Australia in India 2010 October 5, 2010

Injured Gambhir and Ishant out of second Test

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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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  • dhoni_sachin_fan 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.

  • peterss 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_torres 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_torres 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_torres 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 .

  • spin_king4 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 mukund...at 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

  • Abhimanyu 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........

  • Abhimanyu 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.

  • DINESHCC 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.

  • Rumy1 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

  • dhoni_sachin_fan 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.

  • peterss 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_torres 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_torres 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_torres 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 .

  • spin_king4 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 mukund...at 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

  • Abhimanyu 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........

  • Abhimanyu 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.

  • DINESHCC 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.

  • Rumy1 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

  • Zafaram on October 7, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    @vijay.iiml : Vijay's scores in last few innings(ag. SA & SRL)are 4,32,7,58, 14,27. An average of 23.66. Is it considered good by you. Adding to this, the ODI series in Zimbabwe, where he was a big failures playing some agonizing innings. I think Mukund should be given chance ahead of him.

  • peveve on October 7, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    sj14 what averages are you talking about a guy gets selected and he knows the mumbai and Delhi players don't like it one bit and they get a chance or two compared to repeated chances to proven failures like Ramnath Parkar, Salil ankola, Raman lamba, Suru nayak, Ashok Mankad (he had tterrific averages in domestic cricket but ran away from fast bowling. What about VV Kumar the best leggie of all time? Can one forget what that parochial Gavaskar did in 1979 Worldf Cup ODI against england becos he hated Venkat's captaincy a far better and shrewder captain than that idiot Wadekar. Or take Engineer a useless WK who was slected instead of Budhi Kunderan a better wk and batsman. This guy made easy catches look like difficult ones and dropped catches as if they never were. The list is very very long. Why were none of the MU guys like Krishnaswamy, Sivaramakrishnan, Abdul Hai, Sunil and Sushil Haridas never considered, Kalyanasundaram, SVS Mani ignored?

  • DINESHCC on October 7, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Peveve: Absolutely correct. At that time no bowler in India bowl with the speed of T.A.Sekar. Due to the internal politics T.A.Sekar could not get an opportunity. You forgot one more name, that is David Johnson from Karnataka. His career also spolied due to Mumbaikar politics.

    Rumy1: In your Bangalore test team where is Raina? Another surprise is Murali Karthik. Murali Karthik is already 36. How he can play after the retirement of 3 greats (i.e.) how can be selected in the team at the age of 38!

  • on October 7, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    @Vinay Bhonslay scoring runs in subcontinent conditions has always been.it depends on how you score runs in foreign conditions and mukund did it in england and ranji irani trophy centuries he's in fine touch!wen u look at rahane he's always struggled in bowler friendly wickets and in swinging conditions!so i think mukund desrerves a place in tamilnadu!if u say TN is not a good team in domestic circuit saying they havent won ranji trophy then how many world cups has southafrica!they are talented but jus unlucky!so support selector's decision!u cant take chance by replacing a middle order batsman in place of a opener saying that sanath sehwag etc did it!u would be the first to blame if that experiment faills!mukund as a opener has come good for india A tamilnadu india cements if any domestic opener deserves a national spot then its mukund going by his recent form.rahane can wait cuz there's gonna big hole in india's middle order!we are all indians and there's no biasing!

  • paul_cool on October 7, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Come on guys why you all like this!!!!!!!!!!! tell me how many TN players play 1st Test? ans no one, this is Good selection but could have considered Ashwin in place of Mishra, selection of Mukun is very good

  • on October 7, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Pujara should have been selected ahead...

  • on October 7, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Mr.Suresh.Balajee, India's no. 1 ranking has been due to their performance over the past 2-3 years and majority of the credit goes to the gr8 starts given by Sehwag and Gambhir, and then Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Zaheer, Ishant and Harbhajan get the credit for dismissing opposition. That is why Sachin is ICC player of the year and Sehwag Test player of the year. Gambhir got it last time. And please dont compare 20-20 and one day, champions leage, IPL performance for Test Team selection. These are as different as Chalk and Cheese.

  • on October 7, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Mr. anirudh_torres, please dont consider Champions League performance for selection to the Indian Test team. If that was the case then Davey Roberts, M. Klinger, Harris, Pollard, Vandiar ..... would have been in their respective national test teams. You say that TN is the strongest team in the domestic circuit. If you know your cricket, could you tell how many times they have won the Ranji Trophy in the past 5 yrs? Which team has won the last two editions of Ranji Trophy? First see if you know cricket and then call others fools.

  • Cheeka_CricketLover on October 7, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    All the TN players part of the current Indian Team deserves to be there. They have been selected purely on merit.

  • indianzen on October 7, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I second tanwani. here is my selection: Viru - Vijay opening pair best as of now Dravid - Badrinath - Pujara - Dhoni - Best middle order Ashwin - Bajji - Best Spinners of India who can also bat a little Zaheer - Praveen - Mithun - Best phase bowlers available as of now

    Reserve : Batting - Abhinav Mukunth, Raina (Gauti, Laxman injured) Spinner - Ojha Bowler - Unadkat, Praveen Kumar, (Sreeshant & Ishanth injured)

  • on October 7, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    There is lot of talk that Mukund is an opener while Rahane is an middle order batsman. I would like to point out that Sehwag, Ravi Shastri, Jayasuriya, Langer, Katich (just to name a few) were all middle order batsmen, yet are openers now. A good player is able to adjust to any batting position. So the pl. dont argue on that point. Majority on this forum are just saying that players from south are getting chances to represent India just because Srikkanth is chairman of selection committee. There are certainly more talented and deserving players who have not got a chance which they should have got by now. Mukund, Ashwin, Badri, Vijay are all good players and deserve to be considered for a place in the Indian team, but there are better performers in the domestic circuit who have not/never got that chance. These south zone players should consider themselves lucky that Srikkanth is in-charge.

  • gammy_79 on October 7, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Preveen kumar should be included in test team too ,his ability to take wicket in early overs ,its great,put opposition team pressure,this also helps the other blower to bowl to well

  • sj14 on October 7, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Dear Guys, Please check facts before throwing abuse at your own heroes. Players such as TA Sekhar, TE Srinivasan may have had a raw deal but have you checked their first class averages before saying that they were better than some of India's best? My only concern for Jaidev Unadkat is that he has been thrust into Indian team before playing a single game for Saurashtra (his Ranji team). Hope he doesn't end up like so many of our other pace bowling finds. PLayers such as Gavaskar, Vishvanath, Kapil Dev, etc have done INDIA proud please don't abuse them and show your own class or the lack of it

  • Rumy1 on October 7, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Srikanth and his selectors are blatantly undermining selection process.Over the last 3 domestic seasons- including Ranji, Duleep and Irani Trophy, the top opener has been JAFFER [Test avg 35, 5 Tecenturies] and he is yet again ignored in favor of Murali Vijay [Test avg. 33, zero century] and inexperienced Abhinav- both from TN.What a shame! These jokers then go ahead and pick Unadkat ahead of Munaf and Dhaval Kulkarni. Another shame. For Challengers tournament Srikanth picks his son.Can you believe Kaif - one of the top 6 batsmen on domestic circuit for last 3 years is not in any of the 3 Challenger teams. Besides consistent performance, he is still the best fielder in the country. Look what he has done to UP cricket as their Captain in last 3 seasons. Ideally, he should be in the Test XI [ahead of Raina] and ODI team [ahead of Rohit]. These jokers should be asked for an explanation by BCCI as they are accountable to the Board for their actions and Board is run on cricket lover's money

  • tanwani on October 7, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Good selection but could have considered badrinath in place of raina who seems clueless against short balls. embarrasing for raina. And ashwin in place of mishra definetely. mithun should be there instead of unadkat!

  • CricketFanOfIndia on October 7, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Where are players like Mohommad Kaif and Irfan Pathan. I think the selectors need to give them another chance. Seems like nepotism is everywhere in India from the Commonwealth Games organising committee to Cricketing selection. Please cut this regional bias in selection and think of INDIA as a whole. Jai Bharat...

  • peveve on October 7, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    Here are some instances of Mumbai domination spoiling many a budding cricketer by the likes of Merchant, Wadekar, Gavaskar, Venksarka and Tendulkar. some names one can recall are TA Sekhar easily the best and fastest bowler of his time selected for India's tour of Pak under Sri. He bowled with fire but Mumbai gang Gavaskar and Vengsarkar was so adept in dropping catches of his bowling as they feared their Mumbai mate may never be in the Indian team again and they were prepared to lose test matches rather than TA Sekhar being a permanent member ( proof of his ability Lillee chose him not that trundler for MRF Pace). Take the case of a WI tour India was sure to win a test with Dodda Ganesh bowling with fire and WI reeling at 38/4 at the end of 4th day & a further 150 odd runs to get and what does this over-hyped player who has seldom won a test under trying conditions like VVS/Dravid, never bowls Ganesh on the 5th day and loses the Test. Reason- Ankola will lose place! Bias my foot.

  • Suresh.Balajee on October 6, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    Hi to all jealous guyz who says there is a lot of TN players in the Indian squad for the past couple of years because of biased selection. If Indian team is able to achieve the FIRST PLACE in test ranking through TN players by "so-called biased selection" for the FIRST TIME in Indian history, y not let us accept this Biased selection? Its Mumbai and karnataka players dominated Indian squad for long time and they are not even able to win the matches. Let us allow the TN players to dominate the World Cricket. Infact if Dhoni could have used many of the good players, (in your language, TN players like Ashwin, Badri...) v cud have achieved the No.1 ranking even in the ODI. But they are still giving chance to the Rohit Sharma, Kohli and yuvi in ODI. (Dont start your arguments against TN players by telling Yuvi double century and Kohli impressive performance in CLT20... I m saying before that. Those are the ones who led us down in the Triangular series). Please support India to win :)

  • Abhimanyu on October 6, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    GUYS...COOL DOWN!! Mukund, Rahane, Pujara, and Badrinath, all are the future of Indian cricket. It does not matter who gets in first, they all will eventually!! I do not think that Gambhir, Raina, and M. Vijay wiill last very long unless they start working on their huge weekness against the short ball.

  • svinodmenon on October 6, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Mukund and Unadkat were not going to play in the test, any how this is a good selection. Tamil Nadu is surely the best team of all other states. I think they deserve to be a part of the Indian team. Remember I was supporting RCB but CSK proved to be superior. They did not relay more on foreign players. I have seen some ranji matchs, i would rate TN has the best batting and fielding team. They only need a little boost in the bowling especially in the mfb. I bet they out class any of the other teams in india. Ashwin should be looked ahead of MIshra, coz Amit Mishra is not quick enough through air also not perfect in his googly. Ojha and Ashwin would be a good choices. Nowadays every team is playing spin better.

  • on October 6, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Although Mukund and Unadkat have been named in the team, it's Murli Viay and Sreesanth who will play in place of Gambhir and Sharma.

  • anirudh_torres on October 6, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    To all those fools who are shouting for Rahane to be selected ahead of Mukund , do you know cricket ? Do you know who an opener is ? Rahane has been consistent at number three spot . We had very few options for this slot . Mukund , Dhawan or Jaffer . And going by recent form , Mukund was the best choice . And whoever said Ashwin and Vijay are getting a run coz of Srikkanth . Did you see the Champions League ? Its a surprise Ashwin is not in the test team . He is way better than Ojha and Mishra and even has more variations than Harbhajan . But still , we went with the three because of so called experience . Vijay has played consistently for India in tests whenever he has got the chance . If it was bias , Badri would have been in team for a long time now . It is tough for you people who have seen Mumbai players in Indian team all these years to see some real youth talent in the team .. Tamil Nadu is the strongest team in the Domestic Circuit these days...So , its fair...

