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Bhuvneshwar ready for Tests

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February 11, 2013

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar appeals successfully against Ahmed Shehzad, India v Pakistan, 1st T20, Bangalore, December 25, 2012
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: "Having played five years in domestic cricket, I know what it takes to get wickets on Indian pitches." © BCCI
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar*, one of the new faces in India's Test squad, has said he was hopeful of getting a call-up for the series against Australia. While Bhuvneshwar replaced Parvinder Awana as the third seamer in the 15-member squad, Dhawan replaced Gautam Gambhir.

"I would be lying if I say I was not hoping for this," Bhuvneshwar told Mumbai Mirror. "Having done well in the ODIs recently, I thought it would be the right time for me to have a go in the Tests as well."

Bhuvneshwar made his debut in a Twenty20 match against Pakistan last December and made an immediate impression with his swing. He returned with match figures of 3 for 9 and continued his good form in the ODIs where he regularly bowled 10-over long spells.

When asked if he was ready for Test cricket on Indian pitches, he said, "Having played five years of domestic cricket, I know what it takes to get wickets on Indian pitches. Test cricket won't be like the ODIs, but I'm ready for the challenge, mentally and physically."

Bhuvneshwar, who has taken 149 first-class wickets in 46 matches at an average of 26.02, said he would continue sticking to his strengths.

"I'm not overdoing things. I know my strength, which is swing and seam, and I will not try anything that would weaken my strong point."

* February 11 6.15pm GMT This story has been modified to focus on Bhuvneshwar Kuamr

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Posted by realfan on (February 13, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

@Solid_Snake i dont remember when he bowled at 134+ all i remember is Bhuvaneshwar bowling maximum speed of 130kph..... ya and i agree with low pace in test wont help.... but give him some time may be this series to decide what he got.... he got some experince in ranji matches... lets see what he will do before predicting him..... and i also would think shami ahmed will be effective more than bhuvaneshwr kumar in tests.........

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 12, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

@Solid snake - First your batsmen got all out for 49 which was normal and expected. Then your over rated bowlers could only take 3 wickets in the second innings when Smith got bored watching his batsmen clobber Pak bowlers all over the park and declared... and all this on a bowling paradise!!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 12, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

@28041991->I am not saying that bowling at 125kph is a bad thing..But when you are bowling at 135-138 in the first 4-5 overs & then in the next spell you go down to 125..That's not normal..If the guy suffered like this in the ODI's then imagine how he would cope up with Test matches..Long Spells,low pace,no swing/reverse swing & opponent batsmen would thrash him badly..I would rate Shammi Ahmed better than this lad.Then comes Varon Arun & Umesh Yadav..Lets see how B.Kumar performs in his first match..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 12, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

B Kumar is like P Kumar - good only with the new ball. When the ball gets old, you need a bowler like Shami Ahmed, who can still bowl at good pace and reverse it. Shami has a smooth bowling action - he can keep going even with the old ball. Dinda's high jump is a liability for him, and Ishant Sharma is clueless. He lacks the thinking ability to be a fast bowler. B Kumar and Shami Ahmed, along with other youngsters like Ishwar Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Imtiyaz Ahmed, etc are the future of India's pace bowling.

Posted by realfan on (February 12, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

@Solid_Snake well i would like to clarify you that bhuvaneshwar is not a fast bowler... read cricinfo description they stated him as a RIGH HAND MEDIUM, not even medium pacer.... so your point of FAST bowler doest even have a grip here...... and also bowling at 140+ is not the only eligibillity for a bowler..... there are many bowlers who bowled at 125 to 130 pace and suceeded..... i am not saying bhuvaneshwar succeded, its too early for him.....and also keeping upto the stumps for a medium pace bowler is not any crime.....more over it take some skill to bolw when keeper is up to stumps and when not... so give credit to that.....its their strenght that they play with. you dont have any rights to criticise them......

