England in India 2011-12 September 29, 2011

Harbhajan dropped for first two ODIs

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Offspinner Harbhajan Singh has been left out of India's squad for the first two ODIs against England on October 14 and 17. Karnataka medium-pacer S Aravind and Punjab legspinner Rahul Sharma have received their maiden international call-ups.

Fast bowler, Varun Aaron who was part of the ODI squad in England but did not play, retained his place in the 15-man team. Batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary are the other replacements sent to England who kept their spots.

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who was not part of the India set-up since the 2010-11 Test series in South Africa, also made a comeback.

The squad is missing Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma due to injuries sustained on the recent tour of England. Fast bowler Ashish Nehra, who had declared himself fit after breaking his hand during the World Cup, and allrounder Yusuf Pathan, who was part of the World Cup squad, were not selected.

India's squad contained five batsmen - Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Manoj Tiwary - two wicketkeeper batsmen - MS Dhoni and Parthiv Patel - and one allrounder in Ravindra Jadeja. The bowling attack comprised five seamers - Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, S Aravind and Praveen Kumar - and two spinners in R Ashwin and Rahul Sharma.

Harbhajan's axeing came after his disappointing performance during the Test series in England, where he took only two wickets in 69.4 overs at an average of 143.50 and economy-rate of 4.11. He suffered a stomach injury during the second Test and was ruled out of the last two matches and the limited-overs series that followed. India lost the Test series 0-4 and the ODI series 0-3 in England.

Aravind had a strong 2010-11 domestic season; he was the second-highest wicket-taker for Karnataka with 26 scalps and also the second-highest wicket-taker for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy with 10 wickets. He followed that up with an impressive performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2011 to push his claims for national recognition. Rahul Sharma also caught notice in the IPL, where he picked up 16 wickets in 14 games for the under-performing Pune Warriors, at the eye-popping economy-rate of 5.46.

This selection meeting in Chennai was the first since the BCCI replaced Yashpal Sharma with Mohinder Amarnath as the North Zone representative on the panel.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, S Aravind, Rahul Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Praveen Kumar.

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  • on October 1, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Excellent step by the selectors! So it had now become evident that the selectors want to build a future team for World Cup 2015. And its a bold step towards it and I totally appreciate it! Instead of searching for ghosts of past, its time to look ahead and plan. It would be unfair to expect the new team to register win immediately, because time is needed to gel well and settle down as a team and to work out combination. Good decision to oust players with bad form. The selectors are intelligent enough not to melt by past records but by current form. This is a big step guys! It will help create bench strength! Go Young India! All the debutants, Grab the opportunity with both hands like Ajinkya did in England and his presence in squad is justified.

  • on October 1, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Y nt consider Rajat Bhatia,he is a gud allrounder n is 31 and can play for atleast 4 years.His first class batting avg is 47 higher than raina and list A batting average of 35 which is v.gud considering the way he bats much lower down the order.and we all knw he is a gud bowler as suggested by Ipl and first class bowling average of 29 only.We keep crying 4 Irfan who hasnt played cricket except Ipl for over an year.The talent of Murali Kartik was wasted n we r nw doin same 4 Bhatia and Ojha.Bhatia is anyday better bowler and batsman than Jaddu/Vinay who keep getting chances.

  • awalia on October 1, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Lets talk about the form of Harbhajan in recent past ,Selectors is it fair to make it Jan 2010 till date? Oh my God !!! He is out of Form Still He is the most Economical Indian Bowler. How Poor the knowldge of Selectors is, Bowling in Power Plays, What else you want from a bowler 23 Matches 26 Wickets Economy 4.4. Mr. Shrikant in ODI's Runs Count not the Wickets, i can only hope after two defeats they will understand

  • ks1959 on October 1, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Selection of players should be purely on basis of current form. In view of this, excliusion of Harbhajan is a correct and bold decision. He should also have been forced to play for the Rest of India team in Irani Trophy to prove his mettle. But when money minting tournaments like IPL or Champions Leage are there, who cares for the poor Domestic Tournaments?. Selection of Vinay Kumar should prove to be totally incorrect as he has never appeared to be a bowler of International class. Some Regional bias must be working in his favour. In his place, Nehra shuould have been considered on two counts A. Regaining of fitness B. Absence of a quality left hand pacer like Zaheer. I also feel that Ojha too deserves more chances.

  • bobkhanrd on October 1, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Team announcement for Eng ODI series is a desperate attempt to lose the series. We have taken 32 years from 1974 to 2006 to overtake them in Head to Head. Pls do not play for formalities. Play to win. FIrst place whats the need to play another ODI series after playing a full series with the same oppenent and drubbed.

  • awalia on October 1, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Needs minimum one good reason to drop Bhajji. I am still looking for that reason. Forget England where he is not included or out of the ream due to injury or so. look at West indies (11 wickets in Tests & 6 Wickets in 3 ODI's remamber india wins only those 3 ODI's), Look at south Africa tour Highest wickets 15 in 3 tests, World cup Economy rate is 4.5 with 10 wickets considering that his roe is to stop runs, let the wickets falls on the other end due to the pressure generated by him. Pl do remamber India has lost 7 matches in a row in which he was not playing. What is the thought process of Selectors i am not able to understand

  • CijoAntony on October 1, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    This is the brilliant decesion in the history of Indian Cricket.Appreicate the courage of selectors...!!

  • shahid_0070 on October 1, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    it is a great decision taken by the selectors by dropping bajji and he does well for his ipl team but performs worse for the Indian team.And i dont think y the selectors forgot to include robin utthappa, he got experience, can bat at any order, can keep wickets as well, hard hitter.....

  • on October 1, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    just 1 simple question, why vinay kumar,varun aaron, umesh yadav and arvind and why not nehra, irfan pathan, balaji and ajit agarkar?

  • Rajesh.Kumar on October 1, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I think it is extremely silly of selectors to drop Harbhajan for ODIs being played in India, due to his lack of wickets in Caribbean and England. Even Swann was not able to achieve much in the first three tests in England, so how can we expect Harbhajan to be successful there. Swann was successful only in the last test played in Oval, where finally a turning track was available. But by that time Harbhajan had left. Bhajji is a class performer on Indian tracks, as is quite clear from his performance in the ongoing CLT20. Nevertheless, what is done is done, and I sincerely hope that the newly selected spinners perform, or else we are looking at yet another whitewash.

  • on October 1, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Excellent step by the selectors! So it had now become evident that the selectors want to build a future team for World Cup 2015. And its a bold step towards it and I totally appreciate it! Instead of searching for ghosts of past, its time to look ahead and plan. It would be unfair to expect the new team to register win immediately, because time is needed to gel well and settle down as a team and to work out combination. Good decision to oust players with bad form. The selectors are intelligent enough not to melt by past records but by current form. This is a big step guys! It will help create bench strength! Go Young India! All the debutants, Grab the opportunity with both hands like Ajinkya did in England and his presence in squad is justified.

  • on October 1, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Y nt consider Rajat Bhatia,he is a gud allrounder n is 31 and can play for atleast 4 years.His first class batting avg is 47 higher than raina and list A batting average of 35 which is v.gud considering the way he bats much lower down the order.and we all knw he is a gud bowler as suggested by Ipl and first class bowling average of 29 only.We keep crying 4 Irfan who hasnt played cricket except Ipl for over an year.The talent of Murali Kartik was wasted n we r nw doin same 4 Bhatia and Ojha.Bhatia is anyday better bowler and batsman than Jaddu/Vinay who keep getting chances.

  • awalia on October 1, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Lets talk about the form of Harbhajan in recent past ,Selectors is it fair to make it Jan 2010 till date? Oh my God !!! He is out of Form Still He is the most Economical Indian Bowler. How Poor the knowldge of Selectors is, Bowling in Power Plays, What else you want from a bowler 23 Matches 26 Wickets Economy 4.4. Mr. Shrikant in ODI's Runs Count not the Wickets, i can only hope after two defeats they will understand

  • ks1959 on October 1, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Selection of players should be purely on basis of current form. In view of this, excliusion of Harbhajan is a correct and bold decision. He should also have been forced to play for the Rest of India team in Irani Trophy to prove his mettle. But when money minting tournaments like IPL or Champions Leage are there, who cares for the poor Domestic Tournaments?. Selection of Vinay Kumar should prove to be totally incorrect as he has never appeared to be a bowler of International class. Some Regional bias must be working in his favour. In his place, Nehra shuould have been considered on two counts A. Regaining of fitness B. Absence of a quality left hand pacer like Zaheer. I also feel that Ojha too deserves more chances.

  • bobkhanrd on October 1, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Team announcement for Eng ODI series is a desperate attempt to lose the series. We have taken 32 years from 1974 to 2006 to overtake them in Head to Head. Pls do not play for formalities. Play to win. FIrst place whats the need to play another ODI series after playing a full series with the same oppenent and drubbed.

  • awalia on October 1, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Needs minimum one good reason to drop Bhajji. I am still looking for that reason. Forget England where he is not included or out of the ream due to injury or so. look at West indies (11 wickets in Tests & 6 Wickets in 3 ODI's remamber india wins only those 3 ODI's), Look at south Africa tour Highest wickets 15 in 3 tests, World cup Economy rate is 4.5 with 10 wickets considering that his roe is to stop runs, let the wickets falls on the other end due to the pressure generated by him. Pl do remamber India has lost 7 matches in a row in which he was not playing. What is the thought process of Selectors i am not able to understand

  • CijoAntony on October 1, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    This is the brilliant decesion in the history of Indian Cricket.Appreicate the courage of selectors...!!

  • shahid_0070 on October 1, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    it is a great decision taken by the selectors by dropping bajji and he does well for his ipl team but performs worse for the Indian team.And i dont think y the selectors forgot to include robin utthappa, he got experience, can bat at any order, can keep wickets as well, hard hitter.....

  • on October 1, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    just 1 simple question, why vinay kumar,varun aaron, umesh yadav and arvind and why not nehra, irfan pathan, balaji and ajit agarkar?

  • Rajesh.Kumar on October 1, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I think it is extremely silly of selectors to drop Harbhajan for ODIs being played in India, due to his lack of wickets in Caribbean and England. Even Swann was not able to achieve much in the first three tests in England, so how can we expect Harbhajan to be successful there. Swann was successful only in the last test played in Oval, where finally a turning track was available. But by that time Harbhajan had left. Bhajji is a class performer on Indian tracks, as is quite clear from his performance in the ongoing CLT20. Nevertheless, what is done is done, and I sincerely hope that the newly selected spinners perform, or else we are looking at yet another whitewash.

  • on October 1, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    it is a great decision taken by the selectors, harbhajan does well for his ipl team but performs worse for the Indian team. n he is not a wicket taking bowler any more

  • avsandeep on October 1, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    I think this is a bold decision by the selection committee not to yield to Dhoni and include his men. According to Pras and Bedi, Bhajji is not the bowler he was. Let him perform in Ranji trophy matches and earn a recall to the team. Kudos to the selection committee for including Aaron and Yadav. Right way to go.

  • Cr1cket_Lover on September 30, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Hope the youngsters get a chance to play, and make the most of it. I hope Varun Aaron plays well - we need a group of pace bowlers, who can be classified as rf or lf next to their name, no more medium fast or fast mediom.

    For all you know, the opposition thinks most or all our bowlers are so slow that they might as be classiified spin bowlers...

  • wrenx on September 30, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    I think Harbhajan will able able to make it back from this. Quality spinners get better and better with age, unlike fast bowlers whose bodies begin to wear away. There's no physical reason for his spate of poor performances, it must be a mental issue, which I'd like to think can be overcome.

  • Nampally on September 30, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    @Vishnu Singhal:I think Rahul would have been India's best bowler if he was selected to play in England instead of Mishra. Mishra's leg spinners are slow with no bounce. Sharma bowls much quicker and being tall with high action gets a lot of bounce even on Indian wickets. This combination of bouncy, pace and accuracy would have been deadly on English pitches for a team weak against leg spin. I hope Rahul is at his best form against England.The Selectors have chosen a young team for 2 ODI's, perhaps with the hope that if this does not work out they will include the seniors like Sehwag, Yuvraj & Tendulkar- if fit - for the following 3 ODI's. My only wish is that Ojha wasplaying all 5 ODI's. His exclusion is unjustified and as Harsha Bhogle writes, Ojha is being treated like a "quarantined person". WI beat England in T-20 with a left hand orthodox spinner just like Ojha. This is a big lesson to be learnt by the Indian selectors, apart from Ojha's excellent form in England County criket

  • on September 30, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    THIS IS THE TEAM FOR 2 GAMES ONLY.. SO DONT JUMP THE GUN PLEASE

  • RK.Chandru on September 30, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    It's a bold and excellent decision on the part of selection committee. Hats off to them and let this boldness prevail! Bhajji is a spent force and doesn't deserve to be in the team only based on the past laurels. A Murali karthik or a Romesh Powar would have done a lot better had they been given such a long stint as Bhajji was given. He has only been one of the bowlers recently and not at all a strike bowler. Let the selection committee not yield to the media or the vested interests and bring him back after 2 tests. No player is greater than the game and anyone however BIG he is, should be dropped if he's not performing continuously.

  • on September 30, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Ideally Rahul Sharma and Ashwin both should play in tandem for at least 10 matches. One just gets feeling that they may form a winning combination for next few seasons. Both are difficult bowlers to get away with and definetly seem better than current Harbhajans form. One feels pretty sure that if Kumble offers bit of guidance both will be benifited to large extent. Batting also looks pretty decentto takeover from the world Cup wining lineup. Rahane and Tiwary will improve with time for sure just like Kohli did. Jadeja is not my personal favorite but I guess he can be utility player if he performs till Yuvraj is fit and fine. Raina needs to come up the order. Parthiv will remain bacup for Dhoni. As for seamers...Indias biggest weakness...whoever performs well is bonus and India does have people who perform when needed most of times

  • OutCast on September 30, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Bye bye Harbhajan... better he enroll in college or something coz that is the E.N.D.. for him...

  • on September 30, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    dont know why the selectors preferred Rahul sharma while they could hav gone with Amit Mishra

  • InnocentGuy on September 30, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    The only good thing about this team is it's a young team and (hopefully) they all will have the drive to perform well lest they should be edged out by other emerging players. Other than that, let's pray these young guns don't get chopped on the field by England. That said, this is not a bad team to begin with for the future. Each of them have shown talent (except Vinay Kumar, who even I can hit for boundaries easily). If they are supported and persisted with, maybe by the time they are into their late 20s, they will all have matured and India will again have a world beating side.

  • Naresh28 on September 30, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Harbajan is hurting. He has the CLASS to return into the Indian squad. I did not think much of his MI captaincy though. He will be out to prove himself. And I hope for Indian crcicket sake he comes good. There were some of his deliveries which were clean bowls in the not to distant past (world cup) When you saw the replays of ball eluding batsman and hitting stumps - they were great. India needs to look at Aakash Chopra as a test opener.

  • on September 30, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    well accordin' 2 me the team's well balanced except 4 the fact that there are 5 pacers & 5 batsmen .we shud concentrate on pickin' more no. of batsmen as our strength lies in it .it wud be interestin' 2 see ashwin & rahul sharma bowl together in spells . Also i don't undrstnd y the selectors are consistently pickin' vinay kumar when he's consistently not performin'.

  • on September 30, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Man , I am glad atleast ashwins gotta chance , but its harsh on bhajji , he can bat a bit 2. seamers and two seamers would have been a great start. They are thinking about the next wc , which is good. The same pattern occured after 2011 , with the expulsions of veteran like ganguly. Looks like a great side. I hope they win.

