Australia in India 2012-13

Dhawan out, Raina in for Delhi Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 19, 2013

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India squad for Delhi Test

  • MS Dhoni (capt), M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma
  • In: Suresh Raina
  • Out: Shikhar Dhawan

Suresh Raina has been called up to the India squad for the fourth Test against Australia as replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a fractured left hand. Gautam Gambhir, who had been dropped in favour of Dhawan for the Australia Tests, was also added to the squad initially, before a blood test showed he was down with jaundice, a BCCI release said.

Dhawan had injured his hand while trying to stop a Phillip Hughes square drive during Australia's second innings on the fourth day of the Mohali Test. He did not field for the rest of the day and also did not bat during India's chase after having made 187 in his debut innings. ESPNcricinfo understands the selectors had discussed that the need for naming a replacement for Dhawan would arise only if the team management asked for it.

Dhawan's fracture, Gambhir's illness and Virender Sehwag's axing after the Hyderabad Test leave M Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane as the only openers in the squad. Vijay is the only India opener to have played in all three Tests so far, with hundreds in Hyderabad and Mohali. Rahane is yet to play a Test but looks most likely to partner Vijay in Delhi.

However, with Raina's inclusion as a back-up batsman, it won't be surprising if Cheteshwar Pujara opens, like he did in the second innings in Mohali, and Raina bats in the middle order, leaving no place for Rahane.

The last of Raina's 17 Tests came against New Zealand in Bangalore in September 2012. He wasn't part of the squad for the four Tests against England and the first three Tests against Australia. He had an underwhelming Ranji season, with 304 runs in six games at an average of 33.77, although he did make 134 and 71 in the Irani Cup game against Mumbai last month.

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Posted by street_smart on (March 22, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

Tiwary should be given chance

Posted by landl47 on (March 22, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Very bad luck that Dhawan is injured after batting so well on debut. From what I have seen of Raina and Rahane, neither of them are anywhere near as good as Dhawan.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Very happy to see Raina in. He will definitely utilize the opportunity to cement his place in the test team.p

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

No one is gonna play overseas well as they play in India except dhoni,kohli,shewage ,sachin,gambhir,raina(raina played awesome in england)i can bet u that.....this youngster has played in spinning track and has played against worst indian bowlers and they had play against Australia fast bowlers in spinning track so that does't matters..the way i look train them more against fast bowlers...for playing overseas like SA

Posted by binu.emiliya on (March 21, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

If Rahane is from Mumbai School of Batting,the players now a days from that School not justifying their talent like Rohith,insted a new batting school is coming up that is Delhi School of batting contributed openers like V Shewag,G Gambheer now S Dhawan and new boy U Chand,and not forgetting V Kohli the middle order, and next is Tamil Nadu with Vijay showing that and Mukund is waiting as opener and Aparajith as Middile order not forgetting BadriNath the unlucky.Hyderbad always famous for its wristy batting talents like Vishy,Lakshman,Ashar and now Raydu is waiting and Akshanth Reddy and Hanuma Vihary is teh future prospects

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 21, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Agree with all those who said that Rayudu has best technique to succeed overseas.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 21, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

The thing that concerns me about Rehane is that, unlike Pujara, he only has a great average in Ranji cricket - all other List A stats are mundane. Begs the question of whether he is capable of stepping up or whether he will even get the opportunity to! Would not surprise me if Dhoni plays Raina instead of Rehane in the next match. Rehane could be the next Bhadrinath.

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 21, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Rayudu is certainly the best bet for overseas pitches, but Raina would enter any team on fielding standards alone. We need fielders who can take the slightest chance when offered - bowlers get disgruntled when catches are dropped. Both Rayudu and Raina should be on the plane to SA. These are gutsy players.

Posted by westindiesupporter on (March 21, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

very good thing that indian selectors understood the talent of raina.They did not understand sehwag's talent

Posted by SamRoy on (March 21, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

@laxmanrules You are absolutely correct. Rayudu is the third best middle order batsman in the country (after Pujara and Kohli) and looks comfortable against any bowler. He has to bat at No. 6. Jadeja is an option useful only in Asia and West Indies (nowadays pitches in WI spin more than Asia). He is troubled by quality fast (Anderson, Pattinson) bowlers even on Indian pitches.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

Better give opportunity for Rayudu (Hyderabadi Batsman), as opener instead of rahene or suresh raina. he is waiting for almost 6 years to play in Team India.

Posted by Roncole on (March 21, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

Whatever happens, Raina needs to be in the eleven. He is once in a lifetime talent but has been too much of a unselfish team player. That has prevented him from taking up a coveted batting slot, which he could have made his own. See how he has become a match winner already in 20 and 50 over formats. He is a surefire long term winner in tests as well. Give him the next match and the series against SA. He will be the best of the lot.

Posted by sangram1000 on (March 20, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

This is a no brainer but I now why the selectors have done this. They well know that Raina will most probably fail due to his lack of skills in the longer version of the game hence by not selecting Jaffar who would probably hit a 100 in his curent form, they are keeping it simple for them.

The selectors have proven that good form in local games is not a criteria for selection, this is a bad precedent.

This Australian team is so bad that I have no words to explain.

Posted by SevereCritic on (March 20, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

On second thought, I would actually play Rahane and Raina both. Play Jadeja as a 2nd spinner and play Raina for Ojha. So, Rahane and Vijay to open. Pujara, sachin, Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Aswin, Bhuvi, Ishant.

Posted by laxmanrules on (March 20, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Hopefully Rahane gets a much deserved chance and Raina sits out. Must bear in mind that we are touring all of next year and Raina is definitely not the answer at number 6. He has had 17 tests to make his case! Surely Rayudu deserved a chance. I think Sandeep Patil doesn't want to be seen as favouring ICL players as he too was a part of the ICL. Can only pray that Rayudu is on that plane to South Africa. He is, by far, the best player of fast bowling on tough pitches among the current lot of domestic players and has the technique and temperament to do well at 6 for India.

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

India already win the series, why the selection committee not giving chance to youngsters. Paravez Razool, Baba Aparajith, Jalaj Saxena, IC Pandey, Abhishek Nair, Irfan Pathan, Shami Ahmed, Jiwanjot (opener) so many players waiting, when they will get chance. in Indian tour games at least one game need to win (we cannot win series). So please give chance to like these promising players. our new openers vijay, dhawan and raina cannot play in bouncy pitches, it is already they proved in west indies and South African toured time.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 20, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

I think Dhoni is grooming Rahane for Sachin's replacement. He should try Rahane and rest Sachin in 4th test. Selectors should have called in Unmukt Chand to replace Dhawan. Unmukt should be groomed as third opener for SA.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Did the selectors know that Gambhir had jaundice, and picked him initially, knowing they'd have to replace him, but just to tell him that they haven't forgotten him?

Now what? Dhawan will not play, so will Pujara open with Kohli at 3 and Raina at 5? Or will it be a straight swap with Rahane opening and the rest of the batting staying the same?

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 20, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

@rohan34mca - What? Wasim Jaffer? Really. May be you were too young to know at that time but Jaffer was given ample opportunities when he was young. He proved nothing but an investment gone bad. He is only good for domestics and not intl standard. If you follow Ranji closely, in the final, he was plumb out twice but let off thanks to some pathetic umpiring.

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

@ProdigyA Dhawan is from same u19 WC team which lost in the final, RAINA, UTTHAPA, ROHIT SHARMA all in same team, all got chances except the highest run getter in the tournament ie DHAWAN. Politics working at its best.

Posted by ishaan1997 on (March 20, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Feeling sorry for Gambhir, sehwag getting two chances and still failing but gambhir given no chances and couldn't proove his class.

I hope he returns one day, sehwag should not though

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 20, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

virneder shewag should be in the team..............he is a class player ...ups and downs are a common reality we had to face...But u cant frget the quality and xperienc of that guy..

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

i would be totally disgusted if pujara opens and see raina playing in the middle order ahead of rahane..

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Rahane should be atleast given a chance to prove himself. We all know he is a much better batsmen suited for these conditions way ahead of Raina. It would have been nice to have new faces instead of Raina.

Posted by Kskalsi on (March 20, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

actually Raina has come as a cover for Pujara who was taken for scan...Rahane is most likely to open in place of Shikhar Dhawan...selection of Gambhir at this stage serves no purpose but to assure him that selectors have not forgotten him

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (March 20, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Raina? Why not Rayudu instead?

Posted by cjscanada on (March 20, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

The thinking behind Gambhir not getting a chance , as someone mentioned on this thread is they need someone with experience and also to test if Gambhir has sorted his technique and got his confidence and attitude back. He is not a certainity to SA. Also in this case Rahane would miss out in the game. Regarding Raina, that to me was a bit puzzling but then it made some sense, if you look at it that both Raina and Rahane would play, at the cost of one of the pacers assuming that the Delhi pitch will be a rank turner. I reckon it will be a pace and spin start for India. Also if any batsman is injured than Raina would fulfill that role due to the fact, that Jadeja has bowled as well as the regulars and Raina would be bowled as a reliever. On another note a lot of people are writting this Aussie team off as bad players but India too got beaten just as bad. The Ashes will be competetive as Swan and Panesar will not have the pitches to be effective as in India and Aussie's play pace well.

Posted by TRAM on (March 20, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

@JustAnObservation, I already opined this before. We can get clues from which players the commentators support/praise a lot. It was funny they kept praising Ishant's wickets in the last match! All the wkts including the Starc wkt (Starc tensed up on 99 and chased an wide ball) were just fluke wkts for him as batsmen played them on to the stumps! Yet they kept praising Ishant. Nothing but favoritism. Last many years, Ishant never picked wkts but they kept saying he is unlucky bowler and he tries hard... etc. Similar to how they branded RSharma as most talented Indian batsman.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (March 20, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Rahane should debut any how in Delhi test, is the pure test class batsmen from Mumbai School of batting and he should be preferred. Actually Indian team should have tried him from the tests against New Zealand. Raina in 2 tests and Yuvraj in 3 tests, directly come into team and gor flopped and now Jadeja is taking the place of Batsmen, jadeja is going fine, but only as a bowler as he is there as allrounder in the team. Rahane is the next Dravid and Pujara the next Laxman of our team. Frankly specking Rahane is way ahead in techinque as compare to Kohli, Raina and Yuvi.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 20, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

@trueanalyst - perfect analysis. I do not understand why we keep falling back on these tried and tested guys over and over again. Dhawan had to wait 9 years and one opportunity and look what he has done, its high time the selectors give chances to new players who are constantly ignored.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (March 20, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Personally, I would like to see Rahane in the team. How a guy with a 60-odd average cant get a game in tests I will never understand.

Posted by Vivek_Singh3089 on (March 20, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Selectors can give a chance to both Rahane & Raina...Rahane can be used as an opener in place of injured Dhawan while Raina can used at no.4 (giving SRT a rest if it's not his last test)....in that way both players will have their chances...similarly with nothing to lose, Ishant can be replaced with Ashok Dinda....in that way..every player sitting on the bench can get an opportunity to prove their utilization....

While in future I hope when SRT will retire..Rahane will take his place at no.4 with Vijay, Mukund, Dhawan, Jiwanjot forming quartet for the openers while Rayudu,Tiwary & Jadeja for no 6 slot.

Posted by balajiam on (March 20, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

i'm happy to heard for selected Raina i think he became lot of potential in test matches. if he get chance to bad in the coming test squad he will make it good.

Posted by trueanalyst on (March 20, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Why can't they pick up Jiwanjot Singh instead of all this trash. Indian team should be called Dhoni XI or Srinivasan XI.They have no right to take India name.What had Raina done after being dropped from the team.Are there only 3 -4 players playing domestic cricket(Yuvraj,Rohit Sharma,Suresh Raina,Harbhajan Singh).New players who have performed in domestic cricker are being ignored.Worst politics by worst people.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

why is raina picked after all is failures in the given chances badri must have been given an oppurtunity

Posted by ClearView on (March 20, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Most comments are on the merits of Rahane vs Raina. Both are young. Raina may not actually play. He is a good fielder and a good messanger boy to Dhoni. It is surprising that few care to comment on the continued inclusion of the old man Tendulkar in the team. Why should he be still picked or why is he still in the team?

Posted by Roncole on (March 20, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

The people who criticize CSK players are indeed biased. Dhoni- Captain and match winning double century. Ashwin and Jadeja- Highest wicket takers. Vijay- 2 match winning knocks. These people are all there on merit and have been the difference between the 2 sides in this series. Suresh Raina will be great to have in the team and should be in the middle order for South Africa. He scored a century in SA and has international experience. He will not have a learning curve, unlike any other newcomer.

Posted by Rags57 on (March 20, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

This is a very strange thing really. It is not clear whether Gambhir was the first replacement called for and Raina is being called in only because Gambhir was declared unfit. If that was the case then why Raina? Should it not be like for like especially since the selectors have always maintained Rahane as a middle order bat and even Raina is a middle order bat? Do we take it that the selectors did not find a suitable opener and hence called Raina in? There are more questions than answers with such a selection. While the current panel seems to be doing a good job, this one leaves us all confused. I am not in favor of Pujara being asked to open since the one drop is such a crucial position and he is such a good player in that position. Dravid was hesitant to open and for the right reasons. Let us not do the same thing to Pujara.

Posted by philipsmgp on (March 20, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

there are lakhs and lakhs of fans in india who have their opinion on who should be in and who should be out.But unfortunately there are just 11 players who can be selected to play.Everyone has their favourites.selectors have their limitations and do what they think is the best.They might be wrong a few times.Not happy with the inclusion of Raina though.And a few talks about manoj tiwari and other guys.But the truth is there is no Single payer in india right now who you could say will go a long way like sachin or dravid.

Posted by Rokingrishav on (March 20, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

i think it is a great decision

Posted by hnlns on (March 20, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

I think Raina has to be standby and Rahane should not be made to sit out any longer, whatever Dhoni's preferences are. It is time for India to bring in fresh faces and test them out over a reasonble period of time, definitely not 1 or 2 chances.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

I am sure Raina will play and not Rahane as Raina has always been preferred by Dhoni also. What I fear is that by the time Rahane gets his chance he might lose his Form. Raina, Vijay, Ashwin and Jadeja hail from the same IPL team captained by the Dhoni and owned by the BCCI chief. Its all common sense.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

I think Dhoni and selectors looks Ajinkya as a replacement for Sachin(after his retirement) and thats why they keep him in the side.And this is the time when they can use Ajinkya in middle order.And will ask Pujara to open the innings and Kohli will come as one down. Also Ajinkya don't open these days for Mumbai so I don't think They are looking at Ajinkya as an future opener.And Suresh should also be used because I don't see India will use 5 bowler strategy in South africa. Specialist will be used there.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

@Veda_Santhosh.. I disagree with you on the point of Raina's selection. How does Raina qualify to be included in the team, considering the fact that 1) there is already a player (Rahane) in the selected list; 2) A winning team is most unlikely to effect changes unless injuries to some players. Raina has not done anything remarkable to be selected now. With the IPL due to start, there is every possibility of any of the current players not getting selected due to injuries and the selectors can then think of filling the gaps.