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 12, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

@28041991->I am not against B.Kumar..Its his pace..& keeper coming up front would be possible only when someone is consistently bowling at such a low pace.I would like to see Dhoni to come & stand forward against any other Indian 'FAST' bowler.I dont remember Gilchrist ever coming up front against Lee or other Aussie 'FAST' bowlers

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

If we have bowlers Praveen, Vinay and Bhuvanesh as our frontline bowlers honestly we would struggle to take twenty wickets. I was fortunate to hear the great Kapil Dev commenting on the upcoming pacer Iswar Pandey. He mentioned that he is good prospect but needs to bowl at 140ks to trouble batsman at the international level. Cunning bowlers like chaminda are good at limited overs cricket when batsman have to force the pace but at Test Cricket there is no substitute for decent pace . I am glad there is an awakening from the "Line and Length" dogma which has haunted our seam bowling thinking. Just look at pakistan you are nobody if you cant bowl at pace.

Posted by Jacobchikku on (February 12, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

They are not rewarding Pankaj singh or Manoj Tiwary then whats the point in doing well at domestic level?

I can never understand why they pick Bhaji and Dinda? these players are not capable of even getting into an India A side!

Posted by realfan on (February 12, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

@Solid_Snake oh yeah and standing up for fast bowling is not disgrace for bowling art.... just because pakisthan keepers dont knw how to keep close to wikets for batsmen it doesnt make disgrace for bowling.... even gilcrisht was standing up to the stumps... you can remember the pace of australian bowlers right......

more over dhoni was kepping up just for KP to negate his foot work , and that got him wickets..... so your point is pointless........

you see you need to have guts to stand up for wickets for fats bowlers.... and it doesnt reflects bhuvaneshwars ability.....

Posted by realfan on (February 12, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

@Solid_Snake dude what can you expect from a debutant.. furthermore this is india.. not any south africa or australia to keep on swinging the ball all day long.....even your junaid khan was getting swing in the initial overs and he capitaliesd it well , you can remember odi's aginst india recently , after the swing is gone junaid was ineffective...he got trash in slog overs in 1st odi by dhoni.....

the point of swing in subcontinent is just for initial overs.... and there after its all about reverse swing.... those who master that will be the real deal, just like akram, waqar, zaheer......

give bhuvaneshwar some time before you under estimate him.....

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

bhunveshnthis the real challenge for u to attack againt warner and clarkey

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 12, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

@28041991->We all saw this guy in the ODI's...He got the swing but that weapon vanishes just after 5-6 overs.All he needs is a new ball & that's it after that end of story.His pace goes as low as 125 with the old ball..Even Spinners would bowl faster than B.Kumar.While he is bowling with the old ball,Dhoni comes & stads near the wickets as if a spinner is bowling lol..This is a disgrace to fast bowling Art

Posted by AjaySridharan on (February 12, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

While his swing is impressive and he bowled his heart out in the ODIs, I'm concerned that this guy is on his way to injuryville as well. He looks like just bones and flesh. Can they please feed these guys some protein!! They are so weak. You don't have to bulk up like Akhtar, but at least be functionally fit!

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

All the best Bhuvneshwar ! I hope you will get max. amount of wickets of ausies which will be difficult.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer really should be the First Choice Opener and he surely will be a run machine like Amla does for SA.

My Test XI W Jaffer, S Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Sachin, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Harbhajan, B Kumar, U Yadav

Posted by realfan on (February 12, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

why is the need of any fast bowler for indian in dhoni's captaincy..... here how it goes in bowling department.... open bowling with ashwin and jadeja, after they got tierd and wicketless( JADEJA will bowl better then ashwin, but ashwin will ruin jadeja rythm with his meaningless bowling) and second bowling change will be ojah and bajji( ojah bowls tight lines, bajji bowls flat and short and there goes the chances of wicket taking for ojah) after all the four are ineeftive he goes for ishant who wont swing with new ball let alone old ball, i dont think ishant know how to reverse the old ball.... and there goes indias chances of winning

Posted by realfan on (February 12, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

@Aatif Hassan you have huge list.... so what you gonna do about that list?????? simple you dont want to see any fast bowlers in india... i knw there are many overrated.... but to call bhuvaneshwar overated he is just making his debut.....

