India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam October 19, 2010

Chance for youngsters to showcase their talent

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Match Facts

Wednesday, October 20, Visakhapatnam
Start time 14:30 (09:00 GMT)

The Big Picture

This is the series for lesser-known players to make a name for themselves and grab a permanent spot in the one-day team, that is, if the weather would allow them. The first ODI was washed out and it's very humid in Visakhapatnam, but showers have only been forecast for Thursday, the day after the match. If the dark clouds can stay away on the match day, however, youngsters like R Ashwin, Mitchell Starc and Ravindra Jadeja will breathe easy.

The continuing presence of Jadeja in the playing XI has baffled many an Indian fan. Here are his stats: A bowling average of 41.55 and a batting average of 31.47 at a strike rate of 76.97. He hasn't sparkled with the bat or the ball with any consistency; the best (only?) thing going for him is his economy rate in ODIs: 4.84. MS Dhoni has pointed out what he thinks Jadeja should do: "For a player like him, it is very important to contribute with the bat and ball. He has to do a bit more with the bat."

His bowling has increasingly been backed by his captain: he has bowled his full quota of 10 overs nine times and seven of those occasions have come in 2010. His direct competition until recently was Yusuf Pathan: Yusuf's strike rate is over 100 but he averages just 22.11. His bowling average is 40.66, slightly better than Jadeja, but his economy rate of 5.75 is almost a run higher.

Is R Ashwin the man, then, to replace Jadeja? Ashwin is a much better bowler than Jadeja, and has a lower economy rate when you compare their performances in domestic circuit. In more than half of those matches, Ashwin had yet to use his new tools, like the carom ball; he is a more complete bowler now. Jadeja's batting is better than Ashwin's, but he lacks the skills to demolish a good attack. So it will come to what the team management needs from the player who fills that spot: is it a bowler who can bat a bit or batsman who can bowl? Ashwin fulfills the first requirement while Jadeja hasn't quite managed to fill the second. Both will play in this series and the one against New Zealand, which should help the selectors to decide between them, or perhaps even go back to Yusuf, for the World Cup.

Australia too have a few youngsters in the squad and one of them, Mitchell Starc, might get his chance tomorrow as Doug Bollinger is a doubtful starter. "Obviously I'd love him [Bollinger] to play both these one-dayers but I think we also need to be smart with what we've got coming up," Michael Clarke said today. If Bollinger doesn't play, Starc might make his debut. Those who have followed his career rate him very highly. He has a pre-release load-up like Mitchell Johnson but gets more bounce. He even has a first-class fifty. The experts reckon he is a bit raw now but is likely to put up a stiff fight to his more established team-mates in a year's time.

This series also will reveal the position of Shaun Marsh in the team. Will he play as an opener? If not, he will have to fight with the talented Callum Ferguson for a spot in the middle-order.

Form guide

(most recent first)
India LWLWL
Australia WWLLL

Watch out for...

David Warner is yet to learn how to construct a long innings. "Due to the volume of twenty20 cricket I have played over the past year, being able to actually play myself in and build an innings is something I am not all that used to," he wrote recently. These two games offer him an opportunity to do it in on the international stage. We know he has the power-packed shots; does he have the skill to build an innings? We shall soon find out.

Ashish Nehra 's confidence is his strength. He was in the wilderness for more than two years but every time you met him, he would say it was just matter of getting fit and he would be back into the Indian team. To him, it was never a question about his skill; it was just his body that was playing truant. Ever since his return he has been Dhoni's go-to man under pressure. It's Nehra who bowls in the batting Powerplay, its Nehra who bowls in the end overs and its Nehra who often has to take the wicket with the new ball too. It would be very interesting to see how he fares against his nemesis - Australia.

Team news


Shikhar Dhawan will make his ODI debut and Dhoni has already said that Saurabh Tiwary is likely to get one game in this series.

India (probable): 1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Virat Kohli/Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Munaf Patel.

Doug Bollinger is yet to fully recover from the abdominal strain that ruled him out of the Bangalore Test. He bowled for the first time in the training today and his fitness will be assessed on the morning of the match before they make a call. Fast bowler Mitchell Starc is likely to make his debut in case Bollinger misses out.

Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Tim Paine (wk), 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Shaun Marsh/Callum Ferguson, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Steve Smith, 8 James Hopes, 9 Nathan Hauritz, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Doug Bollinger/Mitchell Starc.

Pitch and conditions

It's currently prickly hot with high humidity indicating that rain might be just around the corner.

Stats and trivia

  • The beautiful stadium, located on the National Highway 5, has hosted just two ODIs. This is where MS Dhoni announced himself with a violent 123-ball 148 against Pakistan. Sri Lanka's Chamara Silva is the only other centurion on this ground.

  • Nehra averages a very respectable 30.54 in ODIs, but it would be an understatement to say that he has struggled against Australia. In 12 games against them, he has an average of 51.75 and an economy rate of 6.14.

  • Cameron White's stats get better against India. He averages about 36 with the bat but against India it jumps to 42.16 from seven games. His strike rate against India is 84.61 which is higher than his career strike rate and he has also hit eight sixes - about 22% of his total sixes - against India.

  • India have a poor record of chasing against Australia: They have lost 34 games and won only 17 while batting second against them.

    Quotes

    "We've still managed to enjoy it, to be honest. Plenty of time in the gym together but now we're keen to get back on the cricket field. One benefit of not playing too much cricket is a lot of guys have been able to do their fitness work"
    Michael Clarke says his team has tried to utilize the rain break to their benefit
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    "It will be a big learning curve for all youngsters. It's very important to live in the present... Small and basic things that needs to be done correctly to make a mark at the big level. I won't put extra pressure on them."
    MS Dhoni understands whats at stake for his newcomers.

    Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY SASANK360 on | October 22, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Jadeja is not playing ! I am Happyyyyyyyyyyy

  • POSTED BY Alwin12 on | October 22, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Indian Captian Dhoni is now searching for a hard hiting All-Rounder. I think Pathan Brothers are far better than Ravindra Jadeja. In Indian conditions Yusuf Pathan is more suitable as a Hard hitting All-rounder.

  • POSTED BY cricsamrat on | October 20, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    THANKYOU Dhoni, for not selecting Jadeja. And we see the result.

  • POSTED BY sami2010 on | October 20, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Guyss!!How about bringing Gony(IPL-Chennai Super Kings) at No 7 spot??:P bowler n a good hitter as welll...

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Seriously Jadeja Should be removed from Playing 11....., He doesn't deserve the Spot...He comes at 7 -> situation to handle pressure/when India requires a winning runs at gud strike rate or proper cricketing shot to any kind of ball...Which he cannot do....

  • POSTED BY Bigbanger666 on | October 20, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Forgot to add that Aus will get smashed and humbled if they field anything like this team in the World Cup. Just watch!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Bigbanger666 on | October 20, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Spot on Naveen re tim paine as an opener. You can also put Marsh in as useless. They are both way to slow and get bogged down more often than not. Warner should be the first guy picked. He is a serious weapon and awesome to watch. Aus is now playing the most boring, negative and conservative players in ODI history!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY venkatbollu on | October 20, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    I don't understand why india is not going with the spinners in the squad. Spinners have done reasonably well in the recently concluded test series and once again they proved that Australia's ability to play spin on indian pitches. I guess this is the time to test other spinners who could even replace our frontline spinners when required.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    india is a fantastic one day side.dhoni is one of the best captains of planet.selection committee needs to improve considerably.they must select sachin in the team to make him practice for world cup 2011.murali vijay and shikhar dhawan can fire for india while yuvraj singh needs to wrk a lot harder on his fitness dhoni should improve his hitting and rohit sharma is a burden on team. best of luck india................

  • POSTED BY pvsprasad on | October 20, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    no doubt , there is a chance for youngsters to showcase their talent.but what about msdhoni?he should also contribute his quota of runs.of late, he is a miserable flop in batting.no body is pointing the fingures at MSD only because india is winning.