Posted by tusharkardile on (March 20, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Bad call.... If Pujara is opening with Vijay, Kohli will play at 3 (where he may not be comfortable), Sachin not very hot at 4 considering recent form. Raina/Rahane at 5(!), Dhoni at 6 and Jadeja at 7... doesn't sound very convincing, eh?

If Rahane is opening with Vijay and if one of them is unft on Friday Morning, Pujara will have to open, and we are in the same situation again.

Why not decide to go with Rahane confirmed at no 5 or no 2, and get Jaffer as (at least) a backup opener?

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 20, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

We tend to forget how valuable Raina is to the team in fielding standards. He can take catches and runouts which can be crucial. His batting is more tuned to ODI but can be valuable asset to the team.With poor fielding great bats e.g. Cook can get away and score big.So there is justification in having Raina at the expense of older players.

Posted by sameercricket1610 on (March 20, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer should be included as an opener for SA tour also bcoz when he visited last time to SA he was the only centurion he has got good technique to face SA fast bowlers.Its an injustice for a player who consistently performing in domestic and not given an opportunity only bcoz he is 35+ but look at his fitness also if he is a verteran how he is scoring tons in tough conditions and competition.

Posted by armchairjohnny on (March 20, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

All this talk of Rahane and Jaffer, yet no one is even remotely open to the idea of giving Unmukt Chand a go. Why not?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Why Raina? Rahane is hanging with the team for long time without getting a game...., He should get a game first. Is Dhoni looking for CSK members only? No logic to call Raina at this time to be member of water boys , when there few already there. And if Raina gets a game ahead of Rahane, it will be crime for Indian Cricket. Raina is very good cricketer, but he shoulkdn't be there in Delhi.... no way.

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

Since the selectors have made it clear that Rahane has been picked as a middle order batsman (which he actually is!), it is non-sensical to call up Raina as cover when an opener is injured. If they first selected Gambhir, the logical move would have been to pick Jaffer / Sehwag after him. The only logic I can think of is that they want to try Rahane at 5 with Kohli moving to number 3 and Pujara opening for this match. If this is the case, Raina's inclusion could be to provide for injury to one of the middle order batsmen in the days leading up to the match (remember Laxman / Rohit / Saha scenario?)

Posted by vish57 on (March 20, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Raina, is just an inclusion to form 15 players; don't think he will be preferred over Rahane. This selection panel is far better than the rest of the earlier panel so far otherwise we cant find a Bhubaneswar Kumar or Shikhar Dhawan or Murali Vijay in team against Australia and succedded. This panel is giving adequate weightage to Domestic Performance and it is in right direction. Next thing BCCI should ensure is that the "Star" players who represent India should play in domestic cricket and do not fake injury for ad revene. Also prepare green top wickets and ensure 1/3 of domestic matches are played in such venues. We really feel sorry for bandrinath, Wasim Jaffer and Md kaif, all these cricketers despite the talent were not given adequate oppurtunities. Fab-4 playing 100 test matches together have blacked out the other talent.

Posted by baghels.a on (March 20, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

With these series already being a dead rubber my sole interest in 4th test apart from 4-0 clean sweep was to see Shikhar Dhawan in action and would he be able to repeat the fireworks of Mohali, but sadly it is not to be , Shikhar will be seen in IPL shortly but in T-20 there are 20 other batsmen who can play like that but to bat like that in a test format it takes some doing to say the least.I won't bother commenting about who should replace him as i am not interested in a dead rubber. I am looking forward to IPL and some football (soccer) action in coming weeks ...

Posted by rohan34mca on (March 20, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

What? Say again, What? Why not Wasim Jaffer? Supporters of Rahane, Please see his last 3-4 dismissals in youtube. approx 3 feet gap between bat & pad. Mind you those were in one day internationals. Suresh Raina can not bat against Ishant Sharma on SA pitches, keep aside Dale Steyn & co. The One good option was Jaffer. Selection must not be on the basis of FAN following, must be purely on 2 things - Ability & Form.

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

Normally the playing 11 do not change when a team is winning. In our case a good batsman is injured and ruled out. Hence a change is necessary. It is very logical to play a batsman from the original selected squad as replacement. Ajinkya Rahane is waiting for his debut and will be waiting to prove his mettle. He has to be the automatic choice as he is a seasoned opener too. Why on earth didn't the BCCI select a player in place of Sehwag after the 2nd test? Also why do there are 15 to 16 players in a side if you bring another one from outside this squad? I think it would be very rude to ignore Rahane and de-motivating for him. The need of the hour for BCCI is to have the strongest team due to absence of VVS, Dravid and may be Sachin in future. Also I feel that since we have already won the series now, if experiment is indeed needed, give a chance to Ajinkya Rahane. As per his first name he will conquer the cricket field. How about replacing Ishant with Ashok Dinda? Why not??

Posted by gptnitesh on (March 20, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@Veda_Santhosh , My freind, team selection should not happen based on attitude. Is Raina have prooved anything in test till now. He scored in Ranji with average of 33 where other players done far better than him. Moreover replacement of opener should be a opener because Rahane can play at any order. Raina,Yuvraj, Jadeja are not at all test player. How can we give preference to them over Rahane, Jaffer, Karthik etc

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

It is time to give Ajinkya Rahane a go! It is shame that an immensely talented player like him isn't part of an international squad. It would be very inappropriate if Suresh Raina gets a chance ahead of him. It is an era where only Dhoni's favourites are promoted to team India. Another thing is about Irfan Pathan. He is a thinking bowler. This is something heavily required in Indian conditions. We rather Ishan Sharma whose principle is hitting the deck hard.

Posted by Veda_Santhosh on (March 20, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

I often surprise to under stand the indian cricket fans mentality. Raina was brought inside the squad of 15 and not into the playing XI. But the indian fans are thinking other wise and bashing the selectors and dhoni for selecting Raina. I personally feel Raina has the best attitude on the field and admired his fitness when ever he plays. Moreover, from the outset, Raina seems to have right attitude to play forIndia and never ever over react to media.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Sandeep Patil and Co. are as confused as Shrikanth and his mates. On what basis has Raina been recalled? He has worked on his technique against fast bowling? Scored a thousand runs in Ranji this season? He has not been tried at this level? The answer to all these questions is a resounding NO. So maybe becoz he plays for Chennai Superkings in IPL worked in his favour. Pray, how come Vineet Saxena, Ashok Menaria, Mohammed Kaif or even Kautubh Pawar not considered? Saxena made more runs last year than most, Kaif delivered on greentops this year, Menaria did well in New Zealand with A team, Pawar scored heavily for Mumbai. And what crime has Wasim Jaffer committed? Failed in two matches and dropped for ever? What about Ishant? Failed in 50 matches and goes on.... Ridiculous team selection. Living up to Mohinder Amarnath's description of the selectors being a bunch of jokers!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

I feel very sorry for Rahane. Don't know why he doesn't deserve a chance.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Badrinath and Jaffer are the unlucky players in indian domestic circuit.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

where is Irfan Pathan, We have seen Ishanth Sharma bowling which is like a school boy effort, In his whole spell in all three test only two or three overs were on target. When will the selected think about all this, is Ishanth better than Zaheer Irfan, Umesh etc... I don't think so and if he is for the future tour it is utter foolishness. It is time for them to think big and think about south africa, we have seen the world swing bowlers of pakistan gettin hammered all over the parts. only swing and pace can help in south africa even if u have 7 class batsmen and 4 utter slow bowlers you are not gonna make any difference and definetly we will face another white wash from south africa. Think !! Think !! Think !!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

picking Raina for the tests is not a good move....instead badrinath is a very ood option....wonder y bcci ignored such a talented player with tons of runs in domestic circuit.....

Posted by muthu4664 on (March 20, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

seeing this move we can assume what selectors keeping in Mind for SA tour & future assignments. Looks like Gambhir may travel as 3rd opener & Raina may be the front runner for Middle order once sachin retires. On positive side it is welcome move to have experienced opener Gambhir & Experienced & Inform Middle order Batsman Raina in scheme of things.Also hope Rahane will make debut in Delhi ahead of Raina.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

we welcomes raina....he will shine.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

It is really unfortunate that viru has been been dropped.He should be given another chance. Every player will loose is consistency. He is a class player and he his any day better than M Vijay. Let the wisdom prevail over selector to select him at least for the new series against SA

Posted by sents2013 on (March 20, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Badrinath will be a better choice. Also Gambhir was dropped because of his poor form, let him play domestic for sometime, it is too early too pick him now. Gambhir has became the most selfish player nowadays, when is the last time have you seen him dive in the fields to stop a boundary. He is scoring really slowly and putting pressure on other batsman. Gambhir shouldn't be considered now, when we have lot of youngsters in the bench like Badrinath, Jaffer. The only player we should try to get back is Zaheer Khan, it is tough to replace a bowler of his class. We need Zaheer for South Africa. It is not easy to find a good bowler in india.

Posted by cenitin on (March 20, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

For 4 test I am going to play only two spinners. So I would pick Jadeja and Ashwin. Oza will be missed out but he will get his chances in next series. Will give Ishant a break. My team for 4 test Rahane/other opener, Vijay, Pujara, Sachin/Rahane (if he is not opening), Virat, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Sreesanth

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Dear Patil and Company on what basis Raina Included in test team, Technically strong? or good performer in first class cricket? or he is someones favorite? or he is playing for Chennai?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Focus should be to include more wicket taking bowlers in the playing eleven one cant win a test match without taking 20 wickets. we need only specialists in the Test team as they can perform in any conditions around the world. all rounders like jadeja don't deserve a place in Indian team as india have plenty of reserve talent as specialist batsmen and bowlers

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

If the team management is keen to give another chance to Raina, they can rest Sachin to create a vacancy for Raina in the playing XI.

Posted by cenitin on (March 20, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

I have 3 questions to selectors for SA tour. I know it Ind vs OZ series but we have only this test remaning to figure out right players for SA tour. First r we going with only 2 openers (Dhawn and Vijay) in SA ? Both are inexeprienced and its very unlikely both of them will succeed there with there loose technique. If they wil fail the one option will be to force Pujara to open in the same way as we did to Dravid many times in overseas after openers get failed. Only Indian selectors can like this option. Another option will be to play Rahane as opener but he is not natural opener and even didn't open for mumbai and if he has to then he should open in 4 th test to get some exeperience. I know Indian condition r very different from SA but atleast give him some experience. Ideal scenarion will be picking some good solid opener and tested him in this series. May be Jaffar, Mukund or Jiwanjot. Or we can include Gambhir who performed well there. But 3 openers r must.

contd..

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

If Rahane does not get a chance to open with Vijay, at Delhi, it will be a travesty of justice, to say the least, and murder of a talented young man's spirits, at worst.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

It is a great dissappointment that wasim jaffer was not in the Indian SQUAD even he knocked a good Score in all domestic Cricket,Atleast give him a chance before his retirement

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Mukund has also done well in tour matches against England and in India A tour to New Zealand. He should be given another chance to continue with the left-right combination at the top.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

All this talk of Raina being picked cause of his fielding abilities as a substitute does not make sense for a simple reason that if Dhoni & Duncan would have felt so, they would have included him in the original test squad as an additional member.Moreover its not as if Rahane is a bad fielder himself. Hes been substituting many times in the 3 tests so far. If rahane has said to the selectors that he does not want to open then hes not doing himself any favours cause at this stage of his career he should be wanting to play for India in any position available.He needs to learn this fast. Maybe destiny wanted Sehewag to be given another chance because of Dhawan and Gambhir not fit to play. Plus it would have been his home ground where hes played so much cricket and his chances of failing would have been less. Again we know Dhoni and Sehewag are not on the same page whereas his relationship with Raina is very strong beyond cricket Politics at the cost of the whole nation of cricket lovers.

Posted by bradmannn on (March 20, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

how come raina in for test match who cant play short pitch bowling and off spin bowling well in test matches he already had number of chances and failed why not try rahane, luckily gambhir got jaundice otherwise he will be back to ruin the indian side

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

I think Ajinkya Rahane should move to CSK if he want's to be in team becoz for sure talent skill and temperament are not the measure here for selection...

Posted by king_julien on (March 20, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

At a time when all the greats of Indian cricket blatantly refused to open, be it Sachin, Laxman or Dravid. One middle order batsman bravely took on the job without ever complaining once (even though he had never opened before). Now when this guy wants to bat at a position which should have been his from the beginning no one wants to even give him one chance.When none of the seniors stepped up when they should have, he was the one who did it. India rise to no. 1 had a lot to do with this guy's efforts.

For the final test and maybe a series after that, rest Sachin and let Sehwag play in the middle order. If he fails drop him. But at least give him his due for being the only one among the greats to have kept the countries interests before his. At least he deserves this much.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

It is all fine with performance at home by replaced players for Schewag and Gambhir as openers. We need to see performance of Vijay, Shikar Dhwan , Rahane on pitches in South Africa , England and Australia. I think Indian team was over confident on England tour to India so it was debaccle by this I am not taking away the good bowling from England players. Selectors need to focus on strong bowling attack which can take 20 wickets on pitches around the world and not just in India alone. It is bowlers who have to win you matches. Batsman can only give them some cushion. I still feel that bowling department of India still much need to be done to regain 1st spot in test cricket.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (March 20, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Rahane hasn't made use of his chances in ODI. The way he was getting out in the recent ODI series against England/Pak, there is a big question mark on his temperament. So I suspect the team management is still not sure about his fitment in the test team. Raina has always done well in ODIs including in the recent ODI series and so gets a call back. He may do well in Indian conditions in the middle order.

Posted by PkZindabaad on (March 20, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Greatest cricketer G Gambhir down with Jaundice? It was a big blow as I was eager to watch the poking style of him to get out

Posted by priyesh_prismath on (March 20, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Its really sad that they didn't consider wassim jaffer this time too... He will be an asset for coming south africa tour also..