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 12, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

Perhaps he is telling, he is ready to get thrashed by the Aussie batsmen. Getting thrashed is not something new for the indian bowlers. they are used to it.

Posted by class9ryan on (February 12, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

The best xi at the moment looks ... Vijay/Viru, Dhawan, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvnesh, Ishant, Ojha ..... Bhuvnesh and also Ishant have been in good form in the odi series recently while I dont think the aussies will be comfortable with the spinners from the word go, therefore 2 frontline spinners and a bowlinng all rounder are not a bad option ... we can leave Ashwin if he is not in any form after the 1st match and may be leave Viru after the first 2 matches ..... We gotta have to remember that our next tour would be to SOUTH AFRICA

Posted by JKSFB on (February 11, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

Bhuvanesh is a great addition, as is Dhawan...We need to plan for life after Sehwag (as a test opener)..The #5 slot is open and Sehwag should bat there...Kohli, Dhoni and Jadeja can follow him in that order and Ashwin and Bhvanesh can bat too later on...I would play Rahane and Dhawan as openers, Pujara at one drop, then Sachin Sehwag Kohli Dhoni Jadeja.... Ishant and Bhuvanesh can support Ashwin and Ojha as bowlers...Guys we need to realize that our bowling is weak, hence we need to play our top batters at their peak

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

India's Only probelm is Bowling but still we did not search like Palistan and Aus then South Africa that is the problem for india

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

Strange that Manoj Tiwary is left out...n really harsh on Jaffer to not to be seleccted....Age shd not be a barrier to consistent performers...anyways Jaffer is so easy on eyes, classical........If age is the only reason than what is unfit n out of form Sehwag is doing there......perhaps Dhawan and Vijay would open keeping in mind SA test tour...sehwag may bat down the order...still no one should forget Wasim Jaffer`s century against Steyn n company in SA as an opener.......does anyone remember that innings................

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 11, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

B Kumar can contribute with bat too and his batting suits long format Now indian lower order is strong , Jadeja,Aswin & B kumar

Posted by nikhilshahb on (February 11, 2013, 18:01 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 SR of 40, the problem is his ECO rate was about 3.82 in FC cricket, was very high.

With just an SR of 38.4 rate, Ankit has just 7 matches but had a ECO rate of 2.93. Praveen had a high SR too but this was because of his swing and seam and not pure pace like VVR and Yadav.

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 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 18 2.91 50.0 Mohit Sharma 11 3.01 49.1 Ankit Rajpoot 7 2.93 38.4

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 52.0

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Bhuvneshwar , Another overrated Indian Bowler .... same as in the likes of Manaf Patel , Dinda and many other ... I have huge list ...

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 11, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

A Bowler who goes out of steam just after 5-6 overs..Such bowler got selected for test match against Australia.This shows how pathetic Indian Pace Battery is that they had to select such bowler..

Posted by bhaloniaz on (February 11, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Kohli, Doni, can put stability in middle order. I like Jadega as a batting allrounder. He can be someone who average 40+ and can bowl reliably for a long spell. Bhubeneshwar is going to be a great addition. Ishant is bowling much more consistently. Or if Ashwin or Ojha can take wickets india have a good chance. Siddle, Starc and Pattinson can be great together. If Lyon outbowls indian spinners (like English spinners did), India will have a problem.

Posted by Aditya.Singh on (February 11, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Its sad to see people so skeptic about Dhawan's selection. Most of them have forgotten that when he represented India at under 19 levels he single handedly batted India till the finals. He was not out till the semi-finals. I thinks a break in the test side will do him wonders.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

perfct 11 4 me is sehwag,vijay,pujara,sachin,virath,raina,dhoni,ashwin,b.kumar,ojha,ishant...... jadeja out... raina should hv been in... proper batsmen at proper batting position...!!

