England in India 2011

Tendulkar and Yuvraj unlikely for England series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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..?

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT)

pick what 11 you like India are gonna be humiliated all over again lol...cant wait

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

I am looking for the selection of Varun Aron and Ashwin !!! not only in the team but also in playing XI - Let wait and see !!!

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 8:42 GMT)

India need to look a new team. So I will go with my playing XI as:

1.Uthappa 2.Rahane/Gambhir 3.Kohli/Manish Pandey 4.Raina/Faiz Fazal 5.Yusuf Pathan/Ravindra Jadeja 6.MS Dhoni 7.Irfan Pathan(To give a chance)/Pragyan Ojha 8.Rahul Sharma 9.Ashwin 10.Praveen 11.Aaron/Nehra.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

But What about V.Shewag.Where is he?Will he play England Series or not?

Posted by sweetspot on (September 29, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

On and on and on about IPL being abusive to players' bodies. Enough! As a professional cricketer, any of our stars should choose being professional, over being emotional about country. What country? The choice is between BCCI and IPL franchise. The BCCI is a club, that gives "permission" to use the Indian flag on the attire of our players. So, they do NOT ever represent the country, get it? Forget about Test matches - the goose of the 5 day game is cooked. I'm glad to see India defining the future of world cricket. Franchise cricket IS the way forward. The game has not expanded to become a global sport precisely because of these dumb and archaic notions about Test cricket being the real thing. It is fundamentally about fun and entertainment, so to hell with white clothes and stiff attitudes. Bring on the IPL, anyday. Let's produce more millionaires and let's get the sport into many other countries.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

Ah good - the excuses in case of a poor Indian performance are ready made then. Good to know the BCCI can plan something this far in advance.

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav look well built in stature, but should be put through a longer period of training at the NCA. We need more good left arm pacers. Really I dont think BCCI considers player investment worth it !!!!!!!!!!!! England and Australia seem to do a better job at this.

Posted by Saad_Parekh on (September 29, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

What about Sehwag. Wasn't he fiit?

Posted by Haleos on (September 29, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

we faced the chin music now let the poms face the cobra venom. Make pitches which would turn from the first ball. Home Advantage as per andrew strauss.

Posted by Tatsache on (September 29, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

sourab tiwary best replacement of yuvaraj singh.....rahane is played good last series...may be he is best option for sachin replace....and If we speak about bowling...Its worst bowling attack in india that is top 6 team list...one worst bowler is replacing another worst bowler lol...we cant do any thing...we have to choose best bowler from worst owler list :) ...thanks for droping munaf...my suggestion give young bowling attack.atleast we can see good active in the field other than lazy fielder like munaf and rp ....!

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

Selectors need to pick Ambati Rayudu.This time is good for him but srikant may rather pick from his chennai side.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

I think so the team should be MS Dhoni(c),G Gambhir,v kohli,m tiwary,s raina ,a rahane,p patel,r jadeja,i pathan,harbhajan singh,p ohja,r ashwin,p kumar, a nehra,v aaron. and if dhoni is rested then manish pandey should be given a much deserved chance

Posted by udayanavada on (September 29, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

India should look beyond this series and invest in youngsters to get ready for next world cup.It does not matter even if India loose this series. India is world cup champions does not mean that they should win every series until next word cup.India became champions because they started building the team after 2007 debacle which yielded fruit in 2011.Hence it is now, the time for India to look in to the future.Let other teams celebrate in the interim period but not in the world cup.

Posted by Saqib_Sheraz on (September 29, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

So how long should we wait for 100th ton....?

Posted by Sankarasubramanian on (September 29, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

My Team: Uthappa, Rahane, Gambir, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Yusuf/RJadeja, Praven, Harbajan, Ashwin, Aaron/Nehra...

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 29, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

I agree with posts that DHONI should be resting instead of playing IPL. Whether we like it or not he is due for a INJURY. Wicketkeeping does take a lot out of him.This is sheer abuse of the body. The IPL owners are putting him before country. A break would have revitilised him. So the English fans were right about IPL infringing in our country first approach. People calling for Irfan (whom we dont doubt) , the player needs to prove himself. It would have been great if BCCI invested resources into Irfan - Australia does that if they believe player potential. Greg Chappell thought highly of Irfan.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

plz include rahul sharma and Deepak Chahar... deepak chahar is dynamic bowler from rajasthan... dont ignore him as he can lead the indian bowling

Posted by Manoj76 on (September 29, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

My XV members will be : 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 12) R Jadeja 13) Robin Uthappa 14) Ambati Raydu 15) Pragyan Ojha

Posted by ajeet_211 on (September 29, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

My selection for IND v/s Eng home series 1>Gautam Gambhir 2>Ajinkya Rahane 3>Virat Kohli 4>suresh Raina 5>M.S.Dhoni 6>R.Ashwin 7.Ravindra jadeja 8.Praveen Kumar 9.Harbhajan singh 10.R.P.Singh 11.S.sreesanth 12.Irfan pathan 13.Robin Uthappa 14.aashish Nehra 15.Manoj Tiwari/Saurav Tiwari 16.varun Aron

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

Prepare complete spin friendly pitches and select only one fast bowler( Praveen Kumar -we cant call him so) and include the spinners Bhajjik, ojha and Ashwin in playing 11

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

And, why is Murali Kartik not catching the eyes of Indian selectors???? Kris Srikanth keeps selecting his favourites, half of the team is from Chennai superkings. i wont be surprised if Anirudha Srikkanth gets a call

Posted by Manoj76 on (September 29, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

Its High time now Selectors must look for future and try to build team which will have good chance of retaining next WORLD CUP. So we must pick players Like IRFAN PATHAN : He can bowl medium Pace can Bat and also brilliant fielder. ROBIN UTHAPPA : Can keep Wickets and also good batsman and Fielder. AMBATI RAYDU : Can keep Wickets and also good batsman and Fielder. Players like Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Saurab Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav etc. Please don't pick Munaf Pate, Vinay Kumar, Sreesanth. Try to pick player with multiple talent i.e. out of 3 (Bat, Bowl & Field) he must have atleast 2 skills.

