Australia in India 2010 September 20, 2010

Yuvraj Singh dropped, Cheteshwar Pujara gets maiden call-up

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh has been dropped for next month's Test series against Australia with Cheteshwar Pujara, the Saurashtra batsman who has been scoring heavily in domestic and other first-class cricket, replacing him. The selectors, who met in Chennai on Monday, made one more unexpected decision in dropping Karnataka seamer Abhimanyu Mithun, who impressed the team management in Sri Lanka in the absence of Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth.

Zaheer and Sreesanth both made comebacks from injury, along with Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir. All four missed India's series-levelling win at the P Sara Oval last month. Zaheer and Harbhajan were part of Mumbai Indians' unsuccessful campaign in the Champions League T20 in South Africa. Gambhir and Sreesanth began their return in the Corporate Trophy and will continue it in the three-day game between the Board President's XI and the Australians, starting September 25 in Chandigarh.

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, said "everything - form, fitness" was considered while picking the squad. On Pujara's selection, he said, "He has done well in the last two domestic seasons, and on sheer weight of performance he has muscled his way in. All cricket - domestic, A tours, international - was given weightage."

It was indeed getting increasingly difficult to ignore Pujara, a run-machine in domestic cricket. He first caught headlines in 2006-07, when he scored 600 first-class runs at an average of 50. It was just the beginning of the Pujara story: he went on to pile up centuries in the next three first-class seasons, averaging 53.35, 65.56 and 82.33. The A tour of England earlier this year, when he scored an unbeaten double-century, perhaps sealed the deal. He will be playing the tour game against the Australians to try and convince the selectors they have made the right call.

Yuvraj, meanwhile, has been asked to lead the Rest of India side in the Irani Cup clash against Mumbai, which starts the same day as the first Test against Australia.

His last Test assignment summed up the kind of unfortunate year he has had. After being dropped for the Asia Cup, his first limited-overs axing since he became a regular in the early 2000s, he made a satisfactory comeback to the Test side in Sri Lanka. He scored a century in the tour game even as others struggled, and then went onto score a fifty in the first Test. Before the second Test, he came down with fever, and Suresh Raina made full use of the opportunity, scoring a match-saving century, and keeping the place for the final Test. From the sidelines, amid water-boy chants, he saw India level the series. The lacklustre tri-series that followed in Sri Lanka didn't help Yuvraj's case.

It is clear now that Raina is the preferred No. 6 batsman in the Indian line-up and, had Yuvraj been in the squad, there was a good chance he would be sitting out the first Test in Mohali. It is reliably learnt that the selectors agreed Yuvraj needed to spend more time in the middle rather than on the Indian bench, an experience that would be of greater benefit to a more inexperienced batsman like Pujara. Yuvraj's match practice will, they hope, turn his form around in time for the one-day series against Australia that follows the two Tests.

One selector said Yuvraj would be India's "trump card" at the World Cup and the team needed him to be at his best in February. It is not known whether any of the selectors, team management or captain Dhoni had informed Yuvraj about their plan in advance.

India squad MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, M Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Sreesanth and Amit Mishra

Rest of India squad Yuvraj Singh (capt.), Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Saurabh Tiwary, Parthiv Patel (wk), Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, R Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun and Ravindra Jadeja

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  • Indian_Rules on September 27, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    @ dineshcc : Dude u got me wrong once again.. im not karnataka supporter nor do i like uthappa... Having said that, i also want to mention im not CSK or TN player hater.. Now that i have made myself clear ( hopefully u also got it clearly ).... My only concern here is that Mr Tamil Nadu is promoting TN and CSK players... He is giving ample opportunities to CSK / TN players.. Now dont say that in the whole of India only TN / CSL players deserve opportunities

  • DINESHCC on September 27, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Indian_Rules: I can understand your position, that too, after seeing our team's performance against Aus and after seeing the performance of CSK in the CLT20. Your's most hated and unfit cricketers Murali Vijay and R.Ashwin are the highest run getter and wicket taker in the CLT20. Your favourite cricketer Ooooothappa's ability has been tested in the CLT20. I also hate K.Srikkanth for not selecting Irfan Pathan in the Board President XI. Had he selected, his ability could have been tested and you people switch over the loyalty to some other players. But I can say you one thing by seeing the performance in one innings we cannot come to a conclusion on the capability of players like Dhawan, Saha, Udankat, Umesh, Pujara, Rahane, Tiwary. This is applicable to TN players too

  • on September 27, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    maybe Ashwin should be added to the slow bowling mix....

  • manoj.c on September 26, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Chennai are the champions..thats a response fo all TN critics..

  • manoj.c on September 26, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    oh my gudness...Ashwin is the leading wicket taker...vijay is the higest run getter..all from TN..i'm woried for all TN critcs..

  • manoj.c on September 26, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    @Inidan_rules..ohh no Murali vijay is the highest run getter in CL..isn't it someway bothering you..

  • Indian_Rules on September 26, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    @DineshCC .. Ha Ha Ha.. This is not you who is speaking.. This is your frustration... Maybe Mr Tamil Nadu has recruited u to salvage his image from being a poor selector.. or who knows maybe Mr Tamil Nadu himself is here trying to defend himself disguised as Dineshcc ( Bhed ki khaal mein bhediya )... And haan if no TN or CSK player has been selected for the current match against aus, it goes on to show that none had the calibre to be in that team either.. leave alone being a part of the national 11

  • Des_65 on September 26, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    "Posted by Vinay Kumar on (September 20 2010, 11:47 AM GMT) Absolutely justified.... Mithun has nevr looked in good touch...Leave out 3 wicket hauls which were f no use!!! Lookin at some of the players who hv tried comin up, Dhaval Kulkarni shud hv been given a nod in the squad..." Dhaval is injured - may play for Mumbai.

  • Des_65 on September 26, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    "Posted by Manu.t on (September 20 2010, 10:55 AM GMT) i think abhishek nayar should have atleast been a part of the rest of india squad He played brilliantly when others struggled against south africa when they came in india early this year" Don't worry he and Rohit Sharma will play for Mumbai.

  • Des_65 on September 26, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Posted by Rajasekhar.M on (September 25 2010, 11:47 AM GMT) "I don't understand why they didn't picked Rohit Sharma for any thing.He is the one we need to see for future.Selectors and Dhono are not using him properly." Yes, he should be tried for longer versions of the game. But, anyway he will be playing for Mumbai against Rest of India.

  • Indian_Rules on September 27, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    @ dineshcc : Dude u got me wrong once again.. im not karnataka supporter nor do i like uthappa... Having said that, i also want to mention im not CSK or TN player hater.. Now that i have made myself clear ( hopefully u also got it clearly ).... My only concern here is that Mr Tamil Nadu is promoting TN and CSK players... He is giving ample opportunities to CSK / TN players.. Now dont say that in the whole of India only TN / CSL players deserve opportunities

  • DINESHCC on September 27, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Indian_Rules: I can understand your position, that too, after seeing our team's performance against Aus and after seeing the performance of CSK in the CLT20. Your's most hated and unfit cricketers Murali Vijay and R.Ashwin are the highest run getter and wicket taker in the CLT20. Your favourite cricketer Ooooothappa's ability has been tested in the CLT20. I also hate K.Srikkanth for not selecting Irfan Pathan in the Board President XI. Had he selected, his ability could have been tested and you people switch over the loyalty to some other players. But I can say you one thing by seeing the performance in one innings we cannot come to a conclusion on the capability of players like Dhawan, Saha, Udankat, Umesh, Pujara, Rahane, Tiwary. This is applicable to TN players too

  • on September 27, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    maybe Ashwin should be added to the slow bowling mix....

  • manoj.c on September 26, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Chennai are the champions..thats a response fo all TN critics..

  • manoj.c on September 26, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    oh my gudness...Ashwin is the leading wicket taker...vijay is the higest run getter..all from TN..i'm woried for all TN critcs..

  • manoj.c on September 26, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    @Inidan_rules..ohh no Murali vijay is the highest run getter in CL..isn't it someway bothering you..

  • Indian_Rules on September 26, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    @DineshCC .. Ha Ha Ha.. This is not you who is speaking.. This is your frustration... Maybe Mr Tamil Nadu has recruited u to salvage his image from being a poor selector.. or who knows maybe Mr Tamil Nadu himself is here trying to defend himself disguised as Dineshcc ( Bhed ki khaal mein bhediya )... And haan if no TN or CSK player has been selected for the current match against aus, it goes on to show that none had the calibre to be in that team either.. leave alone being a part of the national 11

  • Des_65 on September 26, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    "Posted by Vinay Kumar on (September 20 2010, 11:47 AM GMT) Absolutely justified.... Mithun has nevr looked in good touch...Leave out 3 wicket hauls which were f no use!!! Lookin at some of the players who hv tried comin up, Dhaval Kulkarni shud hv been given a nod in the squad..." Dhaval is injured - may play for Mumbai.

  • Des_65 on September 26, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    "Posted by Manu.t on (September 20 2010, 10:55 AM GMT) i think abhishek nayar should have atleast been a part of the rest of india squad He played brilliantly when others struggled against south africa when they came in india early this year" Don't worry he and Rohit Sharma will play for Mumbai.

  • Des_65 on September 26, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Posted by Rajasekhar.M on (September 25 2010, 11:47 AM GMT) "I don't understand why they didn't picked Rohit Sharma for any thing.He is the one we need to see for future.Selectors and Dhono are not using him properly." Yes, he should be tried for longer versions of the game. But, anyway he will be playing for Mumbai against Rest of India.

  • on September 25, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Tour Fixtures Ind Pres XI v Australians at Chandigarh - Sep 25-27 Australians 319/1 1st Test: India v Australia at Mohali Oct 1-5, 2010 (09:30 local, 04:00 GMT) 2nd Test: India v Australia at Bangalore Oct 9-13, 2010 (09:30 local, 04:00 GMT) 1st ODI: India v Australia at Kochi Oct 17, 2010 (09:00 local, 03:30 GMT) 2nd ODI: India v Australia at Visakhapatnam Oct 20, 2010 (14:30 local, 09:00 GMT)

  • Rajasekhar.M on September 25, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    I don't understand why they didn't picked Rohit Sharma for any thing.He is the one we need to see for future.Selectors and Dhono are not using him properly.

  • DINESHCC on September 25, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Indian_Rules: Yesterday ECB announced England Test Team for ASHES. You must be happy that no TN players are in the squad. The likes of Nasser Hussain, Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar, Vikram Solanki, Mark Ramprakash, Owais Shah are not from Tamil Nadu and they are from Punjab and other States. Robin Singh who represented India from Tamil Nadu belongs to West Indies and Hemang Badani is from Gujarat. K.Srikkant from Mohanjadaro and S.Venkatraghavan from Harappa.

  • DINESHCC on September 25, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Indian_Rules: Now Australia 127/0. Had Irfan Pathan selected in the place of Umesh Yadav the score would have been 254/0 and pathan's figures would be 10-0-253-0

  • DINESHCC on September 25, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Indian_Rules. I think you must be happy that no TN players are in the playing XI of 3 day match against Australia. The status will be maintained in the Ist and 2nd Test Match against Australia and also in the 1st and 2nd ODI against Australia. In the 3rd one day match the tea boy in the Indian Dressing Room will get injured and in his place Dinesh Kaarthik will be selected and then again there will be message flood in this forum.

  • DINESHCC on September 25, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Indian_Rules: Please see your mentor Ooooothapppaaaa's performance in the CLT20. You also came in for support of Irfan Paaaaathan. Anyhow he will be picked in the NZ series. Let us see his performance. See the statistics given by Altet.G. Even though the TN players are performing well, still they are treated as bench staff only. This is the fact and please accept the reality. Al through the years since 1932 the Indian team slected were / are either Mumbai XI and Karnataka XI. You go through the record books and make your comments.

  • DINESHCC on September 25, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Indian_Rules: I can say only one thing to you. Get well soon.

  • snbkumar on September 24, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Any reason why Praveen Kumaris not picked? Also Ashwin!

  • TexasCricket on September 24, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Sewhag,Gambhir,Dravid,Sachin,VVS,Raina,Dhoni,Harbhajan,zaheer,Ishanth,& Sreesanth..should be the best palying 11.. unless they decide to include extra spinner (well we don't even have a good regular one).. Pujara can be the bench warmer! for now barring any injury to the 11..(hope not). Yuvi will never be an automatic selection test player and as of now he may even have to prove that for one day team. if the Selectors sustain this level we will probably see Uthappa and Yusuf back in Blue and will never see Jadeja in Blue.. Good luck Team INDIA..

