Australia in India 2012-13

Gambhir dropped for Dhawan

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February 10, 2013

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India squad for first two Australia Tests

  • MS Dhoni (capt.), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ashok Dinda
  • In: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harbhajan Singh
  • Out: Gautam Gambhir, Piyush Chawla, Parvinder Awana

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.


Gautam Gambhir is caught in the slip cordon, Australia v India, 1st Test, Melbourne, 4th day, December 29, 2011
Gautam Gambhir has not scored a century in Tests in over three years © Getty Images
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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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Posted by Temuzin 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

Karthick

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

Dhoni:

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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Nerk 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Nampally 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!

Posted by taslu613 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.

Posted by Temuzin 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.

Posted by ANSON_Stephen 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. !!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by swat1999 on (February 12, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Gautam gambhir is most important player for Indian test squad. ousting gambhir is not a good idea. India may facing most awefull season of their test history through this winter

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

My india team against aus.... Sehwag and abhinav mukund ( he is india's answer to cowan) don knw why hes is not in the mix Pujara, kohli ( coz sachin cannot go to south africa and aus tours now) Bring in rahane at 5 and dhawan at 6 (agreed hez a opener but that is the only slot available or replace him with rayudu)

Dhone making way for wridhiman saha, with bhuvneshwar kr, ojha, amit mishra and unesh yadav

Posted by SRIDWI on (February 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

I feel selectors have done decent job. Gauti should be dropped from test cricket. He does not suit that opening slot. I feel bhajji has been taken only to have a psychological impact on aussies, as he has not done anything special to have a come back to test squad, may be MSD's midas touch is there in his selection. Raina, yuvi, MSD all should be reserved only for limited over cricket. In a long run, for India to be consistently successful, MSD should be replaced in test cricket with a profession wicket keeper batsman like Saha / dinesh karthik or the likes. Viru should be exclusively reserved for test cricket and be available at No.4 or 5 position to consolidate the "soon to happen" exit of sachin.

Posted by symsun on (February 12, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Why 4 openers in Squad? Who is going to miss-out. Again Poor Rahane ;-( Well ! does it mean selectors & team mgmt putting pressure on Sehwag & Gambhir either to perform or leave?

Playing XI: 1, 2: 2 from (Sehwag, Dhawan, Vijay, Rahane) 3 - Pujara 4 - Sachin 5 - Kohli 6 - Dhoni 7, 8, 9 - 3 from (Jadeja, Harbhajan, Ashwin, Ojha) 10, 11 - 2 from (Ishant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinda)

Posted by Hiba.R on (February 12, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

Dropping Gambhir was good, but not dropping R. Ashwin not good and worst is picking Dinda and Harbhajan. The already weak bowling attack looks the weakest. Harbhajan's selection could have some justification but Dinda's NO, Dinda hasn't grown as a bowler in years but they keep getting him back over and over again just to see him fail. The selectors either lacks the ability to see beyond the horizon or just are too lazy even try doing that....that's why we lack quality attacking bowlers. R.Ashwin too should have been rested after his dismal performance in recent Eng/Pak tours.....we all need to understand that dropping players is not punishing or insulting them but rather helping them find form else where and not cost the cricket the national team.

Posted by m_ilind on (February 12, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

If Ishant doesn't cut his hair or tie it behind, he shouldn't be allowed to play. I remember the simple c & b he dropped bcoz his flowing locks were all over his face on his follow thru, which unsighted him. I hope he will have some sense in him now. A cricket pitch is no fashion ramp!

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 12, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Prediction for this series:Dhoni's going to score a selfish,useless score in the last inns of the test series, win a few ODI's against lowly attacks & continue merrily being the 'test' captain.

Why must a sane person believe anything will change,with perennial failures &liabilities Sachin,Bhajji,Dhoni,Ishant & Sehwag who have been miserable since Eng 2011 still there ? Unmukt,Rayudu,Tiwary,Saha,Shami & Harmeet Singh would have been ideal replacements.

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 12, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

DINESHCC sums up the selection perfectly..

Posted by Meety on (February 12, 2013, 2:57 GMT)

It's interesting, since 1st January 2011, here is the order of batting merit for India; 1. Dravid 1,261 @ 49, 2. Tendulkar 1,113 @ 36, 3. Dhoni 958 @ 32, 4. Gambhir 944 @ 31, 5. VVS 921 runs @ 37. Obviously this list does not include Pujarra's 656 runs @ 73. What is interesting, is that Gambhir has performed poorly stat-wise, but has done fairly well relative to most of his fellow batsmen. His batting "partner in crime" - Sehwag, has scored 889 @ 31. However if you only include Tests v (SA, Oz, SL & Eng) - the order of merit is 1. Sachin 832 @ 36, 2. Dravid 691 @ 43, 3. Gambhir 691 @ 31, 4. Sehwag 516 @ 25, 5. Dhoni 513 @ 27. Here, Gambhir comes out better than Sehawg (albeit on mediocre numbers). So my question is - Why drop Gambhir instead of Sehwag? Whilst Gambhir is NOT in form, he places a value on his wicket that Sehwag does not appear to. The selectors have started to look for new blood (good), ut I think they shed the wrong senior. Sad no Yadav!

Posted by JustIPL on (February 11, 2013, 23:23 GMT)

Pujara came out to be the cure of all diseases to Indian team. Let's see how it works now. He was also touted to take India out of troubles in ODIs and T20s. A real big challenge for him. Let's see how he does manage himself.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (February 11, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

One step forward with the long overdue dropping of Gambhir and three steps back with retaining Sehwag, recalling Harbajan and dropping Awana who admittedly was less than impressive against England. Either give guy a chance or don't pick him in the first place. So it looks like Sehwag's century in the 1st test against England is enough to keep him his place in the team until he retires. If Harbajan is being recalled for his exploits against Australia over 10 years ago then did the BCCI also be approach VVS and Dravid?. Sehwag and Harbajan should be playing zonal cricket but instead the selectors are playing zonal politics. The squad is increasingly becoming a North Indian than an all India team. Cricket India continues its slide to nowhere fast.

Posted by SevereCritic on (February 11, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

I guess the days of picking 6 specialist batsmen and 4 specialist bowler are over in cricket. With the inclusion of the like of Jadeja and Maxwell, I wonder where test cricket is heading these days. Bits and pieces players work for ODI or T20, but rarely for Test Cricket. To win a test match, you need to take 20 wickets. I dont think either side has the bowling strength to do that consistently unless the pitch is a minefield. Expect a lot of draws. Results will depend on how rashly the batsmen from each team plays thereby gifting wickets, rather than bowling quality. Though with the likes of Sehwag, Warner, Watson, Kohli in the teams, both sides can expect a lot of freebies.

Posted by CricketCoachDB on (February 11, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

The decision to pick Vijay is utterly bewildering. Whilst it was maybe time to drop Gambhir, a man averaging 17.25 from 8 Ranji Trophy innings is clearly not the answer! Well done in selecting Dhawan, but why is Sehwag back if he couldn't make the OD/T20 side-a format he is more suited to? It would have been great to see Jivanjot Singh given a chance.

Posted by ProdigyA on (February 11, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Whats all they cry about Jaffer? He is now aging and was given plenty of opportunites when he was young but could not prove himself. Even the century that he got in the Ranji final was after surviving two plumb LBW decisions courtesy to some pathetic umpring. He is only fit for domestics but was never international material. Its time to invest in the future instead of giving chances to the same tried and tested fellows. Good decision to drop Gambhir, would have been glad if Dhoni was axed too from Tests.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 11, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

This is a good selection. Shikhar needed to prove at test level. Sehwag is a waste he becomes a burden if not performing. He is a worst fielder too. I think the century Sachin scored in Irani trophy was vital for him. If he fails in this series he should be dropped. Dhinda got a chance to prove. If he fails in this series he will also be out. Play Jadeja at 4 with pujara at 3. These two have been involved in big partnerships in Ranji for saurashtra and both are capable batsman. Test matches will give them time to settle and then dictate the terms. Lets see what Dhoni does with them.

Posted by NagPavan on (February 11, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

I don't really understand the logic behind Wasim jaffer exclusion, If he is 35 that doesn't really mean he is not talented. dont really know why constantly he is getting ignored.for the people who are talking about "records" Please compare Vijay's performance with jaffer what good he has done to win a place in squad.Scoring a century in Irani match doent really mean he is good enough he is inconsistent. Age shouldn't be a barrier for sport. If that is the case world wouldn't have seen hussey's, hodge's and Misbah's. No need to think about future when present is not good.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Dhawan seem to be good selection in place of Gambhir but Vijay? remember he had a very tough time against the likes of Zimbabwe so imagine what will happen in front of Starc and co. in stead Jaffer was better player even than Sehwag who god knows playing for what performance in past? Selection committee has no guts against Dhoni's choices who seem to include as many players from CSK XI in national team. Does Ranji performances really matters? Feel pitty for Jivanjyot and Ishvar Pandey guess they will be considered when at the age of Jaffer now and will be ruled out!!!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

gambhir is key player in any format...i think he should be in d team.....without gambhir,there will be no coordination betwn viru n x opener...dhawan cant play against australia....he is a bullshit ranji player..he cnt play internationals.....i thnk instead of him,jaffer must be taken....

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (February 11, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Wise decision... Gambhir has been consistently non-performing... good to give Shikhar a chance.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

I would wana to say this is very unfair with wasim jaffer he is giving contionusly good sibce he drop from team in 2008 he had one bad serious against austrila where every batsman struggle but they got chance again and again why not jaffer he is not too old if tendulkar or shewag can why he not i m just saying this selection and former selection commite like srikanth and co were not fair with jaffer even they give a chance for side match bez they know he will perform over there to really bad selctors

Posted by Nampally on (February 11, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

@Dhanno: You may be right in your XI. These days the Squad & the XI selection are bizzare. There is no basis, logic or development of future Indian team in the minds of the Selectors. A Test record of 1-11 will fully justify sacking the Captain. Consistent failure of opening batsmen justifies trying out 2 New openers out of 6 candidates available. Failure of the middle order apart from Pujara & Kohli, justifies at least 2 new middle order batsmen with sound technique & defence. Poor performance of off spinners justifies new blood - not "back to the past" in shape of Harbhajan.These are glaring errors in policies & how squad & XI selection is politically laced. What happened to age old selection criteria - Form, Fitness & Performance.India has tremendous talent, if only the politics are set aside. I have great admiration for the Fan who took the initiative resulting in a $10 Million fine to BCCI.It is left up to the rest of the Indian Fans to take such initiatives to improve Team India.

Posted by Charlie101 on (February 11, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

I think I would have axed Sehwag as well if I was a selector and picked a new opening pair. Liked Gambhir's attitude in his tweet - sure he will be back to play for India at some stage. Will be interesting how he plays for India A against Aus

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

I think its good selection over all. the only player who should not have been in the squad is Sehwag. I think selectors should have selected Unmukt Chand in the squad to give him exposure of senior team. I am happy that selectors had guts to ignore Rohit Sharma. I guess his 0 in Irani trophy has helped selectors.Couple of fans talking about Ishwar Pandey and Nadeem. I think the seamers selected are better than Pandey. I watched him in Irany trophy where he got only 2 wickets ( of Tare and another nightwatchman) of non batsmen. He could not make ANY IMPACT ON QUALITY Indian batsmen. He needs to work more.

Posted by sameercricket1610 on (February 11, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer exclusion is a big blow how much more he has to perform and his technique is excellent to handle australian pace attack he should be selected you cannot rely on sehwag he will gift his wicket anytime, sehwag should have been dropped as well, if sehwag falls early then it will put pressure on dhawan, pujara and virat, if they get out in pressure then downfall of batting lineup, where is zaheer khan why left out he is fit to play he did not played in england odis to prepare himself for Australia series. Our bowling dept. is very weak now unexperienced only ishat sharma is the experienced guy and this will put pressure on bhuvneshwar and spin dept. ashwin everybody saw how be bowled against england, harbhajan selected to tempt aussie batsment and get wickets, overall as usual no change in selection idea only gauti is dropped nadeem should have get nod in place of ashwin, i wish sachin to score a couple of centuries.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 11, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Those clamouring for Jaffer needs to be honest with thier assessment. No team will select a 34 year old unless he is supremly fit like Mike Hussey, which Jaffer is NOT. He is a liability on the field and with Viru, SRT, Ashwin we have enough of slow movers on the field. Jaffer is not the answer for who will open in SA, NZ, Eng and Aus in the coming months. Dhawan and Vijay needs to be given run (atleast 2-3 tests) to see where they are. Apart from 'first season wonder' Jiwanjot there aren't many promising openers. Ajinkya does not even open for Mumbai and has stated taht he would like to play in middle order. Mukund is just about there and not yet stamped his authority. Jiwanjot has to repeat his feat on India A matches and 2nd season Ranji (which often proves a cricketers mettle) before he can stake a claim.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

i am really happy... great days for indian cricket!! at last a solid decision by selectors!! gambhir out and shikar,rahane, vijay in.. very much in order.. gambhir deserves this whip!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

by not selecting wasim jaffer India misses elegant stylish opener

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 11, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

@ landl47 on (February 10, 2013, 14:04 GMT); Re. your comment about the other comment labelling Sehwag a "Failed Experiment". Yeah, that is a good one. If Dave Warner can fail as well as that I will be pretty happy I reckon ! I still say Ian Chappel put it best when he said to a fellow commentator !! "if you're not worried about Sehwag, then you've got shot for brains" Lol. That was a few years ago now but it underlines the point I think.

Posted by visht20 on (February 11, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Someone who is already 40+ and is getting his timber dismantled here and there is getting picked time and again when he should be saying good bye to the game. But someone who was and is arguably the best opening batsman the country ever produced has to struggle to find a spot in the team ahead of some hit and miss players. Its big time Jaffer gets his due. Shame on the Indian Selectors, a real Big Shame. Sir Jaffer you are and will be the most stylish and best opening batsman we ever had. RESPECT.

Posted by Srimanth on (February 11, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Gambhir deserves place in team india.He led many matches to win for india.And mainly he is the player to give 2 world cups to dhoni by getting runs.But he is struggling to get his form back.Iam sure that he will coming back with good form.And moreover he is not playing for money.playing in IPL and international is diffferent.Iam feeling sad for that,All u cricket lovers just cant understand these things atleast and commenting on great players.I cant understand how the squads will be selected.If u observe the scorecard of Irani Cup,the batsmen who performed in any one of the innings(Dhawan,Vijay,Rahane) are got selected, but the batsmen who are fighted for win in both the innings(Jaffer,Raina,Rayudu) are not got selected.can any body show me the middle order(No.4,No.5) in the team which is selected.Not much experienced seam department and without midddle order,winning a test match is worst case ot thinking.Dont anybody thing india is loosing matches for bad selection?anyway,ALL THE BEST

Posted by 270380 on (February 11, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

What more does Jaffer needs to do to get into the Indian team ? I think he needs to shift to Chennai to get selected. Form should be the criteria for the selection. Not age or reputation.

Posted by soumyas on (February 11, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

can anyone justify for Ravindra Jadeja ?

Posted by rosh280 on (February 11, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

I dont know why people are pitching states and players think about performances it should be genuine. we need to see the players performances in india and abroad. Ambati rayudu, murali vijay, abhinav mukund, mandeep singh, jalaj saxena, b kumar perfomed well in australia, newzealand,west indies when india A team toured these countries. Similarly wasim jaffer, dinesh karthik, murali vijay, cheteswar pujara, c gowtham, ganesh satish played well in domestic matches. we need to use makvana, kadri, b sharma since they performed well in india. Fast bowlers like ishwar pandey, deepak chahar, pankaj singh bowled well in consistent speed and bounce. All these fast bowlers have yorkers and swing bowl to their credit. I really feel sreeshant, ishant sharma with pankaj singh could be the great bowlers for test side.

Posted by Vasim_Ahmed on (February 11, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

This selection is totally biased, Wasim Jaffer deserves place in this squad. He is in a tremendous form and a top class batsman. His age cannot be an excuse selectors can give, What a irony Mr. Sachin Tendulkar can play at 40 without any issues, but a man like Wasim Jaffer who is in a glorious form cannot be selected at age 34.

Posted by RankPace on (February 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Good that Gambhir is dropped. How many more chances will Sehwag get before he is dropped ?

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Posted by RunBoy on (February 11, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Jaffer definitely is better than current openers selected to face Aussies, Board is completely on the wrong side for Jaffer as they would include a 40 yr Old out of form and not include someone at 35 in in prime form ..I hope Indian Board adheres to merit and form rather than regional, political afiliations.

Posted by _Sid on (February 11, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

I guess this is the break Shikhar Dhawan needed in his career to make it big in Internation cricket....

GO BOY GO!!! grab your opportunities this time around.... All the very best to you...

I am sure he will score heavily for India in near future and in the long run....

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

Feel bad for Wasim Jaffer, he deserved a place against aus. Also feel awkward to have included useless bowler Dinda. Shami Ahmed I way better than that Dinda. It was seen in England odi s. Where is Zaheer and pact Yadav???

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

shewag, vijay, pujara, sachin, rahane, virat, dhoni, harbajan, ohja, ishant, kumar

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 11, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

India should pick Mithali Raj for the Test squad. At least she can give some big talks in press conferences.:))) And sure she will make a few more runs than Sehwag. No skilled batmen, No quality bowlers who can take 10 wkts. Just a bunch of misfits. "Total annihilation" WORD..................

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Glad that harbhajan is in the team. You don't go from a good spinner to a bad one. Maybe the batters are just playing him better, but still one of my favorite Indian players.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (February 11, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Jaffer is a much sounder opener than Murali Vijay. Although I still think Sehwag and Dhawan will start as openers the playing XI. I will be hugely upset if I am Dhawal Kulkarni. He is a much better bowler than Dinda. Assuming Jadeja is a certainty at No.6(Aussie pacemen will be beaming happily if that happens), Dhoni at 7 and Ashwin at 8, it will be interesting to see who is picked as 3rd spinner-Bhajji or Ojha?. Ishant and Bhuvanesh should fill the pacemen's role capably. To sum up, not too bad a job done by the selectors.

Posted by Malti65 on (February 11, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Dropping Gambhir is a wise decision, but bringing in Dhawan in place of Jaffer was a poor decision. All the major newspapers are screaming with the stats.

In the recently concluded Ranji Trophy tournament Dhawan has scored with an average of 45 while Jaffer has scored with an average of 76. What is the Logic behind preferring Dhawan over Jaffer ?

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Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Harbhajan bowled superbly in the second innings though he got only 2 wickets.. but he was the best spinner on display. Jaffer i believe should have been given another opportunity given there are tough tours of South Africa , Australia overseas in the months to come. I do not oppose Dinda's selection since he has more pace compares to I Pandey and is good with the older ball. Very important for test matches. Regarding performance, I think we tend to forget the performances of the Bengal players. Just the previous first class season, he was the highest wicket taker. He was at the peak of his abilities but was not given a chance. Regarding Dhoni being retained as a captain, is that not obvious now that he is the Vice President of the company owned by the BCCI President ?!!!!??

Posted by rosh280 on (February 11, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

My test eleven should be 1.Murali vijay 2. Wasim jaffer/sachin 3. Cheteswar pujara 4. Dinesh karthik 5. M dhoni 6. gowtham 7. ashwin 8. harbhajan/ ojha 9. ishant sharma 10. sree shanth/ pankaj singh 11. bhuvanesh kumar 12. ambati rayudu. I dont know why they insist players like virendar sehwag, shikhar dawan,virat kohli, ajinkya rahane. these players are really unexpected players they never come in form when they get opportunity. we should require some solid players like wasim jaffer, m vijay, cheteswar pujara, dinesh karthik, gowtham, ganesh satish, ambati rayudu into the test squad rather than freaky players who never perform. I dont know why makvana, kadri,jalaj saxena, b sharma instead of harbhajan, ravindra jadeja. ravindra jadeja can be useful in one day and 20-20. i dont feel he can make any difference in test team.

Posted by rosh280 on (February 11, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

It is an unexpected selection. South africa is dominant in test cricket just bz they had one player who alone can win test match, Namely H.Amla. We also do have that sort of players namely Rahul dravid, v v s lakshman, sachin. Now also we have wasim jaffer, Murali vijay, Cheteswar pujara, Dinesh karthik, C gowtham, Ganesh satish, Ambati rayudu. But these players could nt make it to the squad. In test we need players like wasim jaffer, murali vijay, cheteswar pujara, dinesh karthik, c gowtham,ganesh satish, ambati rayudu into the squad. I expected Wasim jaffer, ambati rayudu into the squad bz of their solid performances. Infact, the selection committee disappointed us with selection of Shikhar dawan,virendar sehwag, ajinkya rahane, virat kohli. instead we could have used players like dinesh karthik, wasim jaffer, ambati rayudu, c gowtham and ganesh satish. In bowling we expected ishwar pandey, a nayar, sreeshant. I never expected dinda, harbhajan into the bowling line up.

