Australia in India 2010 September 10, 2010

Sreesanth, Unadkat in Board President's XI squad

Cricinfo staff
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Sreesanth has an opportunity to make another comeback to the Test team after being named in the Board President's XI squad to take on the touring Australians in the three-day opening game in Chandigarh. Three other fast bowlers, including the uncapped Jaidev Unadkat, were named in a 14-man squad that will be led by Test opener Gautam Gambhir.

Strangely, though, the squad features four players involved with the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa - which ends on September 26, a day after the tour game starts. If all IPL sides make it to the semi-finals, to be held on September 24 and 25, the BP XI will be left with only 10 men.

The BP XI squad includes only six specialist batsmen, two of whom - Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan - have a realistic chance of being in South Africa when the tour game starts. R Ashwin and Abhimanyu Mithun are the two other players taking part in the Champions League. Rohit Sharma, who was part of the squad in the recently concluded tri-series in Sri Lanka and is now available without any Twenty20 commitments, hasn't been picked.

Picking a squad with only six specialist batsmen, even for a practice match, suggests the selection committee hasn't learned from its Nagpur fiasco last year. For the first Test against South Africa, they had picked a Test side with only six batsmen, and were forced to give wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha a debut after one of the specialist batsmen injured himself on the morning of the match.

The BP XI's bowling attack is strong, and shows the confidence that Unadkat and Umesh Yadav, another rookie who made his India debut during the Zimbabwe tri-series last year, have earned over the last year or so. Unadkat, yet to play a first-class game in India, has impressed the selectors with his performance in the Under-19 World Cup, the India A tour to England and the Emerging Players tournament in Australia.

Unadkat's call-up is the latest development in a career that has progressed quickly since it began earlier this year. After playing in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and securing an IPL contract with Kolkata Knight Riders, Unadkat had an outstanding first-class debut for India A, taking 13 wickets against West Indies A in Leicester. He took 12 wickets during the Emerging Players tournament in Australia. Unadkat and Yadav were sent to Sri Lanka to help out as quality net bowlers, and also so that the team management could have a look at the two of the up-coming quicks.

The team's captain, Gambhir, missed two of the three Tests and the ODI tri-series in Sri Lanka because of a knee problem. Gambhir played only five balls in the Galle Test, and was dismissed by Lasith Malinga in both innings. Sreesanth was also poised to make a national comeback during the Tests in Sri Lanka, but he sustained a knee injury while warming up for a nets session, which ruled him out of the tour. His last Test was in Chittagong in January.

The squad also includes two batsmen who are contenders for middle-order slots in the future - Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, also an impressive performer for India A in England.

Board President's XI: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sreesanth, Jaidev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Ravindra Jadeja.

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  • mrgupta on September 17, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    @DINESHCC: You say "not against a particular player/ State and not in favour of any particular player / State" but its very clear that you are trying to do just that. Why do you feel no TN player was included in the All TIme XI? Not even by the readers? Was it biased? You can say judges were biased but how can all the reader be biased too? Don't try to create a controversy here based on regional divide. You can talk about players missing out not about a Tamilian or a Marathi or a Punjabi missing out. I am happy that Pujara, Mithun and Dhawan have been given a chance. Also I too wud like Vijay and Badri to be the part of the team as they have great potential but not because they are from certain state.

  • poolcricket on September 16, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Thank god, Pujara is picked in the side. A chance for him to prove himself against an international team. I hope the selectors give a chance to players who perform well in the practice game to be in the national squad. Don't treat this as just giving Australia a practice.

  • The_Professor on September 16, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Agree with Indiansup. Constructive criticism is necessary to keep the selectors on their toes and maintaining a balance which hopefully will result in the selection of best players for Team-India. State-bias opinion, however, only hinders progress. So let's keep it real - the MAJOR BLUNDER in this selection is R JADEJA. The Board President's XI selection is taken with a few to Test Matches - is Jadeja a Test Match standard bowler or batsman (even an all-rounder has to be able to make it into the team with one trade and back it up with the other)? R JADEJA is a 'bits and pieces' player - jack of all trades, master of none! He is not a potential Test Match player and I doubt he ever will be, given the talent of other candidates. It could be argued that Jadeja's selection is the only blunder. However, it is a VERY CLEAR BLUNDER and the SELECTORS DESERVE A ROYAL KICK UP THE BACKSIDE for this error!

  • on September 15, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Hi guys, Can someone please ask the selectors whether are out of their minds or not? This selection in just rubbish. Kohli,Pujara are ok., But Wriddhiman Saha who cant even play like another better specialist batsman Rohit Sharma. He can nerver be better than Rohit. Even Rohit is not my favourite player, he is way better than Saha. Selector Srikkanth, man your time is up Rohit's time is now!!

  • Indiansup on September 14, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Hey Guys, it is really shameful as an Indian to read the so called state fighting here. We complain bitterly about Racism in Australia and other european countries but what do you call this inter state racism?? India is a big country and it is not possible to select 11 perfect players all the time. Thank God, it is Srikkanth who is the selector. If you allow one of you guys to do the job, maybe all the players would be from only one state or even one community. Shame on you all, so called Indian Team supporters. When the team wins, no noise...even if it looses one match then everyone is ready with their expert comments...

  • raj_che on September 14, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    All u guys who r houting names of Irfan, Uthappa. Are you guys out of your mind !!!! What good has irfan done to get a call up in test team? damn it he is a useless bowler in the longer format. How do u expect him to take wickets in tests with his pace and the pitches that we have in india???