Posted by realfan on (February 11, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

i dont see any games for Shikar dhavan, rahane, dinda and may be bhuvaneshwar kumar also..... squad for the tests will be like this... bet me this will be the team sehwag, vijay, pujara, sachin, kohli, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, harbajan, ojah, ishant........

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

@mubarak bin khalid arey yar munaf,umesh,varun 3are suffering from injuries. i think these are the injury list right now. irfan pathan,umesh yadav,agarkar,zaheer,munaf,r.p singh,praveen kumar(recently became fit),balaji,vinay kumar. come on man first you know the list of injured players nd you can comment. comment if you know completely

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

what happened to manoj tiwari i thought he is a good all rounder as well what about irfan pathan for odi's

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Really good selection, though why they chose Dhawan over Mukund or Jaffer is still a mystery. Rahane has to get a chance to open with Sehwag in all four tests. Him, Pujara and Kohli are our best bets for future series.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

Selectors seem to be on the right track as far as picking Gambhir out of the test team and making him play in the India A match Vs the Aussies.Eager to see who partners Sehwag ;Vijay or Dhawan .Bhajji should play once he is in the squad .My XI Sehwag ,Vijay ,Pujara ,Sachin,Kohli ,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Harbhajan,Bhubaneshwar ,Ishant .

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

I thought Shami got a raw deal but I hope that in future the selection committee picks him.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Why the selectors r forgotten karnataka state...... Not evev one player is selected for indian cricket team for both ODI n Test.....Is karnatakan players r poor in talent or politics in team selection....????

Posted by nishantj96 on (February 11, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

This is gonna be an interesting series.Both teams are in transition and one can't really pick a winner from the two.Hoping that Bhuvi can wreak some havoc in the Australian camp by getting the openers out early.Come on Team India!

Posted by Dev-Mitra on (February 11, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

With what was available to them, I believe the selectors did a good job. Given that the age diffrence between Sehwag and Jaffer is very little, I was surprised that Sehwag made it over him. Jaffer could have partnered Dhawan or Vijay at the top. It is possible that Sehwag's illness before the Irani trophy match, helped him since the selectors may not have wanted to drop him without giving him anather opportunity. If he does not do well in the 2 test matches he plays, who knows, Jaffer may just about pip him to the post.The only other change, I would have considered is Shami Ahmed over Dinda, as he has the pace and did well with the opportunities he got. Time will tell. Good luck to them. God knows Indian cricket needs it right now.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Indian team is going through tough time..I hope sachin comes good this series ...Where is Munaf patel, Varun , Umesh ...Indial selectors only need money they dont care about the talent... either money or some1 favorable in selection comitee..

Posted by siddarthshikhar on (February 11, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

anyone got an idea how good he is at reverse swing ?

Posted by inswing on (February 11, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

It is not a bad selection. The only shame is that Rohit Sharma is yet to play a single test for India. He needs to be given a chance in two series, home and abroad. Raina will also feel hard done by, but he is is a king on Indian pitches and poor abroad.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

I would have chosen the following India XI :- Wasim Jaffer, Chiteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Mahinder Singh Dhoni, Ravinder Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, S.Sreesanth, P. Ojha. 12th man Ambati Rayudu

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

This is sheer injustice meted out to wasim jaffer. After such a series of stellar performances with the bat he finds himself out of the squad, and above all such an inferior mortal like murali vijay has taken his place. For all those critics who argue against Mr. Jaffer my answer is this, anybody with a heart for hard work can iron out the flaws, so why don't give a chance to Jaffer. This illogical selection should be challenged in the court and should not be repeated. Its sad that people playing just slam bang cricket in IPL are heroes and are in the squads but those with good performances in Ranji are considered as good for nothing. Then BCCI should abolish this Ranji if they don't have any faith in this tournament

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

I think the team has been quite meticulously selected.Probably someone who might feel disappointed is wasim jaffer,who,despite scoring 900-odd runs in the Ranji trophy,didn't get the one last chance that he richly deserves.Even Suresh Raina should be included in the test team's scheme of things as he seems to be working hard on his technique of playing the short ball and that while facing quality swing bowling. My playing 11 would be-1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Virender Sehwag 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.Virat Kohli 6.MS Dhoni 7.Ravindra Jadeja 8.Ravi Ashwin 9.Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10.Ishant Sharma/Ashok Dinda 11.Praqyan Ojha

It will be interesting to see whether the team management gives Ishant Sharma another chance or if they give Ashok Dinda a go.In case of Dhawan,he definitely has the upper hand over Vijay since he has performed much better in the Ranji Trophy.Even the fact that he is a left-hander goes in his favour as he would form a left hand-right hand partnership with Sehwag.

