Champions Trophy 2013 June 24, 2013

India's tough selection policies bear fruit

The Champions Trophy win is an important landmark in India's rebuilding effort, and credit must be extended to the team's selection committee that has been unafraid of taking a few tough decisions
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When you saw India jubilant in England after winning the Champions Trophy, you couldn't help but go back to the second day of the Kolkata Test last year, against the same opponents. England ended that day at 216 for 1, a day that summed up everything that was wrong with Indian cricket: lacklustre bowlers, poor catching, fielders who didn't want to be there and probably - as a consequence of these factors - a defensive captain. Cruelly, that day, the team management sent Trevor Penney, the fielding coach, for the press conference.

Penney had no explanation for India's poor fielding. Rather, he didn't have an explanation he could speak publicly about. The team was carrying at least four players whose contributions in their first discipline had long ago begun to pale in comparison with their poor fielding. And then there was R Ashwin, who had lost form, or patience. While Ashwin's issue was personal, and he has addressed it with aplomb, the other rot was systemic. And it won't be unfair to believe that - yet again - amid the debris in Kolkata, India began a turnaround.

Only this time it began in a selection committee meeting. And this panel led by Sandeep Patil has clearly shown that the scorn heaped on Kris Srikkanth and Co was earned and deserved. One by one, they dropped, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, in that order. Look at the replacements. M Vijay has scored more Test centuries in one series than Sehwag did in two years. Shikhar Dhawan outdid in one Test Gambhir's achievements over the last three years. Debatably Yuvraj's ODI place went to Ravindra Jadeja, and the results are for all to see. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has not let India miss Zaheer yet, although that arrangement could change.

The obvious question that will arise is: if it was that simple, why didn't the team management ring in the changes? They had the reserves in the squad. First, it wasn't that simple. While improvement was guaranteed - it was scarcely possible to do worse than the outgoing players - such a huge improvement has been surprising. More importantly, though, the captain just can't drop seniors in India, or in many other teams.

Call it the team management's weakness, call it a cultural weakness, call it whatever, but the Indian team management had time and again made it clear that if the underperforming players were part of the squad, they would be part of the playing XI too. All four of the players dropped - despite their poor record - were part of the playing XIs before they were dropped altogether. Zaheer and Yuvraj played the Kolkata Test, which is when the selectors met. Gambhir played the last Test of the series, and was only dropped after it. Sehwag played on until the mid-series selection in the next series.

Only once had MS Dhoni tried to disturb the apple cart when he decided during the 2012 CB series in Australia that Sehwag, Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar could not be part of the same playing XI because that meant giving the opposition a headstart of 20 runs. Clearly it was not well received. Sehwag, who never really opens up in press conferences, chose to selectively give out details from the team meeting. There was bad blood. Dhoni was criticised for looking ahead, and he didn't have any backing from the selectors.

India must enjoy this, and they will, but the ultimate test awaits when they begin touring away for Tests, at the end of this year. That will tell you for sure what the real progress has been. However, this combine of team management and selectors has already done better than the previous leadership, in that they have tried to stop that treadmill of defeat.

Earlier on that tour, when India lost every Test with the same set of batsmen batting in the same sequence, the touring selectors enquired with the team management if they had given thought to leaving out VVS Laxman who had been faring poorly in particular. They were told squarely that the selectors would have to do that. And the selectors weren't going to touch the seniors. Somebody needed to make the unpopular calls, and Patil's group has begun to do so. It's not as if the previous selectors didn't have reason to make changes; India had lost eight away Tests in a row.

Dhoni's refusal to disturb the status quo had another ugly side. The previous selection committee knew there would be little room for a new player in the XI even if they selected him in the squad. It came to head when - bizarrely - India selected a 15-man squad with just six batsmen for the Nagpur Test against South Africa in 2010. One of those six was uncapped, and had not found his way into the XI previously. It was clear the captain's hand was being forced here.

How it backfired. One of the six fell ill, his last-minute replacement injured himself just before the toss, and Wriddhiman Saha had to make Test debut as a specialist batsman. The chairman of that selection committee is now a paid expert on a TV channel, and questions Dhoni's captaincy even though he did nothing about it when he was in a position to do so. Dhoni's captaincy is an issue for another day.

Crucially, now, the selectors have decided to make the calls that will not be liked. They were criticised for dropping Yuvraj for the Champions Trophy, arguably India's biggest match-winner in ODIs after Tendulkar and before Dhoni. The selectors, though, looked at just the performance: 181 runs in the last 10 ODIs, and not at the peak of his fitness.

Consequently, for the first time possibly since India began rebuilding under Sourav Ganguly and John Wright, they had a squad of 15 that were at their best fitness. Ashwin made up for his slowness with some good slip-catching. Ishant Sharma is never short of effort, and Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar kept themselves inconspicuous in the field, which was a job well done. Thirteen of the 15 had earned their places with performances in either recent international cricket or domestic matches. Rohit Sharma and Ishant were picked because of a lack of alternatives, but they were not what you would call blind prayers. Patil and team can afford themselves a quiet pat on their backs.

India can't afford to get ahead of themselves. They must enjoy this, and they will, but the ultimate test awaits when they begin touring away for Tests, at the end of this year. That will tell you for sure what the real progress has been. However, this combine of team management and selectors has already done better than the previous leadership, in that they have tried to stop that treadmill of defeat. Not trying to do so was the most frustrating part of India's poor show from July 2011 to January 2013.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 26, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Its the opening pair that matters as far as batting is concerned. India struggled with the opening pair for 2 years and the result has been bad.

    Whether its the era of westindies - dominated by a world class opening pair - Gordon greenidge and Desmond haynes , in the era of Australia -- the likes of mathew Hayden and Adam gilchrist , the dominance of India - due to the pair of sachin and saurav -- you can see that opening pair matters a lot.

    We have found a good opening pair in this tournament and due credit to the captain for reposing faith in Rohit but he has still a lot to prove.

    so its the opening pair that needs to be built -- it would be half game won.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 25, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I shudder at the thought of the shambles the Indian team was a year ago. There were some tough decisions that needed to be made, but the selectors were unwilling to do so. Fair enough, they thought that players with their experience needed that rope, however that rope ended with the drubbings in Australia and England. I'm sure it was as frustrating for the fans as it was for the players who were toiling it out in domestic cricket for that spot in the national team that was unlikely to come anytime soon. Lets be fair though, credit should be given as much to the replacements as to the selectors who picked them. No one would have predicted the meteoric rise of Shikhar Dhawan in such a short space of time. No one would've believed that Rohit Sharma would give Dhawan good company at the top. It's been a good tournament for India, but there is much to prove yet.

  • on June 24, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Excellent analysis and all the credit to the Indian selectors and the management for making some tough decisions. Result was for everybody to see and even as a Pakistan fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the energy that was on display by this Indian team throughout the tournament. It might be irrelevant to this article which shows how Indian team has progressed from the shambles just over a year ago, but I would hope some of the Pakistani selectors take a leaf out of their Indian counterparts. We also need to get in some young blood. Just make the performance in the last 10 games as a barometer for selection of every player and whosoever doesn't fit the bill, should be left out. That being said, the young lot should be given consistent chance as well without leaving them in/out every other game. I hope we can see this change but for the time being, it's all about India and you got all the right to savor your success.

  • satishchandar on June 24, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Excellent article.. My mind first went to the CB series.. The words MSD mentioned might not be politically correct but it did make difference.. The fielding both inside and outside the ring, the catching, the throws all were very good.. Catching was the key in the tournament.. With good fielders, it will allow the bowler to lflexibly try out deliveries which might fetch wicket but at the same time, if played well might go for boundary.. When 3 good shots are fielded well, batsman obviously feels he need to do something more than what he is doing to fetch the boundary and will add up to the pressure..

    Good that the current team did it wonderfully for the whole tournament.. Experience is a good thing because you might come good any day.. But if continued in bad form, it might result in more harm than good.. Let the dropped players use the time to become fitter and more hungry for success.. If they can retain that, they will automatically play..

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I agree with this article. Selectors have made a tough choice which has paid off handsomely. Also, they have looked at IPL and selected players who were in the form such as Karthik, Rohit, Ishant, Yadav, etc.

    Selectors sized the moment with those selections. However, the beauty of all that was it was an almost seamless transition. A fact, which was nicely articulated by Bob Willis. He said within space of 18 months India have replaced Yuvraj, Dravid, VVS, Zaheer, Bhajji, Shewag, Gambhir and Tendulkar. It is no mean feat. Just ask Australia and Pakistan who are trying to do the same for years or SL who would need to do that once Sanga and JW retire.

    The biggest challenge for selectors would be Dhoni's replacement. He studies situations and games so well and plans out each and every scenario as if he is playing a chess. All that when he is keeping, stumping and catching. I have never seen a captain like that. Kudos..

  • Aniyadu on June 28, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176.When u say captain as good as team... why captain is not bad when team is bad!!! When WK batsman scores hundred they say he is one of the best and when failed we cant expect from him. When team win its captain i feel who takes the most of the credit and when lost its players to take the blame.. That's how its going. On finding out alternative ..no one got a chance

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 27, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @Aniyadu,Entire indian team failed in overseas tour especially the experienced batting unit .Dhoni is a WK batsmen and expecting him to score like top 5 batsmen is ridiculous.Captain is as good as the team and this team failed to cross even 300 runs once in England and Australia,So expecting a captain to miracle is impossible.I don't think so even ganguly couldn't have done any better.During ganguly captaincy time,the batsmen like dravid,sachin,laxman scored buckets of runs and Kumble took many wickets,thus resulted the winning cause.So selectors knows captain alone is not responsible for that debacle and there was no alternate for dhoni during that time.Now youngsters are coming and let the transition carry forward and dhoni doing good at the moment with youngsters.You can wait for more time to reserve your judgment on this transition time.Only in ODIs he stressed for good fielders and this clearly showed in this CT win.

  • Shajahan.P on June 27, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I could see more comments about "replace Karthik with Yuvraj". I accept Yuva is great player than Karthik but...

    Did Selectors and Dhoni not know that? Please don't see past records. look at recent runs and forms. Could Yuvi help PWI atleast 1 match in last IPL? According the the new ODI rules (max 4 fielder on the boundary line), Do you all think that Yuvi and Gambir will fit to dive and run! They can not run NOW A DAYS to chase a ball. Yuvi's laziness and Gambir's running always keep them down.

    Karthik was given out for doubtful LBW for most of the times in Srilanka / WestIndies some years ago where total team India failed. This time Karthik used UDRS and he is alive, else again umpires would have spoiled his future again.

  • true_point on June 27, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    This selection committee under Mr. Sandeep Patil has done noteworthy job by boldly selecting a new crop of untested youth. But there is another point, that Dhoni was retained in spite of the drubbing we received in England and Australia. Due credit has to be given for that decision since he could have been made an easy scapegoat for a collective failure. What is Mr. Mohinder Amarnath upto these days? Again some were baying for Coach's head. It would be unfair, improper and illogical for blaming one individual for the bad performance of the whole team of 15 individuals.

  • Aniyadu on June 27, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176.. As you talking about the test series against AUS and ENG.. I believe its whole team which failed. There were few guys who scored less than seniors. Including captain whole team failed!! why only blaming seniors for that can you explain why after loosing 8-0 captain was not dethroned or why captain he didn't responsibility other than blaming seniors for fielding effort. It all in the game . Fielding was never our plus in tests at least. i hope opportunity for some other guys should as test captain

  • on June 26, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Its the opening pair that matters as far as batting is concerned. India struggled with the opening pair for 2 years and the result has been bad.

    Whether its the era of westindies - dominated by a world class opening pair - Gordon greenidge and Desmond haynes , in the era of Australia -- the likes of mathew Hayden and Adam gilchrist , the dominance of India - due to the pair of sachin and saurav -- you can see that opening pair matters a lot.

    We have found a good opening pair in this tournament and due credit to the captain for reposing faith in Rohit but he has still a lot to prove.

    so its the opening pair that needs to be built -- it would be half game won.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 25, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I shudder at the thought of the shambles the Indian team was a year ago. There were some tough decisions that needed to be made, but the selectors were unwilling to do so. Fair enough, they thought that players with their experience needed that rope, however that rope ended with the drubbings in Australia and England. I'm sure it was as frustrating for the fans as it was for the players who were toiling it out in domestic cricket for that spot in the national team that was unlikely to come anytime soon. Lets be fair though, credit should be given as much to the replacements as to the selectors who picked them. No one would have predicted the meteoric rise of Shikhar Dhawan in such a short space of time. No one would've believed that Rohit Sharma would give Dhawan good company at the top. It's been a good tournament for India, but there is much to prove yet.

  • on June 24, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Excellent analysis and all the credit to the Indian selectors and the management for making some tough decisions. Result was for everybody to see and even as a Pakistan fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the energy that was on display by this Indian team throughout the tournament. It might be irrelevant to this article which shows how Indian team has progressed from the shambles just over a year ago, but I would hope some of the Pakistani selectors take a leaf out of their Indian counterparts. We also need to get in some young blood. Just make the performance in the last 10 games as a barometer for selection of every player and whosoever doesn't fit the bill, should be left out. That being said, the young lot should be given consistent chance as well without leaving them in/out every other game. I hope we can see this change but for the time being, it's all about India and you got all the right to savor your success.

  • satishchandar on June 24, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Excellent article.. My mind first went to the CB series.. The words MSD mentioned might not be politically correct but it did make difference.. The fielding both inside and outside the ring, the catching, the throws all were very good.. Catching was the key in the tournament.. With good fielders, it will allow the bowler to lflexibly try out deliveries which might fetch wicket but at the same time, if played well might go for boundary.. When 3 good shots are fielded well, batsman obviously feels he need to do something more than what he is doing to fetch the boundary and will add up to the pressure..

    Good that the current team did it wonderfully for the whole tournament.. Experience is a good thing because you might come good any day.. But if continued in bad form, it might result in more harm than good.. Let the dropped players use the time to become fitter and more hungry for success.. If they can retain that, they will automatically play..

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I agree with this article. Selectors have made a tough choice which has paid off handsomely. Also, they have looked at IPL and selected players who were in the form such as Karthik, Rohit, Ishant, Yadav, etc.

    Selectors sized the moment with those selections. However, the beauty of all that was it was an almost seamless transition. A fact, which was nicely articulated by Bob Willis. He said within space of 18 months India have replaced Yuvraj, Dravid, VVS, Zaheer, Bhajji, Shewag, Gambhir and Tendulkar. It is no mean feat. Just ask Australia and Pakistan who are trying to do the same for years or SL who would need to do that once Sanga and JW retire.

    The biggest challenge for selectors would be Dhoni's replacement. He studies situations and games so well and plans out each and every scenario as if he is playing a chess. All that when he is keeping, stumping and catching. I have never seen a captain like that. Kudos..