    Coming to Uthappa, for heaven sake he has never been a test material in his career. How do u guys even think of including his name in a three day match. He just performed in the just concluded IPL, u guys should really not be knowing the difference between test and one day cricket for sure. thats why u r rooting for Irfan and uthappa. Nice to see Pujara in the team at last, and really bad not to see Badrinath. Poor guy has scored tons and tons of runs in domestic circuit. To be fair he should have been there ahead of yuvraj and Raina. Not that raina is not performing well, but Badri has been performing consistently and even performed well in his debut match.

  • DINESHCC on September 14, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    bkraks21. You don't bet. I am from Chennai only. But I am not against a particular player/ State and not in favour of any particular player / State. I also not agree with the selection policy of present selection committee. Certainly Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, C.Pujara, S.Tiwary should be given enough chances. You also see one fact and also you see the records, whether D.Karthik, M.Vijay, Badrinath, L.Balaji have played continuously five matches in any of the series / tournament. All through the series, they have been used as reserve players only. In none of the series they have not played continously more than 4 matches. Everybody is voicing their concern only about T N players. Nobody talks about the continous failure of Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Bhajji and Virat Kohli. In today's context Praveen Kumar is best test bowler. But he is ignored in every test series. Another good news for you. In the All time Indian XI & readers XI no TN players are figured.

  • DINESHCC on September 14, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I agree with ihatesachin. In every regime, selectors show some favouritism to their players. During the regime of Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Tamil Nadu players of S.Sharath, Venkatramana and Robin Singh have been ignored. In Karnataka Carlton Saldana, David Johnson, Raghuram Bhat have been ignored. In Kerala Ananda Padmanabhan, Tinu Yohanan ignored. Similarly Amol Mozumdar from Mumbai has been sidelined for many a years.

  • buntyj on September 13, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    tn have had some good talent, it happens that at time theres more talent in a state rather than others- delhi too- kohli, sehwag, gambhir, sharma; pandey flopped on recent away tours; uthappa could be considered as reserve keeper

  • Alter.G on September 13, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    ANYONE NOTICE that while there are only six batsmen in the squad, 3 of them are openers and two are No.3 batsmen! WEIRD. I guess the XI will be: Gambhir, Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Mukund, Saha, Ashwin, Mithun, Sreesanth, Yadav. 12th man: Chawla (if unofficial game, he'll bowl too). Unadkat is too fresh to play realistically and should be there just for the experience. Jadeja I don't even need to talk about!

  • mrgupta on September 17, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    @DINESHCC: You say "not against a particular player/ State and not in favour of any particular player / State" but its very clear that you are trying to do just that. Why do you feel no TN player was included in the All TIme XI? Not even by the readers? Was it biased? You can say judges were biased but how can all the reader be biased too? Don't try to create a controversy here based on regional divide. You can talk about players missing out not about a Tamilian or a Marathi or a Punjabi missing out. I am happy that Pujara, Mithun and Dhawan have been given a chance. Also I too wud like Vijay and Badri to be the part of the team as they have great potential but not because they are from certain state.

  • poolcricket on September 16, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Thank god, Pujara is picked in the side. A chance for him to prove himself against an international team. I hope the selectors give a chance to players who perform well in the practice game to be in the national squad. Don't treat this as just giving Australia a practice.

  • The_Professor on September 16, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Agree with Indiansup. Constructive criticism is necessary to keep the selectors on their toes and maintaining a balance which hopefully will result in the selection of best players for Team-India. State-bias opinion, however, only hinders progress. So let's keep it real - the MAJOR BLUNDER in this selection is R JADEJA. The Board President's XI selection is taken with a few to Test Matches - is Jadeja a Test Match standard bowler or batsman (even an all-rounder has to be able to make it into the team with one trade and back it up with the other)? R JADEJA is a 'bits and pieces' player - jack of all trades, master of none! He is not a potential Test Match player and I doubt he ever will be, given the talent of other candidates. It could be argued that Jadeja's selection is the only blunder. However, it is a VERY CLEAR BLUNDER and the SELECTORS DESERVE A ROYAL KICK UP THE BACKSIDE for this error!

  • on September 15, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Hi guys, Can someone please ask the selectors whether are out of their minds or not? This selection in just rubbish. Kohli,Pujara are ok., But Wriddhiman Saha who cant even play like another better specialist batsman Rohit Sharma. He can nerver be better than Rohit. Even Rohit is not my favourite player, he is way better than Saha. Selector Srikkanth, man your time is up Rohit's time is now!!

  • Indiansup on September 14, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Hey Guys, it is really shameful as an Indian to read the so called state fighting here. We complain bitterly about Racism in Australia and other european countries but what do you call this inter state racism?? India is a big country and it is not possible to select 11 perfect players all the time. Thank God, it is Srikkanth who is the selector. If you allow one of you guys to do the job, maybe all the players would be from only one state or even one community. Shame on you all, so called Indian Team supporters. When the team wins, no noise...even if it looses one match then everyone is ready with their expert comments...

  • raj_che on September 14, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    All u guys who r houting names of Irfan, Uthappa. Are you guys out of your mind !!!! What good has irfan done to get a call up in test team? damn it he is a useless bowler in the longer format. How do u expect him to take wickets in tests with his pace and the pitches that we have in india???