  • POSTED BY SASANK360 on | October 22, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Jadeja is not playing ! I am Happyyyyyyyyyyy

  • POSTED BY Alwin12 on | October 22, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Indian Captian Dhoni is now searching for a hard hiting All-Rounder. I think Pathan Brothers are far better than Ravindra Jadeja. In Indian conditions Yusuf Pathan is more suitable as a Hard hitting All-rounder.

  • POSTED BY cricsamrat on | October 20, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    THANKYOU Dhoni, for not selecting Jadeja. And we see the result.

  • POSTED BY sami2010 on | October 20, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Guyss!!How about bringing Gony(IPL-Chennai Super Kings) at No 7 spot??:P bowler n a good hitter as welll...

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Seriously Jadeja Should be removed from Playing 11....., He doesn't deserve the Spot...He comes at 7 -> situation to handle pressure/when India requires a winning runs at gud strike rate or proper cricketing shot to any kind of ball...Which he cannot do....

  • POSTED BY Bigbanger666 on | October 20, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Forgot to add that Aus will get smashed and humbled if they field anything like this team in the World Cup. Just watch!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Bigbanger666 on | October 20, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Spot on Naveen re tim paine as an opener. You can also put Marsh in as useless. They are both way to slow and get bogged down more often than not. Warner should be the first guy picked. He is a serious weapon and awesome to watch. Aus is now playing the most boring, negative and conservative players in ODI history!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY venkatbollu on | October 20, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    I don't understand why india is not going with the spinners in the squad. Spinners have done reasonably well in the recently concluded test series and once again they proved that Australia's ability to play spin on indian pitches. I guess this is the time to test other spinners who could even replace our frontline spinners when required.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    india is a fantastic one day side.dhoni is one of the best captains of planet.selection committee needs to improve considerably.they must select sachin in the team to make him practice for world cup 2011.murali vijay and shikhar dhawan can fire for india while yuvraj singh needs to wrk a lot harder on his fitness dhoni should improve his hitting and rohit sharma is a burden on team. best of luck india................

  • POSTED BY pvsprasad on | October 20, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    no doubt , there is a chance for youngsters to showcase their talent.but what about msdhoni?he should also contribute his quota of runs.of late, he is a miserable flop in batting.no body is pointing the fingures at MSD only because india is winning.

  • POSTED BY sami2010 on | October 20, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    yipppppppppeeeee!!!!!!!!!Jadeja s not playing sday =))

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    With Yuvi and Sehwag sharing the bowling workload why do we even a need an allrounder at 7? 4 bowlers bowling 40 and the rest shared among the part-timers should be the plan. Bring a real batsman at No. 7 who can be like Jadeja (I mean Ajay Jadeja not this Ravindra guy)

  • POSTED BY yvschaitanya on | October 20, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    india will rock in the steel city vizag...... hope dhoni will repeat the same innings in 2005 against pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    amazing opened..and paine should play as no 6 or 7

  • POSTED BY vipul_khemka on | October 20, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Most of the Indians are surprised to see Jadeja around... I wish sense prevails and we chose players according to their calibar...

    We could have tried more combination of fast bowlers... trying Irfan Pathan rahter than Munaf Patel would had been a better option..

  • POSTED BY anikbrad on | October 20, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    WHY DO EVERYONE SHOUTING AT JADEJA. THINK OF HIM AS A PURE BOWLER HIS ECOMONY RATE OF 4.7 IS BETTER THAN ALL INDIAN BOWLERS- EVEN ZAHIR, PRAVEEN AND HARBHAJAN. SO LET HIM BAT AT NO 10 AND PLAY AS PURE BOWLER. THE PEAPLE WHO ARE SHOUTING AT JADEJA IS SEEING HIM AS ALROUNDER AND OVERLOOKIN THE MAIN PROBLEM LAST 10 INNINGS THE AVG OF OUR RENOUNED PLAYERS YUVI, ROHIT, KARTHIK, KOHLI, EVEN TENDU, SHEWAG IS NOT REGULAR IS ODI THATS THE PROBLEM BATTING, BATTING, BATTING. SINCERELY THINK WHEN THE TEAM OF- SHEWAG, GAMBH, SACHIN, YUVI, DHONI, RAINA, PATHAN, ZAH, HAR, NEHRA IN 2009 WE WERE ALWAYS SCORING 300+ EVERY GAME NOT THIS IS NOT HAPPENING EVEN DHONI IS PLAYING AS SHEET ANCHOR THATS THE PROBLEM NOT JADEJA UNDSTND. PROBLEM IS KARTHIK, YUVRAJ, ROHIT, KHOLI, JADEJA IS A BOWLER. NOW CHECK WHO HAS BETTER ECONOMY OR MORE WKTS TAKE THEM - THIS FOR WC MAY BE HAR,OR JADEJA OR OJHA OR PATAHN, OR MISHRA OR ASWIN, WHO WILL BAT AT 10 AND WILL PLAT AS PURE BOWLER AND LET UP DEPEND ON SEWA/GAM/TEND/DHON

  • POSTED BY AAN1 on | October 20, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Jadeja never proves his worth, MSD never misses to pick him in playing 11.

    When MSD would understand that even Out of Form Pathan (either Irfaan or Yusuf) is better than in-form Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | October 20, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    as i think till date most of the slot for the world cup squad are filled Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Shewagh, Zaheer, Yuvraj, Nehra, Gambhir, Dhoni, Raina, Praveen and Ojha. i.e only 4 slots are there and lot of competitors. No chance for any opener,as we already have three best men for duty then we will need 1 good middle order batsmen, 2 good allrounders (Not ravindra jadeja, one bating and one bowling allrounder), and one more pace bowler. But what i m thinking my friends we should go with four spinners in the squad Bhajji, Ojha, Ashwin and Chawala because both ashwin and chawala can bat a bit and are good bowlers instead of playing jadeja take anyone of them.and it will be help as the worldcup is in sub-continent.and if we have four spinners in squad so we will be able to rest bhajji if he is not performing well.Because it will help to beat teams like NZ, WI, AUS, SAF, ENG and Ire too

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    So the topic of discussion today is JADEJA !! Why are people wasting their energy when we can't do anything about that?? If he's Dhoni's pet, Which he surely is, then he will play come what may. But i think when the biggies ( SRT, Sehwag, gambhir,Bhajji) return for the WC, i don't think jadeja would find a place in the team. Till then, BYE BYE VICTORIES !!!

  • POSTED BY ganeshkumar88 on | October 20, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Jadeja is the player who plays for India only because o0f Dhoni's faith in him... Remember India lost the T20 world cup back in England due to R. Jadeja!!! I don't know why he is still preferred..

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    hi guys this is my team ..... Pls comment your opinion ...1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 virat kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 saurabh tiwary, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Munaf Patel. .........5th bowler can be Yuvaraj, Suresh Raina, Kohli...are better than jadeja..

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    The young guns in the current squad are facing an uphill task of sealing their place in the final 15 squad for the World Cup-2011,with the bench strength of the Indians strong enough to make a formiddible side. Apart from Virat Kohli & Nehra,noone seems to qualify with the likes of Zaheer,Harbhajan etc already in their top form.

  • POSTED BY sony_sr on | October 20, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    To be honest I don't see anyone else at number 7 other than ravindra jadeja. aswin is a bowler and I don't see him finding a place in the team as an alrounder. also with harbajan and sewag as off spinners, we don't need a 3rd off spinner. I don't see yousef pathan bowling more than 3-4 overs as sewag and youraj can bowl better than him. So if we are to play yousef, it got to be as a pure batsman and his batting avg does not justify that. irfan is medium pace allrounder is out of equation in sub continent conditions. all the other names seen mentioned here are either pure batsman or bowler and not allrounders. reality is jadeja is only guy in india who can be called (if you want) as an allrounder. so better play him in all the 11 matches leading to the world cup.

  • POSTED BY MateenTaj on | October 20, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    I recommend to Dhoni and selectors play matches with 10 player only, don't include Jadeja in the team he is doesn't deserved the place, They are lot of talented all-rounder waiting for their chance. What are they doing why they are not calling Pathan Brothers, Ashwin ..

