Australia in India 2012-13

Selectors take the tough calls

There is a common strand to decisions taken by India's current selection panel

Amol Karhadkar

March 8, 2013

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Virender Sehwag was out early on day two for 6, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day, March 3, 2013
Virender Sehwag was removed from the squad for the remaining two Tests © BCCI
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Suresh Raina dropped for the England Test series; Yuvraj Singh axed for the last Test against England; Virender Sehwag excluded from the Pakistan and England limited-overs series; Gautam Gambhir dropped for the Australia Test series; and now Sehwag left out of the last two Tests against Australia.

Sandeep Patil's selection panel has been making tough calls, and there is a common strand to these decisions: the players who are being dropped are effectively being dropped from the playing XI, which takes the potentially unpopular decisions out of the hands of captain and coach.

In the first half of its one-year tenure, the new selection committee seems to have followed the policy: "If you don't want a player in the team, don't include him in the squad."

MS Dhoni and the erstwhile selection panel headed by Kris Srikkanth were hardly on the same page. As a result, R Ashwin, at the start of his career (he played only one of the 18 ODIs when he was a member of the squad then), the two Tiwarys - Manoj and Saurabh, and Rahul Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were almost always left to carry drinks (and sometimes step in as substitute fielders).

More importantly, whenever the selectors tried to impose their authority - Nagpur 2010, for example - the move backfired. With the selectors keen on S Badrinath getting a game, they didn't name a reserve batsman in the squad. An injury to Rohit Sharma minutes before the toss meant Wriddhiman Saha ended up getting a Test cap as a specialist batsman.

The primary reason for such a lack of co-ordination is the BCCI rule that prevents the captain and the coach from having a say in selection of the squad, and the selectors in finalising the XI. But Patil and Co. seem to have found a workable formula. "This policy minimizes the risk of being at loggerheads with the team management," said a source close to the selectors. "It also increases the possibility of a reserve player getting an opportunity to play a few games."

It is not known what Dhoni feels about this strategy but it would fit in with his reluctance to ask senior pros to warm the bench in a Test match. Had it not been the case, VVS Laxman would have been dropped for the last Test, if not the third Test, in Australia after a poor run with the bat away from home. What happened in early 2012, ESPNcricinfo understands, was that Dhoni and Fletcher decided against provoking public outcry by dropping seniors.

The unconfirmed story is that Patil had a discussion with Dhoni before leaving out Sehwag from the Tests. The captain is believed to have told the chief selector it "won't be prudent" for Sehwag to be in the squad but not in the team.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by rosh280 on (March 11, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

@arvin, dont say sandeep patil selection committee is biased. they include north, east,south, west selectors also but they should justify the performace of players. dhoni is not at all a biased player, dhoni needs victory for that he finds different plans. you say like dhoni has all players from csk. never think like that. ravindra jadeja earlier represented kochin team he played well for his saurastra team and rest of india and other platforms also. similarly murali vijay has played well this domestic season and his 291 against rest of india with support of cheteswar pujara. you have to sit and watch various games and come on with logic opinions. dont forget dhoni csk has badarinath, sreekant anirudha, suresh raina they all are great players they are not in the team. dhoni is a great player he knows what he wants for the team. think like an indian. sleep like indian. sandeep patil was a great player of his times he knows what he wants. there are lot of players watiting for.

Posted by ozind95 on (March 11, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

There seems to be a shift to players that are in Dhoni's favour rather than the players that question his his tactics ,Dhoni is a re very poor field tactician ,this was laid open in the Sydney test where Dhoni was completely clueless in who to use and Tendulkar walked off the field a long time.

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 11, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

This is a facade..This sel comm is in fact worse than the previous one esp if we consider the fact Mohinder Amarnath and 2 others in Srikkanth's committee decided to DROP Dhoni at the appropriate time and justifiably so.Too bad Srinivasan vetoed them otherwise it would have been their single most significant contribution to Ind cricket.Can Sandeep Patil stand up to Sachin and drop him? Can he show the guts to drop Dhoni when we get thrashed in SA? Till we get answers to these we can no way call them 'tough'. All these soft targets are just an eye-wash to cover up bigger /real issues.What is Ishant,Bhajji doing in this team?? Why are Rahane and Ojha cooling their heels? Can this committee answer these?

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 11, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

Whats with these stupid formalities that a certain player cannot be dropped by certain captain/coach or a certain selector because somebody will feel bad. What r we running a family shop? Its costing INDIA for godsake.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 11, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

@reham - relax man no need to yell so many times.. Jaffer was given enough chances when he was young but proved nothing but a dump. Even in the recent ranji final, he was out plumb twice but let off thanks to pathetic umpiring. He is just good for domestics n not intl material. There is plenty of YOUNG talent waiting to get even a single chance.

Posted by JAWADRCB on (March 10, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Its really very upset for sehwag but i think its a very good decision to drop him let him to go and play some domestic cricket score some runs and come back like a tiger, this should happen to every player who is not performing well otherwise we will miss talent like pujara indian cricket is just not only for senior players we have to give chance to the young generation, but i still surprise why there is no come back for WASEEM JAFFER although he proved himself scoring huge runs in domestic level and he also as a captain of mumbai if you really want to replace please bring back WASEEM JAFFER.WASEEM JAFFER AND WASEEM JAFFER

Posted by Batmanindallas on (March 10, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

HS is given a long lease inspite of his mediocre performance. I understand the need for right arm spinners but should you not select your best instead of using logic like this. HS is not a better bowler than Ohja at this point of time and he should not be in the team.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

As @Nampally mentioned - On what basis the non-performer Harbhajan was selected in the squad & got in the XI. Now he is retained for next 2 tests on the evidence of his 5 wkts. in 2 tests (4 innings)? When people say Rassol can't be selected simply because he took 7 wickets in a match, that's plain dumb reasoning. These days Harbhajan can't take 7 wickets in a series, forget about taking 7 wickets in a match. Yet Harbhajan is favored over the likes of Rassol and Ojha.

