Australia in India 2012-13

The contenders for the Australia series

Ahead of the meeting of the national selection panel, which coincides with the final day of the ongoing Irani Cup, a look at what's on offer for the selectors for the upcoming Australia series

Siddhartha Talya in Mumbai

February 9, 2013

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The final day of the Irani Cup will coincide with a meeting of India's national selection panel in Mumbai to pick the squad for the Test series against Australia, starting on February 22 in Chennai. The game itself hasn't thrown up any convincing answers, despite the possibility of several openings in the side - starting with the openers, then the middle order and the bowling department. But we take a look at what's been on offer for the selectors to judge in the four days and the options they could consider.


Rohit Sharma began his tour of West Indies A with a 94, West Indies A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Barbados, 2nd day, June 3, 2012
Rohit Sharma's careless dismissal in the Irani Cup could dampen his chances of being selected for the Australia series © West Indies Cricket Board
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Openers

  • Virender Sehwag was ruled out of the match due to a stomach upset, when he perhaps needed a stint in the middle before the Australia Tests since being dropped from the ODI side.

  • M Vijay did his case no harm with a century in the first innings, but played a loose drive, not for the first time, to be dismissed in the second. Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir could still be likely starters, so Vijay, who had a poor Ranji season but has been a Test opener, could be in contention as a back-up option.

  • Likewise with Wasim Jaffer. With an average of 76 this domestic season, and a fluent 80 in the first innings of the Irani Cup, he's in better nick than most.

  • Shikhar Dhawan missed out on a good chance to score a century in the first innings, having played a solid innings, and was dismissed cheaply in the second while trying to pull Dhawal Kulkarni in the first over. He is part of the India A squad for the warm-up game against Australia, but that's after the selectors have picked the 15 for the Tests.

Middle order

  • Ajinkya Rahane has been part of India's Test squads in the past, and he strengthened his case during his 83 against Rest of India. He looked set for another ton, but was at the receiving end of a poor lbw decision. The selectors, in the past, have said he is a middle-order option, and he is a strong candidate for the No.6 slot.

  • Rohit Sharma played a reckless shot against Harbhajan Singh to be dismissed for a duck. He played out 11 dot balls before trying to slog-sweep Harbhajan, and got a top edge. He has been long tipped for a Test place, but that dismissal is unlikely to sit well with selectors.

  • Suresh Raina, together with Rahane, will be a contender for a No. 6 slot. He made an attacking century in the first innings, coming in to the Irani Cup with runs in the ODI series against England.

  • Ravindra Jadeja, who is not playing the Irani Cup, could still be favoured over his competitors; he made his debut in the Nagpur Test against England.

  • Manoj Tiwary had trouble against Abhishek Nayar, but reached a fifty in the second innings. Ambati Rayudu batted positively in both innings, making an attractive century in the second, but he and Tiwary are still down in the pecking order for a middle-order position.

Pace

  • Dhawal Kulkarni, leading an inexperienced attack, didn't put the batsmen under enough pressure. He picked up nine wickets in the Ranji Trophy final but faces stiff competition.

  • Parwinder Awana and Ashok Dinda were part of the squad for the Nagpur Test, but are not part of the Irani Cup. Sreesanth bowled some testing bouncers, but Rest of India's seamers hardly got any movement and were low on pace.

  • Abhimanyu Mithun and Ishwar Pandey picked up wickets but didn't make a compelling case. Like Sreesanth, they, too, had problems with overstepping, were taken for runs during a seventh-wicket stand between Sachin Tendulkar and Ankeet Chavan, and rarely beat the bat.

  • Shami Ahmed bowled well in the nets on the eve of the game, but wasn't picked in the XI. He's part of the India A squad, but it's unclear if he's done enough to break through for the Tests. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made his international debut this home season, is also in contention.

Spin

  • Pragyan Ojha had a poor game, unable to impart much spin on the ball, and was toyed with by Tendulkar. But he and R Ashwin, away playing the Corporate Trophy, are almost certain to be picked.

  • Harbhajan Singh is keen to return to India colours; he's one game away from playing his 100th Test and has a good record against Australia. He was the better of the two Rest of India spinners in Mumbai but was a beneficiary of some poor shot selection and an umpiring error. That the selectors are looking at Harbhajan again says much about the lack of spin options emerging from the domestic circuit.