Posted by torsha on (February 11, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

When you have Sehwag in your team, I believe Vijay's inclusion is useless. Jaffer should have been given chance and Vijay is not the test material either. Dinda's inclusion is a shocker. Look at his recent performance. Sreesanth must be in the final two tests because I know he will not be selected in ODIs and he bowls genuine fast out-swing deliveries and bouncer that can trouble any batsmen in the world. Remember his bouncer to Kallis that almost took his head off?

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

People who are commenting about M Vijay, should know that he is not given many chances in Tests, he has played only 13 tests that too not in a complete series, whenever any of the top three batsman was injured or unwell, he filled that spot, and performed, he last played in test against aussie and his score was 139, and ppl who seen him thrash the bowlers in ipl may think he is just a t20 player, but it's not the truth, he is primarily a test player and adapted to t20 mode bcoz of ipl, ppl who ask abt vijay's selection first shud know he is a big match player and a match winner, and one more thing chennai is MV's favourite hunting ground. he might have played there from childhood, so let him give a chance in chennai test, well we can see how he performs, then we all decide

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Dinda should not be in team, there are better bowler available, why dont try new and inform bowlers like Shami Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey and deserving Pankaj Singh..for allrounder they should Groom player like R. Dewan, S Rana...Jaffer should have get a final chance he is in Superb form..better than Vijay..Amit Mishra again unlucky , though i am sure after 2 tests onlye one from Ashwin or Bhajji will be in team..Raina is not in the scheme in Tests so he has to try some tons in Ranji..Ishant is not fully fit but selectors are repeating mistakes..BCCI Should groom Rohit Sharma , Rahane and M.Tewary for Middle order in Tests , Manoj Tewary should be in ODI team as well @cost of Rohit..

Posted by Paddy789 on (February 11, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Jaffer has to learn to deal with this harsh treatment, he should stay positive though the selectors intentions are clear, if he fails to deal with this situation he will only spoil his game which is bad for Mumbai as well as for Indian Cricket.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: "Having played five years in domestic cricket, I know what it takes to get wickets on Indian pitches." © BCCI

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Rahane dont have his basics right.. those who saw him got bowled 2 times with the big inswingers would understand what i am talking abt.. Rohit sharma should be given more chances (especially in tests) and sehwag should be rested.. surprised to see Umesh yadav missing, who has consistent pace (140s) and swing and shows great maturity on the field.. ofcourse we cannot underestimate Aussies, they always come hard at any team, doesnt matter whether they are in the so called "transition" or not..

Posted by cric_follower on (February 11, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Isn't Wasim Jaffer better than the openers selected and the one who is dropped? What more does he need to do? He is 35+, but why should that matter if he is fit to play. May be his fielding is poor. BCCI/selectors should let the people know why some was performing and not selected.

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

honestly, why is manoj tiwary never picked? even after never failing...

Posted by tmp789 on (February 11, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

All those that are saying is Jaffer deserved a place have a pretty short memory. He may play Indian bowlers well, but is not match for sheer pace, forget swing. Just pace. Watch the videos of his tour to Australia, he struggled like a fish out of water. He was young then, what do you expect at 34 then?