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

Sehwag was first selected as a middle order batsmen and on his debut he got a attacking century against saf,due to the request of ganguly and wright he selflessly agreed to open the innings in tests and became a bowlers nightmare,he is not the dravid type batsmen to consistently score runs in each innings but surprisingly he has an average close to 50 just as dravid,&tendulkar,he is a once in a generation player and deserves a chance in the middle order as he was originally a middle order batsmen when he came to the team and when he fails again they can drop him but he deserves another chance as he himself has desired to drop down the order

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

Robin Uthappa could have been a choice to replace Sehwag given he is also aggressive otherwise Jaffer is the best and inform opener ...just wonder what is he doing at home.....he shd have bben there with Indian Squad...........

Posted by   on (March 10, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

India test team has now good performance but i don't know this performance be in long time. vijay had give a good out put in last test but his performance one or two test only then he will forget the batting already he was getting more opportunities as this style. dhoni and Co., has thought, makes batting revolution and rotation in test and kind of all the type of cricket. so this impact disappointed the classic player Gamber, sehwag, they r great opener in the world crkt. as this same style most classic player Dravid and VVS dropped from Indian team. this rotation more benefit for dhoni causes no one comes competition for caption ship it's helpful to be in long time caption in India team. when gamber think about caption ship, he performance will decline that time dhoni was utilize the opportunity and gamber dropped from India team by dhoni and Co. batting rotation the player has actually under presser.

Posted by soorajiyer on (March 9, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1 - When a legend like Bedi endorse Rassol, why are our Selectors reluctant to give him a chance ??

Thats the most ridiculous statement mate. While I completely hope Rassol makes it to the Indian team, he needs to play more games.. Just because he got 7 wickets in an innings against Aussies he cant be in the team.

And as to why Sachin is in the team, did you watch the match in Chennai??? Sachin and Pujara rescued us from 12/2..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 9, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

Agree with @ Cpt.Meanster - India could still win the last 2 tests against Australia WITHOUT Sehwag. We don't need him in the team any more. His glory days are over. The team comes FIRST for me. Sadly, many of my fellow Indian fans are BLIND in worshipping of their idols. It's time to get rid of TENDULKAR, ISHANT and BHAJJI.

Posted by kujacho on (March 9, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

all of you understand first why harbajan was preferred over ojha is purely because there are six left handers in australian line up more over there jaddu who is a left hander so that only harbajan was given a chance moreover he is very experienced and can be useful in indian conditions and he is a good performer against australia.he performed well in first two test keeping things tight moreover he was not given a chance in australia's second innings to bowl in second test.If there is three spinners there is every chance that a spinner can be underutilized and it is harbajan in first two test

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 9, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Excellent job by the Selectors. Up next - SACHIN, ISHANT and BHAJJI. Replace these 3 non-performers with hungry youngsters. Rayudu/Tiwary can do better than the dinosaur, Shami/Ishwar can bowl much better than Ishant, and Rassol is 1000 times better than Bhajji. When a legend like Bedi endorse Rassol, why are our Selectors reluctant to give him a chance ??

Posted by Nampally on (March 9, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

@dork29: I ask you Sir, on what basis the non-performer Harbhajan was selected in the squad & got in the XI. Now he is retained for next 2 tests on the evidence of his 5 wkts. in 2 tests (4 innings)? Harbhajan was non performers in all classes of domestic cricket including Ranji matches. So let the Selectors have a policy which is uniform down the board without any preferential treatment to any. There are top performers both in batting & Bowling, who are not getting as much as a look. I can give many examples from Ranji but I will run out of space. In current test series alone, what was the basis on which India's top performer in 4 Tests vs. England, Ojha, was dropped in 2 tests to make room for a non performer Harbhajan. Firstly there should be a basis & criteria for squad & XI selection which must be strictly enforced. In India Favouritism Openly exists at all levels. If you have a strong pull, a below average player makes it into Tests XI as Harbhajan. Patil & Co follow it too!

Posted by rajattiwaari on (March 9, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Its very interesting,harbhajan keeps getting a chance despite not performing,while ojha sits out after being the most successful bowler against ENG.

Posted by rajattiwaari on (March 9, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

"Slectors keen on getting badrinath a game"-Oh hello ,badrinath truly deserved to be in that squad.

Posted by dork29 on (March 9, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

I am amazed at the commenst some of these self-styled cricket afficianados make, with little or no knowledge of the game. Look at the comments made by itsthewayuplay. They are puerile to say the least. Just by not having Dravid and Laxman, India got defeated for the first time at home by England. Even having Sachin did not help. So how can he talk of wholesale changes? This is the reason why the word' transition' is used. It should be a steady process - that of putting the seniors to pasture. we cannot drop all the experienced players at one go and start rebuiliding. That said, Patil and co have been doing an excellent job over the last few months.They have clinically axed the non-performers. Sachin's day of reckoning is close. It will not be long before one of the selectors decides to 'talk' to him.The question is not about seniors or juniors. It is about teh non-performers. What remains to be seen is whether the dropped players will be reinstated if they find form. That would be just

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Sehwag is a world class player. Sehwag is a real match winner scoring runs quickly against pace and spin. Since his debut century against Allan Donald and co in South Africa soil he played many great innings in foreign soil against top class fast bowling. His 195 at Melbourne, first Indian 300 on Pakistan soil, two breezy centuries on greenish NewZealand pitches in 2003, match winning double century on treacherous Sri Lanka track, match saving 150 at Adelaide, superb 170 in West Indies and many magnificent knocks in England and NewZealand on bouncy tracks speak volumes of his talent. So the Indian selectors must support Sehwag and should be selected in the team to South Africa.

