England in India 2011 October 17, 2011

Uthappa returns to Twenty20 squad

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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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  • POSTED BY Nampally 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

  • POSTED BY rajat-column on | October 19, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    why are selectors ignoring irfan pathan

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Haleos 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 :)

  • POSTED BY sehwag-is-king 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.

  • POSTED BY lakx 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.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | October 19, 2011, 8:32 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 8:10 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 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.

  • POSTED BY Nampally 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

  • POSTED BY rajat-column on | October 19, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    why are selectors ignoring irfan pathan

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Haleos 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 :)

  • POSTED BY sehwag-is-king 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.

  • POSTED BY lakx 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.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | October 19, 2011, 8:32 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 8:10 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 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.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    pathan & robin should open the inning, but missing Sauravh Tiwari

  • POSTED BY icy.icee on | October 19, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    actually its not that robbin wasn't given enough chances in past.. its just that he couldn't grab the opportunity. same is for yusuf pathan.. remember the last west indies tour. now to include robin and yusuf for next three one day matches will be unfair for those who haven't had their chances to prove themself like manoj tiwari! likewise, we do know the opening pair doesn't have the potential to perfom big.. but its the chance you give to them to prove everybody wrong! we can't be always right!

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    I have one beautiful suggestion, make Robin uthappa and Yusuf open the innings in both T20 and ODI. The opening bowlers will tremble and bowl only wide deliveries.

    When you have this brute force, Y do you trust in small forces? .. Think please..

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    i am also more happy if added tendulkar & rohit

  • POSTED BY pravineswar on | October 19, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Robin's selection for lone T20 is bit harsh on him, he should have been included in last 3 ODIs to give him more space and time to make a comeback. If he plays lone T20, he will be under pressure to perform and if he fails in that, might not be other opportunity in near future and his form will be wasted.Even if he performs well, he still might miss out for Australian series with senior players like Sehwag, Sachin coming back and middle order is already full with Gambhir, Yuvaraj, Kohli, Dhoni & Raina playing. Hope, he gets selected & play minimum 3 ODI's against W.I. to prove his worth in the team...

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    It would be good to have Uthappa open the innings instead of Parthiv Patel. Parthiv Patel has contributed in his earlier outings but his last two innings on slow wickets has not been encouraging. Uthappa deserves a chance as we already have a 2-0 lead.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    Why Uthappa is NOt in the ODI team? Some, like Uthappa, are ideal to be routed through ODI, to Tests one day (like Raina, and Virat). Some others like Mukund, Rahane, Pujara are ideal to be tried and routed through Tests to ODIs -- this approach can also work -- Did Tendulkar prove it? Did we not try Dravid also through this route? So, why we are trying out Rahane though the ODI route, when Uthappa is in form and readily ( and happily) available?using. Why we always have to follow SOPs ( Standard Operating Procedures?

  • POSTED BY Gilli85 on | October 18, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Murali Vijay for 20/20 and Mukund and Uthapa for 50 overs should be selected.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Finally a selection on merit, not on quota system. Robin should capitalize on this opportunity - cracking batsman.

  • POSTED BY rko_rules on | October 18, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    When we are going to get rid of Vinay kumar???? Its like a torture. We love Cricket but we are forced to watch this irritating guy

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    I dont know why varun aaron is left in pavillion he was called replacement for england series and now he is in playing squad still he is carrying drinks only not in action he is one of the bowler who can spped up ball he must be used at any case to show ur strength

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    well i thing uthappa as well as yusuf should look at this as to be permanent in t20 squad and be in srilanka wt20 2012 and chance in odi team would present itself and anyway the two arent test material best of luck to both

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    hello dear how r u............?

