India in England 2014 July 31, 2014

Naman Ojha called up after Saha injury

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Naman Ojha struck three centuries in two first-class matches for India A in Australia © Getty Images

Naman Ojha, the wicketkeeper-batsman, has got his maiden Test call-up taking the place of the injured Wriddhiman Saha for the Old Trafford Test against England starting on August 7.

"Wriddhiman Saha is injured and will soon return to India," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said. "Ojha will replace him as the back-up wicketkeeper."

Ojha, 31, has been in a rich vein of form with the India A side that toured Australia in July. He struck three centuries, including a maiden double-ton in two first-class matches. Ojha's last stint with the national side was in June 2010 for a limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe, but is yet to make his Test debut. He has 6877 runs from 101 first-class matches, putting his average at 42.71. As wicketkeeper, he has 288 catches and 34 stumpings.

Ojha's return to the national set-up came on the back of a productive season for Madhya Pradesh in the last Ranji Trophy: 835 runs from seven matches, his best returns in over a decade of domestic cricket. He was able to capitalise on that form against Australia A striking an unbeaten 219 off 250 balls in his first hit and adding a further 101 not out in the second innings at Brisbane. He was dismissed only once during the entire tour, and that after scoring 110 in the next drawn first-class game.

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  • on August 7, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    naman ojha should be included as a wicketkeeper batsman, MSD should play as a specialist batsman.

  • on August 2, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    my team for the next test match: gautam, vijay, pujara, kohli(c), ajinkya, ojha(wk), ashwin, bhuvi, shami, aaron, pankaj

  • on August 2, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    So much rightly said by andrewb5walker, we are living in truly strange times, when opposition has given us green turfs we have given them back their remedy, lets recall Perth, Johannesburg, Durban and now Lords, we need green pitches to give us a chance to win tests outside as our mediocre pace attack gets support, but we truly fail on sporting wickets where bowlers need to bend their backs. and now spinners have also started exploiting our batsmen hunger to score.

    My XI with reshuffled batting order will be Vijay,Gambhir,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Yadav,Ishwar Pandey.......

  • hpc1 on August 2, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    My team for 4th test would be : (in batting order) Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane, Dhoni, Naman(wk), Jadeja, Ashwin, Aaron, Shami, Pandey (if Bhuvi is feet then fast bowler order will be Bhuvi, Aaron, Shami)

    But, it will be likely Vijay, Gambhir/Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli , Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi/Aaron, Shami, Pankaj

    In my opinion, Kohli needs rest, Ashwin/Gambhir/Aaron deserves chance now & Rohit, Dhawan, Pankaj are not in good form, needs to set on bench On good form in Australia, Naman should be in XI, if he is XI, Dhoni can do part-time bowling, which he also likes.

  • on August 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    MS Dhoni should the same thing what matt prior did for jos Butler. .msd should make a way for naman ojha..definitely he said far more attacking and skillful player than Butler.. He deserves a chance definitely.. Butler will not Find situations as easy to bat on as he did during third test when England ship under steady tide though he also squandered by nicking to slip the out which is not given.. still long way to go..not a easy way!!

  • on August 2, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Bring back Sachin Tendulkar. What a malarkey! WPS never would have sniffed a chance under MSD as the WK, and now the taxpayer money is being wasted in hauling NO's behind from down under to England, and NO would remain MSD's shadow on an overcast day .. non-existent. The joke is on us, poor people!

  • IndianInnerEdge on August 2, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    If they are serious about this series, the one guy who can make a difference is Yadav....bring him on....

  • landl47 on August 2, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Naman Ojha is a career journeyman, 31 years old, who enjoyed a good season in 2013/4. You can pretty much discount his Australian form, playing against second-string bowlers in friendly conditions in the Australian off-season.

    He's been called up as cover for Dhoni in case MSD is injured. I expect that is exactly the way he will be used.