  • Agus2010 on October 6, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    @All the guys against me, Guys you must remember that they are not going to perform in Ranji trophy or a local match, they are going to perform against greatest bowlers like Bollinger and Hilfenhaus, so, we need a experienced players like Jabber not a kid, anyhow lets wait and see what is going to happen?

  • Sarthyyyyy on October 6, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    First of all I like to say I am an INDIAN first but forced to write this.

    I can see the Same Jealousy in the writings of the people who just got irritated by CSK's Success and TN teams success in Leagues...For people wtih poor statistical knowledge let me inform that tamil nadu team has been the most most consistent team in the Indian domestic circuit for the last 3 yrs where they won 20-20 tournament once and finalist the other time..Semi-Finalist for 3 yrs and won the Ranji one day trophy this year also the Syed mustaq ali tournament and produced awesome gems like Vijay,Ashwin,Mukund and Badrinath.

    Most of the people who oppose Mukund;s Inclusion in the team should be either a mumbai or a karnataka guy coz they cant see TN dominating the cricket as the way they did once..

    For people with poor knowledge let me tell that MUKUND has replaced Gambir who is a opener and not a bowler or middle order batsmen..Its fine tat rahane is a good player but he is not a opener to replace Gambir..

  • on October 6, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    very very bad selection ....... where is yuvi ....ashwin ....praveen kumar..... performece to rahane kohli ......piyush chawla sab ka acha tha ....fer mukund & unadkat he kyo .... ........

  • mithun2880 on October 6, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    hahaha what a joke....Abhinav Mukand gets a nod wid 25 matches and a avg of 55.Why not Rahane's in wid 50 matches @ a avg of 65 !!!(Ranji Champions) come on Mr.Srikanth time and again you are biased to TN players.Pick players on pure performance and merit and not on regional favouritism.Finally Pujara is in the squad or else he would have included his son Anirudha Srikanth...(hope to see him soon in the blues sooner rather than later if this continue to happen) Again why Unadkat is selected with no First class experience ....atleast let him play him a season of first class season and watch him perform.....don't waste the India Test cap....for God sake put a price on before distributing them, let people deserve them don't gift them.

  • jals on October 6, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Where is Wasim Jaffer & Irfan Pathan why they are ignored for selection in team India. Mr. Shrikanth and Dhoni should be fair in selecting national team.

  • on October 6, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    How the hell can this be a biased selection? When people like Rahul Sanghvi were selected without performing and merely due to strong North lobby sometime back no one cried foul. Karnataka n Mumbai have dominated teams for long....Tamil Nadu has been performing consistently in Ranji for past few years making atleast the semi finals. Hence it is no wonder that Tamil Nadu players are getting the chances they deserve. Why dont any of you question why Badri has not been given a chance. He has been a rock solid performer in all formats for TN,India A,CSK for past 4-5 years. He has proved himself in all formats. I think itis time to stop this "bias" accusation and accept the fact that TN is throwing up good players and it merely coincides with presence of Srikkanth as chairman of selectors. Let us think of the team as an Indian Team and wish them gud luck....

  • Raj12345 on October 6, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Wow! What a great opposition for selection of Abinav. I never thought this. I can claim like this, Partiallity lied when Mukund went to England tour and not a got chance as a opener. Yes he got chance only when others failed and proved in all matches there in England not in dump domestic picthes. TN going to final stages in last 3 years all Domestics. They are T20 champs, finalist in one dayer, Ranji semi-final in last 3 years etc. I don't understand what is problem here. If you want to see only mumbai player in team, this is not the right attitude. Then why Robin is called at 36 when still heavy stars were in team.

    Rahane is excellent cricketer, he never asked to play as a opener and then that is a ending story for him.

    Present TN team built from scratch in 2006. They removed all olds and put young guys bravely, only team failed in 1st year, then they r doing good in all forms. My present worry is not cicket and UP population is more than combined 4 south states.

  • Diwakar on October 6, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Guys,

    Abhinav is not even going to play - Vijay will open with Sehwag.

    @Silvius: You are absolutely spot on!

    Do you guys remember jokers like David Johnson, Vijay Bharadwaj and Sujit Somasundar playing for India at one time? In addition to Venky, Srinath, Dravid and Kumble? Add Sunil Joshi and Raghuram Bhat and you almost have a playing XI. But seriously, other than Srinath, Dravid and Kumble none of the others was qualified to even play for the zone.

    There is no doubt that regionalism rears its ugly head every so often. But to look for that and conspiracies everywhere are merely indicative of collective paranoia.

    Relax and enjoy the cricket. Test matches have a way of weeding out the chaff from the grain. :-)

  • on October 6, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    still cant understand y u ppl keep tellin srikanth is biased...cummon guys thnk as indians...do u ppl say badrinath has been gven enof opportunities in da international level..??..2 test matches and only 3 onedays..in which he played really well under pressure as in da oneday he came in the latter overs where to slog which is nt his style of batting... for such a prolific domestic player being gven only few chances..u say rohit sharma to be gvn chances..??...and A.Nayar..can anyone tell wat kind of a player he is..gud for oneday..??..test.?? T20..??.. and rahane..definitely deserves a place inda middle order...but mukund..played reeli well in da domestic...name anyothr player who is an opener who can replace ghambir...it si nt biasd..da prblm is tamil nadu players are performing well at a time where srikanth is a selector..it is also a setback at times..where ppl thnk u cme to national side bcaz of srikanth...pathans..dey showed off too much wen dey were in dere bst. paying for it.

  • on October 6, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Finally, there are few TN talents getting India Cap...Kudos to selection committee...

    However, what's the plan for selectors for Badri. Why Ashwin still not in the team despite his good outing in Irani cup, IPL3, CLT20.....

  • RogerC on October 6, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Indians need to grow up and appreciate talent. There is no TN player in Indian XI, so there is no real bias. Mukund and Murali Vijay are the two best openers in India beyond Sehwag and Gambhir. It doesn't matter if they are from same team, we need to have them in the playing 15.

  • The_Professor on October 6, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Pujara, Rehane and Mukund are no doubt the future of Indian batting. The time to groom them is NOW! History will show that nearly all great batsmen (very few exceptions) enter the international arena at a fairly young age. Leaving these guys out for much longer will result in what happened to Badri and Englands G.Hick - they will not be able to adjust their game to the higher level. Selectors need to get a rotation system going where these young guys get their chance to try and cement their place. Srikanth's son included in the challenger trophy - that's wrong!

  • karthiknan on October 6, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    if Vijay or shewag gets injured during next few day practice, mukund is the alternative. How many players from TN played the last game!!!!. Do you want Rahane to open the innings and then lets blame srikanth for asking a one down player to open. It was between Mukund or Jaffer ( youth or old). Any way they will not get their chances till gowtham /shewag / vijay fails for a long period. so why invest on Jaffer.

    Rahane will get a chance only if SRT or RD or VVS retires. or if raina / yuvi / kolhi doesn't perform. Guys get real and do not pitch in your regional biases. The best ever selection committee we had and they know what they are doing.

  • on October 6, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    where were you all guys... when there were only KARNATAKA players filling all places... where were you when only the north lobby was strong and every where we have them?.... even in oneday squad.... why we have the useless Sharma ... we have so many players...

    Now when TN Players get their MERIT ... you all cry like hasty ......

  • moinilyasneral on October 6, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    I feel, may be way off base, that Gambhir has been dropped from the 2nd. test and not 'injured'..he has been a touch out of form, and the hit he got on the back part of his leg was not serious enough as he came back to field(I think?) and also batted for all of 3 balls in the 2nd. innings when he was given out in error. Hopefully he comes back for the ODI's in good form, as one down he could be a force to reckon with.I hope and pray Laxman is fit and well, but am quite doubtful he will play..if not, then he paves the way for Pujara, who is being touted as a great player, has runs to show for it. As for Ishant, maybe this time the small "ball of fire" Sreesanth, if he keeps his cool, may more than adequately make up for him, as he is a class act himself. Anyway, good luck India...spoil Ricky's party, since this is his last chance to win a Test in India, as he will not be a part of the touring team next time !!!

  • raj_che on October 6, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    For all you morons who are whining about BIAS, tamils etc. Mukund is a very consistent performer in domestic circuit and deserves a place for sure. Can you people name another opener who can replace gambhir? the likes of Jaffer have been tried ans tested and have proved to be a failure in testing conditions, so please stop this nonsense. And for heaven sake, Rahane is not an opening batsmen, so he cannot be replaced with an opener. If at all Srikanth wanted a Tamilnadu XI as some mindless people have been shouting here, he could have easily selected Badrinath, Ashwin. Im sure that even that cannot be questioned as both are very consistent performers. So stop this Nonsense!!

  • rookie_im on October 6, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    i think this is really a good and positive move from bcci To give chance many new young star. As vvs is injured now, pujara can give some support...mukand is really a good choice as a opener. bcci should also try rahane as a middle order in any test as he is genius and the next best one for this position. one thing can bcci stop that is..stop using same player in all three format all time. its increase pressure and spoiled the natural game.as the world cup is knocking the door raina, yuvi, ghamvir should concentrate more and more ODI and listA type game rather than test.

  • on October 6, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    What is the point of having Wasim Jaffer, he will play for two days and match will end in a draw, who wants this, we want fast action ie hit out or get out. AR is one down bat, will get chance if dravid is injured or consistently fails or retires, yuvraj its timed out, rohit is another t20 wonder like virat, uttappa not fit for test match no techniq, badri bad luck, ashwin bad luck, pathans just show peices, KS is right he will select all TN players and still we will win all matches

  • on October 6, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    my college boy abhinav makes it to the indian team!!!

  • jaysam68 on October 6, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    ANYONE PLEASE GIVE ME A VALID REASON FOR THIS:: FOR NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 2010/11 amongst 39 best indian players selected in 3 teams.. why there is no space for youngsters like A. Nayar & seasoned player like M. Kaif.. And how does S Aniruddha deserve a place in India green????

  • varund on October 6, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    I don't understand the fuss about TN players being selected.the players who have been selected have performed best among the lot.there was time when the indian team was loaded with mumbai players.at that time no one told the selectors were partial.but now everyone says it is partial to select the TN platers

  • on October 6, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Abhinav mukund maybe an apt replacement for gaotam,but i feel irfan pathan deserves a better chance than unadkat coz hez an able swinger of the ball,lots of experience and is good wid the bat as well..............its tym to giv him a chance!!!! srikkanth dusnt realize the value of all rounders i guess!!!!!

  • rvkish on October 6, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    the players should go 2 tamil classes even before performing in the field to get selected

  • gannyboy on October 6, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Even though am from delhi I dont see anything wrong from srikanth picking up guys from T.N they have the best side in the domestic circuit for quite a while now even though they lost the Ranji all the major domestic events have been won by them. I agree DK doesnt deserve the long run he got but all the other players like Ashwin, Vijay n Mukund deserve there places and for god sake rahane is a middle order batsman we already have Pujara as an backup for that so please think before commenting.

  • on October 6, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    There is no question of Kris Srikkant being biased in any way here. Mukund has been picked over Rahane because of two reasons . 1. Rahane is not an opening batsman and Mukund is which makes him the ideal replacement for Gambhir. 2.Also Mukund is a Left hander like Gambhir which is another reason why he is picked over Rahane to keep the left hand right hand batting combinatio going.

