Australia in India 2010 October 12, 2010

Dhawan picked, Tendulkar rested for Australia ODIs


Shikhar Dhawan, the Delhi opener, is the only new face in a weakened 14-man squad for the three-ODI series against Australia which starts on Sunday. As many as seven first-choice players, including Sachin Tendulkar, have been omitted from the squad; while Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha have been rested, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma have been left out with minor injuries.

Dhawan, 24, scored a century in the Challenger Trophy earlier this week and was a regular member of the Mumbai Indians' march to the IPL final this year. He was also Delhi's highest scorer in the domestic one-day tournament last season, making 355 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The absence of India's three established one-day openers - Tendulkar, Gambhir and Sehwag - has provided the opportunity for Dhawan, who is likely to be accompanied by Tamil Nadu's M Vijay at the top of the order.

"It was always at back of my mind that if I keep performing well I will get a chance," Dhawan told ESPNcricinfo. "The IPL was a great learning experience. It's like an international tournament, playing with paaji [Tendulkar, with whom he opened the innings for Mumbai Indians] playing such a level gives you lots of confidence. if I get a chance to play for India I'll be more confident since I've played at that kind of level."

Dhawan already has played with many players who are important members of the Indian team. Besides Tendulkar, he was a team-mate of Harbhajan and Zaheer for Mumbai in the IPL, and the national team has plenty of Delhi players - Sehwag, Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Ashish Nehra. "That is going to help a lot since I won't feel out of the team," Dhawan said. "Though I am a youngster and just getting in, there is already a comfort level with several of the team-mates."

Another player for whom this will be a big series is Tamil Nadu offspinner R Ashwin, who forms the spin department along with Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin was instrumental in Chennai Super Kings' title wins in the IPL and the Champions League Twenty20 this year and could get several matches since the spinners ahead of him in the pecking order, Harbhajan and Ojha, are missing.

Saurabh Tiwary, the Jharkhand batsman who has been part of the squad for the past two one-day tournaments without getting a match, has been included, as has Karnataka medium-pacer Vinay Kumar, who played one ODI during the Zimbabwe tour earlier this year.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • kumar on October 17, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    @bdeo. Pujara's average in 2 innings is 72/2 = 36! He got a duck in the 1st innings. given a second chance, he proved his worth... vijay has been scoring in almost every opportunity he has gotten. his 80s and 50s cant be forgotten. scoring heavily in champions league and IPL as well. pujara is nuts in limited overs!

  • Vikram on October 17, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja has to be the luckiest person in the whole of India to be playing for the country.Only god knows how many matches India are gonna loose because of him :x

  • kan on October 16, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    MS we know u r the captain apparently u know more abt cricket then any one us (Critics) do, but mate u need to accept, understand and realise that country hate RAVINDRA JADEJA AS A APART OF INDIAN TEAM HE IS A WASTE. With world cup just 13 ODI's away why don't u agree with urself and give this chance to a real big hitter like Yousuf in the team, instead of preparing jadeja muscles for the world cup and wasting cricket.....

  • Vivek on October 16, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    My batting lineup for world cup would be :

    1. Sachin Tendulkar 2. Virender Sehwag 3. Yusuf Pathan 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. Suresh Raina 6. Robin Uthappa 7. MS Dhoni 8. Irfan Pathan 9. Harbhajan Singh 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Praveen Kumar

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    I have no problems with letting Sehvag and Gambhir rest until they are 100% fit and playing Aswin and Munaf on merit in place of Harbhajan,Ojha and Ishant. But why in the world are you resting Sachin in a very important series where you have everything to play for when he is at top form and completely fit and he has not requested for any rest and when the other two experienced openers are not playing. Remember the disgrace in Zimbabwe where you sent a second string side and called it the Indian national side and we lost to Zimbabwe and Srilanka and slid down in rankings(I am not speaking about national pride to those who aren't bothered). If you want to blood youngsters play them with the seniors rather than playing a completely new team(they will get the same experience playing in the A team). This team might win the series 3-0, but that won't make any difference to my point.

  • brahmdeo on October 16, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    I just appeal to all the cricket lovers ,India will be remain number one in every format of Cricket only When all kind of Politics and bhai bhatijawad has to removed from cricket. In Present scenario We are seeing Selectors didn't put any effort to select a talented and potential player, All the time they continued with Murali Vijay,R. Ashwin,Vinay Kumar,Mithun,Munaf,Rohit Sharma,Ravindra Jadeja ETC.. These are the example of the players who had ample amount of chance but didn't come upto the expectation of international standard so whyn't we give the chance to those player who really deserve the place in Indian team this is only bcoz of politics. Selector are enjoying the hot seat nothing Else .I said 1 thing Mr. Sourav Ganguly raised the name like C. Pujara,Manish Pandey,A.Nayar and so many talent in our country but they didn't get the soon as Pujara get the Chance He proved it But Murali Vijay after 1 & 1/2 year just played one innings.So be honest. Happy Durgapuja 2 all.

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Rohit sharma and Jadeja don't inspire confidence. Even if they have one good match, I don't see them performing consistently over the next decade.

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Its time we gave Dhoni some rest too. The guy has been playing non-stop and he keeps the wickets as well. He definitely needs to take a month off.

  • D on October 15, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    i can't believe they r not giving chance to Pathan brother's. way better than munaf. india needs to have lethal/killer batsmen like Y. Pathan down the order. does Shrikant ever gets any feedback from all of our comments.

  • Aditya on October 15, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Guys we need to see what our team needs.. our team needs a allrounder and a bowler and a spinner to support bhajji.. what allrounders do we have in the country irfan,jadeja,yusuf thats it... spinner i think ashwin suits in ODI and we have fast bowlers like zaheer, praveen, nehra.... else we can have vinay kumar... so I think this side only needed an irfan or a yusuf.. instead of jadeja or munaf....

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