  • Lassie.Perera on August 2, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Give him a chance strait away. This guy can hit the ball so hard and very orthodox batsman. I'm sure he'll be Gilchrist like factor in Indian cricket. We all love Dhoni's batting. But only in limited overs cricket. He's one of the best finishers limited over cricket ever had. When it comes to test cricket, it's a different story.

  • on August 2, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    India need to take a brave decision of dropping DHONI who is not at al fit for Test arena and playing Naman as Wicket Keeper batsman.

    BCCI needs to Hand over the captaincy to Kohli tat gives him additional responsibiity to do well and to bring the best out of him.

  • on August 7, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    naman ojha should be included as a wicketkeeper batsman, MSD should play as a specialist batsman.

  • on August 2, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    my team for the next test match: gautam, vijay, pujara, kohli(c), ajinkya, ojha(wk), ashwin, bhuvi, shami, aaron, pankaj

  • on August 2, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    So much rightly said by andrewb5walker, we are living in truly strange times, when opposition has given us green turfs we have given them back their remedy, lets recall Perth, Johannesburg, Durban and now Lords, we need green pitches to give us a chance to win tests outside as our mediocre pace attack gets support, but we truly fail on sporting wickets where bowlers need to bend their backs. and now spinners have also started exploiting our batsmen hunger to score.

    My XI with reshuffled batting order will be Vijay,Gambhir,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Yadav,Ishwar Pandey.......

  • hpc1 on August 2, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    My team for 4th test would be : (in batting order) Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane, Dhoni, Naman(wk), Jadeja, Ashwin, Aaron, Shami, Pandey (if Bhuvi is feet then fast bowler order will be Bhuvi, Aaron, Shami)

    But, it will be likely Vijay, Gambhir/Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli , Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi/Aaron, Shami, Pankaj

    In my opinion, Kohli needs rest, Ashwin/Gambhir/Aaron deserves chance now & Rohit, Dhawan, Pankaj are not in good form, needs to set on bench On good form in Australia, Naman should be in XI, if he is XI, Dhoni can do part-time bowling, which he also likes.

  • on August 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    MS Dhoni should the same thing what matt prior did for jos Butler. .msd should make a way for naman ojha..definitely he said far more attacking and skillful player than Butler.. He deserves a chance definitely.. Butler will not Find situations as easy to bat on as he did during third test when England ship under steady tide though he also squandered by nicking to slip the out which is not given.. still long way to go..not a easy way!!

  • on August 2, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Bring back Sachin Tendulkar. What a malarkey! WPS never would have sniffed a chance under MSD as the WK, and now the taxpayer money is being wasted in hauling NO's behind from down under to England, and NO would remain MSD's shadow on an overcast day .. non-existent. The joke is on us, poor people!

  • IndianInnerEdge on August 2, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    If they are serious about this series, the one guy who can make a difference is Yadav....bring him on....

  • landl47 on August 2, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Naman Ojha is a career journeyman, 31 years old, who enjoyed a good season in 2013/4. You can pretty much discount his Australian form, playing against second-string bowlers in friendly conditions in the Australian off-season.

    He's been called up as cover for Dhoni in case MSD is injured. I expect that is exactly the way he will be used.

  • Lassie.Perera on August 2, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Give him a chance strait away. This guy can hit the ball so hard and very orthodox batsman. I'm sure he'll be Gilchrist like factor in Indian cricket. We all love Dhoni's batting. But only in limited overs cricket. He's one of the best finishers limited over cricket ever had. When it comes to test cricket, it's a different story.

  • on August 2, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    India need to take a brave decision of dropping DHONI who is not at al fit for Test arena and playing Naman as Wicket Keeper batsman.

    BCCI needs to Hand over the captaincy to Kohli tat gives him additional responsibiity to do well and to bring the best out of him.