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | October 18, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Dhoni insecurity continues. If you need middle order batsman, select one. Don't select Uthappa who plays very rarely and good in recent days. Uthappa is a opener, he will not get a chnace. Dhoni trick is spoil both spots opener & middle order and not allow anyone to emerge compete him.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 18, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Uthappa and Yusaf are both destructive batsman. They both deserve chances in the shorter format games. In Uthappa we might have a likely candidate to one day replace Shewag who now might be on downhill. The selectors are thinking with a long term view. The fast bowling department still is unclear. Something that needs serious work. Candidates like Umesh Yadav,Varun, Nechim should be sent abroad in India A teams. Give them rope and see how they perform.It would be nice to have Yuvraj Singh in the scheme of things. He was the one leader who helped bring the world cup to India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Uthappa needs to capitalise this chance to cement his place as opener.. with sewag regularly sitting on the bench with an injury or few..india really needs a destructive opener of his class...

  • POSTED BY JackoLivesOn on | October 18, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    We should be making consious effort to find and groom all rounders, all other countries bat deeper than us and others have likes of established batsman such as Kallis/Watson who can bowl first change. Injury record shows you cannot just rely on a 2 seamers/2 spiiners attack. Give Irfan Pathan another chance.

  • POSTED BY kulkarni_ash on | October 18, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I dont under why Yousuf Pathan is given so many opportunities, he is one of the most over rated players, never seen him deliver just hype by commentators

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Uthappa..!! one reason to watch a t20 match, wherz the schedule..?? sad to miss gauti though. anyways best wishes gauti..

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | October 18, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    good selection Utappa and Yusuf are good for T20 only, NOT for ODIs.

  • POSTED BY zapeta on | October 18, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Probably the most devastating batsmen of Current Indian Cricket Team for T20I. He deserves a place in ODI and Tests as well. Brilliant Feilder and can help Dhoni in keeping when ever needed. He will be a Trump card for Indian Cricket if he makes to ODI.Uthappa will make it large this time.

  • POSTED BY Ulitmate_stars on | October 18, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    I'm Glad that Utappa made it to the T20 squad... He was unlucky to miss on the national call up when he was in peak form due to an injury right after IPL3. This is gonna be a devastating opening pair with Rahane and Robin. With the AUS tour on the cards, its sure he's gonna make it to the ODI's and nobody can forget his contribution in ODI's in the last AUS Tour. All the Best Dude!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY ashok96 on | October 18, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    ROBIN MY GOD ONCE AGAIN WE WELCOME YOU TO TEAM INDIA TO BLESS US WITH YOUR EXCELLENT BATTING

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 18, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    India managed to win the first 2 ODI's due to great batting displays by Dhoni & Raina in the first ODI & by Gambhir & Kohli in the ODI #2. The opening batsmen failed in both the ODI's. Both Spinners & the Seamers did reasonably well to restrict the score & take wickets.By improving the opening batsmen, India has a better chanceof winning the remaining 3 ODI's.Why was one or 2 of Uthappa, Mukund & Dhawan not included in the squad & in the XI?.These are regular openers who have been in terrific form in the games Rest of the India Vs. Rajasthan & in India Red, Blue & Green.Parthiv Patel is a stop gap opener when no one else is available. His fielding is poor because he is a WK.Also Rahane would do better in the lower order.So there is room for improving the batting & that should have been reflected by changes in the squad.It is clear that Dhoni wants Gambhir bat @#3 not #1.Why is Aravind in the squad when he is unlikely to be in the XI?Room for2 new guys at the expense of Patel & Aravind.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    honestly Uttappa should be in ODI sqaud, he is a better player than Ajinkya rahane, who is no doubt technically sound, but lacks the aggression

  • POSTED BY cricindia4life on | October 18, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    @deepu111 I can't believe you actually care about how many players from Karnataka are in the international squad. Be an Indian man... Don't bring in regionalism into this. The best 15 should be in the squad... Not the best player from each state. Open your mind a bit...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Bring in d left arm fast medium Speedy bowler PAWAN SUIYAL of DELHI .. quite a TALENT'D YOUNGSTER WID SOME REAL PACE AS AN ARMOUR...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Disappointed with sachin tendulkar missing so many one day internationals either due to injury or name of rest or opting out. we miss you sachin

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | October 18, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    On what basis has he been called back? His IPL wasn't really good. If his ODI form is good, then he should be in the ODI team.