Posted by Nampally on (March 9, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

@ramli: Pujara would be an automatic choice in ANY Nations Test team or ODI team. He is a world class batsman. ODI requires batting skills similar to Tests. Just look at India's weak batting - 29 for 4 vs. Junaid in ODI? Does India have any top batsman with correct technique to play fast bowling? NO. That alone justifies Pujar's inclusion. Don't forget the Selectors included Pujara in the squad very late. This is because they knew how poor the Indian batting was. He was not included to be benched but to play in XI. Dhoni instantly benched him!. If you look at Pujara's 2 triple centuries in this season's Ranji, he scored them at S/R of nearly 100. No Bataman in India had scored at that S/R a triple century this season. Even his recent Test double centuries both against England & the Aussies were scored at a S/R of 60. Tendulkar played ODI' s for India & scored lot of runs at a S/R of about 70. Despite his hamstring injury recently( not knee problem) Pujara got double century-CLASS!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

india may lose the remaining matches, cause Viru is good luck for team india

Posted by ListenToMe on (March 9, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Good decision by the selectors. This does not mean end of Sehwag. We all know that he is a game changer. I always felt that he scored runs mainly because of his confidence. If you look at his hundreds, you can see he always got two to three lives before reaching a century. That means the current form he is in has nothing to do with his talent. He needs a bit of luck and confidence. Once he gains that, he will be unstoppable again. The only thing the selectors need to do is before dropping a player, give him enough chances to prove. It should not be based on whether there is a big series coming up or whether there are more players waiting for the call. South africa series is important. So the idea should be to rotate players than to drop them. After getting many chances, if a player does not prove himself, then give another one an opportunity.

Posted by Rohitg77 on (March 9, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

What is rohit sharma doing in the limited over cricket.He should have been dropped after australia tour in 2012

Posted by vishmanc on (March 9, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

If no new replacement has to be done n the team, then why to drop Sehwag. Team can make him sit and give chance to others. Reg Sehwag, he must play some domestic games to get his form back like Sachin.. I do agree with VVS Laxman team needs Sehwag in South Africa. i do agree he dosn't have the option of selecting series but he will make selectors to rethink for coming series.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (March 9, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Don't understand why dropping Sehwag is a toughdecision when he has performed once in every 20 over the last 2 years and the other 19 times exposes the rest of th team to the new ball. A tough decision would be drop Tendulkar when he has so many fans who refuse to accept that he is o longer the player he once was. The selectors have to go for broke and focus completely ion rebuilding. It's no point trying to pick a team that gives you think is going to win the next game. They have to think long term and accept that we will lose series in the short to mid term whilst new players bad in. As for SA, who beat the other 2 top test teams in Eng and Aus where India were totally humiliated even with Dravid and Laxman, we have no chance so batter to use as a learning experience.

Posted by balajeev on (March 9, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Going by the same logic, Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh have to be dropped too. They are just ballast.

Posted by Pathiyal on (March 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

tough decision but good! it shows that the demand of the hour is to set up a team for the future. Sehwag has done more than his part and had a glorious career and can be proud that he has been instrumental in team india's success over the years. now, its upto him to leave that challenge to a youngster. most probably someone will make use of that opportunity and prove his worth.

Posted by ramli on (March 9, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

Nampally ... why do you think Pujara is an automatic choice for ODIs? He is an asset in tests but ODIs required different skill sets and adaptability ... He can't take quick singles for long owing to his knee injury ... is definitely behind many in strike rate ... so ... he may be needed when there is a continuous batting failure in ODIs ... just like when Dravid was brought back in England ... for now .. the ODI squad is well oiled and performing ...

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (March 9, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

continued...now another question raises why cant Sachin retire and be in the support staff...man...This man deserves lot of respect...let him decide when to retire..he knows his game well and he is the only one who can decide when to retire..leave him...let him pray freely and dont put your expectation/suggestions on him...njoy his batting until his is there...remember in the near future you wont find such kind of gentleman ruling cricket and hearts of million people for over 2 decades...peace

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (March 9, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

now everyone is after Sachin to retire....guys grow up...you cant everytime measure the value of a player in terms of runs he scores...some times you have to look into other aspects as well..Sachin adds a tons of value with his experience and presence in the team...you need experienced player in your team to guide youngsters...look what happen when Dravid and Laxman retired..it was evident from the England tour...when the younger lads cant fire in batting/spinning friendly wickets in India how can you expect them to perform well in pace friendly foreign counters....you need one who can guide you on how to play on a seaming/bouncing tracks...yes I agree..Sachin is aged and has to leave the team...he may be aged and his reflexes are slow down but he is one of the greatest thinking minds of Cricketing world... so he can be a valuable asset to the team....

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

i have a lot of respect for Mr.Patil, because it takes a lot of courage to drop senior players in india as we all know, however this are some great decisons, because india need to build there youth up for the future, cant rely just on experiences, while players coordination and skills are dropping. i think the next to go are going to be bowlers who do not perform.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

When is Rohit Sharma's turn to be dropped from the one day and the twenty20 team?

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

Toughest call lies ahead, will be interesting to see how they handle.

Posted by SaravananIsTheBest on (March 9, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

Sachin, who set the platform post 2/12 to 3/105 & 4/196 with Pujara & Kohli in the 1st test match this series. Yeah, I too agree with you on Bhajji & Sehwag. But not against committed players.