Posted by Fazu-Dravid on (February 11, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Well here is the case i was expecting. People talking about age which is not the matter in the modern cricket. There are many players who are making their debuts after 30 and still go on to become a great player for their country. Its is really uncharacteristic for Indians to keep the domestic run machines keep playing for their county teams instead of giving them "another" chance. What has Bhajji done to extract him into the team. "Old foes- Aussies", then why drop Gambhir who scored his highest score vs aus. Then if you say that Jaffer cant be taken in Dhawan's place then let him replace Sehwag. What he has done to be in the team. He is just a walking wicket. The only worry in the selection is not selecting Jaffer. Worrying for him. May allah bless him with another oppurtunity. Insha allah.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Really feel bad for Jaffer....he is in pick form and rather than thinking of his age and planning future of next 2 to 3 years....we should have utilize his form in current series...Team selection should go series by series instead of 2-3 years future plan...Dinda is no use....he is really inconsistent and proved himself in last few series..Again with current form Ishwar panday or Dhawal Kulkarni could have been grab his spot at any day....but dont know what team selection committee is thinking...Bhajji's selections is purely based on Past performance against Aussies..but BAD thing is INDIA didn't having choices apart from Ashwins, Ojhas, Chawalas, Sharms.....Not a single Ranji Team having deadly Or Mystery Spinner who can easily walk in in playing XI...BCCI should think before allowing spinning tracks ...it may backslap lik ENG series... On basis of current form and being fan of Micheal Clerk...i think AUSSIES have great chance to WIN in INdia....

Posted by dentistwins on (February 11, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

wasim jaffer desirves the place as he had been playing constantly well than murali vijay and shikhar dhiwan,wats happening with the selection committee they wnt to accomadate more of cheenai super king players?

Posted by Kushalagr007 on (February 11, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Well!! the selection has once again raised some questions... 1) If Bhuvneshwar & Dinda were going to selected for tests then why were they not selected in ROI Squad have a look of what they are capable of?? And what Dinda has done to merit a Test Selection? 2) What the selectors want to do of Rahane??, they say that they look him as a middle order player, while the truth is Rahane is a natural opener and he can do a better job than Dhawan & Vijay if given chances. 3) Why Jaffer has not been selected, when he is the best opener in the country?? 4) Do the selectors pick team for tests on basis of T20 perfomances?? Awana was in the squad for Nagpur Test in which he didn't get a chance to play, after that he played 2 T20s against Eng. in which he was hit for plenty and now he finds himself out of the Test Team without getting a chance to play in a test

My team: Jaffer Rahane Pujara Sachin Kohli Sehwag Dhoni Bhajji Ojha Ishant Shami Reserves: Vijay Raina Ashwin Awana

Posted by Vinu.Nair on (February 11, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

I think it's not a bad selection except one, 'Ashok Dinda'. I can't understand the reason for picking Dinda in the team. He didn't proved at all. Instead of this guy why can't they give chance to Sreeshanth or some other guy. Dropping Gauthy is not a bad decision, he is not in a good touch from the last 3 yrs. So this will help him to work hard and coming back to the side with more strength.

Posted by DINESHCC on (February 11, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

The selection of Sehwag, Vijay, Bhajji, R.Jadeja, Dhoni and A.Dinda are baffling. Ashwin is also coming under the non performers list. But he could justify his selection at least with his batting. These players need to be replaced with W.Jaffer, Manoj Tiwary, Harmeet Singh, U.Chand, D.Karthik and Shami Ahmed.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

can any one can give me clue for UMESH YADAV injury?? Why the Indian squad never select the rising talent as SHAMI AHMED he is quick and gets purchase of the wicket??

Posted by Rumy1 on (February 11, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Gambhir was rightly dropped.Selectors would have brought Indian cricket down to its knees had they not dropped him this time.But they retained Ashwin who also deserved to be dropped for sure.Selectors failed yet again to do justice to Jaffer's talent, class,commitment and hardwork.Can't they see how he batted and built both innings in Irani Cup.Can't they compare Jaffer's performance and consistency with M.Vijay and Shikhar for 2012-13.Is there even a comparison between Jaffer and the two who got nod before him.Just take 1st class record of Jafferfor 2012-13.He made 1016 runs in 13 innings with 3 centuries and 5 half centuries at an avg. of 85.In comparison M.Vijay has 289 runs in 10 innings with one century and zero half century at a dismal avg. of 29 and S.Dhawan has 524 runs in 13 innings with one century and one fifty at an avg. of 44.Even an insane person can reach a conclusion based on these numbers of Jaffer,Vijay and Dhawan in 2012-13.And they had audacity to leave out Jaffer!!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

We are reading too much into India's strength. Without sounding pessimistic, this is not a team which can compete with Australia. Shewag is still in the team because of Indian culture. I can't think of anyone in the team who can give that solidity to batting and less said about the bowling is better. Zaheer and Umesh with an upbeat Harbhajan would have made some difference. But to expect Ishanth, Ashwin, Ozha and likes of Dinda to bowl India to victory is like expecting too much. The only way, we can compete is to have rank turners and since there are no Swanns and Mountys to face, on these rank turners, Indian Batsmen can score some runs as they won't be facing Starc, Sidle and Pattinson with regularity

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

Excluding Dinda and murli vijay its look good side. In place of them, they could include jaffer/jeewenjot or IC Pandey/Sandeep sharma/ sidarth kaul

Posted by Sheeraz03 on (February 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

Very good decision by Indian board.....Gambhir looked totally out of form and its time to call Wasim Jaffar back in the side.As for as bowling is concerned Indian bowling will remain same.All bowlers know how to concede runs.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

By the end of this series Sehwag,Sachin and Dinda would have gone and their replacements in place Ishant's fate will also be know by then

Posted by joseyesu on (February 11, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

Gambir, we expect you to be in the team very soon.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 11, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

I feel for Jaffer, the manner he kept on batting with solid composure even knowing he is not being selected for the Aus series is really heartening to see.Anybody who saw him bat on last day of Irani cup knows how solid he looked while batting. Anyway, the team selection is better if not good.And with this team one more thing is cleared, it will be square turners for 1st and 2nd test.India will go only with Ishant Sharma with all three spinners playing.I think both Vijay and dhawan has an equal chance of making it in final 11.I have no clue who will play for no.6 position as that position is really open and anyone can emerge.

Posted by cric_gates on (February 11, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

With the current indian squad selection its clear that indian test cricket is going nowhere.Indian selectors has proved that they are true bunch of jokers.Some bad decisions: 1.Rejecting d classy operner like jaffer ahead of vijay is big blunder.vijay is pure flat track bully n he never gnna be successful in overseas 2.for the middle order they should hav gone with kaif and tiwary instead of jadeja n rahane.what else they do to prove their worth in team.look at their domestic records n situation in which they had played. 3.giving chance to nonperformer like bhajji n aswin.cant play aswin just bcz he can bat n take 1 or 2 two per match.this is not a one day or t 20.You hav to take 4-6 wicket in a very spinning friendly track.what else u want.S ndeen n parvej rasool r better option. 4.i think india have good pool of fast bolwers like ishway pandey, sandeep singh, sandeep warrior, mohit sharma,imtiyaz ahmad n a rajpoot. but they still beleive that their non performer(ishant) will perform.

Posted by 49sachin96 on (February 11, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

I think aussies are threatened with the inclusions of harbhajan and bhuveneshwar. Perfectly balanced team India , time is to show on groundssss MY RIGHT HANDED 11- Sehwag, Rahane, Pujara, Mr.SACHIN, Kohli, Jadeja, MSD, Harbhajan*, Bhuvaneshwar*, Ojha and Ishant. ALL THE BEST

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Should have taken Jaffer as opener, he is like Hashim Amla who doesn't throw away his wicket easily, a solid defensive and tall opener.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

HMM .. jaffer , rayudu, raina played very well. They also must be included in the team.

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 11, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

So Dhoni says in Dec 2011 that he will 'think' about giving up one format at the end of 2013.And we innocent,unsuspecting cricket fans should have deciphered his statement clearly enough.

In other words -"I don't care two hoots what people think but will continue shamelessly no matter what the results till end of 2013.And then decide whether to give up one format." That's precisely how it turned out isn't it? So the misery is not yet over folks; we might have to wait till we get manhandled in SA(late 2013) too for Dhoni to give us respite.

Posted by landl47 on (February 11, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Bhaji is in because the Australian line-up is full of left-handers- Warner, Hughes, Wade for sure, Cowan and Khawaja as strong possibilities and Johnson, Starc, Pattinson and Doherty competing for places in the lower order. Even Agar is left-handed! I suspect India will go with both Ashwin and Bhaji, with Jadeja being the left-hand spinner. Even Ojha could play, because Bhuvi Kumar looks quite a competent bat, but I think it's more likely that Ishant will get the nod and India will play 5 batsmen, Dhoni and Jadeja at 6 and 7, Ashwin, Bhaji, Bhuvi and Ishant.

4 of the top 5 look set- Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar and Kohli- so the only open spot is the other opener. I don't know Dhawan and frankly I take Indian domestic averages with a grain of salt, because the difference between the better players and the rest is so great. Neither Vijay nor Rahane, the other contenders for the vacant spot, have yet impressed at international level, despite extravagant domestic averages.

Posted by amarnath79 on (February 11, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Bhajji is still the best spinner in India. Plus he has a good history of intimidating the Aussies.

Posted by pksaspk on (February 11, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

what a selection! dinda in! sree out..rahana in ! its not team india ...team doni!!!

Posted by Akshay_mehta1 on (February 11, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

I am an Indian living in Sydney and I can tell one thing a lot of Australians are talking about is this new kid who can bowl both ways with bit of a less pace which can be a disguise for Australian batsman who like to hook or pull swinging bowls because they have pace on them and almost chest height or leave them for keeper because they know pitch have enough bounce to make bowl miss the stumps but in India I think it's a very different story where bowl does not bounce so often and with no pace and with young Indian fielders they will find it hard to hit bowlers like BK.

Best of luck young man…

Posted by RanjvRam on (February 11, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

This selection seems to be purely quota basis... Gambhir dropped, so they bring Dhawan who is also from Delhi.. Chawla from UP so is Bhuvaneshwar from UP.. and Harbajan is from North and so Awana from North... I don't know why people thinking so much about the right or wrong of selection :P..

And for me, it's time to think about good quality fast bowlers.. India really need someone who can claim 2-3 quick wickets.. Ishant is not capable of doing it purely because he is just one dimensional bowler..hope the other bowlers will do some good for India...

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

Was just wondering..what happened to Yadav n Aaron ?

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 11, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Some fans who are very much interested and genuine while comments and talking about rotation policy. Don't hope for that. Rotational policy applies to only Shewag, Gambhir, RG & Raina. They never play but they appear in team rotation basis. Having one 200 in dead rubber pitch given place to Yuvi. Don't forget fans. That cost Tiwary/Badri. Wait and see, people willl forget about RG & Raina, Yuvi in next 2 months, then selectors will bring them back. So message young and new cricketers has to suffer.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Finally, selectors have done something right.......kudos selectors...but give Shikhar a fair chance before throwing out of the team. MSD have a history of letting new guys to warm bench, Vijay was not at its best during this last Ranji Season except some flash-in-pan performance at Irani match. It is good to see atleas the end of musical chair of middle order slot between Yuvraj & Raina noting the absence of MSD in the related selection meeting. Is it a good sign, or an eye-wash?

Posted by thesunravish on (February 11, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

I do not understand y player spent their much time in practice and making 1000s of runs in domestic when their domestic/current performance is not yet all consider for team selection. Player who performed well long time back are getting selected because once upon a time they were fantastic, But if u see their current performance from last 1or 2 years they hv done nothing BUT they are in Team, Yes I m talking abt Mr. Shewag.....I hv sympathy for Wasim Jaffer.. This cricket has produce very talented person like Wasim Jaffer but he is unlucky. I hv advice to Selectors plz not to go and watch Ranji and Irani trophy matches.. when you look only past performance.... one more Sreesanth was better choice than Ashok Dinda..every 1 who watch indian cricket know this..but our selector does not...

Posted by ajithabey on (February 11, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

Jaffer continues to go unnoticed by the indian selectors despite his remarkable performances.Raina another omission despite some very good batting performances.What a pity.It is time that Sachin and Shewag bow out gracefully and giving some youngsters to go against one of the best teams in world cricket.India's loss will be Aussies gain.

Posted by crajmohan on (February 11, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

This selection is very nice. this is our chennai match squad sewag,vijay,pujara,sachin,kohli,ms dhoni,jaduu,aswin,harbajj,p kumar,ishant sharma. maybe bujji or ojha this two s changes will be happen. gambhir dropped is good decision only. raina is a good odi and t20 player but he is not a test player we are given much more chance to him. we need some fast bowler like a umesh, pathan and arron. And also jeduu selection is good only why because he is a third quality spinner and batsman(india pitch is spin track).

Posted by Dhanno on (February 11, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

@nampally , Vijay has been the reserve opener during england series, so he may get the spot ahead of dhawan. Reason why vijay is ahead in pecking order, well its beaten to death over here. the team I laid down is one which I think will be pushed down throat. I dont agree with it in anyway. Except for Kohli and Pujara, no one deserves their place in the XI i mentioned. I am most peeved with injustice to rahane and thats why my last para read :

"I cant even go into (non)merits of sehwag @1, SRT at 4, Dhoni still capt (no discussion anywhere!), makeshift jadeja being in, bhajji(did u see favorable press noises in 2 weeks?), Ashwin always in, Ishant injured. " .

Bhajji will make it in, maybe at expense of ashwin but any1 of them getting chance is highly questionable on any given day! similarly for ishant (perenially injured, getting his insoles fixed or whatever), Dhoni as capt, the list goes on.

Posted by nikhilshahb on (February 11, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Let us look at FC cricket and see who is most promising Test fast bowler. The fast bowler with pace has been VVR Singh with a FC SR of 40, his problem is with his eco rate of 3.82 was very high.

With just an SR rate of 38.4, Ankit has just 7 matches but had a eco rate of 2.93. Praveen had a higher SR too but not because of his pace but his swing.

All FC new comers have an ECO of about 2.91 - 3.1 and an SR of about 50. Ankit is the most ECO-SR ratio ave of 8.18.

FC records Mtch ECO SR Bhuv Kumar 46 2.75 56.5 Shami Ahmed 15 3.01 49.0 Siddarth Kaul 11 3.14 48.1 Ishar Pandey 11 3.01 49.1 Ankit Rajpoot 7 2.93 38.4

Combined FC and Test

Mtch ECO SR Vikram Singh 25 3.82 40.1 Yadav Umesh 31 3.42 46.8 Ishant Sharma 73 3.21 60.7 Vinay Kumar 76 2.87 51.0 Praveen K 48 2.76 52

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

A Test team should have 6 solid batsmen, one diligent wicket-keeper and 4 solid bowlers. In times of peace and prosperity, that is. India simply doesn't have 4 solid bowlers right now, and arguably doesn't have 6 solid batsmen either. So, though I hate myself for saying so, I think Sir R Jadeja should be playing in the 1st Test against Australia.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

This is going to be a fascinating series purely because of the question marks over what kind of tactics will India use ? With they prepare dust bowls ? Will they prepare square turners? I think India should go for square turners in my opinion. Australia spinners are very average bowlers and I am confident that our batsmen will not repeat the same mistakes as last series.

Great opportunity for B.Kumar, if he does well I would like to see him and Yadav(when fit) lead our attack. This is Ishant's series the selection committee needs to look elsewhere if he doesnt perform as he has been given way too many opportunities.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

I am a Indian living in Australia for the last 32 years, I like the way the Aussies nurture their talent, no wonder they have been on top of most forms of cricket, except 20/20, but that wont take long before they are there. I doubt India will ever get any where near the top at a consistant level, the just dont nurture their talent, eg Rohit Sharma, what a talent no where to be seen, he is 25 now! Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan do not have that talent, blatently they are picked ahead of Rohit Sharma. You guys are going to get skinned alive and my adopted country is going to put the last nail in the Coffin of Sachin Tendulkar, who looks like he is using his bat for a walking stick!!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

Why is Sehwag still given a long rope ? Happy to see the baqck of Gambir who apart from not scoring runs is keen on dividing the team with Sehwag.Let Dhoni take control of the team or will go the Pakistan way.Horses for courses and that's how it should be.Age should not be a factor as Wasim Jaffer still has 2 to 3 years of good cricket behind him and in Indian conditions he's okay.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

finally it happened and good for team india, main thing is he is not a team player!!!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

Finally the axe fell, but either Vijay or Dhawan are not going to make any mark. It is a long-term problem, no immediate solution in sight. We have got to unearth a new talent who has good old technique of countering the new ball. Opening is a specialist slot. After Gavaskar, it has been a musical chair though Gambhir and Sehwag held together for some time.

Posted by anaaar on (February 11, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

Simply pathetic to see vijay coming in instead of jaffer... jaffer did everything in this domestic season still lost the opening spot against all undeserved candidates...sehwag, vijay & dhavan

pls wake up Indian selectors, Take a wise decision, Like every indian tour, Rahane will just sit in the stands even though sehwag fails miserably. Indian selectors are no longer picking on performance but on influence If u can not avoid zonal politics, pls step down Mr. Sandip Patil....!!

Dhavan & viay over jaffer is pathetic choice & ohhhh sehwag is their....he has to be their........even though failing continuously

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (February 11, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

W Jaffer was deserved much more than M Vijay who just performed in final of irani trophy and kept his place...that is entirely wrong...people are saying, Jaffer has been already given chances...i will say it was 5 years back and M Vijay himself has got 12 tests without impressive record....rest 14 players selection is altogether good...i will prefer harbhajan over ashwin in final 11 ATLEAST for 1st test along with ojha & jadeja...

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

nyc_missile: I think you are suffering from short term memory loss, are you aware of Dhoni's captaincy record: Test - 44.19%, ODI - 56.06%, T20I - 47.50%, IPL - 61.02%; what were you doing when he won the world cup and t20 world cup for India? Gambhir has lost his place in the Indian team for the politics that he played and poor form. By the way, how many CSK players are there in the team? Be honest and reply, even raina is not given a place.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

Harbhajan's inclusion is not a good step he is failure dont have variety.S.nadeem should b in the team

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 11, 2013, 1:44 GMT)

All I can say about this selection is - Wasim Jaffer got robbed! Shame on the selectors for treating Jaffer this way.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

Playing XI - Sehwag, Dhawan, Pujara , Kohli , Tendulkar , Dhoni , Jadeja , Ashwin , Harbhajan, Ishant , Kumar. By bringing Jadeja as no.6 , we get an extra option of left arm spin ( effectively can go with 5 bowlers including 3 spinners) and he can bat as well. India should be playing either Jadeja or Irfan based on the conditions to get the balance.

Posted by sohaibahmad on (February 11, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

make or break seires for Sachin? Seriously, jjtanwar?? :)

Posted by bijuphilip on (February 11, 2013, 0:28 GMT)

insted of dinda we should have included sreesanth,and ambadi rayidu should be in insted of rahane

Posted by here2rock on (February 11, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

Indian selectors just forgot that they are picking players for first test in India not an overseas touring party! The selections clearly shows the state of Indian Test Cricket at the moment, no leadership from the selectors or BCCI. It is a case selectors not knowing who to pick or drop. They have picked 4 openers for the team, if they do not know what should be the opening pair for India then how would anybody else know? The selection of Dinda instead of Shami Ahmed does not make sense at all. Dinda has an ungainly bowling action and he does not have the height or heart to play international cricket. Shami Ahmed looks every bit of an international cricketer and yet he is not picked. These players should not have not have been in the side; Sehwag, Rahne, Harbhajan and Ashwin and Dinda. They are tried and tested of late without any fruitful results.

Posted by svenkat02 on (February 11, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

Its become a fashion now to play the "CSK players favored" card whenever a player from your home town is not picked or whenever a CSK player is picked (and you hate CSK and Dhoni). Jaffer is OLD, and is a mega failure at international level. We have seen too many band-aid solutions and they have not helped India at all. If at all Jaffer was picked, it should have been 3-4 years back, not now.

All those CSK ranters, Raina is disappointed on Twitter for not being picked. Raina is a bigger fav with CSK than Vijay. And Raina has scored 134 and 71 in the recent Irani cup game for ROI against Mumbai. And he is a mighty scorer in subcontinent conditions and has more experience than Rahane. Yet he was not picked. So all those CSK ranters, suck it up and shut up!

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (February 10, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

I was really hoping that the BCCI would continue their policy of sticking their heads in the sand and declaring all is well with Indian cricket. It would have been nice to have the walking wicket that is Gambhir stationed at the top of the indian order for the upcoming series.