  • Nampally on September 30, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    The team of youngsters is good except for 2 surprises. Inclusion of Vinay Kumar who is well below National mark & exclusion of Ojha.It was a bold move & a clear warning to the older players that they cannot go by their past reputation.Current form & fitness is needed. Harbhajan is an example. England is weak against spin. India should go with 3 spinners + 2 seamers.Rahul, Ojha & Ashwin would have been great operating together. It is crucial for Indian bowlers to do well.In the absence of Sehwag & Tendulkar, India needed a backbone. Dravid should have been persuaded to play the first 2 ODI's.

  • spinkingKK on September 30, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    The Indian selectors traditionally have a knack of dropping a player just when he is going to be performing. VVS.Laxman was someone who was lucky enough to survive such decision because he didnt' have a bad decision from the umpire in his 2001 kolkatta test match. One failure in that match, we wouldn't have seen VVS for all these years. Harbhajan singh really should have been selected in this series. The reasons are many. It is played in India and Harbhajan always bowls well in the ODI's played in the Indian conditions. Even if they disagree with that, having got a bowling line-up lacking experience, Harbhajan would have provided that experience. Even if it is not for his bowling, he could have been kept just for his late order hittings and team spirit he brings in. It is a big omission and I am sure the fans will feel his absence.

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    lol! jadeja performs in one match and finds himself in the national team for yrs!!! and i dont find anything special with vinay kumar... why not pick irfan pathan?? he is economical and is handy with bat too.. you drop harbhajan?? thank God,soon there are chances of dhoni also being dropped!!

  • Gilliana on September 30, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I can only agree to Harbajan's dropping if Tendulkar was dropped or was it so timed during Tendulkars injury to make Harbajan a scapegoat.

  • on September 30, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Guys this is a gud team except for 5 seamers.1 seamer should have made way 4 Pragyan Ojha ...if things dont work well,Harbhajan can be recalled back.England is a team that tries to win by pre-match planning.Wid a new unpredictable gud team lyk this and tht too at home(mind u eng fans its nt england where u would say this team lost 0-3) England pre planning cant help much.Just c how WI beat England in t20 or bangladesh and ireland defeated them in WC...@5wombats : let the chickens hatch b4 u count them.the batsmen who could not even score 100 vs no.8 WI in a t20 match are obviously the best any world class team can possess...u must hope to win tosses in day night matches to bat 2nd 4 dew factor lyk u did in England n England's real test 'll be ven they bat 1st in day-night match on a slow wicket...

  • on September 30, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    With this Indian team England will beat the stuffing out of them.

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    only 6 specialist batsmen??????and is really manoj tiwari better than yousuf............after world cup selectors r in euphoria and even now didnt realise 7 months have passed by..........poor selection where is nehra.............selecting youngsters doesn't mean ignoring good players...eg.nehra,ojha,yousuf....

  • Krutik_P on September 30, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    For those who are thinking that Varun Aaron bowled once above 150kmph and got seleted, you guys are wrong. He played well in the emerging players tournament if you don't know what that is, stop faking stories. Bhajji out of the team is justified. He is completely out of form and deserves this. I don't know why he was in the team for so many years. And just in case you forget, India played with a depleted side in england and hence got "stuffed". We didnt played with our full potential players. So it happens. Look after your country, please.

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    God Help Us. England is going to thrash us with a team like this. 3 inexperienced Batsman ... 7 inexperienced bowlers. All the best TEAM INDIA.

  • indyarox on September 30, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Vinay Kumar???? Why is he in the team? Can't bowl fast. Can't Swing. Ohh Yes maybe Srikkanth knows something which we dont.

  • FAB_ALI on September 30, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    With such bowling resources, you can just pray not play!!

  • Sarvesh.Pushpraj on September 30, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    What do selectors see in S Arvind Vinay Kumar? They have neither pace nor swing. We should bring back Irfan Pathan. He would surely not bowl worse than the these 2. And a pretty decent batsman.

    And whats with Ravindra Jadeja. Time and again he has showd that he is not meant for international cricket still selectors are giving him the chance. its Petty Yusuf did not get chances like him.

  • Shanmughan on September 30, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Why the hell is this Vinay Kumar keeping his place..???Why do we want a fast bowler who cant bowl over 125kmph and cant swing the ball and cant bowl a single yorker in the death..??I just dont understand this..??Whats happening..??Abhimanyu Mithun is far far better than Vinay Kumar...Atleast he swings the ball and he performed really well in the Sri Lankan series and caused problems in the West Indies too...

  • FAB_ALI on September 30, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    ASHISH NEHRA LEFT OUT? Whats his fault. He did superb job in ODIs in Zaheer's absence and bowled well alongside him. I think not picking Nehra can cost India the series. No other pace bowler in the squad has wicket taking ability and PK cant do it all on himself. In short it should be - Nehra IN - Vinay OUT.

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    There you go, again. Manoj Tiwary, without a single List A 100 in some 6-7 years of domestic cricket, makes the cut again. Brilliant!

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    ha ha ha ha ....poor selection again...Irfan Pathan ignored again

  • CricketMaan on September 30, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    BADRI was sent as replacement for SRT, and why on earth did they send him if he has no room in future ODIs..Its amazingly strange to note he went all the way to as injury cover for ODI when he actually should ahve been there for TESTS...and now he is back to oblivion??????

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Drop all the pacers having speed more than 125km/hour.

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    we know that sachin sehwag zaheer etc vl not in indian team for more than 5 years more....so the bench strength have to be checked n should be ready so that when someone injured u can take from the bench......its gud to hear ashwin rahul sharma share the spin attack n want to see varun aaron bowling....i thnk its a decent decision b the selectors...best of luck indian team

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Guys this is a gud team except for 5 seamers.1 seamer should have made way 4 Pragyan Ojha ...if things dont work well,Harbhajan can be recalled back.England is a team that tries to win by pre-match planning.Wid a new unpredictable gud team lyk this and tht too at home(mind u eng fans its nt england where u would say this team lost 0-3) England pre planning cant help much.Just c how WI beat England in t20 or bangladesh and ireland defeated them in WC...@5wombats : let the chickens hatch b4 u count them.the batsmen who could not even score 100 vs no.8 WI in a t20 match are obviously the best any world class team can possess...u must hope to win tosses in day night matches to bat 2nd 4 dew factor lyk u did in England n England's real test 'll be ven they bat 1st in day-night match on a slow wicket...

  • Incredible_786 on September 30, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Amazing...... Mysterious..... Confusing..... Frustrating...Why Parthiv Patel? A guy who averages 28 in Domestic ODI's and has NO hundreds to his name is being selected as second wicket keeper who opens the batting. The amazing thing is there is a better wicketkeeper batsman that even Dhoni waiting in the wings to get a chance.... he is UDAY KAUL.... look up his career stats on cricinfo.... he averages almost 50 in Tests and 45 in ODI's....and he is only 23..... Why is he not the second choice wicket keeper batsmen???? Is there politics involved????

  • AjitDJ on September 30, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Finally, the Indian selectors have woken up from their sleep!

    Bhajji has been extra baggage in the team for a while now.

  • PadamHCL on September 30, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Great move by Indian Selectors by dropping Bhaji from Indian team.....this move as same as yuvraj one, and after that Yuvraj has performed very well. But retaining Jadeja will be a ? mark.....I still feel Yusaf will be ideal choice than Jadeja...Dhoni bhai.....pls understand this.

  • linkfloyd on September 30, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Finally the turbinator is dropped. Think he did well in patches. India has woken up. Time for new blood to come into action. Hope selectors don't drop the spinners after one or two seires. Bhajji was given an extended stay for underperforming. India need to look beyond him.. 400 and odd wickets is great but I think Kumble played a big role in him achieving that on the field. Off the field I think Sachin promoted him big but you can"t hide a black sheep for very ong( maybe 5 yrs ). Anywas hope the youbg guns perform and not get too bogged down by the pressure. India have been on top for a while and injuries are working against them. WI and Eng series were not required but they happened. Hope we bounce back well..

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    where are irfan pathan , ashish nehra , uthappa , sreesanth ... i hope yuvraj gets fit soon and play from the 3rd odi at Mohali!!

  • cricketizgood on September 30, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Good to see some youngsters in team. Will surely miss Sachin, but we all know its his time and he wont be around for long in the team, so in a sense its ok. Sehwag - he will be missed the most especially in sub continent pitches. Youraj - A decent allrounder, will be missed. Zaheer - Pace leader, currently no substitution for him, will be missed. Munaf - not a great bowler but a decent bowler especially in death overs, can be replaced. Bhajji - not in good form, can easily be replaced by youngsters. Ishant - struggled a lot along with PKumar in England, but missed to show impact, wont be missed. I want to miss out on Vinay Kumar too but he is like a gum tucked in hair.

    I wish CSK do not make in to semis in Champions league so that Dhoni and Raina gets some rest before England series as it is more important now then ever. Dhoni and Raina are the best batsman I can imagine in the last 10 overs. Would like to see Pkumar and Varun in pace attack.

  • Tatsache on September 30, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @ssenthil ....I mean it different way...If he took wicket after giving consequtive sixes..its no sense to call good bowler with pressure situation...he have to give winning performance...when he played in eng he dont have confidence to take wickets...we can see clearly may be its difficult adapt new grounds..thats what I am telling will see our home groung how he will play....lets wait and see..If ashwin play good..Its realy good for team...!

  • AbAdvani on September 30, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Why is Vinay kumar selected ? The only folks Vinay Kumar is going to trouble with his military medium pace are the scorers. Very disappointing selection from the selectors -Mithun or Sudip tyagi would have been much better options than the gentle pace of Vinay Kumar -there was no need to drop Bhajji from ODI squad -he should have been dropped from the Test team

  • on September 30, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Irfan Pathan ignored again!!! And that too when the team management is desperately crying out for a seam bowling allrounder.... And good old Ashish Nehra, whose last international appearance was a Man of the Match medal in a World Cup Semi-Final, and who is apparently fit, is ignored!!! So is Pragyan Ojha!!! And as usual, Amit Mishra and Yusuf Pathan didn't have to do much wrong to be completely ignored!!! Good luck to this team!!!

  • Kothandaram on September 30, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    surprised to see five seamers/pace bowlers in squad for a series in india. r the wickets going to pacy ones??? given the number of injured players, this is probably the best squad the selectors could put through. the wisemen could have picked Nehra instead of Vinay Kumar, who hasn't made an impact at the international level.. Aravind's selection welcome but needs a decent run before a judgment can be made. it is tough to be fast bowlers in india, they get picked and get dumped rather unceremoniously. take the case of Unadkat,Umesh Yadav,, Mithun...

  • 200ondebut on September 30, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Hahahahahah - heard it all before in May. India were going to do this, they were going to do that etc etc etc. They got stuffed! England apparently can't play spin - so they drop their most experienced spinner! Lol. This is a team of nobodies and they are going to get humiliated again. Stick to IPL - it is the only thing an Indian team can win.

  • KARIAT on September 30, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Indian selectors are thinking in IPL way. One 153 Km ball and couple of good IPL matches... Varun Aaron in. One good IPL season.Rahul Sharma in. Couple of good matches for RCB.S. Arvind in and Vinay Kumar still in team. Dear Selectors it is funny to know that you selected a 110-125 kmh left hander in place of Zaheer Khan by overlooking the likes of Aashish Nehra... and you people only can think that Ravindra Jadeja is better than Yusuf Pathan. I am not saying that these guys are not good but the selectors are not thinking beyond the IPL performances, for eg. Pankaj Singh, who was the bowling hero of Rajastan in the last Ranji Season along with Deepak Chehar. Pankaj is one of the most experienced bowler in the domestic circuit. When most of your bowlers are injured you are experimenting with the bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, S.Arvind and Rahul Sharma instead of taking experienced guys like Aashish Nehra and Pragyan Ojha. Sorry MSD, you can't do anything with this kind of team.

  • aahahaa on September 30, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Vinay kumar at his best bowls in low 130Ks, ditto Aravind. no point in selecting players with no pace just for the sake of it. 2 places wasted. why not A Nechim who at least has a bit of pace. positive step no Harbhajan.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 30, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @gupta.ankur, correct me if I'm wrong but didnt England TIE with India in the last game they played against India in Indian conditions (which was only 6-7 months ago), and that was pretty much a full strength Indian line up. Also all this '3 years ago We beat England 5-0' is rubbish, all that matters is how the team perform this time round. both teams are in flux and looking to rebuild and bring through fresh talent ready for the next WC in 2015. The question is if Engladn do manage to Beat India in India in the upcoming series will you be gracious enough to congratulate them or will you just look for excuses as usual.

  • BULTY on September 30, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    The axing of Harbhajan Singh for the ODI series against England next month, to me, is not surprising. The selectors got an inkling of a player who was "badly injured" on the England tour, suddenly got fit to play the CLT20 matches. The selectors have sent out a strong message to the seniors that they can no longer take their places for granted. A good experiment against an equally depleted England side. It will be a really good series. More of the U-19 players, who are doing really well, need to be groomed for Test matches and other important fixtures. They need to be sent to play in overseas leagues like the English county etc. to get better exposure and mental toughness. Is Dhoni himself or the selectors trying to prove that he is indispensable to the Indian team. He needs rest to regroup himself. ALL THE BEST TO THE NEW LOOK INDIAN TEAM

  • gammy_79 on September 30, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    unlukcy badri .i always consider badri better than kholi and raina ,badri can play short ball better than them ,hey guys do you agree with me

  • KK_Cricket on September 30, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Really poor choice as far as selecting S. Aravind... A Dinda is much better then Aravind.. Y do they persist with left armers...? And where is Pragyan Ojha...? He bowled well against Australia and has been left since then.. not sure why he continues to be ignored...

    Umesh Yadav should have been picked for England where his pace could have been handy.. They have again picked Yadav and Aaron here.. and expect them to perform and take wickets on flat Indian pitches.. sad.. too little too late by Indian selectors.. These 2 should have been playing in England instead of Munaf Lazy Patel and Vinay Predictable Kumar...

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    There is no experienced quickie in the squad except PK, this will add more pressure on youngsters like Aaron and Umesh.. Aaron looks so impressive but he have to work with experienced bowlers to know what is international cricket unless he may join the group of Ashok Dinda, Sudeep Tyagi, VRV Singh, Pankaj Singh, MS Gony

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Yup, Mr.Sehwag is injured alright, but he is due to be a part of a cricket show which requires him to do all that he does on the cricket field - The Titans of Cricket at O2 arena where in London with few other Indian cricketers. I think he would injure himself if he faces the English bowlers. We have players who Would rather leave their national duty for personal earnings.

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs.. Even I agree that Ojha should hv been picked.. Bt, not in place of Ashwin though.. May b over Vinay.. Ashwin is surely our future.. Btw, I believe its not end of Bhajji.. He deserve this treatment.. Bt.. I hope, he will b back in action wid bang like Yuvraj/Sourav/Sehwag did..

  • HarishVS on September 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Harbajan Singh should shed down his ego and work hard himself in the Ranji Trophy and other domestic matches. Let him get back to his wicket taking abilities and knock the selection comittee doors with performances to show. If he is really doing well, he can be a star performer. He has been not even a shadow of himself since past 2 years though he did well with the bat and saved India in few test matches and one dayers. But I would like to see him save and win matches for India with his off-spin bowling. Even he scores 4 king pairs in a four test series like in England but takes 4 5-fors I wont mind. We need the aggressive and wicket taking bowler Harbajan Singh back!