  • Aniyadu on June 28, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176.When u say captain as good as team... why captain is not bad when team is bad!!! When WK batsman scores hundred they say he is one of the best and when failed we cant expect from him. When team win its captain i feel who takes the most of the credit and when lost its players to take the blame.. That's how its going. On finding out alternative ..no one got a chance

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 27, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @Aniyadu,Entire indian team failed in overseas tour especially the experienced batting unit .Dhoni is a WK batsmen and expecting him to score like top 5 batsmen is ridiculous.Captain is as good as the team and this team failed to cross even 300 runs once in England and Australia,So expecting a captain to miracle is impossible.I don't think so even ganguly couldn't have done any better.During ganguly captaincy time,the batsmen like dravid,sachin,laxman scored buckets of runs and Kumble took many wickets,thus resulted the winning cause.So selectors knows captain alone is not responsible for that debacle and there was no alternate for dhoni during that time.Now youngsters are coming and let the transition carry forward and dhoni doing good at the moment with youngsters.You can wait for more time to reserve your judgment on this transition time.Only in ODIs he stressed for good fielders and this clearly showed in this CT win.

  • Shajahan.P on June 27, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I could see more comments about "replace Karthik with Yuvraj". I accept Yuva is great player than Karthik but...

    Did Selectors and Dhoni not know that? Please don't see past records. look at recent runs and forms. Could Yuvi help PWI atleast 1 match in last IPL? According the the new ODI rules (max 4 fielder on the boundary line), Do you all think that Yuvi and Gambir will fit to dive and run! They can not run NOW A DAYS to chase a ball. Yuvi's laziness and Gambir's running always keep them down.

    Karthik was given out for doubtful LBW for most of the times in Srilanka / WestIndies some years ago where total team India failed. This time Karthik used UDRS and he is alive, else again umpires would have spoiled his future again.

  • true_point on June 27, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    This selection committee under Mr. Sandeep Patil has done noteworthy job by boldly selecting a new crop of untested youth. But there is another point, that Dhoni was retained in spite of the drubbing we received in England and Australia. Due credit has to be given for that decision since he could have been made an easy scapegoat for a collective failure. What is Mr. Mohinder Amarnath upto these days? Again some were baying for Coach's head. It would be unfair, improper and illogical for blaming one individual for the bad performance of the whole team of 15 individuals.

  • Aniyadu on June 27, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176.. As you talking about the test series against AUS and ENG.. I believe its whole team which failed. There were few guys who scored less than seniors. Including captain whole team failed!! why only blaming seniors for that can you explain why after loosing 8-0 captain was not dethroned or why captain he didn't responsibility other than blaming seniors for fielding effort. It all in the game . Fielding was never our plus in tests at least. i hope opportunity for some other guys should as test captain

  • Temuzin on June 26, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Posted by Shekhar Ascendant King on (June 26, 2013, 5:10 GMT) Very well said. I totally agree with you. One funny thing gangully supporter say is that" gangully instilled aggressiveness in the team". Which team? Dhoni's team is brand new and they dont inherit anything from Gangully. Likes of Virat are born aggressive and Dhoni himself is a fearless warrior these guys dont need and inherited anything from timid Gangully who called sick to avoid facing fast bowlers.

  • on June 26, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    @alarky Thank you for pointing out. Even though I am a big fan of Sachin, I think its time for him to go. I never thought I would say this but he has been burden on the team more than anybody else. IF he had retired after disastrous Australian tour he would have sent strong message to every other senior member(read Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Harbhajan) in the team that nobody is above the Game itself. But he sent wrong message that anybody can hang-on till they enjoy playing rather than performing. Only God knows why did he chose to play those 10 Odis after the WC . He should have retired after WC 2011. More over not moving from no.4 position in the test team even when your opener is injured is just simply ridiculous. You may be a senior member in the team but what message you are sending to youngsters in the team? I think Dravid would have been a perfect guide to this young team if they need a senior member in the team. Humble, hardworking, unselfish and dedicated. Cricinfo pls publish.

  • RAJA_06 on June 26, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Great job by selectors by dropping Sachin...we cannot come to a conclusion on opening pair...they are yet to show their mettle on off shore pithces like SA n Aus.,not sure Sikhar can make us forget the exploits of Sehwag...

  • thinkgood on June 26, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    What unpopular choices did the selectors make? I dont see any controversial selection of the Indian team. Its the Captains job to select the Playing XI and who he wants to bat at what order. Rohit Sharma was promoted by Dhoni to open in place of Murali Vijay who is Dhoni's team mate in CSK. He persisted with Ishant Sharma and UT Yadav despite some bad bowling by them. So what was the selector's role in the playing XI which contributed to the victory in CT?

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 26, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @Aniyadu, First thing Dravid retired by his own as he knew that his form in Australia test series was not good.Second thing ,when you drop senior players for team improvement doesn't indicate that captain is disrespecting the players.This the main problem with Indian fans that they don't want to drop their star players eventhough they play poor cricket thought out the tournament.One part you are questioning dhoni away test record and then you are questioning the captain for senior players retirement when their contribution is minimum in those away test losses ? So you want to back up the aged experienced players and lose more series ? Under dhoni captaincy,india levelled a test series in SA for the first time.Ganguly 6 out of 11 away wins came against 3 Bangladesh and 3 Zimbabwe in contrast to dhoni 1 win away against Bangladesh. Ganguly and dhoni have both 5 wins away against other opponents.So captain job is to look after the improvement of team and performances not the star players.

  • alarky on June 26, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Sathish Babu, I don't think that you are all that fair to the "India Team" per se! Let me quote what you said in one of your analyses, "In India, there are lot of fans to a particular individual player so it is very difficult to replace him even if the particular player fails for 2 years continuously". Hence, this player might have been creating an imbalance in the team, and when that is the case going into three years, you could appreciate the devastating effect it has on the team! For eXample, you made note also, that in the last Asia Cup tournament, the team "failed to qualify for the finals"! You know why they did not qualify - so, you should be more forthright in leveling your criticism against the person(s) who was to blame, instead of making it a sweeping criticism against the whole team!

  • swami999 on June 26, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Indian team is a real champion team ...this because they beat all the team in this champion trophyexxcept Newzeland ,& start winning from Srilanka,Australia,South Africa,West indies,Pakistan,England....I proud of my team.

  • on June 26, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @al_bundy - what are u talking about India won CT in 2002 and reached final in 2003 - losing to Australia which back then was much stronger than now. In that journey they beat Pakistan (also a much better side with wasim,waqar, shoab, inzi,anwar, yousuf etc), NZ (which had a devastating bond), Sri Lanka (with a completely fit murali unlike the injured one in 2011 worldcup final). So the comparisons u are making are ridiculous and baseless.

  • GrtIndia_Ann on June 26, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @Aninayudu: So you say that beacuse Dhoni was not successfull captain because he couldnt win test overseas ..how about this? what if I argue that Ganguly is not successfull because he couldnot under his captaincy lead India to either No 1 spot in tests or any major ICC title win...neither was Dravid successfull in that attempt ...but IAM NOT GOING TO ARGUE THAT...because I respect Ganguly and Dravid and I DONT HATE THEM......winning tests oversees is just one facet of teams performance...you cant simply judge a team's performance and leadership skills soley on that factor...by the way how many test series did Steve Waugh (hailed as one of the greatest captains Australia has produced) won in India?coming to Dhoni's disrespect for elders...I dont bother about his personal behaviour and courtesy manners...as individuals I hate Hayden,Ponting and Warne ...but as players I love watching them on field...

  • WalkingWicket11 on June 26, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Getting rid of Srikkkanthhh was the best decision, and needs to be appreciated.

  • Aniyadu on June 26, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @GrtIndia_Ann . what dhoni is not done is winning tests abroad!! Its not i hate dhoni.. i am feeling bad for the people like who change with time and have no respect for those legends. when dravid was forced to retire even being India's best test batsmen , Dhoni didnt backed up dravid and when laxman retired even said before he announced retirement he couldn't reach his captain. If i hate Dhoni that's only because of the disrespect he showed for seniors.

  • cric192 on June 26, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I think this is the buidling phase for the future of Indian cricket. All the bowlers are new and young. Zaheer Khan still is India's key bowler and he needs to be fit as soon as possible.Jadeja is rising like a superstar. Batting is just fantastic. Without yuvi, gambhir, sehwag this team has proved they are the best batting side so far in over 3 years or so. Shikhar Dhawan has made a dream comeback. His foot work is way better than anyone in the team and he is the perfect opener.Rohit Sharma is riding his luck but in the future yuvi may replace him and Gambhir may also come back in place of Karthik but its tough for gambhir as karthik too scored some runs in this tournament and he may not be out yet.

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 26, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Posted by siri12345 on (June 26, 2013, 2:45 GMT), I guess you should worry MORE about your boys team SL who are not able to perform like a men's team in test cricket at international level.When they become one, you can worry about this Indian team.Its a young team in transitional phase and still doing better than your boys team.Hope you celebrated the india win even after lost toss and rain interruptions.

  • on June 26, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    The new era in Indian Cricket

  • on June 26, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Selectors have done their part but you can't ignore the Captain here. Or is it a Captain is dragged to selection issue only when the team is not doing well .. Sid ??Whenever Dhoni been trusted with a new look team it has succeeded be it 2007 T20, CB series Australia, Recent 4-0 against Aus or CT. People should not forget there was an era of Dravid between Sourav and Dhoni. Nobody associate Sourav Ganguly with the team of 2007 WC failure but everybody connects Dhoni's success to him. Grow up hypocrites. Sid I know a place called Kolkata where you can sell your hatred for Dhoni with a lot of success.. But if you want your article to survive globally than you will have to bask on facts. And the Fact is Dhoni is better than any other human who have captained India.

  • on June 26, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Good thing that Selectors have done is dropped Sehwag, No one needs to have any dis-respect for him, he is a superstar, but he hasn't clicked in a long long time. If you questioned his talent, watch his recent IPL Innings against Mumbai Indians... but every player with Flair needs to understand that it has to come with consistency... This decision clearly indicates to the Yuvraj's and Raina's and the likes.... "you don't perform your are out". Bad thing they did do is Gambhir did not get sufficient opportunity to prove his worth. He is an exceptional player and deserves a spot. Don't forget the 95 odd in the World Cup Final. He deserved the Captain's spot....if Dhoni was to step down.

    Dhoni has done nothing wrong all they way from the day he became captain up to the time he has won the CL.

    Talking about the upcoming series(es), don't anticipate India to win, our trend has been, we get a bit complacent after a big win...... so what? we won when it mattered the most! :)

  • on June 26, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Agree with everything except rohit sharma dont have an alternative ! Robin Uthappa performing well and consistently for ages in domestic circuit as a opener ! if rohit sharma fails to do enough in the future he should be replace by uthappa immediately !

  • GrtIndia_Ann on June 26, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    @Aninayudu: Ok boss...so in your opinion what is that Dhoni hasnt done as a great captain that Ganguly does? Building a mediocre team? So you mean to say that Ganguly has BUILT a mediocre team that comprises Sachin,Sehwag,Dravid,Yuvi etc...good...so what has Dhoni not done that Ganguly and Border havent done? look sid...now its way too obvious that you dont like Dhoni and you are trying to spill mud on him in your own way..the point is , you need to grow up....

  • RaviNarla on June 26, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    Let us wait for the selectors to pick the squad for SA. Until then what they have done is right. I would be happy if they send the same squad to SA just for maintaining the camaraderie in the team.

  • WonkyBail on June 25, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    I am eagerly awaiting the Indian tour of South Africa to see how this team starts it's 4-5 decades of predicted dominance in world cricket.

  • on June 25, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    It is surprising that no article here talks about MSD's superb work with the gloves. Remember the key stumpings he made during the tournament. Standing up to the spinners, especially on turning tracks, there is no one who can even come close to him. Time people acknowledged this facet of his cricket. In fact, his agility and tireless work behind the stumps is what made the side field well. He led by example. If he had been sloppy, then it would have made no impact on the other fielders, since the captain would not conviction to shout instructions to field well.

  • on June 25, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    oh yes the selectors. What looked like an adventurous selection in forrsight seems like very good selection in hind sight.It's only going to help with playrrs on bench pushing the players on the team.But my only concern is Rohit's batting position..Dhoni's and selector's views.Sure he's going to be an asset in 2015 but where wud he bat? Hw abt an in form pace bowling all rounder like I.Pathan? Interesting times..

  • jasonpete on June 25, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    @Aniyadu,Ganguly had a great players playing for his team during his captaincy ,the likes of Kumble,Dravid,Sachin and laxman .They were all in prime form and age by their side.Captain is as good as the team and same goes to gamguly too.Wthout these players contribution, gamguly wouldn't have done anything better and same for dhoni too.These players were in bad form and sell past their prime during the England and Australia tour.Now team is changing and younger players are coming .India won 4-0 against Australia in india and now with the young players ,they won CT too.So give dhoni some time to groom these players ,so that they can be ready for facing quality opponents in test series as well.As time pass by,they will learn to play better cricket.Regarding dhoni captaincy, Sachin tendulkar said" dhoni is the best captain he played under in his 23 years of cricketing career " and this gives the best judgement about his captaincy skills.No need to look further.

  • on June 25, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    contd...having won 5 out of 9 series and 3 of them coming at home we were saying that our ODI performance was not bad. WOW. In that case our test record also sounds better. we won in WI, vs WI in IND; vs NZ in IND; vs AUS in IND. we lost only 2 series in ENG and AUS were we didn't win the ODI series too. We lost one test series against ENG but we also lost ODI series to PAK at home too. So can we consider that we were not bad in the tests too. Come on guys just accept that we were mediocre in ALL THREE FORMS outside INDIA post WC 2011. With all due respect to Sachin he should have never played in the CB series and Asia cup. what did he achieve by playing those ODIs. YUVI is still not fit for 50 over format. Gambhir scored runs in ODIs but be kept on running out his partners and also his attitude is poor. SEHWAG less said the better.What irritated me most is that the selectors turned to Dravid in ODIs after every poor performance in TEST series ex.CT 2009 n eng 11 .NO COURAGE at all.

  • on June 25, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    WOW. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. Some people are saying that our ODI performances were good during last two years. Really guys!!!! Are you saying that we won all the trophies we played during last two years??? here is the list of series we played after the World Cup win. WI -IND: IND WON 3-2 IN WI; ENG- IND: ENG WON 3-0 IN ENG; IND- ENG: 5-0 IND WON IN IND; IND -WI: IND WON 4-1 IN IND; CB SERIES: failed to qualify for finals; lost 3 won 1 against AUS; won 2 tied 1 lost 1 against SL; ASIA CUP: again failed to qualify to finals. moreover lost to BAN(no discredit to Bangladesh). IND- SL: IND WON 4-1 in SL; IND -PAK: 2-1 PAK WON IN IND; IND -ENG: 3-2 IN IND; we won 5 out of 9 series we played during that period and here somebody says that our ODI record is not bad in that period. seriously guys if that is the standard we are going to set as World Champions then good luck in WC 2015. 3 series wins at home (2 agst ENG AND I agst WI) and 2 away wins against WI and SL. cond......

