Ind v Pak, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo September 29, 2012

Shastri, Manjrekar question Yuvraj's hasty comeback

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Former India players Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar have questioned the hasty comeback of Yuvraj Singh after he recovered from cancer earlier this year. Both feel he is not back to full fitness. Shastri said Yuvraj should be left out for the crucial Super Eights match against Pakistan on Sunday, and Manjrekar said he should have been left out of the game against Australia too.

"My contention is, [for] eight months Yuvraj Singh has hardly played cricket, and when it comes to India vs Pakistan I'm not the kind to get emotional," Shastri told TIMES NOW. "I want to pick the best team and beat them. You can't be sentimental here, but be practical."

"My team would have Sehwag opening the innings, especially against Australia," Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo. "I think it was an opportunity missed, because that was the kind of attack Sehwag likes on this kind of a pitch.

"I would have dropped Yuvraj Singh from my team in that last match, purely because we have seen in the last few matches Yuvraj Singh is still not quite 70% or 80%, maybe it is time now to slowly get him to work on his fitness, keep him involved in Indian cricket, but leaving out Sehwag was not such a good idea because he does what you need right at the start of the innings: put the opposition under pressure."

Yuvraj was included in the World Twenty20 squad, ahead of Ajinkya Rahane, even before he had had any serious match practice, and has played only a handful of T20s since undergoing chemotherapy in March. Shastri said Yuvraj's rustiness was obvious.

"We got to see if Yuvraj is 100% fit, and let's not think about Yuvraj 10 months ago," Shastri said. "No question that he straight away could have walked into any side in world cricket at that time, but having seen him he's still rusty and he's still a bit slow." Yuvraj has scored 60 runs in four T20I matches, and taken four wickets since his return.

No question that he straight away could have walked into any side in world cricket [ten months ago], but having seen him he's still rusty and he's still a bit slow
Shastri on Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj is not the only thorny issue Dhoni has to grapple with. Sehwag's exclusion from the previous match, in which Australia thrashed India by nine wickets, has divided opinion. Shastri said he should be picked against Pakistan at the expense of Yuvraj. "If you go in with three fast bowlers and two spinners, then you have to think about your batting line-up and if Sehwag has to come - which I think he should - then who do you drop in that middle order, and one batsman that comes up is Yuvraj Singh.

"It's not the question of what Yuvraj Singh can do but what is his current state of mind after what he has done and you have to respect that. You can't be too greedy and ask too much from that body that quickly."

Shastri also talked up the impact Sehwag could have on the Pakistan match. "You just have to look at Sehwag's record against Pakistan - it's Bradman-like when you look at his average against them. So Sehwag will have the psychological edge when he gets out there plus the fact that he's been asked to sit out, and I think rightly so, in the last game against Australia, he'll be fired up." Sehwag averages 91.14 against Pakistan in Tests, but only 35.72 against them in ODIs, which is almost exactly the same as his career average. He has played only one T20I against them.

Sehwag's omission in the last game effectively facilitated the inclusion of a third specialist spinner, who had combined figures of 6.5-0-66-0 against Australia. Manjrekar was against going in with three of them for the Pakistan match. "The key is going to be the pitch, let's assume the pitch is going to be the same as we had in the last match, still three spinners is a bit too much, Sehwag has to come back in," he said.

"Even if they want Yuvraj Singh in there, they can get Virender Sehwag in and maybe drop one spinner, either Harbhajan Singh or Piyush Chawla, the choice is up to the captain who they want. I would go for a variation, because when you have Chawla you have a variation of R Ashwin and Chawla as the legspinner, but after his last performance I doubt whether Chawla will get another match if India is playing two specialist spinners."

Shastri said there was no need to play three spinners, given the number of part-time options India had. He also said there was no way India should be opening with Irfan Pathan, which denies their best batsmen the use of crucial overs of a 20-over match.

India's big defeat against Australia means their net run-rate has taken a beating, and they will probably need to win both their remaining Super Eight matches to qualify.

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  • Rushikey on October 1, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Solid_Snake, Its time to hide in a hole! :) Congrats India!

  • on October 1, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop: Thanks buddy. As it turned out, he opted for the safest option: four bowlers. :P

  • on September 30, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar..are you guys listening & watching...half fit player has been the star so far...

  • OOZZ on September 30, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Chuckling out loud. Yuvraj silences critics. His contribution with ball is enough to find him a place in the team.

  • mark2011 on September 30, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    it seems what happnd to India 2 days ago is going to happn to Pak today ....?? I think Pa shud hav fielded first...

  • on September 30, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Of course Yuvi is rusty but even then he is lot better than Rohit and Sehwag. Think about a man with 70-80 % fitness could do that , what if he gets into grove in this game he can be best again like he did in winning the world cup.

  • on September 30, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Why target Yuvraj? 50% fit he still contributes. What has Rohit Sharma done to justify being in the team, let alone the 15?

  • mark2011 on September 30, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    oh dear why Pak decided to bat first? it is not the right decision I guess..bcos this RP ground pitch is changed after relaid and it is batting second is easy as you already jus saw SA-AUS match and previous Aus -Ind game...but anyway good luck Pak..

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Why chawla was dropped.........he is a match winner bowler..............but for pakistan

  • Solid_Snake on September 30, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Whole thread is filled with comments like Drop this and and drop that.. Come on Indian fans give it a break.If India manages to win today,all of the fans would take 180 degree shift and would start praising your team..Instead of doing something about your Bowling,you guys are pissed off with the batsmen.How ironic is that with a team said to have a Great batting line up is now running here and there for an opener.. Go Greens..Get the Blues :)

  • Rushikey on October 1, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Solid_Snake, Its time to hide in a hole! :) Congrats India!

  • on October 1, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop: Thanks buddy. As it turned out, he opted for the safest option: four bowlers. :P

  • on September 30, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar..are you guys listening & watching...half fit player has been the star so far...

  • OOZZ on September 30, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Chuckling out loud. Yuvraj silences critics. His contribution with ball is enough to find him a place in the team.

  • mark2011 on September 30, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    it seems what happnd to India 2 days ago is going to happn to Pak today ....?? I think Pa shud hav fielded first...

  • on September 30, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Of course Yuvi is rusty but even then he is lot better than Rohit and Sehwag. Think about a man with 70-80 % fitness could do that , what if he gets into grove in this game he can be best again like he did in winning the world cup.

  • on September 30, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Why target Yuvraj? 50% fit he still contributes. What has Rohit Sharma done to justify being in the team, let alone the 15?

  • mark2011 on September 30, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    oh dear why Pak decided to bat first? it is not the right decision I guess..bcos this RP ground pitch is changed after relaid and it is batting second is easy as you already jus saw SA-AUS match and previous Aus -Ind game...but anyway good luck Pak..

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Why chawla was dropped.........he is a match winner bowler..............but for pakistan

  • Solid_Snake on September 30, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Whole thread is filled with comments like Drop this and and drop that.. Come on Indian fans give it a break.If India manages to win today,all of the fans would take 180 degree shift and would start praising your team..Instead of doing something about your Bowling,you guys are pissed off with the batsmen.How ironic is that with a team said to have a Great batting line up is now running here and there for an opener.. Go Greens..Get the Blues :)

  • ali14pakistani on September 30, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    We love all our players, no matter what happens. We know they give their best, but then there is always a winner and loser in a game. Our players are the winner of hearts. Good luck.

  • Sadiqahmed on September 30, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Drop Yuvraj or Rohit and bring Sehwag. Drop Piyush and bring Praveen. A combination of three fast bowlers, one specialist spinner a few part time spinners should do the trick for India. And for God's sake send the best batsmen as 1, 2, 3. Learn from the Aussies how to compete in T 20. They have the most balanced team and strategy for this T20 and will likely win the cup. If India is dreaming to take a crack they better shape up and beat Pakstan today. Sadiq

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Go Pakistan go, we want you guys to win. We Sri Lankan always always support Pakistan after our Lions. by "SL fan"

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    I do not understand why people favor Pakistan, just becos india lost a game before. India will fire so pakistan can.. this is india-pakistan match, and india has never lost to pak in world cup matches in that matter...

  • PACERONE on September 30, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    None of my business but how can you keep one of the most explosive batsmen out of a T20 game.He only has to bat for 5 overs and would score enough to demoralize the opposition.

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    It is very disappointing to see India going out to face Australia without Viru.. The problem we faced during the previous edition (2008,2010) was Viru was not fit completly and in the end we know what the result was... I hope to see Sehwag opening with Gambhir today.. Cheers for India.. All the best to continue its winning streak against our arch rivals in the World cup edition..

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    WHATEVER HAPPEN IN CRICKET, ONE THING IS CLEAR INDIA WILL DEFEAT PAKISTAN TODAY.

  • tcarlos on September 30, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    @Dwijendra Kashyap : oh kashyapa india win today and monday will be only in ur dream. face the reality india was beaten to great paks in warm up and they will face the same fate today. indians are boombed by the media and not by their talents. just see watson as a player. is there a match to watto from india.. i cannot remember a good indian player in near past or to forseeable future. come on pakistan srilankans are with u!!!!

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Aus win over SA makes things much more tougher for us, bcos we have to win over Pak , hope Pak looses to Aus , then a simple win over SA would take us over. But if Pak wins over Aus then we will need to win by a very very big margin on SA to make it to the Semi's.(very unlikely).

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Mr Shastri, I think you're taking it too seriously. It's just a game...

  • longandshort on September 30, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    It was surprising to see Yuvraj back so quickly. Sehwag is unpredictable but then give him a final chance. If he cant perform dont even include him and focus on top plaers. I cant find a reason why Rohit Sharma always makes it. He does not offer anything. Not sure why Yusuf Pathan was left out since he is good with the bat and can bowl.

    India will lose all 3 games and will be back home with 0 points. Wish it were different but there are no miracles this time.

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    last match was grand finale before semis,what is this one,please name it ,give some entertainment

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    would any buddy know if India beats Pakistan today and Pakistan manage to beat Aussies in their next game,and Blue Shirts grabs chokers , Both India and Pakistan would have 4 points, WHo will be the semi-finalist in that case?

  • on September 30, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    sehwang vai india all the best

  • golgo_85 on September 30, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Why drop any batsman at all to accommodate Sehwag? Why not drop one of your too many mediocre bowlers? In T20 you need as many runs you can get not as many you can leak. Why not drop this "Sachin" guy that Dhoni deludes so much about?

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Agreed Virendra Sehwag has to be in Indian team but why replace Yuvraj? and why not ROHIT SHARMA ??

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    india team against pak: sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvraj,rohit,raina,dhoni,pathan,ashwin,harbhajan,zaheer hope india thrash pak and s.africa and move onto d semis...all d best team india...

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Pakistan will Win today inn sha Allah...all the Prayers are with Pakistani Team...

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    drp yuvi and chawla, bring shewag, tiwary nd balaji. don't put raina to bat at 6 even in t20.

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I think most chance to pakistan

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Dnt understand why this dilemma now? didnt fletcher and dhoni plan before hand for this grand event. I think India needs a new coach , fletcher is good for nothing........

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    If Aussies manage to win today, believe me Pakistan will win too....and Insha'Allah it will happen today..again we want double treat today :)

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Hahaha Well Shastri on his come back once you said " what a come back" "Emotional come back" blah blah blah... but no you realized that he is not fit enough lol... Strange! what i think is to keep him in the team ;) Anyways Good luck Pakistan :)

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    With all due respect to these Indian players, Zaheer, Harbhajan and Yunraj look out fo sorts. Especially Zaheer and Yuvraj. Physically they look all over the place. Indian selectors might have to think bold. Yuvraj comes with a tremendous reputation but currently he is still way off the mark.

  • shoebalmin on September 30, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    i know that both the players are full of experince,but the situation is very comlicated no ones knows which player is fit for pak match, but in my opinion sehwag is better to yuvraj because he is the best opener in the world who can change full match in just 4 or 5 ovrs....

  • Nathan74 on September 30, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    The question is is Sehwag right player for India. He is selfish. Never plays for the team or the situation. Only thing he ever worried about was Shewag and his strike rate.He has no discipline. It was OK when he was in form. He should have never been picked for India. Winning and cricketing ability alone is not enough. He is what a real man should not be. He would have been a great all rounder with spin abilities and batting skills only if he had some humility, discipline and worked hard for his place. It is time to moth ball him for good. I congratulate Dhoni for dropping him. Or yes it is easy to sit out and say bring back Shewag for the past heroes of Indian cricket. But the reality is Shewag should have never played for India,

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    for god sake MSD stop appreciating "TALENT" of Rohit Sharma and start giving chance to others as well

  • AjitDJ on September 30, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Please, everybody is talking like Sehwag will win the entire match by himself! He will score at quickfire 20 and get out, and is a more irresponsible cricketer than Yuvraj.

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    i am big fan of afridi plz bring him opening bat,when ever he gt out in recent matches it ll be te boundary line catches, he have power and talent to hit all te balls outside the circle, so he should bat open "1-6" over wh the field restriction on

  • tuluguroshan on September 30, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    today i hope south africa should win againest aus ...then india beat pak....then the last day of super eight will become most suspense day of the tournament as all the four top teams will enter the knockout match too the semi final ..who ever win the last match will play the semis...

  • on September 30, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    a/f reading above conversation sm say drop ghambir sm say rohit and yumraj y should they drop raina

  • KaGe on September 30, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I do not understand why Manoj timwary is not being given a chance inspite of the fact that most of the indian batsmen have not scored as much as he did in whatever few chances he has got

    Also, i really do not remember when was the last time piyush chawla performed in a t20 match. For me the exclusion of sehwag not only is a very pathetic move it is also very stupid knowing what kind of fear the opposition feels while bowling to sehwag. australia wouldve been more than happy seeing the openers in that match. for me the perfect line is

    sehwag.. gambhir ... kohli ... yuvraj (provided he doesnt waste time and goes for the hits)/tiwary .... raina... dhoni .... pathan ... harbhjan ... ashwin ... zaheer ... dinda/balaji

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Omit Dhoni ....else IND will loose

  • Happy_AusBang on September 30, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    For Pakistan the dilemma is what to do with Afridi. If he delivered even half as much as expected in batting then it would be a simple choice to keep him, not just because of his bowling but also his catching is good too. Against India I think his bowling may not be as effective as it is against AUS ENG NZ and SA. So I'd says drop Afridi and bring on Razzak for a change this time against India.

  • Raochowdary on September 30, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Today Sehwag, Yuvi and Tiwary should play instead of picking up of these two Raina and Chawla. Raina used to play well at our home only. So its better to left him out of the match. Finally all the best INDIA and Sehwag why i mentioned here the name Sehwag particularly because all seniors and cricket analysts arguing that Sehwag should play. So that's why wish you all the very best Sehwag.

  • drnaveed on September 30, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    why shastri and manjrekar are crying now , when the tournament is almost half way through. i remember, ,on his return to the international cricket ,they both were praising him a lot , now they are realizing it that he has not played cricket since last 8 months or so.

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    come on pakistan,,,we want u guys to win from sl fan..

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Inshaallah India will win today and defeat SA in the last match today

  • Gladkick on September 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    ALL I WANT TO SAY IS ALL THE BEST INDIA. NOW GO AND WIN THIS MATCH!!!

  • ZainAdeeb on September 30, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    time for Pak to end this dominance Ind has on us in world cup games....

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Why the hell India needs to drop either of sehwag or yuvraj.. why not rohit sharma.. he is not needed in squad.. he has been already been given lots of chances.. he does not stand in front of sehwag or yuvraj.. yuvarj is performer with ball and bat undoubtedly.. Sehwag's fear is lot more than rohit's.. Shastri and manjerakar are wrong to question on yuvraj's comeback..

  • itsthewayuplay on September 30, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    contd dhoni knows that against eng it was a case of eng losing the game rather than india winning it. if the afghans has held on to their catches india would have struggled against them. aus gave india another lesson in a different form of the game in conditions that are supposed to suit india. they bowled with pace and bounce and their batters didn't allow the indian bowlers to settle at all which is why dhoni who chose 5 bowlers ended up bowling 8 different ones. indian bowling is one of the weakest in the world even inculding the 'minnows'.

  • rahuldravid_mr.cricket on September 30, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    india whether dey go in with 3 bowlers or wid 5 dey will giv away d same no of runs...for me its d batting dat is india's strength so y not add more batters 2 revive d batting power...forme d batting line up shud b..sehwag,gambhir,kohli,sharma,raina,tiwary,dhoni,pathan,yuvraj,ashwin,zaheer...dhoni shud believ in part-timers den d main bowlers

  • Meety on September 30, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I raised this issue back when the feel-good story about Yuvraj being selected first appeared. I really like Yuvraj, & I was happy he got selected. I felt though, that it was a slap in the face for all the guys on the fringe of selection. He should of been made to play domestically before selection. Anyways - his fitness is being questioned, but I would ask "When has fitness ever really been important in the Indian team?"

  • Hardy1 on September 30, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    The likes of Kohli & Raina will have to take India forward (even though I believe that the latter will never do well in Test cricket despite being a fantastic limited overs player) with a more professional attitude. As for today I'd like India to win seeing as Pakistan are through already & it's always nice to see the underdog get a victory, but I have to admit it looks unlikely. I just hope that Pakistan don't win the tournament because their dominance in the T20 World Cup is getting quickly boring; hopefully South Africa, Australia or the home team go on to lift the cup (West Indies still in with a shot too).