We all want to see good and positive change pls. try to bring that.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

Bring in Saurabh Tiwary, play varun Aaron, Uthappa could be given a chance. Play Mithun in one-dayers( instead of tests) ...Why not BALAJI? Batting is not an area of concern, but bowling certainly is. Kamran khan is an emerging talent, take him to the nets atleast

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

pragyan ojha shuld come back after a fantastic county season.....he is a gr8 spinner of the ball......also manish pandey..robin uthappa and varun aaron shuld be given a chance.....jadeja shuld continue ...presently no need of pathans...

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

At least Irfan Pathan Should Get Chances To Play In Home Conditions .. And He Is Working Hard To Make A Come Back ..

Please Selector Dont Drop Irfan

Posted by renuka2600 on (September 29, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

1.Ajinkya Rahane 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Virat Kohli 4.M.S.Dhoni 5.Suresh Raina 6.Ravindra Jadeja 7.Yusuf Pathan 8.Harbajan Singh 9.R.Ashwin 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Ashish Nehra and the reserves should be 12.Manoj Tiwary 13.Parthiv Patel 14.Pragyan Ojha 15.Sreenath Aravind

I am sure this will definitely work

Posted by Salim_123 on (September 29, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

I strongly suggest Robin Utthapa and Irfan pathan should be selected. Bhajji should be retained and Ojha should be included. I still fail to understand why Uthappa has been discarded. Maybe he is not doing chamchagiri to Dhoni.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (September 29, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

Senior players can get a much deserved break after ClT20 as England will not pose much threat than Bang in these conditions.....

I think Dhoni must also be given a break..........

Posted by Romenevans on (September 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

WHy JImmy Anderson is rested? JImmy is a world class bowler right? why not test him in sub continent conditions? Hahaha! Oh wait, WC 2011 thrashing ahem ahem!

Posted by Govender on (September 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

Although this is bad news for Sachin, Yuraj, etc, this might be a blessing in disguise. India needs to groom their younger players to step up into the big stage. Yes, this is a bad patch that India is going through but bringing in young blood is always good because in order for India to regain its superiority in World Cricket, they have to be at their best at all times. Selecting from a bigger pool of players always give a team a better chance of winning

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (September 29, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

Until nw indian fan dont understand .... there cricket talent is worse then bangladesh ...... they can only play in 3rd division with france, baharain , denmark...... india only win because of money if you take there money back .... they can't even beat bangladesh n ireland .....

Posted by SamRoy on (September 29, 2011, 6:14 GMT)

@Nampally : I still do not understand how this meaningless ODI series will have any significance in the long run unless India trounces England 5-0 (extremely unlikely) or gets trounced by England 5-0(very unlikely too). Two years down the line who will remember this series? But I still remember India's terrible test series' down under in 1991-92 (was a six year old kid back then) and also the debacles in 1996 in SA and 1997 in WI and 2000 again in Australia and also the happy memories of tour of Pakistan in 2004 and tour of England in 2007.

Posted by harryrockz on (September 29, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

Until world cup 2011, all the players were keen in getting the coveted cup. So they were playing in a different mindset and were not thinking about injuries. After the world cup, they all needed the rest. But IPL happened. Now India is in a kind of transition phase. The stars are at the fag end of their careers and now new blood needs to be infused. Now the mindset of the players needs to be changed and they need to look into the future rather than saying we did this, we did that during the world cup. Also the team needs to gel with the current coach Fletcher. When Gary was there, they kept winning and the confidence is high. Now they (the coach and the players) need to get together and thus they will be able to make an positive impact in the future. Lets pray to GOD for India's rising...

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

What r u saying RahulBhaskaranpinarayi it will be bad if he retires

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 29, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

2 pace + 2 spinners will be enough for home conditions. PK /Nehra /Aron + Bhaji/Aswin+Jadeja will be enough. Viru, Raina, Kohli can bowl few overs in between.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:47 GMT)

Clearly India is going through a rough patch and the administrators have only themselves to blame. If senior players are injured, they should have people in mind to replace the same. They should keep an eye for young talent and USE them once in a while. This very article strongly advocates the fact that the BCCI has not recognised or groomed any new talent. I guess even now, a freak century or a magical spell is the criteria for someone to get noticed is it? Sad, very sad state of affairs in terms of player management.

Posted by vikkkkkky on (September 29, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

Dropping Bhajji and giving a chance to young spinners Rahul/Ashwin/Ojha is woth a gamble in Indian conditions. Its fine if Sachin misses, hope Yuvraj and Zaheer becomes fit. Chance should be given to Irfan as he is the only medium fast allrounder in India. Gambhir, Sehwag, Virat, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan, PK, Rahul/Ashwin/Ojha, Zaheer, Mithun

Posted by cond_cool on (September 29, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

also bring UTHAPPA.. That would be great..