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 10, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

The most shameful scandal here is not just Dhoni's continuance as test captain after 10 losses or Srinivasan's patronage of him or conflict of interest of both; its the fact that no one is even raising it or talking about it.What do we infer by this..that everyone is party and part of this sham?? We have hit the abyss!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

Didn't Dhawan fail 6 times out of 6 in 3 "tests" against WI A team in WI? How are Kumar & Dinda ahead of Pankaj Singh?

Posted by roversgate on (February 10, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

This is probably one of the best selections done by the selectors in a while. Only issues are - Rahane should really be looked at as an opener now which means that M. Vijay shouldn't be in the team based on domestic form. Then again I can't see anyone else walking into the team in Vijay's place on merit of their performance. My other issue is Bhuvnesh Kumar. B. Kumar was really good in limited overs but if he is primarily a swing bowler and if we make the mistake of even having a little bit of swing on these wickets then Australia will blow us away. We can't afford to think that B. Kumar and I. Sharma will stand up to the present crop of Australian swing bowlers (Starc for example). It is better for us to rely on pace and that is where I think Awana might have been better. Sreesanth even more so.

Posted by here2rock on (February 10, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

Why does the team needs to be selected for the first two test matches? Why not just for the first test match then select the team for the next match based on the performances in the first test match. Why Shewag is in the side? He has done nothing for the last few years.

Posted by Nish_US on (February 10, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Jaffer should have been in - This is test cricket - either you should be a prodigy or very experienced and in-form to get into this format... and Jaffer fits the later description..... Vijay does nothing in the Ranji and keeps his place and Jaffer does everything in the Ranjis and the Irani and still not given a chance.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

RP Singh no good performences in domestic , Praveen Kumar - he is not playing as game his behaviour with his own team is going bad ,Varun Aaron & Umesh Yadav are in injury bench

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

Gambhir had a good eye but he had lost it a few years back. He was lucky to play for the last 3 years no doubt he had won a few matches for india. I suggest a better fielder takes his place. If you are an average fielder you cannot get into an Australian side.

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 10, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

To be an Indian captain,simply do the following : Somehow be part of CSK team,lead the side to white-washes,not mere losses abroad,also lose a few home series for a change and of course make sure the worst possible players are picked ignoring the best available.And you'll be captain for life in ALL formats of the game.Ask MSD! Don't forget the bottom-line:pick as many CSK players as possible.

Posted by ARad on (February 10, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

In other news, U2 (sympathizing with Gambhir based on their own lack of form for nearly two decades) will re-release their 'wid or widou u' song to help Gambhir survive his unemployment until IPL V.

Posted by Rahulbose on (February 10, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Dhawan over Jaffer is an interesting choice. It is possible they want to replace one Delhi player with another, zonal politics is still relevant in India. As for age that can hardly be a factor when you have a 40 year old paying in the same team.

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 10, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

Sincerely wishing for Aussies to win 2-1 if not 3-0..Dhoni will still retain his captaincy for SA series but at least his record will be dented- as a disillusioned Indian fan I think this is the best possible outcome.As long as Dhoni remains captain,we will lose with ANY team.Dhoni has instilled the loser instinct in the team and its embedded..

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

I think Sehwag should be rested till he perform good inning in Domestic level Vijay & dhawan should open. we have to give chance to Jadeja in Middle Order. he can play a long innings

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 10, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Totally agree with @Nampally - If Irani cup + Ranji Trophy performances were the basis for selecting the Indian squad, Jaffer should have walked into the team ahead of Vijay. Jaffer might be turning 35, he has still 2 more years of peak performance left in him. Dinda has done nothing to support his inclusion. Pandey was the leading seamer in Ranji & S.Nadeem was the leading spinner. Pandey or S. Ahmed should be included instead of Dinda and Nadeem should get a chance instead of Jadeja. Jadeja, with his wicket to wicket bowling, and superb fielding is perfect for ODI and T20.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Guys here are just talking about the batting which is just one part of the game.I would like to talk about India's bowling department which has shone either.Okay I have no idea why they still select Ishant Sharma.In the last few series could anyone tell me a performance which could still keep him in the side.Its Pathetic! I mean give other bowlers a chance ...you cant just keep thinking he will deliver. Sreesanth is a really good bowler.He can swing the ball brilliantly and challenge the batsmen.Yes he had injuries,as a result he shortened his run up and stuff but I think he's better than Ishant. RP Singh , Praveen Kumar,Varun Aaron,Umesh Yadav are all forgotten names?! Ishant has not been using his height to his advantage .I'm not totally writing off Ishant here but he needs time to regain his form.......The bowling which troubled greats like Ricky Ponting.

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 10, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

Except for Gambhir's exclusion,Bhuvaneshwar's inclusion,atrocious selection starting with captain Dhoni..Per Mohandas Menon,the renowned statistician,

Indian Test batsmen frm 1/1/2011: Pujara 72.89, Ashwin 45.85, Kohli 38.74, SRT 35.90, MSD 31.93, Gambhir 31.47, Sehwag 30.66, Yuvraj 26.10

So tell me why only Yuvraj & Gambhir? Why not Sachin,Dhoni also who have been big liabilities in this team? Many have said captain Dhoni does not even deserve a place in team as player; the above stats validate that..Feel sad for Raina but just isn't a long term option;even if he'd clicked at home,would have struggled in SA.Feel worse for Rayudu and Tiwary because they are young,fit & in touch.Rahane should be played at no 6. Sehwag Vijay Pujara Sachin Kohli Rahane Dhoni Ashwin Ojha Ishant Bhuvaneshwar will be my team as Jadeja doesn't fit as a bowler or a batsman..

Posted by ROXSPORT on (February 10, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

What are the odds that the Pathetic Harbhajan will play the first test against Australia??? And come a cropper??? And be dropped again, hopefully for good, as he will have completed his century of tests. I have always maintained in my posts that sponsors & personal friendships (I mean Dhobi's friendships --- Bhajji, Raina, RP Singh, Piyush Chawla) are counting for much more than it appears to the naked eye. Otherwise, how can one justify Harbhajan's selection?? Do the selectors think matches are lost & won on reputation??? Or, experience??? Time & again, we have seen "experienced players" fail us (10 losses in 12 tests against Australia & England). And, what has been the saving grace in these 12 tests??? Young & inexperienced Praveen Kumar in the Windies & England, again young & inexperienced Umesh Yadav & Ashwin (in batting, at least) in Australia, again young & inexperienced (sic...) Cheteshwar Pujara against England at home. World is investing in youth & our selectors see otherwise.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (February 10, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

India Should Select Praveen Kumar He Was Impressive In England Last Year His Stats Are Better Than Most New Bowlers In World In Test They are better than Starc's, Junaid khan,Cheema Out Of the Newer Test Bowlers Only Philander Has Overshadowed Him

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

I feel bad for jaffer but I think the age factor prevailed....when Dravid can be shown the door on age factor, no one's too big....jaffer however can contribute to India by way of coaching.

Posted by Reverse_Bat on (February 10, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Sreesanth would have been a better choice than Asok Dinda, no doubt.

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 10, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

I think vijay dhawan should open and sehwag should play middle order. When ball do not swing , sehwag is at his best.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Well it seems India, having picked a 15 man squad is really no more certain of their best xi than the Australians are of theirs. Interesting lead up to the series, lets hope the cricket itself will be just as intriguing!

Posted by Palsudipto_BD on (February 10, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

I think abhishek nayar should be added in the place of jadeja. Because his medium pace will more useful than jaddu's spin.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

india won't win a single match ....with this squad.....i can sure u that....against the world best bowlers...even south Africa was not able to win against them....who has best batting team...this player have played against slow runner like who bowl around 130-135 mph and not consistence ...but aussies may bowl around 140- 150 with all good length ever ball, they r gonna lose....if they win i will be the happiest person in the world....

Posted by noboundaries on (February 10, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Finally the selectors showing some courage but not total. They should have dropped Tendulkar as well & made sure youngsters would be playing. It is going to be an abysmal send off for Mr.T, pity he does not know when to call quits. Inclusion of Bhaji & Viru is 50/50, let us see whether the selectors are justified. Otherwise good selection.

Posted by StJohn on (February 10, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

I thought Praveen Kumar was excellent in the 2011 Indian tour of England: he bowled really well and was India's best bowler. I gather he's had some injury problems since then, but if he's fit it seems odd not to pick him.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

everyone is talking about gambhir replaced by dhawan. there is another replacement as yuvraj singh is replaced by murli vijay.

Posted by Mano91 on (February 10, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

Better they can announce the playing XI what they want with 4 opener s but 3 Middle order batsmen 1ly allrounder better to be announcing playing XI

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

Where is the pace-bowling attack?? can't believe Dinda again!!.Sreesanth is aggressive in test matches.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

I think this is Sachin's last test series. He should call it a day after unless he wants to play Pakistan one last time in August because he made his debut against them to it would be fitting. But I don't see a test series between Pakistan and India though unless of course it's hosted by India then that's another story.

Posted by toucheandsuch on (February 10, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

I have heard first hand stories about what goes on in Indian cricket teams and I can tell things are not quite right. Anyone who noticed Gambhir's batting in the Mumbai test can tell that he was not playing for the team. In fact I get the feeling, he was doing only enough to stay in the team. You may think this sounds crazy but when you have heard stories about a pace spearhead refusing to share the new ball with an upcoming star and asking the captain (who was a batsman) to bowl instead of him, you know!!! Pujara's run out due to a crazy call by Gambhir falls into that category. I recall Dravid & Ganguly on commentary not saying anything (but seething). Glad to see this selection committee being clear that the team comes first. I think its funny that people still root for Wasim Jaffer coming back. He lost his chance a few years ago and unless you are Tendulkar, age is always going to be the key factor. All things considered, no one clearly deserving (and fit) was left out!!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

I like selection by selectors but still BIG question mark why not Suresh Raina ???

Posted by zeeask on (February 10, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

finaly Bcci took a good decision , let give some chances to young players to show them some spark . all the best

Posted by blink182alex on (February 10, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Big decision to drop Gambhir, as an Aussie fan i am not worried by Dhawan, would be disappointed if he averaged more than 40 in the series. Harbajahn hasn't been consistent in tests since 2009 so not to concerned if he plays, although he does have a decent record against us at home.

Bhuv Kumar has looked a good cricketer though, clever swing bowler and handy lower order batsmen, reckon he could take early wickets and make it hard for us.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

why the hell have they picked dinda ??? sreesanth's definitely better than dinda ... he's bowled really well in the both innings .. i would've also loved to see jaffer n rayadu in the team .. rayadu should've been selected as the second keeper .. n jadeja is definitely not a long term prospect ... very disappointed with the selection .. n i don't think dhoni's gonna play rahane at number 6 .. he's gonna warm the benches again ..

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

why the hell have they picked dinda ??? sreesanth's definitely better than dinda ... he's bowled really well in the both innings .. i would've also loved to see jaffer n rayadu in the team .. rayadu should've been selected as the second keeper .. n jadeja is definitely not a long term prospect ... very disappointed with the selection .. n i don't think dhoni's gonna play rahane at number 6 .. he's gonna warm the benches again ..

Posted by 777aditya on (February 10, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Ingredients are all there for yet another horrible recipe - Aussies are more than capable to repeat what England doled out in the last series. We seriously need better bowlers. Irfan Pathan should be very frustrated with his injury. He always lends a good balance to the team. Shami Ahmed could have been a better option than Dinda. As for spinners, - all Harbhajan can do nowadays is talk, Ashwin bats his way in the team, and Ojha does not have a good enough spinner to back him up. Batting is not as strong as it looks. Feel pretty sure that the new guys will be left smiling helplessly at the camera while the same old team gets defeated again and again and again and again and again. The only interesting thing to watch out for remains Dhoni's excuse after Team India's defeat.

Posted by ihaq1 on (February 10, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

The selection is quite odd given recent history...most people feel that there are better seamers than Dinda...shami ahmed showed his worth already and others reccommend I pandey and pankaj s...tendulkar should have been rested as he is not expected to do well against the aussie pacemen...sehwag, rahane, tendulkar,jadeja all challenging for the number six spot..Three spinners seem too many especially if jadeja plays...although jadeja can play as teh second spinner and create space for another batsmen...shami and bhuvneshwer should have been tried with two or three spinners

Posted by Vivek_Singh3089 on (February 10, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

Feel really sorry for Parvinder Awana....he was selected for the final test against Eng but now without any reason he fails to find a place in the squad....Bhuvi has done a good job in ODI's & T20's but one must not forget that he's a "CONDITIONAL" bowler...if the condition won't support him then it's tough for him to get wickets because of his 127-132kph pace bracket. Somehow Dinda also retained his place but I feel it's not logical to select bowlers for Tests on the basis of their performances in ODI's & T20's....Awana was always a better option than Bhuvi while Shami could have been given a chance in place of Dinda....

By picking up 3 openers the selectors has given the indication that Rahane is looked for spot.6..personally I feel Rahane should come at 4, with Tendulkar at 5 while Kohli should bat at 6 followed by Dhoni & bowlers..that will give the Indian Batting much needed stability...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Wassem Jaffer and Yadav should have been given chances

Posted by TRAM on (February 10, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

The only good things about this team are the presence of Bhuvaneshwar, Rahane, Pujara & Ohja. Every one else sucks. Worst of the lot are Sehwag, ISharma, Dinda and SRT. In terms of the worst treatment meted out, Jaffer is only slightly luckier than Badri, since Jaffer played more tests for India. Shame on the selectors. It is ok to drop Rayudu for dropping such as sitter yesterday. We cant have butter fingers in the team especially when bowlers are so ordinary and catches would be rare to come by.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 10, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

@Posted by gnanzcupid; Whats happening pal ?? not happy with the team selection ?? Well, Indian selectors have no other options coz all Indian players are in the same level (mediocre level). So they are just shuffling players back n forth. But the results will be nothing but total annihilation at the hand of Aussies. Btw I'm glad that finally you've realized that your Indian bowlers possess the club standard. :))

Posted by JTG1 on (February 10, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

only thing i would like say, if selectors stick with gambhir then they may have pushed sehwag to no 5 position where vvs used to play n done so well for india through out it will also help sachin at no 4 and virat and dhoni as well, as they all know what sehwag can do if he able to play just a session only. as australia is very god bowling unit especially early with new ball n new wicket, so just save sehwag for later.................give a thought cheers!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Shuresh29 on (February 10, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

India always face bowling Unit. Select 6 batsmen including DOHNI, 3 Bowlers who can bat & 2 bowlers. So India has batting till No. 9. It's not worth playing 7 batsman in Indian pitches. Jedeja scored 2 triple centuries.

INDIA XI for the 1st test. 1.Shewag 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Tendulkar 5.Kohli 6.Dohni 7.Jedeja 8.Ashwin 9.Harbajahn 9.Bhuwanesh 10.Ishant 11.Ojha

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Even Rayudu is also a better option for india in Tests. From Last three years he is playing consistantly in Ranji Matches. Good to see Ghambir was droped from Test and expecting the same in ODI's also.Professionalism is required in team selection process.

Posted by nadodi on (February 10, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Anyway another thrashing is waiting for india.welldone BCCI.

Posted by jals on (February 10, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

I am sorry for Jaffer. What sin Jaffer did. Why is not in the team. He lost his father in this season but he has not taken off from ground, gifted Ranji Trophy to Mumbai. If you consider the current form he is far ahead then Dhawan and M.Vijay. This is not fair selection.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Indian selectors waited and waited with Jaffer.In the meantime he aged on the sidelines. His appearances in the team have been sporadic. Now he is 35; fit and performing. Don't take away this playing opportunity that he deserves. This idea that u can groom a young opener like Tendulkar, rarely works. If a man is performing, give him his due. Otherwise u will be discriminatinating on the basis of age. wasim has two strikes against him. Jadeja is over-hyped. Very ordinary both with the bat and the ball. Nadeem will never make it to the Indian team. Why? He has the talent but its something else. U take a guess.

Posted by anexpat on (February 10, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Why Sehwag is in? What actually he has done since being sacked to merit a recall? The selectors seem to have a strange attitude towards their own decisions. They seem to hope that all of a sudden the dead horse will start galloping. Jaffer on the other hand has done more than any other player to be given another chance if one goes on the basis of their performance in the domestic competitions. Isn't winning against Aussie should be the main concern than giving Sehwag yet another chance? He has long been a spent force. Bringing him back back is a backward step.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 10, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Well it's nice to drop a "no show" like Gambhir. However, I would have liked to see the back of Sehwag as well given his current form. Wasim Jaffer would have been a calm and solid addition to the opener slot. Anyway this is a SOLID team to SMASH the hapless Aussies on our turf. Apart from Pup, no one else even deserves to represent their country. A bunch of average fast bowlers isn't enough to win a test series in India. You also need SPIN... hello ? SPIN ! India at least have Ashwin and Ojha, Australia have NONE. Lyon is a medium pacer.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

no Shami, his average is better in first class, no overstaping, good speed and seam position. no Nayar, all rounder, no.6, no Umesh, injury. Australia have best seam attack, Starc is dangerous on flat pitches too. Beware India...Good luck..

Posted by ssruprai on (February 10, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

@sensible-indian-fan. Aswhin is another Mendis if not worst. You are talking about wickets against WI and NZ that tells the story!

Posted by ssruprai on (February 10, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

@Namapally, stop joking Sir. Tendulkar and solid defense are things of the past. How many times he has been out bowled or LBW. And stop whining about selection of Harbhajan who has done reasonably well during past few Ranji Matches and on a flat wicket in Irani Cup. Nadeem etc played in C group against group C teams. I don't know whether you know about group C teams.

You want Raina to be Tiwari to be selected in place of Jadeja. I would say, all of those don't merit a selection. Raina scored a century on a flat wicket and Tiwari couldn't score a 100 on the same wicket.

Jaffer would merit a selection though.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 10, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

I'm really anxious to know the motto of this test series. "Revenge" was the motto of IND-ENG series :D And of course, We all saw how it ended :)). India have no clue so that they are shuffling players left to right to see if it will work. No matter what you do, there is no escaping from the inevitable defeat followed by humiliation. Aussies are bringing another total annihilation. I'd be so surprise if Indian club level bowlers manage to get 10 wkts.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Why spoil the present for the future, especially in the future when those players are termed 'Old'... Jaffer deserves to be in the playing 11,forget squad of 15 He has not failed enough for him to be withdrawn never to come back

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 10, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

@Nampally - Didn't read your post about Rasool (the offspinner). Maybe Harbhajan's selection is NOT as deserving as what I thought it to be. But to be fair, he did outbowl Ojha in the Irani cup. Anyways, he won't be getting a game unless we go for 3 specialist spinners.

And to all those Ashwin haters - Allow him to work on his consistency. Its easy to dismiss his wickets as fluke cos the opponents were WI and NZ. But just go and watch his videos again. Ross Taylor's wicket, James Franklin's wicket, etc, etc - they were rippers. Some wickets were due to bad batting but the point is that once this guy get his consistency right, he is unbelievably lethal.

Posted by Erebus26 on (February 10, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

They should've dumped Sehwag and Ashwin too while they were at it. How long is it going to take for the Indian selectors to see that Sehwag has passed his prime and that Ashwin is ineffective against all the better test teams out there. In an ideal world Tendulkar shouldn't be there either but you can't touch gods in India apparently. Time to be ruthless and say to these guys thanks for the memories but it's time for some fresh blood.

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

iam sorry for jaffer, no doubt he is an extraordinary player, but as our selectors now following a trend of youth with seniors already in the team, as i expected he is not in the team, but good selection in shikar dhawan, i hope our selectors done well by the players performance from ranji trophy and irani matches. but iam sad to say still from this year season we are unableto select good spinners fro our future cricket india we are as indians our test team is well known for good spinners, wee had in the past in record winning matches with most wicket takers as spinners. plz trace it and encourage...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Jaffer and Agarkar should have been in team for vijay and dinda... there is no experience in the indian fast bowling dept...

Posted by xylo on (February 10, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Bravo on selectors showing some semblance of professionalism, the only thorn in the side being Sachin Tendulkar's selection now. As for people asking for Jaffer, they do not understand that Jaffer is a spent force, but is continuing to selflessly play for Mumbai; I do not think he will be expecting a call to the national side... just like Agarkar. As for Gautam Gambhir, he will do well to admit that he is currently not in the best of his nick, and that he would not have selected himself. Admitting the problem would be half the battle won.

Posted by iRomel on (February 10, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Let raina be specialist of quick games odi n t20. Some one should be fresh n fit for that version of game as rest of player wil bear injuries n tiredness in tests

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (February 10, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Just want to throw in my thoughts.

Wasim Jaffer - I felt he could have been given a chance. We need a solid opener (aka Akash Chopra stye) so bad. Even their 30's and 40's would help as they would remove the shine of the ball.