  • SRV_india on September 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Buddy, I apologise as you haven't understood the context in which I have written about vinay and jadeja. The thing I mentioned is they are match winners for England and not for India in the upcoming home series,ie, They play in such a way that England will win the series comfortably.

  • amit.80s on September 30, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Varun, Umesh, Rahul and Aravind will serve drinks and then get dropped for the rest of the series. It dosent matter if u get picked in 15 man squad getting picked in 11 is in Dhoni's hands and he wont let any of them in coz he want to save Bhajji, Praveen, Sree and Nehra's spots in the team.

  • indianzen on September 30, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Good old 4 bowler 7 batsmen strategy should be back Offspin - Legspin with Ashwin and Rahul and Varun aaron or Umesh or Aravind and Praveen Kumar. Part timers are Raina, Jadeja, Tiwary and Kohli. the team is young now, but once Sachin, Yuvi and Zak are back, it will be the most best balanced team...

  • SanjivAwesome on September 30, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Harbhajan is a non-spinning spinner. And what about all the other under-performers, why are they in our team. Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir - they should be replaced with young talent. I am very disappointed with the selection panel. Gutless and unpatriotic.

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Jadeja again? The selectors have very short memories. Though he did score a fifty in England recently, he has never won matches for India. In fact he was responsible for their losses at important times (remember the world cup in England when India the world champs in 20/20 did not even reach the super 8 because the great Jadeja was sent ahead of Yuvi, Dhoni etc & we could not even beat a measly total of 130 + of England. Whereas Yusuf Pathan has pulled India out of the woods in several occasions. He takes wickets even when Bhaji does not, Captains like Shane Warne have had tremendous faith in him though he has praised Jadeja (This is one of Australia's tactics - They praise a player from their opposing team who they know they can play well against. Remember they praised Bhajji before their last tour, & guess what? He only did well probably in one match of the series. Anyway, I really hope we get some good selectors who go by positive records when players have won matches.

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Good selection except selection of vinay kumar who has no pace or swing to trouble the batsmen, otherthan that that i think everything is fine, especially exclusion of Harbajan definitely helps team cause. I don't think MSD go with two specialist spinners along with Ravindra jadeja , he already mentioned earlier that it would be difficult to maneuver with only two pacers. so I think its a choice between ravindra jadeja and Rahul sharma for second spinner spot

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    DHONI MUST BE REMOVED FROM Captaincy,He gave Us Shame And Humilation In england tour

  • sravanmalle on September 30, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    With Zaheer Khan already being injured, Harbhajan is the only senior bowler in the bowling department. I really don't understand why Vinay Kumar has been picked up again. Varun Aaron who was left in the dressing room in England once again picked for ODI's, but there won't be any suprise if he doesn't play in the Final XI.

    It's good that Rahul Sharma picked in the squad. He had done the splendid job for Pune Warriors when they played in their first IPL last summer.

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 30, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    I don't think England will offer more resistance than they did last time around when they were white-washed here......

    This is a good promising side and with no rains around to help Eng...........i think we will do very well......

  • subratdhl on September 30, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    should be Nachim, in place for V Kumar. Bhaji needs time to regain, still no replacement for him after Kumble. My 11 & Order: Gambhir, P Patel, V Kholi, M Dhoni, A Rahane, S Raina, R Jadeja, R Aswin, P Kumar, V Aron, U Yadab.

  • max234 on September 30, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    its a good move to drop harbajan so the others will get chance.just playing 2 t20,doing well in those is not enough to prove he is in form.he must play domestic games.

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    India going to play two spinners plus jadeja and only two pacers praveen and another guy.. looking fwd to see how english batsmen handle spinner in subcontinent

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    I guess Vinay has been given ample opportunity. If he get thrashed at more than run a bowl in the condition that suited seam bowling, how do u expect him to fair own Great Indian Highways. I would have added an extra batsman instead of Vinay, preferably Yusuf. There are already 4 seamers in the squad, and remember this squad is only for first two ODIs. About Harbhajan Singh, I wouldn't call it a drop unless he isnt picked for the remainder of the series. Currently, he is not 100% fit and forced to play MI, the two game break might be of form of rest, keeping him fit for tests. But the question is if i am right, do Harbhajan knows about it? And why is Mishra dropped? He hasn't done anything wrong in the one day arena since his amazing tour of WI.

  • natmastak_so-called on September 30, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    this team really lacks experience.I expected India's veterans to turn up for this inconsequential series,especially after forgettable eng tour.

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Can't understand why the squad needs 5 seamers?! An extra batsman or a spinner made more sense surely!

  • KumaraG on September 30, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Wonder why people are asking for Uthappa & Irfan Pathan again & again. The selectors have done wonderful job in selecting this team. Meanwhile Uthappa & Irfan Pathan are still struggling to make an impact in domestic matches itself, how could they succeed in ODI's. We should select the team based on form only not by reputation. Australian team always does this which resulted their numero uno and strong bench strength.Harbhajan's axing is very much appreciated since it will give him time to recuperate and because of stiff competition from Ashwin, he will think of adding some more variations to his repertoire before the all important Aus series down under. But still i would've gone for RP instead of Vinay as he showed little bit improvement & control during the matches than vinay.

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    team combinaton is good...except selection of useless vinay kumar. Ambati Rayudu was good choice i but again missed out. I dont know what is wrong with him. If he was selected in the place of vinay , then surely it increases team balance.

  • ravi_hari on September 30, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Quite an interesting selection. Atleast they are bold to drop Bhajji and ignore Nehra. However, the absence of Yusuf Pathan is surprising. I think Yusuf needs a good mentor and if Jimmy Amarnath takes it on him he will turn him into a winner. Good opportunity for youngsters like Rahane, Rahul, Tiwary, Aaron, etc. to prove their worth in front of supporting home crowds. With a lot of new comers, India can surprise England. On ther other side England also has a lot of new faces. It is like looking at the future for both the sides and the competition should be more even than it was in England. We can look forward to many close matches. Fitness of Dhoni is a concern and if Parthiv is in the XI Dhoni should play as a pure batsman. Hari Ravi

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @SRV : Do u think Vinay Kumar & Jadeja are match winners ?? Sorry to say but Vinay has been given many opportunities and he still has not proved his worth.Surely Varun Aaron and Yaadav needs to get a look in. They certainly have much better pace to trouble batsman than Vinay Kumar who is just a military medium bowler.

  • aneleven on September 30, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    this is realy poor desicision why vinay kumar ?? he has no pace no swing no seem but fortrunatily i can bowl better then him. realy with pace.

  • Aashish_goyal on September 30, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Harbhajan is India's best spinner after Kumble,why people question about his abilities.And his batting is a big plus.

  • SRV_india on September 30, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    I want the playing XI to be 1)gambhir,2)rahane,3)kohli,4)raina,5)dhoni,6)ashwin,7)rahul,8)praveen,9)aaron/yadav and 11) arvind. I feel like the spin duo of ashwin and rahul shine better.

  • on September 30, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Vinay Kumar's selection is senseless. Other new commers seems to be ok. Lets hope India will not lose in this series.

  • SRV_india on September 30, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    guys, dont be surprised in the 15 member squad as only 11 will play. I think the playing XI for the two ODI's is as follows 1)parthiv,2)gambhir,3)rahane,4)kohli,5)raina,6)dhoni,7)jadeja,8)ashwin/rahul,9)praveen,10)vinay kumar and 11) arvind. Arvind plays only bcoz he is left arm seamer. Others like aaron, tiwary and yadav will be the drinks boys. Jadeja,parthiv, vinay are definite match winners (for the team, India are playing against)

  • Prakmca on September 30, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Finally Harbajan was axed from the oneday squad. Good. But, not able to digest that one all rounder in the team - Jadeja......Is he that capable? In england, in his first outing 70+ runs and 2 wickets, after that what happened to his bowling? Drooping Harbajan is good one, retaining Jadeja - Bad one.

  • on September 30, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Rahul Sharma is a good choice. I hope Varun will get a chance at least now. He should have been tried in England which would have suited his style of bowling. Overall a very good team

  • renuka2600 on September 30, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    I really cant understand why the selectors r ignoring ashish nehra who is one the most wicket taking indian bowlers in recent years and why umesh yadav in team.Lot of politics

  • on September 30, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    very good decision to exclude Bhajii.... his days are over ... sehwag..is not sachin...so excluded... but cant be thrown outr just like that......

  • on September 30, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    its good decision to drop Harbhajan, his days are over, waiting to see rahul Sharma and Ashwin combination, gambhir returns....Manoj Tiwary.., but who along with whom will open the innings ?..must be right-left combination.. who will sit out Rahanae.Kohli,Tiwary or jadeja ??? ... Raina must be rested....and of course MSD also needs rest... the rest of them can be tested... again VINAY!!!............oh!!! god !!!he has given with more chances... but no improvement soo far... but Jadeja looks good...improving game by game ...the seamers look very week....&& guys amongs this 5.. who can get KP& bell out in a single over.or atleast get them out early????? answer me guys.......and spinners Jadeja,Rahul,Ashwin...i'm waiting to see them in action... definetly ENG will face a tough challenge from spinners....... spin is our strength.. play with more spinners as far as possible may be 2 or 3.

  • on September 30, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    look like another white wash team

  • on September 30, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    @ K Noorul Ameen.........its call medium attack not even pace......Its no point in complaining as every comment fells on deaf ears of our selector MR SRIKANTH....

  • samincolumbia on September 30, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    Mohammed... India has the World Cup and thrashed Pakistan for the fifth time in a WC!! LOL.

  • TRAM on September 30, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Dropping Harbajan is just a drama. He anyway wants to play only the big bucks T20 matches. He will be back in the Indian team irrespective of how well the youngsters perform against Eng. In general this is the policy of Ind selectors: New *un-favored* players will be dropped if they fail in 2 or 3 matches. But *blue-eyed* players such as Bajji, Kholi, etc can play even of they fail 20 matches. Is there any yard-stick on how to evaluate players?

  • on September 30, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    i"m not intrest with vinay kumar.he is a game losser for the team.this is a senceless selection.he got good chance to show his talent in england but he bowled like a small kid.his seam never attack the opposite team.i pray for for vinay not should pick in the 11. hey selecters pleace open your eyes&pick the right players.

  • TRAM on September 30, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    @ani_cric, they wont drop Sachin because 1. They think he pulls the crowd. 2. He himself takes rest most matches. The Indian viewers *used to* worship people who performs once in 10 innings. But now the viewers are more matured. Now they know who is needed in the team and who is not.

  • UdayKBN on September 30, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is going to pick wickets this series.... He is a hard working guy with less ODI exp.... Check his track record in Domestic.... neither Varun nor Yadav have any great exp in domestic... Vinay has all the talent to perform. He is going to click this time.....

  • Nampally on September 30, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung:With top 7 World cup winning team players missing, what do you think it should be called? Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Ishant, Munaf & Harbhajan are the missing guys. However I feel this is a young team(average age around 25) keen to do well and the Selectors have been bold in bringing in talented bowlers like Rahul Sharma(24), Aaron(21), Jadev(23) to make their debut.The other 3 experienced bowlers are Ashwin(26), Kumar(24) & Jadeja(22). Gambhir is the oldest at 31. Kohli(22)i, Raina(24) and Rahane(23 ) repalce the Fab3.Instead of calling it B or C team, let us call it "young Indian team". This certainly is not the "tired Old Team" as one England fan called the Indian team. Expectation is this team will fight for every run.

  • johnathonjosephs on September 30, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    oh boy... have seen this happening to akram, ganguly, vaas, and attapattu a lot.... harbhajan looks like he is dropped and will never come back. India have had a bad year with him in ODI"s (and tests since South Africa series) and harbhajan has been getting old.... They are looking to the future in Ashwin/Rahul sharma.... Honestly, I have no idea what happened to Praghyan Ojha. He was a great bowler for India, always taking key wickets at key times, but then Dhoni became captain and replaced him with Ashwin who doesn't seem as great as Ojha. Sad end to the great offspinner

  • Lmaotsetung on September 29, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    So what Indian team is this? A, B, C or Z? Just want to clear that up before the series start :P

  • on September 29, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    aah! india ready to lose another series

  • Vidura1 on September 29, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    puntertakeson. The ability to write in another language is evidently not a proof of intelligence.

  • Venki_indian on September 29, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    bhajji is good enough for onedays and T20s..instead of vinay they can go for irphan

  • ToTellUTheTruth on September 29, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Oh...finally!!! There is still life in Indian selection comittee!!!

  • on September 29, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Finally Justice has been done, commonsense has been prevailed. Bhajji is already a spent force now. He should have been dropped years ago. It is time to give chances to Ashwin,ojha and Rahul sharma.

  • on September 29, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Dont' be surprised if you see this team, as the playing eleven, in the first ODI Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar and Varun Aaron

  • Lodhizia on September 29, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Again there is big question mark on selection panel why Irfan Pathan is not been selected & Same Yusuf Pathan.. He was part of world cup winning squad.. Why pathan brother are been ignored.. What about Robin Uttaph..How many more chances they want to give to Ravindra jadega.. S arvind got selected nice to see him..

  • on September 29, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Yes,,,absolutely...R.Vinay kumar should not deserve in this team....he got his fair chances...neither he improve himself nor perform in any siingle match..............bad selection......

  • on September 29, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, S Aravind and Praveen Kumar. You call this seam attack?

  • Sandyn88 on September 29, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Sachin should be dropped from the One-Day team. Majority of the time he is out due to injury or he chooses to rest. Put him aside permanently and give the assurance to a young bloke of his place as an opener in the Indian team and develop him for future years.

  • TamilIndian on September 29, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Good wake up call for Bhajji - I think he needed it!

  • on September 29, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    We are looking at a another white wash - this time in India I suppose!!!

  • ani_cric on September 29, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    why dnt the selectors think of dropping sachin .....

  • hhillbumper on September 29, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Is this just a case of India getting their excuses in early.If England win will it still be because of injuries to senior players.Guess they are all fit for IPL. Guess it shows priority for the senior players.India or IPL?

  • From-Toronto on September 29, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    I have Searched the word "Irfan " on this page came back with 26 results, why do we always mention his name whenever new selection comes up.I dont even remember when was the last time he played for India. So move on people.Also I think they should Play this new guy "Varun Aaron". I have heard alot want to see him in action, he was total wasted in England hopefully Dhoni will let him play instead total Waste of player named "Vinay Kumar ".

  • Nampally on September 29, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    It looks like England will get to taste some sour medicine if Rahul Sharma can find his form. Only guy missing from the bowling line up is P.Ojha. Operating in tandem Ojha & Rahul could have run thru' the England batting like WI did to the England batting in T-20 at the Oval. I also hope India can repeat the 5-0 series win over KP's England 2 years ago. England batting is weak against Leg spin with KP always a victmn to left hand bowlers. Unfortunately India's most prolific ODI openers (Sehwag & Tendulkar) are missing. Otherwise 350 total was a reality.Can Jadeja substitute Ojha's bowling? - I have my doubts. Even now include Ojha or even left handed Murali Karthik, in the squad and give India the winning chance. ODI is about restricting the opposition batting thru' economical wicket taking, thru' good bowling,fielding & batting. All 3 must be in place. A young squad will field well & run well betn. the WKts - worth 50 runs. Pataudi used 4 spinners & won - why not use 3 here & win?