We need a pace bowler like Zaheer anyways But not sreeshanth, sorry!

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

A chance shld be given to robin uthappa.... this guy has lot of potential.... worth giving him a try....

Posted by cond_cool on (September 29, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

SREESHANTH's Overs are VERY COSTLY & brings down all hopes

Bring irfan

Posted by samjigeorge on (September 29, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

Ajit Agarkar will come back to Action ------also sehwag playing if he is put him as opener if not, here is my team 1)Gambhir 2)Rahane 3)Kohli 4)Ravindra Jadeja 5)Raina 6)Dhoni 7)Yusuf 8)Ajit Agarkar 9)Praveen 10) Ashwin 11)Nehra ..... Amit Misra /Pragyan Ojha .....

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

if selectors are happy with jadeja as a batsman who can bowl his quota of 10 overs by keeping his figures around 5-5.5, I dont find why they dropped Irfan Pathan. He is the best all-rounder at present, just give him the role the team managament is giving Jadeja at present. He'll perform better than jadeja, that's sure

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

the ever so expensive sreesanth should first learn to control his line and length and then possibly look to attack. he is not getting with his so called attacking bowling and leaking runs in the process. only then can he look to make a comeback.

Posted by puntertakeson on (September 29, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Zaheer, Shewag Sachin and Yuvi are unlikely to play ODi against England. I hope Ghambir will follow them soon. I don't know why ghambir is playing CLT20 when he is not fully fit. Indian selectors never learnt there lesson from England series. Physically fit player is always better than physically unfit experience player. People stop asking about Ifran pathan he is not into cricket right now he is not even playing in Domestic ccricket. Ask him to play domestic cricket first. then we can think about bringing back to Indian team

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:20 GMT)

Selectors must look into Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Prajan Ohja, and Freshers like Surabh Tiwary, otherwise same we are going to lose the home series.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (September 29, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

please India ,go with 2 spinners in the playing eleven. play with your own strength.

Posted by ssenthil on (September 29, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

I think Ashwin should get a Chance and H Singh should be OUT of Squad itself. Ashwin was India's best bowler in the ODI Series picking 6 wickets @ 25 Avg, Only Swann is better bowler then Ashwin from both sides picking 8 Wickets @ 18 Avg. If you say Ashwin didn't perform enough considering he bowled all Rain shortened matches and just 28 Overs from 5 ODI's, No Spinner can perform better then him at present (From India). Selectors must look ahead of H Singh and Injury prone Zak to strengthen bowling department.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

It is quite interesting to see the names of Karthik, Uthappa again which in my opinion is immature to think about them. Enough is enough. Because of these guys players like Rahane was warming side bench. The players who have a desire to score runs rather than some flashy strokes and an average of 25-30's. Players like Sehwag, Yuvraj can come back after a loss of form, however, the above mentioned players are below average have not made a decent score in all their chances except Karthik's test stint. It is time to infuse new players and grow them to international level rather sticking with tested and tried players like Uthappa, Karthik & Pathan. Conventional thinking of our selectors and captain has put us in this present dilemma which has to be changed immediately and should develop a rotation policy.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

why does nt the BCCI ask national squad sureties like Gambhir to NOT play CL.....we have a lot of matches coming up (tests/odis and T20s)and if they want to play club T2o its perfectly fine but after that they should not walk into Indian team and get 'injured' all of a sudden.....ofcourse they will try to play everything bcos that is the sane thing for them but what is the BCCI/selectors /concerened authority doing..any one listening???

Posted by ssenthil on (September 29, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

The people who asks Irfan comeback NEVER really follows cricket and just crazy to comment about Cricket. Selectors knows, what the players are up to and how they performing in Domestic. They can't select a player, who no longer plays Cricket, Get it al IRFAN Fans who are not Cricket Fans.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

@AABIRSABEEL: Who is Irfan ? where is he now ? is he alive ? -- these are the doubts from our selectors.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

i think youngsters should be given the chance dis time .my playing eleven would be ......1.rahane 2.parthiv 3.kohli 4.raina 5.dhoni 6.tiwary 7. ojha 8.ashwin 9.praveen 10.varun 11.umesh ..as ojha,ashwin and praveen can bat a bit we dont need the extra batsman ....other members are jadeja, mithun , badrinath, rahul sharma...if possible we can rest dhoni too and get some other youngster in place of him as there is a long season ahead..........

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

I think this should be a good close series, for me India start as slight favorites due to the home advantage but I'm hopeful England can pull off a win. After the England series, a lot of Indian fans seemed to think that they would have a full strength side for this series, but they may have to face that its unlikely that the full strength side they are referring to (including Zaheer and Tendulkar) will ever play together again.

