India v Australia, 1st ODI, Kochi October 16, 2010

Dhoni tips Tiwary to make debut in series

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Saurabh Tiwary, the middle-order batsman who played for Mumbai Indians, will make his ODI debut during the three-match series against Australia that starts in Kochi on Sunday, India captain MS Dhoni has said. Tiwary has been part of India's one-day squad since June and Dhoni said the time has come to give him the opportunity to prove himself.

"He has got exposure against the best bowlers in the IPL and CL T20. I think it is an ideal opportunity for us to give him a place in the final XI and let him play the kind of cricket he plays."

Dhoni said Tiwary was ideally suited to bat at six or seven, where he could go after the bowlers. "He backs himself and he is hard working and spends his time at net sessions. He is good character to have. With proper guidance and with little more exposure to international cricket, he can be really successful."

Tiwary, 20, served notice in the 2009 Ranji Trophy, where he scored three centuries in five games at an average of 98.83 for Jharkhand in the Plate League. During the third season of the IPL he emerged as the poster-boy of Mumbai's young and dynamic middle-order, hitting 419 runs with three fifties as his team made the finals of the tournament.

When Tiwary does make his debut, he will be only the second cricketer from the central Indian state of Jharkhand to play for India, after Dhoni. "It is slightly tougher for a player to come from a small state and represent your country," Dhoni said. "It is not a restriction anymore because most of cricket played in India is covered by media in a beautiful manner and selectors will notice."

Dhoni confirmed that M Vijay will open the innings in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, but was non-committal on whether Yuvraj Singh would play, saying "you will have to wait and watch". It is unlikely that Yuvraj will be left out though, as India is already missing three of their senior-most batsmen.

Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has received plenty of support from Dhoni in the past, however, needs to perform better if he is to cement his place in the team for the World Cup. Dhoni said a few places are still up for grabs, including one for a fast bowler and another for either an allrounder or a big-hitting lower-order batsman.

"When he [Jadeja] came to the side, he was more of a batsman than a bowler. But in the last few seasons he has really done well with the ball. He has not so far contributed well with the bat. For a player like him, he has to contribute with both.

"More often than not, we tend to play with four bowlers and one part-timer who can contribute. We still want to keep it the same - with that someone coming down the order at No. 7."

Australia has won every one-day series in India since 1998, but both sides are without some of their first-choice players and Australia captain Michael Clarke expects an even contest. "I think the opposition we are playing is very tough, especially in Indian conditions, but I am confident that if we play to our best, we will win the series. As I said earlier this series is going to be fought evenly."

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  • on October 22, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    plz get rid of jadeja selection comitte..whole india can c he can only loose match for us....y cant selectors

  • wintime2 on October 18, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    However although Tiwary has got talent, he has not shown that he can handle pressure and thinks he can hit his way out of tight spots, instead of rotating the strike and pushing for the second and third!

    Ashwin is more suited for the one day format than other off spinners, because he is confident and bounces back quickly after a bad day! He also has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, and can be used in the power-plays too, this is very handy as it can restrict the flow of runs and unbalance the balance!

    Shikkar Dhawan also has proven his worth in the domestic level, but he has not yet lived up to his potential in the international format; namely the ipl and the champions trophy.

    For me the players who deserve a chance are: Ashwin>Pujara>Tiwary>Dhawan

  • Retire on October 18, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Its good to hear that Tiwary is going to make his debut in ODI. Certainly he is one of the future talent for Team India. He showed his talent in IPL and CL. He is getting better and better nowadays. He has improved a lot in his defensive strokes and he is always good in playing big shots. I perceive that he will cement a permanent place in all 3 formats of the game. As long as we keep Jadeja in playing eleven, we are not going to win a major tournament. Eventhough he is bowling reasonably, his batting is not upto international standard. He cannot survive a quality attack. If Dhoni is going to include him in playing eleven, he should not make him to bat at no 7. He should either bat at no 10 or no 11. If he gets a chance to bat in indian chase, india wil definitely loose provided he does face more than 10 balls. Statistics has proven this. Now, winning the WC is in selecters hand.