  • cric_options on June 25, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Selectors did a great job, but let them not sit back on this piece of glory and continuously take the right calls when needed. Their job can be divided into two aspects. One is spotting talent and the other is deciding on the size of the rope for a new entrant and a falling star. And India has been notoriously known for extending ropes to stars whose length sometimes is greater than their contribution. Of course there is no formula for it, but an alert bunch of selectors would be the need of the hour. To start with, how much ever you may like Rohit Sharma's shots, the fact is he has not contributed enough in his international career to block a space for some other deserving candidate. Now his replacement may not may not work, but one needs to give them that chance and rope and maybe then to someone else, until Rohit can justify his re-inclusion. Another one would be Ishant. The end cannot justify the means. Rope size cannot be too biased, else it will start a rot in the team.

  • on June 25, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Congratulations to Team India. In India, there are lot of fans to a particular individual player so it is very difficult to replace him even if the particular player fails for 2 years continuously. In this regard one should congratulate the new selection panel for dropping not ONE but FIVE players who were part of WC 2011 campaign. Selectors deserve credit for not just dropping players but also for the failure of selected replacements for these players IF they have failed. Even one single failure would brought a lot of debate about who is better. ex. even during the champions trophy in the SA match there were lot of comments about Harbhajan Singh making a comeback to the team instead of R. Ashwin based Harbhajan's form in IPL becoz Ashwin failed to pick wickets in one match even though he was economical. how farce. how many chances has been provided to Harbhajan in the last 5 years even though he wasn't successful. based on that one should congratulate the SELECTORS for being BRAVE.

  • warneshane on June 25, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @ mark2011 IND won this CT....NO...ENG lost this CT. ENG can't digest this fact but its true. Never seen stressed COOK since long time. MS looked quite relaxed in contrast to this. How amazing that LUCK travels with DHONI & not with ENG. IND lost 7 wkts by slogging for a run rate on a wet juicy live pitch for setting a target that nobody knew what would be sufficient enough. ENG didn't take wkts but IND earned ENG wkts with COOK caught in slip & forced Trott, Bell, Butler, Root & Bresnan to dance on same pitch by spin. 3 most reliable batsman at the top, most talented batsman in the universe ROOT & Morgan-Butler-Bopara can't make 130 runs in 20 overs. Why? A poor body language seen from ENG . Why? Why so hype on LUCK & Bell's wkt only by ENG? Who said Bell was not out? Cricket is dying these days in ENG. Sledging & mediocre analysis being done by ENG. Instead of addressing some cracks in the CAMP, ALL ENG are on the run for the EXCUSES more than SL.

  • Temuzin on June 25, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Posted by Aniyadu on (June 25, 2013, 11:22 GMT) @ GrtIndia_Ann- .who has successfully lead a mediocre team to greatness. i can suggets two captains.. Allan border and Saurav Ganguly.I Feel a great captain is who builds a great team. A

    Yeah alright, Gangully got greatest players India ever had to lead. This Dhoni's team is built on ruins of greats. Almost all of them caused that 8-0 heart burn. Now this is Dhoni's team which is under building. You will see they will accomplish much more than statistically greats.

  • TSJ07 on June 25, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    dganger on (June 25, 2013, 5:03 GMT) ...................................... Cant agree with you more.He was the man of series of in WC wins in 07 and 11 but we have forgotten that.He is probably out coz of fitness issues after his cancer treatement and we should expect him to be back soon.Seems like Karthik will make way for him as out of form is still better than in form Karthik coz just one inning from Yuvi will be good enough for Indian victory.Moreover he is big match player like he has shown us many times and any bowler would be scared to bowl him when is in on song unlike Karthik and Raina to whom bowlers would be queing to bowl Raina will keep his place coz of CSK/Dhino links. He was unlucky to have not played many tests for India when those 4 legends were in form and no place was vacant in Indian middle order. Hope Yuvi sorts his fitness issues soon and I expect him to be back soon.

  • Speng on June 25, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Even non-Indian cricket watchers can see the value of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, and Cheteshwar Pujara. These three could very well be the next Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag. To some extent the selectors hands were forced by the retirement of Laxman and more importantly Dravid (who in the year before his reitrement was probably India top test batsman) as they could no longer afford the non-performance of the remaining batsmen. India still have a problem with a lack of depth in the fast bowling lineup. The proof of these changes will be seen against South Africa in Tests but after that India play so few tests over the next few years one wonders how these players will develop.

  • czar2008 on June 25, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    @mark2011. Agree there was some luck, but luck comes only after talent is combined with 110% hard work. I would have Dhoni as my captain any day - over any other captain you want!! He was the wit, the intellect and the guts to follow his instinct even when any logic would defy that!!This indian team works harder in their practice sessions then the other teams in their games! (especially some of the teams that you would prefer@troll!) Anyways It is always good to cherish the moment that we deservedly find ourselves in - world cup champs and CT champs and also prev No 1 in tests. I sincerely wish this doesn't go into some of our players heads and they genuinely carry on the good work. And reclaim the test position - although this will take time - months, probably years.

  • pradip1127 on June 25, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    !!!!!!!!!WELL DONE TEAM INDIA !!!!!!!!!!!

    This is too early to say that we have found the replacement of player like SACHIN, SEHWAG, ZAHIR, HARBHAJAN,YUVRAJ these players played 10years for INDIA. In past some player are shine early in their career. Any one remember where are these players i.e. Bhardwaj, Badani,Amey Khurasiya,Mohanty, Nilesh Kulkarni,Kanitkar, Dinesh Mongia ETC.. Let this bunch play for two years in same passion or result then we can say we have right replacement. I guarantee you half of this side will not in the 2015 WC squad.

  • on June 25, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    A wonderful piece by Sidharth and for a while it looked like he doesn't want to close the article and as if he has more points to follow.May be he will come back with a Part 2.Also I enjoyed all the Featured Comments here.Readers are taken aback by MSD's Coolness and I could suggest one of the Universities in India to do a study on his Strategies both on and off the field.With regard to the current players while we have to Wish they will stay consistent but on the other hand,those who were sidelined due to fitness or form were not seem to bother as they seem to be comfortable with County Cricket and IPL which comes as a saviour.Well Done Team India.

  • on June 25, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    No No I do not agree that selector are bold to drop Sachin Veru & Gambhir & Yuvi. But they have no choice how long they pull on the burden of such high headed, & selfish cricketers in the team No question they have done a lot for Indian cricket They are the best but since last two years they are the burden to pull on. They should retired when they are on top Like Ponting and other Australian. They have block the future of many young players. But you know "Mera Bharat Mahan. "

  • NP_NY on June 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @Asaawe: You can live in the past if you like, but we Indian fans are over the moon with India's success. Besides, do you know how many of the current players played in those serie you mentioned s in England and Aus? Only three of these players played in the England series, and only six of these players played in the Aus series. That is why this article gives credit to the Indian selectors. Looks like you completely missed the point of this article.

  • Aniyadu on June 25, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @ GrtIndia_Ann- .who has successfully lead a mediocre team to greatness. i can suggets two captains.. Allan border and Saurav Ganguly.I Feel a great captain is who builds a great team. Australia were never great untill they stopped West Indies Regime. Border did it. So as saurav as he build the TEAM INDIA and got that aggression into team to face might ones. He made look simple later. Building team from no where to reach the that level is what i call SUCCESS. Saurav had been taken team into 2 ICC final and the team you are talking about saurav had i guess that is the team which broke Aussies winning streaks and showed the world that india has arrived. When saurav took over there was no TEAM INDIA.. talking of Stats... why you think bradman even after scoring less runs than sachin is still considered greatest. Its not always about stats. what i know is Saurav taught us to dream and dhoni fulfilled it! Keep some respect for the guys who built the team and faced the best teams

  • alarky on June 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Congrats Captain Dhoni! You have now won everything in cricket for India! And I know the only thing you want in achievements for "YOURSELF" is the respect from the Indian people acknowledging that every time you go onto the field of play, you go there to play for your country and not for "YOURSELF"!

  • on June 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Good article. Sandip Patil has done a tremendous job. However, I wonder if he has got the guts to show the door to SRT - who WAS no doubt a great player but IS no longer an asset to the team, even in Test Matches.

  • on June 25, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Very good article. But fair is fair, as they say. You cannot rubbish the previous Selection Committee headed by Srikkanth, since it was this Committee which selected the World Cup winning team in 2011. Give kudos for that! And Srikkanth and co should have dropped legends like Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman, Yuvaraj and Gambhir and Zaheer in 2012 tours after their great performances in 2011, you say? Who would have replaced them, were there tried and tested players around at that time?What was the guarantee that these new guys would have performed better? Sir, it is easy to be wise post-facto. Don't forget all the hue and cry about Dhoni and call for his head. But for Srinivasa's stubborn faith in him, he might have become history. Let's rejoice the moment and not stir old, dead embers and ashes. ( I am not referring to the precious ASHES Series!)

  • on June 25, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Batting first or second, Rain doing its best to stall India's progress, English bowlers are bowling at best in familiar conditions with cloud hovering over and India still fights its way through to win the chamipionship. India -you're the true and well deserving champion of the world in limited overs cricket.

  • Naked_Cricket on June 25, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Adapt to the any condition is must considered when talking about success.SA,AUS,ENG is I still feel India's batting is vulnerable in bouncy wickets such as Aus and SA. This time in Eng batting was clicking at the right moment of all the team. But last Australian tour, England tour was not succeed . At the same time Sri Lankan Team was succeed in SA,England and Australia. I mean In shorter format.

  • HawK89 on June 25, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Don't bring back any of those dropped players and India will be #1 in Test and ODI with their strong young lineup. They look strong on green pitches and unbeatable on their own pitches. Only thing left is to handle Australia's bouncy pitches and they will be as strong as Australia in their golden era.

  • SureshBravo on June 25, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @ Aniyadu : Could you tell which is the best ODI team right now

  • king_julien on June 25, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    People should stop calling Dhoni lucky every time he wins, Luck too follows the law of averages, if its not following then the player is special and Dhoni certainly is. As for the selection decisions, I agree people like Harbhajan (was being carried for ages), Yuvraj, Gambhir (was not a test material) etc needed to be dropped. But the mistake people generally make is that they are so focused on some players (the seniors) that they overlook other non-performers.

    Rohit Sharma has spent 6 years in international cricket now and has not done anything of note. 6 years!!. Even in the current series where people assume he was successful he wasn't. Dhawan's superb run hid his failures. His strike was in 70's and an average below 40!! for an average Indian Opener that is like peanuts. If a Shewag used to be out for a quick 30-40s people used to call that a failure and now a slow 30-40 is being called a success! and people are comparing him to Sachin!! which sport were you taking about again?

  • GrtIndia_Ann on June 25, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @Aniyadu: So, who is great captain in your opinion...Punter? the world knows how his team has been thrown to dogs after retirements of Hayden,Langer, Warnie and McGrath.....tell me one great captain...who has successfully lead a mediocre team to greatness....Dhoni might the only one who can claim such success....Even teams lead by Ganguly hadd stars like Sachin, Dravid, Yuvi etc....Your inherent hatred for Dhoni cant deny any facts...which includes that India is No.1 ODI side in the world (Just for your Info)....Never consistent Under Dhoni ? except the recent losses in Aus and Eng Dhoni had been more consistent as Captain than any others of his predecessors .....Check stats....

  • sundar411 on June 25, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @mark2011....If Ian Bell had not been given out, England would have lost by a bigger margins, since he wouldn't have scored much, but consumed good number of balls. So thank the third umpire that England came so close to winning the CT.

  • Aniyadu on June 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Dhoni is captain of good indian team. The team is good then captain is good as well. All are talking about dhoni has taken india to NO.1 in tests. where were we when Kumbl e played last test captian as captian??? NO. 8??? we were in NO.2. its all because of the hard work of the players so now called of no use. Laxman was dropped coz he didnt perform well in his last two test series against AUS & Eng. laxman was dropped and even loosing dhoni was retained as captain. why didnt the selectors showed the same faith on laxman???!! mind you we were NO.1 test team when we reached England. Great captain is someone who keeps teams performance consistent. i guess we are never consistent under dhoni apart from winning cups. Take that for AUS.. they ruled for years. Even today even after winning wold cup we are not the best team in ODI!!

  • on June 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @mark2011..mere luck??SOUR GRAPES mate,if you cant score 20 of 16balls that shows you cant handle pressure,hence does not deserve to win and as the result showed its India who won in the end..when kohli was dropped it was your fielders mistake and fielding is an important aspect of the game,if you do badly in one aspect then you cant blame it on luck but blame goes to your teams poor performance..dont forget india had to face lots of interruption while batting unlike in england's case,similarly England had a known target so it was easier to score 130 because its never easy to score while batting first in such condition where u dont know what will be the best score,most indian batsman got out trying to up the ante,had they been told to score just 130 they would have done that easily without losing many wickets....lastly,stop crying and give credit

  • srinideva on June 25, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    @elgenioroshan, my friend, you got to accept few things..Sachin played for india nearly 22 + years...everyone knows in the world that he was played for personal records in SOME matches (recent one is Asia cup). The main reason for that is FANS...I`m also one of his die hard fan.

  • mark2011 on June 25, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    India winning a this CT was a sheer luck complementated by the 3rd umpires decision to rule Ian Bell out off a stumpimping . it was a stuuning decision given by him and similar dicision against Broad was not given. even without that Eng had the match in hand to take 20 off 16 balls with 6 wickts, its reaally panicking Eng that spoil their CT cup... thats pure luck of India... even Kholi was drop and immediately in that over he hit a 6.. so Eng lost by 5 runs only.. see its mere luck of DHoni n India... I really believe Dhoni had luck than any india criketr/captain after he started leading the team he was lucky to get thing turn around even when things seems to hopless at atime.. so that's sheer Luck of India... such as this situation....20 off 16... but you end up loosing....

  • deoshatwar on June 25, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Dhoni cannot absolve himself from defensive tactics during that period. Not trying to chase down 180 odd in 63 overs in the fourth innings of a Test in WI set the tone for future calamities. Dhoni went extremely defensive, even in his own batting. He changed that during the India tour of Australia in the first innings with an attacking double century and the results were there to see for everyone. And not that we can forget finger pointing of Sandeep Patil, openly in a ground in front of media to none other than Duncan Fletcher. Selectors really deserve credit for delivering the messages loud and clear.