  • itsthewayuplay on September 30, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    why are these 2 so-called pundits questioning yuvraj's fitness now? if he's only 70-80% fit he shouldn't have been in the squad at all. yet again another example of lessons from the debacle of the england tour not being learned. sehwag like harbajan before he was dropped has done nothing to justify his place in any form of the game at international level. drop both of them and let them earn their recall by proving form and fitness domestically. the problem dhoni is facing is not just with these 2 players but with the entire team with the exception of kohli. he cannot rely on the bowlers to defend any score. the quality of opposition bowlers are restricting the batsmen but the same pressure is not being applied by our bowlers to the opposing batsmen.

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    pak will beat them inshallah

  • akbarbirbal007 on September 30, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    well said but sadly who cares or who listens

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Today is Pakistan's Day. No one can stop them to proceed. Wish you best of luck Pakistan. Don't let India to forget warmup match. Ajmal is the hitler for india. every indian is praying to not face Ajmal. Australia showed indian about their strangth. They are only heros in adds. in ground, they looks like zerooooooooooooooooooo. Pakistan Zindabad

  • akbarbirbal007 on September 30, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    It was an emotional selection indeed but there is no doubting the fact that we indians are emotional And when piyush chawla is playing who looks to me as younger brother of ramesh power(remember that player with red goggles),then why raise a voice over yuvi.

  • Ravi_kumar_Kinnera on September 30, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Rohit Sharma can be dropped instead of Yuvi.... RS have got many chances but haven't delivered at least once....Yuvi is a handy bowler in T20 format and we all know how dangerous he is when he starts middling the ball... Rohit only delivers his best in IPL and practice matches.... If Yuvi fitness is not good at least try with Manoj Tiwary but Rohit Sharma should be dropped....

  • akbarbirbal007 on September 30, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Player of Sehwag calibre should not be left to warm the benches as the chances of the bench being set on fire are more often than not And please drop zak as he is not a yak,not at this age ,he should have quit the T20 long ago.Wonder who calls him a bowling Sachin.The wisest decision Sach took was not to play the T20 5 years back.

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Get in Sehwag, throw out Dhoni...the guy is selfish and not at all worth it...He wouldnt have even been the captain but for Sachin. Sachin was asked to take on the duties as the captain but he suggested dhoni perform the duties...Also, throw out Raina & Chawla, get in Rahane and Balaji...that's a much better team...Increased chances of winning & even if they lose, they wont lose by a bad margin...

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    yuvi can still fire .......watch the recap of match between the austrila and india while noone baller has been success he was bowlling the best n from bat noone was gettin run if u want change change all the player who are unsucess each n every time watch there is ghambir, Dhoni , rohit ,and indian flup battin line up ................................ the never dies when there is YUVI either with bat or ball

  • callmeat27 on September 30, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Y the hell you want Yuvraj to go out he is the only one among wicket taker and is scoring runs also..why not Rohit Sharma or Gautam Gambhir..they are just burden on Indian t20 cricket.

  • rishiniks on September 30, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    I THINK YUVI SHUD PLAY TODAY, HE CAN BOWL BETTER IN THIS SLOW PITCH..... THE ONLY THING HE NEEDED IS SELF CONFIDENCE.. N THIS MATCH CAN BRING SOME CONFIDENCE IN YUVI FORM....... INDIA SHOULD TRY 7 BATSMAN N 4 BOWLER . 2 FASTER N 2 SPINNERS.. 5TH BOWLER WILL BE ROHIT , YUVI , RAINA N VIRU

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Sehwag is a match winner and i guess there is no place for piyush chawla in indian cricket team so India need to pick sehwag instead ov chawla. And IA pakistan will win today and make their way into semi's and india will be knocked out ov the tournament,Best ov luck pakistan

  • Test-is-the-best on September 30, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    ALL the best PAKISTAN.....Lets get rid of most over rated team.

  • on September 30, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I think Sehwag should open the match.Please drop Piyus and yuvraj. Give a chance to monoj tiwary also.Sometimes Dhoni should use Brain not strength.

  • baranasai on September 30, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Shewag is a very good opener/He needs confidence on him shown by the captain MS /Instead he is being dropped for half baked palyers like Chawla or so. In fact Raina or Rohit have done enough except in patches as well Gautam/why only blame Shewag/it is personal diffrence between the 2 which is spoing the indian batting/Bowling I have given up on Indian Bowling long time /extremely poerless no bowler is good enough-Even I will rate Irish or Bangla desh bowlers much better/ Todays result-Pakistan will walk all over Indian team-it will be a formaility-Indian team will pack and come back home tomorrow looking at the way their bowling and poor Batting/Zac and Chawla should be out

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Actually, I feel someone had aptly commented in an earlier post that the difference between specialist and part-time bowlers is not much in the Indian team. Why not have a team like [ 1. Sehwag 2.Gambhir 3. Kohli 4. Rahane 5. Rohit 6. Yuvraj 7. Raina 8. Tiwary 9. Dhoni 10. Pathan 11. Ashwin ] Makes perfect sense. Pathan, Ashwin, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Rohit (He has taken hat-tricks) can bowl 4 overs each. Or maybe play Dinda, dropping Tiwary.

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Yes sehwag is a gud batsman But u guys dont ever think that yasir Arfat can make him out of the ground with in one ball

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    There are some things as 'right' and 'wrong' in this world. Dhoni has been doing a lot of right things namely backing up youngsters, being a cool, street-smart captain, a great wicket-keeper Batsman (which India never had). Rallying a team and getting the best out of whatever players he has and hence the successes he has enjoyed till now. But the things he has done wrong are trying to isolate seniors 'Sehwag', 'Sachin' and 'Ganguly' and to an extent even 'Gambhir' from the team so that his captaincy doesnt ever get threathened or questioned. It is coming to bite him in the back now and I dont think this is the end of it. I also dont think Sehwag will be included in the team despite such calls for him because it will mean Dhoni is losing out the politics battle and eventually giving way a threat to his captaincy. Losing the match or the cup would also mean the same thing. Would be interesting the kind of risk he would be willing to take. The cup or Sehwag.

  • NikJo on September 30, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    sehwag cannot be left out against pakistan and yuvi also needs to be backed till he gets back in the groove... i think the best option would be to drop the extra spinner - piyush chawla..... he has not done anything great so far.... and his 4 overs can easily be bowled by sehwag, yuvraj and raina. so keep yuvi and replace chawla with sehwag. and ofcourse sehwag should open with gambhir.

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    i don't know .. wat rohit sharma doin in playin xi ! :p

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on September 30, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    @Lanka Fans!: We really appreciate if you guys cheer for team other than India. a) We really dont care whom you cheer b) NO tournament is complete until we beat PAK and LANKA. Keep your hopes alive and we will come and get you! - Well wisher of team India.

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Both India and Pakistan teams have the talent to win today's match. Its more than an ordinary game, a test of skills and nerves. In my opinion, India should play Sehwag while Pakistan should give a chance to Razzaq. No doubt, I am supporting the Pakistan team and hoping to see a thrilling match, but let the best team win.

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Dhoni's conceptual thoughts are not clear.He could have given Shewag the chance to carryon his specialized job.If India is going to win this t20 WC it will be only bcoz of Shewag.Dhoni should think it cool. But it seems he is no more cool.

  • durbanite1 on September 30, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Ravi Shastri,being a renowned cricket himself,ought to know that in this (T20) format of the game,literally anything is possible. Whilst it is imperative that the best team be selected,on their day,Pakistan can, like we found in the past, clobber any team in the world.We do know that Pakistan has the tendency to blow hot and cold. So,whether it is Sehwag of Yuvraj it doesn't make much difference.Really.

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @ nagios ...... well said

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I agree, that Sehwag is and was a better bet than Yuvraj. Whether anyone else was better than Sehwag for the World Cup is a different debate altogether. Umesh Yadav could have been in this T-20 team. Other people who missed out because of Sehwag and Yuvraj are Rahane, Badrinath. Amit Mishra ahead of Piyush Chawla. Rohit for me is 50:50.

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    dhoni you are selfish,,,,we need thala sehwag ,he is a best opener

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    No doubt there is a place for VIRU in team..... but why u r discussing about YUVI and Rohit there is one more player who can be dropped. Team india can drop the best finisher in the team who finish matches very well as he lasts the last T-20 against NEW ZELAND. By doing so we can play with 5 bowlers and 6 best batsmen in the team

  • umarkhateeb on September 30, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    a great chance for pak to register their first win in WC against india. sehwag must be included and india should go with regular bowlers because of their weak bowling attack.

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    WELL ... he has a point . sehwag is a lethal bastman who can score very fast runs within field restrictions . A good start is thing always wanted by every team and sehwag can do that for india .

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    sehwag is the best opener and stunner batsman,plz dhoni u relieve ur captaincy ur activites is not right now.

  • christened on September 30, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    @ Dheeraj Sharma & so called all other cricket pundits please give a thought before you write ......Have all of u guys forgot Varun Aaron got slammed in IPL... Vinay kumar???? U must b kidding...... Ashok Dinda correct me if im wrong i never saw any match changing performance from this lad....And stop crying to add Robin Uthappa,Rahane, Rayadu, Yusuf Pathan ( This guy is other heck of a joke) and play with ur current squad and im sure selectos are not absurd in their pickings .....

  • hisham_cool on September 30, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    The reason behind victory of INDIA in world cup is yuvi!!! he is performing his job well in t20 tooo!!! i prefer yuvi n viru should be in d team fr d upcoming matches!!

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Shockingly poor selection by India against the Aussies: Pathan clearly isn't a T20 opener, playing three specialist spinners was ridiculous when you have Yuvraj, Sehwag & Raina already in situ as perfectly serviceable back-up spinners, & batting the explosive Raina as low as No. 6 was a total waste. If India are to have a realistic chance against Pakistan, they need to recall Sehwag in place of the ineffectual Chawla, retain Yuvraj (as much of a potential match-winner as Viru, fully fit or not), promote Raina up to No. 4 & drop Dhoni - who takes far too long to play himself in - down to No. 7 or 8.

  • Herath-UK on September 30, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka won't mind anybody now I think for the semifinal. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    playin 11..> 1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.virat 4.raina 5.yuvraj 6.rohit 7.ashwin.8.harbhajan 9.pathan.10.zahir 11.balaji.......................

    there is no need of dhoni...... what is Dhoni doing in team???????

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    playin 11..> 1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.virat 4.raina 5.yuvraj 6.rohit 7.ashwin.8.harbhajan 9.pathan.10.zahir 11.balaji.......................

    there is no need of dhoni...... what is Dhoni doing in team???????

  • bunty. on September 30, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Ravi Shastri who has scored with an avg of 29 and Bowled with an average of 36 and also just an average fielder... comments on Yuvraj Singh who excel in all three dept ... nywayz dear shastri he has courage and god gifted talent and one or two matches are not enough to judge his com back.and at any moment of time he can bowl btr den piyush chawla :).So btr drop piyush bring sehwag and no need to even think to drop yuvraj.

  • nagios on September 30, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Best of Luck green shrts. Insha Allah victory is urs

  • Vimal_2012 on September 30, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Shewag MUST be in playing XI & All the very best INDIA.

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Cricket is still a game of grand vicissitudes and no one can predict propery !

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Pakistan, most vulnerable to their unpredictable jittery batting collapse . . . . . .

  • najeebparakkulam on September 30, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    no doubt....India lose ICC T20 world Cup with out Viru....................

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    I feel this is the worst discussion about yuvi and sehwag.We need to discuss about R.Sharma performance and selection panel.If you feel sehwag not doing well you need to pick one more opener but in the team there is no other opener to start the innings and sehwag played only one game in this world cup with only one match how can you say he is out of form,in that match no one played well & for yuvi he is still hitting clean strikes compare to R.sharma. I feel dhoni's captaincy also not that worth full,In his career he never used complete quota of specialist bowlers without using part timers, So i feel one spinner ashwin/H.singh is enough & go with three seemers against pakisthan.

  • sharannikhil on September 30, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    For me irfan pathan should be out of playing 11.....because he has bowled and batted extremely poorly in this tournament............and DHONI consumes lot of balls toget his runs and he hasnt got a single fifty in T20 internationals

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    I would love to see Viru opening with gambhir.. would be a great test for Pak spinners and especially gully who was smashed by viru in WC2011 semi final. Yuvi is a match winner and a big gun for india. you cant drop him for Tiwari or may be balaji?

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    India must bring in Sehwag and Tiwari in place Yuvraj Singh and Chawla. Win the toss and bowl first should be the 'mantra' here. If India haven't learnt their lessons from the Aussie match, they deserve to be on the next flight out.

  • SPDON on September 30, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @Chamila Fernando : Just becareful you before u step on piece of cake..

    For PAK today is just a start from to EXIT from T20 WORLD CUP..

  • Subhan_4_Pakistan on September 30, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    ever since i started following cricket on cricinfo i have noticed that so many nations support pakistan as their second favourites. not only they support us as their second favourites but infact they show so much enthusiasm for Pakistan that its unbelievable. all my friends n brothers n sisters from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri lanka and anywhere else, i want to thank u all on behalf of whole Pakistani nation and we r truely grateful. and i assure u that feelings r mutual and whenever international cricket returns to Pakistan and ur teams visit us , we will do our best to make them feel at home. ur teams wont b short of support here. and i expect all Pakistanis to keep this support in mind when these teams visit Pakistan.

  • maximus1982 on September 30, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    sharma and yuvi are favorites of dhoni and he wants shewag out of the team. that is why shewag was dropped . who the fool drop a player like shewag in a match like australia. india's strength is batting and their bowling is disastrous. they only get wickets because of the pressure made by their batting.

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    India will be on fire today by changing couple of players.

  • tcarlos on September 30, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    agreed with chamil. all srilankans with paks. gd luck pakisthan. and go to the dead rubber the hype indian team lol

  • nafin on September 30, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    t20 is a batsman game,,,,my opinion is take out chawla and keep sehwag and yuvraj,,,,,means 4 bowler in playing eleven,,zaheer,pathan,ashwin,harbhajan,,and use kohli,yuvi,sehwag or raina as a part time bowler,,,,playing XI:sehwag,ghambir,kohli,yuvi,raina,rohit,dhoni,pathan,ashwin,harbhajan,zaheer,,,

  • SPDON on September 30, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    My Team, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, R sharma/Tiwari, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, H. Singh, Ashwin, Zahir, Balaji. I think tiwari is better then Rohit & yuvraj in current situation..

  • DaisonGarvasis on September 30, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    They say India was playing 5 bolwers and 6 batsmen!!! And the so called 5th bowler was Piyush Chawla - They dropped a batsman to play that 5th bowler. That is crime number 1. The batsman they dropped to play him was Sehwag - I dont know if that is crime number 2 or what it can be called. On a head to head bowling ability even Sehwag is far superior that clueless Chawla. How they call him SPECIALIST bowler to represent an international team is beyond me.

  • karekar on September 30, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    pak will lose badly this time ..................................india will come back with the bang........

  • mgsperera on September 30, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    HEY INDIAN FANS , HOW MANY OF YOU GOING TO BREAK YOUR PLAYERS PROPERTIES AFTER LOOSING THE MATCH WITH PAKISTAN TODAY ????? Not only All Sri Lankans but also rest of the WORLD will support PK bcz you people are not humble ...Be humble & be a pleasent Nation then you all get the respect !!!!

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    All Yuvi fans, nobody is forgetting or denying his contributions to Indian cricket, but you have to be realistic and pratical he is clearly looking rusty and it is extremely unfair to drop sehwag instead of Yuvi.

  • zoomgauravshetty on September 30, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    dhoni should sit out..the stat says it all..he has the third worst strike rate on T20 cricket amongst players who have scored more than 500 runs.only thing he does well is take the blame..quite smart

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    sehwag has always been key player... and WTH they are opening with IRFAN PATHAN ... lolzzzz and they say they can win ;)

  • JG2704 on September 30, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan , I hope your team gets the win to qualify for the semis. Heart says Pak , head says India.

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    You just cant play cricket with sentiments and dropping Yuvraj n Rohit would be the best option....give Tiwary a chance...we have seen him performing...My team would be.....Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Tiwary, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Zaheer n Balaji.

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Why not anyone questioning about Rohit Sharma's place in the team? Is he so immune to be dropped from the team? Yuvraj Singh needs good exposure at international level to get his confidence and fitness at the maximum level.

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Australia winning against sothafrica will brighten the chances for Pakistan to get into Semi final because of India lower run rate and S A two defeats, so Pakistanies would be watching both of the matches today with great interest. Pakistan need to make sure that even if they loose to India, that is not done by a huge margin....

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    India - Advertised skill PAK - Real skill

    Real skill will win eventually. Entire SL is with you PAK ! Good luck. It will be a piece of cake :)

  • vamshido on September 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    50% fit Yuvi has contributed better than some of the members of indian cric team.

    Only Kohli can be rated better than Yuvi for the present W20.

    Drop Chawla and Rohit and get sehwag and Tiwari for match again Pak.

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    my 11 would be 1) v. sehwag 2) g. gambhir 3) v. kohli 4) y.singh 5) s.raina 6) m.s. dhoni 7) i. pathan 8) r.ashwin 9) h. singh 10) z. khan 11) l. balaji

    why play NOHIT , had selectors given so many chances to even a layman, he would have capitalized these oppurtunities more efficiently than NOHIT.

    NOHIT shouldnt even figure on domestic line ups.

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Viru should be in so does Yuvi ! Chawala should make way for Viru, it has to be a good match !! love cricket :D

  • on September 30, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Yuvraj should be there in the team, because if he doesnt bat then he will atleast take a wicket, you see all his previous matches he took a wkt for sure, no matter he bats or not, atleast hes far good then the attacking bowlers...