Posted by srtm on (September 29, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

lot of chances given to shre,rp,munaf,vinay irfan test-29 ,wik-100,5wik-7,10wik-2,ave-32,eco-3.2. odi-105,wik-152,ave-29,eco-5.2,5wk-1. ishanth test-38,wik-12,5w,10w-3,1,ave-34,eco-3.4 odi-47, wk-64,ave-32,ec0-5.7 shree test-27,wk-87,ave-37,eco-3.6,5w-3 odi-53,wk-75,ave-33,eco-6+,5w-1 rp- test-14,wk-40,ave-42,eco-4,5w-1 odi-59,wk-69,ave-33,eco-5.5 pk odi-56,wk-65,ave-33,eco-5 he played only 2test series so it is early to speak. only zaheer performed better than irfan that too marginally.irfan can bat too. very unlucky irfan. very less chances given to him. any other team would have given more chances to match winning allrounder. dhoni always say he need bowling allrounder.but pathan never gets chance. i dono y? it is dhoni's influence to not to select him or selectors hate pathan.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

MURALI KARTIK MUST BE PICKED. I wonder why commentators are not mentioning this great man, and why cricinfo people are also forgetting him. He is by far the best. Look at his performance in the IPL 2010, IPL 2011 as well, and IPL 2009. Look at his performance for Somerset in England now, Middlesex for so many years. English counties recognize his worth, but not Indians. English commentators like Mike Atherton, Dawid Gower wonder why he is not playing for India but no one in India even mentions his name.

Posted by Ben1989 on (September 29, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

well not that it bothers me much as I'm an aussie but I have to say again, why is Ishant Sharma risking causing himself a serious on going issue by not having the operation already? this makes no sense to me, yes the aussie tour is important but why risk giving yourself an injury that may plague you for the rest of your career?

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

1)Gambhir 2)Rahane 3)Virat Kohli 4)YUVRAJ/IRAFAN PATHAN 5)Raina 6)Dhoni 7)Ravindra Jadeja 8)Harbhajan Singh 9)Praveen Kumar 10)R Ashwin/P Ojha 11)Ashish Nehera/RP Singh

Posted by tangocharly007 on (September 29, 2011, 4:25 GMT)

My Team : 1.Rahane 2. P Patel 3.Gambhir 4.Virat 5. Raina 6. Dhoni (C&W) 7. R Jadeja 8.Praveen Kumar 9.Ashwin 10. Nehra 11.P oja/A Mishra

Posted by Amminikkala on (September 29, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

Cricinfostaff, I dont understand how you guys come up with this bowling line up...when we have Sreesanth who represented India in the WC Finals. Though is avg is not great, he still is the best strike bowler for India after Zaheer Khan. I think he is not in the injury list, so he should be included in the playing 11. Praveen always does great, so as Ashwin and Ojha. Bhaji needs to be back to his form still....Also India should play Varun who showed his pace in the IPL and didn't get a chance in England. In batting someone like Dravid is a must in the absense of Sachin. Gambhir..his form is still under question...Uthappa and Irfan could serve a better job, even Ambati Raydu is better than him at the moment...

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

Interesting to see who gets selected for the series.New Look Indian Team is expected.The series will be tough for India but will produce new talent for years to come.Sachin,Harbhajan,Yuvraj,Zaheer,Nehra have given their best but it's time to rest them now on.

Posted by Cr1cket_Lover on (September 29, 2011, 4:16 GMT)

We have a golden gift - some key players are injured, how could we expect to win without them? Let the excuses for our sorry performance begin right away, don't wait for even one ball to be bowled. The way we played, England can send their B team to play against us, or ideally their under 19 team for us to have a chance in the series.

Posted by US_Indian on (September 29, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

guys just revamp the whole indian team- let the seniors including Dhoni rest. Test the bench strength maybe this 16 will be better, what if even if they lose but atleast get them introduced and see their potentials and also test some of the oldies who deserved few more chances and see how can they fit into the scheme of things. Selectors should not waste or tire some of the players in irrelevant/ unimportant series's. I would give players who have already played like, Kaif (captain), Manish pandey, Rahane, Uthappa, Rayudu,Parthiv, Dinesh karthick, Ojha, rahul sharma, ashwin, pujara (if available), Aaron, Irfan, Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Kamran khan, Yousuf (may be), Iqbal Abdulla, Ali Murtuza, Balaji, Badri, Mukund,(theres is a fast bowler from Hyderabad or Andhra i dont know his name, he is damn good), another fast bowler from rajastan-i dont know his name either, if you can get a pool of 25 players just let all get some chance specially test our fast bowlers on the dead indian tracks.

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

joshua johnson i l nt agree with your point.....firstly india did,nt only came all 2gether in wc final.....india just lost 1 match against sa remember....nd england was struggling that time....!sa was lucky that day becoz pitch helped them 2 chase the match during death overs....nd indian pitchs r bit isolated u never knw wat l happen.....considerly, the injuries in the squad is bit disgrace due 2 irresponsible work by the management.v have 2 improve our strategies...nd v must also give chance 2 young guns like england did.....!this series could b a tough 1...u never knw wat will happen even crippled indian squad can upset the in form england side.....i knw how much talent is there in india

Posted by AbAdvani on (September 29, 2011, 4:09 GMT)

please no vinay kumar -he has been given umpteen chances time and again and found wanting. Surely, we can't have such a bad drought that we have to keep bringing in military medium bowlers like vinay kumar -Bring Irfan Pathan in but no vinay kumar again -PLEEEEEEZ

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

look first of all dismiss the selection committee and hire another good old players. and these selectors will not select the irfan pathan and other muslims doni does not like these players change captian first and bring good young player to be captian if not the team will loose from now on

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 3:47 GMT)

Team India has suffered on account of the mercenary attitude of the players. Harbhajan was not fit in England but plays for MI.I feel that the present day youngsters are not very keen to play for India.They are looking for some franchisee in the IPL who would buy them and once this is done, it is end of the road for them. The people who are really interested like Dinesh Karthick, Badri, Vijay, Mukund, Mithun, Vinay and a whole lot are ignored due to the whimsies of the selectors.It is time to say good bye to Tendulkar, Zaheer, Harbhajan and Sehwag. The captain Dhoni is also to be blamed as his regional considerations ensure that players from North however mediocre they are, are always in the team and also given repeated chances even though they do not justify the inclusion.