  • deoshatwar on June 25, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Sometimes you see a tinge of hurt in Dhoni - for those 8-0 Test defeats. When he retires, I guess he will always think about those two tours. The only way to remove the pain from those memories would be to win Test series in Aus and England convincingly. For Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Dravid, and Laxman - they will have to live it. One can't help but feel for them.

  • elgenioroshan on June 25, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @McGorium - If SRT retires from all cricket now and if Kallis goes on to play for even 5 more years, he will never go ahead of SRT. I agree with your point that selectors persisted with SRT because he pulled the crowd but not with the lame point that he is worried about someone overtaking or he is a cash cow. SRT never played for records. The problem with today's mindset of people is that, if someone scored a lot of runs, they played for records. It is the passion of SRT that makes him want to play. He hasn't even done a single commercial for an alcohol company and people say that he plays for money and records. No current player in the world can break SRT's records. You need a new lad who begins his career at the age of 16 to do so but even he should be special. I am sure even the Don would have had critics who would say he played for records.l

  • Mehulsoni on June 25, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Congrats to Indian Team for winning the title of champions trophy, Specially to Dhoni & Selectors for taking some tough decision about the player who r under performing... It was real pleasure to watch fearless cricket from Indian Team. New Era of Indian Cricket has started...Hope they keep this momentum for long-long time...Shikhar & Ravindra Jadeja both r rocking at this moment...

  • Gdesai on June 25, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Credit and congratulations to everyone who have played some sort of a role in winning the Champions Trophy! I must say that India is looking like the Aussies of 90's, where their bench strength is immense especially in shorter formats and still might not be an easy task to replace the veterans in Tests but could do decently to begin with. I would like to see some experiments with the Team combination and grooming the young leaders probably by making Raina/Kohli as captain in the next few meaningless ODI series..

  • sachin.sss on June 25, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    @ McGorium -- what is your basis of this statement " SRT shouldn't have even played 10 ODI's post WC 2011".. You do realize that he was the top scorer for India by some margin in the wc2011 and all his runs came against quality opposition and not against opposition like Bangladesh/Kenya etc. Who are you to make such a blanket statement ? He was on top form for like 3+ years. You think the selector should ignore this blindly just because people like you feel that he shouldn't have played. Also what does it say about his crowd pulling abilities ? It merely states that not all Indians are shortsighted and ignorant. It also says that opinions of people like yourself don't matter. Coming back to tests, Do you know that with the exception of Cheteshwar Pujara since the past 2 years , every active indian batsman has averaged sub 40 ? The indian test Batting is not in good shape. That combined with the Bowlers not being able to pick 20 wickets in a test match has been the biggest problem.

  • sachinisawesome on June 25, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @ Al_Bundy1 Tendulkar has retired from one day cricket in December but judging by your comments I believe you have no idea what has been happening in cricket.

  • sachinisawesome on June 25, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    I don't know how can people from India have such short memory span our senior players helped us win the world cup and they still care about Test cricket more than any other format. Sachin has voluntarily retired from one day cricket on 49 centuries and he didn't even play t20 format for the country knowing it's young men's game. Retired from IPL to focus on Test cricket unlike Malinga (From Test Cricket)and MR cricket who retired from International cricket to focus on IPL. Kevin petirson fought with English board to let him play in IPL during International commitments. Its time people realize how much Seniors have done for Cricket. People are so happy even I am but I think at least yuvraj and zaheer can still find a place in the team. Have some respect for people who have made this game so special for us.

  • on June 25, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Good Article. And I feel proud to carry name of the chariman of selection team. He has done great job. Transition was required and it is done very smoothly. Ofcourse ifs and buts will be there. But when team is winning, who cares. I strongly support the bases that selection team put ahead for picking up players: Current form, Fitness and Attitude for winning. I think Rohit sharma, karthik, amit mishra and Dhwana got in team because of these only. This should be selection criteria henceforth. Play good in domestic, keep fit and get selected in team. If not playing well in 5-10 innings, go get your basics clean. This way we are going to be great team for coming 5 years atleast. Like aussies were in 90s and early 20s. Yes Replacement fo Dhoni as captain after 2015 needs to be started now. I Don't see Kohli as street smart, but if we want orthodox captain only then...how bad is Rohit sharma for that sake or even Sir Jadeja.

  • Haneefmohammed on June 25, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Excellent article... Excellent analysis...At least, the present selectors have shown guts to make the changes....we can find many more great players when an opportunity is given, the senior players should step down voluntarily to give a way to the junior players...we have witnessed many talented players faded away...if any senior player who really love our nation then will never play for just records or money...Happy with the present Indian Team's performance...

  • SamRoy on June 25, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    One important point you are missing Siddharth are the nature of the pitches. Except for the semi-final none of the pitches had any lateral movement. All the pitches were low and slow and they assisted the spinners. I think on these kind of wickets the contentious drops Gambhir and Yuvraj would have done well too. I would have picked Gambhir ahead of Rohit and Yuvraj ahead of Karthik at least for the semi-finals and finals. Both are proven big-match players. They have big match temperament unlike Karthik and Rohit. Karthik gets very excited easily and Rohit never understood the value of his wicket nor did he understand that taking singles and rotating strike is important in limited overs cricket. Predictably Karthik and Rohit failed in the finals.

  • Sach_India on June 25, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Congratulation India, I salute your well deserved victory. But remember in this tournament any team is equal as other. Anybody can lift the trophy. I can see from the article that fielding is almost important but not all teams have that, according to me it all about fighting spirit. Do not forget about sourav Ganguly and it fighting spirit. Before it is too late we have to find a replacement for Dhoni or else we would definitely struggle in the past. Check the current Australian team they are definitely struggling not only with cricketing ability but also the leadership.

  • blaster_boy on June 25, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    it seems like this team has achieved everything in cricket..or they made a 5-0 victory in tests in England.they only won a champions trophy final on a much india familiar pitch and if Cris Tremlet could hit a six, there wont be such articles like this..yes , some players hv done well, bt let them play a test series outside the subcontinent, and see, because players like sehwag and zaheer have achieved far more then these new lads..and as per selections..players like vijay and dhawan has been given lots of chances before in which they failed badly ..so its not like that selectors have found some hidden diamonds suddenly..they just selected some available players.. because players in team were not performing

  • McGorium on June 25, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    @sachin.sss: SRT should not have played a single ODI in the last 2 years. The selectors just didn't have the fortitude to kill the cash cow (let's face it, SRT is a big crowd puller. People come to watch him bat even if he's around only for 10 balls). But that's short sighted: the job of the selectors isn't to pick a popular team, it's to pick a team that can win. SRT's last few innings have lead to epic scores of: 52, 114 (Bangladesh), 6,39,22,3,15,48,2,18. Rohit Sharma could do just as well, run faster between wickets, and field twice as well. Advertising revenue isn't everything. I'm glad either he or the selectors came to his/their senses and ejected him from the ODI team. If only he'd have also done similarly for the test team. I suppose SRT is still worried about Kallis running ahead of him.

  • dganger on June 25, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    I still believe Yuvraj has a place in this team, he is hardly 31. still 3-4 years of cricket left if he can maintain his fitness, he is one of the finest ODI players, it will be little harsh to completely leave him from the World cup scheme of things. And he is still a great fielder. Common selectors, I know this Indian team is doing well, but Yuvraj is too good to get ignored, he is a big match player and he has still lot to offer.

  • on June 25, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    i am fully agree on this article because every team has to go to transition period in every era of cricket you have to built some new guys as a replacement of senior players in team ,also these new guys need backup from caption and selector.we should improve our benchstrenh also for coming Tests and ODI 's tight schedule of cricket

  • sharmaranjan on June 25, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    it is a good move by selectors to give opportunity to the youth having courage to do something either with the bat or with the ball. The Shikhar Dhawan is the another run machine after V. Kohli. I think the Opening Pair is lacking the Pace to score Run Like sachin and sehwag do in the word cup Against Pakistan 55 Runs in just 5 Overs.on the other side this final match of champions trophy was reduced to 20-20 overs and the pace to score run was missing by Rohit sharma. yeah, I strongly agree with some of my friends A. Rahane should be given the opportunity with shikhar dhawan. virat kohli should come at 3rd position as usual. i would remind you the saurabh tiwary is also a good hitter and run scorer, so he must be given a chance too. the indian bowling attack is weaj esp. pace attack. the selectors must concentrate on that department. shami ahmed and B. kumar along with U. yadav is best rather than Vinay kumar, irfan pathan and Ishant sharma. so they should not be called again in team.

  • on June 25, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    It is really a very early statement like India made their replacements and I am sure if Morgon and Bopara didn't fail at the moment they were not means it will be different story. Bowling with Ishant would have been a costy if things goes other way around. This team can play in short formats and the real test comes for them in tests. Dhawan and Bhuvenesh right choices they will replace two and I am sure about that. But really Vijay and Rohit will replace others. Still our bowling is our weak link. We need to look for better bowler than Ishant. Sure I don't want to read a different article from the same writer after three or four months by blaming the selectors.

  • on June 25, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Yes Sachin failed in 6 matches of VB ODI series followed by good Asia Cup so that 1 series failure doesn't warrant dropping a batsman with 440 ODIs

  • on June 25, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Dravid's avg fell from 58 to 52 before he retired same with Ponting . Gangully & Laxman always had mideocre avg of 42 45.........Sachin's avg has fallen from 57 to 54 but PLZ let it fall to 52 before forcing him out like Dravid or Ponting............& no wonder he gets back to top gear before that coz he had similar if not worse test lean patch from 2004 to 2006 but that followed with his life time best patch from 2007 to 2011...........So wait there is still twist in the tale!!

  • on June 25, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    East or west INDIA IS THE WEST

  • ccrriicc on June 25, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    If Tredwell was a different player who could hit a six you would not be writing this commentary. Hind sight is an afterthought that when verbalized seems great but in reality is emty and unsubstantial. Indian selectors lack courage and farsight, one doesn't have to go too far - Sikant and Co did not do much, they couldn't do much BCCI is structured that way. Will Patil and Co do anything new - that will be seen when India faces the green tops and plays TESTS. It is good to give credit where it belongs - players not the bosses.

  • sents2013 on June 25, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Very good article. Very true, the only reason we lost all the test series that badly was because of team selection, the oldies occupied the place they don't deserve. They should have replaced the team a year before, but sure anybody will be afraid to do such a change.

  • on June 25, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @PPD123 So who do you go to if the elders/experienced folk are the problem? Even more elderly and experienced folk? Let's get Gavaskar and Shastri back in the middle, shall we?

  • koushik2412 on June 25, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    My prediction got right. India won the cup. This selection committee must be given an extension until the 2015 world cup.

  • spot_on on June 25, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    I saw comments about Dhoni's replacement.. Who could it be ?? I bet it is none other than our Sir !! The captain's go-to-cool-man !!!! He could lead the side effectively.. He is learning a lot under Dhoni's captaincy..

  • CricketChat on June 25, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Admittedly, CT was an ODI affair, but the fact that both Shewag and Gambhir were not missed at all augers well for Ind team as was the case with few others like, Yuvraj (gutsy as it was for him to make any sort of comeback at all after a serious cancer), Zaheer, Harbhajan who are clearly over the hill. I sincerely hope Dhawan and Rohit (has he finally arrived for Ind?) cement their places in the team for all formats for the next 2/3 years. Instead of giving false hopes, I wish the Ind selectors come out with their vision for future and phase out past due Ind stalwarts.

  • entryholedia on June 25, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    The way the English commentators were harping about the English bowling and how they would plan to get Shikhar Dhawan et al out it seemed a foregone conclusion regarding the match result. However Dhoni's young brigade did just what Kapil n his brigade had done to Mighty West Indies in 1983 WC . The nervousness and inability to handle extreme pressure brought the down fall of the 'Mighty English'. The way Bresnan was run out by Rohit brought back memories of the '83 Cup final when Holding et all went almost nearly the same way .Kudos Dhoni !!!!

  • on June 25, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Removing seniors from the squad happened becoz they were the self not ready to retire despite of knowing that they era is gone. other test playing country players retire after playing 10 to 12 yrs of cricket. great job patil sir

  • Biophysicist on June 25, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Very good analysis. However, you did not mention why the selectors (who were capable of taking tough decisions) were not able to drop Sachin Tendulkar despite poor performance in the tests (record since 2012 January: 13 tests at an average of 26.14 and not a single match-winning or saving effort)? Would it not be a shame to select him for the SA tour?

  • The_impartialobserver on June 25, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    @PPD123....I would disagree with your argument..as it is flawed. You talked about going to your elders/experienced people in your family in case of some trouble. I agree with you that experience is invaluable in any walk of life. But the problem here is that in the game of cricket or rather any physical game, You need your body functioning as well as your mind. No doubt, with age your mental acumen increases. BUT, with age your physical prowess decrease. That was the case with some of the ageing giants of Indian cricket 2 yrs ago. Every product has a shelf life and an expiry date. Some reach it quicker than others. But eventually everyone does.

  • Happy_hamster on June 25, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    How MSD was derided after losing to Pakistan in ODI's in the New Year and remember Nohit, Jadega being MSD's fave and endless calls for Aardvark Pujara to be in the team. Fair weather fans I say, fair weather.

  • on June 25, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    @Front-foot Lunge - mate some of ur commentators rated India as one of the best fielding sides in the tournament. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Jadeja, Raina, virat kholi, india had an excellent fielding side.

  • vakkaraju on June 25, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    I agree that the selection committee did a great job. In all this hoopla praising Dhoni, selectors, spare a thought for the coach and the staff. Fletcher has done a great job with the youngsters, fielding batting and bowling. He was unable to galvanize the older "set' seniors. Give him a little credit please.

  • sachin.sss on June 25, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    @McGorium --- while it is refreshing to see some of the new faces do so well ( bhuvneshwar and Dhawan), you have to realize that almost everyone else has featured in the team multiple number of times. Comming back to Sachin, HE PLAYED A GRAND TOTAL OF 10 ODI's since WC 2011 before he retired. So basically 10 ODI's for 2 years. I don't understand how people choose to ignore this all the time

  • TRAM on June 25, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    People address Sikkanth as poor selector and Sandeep as good selector. I am fan of both of them (who can forget '83 WC ? Can we forget 6 consecutive fours off Lillee? Or the 6 off Andy Roberts in the WC final?). Both were selfless players when they played for the country. I mean they would not slowdown the scoring rate just because they are nearing a 50 or 100. Now my only question is would Sandeep have managed to do the same changes to the team if he was the chief selector 3 years back (when Srikkanth came to lead). ?? My point, is we cant compare two selectors of two different periods. Dropping a 2 year non-performing Sehwag is much easier than dropping 6 months non-performing Sehwag? Right? No? If Sandeep is really that stern in his approach why did he not drop SRT from tests) ? I am not blaming him, but I am saying thats the culture in India.