  • nilb on September 30, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    After seeing the way the Indian batting line-up fail against the inexperienced teenage fast bowlers of Australia I don't see India succeeding against the best bowling attack of the tournament. They would have to improve a lot in bowling as well. The only way they'll win is, if this highly unpredictable Pakistani batsmen fail even worse than Indian batsmen against the Aussies. Overconfidence always backfires better pack the bags and get ready to go home.

  • amjadams on September 30, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Insha Allah pak will win and will crush india afridi should bat with responsibility and plz change bat position of akmal brothers

  • yasharth007 on September 30, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    i don't understand why these big guns act like that....... you all question yuvi's form rather i should ask you what is rohit sharma doing in team??????? has he ever performed in internationals.......????????????

    i would pray that my team goes with both yuvi n sehwag n balaji in place of rohit n piyush chawla............. 5 bowlers scheme :)...

  • SPDON on September 30, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @metalmind: Yuvraj is defenetly crutial player.. I accept.. but man dont be emotional; be practical.. Any one who is not 100% find should be given rest.. T20 worldcup is not a place to test fitness..

  • samod on September 30, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    It is easy to tell this post match. I would have respected Shastri saying Sehwag has to play prior to the match against Australia when there was lot of discussion surrounding it.

  • Aryanthehunter on September 30, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    I think worst player for team is dhoni he should be dropped in future i like rayadu as wicketkeeper in t20 i would also like yusuf pathan in team

  • face2faceuni on September 30, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    It's good if Pakistan give rest to Afridi & bring Abdul Razzaq in against India.

  • sharpshooter77 on September 30, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Ok, I got it wrong previously. I had commented earlier about the inclusion of Chawla instead of Sehwag. But we all know how that panned out. I guess leaving Sehwag out of the crucial Pakistan tie would be suicide. My guess is, the team should be:

    Sehwag, Gautam, Kohli, Sharma, Raina, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Chawla, Zaheer

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Yuvraj is more important instead of R. Sharma. Sehwag, Ganbhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, H. Singh, Ashwin, Zahir, balaji/piyush.

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    it ll be madness dropping yuvi because of his allround performance..offcourse sehwag should be included in playing 11 coz no one can play his role in INDIAN team.my opinion drop either rohit or chawla

  • YoJoMoJo on September 30, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    i have posted a similar comment of yuvraj just not being ready for a comeback before this tournament started.... give the guy some time... dont select him just cause he's done so much for india or that he's a fan favourite... ridiculous to expect him to get into the groove so quickly... or he shud have just been in the squad and not played

  • karekar on September 30, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    yuvi is 100 times better than sehwag. i think dhoni must continue with the same team without sehwag.

  • Publickakaptan on September 30, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Yuvi is not ready for international cricket.Yes there is no place for emotions.Let him go and prove in domestic cricket first.Just like Harbhajan.Don't live in past.Rahane is any time better than Yuvraj.Yuraj and Shewag are both inconsistent players in 20-20 cricket.

  • aarpee2 on September 30, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    If at all Selectors are to blame for rushing Yuvi back. In all fairness he has bowled well though his bat is yet to talk. Dhoni is not getting his act right. The tactic of 7 batsmen in a 20 over defies logic. If the batting is our strength,then only bowling needs to be made stronger with an additional bowler. The 7th batsman theory is a myth as he hardly plays 6 balls in the end.Sehwag is a match winner and should play every match. Rohit Sharma should be dropped.His disastrous performance in SL in recent ODI series in 4 outings,all single digits give one no confidence and does not merit a place in the 11 against the likes of SA,Aus,Pak in the WC.

  • Bruisers on September 30, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    The team for this match should be - GAMBHIR, SEHWAG, KOHLI, RAINA, ROHIT, DHONI, PATHAN, HARBHAJAN, ASHWIN, ZAHEER, DINDA

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    i think india should pick up sehwag and drop out chawla. it will be ri8 deccession.

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Sehwag is clearly not performing, and i doubt his 6-7 runs in the first six overs of the power play intimidate any opposition team. Irfan we all know is a clean hitter and a good batsman. its not irfans fault that he is thrust into these situations in the middle of the tournament. give him chances, and stability and then judge. Yuvi might have not scored runs but he looks in good touch. hes not clumsy out there. worst comes worst hes a good bowler.

    while its too late to do anything midway, imo its best to play one spinner in ashwin. we have many part time spinning options and sehwag can be used as a spinner if hes not contributing with the bat. either that or give a try to rahane.

  • Nayanvn on September 30, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    All those criticizing Shastri and Manjrekar, they are not blaming Yuvraj alone for the failure but questioning on his lack of match practice and whether it was the right time to get him in the team. You do need to have played a few matches to get going, especially after what he has been through and I blame Dhoni for it. Why has been sending Rohit Sharma up the order when clearly Yuvraj is a more player - all-round and will generally bat before Rohit Sharma. He hardly got to bat against Pakistan and did not bat at all against England, both inconsequential matches. I mean I understand the logic of giving chance to Rohit too to get some form, but not at the expense of Yuvraj! And metalmind, everybody is grateful to Yuvraj, he is a class act but that does not mean he can work wonders every time he comes on!!! Being away for the time he was and to come back strongly after so many struggles is extremely laudable and inspirational. He will definitely be back to his best in no time, am sure!!!

  • ravin_cricluv on September 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    for whoever deciding the team,'india's only strength is BATTING.and we never had or have a fearsome bowler(indeed we depend a lot on zaheer or aswin who are not the best.so "TO DHONI :plz have a strong batting line up.

  • vak1997 on September 30, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    drop Yuvraj? he's been very handy with his left arm spin and is working out well. if at all, u want to drop, then drop either Raina or Rohit

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Wrong Squad Selection is the main reason for the this mess.... Where is varon Arron and Umesh Yadav. Indian Selectors as well as the Captain have to change the mentality of filling the side with Spinners, I agree on a day England or South Africa may struggle with Spinners but not all the teams, i think Australia showed the perfect example the other day. I dont see India advance further in this World T20. I hope good sense previal in future regarding team selection....

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Dhoni had played 5 bowlers against OZs, even then he was forced to bowl with Rohit and Yuvi in Ozs match. problem for Dhoni is Yuvi is the one who takes wickets on crucial times not those frontline bowlers. Problem for Dhoni shud be bowling form of Pathan, Balaji, Bhajji and Chawla.

  • CBVIJAY on September 30, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Very Good Comedy and drama from former indian cricketers... every one supported Yuvraj for his come back.... only Ganguly (DADA) told "He is a class act, but I am not very sure about his fitness." But now all of a sudden all are blaming yuvi.. it's not fair.. Then the same team with 5 blowers own against England.. no one opened their mouth. But after defeat against Australia all are blaming Dhoni for not picking Shewag. Remember he has not scored 30+ runs in his last 10 innings. And Australia too are not gud players of spinners. especially new australian middle order batsmens.So just give ur support to dhoni. Only caption knows the pressure thinking of everthing in his mind. Sehwag can play against pakistan. nut not against South africa again.... come Dhoni dont lsiten to others. they will laugh if inda win. And start blaming if ur plan fails. all rubbish. Dont mind it. we supports u Mr.Dhoni. GO AHEAD....

  • yorkslanka on September 30, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    as a SL supporter, i feel that where India misses out is the lack of a genuine pace bowler..Yes you have decent spinners in ashwin adn bhaji but no pace to bring the game back to your side if the batsmen go after the spinners(as australia did) I can only assume that yadav and aaron are injured?otherwise for me, with dinda, those two guys should have been there rather than zak,balaji and pathan...

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Dhoni dont play like test match, we have only 20 overs, not five days. Some times you are forgetting that. Against Aus from 21 balls you taken 15 runs, If you are continue upto the 20th over score will 125 .And learn to take atleast run a ball. Because of your inability to take singles in every ball, we fail to Newzealand, and you blame after 12th over wicket suddenly change to slow.And after match against Aus, you are blaming rain. India fail because our bowlers allow watson , by giving short balls.

  • baghels.a on September 30, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Ok Indian fans you might not like Rohit Sharma and that's fair enough but with due respect to Manoj Tiwary is not his replacement, he is not a t-20 batter,he is limited in his strokemaking and he is not a six hitter,his strike rate is about 114 and for KKR he used to come at no.8 when chasing a stiff target.Pls pick him for test matches and 50 overs but not t-20,Indian team needs boundary hitters not solid batters like Tiwary.

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    v hv to drop rohit nd pick viru.....r drop one spinner from the side nd raina must bring before the order next to kohli to show his aggressive performance towards the end.....

  • cricket9lover on September 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    As per current situation I beleive indian team should send raina up in the order i.e either opening or 1 down reason being yuraj not in form,virat and rohit performing better in middle order and destructive power of raina underutilised for india also require quick start in power play and in bowling irfan should bowl all his over if not then at atleast 3 overs in starting with new ball if failing i.e leaks runs ashwin should be given few only 1 or 2 overs not 3 or whole 4 overs.Zak should be used at important times of play like 1 or 2 overs with new ball one at middle overs to break partnership after that at death overs.As per me the India's batting order must be:1>raina2>gambhir3>kohli4>rohit5>yuraj6>dhoni7>irfan8>ashwin9>harbhajan10>zak11>piyush,if sehwag plays he must be given chance at 3rd number.

  • india.win on September 30, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    India definately need to replace Yuvraj with Tiwary, and adopt a three pace and a spinner attack.

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    First of Team selection is very bad, Selector taken wrong players like Dinda, Balaji,chawla,instead of (umesh yadav,vinaykumar,ojha,rahane), Expect new selection committee will do something for indian cricket.And Mr Dhoni , Dont avoid sewag in the next 2 games, IF india want a good start only he can provide. May be he will be out with in 3-4 overs, but sure score will reach 40-45 runs, then kohli , raina can come next and utilize the situvation.Play with 7 batsman-sewag-gautam-kohli-raina-yuvi-tiwary-dhoni-pathan-zaheer-bhaji-aswin.Dont avoid yuvi, because he can bowl 2-3 overs.if you want to avoide 1 batsman avoid only rohit.So go with 7 batsman and wins the toss select bowling first,because if incase rain, we will get revised targer, also bowlers willnot get griip.even 170 target we can chase easily.with 7 batsman.

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Yuvraj should be there in the team, because if he doesnt bat then he will atleast take a wicket, you see all his previous matches he took a wkt for sure, no matter he bats or not, atleast hes far good then the attacking bowlers...

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Cricket is a cruel game. One cant let any one be a part of playing eleven on his year old performance. Yuvi is a great Indian asset but the ugly truth is that he is not at his best these days. I am a Pakistani and desperately want India to lose... but.. for a moment if a behave like a neutral person to both the teams, I will second Shastri and Manjeraker. Sehwag can be dangerous against weak Pakistani pace attack and if he manages to give a start of 50+ runs in 5 overs, then it'll difficult for Pak to bounce back. I personally feel Herbhajan must be replaced with any other spinner or alrounder cos he wont be able to threat Pakistani batsmen. On the other hand the real threat will be Ashwin. Lets hope the match finishes on a good note. There shouldn't be any unhealthy or unfriendly scene in the ground. Both teams should be mature enough to respect each other whatever the result may be. Good Pakistan! and have fun every one.

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Whether to drop Yuvi or Inculde Sehwag, India cannot win this team against Pakistan.

  • Rahul_78 on September 30, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Where were Sanjay and Shastri when Sriaknth announced the team for World T20 with Yuvraj in it? Why didn't they question his selection at that time? Is it right for someone of Yuvraj's stature who undoubtedly is India's best batsmen in T20s when fully fit to be left out of the playing XI? If he is not 100% and doesn't have match practice then why select him at first place in the squad? Same applies for Sehwag. If he doesn't fit in the Captains scheme of things then why select him in the squad in the first place and create unnecessary controversies at the last minute.The points raised by Shastri and Sanjay are to an extent correct but the timing of it is all wrong.

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    I back ravi424 both Shastri and Sanjay were horrendous one day palyers to say the least.I remember shastri making 10 out of 60 balls in 91 triangular series Down under.70% fir Yuvi is better than any other indian batsman save Kohli.But Viru : He has to be in the starting 11 or be at home doing something better.Rally Sad guys like Uthappa,Yousuf,Rayudu are not considered.These 3 has to replace Gambhir,Raina and Rohit.

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    I think Yuvi was the onley difference between Pk and India in wc semi final last year---its unfair on Shastri and Manjrekar's part to rule him out---rather its Chawla who should be on the benches---A Yuvi fan from Pakistan...Yuvi if ur reading this, do not listen to them---ur a great sportsmen in the eyes of many, even across the border---Go team Pakistan go (btw!)

  • Shivesh1 on September 30, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    we all know what an impact yuvraj makes to the game and how quickly he can get his form back.where yuvraj singhs return to the game meant so much to indians that we picked him straight after recovery without him playing in domestic matches, our selectors anre now contradicting their own decision.why dont you drop rohit sharma, who has failed to score on multiple occasions and has only scored 1fifty in the past 13 innings? he doesnt even bowl. yuvraj is fabulous batsman who can bowl as well and lifts the fielding unit to a great extent. Yuvraj plays better than dhoni for sure. whenever we loose, all our captain says is,"The pitch became slower in the second half of the game and the dew factor didnt work in our favor." is that by any means an acceptable answer?dropping sehwag is just crazy, and playing irfan pathan at the top of the order, you must be bonkers?and then picking rohit sharma for every game and wasting a crucial spot in the lineup,i dont think cricket gets crazier than this.

  • Tauseef-Kiani on September 30, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    hmm why not drop irfan pathan..i mean look at his good for nothing batting and bowling...viru can bowl....and viru can definately bat..... Drop irfan Pathan...

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    drop yuvraj!!!! he was the only one in a soaking pitch who was able to bowl at least a good over not to mention picking up a wicket!!! wat about Nohit his shitty batting and bowling didnt help and also piyush remove those two bring in sehwag and manoj tiwary to play and that will make a good team. dhoni needs not only to mind the pitch but the weather as well

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    India should drop chawla, Rohit and bring Sehwag and tiwary.......Rohit scored a half century but he never looked in good touch, and tiwary is in good form....he also can bowl some leg spinners...that will add variety to the team......

  • PakWorrier on September 30, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    I think Dhoni has created problems from himself with giving a lot of favoritism to some players. Irfan Pathan's batting is not the only concern in first 6 overs. His overall bowling quality is also a big question mark. After dropping Sehwag in the last 2 matches he is under pressure and even if he adds Sehwag in playing 11 today the Sehwag will be under pressure as well to perform. Although these cricketers are used to such but normally in major tournaments teams don't change there playing 11 a lot. I like Dhoni's confidence on his players of trying them again and again and this won them a world cup but there should be a limit to it. He is giving extra chances to Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan and Balaji and because of this they are failing. Or if he wants to give chances to his best 11 then favor should not be for these 3 only, Harbajan and Sehwag should be treated the same way.

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    See all said & done & you too Mr.Manjrekar & Shastri, although I agree wiith Sehwag needs to be fit in but certainly not at the expense of Yuvi. No, not at all as far as my opinion goes & my composition for the upcoming clash with our arch-rivals Pak is: Gambhir & Sehwag to open followed by Kohli & Yuvi, Raina if a south-paw dismissed or MSD or Rohit if a right-hander is dismissed, Pathan, Ashwin, Bhajji & Zaheer.

  • ajeeshferdin10 on September 30, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    please arrange matches in world tourneys like facing srilankan minnows often then we Indians can keep on winning time and time again...INDIAN

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    What happen to dhoni? Today's match is DO or DIE for India...Please select Good team...No need of 5 th bowler Yuvraj,raina and rohit sharma can bowl 4 overs....

    Select Sehwag Do not drop yuvraj....

    All d best India

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    The same old story again. Why blame it on Yuvi? Cricket is a team game and not an individual game. The Team India has to perform well if it has to win. And it has the ability to beat any team. Only thing required is the effort. It is was missing against Australia.

  • thahirbinhasan on September 30, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I think we can drop Yuvi..he is not perfect currently..Dhony cant play 12 men... someone to be omitted..Let Shewag come in place of Chawla..that will be better.

    Other fact I want to point out is that Australia batted really well.. they could have chase 220 in that form.. no need to blame Dhoni..when he loses..that happens in cricket.

  • Sarangarajan on September 30, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Yuvraj's seletion was purely based on emotions and not on any cricketing sense . Do not rush a player of Yuvi's talent right away after what he has gone through physically and emotionally. He should not have been in the team in the first place and rather allowed to recuperate and regain his form and strength playing domestic matches. International matches are not won on emotions and past glory.It is a tough fight over there.Talent, strength, tenacity and will power only can win matches. Yuvi apparently lacks the strength now as can be seen on the filed.It is a pity that a talented player like Manoj Tewary has to sit out on the benches because we are all emotionally attached to seeing not even half fit Yuvi play for us.We donto do any favour to him - rather we expect a lot from him and demoralise him.

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    if yuvraj stays 5 balls also, he will score quicker than any other middle order batsmen. this is very important in T20. again there is no one in our side who can deal with pace balling as well as he does.

    i think rohit sharma should be dropped, because even if he gets set, his scoring rate is not that fast and swings and misses loose balls also. sehwag definitely is a first choice as an opening batsman if he stays fit. pathan should stay at no 7 or 8 because he is best with the bat at that position

  • Pragha on September 30, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Yes, Sehwag should be included. But why drop Yuvi? Drop one of the off-spinners. Either Harbhajan or Ashwin.

  • HarwinderSinghBRAR on September 30, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    what we are hearing about our world class player yuvraj singh?I think they still doubt yuvraj's ability in t20.They can be only answered with the bat,so come on yuvi let's answer the world again that you are india's real yuvraj.