  • PradeepR on September 29, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Hatsoff to you Mohinder. You should've gotten rid of Gambhir who is not in form and the mediocre Manoj Tiwari and brought in Rayudu at least. Rahul Sharma and Ashwin are very good picks. Don't know what Vinay Kumar is doing in the team. Good that you guys didn't pick Yousuf Pathan. He had enough chances. From now on I hope you guys pick technically very sound batsmen and bowls who could bowl 90 mph at least. Please give as many chances as you can to Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. It is high time India had some extreme fast bowlers.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on September 29, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    @puntertakeson - ah ha ha! Your comment is so funny - you are a funny guy yes about "rain".. LOL. This India squad hold no fears whatsoever for England who just thrashed india 8-0. Big joke; "no english bowler is good enough"!! - you funny guy @puntertakeson !!!! England bowlers were bowling India out for fun in English Summer! It is not difficult to understand! "India bowlers superior" !! ha ha ha - this is the best one yet. Really good joke = india bowlers!!! They are not even superior to Bangladesh or Zimbabwe!! You are a funny guy. You have not learned anything from humiliation in England. Keep crowing boy - we will see who comes out on top!!!

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    There are only 8 batesman Including Dhoni & Parthiv.Every match we are gonna play 7 batsman & 4 bowlers. Guess it would have made sense to add one more batsman who could bowl. I can see only Radeja & Raina as 5th bowler. Thats ordinary...

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    its obvious that dhoni will go with 2 pacers (actually slow medium pacers) and 2 spinners in sub-continent, rest he will take from all rounder and raina, then what is the fun of selecting 5 pacers in squad. also bhajji is not that bad to be axed !! though rahul sharma is good addition...they shud have god yusuf pathan. the squad is more or less look like what they play in england tour. don't know but i think it'll be hard for them to beat the team in form 'england'.....all the best to young india ||

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Man so glad that Harbhajan was dropped. Ashwin is a promising bowler who is both economical and a wicket taker and bowls well at death. Its great that Rahul Sharma has been given a chance. I hope the challenges trophy brings out the lost form of talented batsmen like irfan, vijay, pandey etc. India need more fresh blood and this is a bold move.

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Not sure why Parthiv Patel and Manoj Tiwary have been selected!! are they the best batting talent available in India?? Shame!!!!!!!

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    we r still missing 5 batsmen omg

  • FourSomeFearSome on September 29, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Legendary allrounder Sir Rabindar Jadeja is also the part of the squad, kudos to selection committee.

  • puntertakeson on September 29, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    I hope rain will not play spoil sport. After seeing english squad there is no english bowler is good enough we have superior bowling and batting team than english this time

  • linilmon on September 29, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    There is no better evidence of the slectors lack of knowledge of the domestic cricket than the total ignorance shown towards SUMIT NARWAL of delhi who is easily the most talented or rather the only talented medium pace bowling allrounder in the domestic circuit. As an avid watcher of domestic cricket one was excited and looking forward to watch this guy SUMIT in India representative games, as last year he had outshone ISHANT in the bowling department in all the matches that they played together for delhi both statistically and impact wise and also scored some valuable runs down the order and that too in a brisk manner, showing that there is some talent in this youngster which needs to be tapped and nurtured. But what does selectors do when they selected the ROI team they pick the likes of un known P. parameswaran(again based on IPL) who even struggles to play for his side kerala in the ranji ,Vinaykumar(no need to explain), Umesh yadav(some decent pace but nothing else). Proving o

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    its not good by dropping harbhajn because he quite a good bowler ant is quite good in batting if needed and india in trouble so i think harbhajn sould be selected

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    wow bhajii is dropped dats grt but y vinay kumar is selected again i think the selectors should have opted for nehra whos is an experinced customer and can guide the young stars any way good luck dhoni and co hope u make 5-0 and trash the english team ,,,,,,revenge is on the cards cook!!!! u ll b fried by our team ha ha lol!!

  • 5mrinal5 on September 29, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    I don't think Vinay Kumar is a good choice. I am still searching out in his performances for what the selectors are holding him on......... Ready for that again.

  • AmazingBAT on September 29, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    The pace bowlers will concede 60+ in their 10 overs anyway. So, it is better to pick Irfan Pathan. At least, he can field and bat well. The current team has a long tail.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Very strange selection of team for first 2 ODI'S. Why R Vinay kumar and Arvind selected. Are the selectors purposely ignoring Yusuf and Uthappa. Given the long injuries list, Irfan should have been considered. With this team i think it will again be a white wash, this time at home.

  • dadagos11 on September 29, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Tiwari and Raydu should be there. So does Irfan pathan

  • MaruthuDelft on September 29, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Parthiv Patel could play one or two convincing strokes but not for long; his 91 in England was due to some luck. Rahane for all the hype is not really that good. Jadeja same. These players are not really long term prospects like Kohli and Raina. Do you see why? Kohli and Raina are robustly built; aren't there any other batsmen in Indian who are well built and fit?

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    I always like a tall leg spinner and Rahul Sharma he looks like a person who can do wonders. Well I also believe that Pragyan Ojha should be given more chances. I think Rahane has shown that he is got it in him so a good selection. From now on selection of this Indian team should be on the basis "who are the guys who can play on hard fast pitches" becoz that's where the next world cup is. I see yuvi, shewag, ghambir and even dhoni to be there is next world cup. I just pray that god bring some sanity to players like rohit sharma and Robin Uttapa because they might be richer than sachin or rahul by only playing IPL but no one will remember then until they play some high quality test matches.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Robin Utthapa We want him Back-

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    I can understand if parthiv patel is in playing-11 as wicket keeper batsman, but he is playing as batsman only is debatable!! Dont we have any other palyer who is better batsman than parthiv, Hope to see the selectors picking the team logically soon...

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Selectors have not done Justice to Sreeshanth! He has Pace,Variety & innovation He has the knack of troubling any Batsman. Why, he has gone out of favour.He has also learnt to control his aggresion which is his trump card!! Whyyyyyyy? ignore him,he is the future of Indian Cricket!~!!e

  • freddieraghu on September 29, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    it was a good decision. Should have been earlier.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    vinay is waste in that squad

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Here is what I would pick - MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Gautam Gambhir (vc), Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, R Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Rahul Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Praveen Kumar. (No R Jadeja, S Aravind).

    Rahul Sharma has impressed in domestic tours. Irfan is a consistent performer for Baroda just doesn't have a good IPL. If Selectors don't consider IPL for selection, then they should not consider IPL for axing players either. Yusuf is just a wild card and a dangerous player on his day who can also bowl. R Jadeja is inconsistent, expensive but picks up wickets and doesn't bat that well either.

  • zig1 on September 29, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Good to see S Aravind getting a chance for all his hardwork since a couple of years.He has been the unsung hero for Karnataka for a few seasons playing the supporting role for Vinay and Mithun.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Many people are asking for Irfan Pathan to be brought back to the team..but based on what ? what did he achieve in last Ranaji season or in IPL? Should he be selected based on his performances 4 years back? I think Yousuf Pathan is injured..he has been limping in every match of CLT20...thats why selectors didn't want to take a risk..the only change I will do to this team is to have Unadkat instead of Aravind..he has proved himself in A tours..

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    @ ALL YUSAF FANS,

    WHO IS BEST.....?

    ODI BATTING:

    JADEJA- 38 matches, 25 Inngs, 613 Runs, 32.26 Avg YUSAF - 56 marches, 41 Inngs, 810 Runs, 27.00 Avg

    ODI BOWLING:

    JADEJA - 36 inngs, 33 Wickets, 42.39 Avg, 5.02 Econ YUSAF - 49 Inngs, 33 Wickets, 40.45 Avg, 5.48 Econ

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Hmm no Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer, Ishant, and they've dropped Sreesanth. It looks ominous indeed.

  • puntertakeson on September 29, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Why they have selected Vinay kumar instead of RP singh?

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Just five observations-1) Good decision to omit Harbhajan. I knew it was coming. His form was helpless in last few matches. 2) Good decision not to select Yusuf Pathan. Reason being-Bad performance in world cup, Bad performance in IPL 4, bad performance in West Indies tour this year and now, bad performance in CLT20.I don't know why people here are hell bent for his selection.3) Vinay Kumar is waste. He has got many chances but still plays like a rookie.4) Ashish Nehra should be there. Some experience is needed to propel the bowling side by boosting the youngsters morale. 5)Inclusion of more spin options. Playing with strength is always advisable. If they had us in England by pace, we should answer them back with spin. And yes.. last thing.. Stop whining over Irfan Pathan's being ignored. The guy has to prove himself in Domestic circuit first. He needs to pull up his socks and earn a place in the team.

  • SachinRao on September 29, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Fine balanced team. Would like to see Iqbal Abdullah get chances in the remainder ODI's. Hope Rahul, Umesh and Varun get the chance to prove themselves. I dont know on what basis ppl are suggesting Robin and Irfan. They need to prove that they are back to fitness and form before being selected to play for India again.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Very poor selection team, if you r having a bowler like harbajan not included for a subcontinant pitch, where else can he prove himself in these conditions, very clear that he hasn't done well with his bowling in england, it's not the the same state as compared to indian pitches. I'm dam sure there's not going to be a better bowler than harbagan in indian pitches, ashwin is an option for future and can be taken as a second spinner in indian pitches, but harbajan can be a great missing for indian cricket. My name is Nair. and i'm not a punjabi.

  • WC2011Champs on September 29, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Guys, don't write Bhajji off. Not until some spinner comes along and wins a game on his own like Bhajji did in Calcutta test against Australia in 2001. Replay the videos of him bowling Michael Clarke in 2007 20/20 Worldcup and not so distant past Umar Akmal in Worldcup 2011 semifinal. You would respect him. He is a fighter and a team man to the core. He should utilize this time off and develop at least 2 new variations and be ready for Australia series. Recently read a statement coming from some Zimbambe bowler that a bowler must keep learning and adding new skills to last. He must also fight board to prepare a few good turners so he does not have to. It is good for India.

    Best of luck to Rahul and Ashwin. Competition is always good.

    Replace Manoj Tiwari with Saurabh Tiwari. Well, someone has to threaten opposition. With Yuvraj and Yusuf out, his selection must be automatic.

    Replace Vinay with Irfan. How much pace are we losing, 3 miles/hr?

    Otherwise good selection.

  • on September 29, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    I think it is a good chance for young guns like Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, S Aravind, Rahul Sharma and it may be a last chance for Vinay and Jadeja

  • nadu_1975 on September 29, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    good decision at last let him play domestic and fight 4 his place in the team. Would have been good to see pragyan in the side. Whats Gambhir doing in the side.Did the concussion has gone away. Should have been good to see him rest.If this Indian team overpowers the English, then may be this is the time and the perfect oppurtunity to phase out the seniors for good.

  • Rash237 on September 29, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    The fusing of young blood in the indian side is a very good move by the selection panel.S Aravind's inclusion is heartening.The team is well balanced with 5 pacers and 3 full time spinners with a good dose of allround talent in the likes of Suersh Raina and Virat Kohli. Hope this team will taste victory after a series of losses and injuries.

  • rahulcricket007 on September 29, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YUSUF WAS NOT SELECTED IN PLACE OF JADEJA . YUSUF WAS SUCCESSFULL AGAINST SA AND NZ AND PLAYED SOME MATCH WINNING KNOCKS .ALSO BHAJJI SHOULD BE DROPPED FROM TESTS NOT ODIS . HE IS DOING GOOD IN ODIS ATLEAST HE BOWLS ECONOMICALLY IN ODIS .

  • Ajay_Toronto_ on September 29, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Vinay Kumar, really?...What is wrong with the Indian selectors??? Yes, giving the youngsters a chance is all fine but did we not see in England that Vinay neither has the pace nor the swing nor the variation to trouble even the lower order...we saw Ajit Agarkar play for years before the selectors realized how ineffective he was...PPPllleeeaaassseee bring IRFAN back...don't let his talent go waste...he will make a good allrounder combination with Jadeja...now is the time to rebuild...

  • cricfan0110 on September 29, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    don't know why people are saying that irfan pathan should be selected in the indian squad. that guy was off season for around 1 and half years and then a below par comeback in IPL. then why should selectors select irfan pathan. atleast first let him play 1 full ranji season, prove that the guy has got his swing back and that he can bat(as his scores in IPL were equivalent to malinga's scores somewhat and we do not at all consider malinga a allrounder). if he proves select him otherwise their is no need af such a waste in Indian Cricket Team.

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    its good to see selectors dropping harbajan. but i think irfan pathan and uthappa should be given a chance

  • Amar_bw on September 29, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Good move by the BCCI by giving youngsters a chance. What good are players like Bhajji and Yusuf when they only perform well at home. Even Gambhir has mostly proved good at subcontinent wickets only.

  • sumanth5711 on September 29, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    robin uthapa should be given a chance we are missing shewag as opener so a hitter can be replaced by hitter

  • nitiinjain on September 29, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I think its good that Harbhajan Singh has been dropped for the England ODI's. This is the team for the first two ODI and he can be recalled if the new brigade of bowlers are not able to contain English batsmen. In my opinion we needed Zaheer Khan anyhow for Engladn ODI's we lost in England because we lost to England because there was no one to lead the bowling attack like Zak does so wonderfully, we need to develop new bowlers now, as Zaks is already 34 and in a year or two he will be retiring, we need to try new bowlers. Vinay kumar is a bad choice all the rest seems fine.

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Dropping of Harbhajan is a good move. But why not include Pragyan Oza who is a good attacking bowler & when will Saurabh Tiwary & ambati Rayadu get a chance? I think instead of Parthiv Patel & Manoj Tiwary these two should have been selected. England too is depleted so we should win comfortably.

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    How on earth can you drop Harbhajan, he is 31 years of age, still going to be around for at least 5-7 years. He is part of India's future. Look at his record with bat and ball, he either gets wickets or keeps the runs down. He never fails to impress, other than the minor bad performance, he is by far India's supreme bowler in the last 3-5 years with Zaheer Khan. It is an total outrage to drop him, he is by far one of Indias best cricketers. Other spinners have failed to impress and will continue to fail, Rahul Sharma is a good selection as India's 2nd spinner. But no one will ever rise above Bhaji, trust me.... Watch and see how he will dominate now and prove all of you wrong.

  • NairUSA on September 29, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Well, it was in the cards for Harbhajan. This break might give him the bite that he had some years back. The team looks like it will go through a series of changes and experimentations till it stablilizes sometime in the future. Indian fans should not expect consistent wins from this outfit immediately.

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    we can say it full new team of new india selector as taken very risk if i would be selector then i wll take risk on IRFAN PATHAN, YOUSUF PATHAN and ROBIN UTHAPPA...... then also i think india wolud win... hope so..... think for it selector.......

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    its the perfect time to give irfan pathan a chance as he has a potential to be an all rounder.

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    very good decision by dropping Harbhajan, he lost everything tht he used to have. pl give way to some talents like rahul sharma. pls dont make him warm the bench by not allowing him to play. pls give chance to young playera rather giving to useless bowles like RP singh, stupid sreesanth and so on.. pl find players like kapil dev, that help india great advantage.

  • RGee on September 29, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    this team is weak on batting...........there are too many seamers. In India you need more spinners.......it would be 3-2 series.

  • varunaggarwal on September 29, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    What's is Vinay Kumar is doing in squad.He is a worthless bowler.They should definately bring in Ashish Nehra to provide some variation in pace attack.

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    very bad selection of team yar .droping sachin i think it is bad but totally dis respect to seniors

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    This is our selectors at their best!! Test centuries or not - Bhajji has been on a downward spiral as a TEST bowler. He has looked jaded and often unchallenged unlike the days when he had to compete with Kumble. In ODIs and T20s he is one of the canniest bowlers in the country. He has a fine armory of slider, arm-balls and even yorker length balls which make cross-batter hitting through the line difficult. Add to it, his value as a punchy, counterattacking bat lower down. He needed to be dropped from TEST matches, not limited overs .. And for god's sake Vinay Kumar is average even by Indian standards - neither does he have pace, nor the smarts and definitely not the heart. If he is talented, he's done well to hide it at international level

  • on September 29, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    i agree with those saying the selection of vinay as poor.irfan is trillions times better than him in every dept.also he is a better bat.