  • Al_Bundy1 on June 25, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    Excellent work by Sandeep Patil and company in fixing the batting. Once they persuaded the biggest deadwood (10dulkar) to retire from ODI, it was easy to get rid of smaller deadwoods like Sehwag and Gambhir. Their work is only half done - they need to fix India's bowling. They can start by getting rid of Ishant Sharma and bringing in Shami Ahmed. Guys like Pathan, Vinay Kumar, Praveen kumar have been around for years. They can't be strike bowlers. It's time to try youngsters like Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Sid Kaul, Rishi Dhawan, etc.

  • on June 24, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Saw ydays match again. Did you observe the fields that were set by Dhoni and the complex placings!? leg slip/gully or that or this. Man it was more complex thinking than the Duckworth lewis i can tell you. The last 3 overs wn india batted, how crucial were those runs by jadeja, esp he hit a six off that last few balls. Wow, there is a lot lot lot of thinking that went into dhoni's field placements..almost to the point of being lost in his mental zone. Phew! wouldnt want to be in that position! He even applauded Ishant when after a six was hit, the next ball was wide. Cant believe what just happened yday even now!

  • on June 24, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    If Ishant leaked more runs in his last 3 balls & those 2 freak wickets didn't occur, this article would have been history, except the fact that I agree with Siddharth that this Selection Committee looks more potent in their decisions. There is something called "lady luck" and MSD has it imbibed in him, not withstanding what a great thinker & a finisher he is. In modern jargon he thinks "out of the box" and it has paid off more often then it did'nt. Indian fans are all "arm chair selectors like me" so we will always have something different to say, but as of now Team India is a "rolling stone" so lets go on without any moss. I am proud of the level of fitness and the fielding.. which to me makes the difference, apart from something strange called "SIR JADEJA" and my long time favorite "Shikhar Dhawan" and my per called "INS VIRAAT" (aka Kohli). Gid bless, really enjoyed the CT 2013.

  • TheBigBoodha on June 24, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Amazing to think that people think two months of success will last forever, or that two months of poor results will too. All of the major teams in world cricket have had cycles of success and failure in recent times, and across various formats. The one consistency is that after the ups come the downs, after the downs come the ups. I don't see that India winning a few games in placid and favourable conditions is evidence of too much. Both the wickets in India and those in the CT have been very, very dull and tame. They heavily favoured sub-continent teams. But it is not only the batsmen who have yet to prove themselves. I am not convinced at all by most of the bowlers. We saw most of the on the Australian tour a couple of years ago where they had to bowl on decent tracks, and they did not look test class. Are they going to take 20 wickets in Eng, AUS, SA? I have very grave doubts.

    As far as I can see, the best case scenario for India in these upcoming series is to be competitive

  • on June 24, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Also, the squads will be changed, probably. But the Playing XI I mentioned in my previous comment will still be likely.

  • Lozza1968 on June 24, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Fantastic to win the Champions Trophy with some new exciting faces in the team. The reals issue with the team is still, and always will be - our bowling! We dot have strike weapons on fast, seaming pitches. I cannot understand why Pakistan have been able to develop quality fast bowlers (akram, akhtar, younis), and India have always struggled. Once we are able to develop quality quick bowlers, we will definitely be a Superpower in cricket!

  • on June 24, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    What I think the difference between India' Test and ODI teams will be- Sachin and Raina. There could also be a chance that Vijay will come in for Rohit Sharma as an opener- but that's uncertain.

  • Sumankrsg on June 24, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I disagree with whatever is mentioned for Yuvraj. Yuvraj is a better ODI batsman than Jadeja and certainly a match winner. A good fielder and a utility bowler.

    Jadeja bowling is definitely better than Yuvraj, but Yuvraj is more kind of complete ODI batsman. Yuvraj was Man of the Series in World cup. Post worldcup, he played only 8 innings where he scored one fifty and 2 thirty plus scores. It is definitely not as per his standard, but judging him on the basis of 5 failed inning is not justified (especially when you replace him with Jadeja, or Rohit who themselvs got enormous chances in team). Jadeja is a good allrounder, but Yuvraj is a better candidate to be in team.

  • VinayG77 on June 24, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is talented, but lacks consistency, he is best suited for IPL. Dinesh Karthik has been given many chances. He too lacks consistency.... Look at Virat Kohli, he guarantees at least min of 40 runs in one days no matter what the pitch is. Ambati Rayudu need to be given a chance to open, he has a better technique than Rohit and is equally talented.

  • on June 24, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    Quick to congratulate the current selection committee and quick to pounce on previous selection committee. Notice we still haven't won any oversees test match in past two years. Tests is where we stunk for a while. Recall we did win the World cup so ODI was really not a problem. Poor article by Sidharth Monga. It felt like the author has a personal agenda!

  • rick333 on June 24, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    I agree in parts to the comment made by PPD123. It is not that the earlier selection panel was a failure altogether. At that point of time, the senior team selected itself: Ashwin replaced Bhajji, Ojha replaced the likes of Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla,Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav were tried.Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi had to replaced because of their continued failure in the recent past and at the juncture when the selection panel changed hands.

    BTW, how long are we going to persist with Ishant: economy rate @ 6 an over for a bowler with so many limited over games under his belt is a joke. Nor he is a strike bowler. It is no secret to the opposition batsmen now that there is usually 1 or 2 boundary balls in an over that he gifts and all that they have to do is to wait for those deliveries in each over at the least. Are there no better options at all in a land of billion?

  • putudatta on June 24, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Only in India, a captain keeps his job after losing eight tests in a row. You should not forget what MSD did in those tests as batsman. Why was Mohinder Amarnath not picked as chairman of selectors? because he refused to toe the Chennai line. How many failures did Rohit Sharma has to his credit before performing? Wait for the SA tour, please. The selection committee just did what they were told to do by BCCI president.

  • on June 24, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    The Indian teams performance in the champions trophy deserve accolades and part of that should definitely should got the selectors. Consistent performance in the batting at least by three of the batsmen every time and good good performance by Indian spinners in surprisingly favourable condition in England, all helped. A few more such performances in different conditions will be really satisfying for an average cricket fan like me. As for our capatain MS there is absolutely no match anywhere. wish him good health and fitness for another five years

  • kc69 on June 24, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    I still believe Yuvi should be there in the ODI and T20 Version to strengthen India's middle order(and he is not at all a bad fielder). And who knows he could have been more than handy on turning tracks

  • ARad on June 24, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Looking ahead to SA, Pujara, Kohli and Dhawan look like the real deal. Vijay should concentrate on Tests since even his IPL numbers are not that spectacular lately. B Kumar looks impressive and Dhoni should figure out how to use him when the ball is no longer new. Yadav has speed, aggression and built but he is still very inconsistent. Ishant's CT final performance is the result of England's choking rather than his skillful bowling so he is still a big question mark. Tendulkar appears to be on the way out. Ashwin still needs to work on his ground fielding. Sir Jadeja's Test batting exploits are hardly encouraging and if he succeeds as a bowler in SA conditions, it will only be a pleasant surprise. Dhoni may not be a Test #6 in SA conditions so he can't protect Jadeja either. India should enjoy their thoroughly deserved CT win but there are still many question marks about the team selection.

  • Al_Bundy1 on June 24, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Agree with @McGorium - I think the best thing to happen to the ODI team was Sachin's forced retirement. With him gone, it was much easier to get rid of other heavy-weights; after all, he was the heaviest of them all. Sachin, Sehwag, and Gambhir were the biggest non-performers of last 2 years. How on earth were they allowed to continue for so long?? A lot of blame should go to his die-hard fans

  • McGorium on June 24, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    @ PPD123: Wrong analogy. By that argument of going back to our elders in the time of need, we should go back even further to Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Srinath, Kirmani, etc. A technology company rarely, if ever, calls a 75 yr old veteran out of retirement to solve a difficult problem. A 24 yr old kid may lack experience, but is full of energy, entusiasm and optimism, all of which fade over time. The veteran's opinions and advice is useful, but he is really useful only as a consultant. And Cricket is not even a 9-5 desk-job. It needs a certain level of athleticism and skill that fails the best of men with advancing age. Zaheer is unfit, and SRT should have retired a year ago when VVS and RD did. SRT,VVS,RD, Kumble etc. should be retained as mentors and coaches, but they can't compete against 25 yr olds when it comes to diving around, running quick singles, or even hand-eye coordination. Everything and everyone has a time and purpose. Its the cycle of life. Move on.

  • pitch_it_up on June 24, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    During the CB series, I was so frustrated with the backlash that MSD was receiving! Here, a guy was ready to make some critical decisions, which (then) Selectors should have taken, that would benefit Indian team, but the whole media (I clearly remember Ravi Shastry lambasting MSD in the commentary box), fans (who are stuck in old-age thought of reputation & refusing to shed the old baggage) were going crazy against MSD.

    I still keep wondering as to how Kris Srikant was made the chairman of selectors! He was never known for planning & vision. He mostly survived in the Indian team during his times purely on talent & flamboyance, which are not ingredients for Cricket team selection or management in general.

    Even today, when he speaks to TV channels, one can clearly notice lack of clarity in his words & thoughts, and speaks with out thinking. No wonder Dilip Sardesai once said that "this fellow talks first, and thinks later". I doubt he ever does the latter!

  • on June 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    This however has still not been the biggest call the selectors have made. Their biggest challenge awaits in one Sachin Tendulkar. Lets admit, by his own standards he has had a very mediocre 20 tests since the world cup, and that includes a series of ugly gateways shown to the kiwis at home. I am not even mentioning the tests in England and Australia. So now the selectors have the headache of forcing a retirement on Sachin if he does not reinvent himself against the likes of Steyn and Co., which as and when it happens would be a 'burn his effigy' day for the person involved. Problem does not end there. You are talking about replacing the greatest no. 4 batsman in the history of test cricket. So what are your options ? Rohit Sharma does not look the part until he discovers patience and zen, Rahane is not a middle order batsmen. That leaves Kohli and Pujara or a Badri to fill in those mega shoes. If Sehwag rediscovers himself, there cannot be a better replacement. But that's a big if !!

  • Temuzin on June 24, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    I am loving this win as millions of Indians are. SirJi has proven his worth by being 3rd ranked ODI bowler, and 5th ranked all rounder in the world. Dhawan has effectively sealed his place in the eleven in all formats and playing great. Ashwin is back in form, Kohli is excellent, Bhuvi is fantastic, Vijay has been good in test and Karthick seems to be good in the middle order. And off course Great Dhoni at the helm. This team has great future. If only we get another quality seem bowler we will be unbeatable. Selectors need to keep an eye on some real talent in fast bowling. In the mean time I am loving that anti Dhoni and anti India critics are having to eat humble pie.

  • Temuzin on June 24, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Dhoni has been the greatest captain of India by a mile but we tend to put if and buts like let him win over seas and now let him win test matches. When his team white washed Australia 4-0, critics said oh well it was in India, he needs to win abroad. Now he and his team dominated/ won an ICC tournament abroad they still say lets see if he can win test matches abroad. Guys start preparing for your excuses when this team will win in SA. I on my part will be ready to say now what hunh... on that occasion.

  • HAVANA on June 24, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    it will all come to a zero again if his excellency returns to play for fun once more.

  • on June 24, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth was never the right guy to appointed chief selector in the first place. Ridiculous.

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    laxman wad dropped by the selection headed by srikkanth and not patil.patil dropped sehwag, gambhir and zaheer. and what is there to pour scorn on srikkanth and co.the world cup was won during their time.

  • Ganapati9 on June 24, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    A good article.I would watch with interest whether the selectors show the same ruthlessness in dropping Tendulkar who is long past his sell by date when selecting the Test team for South Africa. Chandra Sekhar

  • PPD123 on June 24, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    While I agree that these tough selections had to be made and India is now reaping the rewards, I believe people have a short memory. When this article critisizes the previous selection committee, I tend to disagree a bit. Hindsight is such a beutiful thing. When Ind went to Eng, we had just won the ODI WC and were the No1 ranked test side in the world. People who call Tendulkar,dravid, Laxman & Zaheer as dead wood, need to realize that it was on these guys's shoulder that we reached the No 1 ranking in tests and won the WC. Now when they lost 8-0 to Eng & Aus, poeple start to call for changes (it is normal human tendency), but let me ask a question here if you are in trouble, who do you go to? Your elders/expeienced folks in the family or complete strangers? We go to the experienced folks within the family cos they have seen the movie before and "should" be able to bail us out. Thats what the selectors did at the time. It is now with the benefit of hindsight that we blame that decision

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Really nice article. The four players mentioned somehow lost their "hunger" in the post World Cup era. Gambhir for example is one of my favorite players, but it was frustrating to see him throwing wicket after scoring 20-30. Also I think Murali Vijay is a better batsman than Rohit Sharma on any surface. Rahane/Raydu/ should be given fare opportunities too. A genuine fast bowler can make sure 2015 world cup, but sadly they are a rare breed in our country.

  • ThyrSaadam on June 24, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    It looks good when it comes off, need to wait a little longer before passing judgement. I still believe true test will be in the longer version, cant imagine this bowling attack taking 20 wickets

  • myStraightTalk on June 24, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Again Isharma selection proved to be gamble. We became villan and hero on the last over. India almost lost the match because of him. Still india expect to loose more matches if they keep him in the team.

  • vgsr on June 24, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Well said. I totally agree. It was good that sandeep Patil's team did their job. Clearly the Srikkanths team was unable to address the need of the hour.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    outstanding captain M S dhoni

  • Temuzin on June 24, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Posted by Kannan18 on (June 24, 2013, 14:46 GMT) I still dont think there is a replacement for UV. Jadeja is more a bit and pieces player . Really, The guy just finished with two man of the match awards and golden ball in a tournament played in England. He was the second wicket taker in Australia series. Easily the best fielder in side. And you call him a bit and pieces player.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    There are still some bad selection like Rohit , although he did good in this series.But before this series he was as bad as the Trio you mentioned. Also Rahane and Vijay are not good selection in the bouncy pitches. And bowlers Ishant can get worst.

  • Imad_K on June 24, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Total credit to India and the selectors. Surprised it took so long though - but at least they had the bottle to make the changes. When I watched India play in the T20 worldcup in England I predicted then that they would get thrashed when they play England and Australia. Apart from the weak bowling the main reason was their batting on quick pitches against good quick bowlers - mainly the short ball. The only guy from that team who looked slightly comfortable was Kohli. But with some of these new guys they seem much better at handling the short ball and not like their about to be shot.