  • Rohit_Roy on October 17, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    YES Tiwary should deserve a chance. He really is very dedicated to cricket. And he gives a lot respect to senior cricketers. He calls Sachin as "Sachin Sir" and says he always want to improve himself by seeing him play and listening to his advise . Tiwary is not like other youngsters like Sharma n Kohli who absolutely listen to nobody and think they know everything about cricket, even Yuvraaj has the same complaint about them....Tiwary is technically more sound and he can be EXPLOSIVE at times clearing the rope comfortably as well.....So its great that Dhoni has finally decided to give him a chance.

  • on October 17, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    surely youngsters like tiwary should be given a chance in order to inculcate a confidence in younger players and making them realise that if they perform consistently their future in team india is assured

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on October 17, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I think word allrounder is being mistaken by SELECTORS! otherwise they would have not been persistent with JADEJA! after many chances!! does he fit at no. 7 ???????????????????? especially with his ability to hold the strike and LOSING easy WINNING matches with all his hard work. Wakeup INDIA! (hold the banner - GET WELL SOON MAAAAAMU for Selectors & Jadeja). Please don't fool us with your ZONAL & ROTATION POLICY by ignoring the real talents (ROBIN, IRFAN, YUSUF - best fit available for No. 7 slot). My LINE UP for WORLD CUP with order: 1. SACHIN, 2. SEHWAG, 3. GHAMBIR, 4. RAINA, 5. YUVI, 6. MSD, 7. YUSUF, 8. BHAJI, 9. ZAHEER, 10. PRAVEEN, 11. NEHRA (4 specialist bowlers + 4 part timers). RESERVES: 12. ASHWIN - to give tough time to BHAJI, 13. KOHLI to give tough time to batters, 14. MVIJAY or ROBIN - reserve opener/wk, 15. IRFAN to compete with his own brother for no. 7 slot. V don't want the EXIT like 1996 semis! rather make HISTORY by winning as HOST..........!!! BEST OF LUCK!

  • vibhash on October 17, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    irfan pathan should come back !

  • ParagRai on October 17, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Whenever India has played with 7-4 combination , Opposition has always threaten to score 300+ . Situation will be more panick if your main fast bowler is taken to cleaner. Irfan cant play as a first 3 fast bowlers as he can not complete his quota of ten overs in SUBCONTINENT pitches. In case of 6-1-4 , again he can be picked in subcontinent, we dont need his 5 overs. Its should be 3 seam+ 2 spinners and 1 part timer ( Yuvi) in this case. All these situation suggest that Jadeja is best fit at the moment that is why he is in team since last 1.5 yrs in ODI. He has to RAISE HIS BATTING skill to cement his place. IRFAN can be a choice in South Africa ODI series but not in world cup 2011.

  • Little_Master1984 on October 17, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    pleaseeeeeee get rid of jadeja...he is not a matchwinner and can never b one..scores run only wen its 100% sure that we r going to loose that match...

  • Ankit... on October 17, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Really IRFAN PATHAN is the best allrounder available in the country right now. He can atleast bowl 5-7 overs and is explosive with the bat at 7th position. Also he can play long(as he has shown in the past) in case of a batting collapse. BRING BACK IRFAN !!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    plz get rid of jadeja selection comitte..whole india can c he can only loose match for us....y cant selectors

  • wintime2 on October 18, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    However although Tiwary has got talent, he has not shown that he can handle pressure and thinks he can hit his way out of tight spots, instead of rotating the strike and pushing for the second and third!

    Ashwin is more suited for the one day format than other off spinners, because he is confident and bounces back quickly after a bad day! He also has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, and can be used in the power-plays too, this is very handy as it can restrict the flow of runs and unbalance the balance!

    Shikkar Dhawan also has proven his worth in the domestic level, but he has not yet lived up to his potential in the international format; namely the ipl and the champions trophy.

    For me the players who deserve a chance are: Ashwin>Pujara>Tiwary>Dhawan

  • Retire on October 18, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Its good to hear that Tiwary is going to make his debut in ODI. Certainly he is one of the future talent for Team India. He showed his talent in IPL and CL. He is getting better and better nowadays. He has improved a lot in his defensive strokes and he is always good in playing big shots. I perceive that he will cement a permanent place in all 3 formats of the game. As long as we keep Jadeja in playing eleven, we are not going to win a major tournament. Eventhough he is bowling reasonably, his batting is not upto international standard. He cannot survive a quality attack. If Dhoni is going to include him in playing eleven, he should not make him to bat at no 7. He should either bat at no 10 or no 11. If he gets a chance to bat in indian chase, india wil definitely loose provided he does face more than 10 balls. Statistics has proven this. Now, winning the WC is in selecters hand.