  • WC96QF on September 30, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Asking Irfan to open both batting and bowling is too much. Asking Yuvi to be the performer he was in T20WC2007 ot WC2011 is also too much. Sehwag shud be in, he makes the impact, when its his day. Decisions reflect a frazzled state of mind. Dhoni is under pressure. But whats that high foreign coach Duncan Fletcher doing ? its precisely these issues that he shud help sort out ? selection, strategy, preparation... ? wud advise Dhoni to just calm down, pick the best guys ON FORM, NOT ON REPUTATION AND RECORDS. Also, he shud be careful abt trying to 'SURPRISE' the opposition by choice of players. It worked in T20WC2007 and in Aus triangular 2007/08. But not in ENG and AUS Test series 2011/12. Just stick to basics, prepare well, pick best players on hand. ALL THE BEST, INDIA !!

  • andrewGTR on September 30, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Can't wait for pakistan to destroy india today.... every lankan fan i know is a pakistani supporter... and it will show at the grounds when a sea of green completely covers the bleeding blue....

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Yuvi's 60/ 70 percent fitness is far better than Viru's 100% fitness! and the bonus is Yuvi can do some proper bowling picking up wickets than Viru can.. so stop it and get on! You gave him so many matches to look out for the so called quick start you are talking about.. yes viru does gives such start.. once in a blue moon when he is in mood! Yuvi is any day better than Sehwag.. Yuvi adds the confidence and spirit to the team.

  • adillove on September 30, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I have a question that why Indian management haven't selected Yousuf Pathan in there squad instead of RG Sharma? I think Pathan is good in T20 in all bowling batting and fielding than RG Sharma is.

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani but seriously give some respect to real fighter Yuvi.......he is only player who hit six sixes in t20 format....and he fought against cancer and now he's trying to serve his country................he is a good person as well.......serouisly if india won then they are on the head of every indian if they lost they are on the foot of evry indian..........this is the game guys every1 there for win........i don't like anyoone who said anything ab8 Afridi and yuvi

  • abi-zaid on September 30, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    doesn't matter.....india still going to loose!

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Pakistanis will strongly come back in this match.. they have a great chance to win... Kohli is fail against Afridi.. so lets see a big match !!!!!!!!

  • androyuvi on September 30, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    both were spot on! Sehwag in for Yuvi. Sehwag opens with bat, Irfan opens with ball, and bring balaji/dinda instead of Chawla. Simple equation which dhoni missed to tally.! Hope India wins today.

    I am a big fan of Yuvi, but i dont want to see him not playing well..

  • GRVJPR on September 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Well, If India had kept the yuvi out of last 2 world cups, India wouldn't have won any. Shastri amd Manjrekar have grwon old and need to see the doctor at earliest.

  • manish171187 on September 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    i dont understand y this "rohit sharma" is playing in T20 match.his batting style doesnt shows his confidence.he must be replaced with "manoj tiwary".moreover starting the batting line with Irfan Pathan is not at all a good option.strong opening makes the confidence.not only this,India never take advantage of first 6 overs.they must blow to every short pitch ball.one more thing,y this indian team is bothered about taking such risky singles.they must make the runs with 4's and 6's rather taking running one end to other end.Yuvraj must be dropped from the team for the coming matches.he seems to b restless while taking doubles."kapil Dev" is only a man who gives a best advice.If "Rohit Sharma" continues to play the matches then i will take an oath not to watch the match better.team india should give the chance to other batsman also.rahane played so well in IPL.even though he is not included in T20 wc,2012.what the hell its going here.

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    we need a balance side 7 + 4 combination against pakistan with at leaast 3 fast bowlers my 11 for todays game would be :sehwag, gambhir, virat, raina, yuvi, rohit/manoj, dhoni,ashwin/harbhajan,irfan,zaheer,balaji

  • Joby_George on September 30, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    sehwag is the batsman pakistan fears lot. make use of that physiological advantage. Drop chawla and bring in veeru. he will fire today.

  • ThirdRenegade on September 30, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Time's running out for India to break a leg in this tournament & that too quickly! We have a captain who's not thinking strategically or methodically but instead trying to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the opposition. India need to start their winning ways but for that they have to come out of their shell & get the basics right. Time & again, teams in this tournament feel they need enormous scores to outhitting & outplay the opposition but what're the results showing!!Quite the opposite with very modest, low, par scores being winning score/s. As far as the team selection is concerned they must pick Sehwag but either Rohit/Raina/Yuvraj must sit out because neither of them has done anything special. On that note I think we surely need Manoj Tiwari in the squad who can take Raina/Rohit's place, an exciting talent he is. We don't need 3 spinners as there are a lot of part-time bowlers! Dinda could come in for Piyush then you have 3 pacers,2 spinners

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    yuvi and viru can bowl, that's how we shud see it - instead of ashwin and bhajji's fulltosses and stupid 2 balls in an over, these 2 are better. infact rohit shud be dropped for tiwari. rahane replacing gambhir may also be a good choice (is he there?)

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    My Dear Pakistanis, Thanks for supporting to Sri Lanka Cricket Team and in here. We SUPPORT YOU TO DAY, probably we will be there for to cheer you. Give a good Lesson to INDIANS as Last time by AUSSIES. Did you see our cheers to the Aussies. Come-on SRILANKANs lets go to the Premadasa.

  • on September 30, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    drop dhoni and take viru :D :D :D

  • JAD25983 on September 30, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Dono Which brilliant has put this fixtures. All top teams are in the same group 2. And 2 teams from Group 1 were easily coming to semi's. Especially hosting team might have involved in scheduling this fixtures. Semi's will be one sided match.

  • Mubashir.syed on September 30, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Keeping aside all the fuzz about yuvraj, i am sure that they must be millions out their who must be thinking as i am about MR. DHONI (what vlaue does he adds to the team) If we carefully analyze indian team has got great talent and winning the 2 W Cups was only possible because of the team members. DHONI does not adds any value to the team apart from Bossing around and stating to every one that EITHER ITS MY WAY OR THE HIGH WAY !

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Drop Rohit sharma...Bring in Manoj Tiwary Drop Chawla ...Bring in Balaji Yuvraj should play...

  • JAD25983 on September 30, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    When compared to form Yuvi has performing better than Rohit. His wicket is Free for all the cocuntries. So please better drop Rohit. He was nowhere in the ground during fielding also.

  • vivek_khyati on September 30, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    yuvi should be dropped.. actually, picking him for this wc was in itself a wrong decision.. no doubt, he is a gr8 class player.. but, he is still not match fit.. in last match against aussies, it was very much evident that till the time yuvraj was on crease batsmen were taking slow singles.. slow singles are not seen in t20.. even if there is only a single, batsmen pressurize fielders by running fast showing intent of a second.. sorry, picking yuvi is certainly a wrong decision.. even as of now he is good, but for tests.. it will some time for him to be fit for t20.. manoj tiwary is a good option that india have..

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Both these guys are from Mumbai and they would not discuss Rohit or Zaheer. Just get players from North OUT. They would crow all the time as has been happening since last 30 years. Did Sunil Gavaskar won any matches? How many matches Tendulkar won? Compare this with North players like Kapil, Mohinder, Harbhajan, Viru, Yuvi etc.

  • AVRAJAN on September 30, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Shewag is a better player than Rohit. So why not drop Rohit. And Dhoni's big problem is his lack of definite plans.The bowler or batsman should know where he will be used. The players have to get mentally prepared before they are sent in. He should open with the fast bowlers. He should not wasted Ashwin by giving him the new ball. Because the pitch slows a bit after 10 overs. So better to bring spinners after 7 overs. Drop Harbhajan as he just bowls straight to stumps and has lost old techniques of variation.

  • kunalx on September 30, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Bring sehwag in place of Rohit sharma and Tiwary in place of Yuvraj. Replace Chawla with balaji. With these combination if India loose I'll change my name. Mark my word.

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    BOSS

    What is rohit sharma contribution to the team.........

    I bet ashwin can bat better then him in international cricket

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Viru, Yuvi, Raina shud be dropped...Sharma shud be told to perform and failing to do so shud be dropped for at least 2 years. Bring in Tiwari, Rahane, and couple of new blokes. Anyway we are losing then why not try new blood?

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    There Must Sehwag have problem with fitness.. otherwise Dhoni Never Play Match Without Sehwag.

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    TEAM SHOULD BE :- murli vijay, ajinkya rahane, virat kohli, ambati rayadu(keeper), manoj tiwary, robin uthappa(keeper), ashwin, ojha, pathan, zaheer, parveen kumar

  • gustakhcricketer on September 30, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    well..i strongly agree with all of you that said Yuvraj is better bowler than harbhajan and chawla...although he has not done anything substantial with the bat but he is still good enough to be part of playing 11 for india...as a die hard han of pak cricket..i really feel that india will go 30/70 in today's match in favor of pak..anyways best of luck to both and little more best of luck to pak..:)

  • Engr.TahirShah on September 30, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Dear all Indian fans: I am a Pakistani and ofcourse a Pak fan, but I am going to give a very realistic analysis of the Pak-India today match. Well, I admit Indian team is in some sort of trouble specially after the humiliating loss to australia. but I also see some differences in this Indian team among senior players with captain Dhoni. well to be honest, Dhoni has no place in this T20 indian side, would've been better of giving a chance to Parthiv patel instead. Dhoni has lost control and respect of the seniors and also some juniors, mainly bcoz he is not performing well, as is evident from the Raina statement about Sehwag. He is the Misbah of Pakistan in T20. so better (alt+ctrl+del) him, if india want to do good at this level. But when it comes against Pak, i think india will not be that bad a team. i am looking forward for a good contest. both have 50-50 chance. Pakistan may have slight edge courtesy their recent form, but then our record in WCs is not that good against india.

  • bharat0412 on September 30, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    wat ravi and manjrekar says is correct.......there should be no mercy to keep yuvi out....

  • kamalakarreddy on September 30, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    ravi shastri & manjrekar are joking ..... dropping yuvraj should be a nonsense thing ...they are always targeting yuvraj...before the 2011 wc also they did same thing especially Mr. Manjrekar ...UV bowled well compared to other in last match ..add sehwag but don't drop yuvraj...actually we don't need 5 bowlers ...because they all are failing if they want extra bowler it's mean one extra useless player ...our strength is always batting so don't disturb our batting go with 7 bat and 4 bowlers.. i think they will go with 7+4...

  • metalmind on September 30, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Please have some gratefulness and gratitude towards Yuvi. Do not forget his contribution to Indian cricket, without Yuvi India would not have won the world cup in 2011.....

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    india should play with 7 batsmen including sehwag and yuvi

  • leosunil07 on September 30, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    It would be stupid decision, if they drop Yuvi from Pakistan match. Yuvi can play an allrounder role when team requires. Dropping out Chawla and picking up Sehwag would be probably great decision. All the best Team India..

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Every player fail 1 or 2 matches. So why Shastri and Manjerekar blame only yuvraj. I think yuvraj is big match player. What are our other batsman doing if yuvraj fails. If he played good inning at that match, Shastri and Manjerekar said he is fighter and played very well and many more good words for him. Gambhir, kohli and specially Dhoni were failed in this match also. But nobody blame on these player. So only "Bali Ka Bakra" is Yuvraj Singh.

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Well...i dont agree...drop Rohit and take Viru...

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and I 2nd Dhoni.Given the circumstances that India has struggled in balling, any captain would have oicked the 5th speciailist bowler. But the question is whom they should drop, well i think u need to have sumbdoy like Sehwag who can atleast make use of 1st six overs of the powerplay unlike Irfan Pathan :S

  • PARIMAD on September 30, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    See first thing form is temporary and class is permanent and if it is your day in T20 anyone can score..so Sehwag must be in, if one says Yuvi is half fit..he is better than full fit other player as he is having killing instinct, what matters the most in any game, so do not drop him. In place of Rohit..Manoj must be given a chance..I am not doubting on Rohit's class but if you prove 1 out of 5 than other must be given an opportunity to prove (Manoj proved it time and again). Drop Ashwin n Piyush, bring Balaji back.

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Manoj, Raina, Dhoni, Pathan, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Balaji,...no need of other specialized spinner as Pak is better against spin..wish you good luck captain cool..prove yourself as the best again..and never under estimate in form Pak team..they are able to beat any team in the world on his day and they have variety in bowling n playing with 200% spirit against India. Batting is i=our strength..go India go..score +180..you have a chance !

  • soumyas on September 30, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    anyways...India will not goto or through semis, they don't deserve to be in top 4. forget this World T20 alone, also forget players like sehwag,yuvraj,Rohit sharma,Chawla,pathans. some are living in glory and some have hidden talent, both useless for wining the match.... give chances to Rahane,M tiwari,Ojha,Pkumar and Yadav. They will perform and India will do well in future.

  • NoobSaibot on September 30, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    team selection has been a total disaster. India is picking a bowler to do a batsmens job and vice versa, Drop Mr.Talented and give some else a chance. If Irfan cannot do the role of a bowler , drop him, we have much better batsmen to play the role of an opener. We should accept the fact that we dont have world class bowlers , so it wont many difference if we play 5 or 6 bowlers, they will get smashed any way. Play to our strength.

  • ravi424 on September 30, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    I want to know what gives Shastri and Manjrekar the right to comment on Yuvraj ??? Both of them were complete failures themselves (specially coming to limited overs cricket), we all know what their strike rates were and they never won a game for India.

    Yuvraj has been picked by the selectors, backed by the team management including Dhoni. And I am sure Yuvraj himself would know if he is fit or no. He has picked up 4 wickets and has not got proper chance to bat yet. Just wait and be patient.

  • sanathhs on September 30, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    As a sri lankan fan, i would like to see both exciting viru & yuvi. i would like to Congrat both Ind & Pak . surely we can see great match and hope to see both in semi...

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    It's simple drop Rohit Sharma & Chawala bring Shewag and Tiwari/balaji in . And open bowling with irfan nt batting. Droping Yuvraj is nonsense as he's the left arm spinner gives a bowling variation with good econ. rate & strike rate !!

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Yes, Yuvi is a great player but he needs some time to recover fully and play some domestic cricket as well

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    What kind of nasty decision Dhoni took against Australia, why should he have 5 bowlers, indian team is strong in batting, even if they have 10 bowlers in the indian side i swear that the opposition will thrash indian bowling and blow team india to the boundary line. What decision he is going to take today's match against Pak?? If he still insist 5 bowlers and make sehwag to sit outside i am sure pak is going to blow india out of the tournament. What Raina doing in the team, past average only will not help to perform in the current. my selection of indian team is : Shewag, Gambhir, Kohli, Dhoni, Zaheer, Pathan, Ashwin, Rehana, Bhajji, Tiwary and Rohit

  • Nehalriz on September 30, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    I have been a great fan of Sehwag especially when he is in full flow & rhythm....but it is always better to sit in the dig out once in a while exploring your "should not have done"ethics.I am sure after last match's omission he must be all charged up to prove & this is what India needs from him especially for this all so important match.Gud luck Three spinners are a bit too much & inclusion of one more all rounder will balance the team India.So my choice will be Chawla out & Sehwag in.Rest Yuvi is doing fine with the bat & ball so why break his morale. Dhoni our Team India is not your Jaageer that you play with the sentiments of millions of Indians.we like you but be prudent & make the right choice without being BIASED.Good Luck Team India.To conclude I can't wait to see India winning!!

  • nmdasaya on September 30, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    chill out dhoni havs 2world cups to his name ! what do these guys have nothing iwould say!

  • SKeeran on September 30, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    The team option will be to replace Dhoni with Sehwag and throw out piyush out of squad and include a pacer

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    waooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • cricbee on September 30, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Dhoni is becoming another Greg Chappel for team India. shuffling and juggling of player positions not only confuse their role in the team but hamper their performances. The only player who know his position in any match is Kohli..

    Pathan opening the innings is a joke. Even chappel did not experimented to that level. He is a good finisher not starter, where he had an additional pressure to stay for long innings. Why Rohit's position keep on getting changed?If one see the matches he succeded usually takes time to settle and score. place him at no.4 only. Why this 5 bowler experiment? It is no good for India, coz on a day either all our bowlers succeed or none. Ganguly estimated our bowling strength perfectly and always went with 4 bowlers plus part timers. Try giving opportunities to Rayudu. Enough of match winners, need to look for team contributors. and lastly, if possible... Dhoni, please drop yourself from the team.

  • Baber_Baloch on September 30, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    GOOD WISHES INDIA TODAY MATCH YOU GONA WIN......SO STOP CRITICIZE ON DHONI

  • Peppyhere on September 30, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    I want Sehwag back instead of Chawla not Yuvraj. Yuvraj can bowl few overs who take the ball away from the right handers which will be handy with the likes of ashwin and bhajji. And probably we may see bhajji rested today by MSD bcuz its pakistan who according to him are good players of spin but i dont second that. Yuvraj who s finding it difficult to run between the wickets must start playing like Gayle. Hit sixers after few balls..

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Well, Yuvi has at least made 60 and taken 4 wickets, what about Captain Cool Mr. Dhoni himself, runs at a SR of 110 ! ? Does he deserve a position in the team based on his performance ? not to forget the likes of Rohit Sharma..Just because he is from Mumbai as is Shastri/Sanjai? This whole talent thing is ridiculous. At least give Tiwari a game people. Nobody in the higher echelons of Indian Cricket bats for the poor guy. Feel sorry for him.

