk400 - You were right in pointing that the malaise with this team is inability to take 20 wickets. I wonder why they don't try 5 bowlers instead of 4. I also think they should have 2 spinners. Indian seam bowlers don't know how to bowl against these batsmen and conditions anyway.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 2:30 GMT)

I see that many are still calling for Irfan to make a comeback.You should know by now that Irfan is no longer an automatic selection.He is really out of form.It is like calling including Agarkar.Although both did really well during there time,they are no longer in form.As for the team selected by srikanth winning WC ,it was really blind luck as the team was good and conditions favorable and players in form.The selection has always been questionable as bringing in a newbie like Mukund was not really a good decision as you should have given a chance to D. Karthik & W.Jaffer.They and RP Singh faded into obscurity after the last English tour.They should have been given more chances like Vijay,Raina,Yuvraj or Rohit.Including Karthik would have given India a backup opener too.Also India's position as No1 didn't come in one day.India is yet to loose a series since Australia 2008 if I remember correctly.Also There was decline in form for Australia and no other team was able to take their place

Posted by peterss on (August 9, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

Kiran More: Srikanth has been the most successful selector and India havent prospered under you as much as they have under Srikanth. India won the world cup and Srikanth & co were hailed as the best! Now?!?!?!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 2:04 GMT)

@Bestofluckindia: that is precisely what happened with Dravid, mate.

Posted by 5wombats on (August 8, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

@unregisteredalien - Glad you appreciate my posts! Mate, I know a lot of Aussies came on here to say well played to England. Gotta give credit for that - and as the name suggests, the wombats have always been in awe of the way Aussies go about their sport. But look - India are here, and they just do not look "up for it" as we Poms say. No-one, certainly not me would ever say that Australians were not up for it, jez - they're always up for it! So when Aus were getting beat it was pretty average of some of their fans (maybe not you...) to say "well - this is not our best team" or "the selectors are nuts" or some such nonsense. It doesn't wash. I'm getting fed up with all the excuses. But I'll tell you what - maybe I do need to spend more tiem in the pub :-)

Posted by Nampally on (August 8, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

The Selectors & BCCI have made the biggest mistake of not putting the 4 county matches ahead of the tests. This has caused all the grief for a half fit Indian team who cannot bat well under English conditions without practice. The Champions are suddenly looking like Minnows. Regarding the team selection Harbhajan should have been replaced by Ashwin right in the original squad & a substitute opener sent for injured Sehwag at least for the first 2 tests. For the ODI's, Dravid is recalled because the rest of the batting is hopeless under English conditions. SRT has been all at sea against pace, with the regular openers missing.For the ODI's Sehwag & FST will open with Gambhir as the back up. Dravid is the only guy who is technically sound to hold this team together in batting. Without Dravid, this team would have been shot for <150 in both the tests. So that is the only sensible move the Selectors have made amongst all blunders.Bad schedule is the biggest blunder + lack of preparation.

Posted by rsurya on (August 8, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

The Top batsmans are not finding their form after the rest, so India is not winning if they get back to their form we will say that "Dhoni is a great captain". A technical captain losing is better than a lucky captain winning.

Posted by snowingreen on (August 8, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

not sure why people cry about Irfan Pathan. did you guys know he didnt even play a single ranji match last season ? then what makes him eligible to consider him for test matches? try following local matches as well.

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 8, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

@5wombats i agree with you on last point. India are still in cloud 9 with their world cup win and just wants to draw all games at worst happens. They did n't expect zaheer to go down and they did n't have reliable backup for him. At one point of time india had chances to win both games actually. India do not have the firepower to get 20 england wickets. That is the core of issue. Because they can't get 20 wickets pressure mounts on batsman to score faster rate than normally you do. But same time if they have bowlers they score faster than they normally do. it is just confidence of getting 20 wickets drives how batsman play. India are not playing against malcolm marshall or wasim akram , it is just that india putting themself in hole by their inability to take 20 wickets put too much pressure on batsman. Hence the downfall.

Posted by wolf777 on (August 8, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

Srikanth being the chairman of the selector when India won the World cup was nothing more than him being at the 'right place at the right time'. Most of the team selected itself and carried bad picks. The fact that the tournament was in India helped also by masking players like Raina who can't play short balls. Now he came up with RP Sing pick to replace Zaheer Khan. If he wanted a left arm bowler to replace Zaheer why not Nehra or Irfan Pathan? You have to be a real 'brain wizard' to not go with Irfan Pathan's all rounder abilities. Just hope Srikanth's term as a selector ends very soon.

Posted by SachinLara1 on (August 8, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

@INIDAN_Nandi : spot on mate...true

Posted by moko58 on (August 8, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

@bobmartin - I agree that India may not be the real number one. The problem is that the ICC placed a crown on us and called us No 1 as per some statistics and now we have got used to that crown. If it was not for that intrusion of Statistics into cricket we may not have been puffing our chests out. So maybe the ICC is partly to blame for our pride, genuine or misplaced as the case may be.