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

either a lot of friends commenting don't understand the art of batting or they haven't been watching cricket recently.... Rahane is an average batsman and can only excel in IPL on really flat wickets. Look he does not have a forward movement at and just sits on the backfoot to get bowled, he was lucky to get in the team in first place with this wierd mumbai quota (replacing Rohit)....and we have so many other test class batsman who should get a chance people like rayudu, manish pandey, mukund they all deserve a chance

Posted by Paddy789 on (March 20, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

How can Raina be a replacement for an opening batsmen, Rahane is already for middle order then why Raina again ?? Where is Jaffer, should he announce his retirement, is that Selectors expecting him to do ???

Posted by Cricket_archive on (March 20, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

i think it will be a shame if rahane will not be allowed to play in Delhi test.he has been the most consistent batsmen in domestic circuit so he deseve a chance.but i think dhoni dont like him so he is ignoring him again and again and giving meaningless opportunities to raina who cant do well in test and got enough chances.we need to give chances to better players like rahane.Dhoni has to stop this favouritism for the sake of Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

Abhinav Mukund should have been given a chance. He has played five Tests all abroad and has done reasonably well with a couple of forties and a fifty.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

I can't even imagine Suresh Raina is playing ahead of Ajinkya Rahane who is carrying drinks for long time. Suresh Raina has given enough chances to show his strength, however, failed to capitalize on opportunities given to him. Whereas, Rahane, when brought into England, he has shown his appetite for runs while others were struggling to find their rhythm in testing conditions. If Rahane is not given a chance in the next test match, as an ardent cricket fan, i can only lament on these cheap politics spoiling the beauty of Indian Cricket. Hope it doesn't happen...

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

It is simple now. Just drop Sachin and bring in Rahane as opener. Raina can strengthen the middle order. Sachin's utility is limited. He can not take India home even on a 133 run chase. Check his record and see when was the last time he took India home. India's most hyped player since last 2 years that is what Sachin is. He is being kept in team for commercial reasons. He has single handed kept DRS away from Indian games for which India pays dearly. And to tell you what, I was his most ardent fan.Made a special trip few years back to watch him play a one day game with South Africa few years back in Mumbai.The experience was worth it. But, will not not do it any more. Just too angry with all these non performing seniors who are holding promising youngsters.

Posted by kir.vas on (March 20, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

At least they should have given a chance for Wasim Jaffer, if he plays well he can be an asset for next two years.

Posted by Collegefastbowler on (March 20, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

Drop Ishant who has been given so many chances now and yet to turn in a decent performance. Give an opportunity to Dinda to prove himself. Also bring in Rahane who has been warming the bench for a long time. Raina has also been given umpteen chances, try out others now. Don't bring Sehwag and Gambhir back unless they prove themselves by making lots of runs in domestic cricket or County cricket. They need to start back at the bottom now. No one should be a prima donna and no one should take his place for granted.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (March 20, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

It will be very unfortunate if Rahane does not get a chance in Delhi...He has been warming the bench since almost 2 years and Raina has done nothing significant to get the recall. If the selectors argue that Rahane has been selected as a middle order batsman then Raina too is a middle order batsman...it will be a matter of shame if Rahane does not get a chance now

Posted by sourav619 on (March 20, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

if given a chance,dhoni will include the whole chennai super kings team in indian squad,i can't understand why the hell raina is picked,he had such a poor run in almost all test outings.If rahane doesn't play and pujara opens,with raina being part of playing 11 be sure its total politics going on over there.

Posted by bhanuma_nagadeep on (March 20, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

Why are the selectors playing with Raina and Yuvi.... drops them and will select them back after 1 series...again,drop and select!!

Posted by sameercricket1610 on (March 20, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer should be included in the team he is not that much old not to be included, look at his performance in domestic may be he is old but he is fit enough then only scoring tons of runs, this is injustice,now he is not in team and regarding opening slot Rahane should open the innings the guy with lot of talent just warming the benches give him more chances.

Posted by Captain_Crick on (March 20, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Why is Rayudu not considered for test selection? He had even scored a century recently against the Aussies in the warm up matches. The current group of selectors are in fact doing a very fine job compared to the previous group led by Krish. Guess it's the directive from the leadership team to the selection panel, to not consider ex-ICL players for the national test squad. Harsher punishment indeed compared to the 'CA's homework' saga.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Pujara may be rested and rahane to be included. Raina is Dhoni's dost. He will not be left out.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

They could have recalled Veeru bcos we need a attacking batsman in opening slot that will change the course of the play. They are going repend.

Posted by Rahulbose on (March 20, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Why don't they just give up the charade and pick the Chennai super king squad for India in tests.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

All five T20 Specialists of Chennai Super Kings are in the Indian Test Team... Dhoni, Vijay, Ashwin, Raina and Jadeja. And still australia search for merry in Tests.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

If raina will play ahead of raina ,it will be disgraceful

Posted by HawK89 on (March 20, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Why move Pujara up to fit in a middle order batsmen who has failed in test level enough times to not be in the squad to begin with. Replace the opener with another opener and leave everything else as is. Gambhir shouldn't even be mentioned.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 20, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

poor choice. Already tested and failed resource.

Posted by Drifting on (March 20, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Raina better be there as a 12th man fielding substitute with Rahane in the XI to open the innings, otherwise the likes of Jiwanjot, Jaffer, Rayudu, Rassol are going to be scratching their heads. Contrary to popular belief, Indian domestic cricket has some serious talent going around. Now if only the deserving get their chance.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

How important/great is Suresh Raina, that India's new found 'solid' Chiteshwar Pujara has to open to make a slot for Raina?! With 3-0, India should open with Rahane.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

I think currently CSK holding the dominance of team India. There would be no surprise if Raina ahead of Rahane. So, youngsters, your dream shouldnt be to catch a chance in Indian team. You must try to get a chance to play in CSK first... :/

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

I m a fan of Raina...but it doesnt gives me much joy of his selection in the squad now... If Raina plays in main 11, any of the regulars will be benched like Sachin, Pujara, Kohli, or Jaddu.... Controversy in opening the innings... Hope Sachin and Vijay does the job ....

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (March 20, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

Raina is again back into the test team ! now that was a surprise , what we need is a solid opener with the right technique who can serve India home and abroad and i feel its wasim jaffer and mukund who deserves that chance. most of our batsmen are very good at home conditions (lot of them averages above 50 in fc ) , so the choice really comes down to how well they will play abroad , in SA,England and Australia we need someone who can hang in and absorb the new ball spell , not some T20 star who scores at 6 rpo on the flattest of pitches and gets out for single digits when the ball starts moving and bouncing

Posted by pun_eat on (March 20, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

Rahane was also selected in the team as a middle order batsman. He doesnt open for Mumbai. Test opening slot should go to specialists. Virender Sehwag is an exception. You dont find such players again. But at rahane's age they should be able to walk in at any position. Dravid, Tendulkar and laxman did when they were young. Raina in squad would mean a superb 12th man for fielding. Dhoni likes good fielders. He would make his presence felt in field definitely even if he is 12th man. Rahane should open in the next game. If he does well selectors would have a good pool to select from. Rahane rohit raydu are some players who should play for India in near future. Sehwag must go with team in SA. He might play in middle order bcause i seriously doubt the bowling allrounder at 7 in SA or even dhoni at 6.

Posted by JustAnObservation on (March 20, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Non-performance is the criteria for selection in team India: Can anyone justify the innumerable opportunities given to non-performing players like Ishant Sharma and Suresh Raina? On the other hand, so many solid and consistent performers like Wasim Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane continue to be ignored? If Ranji performances do not count, why play so many matches and give false hopes and aspirations to budding cricketers?

Do our Selectors ever discuss statistics while selecting players?

How can a bowler like Ishant play for 50 Test matches while taking just a handful of wickets and that too at 40 runs per wicket? In the last 20 months, Ishant has taken just 21 wickets in 14 Test Matches! Forget about when he last took 5 wickets in an innings, it is nearly two years since he last took 4 WICKETS IN A MATCH. Still no one even questions his selection and his selection is as automatic as Dhoni and Tendulkar? Hope the veteran writers and bloggers on ESPNCricinfo take up this matter.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

Since the selectors have tried to include Gambhir in place of Dhawan makes me feel that the team management thinks that Rahane is not ready for the tests. This means by the inclusion of Raina, I feel that they will go with Pujara and Vijay as openers followed by Kohli, Sachin and Raina. This way, Indian will have at least one Left Handed Batsman in the top and middle order, otherwise only Jadeja as a left handed batsman. I may not be surprised if Raina comes at number three to keep Kohli lower down to keep better team balance.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

So, there is no place for Manoj T. ? He had utilized the little opportunity that he got in the past. I think he did well in the tour prep match against aus. Is he injured or something ? According to me, he can be a very consistent middle order batsmen.

Posted by himanshu.team on (March 20, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

What is the problem with Manoj Tiwari? poor lad has performed well every time he got an opportunity and yet is overlooked. Raina on the other hand has proven beyond doubt that he is not fit for test cricekt. Why waste his time and that of others, by selecting him time and again?

If Manoj Tiwari too is injured, Jaffer can come back just for this one test. Or better still give Sehwag another go. There is absolutely no point in having Raina in the squad.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

o my god where is rahane,i am surprize if rahane not play in dehli, if raina play why select rahane before raina,only carring drink ...this is indian team not chennai super king rahane best than vijay,dhawan,..if team give a chance he prove it....where is dam good rayudu,....where is rohit sharma...tiwary....thats all test player my friend...india is lucky he have player like this.....rahane..rohit...rayudu......................please cricinfo post my comment....i pray for pujara he play for india...prove himself...now i pray for rahane ,noboday stop him

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

I will go with both Raina and Rahane by resting Sachin in final test.

Playing IX: Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, (Raina/Sachin), Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, B Kumar, Ishanth, Ojha

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

not gud at all to include raina ahead of shikhar dhawan. raina is very effective cricketer but he can't replace any opener. i think that if sehwag get another chance then he will regain his form and could be match winner. on other hand delhi is home ground of sehwag and he had very gud records at kotla stadium.

Posted by Abhijeet07 on (March 20, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Why Raina? What he did in Ranji? just 304 runs with avg 33.77. He is not a test player.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

injuries have been a problem for team india .........you can take shikar dawan an example and jaffer must be given a chance where as raina has got a lot of chance .........

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

Seriously atrocious selection again. Why they have to select a tried and tested failure again? Why not give chance to an untested player when series is already won? Selecting a middle order batsman for an opener, wow what wisdom!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer should be given a chance - he is one of the highest scorers in domestic cricket and it is unfair to overlook him because he is not young.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 20, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

I completely agree with @jimbond. But only problem is that Rahane showed some weakness against Pace Bowling vs England. Huge gap between bat and pad. He needs to sort out those technical issues. Otherwise Rahane, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Rayudu is the best batting lineup in the country with Vijay as back up opener and Tiwary as back up middle order batsman. Raina is an overrated batsman who slogs instinctively. Slogging looks ugly and is highly ineffective in test cricket unless you are batting on 125+ on a flat pitch.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

If Vijay and Pujara open the innings and raina bats in the middle order i wiil not be surprised.

Posted by shwet14 on (March 20, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

This is an absolute shocker. Raina has been given umpteen chances in tests and has failed to cement his place. We should look at future and ask who is more likely to play tests for India for next 5 years? Rahane should win the debate hands down... Also, he is a better bet against SA firing squad than Raina. I have my doubts about Vijay too in SA. He was totally out of place in WI where there was some assistance for the seamers. Out batting order for first 2 tests in SA should read- Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvanesh, Ishwar Pandey/ Awana.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 20, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

Advice to Rayudu. Please take Australian citizenship. In Australia there is a shortage of good batsman. Come and pulverize Indian bowlers on next tour. BCCI will never allow you to play for India since you played in ICL.

Posted by niroopbhat on (March 20, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

The current Group of Selectors are only a few of months old and already they have taken some good decisions.(Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina, Yuvarj etc...) Their policy is that if someone they feel shouldn't be in the playing 11 but are difficult to overlook by the captain then they are removed from the squad itself(Cricinfo posted an article about this). They are doing all the dirty job that the previous panel was scared to do. Similarly this selction is only going to benefit Rahane as Raina is no opener and the opening slot is for an opener. Selection of Gambhir would have been tough on Rahane as it would have been hard to overlook a senior player like Gambhir esp after he scored a 100 and successfully led the team in the warmup match of this tour.

Posted by selva85 on (March 20, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

what the hell??? y raina.. we need an opener to replace dhawan... dont we have stand in openers in our country at all.. then who are jaffer/mukund.. poor rahane carrying drinks for the last 17 test match and yet to get an opportunity.. if selectors think that he is not yet ready to play test cricket then y should u pick him in squad.. atleast let him play county cricket and keep his form rather than losing his form by warming bench...

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

I think Suresh Raina is only picked in order to field as a substitute. I will be surprised if Pujara Opens and Raina plays in the middle order.

Posted by xylo on (March 20, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

I hope Sachin is benched and Rahane gets to play.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 20, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

@mirfarrukh : Gambhir didnt play for delhi yesterday... Get your facts right.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

This is injustice for the great in form player Wasim Jaffer. He has proved his talent through out the domestic series as a capable opener. I don't know why the selection committee is cornering him. Tell me a single reason why he was overlooked??? Committee is considering the players by influence or by current performance??? Fed up really!!!

Posted by Idie on (March 20, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

Come on..... give Jaffer a chance and he can be a good asset home and away for the next 2-3 years. Importantly he is a better slip fielder than Kohli, Ashwin, Pujara and Raina.

Posted by jimbond on (March 20, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

@Raghava Mantrala: On what basis can you write off Rohit Sharma as a test player- without giving him any chance in tests- His performance in Ranjis is far better than Vijay. Yes, Rahane certainly should be given the chance. He is the best young batsman in India after Pujara and Kohli. If India wants a formidable batting team in the near future, they should allow the following top six to play together and gain some experience- Rahane, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rayudu, Rohit Sharma.

Posted by 012thman on (March 20, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

I don't know @ last playing squad but love to see rahane included, even if he doesn't make it to final 11 the one & only reason that i think is he does not represent "Chennai Super (flop) Kings"....

