England in India 2011-12 September 30, 2011

Want to capitalise on this chance - Rahul Sharma

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Legspinner Rahul Sharma, who received his maiden international call-up on Thursday, has said he wants to perform on the field, rather than make big promises. Sharma, along with uncapped Karnataka medium-pacer S Aravind, was named in the 15-man squad for the first two ODIs of the five-match series against England that begins on October 14.

"My aim is to capitalise on the opportunity given to me. I don't want to make big statements," Sharma told Mid-Day. "I have fulfilled my first dream of getting the national call-up. Now, my next goal is to don the India cap and do well for the country. [Being a legspinner] I am not thinking about taking Anil Kumble's place in the team."

His performance for Pune Warriors in IPL 2011 - he claimed 16 wickets and had a miserly economy rate of 5.46 - despite health issues [he has Bell's Palsy, which effects his vision] put him in the national spotlight. However, he said, he did not expect to break into the national side so early. "I didn't expect it [the call-up] to come. It was unbelievable when Parthiv Patel disclosed the news to me."

Sharma said he was disappointed to miss out on working with Harbhajan Singh, who has been India's first choice spinner for a while but was left out from the squad following a run of poor form. "It is an irony that I walk into the team as Bhajji [Harbhajan] goes out," he said. "I wanted to play with him and bowl in tandem with him."

Left-arm fast bowler Aravind, the other new face in the squad, said he had expected to make the national team only next season. "I wasn't expecting the call this year, especially after I missed the Emerging Players Tournament [in Australia in August] due to injury," Aravind said. "After I recovered, I was hoping to do well this [domestic] season and was looking forward to a call next year.

"I am really looking forward to the challenge. I have been really working hard on my bowling ever since I recovered from the injury. I think I am a better bowler than what I was a couple of years back. I hope to get a match and give my best."

Aravind is currently playing in the Champions League T20 with Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had a strong 2010-11 domestic season, leading the attack for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy and South Zone in the Duleep Trophy. Aravind said he would look to state-mate Vinay Kumar, who is also in the ODI squad, to calm any nerves. "In the Karnataka Ranji side, Vinay plays the role of a mentor to me and [Abhimanyu] Mithun. I'll be getting guidance from him even in the Indian team, and that will help ease the pressure."

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  • on October 3, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Before going to S/A tour Under Captaincy of Gambhir he picked 3 & 4 wickets in the 2 one dayers he played ! he was sent to S/A earlier to aclimatise. But was not played in onedayers there. This time in England tour he bowled very well in tests,but was not retained in onedayers,sent back.The bowlers who were given a chance didn't perform. So, for oneday series in India against England He should have been the first choice. He & praveen kumar should have been the spearheads. Sreesanth has pace,vigour ,variety,urge,innovation which are the Qualities inbuilt in him a a pace spearhead after Zak.!!!!

  • on October 1, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    wonder how our indian (so called pace bowlers!!) don't learn after so much of cricket!they don't try any variation,no yorkers,bouncers,nothing.they just bowl to the good length (of the batsman!!) a d the rest is history!what say Mr.VinayKumar.Good luck S.Arvind for appointing Vinay kumar as your mentor!! no comments on batting.somehow it clicks most of the times.

  • Rohan_K on October 1, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Whats happening with Karnataka at one Point they had Javagal Srinath and Prasad to lead the attack and now three district level bowlers - Mithun, Arvind and the worst Vinay kumar. All the best team India or should i say Team South zone !!!!! I cant believe this is a national team selection and we are having three school level players in the reconing of that two get selected.!!!!

  • nballal on October 1, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    I am from Karnataka but am not happy with the selection of Vinay Kumar and Arvind. Both of them do not have the pace not potential to trouble batsmen when conditions are not favourable to bowlers. Vinay was lack lustre in england though the wet conditions played a part. Ashish Nehra deserved to be selected instead along with Pragyan Ojha.