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Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Ambati Raydu batted very well in Irani trophy. Selector must need to give him a chance. His wicket keeping ability is one of the positive point if dhoni got injured in the mid of the game but important thing is that in current form he is second most reliable batsman in test format after pujara.

Posted by gajjlu on (February 10, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

this selection is ridiculous common again and again proven failed cricketers r given chance.it seems for dhoni jadeja is more than raina as friend.

what can rayudu do more to earn the name.sorry rayudu for u u shud have born as a cricketer in austalia or england or south africa u would have become a legend by now what an innings u played today my boy aginst mumbai.

come on rayudu u r just near but far

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

u r missing again most talented natural cricketer Rayudu

Posted by anupam9992 on (February 10, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

If there is any player to be added to the squad that played with england it should be Ambati Rayudu. He can bat at any position,I cant understand what still left for him to prove to be in the squad,

Posted by WilfredCrasta on (February 10, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

Raina should be included, because the series played in India. Jafar should be given opener slot. Vijays knock was not as confident as Jaffar's. Bajji should be in plaing 11, because he is bowling better than Aswin and Ohja. No chance for Gambir, Rohit.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

my 11 would be 1)gambhir 2 )sehwag / jaffer 3)pujara4)sachin5)dhoni*6)raina7)kohl 8)ashwin9)ishant10)ojha11)bhunaswer kumar. gambhir will be a good player so we give chance for himi

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

my choice is playing eleven will be -murali vijay,v.sehwag,pujara,v.kholi,s.raina,m.s.dhoni,r.jadeja,s.tendulkar,r.ashwin,p.ojha,harbhajan singh,b.kumar,s.ahmed.ishwar pandey,sreesanth ,am.rahane, m.tiwary

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

@ spkumar, Rayudu has been sidelined because he punched Shivlal Yadav's son Arjun Yadav in a domestic game long ago. As far as I know that's what totally destroyed all his chances of ever playing for India, notwithstanding ICL. In fact that may be the reason he played in the ICL in the first place. He's really fortunate that he at least got to play the IPL considering how political selection can be in India.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

if india wants to win the test series they should include suresh raina in the test series he has shown a lot of intense and willingness to get to the test squad and he as proven to the selection that is the player who can handle the lower middle order. HE IS THE PROVEN TALENT

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

My 11 would be 1) Jaffer 2) Gambhir/Vijay 3) Pujara 4)Tendulkar 5)Kohli 6)Raina 7) Dhoni 8) Ashwin 9) B kumar 10) Ishant 11) Ojha are the ppl i feel will make d cut 2 d final 11...tho tough competition 4 d opening slot..coz its difficult 2 leave out a match winner like Sehwag !!!...but i feel it would b good gv players like jaffer an vijay who r performing well at d domestic front...Best of Luck TEAM INDIA !!!!

Posted by piyush_Daredevils on (February 10, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Gambhir,Sehwag,pujara,sachin,virat,raina,dhoni(c),ashwin,ojha,ishant,sreesanth,shami,rahane,bhajji,nayar,

if sehwag unfit -then rahane can be asked to open . nayar can also be tried at the no 6 place as he provides a useful seaming option .

Posted by spkumar123 on (February 10, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Why Ambati Rayudu name is not in here.

He has proved his talent, all the time in all forms of the tournament. He has Sachin's endorcement also, why he is not considered at all.

Rayudu is the one, who is most ignored do not know the reason. May be his ICL or his sheer badluck.

Posted by Dhanno on (February 10, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

" A due consideration was given to Jaffer's current form, but the selection committee keeping an eye on future has drafted Vijay as an opener (due to brilliant century in ongoing Irani trophy). Sehwag has been rested due to prolonged stomach upsetism and Vijay will accompany Gambhir. Rohit has shown lots of promise in recent england tour and raina's two hundreds in last 5 days has earned both of them recall. Jadeja keeps his spot after impressive showing in ODIs. Harbhajan's past performance against Aus earns him recall. Rahane/ Dhawan miss out due to high competition for places. VK, Pujara, SRT are other batsman in side. Dhoni is retained as captain. We are not declaring the fast bowling squad as we have no idea who will be abroad for treatment in next weeks.