Posted by Nampally on (March 9, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

I support the policy of non performing players unlikely to be in XI "to be excluded from the squad. But before it happens there should be full justification for a guy to be in the XI based on his current form, Performance & record. Dhoni should never be given a free hand to select his own XI. If Dhoni is allowed to pick his own XI, who is looking after developing & building an India team of future? Is it an Indian XI or Dhoni s version of Indian XI. During the past 2 years Dhoni XI selection has become so bizzare that he benched players like Pujara for 3 ODIs vs. England after he averaged 87 in 4 Tests. Actually England ODI team had all its 4 best bowlers missing! Dhoni benched Ojha after he was the best bowler in the 4 Tests vs. England & was named inTop 10 Test bowlerin the world for 2012.In cases like these, the Selectors should challenge & question Dhoni' & take disciplinary action against him for choosing his own Favourites. Selection of Harbhajan in XI to replace Ojha is Crazy!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 1:54 GMT)

Ita a good article ! the team is very good form, sehwag will be needed at a point of time but not now, yuvi and gambir are not needed for test any more, Raina will make a strong come back.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

Very pragmatic approach by the selectors...but this also reflects poorly on the big egos and the team spirit in the dressing room and also calls into question the kind of leadership that we have at present.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

It is for the players to play. Players select themselves by showing their mettle on the field. Captain can give inputs but players have to bowl perfectly to the stump line. See, how badly Ishant bowled ? Indians are generally not learners only followers of other fellow indians.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (March 9, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

@Jose, So finally you have predict after sachin India will like a BD. so right now and in future Australaia will like zimwabe or Kenea or Afganistan.

Dhoni and murli cannot score a 50 in Australia. Leave in australia for now and look what inda will do with australia. wait...

Posted by 777aditya on (March 9, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

This is not a tough call at all. A tough call would be to ask Sachin to retire and allow youngsters like Rahane a fair chance on home soil before foreign tours. Sachin scoring hundreds now and retiring in the last match of the current series would be a tough call on Indian cricket. Sachin wanting to play forever would be a tough call on his aging body. Even imagining cricket without Sachin for a second would be a tough call for devoted fans like me. Mr. Patil, a tough call would be to show some guts and do the unthinkable.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

Surprised Gambhir has been dropped but dropping Sehwag is the right thing to do.

Posted by arya_underfoot on (March 8, 2013, 23:31 GMT)

sehwag's going to slaughter some domestic bowling attacks and get back in the test team after our new openers fail in safrica.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (March 8, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

The players that have been dropped have not performed to a standard that could be regarded acceptable.Granted,India's away tours were crammed into 1 year & those pitches were very green & very quick in England & Australia.The players lacked consistency & have rightly been dropped.Ishant Sharma needs to join them soon too.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 8, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

Coming to batting -

Mukund/Dhawan Rahane/Vijay/Jaffer Pujara Sachin Kohli Dhoni

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Unfortunately Cricket is played with 11 in a team and you expect it to best in form team. So why such a hype for this? Let's hope for good cricket from whomever fills in sehwag's shoes.

Posted by PRABHAT1988 on (March 8, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

Its a right decision.But I think Sehwag will make a comeback.He should use this time to bring his form back.He is one of the most destructive batsman of all the time . I just want to say Come on Sehwag u r a lion just sharpen your teeth come back once again for the hunt.

Posted by US_Indian on (March 8, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

There is so much fuss about dropping Sehwag, whats wrong in it? perform or perish should be the mantra. But when ZAK was dropped no one talked about it and when Bhajji , Ishant was included no one questioned about it. This is pure double standards by our people and the writers and the media as well. Be practical, be neutral and always think about the country than the individuals. Another double standard is giving SRT chance after chance at the cost of ignoring and grooming youngsters, what if they fail but still failures teach many lessons and you can see much improved young team in the near future but no one has the guts ( the selection panel, management, media and the public to question that)

Posted by Jose on (March 8, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

One good performance from Dhoni and M. Vijay has led to take a decision of axing out-of-form Sehwag... Biggest joke on earth... Indians have completely forgotten poor run of India in Tests for the last 2-3 years... They keep forgetting that India won these two matches against depleted Australia is purely because of Inability of Australian batsmen against spin. Do you think India can repeat the success if India plays in Australia? NO WAY... I will be surprised if Vijay or Dhoni makes a 50. It is also an open secret that Dhoni is waiting for this moment as the rift between these two are widely known. Anyway, once Sachin leaves, India will be no better than Bangladesh in Tests (till they find good combination, may take another 2-3 years).

Posted by nyc_missile on (March 8, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Rubbish.They didn't have guts to drop Dhoni after series of humiliations.Oh theory of 'long ropes' for Dhoni is it? Dropping soft targets like Zaheer,Yuvraj,Gambhir,Sehwag:all non-CSK players and anyone who is a threat to Dhoni isn't 'tough'. Its a dirty job on behalf of Srinivasan..Let them drop Sachin and Dhoni and then we'll talk of toughness..otherwise it's just waste of a word on those spineless idiots!

Posted by NikhilNair on (March 8, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

I think the selectors has made the right decision. Even if India doesn't do good in SA without the senior batsmen, at least the youngsters will get some exposure so the next time they go overseas, they know what to expect. But I have to agree that if Sehwag is being dropped, Sachin hasn't done anything special in the recent past to seal a spot. I'm a fan of both of them, but they both need to give their place to youngsters.

Posted by KannanAkil on (March 8, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

right call India should use new opening combination for future they couldn't depend on viru and gambhir only.now in middle order lot of youngsters got chance and they utilized it now we need another opening pair.i think India should select another opener jaffer. and use Vijay and Dhawan in one match and Rahane and Jaffer in the other match.If we win or draw the next match too then India should give rest to Sachin,Ashwin,Dhoni,Kphli and Ishant and should give chance to Raina,Manoj Tiwary,Parvez Rasool.Saha/Karthik,and Dinda we should develop a good team for the future These player should not get much rest if they play like this next IPL is also coming.So for South Africa we should discover a good team.I feel in Indian conditions Praveen and Bhuvaneswar is the good opening bowler jodi both can swing the bowl in Indian conditions.for aboard Ishant Sreesanth Dinda,Varun aaron are good.We sholud also consider them too.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

We will see, what gonna happened with young guns in south africa, they are not going to score even single half century against SA... Selectors dicision doesn't make any sense,,, two test than drop,,, what the hell is this,,, lets forget about south africa,,, just give australian little green surface,,, murli vijay and other so called openers are not gonna stand there for even lunch session..... STUPID SELECTION COMMITTEE....