  • KrazyCricketKid on September 23, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Very good team selected for the Test squad. A little change I would have made in the ROI squad is that i would have added Murali Karthik and Abu Nechim. but still good team. Now, My ODI squad would be:

    1. Virender Sehwag 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Gautam Gambhir 4. Suresh Raina 5. Saurabh Tiwari 6. Robin Uthappa 7. Ambati Rayudu 8. Mahendra Dhoni 9. Harbhajan Singh 10. Ravichandran Ashwin 11. Zaheer khan 12. Praveen kumar 13. Ashish Nehra 14. Munaf Patel 15. Yuvraj Singh

  • Alter.G on September 23, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    In relation to my previous comment, three players from the RANJI PLATE deserve mention as well: 1. SAURABH TIWARY; 2. SUNNY SINGH; and 3. R DEWAN. Also, Parthiv Patel played a year in the plate so his rank went lower. If those stats are added, his rank goes up to No. 4!

  • Alter.G on September 23, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    JUDGE FOR YOURSELF. THESE ARE THE FACTS. Analyzing the performance of the batsman over 3 Ranji Super League seasons 2008-10, which is the term of the current selectors. The best 20 performers were as follows (by runs scored, avg>50): 1. AJINKYA RAHANE; 2. CHETESHWAR PUJARA; 3. WASIM JAFFER; 4. ABHINAV MUKUND; 5. S BADRINATH; 6. M VIJAY; 7. SHIKHAR DHAWAN; 8. ROHIT SHARMA; 9. AAKASH CHOPRA; 10. PARTHIV PATEL; 11. DINESH KARTHIK; 12. CHIRAG PATHAK; 13. MANISH PANDEY; 14. RAHUL DRAVID; 15. VIRAT KOHLI; 16. RAVINDRA JADEJA; 17. GAUTAM GAMBHIR; 18. SURESH RAINA; 19. KM JADHAV; and 20. RK SOLANKI.

  • Alter.G on September 23, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    FIND FLAWS WITH THESE STATS! Top 15 batsmen based on overall Ranji Super League records from 2008-10. Ranked on consistency, runs scored and average --> NAME (avg.): 1. Ajinkya Rahane; 2. Cheteshwar Pujara; 3. Wasim Jaffer; 4. Abhinav Mukund; 5. S Badrinath; 6. M Vijay; 7. Shikhar Dhawan; 8. Rohit Sharma; 9. Aakash Chopra; 10. Parthiv Patel; 11. Dinesh Karthik; 12. Chirag Pathak; 13. Manish Pandey; 14. Rahul Dravid; 15. Virat Kohli and 16. Ravindra Jadeja. SO LEAVE THE SELECTORS ALONE. THEY'RE DOING A REASONABLE JOB.

  • Alter.G on September 23, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    During the current selectors' term (2008-10), I analyzed the performance of all batsman in Ranji Super League over 3 seasons. My qualifying CRITERIA for each season was >400 runs & >50 average. Tamil Nadu batsman's performances feature the MOST (12), followed by Delhi (9), Mumbai (8), Saurashtra (5) and Karnataka (4).

  • Alter.G on September 23, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    I am ashamed to read the highly disparaging comments on this forum. It is incredible how many of you view the selectors panel to be a one-man show, and it betrays your lack of knowledge of the system.

  • on September 23, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Also, if Raina plays consistently in the first match, Pujara has to wait till another test series. I also hope that the curator's do some hard work on the wicket and give it some bounce and longevity so that we can have results.

  • on September 23, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    This is going to be the final 11 unless there's any last moment injury (in batting order):

    1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. VVS Laxman 6. Suresh Raina 7. M.S. Dhoni 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Zaheer Khan 10. Sreesanth 11. Ishant Sharma


    1. Harbhajan is out of any kind of form. 2. Ishant can't just blindly pitch everything short and trouble the Aussies. 3. Sreesanth has to show serious determination and work his swing. 4. Rahul Dravid and Gambhir have to be stubborn and get their focus back. 5. Opening partnerships are the key at pitches like Mohali and Bangalore. 6. Can't do much about fielding with aging squad.

    I wish India luck and hope that Punter's arrogance is permanently tainted this time. Also, may Sachin cross 14K mark.

  • Selva_R on September 23, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    If you say like that....Mr Tamil nadu selected team who played for CSK.This CSK will all the team in world...ok..selecting player from CSK is not a fault. If I go by your way wat about Zaheer Khan and Harbajan..balaji(csk) and aswin(csk) is best than them.better we are thinking that we will send CSK team to play test against australia....they will win people will start crying.... Tamilan Da...<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Tamilan RULZ>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Indian_Rules on September 23, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I would also like to add here the love for Ravindra Jadeja ( Yes he is an allrounder. He cant bat, he cant bowl and he cant field ) shown by Mr Tamil Nadu ( Shrikanth ).Check out these line which are present for his career stats "After an unimpressive showing in the 2008-2009 Ranji Trophy, in which he was last in the wicket-takers list and came sixtieth in the batting aggregates, Jadeja was called up to the Indian squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in January 2009".Mr Tamil Nadu why was he selected?Why do you continue to select him?Few more stats abt Jadeja ODI : M-34 Inn-22 Runs - 535 Avg-31.47 ( this looks a little high for his capabilities as he has been not out 5 times ) SR-76.97 (only). Bowling: Wickets-29 Avg-41.55 ( BAD ) SR-51.4 (WORSE)......... Even in T20, his Avg-16.25 and SR-86.6 (not even 100 ). Bowling: Avg-46.4 (BAD) SR-37.2(Cant get Worse than that) Economy-7.48(Ha Ha). Still im sure he will be a part of world cup, unless Mr Tamil Nadu is kicked out

  • Indian_Rules on September 23, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Just check out these facts.. The 2 teams ( test team and ROI team ) selected by Mr Tamil Nadu has the following players. Dhoni ( CSK ), Raina ( CSK ), M Vijay ( CSK, TN ), Abhinav Mukund ( CSK, TN ), S Badrinath ( CSK, TN ), R Ashwin ( CSK, TN ), Parthiv Patel ( CSK ).Cant you see the CSK factor coming into the picture? Well Srinivas ( owner of CSK ) is a part of BCCI. Shrikanth ( Mr Tamil Nadu ) is the brand ambassador of CSK and his son plays in CSK too.He is simply promoting his team so that CSK get more endorsements as CSK players get more chances to be in the Indian Team

  • Indian_Rules on September 23, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    I wont be surprised if Mr Tamil Nadu ( few people know him as shrikanth ) will select the world cup team comprising of 5-6 tamil nadu players ( or the ones who play for csk ) ... He is the lord curzon of Indian Cricket.. Divide and Rule

  • DeepuSamyu on September 23, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    My order would be VS, GG, RD, Pujara, SRT, VVS, MSD, HS, IS, ZK, SS. This way Pujara is sandwiched between top guns so that he plays to his full strength rather than coming down the order and not able to showcase his talent (like VVS). I hope RD, SRT, VVS, MSD realize they have to groom next gen of Test cricketers.

  • on September 22, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara is a good option but Yuvi should not have been dropped from the squad. Looking at Australia's confidence (Seemingly Over), India should minimize the experiments.

  • Raja22222 on September 22, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    I just want to tell some thing to the biased critics here in this have to understand its a test cricket.The stage is really attacking any tensed..There were so many one match wonders in Indian test history..There are under capacitised players who continued to play longer periods. In the past we lost many class players due to pressure. If some one is found as a class act give them time to settle down.How many of u r watching the game with a technical I dont know but watch the way batsmen get out in a test match.If he is not overcoming from that mistake done in the past then he has to leave the slot for some one else.having seen the way Vijay out in the test matches there is no technical flaw.He is the most talented here.If there is no place in the opening he has to be given chance in the middle order.Bcoz if he can play as a opener in tests he can play anywhere as it is much easier. Guys dont cry for Vijay's selection. Spent some time in watching his amazing shots

  • manasvi_lingam on September 22, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    @ seenurag: If TN is the best domestic side in India then can you expalin why they haven't won the Ranji trophy for quite a long time? Or do you have some more conspiracy theories? The fact is that Karthik is not good enough to play as a batsman alone and he is a horrible keeper, equally bad as Parthiv. Vijay is OK but his averages are not so great in international cricket. badri was unlucky because his best years coincided with the Big 4. Thoe years have gone by and there's no use moaning about them since they are gone. And everyone throwing around stats should remember that neither Badri nor Pujara have as impressive stats as Rahane does. In fact, if one looks at the all-time FC averages in the history of cricket, currently he is among the top 10.

  • manasvi_lingam on September 22, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Raina is a decent enough player in ODIs but he has a long way to go in Tests. Once the Big 3 retire, there are only 2 batsmen below 25 who seem to have the potential. Of which, the Smaller Run Machine has been chosen - Pujara. But, statistically average-wise and the least no. of Tests per century belong to Rahane who should be given the chance soon. Rahane may not score as big as Pujara but he's more consistent. Mukund is another guy who deserves a chance. The rest of them are all suitable for T20s and ODIs: Tiwary, Pandey, Uthappa, Raina, Kohli, etc. Rohit Sharma on the other hand is completely unsiutable for all forms of the game

  • on September 21, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Finally, Pujara got attention of selection board !!! Hopefully he will get chance in the final eleven.

  • manoj.c on September 21, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    @ Aravind wrote the fact..people don't understand on which basis the selection is done..but they just keep shouting at committee if their favorite players are not selected..i wonder whether all these critics follow the domestic tournament or do they know anything about selection..after a long time few TN players are getting into the team which is not digestible for the northies..

  • Aussasinator on September 21, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    It's a difficult team to pick, since we have a surfeit of good batsmen - explains why Vijay has been left out, who's so good against pace bowling. He'll have to wait for Dravid's retirement. On the bowling front, it would have been nice if a slot could have been found for Ashwin. His kind of bowling would have troubled the Aussies no end. A potential matchwinner and I hope the mistake is rectified for the ODIs, since we have to pick horses for the courses.

  • TheGame666able on September 21, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    People commenting should get their facts right before blindly accusing srikanth of TN bias. -Its a test team for heavens sake!! not an odi or t20 team. -Yuvraj has played 34 tests and has looked ordinary to say the least.How long should more deserving players be kept out waiting for him to unfurl his true talent or whateva? -How can you compare vijay's inclusion with yuvi being droppped?One is an opener and other plays at no.6.Will yuvraj be opening if god forbid sehwag/gambhir get injured? -Again..its a test team..Vijay has been the backup opener for some time now and has performed decently in the 10 odd innings with >100 partnerships with sehwag in most of them.He's getting the job done.He has failed miserably in odi's not tests. -Even if yuvi was included there's no way he cud be in the playin 11 with raina on the rampage he is.He'll be the backbone for india in future. -Amit mishra?dunno what he's doing thr..wont get to play mostly.

  • on September 21, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Guys, i think selecting vijay is all of your problem. he is going to be benched for whole series. no place for him in playing 11 , as well as for pujara. May be you guys want yuvaraj to be water boy again.

  • crisspyman on September 21, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    The squad is good from the batting point of view because some young superstars are selected.But the main department looks too frail and weak.Mainly fast bowling.The selectors should have given chance to some young blood who can put his hearts out and bowl at a good pace(i mean above 140 km/hr).I dont think kamran khan will be a bad option.Express bowlers are very handy in indian conditions........

  • jals on September 21, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Mr. Shrikanth could you please justify who is better option for second opener Wassim Jaffer or Murali Vijay, why Jaffer is ignored for so long as he is doing better in domestic cricket.

  • TexasCricket on September 21, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Vijay is the back up opener.. He won't be in playing 11 if Sewhag & Gambhir are playing. We don't have a quality Test spinner as of now so pick 3 out of what you have (unless you have the courage to Call MURALI KARTHIK in). Local popularity through IPL doesn't mean they will be good test players. overall this test team looks good on paper. We all can be happy till they announce ODI team..(when Jadeja comes back !!!with nothing to show ahead of Yusuf and Karthik ahead of Uthappa !!)

  • on September 21, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    The only negative thing about this selection is ashwin should have been consideref instead of ojha n mishra..they had too many oppurtunities n neva grabbed any of it..Ashwin can use his height to good effects...this is only valid if an injury happens to bhaji...hope bhaji is fit coz reali reali dont wanna see ojha n mishra givin those loose balls like...overall good better decisions from selection committee than last few months...