Also being home series there is no backup opener, in case gambhir is sick, rohit will be drafted in as opener. You do remember his scintillating 100 against Eng recently right ? " - COCS (Chairman Of Committee de Selection)

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

Rohit Sharma always complicates things for himself and for selectors.Dhoni gave chance to Rohit as an opener and Rohit played a match winning knock.But the success went into his head and he got out cheaply in Dharmashala. That is the problem. Now in the Irani cup he played a reckless shot and got out.The word "Recklessness" indicates that he is young and Immature. Immmature because he is not able to realize the competition. One option is, give Rohit chance as an opener in Test Cricket.It will give him ample time to settle and play and removes the necessity of playing shots in the air early in the innings. Javagal Srinath once said "If u want to give chance to a bowler ,first give him in test Cricket".I think It will apply to Batsmen also.Second option is don`t pick him for Test at all. Retain him only for ODI and T-20 as an opener. The fitness problems of fast bowlers need to be looked into seriously and a Doctor is need of the hour along with a regular Physio.

Posted by awalia on (February 10, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

India has on;ly one Spinner That is Harbhajan Singh other like Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra & Piyush are all Jokes

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

It's high time now..!! India team selectors are ought to take some hard steps in order to get a better performance from the team after a 4-0 whitewash in the hands of England.. The players can't take their position in the team for granted,they need to perform to survive in the team..and for this if you need to drop some big names it won't be a shocker..!! The best team to tame Aussies would be - M.Vijay, V.Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, C.Pujara, M.Dhoni, A. Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Pragyan Ojha, J.Saxena, R.Ashwin, B. Kumar, Umesh Yadav, I. Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

My choice will be 1) Jaffer 2) Gambhir 3) Pujara 4) Tenulkar 5) Kohli 6) Rahane / Rayudu 7) M S D 8) Ashwin 9) B Kumar 10) Sreesanth 11) S Ahmed 12) P Ohja 13) A Dinda 14) A Nayar

Posted by vathabivaranan on (February 10, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

My dear Editor! I enjoy and appreciate whenever you call a spade is a spade. Now I wonder why you are not calling certain spades! For instance, Harbhajan's records good against Australia. Fine but, when?When Steve was the captain,Harbhajan's record was very good, Now except Clark nobody who played then is in the Australian team, Further technology helped all over to expose even an ordinary batsman the loopholes in the Off-spinner's deliveries. And, Harbhajan has also lost the bite in his deliveries on pitches which offer some bite for bowlers. It is our country's pride to do well against any team. Simply if we say Harbhajan is good against Aussies, will not hold any water. Similarly how many chances were given to Gambir and Sewag. They should have scored atleast a 50 at every 3rd innings they played in the last few months! When not good, remove them and give chances to other batsman who prove time and again and patiently sitting in the bench seeing non-performers.

Posted by jimbond on (February 10, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Vijay plays one innings properly this season and he becomes worthy of selection, while others who have played consistently over the past few years (Rohit, Rayudu) are fringe cases and someone like Abhishek Nayar is not even mentioned? I know, Rohit Sharma has been much maligned for his 'poor shots' but an unbiased view will tell that someone with a first class average of 61 would play fewer poor shots as compared to those with an average of 46 (Vijay). Also Vijay has got lots of test chances and failed while Rohit has never got a chance. And also worthwhile is someone like Abhishek Nayar (First class average- 57) who also bowls reasonably well to justify the no. 6/7 position. Or someone with temparament and technique- Rayudu. My 11. Sehwag, Rahane, Tendulkar, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Ojha, Ashwin; and the substitutes being Abhishek Nayar, Rayudu, Sreesanth, Jadeja

Posted by Prats6 on (February 10, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

I am amazed that everyone is out with the best team based on "performance" and all of them still have MSD! Based on performance he would have been out a long time back. I'd really have Bhubneshwar & Ishant as my two pacers. Ashwin & Jadeja as my spinners. No passengers please.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

I think the way people are sending comments, the best team to be chosen would be the entire Mumbai Team as Team India..Everyone wants Nayar, Jaffer, Rohit (!) in the team. Some one talks about Rohit's first class record of 4500 runs and yet to get a call in Tests. But have they forgotten the tons and tons of runs scored by Poor Badrinath and yet not given enough chances at the international level? So it is their fate that they were born in the era of Fab 4. But it is criminal to give chance to Rohit who is THE LAZIEST cricketer in WORLD! I would rather take Rayudu in place of Rohit, as Rayudu is hardworking cricketer with sincerity in his approach. But whats wrong in taking Yuvi or Raina over Rohit? Atleast Raina is the best hardworking cricketer in the Indian team although he lacks sound technique. Lets stop pampering this Lazy Rohit and see beyond Mumbai for talented youngsters...