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    I think lady luck is still smiling at Jadeja.. I am not sure why selectors are still struck with this guy.. just for his economy rate? then it would be dead investment. In that case, they can try with some other talents who can bowl decently and also contribute with bat.. might be Pathan Jr.. one of the good talents with tough luck in the cricketing world... If India is to plan seriously for No 7 spot for the WC, they have to take it up seriously now.. else, India won't be in the race for sure.. I can't believe such a experiment is done for a crucial spot (#7) which can change the fate of the game.. Astonishing...

  • POSTED BY Pits76 on | October 20, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Jadeja is indeed an all rounder. he scores a round (zero) in all departments :p. jokes aside, one reason why people hate him is just that he just does not inspire any confidence. its not about how consistent he is or how many runs he scores in a game. i just dont think he is worth investing and persisting with. there surely are better players out there

  • POSTED BY sami2010 on | October 20, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    @Afroze...ye u r ri8!we cannot expect No.7 batsman(Jadeja) to have 40+ average...but he shud have good strike rate atleast!selectors!!!!spare us...keep Jadeja away....Ashiwn/Pathan s a good choice....

  • POSTED BY Indian_Rules on | October 20, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha.. Ravindra Jadeja again in the team...Deja Vu..... He is a complete all rounder.. He cant bat.. He is a hopeless bowler and not a great fielder.. Over all Allrounder ( non performing ). I want India to win the 2 matches but i want Jadeja to fail miserably.. Aus should hit 100 runs in his 10 overs. he should drop catches and should get out for 0 in both matches.. Then at least we can say Jadeja is an allrounder... He failed in all depts.. Ha Ha Ha.. but i wont be surprised if he gets picked again and again and again... Donno what happened to Irfan And Yusuf Pathan.. Any given day, any given team, any given conditions, any given grounds, any given wicket... the bros are 100000000 times better than this idiot Jadeja

  • POSTED BY dextergold on | October 20, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Yes. I do agree that Jadeja is the "most annoying" player in Indian Cricket team. He struggles like anything in International Cricket. Even a normal person with no cricket knowledge will try to be more aggressive in front of Huge Crowd in a crucial situation. I dunno how come jadeja not having such a feel in crucial situations !!!!!

  • POSTED BY The-Robot on | October 20, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    withoug yuvi there could be no world cup for sure....

  • POSTED BY Arunkumarc on | October 20, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Jadeja should proud himself, eventhough 99% of comments against him still he got place in Indian squad eventhough there are so many talented guys waiting in Q, it seems he got the supports from selector as well as captain, hope he will prove in this series that his selection is worth

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    this series so far been very fruitful for the younsters.Murali Vijay and Pujara have proved their mettle in the Test Series.Now it's upto the others like Aswin,Shikhar Dhawan and Saurabh Tiwary to prove their point.As for Ravindra Jadeja he can be classified as someone who always promises to be tomorrow's man(same as Ajit Agarkar a few years back).He has been given his share of chances.I think Yousuf and Irfan should have been given a look in.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    tim paine is useless as an opener ...shaun marsh and warner should be opened..and paine should play as no 6 or 7

  • POSTED BY dextergold on | October 20, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Y the hell Jadeja still getting a chance? Wat about Saurab Tiwary. He deserves to get a chance-to make his debut to showcase his special talents in International arena. For god sake, Dhoni always go with Jadeja. This plan definitely sucks ... Either kirsten or sachin shud advice dhoni abt the idea of giving chance to some deserved ppl..

  • POSTED BY PGW81 on | October 20, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    What the heck is Jadeja doing? I thought national pride had precedence over personal friendships and that there was no place for favoritism - I see Jadeja still in the team when the likes of Pujara, Ashwin,Irfan, Yusuf etc are sidelined. Australia is gonna come hard - they too are looking at striking the right balance before the world cup - but the teams should not get into the mistake of reading too much to a one off performance that is likely to be witnessed in short series as this - a quick 100 need not necessarily mean that the batting spot is for keeps through to the WC ......

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    this is my team for 2nd ODI ... 1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 virat kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina 6 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 saurabh tiwary, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Munaf Patel. ....... 5th bowler can be yuvaraj, Raina, kohli they are better than ravindra jadeja

  • POSTED BY reginphilip on | October 20, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    i have to agree with all of u. not only do i think jadeja should not be in the indian team, but he should stop playing cricket! He is a shame to the country & to the sport. The worst ever player to play so many international cricket matches!

  • POSTED BY SUD_DESHMUKH on | October 20, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    ashwin is a better choice than jadeja

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 20, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Yusuf is a match winner, nothing else. He will NOT offer consistency to your team. He can turn a match, he can finish a match, he can win you a match, but if you expect "solid" contributions from him, you can forget it. No sign of Ojha anywhere? He has been impressive.

  • POSTED BY mack0402 on | October 20, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Bring Back IRFAN Coz he deserve to be in team he is a talented player, INDIAN TEAM cn make lot of progress if he is included.

  • POSTED BY vivek461 on | October 20, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    affection towards Jadeja will not fix any bug in team india allrounder's slot but it may throw india out of WC2010...i wish if yusuf could hv got this much chance he cud hv cemented his place as destructive bat-allrounder in indian conditions...WAKE UP MAHI

  • POSTED BY Deepak28 on | October 20, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    i think jadeja is not complete for the 1 day side. his batting skill poor than bowling. Irphan or ashwin may be good choice for playing at no.7.

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | October 20, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    It high time that Dhoni plays Ashwin, S tiwary, C pujara ,, and many other talented players in ODI playing x1... come on Dhoni use ur brain and kick R sharma and R jadeja out .. enough.. how long we indian fans have to face the torture of seeing these two in indian team? remove R sharma and R jadeja immediately.. I am sure Ashwin, S tiwary and kohli will perform far better than these two idiots.. Please save Indian ODI team .... choose the right X1

    In absence of sehwag, gambhir, zaheer, bhajji and sachin

    Dhawan, Vijay, S raina, yuvarj, Dhoni, kohli, S tiwary, R ashwin, P kumar, Nehra, Munaf,

    that will be a better and more balanced line up..... keeping my fingers crossed....

    Wish u good luck indian team...

  • POSTED BY MadhuVadlamani on | October 20, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    All the Best Jadeja . Do your Best. All the best to tel India .

  • POSTED BY Dipankar_Kolkata on | October 20, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Oh My God ... please remove Ravinder Jadeja from the Team for ever and also from this page .. plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Irfan is a much better all rounder than all the others, he excels with his bat as a pro batsman and with the ball as pro baller (similarities of Wasim Akram in bowling). You people have seen his performance and consistency which is very important and just one chance in the New Zealand tour will make him create a spot in World Cup playing 11 squad for sure...

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Jadeja's inclusion in the squad is very surprising keeping in mind how pathetically he has played since past few Months (or Years should i say??).. He just helps india in winning a game(with his bowling) and then for some 10-11 matches he does nothing, neither with the ball nor bat..he even gifted away some T20 games by playing a Test match type of a game where he needed to attack... Players like Irfan, Ashwin, Uthappa, Yusuf are performing reasonably well in the domestic tournaments.. then too they are kept out....

    Does the selectors use any common sense while selecting the team??

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Hopefully huss can get winning runs or something :P

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    At number 7 we would like to see someone who can hit the ball, unlike Jadeja. It would be better to include Rohit/Uthappa. As far as 10 overs are concerened, the likes of Yuvraj+Raina+Sehwag/Rohit etc can fulfill the needs. Jadeja gives runs at 4.9 RPO. So what if these guys will give at 6 an over. In ODI it is like 11 runs difference, which Rohit/Uthappa can cover with their batting easily. Plus these two gentleman can keep their Kool under pressure unlike Jadeja who got himself out because of his nervousness in the game when Sachin scored 175..