  • on August 2, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Batting has to be re-shuffled as : Gauti,Vijay,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,MSD,Ojha,Ashwin,Aaron,Pankaj,Ishwar *if bhuvi get fit then bhuvi in for Ishwar

  • on August 2, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    he should straight away get into 11 and provide jos buttler effect.. msd struggling with gloves can even roll his arm over and play 5th bowler...... my team for old Trafford is : vijay, gautam, pujara, kohli , rahane, msd, ojha, ashwin, bhuvi, pankaj, aaron

  • on August 2, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    give him a chance straight way,,in place of rohit sharma,,Naman did good in australia he and kedar jadhav certainly deserves a chance.

  • on August 2, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    When V Saha never had a chance to play then what will N Ojha doing in the team? Instead they should have got bowlers replaced.

  • andrewb5walker on August 1, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    The final two tests will be played on pitches that help spin (Old Trafford and The Oval). It has been a very dry and warm summer in the UK so this should mean dry surfaces. So advantage India?

    We live in very strange times. An Indian fast bowler skittling England at Lords (nightmares of Mitchell Johnson still in English minds). A so-called part time spinner takes a six for- and is second leading English wicket taker in the series with strike rate in the mid 40s (43 balls per wicket I think).

    I suspect Dhoni is scarred by the series loss to England in India. We have a cunning plan to prepare turning pitches. Erm, the opposition has better spinners. Lose. Who said Indian batsmen play spin well? Discuss?

    The issue is the failure of the vaunted Indian batsmen to post big runs. Score 500 plus and scoreboard pressure takes hold. It is India's batting that is the issue.

  • on August 1, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Even if india loses this series, Dhoni will still be a captain. BCCI will not sack him for whatever the reason may be. but he NEEDS to go. guy cant bat and keep leg slip where he should have had gully. so many catches went into that area.

  • Aju.Nair on August 1, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Good decision..Now India should drop Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami and bring Gambhir, Naman Ojha and Ashwin..Pankaj Singh should have to get one more chance or else Varun Aaron will be good replacement..

  • on August 1, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    India needs to revert back to the 5 bowler formula. Drop Rohit and bring in Ashwin. Drop Mohd Shami and bring in Ishwar Pandey. Pankaj Singh, Bhuvi and Ravi Jadeja stay. The fact that there is an extra bowler available to shoulder the burden will always help the bowlers to be mentally relaxed and bowl better, which is what happened in the first two tests, even though the fifth bowler didn't bowl much. It is a psychological thing, which would sharpen India's bowling attack.

  • Rinay on August 1, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Look Dhawan is not performing Rohit is living on reputation and not performing Jadeja is not picking up wickets because of less variety (more of an ODI bowler like in the Champions Trophy). Also Ishant injury. So if India wants to win the should really consider giving chances to the bench.Also Ohja has performed really well against Aus A. Averaging above 400. Which is remarkable.

    MY 11: Gambir, Vijay, Virat, Pujara, Rahana, Ohja, MS Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj/ Pandey

  • on August 1, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    For heavens sake do not look back to Ghambir or Shewag. Look forward to players like Naman Ojha.

  • on August 1, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Team : Gambhir,Vijay,Pujara,Rahane,Kohli,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin,Pandey,Bhuvi and Aaron.. We need bowlers who can hit the deck hard.Umesh yadav would have been ideal but he is not in the squad.Rohit though a consistent failure is in the team as there is no proper batsmen in the squad.But it is gonna be his last series for india in tests.Hope we groom someone like Saha or even sanju as a WK bat in tests..Enough of dhoni in tests.Find someone else for no 6 maybe groom Vijay Zol.

  • on August 1, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    my xx gambir vijay pujara rahane kohl ohja Dhoni ashwin bhuvi shami pandey

  • rhome on August 1, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Old trafford does not have any grass. So a case for having 2 spinners in the team. If Bhuvaneshwar has to be rested, then the apt person to replace him should be Pandey. He swings the ball and also at a better pace. Shami needs a break and we could give Aaron a go. He should be bowling short bursts of 4 - 5 overs a spell and in total not more than 20 to 25 overs an innings. Thats shouldn't be a problem having 2 spinners in the rank. Lastly Pankaj deserves another go as he will willling to give it all in pursuit of wickets. He knows that this will be his last chance.