  • on September 21, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Guyz who cry foul against M Vijay's selection and Mr. Srikanth as cheif selector, my sincere advise to all of u - plz grow up. Im not sure whether all of you are aware that selection is not solely done by Srikanth, the selection committee has bunch of selectors represnt from all zones of India(where Yusuf, irfan, Manish, Saurab or Kohli hails from) and they do dicuss with Gary and Dhoni as well. Im wondering where comes the partiality. If Srikanth's decision is the fincal cut then why can't he include more TN players in team ???? If you want Manish Pandey or Yusuf in then why cant Badri or Mukund ? Getting Irfan Pathan in the squad is a right choice, but no one of us knows whether he is physically fit ? - Do u hav answers ? What is the last match he played in the domestic ? whats his performance ? Everything will be discussed dude! If somebody commenting on Super over by Aswhin, take this - how abt Zaheer's(0/45) and Bhajji's(0/38) performacne for MI, great figures isn't it ???? :P:P

  • seenurag on September 21, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    Why blame the selection of Vijay? He is the reserve opener. He is the best choise. Can any one name someone better?

  • on September 21, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    This is much better selection than last few ones the BCCI did...Far far better..mithun is not a good international cricketer at all...He has no variety in his bowling..his only variety is inwing..that too very rarely...he had some success in first matches coz the teams havent seen much of him...This is a perfect seam attack..Zaheer n Ishanth with Sreesanth who can do a bit with bowl in the latter stages with his reverse swing capabilities...the batting is back to strength as well...I hope pujara gets a game at some point..He seems to be like waiting to grab his opportunity...raina ahead of yuvi is also a good move because yuvi is more of a ODI specialist...raina can adapt any game quickly...for all vijay critics can u guys tell us who is better than him for that position...he had good partnerships with sehwag in the absence of gambhir in test matches..dont compare his poor form in ODI with test cricket..he is a born test cricketer..he can soo well as a replacement...

  • manoj.c on September 21, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    people so angry if their fav cricketers are not seeing all the comment almost all the team members are criticized..very funny..

  • MohammadAleem on September 21, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    The move selectors could have been better if they added Harbajan sing to axing list

  • on September 21, 2010, 12:20 GMT


  • sudhs_107 on September 21, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Hope he will not face the same situation as Saurabh Tiwary. (In the team but not in the playing 11 for any matches)

  • XooX on September 21, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    LOL..I can't believe people are actually pointing out to the inclusion of Dhoni and Raina to accuse Srikanth of CSK-bias..Grow up already guys..Count the number of times Tamil Nadu has reached the semi-finals of Ranji and also count the number of Tamil Nadu players who have made the national test squad since 1932..The numbers are more or less the same..

    I'm not calling for some kind of affirmative action here (like Gundappa Vishy who drafted a Karnataka XI instead of an India XI in the 90s) ..But if any of you think Uthappa is better than a Badrinath in tests or that Ojha is better than Ashwin simply because the latter is from the same state as the selector, then I'm sorry, you need to get a life..

  • on September 21, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    my x1 Virender Sehwag,Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt. & wk),Amit Mishra,Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma,

  • ramesh_sound on September 21, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Pujara for Yuvraj is not a straightforward choice. Fact is there is going to be one number 6 batsman. Both Raina and Yuvraj are attacking left-handers. While Yuvraj handles pace and bounce better, Raina is very good against spin and medium pace. Both are not great against seam movement. After all these years, neither will Yuvraj learn more from being in the squad nor will we know anything about him. If needed, he can straightaway be drafted back. Pujara I think is the long time successor for Dravid. Given Dravid's relative inconsistency, it would be a fair run to have Pujara spend time with him as an understudy before Dravid calls quits. Vijay continues to be the reserve opener, as he has done nothing wrong playing that role. Other contenders are Shikar Dhawan, Rahane and Mukund. Vijay has always replaced Gambhir in the squad and has 3 very big 100 partnerships with Sehwag. Whether he is the long term choice, not sure;

  • Sandeep.R on September 21, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Good selection. But ... i wonder why they left A.Mithun and chosen Sreesanth ahead of him.

  • on September 21, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    why selectors every time choose murli vijay thouh he is not consistent.I think instead of him y dont we give a chance to uthappa or irfan because these r quiet experinced players and world cup gonna start within 140 odd it's time for selectors to strengthen the bench and not to experiment new players.

  • The_Professor on September 21, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    All-in-all, not a bad selection. It is a relief to see R Jadeja NOT being selected for a change - totally sick of seeing that loser getting selected ahead of far more worthy candidates. Very happy with the selection of Pujara - must commend is always a big call to drop an experienced player for a promising one. However, for constant improvement, it is necessary to make these big calls. Perhaps another pace bowler could have been included (at the expense of a spinner) given that both Sreesanth and Zaheer are returning from injury and Ishant is still searching for his best form. Hopefully Team-India will hit the ground running - cannot afford the usual lackadaisical start!

  • Christy1268 on September 21, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Dear "bdeo"- M Vijay is in the team as a sub for the 2 openers, not as a regular XI. So, ranting against 1 particular Selector looks foolish as this is a "Team of Selectors" decision ! But u guys will still cry if you were allowed to select the team !!

  • on September 21, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    really happy fr the very talented pujara who has been constantly knocking the doors!!The lack of yuvi's temprement led to his ouster!!!!still they haven't picked the run machine of domestic cricket BADRI.. the most unlucky person in indian cricket!!Hope uv concentrates on the shorter form n 4get bout playing fr india in the test team!!

  • SALLIMKING on September 21, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Pls Tell Selctor To Pick Up Saurabh Tiwary he is very good in form ..... give him atleast once chance for his perfomance.. or give chance to irfan and yousof also....

  • kris.ganesh on September 21, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Abu Nechim from Guwahati has shown a very good attitude, it is really good to test his raw pace against aussies in the 2nd & 3 rd test. Though it is too early to comment he seems to be a great potential along with Mithun comparing the slightly experienced but nameshake pacers like Zaheer and Ishant who are short of pace & confident.

  • raju_rc77 on September 21, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth again showing his true colors,seems very much obsessed with his CSK mates irrespective of their performances.Talented Players like Irfan Pathan will find them selves extinct & have their careers over by the time they get re selected after few years from now, For Example what happened to Robin Singh who played in 1988 & was reselected for Titan Series in 1996 after a gap of 8 Long years.I totally agree with Indian_Rules's comment ,Srikanth should immediately quit Indian cricket for good....

  • praveenahathwarkn on September 21, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    @chennai bala- Definitely Ashwin should have been selected looking at his super performance in super over and karthik for his performance in srilanka triseries and again vijay for his performance in all the international matches he has played till date. I dont know how long the selector reign is in india, can any body vote out srikanth??? I would be the first to do so.

  • wrongturn on September 21, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    finally indian domestic ckts..most porolific run scorer is been included in indian test squad congratulation CP.u got the pirze.finally south indian ckt selection comitee woke up and done the favour of CP...plz favour...for talent not the name..prformance of the player should speak not the name...i think rahane should also be the contender for indian test team........ok all is well..

  • on September 21, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    bad selection.........But guyz India's batting is very strong. So batting is not a problem.But i m really concern abt India's bowling, which will struggle on Indian flat pitches against very strong aussies batting line up bcz if u see indian bowling attack which struggled against sri lanka. Zaheer who has just recovered from injury , bhajji has not perform from last 2 yrs on any pitches. Now he seem very ordinary bowler so not much expectation from him. And we call him no1 off spinner in world, i think graeme swann is better than bhajii. Then sreeshant n ishant who are very ordinary bowler.

  • thenkabail on September 21, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Indian_Rules: your comments are perfect. There is one person we should drop and that is Srikanth- a lousy selectors. Even an unfit Yuvraj is better than Murali Vijay. There are others like Abhishek Nayar who deserve a place. Rohit Sharma is rated by none other than Ian Chappell to be a classy player. He has not performed, but anyday better than Murali Vijay. Look, we can't go to world cup with lousy players like Murali Vijay and Raina. We definitely need Dravid back. Mithun deserves a longer run. Virat Kohli appears better than Murali Vijay or Raina. Raina is one overrated player (Australians will show that!). Look Srinath's son coming in to bat higher than Morkel and Badrinath in chennai super king matches....that is that an agreement between Dhoni and Srikanth. Give a boot to Srikanth and co. They are lousy selectors.

  • vigneshenoy on September 21, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Its not about being a Tamil Nadu cricketer or a non-Tamil nadu player...what shud really matter is the player's mental strength..everyone is equally talented in domestic circuit..they score tons of runs,take a dozen wicket in a match etc,but to survive at the international level is not easy,n dats when their individual ability comes to play n not their region or state...selector can only give them a place in the team but selector can't score a century or take 5 wickets on behlaf of any player. Survival abilitiy and the metntal strength of guys like M.Vijay,Rohit,Kohli,Raina,Badri,Ashwin,Mithun,Vinay,Pandey can only be tested when they come across quality opposition like aussies,proteas and england that too in their home.IPL and matches played on flat tracks can never help their cricketing growth

  • Boomastic on September 21, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Uthappa is just iqnore because he is Christian very very sad...........

  • on September 21, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    i think yuvi is far better player than murli vijay n yuvi shd not be droped . srikanth is biased towards TN players as we can see again n again karthik, vijay is gettin place in the team cz if we see last 2 3 series karthik has alwaz perfored below par n still he alwaz get place in the team.........n if see India's bowling attack thn i m shocked how sreeshant got selected. n if u see bhajii performance in recent time. thn i dont think he is India's no.1 spinner...he has done nothing in last test series against sri lanka......Frankly speaking India's bowling attack is poor compare 2 australia.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on September 21, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    @ kannancet86 - there is nothing abt crying over somebody's omission. Everyone knows the best 15 have to be selected irrespective of the region one hails from. Lot of supporters of Badrinath only voice their opinion that if Pujara averaging 60 in 40 matches is a deserving candidate, Badrinath averaging 57 in 85 matches is equally deserving if not more. And get your facts right. Badri threw opprtunities he got??? He scored a 50 on debut in a low scoring encounter.

    PS : I'm sure most ppl here dont even know Badri averages that high in First class

  • Indian_Rules on September 21, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    @ bebo Answer to ur question is that manish pandey plays for karnataka and Mr Tamil Nadu ( Srikanth ) is from ohh yes Tamil Nadu.. so he is playing state politics out here... Promoting players from tamil nadu or those who play for chennai super kings

  • seenurag on September 21, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    1.At present Ashwin is the best spinner in India. He is also a good batsman(as selectors like every bowler to be a all rounder) .2. Badri was in the previous test squard.. He was selected because he was performing well in the domestic for many years. he has never been given a chance in the last series.Now he is dropped. Should he shine every time during the selection period? 3.Dinesh Karthik is the best wk in India.He is a natural middle order batsman He was sent as a opener and blamed for his failure as a batsman . What has Parthiv done to find a selection ahead of Karthik? I think Srikkanth has yielded to the comments of some critics for selecting south indian players. Those people will be happy that only one player has been selected from TN.(remember TN is the best domestic side in India)

  • on September 21, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Gambhier, Shewag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman,Rania Dhoni,H Singh,Z Khan, I Sharma and Sreesanth for first test.. Aussie will have to work very hard to beat India against very soild indian batting.

  • assu on September 21, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    give rest for sachin,dravid,laxman and harbajan. and pick a good youngsts. the list of good younstrs/ BATTING(for test) : Vijay,Nayar,Rahane,Badri,Pujara,Raydu(for 1day) STiwari,MTiwari,Manish,Utappa,Partiv,SDawan BOWLING (for test) Sreesanth,Balaji,Undakat,Mithun,Munaf (for 1day)RPsing,Praveen,Ahmed,DInda,Ishant/ALLROUNDRS (for any format) Kohli,Irfan,Raina,Yousf,Rohit/ SPINNERS (for All Format) Aswin,Chowla,Ojha/ WK (for all formats) Dhoni,Karthik (We hav manyPartime keepers Like Uthappa,Raydu Etc) My Best Team for AUS 2010 1)M.Vijay 2)V.Sewag 3)S.Raina 4)S.Tendulkar 5)R.Dravid 6)C.Pujara 7)MS.Dhoni 8)Harbajan 9)Z.Khan 10)S.Sreesanth 11)P.Ojah

  • bdeo on September 21, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    I Think Selectors are still Very biased as far as Murali Vijay is Concerned.If Yuvraj is not In best of his Form It is good to Drop him ?But Murali Vijay Is even not suitable for any format of cricket ,He hasn't yet shown his temperment as well as cricketting skills after so many matches and still he found his place in Indian squad means Srikant is a very Corrupt and dishonest for the country and always including him in Indian Team.So Please If any body pay attention than Remove him as early as it may possible.Cheteshwar Pujara is a good Choice and still I think Manish Pandey Who has the potentialand Perform well in the last Ranji season and He was highest Run getter SO why not he was selected can any body have answers?