  • BCCI007 on September 30, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Raina shouldnt have said that he is expecting Sehwag to play remaining game, by so he puts team unity in problem.Also opening with Pathan is not an issue. He has good technique and one of the few guys in Indian team who plays short ball well. He just has to a bit agrressive. My XI for tomorrow : Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Tiwary, Dhoni, Pathan, Zaheer, Ashwin, Balaji/ Bhajji.

  • harpreetsinght on September 30, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    you cant try a new combination during such a big tournmaent..thats awwfull men.........play with your best eleven..sehwag and gambhir opening up.........yuvi might have to sit..as he is not looking in great touch....3 fasters two spineers...whr raina has nt been given bowling?????

  • Eskay13 on September 30, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    I really wish "cricket experts" would stop providing insightful comments based on hindsight. When Yuvraj's selection was initially made, no one denounced it. People questioned it, called it emotional and wondered whether it would work, but no one wrote off Yuvraj back then. Now that they have had a chance to track his progress, our experts have decided thta now would be a good time to record their "contention" on paper. Clearly Yuvraj has not clicked so far, but what if he had? What if he does going forward? I am going to give Yuvi a break, stop tracking his performance and start tracking Shastri's and Manjrekar's comments through this WC!!

  • cuteabu on September 30, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    My 11 for today's match is Gambhir,Schwag,Kohli,Rohit,Raina,Tiwary,Dhoni,Aswin,Balaji,Pathan,Z.Khan.The fifth bowling quote must be shared by B/n Raina,Sharma also tiwary ...if he bowls well. Trained well the Part Timers...Part Timers must adopt team requiremnets.

  • on September 30, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Sehwag is most important batsman in the team even when he is off form. Intelligent cricketer can change the game in few overs. Nobody else in the team has that impact on the opposition. Leave Chawla out or even Irfan.

  • sahii on September 30, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Anyone who have have problem with yuvraj in this world cup. I just want to ask them he is the man who win two world cup for india. and if i m not wrong no one have did that before and you guys questioning his place in the side. ok i respect shastri as crickter but who is manjreker. i still remember his playing days and if remember right he did not do anything special. if they want to question then they should question abt why chawla is in team?. he is bigger player then sachin coz he only play world cups these days. yuvraj is even bowling better then front line spin bowlers. he is 50% fit is better then chawla and others coz he still can win matches for india. which chawla will never.

  • ammar7may on September 30, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    T20 has nothing to do with bowling. Include in your teams as many as regular batsmen with little or acceptable level of bowling skills (Of course, I don't suggest to leave out bowling giants). If you can post 200-250 total on the board, or in batting second you have such an ability, then you would definitely hold the WC eventually. Strike rate is needed to be 10-12 throughout the innings, which is not possible with marginal or part-time batters. You need at least 8 full-time hard strikers of the ball. Regarding this article, yes Sehwag and Yuvi are worth opening Pathan and bowling by Chawla. A 70% yuvi is better than 100% most of them.

  • mumerashfaq on September 30, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Don't know what's going on in Indian cricket, who is making the decisions..........Yuvraj in 15 members picked for T20 world cup...now he is not fit.....and when we will see Dhoni-Sehwag show over.and when indian selectors will be serious about thier jobs, picking up teams on rules.

  • RishuSingh on September 30, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    i think dhoni should drop Rohit sharma.. i don't understand y is he in playing in team.. i wanna ask what special they found in him ? does he deserve in team ?

  • gpindian on September 30, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    One win and they say that Harbhajan is on a mission. One loss and they say Yuvi should be out. It was good that Sehwag was out, because if India would lose with him the team, everyone would be calling for his head, not Yuvi's. Dont take these commentators seriously.

  • NALINWIJ on September 30, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    WITH 3 DAYS GONE THE SEMIFINAL COMBINATION IS TAKING SHAPE. IF AUS,PAK WIN THEY QUALIFY AND INDIA, SA ARE OUT. IF IND,SA WIN THEN WINNER OF NEXT ROUND GETS TO SEMIS.IF INDIA LOSES AND SA WINS INDIA NEED TO THRASH SA AND HOPE PAK THRASH AUS IN LAST ROUND[V.V.UNLIKELY], INDIA ARE VERY UNLIKELY TO QUALIFY WITHOUT WINNING THE NEXT TWO AND IF SA LOSES ALL THREE THEN INDIA WILL HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THE RUN RATE. LESS COMPLEX SCENARIO IN THE OTHER GROUP. UNLESS ENG THRASH SL AND WI THRASH NZ, SL GETS TO SEMIS. THEY WILL BE JOINED BY ENG IF THEY WIN OR THE WINNER OF WI,NZ MATCH.UNLESS SL AND NZ BOTH WIN CLIFF HANGERS.

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Dhoni Should Rest Himself! Sehwag Should Be Included Inplace Of Dhoni

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    I dont understand..India's biggest strength is batting...better make that more strong include shewag because opposition bowler gets presuurized whn he sees shewag baating at other end...plus what the hell to have 5 bowlers whn all five bowlers are useless...with current bowling attack even 250 can be chased by any team..so better have strong batting line up..n try to reach 200 mark in every match thts only the strategy i guess dhoni should have..

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Dear Sanjay and Ravi are both wrong about to drop Yuvraj, he has not played for 8 months but he is better then Sehwag. If Sachin fails why Ravi and Sanjay speak to drop him. They do not guts to speak Sachin. Dhoni did wise to drop Sehwag. All the best for next game.

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    definitely against pakistan VIRU has to come in......since viru creates a psychological impact on the opponent. he is due for a big score and may be pakistan is just the right opponent to do so. viru should replace yuvraj since somebody from middle order has to sit out and the best possible option is yuvraj. definitely yuvraj doesnt seem fit enough to play in huge game like this and also in the world cup. his bowling is pretty ok but batting and fielding are definitely out of order. seeing the pitch india can decide whether to go with 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinner or 2 fast bowlers and 2 spinners. if its a rank turner then india can go with 2 fast bowlers and 2 spinners and 7 batsmen of which part timers like raina,yuraj and rohit can roll their arm over. if there is rain predicted ,then india can go with 3 fast bowlers and 2 specialist spinner leaving out yuvraj singh. so the team should be viru,gautam,kohli,rohit,yuvraj,raina,dhoni,pathan,ashwin,harbhajan,zaheer

  • kkk999 on September 30, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    hahahaha.... all against india after their crushing defeat...

  • pujar on September 30, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    can any think abt rohit sharma , how many chances he got ......... but he used only in 1match........... there s no use of rohit in indian time in this world cup. yuvi dint grt batting many matches, Yuvi can play wel as middle order player as well as spin force...there is no view in leaving yuvraj...........

  • George_cricket on September 30, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    I wonder why Shastri & Manjrekar are commenting on trivial things. The inclusion or exclusion of Sehwag is not important; winning over pakistan is important. I'm following cricket for the past 50 years. The following comments are made only on facts and data. I divide the team into 2: Left side - Gambhir, Kohli & Dhoni; Right side - Sehwag, Rohit, Raina, Yuvraj, Pathan, Harbhajan, Ashwin, Balaji. The left side team can face 60 balls and score 80 runs. The right side team can face 60 balls and score 110 runs. Let 1 from left side and 1 from right side, say Gambhir & Sehwag open. On Gambhir's exit, Kohli should bat and on Sehwag's exit Rohit should come. Now, situation of India being bowled out can be avoided. For bowling: Raina, Sehwag & Yuvraj can bowl 2 overs each. But Rohit & Kohli should be avoided. First 4 overs - by Pathan & Balaji. ext 8 overs by Aswin & Harbhajan only. Next 6 overs by the part-timers. Pakistan will try to hit during these 6 overs, and India will get wickets & win

  • Theavalanche on September 30, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Sehwag avg is 6 in T20 against Aussies, manjrekar sahab get rest !! yuvi was the most economical and only wicket taking bowler on that day...I dont know why people goin round and round. Sehwag is not in form for God sake.. dont live in past glory..its enough.

  • pmy2583 on September 30, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    (Unfit)Yuvi (as per Shastri n M'kar) is better than 100% fit Dhoni and Chawala. Dhoni's selection is poor. Exclusion of Viru is politics and inclusion of Chawala is friendship. Sehwag should be back in team. Even Tiwary can do better than Raina n Chawalai

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Sehwag avg is 6 in T20 against Aussies, manjrekar sahab get rest !! yuvi was the most economical and only wicket taking bowler on that day...I dont know why people goin round and round. Sehwag is not in form for God sake.. dont live in past glory..its enough.

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    I do indeed agree on Sehwag's inclusion for this one important game against Pakistan. This special game is always more a nerve-game who can handle the pressure well. If Sehwag cud stay on the turf for smtime, everyone knows the outcome. A bat so dynamic and classy shudnt be left out...If u hv him in squad, there wud never be a great opportunity than this to let him play this one very special game.

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    I agree that Sehwag must be included in the team as he creates mental pressure on opposition team and when he gets going ,rarely we loose the match specially T-20. For Yuvi, actually it is said that without match practice neither Sachin nor Don Bradman can score so is the case of Yuvi.However he is bowling decently but batting is the concern as of now. But still I feel that INDIA should go with 7+4 combination against both PAK and SA and Piyush should make a way for Sehwag.

  • pmy2583 on September 30, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    T20s two Best captains. Sammy n Dhoni. Sammy for pre match Toss n Dhoni for post match analysis of loss

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    What the hell, Dhoni you did against Australia why you didn't pick the Sehwag, India team is not your team That is Whole Indian Team. kick out that useless Rohit Sharma and Take Sehwag in, then Result will be change

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    There are enogh valid reasons for Sehwag's ommission..the main reason is he himself..I am a huge fan of sehwag but let me add that his performance in last 1-2 yrs has gone down. He is not giving himself any time at the start of his inngs as if he has to get a 100 in 10 overs & when spinners come be it a Murali or a shoab mailk he thinks they simply should not be on the ground..if he wants to continue at top level he needs to temper his aggression at least at the start of his innings & give himself some time aginst spinners. he can easily catch up on runrate later. As for today's match v Pak.of course he should be there as he is always good against them..Chawla has to sit out & I want one more change: M. Tiwari should replace Yuvraj who is not fully fit & slow.Tiwary has always performed with limited chances he got and he looks very hungry at the moment-a great outfielder ,useful spinner & capable batsman.Yuvi needs to get fully fit..so its Viru-gambhir at top & manoj in middle.ind win

  • mrazashah on September 30, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Listen Guys today is very hard day to indian team really bcz, will you see present pak team how is playing against any team, really awesome.very fantastic played.but one thing i wanted to be explain my all cricket fellow..Game is game so please treat it as game....either India win or pak,, we should enjoy with both victory this is the sportsman sprite ... if India wanted to be defeated pak team they should bring Pathn A opener .and YuVi should be rest in this game cz he is not looking well fit for this crucial game against Pakistan....cz you guys know Pakistan will be give us a very hard time in bowling and batting as well...one thing is week only fielding , this is the Pakistan meekness. so be patient be ready to watch this very high profile match against Pakistan Vs IndiaPakistan Bowling attack is very strong like Ajmal, Hafeez, Afridi, Gul, malik, yasir, raza .all are in good form if afridi play against india so his record is better than other teams so be ready to face to afridi

  • prasanna on September 30, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    This is interesting not so long ago after the NZ T20 one of the commentator told Yuvraj adds value despite not being 100% fit..

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Quite contrary to his/her name, krik8crazy's comment is the most sensible one here.

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Im not sure why criticizing Irfan pathan. He made the highest score in last game. Having Sehwag in that game would have not made much different. Sehwag's recent performance is just like Afridi, come and hit and through your wicket away, boom, boom, quick..................

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Dhoni has no idea abt team selection. Personnally Dhoni dnt like Shewag. thats the real matter. at the crusial stage Dhoni is experimenting with the Team Selection & Batting Order.

  • Hoganuloop on September 30, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    when he won against England, nobody talked against the team formation. now everyone has become expertise with tons of advice. people! what's wrong with you?

  • NALINWIJ on September 30, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    SHEWAG HAS TO OPEN. TOP 3 ARE THE KEY TO T2O.[PLAN A] FOLLOWED BY NEXT 3 FOR BUILDING AND FINISHING THE INNINGS. [PLAN B] YOU ARE IN TROUBLE WITH PLAN C, FOR 7,8,9 PATHAN,ASHWIN AND HABAJHAN ARE GOOD ENOUGH BATSMEN, BALANCE IS NOT THE PROBLEM BUT PERFORMANCE.ZAHEER MUST PLAY AND WHETHER ANOTHER SPINNER OR A PACEMAN REPLACING CHAWLA IS THE ISSUE.YUVRAJ IS NOT FIT, IF THEY LOSE THIS MATCH THEY ARE ALMOST CERTAINLY OUT. SENTIMENTALITY SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE.

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    I think India should drop DHONI....He has the most pathetic strike rates. In the last game he was worse than Ashwin. If Ashwin can score better than DHONI...what is he(DHONI) doing in the side??? I agree with most of you...70% fit Yuvi is better than 110% fit Bhaji, Balaji, Chawla combined...Cricinfo please publish

  • sattilovesu on September 30, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    First remove dhoni...and give captaincy to gambir..

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    SACK DHoni,bring sehwag and make gambhir as CAPTAIN.

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    what is the use of piyush chawla in the team yuvi is proving with the ball remove that chawla and replace with sehwag taking yuvi is not atall acceptable

  • hanithdtl on September 30, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    having sehwag in team dominates opposite team what ever prospect we are in. they first put the task to get sehwag out and then carry on later. this is what india missed in last game..i havent seen fear in aussies when india started its batting.whether sehwag bats or get out is secondary... having him him in team ismust to put pressure on opposite side...

    well coming to dhoni... (guys who comment) he is a captain..he has to make some tough decisions before match. coming to his performance he is one of the best keeper with ability of leadership in international cricket that india have got...i dont think india have best keepers with a good ability to bat than him..

  • on September 30, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Its a bit tricky .. youvraj is a claass act .. though gun to the head i'd agree with the article. . he IS off-color .. but i dont agree with India relying on part time spinners. In a T20 format, one bad spell of 4 overs can be CRUCIAL and a specialist spinner is a MUST no matter how out-of-form.

    As much as i hate to see him thrashing paki fast bowlers all around the ground :p .. I'd say add sehwag for Yuvi and remove the obvious mistake of opening with Irfan pathan.

  • Mr.Chandi on September 30, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I don't agree with shastri. Just because yuvraj scored 8 off 10 does that mean he is unfit. He is still the 2nd or 3rd best bowler in the team. Gayle scored 2 off 7 or 9 yesterday. Does that make him unfit? And also look at dhoni's strike rate which is a solid 10 runs lesser than anyone else in the team including the tail enders. So what is the issue here?. But I agree that sehwag shouldn't have been dropped. His refusal to train makes it highly unlikely that he would play today. If so God help India.

  • Leghari_A on September 30, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    im a pakistani but i have to say sanjay is as unbiased a commentator as they come. i must agree with him abt yuvi. he is right at the top of my fav cricketers list(no. 1 being Kohli ofcorse) but they rushed him bak in. he is pure magic when he gets going but maybe not this WC. i think even if indians pik a kid off the street, he wud be able to bat against top sides. wht they need is good bowlers to compete. i wish we cud somehow barter a few bowlers from here for a few batsmen from across the border and both of us wud be happy. anyway abt the game, i sincerely hope the rain stays away and hope pak win coz comeon my indian brothers, u guys hav had quite a few over us in wc events.so just plz let us have this one. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Karnain on September 30, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Is Yuvraj is India's only concern? What about Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Chaw la, Balaji, MS Dhoni himself with his poor T20I record. On paper their lineup look below par. The biggest joke is Dhoni is expecting Irfan Pathan to be a Shane Watson. lol! Even rain can't rescue India now.

  • Romenevans on September 30, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    those who are sayign abotu Yuvi's bowling is good....Guys he is in the team as a specialist batsman...and what he did? He refused at least three quick 2's and plays 10 balls to score 8 runs....who pathetic is that? He is clearly unfit and is in the team because of emotional Drama.

  • Bogelking on September 30, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    I really agree with what Shastri has said. The inclusion of Yuvraj into the squad, who is recovering from a serious ailment was done in haste. There is no dispute regarding the fact, how Yuvi can topple the opposition within a short span of time; but that too when he is 100% fit. From the antics that we see Yuvi display on the field, we can easily assume that he(yuvi) is not in his utmost best. If the team is serious about getting Yuvraj back to his prime, then all that they have to do is allow him to recuperate well. Make him regain his fitness and provide him enough chance, so that by the time he gets back to the ODI's and test, he will be the old Yuvi. I would prefer dropping Yuvi and give a chance to Tiwary, Balaji instead of Zaheer, and also include Viru. Big match ahead today!!!!Let us expect a high voltage match living up to the intensity that all the previous Indo-Pak matches have given.

  • on September 30, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    I do not get point of shastri . why shewag or yuvraj ,they have proven themselves on number of occasion . I am not talking about preference of past record but likely performance . there are other option in Rohit Sharma ,Piyush Chawla or Suresh Raina.Rohit Sharma as so called most talented batsman and next Indian Viv Richards has proven himself only survival and putting brake over run rate .He is best in front of worst bowler but worst against Top bowler . Now media is talking about his shortcoming against incoming deliveries . Same with Piyush Chawla ,who look for way to run away against Big Hitters . Raina is simply flat pitch bully ,who should make way for more capable player like Rahane

  • on September 30, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    I dont agree with this..Yuvraj still is in good shape comparatively than most of other indians on park in last 14 months or so......so no point in dropping him....