  • RandomTalk on August 1, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    What? Saha injured? Playing football...?

  • on August 1, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    My Team: Vijay,Gambhir(C),Pujara,Ojha(wk),Rahane,Rohit/Kohli,Binny,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvaneswar,Ishwar

  • on August 1, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    dhoni is adamant on his selection for playing eleven. his batting technic without guiding elbow is not going to help in test cricket. better he will stepdown in test cricket.

  • on August 1, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    dhoni is very adamant in chosing elevens. at present his place in eleven to b questionable. he is not in test quality, on his technic he is using his wrist rather than playing with elbow. he has minimized his technic in lively pitch. also he is trying to justify his selection for the elevens even the bowlers not in full form or with minimum technic. he is continuing his selection for the further matches to justify that he is correct instead of team winning.

  • on August 1, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Dhawan completely out of form. Now gambhir deserving a chance. Dhoni please consider about gambhir. This is my team: Vijay , Gambhir , Pujara, Kohli , Rahane, Dhoni , Jadeja , Ashwin , Bhuvi , Shami, Varun.

  • SudeepSonawane on August 1, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    India selects a player on reputation, not on his determination to win. Resolve to fight and win goes beyond talent and skills. Karnataka has many such players that is why they are winning so many national tournaments. Binny, one such guy got a chance, and he saved India the first Test from sure defeat. Dhoni rewarded him by kicking him out and brought Rohit who has played over 25 matches just on reputation. This England team is beatable providing India selects the right guys. Replace Dhawan, Dhoni, Rohit, Shami with Gambhir (captain), Naman Ohja, Binny and Aaron for Old Trafford. Five bowlers are necessary to take 20 wickets and give more options

  • SudeepSonawane on August 1, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    India selects a player on reputation, not on his determination to win. Resolve to fight and win goes beyond talent and skills. Karnataka has many such players that is why they are winning so many national tournaments. Binny, one such guy got a chance, and he saved India the first Test from sure defeat. Dhoni rewarded him by kicking him out and brought Rohit who has played over 25 matches just on reputation. This England team is beatable providing India selects the right guys. Replace Dhawan, Dhoni, Rohit, Shami with Gambhir (captain), Naman Ohja, Binny and Aaron for Old Trafford. Five bowlers are necessary to take 20 wickets and give more options

  • StunningDollar on August 1, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    What does it make sense when he will not be part of playing XI in any circumstances. Dhoni must understand that India is not just his own country club. At least eligible player must get chance to play for their mother land. Please cut poor performers like Dhawan, Kohli and give chance to Gambhir and Naman Ohja. Rohit is also over rated player in Indian team, give him a way to get back to India. Also try Ishwar Pandey as fifth bowler. All nominated players have already struggled a lot to make their way to Indian team selection. Now it is high time to include them in playing eleven.

  • on August 1, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Perfect Team in Current scenario : Vijay , Gambhir , Pujara, Rahane , Kohli , Dhoni , Jadeja , Ashwin , Bhuvi , Shami, Varun

  • RanKan on August 1, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    How does this 12 sound: Murali Vijay, Murali Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Pankaj Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Ravi Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Naman Ojha, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma? That will give us 2 Singhs, 2 Ravis, 2 Muralis, 2 Ojhas, and 2 Sharmas. So many are trying to pare this team down. 'Pairing' is what we should be doing.