Posted by SachisKing on (February 10, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Al_Bundy1. Did you see Sachin score 140 n.o against RoI?. That was a man who still has plenty of cricket left in him. He inspires and strengthens the dressing room and still creates concerns in the opposition dressing room. Only he should decide his future, not you or anybody else.

Posted by Nppinte on (February 10, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

About time they stuck Jaffer back in. India won in England when Jaffer was opening. Not Sehwag, not Gambhir. Even if Jaffer scores only 20 runs, he would have taken the shine off the ball and used a straight bat unlike Gambhir and his slip practise sessions. Pujara is just starting out and deserves better than the premature onanism pair that is currently at the top. This middle order is too thin on experience. Kholi is becoming a master the at one good innings per series game. Rohit supporters need to be more objective. None of Rohit (or insert ODI/T20 batting superstar) has the game to grind out a session. They are all brittle and show no signs of developing their mental games. Ball striking ability is irrelevant in tests if you cant play for time. Move Sehwag to the middle order and if he does not show sense bring in Rahane. Open with Jaffer and Vijay.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

We need to pick players who can play balls bouncing at their throat. Yuvi and Raina should definitely be ruled out considering most of the Aussice pace squad rely on bouncing Indians out. Gambhir off late is very prone to fending deliveries outside the off stump. Hilfe, Siddle are very accurate and dangerous. So we need Jaffer who can play well at the Top to be selected. Rahane is pretty young and has rush of blood, so we can give Vijay a final run for his place. My call is to drop Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvi and Raina. Give Rohit a chance since he is a longer format batsman.

Posted by Nampally on (February 10, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

Sidharth: You are absolutely right when you say no bowler made any mark to be worthy of selection in the Irani Cup. However the big question is why should the perfomance in a single match count when Ranji Trophy performances are discarded. I ask you Sir, what was the basis for the ROI XI selection? If you go by Ranji Trophy performance I.Pandey was the leading pace bowler(first overall) with 48 wkts. in 8 matches & S.Nadeem was the leading spinner(4th overall) with 42 Wkts. in 9 matches. Why was Nadeem not in the ROI XI as the best spinner? Harbhajan does not appear in Top 50 bowlers in Ranji but walks in as Captain!. The other leading seamers were Sandeep Sharma -4th overall with 41 Wkts. in 9 Matches & off spinner P.Rasool 37 wkts, in 7 matches. By rights these should have been the 4 bowlers in ROI XI.When the team selection is a political musical chairs, the 1-11 Test record is justified.It will be a Team of same old Losers,same Captain & the same record.Indian Fans are speechless!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

I agree with ben24242 and Akshay Shah. Also, Rohit is young. But Jaffer, Vijay, Raina, Yuvi have consistently failed against quality attacks. Jaffer was a disaster in Australia and in SAf. Mukund scored a century against a county in England when Sehwag managed only a 0 in that match. Rahane's ODI avg is worse than Rohit's, but somehow there is no hate there for giving him many chances. Against WI A team in WI, Tiwary, Dhawan, Rahane failed 6 times out of 6. Pujara did best, followed by Rohit. Now that Jadeja has debuted and has had only 1 innning, he should play at no 6 for a few tests. An allrounder like Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, A Nayar or Irfan Pathan (all of whom are better batsmen than bowlers), should play at no 6, then wktK, and then 4 REAL bowlers, but where are they?

Posted by TM on (February 9, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

i do not understand why the selectors dont give rohit and rahane a chance also they should give jiwanjot singh a chance at the top

Posted by roversgate on (February 9, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Why is Rahane in contention for #6? We don't exactly need a #6, we have several candidates, we just need to narrow it down to one. On the other hand Rahane can play as opener. He has played in that position in domestic cricket before and he normally plays 1 down which is just as good. Give him a chance and later he can be dropped into the middle order if he doesnt care too much for it. It is a much better stop gap arrangement than a retiring Jaffer.