    Dhoni may have to play 3 fast bowlers now bcos of the rule changes which permit 2 new balls rendering spinners ineffective until the 40th over

  • abdul2000_mar on October 1, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    I really dont no why people dont understand India team is full with politics, Dhoni does not want any one in his team who can take over his position, It is his good luck he has been success nothing special quality he has in him, I am sure Irfan Patan, Yousef patan will not come back in national team as Dhoni dont like them, BCCI has refused to give approval to Irfan Pathan to play for counties, as they are scared that he will come back to national site and they cant upset Dhoni as he dont want Pathan brothers in the team. We all are wasting our time thinking that India team or selection committe is doing any thing good for country...just see IPL and enjoy the game...

  • Rohan_K on October 1, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Arvind - Another 115-120kmph bowler and again south India preferred. where is Dhawal Kulkarni, picked for tour of NZ and never given a game until he is injured.Arvind is Poor fielder being an youngster and his body language looked awful when haddin smashed him in Clt20. Irfan Pathan could have been a better pick. Vinay Kumar - He would not be even picked in a 'A' division team in Mumbai is in the team despite being largely responsible for losses in England where batters always posted a good score. Rahul - seems to be a interesting selection although i doubt his whether he can be a Test potential. Aaron & yadav - As they are included they should be given a longer run ahead of Vinay. Kumar & Arvind Boards' awful selection policy continues to baffle.

  • on October 1, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    I m tired of ppl asking 4 Irfan who hasnt played domestic cricket except IPL for over an year.Guys he is in challenger series in India blue squad.Let him prove his fitness and perform well thr.If he does well,he can be given chance in next 3 odis.Wonder y Rajat Bhatia is nt considered a gud allrounder.He is a gud bowler and a gud batsman too.dont knw y he is nt in any squads of challenger series.

  • on October 1, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    WHERE IS IRFAN PATHAN? Arghhhh........ Fed up with this selection panel

  • sweetspot on October 1, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is a mentor to Aravind? What could he possibly be telling him? "Don't swing the ball, keep it straight", or "Don't surprise the batsman, he will get angry"? Arvind is a far better bowler than Vinay Kumar and I don't really see why Vinay is even in this squad.

  • on October 1, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    WHY NOT IQBAL ABDULLAH. he has done everything to knock the doors of indian cricket.Most emerging player in IPL and emerging players tournament. he had a good season in ranji as well claiming close to 50 wickets and scoring at an avg of nearly 35. which included an individual score of 150+..........

  • on October 3, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Before going to S/A tour Under Captaincy of Gambhir he picked 3 & 4 wickets in the 2 one dayers he played ! he was sent to S/A earlier to aclimatise. But was not played in onedayers there. This time in England tour he bowled very well in tests,but was not retained in onedayers,sent back.The bowlers who were given a chance didn't perform. So, for oneday series in India against England He should have been the first choice. He & praveen kumar should have been the spearheads. Sreesanth has pace,vigour ,variety,urge,innovation which are the Qualities inbuilt in him a a pace spearhead after Zak.!!!!

  • on October 1, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    wonder how our indian (so called pace bowlers!!) don't learn after so much of cricket!they don't try any variation,no yorkers,bouncers,nothing.they just bowl to the good length (of the batsman!!) a d the rest is history!what say Mr.VinayKumar.Good luck S.Arvind for appointing Vinay kumar as your mentor!! no comments on batting.somehow it clicks most of the times.

  • Rohan_K on October 1, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Whats happening with Karnataka at one Point they had Javagal Srinath and Prasad to lead the attack and now three district level bowlers - Mithun, Arvind and the worst Vinay kumar. All the best team India or should i say Team South zone !!!!! I cant believe this is a national team selection and we are having three school level players in the reconing of that two get selected.!!!!

  • nballal on October 1, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    I am from Karnataka but am not happy with the selection of Vinay Kumar and Arvind. Both of them do not have the pace not potential to trouble batsmen when conditions are not favourable to bowlers. Vinay was lack lustre in england though the wet conditions played a part. Ashish Nehra deserved to be selected instead along with Pragyan Ojha.