    Coming to Uthappa, for heaven sake he has never been a test material in his career. How do u guys even think of including his name in a three day match. He just performed in the just concluded IPL, u guys should really not be knowing the difference between test and one day cricket for sure. thats why u r rooting for Irfan and uthappa. Nice to see Pujara in the team at last, and really bad not to see Badrinath. Poor guy has scored tons and tons of runs in domestic circuit. To be fair he should have been there ahead of yuvraj and Raina. Not that raina is not performing well, but Badri has been performing consistently and even performed well in his debut match.

  • DINESHCC on September 14, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    bkraks21. You don't bet. I am from Chennai only. But I am not against a particular player/ State and not in favour of any particular player / State. I also not agree with the selection policy of present selection committee. Certainly Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, C.Pujara, S.Tiwary should be given enough chances. You also see one fact and also you see the records, whether D.Karthik, M.Vijay, Badrinath, L.Balaji have played continuously five matches in any of the series / tournament. All through the series, they have been used as reserve players only. In none of the series they have not played continously more than 4 matches. Everybody is voicing their concern only about T N players. Nobody talks about the continous failure of Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Bhajji and Virat Kohli. In today's context Praveen Kumar is best test bowler. But he is ignored in every test series. Another good news for you. In the All time Indian XI & readers XI no TN players are figured.

  • DINESHCC on September 14, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I agree with ihatesachin. In every regime, selectors show some favouritism to their players. During the regime of Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Tamil Nadu players of S.Sharath, Venkatramana and Robin Singh have been ignored. In Karnataka Carlton Saldana, David Johnson, Raghuram Bhat have been ignored. In Kerala Ananda Padmanabhan, Tinu Yohanan ignored. Similarly Amol Mozumdar from Mumbai has been sidelined for many a years.

  • buntyj on September 13, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    tn have had some good talent, it happens that at time theres more talent in a state rather than others- delhi too- kohli, sehwag, gambhir, sharma; pandey flopped on recent away tours; uthappa could be considered as reserve keeper

  • Alter.G on September 13, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    ANYONE NOTICE that while there are only six batsmen in the squad, 3 of them are openers and two are No.3 batsmen! WEIRD. I guess the XI will be: Gambhir, Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Mukund, Saha, Ashwin, Mithun, Sreesanth, Yadav. 12th man: Chawla (if unofficial game, he'll bowl too). Unadkat is too fresh to play realistically and should be there just for the experience. Jadeja I don't even need to talk about!

  • peterss on September 13, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    @bkraks21, certainly pujara deserves a chance but so does badri given his domestic performances time and time again. also in the only test match he got to play, he did justice for a debut match, against a firing steyn led attack, half century on debut isnt something to be ignored so soon... ideally both should get selected. future replacements for fab 4. and this is nothing to do with TN or watever. so thats bull shit on yr part. soemthing called justice. mukund - debatable. not denying facts.

  • Alter.G on September 13, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Among batsmen, I agree that no one deserves his place more than Pujara. Don't compare him with Mukund, who is an opener, and has got an excellent first class record. He's definitely among the most promising contenders for a reserve test opener slot (along with Dhawan and Vijay)

  • bkraks21 on September 13, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    @peterss - Pujara has got his first chance and ur dear Badrinath has already got oppurtunities. So zip it TN guys. U have ur great opening batsman Mukund included.

  • bkraks21 on September 13, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    @ DINESHCC - What has Mukund done to deserve a place?

  • bkraks21 on September 13, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    @ DINESHCC - I bet u r from CHENNAI.

  • IhateSachin on September 12, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    People make so much noise that TN players are given chances becuse srikanth. I agree. But the Mumbaikars and others making noise should also agree this is not new to Indian cricket & every Chief Selectot trys to get his state boys in the team. Examples.. When Scahin became captain from nowhere Kambli was back in the Indian team, One Sameer Dighe who was planning to announce his retirement from 1st Class cricket was called up for India Team, Nilesh Kulkari who never took an international wicket after his 1st ball in test cricket was back in team & a leg spinner called Sairaj Bahutule also was in the team. If a captain can get all his players then a selector also can get his players. Dada had Zaheer, Bhajji & Yuvi. Rohit was slected and still getting selected bcoz of Dilip Vengsarkar. Its a Never ending story if we start digging. Anybody knows a player called ARJUN YADAV. He will always be a part of any one of the 3 team for challenger trophy every year. REASON. HIS DAD IS SHIVLAL YADAV

  • Sanaur on September 12, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Hey guys, Those who are cryng for Badri just hang on for days due to chanpion league is going on he is not in the team wait and see sure his name will be there in test team,take all player from TNCA other wise i have one good idea for sri Cant...... that make full team from chinnei he might have plan also who knows

  • on September 12, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Hi DINESHCC,

    Manish Pandey should be in place Virat, Robin Uthapa should be in place of A. mukund, In Place of ravindera Jadeja it should be Irfan pathan. I feel badrinath is the best solid bestman compared to murali vijay, Dinesh karthik and A.mukund. Why srinkant not giving him enoug chance. Also Murali Kartick and RP singh need to give some chance to prove. I am happy about Chitesh Pujara and R Ashwin at least they got selected. Overall it is not bad selection. But Manish Pandey, Robin Uthapa, Badrinath, Murali kartick, RP Singh, Irphan pathan, Sorabh Tewari tehy should get selected. Pleasedo not select Ravinder Jadeja, Virat, Rohit Sharma and Diniesk kartick and Murali Vijay and they have got so many chanaces. Let try others after that consider the perfromnace.

