India news January 31, 2013

Nayar to join India A squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai's Abhishek Nayar has been selected to play for India A against Australia in a tour match in February. Nayar was not a part of the India A and Board President's XI squads announced earlier this week.

Nayar, who was the second-highest run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy this season, scored 966 runs for Mumbai, including three centuries and eight 50s. He also picked up 19 wickets to play an important role in the team's 40th Ranji Trophy title.

The India A team, led by Delhi's Shikhar Dhawan, will play a three-day game against Australia from February 16-18 in Chennai.

India A squad: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Jiwanjot Singh, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, C Gautam, Rakesh Dhruv, Jalaj Saxena, Manpreet Gony, Vinay Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Menaria, Abhishek Nayar.

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  • Harman on February 2, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    My India A XI would have been: Jiwanjot Singh, W. Jaffer, Paras Dogra, Jagadeesh, A. Muzumdar, RS Paliwal, C Gautam, A. Nayar, R Jadeja, Ishwar Pandey, Satish Kaul, Suraj Yadav, S. Nadeem, Ajit Agarkar(Capt)

    totally based on their current season..

  • Al on February 1, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    It looks like bowlers in India A squad have been selected on past years performances. Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma of Punjab took twice as many wickets as Gony, yet our Selectors picked Gony. Nadeem, who was the best spinner in this Ranji season, fails to find a place while flops like Ashok Menaria and Vinay Kumar get selected. Our Selectors need to discard the seniority system and select players on their recent performances, not what they did 2-3 years back.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    A pretty welcome I hope he does not warm the bench..I think he has the potential to be one of the very best...lets persist with him over some matches and preferbaly give him a long run in all formats before taking a judgement

  • Raj on January 31, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    oh! Indian cricket can't survive without Rohit Sharma. You can find him every where even after seeing worst performance. What is wrong with selectors giving middle order chance to Dinesh Karthik.

  • Sachin on January 31, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Congratullations Abhishek, My India A XI would be: Shikhar Dhawan, Jiwanjot Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwari, Abhishek Nayar, C.Gautam, Jalaj Saxena, Dhawal Kulkarni, Manpreet Gony, Rakesh Dhruv

  • Sriram on January 31, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Nothing against them but, Nayar, Binny and other allrounders might do well at Ranji level, but i doubt at International level. Its a diff league, but we can only try with what he have. We have see a lil bit of them in IPL against some tough bowling..they have a long way to go. The problem is India A unlike England Lions play very little outside and these allrounders must get more to play quality bowling outside subcontinent to test themselves before pushed to International cricket.

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