Australia in India 2013-14 October 20, 2013

India retain squad for rest of the series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma retained his place for the remaining four ODIs as the BCCI tweeted an unchanged squad for the ongoing series against Australia after India lost two of the first three matches.

Ishant finished with figures of 1 for 63 from eight overs in the third ODI after conceding 30 runs in an over which turned the match in Australia's favour. In the first two ODIs too, his economy rate was eight and 7.77 runs per over respectively. India's pace attack, particularly in the death overs, has been a cause of concern for a while now and captain MS Dhoni admitted after the third ODI that the death bowling had become a "headache".

Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has kept his economy rate under six in all three matches so far, the two other pacers India have bowled with - Ishant and Vinay Kumar - have been unimpressive as India conceded more than 300 in all three ODIs.

The other pace options in the squad are Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat, who have not been given a chance in the series yet. Unadkat and Shami were among the top three wicket-takers in the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in August as they finished with eight and six wickets, respectively, behind Amit Mishra, who hasn't played in the ongoing series yet, who took 18 wickets.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat

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  • Vishal on October 27, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Playing XI that will guarantee a victory in the sixth ODI: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Suresh Raina, 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. MS Dhoni, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Amit Mishra, 9. Mohammed Shami, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Jaydev Unadkat.

    With that squad you have the Jadeja, Mishra, Shami, Bhuvi and Unadkat to bowl 10 over each. In case any of them is having an off-day, you have Rohit, Shikhar, Virat, Raina, Yuvi or in the worst case even Dhoni to put in a few overs. Shikhar should be tried as he bowled very well a few months ago in an India A game which I think was also against the Aussies. This Nagpur pitch also does favour spinners at times and so maybe the third seamer will not be used fully.

    My predictions for the amount of overs bowled by each bowler:

    1.) Bhuvneshwar Kumar = 10 overs 2.) Mohammed Shami = 10 overs 3.) Jaydev Unadkat = 5 overs 4.) Amit Mishra = 10 overs 5.) Ravindra Jadeja = 10 overs 6.) Yuvraj Singh = 3 overs 7.) Suresh Raina = 2 overs

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    With 5 matches gone, India needs to win both the remaining matches to come on top. They will have to select the playing XI wisely. I'd revert to playing 4 regular bowlers and 7 batsmen, including Dhoni. There are quite a few part-timers who can manage the remaining 10 overs. Suresh Raina has bowled well and Rohit Sharma hasn't even been tried. Put your thinking caps on, guys.

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Why avg scores continue to be low in Pak matches when they too play mostly on roads..............Why in WC 2011 avg scores in all Non Indain matches were too low despite those being played on same so called dead Indian pitches..........similarly in ASIA cup scores in all non Indian matches were around 460 & in Indian Matches were 600........ ANS is poor Ind bowling & exceptional Ind batting

  • Yasiru on October 23, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @ anilkp

    Very sensitive and True comment about the situation of ishant .Basically the situation common to all cricketers...They dont study ,go picnics or do any other thing..They just know how to play cricket....when they are out from the team for one bad performance it sums up all the respct that he is given for his lifetime dedication.......

  • Pradeep on October 22, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Ishant baba no doubt is a hard working cricketer. However, it looks like he needs some time off to sort himself and his bowling. Continuing to play is detrimental to his own growth or progress not to speak of the team. It is not the 30 runs he gave that is the problem. It is the fact that he has been consistently erratic and unreliable over a period of time interspersed with a few happy moments. I'm sure Ishant was as surprised as anyone by taking those 2 wickets that turned the match in India's favor in the Champions trophy final. That sums up his state of mind. Absolutely clueless. Go back to domestic cricket, get a good bowling advisor and come back Ishant baba.

  • Android on October 22, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I luv cricket n I m a die hard follower of MSD but whatever he z doing by backing some blunt players in the well poised series is just not tolerable. Not a Ishant hater but for all those saying he is getting beaten up coz of our flat tracks den to all those plz c clearly his. figures he is same ineffective everywhere I guess u all remember champions trophy final . Same is wid Ashwin Jadeja much younger n sort of less of a bowler compared to him yet jaddu posses 5 wicket haul n ashwins best is only of 3 I mean dont waste talenta lik Ojha and Mishra. And somebody tell me where is Praveen kumar .Bhuvi n Praveen vl b acid for india .

  • V.L on October 22, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    If he is in the playing XI for tomorrow then we can kiss the trophy goodbye!

  • vaidhyanathan on October 22, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    send BHUVI home & Just give a chance to Mr.Nehra and Dinda BABA along with Ishantji. Then there will be no counter to Indian bowling which would be the pretty much best in the world

  • IndTheBest on October 22, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Requesting Agarkar to come out of retirement and take Ishant Sharma's place won't be a bad idea!!

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Obviously it is still surprising that even after 8 years in international cricket, Ishant still need spoon feeding. I am not totally against him but if India's front line bowler cannot handle the other teams 6th/7th no batsman then only god can help India's bowling. And if someone is comparing Ishant with Stuart Board then it is again a joke. I didn't remember if Ishant has won any "Man of the Series" award in his career. And if you cannot put your own mind in bowling then must see the other teams bowlers what they are doing in same condition(s). That's good way to learn.