  • Nampally on September 29, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Selecting right squad is the first step to be followed by selecting the right XI. Dhoni appears to screw up the XI each time. My main comment on the squad is why was Ojha omitted in favour of Jadeja? Indian bowling is weak & on Indian pitches, India should go with 3 "specialist" spinners. Jadeja was thrashed in the 5th ODI by England.Jadeja is a good fielder and a reasonable batsman - not a good bowler.Ojha should replace him as the left arm orthodox spinner.The Indian batting appears little weak.Gambhir, Rehane, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Tiwary & Jadeja appears to be the first 7. R.Sharma, Ashwin, Kumar & Aaron or Aravind should be the 4 bowlers.Vinay Kumar is well below the National level. His inclusion is the second surprise.In my opinion 4 "fit" fast bowlers on Indian squad is adequate.Vinay kumar should have been replaced with Ojha - a specialist bowler capable of taking wickets economically. Rahul & Ojha operating in tandem was the need. Bhaiji's poor form justifies his dropping.

  • cimrsimg on September 29, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Only one all rounder & 2 spinners? Come on we are playing in India. You will be having all 3 of them playing in all matches, so no options to choose from. Give one more chance to Yusuf, or at least get Abdullah as second all rounder choice.

    Dropping Bhajji is bold move, right or wrong, not sure. But can'r really argue given his form is not good recently. But frankly, the bowling department does not look solid. Hope we make 350+ always.

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    The selectors have got it slightly wrong. Vinay Kumar has no business being in the squad. His place should have gone to a batsman.

  • demon_bowler on September 29, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I should think so too. He was a little too quick to declare himself fit as soon as the tour of England finished. Let the guys who did the work when the going got tough get the opportunity to improve.

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    where is Robbie..n ambati raydu they r truly deserving ??????????

  • UdayKBN on September 29, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Good to see Karnataka players back in the national squad. It was a time when Srianth, Prasad, Kumble, Joshi use to play..... It took a long time to find replacements for these guys.... I know the new guys don't have much international experience but still they have all the capability to do well in ODIss... Vinay Kumar is a very good bowler needs to adjust to ODIss soon.... The guys who are making comment on this guy have to look at his his domestic circuit performances.... I am sure in coming years he will be the spearhead of Indian bowling attack....

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Very good selection but it had been the best if they would have opted for Manpreet Gony and sudip tyagi instead of vinay kumar and s aravind. so that we should test our young fast bowlers and instead of gambhir we should have included manish pandey. My playing XI - Dhoni,Kaina,Kohli,Rahane,Manish Pandey,Manoj Tiwari,R Ashwin,R Jadeja,Varoon Aron,Umesh yadav, Praveen Kumar for first three match and after that replace Ashwin with Rahul Sharma Umesh Yadav with Sudip Tyagi and varoon with Manpreet Gony and Manish with Parthiv.Dont wory 4 results but try all the fast young bowlers and get a good pool for Australia tour lets create some fight for place in team in between bowlers just like nnow is in for batsman.

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    ufffffffffffffff why jadeja again???? enough of vinay ....

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    bhajji isnt a gud choice as per cricinfo's statguru . In the last 1 yr he is a 3rd grade bowler in tests, odi s , t20s played at home n away series . Those who r in fav of him , plz go thru records of last 3 yrs n u will agree wid mebhajji isnt a gud choice as per cricinfo's statguru . In the last 1 yr he is a 3rd grade bowler in tests, odi s , t20s played at home n away series . Those who r in fav of him , plz go thru records of last 3 yrs n u will agree wid me

  • srisri on September 29, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Some of the fast bowlers r not good... but then there are no (good) fast bowlers in India. Dropping Bhajji is a slap on his face and its a very good move... should have been done few years back.

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    happy that harbajan was not selected he doesn't deserve to be in team with his poor form.... happy that young leg spinner rahul sharma is being inculuded hope he does what kumble did for india!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    I have just one question.. What changed after WC (that was held in India), that merits Jadeja's selection and Yusuf's Omission for this series (which is again in India).

  • analyseabhishek on September 29, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan is a match winner, especially in Subcontinent. He should have been persisted with. The bowling attack is too inexperienced. Nehra should have ben recalled after declaring himself fit.

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    WHERE IS MURALI KARTIK? He has got to be there in the team.

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    India will loose to England 3-2. Dropping Harbhajan is a good idea as he is not among the wickets of lately.

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    I have just one question.. What changed after WC (that was held in India), that merits Jadeja's selection and Yusuf's Omission for this series (which is again in India).

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Very good selection except Vinay kumar...i mean how many chances we have to give him..very good blend of experince and young blood..youngsters always help the fielding of India...Bhajii my friend i know ur going to comeback strong..we need u in full swing for Australia tour...Good job Mohiner amarnath..he shud be main selector instead of srikanth...

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    dropping harbhajan is a blunder, How will he get his form back, BCCI shuld be ashamed of themselves, They lost badly in ODI as bhaji did not perform well, Tell me any other bowler in the world who can contain runs at death.

  • getsetgopk on September 29, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    be prepared for another drubbing this time at home in india...

  • kingcobra85 on September 29, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Harbhajan has been pathetic offlate and by next world cup his age would be pushing 35 so giving the mantle to ashwin is the right move. Plus ashwin has looked the better bowler all through...

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Selectors are done good job but it also important that to give a chance to Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav in playing eleven instead of vinaykumar who doesn't have pace and i dont know on what basis they picked vinaykumar .

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Irfan shold be selected for this :/

  • ShilajitBava on September 29, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath had his effect as soon as he has come!! Pleasing!!

  • KiranNan on September 29, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    what abt s.tiwary,dhawan ,pathan bros,apart from playing cricket selectors should make it clear what the youngsters need to do to get selected?????????

  • chillarparty on September 29, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    jacques kallis bowls faster than any indian bowler. ROFL

  • arpzzz on September 29, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Selection on the basis of IPL performances always proved to be disaster for Indian team. Just look at Rahul Sharma's 1st class performance, he took just 16 wickets from 15 innings at avg of 43.12, that is also on turning wickets of India.That means Rahul Sharma claimed only 1 wicket per inning on Indian pitches, which is too bad for a spinner, Specially when selectors want to look beyond Harbhajan, it is bad decision. Harbhajan is still most experience bowler and valuable hitter lower down the order. In the world cup, Harbhajan bowled with very good economy rate, World cup winner players deserve respect. One or two bad series with the ball, will not make Harbhajan a bad player. He is still backbone of Indian bowling attack along with Zaheer.

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Reasonable selection - given the resources available... Dropping Bhajji was not on expected lines but a good one. Rahul Sharma & Varun Aaron, if they both get a couple of games this series - that would do a lot to their confidence... Now, only if Irfan Pathan gets a look in...

  • symsun on September 29, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Gud Selection! Gud move to drop Baji. We have seen enough of him in the recent past. Time to move on. Still feel, these young fast bowlers should have been exposed in england itself, where they would have got tremendous support from the pitch. Lets hope for the best now. Thanks a lot BCCI selectors for giving opportunities to youngsters. This will help them for Aus trip. Gambhir does not seem to have recovered completely. He shud have been dropped or shud play at No 3. Parthiv and Rahane shud open, followed by Gambhi (if fit), Kohli, Dhoni, Raina and others.

  • rama563 on September 29, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Good call from selectors finally!! bhajji should be dropped because we r going to see once upon time bhajji when he come back!!playing eleven should be rahane,gambhir,kohli,tiwary,,dhoni,raina,jadeja,ashwin,rahul sharma,praveen kumar,aravind or umesh.

  • lokphy on September 29, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    I am not worried Harbhajan as a bowler being dropped as he was not at his best but he has made lots of good contributions with bat in the lower order. I hope someone from the bowlers take that job and fill the gap made by bhajji.... and I think vinay kumar is having some links in the selection committee. I don't know why he is there.. instead Nehra could be included or some other youngster.....

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Happy for Rahul Sharma! The Kid deserved a spot.

    The prospect of Ashwin and Rahul Sharma bowling in tandem is a lip smacking one! Look forward to seeing how England will handle the challenge !

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    may god bless all the youngester, but they should play in the main 11..

  • Silapathar11 on September 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Ridiculous Team selection, I should say!!!! Nehra is a must in ODI's. Similarly, Harbhajan should have been picked. Harbhajan performs quite well in ODI's. He needs to be axed in Tests. The pathan brothers are missing, so is Robin Utthappa. Chateswar Pujara should also be given a look in ODI's. India need someone in the middle order who can bat through

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    the half senior team will also b not the part of this team after ipl 2012

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    why vinay kumar always gets chance, without any performance, he has no swing with the pace of 120km/h. i will pray to god that VARUN ARON will get chance here,

  • rustyryan on September 29, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Vinay is a useless bowler. No idea why he's been gettin chances again. he couldn do anything in a bowler friendly pitches of England. Both he and Aravind will be teared apart by English.

  • JoydeepGupta on September 29, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Why NOT Yousuf Patha, when we are playing a home series !?!

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    lack of fast bowling options is really embarassing.. one on hand we have 6ft ++ touring bowlers who can bowl at 145+ and then our bowlers who bowl at 125kmph... Look at the bowlers we have praveen, vinay, aravind... will have to hope varun aaron comes good and fulfil his hype

  • peterss on September 29, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Thank god they dropped harbhajan! Its long overdue! Ashwin has to lead the attack here and come good. Rahul Sharma is a gd pick. Could have tried others in place of Umesh Yadava and Vinay Kumar.

  • KALPANA. on September 29, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU NOT PLAY ASHISH NEHRA.. WHO WAS YOUR BEST FAST BOWLER LAST YEAR..?? YUSUF SHOULD PLAY AS THE CONDITIONS WILL SUIT HIS STYLE..!! WHERE ARE IRFAN PATHAN, ROBIN UTHAPPA, MANISH PANDEY..?? PANDEY IS BETTER THAN TIWARY FOR SURE. DROPPING BHAJJI CAN GO EITHER WAY FOR INDIA.. HE MIGHT COME BACK STRONGLY OR MIGHT FADE AWAY LIKE AJIT AGARKAR..!! BEST OF LUCK GUYS.

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Saw in news channel this morning that "Dhoni is tired and he wanted to sit out of this series".. Selectors didn't listen to him and put him in front as captain..

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    now this is the new other young india team the. Young indians rockz

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Guys this is a gud team except for 5 seamers.1 seamer should have made way 4 Pragyan Ojha ...if things dont work well,Harbhajan can be recalled back.England is a team that tries to win by pre-match planning.Wid a new unpredictable gud team lyk this and tht too at home(mind u eng fans its nt england where u would say this team lost 0-3) England pre planning cant help much.Just c how WI beat England in t20 or bangladesh and ireland defeated them in WC...@5wombats : let the chickens hatch b4 u count them.the batsmen who could not even score 100 vs no.8 WI in a t20 match are obviously the best any world class team can possess...u must hope to win tosses in day night matches to bat 2nd 4 dew factor lyk u did in England n England's real test 'll be ven they bat 1st in day-night match on a slow wicket...

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Thy would have brought back pujara or saurav tiwary or ambati rayudu in place of manoj tiwary

  • SRV_india on September 29, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Guys, Don't get too excited. The playing XI will not comprise of the players you r expecting to play. As of I understand, the two match winners(obviously not for India) vinay and jadeja will play all the matches ahead of others. My playing XI prediction are Gambhir, Parthiv,Rahane, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja,Vinay, Praveen, Ashwin and Arvind. Arvind will get a chance only bcoz he is the only left hand seamer. However, I want the playing XI to be like this Rahane, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Rahul,Praveen, Arvind and Yadav.. I dont want to see Parthic only bcoz his stats are not good and he doesn't have the power hitting capability. I hope in future the selectors pick players like ojha, pujara, iqbal,valthathy, manish pandey, saurabh tiwary

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    selectors are done a good job but they should been given a chance to ashish nehraaaaaaaaaaaa

  • 1948 on September 29, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    it is bad time for India they are missing senior players like Veeru,Sachin,Yuvraj&Ishanth for upcoming England tour,better luck to our youngsters

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Testing times ahead for dhoni especially as there are still some loop holes in their pace bowling attack.Rahul sharma is a good choice though,keeping in mind englands vulnerability facing leg spinners.wish india to make a comeback from their recent agony vs ruthless england side which is now looking like a depleted side as india were two months ago.

  • howizzat on September 29, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    It appears selectors have finally started thinking. Till now they were riding on luck. One wash out has given them a wake up call. Its really a good and far reaching step in rebuilding the squad. If there was no WASH OUT, Harbhajan, Nehra and the glamorous hero Yusuf Pathan would have got automatically selected. In fact with eyes on 2015 WC, continuous absence of Sachin and Sehwag should be a blessing in disguise.In fact they should concentrate in playing only tests. Still I would have preferred players like Sourabh Tewary and Jaydev Unadkat in the team. Now the ball is in the Fletcher's court. Lets see how well he and his experts mould this team. If not then they will be the next to be shown the door.

  • Wismay on September 29, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @ dude you don't play international matches to get into form, Harbhajan needs to play domestic matches and prove the form.

  • nilayb on September 29, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    On what basis is Vinay Kumar selected? R P singh's performance in England was far betters than Vinay's. I just don't understand the logic.

  • Romenevans on September 29, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Finally after looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time, something good to see from BCCI. Invest in talented youngsters, rather than being scared of dropping "Injured" records holders makes sense and is a positive sign. Harbhajan is anyway an over rated bowler with no variety in terms of pace and line and length.

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    good selection except for (vk)

  • PradeepR on September 29, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    They should've dropped Gambhir too. He is not in form.

  • SDHM on September 29, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    For me, Harbhajan's problem was that he bowled like he should in ODIs in tests, and couldn't seem to switch between formats. Because of that England had no problems with him in the test series - the problems against spin arise when they have to force the pace in the limited overs game. I'd have picked him for this series and maybe rested him for the tests against the West Indies coming up.

  • gazelle79 on September 29, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    I don't understand the rationale behind selecting five pacers and two spinners in a squad for 2 matches in India . Knowing Dhoni , he'll go in with 2 pacers and 2 spinners with Jadeja and Raina as the fifth option . That leaves us with no spinning options remaining , which is ok in a short series ; and 3 pacers twiddling their thumbs which seems a waste . Even if Dhoni decides to go with 3 pacers and a spinner , 2 pacers will remain unused . I'm pretty sure that the team won't experiment too much in the first two matches of a series , so whats with this team comination ?

  • keyu on September 29, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    why is vinay kumar retained? he has never performed.

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    i think we cannot white wash england with this super team. no yusuf, no haribazan. selectors why they are not considering irphan. dhoni can ask selectors to add god in squad.

  • on September 29, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    i think we cannot white wash england with this super team. no yusuf, no haribazan. selectors why they are not considering irphan. dhoni can ask selectors to add god in squad.

  • pratit on September 29, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    The Harby decision is either a very ingenious one or an utterly stupid one. If he has been dropped to send him the message that he should concentrate on improving his test bowling, as opposed to throwing darts in ODIs, to retain his place then it is a cleverly contrived one. One the other hand if he has been dropped just because of his bad test performance with no foresight or ulterior motive, then it is ridiculous as test performance does not have much to do with ODIs.