Posted by moko58 on (August 8, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

The selection policy seems to keep rotating people and give everyone a chance. If they don't grab that chance with both hands they have to wait for their turn a few years/months later.

Posted by bestofluckindia on (August 8, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

@Tatsache : Agreed Dhoni is not the best test batsman, who are you gonna replace him with? Who is a replacement for him? mind you he can bat, wk, captain and bowl also. Are u saying Karthik, Saha and Parthiv are better than him? Dhoni cant be replaced and thats the conclusion. Dhoni won whatever came his way for past 3 years. Now when he is struggling you start to throw him out. Wow !!!

Posted by symsun on (August 8, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

Sreesanth was rightly left of ODI, as he leaks more runs than any rookie. He should be groomed to be a specialist test bowler. Remember he played only 2 matches in World cup and Dhoni too admitted as Sree had luck with him to be in both winning finals (ODI and T20 WC).

Posted by INIDAN_Nandi on (August 8, 2011, 13:48 GMT)

Yusuf Pathan should not be given a chance again, He has got enough chances, Irfan pathan and uthappa should be a given chances.. Yusuf pathan not at all fit to play....he lacks technique

Posted by Tatsache on (August 8, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

Please remove dhoni in test,he is the captain when WC won..ya agree...it means he dont have to give chance in test...!look at that his batting in test and keeping ...honestly he is not fit for test team...

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

poor kiran more, during his selecting commitee days india where no where in rankings

during srikanths period we are world chamions and world no 1 team ,

result states we were better team , any comments for this

poor kiran more , everybody going to laugh at him

Posted by RS_Cric_11 on (August 8, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

much talk about the #1 test side, from ranking point of view -- if india manage to keep the deference of defeat just by a margin of 1 say Eng-2 - IND-1, They'll be still there in TOP of the table for another year. Hope they do so... ENG 'll have to wait for one more year and by the time we 'll be able to groom few more powerful horses for the TESTS. In one days I feel IND is a better side anyway than any other sides.

Posted by magzrossman on (August 8, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

I agree with Rohit Ramesh - why is everyone forgetting about S. Badrinath?

Posted by AllwinJ on (August 8, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

I dont recall a team that was selected by More to have won any world cup.

Posted by unregisteredalien on (August 8, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

5wombats: as an Australian (who normally agrees with your posts) I am not sure I can agree with you this time. I am fairly convinced that my fellow Aussies and I praised the performances of the England team just as much (ok, almost as much) as we bemoaned the situation of our own. If you don't feel the England team is getting enough praise from the foreigners on cricinfo then stick to the local pub. I am as tired as you are of parochialism and excusathons but this IS an article about the Indian cricket team, not the English.

Posted by spinkingKK on (August 8, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

I am happy to see Kiran More talking sensibily, now that he is not the selector anymore. I agree with him. At last, I am seeing one of the past cricketers saying what is right about Sreesanth. Maybe Dhoni doesn't want Sreesanth in the team. His bowling changes during the test series suggests that. I wouldn't be surprised if Dhoni plays Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Mishra in the next test match. If Joginder Sharma was in the squad, he would have been an automatic selection over Sreesanth as well. Maybe he is injured and that is why Srikanth didn't send him as a replacement for Zaheer Khan.

Posted by bobmartin on (August 8, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

I see all this talk about how the selectors must have got it right because India are stiil top of the test rankings and are ODI world champions. Taking the first of those, maybe instead of basking in the fact that you ARE number one,(and maybe not for much longer), you should maybe ask WHY you are. It's purely a stroke of fortune, not because you are that much stronger or better than the two teams currently below you in the rankings. When Oz were top, no-one ever dared to doubt that they were the best team in the world. So why is it that, apart from avid Indian supporters, few outside of the sub-continent recognise you as the bext. And your two recent displays against the number three team seem to add weight to that argument. As for being ODI world champions, that is a one-off tournament. So in fact you are the ODI Knockout Champions. Sustained victories over a period of time is what gets you to the top of the ICC ODI rankings and last time I looked India were third.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

I never see anything wrong with not selecting Sreesanth to ODI squad. He is a more suitable for test cricket where wicket is more important than runs conceeding. ODI game need more consistant bowlers like munaf,praveen etc.Selecting Dravid, it is very clear that we need to give him a apropriate send off, even if it is not that reason i am completly agreed with section considering his current form.

Posted by jagansanthanam on (August 8, 2011, 12:00 GMT)

When blokes like Rahul Dravid & Saurav Ganguly made their debut in 1995, there were enough signs of good things to come from them. There was promise and they did not disappoint the selectors or the fans. Unfortunately, the current crop of players including Yuvraj & Raina, have not stepped up to the next level which leaves a huge hole to fill. Hence, the recall of Dravid was just a patch work than a fix. After winning the world cup, the selectors too are under a pressure to keep winning and looking at the way things have gone so far, they probably felt having Dravid will make sure that we bat through the whole 50 overs. This probably is not the wisest move but it only suggests that we do not have future batting talent. This in my opinion is a lot more worrisome than questioning a bunch of selectors who are expected to work within the limited resources available to them.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

i agree this selection committe have no cricketng brain..looking at next world cup which is going to happen in australia they need to give opportunity to guy who can play short ball wel like uthappa,kohli,rohit sharma n stop giving chances to flat pitches heros like yusuf,raina,badri,vijay, who struggles against short ball more than anyone else..becoz of these kind of selection team is struggling in eng..they have to pick teams according to different conditions n formats..