  • on October 6, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Well, it seems as a blunder from Mr. Srikanth again........ Picking Unadkat into the side is like endorsing a Three year old boy for a post graduation course... Unadkat has a long way way to go, and he needs to attain the experience through first class matches. Picking up Abinav Mukund makes sense but not so much as he would be facing the "MUSIC" from the Aussies . I think Vijay would be playing for Gambhir and Sreesanth for Ishant......If Dhoni is going for Vijay, to open the innings then i think Yuvraj should have been given a chance, as he proved in the Irani Trophy and that he still have something to deliver for the team...In regards to the spinners, i think its time for Bhajji to go back to first class level and rectify his mistakes as he is not so "furious" with the ball as he was before.....Try ashwin instead of Bhajji coz he has got a lot more variations than bhajji.....and its really sad to see young guns like Tyagi, Dindha "resting in peace" & Irfan as well....

  • on October 6, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Kris srikanth is doing his best to give his state player maximum opptunities under him....this is clear indication of politices in cricket.....Srikanth shouldd bee sacked...

  • hardik4951 on October 6, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    DEAREST FRIENDS, RAHANE IS ONE DOWN PLAYER, AND MUKUND IS OPENING PLAYER, WE NEED OPENER FOR G GAMBHIR, NOT FOR R DRAVID. SONAR KA KAAM SIRF SONI KAR SAKTA HAI,LOHAR NAHI... TRY TO UNDERSTAND...

  • abyrao on October 6, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Shame on Srikanth to kill youngsters motivation only on nepotism. Why dont we play an Tamilnadu XI vs Australia. Any given day Rahane should get a nod before Mukund. First we carry a luggage called Vijay and now this. Even Mithun needs an apology from Indias most technically sound opener Mr Srikkanth. I wont be surprised if Anniruddha is selected for the next test.

  • Balajipost on October 6, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    For all those who are crying, "BIAS..." for Srikkanth selecting Abhinav. I would say it is incompetence and not bias. Agree that Mithun should be in instead of Unadkat. Abhinav Mukund Vs Ajinkya Rahane. Tough one to call. Rahane has performed well against the visiting aussies. But Mukund did very well in the tour of England (as part of India A) in demanding conitions as well.

    I am saying incompetence because even Badrinath is from TN but not being given a long run. dumped after an average series against guess who, SA. Same is the case with Mithun. Dropped for no fault of his. If Shrikkanth is really biased he could have had the Indian team packed with TN players like we used to have 7 players from Karnataka during the days of G Vishwanath as chief selector. Even Sujith Somasundar got selected and looked like a Rabbit caught in headlights against Donald & co. In contrast the so called TN players picked have backed themeselves with decent if not spectacular performances. peace.

  • peveve on October 6, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Oh you guys forgot how TN players were deliberately not chosen in the past. Goes to the time of Lala Amarnath who deliberately did not pick-up VV Kumar a far better leg spinner than Subhash Gupte, or useless players like Ramnath Parkar , Sori Nay(ak) chosen instead of P. Ramesh and (excellent opener) or Dr. Abdul Hai of Hyd. What about TE Srinivasan a far more exciting batsmen than even Srikanth being dropped because Gavaskar did not like his face. Take the case of Akash Chopra being selected on a quid pro quo basis for Rohan Gacvaskar in ODI's and Akash Chopra in Tests during one Australian tour when Sadagoppan Ramesh was the most consistent player in zonal matches but was deliberately not chosen by that parochial Ganguly. It is time TN players got their due. Way back in 1971 Madras Univ defeated Delhi Univ comprehensively in the Rohinton Baria Trophy not one MU player was capped but many DU players were selected to play for India thanks to the machinations of parochlal selectors.

  • bluebillion on October 6, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Doesnt really matter who the replacements for Gambhir and Ishant are - Vijay and Sreesanth will play the second test. Mukund and Unadkat will be carrying drinks for one test and will probably not even make the squad for the next 2 - 3 years. Isnt it time that we started grooming the replacements for Sachin, Dravid and Laxman? We still havent found someone to replace Ganguly yet and there's the risk of plumetting the West Indies way in test cricket if the issue is not addressed. We should follow England's example and have a "Performance Squad" touring with the team (home and away).

  • gauravkajaria on October 6, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Chika was such a medicore Test cricketer! And now the same instincts seem to have taken over. Add to that his allegiance to Tamil Nadu cricket. When is Anriuddha debuting?When was the last time Tamil Nadu won the Ranji Trophy?

  • on October 6, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    K. Shrikanth is just promoting all players from south zone - Murali Vijay, D. Karthik (his fav), A. Mukund, A. Mithun, R. Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, S. Badrinathan...... He would have the entire Indian team from south if possible. A. Rahane scored a 100 against the Australians and a 191 against ROI yet Mukund gets selected ahead of him. I hope Pujara is given enough opportunites to prove himself. People like S. Tyagi, A. Nayar have been forgotten. R. Ashwin, R. Vinay Kumar, A. Mithun, S. Badrinath, M. Vijay should consider themselves lucky and thank Mr. Srikkanth for getting an opportunity to represent India so early in their career without having to grind it out. Poor Amol Muzumdar was better than any of these batsmen from south yet he never got an opportunity. Parthiv Patel also deserves a chance ahead of Dinesh Karthik, but with Shrikkanth, that is not possible. Dhaval Kulkarni is forgotten as well without any opportunity. If he was from South, he would have played by now.

  • on October 6, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    I cant understand why people consider Rahane as a replacement to Gambhir.Mukhund is the ideal replacement as he is a opener.Rahane is a middle order batsman and he could have come into picture if Laxman or any other middle order is ruled out with injury.Should not spoil the career of a middle order batsman by picking him foa a opening slot.Mukhund is in good form as well.

  • DINESHCC on October 6, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    In the CLT20 CSK are champions. The most hated TN players M.Vijay won the golden bat and R.Ashwin won the golden ball. In the Irani Trophy the most unfortunate 3 players Mukund, Badrinath and Ashwin performed well in both the innings. I really do not understand what else they should do for selection in the Indian team. Please don't talk about the word "BIAS", it is applicable to you people only.

  • vijgam on October 6, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Selectors should have picked Rahane in place of Gambhir and Dhawal kulkarni for Ishant.Jaidev and Abhinav are too less esperienced. One should wait for year or two for big league. Rahane and dhawal have sharpened skills from last two years esp in longer form of the game. Kulkarni bowled with lot of varieties against rest of india. At least kulkarni should get one chance to prove Rahane and Dhawal are now ready for any form of the game. At least they should get one or two chances. Looks like Jaidev is Amin's candidate and A mukund shrikant's.

  • Rumy1 on October 6, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    The Test XI for Bangalore Test should have been..... Jaffer, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman/Pujara, Badrinath, Dhoni, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Sreesanth and Ojha.

    If the greats retire in 2011, the Test team should be like this...Jaffer, Gambhir, Sehwag, Badrinath/Rahane, Kaif, Pujara, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Murali Karthik, Ishant.

  • philipsmgp on October 6, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    i am really happy to see srikanth as chairman of selectors.atleast now players from TN are getting chances.everyone seems to be unhappy over the selection of mukund they call it partiality from srikanth.remember there is badrinath who has been knocking the door for selection for last 5-6 years with consistent performance.nobody seems to question the selection of Rohit Sharma who came into the team with just one or two good performance and same way virat kohli who played well in under 19 rather than domestic cricket. but yes i agree with mithun he should have been the first choice.

  • ChainDo on October 6, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund - 29Matches, 9 Centuries, 7 Half Centuries, Average of 55.88 Ajinkya Rahane - 41Matches, 14 Centuries, 16 Half Centuries, Average of 66.91 Additional Pluses for Mukund - From Tamil Nadu (Jai Shrikkanth), Left Hander (But will he really replace Gambhir?)

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 6, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    My team for the 2nd test: -- Sehwag, Vijay -- Dravid, Sachin, Raina, Yuvi, Dhoni -- Bhajji, Ashwin, Zaheer, Tyagi. These wd replace VVS, Gambhir and Ishant. Vijay has performed well in tests. He can pace the innings well and provide Sehwag with confidence to freely score. Yuvi deserves a chance after his recent 200. It's now or never for him. VVS is unfit. Ojha, Chawla and Mishra are ineffective bowlers and not Test material. Ashwin is in form taking wkts and seems to have the fighting spirit, while bowling or batting, even under pressure. The Bangalore track is true to bounce as well as spin. So people like Tyagi and Ashwin would help. Sreesant can't consistently hit the deck hard and he is temperamental! Tyagi shd be asked to bowl off stump line, angling in, chest high. That would get him wickets. I'm perplexed as to why Indian right arm bowlers these days bowl 5 stumps outside the offstump! Bowling to the stump gets batsmen bowled and lbw! Commonsense!

  • MasterClass on October 6, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    We need a strike bowler that is good against RH batters (to replace Ishant) because Zak is not that impressive against RH batters. Also, we need to develop sturdy pacemen that run in hard, hit the deck and hustle the batters, over after over. Therefore we need MITHUN. Finally I think Pujara will replace VVS, because this time Ponting won't allow a runner to an unfit Lax if his back flares up again. And that's fair because he comes in with an injury. So Pujara in place of VVS, and Vijay in place of Gambhir. Ojha did enough to keep his place, particularly in the 1st innings. But in my heart I would like to see Ashwin.

  • Rumy1 on October 6, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Without a doubt WASIM JAFFER is the best opener in the country today who is not playing Test cricket. He is surely one of the top three batsmen in the country who is not in Test XI. He is a far better batsman and technique than even Murali Vijay. It is unfortunate that he doesn't play for Tamil Nadu-Srikkanth's state. Abhinav's selection ahead of Jaffer proves the point. Abhinav will have to play at least two years to reach the level of Jaffer or attain Jaffer's class. I would rate Jaffer's technique even better than Gambhir at present. Look at the two innings that he just played in Irani Trophy. He has the added advantage of his international experience.

  • on October 6, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    hello its good for india give chance to some good youngsters to open with sehwag,,,,,,,,,,,,but we want gambir will come back as soon as possible,

  • on October 6, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    VVS and Dravid are irreplaceable for India. But I think the time has come to take a strong step, for the future. IMO, VVS and Dravid should be rotated in tests, for two reasons: 1.give them enough rest 2.give a chance to a new batsman. Very soon, the majestic and all-conquering Indian middle-order will be retiring, and we have to face it, like Gavaskar faced the fast WI bowlers in the 70's. Rahane and Pujara should be given a chance, while VVS-Dravid rotate. Then, Mukund is an opener; so he can be picked as well, considering how unfit both Sehwag and Gambhir have become, of late. Let's not overhype Mukun for the Irani magic. Pujara has been scoring since the last few seasons, and so has Rahane. These are the thee I would like to see in the side. Again, Pravin Kumar might be picked as a pacer in tests as well.

  • on October 6, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    where's abhimanyu mithun.......he performed so well last yime with both bat and ball has a big heart like ishant and still finds no place in the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 6, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Anyway both definitely will sit in the bench only, since how many Ranji players just selected and not gave chance to play!!

  • on October 6, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Opening slot is always a specialist position. If you analyse any test squad of 15, it will definitely have 3 opening batsmen. Any one can fit in to middle order but not everyone can open an innings. Thats why all test teams traditionally have atleast 3 specialist opening bastmen in their squad of 15 or 16. Now that Gautham Gambir is injured, that leaves Team India with only 2 specialist openers. Now what happens if either of Sehwag or Vijay is injured just before the match. Thats precisely why another opener has been included in the team. Now for all those who are talking about Rahane-No doubt, he is performing consistently at the domestic level. But he is not a specialist opening batsman. He will get his due only when the big 3 retires. Finally, for all those Srikanth-haters. India has not lost single test series from the day the current selection committee took charge, which proves the point that the current selection committee has done much better job than the previous ones.