  • on September 21, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    well i have never found anythng well planned by this selection committee till now,dropping yuvi frm test squad doesnt make any sort of difference and the good thing they did is that he is made to appear in IRANI trophy

  • on September 21, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    @DineshCC : You are perfect. All TN players should decline India opportunity.

    For any first selection from TN, all will jump and second person in the squad, a huge cry as if India will loose this match...Despite these, if they are selected, they will be benched. To get a chance in playing 11, there should be an injury...Even during injury, likes of SAHA get a chance as batsman.

    Friends, please recollect Gundappa was selector, Karnataka had 6 of their state players in 14 backed by Gavasakar, who is another Legend who played only for SELF. Check below for squad details

    I think, Srikanth should go for coaching from Vishy and Sunny to get Badri, Ashwin, Karthik and Vijay in the Indian squad. These guys are top performers but given no solid chances.

  • on September 21, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    This is jut a outer view. MSD would have had difficulty benching Yuvaraj and play Raina , who is in form, so the selectors have dropped Yuvaraj. There is no second thought that however bright Pujara is , he will be benched along with the likes of Mishra, and Vijay. Now why is Ashwin , not selected ahead of Ojha and Mishra ? .Why i sMithun dropped, someone who bowled very well on flat wickets in SL and contributted with bat down the order. I would have loved to see Mithun ahead of Sreesanth and Munaf ahead of Ishant.

  • Indian_Rules on September 21, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    This selection procedure spearheaded by Srikanth ( or Mr Tamil Nadu ) is absolutely biased. Although im not a supporter for Karnataka players but I do feel Srikanth is trying to play state politics by not including the karnataka players. He is either promoting players from tamil nadu or players who play for chennai super kings... I wonder how many will make it to ODI squad : M Vijay, S Badrinath, Dhoni, R Ashwin, Raina ( All from CSK ). Its an absolutely clear signal to all.. Join CSK team and get a chance to play for India. They even gave chance to someone like Gony.. Karnataka players Vinay, Uthappa, Dravid ( in the ODI ), Mithun are ignored. Even good players like Irfan Pathan, Tiwari, Rayudu are ignored.

    Remember Praveen Amre getting sacked as the coach of the Under 19 T20 team ( He lead them to the finals of the world cup ). And the reason? He did not include a player from tamil nadu in 3 matches... Great going Srikanth.. Go join some political party and continue to divide india

  • kannancet86 on September 21, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    I can find people crying here that TN players have not been given adequate chances in the test level. Please understand one thing that Indian cricket team is not Lok Sabha to have representation from each state. What have the players like Badani, Karthik, Vijay and Badrinath done in the chances given to them? . It is unfair to blame the selection commitee on this. The right way to go about this would be to pick the best 15 available in the nation no matter where they hail from. Dont expect to play and win like Australians with all these regional sentiments kicking in. If you cant tolerate this then please protest against having outsiders like Dhoni, Raina, in Chennai Super Kings team.

  • brija on September 21, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    I think yuvi's omission for the test series is o'k and giving chance to pujara is alright though he may not actually get to play.bhajji should have been dropped and ashwin given a chance.Shrikant has been a much fairer selector than vengsarkar.robin uttahpa has been ignored for long but that is becouse of his shoulder injury.robin should be there in one days and 20-20

  • on September 21, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Good i felt kohli should have been given a chance ahead of vijay....coz he's very sound in his technique......jst yk dravid......that was the only disappointment......:-(

  • on September 21, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Please bring Ashwin into team for Harbajan...I don't want to hear the same story of Unfortunate Badri again.

  • gammy_79 on September 21, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    vijay ,rohit got many chance to prove themself its correct but why not other player like manish tiwary ,badrinath got chance ,once or twice selected than out of the team ,it lower there confidence ,i wish same thing not happen with pujara.regarding blower bhajji not look like spinner now ,we dont see he troubling batsman by his spin at all like shane warne or murulidharan did. Praveen is the smart and better blower than other who got selected for this test series ,in term of taking wickets

  • sidsinha on September 21, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    is it going to b a international level series or what i mean aussie team is full of youngsters n our team is full of aged players n im afraid if our team will thrashed by aussies then it would be real embarasing best of luck

  • srini701 on September 21, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Wonder on what basis the selectors decided Zaheer's fit to lead a Test attack again? on the 4 overs a match he bowled in a T20 tournament? No doubting his class and talent and achievement, but what's the guarantee he is fully Test match fit? Will he and Harbhajan be playing any 3-4 day match before the Test starts? The selectors should have retained Mithun in the squad as a cover. I just get the feeling Ishant will NOT deliver, Zaheer is suspect and Mithun will be back playing the 2nd Test.

  • satanswish on September 21, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Lets hope talented Pujara gets his chance in final squad of 11. Dhoni has a habit of including all his favorites in the team.

  • on September 21, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Everyone talks of Batsmen. Where are new bowlers? Z. Khan, Ishant Sharma, Harbjhan, can not bowl out Australia twice. I predict two drawn tests and a very interesting one day series. In one day, I am afraid Australia is much better than India.

  • murliramkey on September 21, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja should be axed from the ODI squad against the Ozs. The team is done with him. I know he is young and talented. The management has given enough opportunities for players like RJ,YP and Ishant. Now its time to run a demo with Robin and IP. Should RAshwin be considered for the ODI team against the mighty Ozs, given his answers to MSD with CSK?

  • on September 21, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Experience pays off folks! It just not to push seniors out, but to see will this youngers play there best innings! Those newly entered players made an habbit of playing well in T20 matches. Test is Test matches 5 days of play, Nobody can withstand apart from Experienced and most played!

    All the best for indian team! Aussy go away! :-D

  • cenitin on September 21, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    All the people mnetioning I Pathan and R Uthappa must realize that its a test team not T20 or one day. So please god sake don't start the same old recorder again and again.

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  • on September 21, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    It's bad time for Yuvraj.

  • DINESHCC on September 21, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    How you people tolerated the selection of K.Srikanth, S.Venkatraghavan, Robin Singh, Murali Karthik, W.V.Raman, L.Sivaramakrishnan, S.Ramesh, L.Balaji, Hemang Badani over the years. It is nice to see that nobody has commented about the selection of above referred players in the past. I think you people are happy about one information. From 1932 to till 2008, for about 76 years, only these players represented for India from Tamil Nadu. Another good news for you, none of the players played more than 5 years for India and even for in the five years tenure there are so many in and outs. I advise Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, L.Balaji, S.Badrinath, R.Ashwin to try for a place in the Pakistan team. After the retirement of Sachin, Dravid and VVS Laxman, the team will be Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit, Dhoni, Zaheer, Ishant, Bhajji, Oha, Munaf, Praveen, Dhawan, Rahane, Irfan, Yusuf, Pandey, Mithun, Uthappa, W.Saha, P.Patel, A.Mishra, A.Jadeja. Great.

  • Rajul_afterschool on September 21, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Hi there is another good decision taken by indian selectors after a long time.

  • RookieLankan on September 21, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    hmm wonder what Sachin Tendulkar is doing is doing in the squad.. lol same as vijay, just kidding sachin should probably be in the squad until he turns 50+ murali vijay is a good batsmen too.. don't judge players by a failure in one series..

  • DINESHCC on September 21, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Again people cring for the selection of M.Vijay. If anybody from TN selected people started crying. Whether there is any rule that the selection committee chairman should not select the players from the State from which he belongs. Ridiculous. People are praising Srikkanth about selection of Pujara ahead of Yuvraj. But you people forgot one thing that whether Pujara will be in the playing XI. When Raina cemented his place there is no chance of playing Pujara, Yuvraj, Rohit, Irfan, Yusuf, Uthappa, Dhawan, Abhishek Nayar, Manish Pandey and the Tamil Nadu's most hated cricketers, Badri, Vijay, DK, Ashwin, Mukund in the playing XI till the retirement of VVS, Sachin and Dravid. Ridiculous. I appeal to Srikkanth not to select any TN players hereafter because the caliber of TN players are below the level of Bangladesh batsmen according to comments made by these people. Like Raji12345 I also know how S.Sharath was ignored continuously during Jagmohan Dalmiya's regime.

  • Realhotshady on September 21, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Ishant Sharma must have been axed and in his place a youngster and a performer Unadkat must have been given chance. Bowlers like Unadkat are the future of Indian cricket and he will ultimately shine for India. On the other hand, Ishant Sharma is given too many chances. He do not bowl well in 4-5 matches and suddenly bowl good in one match and he is picked again and again. India need consistent performer not a one match star.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on September 21, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    Very happy to see Sreesanth back in the squad. Also, Pujara's selection shows the selectors are looking at domestic and 'A' team performances in picking youngsters and that is the way it should be. An IPL or CLT or T20/ODI form cannot be the right indicator for making it into the test squad. All the best to Pujara.

  • sethumadhu1989 on September 21, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    Dropping Bhajji n givin chance to Ashwin sounds better...Donno wat Vijay is doin in the squad. Congrats on selecting pujara.... but they must have dropped vijay in for yuvraj(Any way both wil not be playin 11). His contributions play a vital role in world cup dreams... Having a big tournament round the corner n lowering the confidence level of a big match winner is not appreciable.

  • gammy_79 on September 21, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    it nice to see Pujara in team ,Badrinath deserve tha place too ,he have the abllity to play short ball better than raina and vijay, as we saw in Champions League Twenty20 2010. Preveen kumar should have been selected ,his ability to take wicket in early overs put the opposition team in pressure ,and better than Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh and Amit mishra was not much effective in srilanka series .R Ashwin and Piyush Chawla should be given chance too.

  • on September 21, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Its ok as per the yuvi form to drop him but he wil big power for india in world cup. Srikanth sir we are very angry to seclect ravindra jadeja he is spoil lot of india's winning matches to lose please dont forget Robin Utthappa for upcoming oneday matches. he is a best player we want him to india's seventh batsman india have a lots of part time sipnners to bowl 10 overs selecting utthappa is good chance to lift the world cup 2011 please to it for Indians. We are hope you done great job and do the needful for INDIA. Jaihind

  • on September 21, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    This or the next series some of the seniors like Dravid should be pushed out and give chance to Pujara, Badrinath (not excatly youngster) etc

  • CricFan78 on September 21, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    Jazzdeep singh please explain how Gambhir who averaged 51 in his last ODI series (Asia Cup) is in poor form. He has failed in his last 3 Tests but are we really going to drop an established opener who has been in stupendous form before that ? Lets not compare him to Yuvraj who has never really done anything noteworthy in Tests.

  • on September 21, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Good job that Srikkanth selected Pujara. I feel that he is a good batsman because he not only played well in India, but in England he also impressed and he has played well consistently. So he showed that he can adapt to a few surfaces at least for the time being. Yuvraj was out of form and unfit so it would have been wrong to select him. I feel that Pujara could replace Tendulkar once Tendulkar retires because both bat at 4.

  • Harish8207 on September 21, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    Now this squad looks like the real no.1 squad...Fit to beat the a ussies

  • on September 20, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Good job selectors.... I hope to see more and more spinners in future representing India. IPL has ruined Indian cricket enough that we see no good spinners or fast bowlers.

  • Redbacks_Bite on September 20, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    @Alex400, You killed your comments by bringing Gujarat. You are regionalist, the main reason for India not being the top team in world inspite 1B cricket crazy Indians..

  • Redbacks_Bite on September 20, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Why not drop Harbhajan as well? Ashwin, Ohja can certainly outdo Harbhajan. Harbhajan can only perform, if Pitch is massively helping spinners..

  • Redbacks_Bite on September 20, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    @Jazzdeep Singh-You may want to look at Gambhir's record in Test and compare it with Yuvraj's record. I am sure you will have no complaint then. Also, Yuvraj had more then extended run in Test to prove his worth but failed repeatedly..