  • POSTED BY toosmart_goldie on | October 20, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Jadeja has already consumed his share of luck.This will be his last chance to be a part of the Playing IX. Ashwin on the other hand has got the opportunity that he was looking for. I still believe Utthappa or Pandey to be a better option than Dhawan who has been inconstant in the IPL as well as Champions League.Rohit Sharma has to sweat hard in the nets to get back his fitness and Lost batting Skills. Kholi has to watch out for his temperament in order to improve his Batting.

  • POSTED BY cricket7779 on | October 20, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    oh no ! what's wrong with selector and mahi ? this is team India Not ur Jharkhand Side mr. Dhoni And nt ur private property why playing Jadeja again ? My Team is Like - 1. Sehwag 2. Sachin 3. Riana 4. Yuvraj 5. Rohit Sharma 6. MS. Dhoni 7. Yusuf Pathan 8. Irfan Pathan 9.R. Ashwin 10.Harbhajan Singh 11. Zaheer Khan 12. M Vijay 13. Parveen Kumar 14. Pargayn Ojha 15. Munaf Patel . So all my friends give me Advice for this team India U like My team

  • POSTED BY RaghuBose on | October 20, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Where is Irfan Pathan? Irfan is real gem in indian cricket, we are missing him

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Jadeja has scored more than 30 runs in 7 matches.....and India has lost all those matches!!!!!!Dhoni always has got justification for his batting....if Jadeja bats, then most of the top order has failed...if top order fires then Jadeja need not bat!!! Thus Dhoni can always escape with elusive comments....But the fact is that he is a good for nothing player with attittude problems.

  • POSTED BY Sachin_da_yaar on | October 20, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    I Think as Jadeja was thrown Out of IPL-3, because he dig up his Own Grave then, just for the Lust of Money. The Monetary Loss Must be Hovering his Mind till Date, So, he is Not able to Perform, Otherwise, Earlier he Was a Champion Stuff.

    I Guess Selectors shall Drop him till End of World Cup, So, he Can Rise from the Ashes, with a New Motivation, after the world Cup.

    Ideal World Cup Squad Shall be: 1. Sachin, 2. Sehwag, 3. Gambhir, 4. Raina, 5. Yuvraj, 6. Dhoni, 7. Ashwin, 8. Harbhajan, 9. Parveen, 10. Zaheer, 11. Nehra, 12. Uthappa/or/Virat Kohli, 13. Unadkat, 14. Ajinkya Rehane, 15. Irfan Pathan

    So, that we shall have One Each Replacement for Opening Batsman (Rehane), Middle-Order (Uthappa/Kohli), Fast Bowler (Unadkat) & All Rounder (Pathan). Spin Deptt. do not Need Replacement, as Yuvi/Raina/Sehwag can fill as a 6th Bowler or 5th Bowler, as a Spin Replacement. If Dhoni gets Injured, Uthappa has Experience of doing Keeping for India, in the Past.

  • POSTED BY MANSUR_MUSCAT on | October 20, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Chance for youngsters to showcase their talent - is it only to be back in RESERVES after SENIORs comeback or some serious experimentation, if so I don't see any reason why? Mr. Rohit Sharma & Mr. Ravindra Jadeja is included in this squad????? G. Vignesh (ICL-Chennai) player seemed to be a good allrounder and an attacking batsman too, hope Selectors are aware of his abilities! It is really shameful that we are unable to create/find a geniune allrounder like: KAPIL PAAJI, BOTHAM, IMRAN, KALIS etc.... Wake up guys MONEY MACHINE is need of an ALLROUNDER "SITUATION VACANT - ALLROUNDER" Company: TEAM INDIA. Please give another chance to guys like ROBIN / IRFAN / YOUSUF!!! before WORLDCUP

  • POSTED BY Sachin_Shankar on | October 20, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    BCCI selectors,

    Pls read all these comments, where is Irfan, all are searching for Irfan Pathan? He is best all-rounder in Indian Team. Where he is?

    Pls pls give a chance to him? He is a player like kallis, ?

  • POSTED BY moinilyasneral on | October 20, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Jadeja(or jaju, as dhoni "lovingly" calls him) has to be related to ijaz butt pcb chairman, and dhoni to zardari...99 to 99.9% of opinions say that jadeja should not play and ijaz should be sacked, but dhoni is like zardari..has a soft spot for his jaju..ok, paki cricket is beyond repair thanks to zardari, but indian cricket is in ascendancy, so dhoni should read comments and use his brains, and get rid of jaju from the team, as this is the time a new inductee could be one of the world cup heroes next year..there are plenty waiting in the wings for a chance like pujara got in the 2nd test and did so well. So 2 pleas, dhoni get jaju out and cricinfo please post this comment(you avoid 80% of my comments as a rule, why?).

  • POSTED BY Sachin_Shankar on | October 20, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Hi All, Why indian team is not looking for fast bowling all-rounder. None other than Irfan Pathan, he should be selected in the X1. He is the person like watson,flintoff, kallis,albie.

    Pick Irfan for next series. He is very useful for the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    i really don't know why RAVINDRA JADEJA and MURALI VIJAY are being selected everytime

  • POSTED BY Joby_George on | October 20, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Is Dhoni forcing Jadeja to be in the side? Rohit Sharma, Jadeja, Vijay, Ishant Sharma are all given chances even if they are under performing. Why not irfan patan?? Indian selection commitee rules should change, discrimination is happening here. India is going to lose this series very badly.

  • POSTED BY touchmate_2006 on | October 20, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    best 11-vijay,dhawan,raina,kholi,sharma,dhoni,tiwary,ashwin,kumar,nehra,patel

  • POSTED BY SinghR on | October 20, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Jadeja will be part of 2011 world cup team even if he fails in all the matches. BCCI is having full faith on him that he will score few runs when India will about to loose match.

  • POSTED BY Mangaloregr8 on | October 20, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Truly now it's time to give more matches to R. Ashwin, Y. Pathan, I. Pathan, Kohli & Pujara..they will prove to be an asset for the WC. Too many chances given to Jadeja, though doing fair in bowling, he's not proved to be a good batsman.

  • POSTED BY ratnakar.chetan on | October 20, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    little unfair to say, Ashwin can not bat. With 2 centuries and 7 half centuries in First class.. compared with Jadeja's 3 and 8). he can do well with bat as well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    The smash hitter Jadeja is back........His photo at the top of the page looks excellent.....Does india has only one all-rounder"Jadeja"? he has not proved with his bat or ball even after giving enough chances.......Why not try Pathan brothers they both rock......

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Jadeja should be sacked out of the team..... yusuf or irfan should replace his place... give chance for both kohli and rohith in next two series..... vijay,dhawan,kohli,rohith,raina,yuvi,dhoni,ashwin,nehra,praveen and munaf

  • POSTED BY vipuki on | October 20, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    why the bcci dont take the bowler RP SINGH he is very well bowler in the indian team recent hw his lenth was there i really like him can yu give him one chance in indian squad i dnt like munaf patel against him yu can take rp singh

  • POSTED BY common_man on | October 20, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Common Man... This is too much, Jadeja... is a good player but due to physical weakness also mentally, only he can do is he can run behind money... which we have seen in IPL... Give at least one more chance to uttappa and Irfan, they will make give there best,

    as a Indian I will say All the best.....

  • POSTED BY MeeraKrishna on | October 20, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    I think India should rather look for someone like Nayar, he is a batsman who can bowl military medium pace as well. Nayar is an far accomplished batman than Jadeja and a better fielder too. We have plenty of part time spinners who can roll their arm around of the likes of Sehwag & Yuvi. Or may be let praveen fill the spot for the all rounder and get a additional fast bowler in the 11.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | October 20, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    The presence of Jadeja just hides the selection matter of Rohit Sharma

  • POSTED BY punerisachin on | October 20, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja is most pathetic player I have came across my cricketing followup career. I am failing to understand from where he buys his slots over few others like even Yusuf or even Irfan as their bowling is better than Jadeja and in any case Jadeja cannot bat at all.

  • POSTED BY NTamil on | October 20, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    i dont agreed what here said above.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    I wonder who would be the most likely Vice-Capt for India. Raina / Yuvi ?