Raina - Didn't deserve the call up at all. I was one of the few who supported Raina when people wanted to throw him from the ODI team. He is great at ODI's. But these are test matches. Plus Raina DIDN'T have a good Ranji season.

Harbhajan - Deserved the call up. But don't know why Shabaz Nadeem and Mishra aren't given chances (like in India A or ROI teams).

Rayudu - Haven't seen him bat in test matches but heard that he is one of the few players who can play quality swing bowling.

Abinav Mukund - He doesn't deserve a call up at this point but make no mistake, he is what India is looking for. He's a solid opener.

Shikhar Dhavan - Deserves his place but not sure about how he will cope up with quality swing.

Murali - Hopeless. Can't play quality swing bowling

Posted by bharath74 on (February 10, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer should have been included, we need batsman who needs patience and tires bowlers out like Dravid.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

amit mishra, rayudu wld be better option

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

happy and satisfied beyond limits to see gambhir dropped. He deserved this. Its a wake up call. Hard to believe sehwag back purely to strike fear in the opposition cuz hez a game changer though hez far from wat he actually was. Nice to see fresh faces of Dhawan and B. Kumar in the team. Though i back gambhir to be back in the team but that to not by merely scoring bt score consistently for atleast two seasons in domestic ckt. And dhawan, if he performs well with atlest one three figure score and couple of strong 50's (god willingly) for the series then he wud be a serious contender for No 6 spot once seniors make a comaback. Not to forget SRT, make or break series for him. He needs to perform and win back some lost glory for INDIA. This series hopefully will end high for SRT and his career. And should he perform well this time, he may (must rather) as well hang up his shoes. I still think pace department lacks intensity though cant see more than two frontline seamers playing in the XI

Posted by HustleR87 on (February 10, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Dhawan had to be selected I guess due to lack of left handers in top order. It will make Australian strategy making easy if top 5 are all right handers. He is ideal to replace Gambhir. So I guess Jaffer missed out.

Posted by madurai-625001 on (February 10, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

i'm happy tat the selectors hav dropped gambhir,but jaffer should hav been picked,m vijay nd dhawan's inclusion is not fair,coming to the middle order its healthy with a good mix of youth nd experience in the presence of pujara,kohli,sachin,dhoni..may be dhoni can bat at no.6 taking into account his tremendous form...ashwin can bat at 7 and feature as bowling all rounder...bowling is also looking to be a fresh mix with b.kumar,bhajii,ojha,dinda and ishant...overall its a good squad..may be sreesanth should hav been picked ahead of dinda..

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Jaffer is no Murli Vijay, Shami Ahmed is not a Sharma either.

Posted by aliimran03 on (February 10, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Very good decision to take GG drop, bring Jaffer in he is in best form and we need to win against Ausies

Posted by subhsonu92 on (February 10, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

It is a nice team. I am very relieved that gambhir was finally dropped. Dhawan and Vijay were a gud pick by the selectors. But I think Shami would have been better.

Posted by Nampally on (February 10, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

@Dhanno: Your XI is not from the actual one.I think LH Dhawan will open. I have a feeling that Ashwin will be shafted for Harbhajan(in one of 2 Tests) to complete his 100 Test -a gift from BCCI, a charitable Trust!.There are only 2 guys in top 5 with sound defence - Tendulkar & Pujara (if he is not "Benched" by MSD). Sehwag, Kohli play using hand eye coordination with questionable footwork & defence. Can these guys play the Aussie seamers at 145 KPH with no footwork & after what Junaid did? If the Aussie seamers are on the wkts. like McGrath was, only SRT & Pujara may stall them. This is where Jaffer would have plugged a huge hole! I feel sad for #6 spot which is for a specialist batsman like Tiwary or Raina, is given to Jadeja- an all rounder.I also feel Ojha may lose his spot to jadeja in bowling with all 3 seamers IN. Fortunately for India Clarke is a doubtful starter, Warner injured & Watson half fit, with calf injury. These injuries may help India to remain competitve bit longer.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Hopefully they will not bring Gambhir back in two tests. When are the selectors going to look past Harbhajan singh???

Posted by Mocherra on (February 10, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

The question is will they play Jadeja or take a pure batsman in Rahane? I think Raina should have made it ahead of Dhawan as the other opener choice would have been Rahane or Vijay.

Also, given the brittle middle order, Pujara should come at No.5 to carry the lower order like Laxman.

My team & batting order would be - Sehwag, Vijay, Kohli, Sachin, Pujara, Dhoni, Jadeja or Rahane, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Ishant, Ohja

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

only a single question, why shikhar dhawan and not the wasim jaffar

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

1. Very disappointed that Gambhir is left out, but Gambhir required the much needed break as there were some technical flaws in his batting. A superb batsman and will definately bounce back with more and more runs under his belt. 2. A very good opportunity for Dhawan, vijay and kumar and should prove themselves. 3. Its now or never situation for Sehwag. A very big player and needs to score runs.

PLEASE TEAM INDIA NOW GIVE INDIAN FANS A TASTE OF WIN IN TEST MATCHES AS INDIA HAVE LOST THREE BIG SERIES IN A ROW.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

If Tendulkar Doesn't fire, then this in-experienced batting will be really tested against Quality bowling attack of aussies, Would love to see couple of Doubles from S.R. Tendulkar!

Posted by agarkarno1 on (February 10, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Thankfully, the selectors had guts to drop Gambhir.. a non performer for more than three years in tests. I could see Shikar Dhawan making debut in the first match ,for the right/left opening combination , and also Dhoni is not much keen about giving opportunities to Rahane. Bringing Vijay in the first test would be unfair for the other two, as they have proved better in the recent domestic matches. Ishant would be the first choice seamer, for his experience and is capable of bowling some unplayable deliveries. Bhuvanesh though inspiring in the first few matches, looks a defensive bowler. It would be nice to see him aggressive in test matches. Harbhajan and Ojha should play the test match as I could see, Ashwin lacking confidence and Harbhajan would be desperate to prove himself after being dropped for many months. He has big heart and would hopefully come good. Jadeja should be there for his allround talent and could possibly fill the weakness in batting and bowling areas

Posted by Nampally on (February 10, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

@sandyforcricket:Indeed, Selection policy needs a Big change! I have one Qn: what is the basis for Selection of Indian Team squad? Sir, If you do not have a Criteria or Basis for selection, there is nothing to change, period.I stated in my earlier input, Jaffer walks into XI just on his Ranji & Irani cup performances.Not only that he has a sound defence lacking in most Test batsmen. At 35, he is 5 years younger than SRT!. I.Pandey & Sandeep Sharma are 2 young seamers who finished First & 5th in Ranji with 48 & 42 wkts. Nadeem(4th) got 44 Wkts. & Rasool the off spinner got 33 wkts. These were on "Dead" Indian pitches & all bowled with economy rate <2.7 runs/over!. Harbhajan does not appear in Top 50 & Dinda is at the bottom. Both got ahead of Nadeem, Rasool, Pandey & S.Sharma.How does Harbhajan get in with no performance in past 18 months at any level except for some charity wkts. in Irani cup?Why do we complain of WEAK Indian bowling, when real performers are dropped like Hot Bricks.

Posted by itooplaycricket on (February 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Brave selection :) Good to see young talents getting chance.I would rather bring Sehwag at No 4 , which will give these guys a lot of freedom and confidence to play their natural game.my team will be 1. Vijay/Dhawan 2. Pujara 3. Kohli 4. Sehwag 5. Sachin 6 .Dhoni 7. Harbhajan or Dinda( depending on the pitch) 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvneshwar 10.Ojha 11.Ishant

Good Luck India!!!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

Good for a start but I genuinely feel that the performance ( or non-performance) criteria and its age durability should clearly defined and should be very transparent.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

I am proud of gambirs words, yes he is a fighter snd he will fight back. Only upsetting part is that why do you leave sehwag in there, I hope if he does not perform in the two tests, they drop him. I also feel ajinka rahane will play and make a name for himself this time in test. Great to see jajeja, get a chance, his bowling and fielding skills are important, hopefully he can work on his weakest point, which is batting consistantly well. -Neil from Nj, Usa

Posted by Dhanno on (February 10, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

So the final 11 will look like : 1. Vijay 2. Sehwag 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. SRT 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhajji 10. Ishant/Dinda 11. Bhuvan

Does anyone else see the daylight robbery ? Vijay will get into the team on basis of one meaningless 100, jadeja will retain his place and more deserving batsman such as rahane will be shafted again. If Vijay fails first two games, no problem, Dhawan will get chance (nothing against him). But Rahane is an opener, given a runaround by selectors for their own purposes. Same like Pujara who was ignored for a while when Raina/ Yuvi kept on getting numerous chances in tests. His sheer weight of runs forced him into team. Rahane is not in same class as Pujara but deserves to be treated better. He is opener first who can bat one down.

I cant even go into (non)merits of sehwag @1, SRT at 4, Dhoni still capt (no discussion anywhere!), makeshift jadeja being in, bhajji(did u see favorable press noises in 2 weeks?), Ashwin always in, Ishant injured.

Posted by vijayantkohli on (February 10, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Of all the things, do we really need 4 openers in a15 member squad for a domestic series? Sehwag, dhawan, vijay & rahane, Are they all required for first two tests of such an important series? If Rahane is being roped in for No.6 spot then whre is RAINA??? U cant expect more than that from Raina, fab ODI form & even better Irani trophy outing... Agreed, his suspect stance against short pitch stuff but first time in history we are expectin aussies to play 2 spinners & watson to be there as third seamer... Raina cud have had a strong foothold on no. 6... coming on to the pace battery, very disappointed not to see sreesanth & ishwar pandey.. in absence of zaheer, sree cud have been grt support to ishant in experience.. & ishwar pandey bowled his heart out in Ranji season... 48 wickets in 8 matches at at 22, outstanding... the guy is 6-2, bowls fast, hits the deck hard. For me, Raina, sree & pandey for Rahane, dinda & bhuvenesh (gud bowler in only shorter formats, suspect with old bowl)...

Posted by ssruprai on (February 10, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Agree with Sujan Ghosh that in tests change of captaincy is needed for sure. I mean how many more test matches you want to lose against stronger teams before doing changing captain. 0-4, 0-4, 1-2. That is 1 win out of 10 test matches. If it was some other country they would have done it right away. But the thing is who could be the next test captain? To me it should be Virat Kohli. Before you start talking about inexperience etc. please remember that Graeme Smith was made captain of SA team at age of 22 and he hasn't looked back since since.

Australia has strong fast bowling lineup (almost each of them bowls at 140 plus) to trouble Indians, even though they are thin in batting. To me this series will be about how Indian batsmen handle Australian fast bowlers and how Australian batsmen face Indian spinners. I hope Harbhajan plays both tests instead of clueless Ashwin.

Posted by Rumy1 on (February 10, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Also, selectors retained R.Ashwin,Ishant and R.Jadeja for Tests. Mindboggling indeed!! I mean this is simply preposterous.What did Ishant do in Tests against England or before that.Same is with Ashwin.The fact is that Ashwin has already been sorted out by international batsmen. First class performance over an extended period of one year is the right criteria in current structure of game.The openers have failed over last 2-3 years. Gambhir has 360 runs at an avg. of 30 in his last 12 Test innings with zero century and just two fifties to his name.Sehwag has 450 runs in his last 12 Test innings at an avg. of 37 with one hundred and only one fifty to his name.Dhoni and Srinivasan's favourite -Ashwin has 14 wickets in his last 8 Test innings with a best of 3 for 80.Ishant has 18 wickets in his last 18 Test innings with a best of 3 for 49.Moreover,Sachin has 221 runs in his last 13 Test innings with no century and just one fifty.And They had audacity to leave out Jaffer.Decide for yourselve

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Recall of Harbhajan and retaining Viru was baffling, the wise men have not looked at grooming youngster. These two guys did not have recent performance to boast off to justify their inclusion.

Much more was expected from Sandeep and his team. Disappointment to say the least.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

I am looking forward to seeing Jiwan Jyot Singh against Australia (I think he is in the first match team). He has been scoring on the Mohali pitch. You need players who can play pace.

Gambhir dropping correct decision. International cricket is no place to learn cricket (like when Parthiv Patel was iniitially selected), or to regain form (like Gambhir, Sehwag, and Sachin did recently).

Learn your cricket in first class games, here or aborad (like Parthiv Patel later did), or regain your form playing first class cricket (like hopefully, Sachin has).

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

I think Raina should be picked in place of Rahne, yuvi should be picked in place of Ravinder Jadeja. By the way what is doing Dinda here, SreeSanth should be picked in place of him. Well currently Indian team is very weak but let's hope for the best.

Posted by Aashiq.kb on (February 10, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Thank God! At least we got rid of Gambhir!! :P That's a positive! But Dhoni still being the test caption, Harbhajan still finds a place in the team, Dinda still continues to get selected despite showing no international quallity... Ohja & Aswin!! Two spinners who can 'SPIN' the ball! :D !! Wasim Jaffer deserves a place than Shikar! Am not sure whether Dhawan has the technique to be a test player! May God bless India! Hope that Sehwag would take care of everything by giving good starts to India!!! :)

Posted by ssruprai on (February 10, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

@ Nampally you want that Ishawar Pandey should have been selected, who has taken 30 odd wickets in the season. And it seems to me that you have no idea that Sidharth Kaul has taken 40 plus wickets and is faster than most of the bowlers who played in last Ranji Seashon. Nadeem who has taken 30 odd wickets against weak oppositions isn't any better than Harbhajan who has taken around 25 wickets in less matches against stronger teams.

You also forgot that Jadeja has performed reasonably well as bowler in tests and he also did well in ODIs as batsman as well as a bowler. I agree with your comments about Jaffer and Dinda.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

If the selectors are ready to choose a totaly different outfit for the test matches then ODIs, bt dont knw y they dont hv the guts to change the captain for test matches atleast. watever the result of this coming series, they must think abt the captain issue vry quickly and honestly.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

a better and brave move taken by indian selectors.... :p

Posted by crickketlover on (February 10, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

It is a very good decision to drop Gambhir, as he started resting on his past laurels as a typical Indian test player is allowed to do by BCCI and the selectors. It is time that the selectors and Dhoni woke up and did something for the good of cricket.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Gambhir scored 251 runs(41.83 average) with 2 fifties against Englandin recently cocluded 4 test series as a opener.He was third in scoring runs after Pujara and Sehwag.Kohli(31 average) and Tendulkar(17 average) should have been dropped.See the performance and not names & fame.Sandip Patil should be selector for ODI and 20-20 and not for test.Quality batsman like Sunil Gavaskar,Chetan Chauhan,Yeshpal Sharma,Gundappa Vishwanath,Ravi Shastri,Dilip Vengsarkar,Anshuman Gaekwad,Mohinder Amarnath,Saurav Ganguly,Rahul Dravid,Mohammad Azharuddin,Navjotsingh Sidhu should be main selector.All these have batted very well in test matches in India and Oversees.Remember Test Match is a test of Batsman against Bowler.We need 6 stubborn Batsman who love to stay at the wicket for long.At present we don't have Test match winning Bowler.We need factory of Batsman like Gavaskar,Boycott,Barrington,Hanif Mohammad, Miandad,Greenidge,Thorpe,Steve Waugh.Border,Redpath etc.-who can stay at the wicket . Hemant

Posted by Rumy1 on (February 10, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Gambhir was rightly dropped and selectors would have brought Indian cricket down to its kness had they not dropped him.But they left Ashwin who also certainly deserved.Above all,they failed again to do justice to Jaffer's talent, class,commitment and hardwork.Can't they see how he batted and built both innings in Irani Cup.Can't they compare Jaffer's performance and consistency with records M.Vijay and Shikhar for just 2012.Is there even a match between Jaffer and these two who got the nod before him.Just take 1st class record for 2012-13 of Jaffer.He made 1016 runs in 13 innings with 3 centuries and 5 half centuries at an average of 84.6.In comparison M.Vijay has 289 runs in 10 innings with one century and zero half century at a dismal average of 28.9 and S.Dhawan has 524 runs in 13 innings with one century and one fifty at an average of 43.6.Even an insane person can reach a conclusion based on these first class numbers of Jaffer,Vijay and Dhawan in 2012-13.And they left out Jaffer.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

All cricket lovers, pl understand one basic thing. Mummbaiwalas like Jaffer, Rohit Sharma etc are kings in domestic cricket. When it comes to good quality fast bowling they are puppets. Jagger is over the hill and if he has to be selected for India then it should be for over 35 team. There is one more to be added in that squad. It is Tendulkar. No matter if we win or lose. Lets play with youngsters and groom them for future

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 10, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

It is probably fair to drop Gambhir after averaging just over 30 for the last 3 years in a row, though he has scored 50 twice in his last 3 test matches, which surely warrants a bit of positivity. Rahane has a great FC record, averaging 62, and probably warrants inclusion but why Dharwan? What has he done that is so special? And why Murali Vijay? They are both average domestic players who have no real international experience of note. Why not use the experienced and in form Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh instead? I find this to be a confusing squad and it looks like they are giving Australia a very big chance here. I even feel that Rahane is some kind of a risk as, in spite of averaging 62 in FC cricket and being in form domestically, he has done nothing internationally, in spite of several chances, and may just be another player who can't handle the big time. I would have kept Gambhir, Raina and Yuvraj myself.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 10, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Agree with @Vivek Ramji - No Jaffer are you kidding me? What's wrong with selectors! And Ashok Dinda ahead of Shami? Are we going to have a high jump competition with Australia? What a bunch of jokers!! Regionalism is the bane of Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

Ambati Rayudu should have been given a chance ahead of either Sehwag or Rahane.....Ravinder Jadeja is a good selection but he should play a little up in the order probably No 3 or 4 otherwise his selection is a pure waste....Jadeja is off course the best batsman in this present Indian team. Bowling never been the thing to bother in Indian team cuz their performance depends heavily on the bad show of opponent batters...who knows it happens here again....Ashwin looks a nice compact batsman than being an average bowler....so good luck ashwin again for your batting....!!

Posted by Rumy1 on (February 10, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Gambhir was rightly dropped and selectors would have brought Indian cricket down to its kness had they not dropped him. But they didn't drop Ashwin who also deserved. Above all, they failed again to do justice to Jaffer's talent, class, commitment and hardwork. Can't they see how he batted and built both innings in Irani Cup. Don't they have his performance track record can't they compare his with records M.Vijay and Shikhar. Is there even a match between Jaffer and these two who got the nod before him. Just take first class record for 2012-13 of Jaffer. He made 1016 runs in 13 innings with 3 centuries and 5 half centuries at Bradman like of average of 84.6. In comparison M.Vijay has 289 runs in 10 innings with one century and zero half century at a dismal average of 28.9 and S.Dhawan has 524 runs in 13 innings with one century and one fifty at an average of 43.6. Even an insane person can reach a conclusion based on these first class numbers of Jaffer, Vijay and Dhawan in 2012-13.

Posted by RSIndAus on (February 10, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

Where is Irfan Pathan?? Against Australia, India will need a solid all-rounder who can swing the ball and dominate with the bat. W. Jaffer should have been picked for stability in the top order. Viru should be given one chance only. Otherwise it's Rahane or Dhawan. Vijay panicks against Australia. Either Raina or Jadeja. Ashwin needs to become a strike-bowler like Ohja.. or give Harbhajan a go with Ohja. India needs 2 fast bowlers and hoping Ishant doesn't break down again because of his ankle problems and lack of confidence. Dinda is useless against Australia. Sreesant is not reliable. RP Singh could have been another option.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

good selection... in fact a great one... yes we had to drop one opener and given the chances gambhir has had ( and his attitude), had to drop him.... Sehwag is a match winner and can sometimes roll his arm over... I don't see vijay or dhawan opening the innings... my team would be Rahane (deserves a bit of time), sehwag, pujara, sachin, kohli, dhoni, bhuvaneshwar kumar, ashwin, ishant, dinda, bhajji or ojha... bhajji for his batting too.. three seamers is mandated... if 6 batsman can't do the job, no use playing the 7th... we need to pick 20 wickets to win and 5 bowlers are the best option...

Posted by hnlns on (February 10, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

I am suprised and shocked how Sehwag and Tendulkar can be retained after such poor performances in recent past. This is nothing but double standard by selectors. If Gambhir can be shown the door, Sehwag should also be facing the same treatment at the same time. He simply does not merit a place in the team for international matches any more. Let him earn his place by present performance rather than past glory. Same applies for Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Why Dinda? He is useless.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Unfortunately these is all star studed team and I dont think B.Kumar,, or Bhajji,, or Dhawan would get chance in final 11. See what happened to Pujara after inclusion in ODI,,,he was just a visitor and got to see different places,,,,

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (February 10, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

@Gagan, Irfan is still healing from injury, other names u mentioned only Umesh stands out, think he is injured too.