    Dhoni may have to play 3 fast bowlers now bcos of the rule changes which permit 2 new balls rendering spinners ineffective until the 40th over

  • abdul2000_mar on October 1, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    I really dont no why people dont understand India team is full with politics, Dhoni does not want any one in his team who can take over his position, It is his good luck he has been success nothing special quality he has in him, I am sure Irfan Patan, Yousef patan will not come back in national team as Dhoni dont like them, BCCI has refused to give approval to Irfan Pathan to play for counties, as they are scared that he will come back to national site and they cant upset Dhoni as he dont want Pathan brothers in the team. We all are wasting our time thinking that India team or selection committe is doing any thing good for country...just see IPL and enjoy the game...

  • Rohan_K on October 1, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Arvind - Another 115-120kmph bowler and again south India preferred. where is Dhawal Kulkarni, picked for tour of NZ and never given a game until he is injured.Arvind is Poor fielder being an youngster and his body language looked awful when haddin smashed him in Clt20. Irfan Pathan could have been a better pick. Vinay Kumar - He would not be even picked in a 'A' division team in Mumbai is in the team despite being largely responsible for losses in England where batters always posted a good score. Rahul - seems to be a interesting selection although i doubt his whether he can be a Test potential. Aaron & yadav - As they are included they should be given a longer run ahead of Vinay. Kumar & Arvind Boards' awful selection policy continues to baffle.

  • on October 1, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    I m tired of ppl asking 4 Irfan who hasnt played domestic cricket except IPL for over an year.Guys he is in challenger series in India blue squad.Let him prove his fitness and perform well thr.If he does well,he can be given chance in next 3 odis.Wonder y Rajat Bhatia is nt considered a gud allrounder.He is a gud bowler and a gud batsman too.dont knw y he is nt in any squads of challenger series.

  • on October 1, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    WHERE IS IRFAN PATHAN? Arghhhh........ Fed up with this selection panel

  • sweetspot on October 1, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is a mentor to Aravind? What could he possibly be telling him? "Don't swing the ball, keep it straight", or "Don't surprise the batsman, he will get angry"? Arvind is a far better bowler than Vinay Kumar and I don't really see why Vinay is even in this squad.

  • on October 1, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    WHY NOT IQBAL ABDULLAH. he has done everything to knock the doors of indian cricket.Most emerging player in IPL and emerging players tournament. he had a good season in ranji as well claiming close to 50 wickets and scoring at an avg of nearly 35. which included an individual score of 150+..........

  • on October 1, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Rahul and Ashwin have performed well in the IPL and reasonably well in other tournaments. But neither of them is an attacking spinner, they contain batsmen and tend to get wickets only when the batsmen go after them. One of them paired up with an attacking spinner like say a Murali Kartik would've been a great combination. As far as the fast bowling department is concerned though Vinay's a good bowler, he's struggled to pick up wickets consistently at international level moreover he has conceded runs at a relatively quick rate. Sreesanth could've been given an other go instead of someone like a Yadav who bowls either too full or short. I'm looking forward to see how the debutants Aaron and Arvind perform. All the batsmen in the team deserve a long run in the team. Rahane and Parthiv scored consistently against England. And given the weight Tiwary's domestic scores, he deserves a look in. Rahul and Ashwin have performed well in the IPL and reasonably well in other tournaments. But neit

  • AJGWST on October 1, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    If you are taking so many new players take the new Mi kid as well Sarul Kanwar, he can give our team a good start... the BCCI and it's stupid selectors

  • on October 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Ohh!!! Its not a gud idea to gave another chance to vinaykumar... He coud't prove himself in last few odi's.! But y the selection team still not giving the chance to irfan pathan... Well consider the last england series, it shows india need a allrounder with pace bowling.. In india pathan is the one and only pace allrounder!!! and also his brother yousuf is like a one man army... He proved himself in last newzealand series to gave a match winning ton!! And umesh yadahv is not a good choice,,, he is full toss bowler... He had't pitch the bal in the crct area's. Its better to took one batsman for himself!!! Any way the one gud news is rahul sharma's call-up!!! Bcz india need a leg spinner for kumble's place! He is the best choice for kumble!! bcz Misra is not a youngster!! Anyway the young guns like rahul, aswin, aaron, arvind will buried and wil take revenge for the whitewash!!! ---------Bhuvi---------