My team

Gambhir(Cap),Virat Kohli(Vice Cap),Parthiv,Vijay, Badri, Ashwin,Munaf,Mithun, Vinay Kumar,Raina,Dinesh Karthick(WK),Ishant,Manoj Tewari,Rahul Khanna.

I think Dhoni has become too arrogant and dropped

Posted by AABIRSABEEL on (September 29, 2011, 3:42 GMT)

BRING IRFAN,YUSUF AND SREESHANTH

Posted by RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on (September 29, 2011, 3:21 GMT)

from 2010 sachin is not playing onday cricket serioseley.but after that he played 2 ipl and champions tropht foe mumbai indians.after playin 2008 ipl he injurey worsened he missed asia cup in packistan and bangldesh tri seres odi.it is better to him to retyre from one day cricket.

Posted by Ahsan_Shere on (September 29, 2011, 3:20 GMT)

1)Gambhir 2)Rahane 3)Virat Kohli 4)Rohit Sharma 5)Raina 6)Dhoni 7)Ravindra Jadeja 8)Harbhajan 9)Praveen 10)Pragyan Ojha 11)Ishant Sharma

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 29, 2011, 2:56 GMT)

Expect 4-1 in India's favor. Extremely difficult to beat India in India in any format of the game IN INDIA. Was a huge advantage to India. If that semi final or final was played outside INdia, it may have been a different story. In India, batting and spinners are the key elements. Indian batsman play spin very very well and Indian batting is very very strong. In short, India is perfect for the Indians and almost impossible to beat them in series. For the Tests, it will be an interesting case. If the England bowlers can produce the same lethalities in India, India will be humiliated even worse than they did in England. Will be England's real test, just like England was India's real test. If England win in India, they are undeniable the World No. 1 and if India loses the Test Series, they deserve to be ranked No. 5/6

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

2 Spinner & 2 Pacer with a Spin or Seam Allrounder thrown in. Scenario I - R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron & Ravindra Jadeja. Scenario II - R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron & ? Abhimanyu Mithun. For change Pragyan Ojha can be thrown in instead of Harbhajan Singh. Scenario III- 3 Pacers & 1 Spinner - Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron & Asish Nehra. If Praveen Kumar & Asish Nehra are not match fit then standbys could be S.Arvind & RP Singh. Top 6 batsmen should be - Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina & MS Dhoni. Parthiv Patel cpuld be the extra man in the batting line up.So the squad of 15 for the first three ODI s - MS Dhoni (c & wk) Gautam Gambhir (vc) Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina,Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Abhimanyu Mithun, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh,Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron & Asish Nehra

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 29, 2011, 2:42 GMT)

Clear that Tendulkar is not interested in ODIs anymore. It doesn't matter, England is a decent side when they have their star players, but without their players (like how they are injured this time), it should be a cake walk for the Indians...especially in their backyard in front of their supporters

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 1:48 GMT)

I don't think India has a chance to beat the current England team in any type of cricket. Indian team does not have the calibre of bowling attack it had two years ago. Zaheer Khan is aging, Ishant is unfit more often than fit to play, and Harbhajan has been disaster in last 15 test matches. As far as batting is concerned, India's ptential replacements for the aging stars have been ineffective.

Posted by pallu11 on (September 29, 2011, 1:38 GMT)

is sehwag playing if he is put him as opener if not, here is my team 1)Gambhir 2)Rahane 3)Kohli 4)Dinesh Karthik 5)Raina 6)Dhoni 7)Yusuf 8)Harbhajan 9)Praveen 10)Murali Karthik 11)Nehra

Posted by lokphy on (September 29, 2011, 1:16 GMT)

@Joshua Johnson: I agree that Team India is going through bad period and one can criticize their recent England tour and present members. But that doesn't mean that you forget everything about this team only because Eng happened to win recent series (with so many reasons). If you remember WC, this team won successive matches against best odi teams on their way to WC title: Aus (QF), Pak (SF), and SL (F). This does not suggest that everything came together at Final. Why the same so called togetherness did not happen for England where they even failed to win against Ireland and Ban. My only point is you should acknowledge and respect other's achievements. England have started to show good cricket but they have not yet been tested properly. We will see more in future where these two teams are going...

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (September 29, 2011, 0:39 GMT)

pls give some rest to dhoni -- my team parthiv(w) / gambhir(c) / rahane / virat / manoj tiwari / raina / r jadeja / harbhajan / ashwin / nehra / praveen kumar i.e. 7 batsman 3 partial batsman and 5 bowlers 2 part time bowlers and other 4 members can be badrinath / yusuf pathan / irfan pathan / amit mishra, as india will be not an ideal place to start career for varun / umesh / jaidev

Posted by   on (September 29, 2011, 0:18 GMT)

selectors need to look irfan pathan and robin uthappa who r talented who has played in int cricket y are they picking up local players tiwary doesnt do anything he sucks sri kanth need to learn

Posted by Nampally on (September 29, 2011, 0:16 GMT)

@bigdhonifan: Your team has no leg spinners or left arm orthodox spinner - the 2 types Engalnd batting is susceptable to. Aloso an overload of off spinners - Harbhajan, Ashwin, Yusuf & Raina. Also Sehwag may still be available. If not, India needs at least one senior reliable player like Dravid.Otherwise Indian batting becomes weak. In fact the Selectors should persuade Dravid to play this series.India's win is crucial to the morale of the cricket in India.India cannot hide under the excuse of injuries all the time.