    Yes, Sehwag is an exceptional talent u cant hv fruits without hard work....so he is being dealt in a proper way at last.........Yes, dont drop him against Pak dt will be a gamble....so sehwag in n chawla out is my recommendation........

  • Edassery on September 30, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    They realized it now? It was very clear from the beginning that Yuvraj's selection into the team was a highly immature decision from the selectors. You cannot pick someone for emotional reasons. He was clueless in his batting and his fielding has degraded than ever before. He had to wait for a good six months to return. To be frank Zaheer, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Gambhir didn't deserve to be part of this team. We should have selected an all young team just like we did during the first T20 World cup.

  • Romenevans on September 30, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    I would kick both Sehwag and Yuvi out....we need fresh legs. Sehwag has been out of form for quite some time....if we have to pick him on the base of past record then why not Yuvi...both are in the team because of past records. Drop both and play Uthappa and Rahane in the team to bring some freshness and some seriously attacking players.

  • Romenevans on September 30, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Couldn't agree with Shastri anymore....Yuvi looks like a tired gigantic teddy bear on the field...he can't run quick two's then forget about 3's. He was in the team because of whole big Drama and emotional scene created by the media and now the team is suffering. God save indian cricket from Emotional Atyachar.

  • Joby_George on September 30, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    make one change, Drop Chawla and bring sewagh.

  • on September 30, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    if yuvraj's comeback was hasty why did these wise men not comment about it after yuvraj played his first comeback match that was against NZ in india. if india is winning everything is fine and these experts talk of all other irrelevant things. once india lose they start seeing that suddenly yuvraj's return is hasty. they should have spoken when he was picked for the T20 world cup. but all these so-called experts have their own agendas and only push their agendas

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on September 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    here we go again with bring sehwag back nonsense , rahane would have made a much better opener , nowadays sehwag is a walking wicket against quality pacemen

  • on September 30, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    it's a foolish debate over Yuvi, Yuvi is always Yuvi. no doubts on Yuvi pls...and raise a debate on Dhoni and Sewag . Bcoz it's going serious to India in future.

  • kannanisbad on September 30, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    If the dropped batsman looks like a legend next match, Your team is in real mess.

  • Surajrises on September 30, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Yes it was not a great decision by BCCI to get back Yuvi straight away into such a big stage like WC... Whatever it may be, India is losing this match to PAK... The neighboring country are in phenomenal form and Team India is still in a selection dilemma! On a big stage like World Cup, the Captain is still thinking who should be in the team and who shouldn't! That's ridiculous to be honest!!! How could anybody drop Viru! Even if Viru comes back, only god knows what kind of confidence he would have in this game because he made a statement in the camp that the Captain has no confidence in him! Whenever I have seen Viru make a comeback without confidence, he has departed in the 1st delivery or at least the 1st over of the match... All The Best Pakistan & God Save You India from another HUMILIATION!!! The record will be broken today of Pak not being able to beat us in WORLD CUP...

  • famousboy on September 30, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    its high time now that Dhoni, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Gambhir, Jaheer, Should be axed from the T20. Now its been three World cup and our performance is pathetic to say the least not wining any game in super eight in three world cups come on guys these players r only good in one day format. Kohli should be named the captain of T2o for the next world cup atleast and bring some new faces in like Awana, Umesh, Aron, Rayudu, Uttapa etc.

  • on September 30, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Both team's star players are struggling. Ultimately the team handling the pressure well today will win. For India, Sehwag should play today. And for Pakistan, top order batsmen must play sensibly. Toss will be crucial.

  • thalalara on September 30, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    I wud suggest Balaji instaed of Zaheer, Sehwag in and bhajji out....

  • rohanbala on September 30, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Sanjay Manjrekar and Ravi Shastri should question the Indian captain on why Sehwag is not being selected and why Rohit Sharma was given repeated chances despite failing badly. Yuvraj is a far better option with his wicket taking abilities/containing the run flow compared to Piyush Chawla.

  • Trident on September 30, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    70 or 80 % fit yuvi is far better than 100 % fit shastri and manjrekar on playing days

  • stheodore on September 30, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Why Yuvraj. Why not the great Rohit Sharma???? (The Longest Rope) AND why Sehwag and not TIWARI who has done well in the limited opportunities he has got with both bath and ball...let alone fielding. When was the last time Sehwag played a meaningful innings in any form of the game?

  • on September 30, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    bring in sehwag ..n left out dhoni... !!!!

  • lala88 on September 30, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Funny commentators who can change their tongue to every where. before yuvraj joined with the team they talked about importance about yuvi's comeback. and now? Lol

  • on September 30, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Where do i start? these so called experts need to step back and look at themselves before they go in questioning others. Yuvi is playing better than most of the players in team india ..oh hell he is playing better than manjraker did in his prime (if he had any lol).. I still believe dhoni 7/4 combo is better for india. Sit out chawla and bring in Rahane for the next game... Sehwag is getting old and he needs to make way for young guns who can play at this level and get some experience .. these old indian folks never want to give up their spot for a young to succeed ...

  • AravindThePanther on September 30, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    dhoni should be left out...........

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Drop Chawla and bring Sehwag back. That should be fine. No need to drop Yuvi. He is atleast good as a bowler

  • shashankqvivek on September 30, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Whatever be the team selection I personally want South africa & India to win today,So all the teams in the group will have 1 win and 1 loss,then we will get 2 virtual Quarter Finals.. Good Luck To ALL the teams

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Remember he was the one who took 1 wkt against australia even tho India had five bowlers...his presence is very much importsnt to indian team..

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    i cant accept this ! if u guys thnk yuvi is not fully fit n not playin to his potential as he did thn wat about rohit sharma n MSD ? ! nothin can b said in few matches ! let him play some more matches and im sure he ll prove his worth ! even rohit can b taken out n manoj can b given a chance ! take out chawla n bring in shewag ! so the team wil b in perfect combination ! shewag gambhir kholi yuvraj manoj raina dhoni irfan ashwin bhajji zaheer is the bst combo ! CHAK DE INDIA !

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    In this short version of the game where is the need for 100% fitness? they play anyway very few balls and bowl very little. Yuvaraj hasn't fileded badly so far.Is Rohit a 20-20 player by any standard? All bowlers seem to go for runs and are getting very few wickets; then Sheawag and Yuvi and Raina can get in 6 to 8 overs if only Pathan, Zac and Ashwin can bowl reasonably well. Wickets fall when batsman are induced in 20-20 but not when they are circumspect like Rohit. Shewag Gautam Kohli Dhoni Yuvaraj Raina with Pathan, Ashwin,Zaheer and another pacer (balaji for Pakistan may be) and Bhajji should win

  • peterstich on September 30, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Piyush Chawala can never become a good t20 bowler. To get wickets he has to give flight to the ball. And that means more opportunities for batsmen to hit sixes. I think thats why he has highest sixes against his name in IPL. The pitches aren't as well turning that much. So he has very little chance to get wickets. His doosra is even not that dangerous. All in all, he is a costly bet for sure.

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Pakistan played so many game in RPS before the WC including SLPL so they know the conditions well, Shewag needs to play no matter what

  • praveenahathwarkn on September 30, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Ravi and Sanjay, you people still want to continue with ROHIT who has not done anything significant for past 12 months and drop yuvi who bowled best against australia(if dhoni had not dropped the catch, yuvi could have had 2 wickets). If yuvi is not that confident in his batting, let Raina and Dhoni come ahead of him and yuvi plays more as a bowling allrounder.

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Viru..!!! Hez jus lyk backbone of any team, he playz for .. So.!! Viru shud b playing..!! n, with a team lyk pakistan, having strong bowling attack..!!! He is really necessary..!!!

  • raj_24 on September 30, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    If it was a Mumbai Player these 2 would never question the player's fitness. imagine if it was Sachin instead of Yuvraj

  • screamingeagle on September 30, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    I bowl pretty bad. I cannot play fast bowling. I score slow against spin. Fielding? Rather not do it. Now, can I play in the Indian team? I believe I have a good chance. :) Maybe drop Dhoni for me? Anyway, India will lose to SA and Pak. No doubts on that. Anything else is a miracle. lol. Question is only about how bad the margin will be.

  • Bytheway on September 30, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Yuvraj, Harbhajan and Chawla were all passengers picked with dewey-eyed sentimantility. At international level Raina and Rohit only occasionally come to the table. India is like that.

  • harnam76 on September 30, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Very biased comments. they should have mentioned the name of rohit sharma but they did not do so because he is from Mumbai. Can anyone explain how many matches have india won because of highly over rated Rohit sharma. Ravi Shastri, Sanjay manjerkar were very useless cricketer when they were playing for India and so they always back players like rohit sharma.

  • rnd3 on September 30, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    I love to see Mr. Dhoni and the team led by the contingent of pundit supporters being crushed by PAK today throwing them out of the tournament. Go pakistan.. we always cheer u guys........SL fan

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I think it is too late for India. There is no balance. They need to score 190- 200 to have a chance. Remember, Australia score 140 in 15 overs and Pakistan scored 180 plus in the practice match. India always mess up their first match then try to catch up. Regarding Sehwag, he is to be blamed himself for his careless batting in too many matches.

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I think Droping Chawla should be the only change from the previous match. Yes Yuvraj is looking quite unfit but he can do the things for you, and no other part timer bowls like Yuvraj..... so he should be in..

  • on September 30, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I think Dhoni is also not doing well in IT20s. he always come up the order whenever match is full control of india. look at his records

    T20Is 36 34 13 629 48* 29.95 574 109.58 0 0 39 18 16 6

    Not even one 50+ score in T20s. and SR is just 109!!!!

  • 3399 on September 30, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    dhoni told that shewag is not fitting in best11 but reality is captian itself is not fitting in best 11,and i think we can give one more chance to yuvi bcos he is atleast contributing with ball but i want to ask my selectors and captian how many more chances we will give to rohit sharma bcos whenever team is in under pressure sharma will always fails he can just score against minnows and for mumbai indans..

  • on September 30, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Yuvraj appeared tired and listless in the games he has played so far. I am a great fan of Yuvraj but i also feel that he has been rushed into playing big cricket too soon after his fight with cancer.

  • on September 30, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Sehwag should be back...& piyush should be out....!

  • Sachin.Deoralia on September 30, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    if India wants to remain in the race, the will have to play with Sehwag and tuvi with two spinners only

  • kingkarthi12 on September 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    i think yuvraj is good come back....he played well now...both commanders are mad to say this...he is 100% fit now...my team is sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvi,raina/rohit,pathan,dhoni,aswin,harbajan,z khan&dinda.

  • on September 30, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Can sense a feeling of individuals in the team in this Fletcher era(most expensive coach)...In kirsten era every one was a team and helping each other out of bad patch..Why cant we kep it simple..the best 11 to play in playing 11 inspite of big names we can drop them..Zak is pathetic drop him, get Tiwary in place of uuseless Rohit(all hype no application)...make ur batsmen in good touch play most of 20 overs..Ask Viru to go there and blast...gauti to anchor Virat to dominate raina n dhoni smash every thing out of park dont take pressure on urself..give it to opponent,,play fearlessly

  • mayank125 on September 30, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    the man who should be dropped from the team is dhoni....

  • jalebi_bai on September 30, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @ Facebook User -- Most sensible commnents on cricinfo so far. Just one bad game, and everybody want to sack this player and bring in that player and what not. MSD IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO INDIAN CRICKET. For those of us who grew up watching games in late 80s and the 90s, we will know how Indian teams went from one embarrassment to another without winning a damn thing. I cringe when I think of those days. Dhoni turned this team from pathetic losers and chokers to a confident bunch that wins tournaments. MIND IT !!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on September 30, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    @josh maddy: one of the sensible comments among the gazillion insensible ones :)

  • WC2011Champs on September 30, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Yuvraj is still good to be in the team for his bowling. Just drop him to number 7 in batting order. Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Johri or Dhoni (depending on how many overs left), Yuvraj, Pathan, Ashwin, Bhajji, Zaheer. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THE CONSTANT EXPERIMENTATION AT NUMBER 4 SLOT. THAT SLOT SO BELONGS TO RAINA. This is NOT test cricket. This is T20 and ODI. I agree he is a failure in test cricket but there is no better batsmen than Raina in T20 and ODI. He is clean hitter of the ball, has excellent strike rate and is very consistent. He is being wasted at number 6 or 7. He should raise his hand up and fight back for his spot, verbally and literally if needed. When Yuvraj is 100% back then he can challenge Raina for that spot. It is unfair that captain, coach, the people who are always clubbing Raina name with other non-performers like Rohit fail to understand Raina contributions and importance in this format.

  • Alexk400 on September 30, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    UTTER NONSENSE. yuvi with 50% fitness better than all indian players. These armchair qbs are useless.

  • on September 30, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Go Pakistan we'll see you in da finals (SL supporter)

  • ribnarak on September 30, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    These guys are blind or are watching a different game while reporting.. (thats the only logical conclusion I can come from these statements) Please look at Dhoni's strikerate.

    I would take a 20% Yuvraj (who by the way won us the World CUP) than a DHONI.

  • on September 30, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    See the statatics and tell me y dhoni is in T20 Squaid? Performance of Dhoni in last 16 Matches SL 16(14) NZ 22(23) AFG 18(9) ENG 9(8) ENG 21(26) AUS 48(43) AUS 21(18) ENG 8(8) SA 10(11) SA 16(6) AUS 2(8) SL 9(12) SL 46(28) WE 11(23) SA 5(12)

  • dasharathreddy on September 30, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    What is really dhoni intention? I'm unable to understand. Here 1 crorer people are watching INDIAN team & he is playing has what he likes. Y is rohit sharma in the team when he is not at all performing. in place of rohit we could select Rahane or atleast manoj tiwary. Dhoni could have come opener has he is batsman y he is sending irfan. by sending irfan has opener chapel has done many mistakes.. now dhoni. its really irfan's bad fate. at lower order irfan is very good batsman he can hit massive shots but not at opener.

  • on September 30, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    Forget about Yuvraj being fit or not. This is a country of a BILLION people. Arguably, Cricket is the one sport that gets the most national attention - and given this - one would atleast expect to see ATHELETES in the Indian cricket team . BUT- maybe only 4/11 can be deemed as atheletic cricketers. Look at ashwin - I bet you that I can run faster than him -even after giving him a 20 second start......... India has a fitness coach? really?

  • niksaims on September 30, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    I am a die hard fan of Indian Cricket Team. But I feel sorry to say that. Right now the best team is playing NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. India A team.. Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Sikhar Dhava, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha in INdia A team. I guess this team has more chances of winning T20 world cup than this current team full of useless players. Lets hope this new selection team make some good changes

  • Alexk400 on September 30, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    People people. I AH HARDCORE SEHWAG FAN. Dhoni, gambhir , watson , kp many many are shewag fans. Decision to drop sehwag came from duncan fletcher. STOP YAKKING about sehwag changed the game. INDIA has weakness in bowling. Indian bowlers are not smart or cunning. Its the weakness. Its SEECTORS mistakes select these players based on ZONAL QUOTA. Pathetic job by K srikkanth. I was serious fan of Ksrikkanth batsman but as a selectors he did a shoddy job. He got lucked out with world cup. He is just messed up, I am big fan of K srikkanth as batsman but he messed up not removing dhoni as captain of Test team

  • on September 30, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    INDIA WILL STRUGGLE IF GAMBIR AND KHOLI FAILS AND IT IS A SURPRISE MOVE TO SEND PATHAN TO OPEN THE INNINGS, DROPPING SHEWAG IS A SHOCKING DECISION HE IS A MATCH WINNER AND YUVI"S INCLUSION WILL HAMPER THEIR CHANCES OF MAKING IN TO THE SEMIFINALS.ALSO INDIAN BOWLING LOOKS RUSTY..

  • on September 30, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Isn't it irony if team doesn't perform well,everyone will look for a scapegoat.

  • on September 30, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Agree that Yuvraj shouldn't be included if India wants to go on to the semi-finals. Bowl Balaji instead of Chawla, bring in Sehwag or Rahane instead of Yuvraj and India will make it to the finals.

  • GURURAJKASHYAP on September 30, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    I think former chairman of selectors Srikkanth is an emotional, parochial and sentimental person. His instant conclusion without any foresight had a great impact on the performance of Indian cricket. Just like the game, the performance of India in international cricket is a glorious uncertainty. Poor planning, poor selection of players and overrated players have contributed to dismal performance. It is unfortunate that One good performance from the team, sends over all weakness of the team to oblivion. To perform consistently, the team should have consistent performers. Unfortunately Indian cricket never had such a phase. The hits and misses will surely continue.

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on September 30, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Attention Please; If Afridi & NAzir ''CLICKS'' in batting today then BYE BYE INDIA. See you next time around

  • Sumodh on September 30, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Ha ha its funny now all after yuvaraj when he scored in his first game everyone said he is back but personally i think is to drop chawla cos his ball doesnt turn i will take bhaji and ashwin instead,yuvi is handy when it comes to part time spinners,My team would be Shewag,Gambhir,Kohli,Raina,Yuvaraj,Rohit,Dhoni,Pathan,Zaheer,Bhaji and Ashwin..The other thing always remb to get rid of akmal brothers they are both good and match winners.Best of Luck India....

  • srinideva on September 30, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    @ALA1 , Raina - hello this man is the t20 specialist for this indian team. he never get a oppurtunity to bat up the order. May be dhoni look him as a finisher to end the inns. it worked well in odi. but in T20 you got to play your strike batsman up the order, not 6. yuvraj deserve to sit out..