  • on September 12, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Mr.Srikanth should have thought about Badrinath while selecting this team,look,now he is performing, and everybody wants to see him in the team,it is unfair,he is not even selected for a three day matches

  • DINESHCC on September 12, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Everybody commented that Srikkanth is a biased selector as he included M.Vijay and D.Karthik. But this team do not have D.Karthik and M.Vijay. Despite that people are commenting he is favouring CSK. Can anyone suggest that in whose place Irfan Pathan, Yousuf Pathan, Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Vinay Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Badrinath, Ambati Rayudu can be included. You people suggest the 8 players who can be dropped in favour of the above players. You can give suggestion to only one place (i.e.) R.Jadeja and for the rest of 7 please you please tell the replacements. OK you ignore the two TN players also in the squad. A.Mukund and R.Aswin and give suggestion for replacing the other five players.

  • buntyj on September 12, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    wouldve liked to see badri get another chance; he seemed disheartened last year; irfan- we should realise hes not going to be a 2nd kapil but can be useful if agree to a role for him of accurate cutters at 120k and good batting; chawla with his action will never be a leggie- but he is a good googly, top spinner bowler n could substitute the offie

  • nataraajds on September 12, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    why BCCI not scheduling regular INDIA A tours & giving opportunities to discards like pathan br's , RP, parthiv, and young players to have more & more international experience. so that selectors have reliable options for national team. BCCI must do this to have bench players with enough experience ready for national team

  • on September 12, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    badri shud definitely be included in the test series against aussies.. good to see pujara in here.. i somehow feel virat kohli has been fast tracked into test cricket and his attitude isn't that of a test cricketer.. and jadeja is definitely a selection blunder.. 2009 T20 WC - early exit,2009 ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY- early exit, 2010 T20 WC - again early exit ... in all these teams this jadeja was there ; if he continues to be a part of the side for the next world cup 2011 then india will see the same fate as the other ICC events... Instead of jadeja MURALI KARTIK shud ve been picked.. he has always tormented the aussies be it tests or ODI's/.....

  • SajinVarghese on September 12, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    A good selection,regret to note that Badrinath is missing,rest OK,Badrinath is a far better player than D Karthik & Co.,Badrinath has not even get a fair number of chances to proves his credibility,how can u forget his stiff resistance against Dale Steyn on Nagpur test,Please donot select Karthik & Rohit for atleast few series of matches,let Badrinath,Shikhar Dawan,Pujara should get a fair amount of opportunities to play.

  • peterss on September 12, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    @Sanaur. seems that you are targeting Srikanth and Chennai. not the selectors as a whole. stop this kind of nonsense if u havent got brains to understand how selection process. now then, calls for badrinath is gonna get louder since he is performing as consistently as ever. ( in champions league as well) excellent matured innings.

  • Sanaur on September 11, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Australia will win complete white wash 2-0 in Test & 3-0 One day this is only because of sri kant and madrasi thinking and I hope soon finish his tenure as selector other india position will be below bangladesh As long as our senior batsman( eg. tendulkar, dravid,laxman) is there in Indian Team will remain on top and the day three retires team India will fuss please for the sake of Indian cricket sack these chinnei cement selector

  • The_Professor on September 11, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Great to see Pujara finally get a chance - quality batsman. Also happy with U Yadav's selection - if for nothing else other than to encourage Indian bowlers to strive for pace. Too many lazy Indian bowlers (eg. Munaf) around who are all too happy to drop pace, thinking they can be like McGrath! Heard that Mr Srikanth is 'good friends' with Jajeda's aunt and that is reason for Jadeja's continued selection ahead of more deserving candidates?!

  • riyazgs on September 11, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    where is pathan brothers, i think srikanth is having some personnel problems with pathan brothers thats what he is not giving any chance to them.

  • Vishu.276 on September 11, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Well done "cheeka" for not selecting irfan.

    I just want to ask to all those pathan's fan what special does he did in domestic season and please don't count his batting. He used to bowl 135-140 kmph with great swing. Now he has a swing but not speed(115-120kmph) which is not helpful.

  • on September 11, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Hopefully Murali Karthik will be included in the Tests as the second spinner. He is experienced and a proven match winner, in peak form - he has 44 wickets at 18 avg. in County Cricket this season!! He should not be ignored and picked ahead of Ojha and Mishra.

  • on September 11, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    It is an good opportunity for youngsters.

  • on September 11, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Agree with Raja22222 - R Jadeja has been a complete liability for Team-India. Neither a good enough bowler nor batsman! Selectors seem to pick him with an all-rounder for ODI WC in mind but he has not made any progress! As for test matches, the selectors should not even consider letting Jadeja anywhere near an international arena! How Jadeja keeps getting chances, after horrific performances is beyond me - perhaps his uncle/ relative knows a selector?! Irfan Pathan may well have been a better choice.

  • kirtpal on September 11, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Chance to Sreesanth, Ravindra Jadeja is not good Idea.I think they should give the chance to Trivedi, Pathan bros, Robin Uthappa or other guys who done well in domestic cricket.Anyway thanks for giving chance to Cheteshwar Pujara good luck for his career.