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 8, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Listen people - SACHIN,ISHANT,BHAJJI,SEHWAG are the biggest burden on team India. Keep them in Indian team only if you want to suffer another white wash in South Africa. They are like excess baggage. We need to get rid of them and bring in some youngsters who are ready to perform. "PERFORM OR PERISH", not seniority, should be the only criteria for selection.

Posted by xylo on (March 8, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Bravo! Next up, Sachin Tendulkar!!

Posted by couchpundit on (March 8, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

What a joke... Why is Mr. Tendulkar still being selected despite his poor show for a long time now. dont give me BS scores that he has taken compared to what is expected of him.

Posted by Ayushsagarwal on (March 8, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

First Gambhir and then Sehwag. I Think dropping sehwag for the last 2 test matches is a step in the right direction as he had been given ample opportunities in the past. This sets the right tone and example for the others in the team. The current selection committee is setting the motto of "Perform or Perish" which augurs well for the future. And neways after performing in the domestic circuits, these 2 players can be back in the team. This methodology keeps everyone on their toes.

Posted by inswing on (March 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

This selection panel is clearly better than the one led by Shrikanth. They are actually capable for dropping people once in a while.

Posted by Longmemory on (March 8, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Why can;t we have a honest and transparent process? Surely a captain should have the guts to tell a senior colleague that sorry, but I have to drop you for the next test on form? That would be a way of showing respect to your team-mates - not all this roundabout and back-handed ways of taking decisions but in a cloudy and unclear manner. It was painful in Australia to watch VVS come in to bat in the final two tests when he was clearly out of it, and to watch youngsters sitting on the bench for no reason other than this misplaced "respect" for seniors. Its actually disrespect to everyone.

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 8, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Selectors are making a big mistake...removing only Sewag is not going to solve all the problem....our fast bowling reserve is empty they should really find young fast bowlers..i dont know why the selectors always luk for batsmen and forgetting the bowling section...there is nothing like we dont have the talents but i think its because of the politics in BCCI....we know what exactly is our problem and still we are ignoring it that is the reason why we get beaten so badly whenever we tour outside India.....

Posted by NikhilGupta03 on (March 8, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

As Sehwag been axed from the Indian squad for the next two tests against a depleted Aussie attack,youngsters have been given a chance to prove their appetite to score big runs,but is this the right platform to judge their temperament?.In preparing a team for the future, youngsters should be inducted to face the Aussie fast bowlers,but turning pitches(Indians generally play spin very well,specially against the likes of Doherty and lyon) and a opposition low on self confidence should not be the only criteria to judge their temperament.If these 'potential' youngsters can prove their mettle abroad, against the likes of dale steyn,morkel or even southee,then they need to be given a longer rope and the management should handle them with care.In the meantime, lets not sideline a certain Sehwag, who is going through a horrendous rough patch at the moment,because there is no attack in the world which he cannot decapitate on a given day,irrespective of the bowlers or conditions.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

It is a good job by the selection panel to drop sehwag, but i really feel that they should have tried him out in the middle order before doing this..... Pujara could have been made a makeshift opener in one of the tests for atleast giving sehwag a shot in the middle order.... sad that a great goes out in this way!

Posted by TRAM on (March 8, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

So, the captain Dhoni is not comfortable making a senior player sit outside of the playing 11, in spite of him having power to do so ....? This only tells me the unprofessional atmosphere in the India cricket selection as well as the dressing room. The selectors and the admins of cricket should have told Dhoni like "You are the captain and you put your foot strong!", which they seem to have not done. And Dhoni is to be blamed too for his "weak/soft" mind, if all these are true. On the other hand, is Dhoni uncomfortable dropping Harbajan & ISharma ?? I dont think so. Not selecting players like Badri & Jaffer is injustice done by selectors. And not selecting Ohja in the 11 is injustice by Dhoni. Period.

Posted by test_cric_rocks on (March 8, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

With this policy I wonder why Pujara was picked for England one dayers which made him sit out of Ranji finals and as well he was out of XI in all one dayers...Pujara could have played the Ranji finals and Saurashtra would have had a good chance of winning...he was picked just before Ranji finals to sit out of XI in one dayers...this hurted domestic cricket...and creates doubts on selection committee ...

Posted by samrait on (March 8, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Listen people SACHIN,ISHANT,BHAJJI,SHEWAG are most vital for India team leaving anyone of them out its not good for anyone especially for the team India play against so you people out there and Alexk400 stop talking rubbish leave the big guns alone if you don't know what cricket is thank you all

Posted by Raki99 on (March 8, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

In the simplest Business Sense is that if the Public company is not making enough money for his shareholders, Some body has to make the tough decisions whether it the Board of Directors or where it is a CEO, IN this case the CEO of the Team is DHONI and ther Board of directors is the Selection panel. And the Directors had made the right calls, PERFORM OR PERISH.

Posted by hnlns on (March 8, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

There are still rank non-performing senior players left and they should be shown the door too, without any prejudice. Everyone watching cricket in the last 2 weeks or so knows that it is just 1 or 2 brilliant performances in both tests that have resulted in wins, so what is the rest of the team doing, this question needs to be answered by these nonperformers. Selectors need to be harsh on these guys as well.

Posted by samrait on (March 8, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

I think you all plus bcci have gone mad its not nice or right to drop shewag weather his in form or not it only takes 3-5 overs to get back on track for a player like him come on guys we should pick new team but with the old power now that we are 2/0 up they should have kept the same team and shewag's records speak for themselves

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 8, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Why sachin in the team? They whole thing is hypocritical crap. If you have influence like dhoni and sachin you stay in the team. They are untouchables. Pathetic work by sandeep patil.