Posted by Suvendusdey on (August 8, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

While playing for India Srikkanth used to take useless short and kept the team in pressure in most of the time. He used to do experiment on his batting all the time without thinking about the teams position. He continues his same attitude being the chairman of selectors. If he continues like this Indian team will be same as when he was the captain of Indian team.

Posted by akashchandran on (August 8, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

Sreesanth is injury-prone and should be selected for Test matches only for sometime since his services are more required in Test matches. Even Zaheer, Ishant and Praveen Kumar should not be played for all the ODIs against England. Since the bowlers cannot be rested during IPL the best way to give them rest is by selecting the best bowlers only for Test cricket. ODIs except important series like Champions Trophy or World cup can be used to give opportunities to the next best set of bowlers such as Vinaykumar, Mithun, Unadkt etc. Rahul Dravid should make use of this opportunity and hopefully get to 11000 ODI runs before retiring from ODIs.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

After watching everyone else struggle in english conditions selectors realised the greatness of the wall and decided to give him an opportunity to say goodbye to limited overs cricket in grand style. A small honour for a great indian servants by selectors.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

I am strongly against More's comments. Sreesanth is superb in tests but with his full length he can be volatile in the shorter formats and RP singh has a better economy. Moreover what has Yusuf Pathan done to earn a place. He averges 27 and he will have no clue against England's bouncers. I am backing the selectors in their selection except for Dravid. I think Badrinath shud get more opportunities to prove him considering he has been a titan in domestic cricket

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

true we must plan well in ahead and should not make any decisions on a haste or just like a walk in the park attitude or switching on panic button and sending wrong alarms. ... grooming, planning and moving in the right direction and showing steely attitude is what we need now..

Posted by 5wombats on (August 8, 2011, 9:26 GMT)

Here we go - everyone is an expert now. This is like Australia all over again. Once England started thrashing them all the excuses started about selections, lack of planning, blah blah blah... Now we are seeing those same excuses. But the real truth is that they cannot control Englands strong performances. I also think it would have helped India if they had taken this series seriously <--- This is the central problem.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

Current selectors are going much better job and planning than what Kiran More did when he was the chairman of selection. Remember we are still ODI Champions and No 1 in test ranking. The problem is not with the selectors, only with the players. Not everyone who play for India has the attitude or hardwork like Dravid or Sachin. Only they think themselves as stars and failed actually to perform.

Posted by Feri on (August 8, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

Indians are still world champions you want it or not. Former chairman of selectors please dont even go there as far as direction of the team is concerned. None of the previos indian teams apart from the wc 83 winning team were capable of winning the world cup. Leaving out Sreesanth from the ODI is justified as he only played 2 matches in the WC and he had no effect on the game apart from bringing luck to the team. He is a better test bowler at the current moment, if he improves he will be a better ODI bowler. There is no mixed signals adding dravid does not mean Inida have been defeated in the ODI's. He is the wall and India need him for this series no doubt about it. Even the little master has found it a bit tough in this series only man in form is Dravid so his inclusion is a wise move. If it pays off everyone will come back and say it is the best decision the selectors have taken. For god's sake stop winging and get on with is.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

India is going to loose Test,ODI and T20 sure........ bcoz India is not matching with the form of English players......need to say they r in supreme form.....

Posted by ikmal--syd on (August 8, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

as a sri lankan, it seems australia have the worst selectors followed the lankans, india are now joining the bunch

Posted by jimbond on (August 8, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

i dont know which part is difficult for the experts to understand.Dravid has been good enough to be in the ODI team, and has been kept out in recent years, partly owing to the fact that most matches involving India have been played on dead pitches where lesser batsmen who are more agressive can also survive. This opportunity is not only a means of ensuring some backbone to Indian batting- especially with the suspect health of Sehwag and Yuvraj- two key players in the Indian batting order. It is also an opportunity for India's greatest batsman to retire gracefully from ODIs. Dravid's inclusion should hence not surprise everyone.

Sreesanth is always a gamble- you never know what he will end up doing. Yusuf, again on swinging pitches is a gamble. One cannot fault the selectors for going either way on these two decisions.

Posted by bijusams on (August 8, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

More said the RIGHT comment. Why these people giving some irritating signal to players like Sree. He is sidelined from one days definitely because of some ugly politics.

Posted by keshavkn on (August 8, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

"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 them

Posted by ms.arjun on (August 8, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

Its hard to digest the fact the India is of no match to supreme form of English players. That too going into the tour as World Champions, it now feels like they are no longer Champions . Noboby ever could replicate the dominance of the Great Aussies that almost ruled Cricket for a decade. But have some pride for God's sake, its not even 4 months since you lifted the cup.

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