  • landl47 on September 29, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Not many people have commented on the balance of this team. Since Jadeja is the only all-rounder, the selectors have committed to play him batting at #7. Presumably Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli and Raina will play, leaving the last batting spot between Parthiv and Tiwary. Dhoni will be at #6 as usual. Ashwin will be at 8, Praveen at 9, then any two of the others- Rahul if it appears to be a turning pitch, but more likely two seamers, since Raina can be third slow bowler. Unless Jadeja does well, this side looks light in both bowling and batting. I don't think Jadeja is a top-line spinner or a consistent #7 batsman, and surely one or the other is needed?

  • binuvm on September 29, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Its a very good team selection. Thanks to the selection committee. But really want to wait and see who all will get a chance to play in the first eleven. The very really disappointed thing was, Varun could not get a chance to play a single game in England tour. That was the best place for a pace bowler to show his skills. Luckily bhaji did not get a chance.

  • satanswish on September 29, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Good they have dropped out of form Harbhajan. But selecting players like Vinay Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja & Manjoj Tiwary is very POOR CHOICE.

  • Bilal_Choudry on September 29, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    looks like india doesnt want to win

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Irfan and Yusuf omitted yet again from the Indian Squad...!!! i think Srikant has some problem vit dem.... a man who recently hit 4 consecutive sixes has been droped..!! Now thats not a very good decision i must say.... :/

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    why should selection committee not considering IRFAN PATHAN? HE IS A GOOD ALL ROUNDER. IS THERE ANY MOTIVE ? I THOUGHT SRIKANTH HAD A BIG MISTAKE IN HIS LIFE, VINAY KUMAR IA TOTALLY OUT,

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Harbhajan should play domestic cricket and regain his form and prove himself all over again, before the selectors should even consider his case. He is a shadow of his old self -- both in wicket taking ability and economy. But, he is capable of fighting his way back in. If it happens, he should be welcomed back. However, as far as possible, grooming youngsters should be the policy, both for bowlers and batsmen.

  • Deepan1983 on September 29, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    "one allrounder in Ravindra Jadeja" dont be joke... we need fast/medium fast bowling allrounders... Selectors look for that options... @intikahb Ii dont agree for Irfan pathan.. he last played competitive cricket in IPL and we all know what form he was in.. look for more options.... may be the selector can give praveen kumar a confidence to be a fast/medium bowling allrounder.. he got a good hitting skills.. Mr. Vinay may be gettin his last chances... All the best india!!!

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    no irfan this time too!!!!how rude u selectors r.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Once again total failure modification of new look up. Its a total disaster when these kind of selection is always getting out ) Why der was no Nehra ? He is better than Praveen kumar ) Kumar is not a great wicket break through bowler .Thats ok but WHY VINAY KUMAR? WHY HIM? gimme a break . surely der is a another whitewash awaiting for India )God save us al.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Where is Irfan Pathan..??He is d only all orunder in india..and still he is out of d team for such a long tym....bad job mr.srikkant....

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    what happened to irfan pathan, nehra both are really a very big assets for Indian cricket good bowlers and irfan pathan a good all-rounder nobody will forget he went on to open batting for India few time in the past why not these guys??????????????

  • MohamedBasheer on September 29, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Why Yousuf Pathan missed in the squad? He is very good in sub continent soil. Insted of Vinay Kumar they choosed him. Next West Indies Series the Selectors can give the oppertunity to Irfan Pathan before Australia Tour. My Playing XI -Parthiv,Rahane,Ghambir,Kholi,Rainai,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,Praveen,Arvind,Varun Aaron

  • IndyColts on September 29, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Where da heck is yusuf Pathan, he had a good show in SA last december, and now he is not even in the squad anymore. He is a match winner and he should be playing in the team. The current team has got bunch of left-overs who came into prominence with the IPL. IPL is not the medium to assess the talent. Since India won the world-cup, they are suppose to show the dominance atleast in the ODI's, i guess they don't want to.

  • CricketMaan on September 29, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Sreenath Arvind and Varun are being pushed too quickly. I hope they dont go the same way as Jaidev, Umesh Yadav and Abhimanyu Mithun, all 3 were picked afer 1 good Ranji season and apart from Umesh who is making a comeback the other 2 are out of favour..a failure here will dent thier confidence...BUT what choice did the selectors have..with Munaf injured, RP losing his ability, Irfan no more in radar..they are left with ony young kids who are pushed to the limits. Good luck.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    viney kumar is bad choice they should give irfan pathan one more chance

  • ashiitr on September 29, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Dropping Harbhajan is ridiculous. He would have gain his lost form and confidence playing on home pitches before upcoming tours. Giving youngesters a chance is good.

  • naveenpnayak on September 29, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    India is going in the right direction now, Give the talented youngsters a chance.. We have had enough of Harbhajan singh. We all know how capable is Rahul sgarma with the ball. The Team looks quiet composed, Though I am not that happy with the fast bowlers that have been selected. The dont seem that destructive. India surely lack good pace bowlers.

  • inswing on September 29, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Yusuf actually proved his improved abilities with match winning centuries, especially in SA when all chips were down. He is no longer the guy who is good for a couple of sixes and then gets out. Deserves a place in ODI based on his performance, more so than in T20s.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    time will force people to call him...

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    can't imagine Bhajji dropped from the squad.........this is a very big blunder by the selectors.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Sreesanth must have given another chance............Varu Aaron,Pathiv Patel, R Ashwin & Ajinkya Rehane must be included in the playing XI.........

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Bhajji's axeing is superior decision, should have been dropped years before. Ashwin is India's #1 spin bowler right now, he deserve to play in all three formats. A good fast bowler is short, when all the key pacers injured, Irfan supposed to be selected. Raina & Dhoni ought to play in # 3 and 4 in ODIs. Parthiv is shadow of Sehwag, he will looks excellent with Gautam.

  • Saiyuvasakthi on September 29, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    All the best but vinay is vinai (trouble) otherwise ok.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    y not Rayudu/Saurabh Tiwary and Uthappa? Vinay kumar and Manoj Tiwary should be left out....I dont know the ideas of selectors... but VInay are Manoj is worst choice...

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Bold move to drop Harbhajan, good new look team. I think we have seen the last of the WC Squad together in Indian Colors. Most of them are old and badly injured.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Bhajji's problem according to me has been lack of attack in his bowling. he is of late become predictable and even a newbie batsman tackles him very easily. Bhajji should learn from Swann few lessons. He is master in attacking the batsmen, and has got plenty of subtle variations

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Bad selection as there are no quality and experienced bowlers!! God help Dhoni and the other batsmen to score 350+ in each game!!!

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    INDIA NEED TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY TO YOUNGSTER OTHERWISE WE WILL FACE MANY WHITEWASH IN FUTURE..

  • arunkiran on September 29, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    vinay umar and aravind are the worst selections of the year dey can take rp singh instead who got better in 4th and 5th odis ojha can be selected in place of aravind and rp singh for vinay and aravind who doesnt know to swing o r bowl fast

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Bajji shuld have dropped a couple of years. Why Jadeja in the team ? He bowls, take wickets but india lost, he batted well, took runs, but india lost. every time this is the strory about him. drop him and bring Yusuf pathan, if he fires either with bat or with ball, india wins. India wins... thats important.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    where is dinesh karthik?He has dropped for so long from the time srikanth took over as sellector.Isnt he a tamil nadu player but he has been dropped.Why are people telling sellection of tamil nadu team if dinesh karthik is dropped.Dinesh karthik has been consistant but dropped.Badrinath should be dropped.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    man this is not fair after having such series in England thn also selectors dnt see any talent in India, guys wake up its an opportunity to regain the spot, as a true cricket lover and player I would suggest the selection panel to look up some other Guys

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    i don't no y they r selecting vinay kumar ....the bowler who having no pace n swing.....

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Very good decision to drop Harbhajan. He is not at all good nowadays.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    again vinay kumar in the squad ... wit 5 wkts in 6 matches @ eco rate of 6.47 and best of 2/51 how can he get selected in the team ...

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Guys Vinay kumar is a waste bowler & dropping yousuf pathan was disappointing,you see thats the diff between India & Australia,where australia faced a similar situation with Symonds but they retained him & he won the world cup,bt India dropped a better hitter & better player than symonds & sreenath Aravind our karnataka bowler this guy has been working hard since many years for karnataka happy that he got a chance:-) :-) :-)

  • ibbani on September 29, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Uthappa and Pathan are not given justice. Srikanth is not a good selector.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    good spin combination has come real now.Deadly spin combination of rahul sharma and r ashwin can terrify batsmen.2 tall spinners and also good.But only problem is fast bowlers Sudeep tyagi should have been sellected ahead of vinay kumar.Then Spin duo of R ashwin and Rahul sharma and fast bowling combination of varun aaron and sudeep tyagi could have terrified batsmen.I hope fast bowling combination also comes real.

  • Magchennai on September 29, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    @Karthik raja well said. I can't put better than this.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    instead of vinay and manoj the selecters would have gone for ashish nehra and saurabh tiwary

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Thank God they have not selected Murali Vijay again! Also if Ashish Nehra can make come back then why selection committee ignoring Irfan Pathan. He is good all rounder and even ten times better than Ravindra Jadeja.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Its not fair dropping bajji from ODI saying that he is not in form...

  • Rakim on September 29, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    I hope they let play Varun Aaron!

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Harbhajan needs to play couple of matches in domestic season to bring back his hunger he will return as better bowler

  • popcorn on September 29, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    One more whitewash with this rookie team.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    rahul sharma is a very good bowler

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    yusuf pathan,Paul Valthaty,s. tiwari,irfan pathan, why srikant is on job? not good selectore

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Are U serious why selectors again select VINAY KUMAR he is total waste and a terrible bowler.He have no seam no pace at all and no swing.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Harbhajan will get his form back and come back in the Indian team. He has served Indian team for long and proved himself better than other spinners. Anil Kumble was also dropped from Indian team.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Testing times ahead for india especially as there are still some loop holes in their bowling attack.Rahul sharma is a good choice though,keeping in mind englands vulnerability facing leg spinners.wish india to make a comeback from their recent agony vs ruthless england side which is now looking like a depleted side as were india two months ago.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    why is vinay kumar why is varun aron i dnt knw bt still a balncd it jst needed luck of dhoni to turn the fortune

  • tintin1409 on September 29, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Major observation of this team is that too many new bowlers have been fielded together without any senior bowler to guide them. In the absence of Zaheer, it would be wise to have Nehra in the team. New players should be introduced in phased manner with seniors rather than being played all together... Also, in Indian conditions, Yusuf Pathan does get dangerous. With only 5 batsmen being played, there is no backup batsmen,so Yusuf would have fitted there. Instead of taking 5 fast bowlers, of which only 3 will play in a game, one additional batsman should have been considered. But good to see Rahul Sharma get a break, though its early days ... hopefully Aaron gets a game here, so we atleast know if he is good enough for intl cricket... Abt Vinay Kumar, he is lucky to be in the team...

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    still now i cant understand why VINAY KUMAR in the squad,,??They pick VARUN AARON to decorate the seats or something...they wont give him a single chance..

  • sinchl on September 29, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Out of 121 crore Indians, there is no decent fast bowling allrounder, no fast bowler who bowls 145-150 kph, and no decent spinner. After the exit of Tendulkar, Dravid, and Laxman there will be no good batsman. Good Luck to Indian club teams with their progress in IPL and CLT20, and if it continues like this, one day India will have to compete with Zimbabwe to get the Test status. Only solution to all these problems is the work ethic and desire of all the players who represent India at the International level.

  • Anshu_pran on September 29, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    abu nechim was the right option in place of vinay, vinay is totally waste .

  • ashu.lifeisbeautiful on September 29, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan - Grossly unfair after being branded a match-winner. His century in SA shows that he is a very good player. I wonder whether Vinay Kumar should be selected after his England performance, then why not Irfan ? Irfan Pathan is no longer the shining star, no pace means no place for him (sorry Irfan fans...). Overall bating is ok, spin is fine, pace s a big weak point. Pace is the HOLE (not chink) in India's armour.

  • john1302 on September 29, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Harbhajan is one of the best off-spinners in the world. not only bhajji, even swann didnt get the wickets in those 1st three test matches in england.bhajji was injured & could not play the 4th test.if he did play without being injured, he would have got wickets.BHAJJI IS BEST & WILL COME BACK.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    This is a good squad except for the inclusion of manoj tiwary who hasnt impressed anyone so far in his ODI appearences, he hasnt played many games tho and he is young so he may come good..selectors must be banking on that. good to see rahul sharma, aravind and yadav in the squad becuz the bowling needed some changes. Ghambir needs to fire otherwise india will not have much chance of winning, rahane and parthiv are good but havent put on the big score yet.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    S Aravind, Umesh yadav and Rahul sharma are refreshing selections. I am especially pleased for Aravind as I was impressed with his bowling in IPL and CLT20 and really wanted him to be part of the Indian team. He has the bowling variations required for One dayers. Aaj tak guys were not talking at all about these 3 yesterday I believe. Dropping RP and Bhajji is a good move. Yusuf is little unlucky to have missed out. Vinay kumar is lucky to be there.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    S ARVIND AND RAHUL SHARMA ARE VERY GOOD CHOICE...THEY SHOULD GET CHANCE IN PLAYING XI.....BUT I DONT KNOW WHY VINAY KUMAR...........

    MY PLAYING XI::::

    GAMBHIR RAHANE KOHLI RAINA DHONI JADEJA ASHWIN RAHUL SHARMA S ARVIND PRAVEEN KUMAR

    11TH ONE SHOULD BE

    VARUN AARON/MANOJ TIWARY

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    nice to see aravind in the squad...vinay is waste...varun shud b included in the playing 11

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Why don't Select Saurav Tiwary,he is well left hand middle order batsman instead of yuraj. In bowling side, there was no fast all rounder like jogindersingh sharma, rajat bhatia,irfan,yo mahesh?

  • Naresh28 on September 29, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I guess Vinay is only there for the numbers not impressed with him. Him and Munaf were a joke in England. Deepak Chahar should be given side games against England. He could fill Ishant place one day.Rahul could be the surprise packet we use against England!!!!!

  • harshalb on September 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Who is Vinay Kumar and S.Araving? Where is Mukund? Where is A.Mithun? Badrinath? Where is Unadkat? Oh baba Srikkanth...how do you keep track of who is coming who is going...are you just drawing lots to select the team?

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    dis is called jimmy effect i guess......one guy inclusion has impacted entire selection ..........good to c anyway !!! dont mind with any of selection......if useless dinesh karthik gets so many oppurtunities then y not vinay kuma!!

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Good selection in bowling side. Though it was inexperienced,We are in the desperate need of fast bowlers. so this the time to experiment our youngster to find out the right man.But vinay kumar already given many chances.

  • mailinsiddu on September 29, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    It is quiet sad that. Uncapped indian players are treated as official bench warmers for the series. When will this end. god knows.

  • Anshu_pran on September 29, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    abu nechim should get an opportunity.

  • veerakannadiga on September 29, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Fair enough selection. Only worry is lack of firepower in the middle order. Robin Uthappa could have been considered for Parthiv Patel. Anyways, do well India. You owe it us, your fans. We have not let you down. Inspite of all the recent defeats, we still outshout or at least try to outshout India Bashers.