Posted by AnandRaman on (February 10, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Gambhir's form not only stopped him from scoring, he was instrumental in a few crucial run outs as well, caught ball watching while his partner was stranded. Even if he scores 2 centuries selectors must keep an eye on his running between the wickets. The scorecard will likely look like 8 run outs and Gambhir century..lol

Posted by AvidCricFan on (February 10, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

This selection is understandable. I don't understand what Shewag has done the past two years to be included in the team. Bhajji's performance has also been very average. He makes in the team on default not performance. There is a big difference between what Shewag can do and what he has been doing. One can't be in a team based on few sporadic performances.

Posted by aahahaa on (February 10, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

i see not one bowler who will strike fear in the aussies mind, leave alone running thro them, and except for Pujara, on current form, not one can we bet on, unless the aussies play poorly it is going to be tough and i havent seen an aussie side play poorly in 30 years.

Posted by althaf980 on (February 10, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Why selectors is not thinking about sreesant instead of dinda?

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (February 10, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Probable team... though got a feeling it may go terribly wrong, ha ha!

Dhawan Vijay / Rahane Pujara Sachin Kohli Viru / Jadeja Dhoni Ashwin Ishant Dinda / BKumar Ojha

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Shiker Dhavan is a good choice, jaffar has been given chance and had good and bad phases. Why VIRU is not being tried at no. 5 ? Rest of the selection perfect in the given situation. India is badly missing Umesh Yadav.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Too many openers..!! Sehwag, Dhawan, Vijay and Rahane.. It would have been better if they select Thiwary instead of Vijay and I would like to know from selectors on what basis Jadeja is included in the team.. What is his role? batting allrounder? bowling allrounder? Why didn't he bat at no 6 in Nagpur test if he is batsman? I strongly feel that he is not a test material, neither a genuine batsman nor a genuine bowler.. Yuvraj is a way head of Jadeja as he is a better batsman than him and good useful bowler or atleast they could have been selected a fast bowler (Sreesanth) instead of him as it looks fragile.

I feel : Out - Vijay & Jadeja, In - Thiwary & Yuvraj/Sreesanth

Posted by samvarma on (February 10, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Healthy 4-day domestic competition (enhanced version of Ranji Trophy) and foreign tour/stint for young talented cricketers is the only option for Indian cricket to go upward. If we stick on to IPL, Champions League , Indian cricket will keep going down.But for all of the above, the governing body should have a vision !

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

This is difference between Indian team selection and Australian team selection, Indian selectors always selecting a team for future, and they are selecting wrong star players only, Australia selecting experienced players for their current team (like Mike Hussey, Hayden, Hodge etc.), were India here dropping the experience player like Wasim Jaffer, dear Indian cricket fan's I am very sorry to say that we going to lose the series 3-0 or 4-0, my sure bet.

Posted by jimbond on (February 10, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

Largely predictable team- though surprising inclusion of Vijay and Harbajan. Vijay gets rewarded for one good innings in the past season, and Harbajan gets in for god knows what.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Common...Ambati Rayudu should have been included...I think he is consistent performer in domestic cricket

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

What happened to Zaheer, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Abhimanu Mithun, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra?

Something is wrong with Selection.

Posted by TM on (February 10, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

we have a good tail in our batting now with bhuvunesh and ashwin also dhawan and vijay have not been at all consistent they shouldve chosen jiwanjot singh and rahane to open with rohit taking rahanes middle oder place. People who say rahane and rohit have missed their chance or not took them has either one played a test? give them a chance team when tendulkar retires: jiwanjot rahane pujara kohli rohit MSD jadeja ashwin bhuvuneshwar umesh aaron/ishant/ojha/harbhajan

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

good choice is b kumar bad r dinda no form on int'l level at all.rahane cannot even defend properly against england bowlers & get bowled time & time again & guy with such a poor defense is in test team wow.shikhar dhawan be it t20,odi or first class cricket (avg. 45) is a poor int'l player. he just reminds getting caught or bowled whenever i think of him another poor selection. murli vijay is in poor form of recenly concluded ranji trophy. but he is still for me is 50% good or bad as his form in irani trophy.jiwanjot & jaffar should be rewaded as a ranji success .raina (only in asia) should be selected as no. 6 batsman well sreesanth , pandey,sandeep sharma or s kaul could be given chance. uday kaul could have been given chance

Posted by landl47 on (February 10, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Given Australia's left-hand heavy top 7, India might go with Jadeja, Ashwin and Bhaji as their spinners. That would be hard on Ojha, who was India's best bowler against England, but England had only one left-hander, Cook, and he did pretty well! Since Jadeja and Ashwin are both allrounders, India could then afford to carry 2 seamers for a balanced attack. If the pitch takes spin, India has a good chance, but if it happens to have pace and bounce the Indian batsmen will struggle.

Have to laugh at gsingh7- Viru is a 'failed experiment'! 8500 test runs and an average of 50, all scored at a cracking pace. Every country wishes their experiments could fail like that. Viru might be too old and too heavy these days, but a failed experiment? I don't think so.

Posted by StarHawk on (February 10, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Its a good squad. There is no point in making wholesale changes in the team ahead of such a big, must-win series. Sehwag deserves to be in the team for what he can do in the first session. It's a good move to include both Dhawan & Vijay. They both can compete for the second opener's spot. I'm sure Gambhir will use this break to make a strong comeback. Coming into the bowling front, why is Awana dropped? He was selected into the test squad, but didn't even get a game. So what has he done to get dropped? I was hoping maybe Sreesanth will be included. He has done reasonably well in the Ranji matches he played and in the Irani Trophy.

Did we all forget about Dhoni and his captaincy? Was there no discussion during the meeting about a change of captaincy? His captaincy has been pretty poor in the past couple of years in test matches. I guess we forgot all of that because we won a meaningless ODI series against a 2nd string England team. Oh well!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

team management should give jadeja an important role as a slip fielder...he is a fine fielder... hopefully he will do his best...

Posted by Munafis810 on (February 10, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Harbhajan included and Jaffer excluded .....selectors are really bunch of jokers

Posted by sugarboy on (February 10, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Rayudu should have been given a chance

Posted by torsha on (February 10, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

This is nonsense. I would have selected Sreesanth ahead of Dinda. What a shame! Selectors are ignoring him even in the tests. Dinda's recent record is not that impressive.

Posted by goldenpower on (February 10, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Bhuvaneshwar kumar best choice for test.But Dinda performance lacking in ODI Who will come back from test.

Posted by himanshu.team on (February 10, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

What has Bhajji done to deserve this comeback? I am sure Aussies would be amused knowing that they will get at least one easy match against India. I am in favor of dropping of Gambhir and letting Dhawan in. He deserves a chance. I hope that Sehwag starts to fire now, or else his place will also be in threat. It is time, Indian batsmen show some fight and even if the bowlers do not bowl well, batters should at least save matches for India.

Posted by rock_kar on (February 10, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

It's a shame that we don't have enough leaders in the team other than Dhoni. I can see where the selectors came from by persisting with Dhoni as Captain. Kohli is not ready and Gambhir who was a reasonable challenge is out. If Ashwin does well with the ball again and picks a bagful of wickets, maybe he could be a good captain for India. But for now, stick with MS.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

I dont understand why Jaffer after bagging so many runs under his belt still doesnt get a spot in the squad whereas dhawan and vijay get to play.Bowling unit looks very weak...

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (February 10, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

LoL, what is viru still doing in the squad... imean seriously!!!!

Posted by ramli on (February 10, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

There is no way Aus can pip India in test series ... they don't have the team for that ... it will be a very evenly contested series ... I predict India will take the series 2-0 or 2-1

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

i agree this squad.. lets give chance for m.vijay and dhawn but i disagree that suresh raina was not in squad.. most disappointing..suresh raina is in full power ppacked form than virat kohli.. itz ok the decision is took and rest shoul be predicted correctly.. thank you.. jai hind.. chak de india

Posted by GurpreetSinghNagra on (February 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

good to see Bhuvi in d sqaud. He did really well in blue clothes, that's d award for his performances. not agree wid batting lineup. Only left hander is Shakher Dawan and not sure for making place in playing XI. Atleast Raina should have been selected for his current form and IRani Trophy innings. And Wasim Jaffer deserves ahead of Murli Vijay.

Posted by here2rock on (February 10, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

This squad is too big, there should have been only 13 players selected. It causes too much confusion and headache for the captain. It is hard for players to get ready for the match if they are not sure whether they are going to play or not. I will play Sehwag at number 6. My 13 members team in the playing order will be, 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. M Vijay 3. Virat Kohli 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Cheteshwar Pujara 6. Virender Sehwag 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. MS Dhoni 9. Harbhajan Singh 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11. Ishant Sharma 12. R Ashwin 13. Pragyan Ojha

Posted by stormy16 on (February 10, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Had to happen I guess for Gambir who has struggled for a long time. Wonder if he will make his way back? His chance could be ironically if and when Viru decides to leave. I expect Dhawan or Vijay to cement the opeing spot - they are both class acts and will know unless they cement the spot, they will be back in the fringes. Interesting to see Harbajan back and guess you have to get him back for the Aussie series.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 10, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

dinda wud open bowling for india in tests?? what a shame for nation of 1.3 billion people. bhajji is only gud against aus and sa, against which he have excellent record and he did enough in irani trophy to grab a place, also why sehwag, he is a failed experiment . sachin should play in team till he is wheel chair ready, he did so much for india but now he should pass the mantle to lesser men. only thing which will win india the series is mental breakdown of aus weak batting core againt non spinning balls of ashwin and arm balls of bhajji. in batting i see only 2 batsmen who are walking wickets , rest will thrash this aussie attack since they wud get dead rank turners starting from chennai. good luck team INDIA , time for 4-0 win to avenge lost series.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

raina being good with his bat now-a-days was not taken into team.i can't understand the reason behind this!!!

Posted by spinkingKK on (February 10, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

My starting 11 will be: 1.M.Vijay 2.Dhawan 3.Pujara 4.Tendulkar 5.Kohli 6.Sehwag 7.Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.B.Kumar 10.Ojha 11.Ishant Sharma. I would have liked to see Raina in the team. But, unfortunately, they didn't select him.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

least experienced indian cricket team ever i hv seen...the austrailians hv got very good chances to defeat indian team..............!!!!

Posted by piyush_Daredevils on (February 10, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

On what basis DINDA is selected in the test team....He did not perform to his best in the last ODi series that he played ..getting dropped from playing X1.. instead may be tried out shami aur sreesanth...

Dhawan a good selection.....but could have retained gambhir for the first two test instead of vijay...

Posted by afzalhyderabadi on (February 10, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Well over all good selection except M S Dhoni continuing (after 10-1 defeat)as the WK and captain in test team, he doesn't deserve a place in test, the best option for test WK is wridiman saha. Other poor inclusions are vijay,jadeja,dhawan,and dinda. Poor exclusions are jaffer,badrinath,srishanth. Anyway I hope team india will end the dark patch in tests and start performing well again in tests.

Posted by johnal on (February 10, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

great series for pujara to show his class. tough test for dhoni and his team .the selectors have done the right thing in picking young players to compliments the older guys . i am from the west indies but india is my favorite team good luck to everyone.my team will be sehwag . vijay. pujara.tendulkar.dhawan.dhoni.jadeja.ashwin.ishant sharma.ojha.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

2-0 if not 3-0 in favour of Australia.. On What basis Dhawan,Vijay Selected ahead of Jaffar i dont know. Ideal preperation for Lowest score in tests on the tour of S.Africa.. Aus-37,N.Z. 46, pak 49 India will be only Twenty Twenty. what these mind boggling openers and no 6 jadeja will contribute to Indian cricket in tests only god knows. bhajji doesnt got 5 wicket hall in Ranji trophy this year and doesnt have belief on himself to declare overnight having lead of 450. how will he bowl against aussies when will never have score of more than 350 to defend...

Posted by rahul_bangabash on (February 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Good selection.... Gambhir should hav been out a long time ago...... now it would Sehwag's turn... if he doesn't performs in 1st test, he should be laaos be dropped.... look to see Rahane and Dhawan opening rather go for past-their-best duos of sehwag-gambhir....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

I like this, if only Vijay and Dhawan can open, and we can find place for Sehwag somewhere in the middle, which I don't see happening btw. But I like there is a shakeup here...Just replacing one batsman in the 15 means the playing XI can have a different feel to it

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (February 10, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

First ppl gun for Raina, now they r rooting for Raina!!! Let Yuvi and Raina enjoy the shorter versions and give other deserved players opportunity. Badri, Jaffer, Tiwary, Abhinav etc...

Posted by krishheturi on (February 10, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

good to see dhawan play m.vijay and dhawan my team will be vijay dhawan pujara sachin kohli dhoni jadeja harbhajan kumar dinda sharma

Posted by veeesha on (February 10, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Pity that S.Raina is missed again, inspite of his good knocks in the Irani Trophy

Posted by veeesha on (February 10, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

Pity that S.Raina is missed again, inspite of his good knocks in the Irani Trophy

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Waseem Jafeer Should Play In these Matches Average More Than 75+ in The Irani and ranji Cup This Season Im From Pakistan And im Big Fan Of Jafeer

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

What is striking is that i the top 15 wicket takers in the Ranji Season, only 3-4 are spinners. Shahbaz Nadeem and Parvez Rassol could be considered for the India A squad. I think Nadeem especially could be a good prospect.

Posted by crindo77 on (February 10, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Some posters have expressed satisfaction at the omission of Rohit Sharma; methinks selectors missed a big trick, not just in this series, but after the CB series in Oz in 2008. Sharma should have been in the Test team right then, and started learning from people like Dravid, VVS, SRT. Agreed his form since then has been patchy at best, but he is a superb batsman, especially against fast bowling, an agile fielder as well. And of course he is YOUNG, if youth is what the selectors seek. And as for selecting Sehwag again, its confusing. He made 1 century against England, nothing before that, dropped for the ODIs and back again. Maybe the selectors are hoping that another home series loss will allow them drop him for good, and try a brand new opening pair. Except that they will be going to SA next. Pakistan's 47 is a grim warning. I still remember Devang Gandhi in Oz. Ah well. We can always say we are a team in transition and we will DEFINITELY win IPL.

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (February 10, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

Shami ahead of Bkumar, or even Varon Aron shud be a better option. Bkumar does not have the pace to trouble test level game.

Dhawan makes more sense cause Dhoni prefers right/left combo to open, but doors are not shut for GG yet.

We really do not have much option in the spin department. Bhaji will be given one farewell test and shown the door.

Jaffer can still make a cut for final two tests.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Why is Sachin still playing? ah! 200th test match good luck! :)

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Raina, jaffer, Sreesanth...deserved a call up...we are missing on a fast bowler at the cost of dhawan / vijay / rahane. There is no need for 4 operens...3 are enough My team would be... Sehwag Vijay Pujara Tendulkar Kohli Dhoni Jadeja Harbhajan Ojha Bhuvaneshwar Ishant if fit else Dinda (no option)

Seriously missing one more fast bowler.... With favourite jadeja, ashwin n vijay, i doubt whether rahane, dhavan, harbhajan, or even bhuvaneshwar will have a chance...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

good players when go to kkr they come out bad...ishant and ponting and now gambhir...

Posted by kevivnajar on (February 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Whenever a test squad is announced, there is fight between north-south or against chennai.. can't understand a bit..

there are more jaffers and Badri's in India who lost their international career because of Dravid/Laxman/Sachin/Ganguly era.They are too old now to be tried.

I'm happy with this squad and they are capable of winning matches. Umesh Yadav should come back once he is fit. Abhinav Mukund should be monitored. Out of 15, only 4 are above 30yrs. Groom these youngsters, that is enough.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

why is sehwag still in the team when gambhir is out.....he may have a better record than gambhir in last 2-3 years but on present form he should not be picked...would hate to see him get runs and get chances after this series...time to groom rahane....sehwag=flat track bully

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

no place for the supremely talented rohit sharma? that too after his scintillating 0 & 1 in the Irani Cup? with mumbaikar Sandeep Patil at the helm, one thought rohit sharma's massive ability would be recognized by granting him a test berth. He was given a raw deal in ODI selection too where he played only about 80 ODIs. Alas, he has been overlooked along with another extra-ordinary cricketer Ajit Agarkar (though he didn't play the Irani Cup,the selectors seem to have forgotten his mind boggling strike rate in test cricket which is a wicket every 83 balls).

Posted by Prakmca on (February 10, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

We have few players who plays only in domestic level. Rahane and Dhawan are in this category. Definitely Jaffer should be given the chance ahead of Dhawan. Dhawan already had played few ODI matches, pathetic really that was.

And again Harbajan. For his very ordinary performance in domestic level.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

dhoni also does not deserve place in test squad when was dhoni hit a century in test just check it and whats wrong with wasim jaffer he was terrific in this season why does not he get chance. come on selector come on wakeup it was good selection for dhawan but think of wasim jassar too.

Posted by indianpunter on (February 10, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

@Ravi Kiran, ROTFL, i totally agree....

Posted by vik56in on (February 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Shikar Dhawan has got in because of the selector has to bring his players from his own region.He is nowhere in the class of Wasim Jaffer or even Ahinav Mukund should have got in.Bhuvanshewar Kumar should be restricted to ODIs since his pace in the 120s is hardly threatening in Tests.Harbhajan has got a good record in Tests against Australia so his selection is ok.Dinda doesn't have international class ,Iam surprised he is still in the Test team.Qota system!

Posted by drnaveed on (February 10, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

well, justice was not done with waseem jaffer. he should have been in the side ,well ahead of some players selected in this side.he is constantly performing, even got plenty of runs for the rest of Indian side against the mumbai side. but , perhaps .. the criteria of selection is different for the Indian selectors, other than the performance in the field ...... is'nt it ??

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

where is raina???what is happening in the selection panel dont you see ranji matches at all or even the roi perfomance in the latest match .. wher is jaffer ??? why do you select rahane when you know he is not going to play at all!!! come on india it is not against west indies or bangladesh it is "AUSTRALIA" you cant have partiality or the state quota you have to select your best 15 and you have implement your full potential XI this is not the time for experimenting you have to put your partialtiness out and give the captain the best team ... remember we have lost to england in our home soil do you think we can lose to ausies as well and we ill become the only team to lose against more than one country in both home and away soil consecutively!!!!atleast select raina and jaffer for the remaining two test matches for rahane and sehwag!!!!

Posted by MikR on (February 10, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

I think India should have added one more pace bowler maybe Shami or Sreesanth. It is best to give the Indian batsmen as much net practice as possible against fast bowling coz the Aus attack is going to be really pace heavy....Siddle, Starc and Pattinson is a really strong combination

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 10, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

i am glad to see there is no nohit sharma. however, indian bowling is so weak, so weak that they just can't take 20 AUS wickets even when AUS team bats blindfolded. there is no way IND will win this series. no bowler inspires confidence.

Posted by AkhilSood on (February 10, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

How long can the selectors successfully ignore Wasim Jaffer?

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

We are yet searching for the best combination of our pace attack without Umesh and Zaheer.. I do not think Dinda though a enthusuastic cricketer, is suited for Test cricket. Based on his performance in the Ranji tourney as well as in the Irani Trophy,Ishwar Pandey could have been chosen or even Sreeshant the way he bowled in the Irani Trophy with his past experience.

Posted by maddy20 on (February 10, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

@RandyOZ You are funny. More so if you have already looked up his record against OZ ! As for Jaffer, come on guys. He is already 36. We sure don't want to end up in a similar situation after an year or two. I would also have liked Manoh Tiwary instead of Sehwag or Sachin. Aussie quicks will cut them to size!

Posted by yogi.s on (February 10, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

I would have liked to see dinda replaced instead of awana. If the pitch demands that we play 3 seamers we will be in a tough spot. Also, feel a little sad for raina would have liked to see him in place of dhawan as we have two opening options already in place of vijay and rahane. Given that the 1st test is in chennai , my starting X1 would be Sehwag, Vijay, pujara,sachin,kohli,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin, bhuvaneshwar,ishant and ojha. Since we have two bowlers who are decent with the bat i think having jadeja at 6 will help improve bowling a little more.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

No 4 will be a walking wicket for Australia despite his good show in local tournaments. We may see his act of bending low to show low bounce after getting clean bowled:):)

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

no jaffer n again vijay after a poor season topped with a suddenn century.great!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

why not rahane dropped for Raina well he has some century in first class and gud field too.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

jaffer should have been included in place of dhawan...he's far much better batsman than dhawan.jaffer is havin vast experience in domestic cricket..he's runmachine..just look at his past 5 innings...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

where r the bowlers in this team, Ishant is patchy at best, dinda is a good club level bowler and kumar doesnot have the pace to trouble the aussies after the new ball, jadeja is a spinner who spins the ball once every 100 deliveriesl, ojha again is a very good club level bowler nothing more,bhajji ......used to be a great bowler now just a good containing bowler in the mold of Ashley Giles.Ashwin poor guy needs a spin coach dearly, either bedi or maninder or prasanna should be selected for this tour to mentor ojha,jadeja,ashwin and bhajji. If kumar and sharma fail to take early wickets with the new ball when it moves around bit, I am afraid we will be doing lot of fielding practice in this series.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

I don't go with this selection. Here's my playing 11 for SA tour.