  • POSTED BY kdevil3 on | October 18, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Uthappa should be given more opp .....Ony missing in indian line up is a fast bowling alrounder

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Finaallly.. Uthappa returns, Welcome back Yousuf! I wish u both all the very best! can't imagine opposition teams situation if u both give a stand!!! OMG

  • POSTED BY kdevil3 on | October 18, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    best 11 to pick :-1.Robin Uthappa, 2.Ajinkya Rahane,3. Virat Kohli,4. Suresh Raina,5.MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 6.Yusuf Pathan, 7.Ravindra Jadeja,8. R Ashwin,9. Praveen Kumar,10. Vinay Kumar,11. Umesh Yadav or give opp for the yousters (give rest o Dhoni & Koli) pick Manoj &Rahul ) Rahul can bat a bit .then jadeja can come one down

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    IT IS DHONI WHO HAS DESTROYED MANY A CAREERS, BUT HELPED THE RAINAS, THE YUVARAJS, PRAVEEN KUMARS AND JADEJAS TO RESURRECT THEIR CAREERS AND HELPED IN LOST CAUSE OF RP SINGHS AND HELPED ASWINS CAREER TO BLOOM

  • POSTED BY venga_pal on | October 18, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    @JNi3, Gambhir is Getting married on that day of T20. Wish him the best.

  • POSTED BY Chandankarna on | October 18, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    India should give chance to Irfan Pathan again, he has been doing well at least, can be tested for one series

  • POSTED BY Pand on | October 18, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    I hope this is time for three seperate teams for playing.

  • POSTED BY JNi3 on | October 18, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Why Gambhir out of T20 squad??

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | October 18, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Good news for all cricket fans in Karnataka. Now there are 3 players from Karnataka in the Twenty20 squad. Keep rocking Uthappa.

  • POSTED BY mithun2880 on | October 18, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    for T20 1.Rahane 2.Uthappa 3.Kohli 4.Raina 5.Dhoni 6.Yusuf 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Pravin 10.Rahul 11.Umesh

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    The Selectors have shown some character by keeping out Hatbhajan Singh and at the same time recalling Robin Uthappa for T20.Congrats.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    why do selectors select 14 member squad for only one t20 match... in any case 3 will be left over. If dhoni does not pick uthappa in playing 11 then uthappa has to wait till 2012 for the next t20 match unless if he is picked for odi against west indies and provided he is not dropped again...

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | October 18, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    @CricFan108 Unless of course you are anti-TN players blindly. You will notice Mukund has been scoring consistently in all forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | October 18, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Robin Uthappa should never have been dropped. He has a lot in common with Virender Sehwag in regard to his compusion to play strokes of every ball --- which he should avoid really --- and of course the power and hand eye co=ordination which is so much part of an impact player. He also has some strokes more than Viru like the hook and the pull and can really play the moving ball without a problem. By this I also mean in leaving a ball when needed.I hope he takes this second coming as a big stroke of luck and make the most of it With Australia looming ahead, I think Uthappa should definitely be on the short list of the selectors as he is a good back foot player as we saw in the VB series in 2007/8 which we won.He is also a long innings player when on song. I hope he controls his weight problem though and excercises with the medicine ball before each innings.India will need him in the absence of Sehwag and others.The absence of a few should not affect the team if the selectors are smart.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Why Nehra is not selected? The reason for not selecting him in test was that he injures himself while bowling long spells. He has declared fit even before the selction of the team against England.The squard will realy miss a talented effective and experienced pacer.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Hummaah...what a sweet news...thanking the Almighty for all the good things that is happening to Indian cricket through BCCI. We heartily welcome back Robin Uthappa who was out in the wilderness for three long painful years. A billion wishes to him for a very successful resuscitated career in all 3 formats of the game...for he deserves it! Good luck to Yousuf Pathan too for making a stylish come back. Irfan Pathan...are you watching? If they can make it, you too can...cheer up and be back!