  • Rohit_Roy on October 17, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    YES Tiwary should deserve a chance. He really is very dedicated to cricket. And he gives a lot respect to senior cricketers. He calls Sachin as "Sachin Sir" and says he always want to improve himself by seeing him play and listening to his advise . Tiwary is not like other youngsters like Sharma n Kohli who absolutely listen to nobody and think they know everything about cricket, even Yuvraaj has the same complaint about them....Tiwary is technically more sound and he can be EXPLOSIVE at times clearing the rope comfortably as well.....So its great that Dhoni has finally decided to give him a chance.

  • on October 17, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    surely youngsters like tiwary should be given a chance in order to inculcate a confidence in younger players and making them realise that if they perform consistently their future in team india is assured

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on October 17, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I think word allrounder is being mistaken by SELECTORS! otherwise they would have not been persistent with JADEJA! after many chances!! does he fit at no. 7 ???????????????????? especially with his ability to hold the strike and LOSING easy WINNING matches with all his hard work. Wakeup INDIA! (hold the banner - GET WELL SOON MAAAAAMU for Selectors & Jadeja). Please don't fool us with your ZONAL & ROTATION POLICY by ignoring the real talents (ROBIN, IRFAN, YUSUF - best fit available for No. 7 slot). My LINE UP for WORLD CUP with order: 1. SACHIN, 2. SEHWAG, 3. GHAMBIR, 4. RAINA, 5. YUVI, 6. MSD, 7. YUSUF, 8. BHAJI, 9. ZAHEER, 10. PRAVEEN, 11. NEHRA (4 specialist bowlers + 4 part timers). RESERVES: 12. ASHWIN - to give tough time to BHAJI, 13. KOHLI to give tough time to batters, 14. MVIJAY or ROBIN - reserve opener/wk, 15. IRFAN to compete with his own brother for no. 7 slot. V don't want the EXIT like 1996 semis! rather make HISTORY by winning as HOST..........!!! BEST OF LUCK!

  • vibhash on October 17, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    irfan pathan should come back !

  • ParagRai on October 17, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Whenever India has played with 7-4 combination , Opposition has always threaten to score 300+ . Situation will be more panick if your main fast bowler is taken to cleaner. Irfan cant play as a first 3 fast bowlers as he can not complete his quota of ten overs in SUBCONTINENT pitches. In case of 6-1-4 , again he can be picked in subcontinent, we dont need his 5 overs. Its should be 3 seam+ 2 spinners and 1 part timer ( Yuvi) in this case. All these situation suggest that Jadeja is best fit at the moment that is why he is in team since last 1.5 yrs in ODI. He has to RAISE HIS BATTING skill to cement his place. IRFAN can be a choice in South Africa ODI series but not in world cup 2011.

  • Little_Master1984 on October 17, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    pleaseeeeeee get rid of jadeja...he is not a matchwinner and can never b one..scores run only wen its 100% sure that we r going to loose that match...

  • Ankit... on October 17, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Really IRFAN PATHAN is the best allrounder available in the country right now. He can atleast bowl 5-7 overs and is explosive with the bat at 7th position. Also he can play long(as he has shown in the past) in case of a batting collapse. BRING BACK IRFAN !!!

  • on October 17, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    People blame Srikanth for selecting TN players, yesterday Pujara selected and done well, now Tiwari defenetly he will do well, please stop blame Kris

  • Vivian_Richard on October 17, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I have to say all your comments and observations are interesting, but the sad thing is that WE dont get to select the team that's playing. Should Yuvi play? Definitely! Should he get back his form in international cricket, i dont see any complaints. Ravindra Jadeja should walk into the team only as a spinning option and not as an all-rounder. But Jadeja vs Ashwin, i'd say go for Ashwin. Saurabh Tiwary is definitely gonna grab a lot of eye balls, for his sake, I hope he does well. I believe Rohit looks like a better batsman than he actually is because of his wristy strokeplay. Does he deserve one more chance? Yes. At the cost of a Robin Uthappa? No. Has Irfan done enough to earn a call up? No. He's a very pale shodow of himself. I'd like to see Ganapathy Vignesh in the news, he seemed a promising prospect for an all-rounder in the ICL. The best TEAM for 2day according 2 me(provided the rain stops), would be >Vijay>Dhawan>Kohli>Yuvraj>Raina>Tiwary>Dhoni>Ashwin/Jadeja>Praveen>Munaf>Nehra

  • No_Chance_pal on October 17, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Well said SnowSnake I am still not able to understand how he occupies 1st rank and indian captaincy.