  • on October 1, 2011, 6:04 GMT

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

  • on October 1, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    don't why vinay kumar is included in the squad.Even on fast tracks he is not able generate bounce nor swing.we need a additional batsmen not this kind bowlers who gives away.

  • johnathonjosephs on October 1, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    1.2 billion+ population of the most cricket crazy nation in the world and supposedly there's not enough talented cricketers in the talent pool? Obviously something must be wrong and its the selection factors. Why Rahul Sharma got picked is only a mystery to me. His List A career might look good, but keep in mind the last match was 7 months ago and the man is clearly a T20 specialist from the looks of the number of matches he has played. When will people realize IPL does not designate international success in ODI/Test? Raina and Ashwin are the only players that have done decent after earning a call up, but they will be dropped from the ODI/Test side soon. Other players who have had IPL success yet failed in international arena are Yusuf Pathan, Murali Vijay, and Jadeja. What about Ojha (who was doing oh so well) and Mishra? Hope Aravind edges out and does better than Sharma/Ashwin

  • NairUSA on September 30, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Best of luck, Rahul. The new Indian team will have to be given a fair chance to perform and they may not be able to produce results in the upcoming England series. However, in couple of years time, the Indian fans should be able to see a performing Indian team. As many comments have pointed out, India still cannot find good fast bowlers who could smother up the batsmen before the spinners and medium pacers can start working on them.

  • Nampally on September 30, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    I am delighted to see Rahul, Aaron & Jadev included in the squad. These are 3 youngsters who need a kick start their career.Zaheer , Ishant & Munaf are all on the injured list. Now is the chance to try new young blood. Here are 2 young guns.If they fire, Zaheer & Munaf can announce their retirement because they are over the hill. The same is the case with Rahul who bowled so well in the IPL. Judging by his bouncy, accurate leg spinners, he should have walked into the side instead of Mishra for the England tour. But he was ignored. He is more like Chandraseker with his pacy, bouncy leg breaks & top sopinners. Only missing pawn is Ojha despite his excellent performance, he is still ignored - Why? India needs an economical left arm orthodox spinner. You cannot fit a square peg in the round hole, as Jadeja is being tried instead of obvious choice of Ojha.Jadeja is a good fielder & fairly good bat. But he ain't no bowler.If a left arm spin bowler is needed go to Ojha or M.Kartik.

  • zig1 on September 30, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    @squarepeg- There is no regionalism in Aravind's selection, Karnatka team has a good bowling unit but teams can not win a cricket match only with good bowlers..... Aravind deserves to be there and he will definitely do well..... Ojha should have been selected in place of Rahul Sharma... i just hope Ojha will not end up getting a raw deal like another left arm spinner Murali Karthik.

  • Lord_Dravid on September 30, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    its unfortunate that dhoni and raina cant be rested because we're missing key players like tendulkar sehwag yuvraj and zaheer so i guess we need some experience in the side..this makes me angry coz we have soo many unfit players (sigh) the selectors and bcci are to be blamed for not having a strict fitness policy

  • on September 30, 2011, 17:22 GMT

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

  • on September 30, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    I dont understand why are we still looking for average medium pacers after the debacle in England. We need bowlers who can bowl 140+ kph without compromising on their speeds. With experience and guidance when Zaheer Khan returns, they can develop into good bowlers.

    I am very keen to see Aaron perform. I know Tyagi doesnot have the wickets in whatever chances he got, but he made the batsmen jump and think, a rarity for an Indian bowler in recent times. He needs guidance and a stint at MRF pace academy and yes, the most important thing..