Posted by joseyesu on (March 20, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

Dont we have other openers in line...Strange where opener is being replaced with middle order player. What happened to Mukund? Is Rahane not fit?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

what about tiwary ,mukund, jaffer, c m gautam ,nayar............long list

Posted by ramli on (March 20, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

Cool down ... there will be two new faces in Delhi ... Rahane and Dinda ... Rahane will play if he is fit (because he can be mentally exhausted now having been in the sidelines for eternity) ... Raina is in just in case something happens to someone ... there may be only four bowlers including Jadeja ... Vijay and Pujara will open ... Rahane in number 5 ... Dinda in for Ohja ... we will win ...

Posted by Dhanno on (March 20, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

The selection committee is merely a toy in the hands of captain/bcci nexus in India. The previous one was spineless, showing lack of any decisions in face of adversity (remember 4-0 in australia and not a single change in team lineup?) while this one is guilty of Dhoni backed nepotism.

Jaffer and Rahane are two most deserved openers in india today. Rahane has already seen 2 people leapfrogging him and making good of the opportunity. What logic now explains the proposed move of CP as opener and bringing in Raina in middle order? Cause AUS has no left hand bowlers? That this is horses-4-courses selection?

Few months ago VVS retired with a desire to give time to locate right replacement (with an eye on SA 2103). We have since then pushed Yuvi/Raina at that spot, who are pathetic at Test level, shunting guys like Rahane (who till yest was touted as middle order prospect) and again planning same. Does anyone here think Raina stands a chance again Steyn/morkel/Tsotobe come Dec ?

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (March 20, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

The selectors should not waste chances on players like Raina, he is not a good player of fast bowling, he is good only in shorter version of the game, Manoj Tewary should have been included. I think Rahane should be given another chance as an opener.

Posted by vswami on (March 20, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

Dont understand the frenzied reaction to Raina's inclusion in the squad. It seems like Rahane will open and Raina is a backup in the middle order. Seems entirely logical. And MSD is not to blame for every ill in Indian cricket, the selectors are paid to do a job too.

Posted by Roncole on (March 20, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

Bring Raina into the eleven. He is the best prospect long term for all 3 formats. He has been a team player. He can also be individually an all time great.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 20, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

All those who are saying Raina is poor for long format are jumping the gun. Yes, he has a bit of struggle with short picth bowling but we have seen likes of huges who are struggling with pitch up deliveries. Everyone has some problem or other. Just checked Dravid's avergae in south africa (27.25), I think raina can score 28 runs.

Posted by kingkarthik on (March 20, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

Shameful selection in picking a flat track bully who should be confined to the one day version of the game. His presance in the england tour was a prime highlight of a player out of his depth. Aji should open with Murali and perhaps mukund could have been called up as cover. For everyone who is suggesting Jaffer, he is not even a short term solution. One ball swings, seams or bounces, he is sitting duck. His international career is confined to the folds of history books.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 20, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

Why everyone is blaming BCCI for Rahane. He has been picked by BCCI selectors, now it's up to the captain to play him or not. Why we always put a blame on someone else. When India lost 8-0 entire blame was put by experts on fletcher. What could have he done with players of so much experience and slow movers struggling with form. Atleast youngsters are quick in field and fletcher can talk with them without getting terrified by seniority issues.

Posted by cruisnat25 on (March 20, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

An Opener gets injured and his replacement is a 'not fit for tests' lower middle order batsman....our selectors and captain's favoritism is plain pathetic.

Posted by ashishcooltech on (March 20, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

Chill guys !!! Rahane will play.. They have picked Raina just for substitute fielding.. And we can't argue that he is the best option for that.. If this wasn't the last test of the series, they would have gone for some other option. So please stop the selector bashing..

Posted by Publickakaptan on (March 20, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

Rahane has Batting Average of 62 in First Class Cricket..Better than any one in the Indian Team.Suresh Raina has batting average of 42 while he has 28 in Test cricket.Wht people who failed are given chance again & again.This is foolishness.

Posted by timohyj on (March 20, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

Rahane will open with vijay. Raina has been selected as a back up middle order bastman

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

Make Ashwin open and Rahane at No 5. You never know Ashwin may score a double century :)

Posted by Raginggbull on (March 20, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

Its not time to bash the selectors b4 we see Raina in the playing 11. It would be ideal for Rahane to test him as a opener. With SA tour in mind, with common sense no body will pick Raina.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (March 20, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

The definition of insanity - doing the same thing again and again expecting different results. What has Raina done to deserve a place in the team ahead of Rahane, Jaffer, Rohit Sharma? Agree with collegefastbowler - age should not be a criteria..that is a discriminatory practice, and should be liable to be sued in a court of law.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 20, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

The problem in picking Raina is, he should not be on the plane to SA. He is a proven failure in those conditions. Given that this is the only test before the SA tour, would have preferred any other middle order bat like Rayudu top play in this test just because the most deserving Tiwary is out injured. Might have preferred Dinesh Karthik as batsman itself given his form in domestic circuit. As of replacement for Dhawan, are they going to open with Rahane? Till yesterday the reason mentioned for Rahane not opening is, he was picked as middle order bat. But suddenly now he is in frame for opening? These inconsistencies need to be stopped in selection of players. Saying that, i wouldn't have minded a chance of playing Viru in the middle order. May be for one game, they could have opened with Pujara again and Virat at 3 and Viru at 5.. It would have been a worthy try.. Just for one inconsequential game.

Posted by penagamuri on (March 20, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

dissappointed by selectors in not picking rohit sharma .... what else the guy has to do .. how many times he has to fail in odis so that selectors consider him as a test player ... poor rohit ...

Posted by realfan on (March 20, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

@mihir_nam ha ha well said man.... seem like playing for other nations is the only way to get the taste of international cricket for the rare talents of india...... but we are too patriotic to do that.....

Posted by realfan on (March 20, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

these are clear signs of RAHANE being the next AKASH CHOPRA in making..... ever talent never opportunities..... he may well get used to the commentary box istead of cricket pitch...... its amazing to see how a good talents like ( RAHANE, TIWARY, RAYADU, ABHISHEK NAYAR ) go unused.... they must be sad that they are not part of CSK or they are not born in Tamil nadu...... sorry but thats the open truth.....

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

common guys S raina is picked in the squad does not mean he will be replacing someone forever, its just a temporary move... Coming back to Rahane, Rahane was pathetic in his defence when he played against England in the ODI series.. But still i believe he should be given a chance

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

waseem jafer deserved to be in Indian team but.........

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 2:49 GMT)

Really....Raina?? a capable player???? he is a good enough player for T20s and ODis..but not a good option for Tests...I know I am going to be criticized for this...But I see a CSK (MSD) connection.

Posted by Roncole on (March 20, 2013, 2:49 GMT)

Raina is one of the best batsmen for all formats of the game. He was kept out by Ganguly and Co. because Chappell rated him highly even as a teenager. With Dhoni, he let himself be played at any available position (No. 6 is very tough), with the result that an exceptional batting talent was forced to play second fiddle and keep his place in the side by trying to be a Robin Singh. Having established himself in 20 and 50 over formats, he is now blossoming into a certain selection and a great. If he is slotted at 1 place between 3 and 4 he will be an all time great in these formats. In tests, he is the best bet India has for batting slots between 4 and 6. Suresh should be assured a place in the side and given 1 clear series at a desirable batting position. I am sure that he will be an all time great in Tests as well.

Posted by Chaitanyareddy90 on (March 20, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

In our captan and bcci minds testplayes:raina,yuvraj,yusuf....etc t-20players;rayudu,manojtiwary,VA jagadeesh...

Posted by bijuphilip on (March 20, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

nothing wrong to pick gautham gambir,since he is not available wasif jaffer or ambadi rayidu even dinesh karthik is better than anybody else rahane is not a natural opener

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

Cannot fathom a reason at all for not picking Rahane (who is part of the squad) and bringing in a player from outside . And on what basis was Gambhir picked in the first place ? Poor Rahane , I wouldn't be surprised if looks to move from his current IPL team to CSK or if he quits cricket and takes some other sport .

Utter non-sense and illogical things happening with cricket selection . Just because we have beaten a weak team in our own backyard does not make for justifying each and every action of the team .

Posted by BoxOchocolates on (March 20, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

I think the selectors are forcing Dhoni's hand. Thus far, the selectors have done the right thing and included Rahane in the 14 or 15 they have picked. It is Dhoni who is choosing not to play Rahane. By picking a middle order batsman in Raina, they are forcing Dhoni to play Rahane as the opener. At the end of the day, the selectors can only pick the probable team but it is left to the captain and coach to pick the actual 11. Let's see if Dhoni's liking for Raina due to his long association will play a part in getting Raina into the 11. I do hope that Dhoni will make the objective decision to include Rahane in the playing 11.

On trying to pick Gambhir: I think the selectors may be worried that they cannot send a set of inexperienced openers to South Africa. Hence they were trying to get Gambhir in.

Perhaps the selectors did not pick Wassim Jaffer because they may want to try out Rahane first.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 20, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

Rahane will Open, Raina is just included to make a total of 15 member squad. may be he can come for some fielding and affect a run out or take a brilliant catch etc. Also there is a news that Pujara has a doddgy knee, If management wants to rest him, Raina might get a chance with Kohli at 3.

Posted by nkoch on (March 20, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

how about Manoj Tiwari? He's a much better Test player than Raina. Players like Tiwari and Rahane always get raw deal. Does selection committee really think Raina can be a long term test prospect, and that too overseas? What a shame!! Nepotism at its best!!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

why are we arguing who should have been picked, who should be rested and who shouldnt?Everybody has their favoured players they always want in the team. We have been given a team of 14 players by selectors who are payed to actually make the decisions that we just discuss here.Select the goddamn best XI out of them- and win the series 4-0. SRT should not be rested. Ishant should not be rested. Vijay should not be rested. Play XI who will help make it 4-0. I dont remember India whitewashing any significant team in a more than 3 match test series.

Posted by crshah on (March 20, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

In Delhi hope they kick ishant sharma out and play with three spinners Buy the way ishant has bowled more overs than ojha and even Bhuvneshkumar in mohali!

Posted by crshah on (March 20, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

Another CHENNAI SUPER KINGS player in team If he plays in Delhi he will be fifth player of CSK in Indian test team!

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 20, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, M. Vijay and now Raina? Looks a little suspicious....and what next? Will Aniruddha Srikkanth, S. Badrinath (he probably deserves to play Test Cricket), Shadab Jakati and Yo Mahesh make it to the national squad?

I am a Chennai Super Kings fan but even I certainly don't want my beloved Team India to turn into Team CSK when there are so many good (and even brilliant) players all over the country! Even if Rahane does make the final XI, it defies all logic to have Raina in the squad at all! Hasn't Tiwari been good this Ranji season?

BCCI/ Mr. Srinivasan please explain!

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (March 20, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

In this series, the top 2 run scorers (Vijay and Dhoni) and the top 2 wicket takers (Ashwin and Jadeja) - all from Chennai Super Kings.

Posted by TATTUs on (March 20, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

How ridiculous is this? Defies logic as always. Why was Rahane picked in the first place if Dhoni was not going to play him?

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 20, 2013, 1:39 GMT)

An extremely disappointing decision taken by Sandeep Patil and Co.. Suresh Raina has never looked like a test class batsman and has repeatedly proven that he is at best a limited overs cricketer. He can't play the short ball, he can't bat long innings, in England he tried to slog Graeme Swann out of the park in the first over that he faced him (not long after he arrived at the crease) and was bowled. I thought that moment would've spelled the end of Raina's aspirations to be a test match player, but I was evidently wrong and he seems to keep getting selected over and over again, in spite of very average first class performances....I'm beginning to wonder if at all Rahane or Manoj Tiwary will get a chance. There are scores of other quality performances in Ranji Cricket and if we aren't going to value them, we might as well scrap the tournament and look to the IPL to give us our test match cricketers....

I certainly hope that this decision has nothing to do with CSK favouritism.

Posted by inswing on (March 20, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

Raina is very well suited to Indian conditions, but performs miserably overseas. The worst outcome for India will be that Raina plays well in this test, gets a place in the team, and then fails repeatedly in SA. Rahane should have been given a chance as an opener, or Rohit Sharma or Sehwag in the middle order.

Posted by WellwisherINDIA on (March 20, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

Why is T20 and ODI player Raina again in the squad???

Posted by dilscoop on (March 20, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

Why should the selectors go back again to Raina? Given his technique there is no way he is going to succeed in test cricket even in india leave alone in alien conditions. Taking a leaf out of shikar dhawan's success (having played domestic cricket for close to 10 years) they should try out some one like ambati rayudu who surely has a better technique to survive test cricket rather than a raina or yuvraj. Action plan for the selectors: 1. do not pick rohit sharma ever in any format (he has wasted umpteen opportunities). 2. Don't pick raina & yuvraj for tests again. 3. Don't keep going back to Harbhajan, zaheer, sehwag or even for that matter Jaffer. 4. Time Rahane is given a chance - he has warmed the benches enough - Rayudu & manoj tiwari should be next back ups for middle order.

Will Sachin ever retire - definetly past shelf life - should have quit ODI's after World cup win and tests after england & australia 8-0 whitewash. There is no one to bell the cat unfortunately.

Posted by GMathews on (March 20, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

Its absolutely ridiculous the man who scored top score with a century against Australia in the warm up match, with all batting technique, scored a century last time played for India the one day game MANOJ TIWARI, similar talents like Sikhar Dhawan why is not picked?? Very sad

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

Let me try Mickey Arthur's magical number THREE. My three recommendations for the replacement for Dhawan: Rahane, Rahne, & Rahane. If it works, THREE cheers to Mickey!

Posted by madman895 on (March 20, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

So Gambhir wasn't sacked due to his poor performance after all... C'mon Dhoni, you can do better than this, don't make it so obvious..

Posted by Whatsgoinoffoutthere on (March 20, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

What on earth did Rahane do to deserve this? If Raina plays in place of Rahane then there is no justice left on the planet. Raina is a bad backup choice anyway, I reckon he's been worked out in Tests and even a great game won't lead me to believe there's a Test career in him. Whoever said Wasim Jaffer - not a bad backup choice, but Rahane is the future.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (March 20, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

BCCI should give more chances to new talented players, as next world cup at our door steps. Please arrange a GOOD BYE party & say BYE forever to Gambhir, Swaag and Tendulkar in all formats.

Posted by TellasisPatel on (March 20, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Raina plays for Mr. Srinivasan's franchise, Rahane and Jaffer do not. Raina's performance record or how fans feel about team selection is not important. Watch how Dhoni uses his resources during a match and draw your own conclusions.

Posted by agupta429 on (March 20, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

If an opener is injured, why bring in Raina? who proably has never opened even in ODIs??

