England in India 2011 October 17, 2011

Uthappa returns to Twenty20 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Robin Uthappa has been recalled to the Indian squad for the Twenty20 International against England. He last represented the national team more than three years ago, in the 2008 Asia Cup in Pakistan. Yusuf Pathan, who was dropped after the West Indies tour, also made a return to the Twenty20 squad.

Gautam Gambhir will be unavailable for the T20I on October 29 due to his wedding. The other player from the ongoing ODI series missing in the Twenty20 line-up is Parthiv Patel. For the remaining ODIs, the selectors have retained the squad that has registered a 2-0 lead.

Uthappa, 25, who plays for Pune Warriors in the IPL, has been in good touch in the lead-up to his selection. He scored a half-century in the final of the BCCI Corporate Trophy and smashed 56 and 132 for India Green in successive innings of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, a 50-over domestic tournament.

After being dropped, Yusuf played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League Twenty20, and had a good time with the ball in the Challenger Trophy, taking 4 for 25 in one game.

Harbhajan Singh continues to be left out, both from the ODI and T20I sides, which makes the selection of the squad for the upcoming Test series against West Indies more interesting.

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

Twenty20 squad: MS Dhoni (capt and wk), Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, S Aravind.

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  • Ashok on October 19, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    @lakx& cricFan108: Your stats ar very revealing. It makes us all wonder the basis of selection for the ODI's. Opening batsman's position is a that of a specialist. When we have Mukund, Uthappa & Dhawan scoring so heavily & obviously in great form, the Indian ODI team has P.Patel & Rahane opening the innings. Also Parthiv is a WK and a poor fielder - How do you justify his continued hi selection while "the other 3 in form guys" are knocking at the "Door" so loudly? Do they have to drive a bull dozer thru' this "proverbial Door" to get selected? By picking a regular opener, Uthappa for T-20, the Selectors are not doing him any favour. My question is why is he not in the ODI squad?Uthappa is agood fielder, good WK & an aggressive bat.Actually Mukund was taken to England to debut in unfamiliar conditions in the Tests - now discarded at home in more familiar conditions.Dhawan was taken to WI for ODI's as opener & now discarded.In absence of Sehwag these 3 should be the first choices

  • Rajat on October 19, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    why are selectors ignoring irfan pathan

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    india need someone like junaid khan who bowled supherb against sri lanka not like vinay kumar who bowled nicely only once who knows what next will happen.What about someone like anderson cummins india needs some one like him or junaid khan.

  • Rakesh on October 19, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @lakx - good analysis. Rahane should be in the test squad and Mukund in ODIs. Cheeka has weird ways of selecting wrong horses for courses.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Yes, Robie should be given chances in ODIs too a fair number of chances to prove. I hope he will get for sure :)

    Am happy for him :)

  • Nikhil on October 19, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Very good move by Indian selectors. Indian team for T20 against England should be Uthappa, Yusuf, Kohli, Tiwary, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Vinay, Umesh & Arvind. Praveen should be given rest and Rahane must be dropped. Uthappa should be given more chances.

  • Bangalore on October 19, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @CricFan108. Your comment about Mukund is true. "how can someone compare him with Rahane is beyond me"

    I mean Mukund has scored just 1775 runs in List A while Rahane has scored 2002 runs. It is a different matter that Rahane has taken 55 matches to score 2002 at 37.07 while Mukund has scored 1775 in 31 matches at 59.16. It is also insignificant to note that Rahane has scored just 3 100s and 12 50s in 55 matches, 27% success, while Mukund has scored 6 100s and 11 50s in just 31 matches, 52% success, so double the consistency. It is also trivial to note that Rahane, a very "attacking" batsman has a strike rate of 82.89 while Mukund has a "very slow" 84.40.

    Some people are truly blind to compare Mukund and Rahane.

    Mukund is a better ODI player and Rahane is a better test player.

  • Rohan on October 19, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Robbin dude plz plz perform well this time, we want u in indian team......

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    eager to watch Manoj Tiwari play a game....

  • Naresh on October 19, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Well I asked the question Is Uthappa the Shewag that we are missing. Majority answered postively. Although there are not many slots left in our team. Big gutsy, players need to be selected to face Australia - so far I am happy with the selectors line of thoughts. More testing/experimenting could be done in the pace bowling section. Gambhir and Kohli displayed form in the CLT20 games just ended. They are now carrying that form in the current series. Dravid did well in Englend because of his height - this is what is needed when facing Australia, England and South Africa outside India. Shorter players do well in India. Off course their are some exceptions to this rule.

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