  • POSTED BY Raman.UV on | October 18, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Lets hope he does well in the given chance.....but i dont know y we have no good bowlers in the team especially the pacers.....Only praveen seems to have wicket taking deliveries that too just with the new ball. And other just wait for batsmen to do mistake like vinay kumar. He has no pace no swing and still in the team...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    welcome back uttapa and yusuf in indian cricket team

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | October 18, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Finally BCCI doing justice to impact players, and the reward will be awesome for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Already we won T20 series 2-0, definetelly we wil 2-0 T20 match........ UTTAPPA is like a tiger.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 18, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    @stevejohnson1010 - also he is a huge laibility in the field and he can not bat to save his life. We need younger players who are quick on the field and know how to atleast hold their bat. Nehra made an excellent comeback but since then has gone mediocere.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 18, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    @stevejohnson1010 - check his last 7-10 ODI record u will know.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 18, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Abhinav mukund is not bad but how can someone compare him with Rahane is beyond me. Unless of course you support TN players blindly.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    thank u very much for selecting robin. He will show his best

  • POSTED BY cricketsince1979 on | October 18, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Welcome back Robin!!! I am sure you will do well. All of us are waiting for you mate. Keep the faith!. You rock. have been waiting for your inclusion last 6-9 months. really happy for you. I still remember your game in england.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    good to see uthappa, yousuf! wish u both all the very best! cant imagine opposition teams situation if u both give a stand!!! OMG yuppppyyyyyyy missing ojha though!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    our all expectation is uthappa only can replace sehwaq, no one else, welcome back uthappa,

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | October 18, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Well deserved...hard to keep such an impact player away. He should definitely make it to the ODI squad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    It is just great to see some kind of change in the BCCI..!..this team looks great on paper.!..just want them to perform in the same strength..!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Great Team ! Yusuf Uthapa make a come back ! I wish Yusuf and Uthapa to open the innings !

  • POSTED BY jantijokham on | October 18, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    I like Parthiv batting & attitude. But I bileive that Y. Pthan is tha batter option instead of Parthiv. He can be a specialist batsmen If promoted in Batting line. He is also a regular bowler if Dhoi can use hm proper manner. Batsmen whose AVG is 41 in firstclass cricket is prove his batting power. Better luck for Yusuf Pathan. Will like to see both Pathan for future indian side

  • POSTED BY Boomastic on | October 18, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Past is experience, Present is experiment. Future is expectation!!! Use ur experience in your experiments to get your expectations.. ** Wish u a all the best.......**

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I hope Irfan makes a comeback in australia series later this year.I hope he gets back his form.

  • POSTED BY Raman.UV on | October 18, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    I don't understand y 15 players r selected for single match. they might named just 12 players. anyway i don't this these bowlers can win matches consistently. v need bowler who can take wickets on there own as zaheer praveen and bajji does and not depend on batsmen to give there wicket like vinay gets his wickets

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    yeah yusuf pathan is back with uthapa.....d two lethel wepons of team india?????????????????

  • POSTED BY esa_mr on | October 18, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    i do agree with nkoch & dravid. well come back robin, make this opportunity count. about irfan i think he needs another 1 more year.

  • POSTED BY Kedarnath on | October 18, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Where is Pragyan ojha??? Probably the best spinner currently... definitely after Rahul Sharma. What is the problem with selectors?

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Great Robbie... Indeed a great move, i was looking for this for a very long time. In ODI too, include him as an opener.. I know soon that also will happen :)

  • POSTED BY ubl2729 on | October 18, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    good job bcci this is a good choice in open the game in obsence of shewag and gambeer in t 20 pls give more chance to uthappa he is a dacing opener

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | October 18, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    On his day Robin can destroy any attack in the world.......its a golden chance for him & hope at least cement his place in Ind T20 Squad.... Good Luck !!!!!

  • POSTED BY choolaidavid on | October 18, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Congrats Uthappa really i was awaiting when this lad will play for India again he is one that belongs to that fold so i am sure he will make use of this chance and get a ticket to australia ODI series

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Uthappa is back where he belongs to. Now it will be raining idli vada's all over the ground yuppie...

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    All those who are protesting about the non inclusion of Irfan Pathan apparently haven't been watching any domestic cricket. His performance in the recently concluded Challenger series was pathetic, both with bat and ball. I'm a huge fan of Irfan too, but we don't want him to come back in the form he is in right now. I really do hope he gets back to how he was!