Where is Jaffer? or ANYONE that is a trained opener

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

@collegefastbowler: you talk about current form and ability and people question Sachin's inclusion all the time....well at any given he makes the top 6 in India still..so dont talk about carrying old baggage around since these cross batting young talent wouldn't survive the initial spell overseas let alone the session....

Posted by maverick77 on (March 20, 2013, 0:29 GMT)

Relax lads, Dhoni tends to use his reserves in the match for fielding purposes. Who better than SR for that purpose. AR will open with MV.

Posted by Evangelyst on (March 20, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

Am sure Dhoni will conspire to keep Rahane by introducing Jadeja as an opener!!! that way he retains the left-right opening combination, includes Raina in the middle and no Rahane!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

Going back to Raina is a retrograde step.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (March 19, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

@Jaspreet Singh so finally you think only jeevan jot deserve for this opportunity.

Posted by GMathews on (March 19, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

Why is T20 and ODI player Raina again in the squad???

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

India is playing the Worst Australian side ever to Visit India. whether you pick Raina, Yuvi or anyone from Ranji Trophy they will all get runs..who Knows Raina might be the next best left arm spinner..Remember Sir Jadeja was picked cos he scored treble 100's and ended up the best spinner in the Indian side..

Posted by samincolumbia on (March 19, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

Dhoni is going for bits and pieces players like Jadeja and Raina..The criterion for national selection is no longer performance in Ranji mataches, but IPL and more specifically CSK.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

Pick Rahane for heaven's sake. I'm British and hate to see India do well but that lad is class and it's borderline criminal that he hasn't had a look in. With a line up of Vijay, Dharwan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Jadeja ... that's a top six with the youth and talent to dominate cricket for the next ten years. Much as I hate to say it ... :-)

Posted by Raj12345 on (March 19, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

If we still believes no BIAS in indian cricket, then this middle order (Raina) chance should go to Dinesh Karthik who is far better than Raina in longer version on game. I am sure mos of the fans agree that Raina getting too many chances and that shutting door for others like genuine people like DK. What else DK can do to bring selectors attention. I wrote comment 2 months ago saying both Raina & RG will come back just like that. just see Raina has come in and look for RG in near future.

Posted by Vinou on (March 19, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

India can afford to experiment with few changes... Rahane has to be given a chance before the tour of SA...

My playing 11 will be Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvanesh, Dinda and Ojha.

Waiting for the whitewash before the IPL....

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

Rahane will play either in the middle order (Pujara opens) or as an opener. Raina will play as the 12th man and bolster the fielding. I think in Tests Raina should always be the 12th man.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

Why is Raina playing? he is a ODI batsman! give jaffer a go for crying out loud!

Posted by MangeshPatil on (March 19, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Too bad England are doing well, otherwise Rahane could have migrated there.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

Why such hate towards Rahane and why keep giving Raini chances

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 19, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

Both Gambhir and Raina are horrible choices. It's a retrograde step. When our youngsters have performed so well in this series, this is a perfect time to try another youngster, preferably a local like Unmukt Chand. We have already won the series, why not rest seniors like Ishant, Tendulkar, etc. and give a chance to the likes of Shami Ahmed, Tiwary, or Rayudu? This should be the last match for 10dulkar - he's just occupying space. He's not part of the future and he has nothing left to give, so why do we keep playing him??

Posted by AvidCricFan on (March 19, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

This was opener's slot. An opener should have been picked as a replacement. I don't understand why Raina unless selectors are thinking of including him for the SA tour. He has major weakness to negotiate seaming and bouncy wickets. He is not a right player for the SA test series. Is it that his CSK connection is working here?

Posted by WellwisherINDIA on (March 19, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

Its absolutely ridiculous the man who scored top score with a century against Australia, with all batting technique, scored a century last time played for India the one day game MANOJ TIWARI, similar talents like Sikhar Dhawan why is not picked?? Very sad

Posted by pawan2456 on (March 19, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

We have an opener in the squad and we are playing India and its the last test, i think there was no need to pick another batsman and even if we have to pick it should be an opener nor a CSK middle order One day batsman

Posted by US_Indian on (March 19, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

That is ridiculous. Either it should be Jaffer or Mukund ( specialy this is youngster, left handed and been treated unfairly in UK) and both are specialist openers. I wonder people always keep asking for Rahane to be taken as an operner when he is not even an opener for any of his team he has played in the longer format, ODI's and T20's are bit different. Opening slot is more of a specialised slot not many of the best of the middle order batsman can fit in ( may be occasionally yes but not on a regular basis) and we have 2 best opening options available in the form of Wassim Jaffer or Abhinav Mukund, there is no logic in picking raina and benching him and letting rahane open which he cant and he shouldnt. And also going by the standard of fast bowling we showed i still dont think bhuwaneshwar was properly used andx is not being groomed in the best possible way specially during his formative years and with Ishant at the other end cant contribute to that because he is still not yet there

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

AM Rahane deserves chance to play ahead of Raina, also team needs to groom Pujara as No. 3 specialist so should not mess with his place..

Posted by matsadelaide on (March 19, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

why not deserved and in form test player Manoj Tiwari??????????????????????? nonsense, Raina is 100% Dhonie's choice

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

rahane is already there in the team squad......raina just came as a replacement for dhawan as a member.......i think rahane`s debut is all set.....

Posted by glen1 on (March 19, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

Raina is in as a substitute fielder and is easy to work with on the ego side. Rahane will be played, either as a opener or middle order. I would believe the powers that be are not stupid.

Posted by blink182alex on (March 19, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

good news for us. Have seen a bit of Rahane against England and wasn't too impressed with him, seemed he couldn't defend a straight ball properly, but his first class stats are riduclous so he'll probably get a 100.

I really hope you guys play Raina, don't rate him at all in test cricket, can't play the short ball at all, even our under performing batsmen are better than Raina.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Rahane will surely play in next as Raina is not capable of opening and Dhoni will never want his CSK teammate's chances get diminished for any future selection. Yes he can only play if Pujara goes up for opening. And yeh I also agree with Raghava Mantrala's point of view word to word

Posted by pawan2456 on (March 19, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

Its making me scratch my head, if the Indian Team is Cheenai Super king team. Yes Vijay, Jadeja ( How good will he be Outdoors, seriously he lacks batting, 300 at Indian Ranji Bingoo) I think we pick a player according to the position not according to the connections with the caption. Looks like he taking out all the seniors players out of the team, Shweag, Ghambir, Bajji. Where was the need to pick a player, you are in Inida and you have a opener(Rahane) that you had already picked. You dropped shewag and you did not pick a player and Ghambhir should have been picked that time. Dhoni ( I am fan of yours) you need to learn how to make players just like Dada did, he had Viru, Baji, Yuvi, Laxman, Zaheer he always stick with the and look at your players all came and gone ( R.Sharma, Chawla, Sree, Raina{never been a test player}. Honestly I want to ask everyone, will this team be enough for SA, for me Hell NO! Dhoni, stop worrying about your captaincy and start picking good team.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 19, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

Posted by CricFan_I on (March 19, 2013, 19:09 GMT) The selectors have missed an opportunity to bud in Unmukt Chand here. Please dont treat Pujara like poor Dravid here on....

I fully agree with you. Unmukt should have been opening in this match. But I guess Rahane is going to open so no chance for Unmukt. Raina will replace Sachin in 4th test.

Posted by pankajkumarsingh on (March 19, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

@sumant_sachin - what makes you thnk Raina is playing? @deepshah4321 - when the hell has gambhir been picked?????? RedIndian005 - Ha ha.. good one :) @ShreJ - Rahane is in the team

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

I think ppl are looking too much into it but i hope raina does not play ahead of rahane at Delhi. It sends out the wrong signal. Rahane was part of the squad when yuvi was recovering from cancer and raina was dropped bcoz of a string of poor performances. But both of them came back into the squad and walked into the 11 ahead of rahane. What kind of signal does this send?

Posted by GAKUMAR77 on (March 19, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

100% agree with sumant_sachin & the selector should have given a chance to Ambati Rayudu instead of Raina.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

i wud prefer irfan pathan and let pujara open...

Posted by Frankspeaker-USA on (March 19, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Very sad to see that Indian selectors ignored Wasim Jaffer again.... Jaffer should have given a chance ahead of Raina... look at his First Class record.. speaks volumes.. Averages 50+ Centuries almost 50.... immense talent was ignored.. last decade having the reserves and likes of Jaffer India lost to SA, England, Australia, and was beaten very bad by Pakistan. This is what happens when talent is overlooked. with the likes of Laxman, Dravid retired.. Jaffer would have been a ideal choice to play another couple of years. Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct First-class 211 348 35 16230 314* 51.85 48 80 247

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

So far this selection panel has been impressively brave, but now with Raina I think they might be going backwards. Unless they feel that the team management are gonna pick Rahane anyway, and Raina is just there to fill in the numbers -- and they want to keep the good players playing in the domestic tournaments and not wasting their time in the squad reserves.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Pl respect the players most. Player rotation is inevitable. Team discussions should only be private and fair.

Posted by suman2 on (March 19, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

What about Maoj Tiwary? What more does he have to do to get into the test side? Why include tested failures like Raina who will only succeed against spinners!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

Building a world cup team here. Priorities priorities!

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (March 19, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Yeah...why is everyone so surprised? With Pujara pushed to open, obviously, the team needs another CSK player to fill the void...no?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

People who have seen Dhoni's captaincy over the years wouldn't doubt Rahane's Inclusion in the side as Raina is just a replacement !! I am very sure it s going to be rahane walking with Vijay at Kotla !! Raina will hydrate the playing eleven period.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

what madness is this ? chances look slim for rahane.

Posted by AnoMaLy on (March 19, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Oh come on what about Mukund or Jaffer. Raina is a very poor choice for the long format.

Posted by ShreJ on (March 19, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

I dont get get it...they are gonna pick everyone but Rahane? What is wrong with BCCI? @mihir_nam @Unmes_cric I guess those are the only options rahane has remaining now

Posted by RedIndian005 on (March 19, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Looks like Phillip Hughes has finally contributed to the test series :)

Posted by MirFarrukh on (March 19, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

If Ghambir is down with jaundice then how come he is playing for Delhi in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 20/20. I think we can play for our local home team not for nationals. LOL!!!!!

Posted by Raki99 on (March 19, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

we don't have any other opener option in india? If a opener is injured get another opener in Not a middle opder batsman who has failed again and again and again. I hope Rahane plays He has too. Raina is just horrible

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

My feeling is that though they included Raina, Rahane would probably get a chance at last. Selectors have the habit of giving psudo option to players by just including them in the squad or they are again back to their old habbit of picking up players with some backing. Raina is a good ODI player & an excellent fielder, no doubt. Raina, Yuvraj, Rohit Shrama can never be test players. Ihshant doesn't learn and can never be a better bowler. Delhi test would be Sachin's last before he retires. Harbhajan should be dropped, no steam left to win matches. In SA, some pitches offer spin. So, Ashwin & ojha are good enough unless we have a new find. Except Bhuvanesh, we need to identify 4 more pacers real quick, else it'll be a disastrous performance in the making in SA. Some decent pacers from Pakistan are doing a good job. Just medium pace is not good enough to take 20 wickets in SA. Time to test fitness & form of Umesh, Shammi Ahmed & Sreesanth?

Posted by sumant_sachin on (March 19, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

That is an absolute shocker.... What has poor Rahane done that his chances are being taken away everytime he comes close to debut in tests ? and a below average ,hopeless and spineless cricketer like Raina is picked up at every other empty slot. I think MSD must be having some really wasted interests here. Shame on you Dhoni and Selectors. In a nation full of talented cricketers only Raina is available for selection........My heart bleeds for those hard working players who are praying for just one chance to shine ... I am even for sacking MSD for this favourism. This gives a very bad signal to all budding cricketers.

Posted by deepshah4321 on (March 19, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

why the hell has gambhir been picked? I don't mind Raina's inclusion because he's a capable player. But Gambhir????? common Dhoni! You are a great player.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Ambati Rayadu would have been the right Choice. How many chances Raina gets ?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

It is the same story again,some players are either undroppable ,no matter how bad their performance goes,see Tendulkar, for so long he was struggling with poor form,he got much more matches in poor form than Sehwag, who even got a century against England after which his form dipped,if performance was the yardstick,Tendulkar should have been dropped much earlier,but now Tendulkar is playing better,and everyone has forgotten his poor form.If Sehwag had got same number of chances like Tendulkar,he would also have returned back to form. Raina has not played any exceptional cricket since getting dropped from the Test side, and now he is back again,and if he manages a fifty,selectors will retain him for another ten tests.And just see what happened to Yuvraj,he had a decent fifty against England and then just one bad match,and he was dropped from the test time after that.Selectors just canoot look beyond their fixed set of players and just donot want to give more deserving players a chance.

Posted by wake_up_india on (March 19, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

Yesterday's achievements do not gurantee tomorrow's job security in a company, why should it be any different in a team? There seems to be a notion among both fans and selectors that Indian owes Sachin a place in the team based on his past contributions. This may be based on emotion but appears to have no logical basis if the hard nosed objective is to win the next match.

Posted by o-bomb on (March 19, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Surely Rahane has to play ahead of Raina. Rahane needs a chance to show what he can do at test level having performed well in the Ranji trophy for the last few years. Raina has consistently failed in test cricket. Even if Pujara does step up to open I would be amazed if Raina gets yet another chance and Rahane is left out yet again.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Let's not get too worked up about Rahane not getting any chances to play test cricket! The final XI hasn't been announced and he might very well be making his test debut. As far as other possibilities are concerned, I think Raina's inclusion was a result of him just missing out from the team for the first two test matches, specially after he slammed a century in the Irani trophy final. He could have been selected as a backup fielder or maybe Sachin is planning to sit out this dead rubber and make way for both Raina and Rahane. I feel Raina is the most hardworking, respectful, grounded and diligent among the new crop of batsmen in India (apart from Pujara) and he does deserve to be rewarded for these qualities. He has definitely improved his handling of short pitch bowling as displayed by his adept pulling and hooking lately in the limited overs! Lastly, awesome fielding coupled with the ability to bowl decent spin doesn't hurt:)

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

I do not know if the BCCI spokesperson said why Raina is in. It wd be ideal if they explain why an opener is getting replaced by a middle order bat. If it is like Rahane will now move in to open and teh middle order bat is a standby for any injury to any other middle order bat getting injured before the Test team gets announced then it makes some modicum of sense. Else... :)

Posted by itrock on (March 19, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

It would be great opportunity for Rahane to bat after Sachin in the batting line up if Pujara opens. Also Kohli can be tested at No 3 if Pujara opens. Not as a replacement for Pujara but to see if u can take more responsibility at No 3. He will have to move up once SRT retires and India have more middle order slots to fill in with next series in SA and Jadeja not impressing with the bat. Rahane is can be definite candidate for the future Test line up. It will be waste of a "Blessing in Disguise" if Rahane opens or Raina comes back to the the middle order.