  • truptiranjansamal92 on August 1, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    remove dhawan shami jadeja pankaj and add gambhir ashwin ishant and varun thats the next team for 4th match

  • on August 1, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    I guess everyone here have become a selector :)

  • on August 1, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Ojha is the right man not only to replace injured Saha but also too set in his ways Dhoni. Just listening to Ganguly in the commentary made me realise what is the difference between a thinking captain and a captain with a lot of rigid views like Dhoni.It is time the selectors made a big move. Gambhir is a shrewd captain, bring him in along with Ojha and drop Dhawan and Dhoni. Rohit can be replaced by Ashwin and tired looking Shami by Aaron. And I think we have the team for next test.

  • cricmatters on August 1, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    @faulknerism You said it buddy.. We need a fearless captain who is ready to take bold decisions. Defensive field setting and poor selections cost India dearly. Time to bring in a real Test match captain and pick real attacking players not bits and pieces players who do well in shorter formats. Indian Test record will only improve after we get a real Test team.

  • on August 1, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Naman Ojha and jadeja can make only first class centuries. They will never make a test centuries. They why people talking about these people. Test matches or first class matches are different. Some players are different. Then why naman oja. Give a chance for sanju Samson. Give a break for dhawan and pujara. long wait for gambhir, now his turn. Cut dhawan and bring gambhir. And Ashwin should be in the playing XI.

  • ashrajp on August 1, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @ramenvis..age should not be criteria. He is no doubt the second best wicketkeeper batsman with his prime form in country and he got his deserved place. If age would be criteria you will not be able to see batsman like Hussy.

  • ramenvis on August 1, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Sanju Samson would be better he would have some exposure why chose a 31 year old

  • ultimatewarrior on August 1, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    One minor change is must, A Rahane should be promoted at No.4 before Virat Kohli, so that India will surely score at least 20-50 Runs more per Innings.....

  • on August 1, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    My Team: 1] M.vijay,2]Gumbir,3]Virat 4] Pujara5] Rahane 6] Dhoni 7] ashwin 8] Jadeja 9 Bhuvi] 10] pankaj singh 11] shami

  • on August 1, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    @Nish_US that was sarcastic humor. So far as knowing test cricket goes, you have invented something new- "Dhoni's blunder in overusing him (Bhuvi) bowling and batting". Now we have heard bowlers being overused. This is the first time that someone is hearing about a player being overused as a "batsman". What do you want Bhuvi to do, get out without giving his best try??By your logic Dhoni too is overused, after wicketkeeping. Maybe he too should be excused for being only the 3 rd highest scorer in the series.

  • on August 1, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    remove Dhoni bring in naman ..With rahane or pujara as captain. .bhuvi, shami, ishwar, varun and ashwin as front line bowlers. .

  • duniya_dilwale on August 1, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    why our selectour ignore good bowler who can take 20 wicket in test match if we want to win we have to take 20 wicket each match not 3or 4 match take 20wicket and we think our batting will save the match

    my playing xi as below

    1] m. vijay, 2] jadeja, 3] rahane 4] pujara 5] virat 6] dhoni 7] ashwin 8] bhuvi 9] i pandey 10] pankaj singh 11] shami

    give confidence to jadeja from starting go and attack the eng bowler we seen still dhwan not made more then 40 why we not take chance and try to play jadeja as a attacking batsman he made 300 in domiestic cricket so go and play nature game viru also started as a no.6 batsman if he can come open the batting why not jadeja every time only ganguly try every thing

    in my eyes msd is big loser he can not do any thing ganguly made a team after azhar left from captincy he made the team and msd got good player after try ganguly every thing

    we need captin like ganguly not like msd after left msd captaincy ghampir is good opition

  • faulknerism on August 1, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    and pankaj did well in the test..but he's in danger of being finger-pointed at and possibly sidelined more

  • faulknerism on August 1, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    gambhir is the future of india winning tests as he is a clarke like captain(who is not afraid to lose in order to win)...while dhoni's fear of losing is greater than the intent to win..