    In the first test against AUS dhoni dropped/Missed 4 chances,since india won that match evry one forgot that.

  • dilu720 on October 17, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    The best team india sholud get is Sachin Shewag Gambir Raina Youraj Dhoni Irfan Pathan/Y Pathan/S thivari/Jadeja Harbajan Zaheer Praveen Nehra

  • on October 17, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    See all these comments!!i believe Indian cricket realise the need of Irfan pathan as an all rounder!!End of the day he will make a better effort /value than any of the so as called super bowlers of current indian team..Get him there please..One more time and will find a strong result!!!!!

  • on October 17, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    every body the whole nation wants jadeja to be thrown out of the team but dhoni wants him in the team, Please Dhoni we need a good hitter of the cricket ball at 7,in crunch matches no 7 plays the most important role, and we have some one who cant even get the ball off the inner circle only god can save us in the world cup,we can get 10 overs from raina , yuvraj & sehwag, so we can bring an extra batsman or irfan pathan at no 7, and my suggestion is that play ashwin ahead of bhajji in ODIs,bhajji is not taking wickets, while ashwin has the variety in his bowling to take wickets

  • on October 17, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Tiwary is good batsman only. but now india cricket team need one all rounder and good seamer. indian batting line always strong. such as players sehwag,gambir,raina,yuraj,dhoni,sachin,rohit,kohli & vijay. But bowling side nehra,zaheer,praveen,ishant. so team need one all rounder with medium or fast bowler. no need spin all rounder. we have spin all rounders are sachin,yuvi,sehwag,raina. Indian selection board concentrate on all rounder area.

  • rsurya on October 17, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Virat kohli at No 7 replacing jadeja would be a gud move, see kohli's hitting at the final overs of 20 - 20 for bangalore, thats how a no 7 should approach, not like jadeja just standing still the last ball and scoring at 40 SR. kohli can bowl a bit with support from raina. so never please think again of jadeja, save India. R.Sharma is a natural aggressive cricketer, he can play like sehwag on opening, but was under the risk of a permanent place so he tries to collect runs slowly which often fails. If Irfan is back at No 7, Dhoni's statement BATTING IS OUR STRENGTH will become true. Irfan definite match winner. Uthappa can too be considered I hope he can be a pollard at the end. praveen, zaheer and nehra are the only bowlers we can hope. ishanth and sreeshanth are like antivirus with no updates, so no use.

  • Pathiyal on October 17, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    MSD is just interested in giving free lunch to Jadeja. Otherwise, he is a good captain. The solution: from now on, team selection shall be made by MR. SAURAV GANGULY ONLY :-)

  • on October 17, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    I think its time to give chance for R.Ashwin... He s a smart bowler and bowls well in all kinds of conditions... Pujara should be taken n the team... he plays pull shots so well n dat was very obvious in the last test match... please don't take R.Jadeja.... he s one waste in the team... better give chance to young upcoming players like Saurabh Tiwary who wants to prove themselves....

  • on October 17, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    Tiwari is always a better choice n he has already proved his mettle in IPLs, but Dhoni's love for Jadeja is beyond understanding, as tat guy's contribution on most of the occasion have been only to push India towards defeat, cant ever forget tat guy's incapability to clear boundary even once!!

  • Zookinii on October 17, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    If india play Yuvraj, Rohit Sharma, and/or Jadeja they will lose against Australia. Simple as that. Maybe india wants to let australia win the ODIs so that Australia will visit India again in future.

    Seriously, play tiwary and pujara now at least instead of rohit and jadeja! Why are YOU (selectors) giving us fans such an intense headache? If you're not going to pick the best players you've got then you will lose your matches.

    jadeja sucks. rohit sharma sucks, and unfortunately yuvraj sucks now too. if they suck in todays match as well i will be super annoyed.

  • sudhs_107 on October 17, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    Yes, Tiwary deserves a chance. More than Shikar Dhawan or Virat Kohli or Rohit. And someone was talking about playing Kohli or Pujara and no.7. LOL.. I think it will spoil their career.