1) Sehwag 2) Jaffer 3) Pujara 4) Sachin 5) Rohit Sharma (He makes a good middle-order test batsman with his technique & can bowl a bit if used.) 6) Kohli (Yes! Kohli at this place makes our test line-up really strong!!) 7) Dhoni 8) Ashwin (He can bat a bit. Orelse he cud have been thrown out) 9) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ahead of others - he could bat a bit & bowl good) 10) Ishant Sharma (he is trying hard these days) 11) Zaheer Khan (Yes, he is a must for our team still..esp. for SA tour)

12th man: Ojha (instead of Ashwin when required)

And, the rest of the squad..I live it to BCCI politics. You can include Vijay and the CSK lineup.

Posted by SANTHOSHM100 on (February 10, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

The ideal playing 11 for Chennai is Vijay, Rahane,Pujara, Sachin, Sehwag, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin,Bkumar, Ishant &p Ohja

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

jaffer is already in mid 30's ,atleast he played more test than ever green badrinath..when compared to jaffer,everyone knows how brilliant badri was on field and can show agression in batting as well..when u are building a team means..build from age of 22-28 not beyond that,so that they can play atleast 7-10yrs

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

May be with so many opening options, Sehwag may be able to drop down the order to a position he's always wanted!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Pretty decent team selection with few exceptions : Jaffer should have been selected in place of Vijay,and a specialist batsman should have been included in place of WORLD's BEST ALLROUNDER RAVINDRA JADEJA... nyways all his fans will get a reality check after this series. At last a bold and long impending decision has been taken by dropping Gambhir and finally Sandeep Patil and co has shown Dhoni that who is the Boss by ignoring Dhoni's boy Raina's performance and instead giving the highly underrated Rahane..The squad is Missing a Fast bowler of the quality of ZAK ( When Fit) though. ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

2 questions...Why Dinda still in the squad and where is Sreesanth??? Guests are Aussies...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

bhuvi got a call,thts good,fresh talent legs and a good quickie,lets see hw he does against the aussies might.good to drop gambhir too,wud hve been good if raina cud hve been fitted in instead of virat kohli

Posted by rajattiwaari on (February 10, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

I must say i like this selection panel a lot !! They have taken some good and really tough decisions. Being a selector is a thankless job. These guys have done a good job so far. My biggest fear was that Raina might again get a chance,but that didnt happen. Raina is a good player but he had his share of chances . Others deserve opportunity too!!

Posted by vak1997 on (February 10, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer could have been selected. albeit being old, he could have played for at least 3-4 years as a batsman. he could come handy... he's in good form and is just being wasted. Another loss I lament is that of Suresh Raina. he was the man of the series against England, where he scored 50+ in every innings he played and also the man of the match in Irani trophy..

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Sir Ravindra Jadeja! The bane of Indian Cricket

Posted by crkt4evr on (February 10, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

no doubt bhajji has performed well against aussies in past but the players against whom he was successful r no longer in the present aus team so it wil b a new challenge n wil b an interesting one to watch ....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

no way for raina that is very poor selection its a very gud to see

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

you have to select Raina cause he is in his prime form n you can drop jadeja if wanted and also you have to take shami / sreeshanth and drop dinda

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

The only reason for Dhawan's selection could be the Delhi quota... Gambhir out, Dhawan in. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been selected in spite of not featuring in any of the three teams (India A, ROI, Board President's XI). Laughable selection.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Indian Pace Bowling attack looks ordinary apart from the debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

Raina?? Still not considered god enough for Tests??!

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 10, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Are India trying to hand us the test series on a plate? Harbhajan? HAHAHAHAH!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

brilliant selection. but one bad thing: so many openers in the side. i guess, if ajinkya gets a chance, he plays in the 5th position.

Posted by mayurnandan on (February 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

The Batting selection is okay, jst one problem in it why not W.Jaffer ??? What better a player has to perform in order to be selected ??? Pace Bowling Dept is weak, no use of Dinda should hv been opted for Shami/ Kulkarni.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

We lost the Eden Gardern test match becuase f GG,because of him Shewag run out in the firt innings and he called Pujara for a non existing single and he became runout.And he is always saying bad aginst Dhoni in the press. Dhawan is a good option,Jadeja in number six can provide Dhoni a chance to bat one postion up remember he scored 99 in the last test in that position and there are three players who can bat follows dhoni Aswin,Jadeja & B Kumar that will take lot of pressure from Dhoni.So i hope in this series we will see Dhoni as effective as in ODI ,So Aswin,Ohja,Buvi,Ishant as bolwers and Jadeja as the fifth bowling option remember he bowled 70 overs in the Last test.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir is far batter Opener compared to Dhawan , Jaffer was the best replacement as a Opener for India , his experience and skills are far batter than any other Test Player in Current Indian Test Squad., and there is no way we are winning the Game without Zaheer Khan

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Should have dropped Sehwag too. Sehwag looks better when compared to Gambhir and vice versa. Vijay is in because he plays with Dhoni for CSK and he is likely to beat Dhawan to be in the playing eleven.

Posted by Jasbir_Saini on (February 10, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

jaffer is deserve his place for his current foam & current situation of Team India. Drom Gambhir from the side is fare, jaffer is batter option for india rather than Vijay or Rahane. He is strong & technically very good opner than all other opener that India have picked in this team. I also wan`t to see Shami ahamad in the Team.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Hmm Dhawan for Gambhir..Impossible..Instead Jaffar would have been.Also Manoj Tiwary should be called.Where is Shami Ahmed?

Posted by maf17 on (February 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Very smart move to include Harbhajan. He and Australia like each other about as much as a cobra and a mongoose can be said to be bosom buddies. He has knack of getting under their skins, even when he's not bowling particurlay well.

Posted by aat-751 on (February 10, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

poor selection.but now the team is selected so i think the best 11 is sehwag,M Vijay,sachin,pujara,kohli,dhoni,ojha,harbhajan singh,ishant, Bhuvanesh

But i miss umesh yadav,shreesanth and raina

Posted by sibyLona on (February 10, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Poor selection..Jaffer should be there in place of Rahane...Sreeshant is better than Dinda...

Posted by karthickPandy on (February 10, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

where is Raina? Very bad Selection.....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

rayadu ,jaffer,rohit/suresh......no kohli,dhawan,vijay..........sreesanth /shami ---in place of dinda.........

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 10, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

If i make a team for the fans who posting here, Jaffar,JiwanJoth,Rahane,Pujara,Tiwari,U Koul (WK,A Raydu,Amith Mishra,Shahbaz Nadeem,ISwar PAndey & Shamy Ahmad :)

Posted by bipulkumar on (February 10, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

This team already looks rubbish. Vijay and Dhawan gets selected for their mediocre performance in domestic. Sehwag retains his place for skipping the Irani trophy match and Dinda retains his place to throw darts. If form has anything to do with selectors then there is no reason why Raina won't get selected.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Why the In-form Raina was left out? Besides batting form, he is an excellent fielder. Plus he is an useful part-time bowler. When Sachin will let him get a good middle-order place? Dinda is real waste and Shami could have been a better option. This must be the last series for Ashwin. If he tries to be a better batsman instead of good bowler, then selectors should not show any mercy at him. Anyway, good luck to India.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Sehwad,Shikhar,Pujara,Tendulkar,Kohli,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Ojha,Ishant,Bhuvneshwar...this is surely going to be the playing 11 in the first game..i can bet on that...unless there are any injuries

Posted by crkt4evr on (February 10, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

pretty reasonable xcpt dinda n vijay....vijay vs dhawan, rahane vs jadeja ,harbhajan ashwin ojha in 3 way battle, dinda vs bhuvaneshwar....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

my playing 11-vijay,viru,pujara,sachin,kohli,ROHIT,ms,ashwin,ojha,bhuvi,ishant.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

4 Opening Batsman,,lil confused,,if u have Vijay,Sehwag & Shikhar Dhawan,then why Ajinkya ??? they should keep Shami Mohammad in the squad.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

With these three openers, Miracle is a score >= 50 for the loss of <2 wickets. Hopeless selection! I bet Jhulan Goswami can clean V Sehwag and M Vijay up in a spell of 5 overs. With so many lefties in Aus side, we don't have one quality off spinner. Ashwin is content giving 6 an over in a test match. In any match if all 20 Aussie wickets fall, I will be convinced that it is weakest batting unit they have.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 10, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

This is for all the prophets of doom. Staarc can never bend it like he was able to in Australia in two of the games. Besides left handers play him better. So in India it will be the man who is built like an oak, Siddle who will be more impressive. It surprises me that Dhoni is the captain still. If his luck returns, it is possible that the team may do better than we expect.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

why ashok dinda......whan there is a shami ahmed?

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

where is wasim jaffar & y s.dhawan is in the squad ......

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Oh, rayudu one of the finest cricketer is ignored once again.. I wonder on what basis our cricketers are selected...!!!

Posted by vertical on (February 10, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer should have been selected.He has been India's best batsman for a few years in FC cricket.Age should not a concern in test cricket where you don't need to build up for the world cup.Dhawan's poor technique would be exposed by the Australian bowlers

Posted by goldenpower on (February 10, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

there is only good thing from this selection, bhuvaneswar kumar inclusion who is best test batsman & blower.But i worry about he will not get chance in eleven.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (February 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

they cud have selected another pace bowler instead of harbhajan(very lucky to be in the squad)......with jadeja in the squad i don't see dhoni going with three specialist spinners,so selectors shud have included another fast bowler to give dhoni some options.....and people who r crying for jaffer are hypocrites,these r the same people who wanted young players in IND team but now they r supporting 35yr old....cricinfo pls publish

Posted by vigneshvinu on (February 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Poor selection,there is no quality batsmen for middle order and they have taken risk by selecting ishant who is already out of form in test matches is struggling with his fitness and harbhajan who failed to take single 5 wicket haul in domestic matches is back in team.dhoni has to take tough decisions by playing sehwag in middle order.only positive thing is they have selected bhuvanesh which is a good sign. only god have to save indian cricket team...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Its very ironic that one has to represent csk before get a call to team India . Horrible selection.Full of openers!!+ Jadeja .But Raina missed ...!!what happens to Jaffer?Most prolific batsman in the domestic arena .

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

India needs to have quality experienced batsmen. They shouldn't have left Raina.

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

i think dhawan and vijay open and sehwag play at no 5 and kohli no 6 bcoz jadeja is if and buts cricketer. we need proper 6 batsmen in the team. its hope sehwag revive his career.

Posted by SHIVA19 on (February 10, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

why jaffer isn't selected..? too harsh to ignore him..,though his age is a matter of concern.. he is best batsmen among current indian players....at present without an argument..,indiia have foreign tours in sa,nz,aus...in near future our openers must face and stand against the best pacebowlers of the world... and score against them..,previously vijay failed utterly in foreign conditions..,grooming youngsters is must and should..,but keeping on my mind about coming overseas challenges neglecting experienced player like jaffer is a big mistake..,he should have been given a chance... instead of rahane....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Rahane can play as opener...Rohit could have been picked instead of Vijay. Wondering if Irani cup is criteria??

Posted by KannanAkil on (February 10, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

All are talking including vijay why no one agianst Viru.If viru score one 100 then he will duck for other 10 innings.In team there are 3 openers Dhawn,Vijay and Rahane so i think we should avoid Viru and include Raina.No Sreesanth means no aggressiveness in fast bowling department.Gambhir is more Suite than the Sehwag.Viru is also poor in fielding too.I bet viru will be out for cheap in all innings he play vs Aussies.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Wat a bad selection of team of India agnst mighty Ausis..... I thnk Dhoni's "FUTURE THINKING" ruin agnst oz..... And once again, un experienced middle order (xcept Sachin)/ unexperienced opening (xcept Viru), unexperienced bowling (xcept Bhajji and Ishanth)....

I thnk Sree ,Uv and Jaffer would have been the best selection agnst Bhuvi, Dhavan and Vijay..... Tottaly it wud be "Unexperienced India v/s Mighty OZ".....

Posted by Manush on (February 10, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Dropping Gambhir was overdue and a right decision but why Harbajan again and why Dhoni as captain in Test again ? Against England twice Gambhir spoiled the chances of his friend Viru making a big score. He may fit into smaller versions. Ravindra Jadeja can be a bad selection. Viru could have been given the chance which put more pressure on him to stay at the crease !!!

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

Very good selection considering the limited resources. I would have loved to see shami ahmed in place of dinda. But its not good to drop dinda without giving him a chance as he was already in test squad. Jaffer looked the most solid opener. But at 35, he is too old to invest on.

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

My heart is afraid...Aussies have perfect pace combination with Peter Siddle in the form of his life....who'll save us if sehvag falls early & pitch have smthing for bowlers...!!No Dravid-Laxman,......Sachin in the winter of his career.....& now Gautam is droppeed !!Our pace attack seems paceless compared to that of opposition....Why we don't have Srisanth??He would've troubled Michael Clark with his pace & aggression.....Only one player can turn the game in India's favour i.e. Dhoni's Luck.....so let's pray to the almighty to save us from the approaching debacle......

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

Rayudu should be in the squad. Proved many a times that he plays serious cricket and to the team not an individual. Tell me one reason why he should not be a part of the team.

Posted by Yarms on (February 10, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Given the squad that has been picked Batting order: Sehwag, Vijay, Pujata, SRT, Kohli, MS, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, Ishant, Ojah. I don't know what Rahnae is doing in the squad. No foot work no talent! I would have Raina in the Squad just because he is in top form even if it was in the ODI VS. Eng. and Irani Cup on a flat deck.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 10, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

I think Shammi Ahmad not picked in this squad is a blessing in disguise for his career,he may not get any wicket in these pitches and will be dropped I think he Sreeshanth & Buv can form good bowling unit with Irfan Pathan in South Africa,Sreesanth is the bowler for SA,still remember his last two tours and SA 84 all out in Jburg

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Disappointing to see Rohit missing again...

Posted by KannanAkil on (February 10, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

why Gambhir out and Viru in? viru should be out from the team.Sreesanth shouldbe included in team.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir Out,Harbhajan And Shikhar Dhawan Back In For Australia Tests Series!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Jaffer certainly has atleast two years left in him - so he should have got a chance based on current form. And Raina should have got a chance. I still think Sehwag should play at six and we should have let Jaffer and Vijay open. Jadeja will retain his spot (hope he does well). Kudos to the selectors for dropping Gambhir.

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

India must combine all present inform players with the experienced players to win each match rather than going for year averages in Renji..So this could be the palying eleven…Sehwag, Sachin (Openers), Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Pujara, Jadeja, Aswin, Bhuvaneswar, Ojha and Ishant

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

No Raina, no Jaffer, instead they picked Rahane and Dhawan. What these selectors are thinking??

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

sreesanth & jaffer deserve a spot..! drop ashwin.!

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

Shikhar Dhawan is unexpected selection but its good that young players with decent first class record are getting a look in. Its also good that Gambhir being asked to lead India A side. This would keep him focussed. Its Ashwin's doldering form rather than any spectacular performance in the Ranji Trophy which has brought Harbhajan back. He should be played whether India plays 2 spinners or 3. I'm still to be convinced about Jadeja at no 6. In all balanced selection.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

I find it hilarious how people here used to criticize the selectors on exactly what they're saying now. How many people were against Sreesanth's selection before? People talk about blooding youngsters but you can't do that if you just reselect Jaffer at 36. Ojha looked terrible against a first class team and people want him to lead the attack? With the old selection panel you could genuinely say that they made way too many conservative decisions. This panel makes a few bold moves and they get criticized. Keep this up and maybe the selectors will stop selecting and go back to sitting on their seats and counting their salaries.

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

It really doesn't matter, it will be either 3-0 or 4-0 to Australia, only hope their players are tested !!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Consideraing the fact that Dhoni is now unquestioned leader (Which is good for current instability in Indian cricket ), the team is fairly good. There will surely be less complacency onthe part of the players including the skipper and most playerswho must perform well to retain their place. Good Luck team India !!!

Posted by Paras.Rishi on (February 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Best opener in Irani Trophy. Best opener in Ranji Trophy. No place in the Test squad!!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

its a bad call on raina..india though already have 3 fronline spinners in d squad,there was no nedd to rope in jadeja as an all rounder..he is good for odi's nd t20..but in tests u need 7 quality batsmen and 4 quality bowlers..india at the moment is very much struggling with their batting..so if jadeja is picked as no.7 batsmen in the playing 11..then its a big risk, yes he has scored 3 triple 100's in ranji..but u have to see the opposition and the conditions..he plays at rajkot mostly..all know that rajkot is one of the flattest tracks in india..and do selectors think aussie bowling attack is ordinary as indian domestic bowling??..all in all raina deserved a place ahead of not so promising jadeja

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

Just three seamers in the 15 member squad? This is ridiculous!

Posted by Haleos on (February 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Vijayi was expected comeback even if he had got king pair in Irani.

Posted by gajanan_londhe on (February 10, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

3 questions to selectors. 1>Why not jaffer, why Vijay? 2>Why not shreesanth, why Dinda? 3>Why not raina,who will play at no 6?

Posted by Dr.Ujjwal on (February 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

intrstng will be to see the playing eleven.............want shikhar n sehwag open the innings with vijay/pujara,sachin n kohli in middle order followed by dhoni n den d bowlers....ashiwin,kumar,bhajji,ishant,ojha....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

A very bad selection... it clearly shows the zonal politics that is going on in selection processs. There is no reason to select Rahane over Suresh Raina. It is only because he is from mumbai. I didnot expect this from sandip Patil. I was thinking he is a hhonest person.

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

Regional selection bias. Gambhir from Delhi goes and dhawan from Delhi come in. Chawla and awana go and bhajji, bhuvi come in. Csk rules. Ashwin, jadeja, vijay stay in despite poor performance. Jaffer, nayyar, amit mishra no chance. Thank god raina, yuvraj, rohit did not get selected. Disgrace to jaffer who plays well since more than 10 years. No place for 2 time ranji champions Rajasthan players just because of Lalit Modi.

Posted by potter22in on (February 10, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Not been a great selection . Especially Vijay , Harbhajan both of whom have not shown any great form (except Vijay in 1 innings in Irani Cup match). Harbhajan was dropped for the last tour to Australia almost 2 years back? Now he is back without any substantial performance in these 2 years. There has not been an honest assessment of the England series and why we lost? The pace bowling selection is pathetic? Dinda who looks very ordinary even in QDI's and how come Ishant selected when there is an ankle problem known to everyone? Anyway BCCI/ Dhoni is not much interested, which is reflected in the team selection for a test series against a big team like Australia.

Posted by Secunderabadi on (February 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Rayudu, he will never be picked. Can we pick a ROI team which can beat this new team?

Posted by shazcps on (February 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Baffling to see Vijay in the team and no Jaffer!! Hence proved, performance has got nothing do with your inclusion in the team. Anyway, from the current 15, my XI would be: 1. Dhawan 2. Sehwag 3. Pujara 4. Sachin 5. Kohli 6. Rahane 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvneshwar 10. Ishant 11. Ojha

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Good that Harbhajan is back. Waseem Jaffer instead of Shikar Dhawan. A PACER should have came for ashwin. Good Luck INDIA!

Posted by surz on (February 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

Well the team that would play the first test against Australia might look like this Shewag, Vijay, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kholi, Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin, Ohja, Ishant and B.Kuma. Rest of them except rahane rules themselves out Harbhajan ( Two offie can't be played, picked in team jus to confuse the opposition), Dhawan (to provide choice of left right combination for opening), Dinda (Not a test material reserve fit bowler) Shami ahmed could have been better option. I feel really sorry for Jaffer, he couldn't make to the team because mostly of age factor) I would also like to see D.kathick fitting into the team at sometime. The trouble India might face again will be the opening bowlers slot, the question remains can they take wickets upfront. The hope lies on B.kumar but the red ball is different to the white ball which is used in Odi. It would be interesting to see if B.kumar can make an impact with the Red ball. Spinners should make an impact this season.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Team would have been in this way: Wasim Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, S.Badrinath, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, B.Kumar, R.Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, subs: Shikar Dhawan, Ravinder Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth. We need Jaffer and Badrinath as they are more experienced, scoring profuesly in domestic circuit and most imp thing beacuse they are matured and can hold the innings in crisis as compare to young lot and after this our next 4 assignments are outside subcontinent and it would have been better to include this to to have some exp in middle otherwise all new players and senior like Sehwag and Gambhir will give us a same experience of 4-0 whitewashes. So it will better for selctors to look after this two Jaffer can play for next 3 years and badrinath can play for next 5 years, it wil also help to build a team as different age level players will be there and will not affect the team composition of sudden exodus of certain group.