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | October 20, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Why not Ashwin, or Irfan Pathan or even Piyush Chawla, in the place of Jadeja? Pathan is obviously the most talented batsman of the lot, but even he can bowl his ten overs- provided he is bowled at the right time. When pathan is played, Dhoni always expects him to bowl the final overs- does he expect the same of Jadeja? Piyush Chawla is the most attacking bowling option of these, through a bit inconsistent with the bat, he can attack the bowling as well. Ashwin is a decent bowler, and has a first class batting average as good as Dinesh Karthik (who was often played as a batsman in the Indian team), and is also from Tamil Nadu- which should suit the selection committee.

  • POSTED BY NTamil on | October 20, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Jadeja is a real fighting crickter. he should inside XI. I hope him play his own game and show he is the right person to get the chance. all the best jadeja.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    My god! why jadeja again! please give chance to yusuf instead.. he can be the real threat at the lower order for the opponent! please throw out jadeja!!! my choice for the worldcup would be: 1. viru 2.sachin 3.gauti 4.yuvi 5.dhoni 6.raina 7.yusuf 8.harbhajan 9.praveenkumar 10.zaheer 11.nehra additional players: 12.m.vijay 13.munaf 14.ojha 15.irfan

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Where is irfan pathan????? he is the best allrounder India has got right now. he is far better batsman than jadeja and a good bolwer is all situation.

  • POSTED BY vrsrinivas on | October 20, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Mr.Dhoni whole of nation donot want jadeja in the team , we have seen how pathetic he is. Apply common sense , let the jadeja bug move out of ur head This is a glorious chance to win the world cup which the whole of India is waiting for 3 decades, please donot kill 100 crores of aspirations for ur stupid beliefs, india will not excuse you.

    If I were Jadeja I would have volunterily dropped from the team for his shameful performance/s

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    FOR GODSAKE ....NO MORE JADEJA,UTHAPPA & ROHIT SHARMA PLEASE SELECTORS...

  • POSTED BY RaghuBose on | October 20, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    Irfan is great player like Kapil, Indian Cricket was waiting for good allrounder for the long time. but now we are missing a very good all rounder

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Guys chill.... Ravindra Jadeja is a utility player who could both bat and ball. Once he came into international level his status changed all of a sudden from batter who could bowl to a 'bowler who can bat'. He was unfortunate to come and bat at no 7 and no 8 where he cant express himself. He should be tested higher up the order, am sure we could reap out the best of jadeja then. I am sure most people disagree with me, but trust me mates he really got talent and good committment.

  • POSTED BY djfw666 on | October 20, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    What is with the Jadeja hate? He's young, talented and will get better with this sort of experience. A lot of teams would kill for their spinners to have a sub-five-RPO economy rate and an average over 30 batting. Jadeja is a very good cricketer and deserves his ODI place.

  • POSTED BY couterattack on | October 20, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Can Jadeja play cricket?????????????? If really its true then everybody can play cricket and no need of selection committe................

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | October 20, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    The short answer to the question about Jadeja in the picture above is "NO" and the long answer is "I DOUBT IT".

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | October 20, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Please no cross seam bowling in the ODIs (like in recent test)!! Otherwise I guarantee score card will read 60/0 after 10 overs! Please please please bowl seam up and get (or learn to get) wickets with conventional swing. Cross-seam is such an idiotic idea!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    We have only 13 ODIs left before the World Cup. Why are we still experimenting all slots. We need to stick to the same 11 to get proper bonding. At least 9 players must be playing all games. Most likely Team for WC : Sachin, Sehwag, Gambir, Raina, Dhoni, ?????, ??????, Harbajan, Zaheer, Praveen / Sreesanth, Nehra / Ishant. No 6 - Kohli / Yuvraj / Rohit / Tiwary. No 7 - Jadeja (huh) / Aswin / Yusuf (Since WC is in India). So why cant we work on these 18players and pick 15 for WC, rather then tryin too many things. Wat u say ppl?

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Eventhough the economy rate of jadeja is 4.85, it was the reflection of his old games as compared to his last few games.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | October 20, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    Since when is an average of over 30 with the bat a bad thing, coming down the order? Steve Waugh averaged around that mark batting at 5 for Australia in ODIs. Abdul Razzaq is around there too, batting for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY demosuna on | October 20, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    I don't understand why on earth should ROHIT SHARMA be even in the Indian 15, leave alone Indian XI ? Is he MSD's pet/luck charm or selectors' favourite? Is it that MSD is not comfortable if ROHIT SHARMA is not around? This guy was given umpteen opportunities, but still hasn't done anything of note for India except for those 2 hundreds in Zimbabwe where even Boycott's grandma would have scored hundreds! It is time we try out SOURABH TIWARY & CHETESHWAR PUJARA in the ODI team as well...CHETESHWAR PUJARA, am sure is going to be India's batting mainstay in the future! How about the swash-buckling AJINKYE RAHANE who like PUJARA has a very impressive domestic record? But, please....no more ROHIT SHARMA please. Indan fans are very sick of him now!!! Will the selectors wake up in time before the WORLD CUP?

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Why r dey not bringing irfan pathan back.he is doing Gud...can b handy wid bat nd ball...I guess dats wat dhoni is looking for!

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Wasn't there a "drive" few years back to unearth fast bowlers and all rounders? Where are they? Mr. Srikkanth anc Co. need to do a better job of giving more chances to new all rounders, by all rounders I mean fast bowling allrounders! Can't believe it's been a decade since kapil retired and NO all rounder on the circuit.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    Everyone needs time to prove. Irfan, Yousuf had their share of luck but they threw it away. On Indian pitches spin + bat must be prefered over gentle medium pace + bat

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    What about Irfan Pathan He can bat really well can be used as part time bowler

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Ashwin can bat a little bit. I am sure if given some good practice and opportunities, he will turn out to be a better batsman than jadeja as well

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    I'll be happy to see Ashwins and Pathans failing after getting a chance to play in final XI...instead of same player(Jadeja)...who has done nothing as such in ODIs to secure a place in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    why player like YOUSUF PATHAN has been ignored in this crucial moment before world cup!!!! In my opinion Mr. Dhoni and selectors are simply overlooking some great players and trying with some unexperienced newcomers. India is in no 1 spot in tests because of whom... simple ans- sachin laxman dravid zahir harbhajan... so its need to be consistence in ODI team selection to build up quality players.

  • POSTED BY JoseBautista on | October 19, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    even i could play better than jadeja. he is a waste.tell him to come back 10 years later.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    There is so many young and talented batsmen in India. Pujara, Vijay, Sharma, Kohli, Dhawan, S Tiwary, M Tiwary, Rahane, Mukund as well as the less consistent but still talented Karthik, Uthappa, Rayudu, Jadhav and Pandey.

  • POSTED BY Roshanpalisetti on | October 19, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    It feels like Jadeja is the only all-rounder in the whole Indian Cricket. Mr.Dhoni , there are bunch of guys waiting for single chance all their life. Please, stop this experimenting the failed formula again and again. Yousuf, Irfan, mithun, aswin, pujara.... Play someone who can give their everything for his country.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    the question on the pic is that "whether jadeja will CEMENT his place"....come on man...first you need a foundation like a brick kinda performance and then you cement your place by giving more such performance....In case of jadeja former never happened....I trust Dhoni's all other tactics and feel that he is the one who can win us the WC....but this open support for jadeja, I am unable to understand...at least you guys can do us a favour and remove the picture of jadeja....its very annoying....every time I see his face I feel like throwing something at it....and honestly my old computer cant take it

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Please friends don't hate Jadeja...he is a good player but due to physical weakness he has no power to smash a ball for a six.....he needs to spend some time in gym....m sure he will improve....but till than i request selectors & dhoni not to disturb him.....!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 19, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    @sknt : This cricinfo website is for comments by fans & readers. They have a right to express their views. By and large it is a good forum for the readers.By his own consistently poor performances, Jadeja has made himself a "punchbag". The best way to get favourable comments from all, is to perform consistently well. Truth always Hurts. Muffling the fans amounts to being afraid of facing the truth. Nobody uses Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni, Gambhir or Vijay as punching bags. On the other hand they get very high degree of praise from one and all - Why? They give their best and rise to the occasion. The same cannot be said of Jadeja, who got many chances and failed consistently.Fans are fed up of Jadeja.Give deserving players like Ashwin a chance, instead. As for English, some write ups are poor in English and do need some polishing.The Website is richer when democracy prevails - i.e. when all fans have equal rights to express their opinions. India is a Democratic land.