Posted by cool.nash on (February 9, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

UN BIASED TEAM :( solely based on Ranji Performance) PLEASE NO Harbhajan, Ashwin ( they both cannot spin the ball(s))and Gambhir ( third man dab is the fav shot which makes him out.

Perfect 11 : Sehwag , Shikhar dhawan , Pujara , Tendulkar , Dhoni , Kohli, Raina, Bhuvneshwar, Ishwar Pandey, Jalaj Saxena & Amit Mishra

Ishant Sharma, Ojha ,Saha, Jiwanjyot, Sandip Sharma , Dinda/ Sreesanth.

Thanks

Nash

Posted by laxmanrules on (February 9, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

@ ben24242: If you saw the way Rohit got out in the first innings, you'd agree with most here. I was a big Rohit supporter, but frankly, looking at the way he ran after the ball to get off the mark, I don't buy that he has the mental game to see through a tough spell of bowling in tests. My benchmark is Tendulkar of Tendulkar Vs Steyn in SA. The only guy playing the Irani trophy game who can see through an awesome Steyn spell is Rayudu. Not Raina, Not Yuvraj, not Rohit and certainly not Tewary.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

Why no Abhishek Nayar.He should be given a chance for his strong Ranji Trophy performances.

Posted by arup_g on (February 9, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

These articles are fantastic for us viewers. It gives us hope and excitement of change but knowing the BCCI nothing will be done. Waking up on the morning of the test (I live in UK), i'll see India 100 for 4 after the first session with the usual victims Sehwag and Gambhir out for cheap. This is where India are suffering the most. Why bring in Jaffer? He is experienced, but there is no future so why take a backward step? Go with someone young and inexperienced and let them gain that experience! Pick youth and back them!! Pujara is a prime example.

MY XI - Vija, Gambhir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rahane (Give the guy a chance!), Dhoni, Ashwin, B Kumar, Ojha, Ishant

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

GET Rohit in yaar ! Don't judge him based on 1 game! He has 712 runs at 71.2 average this season !

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 9, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

It's time to get rid of India's biggest 3 non-performers - Gambir, Sehwag, and Tendulkar. Sadly, no Indian selector has the guts to drop Tendulkar. But they can drop Gambhir, or Sehwag, or both. On current form, Jaffer is the best opener for India. He, along with Dhawan, Rahane or Murli should be selected to open fo India against Australia in Tests. Murli and Dhawan can be good openers for ODIs. Indian Selectors missed a trick by not selecting Nadeem in ROI squad. He was by far the best spinner in recently concluded Ranji Trophy. Jadeja can be useful in ODi and T20.

Posted by ben24242 on (February 9, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

What's with all the Rohit hate? You'd think the guy had played 30 tests and completely failed. He's scored 4500 first class runs @61.4 and still hasn't played a test yet. The fact that guys like Yuvraj and Raina have played so many tests shows what's wrong with picking a test team based on ODI performances. The test team should be picked primarily on first class performances and only when someone has completely knocked the door down in limited overs formats should they be considered for test matches. I'm not saying that Rohit should be the first one to be given a chance in the test team but he should at least be considered above a number of other candidates who have vastly inferior first class records.

Posted by Rumy1 on (February 9, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

The team of 15 for Austarlia series should look like this: Wasim Jaffer, V.Sehwag, C.Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, A. Rahane, M.Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvanesh Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, Pragyan Ojha, S.Sreesanth, Abhishek Nayar, and Ambati Rayudu. Good luck Team!! Do Well!!!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

criticize as you may, selectors are going to chose CSK XI, even if they give chance to some1 he is going to warm bench. Expected 11 Sehwag,Gambhir/Vijay,Kohli,Pujara,Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin,Ojha,Bhuvneshwar/Ahmed,Dinda You can fill remaining slots with whoever you want, this is the XI. And well who says Ranji matters? CSK matters.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Reasonable squad would be : Jaffer,Sehwag,Rayadu,Pujara,Kholi.Tiwary,Sachin,Raina/Jadeja,Dhoni,Rahane,Ashwin,Ojha,Bhuvaneshwar Kumar,Ishanth and Harbhajan/Shami Ahmed

Posted by usernames on (February 9, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

I don't think going back to Raina and Harbhajan is the right thing to do; it sends out the wrong signals to those who are performing. As much as the situation seems hopeless, this is the time when legends are born. Get new faces in.