  • on October 6, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    It defies logic to select someone like Wasim Jaffer who is well past his prime. As pointed out by many sane posters here Mukund and Unadkat have been selected as a case of encouragement rather than actually fill in the XI. It is necessary that such upcoming talents know drills of being part of the national setup so that they gain more focus in the coming seasons.

  • CricFan78 on October 6, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    I have no affiliation with either Mumbai or TN but I must say that as an Indian cricket well-wisher I am surprised that Rahane doesnt get call ahead of Mukund. Last I checked Mumbai are Ranji champions and not TN so its ridiculous to have party of players from TN just because chief selector is from that state and so is upcoming BCCI President. The regionalism in Indian selection is well and alive.

  • DINESHCC on October 6, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Agus2010: Another Breaking News: In the Commonwealth Games also Dinesh Kaarthik and Murali Vijay got selected. It is not clear in which event they got selected. You see the biased attitude of K.Shrikant

  • guru1323 on October 6, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    @Augs2010 LOL. no explanations can be given other than that u r as MAD as they come....but seriously did u write ur comments in sleep or what..

  • on October 6, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    As far as abhinav Mukund goes i have seen him bat he is a xerox of W.V. Raman.He will no last long in international cricket dont go on averages they don't indicate everything.K.Srikkanth sucks big time.i think we need to have more pacers who have played first class cricket so they don't vanish Mithun did ok in Srilanka why has he not been retained.Badrinath has again been overlooked . so has been Parthiv Patel.i think Rahane has to be groomed to replace Dravid in future this guy has grit and technique for international cricket.As far as jaydev unadkat goes he is young let him play a few years of first class cricket he will get his chance.look what happend to tyagi and ghony because they were blooded too soon. the only bright thing in this selection is Pujara who was long due national cap.As far as pathan goes his weakness lies in his attitude and mind he keeps on saying he cant bowl fast he is just medium pacer whereas he clocked 140 consistently pre chappel era

  • Percy_Fender on October 6, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund is a good opener with a stomach for fast bowling, good horizontal shots and a penchant for big scores. Ajinkya Rahane is another cast in the typical Bombay mould of technical perfection courage and big scores. I think they are the future of the great Indian opening conundrum.Vijay is a stylist but whether he is going to succeed against top class fast bowling remains to be seen. I got the impression that he seems wary of it. He is technically sound. I think he should concentrate more on ODIs and 20/20 matches. Unadkat must play in Bangalore where the wicket offers a lot of bounce and lateral movement for 3 days after which spin comes into play. I would have liked Ashwin and Chawla added to the team instead of Harbhajan and Ojha.They seem to be the spin twins of the future. In fact I have great expectations of both of them. They are good batsmen as well. I feel India cricket has a bright future despite the dark clouds that the many prophets of doom see every day.

  • on October 6, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    I am wondering where is Rahane and Mithun. Both have done really well to be there as well. Rahane against Australians in practice match as well. Or is it again Srikant's promoting TN policy.

  • nahan on October 6, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Nasty Srikant is trying for an all Tamil Cricket team. No doubt that A Mukund is talented Player & will be future Asset for Indian team. Mumbai Batman A Rahane deserves tha spot rather than any one. UV also deserves a come back in view his recent Irani Trophy performance.

  • shanemukesh on October 6, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Why no Mithun? what wrong he did?

  • on October 6, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Once again, a good selection made by Selectors,Congrats Mr.Srikanth & Co.,u r looking beyond the traditional horizon,Mukund has to be groomed from now itself,It is obvious that Vijay & Pujara will play in the XI(later,if Laxman injured),but not quite sure,whether Unadkat will get an opportunity in XI. He is a promising fast bowler,he has to start playing International cricket now onwards, not after losing his pace and energy.Being a bowler likes to send down fast deliveries(not happened),the age between 17-23 is the best time for a fast bowler.Best wishes for Mukund & Unadkat,let's prosper the Indian Cricket

  • GemsBond on October 6, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    It should have been Rahane to replace Gambhir not Mukund but He is from TN so he deserves his chance first.Mukund did well but first choice should be rahane he is really consistent.

  • KAIRAVA on October 6, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    WHERE IS SUDEEP TYAGI ?? Like Ishant he is tall, gets bounce and bowls a nice line. Tyagi has a lot of promise & was highest wicket-taker (16 wkts) in an Emerging players tournament on pacy Australia pitches in September 2010. Now he is nowhere in the scene!!!!!

  • on October 6, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    To everyone commenting, selectors can not satisfy everyone because ONLY 11 PLAYERS ARE ALLOWED TO PLAY PER TEAM. In any case if we are rank'd number 1 in tests, it means the selectors are doing great job. Let them do their job, we will have all the time in the world to shout, if our team fails, and BTW, no body except us fans giva a damn about what we think. period.

  • satzcrazy1 on October 6, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Come on guyz, just stop blaming srikanth for selecting Mukund. They want to replace a left handed opener with another left hander. Unadkat's selection is impressive, they want to expose a youngster in a international level like mohammad amir.

  • DINESHCC on October 6, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Agus2010: Breaking News: For the one day series Dinesh Kaarthik will be selected in the place of one injured tea boy who supplies tea to the players in the Indian dressing room. Similarly for repairing the score board in the stadium and to help the ground staff S.Badrinath and R.Ashwin will be selected. Further to act as cheer leaders during the one day series L.Balaji, A.Mukund, A.B.Karthik, Anirudh Srikkanth, Aushik Srinivas will be selected. However to justify that Mr.K.Srikkanth is not a biased selector, in the playing XI players from all other States excepting Tamil Nadu will be selected. Another breaking news: There is heavy criticism against Mr.K.Shrikanth that why TN Players are selected for assisting the tea boy and ground staff during international matches. They demanded that more TN players to be selected for assisting the tea boy in the Aus dressint room also. Ridiculous. Please see the statistics given by Tendulkar_Tennis_Elbow and post your comments.

  • on October 6, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Folks, anyhow both of them may not be playing the tests...its just an opportunity to stay with the team to understand the protocols and procedures...Let them enjoy it...

  • KAIRAVA on October 6, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    To me, AJINKYA RAHANE is the next Rahul Dravid of Team India. Like Dravid he bats at no. 3. Like Dravid he too has occasionally opened the innings when needed. Like Dravid, he is rock solid & dependable. And on top of that, he has an virtually bradmanesque batting average of 67 at an equally impressive strike rate of 60 in first class cricket. He has scored tons not just in India but also against decent bowling lineups on pacy bouncy tracks of Australia & in the swinging conditions of England, as seen during the recent A-tours. And now within a fortnight, he has increased his credentials for a Team India test spot, when he scored 2 tons in consecutive matches and under pressure in the 4th innings, a better than run-a-ball 114 against world class Australian bowlers like Johnson, Hilfenhaus & Hauritz & following up with a brilliant 191 (stk rate-87) against future India probables (Mithun, Unadkat, Umesh, Ashwin, Chawla). So when will his opportunity come ?? Selectors are you listening ??

  • DINESHCC on October 6, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Another cry from the whole nation. Agus2010 better you get admitted in Melbourne Mental Hospital where your mentors had already been admitted. The two youngsters selected will not be in the playing XI. Just to occupy the dressing room they got selected. Not this selection, in any selection all TN players are playing in the dressing room only. Even in this team Pujara will replace Gambhir and Sreeshant will replace Ishant. Then why are you crying that Srikkanth is a biased selector. Every one is supporting Rahane. In one innings he scored single digit and the IInd innings he got nearly 200. Whereas in the case of Mukund in one innings he got big hundred and in the 2nd innings he got fifty (I mean the Irani Trophy). Similar is the case with Rahane's performance against Aus XI. Who performs consistently Mr. and Mrs.Perfect who raised voices against the inclusion of TN players for playing in the dressing room.

  • Cricket_Fanatic_vignesh on October 6, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Why abinav mukund has been picked in addition to murali vijay who is already picked up in the squad? Already a test is over and only one more remaining why shud AM be picked.Hopefully AM is not a flash of the pan like murali vijay.

  • PremZtalks on October 6, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    For Indians well-being and True cricket lovers sake I could only hope Augs2010 is either a mad drunkard or an innocent illiterate. If it not true then this is one reason why India still struggles as a developing nation and not a Developed one. ALL OVER THE WORLD THE ONLY FIELD WHERE PERFORMANCES CANNOT BE REPLACED BY ANY OTHER FACTOR (BRIBE, REFERENCE, ...) IS SPORTS. Because on field no one can escape. Atleast with sports INDIANS Please try to be united. In this case , the good thing thats happening with indian cricket is the players are chosen as a like for like replacement. opener for opener, middle order - middle order which is how its to be done. Dont forget we have seen VVS,BADANI, JADEJA, YUVRAJ trialled in opening slots...

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on October 6, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    @ Zafaram : Mate, Incorrect facts again. Murali Vijay has been very consistent as a Test opener. In fact, Vijay and Sehwag average higher than Gambhir and Sehwag for opening partnerships for India in test. Vijay however has failed miserably in T20 Intl and ODI. IPL has always been a run feast for him. I don't see any reason as to why he should not be a backup opener. Good to see Mukund in. Hope Rahane and Badrinath get their dues as well

  • on October 6, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    Just wanted to educate you cricket illiterates commenting negatively on the selection, 1. Gautam is an opener, and the selectors selected an eligible player for OPENING position. However, Murali Vijay would be in playing 11. Mukund would ge...t a change only either Sehwag or Vijay get an injury in the nets before the 2nd TEST. W.Jaffer would have been considered one more time. He is performing like a champ in domestic cricket. I still remember his Doubles centuries at international level.

    So learn that only an opener is selected in the place of an opener.

    2. For a Middle order position there is a great fight between Badri, Pujara, Rahane, Yuvi ?? (Fights with his experience and support of Dhoni) If Laxman is not available for 2nd test, one the Badri, Rahane, Yuvi would be selected.

    3. Unadkat's selection is not that difficult, we just need to understand the players played for RestOFIndia team in the Irani Trophy match are all in card for selection into Indian team, we nee

  • on October 6, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    Congrats to Great INDIAN WIN first & happy that Young lad like Abhinav muKund is getting a call for his past Performance with INDIA A ,TAMILNADU in both abroad / Domestic, very sorry to see some commenst made on Mr Srikanth , Every TN players are selected purely on merit ,thats y BADRI is on wings irrespective of Continuos perfomance @AUG2010 : Do you guys thing before typing anything in this public forum ? VIJAY's selection was blazzed like anything when he was selected for the series now when he was GOLDEN BAT WINNER that too in SOUTHAFRICAN condition were even great players struggled ,everybody got silenced , think of BADRIS innnings on Bouncy track at Durban , think of Ashwins Man of series & his perfomance in IRANI trophy , we are not endrosing them but you guys insisting us to do the same , ITS time now that the TALENTS are showcased by TV coverage even for domestic games , ASWHIN wil surely get the cap based on merit ,now simple opener had been selected for back up

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on October 6, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    God..this moronic vitriol for Srikkanth is really sad. Rahane is not an opener. Mukund is. end of story. If Srikkanth was always going to select TN players, he wouldve brought in Badri ahead of Pujara,Balaji ahead of Unadkat , Murali Kartik ahead of Ojha and Ashwin ahead of Mishra. For all those people cribbing about Srikkanth - pls remember that the Indian team had 7 Karnataka players when Gundappa was chief selector - sujith somasundar, dravid, srinath, kumble, prasad, joshi, vijay bharadwaj/dodda ganesh/david johnson. vengsarkar went on record saying he would do his best to further the chances of bombay players when he became chief selector amd clowns like agarkar continued to be in the team way past their sell-by date. and guys - please stop asking for irfan pathan. he is a closed chapter.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 6, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    I am not a TN supporter and I do not believe that Mukund should have been selected in this Test. But I still admire Mukund and I think he should replace Gambhir in International cricket very soon when Gambhir's form completely falls away. But, since Vijay is already there as a backup and since there is no proper backup in the middle order for Laxman (apart from Pujara), I believe Rahane would have been the best choice. The reason is this: Rahane bats at 3, which is nearly an opening position. AND, he HAS played as an opener and in fact started his career that way. In fact, he has played at all positions from 1 to 4. Thus, he should have been selected. Similarly, I feel that Ashwin should have been selected.