  • kushur on September 11, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Manish Pandey should have been in the mix. He was highest run scorer in last Indian domestic season (FC matches) which despite all his aggression, he can play long form of cricket. His 144 against Mumbai in Ranji final was class. As long as he was on crease, he kept threatening of taking match away from Mumbai. Get him inn. Him and Pujara should be mainstay of indian test batting line up in some time. About others, Badri may not have got enough chances at international level, but he looked out of depth in both the test matches against SA in feb. Rohit Sharma hasn't done any justice to abundant talent that he possesses. He seems to be settling down in the role of main batsman of chargers. Vinay Kumar could have made the cut and Naman Ojha should've been there in place of Saha. Sreesanth is good choice. Anyways india's first choice attack for test matches is going to look like Zak,Sree,Bhajji and Ojha (or Chawala, if he does very well in this tour game)

  • IhateSachin on September 11, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Why are people wrinting here worried abt IK. He has done nothing in Domestic cricket since he lost hos place in India Team. Saha's selection is purely on Zonal Quota. What else to explain. I see comment son Dhawal Kulkari. he is just a 1 season wonder. Shahid Afridi bowls spin faster than him

  • Apache_Indian on September 11, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    No matter who gets chance to play against Australia for Board President's X1, 'Team India' is going to be the same especially the batsmen. Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Raina, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ishant & Sreesanth. Extra players :- Yuvraj, Ojha, Mishra & Abhimnayu Mithun.

  • Soumya_Joy_Dasgupta on September 11, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    My team for this would be 1)M Vijay2)A Mukund3)C Pujara4)S Raina(c)5)V Kohli6)W Saha7)I Pathan 8)M Kartik9)A Mishra10)S Sreesanth11)A Mithun. Reserves - N Ojha, A Rayadu, R Ashwin, J Unadhkat.

  • on September 11, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    y jadeja man ???? rayadu,badrinath can play for anytime for india in all format.. srikant is waiting to give anirudh s a chance. he has only one motive .....

  • maddy20 on September 11, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @Scotty Go check your Captain's batting average in India. Harbhajan Singh fared better than him. Time for a reality check "mate"!

  • rakesh_85 on September 11, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Watch out for Pujara, Mukund & Unadkat

  • on September 11, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu has been the best talent around since many years.Its unfortunate that he is still the victim of the plotics.Wonder whether he will get his due ever ..

  • on September 11, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    @ Anubhav Agrawal

    buddy....Irfan has been consistently performing well from last 6 months check out his stats id u want and if u say tht he isnt performing n so not to blame dhoni then y Jadeja is always picked though the whole world knows tht he isnt fit to appear in any format of the game.....

  • on September 11, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    According to me the selection of this team is not good at all. Players who were playing in CL should not be picked at all.

  • on September 11, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    What's wrong with this selection committee!!! Why Saha is chosen in front of Parthiv Patel or Dinesh Karthik??? How come players like Irfan Pathan not given a chance again??? Also, how come Ravindra Jadeja in this squad??? Didn't the selectors noticed the fighting centuries from Yousuf Pathan and Dinesh Karthik in the domestic season finals??? Why are they not given the opportunity. Stupid crooks sitting at the top of selection and ruining the Indian Team!!! That's my take.......

  • jimbond on September 11, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Inclusion of Unadkat and Pujara seems to be good. But why Gambhir. Why not include Irfan Pathan, Robin Utappa- guys who have a realistic chance of getting selected for the world cup. Perhaps that is why Srikanth and the others do not want them in the side. So that they can continue to favour their pets- Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik.

  • SUNDOS on September 11, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Again the selectors have shown a degree of shortsightedness in predicting that the Indian teams participating in the Champions league in South Africa wll not qualify!!The strange love affair with Ravindra Jadeja continues,These matches should be used to test the bench strength,and identify weaknesses and strength in the opposition.Id like top know whether Irfan Pathan has been paid attention to?.Has some sort of rehabiltation been done ?Not only Irfan but bowlers like RP Singh,Manpreet Gony,Dhawal Kulkarni etc?

  • Apache_Indian on September 11, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    @ ScottyMuller ..... Well, you may dream of beating India, I wouldn't mind, but right now we are the 'boss'. And you know very well, the boss is always right.

  • Raja22222 on September 11, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Y Jadeja? Pujara is good for test matches .he is a slow starter buta consistent player .Only thing is his batting style is not looking attractive or stylish. awkward looking ,poor body language but great temperament.. any way stability and run matters...

  • buntyj on September 11, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    pujara, unadkat, yadav deserve a close look as does mukund; i wouldve liked to see saurabh tiwary too

  • manasvi_lingam on September 11, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    PUJARA POWER! Of all the young batsmen in India, this guy is the best in limited overs and in Tests! He has performed in Ranji matches, on A tours, in other domestic tournaments such as the Corporate trophy, etc. He averages over 60 in FC cricket and nearly 60 in List A cricket. There is no other batsman in India with those kind of averages in both forms. Mukund has a very high average in List A matches and Rahane has the higher average in FC cricket. My team would be: Mukund, Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli/Dhawan, Jadeja, Saha, Ashwin, Unadkat, Sreesanth, Umesh yadav Jadeja is very poor in International cricket but in domestic cricket he is an all-rounder and Saha has a decent record too. The team will have Ashwin at 8 - sufficient batting depth. There is also variety: Yadav - pace, Unadkat - left arm, Sreesanth - swing, Ashwin - right arm off, Jadeja - left arm orthodox However, I'd rather have seen I. Abdulla for Jadeja, Irfan Pathan for Mithun and maybe Dhawal Kulkarni for Umesh.

  • ScottyMuller on September 10, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Prepare for defeat India, Australia will show you who's boss this series.