Posted by cric_fanatics on (September 28, 2011, 23:48 GMT)

@ Kamran Ahmed ...i agree with u,,,the home side (india) will comprehensively humiliate the visitors...

Posted by bigdhonifan on (September 28, 2011, 23:34 GMT)

1. Gambhir 2. Rahane 3. Kohli 4. Raina 5. M Tiwary 6. Dhoni 7. Yusuf 8. Harbhajan 9. Ashwin 10. Praveen Kumar 11.Nehra

Posted by bigdhonifan on (September 28, 2011, 23:28 GMT)

@Deepak_Toronto your team will loose to Zimbabwe!!

Posted by landl47 on (September 28, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

Lucky for India Lewis Gregory won't be playing in the series- the mighty Gambhir was out to him first ball in Somerset's last match. Gregory is 19 years old and has only played a handful of games. Seriously, although this ODI series isn't very important, it is a good chance for India and England to get another look at the young players who will be needed for the next World Cup. India's young players looked a good deal better than the old brigade (Dravid excepted) in the recent tour. It's probably a blessing in disguise that India have no choice but to pick them.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

The good thing about this series for England is that they aren't the number 1 ODI side in the world and to be honest, they aren't known for being that good at ODI's. I think that even if England get trounced in this series, they will be able to test their young guns on tough Indian pitches. We all know that England generally struggle on Indian pitches so I see this as more of a point for India to prove than England. India are the world champions and so to lose this series, even if they do, yet again, make the excuse that they have lots of injured players, would put their entire World Cup win to shame and prove to the rest of the cricketing world that India are an average team but luckily for them, it all came together in the final at the World Cup.

Posted by cricketizgood on (September 28, 2011, 22:14 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung: Good one, looks like you are a standup comedian. A very poor one, i might say. The game has not started yet, I would recommend to wait until the results. You know sometime you might have to eat your own words. Pitches are different, conditions are different.

Posted by Deepak_Toronto on (September 28, 2011, 21:56 GMT)

My team: 1. Rahane 2. Uttahhapa [give rest to gambhir] 3. Pujara [in place of Yuvraj] 4. Virat [in place of Dravid] -replace with Rohit Sharma when he is fit 5. Dhoni 6. Raina/Yusuf 7. Irfan/ 8. Nehra/Abhinav Mithun 9.Leg spinner : Rahul Sharma/Piyush Chawla 10. Ojha /Murli Karthik 11. Praveen Kumar/yadav/varoon Aaron We need experienced players like Nehra and Irfan.But SIR RAVINDRA JADEJA will spoil the team combination. If pace is our weakness then we should focus on our strength in Indian conditions: OVERDOSE OF SPIN BOWLING.

Posted by lokphy on (September 28, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

@niksaims: That given day happens once in a century.. :(

Posted by zico123 on (September 28, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

indian big players who play both Test and ODI like Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Dhoni, Zaheer, Bhajji have to skip IPL and CL to give some rest to their body to keep themselves fit and avoid injury in this packed international schedule.

Posted by lokphy on (September 28, 2011, 21:26 GMT)

Chances for India to take revenge are very less... England will be happy and have best chance to win series in India. I am also not sure about the player who are playing Champions league will be fit and fresh for the England series. Dhoni already had sore fingers while Harbhajan and Gambhir are fresh from injuries and more prone to those..

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

I am a great fan of international cricket. It seems no players are giving importance to international cricket.It seems like in mere future almost every time team India is gonna be playing with B teams because of injured A players. This is very very sad. If this continues I am going to quit watching international cricket for good.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 21:00 GMT)

no vinay kumar please.. there will be absolutely no variety in the bowling attack if he is picked...a gentle medium-pacer will do the team no good on flat tracks

Posted by Nampally on (September 28, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Let us face it - India do not have good seamers. So focus on the England batsmen weakness against leg spin & orthodox left hand spinner like WI did in the t-20 and sent England packing for <90. Indian selectors must focus on economical spin bowlers as well as steady pace which restricts the run rate to around 4 runs/over.Ojha for left arm spin, Rahul for right hand leg spin and Harbhajan for off spin - in 30 overs if they can keep to below 120 runs then it is left up to Kumar & the other seamer to show their accuracy.So Indian XI will have 5 bowlers (2 seamers,3 spinners) + 6 batsmen.Harbhajan will be #7.Sehwag (if fit), Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Raina & Dhoni - 6 batsmen. If Sehwag is unfit recall Dravid, despite his announced retirement. If Dravid declines, go with a specialist batsman - Tiwary, Pujara or W.Jaffer.If India go for 7 batsman, then Bhaiji must drop out -Best team with 6 regulars on the injured list.Basic Rule: Keep run rate <4/over with tight bowling & fielding to win ODI

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (September 28, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