  • rakeshkanuri on October 6, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    matches Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 firstclass 41 68 8 4015 265* 66.91 6752 59.46 14

    Ajinkya Rahane has a batting AVG of 66.91 and has scored more than 4000 runs in firstclass cricket ..he is the perfect batsmen to be included in the tests ....kirs srikanth is taking all tamil people.....this is not good

  • AvidCricFan on October 6, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    If one goes by performance, Rahane has very impressive average than A Mukund (66 runs versus 55). Parthiv Patel has better average and temperament than Karthik in test. Both should get chances ahead of Mukund and Karthik respectively. But it is not happening. So far M Vijay appears to be a better fit for opening slot than untested new comers.

  • 777aditya on October 6, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    Pujara and Vijay should be automatic replacements for Gambhir and Laxman (if unfit) rather than banking on Mukund's inexperience. As for Unadkat, well what about Munaf Patel then? why is he not considered in spite of having bowled well for India in tests?

    One good news for India during the ODIs is that Ponting, Watson, and Johnson have been 'rested' to be preserved for Ashes beginning immediately after the Indian tour. When India can defeat a full strength Australia, a depleted Australian team will make way for a 3-0 win for India in the ODI series.

  • peterss on October 6, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    Mukund is a really good choice but unadkat... questionable. could have considered mithun. could have selected badrinath ahead of mukund as well. not likely that they are going to play anyways....

  • on October 6, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    hmm...mukund seems a fair choice....but mithun shud hav been the replacement for ishant...he performed admirably in SL....

  • ameya11 on October 6, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Mithun should have been included, since he is a local guy and played one Ranji season at Banglore.

  • ayyoayyo on October 6, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    i dont know vats wrong mr agus????????i dont want to be biased....... but have to say this.......vat abt one MR ROHIT SHaRMA???umpteen no of chances,bucketloads of talent and still has a average of 28.........its not abt mumbai or tamilnadu or any state its previous performances and rohit sharma's previous performances are much worse than mukund............and agarkar was always inconsistant.................

  • on October 6, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    Indian batting is heading for a big vacuum in 2-3 years as the big three retire - Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman. Its going to happen and it will happen all at once. Golden opportunities such as these should not be missed. Bring M. Vijay in FOR SURE - the guy is classy. Stick with him even if he fails in the first few tests. His talent will reveal automatically. Yuvraj is another person who STILL needs to be groomed. He is one of India's long term Test prospects. What's wong with the illiterate posters here? Munaf Patel a Test Cricket bowler? lol. Maybe Ashish Nehra - at least he is an attacking wicket taker.

  • navinaresh on October 6, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    I think better to give chance to Wasim Jaffer instead of abinav,he has less xperience and no need to select jai dev because sreesanth will play second test against aussies.if the pitch will have bounce he is more useful but he has to controle his feelings.

  • Zafaram on October 5, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Well..the form of Mukund suggests that he will play the second Test but unfortunately, India will go with M Vijay due to his prior experience. I am unable to understand that why the selectors show such a huge faith in him in spite of failures in earlier series against Sri Lanka and South Africa. IPL performances should never be considered for the noble game such as the Test Matches. The selectors are treating Vijay in same receptive manner in which they treat Kartik for One dayers. The 3 players who deserve a chance before giving further to Vijay should be Ajinkya Rahane, Pujara and Mukund. These 3 are the most consistent domestic player. Rahane has a staggering average of 66 in First Class Cricket.Much more than any other player. Plus he has shown his hunger against Australia(Tour Game) and RoI(Irani Cup) with back to back centuries. It is believed that the Mumbai Players get a chance very early in their career but it seems that he will have wait much longer.

  • on October 5, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Well said Satish, what is Agus 2010 on about? And let me clarify, I am NOT from Tamil Nadu before he comes up with another stupid comment!

  • lense on October 5, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Why so many ppl have to talk against TN and srikanth? This selection panel had more success than any other prior ones. There are ppl talking abt agarkar?? ridiculous. When are we going to get out of this and think all Indians as one..i guess never!

  • on October 5, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    @Agus2010: Follow domestic seasons closely before you make any comment. Whatever happened to true cricket lovers? A one down batsmen could never be bought into the squad in place of an opener. Learn the basics before you comment.

    @Vijay. Naik: Any problem with you with TN players performing well in the domestic circuit? (Leave Anirudha srikanth. Actually it is you guys who brought his name into discussion). R.Ashwin definitely deserves credit for his recent performances(Last Ranji,IPL3, CLT20 and now Irani). Tight competition between Rahane, Pujara and Badri for middle order. Its better if cricket illiterates like you don't make stupid statements in a public forum like this.

  • on October 5, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Mithun should be included instead of Unadkat. Mithun started to perform well, only experience can make any bowler better

  • Agus2010 on October 5, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    May for the world cup this is the playing 11for India, 1. Murli Vijay 2. Ahinav Mukund 3. Badrinath 4. Suresh Raina 5. Anirudha SK 6. MS. Dhoni (WK) 7. L. Balaji 8. Ashwin 9. Murli Karthi 10. KS Sri. kanth (Capt) 11. xxxxxxxx lol

  • AsherCA on October 5, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Guys - as an opener, Murali Vijay would select himself into the 11 automatically. About Jaidev - Given that lefty Zaheer is definitely going to be the first choice fast-medium bowler, the 2nd will therefore, most likely be a right-hander.

    These 2 gentlemen therefore, will most likely just carry drinks at Bangalore.

    Let the better cricketers use these 5 days on proper practice to remain match fit if they require, if they do not require the practice, let them have the liberty of spending time with their own families OR whatever else, rather than carrying drinks.

  • Agus2010 on October 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Why the people dont mention about the Mumbai fast bowler Ajit Agarkar?????? I love to see him in playing 11, what a performer? he has taken Quick 50 wickets in his career, why dont the selectors consider him and give him new life?

  • Agus2010 on October 5, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Why they don't consider the guy like Wasim Jabbar and Irfan pathan! Because the selector KSK want to bring all of his relatives or what????? who knows maybe he will select his baby fish Anirutha for ODI series, if Shewak or Tendulkar injured, this is all happening because of his politics lol!

  • Rumy1 on October 5, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Well Abhinav is a promising talent but is too inexperienced to take an Australian team. Murali Vijay has had a very average Test career so far. This is yet another regional and biased selection, inflicting injustice and ignoring the extremely justified claims of WASIM JAFFER for the opening slot in place of Gambhir. Jaffer has had splendid two domestic season, is a man in form and was a treat in both the innings that he played in the recently concuded Irani Trophy. In fact Jaffer should be the other opener with Gambhir with Sehwag moving to one down. Raina doesn't seem to have the temoerament, flair and technique for Test level. He is very good at ODi and T20 level and he should be preserved for those. I think Badrinath, Pujara and Rahane would be the successors of Sachin, Dravid and Laxman in the Test team as and when these greats decide to retire.

  • Raajay on October 5, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    @STRAIGHT_TALK : I do not see why this decision is a shocker. What if Sehwag or M Vijay gets injured a day before the second test ? Infact, it is sensible that selectors are grooming players for specific roles. I am pretty sure that if Dravid was injured, it would be Rahane who would have been selected. Indian cricket has already lost many promising talents like Irfan Pathan, D Karthik by confusing them over their roles in the team.

  • raopreetam on October 5, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    people who are questioning the inclusion of an other opener, Please note the reason behind selecting an other opener is because, on the morning of the match if vijay/sehwag falls ill or gets injured there is one readily available to open. and about this tamil nadu issue. sehwag - delhi, vijay- tamil nadu , dravid - karnataka, tendulkar - mumbai, laxman- Hyderabad , raina - UP dhoni - ranchi , harbajan- punjab , zaheer khan - baroda, ishant sharma - Delhi ohja - hyderabad pujara - saurashtra, shree- Kerala. So guys how many tamil nadu players did you find in this indian team. dont just make stupid comments, with out knowing the facts. And by the way, whats your problem even if they are from tamil nadu. We are indians first, and then any thing else. So if 11 best players come from one state,so be it, accept it. it may be from, TN, or AP o MP or an where, even from kashmir. accept it. At the end of the day, we want the best 11 representing india. Grow up guys, Jai Hindustan.

  • Abhimanyu on October 5, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    Great to see Abhinav Mukund in the squad, he is a great talent. I always knew he was going to get selected if either Shewaq or Gambhir got injured. Mukund is the best opener in the India at the moment. An aggressive left-hand opening batsman, who loves to play straight down the ground, he is also very strong on the off-side just like how Ganguly was in his early days. Although I do agree that Rahane has a better average then Mukund in first-class matches but Mukund also have a better average then Rahane in list-A matches, so that evens things out. So stop talking all the limelight away from Abhinav Mukund because he is from Tamil Nadu. I am not taking anything away from Rahane, he is also a great talent and he could have also been selected too. But people needs to understand that the selected have already selected 3 of the 4 highly talented batsmen (Badrinath, Pujara, Mukund) but there is no room for them in the final 11 because Dravid is still there. FYI, I am not from Tamil Nadu....

  • Vindaliew on October 5, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    I think if India had lost, or the match was drawn, Srikkanth would have gone for Vijay and a bowler with more experience. Having already retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy, he's probably trying to let some youngsters gain some Test experience. Not sure that being thrown into the deep end against Australia is the way to go, although if it works India will have some good future prospects - just look at Pakistan's Azhar Ali.

  • cena7171 on October 5, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Surely its a wrong selection again by mr srikanth yuvraj should hav been an automatic selection in the team after his blistering knock of 204 but mukund has been selected even jaidev unadkat should not have been selected irfan was a much better choice than him . Like the way its going now in tamilnadu favour we r soon going to see anirudh srikanth in eithr odi or test team . They both have been just to watch the game either of vijay or pujara and sreesanth will be in final xi and also mishra should plzy in bangalore instead of ojha

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    This is quite natural, when the selectors were from Mumbai all the Mumbaikar got chance.. now lets see how some south indian players doing the job for India.

    now why these compliance, just keep all this state wise and see if someone selected is playing or not, if yeah they will be keep getting chances.. Yuvi is a good player but he is guy with lots of ego and some problem with his attitude, once he get a control on that then he will be selected, its not a Big thing in hitting 204 almost 80% peoples who are called main level bats man have hit a 200 in 1st class..so done compare that..

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Rahane bats one down and he looks like he would fill in the monster boots of Dravid when the day and time comes. Mithun was already part of the dressing room and also played a test. So if you want a couple of youngsters to be part of the indian dressing room, Abinav and Jaidev would be good choices, if not the best.