Posted by mihir_nam on (March 19, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

hahahahahah ahahahahah already i told this is someother post. Don't know if this will be posted or not..But I said Raina will be in ..so line up will be Vijay Pujara kholi Sachin Raina.... No rahane still hahahahahahah ..learn from KP and Trott soon...go to some other Nation who will need u

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (March 19, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

I have one suggestion for Rahane: just switch your IPL team. Somehow get into CSK and I am sure he will be rewarded with a Test cap. That's the CSK and Dhoni effect. If he joins CSK, he will definitely end up playing at least 50 Test matches. He deserves it anyway.

Posted by Rozario_22 on (March 19, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Rahane should have given a chance to play in the last test. Pujara should be at no.1 place, opening with Vijay will not work in 4th test. Selectors should take a decision on playing Rahane with Vijay...

Posted by starincricket on (March 19, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

it sounds the decision is ok by bcci. Gambhir preferrecd for opener over anybody else as he scored century and a 50 in recent time. but he is ill. It clearly said one more new player need to be add in squad. Last time bcci did not do as there is a specialist opener dhawan was already in squad. Rahane can be tried as opener, but still this squad need one more reserve batsman if anyone injured before or during the contest of match. So bcci has given opportunity to raina over yuvraj or anybody else as his test average quite fine. yet he needs consistency.. it looks bcci want to give a try for new players or players who had less experience in Tests.

I think, sachin would be rested and rahane will open with vijay and raina will replace sachin?? If that is a case, Not bad to replace virat with sachin position and raina down the order may be after dhoni?? but jadeja should be over dhoni.. sound good??!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

India has already won the series... so... Would be great to see Tendulkar rest for the next test giving way to Wasim Jaffer / Mukund. Also, Ishant Sharma can be rested to bring another fast bowler, Shami Ahmed in for the test matches. This way, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar can get more overs in and Ishant can avoid injury. Also, I would rest Ashwin, to bring in Amit Mishra / Chawla... These players need test experience... so, if these in-form players are injured, we can always have back-up subs who can easily replace these players...

Posted by NairUSA on (March 19, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Well, there is not much to tinker with in a winning combination. Most of the players selects themselves for one reason or the other. Raina has shown good potential in the past and hopefully, he will perform in a fearless way as India is in a advantageous position. Raina can be hungry for runs as this is one of the few chances that may come his way in the near future.

Ishant is still a good question mark. Agreed that he bowled decently in the first innings. However, he is not offering the return of investment for his inclusion in 50 plus tests for India. This last test could be a good opportunity to try out a new medium pacer in the light of the upcoming tour of south africa. Otherwise, the medium pace cupboard could suddenly feel empty.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (March 19, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Suresh Raina's constant oppurtunities in a format he has never shown any ability in or for is shocking.I wonder if Raina has embarassed Indian cricket & Indian batsmanship so many times.His test in S.A was a pathetic performance & he found so many ways in England to embarass himself further.The selectors seemed to have turned a blind eye to every bit of that,including his first-class stats.Ajinkya Rahane will eventually lose faith in his own talents & deteriorate before he sees a test debut for India come his way.

Posted by Mamin886 on (March 19, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

Surprise move. Definitely a better opportunity to try out 3rd opener. Better choices are Rohit Sharma and Wasim Jaffer.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 19, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

Guys calm down. Since Rahane was not interested in opening the innings, Rahane is replacing sachin. Pujar will open with vijay and raina will play in the middle. Here is the team: Pujara,vijay, raina, Rahane, Kohli, dhoni,jadeja, ashwin, ojha, bhuvnesh and Dhinda.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Selectors should have definitely considered Manoj Tiwari, he is fit, in good form with the bat , has always scored when given a chance plus bowls handy leg spin (remember he took 4 wickets in an ODI in Lanka ) .

With this Australian side in Delhi where it spins head to toe , Tiwari's leg spin would have been very useful. But anyways not much to gain now, big test to come late this year in S. Africa ...Lets see what happens !!

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (March 19, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Play Rahanae, please don't get Raina in. Sends very wrong signals on the credibility of the player who is already part of the squad and is waiting for his chance.

Posted by Jashmatheww on (March 19, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Just last week before the third test there was talks saying Rahane should open instead of Dawan and 2 weeks befor that Jadeja's place in the team was being questioned?. Seriously leave the game as it is. If one guy who has been favoured all this while that is Sachin alone and guys remember with the abilities he got it would only be foolish not to favour him. let's enjoy the game rather than critisizing it.

Posted by CricFan_I on (March 19, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

The selectors have missed an opportunity to bud in Unmukt Chand here. Please dont treat Pujara like poor Dravid here on....

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

dhoni s waste captain..i think he will select duplesis hussey all in Indian team coz all r in CSK raina vijay ashwin jadeja dhoni.. half of team include csk plaers

shame to of u dhoni nd sreeni uncle

cricinfo please update my comments

Posted by rayfanatics on (March 19, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Oh stop with this Wasim Jaffer recall rhetoric already. He has been tried in his very prime. He was plundering domestic attacks then and he does them now too. But sadly his international performance has been well below par. Every international bowler worth his salt had Jaffer's measure - a continuous off stump line and a nick was round the corner. Rahane must debut. Having Pujara to open will be that same stupid strategy of asking Dravid to open. Well documented fact that The wall wasn't too happy.

Posted by Jashmatheww on (March 19, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Guys let the selectors do the math and come up with team. They know what's best for the team rather than us Laymen. If people think their selection and opinions are rather correct than the selectors. Please get your thinking right they know better than us We may have the passion but that doesn't mean we can become experts..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

For the sake of every one's knowledge, Manoj Tiwary is fittest and fine, and just scored a tremendous century against a class attack of Mumbai

Posted by Nampally on (March 19, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

As the report suspects, Pujara may open & Raina will bat in the middle order. It would have been an ideal chance to try one more opener. Pujara should be left @#3 instead of trying to covert him into an opener. Mukund being a left hander would have been the right choice to replace LH Dhawan. I always felt both Mukund & Dhawan got an unfair treatment - Just one try & then OUT. Dhawan Proved what he is capable of. Mukund needed that second chance - Unless the Selectors have already decided Gambhir as the back up opener for the SA tour. Raina is a brilliant fielder & a part time off spinner in addition to being the best ODI finisher. Lately he has worked on his defence too. If Pujara does open with Vijay, Raina & Rahane will compete for the middle order spot. It is sad to note that Dhawan's injury ended up as a fracture after the initial X-Ray failed to detect a crack! This will keep Dhawan out & has to go thru' physio after 6 weeks before he starts training in 8 weeks. Good Luck Dhawan.

Posted by aruntheselector on (March 19, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

Now that India has a lead of 3-0, this is the best time to look into the future.Sachin could be rested for the 4th Test and India could try a fully young batting lineup till No5 where all players have played less than 25 tests.Moreover,in the 3 matches it has been performances of MSD,Dhawan,Vijay and Pujara that mattered.Calling Raina back does not look to be a good move.Instead Rohit Sharma/Tiwary/badrinath should have been included as they have scored runs in domestic cricket consistently.It still remains doubtful if Raina is fit for tests.However,a last chance could be given.Also India should make it a point that it play 5 bats from now on with MS at No6 and always have the option of the 5th bowlers as u need bowlers to win matches.Rahane has been a mid-order batsman in domestic cricket.So opening in Test cricket could be an added pressure.Hence Jaffer should have been considered irrespective of age.The batting lineup for next test should have been Jaffer,Vijay,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

an opening batsman gets injured...and who do the selectors have in mind to replace him with..raina,rahane(mind you he plays at no 3 for mumbai ranji team)...why cant we have players who are openers in the domestic cricket play as opener in the national team as well..just because a certain sehwag was a success doesn't mean every other mid order batsman will be too...and of all the people ..raina??is it too hard too see that ambati rayadu is more talented and manoj tiwari has more determination in his belly to succeed than a raina who can only ever b a limited over specialist(ala a bevan or lehman)...

Posted by Dubbs on (March 19, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

@rajesh_singhSTM. Disagree with you. People are getting carried away with Sachin's retirement. He is an important part of India's plans for next 2 years regardless of his age. How many of India's batsmen have encountered SA, Eng and NZ conditions? He is probably the only batsman India have who feels at home on foreign conditions. Once these tours are over he should play one more series at home. I have seen him bat in this series. He looked good, very good but has been unlucky with dismissals (Lyon and Smith probably bowled their best balls ever to dismiss SRT), leg side catch and runout. On another day he would still be batting.

Posted by couchpundit on (March 19, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

What happened to Abhinav mukund?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

If this was the only way for Rahane's debut, then so be it! But having Rainia in the playing XI is a shame!

Posted by MihirMKale on (March 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Let's look at the positive side. It's true that Raina has more international experience than Rahane, Rohit and Manoj. He has also been performing well consistently in the domestic circuit and his last 5 ODI performances have been amazing. He's an exceptionally good fielder and can be a good bowling variation as well. Also, selection is a different ball game and it works on probability. Nobody was supporting Shikhar Dhawan's inclusion ahead of Rahane but it clicked. Ultimately, it was a brilliant job done by the selectors. More than the job done at the domestic circuit, it's the probability of clicking at the international level that the selectors have to sense. They have done it right as far as Dhawan was concerned and may be doing it right with Raina. Opening with Pujara and slipping in Raina at no.3 or no. 5 spot can work wonders.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

I believe Rahane will open with Vijay . Raina will be a good 12th man giving his fielding abilities.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

<contd> Among Indians, only Dhoni, Pujara, Kohli and Ashwin come close. Dhoni has the best claim, but Mushfiqur is a better keeper (and in Tests, as good a batsman). And Dhoni's captaincy won't be needed (not with Smith, Clarke and Kumar around). Trott just edges out Pujara, and Faf has been insanely brilliant in his short career - no way is Kohli close to him. As for Ashwin, Swann and Monty outbowled him in India, so there.

So - even with a squad of 23, there are ZERO Indians. So, let's not congratulate ourselves too much, yeah? This is an okay start, but let's concentrate on getting a result (meaning not 0-3. Really, even 0-2 is a result, if rain stays away) in SAF.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

<continued> Bear with the long comment, please.I'd like to do a thought experiment here. Say there's an upcoming Test series with Mars, and Earth needs to select a 23 man squad (like they do in football). This is that squad, and I think you'll agree it's pretty watertight.

4 Openers - Smith (c), Cook, Gayle, Tamim Iqbal 8 middle order bats - Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, du Plessis, Pietersen, Clarke, Sangakkara, Trott 2 WKs - Prior, Mushfiqur 6 pacers - Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Anderson, Finn, Pattinson 3 spinners - Ajmal, Swann, Panesar

There are two Bangladesh players - isn't that beautiful? But if you quibble, whom would you take ahead of Tamim, for example - Compton (just started)? Dilshan (a 34yr old Tamim)? Petersen (never impressed me, but that's an opinion)? I choose Tamim, though that does mean all 4 openers are lefties! <to be contd>

Posted by pull_shot on (March 19, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

please for god sake rahane should get his debut he waited too long but still i doubt because its raina.he has batting average of 64 how can be sidelined,he has good backfoot play so should be selected saf tour thats why should be given chance in delhi. No raina in saf series he has got enough backing in 17 test which is more than enough to prove at international level

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

I don't understand - what does a genuinely talented and proven batsman like Rahane have to do to get a chance? I hope he plays, I think he'll play, but if Raina does, India are just deluding themselves.

Posted by akashchandran on (March 19, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

While not naming any replacement for Sehwag for the squad for the 3rd and 4th Tests the selectors meant that since Rahane is already in the squad he can also serve as back up for Vijay and Dhawan in case of emergency. Now Dhawan is out injured for the 4th Test. So Rahane is ready to make it to the 11. Either he can open or bat at No.3 with Pujara opening. So that means the opening is covered between Vijay, Rahane and Pujara. But the middle order has no back up. But whether twice tried and discarded Raina is the best available option? Maybe because both Manoj Tiwari and Rohit Sharma (both yet to play a Test match) are injured.

Posted by bmoizuddin on (March 19, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

hi everyone - what non-sense is this... everyone thought wassim jaffer will be in original squad he was not there... then they drop shewag and still jaffer was not included and now dhawan is out and still ther is no jaffer... what the hell is this and what a shame - so this means there are atleast 5-6 openers better than jaffer who is keep on scoring ton after ton but all in vain... and yes i agree with the comments @mmac there is nothing left of CSK ... and im sure somehow they will find a place for bhadri too.. lol @ indan selectors... wake-up men and this is gentleman's game so just try to be gentle and open minded... can any one explain what else jaffer has to do more to get into the team... may be he should join csk???... thats the only option left i guess... well if they are looking for new faces then they should include rayudu not raina who is already tried and discarded... lets not forget jaffer has a good track record as a captain so they dont want him to cement his place...

Posted by abhi328 on (March 19, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Simple solution, As we already won the series drop Ojha play both Raina and Rehane and check who is good enough to go to South Africa. And in Indian conditions and in the current form Raina is expected to excel. Raina as a 12 man is also great, given his fielding standards.

Posted by chaiitu on (March 19, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Don't draw any conclusion until we see the playing XI. I don't think Raina will be picked in the final XI ahead of Rahane. I guess he was strategically picked because of his fielding skills and will be the 12th for the 4th test and will be on filed most of the time replacing someone. Of course you will have to have a back up batsmen for last minute injuries. Whatever the team combination I would like to see a 4-0 win against the no longer mighty Aussies.

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (March 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

I have seen Sachin debut when I was teenager. I am his fan. But despite that , I think he needs to RetiRe now. First of all he is supposedly inthe team for his experience and ability to guide players and teams in tough situations. But as we saw in last 3 tests all other batters , except him, have scored heavily in each test match and at crucial times. He has failed in crucial times so his experience is really of no benefit. Rahane who is in excellent form is made to sit on bench because Tendulkar needs to be accommodated in the team to fail. Sachin is not doing Indian team any good and by his persistence of not despite string of failures is just eroding the respect he has earned from fans over the last 2 decades.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

the selectors must be bias on decisions made.. who knows rahane can make a double century also as dhawan performance boosted him up!!! all in hands of selectors!! young people are tomorrow's leaders!!!!