  • on September 10, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Wow, why of all average medium pacers in India has Sreesanth have to be picked for? He is so wild and erratic and leaks runs and never takes wickets. Dhawal Kulkarni should have been picked!

  • on September 10, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    where are Uthappa,Vinaykumar, Manish Pandey, Rohit sharma, Naham Ojha

  • on September 10, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    i dnt understand why ravindra jadeja is been picked ... he shud be out of all squads .. he doesnt deserve at all ......

  • on September 10, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    What the hell!!!! where is Robin and vinay??

  • royalg on September 10, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    happy tat pujara has a chance to shine against australia and proove a point tat he is much better than yuvraj in test cricket, hope all of them does well, THIS CUD 1 DAY BE A FYTURE INDIAN TEAM, lots of talent

  • on September 10, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Many guys here has blamed selectors for not picking Irfan Pathan and some other guys. Frankly speaking even I am feeling disappointed by Irfan's absence but may be he is not performing well. And don't blame Dhoni for this. Why would he not pick Irfan if Irfan is a good bowler.Dhoni would play even Irfan's father if he could have taken wickets. The fact is we all are missing Irfan but Irfan has to miss us all a bit more than he is doing now.

  • PRiTE on September 10, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    No Irfan, No dinesh, No Jadeja, No Saha, No chawla Please !!!

    Time to have performers like Pujara, Ashwin, Parthiv patel and Unadkat in Indian team !!!

    In this match as well...i wish Parthiv patel was given a chance, not Saha !!! If you ask me who bats better, parthiv is 10 times better !!!

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on September 10, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Wat a foolish selection Cheeka. Better quit ur job and pass it on to intellects in cricinfo readers. They know cricket than u. Why is Gambhir playing? Why select Dravid, Sachin and Lax? Are n't they too boring to watch in tests? Pl drop Zak and Bhaj. Here is these intellects XI ; Shewag( for entertainment batting), Chopra(for his blogs alone), Utthappa (best ever test player), Nayar, Pujara, Parthiv(best keeper in India), Irfan, Mishra, Munaf, Vinay, Ojha. @ revive_indian_cricket : Plz don retire. Am dreaded thinking abt ur retirement than SRTs.

  • Alter.G on September 10, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    With a test series in mind, I have no problems with the players selected here. To all those criticizing the selections, remember that only 14 players have been picked. The competition is such that there will ALWAYS be an alternate team that can be put forward and justifiably so. THE FRINGE PLAYERS NOT SELECTED ARE MORE SUITED TO LIMITED OVERS CRICKET OR HAVE BEEN TRIED AND TESTED. Sample this for an alternate XI: M. Vijay, Parthiv Patel, S. Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, R. Uthappa, S Tiwary, Abhishek Nayar, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, I. Abdulla, Praveen Kumar.

  • Anil.Cricinfo on September 10, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja again.. why???

  • on September 10, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    rajiv, well said mate.. and about jadeja, this is his rejection match, if he doesnt perform he can forget playing for india.And lets see how gambhir captains the team!

  • howizzat on September 10, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Its sad to see Irfan, Uthappa, Vinaykumar and S Tewary not finding their place in the team. And only consolation from Srikkanth is he has not picked his favourite players like D Karthik and S Badrinath!!!

  • rajiv_cruise on September 10, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    I am totally surprised at peoples comments abt srikanth and selection decisions...i am not sure y people just cry for IRFAN PATHAN...first he has to understand hes a bowler who can bat...let him start bowling consitently @ 135-140kmph then lets talk ...hes bowling lollipops at 120kmph..Rohit Sharma could be talented ON PAPER...but how many times has he let down the selectors...its his attitude ...simple look at his shape does he look like a sports man...hes unfit..let him tone down his body show good work ethics and drop his arrogance ...Robin Uthappa ...hes not a test material...but for ODI's and T20's ...he will get a chance ...just has to wait..so many waited nothing wrong in him waiting ...every crickter should know the value of the chance given to him..Pujara its time to test him..i am sure this guy will succeed atleast he will give a honest effort .Think abt so many unfortunates like Badri,sharath,and many more....Even Aakash Chopra whos a decent opener dint get a long run

  • on September 10, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    WHERE IS IRFAN PATHAN...INDIA NEED A DECENT NUMBER 7 NOT BATSMANS...NOT BALLERS...THEY NEED AN ALLROUNDER. jadeja and yosuf (no offence) are no more than an average part time bowler and their batting isnt consistent at all. Irfan should be tryed out...in the last 8 years irfan has been the only decent allrounder

  • on September 10, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    jadeja is not up to the mark as abhishek nayar or r.ashwin is

  • Singhe on September 10, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Irfan Pathan deserves to on this team. The problem is not the selectors, but Dhoni. I am further convinced that if Sachin was not playing, Zaheer would be dropped by Dhoni.

  • thenkabail on September 10, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    VISIONLESS SRIKANTH and other selectors: No Rohit Sharma (Ian Chapell thinks he is the best youngester we have). What about Abhishek Nayar- he has a promise of an allrounder. WHY JADEJA AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!. There is something wrong with this selection committe. They need to get: Cheteswar Pujara, Jaidev Unadkat, Abhimanyu Mithun, Rohit Sharma right into test and ODI teams. They really need to look into Abhishek Nayar. What about Uttappa (instead og Saha)?. This selection committee is ruining the best youngesters. It is a selection committee that reminds me of Srikanths batting- hit and miss with little thought.