So India already started to make injury excuses even before England arrives? What gives? The indian greats already afraid of facing express pace from the likes of Finn, Dernbach and now Meaker who all bowls over 90MPH. They know Australia are easier to face with Copeland bowling 70MPH so they avoid England and rather be fit and ready for Aussie bowlers. hahahahahaha

Posted by woodhaven on (September 28, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

@ hira02--england have little bit of chance of competing--huh. what are you talking about. it seems like u want to play 21 indian player in one team. when ishant was regular in ODI? rohit was just a replacement. dont forget in england team also have notable absentee--- kevin pietersen, broad (last match), trott (most match), dernback, tremlett, morgan,swann, collingwood and many more

Posted by lokphy on (September 28, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

Chances for India to take revenge are very less... England will be happy and have best chance to win series in India. I am also not sure about the player who are playing Champions league will be fit and fresh for the England series. Dhoni already had sore fingers while Harbhajan and Gambhir are fresh from injuries and more prone to those..

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

The result will be same as of the India tour to England.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (September 28, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

the brutal opening pair of sehwag and tendulkar will be sadly missed. england and its fans must be delighted they've got a little bit more chance of competing now, given also that yuvraj and zaheer is also out. but still i favour india and im soo excited about rahane who did well in england and averages 67 in first class cricket such a class! :)

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

if nehra is fit than he should be called back with praveen he shud be the first choice and bowlers like aaron ,sreesanth,mithun should be shuffled,if gauti returns with viru it will be a huge bonus for indians and team will gain some confidence but in my opinion raina,virat,dhoni shuldnt have played the CL to get some rest before the series the team shud be like this:-Sehwag,Gautam,Virat,Rahane,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Yusuf,Harbhajan,Ashwin,Nehra,Praveen,Sreesanth,Aaron,Mithun and Rayadu.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

1dhoni. 2 gambhir 3 saurabh tiwary 4 rahane 5. uthappa(2nd wk) 6.kohli 7.raina 8 sehwag 9 bhajji 10 ashwin 11 rahul sharma 12 pk 13 varun aaron 14 rp singh 15 pujara/yuvraj/manariya

Posted by nilayb on (September 28, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

The 2 main reasons that India did not win a game in Eng are- 1) Lack of penetration in the pace/medium pace bowling department 2) Lack of a genuine 5th bowler who also contributes as a lead batsman at No. 6 or 7.

The second problem would have been taken care of if Yuvraj was fit. But as he is not, the onus will be on Ravindra Jadeja or Yousuf Pathan (whoever is picked in the 11) to make a mark. But, the selectors should keep looking for a seam bowler who can bat because in conditions outside subcontinent India needs a seam bowling all-rounder badly. Do we have anyone who can be picked????

The bigger problem is the first problem. India's current pace/medium pace bowling strength looks very weak. The obvious thing to do will be to stick with Nehra, Praveen, Munaf & Zaheer (when he is fit), but that is only going to add to the problems once they break down. The selectors need to look for the next crop of young fast bowlers. Is there anyone is the selector's radar? I don't think so :(

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

Best squad Batsmen : Gambhir(vc) Sehwag Kohli Raina Rahane Bowlers : Praveen Kumar Varun Aaron Nehra Bhajji Ashwin Allrounders : Yuvraj Yusuf Irfan Keepers : Dhoni(Capt) Uthappa Starting XI 1.Sehwag 2.Gambhir 3.Kohli 4.Yuvraj 5.Yusuf 6.Raina 7.Dhoni 8.Irfan 9.Bhajji 10.Kumar 11.Aaron

Posted by divyang007 on (September 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

Since SACHIN AND VIRU are not fit, INDIAN WILL LOSSE THIS SERIES AS WELL... i am sorry india but its true....not hope for india untill, zaheer, munaf, ishant, nehra, sachin, and viru and yuvi will come back to indias side....

Posted by harshizzle5 on (September 28, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

Time to go back to the formula of a spin quartet. Surely they would perform better than our "pace" attack.

Posted by niksaims on (September 28, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

Pls bring Yusuf Pathan back. India need fire power in their line up. I will say actually bring Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa both back to the Indian ODI outfit. Else India will still loose the series and Kohli, Parthiv, Rahane will play odd 30s and 40s at a strike rate of 60.00...

Lets hope Indian selectors think positive this time... Any given day they both can spoil the oppositions day...

Posted by Nampally on (September 28, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

I expected Sachin,Rohit,Yuvraj,Zaheer & Munaf to be in the casuality for some more time. I think Zaheer & Munaf must retire from ODI. As regards Sehwag, I doubt very much whether he will be fit physically even if his shoulder is fine.Gambhir needs to work hard to regain his form with only 2 weeks left before the England ODI series.The Selectors must announce the Indian squad for the England series. They must include Ojha & Rahul Sharma as the 2 leg spinners - left & Right hand.England is v.weak against both left & right hand leg spinners. Tall Rahul is ideally suited for the ODI's with his fast bouncy leg spinners, extremely economical too. Ojha is also an accurate bowler. These 2 bowlers must be in the XI.The other 3 could be Kumar, Harbhajan & Aeron. 6 Batsmen: Rahane, Gambhir,Dravid, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni.All rounder: I.Pathan. Keep Sehwag in the reserve subject to fitness & form.Others:M.Tiwary,C.Pujara,Mithun, Nehra. It is a young& keen side with guts. Recall Dravid for this series.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (September 28, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

it will be also interesting,if Ind goes with 2 spinners.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