    Its very bad that people are commenting badly about Jadeja. He is doing well n domestic. Only thing, is he lacks confidence to play in international. Anyways, he is just 21. I think India should allow him to play more first class before getting him to the team.

    And Ashwin is good choice to test. He is been learning rapidly. I was really, impressed to see him bowling Carrom ball and using it so effectively, while the inventor of Carrom Ball has become no more effective.

  • srisri on October 17, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    when the guys like u and me can figure that, why not captain DHONI can realize that anyone in this line up is better then his pet Jadeja?I think its traditional problem with our captains. Ganguly had this affection for Agarkar for years... now Dhoni to Jadeja.

  • arun1905 on October 17, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    plz................, remove jadeja from the INDIAN team.his place is replaced with irfan pathan .giving chance to tiwary is a better one.but replace jadeja with some one.dont give another chance if he fails.rohit is a nice player but he lacks in confidence.better to give chance for irfan in the next upcoming series.

  • on October 17, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    tiwary is the right choice for the indian team , Hope he will do his job better,he must be given chance to prove him

  • on October 17, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    hi..... Dont remove Jadeja.... he is bowling well except the WC T20. He is a wkt taking bowler for india. So change his batting order, promote him to the 4th or 5th, coz he needs to spend some time with bat.

  • on October 17, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    i support all comments about jadeja...he is not worth to play as an all rounder!!!!

  • Runster1 on October 17, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    This series shoud not be judgement of how good the indian odi squad is; this is literally India's odi B team. If australia lose even 1 match; it will be a big victory for india's youngsters.

  • on October 17, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Oh my God!!! Please, leave that Jadeja.. we had enough of him and Rohit Sharma... There are bunch of young guys looking for a single chance. Stop these "cementing places" cricket...

  • on October 17, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    they need give chance irfan or tiwary jadeja is not doing good job for team india

  • on October 17, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Where is irfan????? isn't he better bowler or batsmen compared to jadeja? Why isn't he even considered for onedayers? If the reason is he is not doing good enough @ domestic level. Take the example of shewag when he was out of form in 2008 he wasn't performing @ domestic level as well. But selector dicided to give him a chance in australia and how well is he doing for India now. I personally think india needs Irfan pathan if to win WC.

  • kashif_435 on October 16, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    Ajay jadeja was a good talent but loose character(was banned for 5 yrs)... Ravindra jadeja bad talent loose character(remember he was banned in ipl )

  • thenkabail on October 16, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    WORLD CUP TEAM (if SELECTORS have VISION): India's world cup team: 1. Virendra Shewag, 2. Sachin Tendulkar, 3. Gautham Gambhir, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Rahul Dravid, 6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 7. Suresh Raina, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Zaheer Khan, 10. Ishat Sharma, 11. Praveen Kumar, 12. Cheteswar Pujara, 13. Rohit Sharma, 14. Ojaha, 15. Jaidev Unadkat, and 16. Ashish Nehra. Reserves: Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Saurav Tiwari, and Ifran Pathan. But selectors need vision. Rahul Dravid is a must to hold the lower end. Cheteswar Pujara can fill in if Rahul is not in form. A true alrounder is badly missing. Rohit Sharma must wake up and justify his immense talent. Jaidev Unadkat is a surprise packet. For all this to happen selectors need vision. But this selection committee is just interested in their own interests.

  • on October 16, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    I don't know where to begin with Jadeja; let's just clarify that he is a bit-and-pieces cricketer. Currently he is the the number 7 batsman and 5th bowling option. As a batsman, he doesn't have the experience, temperament, or the hitting power to finish an innings regardless if India are chasing or batting first. As a bowler, he doesn't have the guile, sharp turn, or bounce to fox batsman; he relies purely on restricting run scoring as a means to take wickets. The only positive I see in him is that he seems like a nice lad. This may be scathing, but it is the truth.

  • on October 16, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Where is Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan. They be better than Kohli and Jadeja.