  • on September 30, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Really feel very bad to see adverse comments on Aravind and Vinay. I use to read and here the same kind of foul cry when Javagal Sreenath and Venkatesh prasad were selected... but they proved most successful bowlers for India. If history to be believed, the great fast bowlers emerge always in pair with good understanding between them. eg. Sarfaraz nawaz-Imran, wakar-akram, walsh-ambrose, sreenath-prasad...list grows...let's hope for Vinay-Aravind also.

  • WTEH on September 30, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    May be the selectors forgot that this was for international series. I guess, they must have mixed up with a IPL or T20 line up.

  • squarepeg on September 30, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Both are average bowlers. rahul is one IPL season and can only improve. But Arvind is already 27. If the K'taka bowlers were so good, then they shud hv won all domestic tournaments. Tyagi, Chahar, Aaron need to be groomed, if we can get out of regionalism that is.

  • landl47 on September 30, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Well, there's a good start for Rahul- saying he wishes he could have bowled with someone who has been dropped for lack of form. If I might make a suggestion, Rahul, saying you are looking forward to bowling with someone who is actually in the squad (like Ashwin or Jadeja) might make you more popular with your teammates.

  • shivareddy007 on September 30, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I think atleast couple of these new comers like RAHUL SHARMA, V ARON ETC should prove their talent. It will create some competition in the team and it will get the best out of the team.

  • yoogi on September 30, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I think the selectors got it wrong in the spin dept. Swann is a much better spinner and that is going to hurt India if they produce dusty turners. Also, are there enough spinners in the squad that we can cover for injuries to Ashwing / rahul? Also Yuvi will be missed because his re-discovered bowling was the winning point for India who is always an allrounder short.

  • Shanmughan on September 30, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    @ Insbruck

    Did Pragyan Ojha get fair number of chances..??I dont think so...Atleast Ojha bowled on those unhelpfull tracks and got wickets....Ojha is much more deserving than Rahul Sharma...Am not a prejudist..I sincerly hope Rahul performs well,but Ojha deserves more...

  • bharath74 on September 30, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Pls stop picking slowest medium pacers of the world, vinay kumar, arvind. pls give chance to varun aaron, shami of kkr etc .

  • on September 30, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Wonder why rhul sharma was picked ahead of pragyan ojha. May be ranji figure,but i m unaware of those figures. What i m aware of is that Manish Pandey dispite great track record in ranji has been neglected again and again.

  • spinkingKK on September 30, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    I haven't seen any of these youngsters bowl. However, from what I can see in the video clippings they have shown in a Kannada news channel, Arvind looks like somebody who bowls at 124kph. Pace is not everything. However, the need of the hour for India is pace. Unless you are a master of swing and seam bowling, you need pace to survive in International cricket. Also, from what I read about in an Akash Chopra article, Rahul Sharma also lacks variety and big turners. I wish good luck for the team. I know that the Indian selectors and the team management always gives preference to the slowest of the fast bowlers and less penetrative of the spin bowlers. In India it will work in their favor. But, in overseas, they will suffer very badly. Is there any way we can have Dilip Vengsarkar back as the the chief selector?

  • TexasCricket on September 30, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    well, this is a welcome sign. they actually dropped some one !!. if Gambhir flops, he should be shown the same way. don't let any one just walk back in to the national team based on their past. India have a lot of young players in the wings (no real pacers though) . What happened to Robin Uthappa and Yusuf? they should be in the shorter formats ahead of parthiv...

  • RAJARAGULAN on September 30, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    If they goin like this we can find india soon at spot 10.... some players like DHONI & RAINA getting playerburn and some players like SACHIN & SEHWAG going to struggle all international matches duo to over rest..... if we want them play well against australia they should play against england......not only form we need good team coordination to beat any team..... we didnt get proper team coordination in england that is why we couldn't win even a single match..... i think we cant see all indian senior players all together in a single match anymore....younsters should be given oppotunities i know that but here senior players only have been treated as a freshers to international matches....