  • Arok on September 10, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Seems to be a good team except the omission of Badri. Srikanth continue your good work pls do not care about the baseless and disjunctive comments, some of them comment just for the sake of pricking. Jim1207 well said, I completely agree with your comments; but still we can expect same absurd comments from people who think themselves as wise.

  • on September 10, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Where is Robin Utthappa??

  • rairatank on September 10, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    All the readers who commented, for god sake there is 5 wise men selecting the teams and get handsome money for their job and if players doesnot perform its not their fault.There is no math experts who can tell them that only 6 batsmans are not enough, because every time we play with 6 batsman in eleven so why choose 7 and batsman doesnot like to be 12th player either, ask Yuvi. Being 12th man is expert's job and only fast bowlers in india and spinners on foreign soil can perform this job or It has to be Dinesh Karthik. Oh no he is not in the team either.Mistake by selector but don't worry atleast one of IPL teams will reach to semies of Champions Leauge and one player will be unavailable then dinesh karthik will be call-up.This is Cheif Selector brain game, not easy to understand.

  • nandydesikan on September 10, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Irfan Pathan not in squad because he forgot how to bowl....My sincere suggestion would be -Please dont compare a player's potential to his fate in the selection as it is the current and recent form selectors look into ,thats my guess. You can argue that considering current form, how is Yuvraj Singh in the team, it is a fair comparison, only reason being Indian batting is just too crippled without him as he can turn a game from no-win to an all-win situation. Irfan, on the other hand, is dangerous but not lethal as Yuvi...

  • on September 10, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    The team looks OK, we cannot accommodate more than 11 players in the team when playing. The best selection is of Pujara. I guess the will be the best replacement for Rahul Dravid at No.3..he should be given a chance in the test series against the Aussies to see how he performs against the best under pressure. A fas as Yuvi, I guess his time is done in the test team... he has not taken his opportunities and he has had enough of them now. There are many good players in the country.

  • radnus4u on September 10, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    These selectors show inconsistency. Where is the followup, Why they have left Munaf. The way these selectors beleive in Jadeja, Why not in other guys. Its so bad in the part of selectors to be so inconsistent. Mr.Srikanth ur paid selector, U must be very busy in South Africa as a Brand ambassador for CSK. Better do your Job.

  • peterss on September 10, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    should have included BADRINATH and must definetely axe jadeja. he is completely useless. well done for excluding the pathan brothers and yuvraj. there are utterly useless.

  • jals on September 10, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    It is frustrating now, this is too much, Shrikkanth and Dhoni company is doing injustice with Irfan Pathan, they are criminals, they are spoiling the career of a person who deserves place in Indian team, he is better then atleast half of the current players of team India. Sorry Irfan.

  • Sameer_Ponnada on September 10, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    looking at the way cricket is being played in India, the way selectors r picking up players, the pathetic pitches in India, I might retire from cricket along with Sachin, Dravid and Laxman.. sad.. sad.. sad..

  • Raj12345 on September 10, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    oh! Badrinath. You have patience like anybody. Change your name and change your state, then there may be a chance to be in squad. Only selector has to answer how Badri is lacking then other six specilist batsman. He is already 30. If not now, when he can play for india.

    Only satisfaction is Pujara got selected. He should be given more chance to see replace for Fab 3.

    Give chance to some other young WK, not saha anymore. Everyone knows about his talent. It is waste attempt.

    Don't expect big score from this team, only Gambhir & Pujara can answer, rest no comment. They swing bat like in IPL.

  • on September 10, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Other than R. Jadeja, a good selection. No body is sure why they are so obsessed with this so called all rounder. Umesh Yadav a tad lucky to be in though. Uthappa was never a test material at anytime, so calls for Uthappa is rubbish.

  • cmanju on September 10, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Srikanth is biased in selection to his home state. Board has to sack him.

  • Jim1207 on September 10, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Dear countrymen, You need to understand the way selection committee works in India. Srikanth being chief selector is not responsible for every person who is in the squad, it does not work that way in ours, rightly so. Every zone of India has a selector in the committee headed by chief selector and if you want why a player from particular zone is persisted with, it could be be cause of that zone selector or team captain or coach and also chief selector for some reason. So if a stupid selection is done, you need not criticize one person in all cases, but if you want to do that to bring bad name on one person without proper background knowledge, go about it.

  • on September 10, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    where is Irfan pathan, once again politics in selection

  • GopalMuraliG on September 10, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    I agree with Abhi151515 on Irfan but not so sure about Yousuf. The best thing in the lineup is the inclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara. He has been prolific in the domestic circuit and he definitely deserves as many chances as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and, yes, even Jadeja. Full marks to the selectors for choosing Rahane too. He has also been performing well in the domestic circuit.

  • on September 10, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Where's Badrinath what sin has he commited???

  • on September 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    there is something definitely special about jadeja,something that only Mr.Srikant has seen about jadeja,i bet he will be picked for the australia series too,after the previous flop show in sri lanka .Jadeja is the luckiest player ever to have played for India ,that too for so long,others must be definitely envying him

  • on September 10, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    hi..where is MUNAF PATEL... he had done well in sri lanka tour... n whr is PATHAN BROTHERS??? whr is PARTHIV PATEL he is really gud thn WRIDHIMAN SAHA.... n whr is UTTHAPA???? n why they have picked only 6 batsman n nt more???? i feel sreekant forgot the series against south africa...