Posted by Raikonnen on (February 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

This selection team is much worse than Srikanth's,why Vijay and Bhajji when they didnt peform the entire Ranji Season,entire world knows how skillful Jadeja is for testcricket except these wisemen.They should have included Jaffer, what is the use of performing at Ranji when you will be ignored.Every one have forgotten the humiliating loss we had with England.I hope we lose to Aussies as well otherwise there wont be any radical changes .

Posted by adityanaikdesai on (February 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

i wouldve rather dropped sehwag and loved to see how gambhir bats with a more reliable partner.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

I already predicted before, two underrated players of similar kind for both sides will get most attention Glen Maxwell and Raveendra Jadeja.

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

I think all 3 of Sehwag/Vijay/Dhawan will struggle against left armer Starc who happens to be in hot form right now. He'll bend the ball into the right handers with pace. Ironically, if these 3 are exposed as I suspect they will, Jaffer will get a recall for India's next overseas assignment.

It's Jaffer's curse that he gets picked for the toughest assignments, the next tour is to SA and nothing needs to be said of their bowling attack. Even Robin Petersen is a better spinner than any of ours.

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

There are no quality bowler(s) in selection who can take 20 wickets 4 times (4 tests). The only hope we have is now our batsmen can occupy the crease and draw the matches.

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

good selection by BCCI, bhuvaneshwar got a chance in d squad.shami may also have a place,and have his first debut in test career.as he is doing well.as sachin is in a bad form towards international test series in his last 10 innings he may be replaced by raina or yuvi and shami instead of dinda.

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

I hope one of Viru, Vijay or Dhawan gets injured in next few days and Jaffer is back in contention.

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

Very bad selection.india pick up four opener.no middle batsman.india select again murli vijay and not chanse wasim jaffer.jaffer more than 1000 runs in 13 innings. My team: sehwag.jaffer.pujara.tendulkar.kohli.raina.dhoni.ashwin.ojha.bhuvneshwer.ishant.rahane.tiwary.harbhajan.s ahmed.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

I'd like to answer the million dollar question which you people are asking why Vijay and why not jaffer? 1. Age : Jaffer 34+ and Vijay 28+ 2. Vijay was in the same squad of the last series against england, unfortunately didnt got the chance I think both deserved to be selected but for future base concern its good to look forward for young talent so that they can play longer and better for indian cricket with time goes.

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

Where is Sreesanth? . God bless Indian bowling unit

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

Again, Rayudu looks like the third best batsman in the country after Pujara and Kohli.

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

were is sreesanth? asusual CSK selection going on... this team cant beat aus for sure....

Posted by SamRoy on (February 10, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Many people have commented about Jaffer and Raina. Jaffer is 35 and has been out of international cricket for a long time and it would have been difficult for him to handle bowlers like Mitchell Starc who swing the ball at more than 90 mph consistently (even Sehwag should have been dropped). Raina? seriously! How quicly people forget the number of times he slogged and got out in test matches, latest being against NZ. Apart from the fact that he averages 28 after 17 tests.

Posted by ashu_6169 on (February 10, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

One Delhi opener replaces with other Delhi opener. All regional selection policy.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

My playing XI will be dhawan , vijay, pujara, sachin, kholi , sehwag, dhoni ,jadeja,aswin, harbhajan , ishant ,bhuvanesur

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Except Dinda, the team seems to be ok

Posted by kallumama on (February 10, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

should have picked rayudu instead of vijay....he was performed really good this season in domestic cricket(ranji+irani cup) when compared to vijay who just played well in irani cup...should have included shami in place of dinda...anyways its disgusting to comment here as it does not effect much on team selection

Posted by divgamer on (February 10, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

It is surprising to see that Dhawan made place in the squad. The most shocking was that Jadeja was given priority ahead inform player Raina. Though he is Odi and T20 specialist but he showed that he can bat brilliantly in the pressure in matches against England. From my side welcome and greetings to rising bowler Bhuvaneshwar. He will certainly rock the series. Dinda and Jadeja were bad choice. Politics is being played by the selection committee it is sure and certain

Posted by Vnott on (February 10, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Jaffer instead of Vijay, Sreesanth instead of Dinda and Raina instead of Jadeja would have been the ideal combination.

Both Jaffer and Raina are in terrific form ( technical questions notwithstanding) and shd have been in the 11 ( leave alone 15). Assuming selectors wanted to play Ishant and Bhuvaneshwar in the playing 11, guess no point picking Sreesanth....

Gambhir is paying for the fact that Sehwag and Gambhir have been failing. he did score 251 runs in the 4 tests against England and was not exactly bad. Fact that he was a captaincy alternative to Dhoni also must have gone against him.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

@andrew west: please add sehwag name also

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

I don't know what Jaffer has to do come back in side. He has been the best among all openers in the whole season. Why can't two right handers open the innings? Sehwag and Jaffer must have been the best choice.

Posted by dharmakumar on (February 10, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

On which basis Ashoke Dinda got selected to the team against aussies??...instead Sreesanth is better option than him...and also wasim's bad luck he is scoring centuries only in wankahede probably that maybe the reason for missing..all best Bhuvi n Dhawan

Posted by Aventador007 on (February 10, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Is JADEJA is a test player ?....then india is in big trouble.....please try new options...Upcoming two years are very important for indian cricket...

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 10, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

@goldenpower: You make valid points.

Meanwhile, the headband wearing high-jumping comic "Jumpin' Jack" aka Ashoke Dinda merits a place in the squad. A player that is sure to entertain, if not take any wickets.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (February 10, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

"The Average Player who got LUCKY" (yeah Gambhir) has finally been shown the door. I really wonder which other Test Opeaning Batasman kept his place for 3 years without scoring a Test hundred. As for Chawla, all he need to do is wait for India to lose a test match and even if he has played any competitive Cricket between being dropped and picked again, he will be recalled! And all the other hardworking cricketer just have to keep wondering what he does to keep getting picked. Look at Awana, gets picked to the sqaud and is dropped even without trying whereas the Chawlas walk straight in to the playing eleven after 3 or 4 overs in a match, gets dropped - to be picked again later. Yeah, Raina need to wait. His nephew also thinks the same I guess.

Posted by TM on (February 10, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

good squad except we should really give jiwanjot singh a chance at tests ahead of dhawan also rohit instead of vijay with rahane to open

Posted by balajichan on (February 10, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

wasim jaffer should be selected instead of dhawan.i accept that jadeja is a good allrounder in limited overs game but he is not good enough to earn a test place.sreesanth should be selected instead of dinda or ishant but this is the weakest indian side i have ever seen in test cricket

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

My pick of 5 bowlers for the upcoming Test Series: 1. Zak(fit?)/ Bhuvaneshwar 2. Umesh(fit?)/Sreesanth 3. Ashwin 4. Ojha 5. Bhuvaneshwar/Jadeja

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 10, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Dhawan at 27 yrs of age is hardly a spring chicken, and anyone who saw his debut ODI series against WI in WI will know he wasted all his opportunities there. Still, let's rejoice that Gambhir is dropped.

M. Vijay will take his spot, another player who has aptly demonstrated his inability to succeed on tracks offering any assistance. It's a great opp for both Vijay and Dhawan as I have no doubt that Sehwag is shot, I expect to see him fail and dropped for the last 2 Tests. This will mean a brand new opening pair for India.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

I don't why selectors are keeping virender sehwag in team.Instead of that we have Wasim Jaffer who was in prolific form in both Ranji trophy and Irani trophy.Second thing is leaving Suresh Raina.

Posted by Aventador007 on (February 10, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

why ? Not raina....is jadeja is a test quality player....if jadeja is the choice then try other options as well who are performeed in ranji and irani

Posted by CHAMP-INDIA on (February 10, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Again M.Vijay enters the Indian test squad, blunder Guess what.... Dhoni's Fav. man , averaging 17 in Ranji(total rajneeti), or Might be our selector are interested in age of the player rather then form or average of the current players, thats why such a talent of Mr.W.jaffer has been wasted and ignored. God Bless Our Selector.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

really hope less team.rina is good form.why he is not in team. jaffer is 100 times better then dhawan.swhwag shoud be drop. dinda in team but he is not showing impact in team.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Good selection.But in place of vijay I think jiwanjot singh or mukund should have been selected. Jaffer's age is a factor. My test XI :1.Dhawan 2.Sehwag 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Tendulkar 6.Rahane 7.Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvneshwar 10.Ishant 11.Ojha

Posted by bluebloodripper on (February 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Jaffer looked like the most solid opener I've seen in a while. Vijay's selection is a joke. No clue why no new players get opportunities besides the same old inconsistent ones. Bhajji, Vijay,Dinda and Shewag don't deserve to be a part of this team.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

If some one doubt that Chennai Super kings has a Quota in the Indian Test team selection, then it may not be groundless. Vijay and Ashwin are getting chances irrespective of their consistent under-performances. Ojha should lead the spin department and now everyone thinks that he may not play and Jadeja would take his place. What a pathetic situation then it would be? Dinda's selection is also baffling. It is evident from this team selection, especially that of the the bowling unit, that the selectors are not eyeing even the near future tours like SA and New Zealand in the next year. Sreesanth is the one who should lead the fast bowlling unit in the abscence of Zaheer. Ishant is not effective at all.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (February 10, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

@Sushant Sharma : Rahane doesn't deserve a place? Who does then? Rohit Sharma perhaps? Even after a gazillion chances? One bad ODI series and a promising young player's technique you're questioning, how about non performer Sehwag's horrifying technique then? Jaffer deserved a place more than him man. And I'm damn sure Dhoni's gonna pick Jadeja in all test matches as "he can bowl a bit and bat a bit" I thought Ashwin was that guy Rahane won't get a chance as usual Cosmetic changes really If selectors had any testicular fortitude they would have picked Jaffer And a gutsy team combination would be Jaffer Rahane to open Follwed by Pujara Sachin Kohli Dhoni at 6 Ashwin as a batting allrounder who can bowl a bit and remaining four as a combination of 3 seamers 1 spinner (Ojha/Harbhajan) or 2 seamers 2 spinners (either Harbhajan/Jadeja) if its a rank turner But as we all know only change will be Vijay/Dhawan in place of Gambhir and B.Kumar will debut who is definitely sm1 to look fwd to

Posted by Arrow011 on (February 10, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

People were saying Gambhir should be made captain, now he is booted out of team LOL. Thank god wasim jaffer has not been selected, he is a waste of a player. M. Vijay too should warm the bench & let Shikar open with Veeru. Shikar too is an attacking player. This Ishant sharma keeps coming in the team, it would have been better if they had picked Ishwar Pandey instead who is top most wicket taker in Ranji this season.

Posted by sheik_10 on (February 10, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

To the selectors let me tell u sir it's selection not the election. In India where cricket is religion & millions of peeople follow's the game made fool of us by selecting Vijay based upon only 1 innings. Whereas Wasim Jaffer is in good nick. He is in form of his life. And also Dinda's selection (joke)... may God save this selection panel.

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

Dinda bowls too many short pitch deliveries and he will be hammered across the park by Clark and company....the only way Indian pacers can look to put pressure on these aussies is good swing bowling..and for that I guess Sreesanth was a much better option than dinda...both Sree and Bhuvs together can prove to be lethal..even though they might not get to bowl much as spinners will take the center stage..

Posted by Raghu1948 on (February 10, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Suresh Raina and Jaffer deserved a place . Jadeja definite no probably Dhoni factor is playing a major role. Pandey is a better bet than Dinda.. Vijay has got lot of opportunities ,Dhonifactor again.

With Harbhajan selected they should have gone for a leading spinner in the country who has done well , again Dhoni factor saved Ashwin. Many cricketers from TN have a backing of N. Srinivasan .

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

my top 16- jaffer, rahane, pujara, sachin, raina, dhoni, kohli, harbhajan, ashwin, ojha, i pandey, bhuvaneshwar, shami, i pathan, sreesanth, dhawan

Posted by Bruisers on (February 10, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Sehwag and Vijay getting selected ahead of Jaffer is totally outrageous. On one hand, Sehwag has put up countless disappointing performances, and on the other hand, you have Jaffer who has hardly had any bad innings this season. Vijay, with that one good innings, is back in the team again? The only good thing about this squad is the absence of Gambhir.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

I disagree with you Savio..its not age its class that matters..let me remind you that india became no 1 in tests when the fab 4 where part of the playin 11..if you look at jaffers consistency in domestic circle..hes miles ahead of dhawan..if they really wanted 2 pick a youngster..why not abhishek nayar or ambati raydu..dhawans selection was beyond doubt ridiculous..i just hope he does justice for the opportunity provided.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

see no logic behind retaining Dinda. He doesnt look like a bowler made for test cricket. He is very similar to a certain Vinay Kumar who can only pick wickets if batsmen gifts them. Otherwise a decent selection. Shami Ahmed would have been a better choice.

Posted by sonu77 on (February 10, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

I think Sehwag should bat at no.6. He can handle lyon easier than anyother.My xi for first test: Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuwaneshwar, Ishant, Ojha

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

it would have been better if we'd made use of Raina and Jaffer's great form...I seriously feel that Raina can be made to open...there have been 'n' number of players who have made the transition from middle order to opening batsmen....sachin, dilshan, watson, sehwag etc...surprisingly, raina's batting style is quite similar to all these....and yeah...lots of expectations frm jadeja and bhuvi...hope they continue with their good form...:). Jadeja's batting technique is quite suited to test matches....he is a player hu likes to settle down and then make the runs...its evident from the fact that he has scored 3 triple centuries...which in itself is a big thing...! I hope to see jaffer and raina for the last two tests

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Gautum dropped from the side for not scoring century since 3 years but what about Wasim Jaffer who is consistence , experienced,technically sound & suitable for test side rather than selecting batsmen who sit out.Only two seniors left now and very soon they also--------

Posted by Joy716 on (February 10, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Surprised to see Dindia and Vijay in the squad.I have to agree that Sreesanth is a better player than Dinda.Really surprised to see Ashwin maintaining his spot.He is one of the reasons for India's pathetic performance in recent test matches. Even though he's taking wickets here and there he failed to make any significant impact as a lead spinner(as kumble and Harbhajan have done in the past).Even Ojha bowled way better than him considering the lesser number of variations Ojha has and plentiful of variations up in Ashwin's sleeve. .

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

A mixed type of selection - Nice to see bhubaneswar in d squad & thx God no ore yuvi, raina & gambhir in team. Shikhar dhawan is not a natural test opener to me but its ok to give him a chance ahead of Jaffer. For 1st test i would like to play with d following team - 1. sehwag 2. vijay/dhawan 3. pujara 4. tendulkar 5. rahane 6. kohli 7. dhoni 8. ashwin 9. bubhaneswar 10. ishant 11. ojha. not sure about harbhajan, dinda & jadeja.. I wonder how they managed to b picked in d squad....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Poor show 1s again by the selectors...Dhawan gets d call ahead of the Consistent JAFFER...Jadeja still persisted ahead of RAINA is a big surprise for me ..its all politics been played in the selection committee.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Good bold selection by selectors. Shikar Dhawan instead of Gauti. I feel Suresh Raina should have been in, but overall happy. Wasim Jaffer, highest scorer this season in domestic cricket could have been recalled. But, age must have been a factor & also Dhawan is technically sound than Jaffer with latest trend.

Over all Thumps Up to the selectors!! ATB India:-)

Posted by AjberTheGangulian on (February 10, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Everybody here wants their own team. Selectors had their team.. Whats the problem with it. Miss you Shree

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

jadeja not a test player only temporary player ....it's mystery selection...dinda is not good selection,BCCI forgot MUNAF PATEL and SRISHANTH..for bowling side...

Posted by goldenpower on (February 10, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

CSK Can won only T20.But Real cricket test match strongly done by mumbai

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Jaffer has been consistently performing, ok, i understand he is getting no younger but who else is scoring in domestic cricket like him? , Jaffer nd sehwag/vijay should have opened and yes Sreesanth is way better than Dinda provided he keeps his behaviour in place...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

aswin is performing in bat only not in ball so add a suresh raina

Posted by pankajs on (February 10, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Why Dinda ??? where is Umesh Yadav??? Wasim Jaffer should hav been selected instead of Vijay

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Dhinda's selection is waste.. other than that, all seems ok.. why they hv dropped sehwag in ENG tour if they hv to pick him up again.. overall, sehwah with dhawan may have good pair together.. spin part is a bit concern but hopefully bhajji will show some improvement now.. bye bye yuvi... u shd focus on shorter form of the game now... all the best to bhuvi..

Posted by Jsurya on (February 10, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

what are they doing..... where s irfan pathan... we need a medium pace all rounder

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

1.wasseem.2 ..vijay,3 puhajara,4 sehwag 5 kohli 6 dhoni, 7 jadja 8 kumar, 9 oha/harbhajan/ 10 sharma,11ashwin

Posted by Sachit1979 on (February 10, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan looks more T20 and ODI player. But good to see that selectors atleast tried to experiment to resurrect erring opening. It's very unfortunate for Wasim Jaffer though to miss out but I guess his age is acting against him. Selectors here are looking for long future. Good move to rope in Bhuvneshwar Kumar but why not Shami Ahmed and Ishwar Pandey instead of inconsistent Dinda and unfit Ishant. For Bhajji, it is perhaps the last chance and that is also not due to his current form but due to his previous performances against Australia. MSD also retains his captaincy inspite of all recent test records against him. Anyways good luck Indian team for an exciting series against Australia.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

The bowling department looks so weak. Sreesanth should have been there in the place of Dinda. Lets hope Bhuvi would swing the red ball too. Injustice has been done to Jaffer once agian. He is much better in terms of consistency and technique than Vijay.Will Bhaji get a chance in the series opener ahead of Ashvin is the question now. Lets hope Ojah won't be rested either for Bhaji or Jadeja. Weakness in the bowling department might fire back given the relatively compact Oz batting line up.

Posted by baskar_guha on (February 10, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Jaffer deserved a spot - he is not young but he is the best option to open. Dinda is just not a test bowler - no idea what the selectors see in him. Jadeja is yet to show that he is a test class allrounder who cant bat at 6 and carry his weight as a spinner.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Why is every one crying for Jaffer to be back in the team...he does not have age on his side, and moreover with the future to look ahead to, I think Dhawan is a good choice. Vijay, well atleast hez playing better than Gambhir!! Sir Jadeja, yes its fine that he has retained his place :) this is the ideal team, tho it does not look Ishant maybe be fit throughout the match due to his ankle...2nd test we cud see in a replacement for him....maybe shami ahmed....or sreesanth.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

y not raina?... very bad selection jadeja is worst player

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

I fail to understand why jaffer is not there he is currently on form the best indian batsman if age is the criteria then why sachin and sehwag are there despite being a part of team that lost 10 tests in 3 series loss jaffer is 5and a half years younger than sachin eveyrone in india knows jaffer is a better opener currently on form than shikhar dhawan why dinda , jadeja, rahane for first 2 tests having jadeja in playing eleven is a very defensive and back-step approach from the very start of the match with jaffer in sehwag would have been in the middle order where he can bethe most destructive as pujara has shown solid technique as an opener too in one of the innings even if dhoni fails again in tests its high time to groom wk batsman like CM Gautam, Rayudu or bring back dinesh karthik as all of them can bat in top 3 as its useless to bat and then fail at a relatively easier spot of 7 which dhoni does never he has take the challenge to bat in top 3 when india were struggling in tests

Posted by SAASSU on (February 10, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Hoplesss team selection, behalf od S Dhawan, M VIJAY or JAffer was good, and what is the use of R Jadeja in the test team, is he a good alrounder????? maybe yes for T20 but not for test. My team:- 1. M VIJAY / JAFFER 2. V SEHWAG 3. V KOHLI 4. S TENDULKAR 5. S RAINA 6. C. PUJARA 7. M S DHONI 8. BHUVANESHWAR KUMAR 9. S SREESHANTH 10. PIYUSH CHAWLA 11. HARBHAJAN / ASHWIN (BHAJI IS BETTER FOR TEST) 12. A. DINDA 13. I PATHAN

Posted by goldenpower on (February 10, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Now ODI batsman get more changes in test matches. But Brilliant test performer like Wasim Jaffer, Amol majumdar,Manoj tiwary,mukund, yasphal Singh, Kaif,abhishek Nair, paras dogra can't select or avoid from national side.

Posted by Gurram on (February 10, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Which one of these bowlers will get M clarke out twice in a game? He will pip all the bowlers. 1-0 series australia.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

i am surprsd abt the selectn of vijay instd of gauthi and rahne fr raina

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

what was the qualification for M Vijay as compared to Jaffer ?? selecters are spoiling Indian Team if they are playing politics like all area players are required in team india then Mukund is far better than Vijay.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

what was the qualification for M Vijay as compared to Jaffer ?? selecters are spoiling Indian Team if they are playing politics like all area players are required in team india then Mukund is far better than Vijay.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 10, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Can anyone tell me how Dinda is better than Shami Ahmed?

