Australia in India 2010 October 22, 2010

Win shows India's bench strength - Srikkanth

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kris Srikkanth, chairman of the Indian team's selection committee, has termed the victory over Australia in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam a confidence-booster ahead of the World Cup. India went into the game without five first-choice players and their inexperienced bowling attack conceded 289, but the young batting line-up responded calmly to complete India's highest successful chase against Australia.

The victory was set up by Virat Kohli 118, and there were half-centuries from Yuvraj Singh, who has struggled for form and fitness over the past few months, and Suresh Raina.

"It was an important win in the context of the World Cup because it creates confidence in the team," Srikkanth told the newspaper DNA. "When you win against the No. 1 one-day team in the world chasing a record total, it is all the more satisfying.

"The way we approached the game was fantastic. The good sign is that the youngsters are putting up their hands and taking up responsibility. It has proved that we have strong bench strength. It's always heartening to see youngsters winning matches for you. It is a good sign for any country."

Injuries and fitness concerns have meant India have only sporadically fielded top players like Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in recent one-day tournaments. With the 2011 World Cup set to begin in four months, the selectors have a rotation policy in place for one-dayers to ensure the first-choice stars are fit and fresh for the competition.

Following the Australia series, India play five ODIs at home against New Zealand and five more in South Africa, apart from three-Test series against both teams. Srikkanth said there was a plan in place to manage the personnel in the lead-up to the World Cup.

"We have held meetings with the captain, coach, team management and the BCCI," Srikkanth said. "We know what they are doing with the board. We have drawn up a beautiful plan in coordination with all sides concerned. We're on track."

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  • Yusuf on October 25, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Hi Shrikant, Now that u can see clearly that we can win without ravindra jadeja ( pun intended ).. We hope that u stop picking him for the subsequent series

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2010, 20:46 GMT


    Be careful while saying the words like "thrash" or anything. Everybody is having right to express their feeling. You're talking about T20 WC2007, what happened afterthat? There are two world cups. Everyone does know the facts. I didn't comment on you. And there are so many players than sachin who can win the matches when it is needed. Ex: VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Sehwag, etc. I didn't talk anything badly about sachin. ofcourse i'm also a big fan of sachin.

  • joseph on October 24, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    I think team should be prepared to chase 350+ if the no.7 selected is a batsman (say Kohli). Need to have that mentality. Then only we can overcome Aus.

  • joseph on October 24, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    @sunny patel. If that is the case then for every match India will chase 350+. But I hope that there might not be any allrounder at no.7th position. In that case then Virat kohli may get a chance. But it is risky for every match. You can depend on Sachin, Gambir, Yuvraj, harbajan and dhoni to some extent to chase that total.

  • praveen on October 24, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    I can't resist my self from posting some facts in here after reading so many trash comments about Sachin not playing T20 WC, but IPL. FYI... Sachin has ruled out himself from playing shorter version of the game before even IPL was on the cards. If you guys still want to know the facts, here you go : T20 WC was first held in 2007 where as IPL in 2008.

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    @joseyeu, i think the line up will be Viru, Sach, Gauti, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Bhajji, Praveen, Zak, and Nehra! With Virat, Yuvi, and Raina to come in the order depending on the situtation. And the same three, plus Viru to make up our 5th bowler(more likely to be Yuvi and Viru).

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @ Valavan Chandran : PLZ READ WHAT IS POSTED AND INFER FROM THERE.DONT COOK UP WORDS. I SAID "some" does not mean "all" or "none"... it just means 'ponting lost his MIDAS TOUCH after the big boys retired' !

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 14:55 GMT


    My point is that if sachin can play 25 to 30 matches of IPL every year, why can't he play those 5 matches of T20 WC (I'm not asking him to play every T2 Asking about world cup T20 matches? Only reason he is not playing is he will get paid more money in IPL than other matches. And should play Alternate ODI's also. It's not good for him and the team to leave whole ODI's before WC11.

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    BCCI is having so much of money. Why can't they prepare some good bouncy pitches ( or bringing that soil from Aus or SA to prepare some good bouncy pitches). In that way bowlers will be rewarded well

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    What is Dhoni's contribution with the Bat since last 3 years? Not playing well. Just depending on all other batsmen. Sending them before him. In 80% of time he will succeed by sending other batsmen before him and remaining time if india struggles he plays a dirty innings (say 50 runs in 80 balls) and India will lose that match......well he will save his ODI Average. Sourav Ganguly is the best Captain and played unselfishly. Let us see what he will do in WC11

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