Posted by ssenthil on (March 8, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

It's right to drop non performing players and it's the job of paid selectors to justify their earning, so they have to drop Zak, Raina, Gauti and now Sehwag but this selection panel is simply not good enough not least to forgot this selection panel is responsible for our ONLY HOME TEST SERIES LOSS since 2004. Still there are too many passengers in this squad itself. What Ishant is doing in the team is not known to any joker selectors while if Sehag was an example of can't be kept out of playing 11, what you call H Singh who simply stopping the best bowler of previous test series from the playing 11? This is too much double standard.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

I tip my hat to Patil and Co. Finally a decision has been made in Indian cricket that was not based on where a player is from, where the replacement player is from or any political foces but simply on the basis that Sehwag was a) not performing for an extended period of time, b) continually shows a poor attitude and c) no where near fit enough for anything except 2020 cricket.

If this is the end for Sehwag at Test level then I for one will greatly miss a player who literally could dictate terms to any bowling attack in world cricket for a number of years and would always bring joy and entertainment to many fans around the globe. His ability to score runs at ease while still executing proper cricket shots was something that has so rarely been replicated.

On some levels the continuance of Sachin at the highest level right into his late 30s and soon 40s has hastened the demise of Sehwag who as always wanted to move down the order but has hardly ever been given the opportunity to do so.

Posted by The_impartialobserver on (March 8, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Mr. Dinesh Vishwanathan, I too am a big fan of Tendulkar and also a big fan of Gavaskar. But I aint asking Gavaskar to play now. Tendulkar was great, probably the greatest ever. But he is 40 yrs old now and he is not what he used to be. His time has come. His biggest bane was his 100th 100. It sapped his energy totally. To side with Al_Bundy1...here are Tendulkar's scores over the last 2 years, England - 34, 12, 16, 56, 1, 40, 23, 91 West Indies - 7, 76, 38, 94, 3 Australia - 73, 32, 41, 80, 15, 8, 25, 13 New Zealand - 19, 17, 27 England - 13, 8, 8, 76, 5, 2

In 30 innings he's crossed 50 just 7 times and no century. He can still get a good 50 here and there, but he's nowhere he was till the world cup. We should understand and so should he, that every good thing does come to an end and its best to exit gracefully.

Posted by rosh280 on (March 8, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

It is almost clear that selection committee needs to have players who are performing. Meanwhile it was a tough decision to drop sehwag from the squad. he can be an asset in south african pitches he always performed well in south africa and well against south africa. probably we could find out some players who really perform well. I will prefer sandip patil and company give more preference to players who performed well in domestic cricket continously . priorities should be to find some solid opening players atleast 4 players to support murali vijay well. Rahul dewan, jiwanjoth,Abhinav mukund can be the great options. Rahul dewan is a solid player to support murali vijay i feel. jiwanjoth is also another option. since pujara and kohli are giving solid performance we dont need to find any supporting players. Middle order could be strengthened with players like sachin rana, jalaj saxena, pervez rasool, gowtham. Fast bowling with s kaul, i pandey, pankaj singh should be tried soon.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

Only when win overseas can we redeem ourselves, do we have the firepower to win. No sign of fast bowlers who can get you 20 wickets. We still continue with underperforming Ishant, ,bhajji, when new blood could have been tried this series. Also I wonder what role is jadeja going to play in South Africa? If he can't score in Indian pitches he surely won't get you runs overseas. He can't be playing as a bowling all rounder. Akhil

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

no rus no play simple as that run win matches its not science its facts;

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Al_bundy: How exactly is Sachin not performing? Please get a grip.

Posted by s382412 on (March 8, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Its good tough and bold decision by Selectors and clearly stating that due to non performance by Sehwag. We have seen the drama of excluding Harbhajan from team and the selectors were shying in admitting that he was been dropped from team because of injury rather than non performance..

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

why ISHANT SHARMA is still in the team????????????

Posted by mehulmatrix on (March 8, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

This is good, professional way of dealing with form of players. It was on the cards that Sehwag will be dropped. Well done selectors! But i'm a bit worried about the bench players. Rahane has been in the squad for good time and has seen Jadeja, Vijay, and now possibly Dhawan play ahead of him though he was first of all to be in the squad. Vijay was picked though he didn't have a good ranji season, but he has done well in last test now. Also Ishant is way below par and i think his average speaks for itself. Now why is he not dropped for Awana or Dinda? Lets not get back to typical reaction mode after winning or losing. For over sea matches we have a serious lack of couple genuine fast bowlers. Now we would realize how important Srinath was with his consistent performance. I'm sure, having good fast bowlers will play a very important role in series to come now and should be the focus. We saw what happened to Ashwin in Aus, and i don't think much different will happen in SA.

Posted by Hardy1 on (March 8, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Too much politics, but glad to see that Zaheer, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina & Sehwag have all been dropped at least. Quite simply they weren't performing & so shouldn't have been in the team. The idea of a senior player being with the team & not playing being so worrying for the Indian team demonstrates its lack of professionalism & is a blight to up & coming players.

Those who are arguing for these players based on their now distant past achievements are just being silly & sentimental, & it saddens me that the senior power probably has a lot to do with marketing strategies as well. Tendulkar will no doubt be given as long a line as he needs but if he fails in the next two Tests, he really shouldn't be going to South Africa later this year (ignoring the fact that he should've been dropped a while back really).