  • on September 20, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Saurasthra no Sinh Pan Garjna Kari Jane chhe. Saurasthra's Lion can roar if he wants. Congratulation to Pujara and Yuvi you are great as well but you need to bring back your performance from 2007. Congrats to Pujara and Good luck to Yuvi.

  • Redbacks_Bite on September 20, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Excellent Excellent Move. About the time.. India has very good batting lineup in making with Raina and Pujara. They must develop new Pace bowler and Zaheer is falling aparts now and Shrrsanth is sort of Joke..

  • on September 20, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    thats one good decision has been take......

  • Nampally on September 20, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    It is nice to see Gambhir & Sreesanth are also playing in the President's 11 against Australia. Sreesanth's fitness is questionable & it is quite likely that he may be unfit for the first test following this game. It remains to be seen. It is time that the Selectors focus on younger fast bowlers and bring them up to the test standard. With Zaheer past his best & more injury prone, Indian focus should be on these younger fast bowlers like Ahmad, Unadkat, Yadev & Mithun + Ishant. Mithun has a potential to fill #7 an rounder, with some coaching. In Ashwin, India has a good potential off spinner with a carrom ball. He should be replacing the fading Harbhajan who is out of form with questionable fitness. Harbhajan & Mishra fared very poorly in Sei Lanka recently.Ashwin, Chawla & Ojha should be the 3 spinners. India needs a #7 position player + 4 good bowlers.The Selectors need to be visionaries and forward thinking. These shortcomings need to be filled for India to retain #1 world spot.

  • on September 20, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    @vicky rane... Bias on selection? come on , i dont know . Vijay has proved in 1st class, just like pujara and being given chance. Uthapa has been tried alot along with rohit and gambir. uthapa had an uter international failure. he will be given chance if he proves his consistency to play long games, not just some flickering shots. Manish is a good player, and sure they will consider for odis. Mostly gambir n sehwag will be opening and vijay wont get chance. who is rahane? i didnt even seen him in IPL mumbai indians, in which Kris srikanth is not a selector. All the names you said to select are once part of mumbai indians, the first ipl team to get eliminated in current chamions trophy.

  • on September 20, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    if yuvraj is out of form then even gambhir is even badly out of form so what is he doing in the squad.

  • Alexk400 on September 20, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Srikkanth is best selector we ever had!. :)

    Srikkanth has some blunders. 1. Picking saha against SA last year before DK. 2. Keep picking Ishant sharma 3. Not picking uthappa yet. 4. Keep giving DK more chances than he deserve. 5. Keep picking rohit sharma 6. Keep picking small finger Amit mishra and monotonous Ojha.

    Good moves. 1. Not picking useless Irfan Pathan. 2. Not picking midget Parthiv patel over DK. 3. Dropping yuvaraj from Test. 4. Not listening to anyone from gujarat.


  • Alter.G on September 20, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Rahane will be playing for Mumbai against ROI. He's a no.3 player while Mukund is an opener. Don't compare apples and oranges!

  • on September 20, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Dravid shud not be a part of starting 11 in d 1st test.. coz he iznt in gr8 form.. as inferred 4rm the S.Lanka Test Series.....

  • on September 20, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma are better fit for longer version games..

  • raopreetam on September 20, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    @vicky Rane, and others who are complaining about the exclusion of utappa, pandey & others, please note that this is a test squad and not a one day squad, and i think they have selected the best squad. hope fully all goes well and we win the series convincingly

  • on September 20, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    People criticizing about Laxman's selection have gone mad. completely! I was one of those guys expecting Laxman for the World Cup 2011 (just like mohd. yousuf - actually much better batsman than him) but, our 'fixed' selectors who have caused him the shocker of his life in 2003 will never change. So, can't comment on his worldcup inclusion. Talking about Laxman's position in Tests is stupidish. If you ask me, he is like Tendulkar of 90's . If no Laxman in tests, India can't be #1. Experts know why. Others shut up.

  • Dhanno on September 20, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    And as easy it is to squash conspiracy theories, with the kind of things going around the world you cannot just ignore the obvious. CSK which is controlled by a BCCI strong-man, wants more and more of his players to make it to Indians XI, if not the real team at least the ones where you get noticed (board Presidents', ROI, India A) and be knocking on the door. That will ensure the youngsters like Pujaras, Kohlis, Unadkats will choose to play for CSK when the next auction comes by so as to increase their chances of representing India(yea and dont get me started on how the auction works, that if certain team selects a player that player represents it. Its all BS and if you believe that, you better believe the tooth fairy too!)

  • gdkrishna on September 20, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    indeed a very good decision selecting Pujara... else youngsters would have learned wrong message... he has scored tremendously and above all has the ability to play longer innings.... should be nurtured as future middle order in test cricket. suresh raina will be enjoying his honeymoon given the impact of debut hundred but he'll definitely be tested on foreign bouncy pitches.... good luck India!!!

  • anilkanduri on September 20, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Dropping Yuvraj is a very good decision.I fear Pujara would only stick to the bench as the so called Captain cool trusts his bunch of guys like Raina..To me,Pujara is best choice at no.6,given the solid Indian top order.Its time to groom somebody like Pujara,and even Rahane.Imagine the case when Dravid,VVS and Sachin retire in about a span of 1-2 years.There would be a huge void in the batting then.Rather than asking youngsters to fire straight away after the big guns retire,its better to give them a chance right now.Since Raina has a lot of international exposure,he can do the job even if he is called all of a sudden,but for Pujara and other young talents,we need to give some time and exposure,preferably in Indian conditions.You cant ask them to perform giving half chances.Thats the major problem in India now..Youngsters being thrown on big scene for the first time and asked to perform against top sides..once they fail they are out of reckoning for quite a while!!

  • on September 20, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    It's hardly surprising that Yuvraj has got the boot. He is not a fit man. He has put on kilos, and looks ungainly. His fielding has suffered, as a result - as has his batting. His reflexes appear rusted. Sitting out might just be the thing, to make him re-arrange himself. The selection appears balanced, with Pujara and Murli likely to warm the bench, unless one of the top 6 fails or is unwell. I wonder if the think tank would be adventurous enough to play 5 batsmen and 5 bowlers, and the keeper.

    The Rest of India team has some good talent. Almost each one of them is good enough, to make the grade.

  • Dhanno on September 20, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Just to drive the point home, about M. Vijay, in recently concluded test series in Lanka (one of the 13 test series we plan to play against SL in year 2010-2011 :-) ) Amit Mishra ended with more average than Vijay and A. Mithun managed more runs that Vijay in similar number of innings. This guy is 7th in aggregate runs in the series amongst indians. And we still select him and let me assure, we will still play him in the team if need arises.... Unless the devious minds of Kris and company decide that Australia is too big a challenge for Vijay, lets play Pujara, let him fail, so Vijay can make a great comeback to team against oh-so-mighty-NZ who are visiting us next!!

  • Dhanno on September 20, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    3 from tamilnadu/Chennai SK and 3 from Bangalore. Kris srikanth will never allow rahane and others to make it. Pujara seriously forced his way inside the team as most people here seem to agree. Selectors (read SRIKANTH) had no option whatsoever to ignore him. But M vijay's selection (another CSK guy?) shows how the crooked minds of these selectors work. If Gauti/ Sehwag are injured Vijay gets in cause he is the "opener". An experience which he gained by sidestepping more deserving would be openers like Rahane/Dhawan. If Dravid/VVS/ Sach/Raina gets injured Vijay comes in for middle order slot again due to his "experience" of being there. So Pujara needs two people to be missing to get a chance. This is the same guy who could not buy a run in lanka on recent tour. Regional politics, with strong hint of IPL flavors

  • Adi.nmims on September 20, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    @i-should-be-a-selector, that is the last thing you should be..laxman has undeperformed!u must be kidding..y only in the last test,he played the most unbelievable innings 2 square the series for India..u must mean something else when u say Cricket..

  • on September 20, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    what happen to Munaf Patel, who impressed pretty much in the One Day series in Sri Lanka where Ishant Sharma struggled to get wickets.. Did we picked up the wrong guys like Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth whose match fitness is unknown??????????

  • on September 20, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    Yeah as if Cheteshwar Pujara is going to get a chance to play...

  • on September 20, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    how cum Abhinav Mukund has suddenly become part of Rest of India side.....players like Ajinkya Rahane.......are far more better den dis guy...ohhh let me guess...d chairman of selectors biasnes continues on and on....Murali Vijay still continues 2 b in Indian team though he has been nothing short of a disaster at international level...Kris Srikanth...i sincierly hope...ur term ends soon and players like Uthappa,Rahane and Manish Pandey get wat dey deserve....!!

  • contextswitch on September 20, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    I just saw someone talking about the performance about laxman ..infact to upgrade this guy laxman is next to sehwag for being the leading test runs this year so he commented on laxman

  • on September 20, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Right choice as need to get the replacement for Dravid in future...This guy has that capability....

  • on September 20, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    @ I-Shud-b-a-selector: Do get your facts right before saying something so rash. I agree with you that Sreesanth doesnt really deserve a place in the Indian squad but Laxman was the one who won the last test against India to level the series and he has been really consistent of late. Zaheer Khan has been a very effective test bowler for India of late, though he is a bit ordinary in ODIs and T20s. He won the last test against SL at home on his own(bowling dept) which took India to number one position in Tests.

  • on September 20, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    yaa cheeka ,u're should have picked irfan pathan

  • kates15 on September 20, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    @ I-Shud-b-a-selector dude seriously..... do you follow cricket?? i mean u said vvs is not performing here are some stats for you last 10 innings total runs 623 includes 5 half centuries and two centuries 3 times not out so gives us an average of 89 well i will say this is poor performance considering ur team has 10 Don

    In general good to see yuvraj dropped from tests also.

  • denza on September 20, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    It will surely be a wake up call for Yuvraj as consistent performances pays dividends. However he is still a class act and at his best can destroy any bowling attack to shreds. But bowling still remains a huge concern as always and the vital fifth bowler is missing. Its time that the selectors seriously think of Irfan Pathan too fill that gap.

  • on September 20, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Yuvi dropped from test series! what a joke? he was never a test player, the selectors simply did not dare to drop him all these days. He is not good against quality spin bowling on turning wickets and not good against quality seam bowling on seaming tracks. He is good in shorter forms of the game and let him concentrate on that.

  • mechanicalmohan on September 20, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    yes its a good selection giving chance for pujara and murali vijay but they should give more chances for youngsters and give rest for senior players.

  • on September 20, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    It is a good and balanced squad ..but I still feel Irfan and Virat kohli in as both are veryy talented and aggressive especially against Australlia..Let us look forward.

  • vaks on September 20, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Overall good selection of d test squad..I've been waiting to see Pujara getting selected..good him atleast in one test with senior'll b a good xperience 4 him..I think Irfan should have been dere ROI..just try him, even if he lost pace..he has been running in n bowling spin..

  • sanjaycrickfan on September 20, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    @ I-Shud-b-a-selector I hope you never become a selector for India's sake. Laxman scored a century and helped India win the last match against Sri Lanka and drew the the series level 1-1. He has been the most consistent batsman in Tests of late. Check the records if you want.

  • on September 20, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    good squad selection i think INDIA shoulg prepare their test squad beyond dravid,tendulkar and young guns a chane with experienced once gives them how to play international cricket.hope this young guns fire for us. best of luck!

  • sspkp on September 20, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    yuvraj should work on his basics

  • danmcfarland on September 20, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    @ I shud be a selector. You shud be keeping quite..Laxman won the last test match...good selection I think..Pujara deserves a place.

  • crikkfan on September 20, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Ajay42 - i know you are echoing the author's views when you say ignore mithun is inexplicable - but i dont think it is. Zaheer and Sree are forcing their way back into the side as they are making an injury comebback and mithun is the unfortunate one to miss out - that's all. Ishant still got something in him - at least for the tests - that keeping Mithun and dropping Ishant would have created a bigger furore.

  • on September 20, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    At last the better sense has prevailed! Hopefully the selectors give Pujara as long a rope as they have given to Yuvraj, Raina and Rohit Sharma. On a side note, looking at the schedule, Australia play the practice game in Chandigarh and the first test in Mohali(almost the same city)!! Best chance to acclimatize and no travel before the test!! Why are we being so generous! Indian teams dont get such luxury. Atithi Devo Bhav uh!

  • on September 20, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    @ AKash Boks "I hope you don't take in bad way"


  • on September 20, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    You guys r saying pujaras 4 seasons r good so his selection is fair . But what about a man who is topping chats of firstclass cricket for almost 9years and yet to get recognising . He is badrinath. U guys may think im from tamilnadu . Im from andhrapradesh who loves only cricket but not the individual states.

