Australia in India 2012-13 February 10, 2013

Gambhir dropped for Dhawan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gautam Gambhir has been dropped for the first two Tests against Australia. Delhi's Shikhar Dhawan replaced him in the squad, which retained Tamil Nadu's M Vijay. Harbhajan Singh replaced Piyush Chawla, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar earned a first Test call-up ahead of Parvinder Awana as the third change to the XV that played the Nagpur Test against England. Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane retained their places.

Both Vijay and Dhawan opened the innings for Rest of India in the ongoing Irani Cup match. Vijay scored a century, and Dhawan scored 63. Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer scored centuries in two Ranji Trophy knockout matches and in Irani Cup to become a late contender, but Dhawan pipped him.

Dhawan has scored 833 first-class runs this season at an average of 55.53, including four hundreds and three fifties. He started with back-to-back hundreds in the quarter-final and semi-final of the Duleep Trophy. In eight Ranji Trophy matches, he scored 524 runs, averaging 47.63 with two hundreds and two fifties. He also scored 110 for Delhi against England XI in the warm-up fixture before the ODI series.

Gambhir replaced Dhawan in the India A side, and will lead the them in a three-day game against the Australians from February 16. Since his last Test century, more than three years ago, Gambhir has averaged 30.2 over 26 Tests. "No sympathies plz," he tweeted. "Lookin forward to training n then d india a game. Chin up guys, its time to show some steel. Come on.

"Had my bak to d wall in d past 2, dis is no difrent. Will fight. Very hapy 4 vijay n shikhar. Want India to win @ all costs, wid or widou me"

Harbhajan, who was dropped from India's Test squad for the fourth match against England, has taken 16 Ranji wickets for Punjab at 32.23. In the Irani Cup, he took three wickets in the first innings, and two in the second. "Relieved at getting selected," Harbhajan said after Rest of India won the Irani Cup on first-innings lead. "This was a big match. I bowled really well. And got the opportunity to play against Australia, my favourite team."

Bhuvneshwar seems to have benefited from his impressive run in the limited-overs formats against Pakistan and England. Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda are the other two pace-bowling options.

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  • uncle bob on February 12, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Here is averages of three WK from India: lets see who is better Bat/WK among them.

    Saha Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 2 4 0 74 36 18.50 218 33.94 0 0 5 1 2 0 ODIs 3 1 0 4 4 4.00 5 80.00 0 0 0 0 6 0


    Tests 23 37 1 1000 129 27.77 2000 50.00 1 7 132 4 51 5 ODIs 52 44 7 1008 79 27.24 1353 74.50 0 5 106 10 31 5


    Tests 73 115 13 3883 148 38.06 6634 58.53 5 28 412 69 203 31 ODIs 219 196 56 7259 183* 51.85 8228 88.22 8 48 556 152 206 68

    Any competition to Dhoni from any one? But fans still think Saha and Karthik are better Batsman than Dhoni in tests.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @Nampally, We got short memories. lol... So please provide link to your posts where you had praised Rasool. As for as I remember you were only after Ishwar Pandey and Nadeem. Pandey could not impress a squirrel in recently concluded match and Nadeem even did not find a place in ROI. So both are not good enough. Rasool on the other hand looks promising but I will wait for a few more matches to know if he is a real deal and not a fluke. So relax a bit.

  • Simon on February 12, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    If there is one team in the world where Harbhajan can rediscover his mojo, then that team is Australia. When he sees that baggy green he goes mental, both in regards to his temperament and his ability. Bit of a gamble by the selectors based on recent international form, but it may pay off.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Oops in my last post..... I forgot to mention there are not 4 but 5 openers I completely forgot Vijay. Good luck BCCI and DHONI to decide on a proper team.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    This team seems to have tooo many openers according to me. Due to that it will be tough for the selectors and Dhoni to decide on who to play the first game with, only because first game normally decides the momentum. The q is who will open with who -- Sehwag, Rahane, Pujara, Dhawan?? Besides that India does need to stick with five bowlers and keeping jadeja as an all arounder batter in the squad. 1 and 2 -- two of the openers 3. Kohli 4. Tendulkar 5. Jadeja 6. Dhoni 7. Ashwin 8. Bhuvaneshvar 9.Harbhajan 10.Ojha 11. Sharma

    another option having 3 out of 4 openers play and leaving out one bowler may be a good option too. But this will be a tough decision.

  • Ashok on February 12, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I had mentioned in one of my earlier inputs to this forum that youngsters like I.Pandey, S.Sharma, Nadeem & Rassol who performed so well in the Ranji deserved to be in the squad. I was so thrilled to see Rassol had bamboozled the Aussies in their first tour game with 7 wkts. for 45 runs. He is a fine all rounder Plays for J & K in the Ranji. Why waste a spot on Harbhajan who has done nothing in the last 18 months when Rassol is a better & proven off spinner. The same goes for Nadeem who is a fine left hand spinner- very economical & keeps going from one end with great accuracy. He is also an ideal ODI "death" bowler. The 4 names mentioned above, have all performed on dead Indian pitches so well in Ranji this season with excellent economy rates. Indian bowling looks weak because the Selectors are poor. There is so much talent available but repeatedly ignored by recyclung the "Old discards" & making it appear India has "No Bowlers". Bring in youngsters & put India on path to Victory!

  • Taslim on February 12, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    i am wondering why waseem jaffer was not picked.he was inform through out this season.he is being overlooked.he deserves a chance. I hope selectors will open their blind eyes and evaluate the players better.i am waiting and watching what this team will do against australia.there are some players who always been ignored by the selectors like robin uthapa in odi team.

  • uncle bob on February 12, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @NYC-Missile: No sane person is expecting any change. We dont expect you to change. We still expect you to be anti-Dhoni no matter what. We still expect you to push for Manoj tiwari and Saha in the team who are miserable even in Ranji and Irani trophy games. When tiwari cant handle a Nayar on mumbai pitch how can some one even think of him being world beater on international scene. So No no body is changing. You keep your anti-Dhoni agenda going, selectors keep theirs and we suffer your vitriolic opinion.

  • anson on February 12, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    they should have included Jaffer .If the age is taken into consideration then why Sachin is in the team. He hasnt scored a century for past two years.... i dont understand why don they take fair decision .If a player has scored really well for the past few years in domestic level,he should be given a chance to represent a nation irrespective of age. !!!

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    good to see gambhir not in test squad but wasim jaffer deserve one chance. Indian fast bowling attack looks very weak.