Posted by Batmanindallas on (March 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Hope Raina is not picked over Rahane. That would be grave injustice to the young man

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Wasim Jaffer should have been inducted for the Delhi Test. On current form he is probably the best opener in the country, and as a rule, the best available team should be selected for any match. The younger, untested guys like Rahane can wait. Also, as an experienced player, he would be an asset on the tour of South Africa. But as usual, Dhoni's total lack of killer instinct means that instead of going decisively for a 4-0 whitewash, the last Test will be treated as an unserious experiment.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 19, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Just when I thot Indian Selection team is becoming sensible they are back to square one. One step forward and two steps backward. Again going back to the same guys who have been given tons of chances while quality players are benched for years together. Give them one chance and look what Dhawan did, give the new guys a chance for GODSAKE. @collegefastbowler - Exactly where Jaffer belongs, college level not intl level. He was given enough chances when he was young but blew them up.

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 19, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Raina is still worth investing given his age. But whats up with the other veterans. With all due respects, though we all know that our selection style has been like that for years!, I still can't understand why they don't get fed up with this style. It pays dividend (sometimes) if you stick to a player if he is young enough to give us back the returns. But how many productive years can we expect from players on the verge of retirement. I don't like to touch fire, so leaving the little master alone here! Anyway, he is an exception, a once in a generation player,and I am ok with that. But the thing with our selection criteria is that the 'exception rule' is the norm for everybody! That is so very hard to digest! Also feel very sorry for our test players with the awfully long ipl coming up (though it's fun). Two whole months of IPL & all these test adapted players will be T20 adapted again! Wish proper test players play it sparingly/barred & increase the test player pay ten folds.

Posted by arifzakaria811gmail.com on (March 19, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Pathetic decision . Rahane is an exceptional talent and deserves a place in test team . Like someone mentioned he is as good as Pujara in tests and in future a a batting order consisting of Pujara, Rahane, Kohli and possibly Rohit Sharma or Manoj Tiwary is as good as it can get and one can also go as far as to say that all above if the play as per potential/talent they got , they can be next fab4 for Indian batting.

If selectors wanted to replace an opener with another play , Wasim Jaffer, based on his current form as opener was a more logical decision. Despite him being not young he is good to play for next 2 years .

Based on talent Raina and Yuvraj should represent India only in T20/ODI.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Rahane should open in this match instead of pujara, why to make 2 changes when 1 can do for u. Sachin will play in SA too, he is only making his stats poor my playing too many games. 2 years without century is enough for a player like Sachin to understand that his days are gone. What he is looking at - 200th test ? 16000 runs ? what is his next target ? Selectors should start thinking beyond Raina/ Yuvraj. Dhawan- Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Kohli & Rohit is the proper middle order for test team.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

looks very bad for viru..not picked even when dhawan & gambhir are unavaiable...

Posted by rajat183 on (March 19, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

Raydu should have been picked..with series already in pocket it does not make any sense to pick Raina ...he has been given enough chances and his technique is not upto scratch

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

People often cry over Rahane and Badrinath but the reality is neither of them have the spark to succeed at the international level. they are club level batsman at best and frankly should be left to play domestic games.

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 19, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

I was sure India would experiment with some changes in the fourth test. Ok so we have some fixed batting slots from 1-6. So I guess they would rest Jadeja to accommodate Raina at 7? Tough call since Jadeja is finally showing some positive signs. Suddenly there is an abundance of batsmen already (with Tiwary, Rahane waiting etc).But only in the subcontinent would we find ourselves going back to the tried & failed candidates (with due respects to them!). The much needed practice for our december S.A. tour (if thats the reason they give for these re-selection), then that is meaningless in March/April!, with tonnes of t20 matches coming up! Also since when do we need more than 2 spinners in S.A.!!?With many overseas tours coming up after that,wonder what the plan with Bhajji selection is! And do we have any good test series before the S.A. series? Nop!.God bless our team selection and grooming process, more importantly the way the calendar is planned! Sing abba's money money money!

Posted by Munafis810 on (March 19, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Seriously , Rahane is as good a batsmen if not better than Pujara. If he is left to rot on the bench while he is in good form , its tragic for Indian team. Raina is great ODI/T20 player but in tests he is awful.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

if raina plays in the 4th test ahead of rahane then rahane should retire on moral graunds to send a strong message to the selectors......... wat a shame such a bad selection they should try some other fast bolwer to give him a go before sa series ........

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

It seems that selections are based on quotas rather than on merit. Unless Sachin relinquishes his fiefdom at #4, there is very little chance of other Mumbai players - be it Rahane, Jaffer, Abhishek Nayar or anyone else being good enough.

Mukund did well, but what a coincidence that he came in by one Delhi player giving way to another, and now when this Delhi player is injured, another Delhi player, discarded just a few matches before, suddenly becomes good enough. And when there is no possible candidate to take over, there is always good old CSK.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 19, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Raina may have been selected but since Rahane was selected first, so fair decision would be to give him a chance. I was never a fan of giving Rahane a chance since a specialist opener should always be selected and his chance only comes in the middle order... BUt now since there is no openerin the team, he deserves a go. Even if Pujara opens with Vijay, still rahane should be selected for middle order. Simple as that!!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Indian selector is going NOWHERE. Why they keep trying the same combination rather they blood young players who are performing consistently in domestic circuit. Manoj Tiwari is one guy who needs a place in the team. He is in the fringe for so long. Soon he will lose motivation. CM Gautam is another name I can think of. Selector stop being dictated by BCCI, select based on performance not on favorism.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

selectors really must like Raina, how many tests has he had ? Firstly, there was no need of a replacement, i thought rahane was the replacement, and if indeed they are thinking of making pujara open then they should have tried Rohit Sharma or Rayudu. Seems like Indian selectors do not care a fig about talent going waste, Rohit Sharma or Ambati Rayudu should have been picked over Suresh Raina.

Posted by TRAM on (March 19, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

The selectors thinking about Gautam? Because he scored a 50 in local match?? Nonsense. He is the one who ran off mere sight of the green top in foreign pitches and dropped himself out of the playing 11. I dont want to see that poker again. As for Raina, I am ok if he would replace SRT, but not Rahane. Probably Raina would just be a 12th man making great fielding difference - which is good. Raina and Jadeja (no partiality due to csk, they are not Chennai guys any way) are great fielders and they lift the team spirit. In that sense I like them. I only wish they perform otherwise as well.

Posted by Dhanvanth on (March 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

I have a strange feeling dhoni will make raina to open with vijay. Even raina has shown interest in opening than no.6 sometime back! So its going to be All-csk vs Australian XI. Pretty tough contest. PHEW! Gone are the days wen team Indian team selection was purely based on merit and form! Not now:(

Posted by mmac on (March 19, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

who else is left from CSK to get in Indian team?

Posted by dnsl08 on (March 19, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

If Pujara opens, then surely Rahane will replace him at number 3. Or Rahane will open with Pujara at 3. If Rahane is seen as a middle order batsman, why would Raina suddenly jump ahead of him in the pecking order?

Posted by samincolumbia on (March 19, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Dhoni looking out for his CSK buddies...First Ashwin, then Vijay and now Raina!! I guess the formula for an average test player to make it to the Indian team is to join CSK first and then Mahi will take care of the rest. Is Tiwary still injured?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

I think Pujara & Rahane must be opened. Vijay must be rested. Raina will play. Simple!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

I'd say give Raina one chance to redeem himself by "resting" Sachin for this match. There's no way we can lose the series.... we have nothing to lose and everything to gain from the fourth test, so i think it would be better to also debut Ashoke Dinda in place of Ishant Sharma, and see if he can do well in non-assisting pitches, like Bhuvi and Ishant have done, to an extent.... and also give Rahane his debut too, given the history of Indian players getting injured or unfit while on tours, it would be better if we had 3 openers, and atleast 4,5 quicks in Bhuvi, Ishant, Yadav, Dinda, Varun Aaron and IF he does well this year, Sreesanth. Middle order looks well set with Virat, Pujara and MSD, Jadeja will learn soon too.

MY TEAM: Rahane, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, MSD, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ohja/Ishant, Bhuvi, and Dinda.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

@tigerkhan Neither of them is in terribly good form. Check their Ranji stats for instance. If you wanted to pick another opener, it would have to be WA Jaffer. If you wanted a middle order player, then PA Patel. Both of them have experience too. That said, I would simply go with Rahane. No Suresh Raina, tyvm.

Posted by rohit_pitre on (March 19, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Very bad selection to go back to Raina again who was dropped from the squad before the England series because of his poor form. He has not done anything great to be considered again. But anyways it will not matter as far as the playing XI is considered because Rahane will definitely open in the final test which is really a good outcome out of this Dhawan injury. Also, very funny that Gambhir, who was dropped from the squad just 3 tests ago might have been back in the sqaud without doing anything. As far as the middle order is concerned, I would like to see Manoj Tiwary (Guess he is injured at the moment) who has got loads of domestic runs.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (March 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Pathetic selections by Selectors, Raina and Gambhir are flopped at test level and are dropped from the team, just in ongoing seasons and Selectors again try to bring back them into the team. If Dhoni Plays Raina in the next test ahead of Rahane, it will be real shame and biased captaincy by Dhoni. Rahane should, i think he should have debuted in test long back i.e vs West Indies in 2011 or New Zealand in 2012. Dhoni is demoralising Rahane by continuosly keeping him on benches, beacuse of this in last 2 seasons has played only few domestic matches and that was the reason he was rusty against Eng in ODI. The players should get real match practice not in nets.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

I hope pujara opens and Raina plays in the middle order . As we saw in the recent one day series against England and Pakistan Rahane is not technically good enough against the moving new ball. He was Finn's bunny in the first 3 matches and then they had to eventually rest him in last two matches. If they want to give him a chance put him in the middle order. avg of 25 in 16 one day matches tells you something

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Guys it doesn't matter if Raina is in or not as he will definately not play the next test. Rahane will get to open with M Vijay. Like everyone else is saying Raina will just be a substitute Fielder. Regarding Manoj Tiwary I think he is injured, hence not picked.

And no I don't believe in experimentation for this test as we need to beat Ausses 4-0 like they did to India when we toured them.

Posted by napstercric on (March 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Raina in for injured Dhawan. Umm.. Interesting. Rahane is in the team as an middle order batsman and raina a middle order batsmen replacing an opener. Great job by the selectors. The team is now left with one opener in the squad and loads of middle order batsmen.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Here's what Dhoni will tell Pujara, "you need to practice batting against the new ball more. You never know in SA, you might be out there batting in the first over of the innings. So I think you should open against Australia in the next test. It will improve your ability against new ball." So Vijay, Pujara, Kohli will come at 3, Tendulkar in his fixed position at 4 to fail again, Raina at 5 (will probably fail, if he succeeds gets automatic ticket to SA series in 15 member squad), Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ojha, Ishant

Posted by fah4 on (March 19, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Unmukt Chand should have been chosen any way Rahane will play in XI but he would have got good experience with the team and in preparations for the match also. He is one of the future star of Indian cricket

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

With Ajinkya Rahane in the team...I don't think Raina will get chance to play, so this selection is of no use.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Wounded cricket fans must boycot team India. first player to leave the team is Sachin. Pl mr. sachin, dont waste the career of youngsters, u r an accomp[lished player....enough is enough....pl go out of team...take voluntary retirement.

Posted by SDHM on (March 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Just when you think the Indian selectors are beginning to make brave, and correct, decisions, they go backwards. Raina & Gambhir are backwards looking picks - if Rahane doesn't get a game then what on Earth has he been doing in the squads all this time?

Posted by cricketanand12 on (March 19, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

No discussions needed at all.Replacements for injured players are made only to avoid 11th hour problems of injury during practice.Whoever is called,rahane will make his debut in th 4th match and he will play better than dhawan if luck supports him. Don't you remember,even changes were made in squad and awana was added,but he didn't played.

Posted by torsha on (March 19, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

I hope they pick Rahane over Raina. And guys chill.. Rahane deserve chance to be in top 11 so stop arguing who should have been picked and who shouldn't.

Posted by tanojupraveen on (March 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Suresh Raina is definitely good player and i can say he is more commited player. Only thing he needs to concentrate on his techinique to do well in the tests and long standing player in this format.

Posted by andrew27994 on (March 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Excellent decision to bring Raina into the squad if they use him as a substitute fielder. I hope they don't give him another shot over Rahane. Rahane is also a good fielder aside from his batting. C'mon India let's win this series 4-0.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

he should not have replaced shikhar dhawan if it was virat kohli or ravindra jadeja,he would be the correct choice as all three are middle order batsmen while dhawan is n opener

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Dhoni's favourite is back again and no surprise if youl see Vijay and Pujara opens and Raina at no. 06. Rahane is a superb player and he deserve a full series rather then playing an odd test, fails and out to never return.

Posted by VickGower on (March 19, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Calm down everyone. Raina is coming in as a backup. Remember, India was already down a reserve when they left out Sehwag without adding anyone. Now that Gambhir is unavailable, Pujara will open, with Rahane in the middle-order. To all souls tortured over Rahane's nonappearance as an opener: Rahane Has Told The Selectors He Does Not Want To Open. Again, Rahane Has Told The Selectors He Does Not Want To Open. Srikaanth confirmed this plainly in a recent interview. The sooner we absorb this, the better for everyone in the forums.

Posted by DADA on (March 19, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Selecting Raina for test is like adding "chicken to Sambar". I cannot say it any clearer. Why do you have to test the wrong formula again and again. The only reason I see is that his connection with MSD and CSK. Man this is really really bad.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (March 19, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

I totally agree with @Karthik Perumal Palaniappan, and add to that Raina will be fielding for grandpa Sachin. If Sachin hits a ton or two and gets tired, then Raina will be ideal for fieling in his place.

Posted by realfan on (March 19, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

as some of ou indian fans sensing, there is no strategy here as to get raina for only substitute fielding....as the heading says "GAMBIR picket and left out after diagnoised jaundice" now dont tell me gambir is good fielder to be picket as substitute...... i feel sorry for RAHANE.... he may become nest akash chopra of india......

Posted by Temuzin on (March 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Ok I think Rahane is going to open with Vijay and Raina is replacing Sachin in the middle order. Good thinking.