  • danieldtcd on September 20, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    wasting time with tiwary,manish,jadeja in rest of india squad.

  • arvindthiru on September 20, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Finally a chance to someone whos earned it with his good showing in domestic seasons. Hope the management tries out every such promising option one at a time for the no 6 position, so that India has 4 proper test quality players who can fill-in the boots of the fab four. The disappointing part of this selection is that Irfan Pathan has shown more promise and seems like still effective in the domestic season compared to Unadkat or yadav..he definitely deserved a chance atleast in the Rest of India squad which could have been a gateway to his inclusion for the Australia ODI series. Hope the selectors have an explanation that "Irfan is our 'wild card' for the world cup", like what they did to console Yuvraj. Honestly, Yuvraj isn't the test quality and Raina isn't either on good seaming conditions..Pujara..Badri or Vijay need to be tested in those conditions..virat comes behind these three..n for the opening they need to try mukund and rahane too..n India will have a good team in 2 yrs..

  • I-Shud-b-a-selector on September 20, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Disappointing selection, looks like the selection committee head by Krish Srikkanth never does their homework. Only one change? Laxman, Sreesanth and Zaheer are not performing upto the mark, instead the selectors could have picked S Badrinath, Praveen Kumar and Ashok Dinda. Why is Dinda not even in the Rest Of India squad?

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    I hope some comedy of error happens and Pujara gets into playing eleven like how it happened against SA early this year.He should make his debut when senior man are around him.I really like to see the lad on the international scene.What if he scores a century on debut?

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    WHERE IS ROBIN!?!?! its the rite time to bring him in atleast in the ODI squad!! i mean he hits hard, plays well n plays the SHORT ball perfectly!?!? why not considering him!?!? why ignroing a KING!?!>!

  • royalg on September 20, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    ATLASSSTTTT PUJARA has been given a chance in the format which he is the MOST STRONGEST, hope sumone gets injured and he gets a game, cause tat boy HAS SERIOUS SERIOUS TALENT for his age, he is defo gud enough to replace any of the middle order players in tat current test squad, cant belive YUVRAJ things he's inform and fit, BIGGEST JOKE OF THIS YR, FIRST HE NEEDS TO WATCH VIRAT KHOLI's KNOCK YESTERDAY,TATS CALLED FIGHTING SPIRIT, which yuvi u or ROHIT SHARMA doesnt have, wud hav liked to seee UNADKAT given a chance too with his CURRENT FORM AND CONSISTENCY, much better than zak rite now, WELL DONE SELECTORS THUMPS UP TO THEM,

  • Raj12345 on September 20, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    It is very simple. Zonal selection & Bias. It is not poor Badri. I am sure Badri will get a place in Dravid's second version of biography like S Sharath got and not in Indian squad. Badri, be ready to satisfy with that, no one is going to remember you other than Dravid. Don't leave, try your level best as earlier. I am sure you will find place in team when our team tour to WI,SA, Aus, not in sub-continent.

    Great to see Pujara in test squad. I am a follower of him. Look at what has done in England recently. He is not the one want to hide and seek in Indian team where some so called legends play and score tons of runs in sub-continent matches and always well settle in team even they don't score in abroad.

    Yuvi - Better shut down your mouth now.Once Pujara is given chance in all test matches, then there is question mark of your place in One day as well. Wait and see. Raina is not good test batsman, but good sub-cont test batsman. he is already shown and what he can do with short balls.

  • TexasCricket on September 20, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    This is test cricket.. why cry for Irfan, Uthappa.. Irfan is not in the same class. Uthappa and Yusuf will get their chance for ODI & T20's (hopefully)..

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Not sure if Irfan has recuperated from his injury, but both the teams are well balanced. With the Ranji Trophy beginning next month, lot of domestic cricketers will try to do well especially with the World Cup coming up within 6 months time. On a personal front I would be happy if Badri can score a 100 in the BPXI.

  • Aussasinator on September 20, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Things look nice with some fresh blood added to experience. But the bowling will remain a weakness, which could make India lose a bit of emphasis.

  • Sudhir1 on September 20, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    Why can't we look at Praveen Kumar for Test Matches...he's a rockstar in ODI's and swings the ball both ways...Cheeka...must be looked at.

    Smart decision to drop Yuvi...but hanging onto M Vijay...cmon folks when was the last time he scored exactly. They should have picked Irfan to encourage him instead...

  • RajitD on September 20, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    I expect Pujara to be a logical replacement to Dravid, Badri a replacement to VVS and Raina to replace Sachin - though each has a long way to go before they reach the level of the legends. Yuvi is an automatic for ODIs/ T 20's but not so for tests. He desperately need to perform and also show better attitude. Our bowling is really thin, and we dont have any replacements worth showing. Else, Bhajji would have met the same fate as Yuvi...

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    i really don't wht every1 is talking abt....................... Mr s badrinath is older as compared to pujara................ n in any ways he won't be in playing 11......... those people who badri hasn't been given chances......... actually he have been given some chances.............. look 2 raina despite tag of attacking player he applied himself scored a century....... where is badri??????????

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    y robin uthappa not even selecting for ROI...its totally politics caused by team selectors especially selection committe head>>Don't kw y they doing lik this...not considering player's performances, no one knows y he having this much grudge on that "Blaster"uthappa.....selectors totally spoiling future young cricketing talents...his performance in this IPL was fantastic....rohit sharma even was selected but not robieee....totally selectors selfishness spoiling our cricket future players...AM not saying uthappa alone....Irfan too...instead of selecting M vijay ...Wasim jaffer is very much better....ONLY OD KNOWS our INDIA's crickt future...

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    @ Attractive it could be because of your side's superior bowling. If we would have been one country today then only competition will be for second best because we would have trounced anybody.

  • on September 20, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    decision on yuvi is perfect :)

  • siva87 on September 20, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Smart selection done by the selectors.Hope it pays off.

  • Cloudspace on September 20, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I think, Time has come to think of beyond Dravid, Laxman . Hope Pujara gets a game.

  • on September 20, 2010, 15:44 GMT


  • kartheepan on September 20, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Finally Pujara gets a call into International Cricket. Its a good news for indian cricket fans. But you can't play with him at no. 6. Ideally he is a higher middle order batsman. Hopefully he will be getting the opportunity to play at higher middle order role in a year or two. Altogether Rahane and Badrinath should be added in the test side atleast by next year are so.

  • on September 20, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    why Robin always not considering in indian squad....coplete politics going in selection committe.....all because of KRIS..Srikanth>>>

  • TexasCricket on September 20, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Finally a deserving team selection from Selectors. Final rounds for Dravid/ Tendulkar/VVS....Enjoy them when you can... Yuvi is not a test player YET. Pujara's selection was overdue!. Sreesanth is probably given the last chance but he is still one of the better ones we have as of now. But things may take another U-turn when it comes down to ODI team. BTW why is Jadeja in rest of india !. hope he dont get to be in the playing 11.

  • on September 20, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    y aren't robin uthappa n irfan pathan evn included in the rest of india squad?!!.. especially robin uthappa who has proved 2 da world dat he is one of the most potentially dangerous batsmen!.. I want to know wat kind of politics is taking place in da Indian selection commitee!!..

  • Ajay42 on September 20, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    The dropping of Mithun is one more of those inexplicable decisions that the Indian selectors seem to make with some regularity. While not being express, he impresssed with his workhorse mentality in Sri Lanka and could easily have been picked instead of a third spinner.

  • JoydeepGupta on September 20, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Yuvi deserved one more chance..It is sad to see that even after 2 yrs of Ganguly's retirement that place is not yet sealed by any young-star..!!

  • Fazallullah on September 20, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    a little bit good squad like every time the batting is great powered with the likes of sachin, lax, dravid, sehwag, gambhir, raina, dhoni, and the young new gun pujara (all the best to him) but the bowling looks little weak mostly the spin department harbajan is out of form in his bowling and the other spinners are not that much experienced

    I am not feeling good with the case of irfan pathan atleast he should have been given chance in the Rest Of India team As Shrikanth said they could have seen the form and fitness of irfan as u r giving chances to jadeja in the Rest of India team why not irfan Pls selectors consider him also

    He is very much needed for our World Cup campaign. Pls give him a chance also

  • Farce-Follower on September 20, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    At last, Pujara gets a look-in...well deserved. However, Mithun getting dropped, shows that India still prefers big names and not big hearts.

  • Ramesh-IT on September 20, 2010, 15:25 GMT


  • thenkabail on September 20, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Still NOT satisfied: Cheteswar Pujara virtually broke open the door. Shameless selectors, finally had no choice. Still, Srikanth managed to sneek in Murali Vijay!!!. Instead, definitely Rohit Sharma should have been continued. There is no match between Rohit and Vijay in sheet talent. Performance is lacking in both. But definitely Rohi Sharma is far better. Why Amit Mishra again!!. What about continuing Mithun or bring in Piyuth Chawla?. Oja is a border case. Why is Abhishek Nayar ignored continuously. Overall, selectors lack vision and best interest of India.

  • Niranjan900 on September 20, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    disgusting selection...yuvraj is a great player..we have seen that in the past...some conspiracy is going on against him...."inconsistent perfomance"ha ha ha..very funny...what about the other selected players..have they been"run making machines" its sad and pitiful for indian cricket..what about irfan pathan...fine all rounder..very heinous selection,to say the least

  • Alter.G on September 20, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    MY ROI starting XI: Mukund, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Badrinath, Tiwary, Parthiv, Ashwin, Chawla, Mithun, PRAVEEN. 12th man: Vinay/Pandey

  • on September 20, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Finally another youngster gets the nod in the middle order. He deserves, but performance at international level is a different matter. Some time back, I happened to read Praveen Amre's report card on all the players of A team. Except paceman Unadkad, none impressed Amre. He was genuine in his analysis. Pujara has scored tons of runs (his FA average is over 60), but according to Amre's observation, he lacks the technique to counter the moving ball. So nothing to be happy about. I pray with anticipation when will another Dravid or Sachin surface in domestic circuit. Will this than happen in this 20-20 era?

  • Alter.G on September 20, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Unadkat is a greenhorn and does not merit a place in the ROI side because it is supposed to reward Ranji performances from the past year. Unadkat has never played Ranji before! PRAVEEN KUMAR should have been selected.

  • Nampally on September 20, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    The Indian Selectors chose a Conservative squad. Judging from the form as part of the Mumbai team recently knocked out in SA, both Zaheer & Harbhajan are in poor shape regarding their bowling. They appear to have been selected based on their past reputation rather than current form & fitness. Sreesanth is a big question mark both regarding his fitness & form. Preferred selection here should have been Mithun, Unadkat and Ashwin to replace these 3 - based on their fitness, & keenness rather than flog unfit& out of form horses. These 3 youngsters are in Presidents' 11 led by Yuvraj, which presumably a second India 11. The choice of Mishra in preference to Chawla is another questionable issue. The selection of Pujara ahead of Yuvraj is the only good move. The rest of the team is as good as it gets for the tests. The batting line up is solid with bowling and fielding questionable, as is usual. Development of Mithun as an all rounder at #7 must be a priority in absence of Irfan Pathan.

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    atlast sense prevails + hopefully pujara comes good.

    P.S - Cricinfo must introduce a like button for individual comments...there are some tht deserve a like!

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    @va_jatt.... do u follow cricket....

  • sandeep319 on September 20, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Ambati rayudu really deserves a place in International level.Anyway this is one of the best teams India have got in recent times.

  • Lovetesh on September 20, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    The biggest surprise the selection of Jadeja "the allrounder" ahead of pathan brothers and Uthappa.

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    When somebody like yuvi is dropped from the squad based on performance and fitness, why is bhajji retained again and again when a bunch of talented young spinners are waiting for a chance to play...? His form is worse in tests compared to Yuvi.. Ya i accept that the team shud be purely merit based, but it shud be applicable to all members of the team. Bhajji is in a pathetic form. Batsmen are finding him extremely easy to negotiate. His top spinners are dwindling in sting. He needs a revision of basics. Els he ll find himself in more trouble during 2011 world cup.

  • chalolo on September 20, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    @kaze: exactly. That is why people like laxman dravid sachin all have great stats in the domestic scene. And that is why during the 96 and 98 and every other tour of india the australians were equally scared of an untested laxman as they were of sachin after looking at his domestic record.