  • Temuzin on June 24, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Some broken records cant be repaired as they keep harping on one thing 8-0 loss. They forget that 8-0 was result of dead woods and so called greats. They were out of form and seniors in the team, beyond Dhoni's reach. Now they are out of the way so no team in the world can white wash India any where.Those still criticizing Dhoni are therefore delusional and having some grudge against him. That guy is a phenomenon "best things to have happened to Indian cricket. A point will be proven in SA during tests. India with Dhoni at the helm and without the dead woods will create history in test matches there and you have heard it from me.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Yes Finally the selectors deserve credit for some great decisions...Sandeep Patil is as bold when he was during his batting days...along with Vikram and Saba..its agood group..well done..selectors...well done TEAM INDIA.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @kannan18...in 2013, 248 runs @ an average of 62 and strike rate of 97.63 .. 25 wickets at an average of 14.24 withe economy of 3.50.. and along with this is the amount of runs he saves and wickets he take with his fielding... 3rd position in icc ranking for odi bowlers... and still people consider sir ravindra jadeja as bits and pieces cricketer?...

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    very good article, I was very much hoping these changes since more than a year now and finally it arrived and how? great performances. my only worry is that Still bowling unit fells fragile any time. and Vijay and Rohit had to be replaced by may be Rahane and Pujara.. that some how makes a consistent team across formats, and you can rotate players wisely without loosing team balance. One thing these selectors need to ake sure is not to look back at the Ghambirs and Sehwags. keep faith in these youngsters (Dhawan, pujara, Karthik, Rahane/Rohit) and they will fare good in away conditions too. They just need an assurance that they wont be dropped after scoring a fine knock as was the case ear;ier.

  • soumyas on June 24, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Both Jadeja and Bopara finally proved themselves.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Great article as always Sidharth. I think an important aspect of this success is the IPL and the associated coaching different team members received from international coaches in all departments of the game. Team India featured in the Champions Trophy was a collection of top players from the various franchises. Tremendous conditioning that went into both physical and mental aspects of the game plays a critical role in the success of the team. An example is Ashwin defending 15 runs in the last over of the match leading up to a championship title. T20 matches are won or lost in such situations and I believe IPL is clearly influencing the team's ability to perform better than other teams in such situations

  • Batmanindallas on June 24, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    It is a good thing-the fans were baying for their blood when selectors made these tough calls. Sehwag fans or Gambhir or Laxman fans were not happy even though their performance revealed they were long past their expiry date. Patil is a shrewd man who has delivered in various roles including one I remember as a coach of Kenya. It is good media is giving credit to him and his team...well Done Mr.Patil....

  • McGorium on June 24, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    I think the best thing to happen to the ODI team was Sachin's retirement (It's unclear whether his hand was forced by the selection committee, or he himself saw his tenure as up; I doubt the latter, but we don't know). With him gone, it was much easier to get rid of other heavy-weights; after all, he was the heaviest of them all. Sehwag is at least useful as an off-spinning allrounder, but Dhoni clearly doesn't see him that way. Coupled with poor ODI performances (his ODI record is surprisingly mediocre), and general sluggishness in the field, he just had to go. Gambhir of late gives catching practice to the slips (a la Ganguly towards the end of his career), and SRT's batting of late wasn't much better than Rohit Sharma's current form. The 24-27 yr olds of today will likely only get better over the next 4-5 years. Well done, selectors, and it was about time for a shake-up. The only person I feel sorry for is Yuvi, as his dip in form is understandable. I hope he regains fitness.

  • Biggest_Cricket_Fan on June 24, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Nice article, but it is half true. I agree selectors must be give due credit for removing the dead wood and giving opportunity to new blood. Now we all are happy because India won the cup. Can anyone say, we would have still stood behind the selectors if India would not have won this cup. I am sure we all including this writer would ask for Dhoni's head and in turn blamed selectors. The way we all supporting selectors after this victory, we all shall support them if they continue with this trend for South Africa and loose there. Additionally can selectors have guts to drop SRT after recent Aussie series. I really doubt it, for two reasons. First he is SRT and there would be reason given that we need experience in batting line up when we tour SA. I would go ahead and say let the team get whitewash in SA, but we shall try new players. I think Indian selectors miss that to a part by not replacing SRT with someone new (no I am not considering Raina as replacement) against Aussie's series.

  • on June 24, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    we have taken raina to the tournament what was his performance

  • on June 24, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    I wonder--- how such a turnaround... but have to believe it, cause witnessed it. A Job Well done Team India.

  • nyc_missile on June 24, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Well yes if only they had dropped Dhoni as Test Captain it would have been even better for Ind cricket.As for ODIs,no better man than him to guide these sizzling youngsters towards 2015 WC.T20s who remembers 'em anyway? 'Tough' selection calls would have been to DROP Dhoni,Sachin,Ishant as Test players as their time is up and are only blocking genuine talents like Tiwary,Rohit & Rayudu. 1 Series win against Oz and they retain Dhoni who's the white-wash specialist.Not done!

  • tickcric on June 24, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Good article this one Sidharth, for it is in this moments we often forget those who are behind the scenes. Congrats MSD & the boys but congrats also to the selectors for the prudence and courage they have shown. It is to be noted the selectors, despite taking prompt action never over did it. They identified the under performing players batting/bowling & fielding wise & replaced them one after another. On the other hand a knee-jerk reaction would have been replacing Dhoni as the captain, firing Fletcher, etc. However all this is sounding so perfect because quality replacements were present! Having said that they took the tough decisions, decisions like dropping Sehwag or Yuvraj, and now those decisions have been proven to be judicious. So kudos selectors.

  • on June 24, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    It is MSD who made it possible - More than selectors I would say!

  • Unmesh_cric on June 24, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Kudos to the selectors. This selection panel definitely has more guts than the previous one. The selection of Dinesh Karthik was a magic bullet. It made Rohit Sharma open the innings which turned around fortunes for Team India. The only dubious selection on this tour was that of M. Vijay. Vijay has been given chances as an ODI opener before and has never looked convincing. His IPL form was also patchy. No doubt, Vijay should be persisted as a Test opener. But I think for Champions Trophy, Pujara or Rahane should have been picked ahead of him. In the end, Vijay's selection turned out to be blessing in disguise, as Rohit played ahead of him as an opener. Rohit and Dhawn will make a successful opening pair in ODIs for India for years to come..touch wood.

  • Raj12345 on June 24, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I don't have much comments on bowling side. But really bringing Dinesh Karthik made very good positive impact in middle order and his inclusion in playing eleven propelled discipline to well settled players and they were all of sudden become solid. DK was keep telling selectors that he needs middle order spot, no one listening his words in last 3 to 4 years. Finally he got his opps and doing his job.

  • Aniyadu on June 24, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Its really sad to see people ignoring the old fellows. Those are the people who made us believe for what Indian team is today. Yes you say that's past and lets not forget because of such we are in good position. I still remember a match win against the Aussies was equal to a world cup WIN!!. They deserve some respect and they were against the best teams compared to the oppositions we have.

  • on June 24, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    great job by the selectors... fair enough this win must go to the selectors...

    who would have thought that " a man comes and holds a golden bat award, who was not even in the scheme of selections about 6 months back " and who would have thought " jadeja , the leftover cricketer re enters the team and hold a golden ball for most wickets in alien conditions " and did anyone dream of reading an article about Indian's excel BOWLING and FIELDING???

    axing the seniors certainly helped in every cause....

    hope they take more bold decisions such as , not having the axed seniors in thier radar for future, for retirements of some seniors( sachin from tests) , give decent run for the talents ( rahane, tiwary, shami, ) and finally START grooming right guy for the next captaincy ( may be ASHWIN, or kohli )

  • on June 24, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    No doubt. This is MSD's Indian XI. Amazing run in a high-profile tournament does indeed augur well for the future. The players to really watch for in the coming days are Dhawan, Karthik, and Jadeja, particularly Dhawan and Jadeja. Still not convinced with the Sharmas, both Rohit and Ishant. They would blow hot and cold. Not to forget about Raina. He still struggles with the short stuff. In fact, he was not tested much thanks to the way Dhawan and Rohit played the short stuffs. Overll, a very good win.

  • Lovetesh on June 24, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir and Zaheer all can make comback to this team, only thing is that they now have to prove that they are fit and raring to go. Zaheer can easily take the place of Ishant, if fit. Rohit place as an opener is also not cemented yet. Karthik is looking like a one or two series wonder. So there are few places up for grab yet. What Sandeep Patil and his team has done is to shake the system out of its slumber. Talent was always there just not the intent.

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Think India really has a very settled look to its ODI side, but i do believe the following changes would really nail it. A fit and in form yuvraj singh can replace Kartik (though Kartik should travel with the squad) while Irfan Pathan can replace Ishant Sharma and Shami ahmad/Varun aaron/praveen kumar or anyone else can be used for Umesh Yadav. India would bat deep till no 10, have both spin, swing, and hit the deck kind of bowling options, an excellent fielding outfit, strong opening pair, a solid middle order,and competent late order hitters in Jadeja, Dhoni n Irfan. what more can a team ask for.

  • ThatsJustCricket on June 24, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    @Aadhithya Prakash : couldn't agree more. Even if the young team gets whitewashed, they will at least learn loads from it and only get better. What is the point of losing with so called experienced seniors?

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    when u become a senior player(7-10yr experience) in team u need to think what u r going to give for the next gen.. if u stand there forever with the orthodox ppl of the holy india, we have nothing but look towards the heavens. Viru never suited for the team after 2007 coz its a turnaround for ind cricket :T20 WC, IPL , so much young blood and innovation in shots and bowling, fielding and he still cant move the feet in the crease. many ppl have quoted a lot about the CSK success and the IND team selection.. yes its the most successful team in IPL coz its got the world's best cappie.regarding slection of CSKans into Ind team .. no need to comment all of u have probably see the CT2013 and the mustache man(SIR).... talk nah

  • Kannan18 on June 24, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    I still dont think there is a replacement for UV. Jadeja is more a bit and pieces player .Yuvi is a genuine match winner. The 2 world cups were prime examples. I am not saying he shld be in team based on past glory, but if he can fight it out in domestic league no one can close the doors for him back to the team India

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    M.S.Dhoni , he won India the ICC World T20, led the side to beat Australia in Australia for the first time, took team India to the top of the World Test Rankings, Won the IPL and Champions league T20 , won the Asia Cup after a long gap, played a captains knock to help realize a billion dreams by lifting the World Cup after 28 years.Now he won the ICC Champions trophy. In 6 years of captaincy he has totally filled the country's trophy cabinet. Talking about his glories is not enough because he has also suffered humiliating white washes at the hands of the English and Aussies. But like a true leader he has handled both glory and despair brilliantly. Hats off to the Worlds best captain. #Admiration #Respect #MSDhoni PS: But i still hope u get out for a duck when CSK plays MI

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    all credit goes to MSD , partly to selectors, meaning many had accused/complained dhoni for removing/relivevig from duties seniors... he is looking do it from a longtime ago.. he is athlete kind of person at heart , he even stated that technique is not the core.he cant/even me cant tolerate fielding hiccups with the seniors(ganguly - lowest standard for fielding) while the young are saving runs. he sacked viru(father of wild variety of indian fielding . while Raina, Rj, Vk are the mutant ones),GG(always novice)..Bhajji has to be sacked coz he is not even contributing with bat which saved him for a while, zak's gonna come back sure.. LOokin forward to Young Dhoni Gang..... it willl be gagnam atleast if not MJ

  • Aniyadu on June 24, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    i agree with selectors being right on dropping the old lads. A guy like laxman dropped since he failed in two series and they didnt had guts to ask dhoni to give uo test capataincy.. like that even laxman desereved a chance!

  • dork29 on June 24, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    SunnyKing1008 ...I have a suggestion: why don't you watch rowing? Do not comment on MSD - the only captain to have won all of ICC's championships - T20, World Cup and Champions' Trophy. he is the BEST thing to have happened to Indian cricket after Kapil Dev. He is enmeshing these rumbustious set of energetic youngsters into a unit that hates to lose and pulls out all stops to win. As Mongia rightly pintso out, the truaround started happening when all seniors were dropped, including Sachin paaji and Harbhajan. Non-performing assets is the oxymoron that comes to mind.The seniors were not just dropped for want of form; it is also their attitude. They thought they were INDISPENSABLE. Skill is secondary - attitude is everything. MSD rocks...way to go man!!!

  • Nmiduna on June 24, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    MSD also has to be given credit big time! my only fear about this victory is that it'll give a great chance for all those who are trying to cover up the controversies and corruptions preceded it..and i'd like someone to point that thing amidst all this victory speeches!

  • ProdigyA on June 24, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raine are still a cause for worry. Rohit has been given enough chances, he must be replaced with Rahane to open with Shikar and Raina must be replaced with Manoj Tiwary. But its unlikely to happen as Dhoni/Selectors are obsessed with Rohit and Dhoni's logic of wanting a left-hander in the middle. For bowling, just get in anybody for Ishant.

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    The selectors made tough, risky calls ... If India had crashed out of the CT like Pakistan and Australia, then every Indian fan would've called for the heads of the selectors... and facebook would've overflown with memes of a smiling yuvraj singh, the caption reading "And they thought they could win without me" !!! If Dhawan had failed, there would be one of Sehwag saying "and you thought Dhawan is the next Sehwag" .... India would've done what Pakistan are doing now, go back to the seniors. It was a brave call, and Dhoni too, took a risk playing Rohit instead of Vijay, but the youngsters have done justice to their selection.

    And as far as the tour of SA, i wouldn't mind even if India lost the series 2-1 , i think anything's better than seeing an Indian team containing the likes of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Gambhir lose 8 tests in a row. Even if India lose, these young players will learn a lot from it.

  • brusselslion on June 24, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    The Indian selectors do deserve credit for picking some youngsters but I agree with @Maiyanka Kumar Sinha that India never really had a problem with the ODI team. Whether this team can be as successful in the Test arena is another matter for another day.

    Still congratulations on a deserved victory and potentially, a very bright future for Indian cricket.

  • Criketanand on June 24, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    I agree with the person who has said enjoy while the wins are there. For there could have different things said if England had won, as captaincy left too many questions to be sneered. Though luck was ever so helpful as usual. Otherwise questions would have been asked about bowling Ishant Sharma bowling those 2 overs despite being expensive and continuance of Raina in team despite being complete failure anywhere where the ball moves or goes chest high. Good match and good win for India

  • Naikan on June 24, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Knowing the background of Indian culture, I would say some of the seniors are as much responsible for not deciding to step down when they should. Not just in cricket, but in any field, even the greatest face ridicule when they ignore reality and do not help the process by deciding to hang on to their past glories. Unfortunately for Indian selectors, the Indian fans turn the cricketers into Gods or demi-gods, and it is only in the aftermath of absolute failure and defeat that allows for a change.

  • A.Ak on June 24, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    No need to blame Srikanth and co for players failure. Under him, India have won the IDI championship and became No1 test team. Then the senoir guys gone totally out of form, and then team back bones Dravid and VVS retired. Change wont happen instantly. It took about a year, now here we have.