  • on September 30, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Rahul sharma and R ashwin spin duo might create tandav or destruction to opposition batsmen.Because both are tall and freaky

  • on September 30, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    sellectors should stop having faith on vinay kumar mithun and arvind this looks totally biased to karnataka ranji team and RCB team.These are all RCB and Karnataka team,Not CSK and Tamil nadu ranji team.Where is sudeep tyagi he would have been deadly pair to varun aaron.Because both are good fast bowlers for India

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    @CricketMann. PK will mentor Vinay, Vinay will mentor Sreenath, and Sreenath will mentor PK, and PK will ..... so on so forth. They will go on and on in circles.When the selector who tours with the team stops ringing the bell, the one with the ball in hand will be in the playing eleven. Other two will serve drinks. WE are looking for a paradigm shift in our Cricket. No?

  • CandidIndian on September 30, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Vinay Kumar who is a very successful bowler in domestic circuit,has been hammered badly in all the international matches he has played.Although to be fair to him even great bowlers got hammering in start of their careers nothing wrong in it but with Vinay Kumar its likely that he will struggle forever due to his pace of 120-125 kph and inability to ball yorkers.If you dont have pace then you can survive in international cricket only if you have the ability like PK or ZAK has.Arvind looks left handed version of Vinay Kumar.Hence i hope Aaron and Yadav gets the chance in playing 11, but with adamant thinking of Dhoni and his obsession of giving chance to super slow bowlers like Munaf and Joginder Sharma its very likely that Vinay Kumar will play all 5 matches even if India loses. Young leggie Sharma is most promising among all new guys who have come in .

  • CandidIndian on September 30, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Vinay Kumar who is a very successful bowler in domestic circuit,has been hammered badly in all the international matches he has played.Although to be fair to him even great bowlers got hammering in start of their careers nothing wrong in it but with Vinay Kumar its likely that he will struggle forever due to his pace of 120-125 kph and inability to ball yorkers.If you dont have pace then you can survive in international cricket only if you have the ability like PK or ZAK has.Arvind looks left handed version of Vinay Kumar.Hence i hope Aaron and Yadav gets the chance in playing 11, but with adamant thinking of Dhoni and his obsession of giving chance to super slow bowlers like Munaf and Joginder Sharma its very likely that Vinay Kumar will play all 5 matches even if India loses. Young leggie Sharma is most promising among all new guys who have come in .

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Due to tv, ipl isvery popular. perfoming in ipl gives playe a big recognision, and it is an international exposure too. their fore selctors cannot ignore ipl matches. Rahul is a good choice. But speedies are not of that rank. Whyfor selection we have pre-selection and play them in practice matchesand select the final from the same.

  • Arpra on September 30, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    A more appropriate question would be what more should Pragyan do?

  • Arpra on September 30, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    "What more should Badrinath do?" For starters he should learn to deal with short ball better. If he embarrases himself in unresponsive West Indian pitches against fast medium bowlers at his rather ripe age, he will struggle to make it to the most international teams.

  • Percy_Fender on September 30, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    It is quite sickening to read comments which reek of regional bias. I wish people would hope for the good of the national team rather than mention their own candidates and pine over their non inclusion. There is no doubt that the selectors have been fairly honest. They have acted in unision against the non performers after having given them a fair number of chances.Pragyan Ojha was one of them. Now he has played for Surrey in the County championship and has done well in 4 matches there. For people who do not know, I would like them to see how well Piyush Chawla had done for Sussex when he played for them last season and realise that one season of merit in county cricket does not make anyone more deserving. The obvious potential could not be missed in Rahul Sharma and Ashwin. They can be a formidable pair. Similarly, Arvind though not express can be quite a handful even on docile wickets. So in short, the selectors have done a fair job and need to be congratulated for not being biased.

  • pr3m on September 30, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    @CricketMaan, S Aravind is wrongly named a fast bowler on these pages. He's barely more than military medium.