  • Feroz9700 on September 30, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    No I dont agree with Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar, Yuvraj should play because of whatever little bit we have seen from him since his come back he is bowling well as well as given decent performance with the bat. We saw him hitting a couple of big sixes against New Zealand in that one off T20 and honestly he saved the day against Afghanistan by getting those crucial wickets otherwise India would have lost and it would have been really embarassing. If anything drop Rohit Sharma as he seems to be getting castled so often and for a frontline batsman it's happening too many times. So it should be Sehwag in for Rohit and Balaji for Piyush Chawla.Rest of the team remains the same.

  • on September 30, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Get ready to be mulled by Pakistan! ... GEO PAKISTAN!!

  • SnowSnake on September 30, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    I think India's batting resources are thin and that is why Yuvraj made it in. Barring Kohli everyone else has whimsical batting.

  • on September 30, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Get ready to get kicked out India. You guys can only win major tournaments in India. Sadly this is not India. Its Pakistan All the way tomorrow and good bye, have a nice flight back to India.

  • rkram72 on September 30, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    I love Yuvrai and Dhoni. I totally agree with Sanjay & Ravi that Yuvi is not fit for this T20 W'cup. This is all manufactured by our dearest Dhoni. Keeping Sehwag out of the game by Dhone (Yes!! Its true) is unacceptable. Sehwag is a such big match winner in all formats of the game. I would rate him the top three in the world. Keeping him away by DHoni is totally polictical game by Dhone. What Dhone has been doing in all these matches???/ I would say get that gy out of the Indian tam and make any other guy captain...w e do not loose anything. He bacame so pround and deserves to be kicked out of the indian cricket team. AHole. Even if Sehwag cliclks once in 5 games.... no matter what India will win... And Sehwag can demolish any bowling attachck in the universe on his day. No one in ndain cricket can do that. Stop playing politics Dhoni...People know you already...do not became more stupid that what you are today. ... You ar not 10dulkar & Kapil

  • on September 30, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    While Shastri and Manjrekar questioning is right, the timing is wrong! Seems like these experts are late thinkers like the selectors, nothing more than a follower of Indian cricket's thinking. Also shewag absolutely needed benching. Everything went wrong in the match against Aussies, but I do not question selection of spinners and dropping shewag. It is just that they did not execute. The only reason to play Shewag is the sub continent pitch. If Shastri and Manjrekar are looking forward to future they would not question the drop, but agree the selection like Ganguly did. Dhoni's excuse of not gripping the ball fue to rain does not stand good, the spinners bowled rubbish including Ashwin and the batsman did not put enough score add to that a rare failure of Kohli.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on September 30, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    sorry to hear ojha and kartik have been sidelined due to politics. whats the story there?

  • Alexk400 on September 30, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    I WILL PLAY SAME TEAM. I want to prove DUNCAN FLETCHER theory of 5 bowler is better than negative sehwag in the team. I think it is correct. I think dhoni should follow duncan fletcher idea if he can win with that. If not turn the gun on him after world cup. DUMP DUNCAN FLETCHER

  • Alexk400 on September 30, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    UTTER NONSENSE. 60% yuvi better than all indian batsman except sehwag. Idiotic

  • yoongguns on September 29, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    I knew it.. he seems not fit from very first game before WC against NZ....sanjay and ravi is right here...bring sehwag in and put yuvraj @ 7...batting order and team will be..Sehwag, gambhire, kohli, Dhoni, Rohit, Raina, Yuvraj, Pathan, Ashwin, Bhajji, Zaheer...we need viru @ any cost..he can change the game..just gamble on sehwag...give him free run...Mr Dhoni do not put sehwag out, do not start with spinner and do not put send pathan to open against any team...chawala is good but unlucky..no place for him...

  • mxnmxn on September 29, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Yuvi is Yuvi and he is the right choice. Inclusion of Sehwag would have hardly changed the course of the game. Indian bowling is pathetic ... even 140 is achieved by Aussies without any sweat. If you think India would win next games with this force ... it is possible only with personal feats. IMO, Dhoni is a good player but shouldn't be a captain.

  • Nampally on September 29, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    Messrs. Manjrekar & Shastri, Please get Real!. Who would choose Chawla based on his 2012 IPL record? Also how reliable is Rohit Sharma despite all the hype? I am not even sure of including Harbhajan in the XI. Sehwag & Gambhir open the batting followed by Kohli, Tiwary, YuvraJ, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Pathan, Zak & Balaji/Harbhajan to complete the XI. India has very poor bowlers & the last 4 names are the best from a poorly selected squad. Yuvraj has contributed either with bat or ball in all the matches so far. Yes he is not 100% but even a 70% fit Yuvraj is better than 100% fit Indian bowlers.This is the best India can offer from this squad. Murali Kartik & Ojha have been shelved repeatedly due to politics. Yuvraj is closest to these 2. Rahul Sharma is a T 20 specialist bowler but discarded in favour of Chawla. Dhoni drops him when he is in the squad! India can still Win the remainig 2 matches with the above XI if they play hard & determined game & rise to their potential. Good Luck.

  • ALA1 on September 29, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I am a Pakistani but i really dont seem to agree with ravi and sanjay. yes yuvraj is not completely fit but even then his bowling is far better than een harbhajans. Sehwag should play but i think rohit sharma should make a way for him or may be raina who either has not done anything good with a bat recently.

  • on September 29, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Yuvi is bowling very well. His batting and fielding are added bonus. Regarding Sehwag, just remember how Sehwag played in Australia against Australian bowlers. All Indian players including Sehwag found Australian bowlers difficult to play. Indian bowlers including Ashwin found it difficult to contain. Current Australian team has proved very difficult to India. That said, I would like Sehwag to play against Pakistan. I think he is better choice than Chawla, Balaji and Dhinda.

  • on September 29, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    wait who is sanjay manjrekar again he has only century to his name in odis in 74 matches they have guys like this giving tips, yes i do agree sehwag should have been playing the game against australia

  • vj3478 on September 29, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Even with 70 -80% fitness Yuvi seems to be better than the SPECIALIST spin bowlers and few batters too..Is that awesome Yuvi or pathetic selection for the world cup?

  • vj3478 on September 29, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    3 pacers + 2 spinners is a good option and Sehwag should be back into the team. but the spinners should be Ashwin + Yuvi coz Piyush doesnt seem to have any self confidence and Bhajji already got his quota of wickets in this world cup - miracles dont happen every day!

  • criccritic1 on September 29, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    What do you guys think.. do you think they should rest DHONI?

    if you ask me, India should not pressure the players trying to stay in the team while DHONI does not even play and nobody talks about the real issue?? to me, Dhoni is the main culprit for India's low scoring..

    can someone take a look at Dhoni's strike rate?

  • ali3148 on September 29, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    huhhhhhh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Whatever the case may be..............Bring it ON!!!!!!

  • on September 29, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Funny how every Tom, Dick and Harry becomes an expert analyst in Cricinfo's comments section. It was just one game India lost, its not end of the world or anything. We're still in the competition. Dhoni is the best thing happened to Indian cricket in last decade. He's won 2 world cups for India. Respect the guy, he's still the best caption around. One lost game and that too because of lack of good bowling attack, he suddenly lacks captaincy skills?

  • fiddhu on September 29, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    what ever playing with three spinners was quite unusual but it happened so atleast now its better to wake up and realize how the conditions are moving up and ms.dhoni has to plan and implement his thoughts according to it...

  • Buggsy on September 29, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Sehwag's day has long gone. The batting line up against Australia was ok to me - it was their bowling which lost the game, something which Sehwag doesn't contribute to anyway.

  • freakyboyz007 on September 29, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Question on yuvraj how pathetic is that.. ? he has capability to change any game.. my question would be WHY ROHIT SHARMA ?? he scores mostly below 5 runs 9 out of 10 matches. why dhoni is keep giving him oppurtunity? rohit never played other than IPL. why not give opportunity to Rahane?

  • krik8crazy on September 29, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    20-20 is a casual hit and giggle affair. Let it remain that way and not ruin it with over thinking. Yuvraj is the man who propelled 20-20 to the heights of popularity with his blistering batting in the inaugural 20-20 world cup. As a fan I am totally okay with giving him Yuvraj a chance or two to find his way back. It is just a game, not the end of the world if we lose.

  • on September 29, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    who ravi shastri ??? retired at age of 30 due to poor performance and mad manjrekar a cricketer , hardly any indian cricket fan remember.. yuvi had done gr8 come back in his first match after illness but dhoni ruined tht match with his tactics. and send rohit ahead of yuvi against england... and atleast as a bowling all rounder on spinning track.. he deserve his place vs rohit.. and sehwag is match winner on his day... so plzzzzzzzzzzz

  • on September 29, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    i think these experts should stop giving negative comments for Dhoni... He is the best captain in Indian Cricket history which he proved in world cup 2011 and he is the far more better player then shastri. I think veru miss out was a fair decision... yes india lost against australia but may be that was not indian team day and Aussie is one of the toughest team to play

  • immithegr8 on September 29, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    I think that not playing Sehwag in the last game was a right decision. No batsman including the best in form Kohli could score against Aussies the other night. How could have the out of form Sehwag played better than the others? But in this crucial game, Sehwag must be included in playing XI as he can really get going against Pak pace attack (not sure abt the spinners). Yuvraj is a good alrounder and one spinner (Bhajji or chawla) can be dropped where as Yuvraj can bowl 2-4 overs instead.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on September 29, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    I really can't get why viru is not in the team. Sehwag has a very enviable record against Pakistan. It may not be spectacular in ODIs and T20s, but it is incredible in tests, which means when it really matters, guys from Pakistan don't get the better of him and he makes those dazzling 200s in 180 balls. Unless Indian fans genuinely believe Sehwag is losing his fitness and reflexes on the field, there is no reason why he should not be playing. I've been hearing of some rift between Dhoni and Sehwag? As a non-Indian cricket fan, I wondered whether that is true? It would be sad and shocking to hear that two of the senior most members of the team are having some kind of irreconcilable spat that can not be resolved for the benefit of the national team?

  • usernames on September 29, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    It's ridiculous to see a barrage of comments asking for Sehwag's inclusion. Check the same section a match ago and people were asking for his head. What's a captain supposed to do? He's damned if he drops Sehwag and loses and damned if he doesn't! In Sehwag's case, he *clearly* needed to be dropped. His performances certainly don't inspire confidence and getting him back is no solution. Irfan opening is another thing that betrays logic--you have only 20 overs, have your best batsmen right up there. On that pitch, I'd have Virat open because the first 6-8 overs are the ones where run making is considerably easier and once he gets in, he can play through. In the current squad though, there's no batsman who can really fit into this team and add value. You could have Rahane in there and many problems will be solved but then that's not happening. I really don't see us progressing to the semi-finals; Pakistan is really strong and we're really, really weak with a flawed strategy.

  • avmd on September 29, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    I admire Yuvi's courage in fighting the cancer and glad he recovered fully, but looking at his shirtless picture other day, I'm not impressed with his fitness. That was not the body of an athlete. He is over wt and is bulky, not fit to return to international cricket, as yet. I'm sure he will be fit in 6-7 months. Shastri is right, we got carried away with emotions and might end up paying the price against the arch rival tomorrow.

  • Jose on September 29, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    It is getting clearer that the rift between MSD & Viru is true. Viru has been sidelined from today's practice session confirms the height of strained relations. The allegations made by Australian press during India's tour to Aus are true and helping to play on Viru's mind and the result is drop in form. Because of this, Gambhir's form is also getting affected. Unfortunately, Viru lost the moral support in the team after Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman retired. Sachin is not playing T20. It is also known that Viru played superbly when John Wright & Gary Kirsten were coaches of India as they valued him and encouraged to the fullest extent. Whenever he clicks, it is hard for India to lose. We cannot leave such precious gem under stress and undermine his confidence.

    Only way India can recover from current horrible situation is to replace MSD with Gambhir or Kohli in T20. Our T20 record under MSD is horrible anyway.

  • on September 29, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    What I am not getting is why India always bat after winning the toss? Indian team is known for their batting and not bowling. They should bat in the event of winning the toss. Had they batted second against Australia in the all important Super eight match story would have been different? I think if Sehwag is not playing (whether he is not fit or due to rift with Dhoni) India should open with either Rohit Sharma or Raina. Good luck to both teams (Pakistan and India) for the very important Super Eight match today, and may the best team wins.

  • binojpeter on September 29, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Pakistan has definitely edge over India in this match. But then this is T20. Anything can happen in a T20 match, we never know. Hope at least India gives Pakistan run for their money. Team should be: Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rohit, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Zaheer & Balaji.

  • Hasnat-18 on September 29, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Dhoni is making blunder in recent times.He should keep his personal conflicts with players out of game, and should make decesions in the best interest of India.Sehwag clearly deserve opening slot in any format of cricket. It doesn't make sense to keep your match winner out of game. Yuvi will start performing soon. It don't think his inclusion is hasty.

  • on September 29, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Ravi Shastri is hasty with his comments. I don't think Yuvraj's return is hasty. Even on the match against Australia, only Yuvraj looked like getting a wicket. Not even one spinner came even close to that. Moreover in every other match, I think Yuvraj's role is crucial. May be he didn't have enough practice. But I am sure Indian team management should justify including Chawla or Irfan Pathan who were hit all across the ground. I can understand the ground was damp. But still, from my perspective Sehwag should return and it should be either Irfan or Chawla who should be left out but never Yuvraj. I think speaking from fast bowler's perspective, Irfan Pathan is the only other medium fast pacer apart from Zaheer, who can also contribute with bat. If this is the case. ultimately team should decide on either Chawla or Harbhajan to be included in the next match.

  • the_wallster on September 29, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Fair play to Ravi and Sanjay. I was saying this when it was even mildly suggested he coul make the tournament - yet was chastised for it. There's no room for sentiment in sport. And Yuvraj has been poor.

  • sapnil2000 on September 29, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Yuvi is the best bowler plus his batting will come good soon. Rohit or shehwag need to be out

  • jibzz_100 on September 29, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Harbhajan V Pak: Tests: 9, wkts 25, avg 52.0 ODI 17, wkts 14, avg 57.2 T20 2, wkts 1, avg 68.0, econ 9.71...woeful stats for Dhoni.

  • Ruchit on September 29, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    I am afraid that Sehwag will be playing in place of Gambhir... Dhoni has a wicked mind, cannot guess what he thinks... If the problem is with batting, he will change bowlers and when the problem is with batsmen, he will change a bowler!

  • temerario on September 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    How did dhoni thought of winning against Australia without Sehwag?? Seriously lol... If he really want to play with only 6 specialists batsmen, then the first thing he should make is to handover gloves to someone else,because in that case they would be playing with 5 batsmen and a keeper..

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Salman I am a Pakistani as well, but brother you should never underrate a player, especially a player like sehwag. He is a world class top order batsman and whatever you say cant take that away from him. Best of luck to both the asian tigers for their match :) May the best team on the day win.

  • Harmony111 on September 29, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Based on his recent performances I do not think Viru's omission was wrong. Viru is a slow fielder, not a bowler anymore and is not scoring any runs. Patah at least scored 31 off 30 balls in the last game - Viru does not stay for even 10-12 balls these days. I do not think Viru deserves a place in the team as per his contributions but who knows, Viru might score 55 of 29 balls tomorrow and help India win the match - I would be glad to be proven wrong like this. Call me a conformist but I do not think Dhoni has taken any wrong decisions in the last 2 matches. In fact, If I was Dhoni then I would have dropped Zak too but the way Dinda bowled vs Eng would prevent me from doing this. The loss against Oz was embarrassing for sure but the world did not end that day did it? The Oz too were 89 ao vs Pak 3 weeks back so don't you see the very nature of this game? No one should forget that Pak were 76 ao in 1992 WC vs Eng but the rain saved them and the same Pak went on to win the WC. Chillax.

  • jibzz_100 on September 29, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    @ Arun Thomas Abraham how can india bring RAHANE when he is not in the squad of fifteen..India should choose the best 4 the occasion...chawla out, sehwag in..sharma out, manoj in.....

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Best of luck Yuvi Love from Pak

  • Alexk400 on September 29, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Dropping yuvi is out of the question. His left arm spin is better than any specialist spinners india have. Also he takes wickets. Also he scores more runs than most indian batsman. Only fools drop yuvi. I go with same playing XI

  • Alexk400 on September 29, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Normally sehwag better choice against pakistan but not now. he will get out to zero because he is seriously negative mood. He throw away his wicket and claim its the way he plays. People people do not select sehwag for this match. It is futile. I would not drop yuvi because 60% yuvi is better than any indian batsman because his left arm spin bowling better than any indian spinners. Sastri and manjerkar are armchair qb who ready to criticise and confuse so they can claim they are correct. I think india would be 500% better to go with irfan pathan as opener. he scored highest runs against deadly aussie fast bowlers. He can nullify umar gul easily. What india need is a blocker so india do not lose any early wickets. Time to continue with 5 bowler experiment. There will be rain in next match and india can stop over aggressive pakistan batsman with spin. All possible. If they pick sehwag it shows these duncan fletcher has no brain. a la greg chappell all over again. Negativity rules.

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    before the t 20 cup started, i thought that if India and Pakistan ever vs each other in this t 20 India will win for sure(coming from a Pakistani) but after seeing Indias balling against Australia and against a few other teams i think Pakistan will beat them and eliminate the from the t20 world cup.