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (February 11, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

This Harbhajan and Chawla , the amount of LUCK they have and chances they get and GOSH the number of times they fail............If Rayudu, Nayyar or Badrinath had got so many chances they would have been legends of cricket by now

Posted by naren1983 on (February 11, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

Utter nonsense selection by Selectors. M Vijay is being selected ahead of W Jaffer after many flawless innings by Jaffer. If selectors think Jaffer is 34 now, then sehwag also should have not been selected who is also 34 now. Shikar is a good choice for Gambhir. Again 7th place is a question to have Rahane or Jadeja. I think Jadeja will have upperhand for Dhoni, but Rahane is a quality player than Jadeja. Lets see the Dhoni's choice. Team will be Sehwag, Dhawan, Pujara, Sachin, Virat, Dhoni, Jadeja/Rahane, Bhuvaneswar, Ishant, Ashwin & Ojha.

Posted by rosh280 on (February 11, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

S kaul, unadkat, bipul Sharma, ankeet chavan, kaustub pawar, pinal rohitbhai shah,h h khadiwale, vikas mishra, unmukt chand,yogesh nagar, manprit juneja, pk panchal,rahul dewan, yuzvendra chahal, sachin rana,,,mohit Sharma, sunny singh, p tehlan, prashant chopra, rishi dawan, ashish reddy, akshat reddy, parvez razool, ian dan singh, ishank jaggi, saurabh tiwari, manish pandey, mayank agarwal, anand rajan, ishwar pandey, naman ojha, jalajas , mandeep singh, amitoze, bipul Sharma, karan goel, m sgoni, gurkeerat singh, jiwan joth singh,rahul Sharma, pankaj singh, aniket chowdhary, robin bist, ashok menaria, madhur katri. Among these s kaul, h patel, kaustubh pawar,vikas mishra, sunny singh, parvez razool, ashish reddy, anand rajan, i pandey,goni, pankaj singh, d chahar, unakdat are great performing fast bowlers. I expect manish pandey, mayank agarwal, akshat reddy, ishak jaggi, saurabh tiwari, unmukt, amitoze, rahul sharma, jalaja saxena are the talented players who can replace.

Posted by agarkarno1 on (February 11, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Bhuvanesh looks to be promising. But he has to be consisitent with the ball. ..

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

They need to bring rohit sharma into the middle order because when he plays well he looks one of the besr batsmen in India I think the test format will suit sharma more as he can take his time and reach him discipline more. India should place him at number 5 till tendulkar retires and then they should give sharma a chance at number 4.

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

I am very impressed by the bowling of BK. Hope he will be consistent in test cricket and doesn't slow his pace much. I feel he is swinging the ball now in decent pace.

Posted by aat-751 on (February 11, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

some good fast bowlers are missing like shreesanth and umesh yadav but BK is also good bowler so best of luck Bk

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

I remember Dhawan when he was playing for under 19. He and Robin Uthappa and Suresh Raina plundered runs against the opposition. All looked good stroke players. Ironically all the three would struggle on pacer-friendly pitches. None of them would do well in the longer format.

Posted by anaaar on (February 11, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Picking up the sehwag over jaffer is utterly disgusting decision... there are far more better openers available in the ranji trophy who are scoring hevaily in the premier domestic tournament yet selection committee headed by mr Sandip Patil selected the guy who is constantly failing even on Indian wickets.... Very sorry to say but sehwag has to go....he doesnt deserve an Indian lineup spot.... or else selectors has to step down & watch a ranji season closely not from the just AC box in the stadium....

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

two names are missing afer performing well continue.. Raina/Raidu, Dinda selection still surprise, fast bowling is still having problem

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

I doubt if dhawan will get a chance to play!! Dhoni always goes with the experience(at international level) unless the player does extremely well (like what Ashwin did at CSK to replace bhajji)..........However, BK would definitely get a chance ahead of AD.....going by current form of Ishant Sharma, BK could play ahead of Ishant as well though I doubt Dhoni would ever do it!!