    If you had bothered to read through the article you would have seen that pujara has a brilliant record not just in domestic cricket but also in all the A tours that he has been part of.

  • aravabalaji on September 20, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Its sad to see that Badri has been ignored again. On the other day, at CLT20 match at SA, Gavaskar had some great words about Badri's calibre during his crucial knock. And Dhoni acknowledged that Badri is one of the few technically equipped batsmen. Yet he remains in the sidelines even at the age of 30 and even after proving his mettle against hot SA attack. There is something seriously wrong with the selection policy. Its agonising that we are wasting such a talent. He deserves better deal.

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Y didn t select irfan pathan.sreesanth should have selected.

  • kapilesh23 on September 20, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    @kaze how can't you take the first class stats into consideration sachin tendulkar was selected because of his fantastic record in the domestic circuit all other batting greats of india also owe there domestic record for the inclusion in the indian squad .so it is perfect decision to select pujara.

  • Cloudspace on September 20, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Yuvraj is neither physically fit nor mentally confidant these days. Where as Pujara has been doing well, not only in domestic circuit , but international tours as well ... He deserves a chance specially matches are at home ... The wickets he use to batting ... So, the selection of Pujara over Yuvraj for the Tests is not surprising for me... I am worried about BHAJJI's form as well, he is no way near to his talent these days.

    Now the problem here is, how the team combination would be, I mean, the Playing Eleven. Since we don't have a proper bowling all-rounder, we shall need to go with 5 bowlers + 6 Batsman .. Then , Laxman or Gambhir will have to sit out.

  • cosmoboy on September 20, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    The selectors has done a good job my giving chance to Pujara. The Team should focus on how they can hold the NO 1 position in 5 Days Cricket, and this is the right time to give opportunity to the Pathan Brothers, Rudra Pratap Singh and Munaf in IRANI CUP. They can regain their form and will be handy while playing the BIG EVENT at home.

  • Alter.G on September 20, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Ennigmaa. FTW. Please enter minimum of 25 characters.Ok

  • nick11 on September 20, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    I guess its time for selectors to pick up good pace bowlers ....Were is ajit agarkar he is second highest wicket taker for india in Odi's....atleast selctors could look at him for odi's and t20.....He is agile on the filed can throw bat at ball...he is better than likes of munaf patel ,jadeja ,yusuf pathan who plays only in ipl...Mr. selectots please wake up select our indian team on merit bases not on peronal basis because india is our country n we ppl should get a chance to select a best indian that atleat we can win on consistent basis....wake upp...

  • ek_niranjan07 on September 20, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    finally no ravindra jadeja pheww !!! hope he nvr comes bk totally worthless Irfan pathan is 1000 times btr

  • ProdigyA on September 20, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    there are many comments about yuvi... and nice to see that though he is dropped it is for his own good... and though he has failed to deliver on so many occasions recently, im really glad to see that he is stil getting a lot of love. truly he is a class act and we all love you yuvi. but pls dont stretch it...

  • evermohid on September 20, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    i dont no what the plan for srikanth&co for world cup team they keep ignoring irfan pathan from both the teams they announced cricinfo readers kindly tell me he deserve the place for even rest of india squad?...i hope some one will answer my question

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    @ Kaze - don't trust first class records, do you? Thank god you aren't a national selector mate... sachin tendulkar would have never been picked for international debut, 20 yrs back. The only reason Pujara hasn't yet had a game is the sheer class of the indian test middle order. I don't say he is in the same league, he has to to the hard yards before you can say that. But he has been doing them in domestic cricket. And so far, doing them well.

  • CricketMaan on September 20, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    I feel sad for S BADRINATH..he got 3 chances in ODI in SL and then just 2 test matches against the best in business, he even made a defiant 50 and shared a 100 run partnership with Viru..and has been scoring tons of runs in domestic. He has even added some agression to his batting as showin IPL and CLT20..BUT I'M AFRAID to say its ALL OVER for him..He is 30 and that is not an age when you get picked for Team India..This is no Australia and he is no HUSSEY..

  • Ramdiv on September 20, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Time and again the selection committee makes decissions based on domestic performance.....Let's face it - domestic cricket in India is a shade better than book cricket - flat wickets, tiresome seamers, and batsmen friendly everything.... At least if the wickets are seamer friendly, then it makes sense to pick batsmen with good averages........The only productive take away from doemstic cricket is that one could pick bowlers with good averages and strike rates in picking wickets..bcos they bowl in batsmen friednly wickets..... Zaheer and Harbhajan - its time they pack their bags - I dono why selectors have to suck upto Big Names rather than Big Performances - Gosh, our mentality will never change

  • MohammadAleem on September 20, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    That is a good move by selectors.They should have even considered Harbajan sing to be dropped.Best of luck for the indian team

  • on September 20, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Vengserkar dropped Sehwag- where are the players who replaced Sehwag?

    Srikant droppes yuvaraj--why----why not the man responsible fot 1st test loss- Mr Dravid---

    Why Srikant forced Ganguli to take premature retirement--

    The India Cement Srikant is too strong--can any one drop him from selector's post

  • A.Ak on September 20, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Thank god, Yuvi is out, at least he can concentrate on one thing what he does best, limited overs. Still only 3 seamers !!! Zaheer and Sreesanth - who own the history of repeated injuries almost after every series or in the series. Hope they don't get injuries AGAIN after this tour. I never understood why people blaming RJadeja every time, He is toooo young. He is a decent bowler who can bat. He did ok performance. Don't expect him to bowl like Kumble and bat like Sachin.

  • Alter.G on September 20, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    The ROI team is supposed to reward performers from the previous Ranji season. Jaydev Unadkat did not even play last year and is a greenhorn! He should not have been fast-tracked like this! Why not Praveen Kumar instead?

  • msdfansin on September 20, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    this is exellent selection as for as pujara is considered .it is really good to drop yuvraj , i think the destructive batsman will come back soon harder than before

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Why still Sachin Tendulkar ??

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Picking Chetershwar Pujara over a brave decision, but only if Dhoni picks him in the playing eleven. Pujara is really a nice batsman...he has proved himself in the Domestic Circuit. I would love to see him coming at number 5 or the first test...!!

  • East_West on September 20, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    What about BADRI?? What a joke! This guy is better than most of this existing INdian test team who can't play bounce but still BADRI is ignored!! He was the savior during Mendis menace in Sri Lanka where even DHONI praised him, and most recently in T20, but still he is ignored in all forms of CRICKET!!! THis is what BCCI is upto, and Dhoni is a SPINELESS FELLOW, and CHIKA is useless as well!! SHMAE ON BCCI!! what a corrupt board!!

  • vedanthy2 on September 20, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Recycling(thanks Mr. Pataudi) is on.Men are developed by pitching them against tough opponents.A.Mithun any day will be better than Sreesanth. Mr SrikkanthMithun is young ,tall and disciplined.Sreesanth must be left to do Break-Dance along with Yuvraj.Yuvraj must be certified to be fit by doctors and not team physio or his GP and himself! Chairman of selectors you must be consistent in rating people.a 2 week stint is not too long when you are developing.

  • Kaze on September 20, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    I would never take Indian first class stats seriously, something is substandard about them. You have loads of people in the FC stats list from India who average loads and yet in Tests they come up mediocre. Yuvraj is a lazy mediocre git he deserved to be dropped.

  • Alter.G on September 20, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    @Manu.T: Abhishek Nayar is going to play for Mumbai against ROI, so he will be involved in that game after all! Others from Mumbai to watch out for - Rohit Sharma, Iqbal Abdulla, Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni... and then there are the veterans - Wasim Jaffer, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar

  • Samresh on September 20, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    I think its good decision to that Yuvraj is not in the team its time to learn to yuvraj that if u not perform then u can be out no one is fix............

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on September 20, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    very good selection. but Jaydev Unadkat is not a good selection.

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Deserving people have been selected. Pujara was on the list since he made his mark in the U-19 World Cup in 2006. Hope we get to see some of his batting skills on display in the Test series. I also have a feeling that if Harbhajan does not manage to do well here, it might be the end of the road for him too.

  • va_jatt on September 20, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Yuvraj is much better player than any indian cricketer after test odi and T20 . what has dhoni, dravid, ghambhir, m vijay, karthik has done in past 15 games... dhoni doesn't even looks like a cricketer when he bat.. lol..

  • Ennigmaa on September 20, 2010, 13:24 GMT

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  • Attractivue on September 20, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    He'll be probably another one of those quality batsman that India produces from time to time. I think the main reason, India keeps producing these quality batsman is they pick the batsman who average over 55 in domestic Cricket, whereas Pakistan's top players average below 35 in domestic Cricket.

    Keep up the good work India, hope you smash Australia :).

    A Pakistani fan :)

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    why the hell they have selected Sreesanth and zaheer again.............

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Really good team! Comeback of Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer khan will make india more better. It will be a great challenge to Australia to face India.

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    oh my god ... OZ has no chance of winning now ... NO Jadeja ... :O :O :O

  • kris.ganesh on September 20, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Tough call for Pujara. If he is given a chance he is going to face one of the toughest opponents on earth. But it is a good call after his long wait. I don`t think our bowling attack is capable of brining down 20 wickets in a match given the opposition being aussies. Zaheer, Ishant, Bajji, Sreesanth, Ojha, Misra only knows how much headache they are going to give to Dhoni & kris Srikkanth.

  • on September 20, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    its very much a justified team selection. i m really looking forward to pujara.. !! but with raina playing so well.. he might not get a chance.. but pujara ll be future no.3 for us.. !!!!

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Well, its good that Yuvi omitted from the squad,but he should be included in board president team against Oz. He is just out of farm but a very talented cricketer,give him more match practice where he dont have any pressure on himself. Afterall we needed him badly in world cup as well well as a permanent member in Indian cricket team. A lot of so called youngster have come ,& everybody have seen them,I guess enough .So give frequent oppurtunity to proven ones.

  • AnandPriyaRahul on September 20, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    It's a good team selected by selectors.... but the ignorance of Abhimanyu Mithun is not good sign for youngsters who plays well.....

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    So that's the end of the road for Badri in the main test squad. Sad, he didn't get enough chance at the highest level despite consistent performance at the domestic scene for many years. Anyway, I'm glad the same didn't happen with Puraja, Even though he is below Raina in the hierarchy in the squad, I'm sure he would do great when he gets the chance. Certainly a player for the future esp when the legendary trio of RD, Sachin and VVS retire from the game.

  • 11Noobs on September 20, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Happy Yuvraj is dropped, and also happy for Pujara. Fantastic opportunity for him (though I doubt he'll play). Warm welcome to Sreesanth, Zak, Gambhir and Bhajji.

  • peterss on September 20, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    well done in dropping yuvraj. and pujara does deserve a spot and so does badri! Badrinath should hav been selected as well, much much earlier even. mithun could hav been retained and ashwin should hav been picked ahead of mishra. well done though!

  • heterosexualcricketfan on September 20, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Ravindra jadeja has never been a part of any test squad,so the jokes are misplaced.Neither has Tiwary.So he hasn't been "dropped".He was only part of the ODI squad.Here's the most important part-No Rohit Sharma.That roly-poly rotund,unfit,overrated character who's got an IQ lower than his age(just listen to him speak) has finally been kicked out.Glad to see Dhawan & Badrinath in the ROI squuad.These 2 guys don't play in the typical old-generation soft style.They have tolerable backfoot games.Pujara on the other hand is a fit Rohit Sharma,i'm afraid. Doesn't cut,doesn't pull & no indian batsman hooks anyway.He plays 'stylish' backfoot drives to short of length bowling on docile pitches against 70-75mph bowlers.He won't make it to the XI too.Unless someone in the middle-order gets injured.

  • SajinVarghese on September 20, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    A good move by Selectors picking Cheteswar Pujara in the Squad,Yuvraj better to concentrate on ODI's & T20's. Mishra should have been dropped for Murali Karthik or Piyush Chawla.Rest,all history

  • Ravin1973 on September 20, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Another ridiculous decision by Srikanth and co.He is making huse mistake by dropping him.Now who will playinnings like he played in most of test matches he played like his all centuries all came when india was 50-80 for 5 down and partnership with Sachin while chasing huge 4rth innings total against England. This is domestic politics at its best and unfortunately India will have to pay price for that.Players are chosen based on their region and not their skills.There was no need to drop Yuvi for 3rd test against SL when he made 50 in 1st match in difficult situation. Pujara will be another failure like Rohit Sharma who just happens to play for India coz of his region(same as Mr.Pawar)

  • tikna on September 20, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Good to see that Pujara has been selected but it doesnt look like he will get a game specially with Raina doing well in SL.