Posted by tmp789 on (March 8, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

Very good decision, if anyone has watched the match, you would see not only Shewag was out of form, but woefully out of shape. I'm not sure he was fit to play at international level for any team not matter how bad the team is. Ditto for Gautam Gambhir.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 8, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

This was long overdue. Now what about other non-performers - Tendulkar, Ishant and Bhajji ?? When will they be dropped?? After another white wash ?? BCCI and Selectors need to proactive in identifying and grooming talent. Why do we continue with a mediocre Ishant when we have Shami Ahmed/Ishwar Pandey? Why do we continue with Bhajji when we all know that Rassol is 1000 times better than Bhajji. A legend like Bedi can't be wrong - our selectors should have jumped at the chance to play Rassol.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (March 8, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

sandeep patil deserves pat on his back for taking tough decision......srikanth ruined indian cricket with his bizarre selection....sandeep patil did good thing by actually consulting with dhoni...cricinfo pls publish

Posted by WalkingTall on (March 8, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

A brave move by the selectors to drop Sehwag, towards the end of the season they (India) visit South Africa and the pithches here are not batsman friendly. Especially with the pace and bounce of Dale Steyn and co. I would've suggested that he be tried down the order, just to ensure that you (india) have some experience players. Likewise Pakistan have come here with an inexperienced side which resulted in a 3-0 white wash. It is therefore imperative that Indian retain some experience players. However, the youngsters that is introduced into the Indian team need to be vastly experienced before touring South Africa. India and other sub-continent teams need to prepare green tracks, this would help when visiting countries that are condusive to playing in such conditions.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

We have a tendency of being extreme in our reactions. 2 wins and some want Dhoni till 2019, while the same person(s) wanted his head after 2 defeats v/s England! Some of the dropped folks did harbor captaincy ambitions and probably decided that Dhoni's failure is their only way to achieve it. How tables have turned!! Bhajji should be the next on the chopping block and I guess it will happen after the delhi test as I dont see he being India's No.1 spinner to be tried abroad. There are 2 positions vacant : Sehwag slot and No.6. RJ will not be an option abroad, so I think we should try Rahane or Rayudu for the last test.

Posted by Freewheeler on (March 8, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

I'm surprised that some Indian fans are upset with these selectorial decisions. These were long overdue, and if anything, it will make the 'dropped' players to take a close look at their own games. The truth is that these players have lost the zest for test cricket which is fine. Why would you sweat it out for 5 days when you can make a million bucks playing for 30 days a year? But let them call a spade a spade, retire from test cricket, and contribute where they can, i.e., ODI and T20I. If there is outcry for dropping the recent non-performers in test cricket (Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Gambhir, Zaheer), can someone spare a thought for PP Ojha who was not selected to play despite being one of the best Indian bowlers recently? Harbhajan needs to go.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

It is good to to slowly weed out players as they pass their peak. The best time would be in India when due to home pitches advantage we could afford such changes. The next tough call to take is to prepare green, fast bouncy pitches when we can afford to do so. Now that we are 2-0 up against Australia, let us prepare such a pitch to see how this team would perform abroad. We cannot lose the series from here. Also let Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy matches be played on un-shaved grassy pitches so that good batsmen show up and we do not get to see meaningless double and triple centuries.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Incredible move by the selectors actually. Quite brave. But what still surprises me is that they do not consider including players in terms of their recent performances. They have something which is called the 'Young Policy' or something which is aggravating because if it was implemented 100%, Mr. Tendulkar would've been dropped ages ago. If Mr. Tendulkar can be in the playing XI, I don't see why Wasim Jaffer shouldn't be in the team. He is four years younger than Mr. Tendulkar and has performed incredibly in this Ranji Season. It just isn't fair.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 8, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

While none can't deny that Viru is at his worst form, i just have a solo reason NOT to drop him. What is the need to drop Viru from the squad? He could have been in the squad and not in the final playing 11. With two reserve openers in, he could have spent some more time with the support staffs.. Because, we are already going with 4 relatively new guys in top 5 to SA. Just Pujara had played a couple of tests there. The current no.6(which is actually occupied by Dhoni but really it is RJ) not a option to play on SA tracks, Why not move Viru to 6 and try whether his style of batting works there.. Give him a game and if it clicks, might work well for next year or two. Especially with Sachin nearing retirement. Dropping him in off season is not going to do any difference..

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (March 8, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Will this Selection Committee show the courage to drop Sachin, if he does not retire by himself forthwith?

Posted by cosair on (March 8, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

If Sehwag cannot perform in India he will not perform out of india. Wise move, there is still more to come and Tendulkar is not out of the woods yet. India needs to revitalise the team with the new crop of players.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

why Ishant Sharma is still in the team? not dropped

Posted by shikhargupta on (March 8, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

sehwag should have given the full tour and then the selector can decide. Its unfair with sehwag. Even harabhajan has;nt impress, but still given the chance. Senior players like zaheer,sehwag, ghambhir didnt get a fair treatment as they have done so much for the country, It is because of them we were at the top. In india , players didnt get fair farewell.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Indian Cricket is showing a down fall now. Sehwag Gautum Raina Yuvraj used to be our STARS.Without them at one point Our team was incomplete.With no Ganguly Laxman and Dravid and also Sachin Tendulkar to retire completely from Int Cricket.The selection council needs to believe in their players and trust the experienced players.I mean Sehwag has a triple 100 to his name and also the highest score in ODI. We all know what kind of player he is. There is no support what so ever from the BCCI to these players.At this point there contribution means nothing to BCCI.

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

The measures taken by the selectors are all in fire fighting mode. Sandeep Patil and co. are being appreciated for doing the bare minimum which unfortunately was not done by their predecessors. There are no risks taken or planning done. MS Dhoni himself for all his achievements and capability is still not a good batsman and is susceptible on any given day to good pace bowling. The selectors should be looking to the future and blood a good wicket keeper batsman and a promote a young Indian player to Captain. There should be a proper test put to a select wicket keepers in the country and after proper consideration of their skills a person must be selected for overseas tours. MS Dhoni being an able captain has been serving to his capacity, but is that enough? Genuine pace bowlers like Yadav and Varun are to be groomed, followed up and should be ready for selection every other series. However, they are just available for a test or two every other year.