  • gyrase on September 29, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    I cannot imagine what selectors are trying to achieve with Vinay kumar (with no disrespect to his talent)The way he bowled in England ,how can they even pick him.I cannot see the point of having two wicket keeper in one squad and that also in home series. If they are selecting him to open, than they are insulting all the openers who are specialist. It is also a disrespect to Patel as they will throw him ruthlessly once regular open comes back. What a non sense and it keep on going series after series.How much talent we have wasted like this over the years////. I also wonder how much time we have wasted on reading at writing these comments. It is not going to solve anything.Other issues needs this effort but all of us keep coming here

  • 5wombats on September 29, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Doesn't look like too much to worry about there. Praveen Kumar is the only bowler that might conceivably pose a threat. No spin bowler worth the name there TBH. I've heard of Dhoni & Gambhir. Unless the india batting can post 350+ every time india are set for another shock. England's batsmen are better than india's but are away from home, so that's balanced really. No good arguing with that because you can't argue with 3-0 in the series in England. And England's bowlers, even without Broad and Anderson - are far superior to india's "bowlers" - this point cannot be argued with. If india prepares bouncy pitches - they'll lose. If india prepares big spinning pitches - they'll lose. Only hope for india is superflat nothing pitches which give just a slogfest - and even there I would still expect England to win on such a surface. None of this can't be argued with - remember the WC game between india and England? It'll be fun to watch.

  • vaidyar on September 29, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Good to see Vinay Kumar being persisted with. He is a good bowler and has shown potential in the A tours and domestic circuit, although he hasn't clicked yet in the ODI chances he's got. Has discipline and is willing to work hard. Definitely an investment for the future. Hoping he clicks soon. S Aravind has had a prolific last couple of years in the Ranji circuit (of course most people noticed him only in the IPL). Definitely deserves a shot, although I believe he won't be getting as long a rope as VK.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Pradeep Sangwan,Pragyan Ojha,Ashok Menaria these three playes should have been there..!

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Still no place for Irfan, is Srikantha having any problem with him

  • Naresh28 on September 29, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    I agree with some of the posts about Yusaf Pathan. He should be there as he gives bowlers nightmares. Otherwise nice to see Rahul Sharma in the team. Hope he goes on to be a "kumble" whom we miss badly.Ashish Nehra could have been the senior left arm pacer we missed in England and is not selected.

  • ashish_gajjar on September 29, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    my playing xi-parthiv,rahane,gautam,virat,dhoni,raina,jadeja,ashwin,praveen kumar,s arvind,varun aaron

  • mahi4lf on September 29, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is in my view the worst choice in this squad!!!! He is a terrible bowler. He lacks pace and he cant swing the ball effectively. But PK on the other hand lacks pace but can swing the ball very well which is why he is a more successful bowler.And as for Bhaji this decision should have been enforced years ago.....

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    why this VINAY KUMAR always no swing ..........no pace...........not a strike bowler...........and manoj tiwari NO TIMING in his shots .........hope india doesnt have another white wash....

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Harbhajan must have been dropped years ago

  • Navbha on September 29, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    VINAY KUMAR - complete waste! I dont understand why he is in the team. Good that Bhajji is not included...

  • LivingDead on September 29, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Another selection blunder, drop him in tests if you judge him from him test performances, why in ODIs? Bhajji was great in world cup and kept things tight.

  • goldenpower on September 29, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Why don't Select Saurav Tiwary,he is well left hand middle order batsman instead of yuraj. In bowling side, there was no fast all rounder like jogindersingh sharma, rajat bhatia,irfan,yo mahesh?

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    @shrastogi.. thr is difference between gutsy decision and mad one.. isn't it..?? @AjayVijayan.. U seems to hv lots of questions.. But, most of thm seems to b funny and irrelevant to d context.. U r asking abt Unadkat claiming he is failure- who was not seelcted here.. Well.. Umesh played a single series and he deserve a second chance(ofcourse, every1 does).. U r sayin Rahul is a gud prosepect 4 ODI and question abt his TEST capabilities.. U shud mind to find dat dis selection is for limited overs cricket.. Only valid question u hv is abt Vinay - the ans is HE SHUD BE DHONI'S CHOICE.. Else, Dhoni wudn't hv picked Vinay over Aaron in every single chance he got in Engalnd..

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is a joke. Must be related to Srinivasen.

  • AnshulNagar on September 29, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Decent selection; The best part is Harbhajan is not in the team. I think MSD or SRT somewhere said Harbhajan is not getting wickets bcoz opposition's batsman r not taking any chances against him, they just want to play his overs safely. What a lame argument! n what a stupid reason. Muarli was the only good bowler for Srilanka for the most of his playing days n he retired with 800 wickets in test n abot 500 wickets in ODI. The truth is Harbhajan is always a fav with his captain be Saurav or MSD, this halped him a lot n because of this he kept playing even though he is not performing. we all know its the time to move on but believe me selectors n team management(his captain not India's captain though)will be pushing him in the team sooner or later. So like a bad dream " he will be back."

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    The decision has come late by 5 years. Better late than never.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Hope to see S Aravind getting a game.. Vinay Kumar is a surprise though.. Need to find that replacement for ZAK soon..

  • spinkingKK on September 29, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    What will happen is, Dhoni will play the most promising of the fast bowlers (Possibily Aaron and Yadav) in the most flatest of the pitches in a most smallest of the ground and make them to defend a most lowest of the targets set by his batsmen. Then, he will give them couple more chances and drop them for the Australia series where the fast bowlers have good chance of shining. Since by then he would have had the replacement fast bowlers like Joginder Sharma, Unadkat and Vinay Kumar doing exceptionally well in the last two ODI's (Because they are spin bowlers who likes the spin pitches), they will get picked for the Test series in Australia and hope that they will rattle the batting line-up consisting of Hussey, Clarke, Watson, Marsh and Ponting. Ishant Sharma will carry the injury to the first test on the Boxing day and will return home on the 27th of December with an injury. India with a bowling attack of Unadkat, Vinay & Preveen Kumars will lose the match. We know the script!!

  • srinath_f_o_john on September 29, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Really it is good to see that some new faces for International Cricket. My suggestion is we have to rest MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Raina. Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar and R Ashwin are proven players. So their selection is good Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane selection is also good. They had wonderful time in England. I don't think Ravindra Jadeja is not good selection. He is not a match winner. I can say he is match loser. We know we lost more matches because of him.

    The new faces are mostly bowlers Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, S Aravind, Rahul Sharma except Manoj Tiwary.

    Manoj Tiwary had vey few chances. But he didn't utilized. I don't think he will get chance in Playing XI

    My Question is Where is S. Tiwary, Robin Uttappa, Valthathy, S Tyagi and Irfan Pathan ??

    Every one know about their talents. THen why these players are not getting chance.

  • aalkool on September 29, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I like the look of this squad, especially the bowling attack. Hopefully, this attack will deliver and I will not have to see Munaf and Sreesanth in Indian colours. Bhajji...hopefully he will go back to domestic cricket and take wickets. If not, he has been a given a long enough rope for his contributions anyways. Just wonder what the news on Pujara is. Along with Rahane, he is my only hope as far as the future of Indian test cricket goes. But that is for another day.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I think the selectors done a decent job considering the resources available. But in Indian condition Yusuf Pathan could have been a factor. Best of luck to this team.

  • KingsWorld11 on September 29, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    another poor selection of team by selectors. looks like they r filling up their own relatives n frnds in the team, whr is Yusuf Pathan ????????????? i think Vinay Kumar has already got many chances but hasn't impressed once, Aashish Nehra shd have been thr, atleast bowling attack wud have had some experience, only 5-6 batsmen in the team, hw can they beat England who r already flying high with clean swept india under their belt......Poor V.Poor Selection

  • natmastak_so-called on September 29, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    bowling dept is really inexperienced. but this had to happen one day.

  • Umakanth.P on September 29, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    I think batting order would be as : Rahane,Patel,Gambhir,Kohli,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja Ashwin,Praveen Kumar,Aravind,Varun Aron.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Dropping Bhajji is good news. He has hardly mattered in Big matches. Leaving out for two match is too short. He should have been dropped for whole series then a message would been clear to him, that Team is not convinced at all with his role in the side. Rest of the Team is filled with IPL sick players. I don't this IPL sick players are motivated enough to play for National Team. National Team should contain quality players who are fit and raring to go, not exhausted by IPL business. This Team India is IPL servant and completely unfit and useless to play International Cricket or Test Cricket. IPL has taken betting to highest level. IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going

  • KiranNan on September 29, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    it is very pity that selection is based on IPL performances ...if it is the case iqbal abdulla of KKR is a better bowler...and that to most of the players find it difficult to play left arm spinners...

  • anandgkcricket on September 29, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Who is vinay kumar, what performane he did so far. he is very very useless guy in the squard. they have to reconsider about him.

  • ssenthil on September 29, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    @Tatsache, Ashwin is the Flop bowler in Eng Soil? I wonder about your Cricket Knowledge, He has Picked 6 Wickets at 25 Avg and he is the 2nd Best bowler after Swann in terms of Wicket taking, Avg, and SR. Ashwin has to bowl mostly in T-20 mode due to rain, as he bowled just 28 overs from 5 ODI says it. You should look at stats before commenting poorly.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    yusuf pathan is not in his best of farm, even in last few CLT games, he is unable to hit cleanly. in one match he hit 4 sixes in one over, but next few overs, he was just smashing the ball in to leg side which never crossed boundary!, he has to improve his batting and try to play cleanly, this applies even to Dhoni, his batting style is pathetic

  • i_witnessed_2011 on September 29, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    This is some sensible section I think. They are investing on youth and forcing seniors to be more competetive. Only change I would to like to see is Ashish Nehra in place of Vinay Kumar. VK had fair bit of opportuninites . Ashish Nehra experience will come handy even if he is not in playing 11. Overall a good selection, Hopefully selectors will stick to it for more than 2 matches!

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    atlast bhajji has been shown the door.i'm amused with the selection of vinay k. since he was the culprit for losing atleast 2 matches aginst eng.even though i like t'dulkar its time he quits odi.

  • Umakanth.P on September 29, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    I think they have done a nice job. But I feel like along with Harbhajan,Vinay kumar should also be dropped. It could have been so better if they selected a spinner like Ojha in place of Vinay kumar. If still Dhoni ignores Varun Aron, he has to explian the public the reason behind that ignorance.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    well i think the best pick is rahul they should have taken rayadu and the pathan brothers

  • Sumit83 on September 29, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Leaving Harbhajan is a right decision. I hope Ashwin and Rahul prove the selectors right and also Jadeja who is picked ahead of Y. Pathan. But don't understand the logic of selectors picking 5 pacers in a team that too when we are playing in India, where u might see only 2 pacers in final 11. and team just have 8 batsman(including 2 Wicket keepers and a allrounder) when u know u ll play 7 batsman(including WK and a all rounder) , team management has no choice in case any one batsman gets injured on the match day. 4 pacers 2 spinners and 9 batsmans(including WK and all rounder) should have been picked.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Harbhajan singh dropped from ODI squad. Gud decision by the selectors. Yuvraj singh was dropped by the selectors and he responded with a BIG SLAP on their face by winning the PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT in the WORLD CUP. Let's see how big SLAP is Harbhajan going to give to the selectors.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    well done harbhajan singh.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    When is Srikkanth going to be replaced? We seem to be taking one step forward and then 3 steps back. Seriously??? S.Aravind?? The guy who bowls at 120 & doesn't know how to bowl a yorker despite being a "death specialist" ? I come from the same city & state as Aravind & I don't think he should be playing even in the IPL, let alone be close to national team selection. N.Srinivasan needs to go first. How can CSK owner become Board President? Give Srikkanth a couple more series & he'll get his son into the team as well. Harbhajan needed to be dropped a long time back. Can anyone explain why Varun Aaron didn't even get a single game in England? Dhoni & the rest of his Chennai Super Kings cronies are hell-bent on completely ruining the team

  • KiranNan on September 29, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    if criterion for selecting rahul sharma ia IPL then rayudu should be in place of tiwary

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Selectors wanted to give a chance to those who were awaiting at door steps,but I feel this is a 2nd string indian side again. Atleast if either Nehra or Ohja would have taken in the squad it would have added some experience to the bowling strength...

  • arameshb on September 29, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    It is again going to be the failure agaist England series in India without sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer and Harbajan and Ishant. it wonn't be a surprise even if Inida moved to 5th place in ODI Ranking after this series. GOd only has to save India.

  • trust_27 on September 29, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Its an exciting team....lots of young stars....Some player I would have loved to see in this team are Rohit Sharma (missing out due to Injuries), Robin Uthappa (not sure Why...easily could have replaced Gautam Gambhir in his current form), Manish Pandey (again not sure what it takes to get into the side), Ishant Sharma (missing out due to injuries in place of Vinay Kumar). All the very best to the team....Hope it performs....

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    gautam, ajinkya, kohli, raina, dhoni, jadeja, praveen, varun, rahul, ashwin, yadav/s.aravind i want to see this eleven in first ODI

  • KiranNan on September 29, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    good selection except viny and manoj

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    GOOD SELECTION OF TEAM.........

  • ssenthil on September 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @Ankit Gupta, unfortunately they can select only 15 players and A Rahane & M Tiwary played better then Dhawan and Manish in the emerging players tournament to hold their places

  • KiranNan on September 29, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    why this VINAY KUMAR always no swing ..........no pace...........not a strike bowler...........and manoj tiwari NO TIMING in his shots .........hope india doesnt have another white wash.......

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Good to see Parthiv over Saha.. Rahane and Jadeja surely earned their places after their show in England.. Hope, Aaron and Umesh will get matches to showcase their skills.. MS,GG,VK,SR,PK are automatic picks.. Ashwin is also an auto choice in d absence of Singh.. For me, only Vinay seems little odd in this squad.. Hope he proves me wrong.. I doubt, Tiwary will get a match.. And the 2 debutants - best wishes.. :)) Overall - a gud balanced team of youngsters.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Against the common belief, I always thought selectors are picking right team for every series.. Only time, I was disppointed was in latest England tour.. But, a committee cant do much, if each and every individual falls injured one after another.. I should also agree that, it was overconfidence of selectors and the TEAM itself that led to its downfall in England, like sending half fit players to England expecting that they will be fit in time.. Regarding the current team, I am sure thr will b lots of cries askin for their favs(Uthappa to Pathan bros, why he..? why not he.??).. My point is - Instead of luking 4 who is missing, lets c how current members have earned their places..

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Now Varun will surely get a chance......

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    I'm surprised at the selection of Rahul Sharma, the weightage of IPL performances shouldn't be enough for selection by any means. I hope the selectors realize this soon.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    The best team you can select ... Well done ... But why they are still persisting with Vinay kumar . He had been given enough chances.

  • Sandt on September 29, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Why VinayKumar is there in the side. What is he. Is he a fast bowler. Is he an all rounder. He is giving away runs like anything and still in the side and he used to play all matches. These people are destroying indian cricket. Why Ignoring Irfan Pathan. Any team in the world he will be the first choice all rounder-still india found him not fit for this side. And why cant we try Robin uthappa who can bat in the middle order and can score runs quickly. manoj thiwary is not good for international cricket. Uthappa is a tough guy and can be a good asset to middle order. rest selection is okay. One thing they had done is dropping harbajan. They should have done it much before. All the best India. Atleast bring some pride.

  • Guru1234 on September 29, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Good Team under the circumstances.. good to drop Harbhajan.. and no need to stick to pathan... happy that Rahane has been given more chances after his solid debut, one player I would say missing on these and more deserving than Tiwary would be Pujara.. happy to see Varun retained , they guy should be given confidence.. but it should be Umesh, PK m S.Arvind who should get chance, because both Umesh and Varon have pace , so no need to have both in XI, let Umesh not use his chance then Varun gets a lookin.. Ideally XI should be.. Gambhir,Parthiv, Rahane,Kohli,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwin,PK,Aravind,Umesh

  • ansh316 on September 29, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Finally Bhajji! Chance for you to improve your game by playing domestic cricket!!