  • POSTED BY rapheeki on | October 19, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    @sknt: Please tell me you're joking? :) You want cricinfo to edit comments? Whatever happened to that little thing called freedom of speech? Granted not all the comments are always well-thought out (as is in your case as well), but a blog/forum is meant to encourage opinions and discussion. Definitely not to stifle it. If users did get "abusive" and disrespectful on a personal level.. they should perhaps be flagged for deletion as many forums do. But we don't want cricinfo to become a communist regime that controls what you say, do we? Also, I highly doubt cricinfo has any anti-player campaigns going on :) There are different bloggers on the team and sometimes they probably all have a negative opinion of certain players/performances that are echoed through the website. So, my advise would be to go ahead and support your player who you might feel is being bullied in these blogs. State your opinion as to why you believe that the blogger/writer is the wrong, and that's what it's all about

  • POSTED BY Agus2010 on | October 19, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Jadeja should proud himself, eventhough 99% of comments against him still he got place in Indian squad eventhough there are so many talented guys waiting in Q, it seems he got the supports from selector as well as captain, hope he will prove in this series that his selection is worth

  • POSTED BY john_paul on | October 19, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Please for heavens sake, try some one other than Jadeja. He has repeatedly failed to go beyond average. Try others before they are aborted in the womb.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    ashwin or yousuf are most suitable than jadeja ... he makes winning matches as lost .. he consumes more deliveries with out making runs ... If he continues more in team i will drop out seeing the cricket matches ... hez d only person responsible for the loss of wc in westindies

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    jadeja unfit for current international team standards...

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    jadeja is the most annoying player in the team .... he must be replaced with someother ... like irfan or yousuf or ashwin who can do something better than this jadeja ...

  • POSTED BY srini_jana on | October 19, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    My questions: 1. What has Ravindra Jadeja done to deserve a place in this team. What are his contributions in the past 1 year or so? 2. Why does Rohit Sharma gets picked everytime as all know that he is an leg before candidate straight from the first ball he faces 3. What did Chetaswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane do wrong…scoring tons of runs in domestic circuit and tours abroad isn't enough? 4. I would go with any of the Pathan brothers instead of R. Jadeja who has Dhoni's full backing. 5. Finally, the difference between Kamran Akmal and Dhoni is Akmal is screwed left, right and center for dropping catches, while Dhoni isn't. He is the most overhyped technically flawed batsman or keeper who is winning by the sheer efforts of others. All you Dhoni believers tell me the matches when he won India a match either in a ODI, T20 or Test with an innings of substance.

  • POSTED BY amrithsaagar on | October 19, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    I am not a Jadeja supporter, but would like to comment based on his stats. The mistake Indian selectors always had done and still doing is that they are not drafting players according to the area where they have performed.

    If you have checked Jadeja's First class records you will find that he had performed extremely well in first class games & not in List A games. He was selected on basis of one season's performance in Rani Trophy first class games, which was a genuine all-rounders performance. So if he was selected based on his performance he should have give opportunity in test matches & not in One-dayer's or T-20's.

    Player's like Joginder, JP Yadav were good all-rounders in First class cricket but they were selected to play for One-dayer's and the fact is that they were not having a good record in List A games ... so they were not successful.e

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Jadeja doesnt deserve a spot in the team and rohit sharma and virat kohli have been inconsistant so they dont deserve a spot in the team either. They should be replaced by SS Tiwary and Irfan pathan as MS Dhoni has been asking for a big hitter down the order and a fast bowler who can bat.

  • POSTED BY nks007 on | October 19, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Ravindar Jadeja is not fit to any form of international games.. He is not even fit to play in domestic.. there are lot of youngsters loosing their chance because of this useless player. Even I can bowl and bat better than him.. India can go with a batsman or a Bowler in 7th position instead of going with Ravindar Jadeja..... I think I wasted my time to comment on this guy.......

  • POSTED BY venbas on | October 19, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Ppl talk about srikanth's bias for TN players, but it is baffling to find non-performers like Jadeja, Rohit and Munaf get chances series after series after series whilst a Vijay/Badri has been a non-regular member. To have any hope of competing in the WC, we need to kick out these non performers and blood the youngsters who have the hunger to prove their worth be it Saurabh or Pujara or any other promising player. Even if we happen to lose this way, we can sure that we will not lose it in a disgraceful manner.

  • POSTED BY srisri on | October 19, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Oh no.... he (Jadeja) being Dhoni's pet is already included in playing XI. Now Cricinfo has to torture me with his photo right on the top of the article?

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    I think India need to settle with their team before going into World cup.. It seems like too many options are tried in the last few months that will make life miserable for India.. here are the few.

    Gambhir is yet to play a full fit - top form game which he played in last year ODIs. Mostly the opening pair in the WC will be sachin-sehwag. so Gambir has to do a lot more to settle down at no.3 , a down where he played only a few matches..

    Then the Yuvi,Raina deadlock kind of.. in ODIs Raina playing a huge part as a finisher .. but India already had a class act in the form of Yuvi long back(atleast a year).. I think both are equally good ..but their role need to be defined before WC..

    And finally Jadeja factor....

    So team india please come up with a 15 which bags the WC atleast this time..

    Hope this time sachin's man of the series ends in a good note

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | October 19, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Finally der seems to b a replacet 4 the permanent member,jadeja.Ashwin is very similar to jadeja in skills bt very good bowler which india were looking for.Make ashwin a fixture till wc.He wud defntly do better than rj,warnes rockstar(hasnt yet nd will never show why he is rated highly bcoz he has been trying his best bt his best is just nt good enough.)poor chap.Rj shud start lookin for other jobs. Jack of all trades master of none

  • POSTED BY happyreddy on | October 19, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    oh my goodness why are you not posting my comments

  • POSTED BY happyreddy on | October 19, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    please for god sake dont give jadeja place in 11 any more, it would be like picking dinesh mongia instaead of lakshman.

    please drop jadeja even from the 15 member squad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    is jadeja a batsman or bowler?. i do watch cricket a lot cant figure out who he is.Is he a another kanitkar who cant do both? selectors pls pick irfan might be our thalai dhoni dnt like him:)

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @Sknt: well said!! few of them are pathetic..they keep hurling around abuses without any rationale.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    The situation in Indian cricket is rare after a very long time where every is scheduled as wait and watch, anything can happen. The youngsters can give us a team which may be good for another ten years or the selectors may have to call back the rested players at the earliest to retain the present status of the team.We are rightly pinning our hopes on the youngsters and pray for their success . By proving themselves good, they can prove their well wishers right. Best of luck.

  • POSTED BY sainath1181 on | October 19, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    jadeja is not gud enough for this arena.go for the old 2003 theory of playing seven batsman and four bowlers.dnt forget tht the world cup is in subcontinent.yuvraj and sehwag can share the remaining quota of overs.most of the times they r more than handful.make rohit play at no.4 and raina at7.by this it will be right left combination till no.7.they should play the role wht yuvi and kaif did for india.every body knows that rohit is an exceptional quality and more over he is 50+ ODI's old.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    INDIA depends on MSD, RAINA and VJ..

    Australia depends on WARNER, HUSSEY and R. Jadeja!!!!!! rofl

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    he is the worst guy in indian team....just wasting a place in team india........saurav tiwary is a better choice!

  • POSTED BY samir08 on | October 19, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    no cricket in usa , india vs aus please launch neo cricket on dishnetwork pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Why is Rohit Sharma still there? Play Pujara!

