England in India 2011

Tendulkar and Yuvraj unlikely for England series

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September 28, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar comes out for India's nets session, Old Trafford, August 30, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar's toe is likely to keep him out of the series against England © Getty Images
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India will play its first ODI series at home after winning the World Cup in April when it takes on England next month in five ODIs starting in Hyderabad. Yet, rather than the series being a welcome return home for the current world champions, the squad is likely to look very different from the one that won the title as injury problems that stalked the team on its tour of England show no signs of abating. The team will be announced on Thursday but ESPNcricinfo understands that Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh are unlikely to be fit in time, while Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel are also set to miss out.

Tendulkar continues to struggle with his toe injury and his absence raises the question of how much more ODI cricket he will play, especially considering that outside of the World Cup, he has played only two ODIs this year.

Rohit's broken finger that ruled him out of the Champions League Twenty20 should also keep him out against England, while the ligament damage to Yuvraj's finger is not healing fast enough. Meanwhile Ishant's ankle is still ginger and he's unlikely to be risked for the series. Ishant has said the ankle needs surgery but he is holding off until after the tour of Australia. Keeping him out of the series could be a precautionary measure to have him ready later in the year. Munaf injured his ankle during the ODIs against England and missed the Champions League.

On the plus side, Gautam Gambhir has recovered from his concussion and is playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League. With so many players out, Ajinkya Rahane, who impressed in England, should keep his place. It could also open the door for Yusuf Pathan to make a return to the side after he was not selected for the tour of England.

Given that Zaheer Khan is already missing, the big question is the composition of India's pace attack. Do the selectors fall back on Ashish Nehra, who has declared himself fit (no one from the board has spoken to him though) and has been bowling at full tilt in the nets over the last six weeks? Or do they plump for a completely new line-up fashioned around Praveen Kumar, with the likes of Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Abhimanyu Mithun and Vinay Kumar in the reckoning? The choices the selectors make will indicate how they plan to restock India's bowling resources and whether they are thinking about the future.

The identity of the spinners is also open to question, though to lesser degree. Harbhajan Singh is fit again and is the conventional, safe choice, but the pair of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha could be worth a gamble. Ashwin played in the 0-3 series loss to England and the selectors might want to see how effective he is in helpful conditions.

India won the World Cup in April in grand style but have struggled somewhat since. They won the first three ODIs on the West Indies tour but lost the two dead rubbers, before going down 0-3 to England, though they did manage a tie in the fourth game of that series.

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Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

The English team can play well only in England. In India, they lost to Bangladesh and Ireland( World Cup' 11 ) And this newly selected team is going to beat the hell out of the touring English side. Good Luck India. ( Good luck youngsters, make us proud )

Posted by ibbani on (September 29, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

@ Steve Spragg - you canm laugh only till the one day match starts, after that it is India's turn to laugh on England's sorry reasons for their losses lol

Posted by kas_kas on (September 29, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

the indian team is at its weakest point maybe they mite have home adv wld wnt to see them win

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

@Siddarthan Sp ...Irfan can bowl much better and effective than current sqyad of indian bowlers....and also having batting much better than praveen/ishnata and munaf

Posted by Johnny_129 on (September 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

@Sankarasubramanian & @Manoj76 & @ajeet_211 - R JADEJA....have you lot LOST YOUR MIND! This guy is the biggest under-achiever I have ever seen. Prior to the WC there was an article on his selection and in 300 odd comments there was not one single in favour of R Jadeja. This guy should not be allowed anywhere near an international arena - let him play domestic and IPL where he has a chance to shine for money!

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

1) Gautam Gambhir 2) Ajinkya Rahane 3) Virat Kohli 4) Suresh Raina 5) Dhoni 6) Yusuf Pathan 7) Irfan Pathan 8) Harbhajan Singh 9) Pravin Kumar 10) R. Ashwin 11) Varun Aaron/Munaf 12) R Jadeja 13) Robin Uthappa 14) Ambati Raydu 15) Pragyan Ojha

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

@Naresh28 - appreciate and respect your sentiment but you are way too off with Greg Chappell vis-a-vis Irfan Pathan. If anything, Chappell had a primary role in the decline of Irfan with all the bio-mechanics etc being imposed on him when he started to struggle. You should have listened to Sourav Ganguly on air during the England series about how Irfan's career went downhill after he was mismanaged in the Greg Chappell regime.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

1.GAUTAM 2 UTHAPPA 3 KHOLI 4 RAINA 5 DHONI 6 YUSUF 7 IRFAN 8 BHAJJI 9 PRAVIN 10 AARON 11 ASHWIN 12 NEHRA 13 RHANE 14 RP

AND PLAYER LIKE JOSEPH JASON PARADO SHOUD PICK UP WHO CAN BOWL 145 TO 150 SPEED N HARD HEATER PLAYING FOR FR AGNEL CLG PILAR .[CHAMPION LEAGUE GOA]

AND PLAYER LIKE MUNAF PATEL SHOULD B THROWN OUT IRFAN SHOUL B BACK

Posted by srikanth457 on (September 29, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

my dream team is 1) gambir(c) 2) rahane 3) V.kohli 4) Raina 5) M.Tiwary 6) P.Patel 7) R.jadeja 8) R Ashwin 9) Pravin kumar 10) Varun Aron 11) RP Singh 12) Harbajan 13) Sreesanth 14) S tiwary 15) Y Pathan

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Where is Mr. Irfan Pathan..?

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