  • shrastogi on September 29, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Good thinking by selectors. At least in bowling they are looking at future. 7 of these players are playing in CLT20 so at least for batting some standbyes should have been named. Bowling comprises of youngsters and shouldnt be plagued by any injury. Gambhir,Rahane, Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Tiwari, Jadeja, Ashwin, Praveen, Aravind, open 11 th place depending upon nature of pitch- looks to me the side for first one dayer. Another gutsy decision would be not to pick Tendulkar even when he declares himself fit.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    I dont understand why Vinay Kumar is being given so many chances. He has never really proved himself to be a good bowler, even his economy is high. I feel Varun Aaron should be groomed for the future. He has a great making of a good fast bowler and should be given a long term chance without asking to be compromised on pace.

  • madvrk on September 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    This was expected.Harbhajan should have been axed much earlier.His performance has been at par or even worse than an average domestic spinner.

  • KAIRAVA on September 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    How can you drop Bhajji, the captain of Mumbai Indians which has the been the most successful team so far in the CLT20 2011 ? This is absolutely ridiculous !!! (LOL..)

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    select wrong team.because bhajji is match winner bowler......

  • aRUNgOPI on September 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Where is robin uthappa & pathan? Why the selectors avoiding them? Now the current condition have a finisher for india? Who?

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Well this team is for 1st 2 ODI only ; who knows Bhajji might be back for the next 3

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Where is Yousuf pathan???????????????????

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    well done selectors for showing Bhaji the door..

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    nice. harbajan should drop, bcz he needs to proof himself in ranji and local matches.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    thats what good selection commite does ..thats their job ..if someone out of form for more than 2 years then he deserves to be dropped..similar thing happend to ganguly and sehwag in past then why not bhajji..he needs to work on his doosra and also arm ball and also need to turn the ball first..im sure he will work and get back to side soon..all the best to him..and also good selection of umesh yadav n varun aaron..just need one more guy there missing is uthappa for patel and may be irfan for vinay kumar

  • chiggers on September 29, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Well the discussions/excuses around this should be really interesting (pulls up armchair, puts up feet and opens popcorn...)

  • Garryjovial on September 29, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    What on earth do selectors see in Vinay Kumar is beyond me. Mr Dhoni will play him again, depriving young bowlers like Varun Arron, S Arravid from a place in final playing XI. What's the ratinale behind selcting 5 seamers on Indian pitches, totally farcical selection.

  • ArjunVS on September 29, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Oh My GOD !!! Time to book an airline ticket to where there are no televisions and newspapers and where one can live in oblivious bliss in denial. This is going to be as bad a drubbing as before, and obviously the selectors have learned nothing. It is not that there is no talent out there - but bias, incompetence and helplessness seem the symptoms. A pity that Jimmy is now part of the "bunch of jokers" !! RIP Cricket as we knew it.

  • licec on September 29, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Harbhajan being dropped is excellent news. I'd have loved to see his face this very instant. Considering that the coward fled from England to protect his stats and hoped to be back on the home circuit once the annihilation got complete. Peace!

  • Ramesh_Joseph on September 29, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    By and large a fair selection. But 5 seamers and 3 spinners seems a bit unbalanced. 4 seamers and 3 spinners would have been better with Pragyan Ojha coming in place of S.Aravind. Dhoni has been playing almost non-stop cricket for a long time.This has affected his captaincy as well as his wicket-keeping. One hopes that Parthiv Patel keeps wicket during the England series and Dhoni is rested for the entire West Indies series so that he would be fresh for the Australian tour. By and large a fair job by the selectors.

  • ashishmane on September 29, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    i dnt knw why VINAY KUMAR and S Aravind is in the squad.. finally selctors drop harbhajan ..Its a good move by selectors..

  • kasyapm on September 29, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Good selection. Hope each of the new guys get to play atleast one game. We had instances in the past where some players warmed the bench through out the tournament. Particulary interested in Rahul Sharma. Would like to see how he fares.

  • drsamprasad on September 29, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Harbhajan new it was coming! I realized it from the absolutely no celebration after beating CSK.. Normally we see a Harbhajan with arms out stretched, mouth wide open, facing the camera and trying to pick up the owner of the team.. I dont remember the last time he played domestic cricket other than IPL... good bye Bhajji.. India finally gets move on.. decent selection with the resources available!

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..... atleast he deserves what he is capable of

  • najnad on September 29, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    i wish all bad luck to this team ... you never win. the joker sorry selector dont sincerely want to India win. i am the fool trusted him and expected a good team from him. he got his job extended for one year, the what.... hi guys, dont try to win all matches but only a single one if u can....

  • CricketPissek on September 29, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    is it really the first time bajji's been dropped in 5 years? :-S he should've been dropped on numerous occasions in recent history the way he's performed! ah well, India are looking to build towards the 2015 world cup i imagine, so off with the old and on with the new. there are some decent limited over spinners coming up for India so this isnt really surprising news surely?

  • VinodGupte on September 29, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Rahul Sharma plays one tournament where he bowls four overs a match and gets a chance to play for India. Does this selection committee know about any cricket in India other than IPL? Having embarrassed themselves with the selections of Unadkat, Dinda, Nayar, S tiwary, Tyagi, Gony and other IPL stars (who failed to perform at the international level), the committee has not learnt their lessons. Incredible!

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Finally something to cherish about... Harbhajan needs to be shown the door.

  • AjayVijayan on September 29, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Why Jaydev Unadkat and Umesh Yadav proven failures..? Why V Aaron get any game at England....? Are we still moving in the right direction...,.. eventhough Jaydev Unadkat is not in the team ..... Rahul Sharma may be a good prospect in ODI but could he be a Test Candidate..? Also Why Vinay Kumar................ Does our selectors have a long term vision...? Lots of Questions and Question Marks....... about Selection and the Selection Committee credibility

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Poor selection yet again. 5 pacers and just 2 spinners in India, and out of 2 spinners, one a complete rookie? What else does Ojha have to do to get his opportunity? And what do selectors see in Vinay Kumar? With all due respect, he's not an international level bowler. Aravind is exciting talent, but it'll be too early to throw him at the deep end. Nehra should have been there. All pacers barring Praveen are inexperienced. And Nehra did no wrong the last time he played. Remember the WC s/f vs Pakistan?

  • ravi_shankar88 on September 29, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Good to see the selectors have lot of faith in our youngsters like s.aravind,rahul sharma,umesh yadhav.but what kind of a pace attack is this? very inexperienced one.atleast they should have selected one experienced pace bowler like ashish nehra or irfan pathan or ajit agarkar to guide the new players. After seeing this selection, england will be very happy and itching to come here to thrash our bowlers. and why not rest to dhoni,raina,kohli they h've been playing for longtime without any rest.if u see england they gave rest to lots of senior players like anderson and others. why not our selectors learn from ecb about handling senior players....? cricinfo please publish my comment.

  • pvwadekar on September 29, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Wonderful News that Harbhajan is dropped .. but why just for 2 matches .. should be dropped for all 5 .... he can get himself fit for IPL 2012. Vinay Kumar is another player who needs to be dropped .. he just just another mediocre domestic player whose bowling is cannon fodder at the international level. Good to see that we are investing in fast bolwers like Varun and Umesh .. and also giving chance to Rahul Sharma ..

  • Ghori303 on September 29, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Well ..... This looks much balance team, But India always play with 2 Seamer. They must drop one seamer and add another Batsman.

  • serious-am-i on September 29, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    impressive selection. Just hope we get at least a few pace friendly tracks only then we can see what our 'so called fast bowlers' have it in them or not. I would def. love to see Rahul Sharma in playing 11.

  • on September 29, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    nice decision to drop Bhajji. He really does not deserve to play international cricket with his current form.

  • Shhy on September 29, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Good job by the selectors..R.Ashwin should be given a long run in both the formats to cement his place.. If he improves his batting a bit more we could have a well balanced team in the future... Congrats to Aravind and Rahul Sharma... The bowling looks very inexperienced but i hope the youngsters seize this opportunity..

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Finally selectors with some boldness with their selection process. Hopefully Dhoni allows at least 3 pace and one new spin option to play in final 11. Else he may go ahead with usual options and may not try couple of them and it will waist of opportunities.

  • ranjit.sg on September 29, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    really baffles me that Ojha has been left out despite his excellent performances in the County matches.

  • Tatsache on September 29, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    looking nice squad...I know ashwin is bowling good in IPL but not in international match...he was flop bowler in ENG soil like others...may be in this series he have to prove whether good bowler or just IPL player..hopefully gambir will play in our pitches..what about sehwag ...he is still injury ??..may be sachin will fit for aus tour...any way I dont think its easy series for india eventhough playing in home..England team is good..we have to agree.....of course india will play than how they played in Eng :)

  • DINESHCC on September 29, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    WHETHER THE SELECTED TEAM PERFORM OR NOT, FOR THE 3RD ODI, HARBHAJAN WILL BE BACK TO THE TEAM.

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    haha i knew this decision was abt to come sooner or later

  • Sudarshanj on September 29, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    At last bcci show guts to show door to non performing senior. Bhajji shouldn't be automatic choice in tests also. Time to move on.

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Very exciting team :) :) :)

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    I hope a good squad is backed by a good selection during matches. It bewilders me why Aaron was not given a chance in helpful conditions when rest were not upto the task.

  • DINESHCC on September 29, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    RAVINDRA JADEJA PERFORMED IN ONE ODI IN ENGLAND. NOW HIS PLACE IS GUARANTEED FOR ANOTHER 100 ODIs.

  • a-rod on September 29, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Harbi should have never played ODI again after the 2003 world cup final

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    why they left our yusuf which is pretty good in Indian condition ? when will we see varun aron bowling ? wht they kept bhajji out of team when his performance in Cl was satisfactory ?? why still they picking medium core pace attack ? should have picked Nehra in the absence of ZK and Ishant. these selectors cant even select good team in computer cricket game :D

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 29, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I think Dhoni too should have been given rest.........i think will be praying for rain and Duckworth-Lewis to save them again......

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    pitty on Indian team selectors..very poor team again....

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Finally,Selectors dropped Bhajji,he needs time to improve his game to sustain his international career,the selectors could have selected one extra batsmen in Badrinath.

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Wherz Mr.Virender Sehwag??? isnt he not yet recovered from injury ?????

    And who told indian batsmen could nt play short balls.. Rahane can..

    gud call for Rahul sharma..

    And Wherz Irfan Pathan??? this is ridiculous... Are Vinay & Umesh better than him.... uff Vinay is hope less...

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 29, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    This one of the best selection i have seen from indian selectors.........Bhajji had been resting on his laurels for 3-4 years now and selectors have rightly gone for new faces.....

    I think will be good enough, considering many believe that eng won't offer much resistance than bangladesh....

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Whats the deal with Vinay Kumar always holding his place??

  • immortalsidu on September 29, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    i think irfan pathan is done with his international career..whatever happened to dinesh karthik and mohammad kaif... kaif deserves a second chance...and i dnt knw where karhtik went wrong..i think deserves a break..he has been playin non-stop...Gambhir led India to a 5-0 victory against new zealand last year..he is a good leader....they r plannin to go with an inexperienced pace attack against a strong england battin line up..i seriously hope to see varun aaron in action..all in all a decent squad..cud have been better considering the options available..

  • A.Ak on September 29, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Looks great to see all young pace bowlers. Great opportunity for them to perform in familiar home conditions. Hope they grab it with both hands and give the old members of the team some rest and rest of the Indian fans some joy. Dhoni - deserve some break before the tour of Australia. As India toured Eng in the poor weather season and with poor performance, Aussie tour will be the real test.

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Good start from Mohinder Amarnath, Replacing The oversung and overspoken harbhajan with young Rahul. Hope Srikkanth learns from his colleague.

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    good to see the selection committee finally waking up and dropping harbhajan who has been there only on his past performances!! i hope dhoni also wakes up and gives Aaron a chance... finally some1 who loves and wants to bowl fasttt!! we desperately need some1 fast as steyn / lee ... hopefully aaron will be that man... all da best TEAM INDIA

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Happy to know, Harbhajan dropped.I'm surprised at the selection of umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar.S. Arvind and Sharma deserve to be in Eleven.When pacers like Kapil,Sreenath and Binny will be produced by India?? Another whitewash on the cards.

  • Vijayendra on September 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    This makes up a good story for statisticians. Almost everybody except SRT has been dropped at least once. Is there any team in the world which has players where all have been dropped at some point or the other in their careers, for a longer/shorter period. Also, what did they do (score massive runs, take tons of wickets) to get back is important too.

    On an unrelated note, the Pathan brothers may just have played their last international matches.

  • indiafinda on September 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    wow good for bhaji, he deserved this. hopefully he will make a comeback into this team,

  • Kumar_NJ_USA on September 29, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    This is welcome change. Taking youngsters shows vision and long-term planning, something the "We want to win NOW" BCCI is not known for. To fans, give this team some time to gel and they can (certainly have the potential) produce good exciting cricket and probably some wins too.

  • jaggi.jagan on September 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Overall, a good selection. I could only say, Parthiv Patel could only be a option overseas because he could keep if Dhoni is down. His spot should go to a specialist batsman, probably another new talent.

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    i think dhawan should hav also got a chance to play taking on manish pandey as well

  • palla.avinash on September 29, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    very good team from selectors,all the best for youngsters like rahul sharma u struggled a lot.hope india win the series

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  • palla.avinash on September 29, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    very good team from selectors,all the best for youngsters like rahul sharma u struggled a lot.hope india win the series

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    i think dhawan should hav also got a chance to play taking on manish pandey as well

  • jaggi.jagan on September 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Overall, a good selection. I could only say, Parthiv Patel could only be a option overseas because he could keep if Dhoni is down. His spot should go to a specialist batsman, probably another new talent.

  • Kumar_NJ_USA on September 29, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    This is welcome change. Taking youngsters shows vision and long-term planning, something the "We want to win NOW" BCCI is not known for. To fans, give this team some time to gel and they can (certainly have the potential) produce good exciting cricket and probably some wins too.

  • indiafinda on September 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    wow good for bhaji, he deserved this. hopefully he will make a comeback into this team,

  • Vijayendra on September 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    This makes up a good story for statisticians. Almost everybody except SRT has been dropped at least once. Is there any team in the world which has players where all have been dropped at some point or the other in their careers, for a longer/shorter period. Also, what did they do (score massive runs, take tons of wickets) to get back is important too.

    On an unrelated note, the Pathan brothers may just have played their last international matches.

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Happy to know, Harbhajan dropped.I'm surprised at the selection of umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar.S. Arvind and Sharma deserve to be in Eleven.When pacers like Kapil,Sreenath and Binny will be produced by India?? Another whitewash on the cards.

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    good to see the selection committee finally waking up and dropping harbhajan who has been there only on his past performances!! i hope dhoni also wakes up and gives Aaron a chance... finally some1 who loves and wants to bowl fasttt!! we desperately need some1 fast as steyn / lee ... hopefully aaron will be that man... all da best TEAM INDIA

  • on September 29, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Good start from Mohinder Amarnath, Replacing The oversung and overspoken harbhajan with young Rahul. Hope Srikkanth learns from his colleague.

  • A.Ak on September 29, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Looks great to see all young pace bowlers. Great opportunity for them to perform in familiar home conditions. Hope they grab it with both hands and give the old members of the team some rest and rest of the Indian fans some joy. Dhoni - deserve some break before the tour of Australia. As India toured Eng in the poor weather season and with poor performance, Aussie tour will be the real test.