    IF Dhoni wants a left handed opener to go open with Sehwag, Abinav might as well get his day in the sun.

  • Rajeshwaran on October 5, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    This is freaking me! Why some of you guys want Wasim Jaffer back in the squad instead of Mukund? Whoever wants Jaffer today have no rights to talk about getting young bloods in the squad. We all know Jaffer plays well in Indian conditions but how in English or Aussie condition? You want to give change to a 20 year old and groom him or to bring a 33 year old and spoil the game! What's happening guys? And someone commented to include Dhawal Kulkarni. He was smashed in this previous match by yuvraj singh. I think this is a better team you can get. Just stop talking about this crap state-selector stuff guys. Try to act(atleast act) matured. If you still want to talk about state-selector - its not just srikanth and whenever there is one from that state they grew the state. But Srikanth has better winning record under his selection than others.

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    This is unfair on the part of the selectors to neglect AJINKYA RAHANE. Ajinkya rahane is the epitome of consistency. Mukund is just a buddy from TN. RAHANE's selection would have been far better merited than Mukund. This is ridiculous from K Shrikanth and Co. Again a howler.

  • avnish1 on October 5, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    i do not belong to TN but i always praise the effort put by our selection committee and Mr Srikanth in recent times..we climbed to #1 spot in his tenure...why people are keep saying that we should include rahane or Yuvi or Badrii??...they all are middle order batsman and we have to replace Gauti who is an opener..so mukund is a good choice..he is among the runs..if there is a need of a middle order batsman then we already have a back up in a form of Pujara who was selected ahead of all the above players...let say if Veeru get some injury what will happened???...we will run short of an opener and forcefully we have to change the batting orders...so people should understand the logic/cricket before pointing fingers towards nyone.....

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Of course RAHANE should have been picked ahead of Mukund. Just because Mukund is from Tamil Nadu he has been selected ahead of Rahane. Rahane is an extremely talented lad who has scored oodles of runs at the first-class level. He has a Bradmanesque average of around 65 in first clas cricket after 41 matches while Mukund averages 56 in 20 odd matches. Of course Rahane deserves a place.

  • Rohan0309 on October 5, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    What has Badri done wrong to not merit a place in the squad? He is one of the most unlucky players around! As it is, it seems unlikely either will get a game. Vijay would slot in for GG and Sreesanth for Ishant.

  • svinodmenon on October 5, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    I think Srikanth has done a great job. I appreciate his effort to bring new players into the team. India is a big country and you cannot pick 15 best players so easily. You only can pick players with some recent form. Mukund has been in good touch and has played well in all forms of cricket. Think before you compare players.Mukund can be used as an opener in all forms of the cricket. He can strike the ball well and the same way he can defend a lot more. Only a strike batsman can survive against the team like Australia who bowls faster with swing. Also Unadkat is a good swing left arm bowler. A left arm bowler can always useful against australians. Anyhow both will not get a chance to play. But this will boost their performance in the future.

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    srikanth should be thrown out of selection committee.. total useless, experienced players should have played against aussies ..

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    parthiv patel could have been added as opener and would have even eased some pressure of dhoni

  • Navin_Thakur on October 5, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Indian's next gen test team after stalwarts are gone would look like this: Sehwag(Bat),Gambhir(Bat), Pujara(Bat), Yuvi(Bat), Raina(Bat), Dhoni,Chawla(Ball/Bat), Ashwin(Ball/Bat),Ishant(Ball),Mithun(Ball), Sreeshant(Ball)

    Reserves: kohli/Rahane (Reserve Middle order), M Vijay (Reserve Opener), Unadkat (Reserve pacer), Ojha (Reserve Spinner), Parthiv (Reserve W/K, opener, middle order)

    Assuming SRT, RD, VVS and ZAK would have announced retirement. And Bhajji dropped for his poor showing.

  • Alter.G on October 5, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    I await the day when we will become a nation that stops bickering over allegations of partisanship and regional bias. When can we view the players' performance for what it is and forget about where they were born or which domestic team they play for? I guess the IPL deserves partial credit in that Mumbaikars have taken to Tiwary, Pujara is praised by Bengalis, Kohli is loved by Bangaloreans,... and so on. Still a long way to go through. GROW UP, INDIA.

  • SachinRao on October 5, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    C'mon ppl, Shrikanth+Srinivasan have created a clear Tamil Nadu+Chennai Super Kings Lobby.Karthik(ODI opener??). An excellent Coach - Pravin Amre dropped as he didnt play Ganpathy(Slow medium ineffective bowler) in the A team / emerging players tournament?? So when is Aniruddh Srikanth playing??........Ajinkya Rahane should have played purely on merit.Jaydev Unadkat deserves it. He bowled much better than Mithun in the Irani Trophy plus other tournaments.I hope he plays ahead of Sreesanth(unpredictable).Thank god we didnt see Balaji in the team. The selectors have destroyed the career of the promising spinner - mohnish parmar by not supporting him in the chucking allegations.(To support R Ashwin for sure).

  • Navin_Thakur on October 5, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Jaidev Unadkat is a hasty decision by selectors. This is the prime difference in our domestic system and Australian Domestic structure. Poor guy Unadkat will now be expected to do wonders, that too without any domestic experience behind his back. No doubt he has the talent but he has to convert and convince the critics at home first. I am afraid he would become another Parthiv Patel or a LR Shukla. The valueof first class cricket can not be undermined. if you have any doubts look at Mike Hussey.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Just for stats - Analysing the palying XI of the first test match - 3 Players from Delhi, 2 from Mumbai, 2 from Hyderabad, One each from Karnataka, Jharkhand, UP and Punjab. Reserve players - 1 from TN, 1 from Kerala, 1 from Saurashtra and 1 from UP. Again its the North and West Zone players who are dominating the playing XI (by virtue of their performance ofcourse and not players from TN or other south zone players). Clearly I do not see any regional bias in this team selection. And for all our fast-forgetting Team India fans, we did not lose any test series from the day the current selection committe took charge.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    all Mithun fans...hes suffered the same fate Dhawal kulkarni suffered after NZ tour... nthn new here..lack of common sense

  • cricketmaniagola on October 5, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Atrocious selection Mr. Srikanth played like a joker and he is a selector de chief, a zero. Subramaniam Badrinath made debut in South Africa terst series, Raina does so in Sri Lanka and it appears either Pujara or Mukund (in form) will get it against the Aussies, is Indian cap a freebie...look at M Hussey, he had to wait for 10 years and score 10,000 + runs, M North same story....if you could give importance to Domestic structure...then if anyone of regulars is injured u should have played in all these matches with the most consistent and expereinced guy...S. Badri or W. Jaffer (14000 runs in domestic cricket...for whom????)...then the most run getter... A. Rahane....or the most talented of them all A. Rayudu...Munaf bowled well in final of ODI series in Sl although he didnt get a single game in test where he should have played ahead of A. Mithun..its not all about giving a cap to youngsters...but ...cud the selectors understand...

  • Abhimanyu on October 5, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Great to see Abhinav Mukund in the squad, he is a great talent. I always knew he was going to get selected if either Shewaq or Gambhir got injured. Mukund is the best opener in the India at the moment. An aggressive left-hand opening batsman, who loves to play straight down the ground, he is also very strong on the off-side just like how Ganguly was in his early days. Although I do agree that Rahane has a better average then Mukund in first-class matches but Mukund also have a better average then Rahane in list-A matches, so that evens things out. So stop talking all the limelight away from Abhinav Mukund because he is from Tamil Nadu. I am not taking anything away from Rahane, he is also a great talent and he could have also been selected too. But people needs to understand that the selected have already selected 3 of the 4 highly talented batsmen (Badrinath, Pujara, Mukund) but there is no room for them in the final 11 because Dravid is still there. FYI, I am not from Tamil Nadu....

  • ijk007 on October 5, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    If anyone of u seen the Irani trophy, You would have noticed this young guy Unadkat talent... When i saw the match at first instance, even i was wondering who was this guy... but when match progress, I understood that he has lot of potential... His seam position was fantastic to watch... The wicket of Dhawal Kulkarni was simply superb delivery from Unadkat... I am not saying Mithun/Munaf didn't have talent... but this young 18 yr guy also does... and adding to it, Other than Zaheer/Ishant I never seen fast bowlers troubling Aussies consistently other than spinners...

    One more fun here is people talking about Uthappa, Yuvraj who are all not in a content for any position in current team... Certainly Yuvi will comeback to T20 and ODI very strongly, but to get a position in test he has to prove a lot in his consistency...

  • Raja22222 on October 5, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Oh my God!!! how many negative reactions from the pro Srikanth people especially from Karnataka..Only 2 people from tamil nadu is in the team.That too there is no guarantee that they will play next match..Why thisbiased regional perspective from the fans if you are a true Indian? Just wait for some time these two will reply you through bat...

  • Siddharth_Pandit on October 5, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Abhinav's selection comes as no surprise. He has been a consistent performer in domestic season and far better than rahane and others. There is no question of regional bias here. I am also elated to see unadkat getting a chance, though he might now play. He is a special talent. Above all these, i would emphasize cricinfo readers to exercise restrain while putting in comments here. Stop thinking on the basis of region. How consistently we do this just to highlight how shallow we are. In few of the comments belwo people from maharashtra are complaining abt abhinav's selection and are dvising rahane, jaffer in gambhir's place. how ironical is that? Though i may not agree to all the decisions taken by committee but i believe they do it for betterment of our team. My thumbs up to selection committee.

    P.S. I am not from TN or Maharashtra (have been to both the states though). Just an aam aadmi from India's capital.

  • Vijay.Naik on October 5, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    What if Rahane has avg of 66. He's not from TN. I think VVS is suffering from bad back and won't be in a position to play @ B'lore. SRT and RD are aged and couldn't do much in second innings of the test. Hence all three should be dropped (what if they've impressed at their time) and A Srikkant should be in. Similarly Harbhajan is not impressive in 1st test should be replaced with Ashwin. Instead of Unadakt I would prefer Balaji. Rather I would say play TN ranji team instead of now playing 11. What say Mr.K Srikkant???

  • svrfremont on October 5, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Hey All you whiners (people against the current selection committee),

    Listen what goes around comes around. Got that? There have been players in the past who had scored oodles in domestic Ranji season and did not have a chance to play for their country. This is not new. First it was Bombay only, then Bombay and Delhi and now Tamil Nadu. Did you know that a certain Mr. Venkatraghavan was India captain for a test and then carried drinks the next. How many are from Tamil Nadu in this Test that just concluded, Huh?? So please no more Tamil Nadu bashing.I can name Abdul Jabbar, Sivaramakrishnan (opener not L Siva), T.E. Srinivasan, T.A. Sekhar and a long list of name who did not make the cut. All really good players. So point is we want the best. Some good ones get sidelined to encourage fresh blood. There is only 11 spots and there are 100000 players. What do we do?

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Why should they chose again a opener (Mukund) ? They already have Murali Vijay as back up opener. They should have chosen Yuvi for his blitzkrieg 204* instead of Gambhir. His choice would have made middle order stronger with Laxman struggling with injury. i dont know on what basis they have chosen another opener with already a backup opener being there??????? Any how both these uncapped ll b seated out. i think Vijay and sree ll make up for gauti and ishant.