  • Guruprasad_Kusugal on September 10, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    What a Blunder..... What's hell on Earth stoping the picking R VINAYKUMAR for Indian team despite being a consistant performer in Domestic and limited opportunity he got an international asignement.....God only know what the hell selection committe is doing. why they are spoiling carreer of talented player like Vinaykumar.....

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    where is ishank jaggi .......must b there in this team.......he is perfoming well in corporate trophy ......y selecter chosse always ......jadeja ........ big .....??????? mark ....

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja is the luckiest Person in India....He doesn require to Perform to be in the Indian Team..He is in the Indiuan Team on the basis of his performance in Domestic Cricket in One Year...But after that His performance in any kind of Cricket is Negligible......but compare him to Pujara,Irafan,Rahane,Manoj Tiwari,Saurabh Tiwari,Rayudu n lots of others who hav been consistently performing...God all can save India from Such bunch of Jokers in teh Selection Panel....am sure if cheeka continues for long u may soon c Anirudha S in the Indian cricket team.....and he too will be treated like RJ....

  • sankar800 on September 10, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Robin, Yuvi and Irfan missing......

  • Farce-Follower on September 10, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Unbelievable...No M.Vijay...No Dinesh Karthick...Please check, there must be a typo somewhere Mr. Srikkanth. Leaving out Uthappa is shocking. Same losers - Kohli, Saha, Jadeja and gang...

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on September 10, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    good to see pujara, rahane,mukund and umesh yadav getting some international exposure. well done selectors. please fast-track aushik srinivas as well.

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    JADEJA????? Why is IRfan Pathan being ignored?? Its been like ages now!

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Where is Ambati Rayudu in the team? I know he is playing in CLT20 but am unable to stand the injustice being done to one of the best talents in India.

  • bizman on September 10, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    It is positive move by selectors to include run machine Cheteshwar Pujara and Jaidev Unadkat. Pujara can be a good prospect for India in middle order once Dravis, Laxman and Sachin retires.... like everyone I am surprised to see Jadeja in the squad. He does not have test caliber and is seriously ourt of form in ODi and T20. Maybe he has a god father in BCCI....Also players playing in CL should not have been included.

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    vere is tiwary.s,irfan,yusuf and dhawal.k.....completely sick of this selection

  • sneeky55 on September 10, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    what the hell is wrong with this cracked shrikanth??????!!!! Why the heck is umesh yaadav in this team? What did he ever do in life? Where is R. Uthappa or IK

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    seriously jadeja doesn't have in him to play against a quality side like australia. i think somebody like irfan pathan or manoj tiwary should have been given a chance. but one thing that the selection comittee did right was to keep out Rohit sharma. he is one guy who has talents but never seem to use them. somebody like parthiv patel should be give chance more often than him

  • LUISITO on September 10, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    ROBIN UTHAPPA AND IRFAN PATHAN SHOULD HAVE GOT A CHANCE. THEY SHOULD HAVE ALSO TRIED BADRINATH.

  • Ramlals_Bong on September 10, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    WHERE IS UTHAPPA!!! I know that this is a test line up, but what is Jadeja doing there then! Uthappa maybe playing in the CL but so is Virus Kohli, Ashwin, Mithun and Dhawan.

  • abhi151515 on September 10, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    why the damn hell MR SRIKANTH is still taking ladeja into the team .. he is not even an domestic player . i think he should be banned from cricket .... where is IRFAN and YUsuff .. these guys are far better than that mad allrounder ........

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  • abhi151515 on September 10, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    why the damn hell MR SRIKANTH is still taking ladeja into the team .. he is not even an domestic player . i think he should be banned from cricket .... where is IRFAN and YUsuff .. these guys are far better than that mad allrounder ........

  • Ramlals_Bong on September 10, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    WHERE IS UTHAPPA!!! I know that this is a test line up, but what is Jadeja doing there then! Uthappa maybe playing in the CL but so is Virus Kohli, Ashwin, Mithun and Dhawan.

  • LUISITO on September 10, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    ROBIN UTHAPPA AND IRFAN PATHAN SHOULD HAVE GOT A CHANCE. THEY SHOULD HAVE ALSO TRIED BADRINATH.

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    seriously jadeja doesn't have in him to play against a quality side like australia. i think somebody like irfan pathan or manoj tiwary should have been given a chance. but one thing that the selection comittee did right was to keep out Rohit sharma. he is one guy who has talents but never seem to use them. somebody like parthiv patel should be give chance more often than him

  • sneeky55 on September 10, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    what the hell is wrong with this cracked shrikanth??????!!!! Why the heck is umesh yaadav in this team? What did he ever do in life? Where is R. Uthappa or IK

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    vere is tiwary.s,irfan,yusuf and dhawal.k.....completely sick of this selection

  • bizman on September 10, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    It is positive move by selectors to include run machine Cheteshwar Pujara and Jaidev Unadkat. Pujara can be a good prospect for India in middle order once Dravis, Laxman and Sachin retires.... like everyone I am surprised to see Jadeja in the squad. He does not have test caliber and is seriously ourt of form in ODi and T20. Maybe he has a god father in BCCI....Also players playing in CL should not have been included.

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Where is Ambati Rayudu in the team? I know he is playing in CLT20 but am unable to stand the injustice being done to one of the best talents in India.

  • on September 10, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    JADEJA????? Why is IRfan Pathan being ignored?? Its been like ages now!

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on September 10, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    good to see pujara, rahane,mukund and umesh yadav getting some international exposure. well done selectors. please fast-track aushik srinivas as well.