I think india have enough bench strength in bowling department at home conditions.India will have to go with praveen,nehra n varun in pace n remain with bhajji n ashwin in spin department. Munaf is a good choice but he is lacking 3c's cool,calm n composed natures which were the attributes of our indian cricketers from so many years.It is evident that as a result his poor show in worldcup n england tour.Having said that i feel that he is the future indian mc grath provided he maintains enough pace n athleticism. As far as batsmen are concerned india will have to go with viru,gautam,rahane,parthiv,virat,raina n the mr cool dhoni.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

Actually Selectors wasting their time in selecting Players because India gonna loose all the 5 games. every game, Dhoni will say at the presentation, "well of course we had our moments, but we need to capitalize on that, hopefully will do that on the remaining of this series". At Final Presentation, he will say,"We take some positives out of it, will look forward to Australian Tour".

I have one simple question, Indian population is 1.2 Billion. I wonder how come we are not able to produce one good fast Bowler. We still keep on bowling with bowlers who not even keeping their pace above 135kph consistently, but we call these bowlers as INDIAN PACE ATTACK, very funny :)

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

@Wiper_Warriors: After reading your comment felt that GG is purposefully making the injuries. Injuries are part of the any game and that can happen in the last CLT20 or in the first ODI against India. Team should build a good bench strength to tackle this. That is all only BCCI needs to do.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

Varun Aron and Amabati Rayudu should get a chance,and irfan pathan should come back,

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

I think both pathan brothers should be selected. Yusuf is an automatic choice while Irfan could be selected because of injuries to fast bowlers, Ishant, Zaheer and Munaf. Cheteshwar Pujara selection is guaranteed.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 28, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

England haven't even landed on Indian soil and already the 'greats' are providing Indian excuses. Many more to come in weeks ahead - I'm sure of it! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (September 28, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

really hats off to MSD,he is playing every alternate day since eternity and deserves a break. wont be surprised if Sachin stops ODI s altogether. its time to bleed youngsters,even if in the process Ind loses such inconsequential series. really bilateral ODI series without a test series in a tour is inconsequential.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Irfan Pathan doesn't bowl well anymore. His pace has dropped and is struggling with line and length. Agarkar? LOL.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

Please please give a chance to Irphan pathan........................

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

A chance can be given to Ajit Agarkr...he can also bat...

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

Give Raina a rest, poor kid has been playing everyday ... World Cup, IPL, WI tour, Eng tour, CLT20.. Its time for Sachin to retire from ODI, instead of telling these injury stories he can just walk away from one dayers.. Where is Sehwag??

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

SURELY IT'S TIME TO GIVE A CHANCE TO IRFAN PATHAN AS AN ALLROUNDER RATHER THAN YOUSUF OR JADEJA,,,,,,,,,HE IS COMPLETELY RECOVERED FROM INJURY AND WE SAW HIM IN THE COUPLE OF MATCHES IN IPL-4,,,,,,,PLZ SELECTORS BRING HIM BACK WE NEED KAPIL.....

Posted by FAB_ALI on (September 28, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

Team Should be- P Patel, A Rahane, G Gambhir, V Kohli, S raina, MSD, R Jadeja, M Tiwary, H Singh, Ashwin, P ojha, P Kumar, A Nehra, V Aaron, A Mithun.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

A chance can be given to Ajit Agarkar...he can also bat...

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:17 GMT)

Where is Irfan Pathan? India's best bowling all rounder with swing in the early stages of the game. What is wrong with the Indian selection committee and the team management. Why cant Dhoni call for Irfan Pathan. He is a critical member of this Indian teams future and holds the key for the 2015 World Cup as well.

Posted by adetya on (September 28, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

munaf is injured! yay!!!! he is such a disgrace i am so happy wont hav to see him atleast for one series!

Posted by JoydeepGupta on (September 28, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

Everyone could guess this. Ganguly already predicted this during the Eng series that we wouldn't be seeing Sachin before Aus tour. But, India in home ODI series is a very very strong team and there is no reason to worry.

Posted by Wiper_Warriors on (September 28, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

@Sahil - yup..if agarkar is in team then atleast Indian management has someone to blame.. lol..in spinners why they keep trying ojha?...why not giev chance to Rahul sharma?..expected indian team: Dhoni(c),gambhir(VC),Sehwag(if fit), kohli,raina,rahane,manoj tiwary,yusuf,ashwin,harbhajan,parthiv,praveen kumar,rp singh/ aashish nehra, varon aaron/umesh yadav,badrinath/M.vijay

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

The absence of Yuvraj will hurt India more than anyone else as he is brings a lot of value for the team.

Posted by sudheercric on (September 28, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

Asish Nehra must be called back to strengthen the bowling line up...otherwise big totals also will have no protection!

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

@Hardik. Why not agarkar then... :)

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

because he wants to spend more time in his new 39 crore bungalow

Posted by   on (September 28, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

why not Irfan Pathan? him and nehra are probably the most experienced non-injured pace bowlers

Posted by Wiper_Warriors on (September 28, 2011, 17:05 GMT)

I am sure Gambhir will injure in the last match of KKR and will not available for ODI against England.Wonder ifanyone from dhoni,raina,kohli,harbhajan will get injured india might struggle to select 15 players squad..

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