  • sweetspot on October 5, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    So, according to some of you fools here, as long as Srikkanth is chairman of selectors, NOBODY from TN must be selected? What kind of rubbish is that? Do you see Bhadrinath playing? Surely he deserved a place more than Raina or Kohli or Rohit Sharma against SL. If you want to go purely by records, under Srikkanth, India's ranking has climbed to its highest ever. Can't go above #1 just for your information. So shut up and put up with an excellent job so far.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    @DeokarAshish : I Agree That Jaffer Or Rahane Shoulld Be Selected Ahead Of Mukund.Even Though They Selected They Will Not Be Play In Final Test Because Pujara, Vijay And Sreesanth Are Already In Squad. But I Am Not Agree With You That Next Tamilnadu Player Should Be Ashwin Because Do You Know How He Perform In Champions League And Irani Cup and In His Debut ODI, If He Perfrom Well In Challenger Trophy, He Should Be Included In ODIs Against Australia By Replacing Jadeja.Mr.DeokarAshish I Agree With You About Mukund But I Don't Agree With You About Ashwin.

  • STRAIGHT_TALK on October 5, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Another shocker! You already have an opener in Murali Vijay and why do you include another opener, that too when there are other players like Ajinkya Rahane who have certainly scored better than Abhinav Mukund? And what about the brave Abhimanyu Mithun who shouldered the new ball responsibility as a rookie when our superstar fast bowlers were recuperating to play in IPL and CPL? Imagine Mithun's plight as to what wrong he has done for being dropped and why he is not even in the reckoning. Srikanth, you are no different from other selectors we have seen.

  • balajik1968 on October 5, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Though Jaydev Unadkat may be a promising player, I think this was done in haste. Remember Parthiv Patel and Irfan Pathan. Both were brought into the team without much first class experience, and now both are nowhere in the reckoning. More thought has to be put into this. Maybe Yuvi should be put on standby for Laxman. By the way what wrong did Mithun do? He was OK in the Sri Lanka tour.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    agreed srikanth as selector is as undependable as his batting .... absolute clear bias .... rahane should have been in... dhoni has no say ??

  • Joe_Luvs_Cric on October 5, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Its an oppurtunity for an young mukund & unadkat to show there talent in the international level. Its not that he is from Tamil Nadu or gujarat or any state , he plays for india...There were some period when only bangalore & mumbai players used to be in the team. We have to appreciate that the trend have changed now & we have to support team india to be No 1 team in all forms of the cricket.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    For all those criticising Srikanth.. Before the match started, every Tom, Dick and Harry who thinks he is an expert of Indian cricket wondered how Team India can take 20 wickets with this bowling attack and blasted Srikanth for the 'Poor Selection'. And we know what happened now. There was a time when the playing XI had 6 Mumbai Players and Team India lost match after match. There was a time when the playing XI had 7 Karnataka players and Team India lost even to Zimbabwe. These people will keep on blasting Srikanth no matter what, while totally ignoring the fact that India did not lose any test series from the day he became the chairman of selection committe, which proves that he and the other members of selection committe (Yashpal Sharma, Narendra Hirwani, Raja Venkat & Surendra Bhave) are spot-on with their selection.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Absurd move.Is It Just to give them exposure with big players??? still many people deserve it before these two.MR. SRIKANTH have forgotten A MITHUN who did well 2 months a go & could have picked himself up ahead of shrisanth too. Why not jaffer/rahane/dhawan???

  • Pguru on October 5, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Because Abhinav, Ashwin, Murali from Tamilnadu, and becuase chief selector is from TN, you can not simply criticize them . Please check their records, performance before your write your words. The above article talks well about Abhinav's records and check his scores with the match just today completed between ROI vs Mumbai. Same match for Ashwin. Sanjay Manjrekar is keep mentioning about giving a chance to Ashwin since IPL 3 days. He just spoke again after CL T20. Sanjay is not from TN. These guys consistanly perfomaning in domestic circuit to make sure that their domestic teams are in Elite Status, their team winning IPL, CL T20. Why don't they should get a chance place for the country? Some of them asking why Rahane, Badri, Pujara not selected. Gambhir is a opener and Mukund a opener to replace him. If you get in to a regional bias, we can go on and on! I do agree that many of the talents can not find place sometime and it is unfortunate and sad

  • ram5160 on October 5, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Yuvi should have been brought in as cover for VVS.

  • Raja22222 on October 5, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Abinav Mukunds selection is a real surprise may be little early so as Unadkat.Anyway only one test left in the series these guys will not play at bangalore and unfortunately they will miss challengers trophy which will decide the new inclusions of the upcoming one day series includes the world cup.Abinav mukund is a slow boring batsmen just like pujara..anyway M.Vijay beware and play well if u want to survive in the dressing room.Play a fearless game at bangalore where most of your critics are living.Look forwarward to see ur dance there too.its a real challenge for vijay to retain your back up opening position as there is a competition at last.Expect a 100 % from all the players at Bangalore..

  • ram5160 on October 5, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    A lot of calls for Rahane here. But he bats at 1 drop. The selectors were right in replacing 1 opener for another. The only other prolific openers are Jaffer and Dhawan. Jaffer has already got enough chances. Although in big series like this, there is a case for going for experience. Anyway Vijay will open.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Srikanth didnt pick his son...he has picked someone who has better average than Virat Kohli in domestic...Its inconsequential he will anyway sit out and may not be part of next series as well....But I am surprised he picked Unadkat instead of Mithun or Munaf..who got some test experience...

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on October 5, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Sensible choice of replacement for the opener. Rahane and Badri are other talented ppl in the bench who will get into the 15 only after the likes of Dravid exit. Surprised to Unadkat's inclusion though. The lad has hardly any first class experience. Will be surprised if he is picked ahead of Sreesanth

  • sanjits2010 on October 5, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    The selection for the second cricket test match by Srikkanth and Company against Australia starting on 09th October 2010 is very much biased.

    The selection of Abhinav Mukund ahead of Robin Uthappa, Wasim Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhavan is baffling. The selection of Jaidev Unadkat is welcome but what happened to promising Abhimanyu Mithun who played the test series in Sri Lanka a couple of months back!! Why is he suddenly dumped?? What about Dhaval Kulkarni?

    In fact many a selection by the selectors headed by the Krishnamachari Srikkanth committee over the past few years have been tilting for an excuse to include Tamil Nadu players. Not that anyone is against that but the selection should not be done at the expense of some deserving and in-form players.

    If this is going to remain the state of affairs, it is very difficult to visualize India winning the World Cup next year in the sun-continent!! M S Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and all should stop dreaming about that!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Let Pujara make his debut. He deserves it. On the other hand, Mukund has shown real temperament over the last year. Rahane will get his due,but I fear that that may happen after the World Cup.

  • nataraajds on October 5, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    we have M.Vijay for Gambhir & Pujara as backup for VVS, so A.Mukund will only warm up bench. Why not play praveen kumar or Nehra both are in great form and have enough international experience. when injury candidate munanf can play why not Nehra. why to take chances with inexperienced Unadkat?

    these selector's just try few boys like Mithun , Vinay & Dinda and dump them, same thing happen to Undakat. If you cannot give enough opportunity to these young boys, please don't select them. let them get selected at right time.

  • ijk007 on October 5, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Gambhi is already out because of injury and Mukund is a backup opener as Pujara for Middle Order... Nothing more to say about it.

  • Nampally on October 5, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    I have been pushing for these 2 guys to be included in the squad and 11 ever since the start of this series. I am so glad that the Selectors finally came to their senses. How does an injured and out of form Gambhir walk into this squad is a huge question mark. Mukund has been knocking at the door for a year now and he was never even included in this squad. In the absence of fit fast bowlers Unadkat brings a great talent. He along with Ishant & Mithun will the heart of the Indian pace bowling future. Thank you Selectors for your renewed foresight and wisdom.

  • ijk007 on October 5, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    I didn't understand why you ppl keep on commenting on Srikanth selection, when he had proven again and again that his selection was correct... When he included Mishra for last series, every started commenting that he was not better player than Chawla... But he proved his worth... When Vijay picked for the squad again the same case... but he showed his determination... Records do matter... But not Records only... He(Srikanth) didn't become Selection committee chairman in overnight... He deserved it and proving it again and again... But really to say I felt sorry for Abinav Mukund... I think he has to wait till Rahul retires...

  • pank1090 on October 5, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    I think Anirudh Shrikant is just 2or3 innings away from his debut,,,,,am i right Mr.Shrikant???

  • vivithetruefan on October 5, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    come on guys give me a break.. i'm from bangalore n i'm not a great supporter of kris shrikanth but mukund deserves as much as rahane.. n don't play that tn card when ashwin gets selected for odi team.. even ashwin deserves more than anyone in the country.. so don't comment foolishly n thank god ppl like you are not selectors..

  • Alter.G on October 5, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    JUDGE FOR YOURSELF. Analyzing the performance of the batsman over 3 DOMESTIC seasons 2008-10, including Ranji, Duleep and Irani Trophy. The TOP 12 performers were as follows (by runs scored, avg>50): 1. RAHANE; 2. PUJARA; 3. PARTHIV; 4. JAFFER; 5. BADRINATH; 6. KAIF; 7. MUKUND; 8. KARTHIK; 9. VIJAY; 10. TIWARY; 11. DHAWAN; 12. ROHIT SHARMA. Note that these performances are over current selectors term so Mukund deserves to be picked. He is the second-best opener, after Jaffer.

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 5, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Mukund and unadkat are again players who will be tourist and will go back home after the test wondering why were they selected...

    You will see yuvraj singh selected ahead of pujara/mukund for series against NZ.

  • karthiknan on October 5, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Mukund or Rahane - They are going to warm the bench. It is going to be vijay in place of goutham who deserves it. Pujara will get the nod in case vvs is not fit. It is better not be selected than being selected and carrying drinks. Mukund will get the feel of being in the indian camp and being younger he will not be dejected for not playing. I dont think there is a bias... after all TN has suffered the most till now of selectors biases.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    To all Rahane fans .... He is not an opener . He will get his chance when Dravid retires . Mukund is the right backup choice if sehwag or vijay gets injured . Next best is shikhar dhawan

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Inclusion of Mukund is not surprising. The selectors are just looking for an opener to replace another opener. It is for sure that Mukund is going to sit, so basically the point of whom getting the call is immaterial but the message is clear. An opener replacing another opener. Hope Vijay uses his opportunity properly. Though the selection Unadkat over Mithun is surprising.

  • helloajs on October 5, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Pujara should be given a chance, since Laxman is injured as well. He shouldn't be risked playing because he can't give 100%. let yungster get a chance. Also, M.Vijay should open. i would like to see new pace bowler getting a chance in 2nd test too, not sure sree is good choice.

  • Alter.G on October 5, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    I don't understand the case for Rahane's inclusion here. I agree he is next in line after Pujara, but he is not an opener. Opening is a specialist position, and while he may have opened occasionally in Ranji, I'm not sure how his performance as opener compares vs. his No. 3 stats. And no, they are not interchangeable positions! Ask Dravid and VVS.

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    it is ridiculous to blame selectors for every time...In test match, We need a specialist to fill all departments..they had chose a right player for Opening slot not in Middle order. Off course..rahane is unlucky but the time will come in place of Middle Order

  • 11Noobs on October 5, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Whhyyy Mukund when you have Vijay!!??!!!!??!!?!?!?!?!?! THEY ARE BOTH OPENERS!!!!

  • fresher_searching_for_job_btech_IT on October 5, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    it is a very possibility. because of srinivasan rahane is ignored. he is consistently making run in every inning. but he does not belong to tamilnadu. so cheers for srinivasan.

  • ram5160 on October 5, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    And what happens if VVS cant recover? You ll have 2 inexperienced batsmen in Vijay and Pujara. Add Raina to the mix and..... They should have got Yuvi back to lend some depth to the bench. What happens if one of the reserves gets injured on the morn? We dont want a repeat of the SA match. Also what happened to Mithun? He s been abandoned suddenly.