  • POSTED BY peterss on | October 18, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Uthappa in for Parthiv in the ODi squad as well... Rahane looked good in England but seems to be falling short here.... Perhaps Mukund in place of Rahane.

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | October 18, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    finally its a good move utthappa got chance on public demand(definitely he is well deserving for it) but there is another player who is well deserving and as well as public is behind him is pragyan ojha, lets hope he will get a shot against WI....

  • POSTED BY nkoch on | October 18, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Congrats Robin. You deserve it. What's Arvind doing inboth ODI and T20 squads? He's a mediocre bowler. Didn't committee watch CLT20 Semi finals and finals? Perhaps Kumble's so called "NO conflict of interest"coming into play here.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 18, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    good move...all the best Uthapa.

  • POSTED BY nkoch on | October 18, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Selection Committee, thx for dropping Bhajji and finally including Uthappa. Please persist with Robin, Ajinkya, Umesh, Arron and Rahul for at least few series to give them fair chance.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 18, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    One of the cleanest hitters of the ball. Well deserved place in t20s. Should soon find his legs in ODI squad as well. Too good a clean hitter to ignore. Congrats Robin. Make it count bro. Wishing you good luck. Don't fall into all those hair styles etc...Make a name for yourself Robin.

  • POSTED BY samonly007200 on | October 18, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    Will irfan Pathan be ever considered? Why is his career being destroyed? His brother is not even half of his caliber and he has got so many chances. Uttappa recall a good move. Hope both of them open in t20.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Hurrah Robbie is back,may he stays here longer now,but what a joke,performance in 50 overs cricket made his way to return in 20 over format,but not in 50 overs format,lolz

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    but still no irfan pathan.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    t20 team is good for odi too. Patel should not be in odi team & gauti must open. Welcome back robin.

  • POSTED BY renuka440 on | October 18, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    congracts to both Uthappa and gambhir who r going to start a new innings in their life.One in professional life and one in personal life

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    nice 2 c robbie in t20....

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    good move by selectors..cant under stand y bhajji is missing..........lets hope for uthappa............

  • POSTED BY royalg on | October 17, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    wud hav made 1 change swap parthiv for uthappa in the ODI squad, parthiv is trying to be aggresive at the top but its clearly nt working, sumone like uthappa who can naturally hit the ball a long way n make the most out of the powerplay

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Uthappa has potential to make it big in his career.. the only thing he has to do is concentrate on cricket and not perform cinematic gestures or antics on the field. Whole world is watching you when you are on the field. Hope he will make it big in the future. ATB.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Good to see Robbie making it to the squad!!!! Wonderful, Lad make the most of it !!!! U are a great talent !!!! No doubt !!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    mukund and uthappa are probably among top 5 openers we have apart from gambhir, sehwag, n MR. tendulkar, can't understand what parthiv patel is doing in the playing 11 opening the innings and giving away valuable runs with his "superb" out fielding???!!!

  • POSTED BY FR3AKX on | October 17, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Finally Uthappa gets a shot in T20 which he deserves since a long time now, he's way better than P.Patel who's a liablity in the field as well (since Dhoni won't let him keep due to insecurity). But of all the men I seriosuly don't know why is Pragyan Ojha being looked over for such a long time when his record has been better than Bhajji, Mishra and Chawla in the last 2-3 years. It's good to see Rahul Sharma getting an eye-in for the T20's and I hope the selectors give him a fair amount of matches to learn and develop. Aravind has been bowling really poor in the Champion's Trophy and I hope he gets back on track pretty soon else he'll vanish before you can wink an eye.

  • POSTED BY mrcool on | October 17, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    He performed in challenger trophy so he should have been in odi instead of T20.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 17, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    @shrastogi: It is fine to show faith in the squad is well balanced in the first place. To start with Parthiv Patel is a reserve WK ( a poor fielder) & an emergency opening bat - not a regular one. Dhoni does not have enough middle order bats. So Gambhir is dropped to #3 & Parthiv used as opening bat. Why not use a regular in-form opener & fielderr like Utappa to open or useMukund (who was selected for England tour) or Dhawan (who was in WI tour). Why does the Squad need 3 bowlers to warm the bench in Aaron, Aravind (both pace) and Rahul Sharma(leg spinner)?India already has 3 pace bowlers in the XI. Strengthen the squad with more batsmen & let Dhoni have a choice of batsmen.There is no point in selecting players for England or WI tours & then discarding them or be drinks boy like Aaron did.The selectors have to be visionaries & purposeful in player development. Selection in the squad to warm bench is Meaningless.Also select players who are in form -e.g.,Utappa,Mukund,Dhawan- Agreed?