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Murali Vijay whole season flopped only score hundred in Irani Finals. Due to Jaffer n later Tendulkar Mumbai became ranji champions his performance is overlooked again i cant understand the policy of selectors previously v used to believe that Srikanth is the culprit but now whom to blame DHONI is the main man behind selection, n selector team is juz for sake....

Posted by Vishal63 on (February 10, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

What has Ashok Dinda done to get a Test call-up? Sreesanth who was in great form should have been chosen. What has Wasim Jaffer done to NOT get a Test call-up? My squad would have been: 1. Wasim Jaffer, 2. Virender Sehwag, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Suresh Raina, 6. Virat Kohli, 7. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Pragyan Ojha, 11. Sreesanth. SUBS: Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Jiwanjyot in place of Vijay, Amit Mishra in place of Bhajji. Ambati Rayudu, Pankaj Singh and Rishi Dhawan should get opportunity.

Posted by AnujAgarwal on (February 10, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

My Playing 11 with the batting order:-

V Sehwag M Vijay C Pujara Sachin Tendulkar V Kohli A Rahane / S Dhawan MS Dhoni R Jadeja / R Ashwin H Singh / R Ashwin I Sharma B Kumar

Rahane and Dhawan should play a test match each, unless Rahane does really well in the first match..

Ojha is OUT!!

Jadeja and Ashwin should also play a match apiece..Jadeja is preferred as he is a left armer who can move the ball away from the right hander..

And Dinda can act as a cover for the other two pacers..

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

It's really surprising to see that Murali Vijay got a place in Indian Team. Jaffer is in good form but still he cant find a place. I dont know whats there in the Selector's mind. Then why shd players perform in the domestic competition?? A player (M Vijay) who has got an average 17.25 in Ranji is selected but a player who has got an average above 75 (Jaffer) is not selected. It is really funny.. Anyway good work selectors.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

As a Aussie Fan I'm bit disappointing that Selector threw one walking wicket of Gambhir But we still have 3 pr 4 walking wicket of Sewag, Tendulkar , dhoni..India should play Ashwin as batting allrounder along with 2 pacer and Ojha&Harbhajan.Too weak n out of from collective squad.Now it far more easy to make 4-0 come on aussies.....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Totally unfair to Wasim Jaffer. He deserves to be in the side, he's made loads of runs and his technique is outstanding when compared with Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan. So what if he's 35, Sehwag is the same age and Tendulkar is pushing 40. Really bad call by the selectors.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

why we need four openers? Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane

Posted by RK.Chandru on (February 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Khudos to the selection team for dropping Ghambir who was just a passenger and liability for the team. With his experience, players like him shouldn't be content with securing their places with a mere, 30 or 40 listless runs which do not make any impact to the team's cause and this move would sure send the right signals to Viru too and he should either perform or perish! But, why Harbhajan? Isn't this a step in backward direction? Aren't there spinners to look to, beyond Harbhajan, Amit Mishra and Piyush? Ashwin if doesn't perform in these 2 tests, should be dumped once and for all as we need a bowler and not an allrounder. We already have one in Jadeja who too instead of being content with bots and pieces performances, should deliver more to hold on to his place. My team for the first 2 tests will be: Viru, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Tendulkar, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, B.Kumar, Ishant & Ojha and these players should get to play the 2 tests to assess their utility and retained / discarded.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Not sure why Jaffer was not included. May be he is not in the list of Dhoni?

Posted by rashivkd on (February 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Why all people saying to open with Rahane?? He didn't think himself as an opener, but all people want him to be an opener. One good decision in this selection is not picking Raina by dropping Rahane, because Raina should have been a bit more consistent in test level. One century or a double not enough to be selected.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Selection of Dhawan and Rahane is not good when u have good options like Jaffer & Rayudu who took Mumbai to winning ways and are consistent players. Ishanth will get injured and India will get first jolt immediately...

Posted by skvinod on (February 10, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Ashwin is the only selection that seems bad....he should have been sent back to the domestic circuit for the longer version of the game. The rest of the squad looks good on paper....now its the players who need to make it count on the field!!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

why the hell dhoni in the squad. karthick is better keeper than him, saha is superb keeper, parthiv is a good keeper and also one of the best opener in tests(all the three players are technically superb compared to MSD).. if gambhir deserves a booot from test squad, so does MSD. may be he's a good player is ODI's but in tests technique is important.. i bet even though INDIA wins the series MSD will score more than 150rs in all the 4 matches. the relationship between him and srinivasan is doing maigics for him.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

I'd have Praveen Kumar, Wasim Jaffer& Abhishek Nayar instead of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan & Ishant Sharma.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Poor move,Jaffer should have been selected in place of Vijay,Vijay is inconsistent.Jaffer,though he is going to turn 35 in 5 days,he would still be a good selection,but maybe selectors were looking for long term prospects,ironically which Jaffer was denied of.

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

Both inclusion of Vijay and Dhawan baffles me...! Jaffer and raina should have been selected..i really feel Viru nd rahane would open....but then MSD always loves to feild CSK XI...:P

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

jaffer is a good slip catcher ... miss u jaffer

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

Virender Sehwag ,Shikhar Dhawan,Cheteshwar Pujara,Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni,Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar this should b playing 11 for 1st test

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (February 10, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

What has Murali Vijay done in Ranji this year ? He averaged 17 odd. Because he scored one hundred in Irani trophy against a depleted Mumbai attack on a flat track, he is good enough to get back in test squad ? Ridiculous.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Vijay and Ashwiin retain their place because of the CSK connection.

Dinda selection is a mystery.

Jadeja is Dhoni's favorite - he retains his place.

And if they have dropped Gautam for lack of form, Viru should have been out too. Maybe North Zone quota kept him in.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Two changes would have made it interesting.. Sreesanth for Dinda & Jaffer ( Considering his consistency & leaving his age factor) for Vijay... Jadeja might not be the right choice but he is in his prime form & deserves a chance to prove.. Still feel with this competition he might not get a chance to play

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Two changes would have made it interesting.. Sreesanth for Dinda & Jaffer ( Considering his consistency & leaving his age factor) for Vijay... Jadeja might not be the right choice but he is in his prime form & deserves a chance to prove.. Still feel with this competition he might not get a chance to play

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

great decision to give rest to gautam... sami ahmed/sreesanth is better than dinda...

Posted by sourab89 on (February 10, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

really sad not to see jaffer in the team. Why dinda ? He is not part of the irani trophy also. Why select Vijay ? He has not played properly the whole ranji trophy...

Posted by gpindian on (February 10, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Doesn't make sense that Jaffer is not selected. The only explanation could be politics. But if its more politics than sport, is it really worth following the game any more?

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

I am not satisfied with the squad.

M Vijay, dhawan rahane strange ?????????

and a bit toooooo harsh on suresh raina despite his ausumn form and performance

selectors what's wrong ???

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

why not ambati rayadu..his 156 and a half century in irani cup and good performances in ipl also ..he is not getting any chance,

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

disappoined !!! why Murli Vijay??? he is the worst batsman i hav ever seen..... n OMG dinda again selected .....

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Good decision to leave Gauti, but Jaffer Unlucky to be missed out, far better than Murli/Dhawan for test format.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

i think raina should have been included...a false selection to leave him....he is in brilliant form right now

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Sreeshant should have been given a chance after bowling so well. Rohit' test career is dead and buried by himself.

Posted by TM on (February 10, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

murali vijay and dhawan is a big mistake vijay hast got the right technique and dhawan doesnt even average 50 yet we leave out rohit based on one poor game the guy averages 60

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Jaffer should get a fairchance

Posted by Des_65 on (February 10, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Most players are from North India and some from West. So have to pick someone from East & South. That is quota selection and NOT the best possible team selection based on form. Some good players are never selected so their name will not be remembered (similar to good minds are not allowed to be bosses of a company - you require to be an AH).

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Feel sorry for inform jaffer despite scoring tons of runs. may b age factor

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Not the best Team...Murali Vijay dont deserve...Dhawan with Ghambir...would have been good..Opening pair..Sreeshant should have been given a chance instead of Ishanth. Joshi from Saurashtra...should have been given chance...instead of Harbajan...he has the ability to surprise batsmen...!!!

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

Aussies wll kick out Dhinda..why he is in the squad?Sreesanth deserve a place in the squad ..Sreesanth,Bhuvi and ishant is my selection for the pace attack..Dinda is waste against aussies !!

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

Bad decision to leave out "SREESANTH"..He's immensely talented and the best reverse swing exponent next to Zaheer currently in India. Though his success rate with the wickets is poor in the ongoing Irani trophy, he sent down couple of good spells and kept the batsmen guessing. Troubled even Sachin to some extend. Bad bad decision from the selectors...

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

I don't think any of the selectors are eligible to wear a t-shirt tagged "Being Rational".. I'm curious to know the logistics, selectors considered while choosing one player against the other. Why Murali Vijay subsiding Wasim Jaffer? Why Ashok Dinda? Why Suresh Raina not considered despite his good performance in Irani Match and the preceding series with England? This is above rationality and something else...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

I think Dinda is mainly selected for bowling in nets since its almost certain that Ishant and Bhuvaneshwar kumar will take seamers place.

Posted by kk777 on (February 10, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Couch potatoes will keep criticizing...but I am happy that Gambhir got kicked out; Dhawan or Nayar should also be tried in ODIs in place of Gambhir; Sehwag and Harbhajan got last chance: Do or Die, Perform or Perish, etc. Happy also that Jaffer wasn't picked(I would have torn my hair, what with "looking to the future and force Dravid and Tendlya" out crap)...and Happiest that "Nets Performer" Sharma wasn't picked...With all the zonal politics and incredulous media and fan pressure, this is the best team that could have been picked...Best of Luck guyz, especially Sachin

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

No Wasim Jaffer. Should have dropped Shewag for Jaffer. Shewag is out of form.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (February 10, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

I knew this when Vijay hit century against Mumbai. Unfortunately, In India a big score once in a while but at a more visible time is considered more important than consistent performance. I would be very surprised if he is not a part of playing eleven. I would have anyday preferred Jaffer and Nayar instead of Dhawan and Vijay. Harbhajan hasn't done enough to justify a return. Since there is no spinner in current crop good enough to support Ashwin and Ojha, I would have gone for some new name like Harmeet Singh or Iqbal Abdulla. Also Shami Ahmad seems a lot better choice than Ashok Dinda.

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (February 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Dinda is a poor, poor selection. There's no way he is a test match bowler. Sreesanth is a way better bowler than him.

Posted by roversgate on (February 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Finally some good selection. I am not sure if M. Vijay deserves a spot after just a single century but he might not be in the XI so all good.

Posted by Des_65 on (February 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Ashwin is NOT a match winner. India requires his bowling than his batting. Pick up in-form players (at least in India) and DO NOT bench them.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

finally Gambhir has been dropped, it was long due. Sehwag shud b next if he continues with his maverick style of scoring a ton early in d series and then shutting shop. Doubt if management wud select Dhawan over Murali n Ajinkya over Jadeja n Ashwin over Bhajji.....4 CSK players wud b playing @ Chennai, few wud play even though they are not playing at best cricket.......... Jaffer over looked yet again.......

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Wake up selectors... What else does JAFFER needs to do to come into the side. May be he should be a friend of Dhoni or else need to change his Ranji side to Tamil Nadu (only then Mr. Srikanth/Srinivasan might consider him). Really sorry for the poor Jaffer. God save Indian team.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

just one change....suresh raina in place of sir ravindre jadeja

Posted by ShoBaba on (February 10, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Yes it is true that raina was not even considered for the test place. And considering Bowling options there are a few spinners in the ranji cricket who should be given chance. Fast bowling department looks pretty weak. Ashok dinda is not at all a good option they should have considered new bowler Ishwar pandey he looks a good prospect.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

"Just One Good score in last 10 matches & Vijay makes it..Consistent good scores & No Jaffer..Why do I even try to understand the Selections..."

Posted by Ramesh_Joseph on (February 10, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Dropping of Gambhir was inevitable and expected. But Dinda? Shami Ahmed would have been a better choice any day. And what has Harbhajan done to deserve selection?

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Good selection but what has sehwag done to retain his spot.Raina was a suprise ommision but at the current form he is better than Ajanya Rahane.Shami ahmed & sreeshant could have been picked as Bhuneshawar kumar doesn't have the pace to trouble the batsmen atleast in sub continent conditions.we should play Ashwin at No 7 as he is a better batsmen & Bowler than Ravindra Jadeja.

My 11 would be sehwag Vijay pujara tendulkar kohli dhoni ashwin harbhajan bhuneshwar kumar ishant ojha

Posted by sd_aditya on (February 10, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Wanted to see Ishwar Pandey...!

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 10, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

So the picture is clear now,not much changes,I think Shikhar Dhawan will get a chance ahead of Vijay because he is a left hander, and Jadeja will retain his place.But i prefer Shami Ahmad,The eleven look like Shikhar Dhawan,Shewag,Pujara,Sachin,Kohli,Jadeja,B Kumar,Aswin,Ohja,Ishanth

Posted by Aman_blues on (February 10, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

No jaffer again Whats wrong with the selection commitee why are they ignoring him again and again is Vijay or Dhawan their relatives that they are going with them as people hate the BCCI now even in india its been hated I am one of them who is not going to follow this series just very dissapointed with this selection please man resign and open up your bussiness itz a shame

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (February 10, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

I am so so happy to see Gambhir dropped and selectors not picking Raina based on his ODI exploits...

I think these 2 tests might be the final chance Sehwag and in my opinion he should have been dropped.

Also, good to see Zaheer not picked again for his poor fitness and form and i think selectors have the best combo they could have chosen.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Still no jaffer, Rayudu.Raina..... this is ridiculous

Posted by M_AswiniKumar on (February 10, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

quite disappionted... coz suresh raina is not included in squad

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Bowling looks too weak... splly fast bowlers Ishant lacks wicket taking ability, B kumar yet to be tested in Tests, dinda cant say anything....

selection of jadeja still baffles whole nation!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Where is A Rayudu & Jaffer?

Posted by Viky_Robin on (February 10, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

I really feel sorry for Jaffer. I think the only reason for him not being picked is his age. I don't think our bowlers could take 20 wkts. All the Best India..

Posted by Sendhil.Kumaran on (February 10, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

India should have blooded Bhuwanesh in place of Ishant. Now its upto Dhoni to decide who would open. Vijay-Shikar look to be the future.

Posted by ravat_sehab on (February 10, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Why not select wasim jaffer.he make more than 1000 runs in 16 inning.

Posted by maddinson on (February 10, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

who will take a revenge now, "come India we will see you there"- Pokebhir in 2012

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

wasim jaffer should be included on the place of murly vijay and why dhinda always..........????????

Posted by Romieo on (February 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

good job .....very good selection

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

that is a very good decision leaving gautam behind.he was such in poor form since the last world cup.sehwag should not be in the team too.start da innings with rahane n vijay.good luck.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

OMG ! Sir Ravindra Jadeja In ? Not sure if he is a Test Material. So our batting line-up would look like :- Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, SRT, Kohli, Rahane/ Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Bhuvi, Ishant.

What is Dinda doing in here ? Ishwar Pandey is the highest wicket taker in domestic season ? Where is he ?

Lokking @ our possible playing XI -this would be the most inexperienced line-up of Ind in last many years, If you take SRT out.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

its disguisting not taking RAINA in the squad hez in a massive form since pakistan tour,n good form in irani trophy toooo unfortunately he did not get selected highly disappointing situation :( :( :( whats the need of taking rahane in the squad though hez good in the ipl hes nt in d form fr the nation cricket ....hope raina gets his place in the next matches

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Earlier all were talking about Wasim Jaffer. what hpnd to him?

Posted by Vivek_Singh3089 on (February 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Waao!!...Dinda is retained while Awana is thrown out, Vijay & Dhawan included while the centurian Rayudu is out....Hats off to the selectors for their choices....I can see series result 2-1 or 3-1..against us.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Gambhir's exclution was coming!!

Posted by RD36 on (February 10, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

What has Harbhajan done to be included?

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

zaheer khan should be in...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

How many times the players like Rayadu,Wasim Jaffer have to perform at the domestic level to make it to 15 member squad . They have been the consistent performers over the years. If BCCI is planning to choose efficient players for WC 2015 then they have to give chances to these consistent players or it will be too late

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

"Just One Good score in last 10 matches & Vijay makes it..Consistent good scores & No Jaffer..Why do I even try to understand the Selections..."

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

i would get jaffer into the team if i was a selector...he is in top nick...but why vijay? dhavan has been good...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Its good that they dropped Gambhir and I can understand not selecting jaffer because of age related issues..but why drop an in form Raina to include dhawan/vijay...and according to me Rahane doesn't deserve a place either..looking at the way he got out to Finn in the recent england ODI series..either he is terribly out of form,if not then he needs to work on his technique

Posted by ramesh603 on (February 10, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Good selection.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

"Just One Good score in last 10 matches & Vijay makes it..Consistent good scores & No Jaffer..Why do I even try to understand the Selections..."

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

A bit harsh on Suresh Raina. Even after scoring heavily IN Irani Cup he has been left out. But he himself is responsible. In past, he has got opportunities but couldn't do justice. Really Happy that Gauti is out too. He needs to get his form back. Don't even remember when was the last time he scored century or played even a match-winning knock. But M. Vijay ? :( Lucky Guy ! Happy for Shikhar Dhawan.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (February 10, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Just one change, I wish if I could make would be Sreesanth for Dinda. He has the pace and swing to trouble the batsman which is not the case with Dinda. Otherwise, the selection is bang on!! Now its time for the captain to choose proper playing eleven and players to perform....

Posted by ankursilverstone on (February 10, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

where is zaheer....is he injured???? n y not they have picked shreesanth in place of dinda

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Dinda whats he is doing in the squad

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Why BCCI conducting Ranji trophy if they are not going to included consistent performers in Ranji ?? Why the most consistent opener Jaffer overlooked and lucky Vijay included?? Vijay doesn't look convincing in the opening slot. he is loose as it was described by commentators also. Poor fella Jaffer .

Posted by rameshs on (February 10, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

The entire selection process smacks or regionalism ... one batsman from Delhi is dropped and another one comes in.... There seems to be no place for consistent performance. JAFFAR definitely needs a relook and he is better than Dhawan... What more can Jaffar do.... except register in two different zones...

Posted by Rahul_Acharya on (February 10, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

The best option is to go with 3 spinners in 5 bowlers team with Ashwin as allrounder

Posted by AshishHande on (February 10, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Why not jaffer...Why Murali/Dhawan.... Also it shoud be shami instead of Dinda...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Still no wasim jaffer?? Thats surprising and harsh!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

all the best bhajji if u got a chance to playing 11 against the aussies

Posted by bonaku on (February 10, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

What Wasim Jaffer do to get into the team again. Vijay didnt had a good season at all and he still got selected.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

Dhawan and Vijay??? Makes 0 sense to take 4 openers in the squad!! Why not take Raina in place of Dhawan??

Posted by samvarma on (February 10, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

with options available to selectors, cant complain much about the selection.But I feel India should be serious about nurturing talent. There are still many under performers in this squad and are still getting chance !

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Inclusion of Rayudu would have made more sense.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 10, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Why Harbhajan? if it is because of his past performances against australia,why not bring dravid,laxman in? Harbhajan got wickets primarily because of a world class kumble bowling at the other end. why not select kumble too??

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Selectors looked confused this time.. 4 openers picked but Wasim Jaffer left out.. Also any logic in carrying 15 players around when only 11 can play...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Well Sreeshanth should have been included.. He had a decent outings in Irani trophy..

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Raina should be included too !!

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Thank god ..Gambhir is droped...non performer since past three years

Posted by asvigneshbalaji on (February 10, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Good move of dropping gambhir.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

It is a pact between bhajji .& BCCI , he will complete his 100 tests then retire, as every one knows bhajji is no more an international material.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Nice to see Dhawan in Test Squad. Good Selection.

Posted by Rydham on (February 10, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Poor Jaffer ... !! Luckey Sehwag & Vijay ... !!

Posted by sourab89 on (February 10, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Including M. Vijay just for one innings is meaningless. They want CSK's Vijay to be on form before the IPL it seems. its shocking not to pick Jaffer in the team. It was a mistake not to select Shami Ahmed.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

I am not agree with M Vijay and S Dhawan we have A Raydu and S Raina so why should selected them??? I like to choice Harbhajan Sing

Posted by indianfan535 on (February 10, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Finally Gambhir's dropped. Should've benn done ages ago. Rahane and Sehwag should open.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Where is Umesh Yadav? For GOD sake get him into the squad

Posted by   on (February 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

No Jaffer are you kidding me? What's wrong with selectors!

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