  • POSTED BY kiranksl on | October 19, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    To those commenting here about the Pathan brothers...Irfan is not in the reckoning because he hasn't done anything of note in domestic cricket to get his spot back (He wasn't even picked for the Irani trophy recently). We all dream and wish that Irfan is our answer to Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Broad or Angelo Mathews...just because you think Irfan will get you out doesn't mean he deserves a place. As for Yousuf, it'll only take a couple of bouncers or even the threat of one to get this domestic bully out. We all saw how painfully obvious this was made in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    kicked it out jadeja he is nothing then another thing

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    I am glad almost everyone agrees Jadeja is not fit for the Indian team. As far as Yusuf's stats go: he comes in so late (almost at the end of the innings) and is expected to make a 100? Give him a break. He is a wonderful player who should be brought is earlier, so he has time to settle down & play his big shots. I am a big fan of Irfan as well. Remember how the brothers saved us from a humiliation in Srilanka. If it wasn't for them, India (the world champs then) would have returned home red faced. Another fantastic player in the making is Aniruddha Srikanth. Hopefully, he would not be sidelined too long, just because his dad is the chief selector (& he would not want it to seem that his son is getting into the team because of nepotism).

  • POSTED BY ms.arjun on | October 19, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    One more thing to address is the over-confidence of Indian batting. apart from the God, Sachin, the other batsmen defnitely give a scare. Sehwag is too inconsistent, Gambhir is very much prone to injuries. Yuvraj is yet to make a comeback..Failure of Dhoni's dravid avatar..and Raina's short ball weakness...Kohli's attitude towards the game..Rohit's failure to perform in big stages...Viay's inexperience in ODI cricket...This is one serious issue to be addressed along with No:7 spot. India has developed a habit of losing ournaments that matters most, and I am sure none of us would like to hear Dhoni say, "WELL OF-COURSE, we lost the world cup". Come on guys, win the cup not for us, but for one man called Sachin Tendulkar who has given everytihing for this game and made all of us proud...we all owe it to him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Nampally, why are you leaving Gambhir out, puzzles me. Gambhir & Sehwag, then Tendulkar, then in #4 we need a batsman like Dravid or Laxman or someone who can hold the innings together possibly a test player with good temperment and defense.

  • POSTED BY sknt on | October 19, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    I would request cricinfo to start doing a few things if they want to make this website more widely read and likeable. Kindly stop anti-player campaigns, like the one that is going on against Ravindra Jadeja. Almost every time India plays a one-day match, he appears to be the favourite punching bag for everyone concerned,as if he is responsible for all the ills the team has. And also please start filtering out a little the comments from readers, or atleast editing them a bit. Some of them are terrible to read,are abusive,throw mud against one another, full of factual and grammatical mistakes, and just not worth putting up on the site. Kindly consider these humble requests.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | October 19, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Ashwin started his career as a batsman. That to an opening bat.He has played quite well in the domestic matches. His bowling is top class and he is improving all the time. He could be the surprise element. Ashwin also plays the big shots. He is the ideal No 7 as he has the cricketing intelligence as well. Jadeja just will not make it as a big hitter. He is a fairly good bowler though even if Ashwin seems the better of them.Given his versatility, I think they should make Ashwin a regular for all the matches even if Jadeja plays as well in the XI. I also feel they should keep Pujara away from this format and the 20/20 games. Once he evolves more in Tests, he has the ability to make adjustments as needed. Jadeja came into the limelight because of the IPL and Shane Warne calling him a rock star in the making. I am sorry to say this but Shane has been wrong with his assessments quite often. Kamran Khan is a glaring example.I hope the selectors make their own judgement about the players.

  • POSTED BY Viper2.0 on | October 19, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Donno how long dhoni is gonna persist with jadeja.How many chances will he get? This guy has no batting talent,he bowls a bit and doesn't even have the mental toughness or the nerves to battle it out when the going gets tough.We don't want a situation during the world cup in a knockout scenario when India is 6 or 7 down needing just another 25 runs in 30 balls and jadeja comes in to bat and bat the way like he famously did in the T20 match against England(believe me he bats like this in every other match he has played),do we?The list only grows on!!Can anyone tell me a single innings tat jadeja played in an ODI or even a T20 as a matter of fact that helped India to win the match. Donno how many matches India are gonna suffer because of him?.Hope he doesn't make it to the team for the world cup,because if he does India's hope of winning the world cup will be in serious jeopardy!

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    jadeja doesn't deserve a place in this side , yousuf is a far better player than jadeja he can single handedly turn any game with his big hitting and the conditions in india will suit him

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | October 19, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I don't even care if India get thrashed badly in these 2 matches, but I hope Jadeja fails miserably once again in these 2 matches. That will be the end of all debates and everyone, even Dhoni, can safely say that Jadeja sucks. And then someone else more worthy can take his spot.

  • POSTED BY ms.arjun on | October 19, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    "Shakib Al Hasan", now that's a player whom we call a real all-rounder.India is positioned for the world cup with six batsmen, Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj (praying that he gets back to his form soon), Dhoni and Raina, and four bowlers, Zaheer, Nehra, Praveen and Harbhajan. Now let's break it down, the spin dept., Harbhajan is all alone and should be accompanied by another spinner. So that makes a spot either Ashwin or Jadeja, both are good but Ashwin is much better. Next the pace dept., strong enough, both Zaheer and Nehra are capable of reverse swing and Yorkers and Praveen's early swing is lethal too. Finally, the batting dept., the top six fail, there is no way to recover, so to be safe, we can add pure batsman who can slog and play sensibily too, that gives way to Rohit and Kohli. But thats no good, as it weakens the spin attack, which is vital in Indian pitches. Verdict, Ashwin would be a perfect first choice, or to swap Praveen with Ashwin, and add Irfan to playing XI.

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | October 19, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I don't even care if India get thrashed badly in these 2 matches, but I hope Jadeja fails miserably once again in these 2 matches. That will be the end of all debates and everyone, even Dhoni, can safely say that Jadeja sucks. And then someone else more worthy can take his spot.

  • POSTED BY swapnil10 on | October 19, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Jadeja is not good choice...Yusuf Pathan should play for jadeja and rohit sharma should play for virat kohli...then according to me it will be balanced side.

  • POSTED BY daksh2011 on | October 19, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    if india is the champion team ,they need no to expect jadja to score century. if he is at no.7 ,he is handy with 30-40 runs , handy bowler to bowl 10ov wth a couple of wic i& a good fielder. yusuf & irfan can do that .so selectors go with him.

  • POSTED BY vipin.chaudhary2325 on | October 19, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    i will stop watching Indian ODI matches, If jadeja play in the team... he is so frustrating, he has played 35-40 matches, without a single match won by himself

  • POSTED BY lankarminnows on | October 19, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    what on earth is going on? where is irfan pathan ?

  • POSTED BY Santhosh3186 on | October 19, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    @Nampally, I guess you totally Forgot Gauti :) And also u cant bring in anyone with less than 10 match experience to a world cup squad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    choosing jedeja will be the bad and worst for indian team. coz it is in his place we need a quality player but not like the one jedeja. we have lot of youngsters. but i cant understand on what basis he is still in the 1st eleven or even in the indian team. he have to develop a lot in domestic level and have to prove. he is taking the chance of s.tiwary to prove. i think dhoni will not do the mistake by choosing jedeja in the final eleven even though indian selectors done that mistake.

    Please can anyone tell me on what basis he is selected? Is he is the best player that we can get from our domestic tournaments? please somebody help me..

  • POSTED BY RaviKarri on | October 19, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    He already cemented his place. We have to see him as long as Dhoni is the Capitan. Similarly we will miss Irfan as log as Dhoni is captain. India has been playing ODIs with just 9 players (Jadeja and Yuvi). Hope Yuvi will get back to form at least by World cup. Not listing Irfan as Dhoni will not like him. Wold cup team should be 1) Shewag, 2) Sachin, 3) Gambir\Kohli, 4) Kohli\Pujara (But not Rohit), 5) Raina, 6) Dhoni, 7) Yuvi (He should be at 7 ONLY), 8) Harbajan, 9) Praveen, 10) Zaheer, 11) Nehra, 12) Ashwin, 13) Sourav Tiwary, 14) Pragyan Ojha

  • POSTED BY inswing on | October 19, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Jadeja is not there because he is great, he is there because India has no better alternatives for an allrounder. Irfan Pathan is the only other realistic option. In the past, Pathan's bowling has been extremely costly, but he could be given another chance. Otherwise, mediocre Jadeja is all there is, like it or not. Rohit Sharma has been given many chances and has failed repeatedly after a few good innings years ago. Time to try someone else.