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Will Harbhajan continued to be surprised?

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | October 17, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Good move by selectors. It is enough enough. He went on very rough patches in last 3 years. I am sure he will succeed if Dhoni & Raina don't play their trick on playing 11.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    robbie..u've gt jst 1 match! Show em who u r! M one ov d happiest in d country aftr hearing dis news!

  • POSTED BY Harizs on | October 17, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Yes finally he is selected after 3 yrs....Robbiee has a potential and got caliber to open the innings..i wish he gets selected in upcoming odi series too ....he can replace parthiv as parthiv doesnt suits for opening the innings...atleast robin shd be considered in last two odi's for parthiv..n the guy who walks down the pitch n hits six to brett lee is a worth watch.

  • POSTED BY kool_Indian on | October 17, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Congrats and best wishes to Gauti on his marriage - cheers!

  • POSTED BY kshitizyp on | October 17, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    is there no better opening batsman in india than Parthiv?

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    It is very easy to criticize Indian selectors, but remember it is not easy to satisfy billions of crazy Indian fans.i think they are doing a good job.i don't know why people are blaming selectors for not picking Varun Aaron in the playing 11, its the captain and coach who decide the playing 11. I think they they don't want to rush him in the international scene.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | October 17, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Its good to see selectors showing faith in those who played first two ODIs. If Yusuf Pathan can get 30-40 one dayers I think likes of Rahane and Manoj Tiwary deserve at least 20 games. Rahane needs to score heavily. Its good to see Umesh Yadav bowl quick by Indian standards. Vinay Kumar's success shows that his achievements at Ranji level were not of lower standards. When Sehwag and Yuvraj make a comeback its Rahane, Parthiv Patel and Tiwary's good scores that would keep them in 15. I would have kept Varun in the T20 squad where Uthappa should make comeback in 11.

  • POSTED BY sudheercric on | October 17, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Cant disagree with " stevejohnson1010"

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 17, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Indian ODI squad needed at least a few changes for the next 3 ODI's. Ojha can replace Aravind, Utappa can replace P.Patel who has been a failure in batting as an opener& liability on the field except keeping wickets.Rahane & Patel opening combo has failed twice and fortunately the other memebers picked them up. There are teams of Mukund/Dhawan who did so well in the local games during the past 2 weeks. Also Uttapa has scored a century & a fifty recently for Blues or Greens.Aarvind, Aaron & Sharma are warming the bench. Will either of them get a chance? if not why not reinforce the squad with some of these in form batsmen. Also Ojha has been badly ignored by these Selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    lol i really cant stop laughing when ppl keep love bashing harbhjan singh.Guys just show some respect to someone with over 400 wickets i cant understand this mentality off ppl who just love bashing ppl who are aggressive.Till a couple off days back ppl started questioning virat kohli or if not him you would find a yuvraj singh i would suggest them to shut up ppl who keep questioning the so called attitude.And there is some kinda off sympathy wave of a badrinath thats another thing i noticed its sort off a bias i feel against players showing aggression

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    @sujay:so vat has irfan done to deserve a place in indian team..no cricket for 1 year except ipl n recent challenger trophy..he was awful in challenger trophy no pace,no swing,no line and length control..have pit on vinay..he is a newcomer only playyed 7 games out of which 1 was washed out in england(out of 7 5 were in england) n he has 10 wickets in 6 games(excluding whitewashed game)...he was the hero in india's win today..look at stats he is the highest wicket-taker in ranji nad list a games over the past 2-3 years..vat abt ur irfan???vvat has hge done over the year...btw i m a north indian n nt a bangalorean to say this