Posted by Jagendra1singh on (February 11, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

welcome bhuvi to the spin pitches in tests against the batsmen like warner, clarke, & watson

Posted by here2rock on (February 11, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Good young player, wish him luck. I hope he has a big future and does not get lost in Indian cricket system.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Am really surprised with the selection of Murli Vijay. He has done nothing in Ranji this season to get the nod. Selectors committing same mistakes again n again and giving Indian Team humiliations one after another against other Teams. They cant understand the simple things that Vijay, Jadeja not meant for Test Cricket at all. Also, feel sorry for Tiwari who is performing consistently but still did not get enough chances.

Very sure that Vijay and Jadeja will play in the 1st Test and Players like Rahane, Dhawan and Harbhajan sitting on the bench. Another 2-1 or 3-1 awaiting for India at home and am sure still we will be playing with same Team under Dhoni.

Posted by ravi_hari on (February 11, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Good to see youngsters in the side and themselves eager for the challenge. However, have the selectors gone for them based on figures or abilities. I remember Vengsarkar once commenting on Vijay Bharadwaj who was selected for Aus tour as spinner allrounder and flopped. Dilip mentioned that Vijay had very poor technique and his scores in domestic circuit should not be read too much into. He was right. When Noel David was selected to replace Srinath in West Indies, Sachin asked Noel who? We never saw these two cricketers again. The point I am making is will they do better than Gambhir and Zaheer? Are they technically sound to handle the Aussies? Especially Dhawan who was found wanting even in IPL when facing genuine quicks. Are the selectors spending time at Ranji matches watching the technique of players? If they have to select on numbers then a computer can auto select and give a list of top performers to pick from. I feel more ability oriented selection should happen. Any takers?

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 11, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Me thinks Dhawan will warm bench. BK wil play ahead of AD. Who knows all 3 spinners will get to play which means RJ could make way for Rahane, while HS, RA, PO, IS might play. Dhoni is very capable of doing that. Its always tough to select HS and make him warm bench. and Dhoni still thinks RA is good for Test, while PO has been the most consistent. So to accomodate all 3, he may choose not to play RJ and play AR, with 3 spinners and IS. My XI - VS, MV, CP, SRT, VK, AR/RA, MSD, RA/HS, PO, BK, IS

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 11, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Sorry but its need of time we should play to senior players on domestic circuit in the team so, our team can manage properly please dont take all plyers of same age group, once they leave they leave together and team suffers.

Posted by TM on (February 11, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

am i the only one who doesnt think dhawan is good enough at test level neither is vijay. JIwanjot should of got a chance

Posted by ooper_cut on (February 11, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Feel sad for Awana, what did he do(or didn't) do get dropped ? And how long will Rahane warm the benches ? Time to let go of Yuvraj in the test team and plonk Rahane/Tiwary in.

Posted by GreenDeviln on (February 11, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Hope S.Dhawan gets selected for playing XI, but looking at history Dhoni is gonna give chance only to his CSK team mates, in this case M.Vijay.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

I just dont want to see Sir Ravinder Jadeja in an another test!!!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

It is time for Dhawan to show that he can excel at the top level. After a gritty 51 in his ODI debut, he did not show much promise. Hopefully, he can now. One selection that shocked me was Askok Dinda. He bowls to short and once he bowls full, he pace drops to around 125-130 kph - by no means threatening. He is useless with the bat and not an outstanding fielder either. How do the selectors expect him to perform? They should have dropped him and told him to train at the NCA for another 1-2 years to fix his problem. However, I think the selectors finally got something right by selecting B Kumar. Aussies have already shown that they are weak against swing as shown by Philander. B Kumar is around the same pace as Philander and swings it more, Australia are really going to struggle against him.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

High time Cricinfo updates B Kumar's profile page. Kumar might pose some problems for the Aussies as seen in the recent ODI series against SL,Aussies are also suspect to swing bowling. My Team : Sehwag/(Dhawan/Rahane/Vijay)/Pujara/Sachin/Kohli/Dhoni/Jadeja/Bhuvneswar/Bhajji/Ishant/Ojha . Bhuvneswar can also bat so even if we leave Ashwin out it wont be a problem as Bhajji & Jaddu will bowl than Ashwin even in their dreams nowadays.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

typical Indian selection, Awana discarded without any trial

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