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    I dislike when writer's intermix the performance of ODI and test team. I believe the problem is with the test team and let's not pat ourselves on back till we consistently start performing well in overseas tests.

    Having said that ODI performance was always good and has now gotten to great.

  • Kannan_R on June 24, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    I agree with the points raised in the article. However, there is still one unfinished task as far as test squad is concerned. That's the toughest challenge even to utter than to take. Drop Sachin - the God of cricket. He has clearly overstayed for at least three years if not more. The poor state of Indian cricket is due to spineless selection and power wielded by non cricketer (Dalmias, Srinivasans, etc. ). Except for Gavaskar, who gracefully retired most of our stars overstayed - Kapil, Sourav, Dravid, Laxman and of Course Sachin!). Systemic fault.

  • akpy on June 24, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    if Treadwell had connected that last ball, opinions given by various experts would sound completely different...let us just celebrate every indian win as an indian fan and not too much caught with opinions, as that will change with the results..i am sure many of us remember the report card on MSD after the two thumpings in England and Australia...our experts are flimsy

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    did india really lack options when it came to fast bowling? seems to me people like Ishant dont deserve to play for a club, let alone at the national level. we had varun aaron (admit he was injured), shami ahmad, mohit sharma, praveen kumar, IC Pandey among others. come to think about it, how much worse can these players do than the current pair of Ishant and Umesh who cant maintain a line n length or bowl to a plan? Hard work is good and should be rewarded but sometimes its important to know that hard work alone does not cut it. if you dont have the talent, no amount of hard work is going to pay off which is reflected in the performance of these two bowlers. i hope things change a bit after the west indies series and winning the champions trophy does not provide a reason to ignore the poor performance of our fast bowlers.

  • vsroc on June 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on(June 24,2013) It is really nice to read this article,which has been brought out at the appropriate time when Indian cricket lovers and Team India are celebrating yesterday's victory of Champions Trophy. Full credit must go to tough decision taken by the new cricket selection committee headed by Sandip Patel and also creditable all round performance by Team India. Let us all bless together M.S.Dhoni and his team members for their absolute commitment and continued success in their future combined efforts.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Dhoni has molded a fantastic one day team , i have always thought he is one of the best captains in the world and he has proved it again ,and as for people who says his test captaincy is not good or attacking enough , please understand that this is the best anyone can do with the kind of fast bowling options we have , give him a steyn or Andersen and he will show how good a captain he is in tests too. the ultimate challenge for this team will be the South African tour at the end of year , hope we will do well there !

  • dishNub on June 24, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Selectors haven't gotten ridden of the BIGGEST LIABILITY to the Indian team - Tendulkar. As soon as they get rid of Tendulkar, who won't even get into Bangladesh team on his current form, and replace him with a promising player (such as Rahane), selectors would have earned their dues.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    The article presents an analysis of Test on one side and it is compare with recent performance in ODI. Indian team in ODI never really had a problem. Sehwag and Gambhir were performing 2 years ago, though their fielding was questionable. There recent inning were scratchy and they deserved to be dropped, kudos to the selector. Yuvraj, should still be considered for selection as he still has age on his side. This young team is still to prove their mettle in Test, and I would wait before making any comparison as done in this article.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Sure,dhoni should be given credit to have such a fantastic leadership skills and had cool head over his shoulder. Well done.

  • sharidas on June 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    The selectors under Sandeep Patil have been extremely sensible and brave with their decisions. In fact, even the dropping of Tendulkar was in the cards based on his current form and such a decision would have been totally unacceptable to the Indian public, but, I believe, the selectors were capable of making that choice also.Make no mistake, Tendulkar is my all time favourite player, but when the time comes, there are no choices. No word has been mentioned about Duncan Fletcher, but, I am sure that his unassuming nature, is what make people disregard his contribution. He is certainly one of the architects of the recent positive changes in the team.

  • aby_prasad on June 24, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    @ Sir Ivor, brilliant insight. Tks. It was also heartening to see Kohli hand over the trophy to Fletcher and then when Fletcher wanted to get off the trophy, none in the team took it back and forced him to walk with it for a while! Lol Fletcher being the humble man he is, was found walking with a trophy in an uneasy manner. Fitting and respects shown by the players to a coach who hates the limelight. Wonder how hard it must have been in tough times when he definitely must have felt it impossible to do/advise anything with to too many seniors. Right time to teach the string of players you mentioned. Well said!

  • sailorsupreme on June 24, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Some fans have asked for Yuvi's return. Why? He is not a 100% fit and he played despite being unfit. How quickly india became the no 1 fielding side when we got rid of the ageing players, was there for all to see.Sl never got going and England panicked and choked because of the great fielding and catching by Raina, ashwin, Dinesh, Kohli, jadeja, dhawan, dhoniand Rohit. That is 8/11. this is what Dhoni wanted from Kris Srikant but Srikant was afraid to drop non performers.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    To be fair enough it was Greg Chappell who as coach for India wanted to give a professional approach to team selection and talent grooming but the regional politics and senior players authority proved a stumbling block and he was forced to leave in despair. Not only that he was even mentioned on unfavorable terms even in parliament. At long last India is now reaping benefits from that approach now being followed by the present set up. Incidentally the much maligned IPL has also played a major part in unearthing and grooming the right talent and aggresive competitive skill to the team.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Also Rohit at the top is an excellent move. He has more potential than Tendulkar and if he shows some patience, the move will succeed for him as it did for Sachin.

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    What makes you think that Umesh's 'inconspicuousness' is good? With the kind of sprint that he puts in and the rocket arm that he has, he is actually comparable to Lee and Agarkar. There is no doubt that this Indian side is as good as it gets with regards to fielding.

  • pradave17 on June 24, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Well done. India was supposed to have this success even years before. But that old clique was the barrier. Now this young side could lead India to No.01 in all formats. At least now that old clique's fans should admit it.

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    India fully deserved to win, what an outstanding performance, sensible batting and very good bowling and fielding, way to go !!!!!

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    For all the excellent points touched upon here, i fail to understand the bias against Rohit Sharma. For all his tainted form or whatever he didn't perform absymally. In this series, in as a makeshift opener, he gave scores of 68,56,17,33 & 9. 3 out of those 5 aren't what you'll call that of a man in poor form or a questionable selection. A player who has given India opening stands of 100+ in 2 matches & 50+ in another 2, the most by openers since the 2011 World Cup, some credit must be given to him & not begrudgingly

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Why is there a common expectation that seamers have to make poor fielders, to be hidden at deep third man or deep fine leg? ("Inconspicuous in the field", as the author puts it) If you recall the World Cup team of 1983, India's 3 best outfielders were, in order, Kapil Dev, Roger Binny and Madan Lal! And it wasn't a case of "andhon mein kaana raja"... Those 3 were good outfielders by any yard stick.

  • Advin on June 24, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Not just the selctors,the much maligned IPL has to be given due credit.Young Indian batsmen are no longer intimidated by the big names that they get to face in IPL and are used to pressure situations and playing before big crowds.Dhawan,Jadeja and Ashwin ,three stars of the tournament ,are clearly IPL products while the rest like Kohli,Raina,Kumar,Sharma and others have honed their skills playing in this league.Pakistani players do not play in the IPL and see how they performed and note the lack of talent that is coming through their ranks.

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    It was good awesome performance by India team, they way they performed through out the tournament it was nice, they fielded well, bowled well, batted well, it was good won all matches.

  • Night_Fury on June 24, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    I am reading to comments by other country fans and am disappointed. Some one saying Bell decision was wrong, but also consider the fact the England had to make 20 odd runs in 15 balls. Some say India is lucky cause Ishant got 2 wickets, but fortune favours brave. When Anderson was bowling in 1st spell he was removed after 2 overs. Cook lost initiative there. They misfield in 3rd over and gave 5 runs. Another initiative lost. No second slip otherwise Anderson had a wicket in 2nd over and to consider we had leg slip also when Bell was batting. You got to accept that India was best team. No team can win 7 matches without talent and class. We nailed everyone in the so called alien conditions. England dig their own grave. When jadeja was hitting sixes, Bresnan and butler we getting themselves out. Having said all that I still believe that we need yuvi in middle order and karthik needs to go. I haven't seen any dollies dropped by us this time and I still remember Mathews dropping dhawan

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Rohit Sarma and Dinesh Karthik unable to fit in OD ONE squad ,We need Yuvaraj Singh back

  • gtr800 on June 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Great article totally agree with this! Should be broadcast on all channels- Indian cricket team need to emphasize that players need to perform on a regular basis. There is no tenure in sport- especially not with the talent India possess.

  • Sir_Ivor on June 24, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    A fine piece on how the Indian team turned the corner. This bunch resembled schoolboys last night. In fact all tournament long they just looked the same. Perhaps because they never lost even once.None of them betrayed the fact that they were all well off financially nor that they had any grouse against any-one. In fact they seemed so worthy of representing a nation steeped in history and tradition. Now that Duncan Fletcher has got over his insecurities, he should be working on the likes of Rahane Tiwari and Rohit, more on shot selection than anything else.And others like Samson,and Juneja. With his expert eye I am sure India could have an enviable bench to fall back upon. On the bowling front they should send Mohit Sharma,Rishi Dhawan and Shami Ahmed to the MRF academy where they could evolve as very good fast medium bowlers.The important thing is to send teams on the A and youth tours with some vision. It is easy to be complacent after this win. But South Africa looms ahead.

  • ThemanID on June 24, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Well to be honest test matches is what that matters. I mean lets not get excited with the performance, which I must say is extraordinary. But alteast the team for test matches would be different. Remembered when we were losing to england & Australia was wondering why the same team. Now it would alteast be different to see different players. Young players.

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    heartiest congratulations to the present selectors for choosing such an excellent squad.the cheery on the cake however would be to ask Sachin to announce his retirement from Test cricket.

  • pranjal_dubey on June 24, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    You just compared Murali Vijay to Virendra Sehwag, Ravinder Jadeja to Yuvraj, Shikhar Dhawan to Gautam Gambhir and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to Zaheer. This is what is wrong with Indian Cricket. 4 well established players were replaced by young talented individuals no doubt, but Siddarth you need to understand you cant judge that on basis of one tournament.That too an ODI tournament. What you are trying to prove is ridiculous. These players still need to prove their test match skills. Which is not far off. India will be touring a lot so it will be clear. Soon people will work out their game and attach them where it hurts. It is after that phase that we can say that they have justified their selection. Murali Vijay has not impressed at all, he needs to prove a lot before he can replace Sehwag. Dhawan has spark and can do it. Jadeja can never replace Yuvi, Yuvi has to 100% for India to win the WC 2015. Bhuvaneshwar has a lot to do before he can even come close to be compared to Zaheer.

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Its a fair article, but how apt ,only time will tell. selectors & team management[esp coach] indeed needs to b patted for their bold decisions. its not like d dropped players were bad. it was their attitude in d face of defeat which was bad. how can one forget d brazenness of sehwag after 4-0 nil defeat 2 aus tests when he said-'nobody needs 2 retire. evrything will b fine'. it was this audacity of self selection which was baffling. And then england series defeat followed which was d final nail in d coffin.As for d replacements, i have seen needless criticism of rohit sharma regarding his temperament/shot-selection. Any body who has played cricket will know that no batsman willingly plays a wrong shot. sometimes they come-off &sometimes they dont. I think d selectors rightly persisted with him. Personally i still feel, its test cricket where he belongs where he can pace his innings & need not rush with his shots.

  • JK_Blore on June 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Congratulations to team India and hats off to the selection panel. Would like to bring notice @Al_Bundy1. Sachin Tendulkar retired from ODI he was not dropped from the side.

  • newMachine on June 24, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    i think Rahane should also be given a chance...but on thing this article did not touch on is the death bowling of india, there is still much work to be done and i sure as hell missed Zaheer, but i think the overall change is very positive.

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Probably one of the strongest reasons why we saw Dhoni celebrate the way he did after winning the final. Had the team faltered, the loathsome paid expert on a TV channel would have mocked the captain and the selection committee.

    There are definitely openings for Yuvraj and Gambhir to some extent to make a comeback specially in the ODIs but for others the door seems to be quite shut.

  • PeterJerome on June 24, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Very daring article from this, and insightful too in appreciating the selectors for doing their bit, an extra bit. Providing DF too with an extra rope has worked well. Im sure even DF himself was surprised with the decision, but has shown phenomenal involvement with the team since then. Even the current team has a lot of would be stars of tomorrow and MSD & the selectors have to single out these guys and keep them in check. Merit should be the only way forward to get into this team.

  • k.mohsin2050 on June 24, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    super win for india and dhoni.itwill increase confidence of indian cricket

  • hnlns on June 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Sandeep Patil and co richly deserve the credit for having the courage to drop nonperforming seniors, and what the result has shown is that younger, newer faces are far more energetic and hungry for success and that is what has made this victory possible. There was no better evidence of this than the excellent standard of fielding that the team exhibited. It has proven another point strongly that India can and will do very well even in the absence of Tendulkar, Sehwag and other seniors and that the necessary replacements have been found. I hope selectors continue to place their faith in this constant renewal policy together with creating a sound bench strength so that same set of players don't play too much cricket and get burnt out quickly.

  • pratn on June 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    While the points made in this article are valid, one must not forget that India's performance in limited over cricket has been very different from Test cricket performance.

    Under Dhoni, India has had unprecedented ODI/T20 successes but the Test performances have been reminiscent of pre-Ganguly days.

  • jaggi.jagan on June 24, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    What remains to be seen is, if the current set of selectors can continue to work the same way. If is often easy to come on board and make some wholesale success through which win a lot of accolades especially when success comes with those changes. The biggest challenge for the selectors will be when a Dhoni or a Kohli fails for a long time and there is a pressure from all over to axe them. In defense to the previous selection committee, they had a fairly good nucleus of players when Sachin, Dhoni, Zaheer, Yuvraj, Shewag, Gambhir etc. were clicking. This committee was the one that was present when India won the world cup. They never had the nerve to drop these players when they started failing and unless Patil & co can continue to make hard decisions, they will be no different from any of the earlier selectors.

  • SunnyKing1008 on June 24, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I totally disagree Mr Siddarth. If a player was to drop on his form basis, in test matches, it was Dhoni should be 1st in the list. 3 series losses out of 3, 10 test losses out of 12. Was captain not responsible for that? If he was not responsible for those debacles, he surely doesn't deserve any credit at all in any of the team success.

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I agree with Sehwag,yuvi,sachin not performing but Gambhir the ODI player has performed (no a good fielder yes but ) he was our top scorer at CB series(2008),2nd highest run getter for India (played one match less due to rotation) in cb series 2012 , 2nd highest run scorer vs SL in 2012 but he had a poor series vs eng and pak at home that doesn't make him a bad player. I think if rohit fails gambhir/rahane should come and if dk fails manoj in for him :) He had decent series vs ENG (tests) but overseas he was poor so his test axing is justified but not quite convinced about ODI 's IND can still count on him to 2015 CWC on the way he performed during the last to series. Aus pitches suit him because he relies more on working the ball and he can really take ont the spinners !