Posted by BrianPinto on (February 9, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Murali Vijay has had a poor Ranji Season and has got a century against an attack which has 4 bowlers with 25 career wickets (3 out of those 4 bowlers are playing their debut season)

Posted by Abbas67 on (February 9, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Expected XI - Jaffer, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Nayar, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Awana & Shami

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

sehwag,gambhir,jiwanjot singh(batting on a fast wicket of mohali & didn't have a solid technique & scoring runs only a stupid can question this)m vijay r openers then pujara,tendulkar, virat,badrinath (technique wise & ability to staty at the wicket & scores big hundreds) ,raina (only in asia,good player of spinners,in good nick currently)dhoni,u kaul(avg 50 in domestic fcc, back up keeper & 6 or 7 batsman) , b kumar,ishant(currently injured,if fit), r ashwin,ojha,jadeja,harbhajan(not so sure),u yadav(if fit).shami ahmed,sreesanth,i pandey,s nadeem. extras r back up for injured players

Posted by 89hari on (February 9, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Unfortunately these selectors dont have guts to take decisions and they keep posting the old losing side and for 1 or 2 slots again they take lottery fr those who failed in earlier tests ......then why ranji trophy ??they should seriously look for the good quality player which already established in ranji's and eager to play for india like rayudu,ishwar,kaul,tiwary better than rohit ....etc and they should give confidence to these players by selecting the top performers otherwise there is no point in proving for every season and season and not being picked ..........Take some good decisions and motivate these guys to perform and dont show ur mercy by picking them for ind A or presxi etc If they performing also why these selectors arent able to give chances to dhawan exceptional .....wat abt mukund ,nayar take them into account my team would be sehwag/jaffar,dhawan,virat,pujara,sachin,rahane,dhoni,nayar/rayudu,jadeja,sreesanth,shami,harbajan,ishant/ishwar,ojha,ashwin

Posted by surz on (February 9, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Look who are the contenders for the test team S.Raina, M.Vijay, R.Sharma,A.Rahane, S.Dhawan, Harbhajan, R.Jadeja. If this is the line up India is going to go with Australia, i wouldn't be surprised to see another defeat for India at home. The case for the opening slot is pretty interesting yes Jaffer is a much better test batsman than other opening test batsman, if we rewind back to the 2008 India tour of england it was Jaffer and Karthick who opened the batting and gave a good platform for the team. They were involved in very good opening partnership against a decent bowling attack in a tailor made seam track where even Collingwood could make batsman strugle. I don't understand why both of them were dropped after that, both are technically sound and solid. Both of them scored well for their respective ranji teams and are in good nick. And as for the spin department please dont pick harbhajan, the current spinner had not performed only in one series, we need to give them another chance

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 9, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

I herad that Jiwanjoth is not having a sound technic let him go to Eng or WI with india a team they we will get an idea

Posted by KishorKumar25 on (February 9, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Common u got it all wrong. Murali Vujay scores one century , and u think he can be selected. Come on , there r players than him, like Jeevanjoth Singh. Murali will be another Raina in Tests. I hope this selection committee will not selects CSK players into the test team.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Rahane - he is just like another domestic hero, not made for international matches...his techniques against against fast was exposed in England series..Its better to try Rayudu, Tiwari, etc..

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

it will be best if openers will be vijay and jaffer rather than giving useless chance to gautam and sehwag

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

The only way forward is by looking at the long term, and especially for the tours abroad. For the opening Slot you have to start considering - Jaffer and Dhawan along with Sehwag and Gambhir. As for Seamers - B Kumar, Ishant and Umesh Yadav (the latter two currently injured, and the former not suited to Tests in India) are a given for overseas tours. Chances have to be given to Sreesanth, Ishwar Pandey and Shami Ahmed in the upcoming series. For the middle order - Sachin, Virat and Pujara are more or less confirmed. Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane should be the other contenders. As for spinners - What about Parvez Rassol as the third spinner/all rounder? But since Jadeja has been batting well, he will get the thumbs up/

Posted by laxmanrules on (February 9, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Surely Rayudu is above Tiwary in the pecking order now after the current domestic season. Given his fantastic technique against swing bowling, he should be on that plane to south africa. Instead, I fear, Yuvraj, Raina and Rohit will get their chances to fail again and again against quality swing bowling. By now, even a 5 year old kid has realised that these guys cannot survive against Steyn, Morkel, Philander and Kallis in SA the way Tendulkar and Laxman did on our last tour. If only the selectors could look beyond Yuvraj, Raina and Nohit.

