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

Dhoni tips Tiwary to make debut in series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • ashwin 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

  • Robert 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 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • MIR 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 !

  • Parag 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.

  • Tirthankar 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 !!!

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