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Really surprized that this is the article on the back of a great win. Every international team has the same dilema. Look at Australia, they didnt know what to do with Ponting. He just kept failing and they kept him in the team cos of his great record.

    I personally dont think that selection made a huge impact with India's win. It helped but its still those selected individuals that need to do the hard yards. This Indian team has a can do attitude that the Australian team of old had. They are confident and seem to always back themselves. That positivity will only carry them forward. The IPL I feel has brought light to the immense talent available in India and opened up selectors eyes to oppertunities that they would not have otherwise considered. The publicity from the IPL makes it impossible for the selectors to ignore good players coming through.

    Well done India!

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on June 24, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Rohit Sharma will continue flattering to deceive. His so-called talent is over-rated at best. I have not seen anyone else being given such a long rope to prove themselves. Yet this dude keeps throwing away one chance after another. Did you see that ugly hoick in the semi-final against SL? And clean bowled on a defensive stroke in the final. He belongs in the IPL, not international cricket. Get Pujara in the ODI team instead.

  • KashyapKnights27 on June 24, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Incredibly valid article,,,really apt!!!

  • Stark62 on June 24, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Congratulations to Ind and they deserved to win the competition for two reasons:

    1) They were the best side throughout the tournament and beat every team they encountered (incl. warm up matches) with ease.

    2) The brave selection of youngsters and dumping the oldies.

  • jimbond on June 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    It was also a bit of bad luck during that period with all pacers- Zaheer, Ishant, PK, Irfan, Umesh and Munaf getting injured at around the same time, and Bhubaneshwar kumar and Shami Ahmed were only emerging. And Sehwag and Gambhir and Laxman had records enough to warrant a longer rope being given to them. The team is still far from complete. Ishant sharma is still not good enough to give consistent performances- possibly he lacks the class. Bhubaneshwar kumar may struggle with the old ball, and Umesh still is not the finished product. A couple of bad performances from Jadeja or Rohit sharma will resume the 'Sir' debates, and Ashwin is yet to bowl successfully on wickets abroad in tests- lets see how he does in SA. Raina still has problems with the short ball, and Shikhar Dhawan has papered over a lot of weaknesses in this team. Karthik is far from consistent, and would be tough to fit in as a batsman in a test team. In ODIs, Yuvraj- half fit- brings more to the table than all others

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Yuvraj is a must if india wants to win next world cup, I would keep raina & jadega in the side and replace karthik with yuvraj.

  • anton_ego on June 24, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Current selectors are the most unsung heroes of India's recent success. Patil has just carried on from where he left the field as a player 2 decades ago - aggressive and enforcing. Credit should be given where it is due. In a country like India, dropping the likes of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir, Bhajji and Zaheer is not an easy thing to do because each one of them have millions of frenzy followers. Had the result not gone the way it has, selectors' houses would have been ransacked. But now not many people are appreciating their work, except a few thoughtful articles like this one from Siddharth Monga. I wish the selectors read this comment and know that the fans appreciate your work as much as that of the players. Hats off!

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    this CT victory truly belongs to dhoni and his young brigade....and this is completely dhoni's team so there is no chance of politics within the team as each and every member in the IND team loves playing under dhoni's leadership....IND lost many matches overseas mainly due to gambhir and sehwag...when gambhir criticised dhoni for taking the match to last over(against aus) and when sehwag openly mocked dhoni by saying"did u see my catch",u knew that all was not right in the IND team...and rightly they were dropped for being out of form,by doing that we found new stars in dhawan and rohit....IND team's selection policy is very good,they r dropping non-performing players which is the right way to go..

    @deepak oberoi,look yuvraj was great in 2011wc but after that he was not in form,he was struggling against off-spinners and his technique was woefully exposed during ODI series(against eng and pak) and he is out of shape at the moment(we saw that in IPL)....cricinfo pls publish

  • BrainsRam on June 24, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    The article dissects the frails and fortunes of team India selection over the last 2 years. Clearly, as a selector, Srikkanth wasn't bold in taking decisions with regard to the seniors. He was a hard-hitting unorthodox & successful batsman in his playing days & I really expected such similar tough & unorthodox (as far as the selection committee was concerned) selections to bring India back to winning ways esp. after losing 0-8.

    Sadly, even though he was one of my favourites in his playing days and I adored him for his daredevilry, he did not show spine in dealing with the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir & Tendulkar.

    Sandeep Patil, my other fan of 1983. has been as hard hitting & refreshing in his approach. He wielded the axe on non-performing seniors & backed Dhoni, the captain, with a set of aspiring young new/recalled players and the results are there to see.

    The fact that India had only 3 players in CT from 2011 team, speaks volumes of the good selection.

    Keep up the good work Pati

  • Al_Bundy1 on June 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Kudos to the Selectors for dropping the 3 biggest non-performers of Indian cricket in last 2 years - Sehwag, Gambhir, and 10dulkar. If we had played these 3 non-performers, forget about winning the Champions trophy, we would not even have qualified for the semi-final.

  • Shwetank_Shukla on June 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Awesome read. I thank you for this article. :)

  • yoohoo on June 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @Deepak Oberoi - Please don't talk about the yuvraj of 2010-11. Talk about the yuvraj of today. Today, he is unfit, and he needs to work really hard in the dometics for atleast an year to make a comeback. As a puneite, I watched Yuvraj live in the IPL, and trust me no sportsman should be that unfit. He can always become fit and make a comeback!

  • ThIrU88 on June 24, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    No need to bring Shewag and Gambir. but Yuvi should comeback in place of Vijay or Rohit. DK will open the innings with Dhawan.

  • analyseabhishek on June 24, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    In India, people still hanker after Ganguly, Yuvraj and Sachin long after they are past their prime. The emotional bond is so strong that many people would rather not watch the game than see their legends not playing!

  • Naresh28 on June 24, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    India needs a good left arm pacer. No one in sight since Zaks and Nehra left.This is an area that needs to be worked on.

  • JohnnyRook on June 24, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    @Sathish Chandran...I think mistake was to bring yuvi back in the team so early. He was nowhere close to be matchfit after recovering from cancer. And it would be an even bigger mistake to cast him out forever. But I fear Indians are too emotional. They were clamouring for his return after his cancer got fixed and then they were too quick to throw him away when as expected he didn't perform like he did in the world cup. I hope he gets better and makes a comeback.

    @Front-foot-lunge. You are insulting SA's fielders by keeping them in Englad's bracket. Australia is a lot better fielding side than England. India and England are almost comparable in that dept. But then blind patriotism coupled with envy and a very recent loss is barely a recipe for rational comments.

  • dakshinap on June 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Ajinkeya Rahane instead of Rohit Sharma, Pujara instead of D Karthik, Varun Aaron instead of Ishant. That will give a more strong for Indian team.

  • TATTUs on June 24, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Well, everything goes right when we win. Still a lot of question marks are there. What about consistency of Ishant Sharma? What about Suresh Raina? What about Rohit Shamra converting starts? What about Aswin stopping those 'pauses' and getting a wicket by his own skill instead of batsmans mistake. Now looking at the bench, what about Vijay? What about Pujara in the ODI team? And lastly for heavens sake, dont mix Tests and ODIs. Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthick and rain made this one look rosy for India. One thing that has improved beyond doubt is fielding.

  • on June 24, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @Sathish Chandran, yes you are right that Yuvi was the architect of both of those victories. He was chief architect of U19 WC win too. But I feel after being afflicted with cancer, he doesn't have the same fitness what he used to possess. So that might have been the reason to drop him.

  • rock.rockyin on June 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Axing Sehwag has done wonders to Indian crick in Champions trophy. He took India to peaks and in past 3 years with his bad starts he has taken India to all time low. For God'sake do not forget Yuvraj. He is once in a life time player,in ODI's.Raina is still struggling abroad. Why not groom M Tiwary in place of Raina. I think its all over for Gambhir in ODI's. He still can knock the door for Tests but Dhoni rooting for Dhawan,Vijay then kholi followed by Rohit, I dont see Gambhir into Tests either. Why cant Mcgrath be there in Team tours instead of being in MRF Chennai pace academy. Bhuvneshwar, I am doubtfull if he can be a good ODI bowler at all with no pace,no bounce etc. Remember no country these are going for greentops for ODI's which suits bhuvi.All in all Indian team is heading for a change and I dont see the seniors coming back into team except for yuvi in ODI's. Let the hungry young Indians take over Indian crick.All seniors have the GOT the message-Perform or Perish!

  • Vijay_P_S on June 24, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Yuvraj is not what he used to be. After cancer, his fitness level has gone down. Sad but its true.

  • gsingh7 on June 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    dropping sachin sehwag and gautam was blessing in disguise. indian team have outgrown sachin's aura and is doing great. it will be good for india if sachin retires from all sort of cricket. he held team india back.sehwag is a goner.gambhir can make a comwback as he he plays with his heart on his sleeve. it will be better if yuvi makes a solid comeback. team all set to win b2b world cups.

  • Ranta on June 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    From the time this selection team was appointed I was excited, specially because It had Sndeep patil who had been coach of India A team for long & had seen closely what India had to offer from domestic cricket, And then there was Roger Binny who has been at NCA for long, Plus seems like an honest man at least when it comes to cricket.

    Good thing is they have ociked people on form and performance & they have delivered. Should give them more courage to blood in good in form talented & well deserving cricketers into test team.

    Selector plays a crucial role in career of a cricketer in term of timing his selection not just on past performances but also on current form so the guy is actually confident to play. There are many examples in Indian cricket who got chances based on their past performance at a time when they were out of form. I hope this trend ends from here on.

    Keep it up. Pick, Play & persist with them when in form.

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    No one is bigger than team......... Hope & wish to see new guys cement themselves and establish..... We need to accept the fact as you get older you need to understand its time for someone to take my place.......

  • faisal.fareed on June 24, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Spot on! I hope PCB realize their mistakes and get a good team going, soon!

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I think, If selectors can gave enough chances to Ravinder jadeja, to prove himself (look at his previous record ), then they can gave the same amount of opportunity to Y. Singh since he had already proved himself in big tournaments. I am not against R. Jadeja but I am against Yuvraj's drop. he's a big match winner perhaps, India cannot win World Cup 2011, without him.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @Sathish Chandran: Yuvraj may be a good fielder by your standards but he'd never cut it in England or SA, who have led the world in athleticism and fitness in the field. India still have some catching up to so in this department, although they showed improvement this series.

  • DeepakSarathy on June 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Hit the nail on the head sid.. The guts shown by this current selection panel can't be praised enough.. In a country where reputations often lord over performances, patil And co have shown remarkable courage in dropping the seniors and making way for the current energetic bunch... Even if it had all gone wrong, it had to be done because it was not possible to do worse than 0-8.. Kudos and I hope Srikanth feels that he messed up big time..

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I am sure, with all those efforts and hardwork done by selectors and captain, there will still be few who will keep criticizing them that too without any reason. I still remember Sehwag's Line "Did you see my catch?" and and that moment onward he only looked like a looser who is actually trying to prove his worth even if he does not earn it.

  • vish57 on June 24, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    The article is apt and clear;this bunch of selectors needs appreciation for identifying talents such as Shikar Dawan, Bhubaneswar Kumar, recalling M Vijay, Dinesh kartik as well positioning Jadeja. Bold steps to drop seniors and bring ODI & T20 team in shape as a balancec batting, bowling and fielding unit. Ashwin looks over rated but yesterday he won for India, Yadav needs to perform as well. Bench players needs chance in WI tri series Ifran pathan for Umesh Yadav, Vijay for Kartik, Mishra for Ashwin. Rahane and Pujara will form the nucleus of Indian team batsman for WC 2015. Let selectors select a real Inda A team to SA tour next month so that 3-4 players can earn India Cap with performance down under. Cudos to Sandip Patil & other 4 selectors

  • seeknshare on June 24, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Spot-on analysis. Enough said.

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Yuvraj was unlucky to miss out ... To be honest, he was the architect in t-20 & 50 overs world cup victories .....and a good fielder too ....

  • bleedingice on June 24, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    I would still bring Yuvraj back in the side with Suresh Raina as the 12th man

  • bleedingice on June 24, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    I would still bring Yuvraj back in the side with Suresh Raina as the 12th man

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Yuvraj was unlucky to miss out ... To be honest, he was the architect in t-20 & 50 overs world cup victories .....and a good fielder too ....

  • seeknshare on June 24, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Spot-on analysis. Enough said.

  • vish57 on June 24, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    The article is apt and clear;this bunch of selectors needs appreciation for identifying talents such as Shikar Dawan, Bhubaneswar Kumar, recalling M Vijay, Dinesh kartik as well positioning Jadeja. Bold steps to drop seniors and bring ODI & T20 team in shape as a balancec batting, bowling and fielding unit. Ashwin looks over rated but yesterday he won for India, Yadav needs to perform as well. Bench players needs chance in WI tri series Ifran pathan for Umesh Yadav, Vijay for Kartik, Mishra for Ashwin. Rahane and Pujara will form the nucleus of Indian team batsman for WC 2015. Let selectors select a real Inda A team to SA tour next month so that 3-4 players can earn India Cap with performance down under. Cudos to Sandip Patil & other 4 selectors

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I am sure, with all those efforts and hardwork done by selectors and captain, there will still be few who will keep criticizing them that too without any reason. I still remember Sehwag's Line "Did you see my catch?" and and that moment onward he only looked like a looser who is actually trying to prove his worth even if he does not earn it.

  • DeepakSarathy on June 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Hit the nail on the head sid.. The guts shown by this current selection panel can't be praised enough.. In a country where reputations often lord over performances, patil And co have shown remarkable courage in dropping the seniors and making way for the current energetic bunch... Even if it had all gone wrong, it had to be done because it was not possible to do worse than 0-8.. Kudos and I hope Srikanth feels that he messed up big time..

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @Sathish Chandran: Yuvraj may be a good fielder by your standards but he'd never cut it in England or SA, who have led the world in athleticism and fitness in the field. India still have some catching up to so in this department, although they showed improvement this series.

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I think, If selectors can gave enough chances to Ravinder jadeja, to prove himself (look at his previous record ), then they can gave the same amount of opportunity to Y. Singh since he had already proved himself in big tournaments. I am not against R. Jadeja but I am against Yuvraj's drop. he's a big match winner perhaps, India cannot win World Cup 2011, without him.

  • faisal.fareed on June 24, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Spot on! I hope PCB realize their mistakes and get a good team going, soon!

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    No one is bigger than team......... Hope & wish to see new guys cement themselves and establish..... We need to accept the fact as you get older you need to understand its time for someone to take my place.......