  • gmoturu1 on October 16, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    please please please.......remove jadeja......raina can bowl better than him. everybody has talent but the one who wants to improve the game all the time is a good player. jadeja is not that guy.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 16, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    What India really needs is someone like Pujara or Kohli at 7. Someone who has a more orthodox game and can play longer innings but also score at a good pace in case there is a collapse. And, I believe that India should use the WC 2003 strategy of 7 batsmen. Dhoni is the right man at 5. Sehwag and Tendulkar open and Gambhir/Kohli should play at 3. No. 6 should be Raina's. No.4 is very crucial and I believe if Yuvraj finds form he is the right man. Otherwise have Pujara at 4. At 7, we need someone like Irfan or any player who can bowl a bit. This would be a good team: Sehwag, Tendulkar, Pujara, Dhoni, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj (all-rounder), Zaheer, Bhajji, Nehra, Ishant/Sreesanth. In this team, we should have: Vijay, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Tiwary, Ashwin, Praveen, Nehra, Munaf. Of course this means there is no Jadeja but we know that Jadeja AND Tiwary will play. So, they should rotate Raina, Kohli, Sharma and Tiwary among the 2 positions

  • SnowSnake on October 16, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    I think Dhoni should be allowed to keep Jadeja only if he plays in place of Dhoni. Both Dhoni and Jadeja are poor players (despite Dhoni's number 1 ranking).

  • on October 16, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    selector should have picked irfan pathan instead of jadeja coz pathan has done so well in past and ipl3 as well.he deserve one more chance

  • Deenesh on October 16, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    India's ODI team is far from being the best. Even if they win this series, a much higher level of consistency will be required of them if they want to do better than semi's in the world cup.

  • on October 16, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    When Jadeja plays to his potential, even the whole Indian team cant do anything. If by any chance he gets to play more than 50 balls, India are bound to lose the game, no matter what !!!!!!

  • on October 16, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    looking forward to see Tiwary against the Australian team

  • kalyanbk on October 16, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    India needs a bowling all rounder and not a bits and pieces cricketer at No. 7. Jadeja is worse than Agarkar. People who can neither bat nor bowl are called all rounders in this country. Irfan Pathan can fit the bill but only if he can bowl like he did in Pakistan.

  • on October 16, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Tiwary is a good choice. He can play pull shots which is a very rare shot for Indians. As far as fast bowler, Irfan should be brought back and given a chance as he is the best fast bowling all rounder in India at this moment. BRING BACK IRFAN !!!

  • on October 16, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    give tiwari chance to show his talent...but regarding jadeja, please put rohit or yuvi instead of him in the eleven.

  • on October 16, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    No More R.JADEJA PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Whenever he plays for India, it is so frustrating....He is useless player for batting, bowling as well as fielding. I dont see any strength or technique in JADEJA. Rather, give chances to other youngsters...

  • on October 16, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    The stage is set........****yuvi had to perform well***, otherwise he had to be sacked,even though he s a talented player nd had won many matches for india,we had to look at the current form and fitness of a player,we cant carry a player every where, saying he had perfomed years before,if he perfoms he will be a certainty for the wcup.....where is uthappa????,pathan brothers????,rp singh???manoj tiwary???utthappa can be selected as a second wicket keeper n the team, in place of karthik,.its really injustice shown to uthappa by the selectors,is there any rivalry,we a amazed that he performs most of th time nd he is not been selected in the national team......

  • sweetspot on October 16, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    I like this boy Saurabh. He can play the big shots and keep his head cool. Much like Dhoni, although Dhoni is shouldering other responsibilities now. Yuvi could still be key, no matter what reservations Dhoni may have at the moment. If Yuvi fires, as he usually does against pace, it's game over for Australia. But this team is packed with firepower, and despite inexperience, does not need to hide anyone. Just 9 hours more to go! Can't wait. Pray for good weather in Kochi.

  • on October 16, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    enough chances for ravindra jadeja and rohit sharma..its time to move on and give irfan pathan a chance to prove himself..saurabh tiwari will certainly be terrefic to watch.he is a genuine stroke player and should make place in the team for sure..Vijay, S Dhawan, Raina, Yuvraj, kholi, Dhoni, Tiwari , Ashwin, praveen, Nehra, Munaf will be the perfect team....