  • faulknerism on August 1, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    india can start to think about winning test matches after dhoni retires from test arena..dropping a player who saved the first test match for the team shows dhoni's blues..dhoni is hurting team india by selecting players based on reputation rather than form and recent performances..

  • Iamns89 on August 1, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    I think Naman Ojha should get a game, because he is in great form. My playing XI: vijay,gambhir,pujara,kohli,rahane,ojha(wk),dhoni,jadeja,bhuvi,shami,pankaj

  • glen1 on August 1, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Good, India gets a good batsman and probably a good wicket keeper; only problem is how to make Dhoni a non-playing captain and make him sit next to Duncan. That way, five bowlers can be played. Maybe Dhoni will agree if his buddy Jaddu is made captain; anything to save this rot called Team India.

  • on August 1, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Dear Selectors, it is a kind request to you, please send Umesh Yadav and Bhajji to england. after seeing all this matches, it is clear bhajji is still our best bet in allein conditions and Umesh is far better than Shami. Next match rest Bhuvi he is tired and play Umesh, Aaron, Pandey and Pankaj as manchester is the fast pitch. for fifth test bring in Bhajji, Bhuvi and Ishant. Team for 4th Test: Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Umesh, Aaron, Pandey, Pankaj. I am sure Poms will got surprise with this strategy and will lose the test vs this attack.

  • Nish_US on August 1, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Am I insane or what? The backup wicket keeper who is never going to play a single game in the series gets replaced promptly, but the only two bowlers who did ok (Bhuvi was spectacular in the first two, it is 1000% Dhoni's blunder to overuse him in both batting and bowling and cause this breakdown - Ishant is just lucky as he always is once every 15 games).... repeat when the two main bowlers are down, no replacements called for... I am definitely going to go insane by the time this series finishes.

  • Nish_US on August 1, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    who ever is saying Dhoni is the third highest scorer after rahane and bhuvi - should be ashamed of the way Dhoni got out. and Dhoni for the fifth bowler, can you even spell TEST CRICKET

  • sammysam on July 31, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    No Ashwin, no jadeja for the next match. Bring in Mishra. The english and aussies cannot play leg spin.

  • here2rock on July 31, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    India's top order is a problem, not many performing, India also have bowling problems, need 5 bowlers to get 20 wickets. This will be my team for the next test match: Murali, Pujara (he is always coming early, open with him has a good technique), Rohit, Virat, Ajinkya, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ravichandran, Bhuvneshwar, Varun and Pankaj.

  • Mithra05 on July 31, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    In India on turning wickets we lost the series after winning the first test. Our batsman used to play spin better than visiting teams (England, Aussie etc) that was disproved by Swann and Panesar. Hope we don't go in the same line, The way our batsman got out to Moin Ali makes me wonder whether it is over confidence or lack of skill to play spin. Hope our batsman tackle him better in the remaining matches. My team for the fourth test will be Murali Vijay Gambhir Pujara Rahane Kohli Jadeja, Dhoni Ashwin Bhuvi Aaron Pankaj I prefer Jadeja to Rohit just for the reason that his aggressive knock at Lords won the test for us also he is a better fielder than Rohit. Rohit might be a well accomplished batsman than Jadeja. In seaming conditions anyone of them scoring runs is only a gamble.

  • here2rock on July 31, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    It will be a good replacement for Rohit. I will also bring in Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla in the side seeing how dry the pitches are.

  • CricketChat on July 31, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    First Ishant on the day of 3rd test and now Saha are injured out of blues without any forewarning from the team management. The more I think about this, I get a feeling that Dhoni for whatever reason, wanted to replace these two players from the team and came up with brilliant idea. Even though Ohja is good form, the wkts in Eng are much different than those in Aus, so, success is not guaranteed. Moreover, I doubt Dhoni will play him purely as a batsman.