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    awh this said it seems like we'll have more of "eng won against second string team so no big deal, lets see what they can do against our world champs" excuses!

  • Darnakka on September 30, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Indian cricket team selection now officially "IPL / CLT20 performance based selection"

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    feels really bad for Badrinath. wht more badrinath had to do ?

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Rahul Sharma and Ravi Ashwin bowls consistently..then no other seamers needed to pluck England out....

  • Shanmughan on September 30, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    English men aren't gonna be an easy team to beat..And for that matter India have not dominated any good teams in ODI series in India..if there are early morning starts and englishmen bowl,India will have serious trouble coping with Anderson,Bresnan and other swing bowlers...By the way luck has been going for India,the trend look set to continue in India as well...

  • viv85 on September 30, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    If sharma and ashwin bowl in tandem then english team will have their own version of tandav!!!

  • Shanmughan on September 30, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    And Praghyan Ojha misses out as well despite his brilliant show in the longest format of county circuit...Rahul Sharma who performed in his sole IPL season gets the nod..when will the selector's learn...they keep on repeating the same mistake over and over again...

  • indianzen on September 30, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Phase options could have been better, we saw Vinay kumar Arvind and Mithun going for runs in the T20 and CLT20 games... There are other options with yomahesh and a lot of good medium pacers... and Sorry for Badrinath...

  • Shanmughan on September 30, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Pity that Jaidev Unadkat did not get his chance even after performing well in the emerging players series..Aravind gets into the team without participating in that tournament.Another example of poor man management from the selectors..

  • Naresh28 on September 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Sensible approach by Rahul. First get your name on the selectors list and then progress and play for India. It will be long and hard international cricket can make or break you. If you give your best and dont let your emotions get the better of you. Kumble should have been called up to give him advice. BCCI do not use resources properly. Their failure can affect the Indian team!!!!!!

  • palla.avinash on September 30, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    All the best u deserve it and u can make it, u future good should be good.

  • CricketMaan on September 30, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Vinay plays mentor for Sreenath, and PK will be mentor for Vinay..I hope Sreenath doesn't end up with 125 kph after these mentorships..lol

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  • CricketMaan on September 30, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Vinay plays mentor for Sreenath, and PK will be mentor for Vinay..I hope Sreenath doesn't end up with 125 kph after these mentorships..lol

  • palla.avinash on September 30, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    All the best u deserve it and u can make it, u future good should be good.

  • Naresh28 on September 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Sensible approach by Rahul. First get your name on the selectors list and then progress and play for India. It will be long and hard international cricket can make or break you. If you give your best and dont let your emotions get the better of you. Kumble should have been called up to give him advice. BCCI do not use resources properly. Their failure can affect the Indian team!!!!!!

  • Shanmughan on September 30, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Pity that Jaidev Unadkat did not get his chance even after performing well in the emerging players series..Aravind gets into the team without participating in that tournament.Another example of poor man management from the selectors..

  • indianzen on September 30, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Phase options could have been better, we saw Vinay kumar Arvind and Mithun going for runs in the T20 and CLT20 games... There are other options with yomahesh and a lot of good medium pacers... and Sorry for Badrinath...

  • Shanmughan on September 30, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    And Praghyan Ojha misses out as well despite his brilliant show in the longest format of county circuit...Rahul Sharma who performed in his sole IPL season gets the nod..when will the selector's learn...they keep on repeating the same mistake over and over again...

  • viv85 on September 30, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    If sharma and ashwin bowl in tandem then english team will have their own version of tandav!!!

  • Shanmughan on September 30, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    English men aren't gonna be an easy team to beat..And for that matter India have not dominated any good teams in ODI series in India..if there are early morning starts and englishmen bowl,India will have serious trouble coping with Anderson,Bresnan and other swing bowlers...By the way luck has been going for India,the trend look set to continue in India as well...

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Rahul Sharma and Ravi Ashwin bowls consistently..then no other seamers needed to pluck England out....

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    feels really bad for Badrinath. wht more badrinath had to do ?