Australia in India 2010 October 5, 2010

Injured Gambhir and Ishant out of second Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

India have omitted Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma from the second Test in Bangalore following injuries to their right knees. The squad for that Test, announced hours after the win against Australia in Mohali, includes Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund and Saurashtra quick bowler Jaidev Unadkat, both of whom are uncapped, as replacements.

Mukund, 20, has been a consistent performer in domestic first-class matches since his debut in late 2007. He has nine centuries in 29 matches, and an average of 55.88, and his career highlights include an unbeaten triple-century against Maharashtra in 2008 and a 257 against Hyderabad last season.

Unadkat, 18, has been promoted despite not having played a Ranji Trophy match. He first came into the spotlight when his Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Wasim Akram endorsed his talent ahead of the 2010 IPL season. Though Unadkat did not make much of an impression in the IPL, he made the cut for India A's tour of England. He impressed with a 13-wicket haul at Grace Road on first-class debut against West Indies A. He was included in the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy game against Mumbai that coincided with the first Test, and he returned figures of 4 for 41 in the first innings to put his name firmly in the selectors' radar.

The youngsters get their chance due to the injuries to two of India's first-choice players. Ishant had been off the field for much of the first innings due to his injury but returned to play a crucial role in India's heart-stopping win in the first Test in Mohali. On Monday, he took three quick top-order wickets to deflate Australia's strong start and on Tuesday he stoutly hung on for a career-best 32 - and a match-turning 81-run stand for the ninth wicket with VVS Laxman.

Gambhir, who scored 25 and 0 in the first Test, was hit in the knee while fielding at short leg on Monday when he was trying to take evasive action to save himself from a Michael Hussey sweep off Pragyan Ojha.

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  • Vijay on October 11, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    @Zafaram : Add 139 to ur list. This is why I said ppl like Vijay with a good technique will always shine. And my earlier post mentioned partnerships between Vijay and Sehwag and not individual scores. You got me wrong there.

  • kumar on October 11, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    people like RUMY1 and everyone else who was critisizing vijay, hide your own faces NOW! really good supportive innings by vijay, no one else was capable of such a really good innings second to only the master! MASTERFUL

  • Anirudh on October 9, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    And just imagine , if Srikkanth is not the selector , would Vijay be dropped from the test team ? Realistically speak . And would Ashwin be dropped from the ODI team . No way !

  • Anirudh on October 9, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    And Mr . Vinay Bhonslay - Players like Sehwag and Jayasuriya didn't play out of their positions in their first ever test . They got used to it later after they have played a few matches . You cant expect a debutant to play out of position . And next , lets come to the chalk and cheese matter . A cricketer is a cricketer . In any format of the game . If a player is in form in one format , he has to be in form in another format . He is not a machine switching on and off . If Vijay is performing well in one format and he is on form , he has to be in the next format as well .

  • Anirudh on October 9, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Mr . Vinay Bhonslay - Hahahahaha ...First of all , google last few year's ranji trophy statistics . If I am not wrong , Vijay stood in the top five averages last year . And if you see cricket , you would get to know Ashwin's variation . It is not for nothing that Dhoni has so much confidence in Ashwin . And I quoted Champions League as an example for their successes . They have been excellent in the domestic circuit as well and Vijay has been the best opener apart from Jaffer . Jaffer is domestically performing well but he is old . Youngsters ? And next , Mumbai has been winning . Does not mean every player has to be from Mumbai . Test cricket is not like the Champions League where the champion team represents the country . And gone are the years , when selectors were biased and picked only players from Mumbai . Now , they pick India as a whole.You guys split India . And Tamil Nadu I said has been consistent not winning .

  • jack on October 9, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    @Rumy1 - Both Murali Vijay and Raina look clumsy in front of the short and mean stuff...did you not watch the last series in australia, jaffer was horrible agaist everything short and full, what technique the guy doesnt move his feet, just cause he can get runs on flat domestic pitches doesnt mean he has technique. why bring back tried and failed players who offer no value to the team with a young player like least give them a chance to succeed ...i am australian(who follows indian cricket) and would love to see jaffer in the team becasue i know he wont be able to score a run against our bowlers

  • Coolest on October 8, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane should be the next one in. I hope Dravid retires after this series. Too many talented guys are waiting an opportunity. He is almost 38 years old now, its about time he retires. Highly talented players like Mukund, Rahane, Pujara, Badrinath, are all waiting........

  • Coolest on October 8, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    I would play Abhinav Mukund ahead of M. Vijay. Vijay is only a half-batsmen, he can only play on front foot, He is no good against short-pitched bowling. His average in the last 2 series 23.66 as mentioned by @Zafaram. We can not keep playing players who only play on front foot in the Indian team.

  • DINESH on October 8, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Many guys commented that TN has not won Ranji since 1987. But from 1987 to till this time it has reached so many semi finals and finals. TN also won one day titles for the year 2009 and 2010. For the inaugural eidition of T20 in the 2009, it has won. In all the 3 finals it has beaten West Bengal. Despite these performances none of the players from Tamil Nadu and West Bengal got selected at national level on merit.

  • Munawar on October 8, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Srikkanth and his cronies are proven jokers now. Jaffer must be in the TestXI. He is just too good to be out of TestXI. Look at his technique, consistency and performance. Both Murali Vijay and Raina look clumsy in front of the short and mean stuff. Will they last long but for Srikkanth's and Dhoni's patronage respectively. Kaif with his technique, temperament and consistency is the ideal man to be in place of Raina in the TestXI. Guys who are ready to be groomed for the Test Team in middle order are just 3...Badrinath, Pujara and Rahane. That is it. Ishant must be Test certainty for a long long time. He needs to be handled carefuly. Munaf is the other who could be in Test XI. Dhawal Kulkarni is the only other guy from the younger crop to be in Test15. Best spinner in the country today is Murali Karthik but is out of favor of these jokers. Piyush Chawla looks a much improved spinner and should be in Test15. For ODIs, again Kaif must be a certainty. Praveen Kumar must be a certainty too

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