  • royalg on October 16, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    CANT BELIVE SUM PEOPLE STILL THINK YUVRAJ IS THE NXT BIG THING, HE WAS NOT ANYMORE,THE TEAM DOESNT REVOLVE AROUND YUVRAJ GET TAT INTO SUM OF THERE HEADS, S.tiwary has been 100% times better than yuvraj in the last yr or so and been very consistent, he can do everything tat yuvi can expect bowl, bats left handed, hits big sixes, gud fielder and most of all HE'S YOUNG, deserves a chance, dnt see the point with R.sharma in the team, jus a waterboy in my opinion, better players than him in form e.g. rahane, pujara or even ambati rayudu. young chawla has been the best leggie in india right now, BREAKING NEWS EVERYONE THERE IS A JUNIOR SHEWAG ON THE RISE NAME IS M.AGARWAL REPRESTING KARNATAKA, PLAYED FOR INDIA IN THE UNDER19 WORLD CUP AND SCORED 168* OFF 130 BALLS AND SCORING PLENTY FOR KARNATAKA IN THE 20/20 FORMAT THIS SEASON, GUD OEPNER TO WATCH, BIG STROGN LAD

  • NagaKuthalingam on October 16, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Where is Dardar Express " IRFAN PATHAN" also try to consider chennai express "Badrinath".

  • on October 16, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    why are the selectors giving more importance to Ravinder Jadeja & Rohit Sharma????? Don't get it all.......r they planning them for WC'11 .......r the Selectors sleeping or just playing with our feelings. Why aren't they bringing Robin Uttapha & Irfan Pathan back to the side . They 've talent but need to be backed by the Selectors & Team Management. S.Tiwary is a powerful hitter & has performed well at the international level too in IPL & ACL-20. It will be interesting to see how Dhoni uses him. First the Question occur... will he finally get a chance ???? This ODI series Vs The Kangaroos is very imp....... Dhoni should pick a gd playing 11 First, Second; he himself have to perform well with bat & wK.....& Third; he should'nt take this series lightly.... we 'ven't won a ODI series against them since '98 at home..... even in 2007 & in 2009-10 under his leadership, we lost with a huge margin i,e 2-4 (7 match series both times).

  • on October 16, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Dhoni kept out Tiwary on two series just because he does not like Tiwary over shadow him in taking the ball out of the park... And further Dhoni never appreciates or comments on Sachin even in the post match presentation !!! You need to change !!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 16, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    God save India"if ravindra jadeja plays aussie stand great chance to attack 5th bowler" plus ravindra jadeja does not bats properly in any damn situation so additional pressure on other batsmen.

  • sanzo5 on October 16, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    virat kohli has an average of pver 45 in ODI's.... why drop him???? drop rohit sharma and ravindra jadeja.... let vijay and kohili open the innings... raina at number three... yuvi at four dhoni at 5 and tiwary at 6.... i would have prefered Yousuf pathan at 7 and then the bowlers... they can in this thing...

  • swikar22 on October 16, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    what is the use of having ODIs? Why not just have 20-20 and Test cricket.To make 20-20 more strategic and fair game for bowlers, the number of batsmen could be reduced to 6 or 7 instead of 10.This would make it a more even contest between batsmen and bowlers.

  • on October 16, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    after Dhoni "settled down" as a captain......we desperately need a big hitter like him at 6 or 7.......hope he is better than Yusuf........even if only in Indian Conditions...

  • on October 16, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    fantastic guy this saurabh tiwary

  • on October 16, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    It is a bit of obsession to persist with jadeja at 7. We need to provide chances to genuine all rounders like Irfan.

  • sajanjohn007 on October 16, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    HOW CAN DHONI SAYS YUVRAJ IS NOT CERTAIN.DHONI IS AN ARROGANT PLAYER.WAHT EVER PEOPLE SAY YUVRAJ IS THE BEST TALENT AFTER SACHIN ..SELECTORS SHOULD KEEP THEIR FAITH IN YUVRAJ.DHONI SHOULD REMEBER YUVRAJ WAS HIS TRUMP CARD AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAPTAINCY.RIDICULOUS LUCKY DHONI.