  • POSTED BY crazytaurean on | October 19, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Last time for Mr Jadeja, eh. Well personally Yusuf Pathan inspires more awe. I hope Dhoni finds the gumption to pick a Yusuf or Ashwin over Jadeja. I have commented earlier also, Jadeja doesnt inspire confidence, to the point that he looks like going through the motions. Well, one good series and he should be the favourite again. Would love to see a surprise performance from Jadeja, and I really hope he keeps surprising till the WC !! I also feel Irfan Pathan should be a decent contender for the No 7 spot. He does have the uncanny habit of being among wickets and is a decent bat. Also Dravid needs to be on the horizon somewhere, he is dependable and still got it in him. He can be a great calming influence in the dressing room and besides experience counts.

  • POSTED BY Afroze.... on | October 19, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    i donno why all of u r staked against jadeja....thought evn i feel irfan shud be given a chance......jadeja is an outstanding fielder...he bowls consistently well...and his economy is gr8....his batting is slightly out of the mark but if he getz time to settle he will definetely...and anywayz how cn u expect a batsmen bating at no.7 to have a above 40 average...

  • POSTED BY happyreddy on | October 19, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    where are my comments, please post them

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 19, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Let's wait and see what Dhoni sees in Jadeja. If it is a matter of confidence we will know soon enough. At the very least he is a good fielder, so he is not somebody we need to hide in the field. Batting in his position, it is hard to rack up the averages, leave alone the aggregates. Please let's not start begging for Irfan Pathan. He bats well these days, but his bowling is a run feast. Dravid? Please! If this Indian team needs someone to make batting look difficult, it can pick him. Right now, India's bench looks stronger than it has ever been. No worries for the WC, really. Rohit Sharma and Kohli better knuckle down and make some serious scores, or the Pujaras and Rahanes will leave them in the dust.

  • POSTED BY vilas on | October 19, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Jadeja is an untalented hack, probably the luckiest guy playing cricket today. He's made his money playing the IPL and now with the ODI team by being completely mediocre . I don't understand his value at all. One day he will make his Test debut and thats when I kill myself

  • POSTED BY happyreddy on | October 19, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    where is the spot for tiwary, please remove that jadeja, who has lost so many games for india. he is the person who looks for averages when required to bat at a faster strike rate

  • POSTED BY HardHitrz on | October 19, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    I dont know why rohit sharma is getting chance even after his recent failures.he is the worse player i had ever seen.In the place of him either yusuf phatan,or irfan phatan or uttapa is better choice

  • POSTED BY HardHitrz on | October 19, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I dont know why rohit sharma is getting chance even after his recent failures.he is the worse player i had ever seen.In the place of him either yusuf phatan,or irfan phatan or uttapa is better choice

  • POSTED BY Harshtmm on | October 19, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    I totally agree with Ravi. Jadeja is not international class and shouldn't be in the team.

  • POSTED BY happyreddy on | October 19, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Why still continue jadeja in team. please to the team mangment why dont you listen to the people who also have been watching cricket for so long. you might miss the matches and stats but we do not , so please remove jadeja from the 15 and give chance to some one who is more potential.

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | October 19, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Taking a your own line to summarize your article: Ashwin fulfills the first requirement while Jadeja hasn't quite managed to fill the second OR ANY OTHER.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 19, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    shaun marsh is almost first picked. hopes will bat at seven if paine opens which i dont think he will. australia: marsh, warner, clarke, white, hussey, hopes, paine, smith, hauritz, mckay, starc/bollinger

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Oh my God!!! Jadeja playing again??????? If Dhoni wants him to play, he should give his spot to jadeja... I dont hate Jadeja but he dont have what it requires for an International standard player...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 19, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    I am surprised that Jadeja is still in contention after his countless and repeated failures at #7 spot. Ashwin and Mithun are both good contenders for #7 spot. Jadeja had far too many chances. Yusuf Pathan can't bat against good bowling and all his heroics are against second rate bowling. So he should be ruled out too.Why not have Yuvraj fill in the #7 spot of an all rounder as he has proven record. Pujara can take a batting spot at #3, Raina#4, kohli /Sharma#5, Dhoni #6, Yuvraj#7, Ashwin#8, P.Kumar#9, Nehra #10, #11 Ishant/Mithun/Unadkat. The openers for the World ODI team should be Sehwag & Tendulkar.Inclusion of Jadeja is waste of one spot and must stop experimenting with him.Indian batting is good as long as Sachin & Sehwag are at the top. Otherwise it is unreliable and questionable.If these 2 open, Vijay will be out or will have to go down lower at the expense of Kohli orRohit..Yuvraj is the best & automatic choice for #7.Get the 3 fast bowlers sorted out.What about Zahir& Dravid?

  • POSTED BY Night.angel on | October 19, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    jadeja is the biggest joke in this indian team. he got great potential how to lose when it matters. give irfan a chance manda

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  • POSTED BY Night.angel on | October 19, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    jadeja is the biggest joke in this indian team. he got great potential how to lose when it matters. give irfan a chance manda

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 19, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    I am surprised that Jadeja is still in contention after his countless and repeated failures at #7 spot. Ashwin and Mithun are both good contenders for #7 spot. Jadeja had far too many chances. Yusuf Pathan can't bat against good bowling and all his heroics are against second rate bowling. So he should be ruled out too.Why not have Yuvraj fill in the #7 spot of an all rounder as he has proven record. Pujara can take a batting spot at #3, Raina#4, kohli /Sharma#5, Dhoni #6, Yuvraj#7, Ashwin#8, P.Kumar#9, Nehra #10, #11 Ishant/Mithun/Unadkat. The openers for the World ODI team should be Sehwag & Tendulkar.Inclusion of Jadeja is waste of one spot and must stop experimenting with him.Indian batting is good as long as Sachin & Sehwag are at the top. Otherwise it is unreliable and questionable.If these 2 open, Vijay will be out or will have to go down lower at the expense of Kohli orRohit..Yuvraj is the best & automatic choice for #7.Get the 3 fast bowlers sorted out.What about Zahir& Dravid?

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Oh my God!!! Jadeja playing again??????? If Dhoni wants him to play, he should give his spot to jadeja... I dont hate Jadeja but he dont have what it requires for an International standard player...

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 19, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    shaun marsh is almost first picked. hopes will bat at seven if paine opens which i dont think he will. australia: marsh, warner, clarke, white, hussey, hopes, paine, smith, hauritz, mckay, starc/bollinger

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | October 19, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Taking a your own line to summarize your article: Ashwin fulfills the first requirement while Jadeja hasn't quite managed to fill the second OR ANY OTHER.

  • POSTED BY happyreddy on | October 19, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Why still continue jadeja in team. please to the team mangment why dont you listen to the people who also have been watching cricket for so long. you might miss the matches and stats but we do not , so please remove jadeja from the 15 and give chance to some one who is more potential.

  • POSTED BY Harshtmm on | October 19, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    I totally agree with Ravi. Jadeja is not international class and shouldn't be in the team.

  • POSTED BY HardHitrz on | October 19, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I dont know why rohit sharma is getting chance even after his recent failures.he is the worse player i had ever seen.In the place of him either yusuf phatan,or irfan phatan or uttapa is better choice

  • POSTED BY HardHitrz on | October 19, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    I dont know why rohit sharma is getting chance even after his recent failures.he is the worse player i had ever seen.In the place of him either yusuf phatan,or irfan phatan or uttapa is better choice

  • POSTED BY happyreddy on | October 19, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    where is the spot for tiwary, please remove that jadeja, who has lost so many games for india. he is the person who looks for averages when required to bat at a faster strike rate