Posted by bighit14 on (March 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

A very good selection indeed keeping in mind that Raina is called just to be a substitute on field. Rahane will finally get to debut and open in Delhi Test. I hope Ishant is rested and Dinda be given a chance so that it would be easier to decide whether he can be considered for SA series.

My XI would be Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, Ojha and Dinda

Posted by divzindian on (March 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

We should do some experiment in the 4th test and get ready for future... we have nothing to lose and also aussie team at this moment are manageable

My XI would be: 1. Vijay 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. SRT 5. Virat 6.Raina 7. MSD 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Dinda 11. Jadeja ..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

So Gambhir was set to make a comeback had it not been for yellow fear .. Its so easy to get back into form (and in team) now a days .. I am sure Sehwag must be rubbing his hands in anticipation of another injury . Off course it doesn't matter if the person is a opener, since selections never happen Man to Man in Indian Cricket.. You loose a opener ... you check back for the opener who was only a few days back kicked out .. He's not available so go to a failed test player who can't inspire the confidence even after playing 159 ODI's and 85 days of test cricket. Would love to see RAINA being benched for 15 months. Team mgmt. shouldn't differentiate among the players, as far as the policy of BENCHING the talent is concerned. Right??

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Bin Gautham Gambhir !! He is no way better than Sehwag! Purely overrated player!

Posted by sree_yuvi on (March 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Rahane will open, Raina will be used as substitute thats it..

Posted by tigerkhan on (March 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Why S. Raina again, they should have included Abhinav Mukund or Manish Pandey in the team, at least they should give a chance to Rahane in the playing XI as he is already in the team. These three player have the best domestic record especially Manish Pandey is a young Sehwag, has a Domestic strike rate of over 70 and makes double centuries.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

It's the last test, we've already won the series. We have two openers set in Dhawan and Vijay, then why not select somebody like Jiwanjot, the second highest scorer in Ranji and see if we can have a backup option for South Africa. This doesn't make any sense, an opener goes out and they draft someone into the test team who bats at like #6 or #7 in ODI's.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Guys... Raina in the team for ub the place of Substitute fielder.. Rahane only going to open the innings in delhi.. y thinking like that..

Posted by bighit14 on (March 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

A very good selection indeed keeping in mind Raina would be kept as a substitute on field and Rahane to debut and open in the final Test.

My XI would be Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, Ojha and Dinda and very hopeful that this would be the combination for Delhi Test.

Posted by Scrop on (March 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Definitely Rahane in for Dhawan in 4th test. As its a back to back test, Raina was selected because of his fielding, he will be called in as substitute.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

but i think its a fair decision ( not a big fan of raina for tests) because initially gauti was taken but he fell ill. I dont think there are other potential openers right now in domestic circuit....so they might have thought to pick a middle-order bat, but here also no one looks in screaming form...so most likely pick shud b raina at the moment because he is in best of the forms in odis and also scored a hundred in irani trophy

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

why Raina and gautam again? India should give Rahane a chance to open along with vijay in next test match. India have already win this series and should foucs thier mind on how they gonna approach South African tour after 5 months on seaming and bouncy pitches. i don't know why everynow and then raina and yuvraj is picked, these two always struggle against test match quality pace and spin bowlers. though gautam still need to keep in mind that gautma will be more effective in south africa if he stays fit and in form becuase dhwan drive too much and on that Flat mohali track is not gonna worry anyone but certainly booming drives on wanderesrs or supersport park will keep allowing his shots to slip fielders and pujara too also should play the bowl late with relax on crease , he moves too much on crease and on bouncy wickets , he will be caught in between backfoot and frontfoot and every new comer should watch that extremely classy innings played by kolhi at WACA test in 2nd innings .

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

good selection....RAINA the man in form ... he was outstanding in recent international and also domestic matches.... good luck.... may be he will play at no. 6.... good to see u again....

Posted by ramesh.mesh on (March 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Raina is just a backup batsmen !! pls stop blaming !!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Guys, Understand the logic.. Rahane is playing and most probably will be opening the innings with Vijay.. Raina will be back up for that middle order batsmen, basically a water boy unless someone gets injured..

Posted by Temuzin on (March 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Whats wrong with rahane. Is he not being able to convince team management, coach and captain that he is good enough by his showing in the nets? I dont understand why selectors have picked him? if he is good enough he should get a few matches to prove. If Rahane is not good enough then let him go. Also why selectors were trying to rope in Gambhir? Thank goodness he has jaundice. The guy did not do any thing worth while since he is dropped.

Posted by mmmuthukumar on (March 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Dinesh Karthik, or any other TN or CSK player should be added to the squad. anyway Raina is a good selection.

Posted by harish247 on (March 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Dont worry... rahane is going to open innings with vijay. Raina useless for test squad.he is fabulous odi and t20 player and he is not a opener.

Posted by SLICKR392 on (March 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Oh dear !

Here is what happens.

Pujara might open with Raina at #6 or #7 (Dhoni logic).

Raina might score a ton and make his way to SA and earn few king pairs, get dropped, back in few months and the cycle goes on.

Welcome to India cricket.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Personally , I think Rahane should get the game . He is been in warming bench since Australia 2012 Tour... Going further i also think he is good replacement for Jadeja at No 4 for SA.. I will be really dis appointed to see Raina in Playing XI ahead of Rahane... If at all the same scenario happens unfortunately ahead of SA tour with someone down with Injury.. I really think Though age factor is their i think Jaffer should be considered as replacement if at all required. Look at his technique .... much much better to play him overseas..... ! My Playing XI for Delhi Test : 1 Murli Vijay , 2 Pujara , 3 kohli 4 Tendulkar 5 Rahane 6 MSD 7 Jadeja , 8 Ashwin 9 ojha/harbhajan 10 Kumar 11 ishant/dinda and for SA Playing XI . 1 JAFFER 2 GAMBHIR 3 PUJARA 4 SRT 5 KOHLI 6 RAHANE 7 MSD 8 ASHWIN 9 KUMAN ,. 10 ISHANT 11 DINDA

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

India has nothing to lose now its time to check our bench strength so you need to drop or rest some of the players like sachin,ashwin and ishant,so that you can check the ability of the players like dinda,bhaji and rahane. my team !.Vijay 2. Rahane 3. pujara 4 .kohli 5.raina 6. dhoni 7.jadeja 8.dinda 9.bhaji 10.bhuvanesh 11.ojha

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 19, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

I can't believe that initially the selectors had called upon the surly Gambhir, recalling either Gambhir or Sehwag was EXACTLY what I feared. Now we learn that it was only on medical grounds that Gambhir was passed over.

Let's pray that Rahane gets an opportunity *AND* makes it count. I want neither Gambhir/Sehwag on the trip to SA. The importance of experience has been grossly exaggerated by the so-called experts. We had a side packed with experience on the tours of Eng and Oz where we returned 0-8, further, Gambhir and Sehwag were disruptive on the tour of Oz, they were utterly useless in England too. For either to return to the national team, they need to (1) spend some time out of the team to appreciate their privileged days and (2) score runs in FIRST CLASS cricket.

Finally, I'll take Raina any day over Gambhir and Sehwag on current form.

Posted by realfan on (March 19, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

this doesnt make any sense......when do indian selectors look beyod the likes of raina, rohit, harbajan, ishant????? do they dont have any substitute players for replacement???? then what is the need for RAHANE in the team???? dont tell me he is just a drinks carrying boy..... he deserve lot ore than what many players deserve in this team....

Posted by ClearView on (March 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Why is it that Tendulkar can't be "rested" and "preserved" for future by giving a young player a chance in this last test of a series which India already won and can't lose?

Posted by bighit14 on (March 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Guys, Please chill. This is a strategic decision to get Rahane to open and Raina in as a substitute fielder only. Really a good decision.

Posted by soumyas on (March 19, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Dhawan's dashing performance has put BCCI bosses in difficult position, poor Dhawan had option but to hurt his finger to keep himself out...;)

Posted by bijuphilip on (March 19, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Make no sense,selectors are being the domestic dog of Dhoni, I am furious Ambadi rayidu,Gautham gambir,wasimgaffer,even rohit sharma is better than raina in test matches Abinav mukundu,chand ,any body above names would have been better really pathatic,I don't know it's csk lobby or UP/Jarkand lobby really pathatic

Posted by SamRoy on (March 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

If India needed to pick a middle order bat it should have been the third best middle order batsman in the country (after Pujar and Kohli), Ambati Rayudu. I agree with @palla.avinash completely. But honestly an opener should replace another opener.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Rahane will play for sure. Where thats he question?.. I think it make sense to play him 1 down or 3 down given he will play in middle order in future (if remains in form). Pujara to open in that case.

Posted by street_smart on (March 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Raina again?? What about Tiwary...? poor lad...

Posted by bighit14 on (March 19, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

A very good decision. This means Rahane will open and Raina can chip in as a substitute fielder. Good thinking by selectors. Gambhir catching jaundice is a blessing in disguise for Rahane. Hope he shines as well

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Rahane will replace Dhawan. Raina, our best fielder will be used as a substitute in different times in the test.

That is why raina has been chosen ahead of other openers.

Posted by realfan on (March 19, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

and there goes the chance for RAHANE to play for INDIA ever again.... i mean why do we need to select the person who is not in squad till now..... you have extra players in your bench to replace the injured.... why do we need to select the players who were not part of squad till now in the series.....dont tell me RAHANE is only to carry drinks... i hope raina doesnt get to play in next test, but that unlikely...... RAINA will play ahead of RAHANE and it can be seen clearly......werent we supposed to see raina no more in test cricket???? he averaged 25+ after 20+ matches in test.... he doesnt deserve another chance......

Posted by SevereCritic on (March 19, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

How does a middle order batsmen replace an injured opener? Another CSK lobby. Dhoni continues to lobby for his CSK buddies. Raina is history- he has had plenty of chances. Just doesn't have the temperament for test cricket and is terrible against the short ball. Should have picked Rohit instead.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Why Raina for test again??????????

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

This means Rahane will not debut at Delhi

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Doesn't matter who is called up as a replacement as I reckon Sehwag will get yet another chance to open. Also the fact that the final test is being played in Sehwag's hometown as well, it just adds up to his chances. Raina might not get a place in the XI. And if by chance Sehwag doesn't get to play then I'd rather pick Rahane instead of Raina who's been warming the bench for quite some time now. India also doesn't play any test after this for some period of time and since they've already won this test series giving Rahane his first test won't be a bad idea.

Posted by Arrow011 on (March 19, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Very good selection. The 11 should be as follows.

Vijay - Pujara - Kohli - Sachin - Raina - Dhoni - Jadeja - Ashwin - Harbhajan - Bhuvaneshwar & Ojha. Use all 4 spinners as Ishant is a waste he keeps running at high speeds to take no wicket. Delhi is a famous spin pitch so Ishant is not required, Bhuvaneshwar should be 1 paceman. If need be Sachin can bowl some medium pace overs to open the attack with Bhuvaneshwar.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

terrible pressure on rahane...because he knows that if he scores less than a 100, he wont be considered for atleast a year !

Posted by S.Jagernath on (March 19, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Suresh Raina?Is he going to be opening the batting?A batsman who struggles with seam,swing,bounce & even spin is going to open?I can't see how he would get into the middle order.Ajinkya Rahane should open,even though he isn't an opener.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Raina! Just does not make any sense.. To replace an opener with a middle order batsman.Rahane is already in the team and was supposed to be a middle order batsman for the test team. And hes opened for India too in onedayers. So the logic of picking Raina beats me. Unless ofcourse Dhoni from CSK had something to do with it and his selection. There should have been no replacement named cause of this injury to Dhawan and Rahane should have been told that he will be opening with Vijay in the next Test match. Hes been warming the bench for so long now. Not fair!!!

Posted by SamRoy on (March 19, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

How is Suresh Raina an opening batsman? This is blatant nonsense. This guy who averages 28 after 17 tests gets to replace an opening bat. If they had given chance to a youngster like Jiwanjot or Unmukt it was understandable. Even Gambhir was understandable given that he was an opener and had scored a century against Australia in the first class practice match (notwithstanding his poor test form). But Suresh Raina? I am sure he will get a game at No. 6 with Pujara asked to open the batting. MSD, needs to be stripped of test captaincy, for his blatant bias and influencing selectors, apart from his horrible field placements.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Raina???????.........still no rahane........poor guy

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

OH GOD, i really hope RAHANE gets to play. My gut feeling is Pujara will open with Vijay, Virat at 3, MSD at 5, and Raina at 6.. PLZ give the Rahane a chance.

My XI would be: 1. Vijay 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. SRT 5. Virat 6. MSD 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Dinda 11. Ojha..

Dinda should be given a test go before SA if they are thinking about taking him in SA. IDK why Raina is in this team right now, and why on earth they were going back to Gambhir. Poor choice, I would have added maybe Rayadu or Tiwary just so they can get a feel the dressing room and some experience.

LETS GO TEAM INDIA

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

They can give some new player a chance. Raina is not a future for India Test Team. The technique which Raina shows. Please BCCI and Selection Board be fair to players. I think Ambati Rayudu would be the best replacement for Dhawan. If Indian selector are looking for someone who can play in south africa too and choosing Raina, than it it pathetic.

Posted by palla.avinash on (March 19, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Why raina why not rayudu.i think raina because he belongs csk and rayudu because once he played for icl and no strong backing,this is nonsense rayadu is best player in first class cricket in all platform.Raina doesn't posses the technique nor the patience test cricket required he will be similar as yuvraj singh tests waste of time and opportunities giving chances who always fails like rohit sharma in odis yuvi and raina in tests when will selectors learn.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

once again rahane might not get a chance!!!!

Posted by womenlovecricket on (March 19, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

What? Dont get me wrong I love Raina but what about Rahane? Doesnt he deserve to play as well?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

and FINALLY Rahane might get a chance to open the innings

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Bad luck! shiki! get well soon! vijay & Rahane should open! lets give a chance to rahane who is jus warming benches and carrying bottles

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 19, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Before ppl go nuts, Raina is simply making up the gap left by Dhawan's withdrawal, it does NOT mean he's guaranteed a start in Delhi. It will be a surprise if Rahane isn't slotted in, the question is WHERE he'll bat, opener or middle-order?

On a side note, I don't think Rahane is at the top of his form at the mo, it often happens that selectors miss the moment when a newcomer is in hot form. I was also concerned at the big gaps he left - betwene bat and pad - against England in a couple of ODIs. However, he deserves his chance and I wish him the best in Delhi - assuming the selectors really don't jump Raina ahead of him!

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