  • Alter.G on October 5, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    The selectors seem keen on blooding youth over experience at the moment. Surprising selections. Not that Mukund will play, because Vijay is in the squad, but other consistent performers like Shikhar Dhawan and Jaffer would feel hard done. Same with Unadkat, as Sreesanth will play. Unadkat might be talented and in form, but he hasn't even played a single Ranji season! Why not Praveen Kumar or Mithun?

  • tanstell87 on October 5, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Another shocking inclusion from Mr. Srikkanth...Mukund another TN player gets in at d expense of a talented guy...Ajinkya Rahane having scored hundreds against the Aussies in tour game last week & today against ROI at Jaipur doesnt get selected...there is alimit of biasnes..Mr. Srikkanth is crossing the limits....Someone help Team India !!!

  • denny.abr on October 5, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    gud to see consistent domestic players like Mukund getting a chance....Though he may end up setting on the benches it still sends the right message that consistent performance counts....its also a wake up call for Murali Vijay...making him realise that he's not the only backup opener...will be interesting to see if Vijay carries over the T20 form to tests as well....his future selection may as well depend on his performance in the next test..

  • Aussasinator on October 5, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Vijay should come in for Gambhir whch is not a bad substitution. But the pace department has assumed a weakened, uncertain look. I wonder if an extra spinner in Ashwin at the cost of a batsman would have been a worthwhile chance to take?

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    It should be Rahane instead. Has just scored a 100 against the Aussies and an attacking 191 against ROI. I am from Tamil Nadu, but still would prefer Rahane. Is some nepotism going on Chika?

  • DeokarAshish on October 5, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Abhinav mukunds selection was expected, as he is from Tamilnadu and Srikant is Cheif Selector. next new player to play for India will be R Ashwin. Anirudh Srikant is just one innings away from a call forIndian Team. But my point is why not Ajinkya Rahane?? If Abhinav Mukund has average of 55, Rahane has average of 66, he has scored a century against visiting Austrailian team for Board President eleven, scored 190 against Rest of India team, what more he can do??I think he has to wait till someone from Mumbai becomes cheif Selector.

  • Born_Smart on October 5, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Selection committee gets funnier by the day, Rahane, Pujara and Badrinath toil hard every domestic season to impress selectors and they have to wait a long time to catch their attention. On the other hand people like Mukund get selected after 2 good seasons. Also, Mithun impresses everyone in the test series in SL and when there is a injury to first choice bowler he doesn't get a chance but Unadkat gets it who is yet to make his Ranji debut. Vinay Kumar bowls impressively in Ranji and gets selected for T20 team and is never considered for test team. Srikanth, why don't you consider A Rahane and other talented players before you select your son when there is another injury.

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    How ironical! Two men who were off the field for considerable time during the Test - Ishant and Laxman became the stars of the fifth day action. And having accomplished that one of them is out the next Test due to injury!

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    even though players are selected i don't think he'd get a chance to play in the next few years.

  • kathuria on October 5, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Why not they didn't given chance to Ajinkya Rahane instead Mukund as he is far stable batsman

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Why is Dhawal Kulkarni being ignored despite good performances?... Unadkat is still to prove himself in domestic cricket

  • on October 5, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Good to see Mukund inside....he along with Pujara and Rahane are promising prospects.....Unadkat too has made great strides without playing a Ranji match....kudos to him too..!!!!

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on October 5, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    KUDOS! to INDIA and its supporters for the marvelous victory against the AUSSIES. Good to see that SELECTORS have done a good job by replacing a opener with opener and pacer with pacer & that too purely on merits! and welcoming YOUNGISTAAN. Take my bow Very Very Special Laxman & Inform Special (IS-Ishant Sharma) for your contribution to this remarkable victory.

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 5, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    I really don't understand how come Gambhir& Sharma get injured so often that they play 1 game and are out again.........

    One wonders what the truth is?

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Well Finally Pujara Will Have A Chance To Play In Test Against Strong Australia. I Think Sreesanth Will Replace Ishant.

  • Percy_Fender on October 5, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    I am happy that Unadkat and Mukund have been included in the team for the next Test. I feel that Srikanth has definitely caste his weight in favour of Mukund who hails from Tamil Nadu. I have seen both Mukund and Rahane against varying attacks and always thought they should be opening or India.But I have always felt that Rahane is better than MUkund. Anyway, I hope Rahane is selected sooner than later because he is a real Bombay batsman I have seen after a long time. Maybe cast in the Vijay Manjrekar mould because he is good on front and back foot. Unadkat is from Saurashtra and I havehad great hopes in him from the time I saw him bowl in the U 19 World Cup.But I wonder if he will play in Bangalore. Sreesanth is probably chaffing on the bit. Much as I do not want it, I think the Bangalore pitch will be like the wicket at the SCG. I am sure it is going to be a great match like the Mohali one was.

  • Razor88 on October 5, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    I Probably Think Vijay will be called... Cause he has had a Pretty Test Career.... or Dravid Openning with Pujara comming In ant No.3 which is also a Possibility.... I think its time they Bring Munaf Patel In :( I mean he bowled pretty well in Srilanka.... Bangalore is a crucial match where the Aussies have got the better of us in Bangalore. Hope everything pans out well.... Since the Aussies are better of leaving Nathan Out... Clearly he was not threatening the Ind Batsman.... North and Clarke(in the past) Are way better to suit a spinner..... The other Mitchel should get a game in lol.... Though i'm Indian still eager to see em bowl....

  • coolvis on October 5, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    it will be intresting to see, if unadkat plays ahead of dancing shreesanth

  • Razor88 on October 5, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I Probably Think Vijay will be called... Cause he has had a Pretty Test Career.... or Dravid Openning with Pujara comming In ant No.3 which is also a Possibility.... I think its time they Bring Munaf Patel In :( I mean he bowled pretty well in Srilanka.... Bangalore is a crucial match where the Aussies have got the better of us in Bangalore. Hope everything pans out well.... Since the Aussies are better of leaving Nathan Out... Clearly he was not threatening the Ind Batsman.... North and Clarke(in the past) Are way better to suit a spinner..... The other Mitchel should get a game in lol.... Though i'm Indian still eager to see em bowl....

  • coolvis on October 5, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    another opener from tamilnadu... instead they should have picked Ajinkya Rahane.. impresive average

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on October 5, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    good choice by the selectors. next up - Ajinkya Rahane please.

  • Andyhere on October 5, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    If you are from Tamil Nadu... You are just an automatic selection.. Forget about consistency from others like Rahene..who have been around for much longer...Unadkat for test cricket without playing Ranjit trophy WoW.. Srikkant is more than just retarded.. PCB's Ijaz Butt is doing better job than him.. Where is Munaf Patel who in his only chance in recent ODI series in SL impressed.. and was warming the bench throughout the test series.. Munaf should have been in !

  • ABP235 on October 5, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    The selection is surprising no doubt, because previously known players have not made the cut. However, since the replacements for Gambhir and Ishant are already in the 15 in the form of Vijay and Sreesanth, these two guys wont get a chance. Also I appreciate replacing a left hander with another left handed batsman. Interestingly, Laxman stays on in the team. I think with two wins that he has achieved with the help of runners on the 5th day of 2 back to back test matches, selectors may have wished to continue to have an injured Laxman in the team. But the chances of him getting a runner again in the next test is IMPOSSIBLE as Ponting wont grant that again for sure. However, even if Laxman is passed not fit, there is a good replacement in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara. So, in all, Indian cricket is having a good time at the moment and they will retain their NO. 1 status for quite sometime. It works well for the next test series against New Zealand also.

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Please bring Irfan back rather than trying very young bowlers, he would be more of an asset

  • balaji.dhumal on October 5, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    one more from chief selectors state..

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  • balaji.dhumal on October 5, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    one more from chief selectors state..

  • on October 5, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Please bring Irfan back rather than trying very young bowlers, he would be more of an asset

  • ABP235 on October 5, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    The selection is surprising no doubt, because previously known players have not made the cut. However, since the replacements for Gambhir and Ishant are already in the 15 in the form of Vijay and Sreesanth, these two guys wont get a chance. Also I appreciate replacing a left hander with another left handed batsman. Interestingly, Laxman stays on in the team. I think with two wins that he has achieved with the help of runners on the 5th day of 2 back to back test matches, selectors may have wished to continue to have an injured Laxman in the team. But the chances of him getting a runner again in the next test is IMPOSSIBLE as Ponting wont grant that again for sure. However, even if Laxman is passed not fit, there is a good replacement in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara. So, in all, Indian cricket is having a good time at the moment and they will retain their NO. 1 status for quite sometime. It works well for the next test series against New Zealand also.

  • Andyhere on October 5, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    If you are from Tamil Nadu... You are just an automatic selection.. Forget about consistency from others like Rahene..who have been around for much longer...Unadkat for test cricket without playing Ranjit trophy WoW.. Srikkant is more than just retarded.. PCB's Ijaz Butt is doing better job than him.. Where is Munaf Patel who in his only chance in recent ODI series in SL impressed.. and was warming the bench throughout the test series.. Munaf should have been in !

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on October 5, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    good choice by the selectors. next up - Ajinkya Rahane please.

  • coolvis on October 5, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    another opener from tamilnadu... instead they should have picked Ajinkya Rahane.. impresive average

  • Razor88 on October 5, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I Probably Think Vijay will be called... Cause he has had a Pretty Test Career.... or Dravid Openning with Pujara comming In ant No.3 which is also a Possibility.... I think its time they Bring Munaf Patel In :( I mean he bowled pretty well in Srilanka.... Bangalore is a crucial match where the Aussies have got the better of us in Bangalore. Hope everything pans out well.... Since the Aussies are better of leaving Nathan Out... Clearly he was not threatening the Ind Batsman.... North and Clarke(in the past) Are way better to suit a spinner..... The other Mitchel should get a game in lol.... Though i'm Indian still eager to see em bowl....

  • coolvis on October 5, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    it will be intresting to see, if unadkat plays ahead of dancing shreesanth

  • Razor88 on October 5, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    I Probably Think Vijay will be called... Cause he has had a Pretty Test Career.... or Dravid Openning with Pujara comming In ant No.3 which is also a Possibility.... I think its time they Bring Munaf Patel In :( I mean he bowled pretty well in Srilanka.... Bangalore is a crucial match where the Aussies have got the better of us in Bangalore. Hope everything pans out well.... Since the Aussies are better of leaving Nathan Out... Clearly he was not threatening the Ind Batsman.... North and Clarke(in the past) Are way better to suit a spinner..... The other Mitchel should get a game in lol.... Though i'm Indian still eager to see em bowl....

  • Percy_Fender on October 5, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    I am happy that Unadkat and Mukund have been included in the team for the next Test. I feel that Srikanth has definitely caste his weight in favour of Mukund who hails from Tamil Nadu. I have seen both Mukund and Rahane against varying attacks and always thought they should be opening or India.But I have always felt that Rahane is better than MUkund. Anyway, I hope Rahane is selected sooner than later because he is a real Bombay batsman I have seen after a long time. Maybe cast in the Vijay Manjrekar mould because he is good on front and back foot. Unadkat is from Saurashtra and I havehad great hopes in him from the time I saw him bowl in the U 19 World Cup.But I wonder if he will play in Bangalore. Sreesanth is probably chaffing on the bit. Much as I do not want it, I think the Bangalore pitch will be like the wicket at the SCG. I am sure it is going to be a great match like the Mohali one was.