These guys have been trying to claim a test spot for 1/5th of my lifetime. I am 26! Enough.

Posted by Vivek_Singh3089 on (February 9, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Need to get Rayudu & Rahane in team....Raina & Rohit are not test material at all, Tiwary has to tighten his technique more, he still looks edgy like Gambhir while Vijay will always be a walking wicket against fiery pacers of Aussies....bowling department looks very weak, the question on Umesh, Zak & Ishant's fitness has loosened up the pace attack, I hope Pandey,Ahmed,BK,Awana gets suitable opportunity to prove themselves in test team..Dinda is a big No for Tests...while Mithun, Sreesanth & Vinay are a bog NO for international cricket.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 9, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

So the Ind and Aus test series will be Glen maxwell vs Raveendra Jadeja two most underraated cricketrs

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 9, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

I would like to see writer comments & case about Dinesh Karthik

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

The best XV the selectors should go with is Jaffer, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Bhajji, Ishant, Shami, Pragyan, Bhuvneshwar, Ashwin, Vijay and Tiwary.

Posted by TM on (February 9, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

@Chardham Ujjain RAINA???? he will score in india but as soon as we go to SA hell be exposed he doesnt have the technique. Rohit has the technique i dont know why so many discard him hes never had a chance at test level also rahane should open with jiwanjot singh of punjab even though jiwanjot hasnt been selected for ROI but he msut be better than vijay and dhawan

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

The selectors are not doing their jobs properly. Their job is to pick the best squad for the series. Yet they will continue to pick Gautam Gambhir, the man who averages 30 over the last 3 years and hasn't scored a test hundred. They will not allow someone like Rahane to open, even though he could do the job much better than Gambhir. They go with limited overs players like Raina and Yuvraj for the number 6 slot instead of domestic kings like Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, or even Rohit Sharma. In terms of the bowlers, they go back to guys like Chawla and Harbhajan without any reasonable evidence that these guys will perform.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

My 15 team member will be 1) Murli Vijay 2) Sehwag 3) Pujara 4) Tendulkar 5) Kohli 6) Rahane / 12 ) Jadega 7) Dhoni 8) Harbhajan 9) Ojha / 13) Ashwin 10) Ishant Sharma 11) B kumar 14) Raydu back up wicket kepper 15) Shami Ahmad/ Ishwar Pandey

Posted by   on (February 9, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

My team will be 1) Gambhir 2) Rahane 3) Pujara 4) Tendulkar 5) Kohli 6) Raina 7) MSD 8) Ashwin 9) B Kumar 10) Ahmed 11) Sreesanth 12) I Pandey 13) P Ohja 14) A Dinda

Posted by agarkarno1 on (February 9, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Harbhajan could have declared after tea, instead of hiding himself with a decent performance of 3 wickets (including a tailender) in the first innings. I dont think centuries of Raina, Vijay and Rayudu would matter , as none of them would be selected for Australia tour. My 11 for the first test is Sehwag, Rahane, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Bhuvanesh,Ojha, Zaheer. I select Harbhajan over Ashwin as he has that X-factor against Aussies, and Jadeja over other contenders for No 6, for his all-round talent. Aussies are always vulnerable against left arm spin,another reason. Finally i pray Zaheer to be fit for the first test, for him to lend his experinece to the attack.

Posted by 30-30-150 on (February 9, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

So Gambhir is not in the running, right? Now that's some relief for the Indian fans.

Posted by TM on (February 9, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

the 15 man test squad should be:rahane jiwanjot pujara tendlukar kohli rohit dhoni ashwin kumar ahmed ojha jadeja sehwag harmeet singh rayudu (wk backup) ishant This is because umesh zaheer ishant are all injured

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