  • sajanjohn007 on October 16, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    PUJARA&RAHANE SHOULD BE SELECTED INSTEAD OF KOHLI&ROHIT SHARMA.THEY GOT ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES BUT UTTER WASTE.WORLD CUP IS NEAR.SELECTORS REALLY WASTED THE OPPORTUNITY.WHAT IS THE USE OF RESTING SELECTORS.SAME THESE GARBAGE ARE PLAYING

  • iamgroot on October 16, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Vijay, S Dhawan, Raina, Yuvraj, kholi, Dhoni, Tiwari , Ashwin, praveen, Nehra, Munaf... This will be a deadly team.. Vijay and Dhawan will be an ideal for opening the batting with right and left combination.. followed by other batsman.. while S tiwary will take the 7th position.. ashwin at 8 will provide good depth.. even praveen can bat so that helps..kohli is batsman who can bowl few overs of medium pace.. so I guess this will be a winning combination for Dhoni .. .. he has to get rid of R jadeja and especially rohi sharma should be kicked out.. these two are pulling the team down..with their bad performances.. thats the reason we see few losses in recent times....bcoz team balance is not right.. unless he gets rids of these two .. ODI team will not be able to be win consistently... Wishing Indian team good luck .. and nice to see change in color for team india.. All the best..

  • on October 16, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Please pick Irfan, he is th best choice for an all rounder

  • on October 16, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Saurabh Tiwary..!! He has been in very good form this season.Watching him play the way he stroke the ball was for sure he vl be selected.He has wide range of shots with power in them.As he is in good knick of form,Saurabh Tiwary should may use of it to full extent to cement his position among the men in bleeding blue..!! All the best Saubrabh. mubeenkemisaal, India..!!

  • thestunner316_15 on October 16, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    jadeja will tip scales in aussies favour..

  • on October 16, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    I like Tiwary, he's a change from the Indian batsmen of the past, Powerful strokes and muscles the ball over the boundary rope. Very intrigued to see how me makes it at the International level

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  • on October 16, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    I like Tiwary, he's a change from the Indian batsmen of the past, Powerful strokes and muscles the ball over the boundary rope. Very intrigued to see how me makes it at the International level

  • thestunner316_15 on October 16, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    jadeja will tip scales in aussies favour..

  • on October 16, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Saurabh Tiwary..!! He has been in very good form this season.Watching him play the way he stroke the ball was for sure he vl be selected.He has wide range of shots with power in them.As he is in good knick of form,Saurabh Tiwary should may use of it to full extent to cement his position among the men in bleeding blue..!! All the best Saubrabh. mubeenkemisaal, India..!!

  • on October 16, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Please pick Irfan, he is th best choice for an all rounder

  • iamgroot on October 16, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Vijay, S Dhawan, Raina, Yuvraj, kholi, Dhoni, Tiwari , Ashwin, praveen, Nehra, Munaf... This will be a deadly team.. Vijay and Dhawan will be an ideal for opening the batting with right and left combination.. followed by other batsman.. while S tiwary will take the 7th position.. ashwin at 8 will provide good depth.. even praveen can bat so that helps..kohli is batsman who can bowl few overs of medium pace.. so I guess this will be a winning combination for Dhoni .. .. he has to get rid of R jadeja and especially rohi sharma should be kicked out.. these two are pulling the team down..with their bad performances.. thats the reason we see few losses in recent times....bcoz team balance is not right.. unless he gets rids of these two .. ODI team will not be able to be win consistently... Wishing Indian team good luck .. and nice to see change in color for team india.. All the best..

  • sajanjohn007 on October 16, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    PUJARA&RAHANE SHOULD BE SELECTED INSTEAD OF KOHLI&ROHIT SHARMA.THEY GOT ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES BUT UTTER WASTE.WORLD CUP IS NEAR.SELECTORS REALLY WASTED THE OPPORTUNITY.WHAT IS THE USE OF RESTING SELECTORS.SAME THESE GARBAGE ARE PLAYING

  • sajanjohn007 on October 16, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    HOW CAN DHONI SAYS YUVRAJ IS NOT CERTAIN.DHONI IS AN ARROGANT PLAYER.WAHT EVER PEOPLE SAY YUVRAJ IS THE BEST TALENT AFTER SACHIN ..SELECTORS SHOULD KEEP THEIR FAITH IN YUVRAJ.DHONI SHOULD REMEBER YUVRAJ WAS HIS TRUMP CARD AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAPTAINCY.RIDICULOUS LUCKY DHONI.

  • on October 16, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    It is a bit of obsession to persist with jadeja at 7. We need to provide chances to genuine all rounders like Irfan.

  • on October 16, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    fantastic guy this saurabh tiwary

  • on October 16, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    after Dhoni "settled down" as a captain......we desperately need a big hitter like him at 6 or 7.......hope he is better than Yusuf........even if only in Indian Conditions...