  • Alexk400 on September 29, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Sastri and manjerekar are 100% wrong in picking sehwag. You do not wnat chop and change in every game. It will show you have no plan. Sehwag will get out for 0 if he gets picked. he is in negative mood. Not useful for india. Time to dump sehwag and go with Irfan pathan experiment. Hey india was 70 for 1 at end of 10 over and 50 in 5.5 over. Better than aussie 50. So pathan experiment worked in batting. if rohit and kholi clicked india would have scored 180. I was dead against dropping sehwag against australia but now i think if i am dhoni i will continue with 5 bowler experiment. Against aussies it was rain messed up. Against pakistan it would be a good test and india might sneak a win over aggressive pakistan. Dhoni wants decent opening with 80 at 10 over mark. Pathan is best bet for it. Sehwag will lose his wicket for zero. He is not in good mood. Dhoni and Raina can smack the pakistan spinners once india get 80 in 10 overs. All possible. I think india must continue 5 bowler theory

  • gousepasha on September 29, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Dhoni is acting as a dictator ....It is sure that if Dhoni do foolishness or selfishness we are going to lose this Wt20...Rohith??? Chawla?? what is this even Australian media and almost every body questioned about the omission of Sehwag against Australia.. If he do same in 2morrows match we are going to lose to Pak... if this happen no body will tolerate... It is there win and lose but if we lose coz of Dhoni's Selfishness it is not at all acceptable... We already missing the great R Dravid and now we are seeing the legend of T20 Sehwag in dressing room its nothing but a shame and slap on Indian captain.....

    Md Gouse Bidar.

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Captaining India is a thankless job. Now if Dhoni drops Yuvraj from the next match and India lose, then the same experts and fans will castigate him for excluding a big-stage performer like Yuvraj. There is a trend of hating captains in India: Azhar and Ganguly are the prime examples. People only started supporting Ganguly after he was sacked. Gambhir wins an IPL tournament and he is tipped as India's next captain. Fans are fickle, so are the experts. Under these capricious circumstances, the safest bet for Dhoni would be to play four specialists bowlers or drop Rohit Sharma.

  • Sagarjadhav10 on September 29, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    I think we should play viru...MSDs comment is laughing...He mentioned in last 8 matches 7 th batsman had played only less than 20 balls(before aus match). We all know sehwag the kind of start he gives,because of his clean hitting ballers lose line and length,and he provides platform for other batsman.We are wasting our powerplay overs,also indias only batsman in t20 among top 10 Suresh raina is not gaiting good chance for batting.we all know the way he smash the balls. MSD should come down the order because he is having strike rate less than Pathan...he should come at no 6 to bat. India should play 4 bowlers.and 7 batsman we can use yuvi,virat,rohit,raina as part timer for atleast 4 overs.Because all of them are having wicket taking capacity.

  • cooljack_143 on September 29, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    TEAM IND IS ALWAYS GOOD IN DO OR DIE SITUATION..I wont be surprised if IND make more than 200 vs PAK... SHOAIB MALIK & KARAM AKMAL these two GENTLEMEN play only against IND..So it will be a tough contest..Also VIRAT,ROHIT,SEHWAG,GAMBHIR,&YUVI will surely be pumped up to beat Pak tom. I just want one thing..IND VS PAK FINAL!!!!!..Praying so much for that to happen.I hope god listens...

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Dhoni can think of dropping Piush Chawla and Yuvi still in the team. He is the best all rounder. Fielding still good as well as batting and bowling. In place of Chawla Viru can join the team at one down. Still Pathan and Gambir can open and Shewag one down. My idea is that. Also Pakistan and India like brothers. Iam happy anyone wins this and even Pakistan get the t20 cup I am happy. Let the best team win and all the best to both.

  • on September 29, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    India Pak match is good entertainment for all the people... we Indians don't write off pak but we wil give them duff fight and more ever we ensure to win the game.......... we Indians especially who love India will always support our country... we want this match to be remembered as one of the best indo-pak t20!!!!

  • cricket_fan_1980 on September 29, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I have been a massive fan of Dhoni for a very long time and respect him immensely as a cricketer. I think he is the true representative of the rise of Indian cricket in the past decade. He has bought fangs to what has otherwise been a team of very gifted batsmen with no real panache or kill. For the first time, however, I feel that things are getting a bit too much for Dhoni. I think it is unfair to have him captain all formats. India won the ODI world cup in style, and I feel that is the domain Dhoni should focus on. They had a very shameful couple of test series after that, which made many serious cricket pundits question India's basic team foundation and quality. A lot of people started saying, are they just a team of gifted mavericks who will randomly win here and there on pure showmanship, but when the going really gets tough, like a gritty test series, they will be found out ruthlessly. This Aussie defeat sort of symbolizes that overall Indian mindset. And Dhoni looks frazzled!

  • Rakesh.Sinha on September 29, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Its very simple equation for next match drop Chawla/Bhajji

  • Alexk400 on September 29, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    if i am dhoni i will continue 5 bowler theory.Stop listening to arm chair quarterbacks. Simple reason is it may have failed because of rain against aussies. It might work against pakistan because india's strength is spin.

  • on September 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    sehwag is a better choice but against pak both of them r zero....hhaaahaahha

  • avmd on September 29, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    If Pak lost, nothing out of ordinary will happen, but, if India lost, implications will be huge. Callsl for Dhoni's head will become only louder. Every move he has made so far will be questioned. Rift among team members will become wider, which used to be a Pakistan team problem, not anymore.

  • on September 29, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    I wonder why M S DHoni is experimenting with the team in the event like World Cup. It is not the time for experiments. I think there is some cold ward is going on with Sehwag and Dhoni, Sehwag is favorite for everyone then how come he is dropped in key matches. Ok if captain thinks his form is bad then there are many who are looking rusty in the team expect Virat Kohli. I agree with Ravi Shastri's comments on Yuvi, he needs some time to recover and his presence right now in the team is not making any impact but he is performing better than Piyush Chawla. Team India need to make their combinations right and now they will face a pressure match against Pakistan. Hope for best.

  • Smoochy on September 29, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    What nonsense?! He has got double-digit scores in nearly every game, and has taken wickets too. There are so many players in this team who've done far less. Rohit usually doesn't survive 3 balls in SL. Raina plays almost as a specialist fielder. Bhajji and Piyush - between them - bowled 3 overs for 30+ runs and 0 wickets in the last game. And yet, these experts are targeting Yuvraj because they think he 'may not be fully fit'?! Outrageous. Almost as ridiculous as Sehwag not finding a place in this team full of passengers.

  • anto12 on September 29, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    I hope India rests yuvraj and plays sehwag in place of him. Also balaji or Dinda should come in place of Chawla.

  • loke_cricfan on September 29, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    harbhajan or chawla should be dropped. Not yuvraj. What abt Rohit Sharma???

  • glovern on September 29, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I think that dropping Yuvraj Singh will spoil the confidence with Yuvraj Singh. I think that he should play againest Pakistan, he provides the left arm spin and his middle order batsman. He also is a good fielder. I think that he should be given one last chance to showcase his current skill. The problem i have with Ravi Shastri is when Yuvraj Singh scored that 34 againest New-Zealand, everybody including Ravi Shastri has said that he is 100% fit and what a discision to pick him and now there backfiring there own comments. I also completly disagree with Sanjay Mandrekar because yes Virender Sehwag is a great batsman but there should be a line between ability stats and code of conduct, if he really wanted to be back into the Indian side why would he skip batting practice. I think that M.S Dhoni is completly in his place to leave Virender Sehwag because hes very low on form and he doesn't help the youngsters and he creates tension in the Indian dugout. He needs to get his act together.

  • Salams on September 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    It's correct !!! sehwag should play tomorrow, but yuvi exclusion it will not be idea wen u hav low strike rate batsman like MSD, he should have been excluded from squad.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    i cant understand the idea ov playing chawla ahead of sehwag..... Surely dhoni is trying to keep Sehwag out of the team by any means....

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    I agree to both of you.... Sehwag must be in next match against Pakistaan.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Clearly seems to be more than the justification on Dhoni's part. What did he try to prove with the decisions made for the match against Australia?!

  • vpk23 on September 29, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Tiwary should play... A better FEILDER and a X-Factor too! Pick him India. You Won't go Wrong

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Get who ever you'll want...there is 90 % of pressure between both the sides...anything can happen between both the sides ! Game is a Game in the end of the day !!

  • cricke on September 29, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Right comments made by Ravi Shastri & Manjrekar.Yuvraj doesnt look completely fit to play at this moment.I completely agree with Sehwag opening the innings rather than IRFAN.Also there is no use playing 3 spinners when we have part timers.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    drop rohit sharma ,chawla and zaheer .bring back sehwag,rahane and tiwary .i am sure rahane will be much better than sharma who has been given a lot of chances .sehwag is like afridi ,thankfully the fear factor still remains and even if he doesnt fire with the bat ,he can contribute with the ball .

  • Kimiiceman on September 29, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Shastri was speaking about Yuvi, But he is not talking about the Waste man"Rohit sharma".B'coz shastri, Manjrekar all of them from Mumbai.We are not playing Mumbai,we are playing for"TEAM INDIA"..AGAIN I AM MENTIONING ""TEAM INDIA"".Yuvi is not match fit but Wasteman Rohit sharma is not fit to play international Cricket.(Even not fit to play for Nepal Team in Cricket)

  • OhPakistan on September 29, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Shastri & Manjrekar are spot-on ! For Pete's sake, Super Eights is no place to experiment ( e.g. Irfan Pathan opening the batting) - things happen "quickly" and you need your best (explosive) batsmen in top order. Yuvraj's return should've been arranged/planned ( only after T20 Cup ). To beef up the bowling , Yuvraj should be replaced with "specialist bowler" as India has enough batsmen to decimate any bowling attack.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    let yuvi play...he is okay..dun make scene out of last match..

    don't make controversial statements to stay in spotlight :))

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Leaving Sehwag was a big blunder. I think Dhoni should come in at no.4 regularly in T20 format.Yuvraj and Raina may follow him. Rohit sharma has became a burden on Indian team. He got one 50 against England and he has cemented his place for next 20 games at least. Lets see if new selection committee throws him out and bring tiwary in.

  • kasii on September 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Mr.Shastri...why can't u say the same thing to ur favourite cricketer dhoni....Yuvi with 60% fitness is any day better than Dhoni with career sr of 109...What the hell Ro"Flop" sharma and "good for nothing" chawla doing in the team...India have not won a single super-8 game after 2007 wc...its because sehwag is missing...as simple as that....

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    as everyone says, pakistan have the edge, I too agree that, but that edges will carried to the first slip, or keeper, get ready pakistan(chokers against india in world cup) for the humiliation, history always repeats and haunts

  • shray_india on September 29, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    It is funny why noone is talking about Rohit Sharma?How much chance will be given to him.Drop PIYUSH CHAWLA AND BRING VIRU IN..Its that simple..And please spare Yuvi, Mr.Shashtri..Because he is saving his best for the last.And when he will score,you will be the first to say "YUVRAJ SINGH is a world class player.I always knew and had no doubt about his capability".

  • A.Salve on September 29, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Why Yuvraj ? Who is going to fight if we need 80+ runs in last 25-30 balls ? Do you think Sharma / Raina can bring the match? If performance is an issue, Dhoni should drop himself... Why drop someone hitting 6 sixes in an over, Man of the series in world cup, real match winner? It is 20-20.... we need hard hitters and it will cost india if Yuvraj is left out of playing 11

  • gunjial786 on September 29, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Yuvraj is a match winner he should be in the team

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    yap.............Pakistan may not be on top of the ICC rankings, and certainly their supporters tend to be famously skeptical about the side's winning abilities, but the statistical reality is that T20 is Pakistan's game. They have the second-best win-loss ratio in T20I cricket, and have pulled off more T20I victories than any other team. The three highest wicket-takers in T20Is are all Pakistanis. Pakistan is the only team to have made the semi-finals of each of the three previous World Twenty20 contests.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Best Of Luck Team Pakistan & Yuvi Isn't 100% Fit Its True.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    1)I agree....Sehwag is not the weak point...yuvraj is....its great that he has played the way he has till now but even then he needed solid international outing to be actually called in the team for World Cup. 2)Irfan should just bowl out within 10 overs. 3) Harbhajan should train for Test only. 4) Virat Kohli should be demoted at least one position and Dhoni/Raina should bat at 3.

  • xylo on September 29, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    So Shastri and Manjrekhar just woke up from their hibernation and realized that Yuvraj has been picked?

  • smbhayi on September 29, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I also question that... and selection committee don't have faith in their team... that's why they wear old jersy.... and India surely miss pk`s bowling ... He has the ability to swing both ways....

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    What fast bolwers shastri is talking about??? India dont have any fast bowlers. If they include Dinda / Pathan and zaheer all off colors fast bowlers then pak will socre over 200.

  • altaf_ on September 29, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    I agree with Ravi shastri he looks rusty and I have already seen him many times he refused to run hard and in crucial time of match refused second run... don't be emotional or we are surely out of this tournament...!

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Over-ratted Yuvraj gets the treatment................

  • rohanma on September 29, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Ravi Shastri is Absolutely Correct,Selectors should not have rushed Yuvraj into the team,intead of that they should have given a chance to Ambati Rayudu who is a gud lower Order Batsman and can be a part time wicketkeeper as well. As Manoj Tiwary is in the squad they should give chance to him.

  • CaptainKool on September 29, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Agree with Ravi. He is always right. Sehwag should be in. May be Yuvi too but not sure If Tiwary will get a chance in place of Yuvi cuz Yuvraj provides bowling option. Chawla MUST be dropped for god sake. Good luck!

  • kalyanbk on September 29, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    When India loses everyone will have their own opinion. While I agree that Sehwag should play against Pakistan, I think that Yuvraj should play as well. He is a champion and knows how to mentally handle pressure matches. He will be the fifth bowler and the second spinner. Leave Harbhajan out of this match alone because Harbhajan has not been effective against Pakistan.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Yuvraj can play rohit should open the innings with shewag and gambhir should come one down

  • M.Muneer5 on September 29, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    INSHALLAH Pakistan will win easily.IMRAN will play a historical knock.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    What about Rohit? Atleast yuvraj can bowl and worth a try... after all he is a proven match winner..if Sewhag not playing then u r letting Pakistan to think that they can beat us before a ball bowled.. Any good batsmen like to bat with class batsman like Virat,Gambir,Yuvaraj,Raina not certainly with Irfan ....

  • androyuvi on September 29, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    You need guts to talk about this openly, and Ravi shashtri has that!!

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    i do agree with what shastri has said... the only good thing about yuvraj after his come back is his bowling... his fielding n running between the wickets are really poor...his batting doesnt look that great.... so,if india wanna go with 5 bowlers, yuvi shud be dropped instead of sehwag and dat shud be the way.....if dhoni wana go back to 4 bowler formula, he shud play...and i think dhoni vl go back to 4 bowlers formula.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    everybody questions when things go wrong , i hate so called cricket experts

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Ravi Shastri Sir is Absolutely Correct,Selectors should have given more time to Yuvraj than rushing him in to the team,They Should have picked Ambati Rayudu who is a very gud lower order batsman and is an Gud Part time Wicketkeeper as well. Atleast they should go with Manoj Tiwary now who is a gud batman and a gud fielder as well.

  • meetagod on September 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    When i saw India team against Australia, honestly I thought India is going to badly. I was wrong, they were beaten very badly. Even if they win next two, the bowling average is going to hurt India's come back. So Indian boys play cool and enjoy next two games.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    After having chemo for cancer it is near impossible to get back to fitness levels required for any international sport within a year. Shastri is right when he says that Yuvaraj was brought in for sentimental reasons. Well, that's done now and it's time to give Yuvi some time to recover and play the best XI for the Pakistan match.

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  • on September 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    After having chemo for cancer it is near impossible to get back to fitness levels required for any international sport within a year. Shastri is right when he says that Yuvaraj was brought in for sentimental reasons. Well, that's done now and it's time to give Yuvi some time to recover and play the best XI for the Pakistan match.

  • meetagod on September 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    When i saw India team against Australia, honestly I thought India is going to badly. I was wrong, they were beaten very badly. Even if they win next two, the bowling average is going to hurt India's come back. So Indian boys play cool and enjoy next two games.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Ravi Shastri Sir is Absolutely Correct,Selectors should have given more time to Yuvraj than rushing him in to the team,They Should have picked Ambati Rayudu who is a very gud lower order batsman and is an Gud Part time Wicketkeeper as well. Atleast they should go with Manoj Tiwary now who is a gud batman and a gud fielder as well.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    everybody questions when things go wrong , i hate so called cricket experts

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    i do agree with what shastri has said... the only good thing about yuvraj after his come back is his bowling... his fielding n running between the wickets are really poor...his batting doesnt look that great.... so,if india wanna go with 5 bowlers, yuvi shud be dropped instead of sehwag and dat shud be the way.....if dhoni wana go back to 4 bowler formula, he shud play...and i think dhoni vl go back to 4 bowlers formula.

  • androyuvi on September 29, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    You need guts to talk about this openly, and Ravi shashtri has that!!

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    What about Rohit? Atleast yuvraj can bowl and worth a try... after all he is a proven match winner..if Sewhag not playing then u r letting Pakistan to think that they can beat us before a ball bowled.. Any good batsmen like to bat with class batsman like Virat,Gambir,Yuvaraj,Raina not certainly with Irfan ....

  • M.Muneer5 on September 29, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    INSHALLAH Pakistan will win easily.IMRAN will play a historical knock.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Yuvraj can play rohit should open the innings with shewag and gambhir should come one down

  • kalyanbk on September 29, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    When India loses everyone will have their own opinion. While I agree that Sehwag should play against Pakistan, I think that Yuvraj should play as well. He is a champion and knows how to mentally handle pressure matches. He will be the fifth bowler and the second spinner. Leave Harbhajan out of this match alone because Harbhajan has not been effective against Pakistan.