  • on July 31, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    if ishant is injured why not bring umesh yadav

  • adv_nishanth on July 31, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    It's a pity that most of the people feel that Rohit is the one who should be dropped to accommodate Naman Ojha or an extra bowler. Guys, Rohit has got only one chance. The most hyped batsmen ( Pujara, Kohli) have failed miserably on this tour. Instability at the number 3 & 4 positions is hurting India the most. Add Dhawan's poor form to the equation and you have the reason for this miserable loss.

    We have the commentators assuring us that Moeen Ali is not a genuine off spinner. Wonder how they would categorize Ravindra Jadeja? India is not playing T20's to have a bowler in the playing 11 who can restrict the opposition from scoring runs.

    My XI for the next test would be 1) Murali Vijay 2) Gambhir 3) Pujara 4) Rahane 5) Kohli 6) Rohit 7) Dhoni 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Aaron 11) Pankaj

    All said and done, I am sure this will not be the playing XI as we always go by reputation. (Unfortunately that is based on the popular perception about a players technique & temperament)

  • on July 31, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Please dont talk about third highest "Dhoni". Just because our openers and middle order couldn't scored runs which made Dhoni the no 3r scorer. He is not a prolific scorer. The real test who passed were Rahane and Vijay. Rest all not upto the mark. Bhuvi & Ishant were good in terms of bowling.

  • jimmyvida on July 31, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Good idea. Is he going to be a better bench warmer than Saha? If so, great idea to bring him from the A team.

  • xylo on July 31, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    @ HarishPNJ: Rohit/Gambhir to take over? Maybe after they can score 30+ runs. I agree with you though that Dhoni is crucial in ODIs and T20s.

  • on July 31, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Seeing the Indian batsmen performance it makes sense to call in form ojha.. He have a practical chances of even landing up in playing XI for old trafford test replacing Rohit.

    Team for next match should be Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Ojha, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Pankaj, Aron

  • subcontinent-expert on July 31, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    India can invest next 5-6 years on Ojha and since Dhoni is not of international test standard ( wtk keeper batsman) Ojha will be a great option.. Ojha better batsman than Saha in tests..

  • kalyanbk on July 31, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Saha is conveniently injured while not playing any games. I cannot help but believe that Naman Ojha is being prepared as a backup when Dhoni calls it a day. He had already indicated this was his last England tour. The big question is who will be the next captain. Rahane? Ashwin? Gambhir? No Indian player is settled enough to become captain.

  • on July 31, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    People criticizing Dhoni's batting in this series conviniently forget that he is the 3rd highest scorer after Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvi in this series.

  • on July 31, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Play Naman Ojha instead of Rohit Sharma. This way Dhoni can be the fifth bowler!!!

  • on July 31, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Why not Praveen Kumar be included in the team . Why he was dropped after coming back from injury .He is a very good swing bowler and been neglected .

  • on July 31, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Naman ojha is a replacement of Saha as saha is injured, for all people who are questioning why Ojha is selected inspite of having Saha.

  • on July 31, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    my choice for nxt test.....gautam , aaron, ashwin in for dhawan ,shami, rohit/jadeja.....jadeja seems to have niggle in the shoulder.....saw it when he was bowling in the first innings ....we need him for the odi's...it is better to rest him....if he is fit to play.....remove rohit....

  • NCP1 on July 31, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Hewill get a good experience traveling with the team and may even get a chance in last test if Ind loose miserably at Old Trafford. With the exception of Murali, Pujara, Bhuvi and Rahane, none of them knows how to bat in a test match. They should play their natural game and attack the bowl because they can't play otherwise just look at them at crease so uncomfortable with spin or swing. Ashwin and Gambhir are far too experienced to be left out for these rookies. What a joke, No ishant and they score 569 on a decent pitch.

  • HarishPNJ on July 31, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Time for Rohit/Gambir to take over TEST captaincy. Naman Ohja can replace Dhoni as keeper. We need Dhoni in long run for One Day and T20.

  • Tanvirman on July 31, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Umesh Yadav should also accompany him to England. India seriously need pace in their bowling lineup and in my opinion, umesh is better than varun aaron.