    Amongst the ROI Squad, I hope that Badrinath does well and Mumbai win the match

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Because of a pressure called zonal bias The chief selector has completely ignored Subramaniam Badrinath . Everyone is saying that Pujara is a good inclusion. But despite performing well SB has not been given enough chances to prove his credibility. C'mon give him a chance at least against NZ. Bowling wise Return of Zaheer and Sreesanth will do a lot of good and sreesanth should be given a nod ahead of Ishant Spin department is weak considering that Harbhajan is not good bowling form Ojha is just a rookie in Int. cricket. I think R Ashwin should be tried because he is the only bowler who is looking good in the reserves.

  • Alchemist2889 on September 20, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Where is Irfan Pathan...I think he deserves a chance....

  • Ganesh3 on September 20, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Good move. Hope this team will retain the test ranking. Best of luck!

  • aavi242 on September 20, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    pathetic on the part of spinners selection... I really wonder what wrong has Kartik done in his career?

  • timus6778 on September 20, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    zaheer coming back was no surprise,neither was pujara's inclusion..but ignoring praveen kumar once again for the tests is not a good idea...u haven't given this guy a single chance in the test matches and u have made him a one-day bowler(bowlers younger than PK-mithun got a chance in the tests)..he was india's best bowler in the recently concluded tri-series..he was excellent yesterday...agreed that the white ball does help him more than the red cherry which doesn;t swing as much which makes him a lesser candidate for the selection..but srikkanth said the selection was entirely on performance and fitness..PK is fit,performed very well in the last few months...what more should he do now to get in srikkanth's good books???? ditto for utthappa..he should be in the squad for the one would be foolish not to select him..because he is one guy who can unsettle any attack(although we have sehwag)..but we need backup(just in case).

  • NewYorkCricket on September 20, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Yuvraj is a spent force, unfit for any sport at the moment. He needs to be dropped from the world cup squad also.

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    thats good.............. ya we wait see what giong to happen

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Neither Pujara nor Yuvraj would not be in the eleven.So it is best Yuvraj gets some match practice by playing the Irani cup .His performance is important as he is in the scheme of things for the world cup.His axing from squad might force him to put the extra yards.I hope so!!!

  • __ram on September 20, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    M Vijay should be feeling lucky, when his former captain Badri is still in Rest of India.

  • sanjayverma on September 20, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Good selection..IF IF AND IF sreesanth, Gambhir and Pujara will give their 100%.

  • on September 20, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Finally Pujara gets a call. He deserved it a long time ago! Looking forward to the series...a good looking Indian side!

  • Rajit on September 20, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Bowling is a worry looking at the form of Zaheer and Harbhajan.While Zaheer may find the zip in the longer version,harbhajan should have been "rested" and R Ashwin should have been tried out.Also Murli Kartik is a better option ahead of Amit Mishra.

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    very bad ....yuvraj not in squad .......bad seletion ....for missing yuvraj ..........

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Pujara deserve the place in test side...yuvraj should go to NCA for his fitness and form... and earn his place.

  • tanstell87 on September 20, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Sad to see Yuvraj getting dropped....but Pujara happens to be the number 3 in future for India...guess Rahul Dravid will retire at end of World Cup 2011...good to see Sreesanth & Gambhir back...Zaheer looked rusty in Champion's League...hope India defeats the Aussies one more time...!

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Congrats Pujara..........

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Please select Yuvraj in the squad. He is a good player..

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    ravindra jadeja is "NOT" in the side..sorry Australia, you have absolutely NO chance of winning now!! :)

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    Out of form Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh conceded that he is short on confidence and is not at the peak of his fitness.

    It was a combination of injuries and lack of form that made Yuvraj one of the biggest disappointments of the srilanka tour and the left-hander had no qualms admitting he was not his buoyant self.

    Go and stick out basic from domestic matches..........great to bring pujara into team wher gone badrinath?

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Absolutely justified.... Mithun has nevr looked in good touch...Leave out 3 wicket hauls which were f no use!!! Lookin at some of the players who hv tried comin up, Dhaval Kulkarni shud hv been given a nod in the squad... Yest's Nechim cud hv ben too.. He s someone with good pace...

    Whr is PIYUSH CHAWLA..?? He's someone who fits into tests than any other stuff... Do u get that..??? Selectors..??!!!

    Dunno why selectors hv been consistent in havin Ishant.... Ishant doesn do well on Indian tracks...

    Bhajji s out f touch... Mishra n Ojha will go waste against AUSSIES... Jakati, Nanda shud hv been considered....

  • sankar800 on September 20, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    It is a right move by selectors. I hope Pujara will get a chance to prove his worth!

  • XooX on September 20, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    OMG..Ravindra Jadeja in the Rest of India squad! Who will poor Dhoni go to during crisis?

  • Bhupi111 on September 20, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    i dnt understand whats going on slection process, why indvlude M.Vijay,Ishant Sharma .theses player not doing well in last series, why Irfan Pathan ignore contiunsoly.i think he is doing well last IPL comapre to S.Sreeshant,atleast give a chance Rest of indian squad,K.S Srikatnh is include every time own state player not performance baisc..

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    It Is A Good Team To Face Australia In Test Series.

  • SajinVarghese on September 20, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    A good selection by Mr.Srikanth & Co,however,Amit Mishra will become a burden for Indian team considering his recent performance in Sri Lanka.It is good to see Sreesanth is back in the team. Yuvraj has to concentrate on ODI's & T20's and all the best to Chetaswar Pujara who can carry the Indian Test Team in next era as Champions,excessive optimism,ha..

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Yuvraj earned this.......

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    A gud squad picked......batting as usual looks supremely solid...Bowlin has also been improved as zaheer bhajji and sree comes this is gonna be a cracker of a contest it would be tough to see pujara play unless a person's got injury or is totallyoutta form so lets see..........anyways go go india.......

  • sajanjohn007 on September 20, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Finally Pujara got a call.............. He really deserved a place in the team.He deserve a chance in the one day team also Instead of picking rohit,kohli&dinesh kartik .Rohit sharma&dinesh kartik are utter waste.But still Yuvraj is one of the most talented in the country.hope this is not the end of yuvraj in tests.

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    He should be pick up......he is the great Player............

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Good to see pujara and sreesanth in the squad. hope both of them will make a huge impact to impress the selectors.

  • Navaneethqatar on September 20, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    I dont understand the logic behind Sreesanth's inclusion by omitting Mithun.. Atleast this guy has shown some character in recently concluded dull series!! Best of luck Krish & Co.. May God help Team India!

  • cyberflirt on September 20, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Good News for the Talent Hungry audience.. Finally the Talent of Pujara has been recognized by the Selectors. I hope he utilises this chance and cements his place like his peers. After a pretty long wait, Pujara has got this call, that too against the Mighty Aussies, who are pretty much determined to win the so called "FINAL FRONTIER", especially looking at the preparations of Punter (as if he is going for Peace keeping job in Iraq..LOL). I wish the young Pujara all the success (provided he gets a chance in the playing XI, not at the cost of injury to the existing premier batsmen but a true talent exhibition). I think the selectors must give him a long rope even if he fails to impress them in the first couple of outings. Diamonds DO shine after thorough grinding and polishing. Wishing him all the success... Kudos to the Selectors!! Way to Go!! Cheers!!!

  • on September 20, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    ok.. thanks.. I mean, I would have lost hope in Indian cricket if they didn't do. Good, that now Pujara has proven himself in variety of levels and countries. Good luck. I hope that he doesn't do a Rohit sharma.

  • djazhar on September 20, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    its good to dropped yuvi, and given chance to much deserving pujara, they shud have given irfan pathan a chance in rest of india squad atleast to have a look of him. all the best for india in the test series.

  • tikna on September 20, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Its good to see that Pujara finally gets a look in though its unlikely that he will make it into the final 11 specially seeing how well Raina performed in SL.

    For the rest of India match against Mumbai, I hope Mumbai beat them

  • subahan on September 20, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    I was reading through the article and was happy with the selection, but at the very end see a super allrounder Ravindra Jadeja's name. Where is Irfan Pathan, Is he not ready for ROI squad as well ?

  • banam on September 20, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    What happened to Saurabh Tiwary???? They dropped him without even letting him face a ball!!!!!!

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  • sonofchennai on September 20, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    good team..but i wonder what badri has to do to get a place in the 15?????????? this man scored a solid 50 in his debut against steaming Steyn and company..yet doesn't get a place...and pls don think am biased since am a chennaite...its jus a honest opinion...very happy that yuvi was not an automatic choice..

  • DeokarAshish on September 20, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Atlast some common sense prevailed and selectors called Pujara in team. It was really Sad to see in test team players like Yuvaj, Rohit sharma, M Vijay , getting selected ahead of Pujara. The First Class record should be one of the Major criteria for selection in Test team, not the one day record andTamasha like IPL . Next youngster who should be selected is Ajinkya Rahane.

  • SivaatZenith on September 20, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Pujaras selection is the right step, hope he will be selected and given to play in a ODI. Mithun could have been retained. Piyish Chawala could have got selected ahead of Mishra, or a extra paceman could have got selected

  • Manu.t on September 20, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    i think abhishek nayar should have atleast been a part of the rest of india squad He played brilliantly when others struggled against south africa when they came in india early this year

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    A decision Selectors couldnt delay the end it would have been easy for selectors as Pujara keeps piling runs and Yuvi keeps failing to say the least.

    It is a great news not only for Pujara but for cricketers in general and message is if you keep scoring you bound to be picked. Pujara proved what DADA said once "if your are good you are bound to get a chance, people can stop you but not for long"... gotta feel great for the guy who made his way on the basis of sheer performance..

    all the very best to Pujara and hopefully he makes a debut and makes it a memorable one..have a great career!!!!

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    I think it is very good & fair selection,best of luck india !!!!

  • Proteas_Supporter on September 20, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    good team... maybe its time to get virat kohli in the team as well...

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    yuaraj not deserved the spot...

  • nataraajds on September 20, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    good selection. why pathan br's missing? Irfan pathan should have got a chance in rest of india squad.

  • sursandavi on September 20, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    very good selection. atlast pujara got selected,hope if he get a chance he will do well.

  • howizzat on September 20, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Its the best possible team. Yuvi should concentrate on becoming ODI specialist. He hs all those qualities to become one like that, like he is a hard hitting enthralling batsman, a utility bowler and a above par fielder.

  • rustin on September 20, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    About time. Hope he doesn't turn out to be a Ramprakash.

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 20, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Very well done by selecting Cheteshwar Pujara........and dropping heavyweight Yuvraj...

    But i wonder whether Pujara will be picked.....

  • coolio78 on September 20, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Again No Irfan Pathan in any squad, BP XI or ROI. Mr. Kris Srikanth, atleast give him a chance to prove his form and fitness. Please don't let your hatred against some players come in between India's progress to build the best team...

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    pujara really deserved it

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Another wake up call for Yuvraj. There will be good competition between Raina and Pujara for the spot. Good luck CP.

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    ridiculous selection procedure..... u can t treat a player of yuvraj s caliber like happens only in india

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  • on September 20, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    ridiculous selection procedure..... u can t treat a player of yuvraj s caliber like happens only in india

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Another wake up call for Yuvraj. There will be good competition between Raina and Pujara for the spot. Good luck CP.

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    pujara really deserved it

  • coolio78 on September 20, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Again No Irfan Pathan in any squad, BP XI or ROI. Mr. Kris Srikanth, atleast give him a chance to prove his form and fitness. Please don't let your hatred against some players come in between India's progress to build the best team...

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 20, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Very well done by selecting Cheteshwar Pujara........and dropping heavyweight Yuvraj...

    But i wonder whether Pujara will be picked.....

  • rustin on September 20, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    About time. Hope he doesn't turn out to be a Ramprakash.

  • howizzat on September 20, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Its the best possible team. Yuvi should concentrate on becoming ODI specialist. He hs all those qualities to become one like that, like he is a hard hitting enthralling batsman, a utility bowler and a above par fielder.

  • sursandavi on September 20, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    very good selection. atlast pujara got selected,hope if he get a chance he will do well.

  • nataraajds on September 20, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    good selection. why pathan br's missing? Irfan pathan should have got a chance in rest of india squad.

  • on September 20, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    yuaraj not deserved the spot...