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

Incisive and thought provoking article Mr. Karhadkar. I must admit that selecting an Indian eleven in any format is a difficult and rather complicated task. The reason being, so many factors, some beyond the boundary and outside of the dressing room, are as critical and significant as those 'simple' factors like ability and form on the field of play. India's cricket following is by far the largest in the world and overwhelmingly fanatical and emotional as well. This combination of factors can and does intimidate and maybe sway the choices of the selectors away from deciding on pure merit and value to the side to popularity and esteem in the eyes of the followers. The challenge for the Indian selectors is not just to pick the best team but to find an balance between what is best and what looks best. The force behind Indian cricket is not the rich powerful BCCI, but the millions of fanatical supporters. This is a beast with an insatiable, voracious appetite. The beast must be fed!

Posted by mittalanuj on (March 8, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

At last we have a selection team which is taking tough decision rather than popular decision...One thing is evident that India's debacle in last three series against Australia and England was due to inner conflict and deliberate underperformance by some key players rather than lack of talent..When somebody is clearly expressing his ambition of captaincy and looking every chance to make his case than it definitley affects the team balance. In such cases you forget what is happening on the field and start focussing on the other issues.the same thing happend with India. Now the better sense prevailed and India is back on right track..

Posted by VJ_Cricket on (March 8, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

@David Booer, True Jadeja will not work in pace freindly tracks. India need another option for bowling allrounder who suits pace freindly tracks.

Ishant recently came good in the one day series agaisnt Eng, also he is the senior most bowler in the ranks, Zak's fitness is always doubtfull and Sreesanth is a loose cannon.

Bajji's playing days are counted, per Dhoni's theory of offies vs left handers, he shud not be in the squad.

Posted by guppys_classmate on (March 8, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

While the selectors have not made one BIG move, they have systematically dropped Zaheer, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj & Raina from Test team, which I feel is very matured. Bhaji wud most probably be the next to go. The selectors should also adopt the policy of selecting only 13 players, which will make sure we have just 1 batsman & 1 bowler to cover for injuries, instead of having 4 to just supply drinks.

Having seen some horrendous team selection before, I feel the selectors are doing a commendable job. It's upto to Dhoni to select the best XI (Ohja in, Bhaji out)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Not a bad decision from the selectors... And to add something, they didn't replaced Gauti on for sehwag... Both were playing carelessly for the past few months, don't knw y......

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

very well pointed out all the recent selection. the selector should select max 13 players for home tests to have an impact playing eleven directly....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Ishant Sharma's place is also questionable.He is not taking wickets for years now.But I also understand we don't have Mcgrathsque bowlers in our country,the best we have got are Zaheer,Ishant,Umesh,Varun,Vinay,Munaf,Bhuvanesh.I would bring in someone who is the paciest to support Bhuvanesh.Umesh and varun are injured and therefore probably bringing in Dinda or Shami will be a decent option for a 5day game

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

This is the problem, they're never radical enough! What about Sharma, Harbhjan? They deserve to go more than Sehwag. And, frankly, Tendulkar as well.was still the right call I guess. Also, Jadeja will never survive in South Africa, horses for courses methinks...

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Countries like Australia and England choose a 12 member team for any test match at home, so if the selectors choose only 12 players they are choosing 90% of the playing XI on their own, leaving the captain and coach to decide on just one spot. They also add a 13th member who is a talented youngster with Test match potential from the State team of the association which is hosting the test. This gives the youngster a big value experience of practising with the Test players and also they can feild if any player is off the feild, which is a fair enough policy, rather than 4 players warming the bench. BCCI can seriously consider this policy for selection, as if Sehwag was not dropped I am sure Dhawan, Rahane, Ojha and Dinda would have warmed the bench for all the 4 test matches

Posted by ravi_hari on (March 8, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Let good sense prevail. I think the selections should be like what Australia does, especially for home series. They select only 12 and the captain is left with dropping the most likely. This gives the team a very good chance to plan our things and more importantly the captain knows his XI well in advance. It is not necessary to have 15 to 16 players in the team in a home series. Barring freak accidents, the chosen XI gets to play always. So why have extra players. Especiallty when a player can reach any destination in just a few hours, it is a luxury to have 4 to 5 players sitting out. Like Australia, have a 12th man and give an opportunity to local players to substitute if more than 1 player is injured during the course of the match. That way it will give more opportunity for them to get exposed to international cricket. Selectors acting tough is not a new thing. As long as the results come in no body will complain. They will be tested when they choose teams for overseas tours.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (March 8, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

While the selectors have made a few bold moves, they have also made a few rank bad ones..like bringing back harbhajan singh.

Posted by arvin on (March 8, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

patil panel is biased and favours players from csk under instructions from bcci boss and csk owner srinivasan... otherwise ashwin/jadeja/bhajji wont be selected at expense of in-form and india's best bowler of recent past ojha... murali vijay was promoted ahead of other deserving players like dhawan/rahane just coz he belong to csk and when will patil panel have courage to drop dhoni's friend ishant sharma from team...

Posted by baskar_guha on (March 8, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

By the same token, they should have dropped Ishant if they really want to play Dinda. I for one have no clue what they see in Dinda in the test format but why include him to warm the bench. Or is it a move to appease zonal interests?

Posted by brusselslion on (March 8, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

"The primary reason for such a lack of co-ordination is the BCCI rule that prevents the captain and the coach from having a say in selection of the squad, and the selectors in finalising the XI". If that's the case, why not simply change the rule(s)?

Posted by sents2013 on (March 8, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

The new selection panel seems like doing a good job. We don't need players just for their name. Not picking up for the squad is good, we should not ask the players to retire just for poor form. Badrinath will be a good test batsman. Ojha should be in the playing 11 next match, Bhajji is not doing a good job.

Posted by Publickakaptan on (March 8, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

I agree that you have taken good call...But why is Harbhajan still in the team when there are better off spinners alrounder options available.Ojha is sitting out because of non performer like Harbhajan.Why stick with past perfomances..Please don't bring Sehwag and Gambhir back in the team.Let them retire.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

to get positive outcomes..selectors should take this type of decisions..im inviting this...

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