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    What difference does it make to the Indian team's proceedings?

    Naman Ojha will NEVER make his Test debut as a wicket-keeper - no matter how great and regular the failings of their captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

    The only possibility for him to make his Test debut is ahead of Rohit Sharma at #6, and perhaps as an opener ahead of Dhawan (make-shift openers being a tactic adopted by India in the early 2000's).

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Umesh yadav should be call in place of Ishant

  • GRVJPR on July 31, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Drop MS Dhoni play Naman Ojha, simple. We can't waste his form. Career of MS Dhoni is over as test player, clear indication.

  • PPL11 on July 31, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Lol, Saha injured by not playing any test match?

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    what's the point? he is not going to play anyway.

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    still he will not make into the side !!!!!!!!

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Good selection.He is unlikely to get a chance,but if he does get it at some stage he is in good enough form to capitalize.Has some trouble playing the swinging ball but one good advice to cook is:Don't get on moeen ali while he is batting because he is absolutely a nightmare for the spinners,But I think jimmy is good enough to knock him over early.Mixed feelings!!!!!! Good luck OJHA....

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on July 31, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    219*, 101*, 110 vs Australia. Wow, he deserves to walk into the playing XI, so does Pragyan Ojha who picked up a 10-for in his last Test match.

  • yogicoolboy on July 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Where is parthiv patel and karthik.

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Has been in brilliant form. Would be great if he played ahead of Rohit.

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Umesh Yadav can include in the squad to cover Ishanth Sharma

  • Vaughanographic on July 31, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    In place of who? Surely Gambhir would come in for Dhawan, and its not like Pujara, Kohli or Rahane would be dropped.

    If I were India I would have called up Umesh Yadav instead (far better than Aaron), and play him instead of Shami. If not, then play Aaron, let him just bowl fast, and select Ashwin instead of Rohit Sharma - he can defend his wicket and bowl at least tidily. Then play Gambhir ahead of Dharwan. Simple

  • yogicoolboy on July 31, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    They could have picked a bowler instead of wicketkeeper as Saha is a wicketkeeper. We need a bowler

  • yogicoolboy on July 31, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Could have picked a bowler Instead of a wicketkeeper as saha is already been picked as keeper. Is anyone injured

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  • yogicoolboy on July 31, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Could have picked a bowler Instead of a wicketkeeper as saha is already been picked as keeper. Is anyone injured

  • yogicoolboy on July 31, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    They could have picked a bowler instead of wicketkeeper as Saha is a wicketkeeper. We need a bowler

  • Vaughanographic on July 31, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    In place of who? Surely Gambhir would come in for Dhawan, and its not like Pujara, Kohli or Rahane would be dropped.

    If I were India I would have called up Umesh Yadav instead (far better than Aaron), and play him instead of Shami. If not, then play Aaron, let him just bowl fast, and select Ashwin instead of Rohit Sharma - he can defend his wicket and bowl at least tidily. Then play Gambhir ahead of Dharwan. Simple

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Umesh Yadav can include in the squad to cover Ishanth Sharma

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Has been in brilliant form. Would be great if he played ahead of Rohit.

  • yogicoolboy on July 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Where is parthiv patel and karthik.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on July 31, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    219*, 101*, 110 vs Australia. Wow, he deserves to walk into the playing XI, so does Pragyan Ojha who picked up a 10-for in his last Test match.

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Good selection.He is unlikely to get a chance,but if he does get it at some stage he is in good enough form to capitalize.Has some trouble playing the swinging ball but one good advice to cook is:Don't get on moeen ali while he is batting because he is absolutely a nightmare for the spinners,But I think jimmy is good enough to knock him over early.Mixed feelings!!!!!! Good luck OJHA....

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    still he will not make into the side !!!!!!!!

  • on July 31, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    what's the point? he is not going to play anyway.