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Congratulations Uthappa & welcome back to the team :) He truly Deserves a place in the team. I m happy with the way he forced himself a place in the team purely on his performance. I wud love to see him earning a place in ODI's

  • POSTED BY RishavSaraf on | October 17, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Again S Aravind is selected for no reason. Varun Aaron deserves a chance before him. I guess regionalism is getting favour than talent

  • POSTED BY Santhosh-indian on | October 17, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    With new ball at both ends fast bowlers can enjoy that with some swing for sometime in 50 overs now. So y not irfan who bowls fine with a new ball:)

  • POSTED BY hulkulkar on | October 17, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Congrats Robbie :):).............Show to this world what u r capable of :) BTW y Varun Aaron has been omitted from the T20 squad ????????? This is not right on the selectors to omit him without giving him a chance :(

  • POSTED BY swetank55 on | October 17, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    I am very happy for Uthappa. He deserved place in team. He can be a match winner for INDIA in T20.

  • POSTED BY stevejohnson1010 on | October 17, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Why Ashish Nehra is kept out? What's wrong with him? I believe before he got injured (against PAK in WC'11), he was the best bowler in match. Wouldn't it be good if he gets some match practice before high profile AUS series? I feel pity on Indian selectors :(

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    who knows vinay kumar will be there in 2015 world cup.And Irfan pathan will not be included in the probhables of 30.

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | October 17, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Let's hope this is a permanent state of affairs regarding Harbhajan!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    great news but only t20??i think he should have been there for last 3 odi's instead of parthiv..

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    vinay kumar will destroy irfan pathans career.Now Irfan is gone.Vinay has destroyed irfans career.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | October 17, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Is Varun Aaron actually not there, or is it just me who can't read properly?

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 17, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Thank goodness !!! he deserves this call up. Another talented young player to bolster a confident young side. This is India's future for ODIs and it looks promising.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Welcome re entry for both Uthappa and Pathan!! They are definitely T20 material...Hope they will survive for longer period this time!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    why is abinav mukund been ignored?? He is more than talented player than rahane,patel or uthappa ,or atleast manoj tiwary???

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Welcome Back Robbie....M Deperate to see u in selection and finally u r in it..!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Finaallly.. Uthappa returnss.. Hope he plays in Playing XI. Overall a Good squad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Finally he got the chance !!!!!!!! he is waiting for this oppurtinity!!!!!he is the attacking batsman we can use him as a opener or middle order as well !!!!!!he can keep wickets also is added advantage for india ,incase dhoni got injured or so !!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Yes finally Going to watch Uthappa hope he plays some devastating knocks like he did against west indies, sri lanka and australia!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Great news.. Welcome man.. Hope he make a place of ur own n make it into odi's too..

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    super like robii is awesome player

  • POSTED BY bighit14 on | October 17, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Finally!!! Uthappa makes his way back into the Indian squad. Hopefully he performs well and gets retained

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  • POSTED BY bighit14 on | October 17, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Finally!!! Uthappa makes his way back into the Indian squad. Hopefully he performs well and gets retained

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    super like robii is awesome player

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Great news.. Welcome man.. Hope he make a place of ur own n make it into odi's too..

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Yes finally Going to watch Uthappa hope he plays some devastating knocks like he did against west indies, sri lanka and australia!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Finally he got the chance !!!!!!!! he is waiting for this oppurtinity!!!!!he is the attacking batsman we can use him as a opener or middle order as well !!!!!!he can keep wickets also is added advantage for india ,incase dhoni got injured or so !!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Finaallly.. Uthappa returnss.. Hope he plays in Playing XI. Overall a Good squad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Welcome Back Robbie....M Deperate to see u in selection and finally u r in it..!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    why is abinav mukund been ignored?? He is more than talented player than rahane,patel or uthappa ,or atleast manoj tiwary???

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Welcome re entry for both Uthappa and Pathan!! They are definitely T20 material...Hope they will survive for longer period this time!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 17, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Thank goodness !!! he deserves this call up. Another talented young player to bolster a confident young side. This is India's future for ODIs and it looks promising.