England in India 2012-13 January 6, 2013

India drop Sehwag, call up Pujara

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India have dropped Virender Sehwag for the first three matches of the five-ODI series against England, which begins on January 11 in Rajkot. The decision came after Sehwag was left out of the XI that beat Pakistan in an ODI in Delhi earlier in the day. India gave a maiden limited-overs call-up to Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 203 off 221 balls in a Ranji Trophy match last week.

A BCCI source told ESPNcricinfo that this could well be the end of Sehwag's limited-overs career. Sehwag has been dropped, said the source, because "he doesn't figure in the plans for the 2015 World Cup". Pujara has been brought in "to anchor the innings, especially in the wake of new rules", which now allow a maximum of two bouncers per over and require a minimum of five fielders inside the circle at all times, which encourages more attacking bowling. The selectors have left it to the team management to decide Pujara's batting position.

Pujara's inclusion was the only change to the squad that lost 1-2 to Pakistan, which meant MS Dhoni, India's best batsman in the series, kept his captaincy despite calls from former selectors for fresh leadership. The sources said Dhoni's captaincy didn't go through much of a debate.

Rohit Sharma was retained despite poor returns in ODIs of late. His last six scores were 5, 0, 0, 4, 4 and 4. Since the end of the series against West Indies in 2011, when he was the Man of the Series, Rohit has averaged 13 over 14 matches with one half-century. Rohit escaped the axe primarily because of "lack of alternatives". He might not have made it had Manoj Tiwary been fit.

Since his double-century against West Indies in December 2011, Sehwag has averaged 23 over 11 matches, including a top score of 96. Sehwag is possibly seen as the weaker fielder, which becomes significant keeping in mind the World Cup in Australia.

Sehwag's replacement, Pujara, is quick in the field and has been scoring runs. After his double-century that stunned Madhya Pradesh six days ago, Pujara said he knew his time was not far away. "That [ODI selection] is something that is not in my control," Pujara had told ESPNcricinfo. "I have always performed in domestic one-dayers. I don't need to worry about it. My time will come. One way or the other I will get my chance to play in the ODI team. I just need to keep performing."

The bowlers were all retained after they successfully defended 167 against Pakistan on Sunday, India's fourth-lowest score batting first in an ODI win.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Cheteshwar Pujara, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ravroyal on January 7, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    As we all know, it is almost impossible to replace Viru. However, I think that the BCCI is looking towards the future as to who can step up and fill that void? Personally, I don't think that there is anyone mainly due to the fact that when the opposition is facing him at the top they are always on their heels! With that being said, they essentially have forced out Tendulkar so, who is Sehwag? As a supporter of the Indian team I hope that there are some Dravids, Laxmans, and now Sehwags on the horizon!

  • ramanan.ch on January 7, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    I am a terrific fan of Sehwag. But, I think it is a good to drop him so that he gets some real training out somewhere and get back with a big bang and continue to the world cup. If he is in form, no one including the selectors can exclude him from the world cup squad ! Hope he does take some rest, relax and prepare well. He may get more focus also to get back his "cricket with balls" in test format and looking forward to his third 300 !

  • crazytaurean on January 7, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    I believe Rohit Sharma, Ashwin, Raina all the three should have been omitted from the squad along with Sehwag. Maybe even Gambhir, as he has not been in the consistent form we are used to see from him. But, Gambhir has scored runs in the last few series, much more than the aforementioned. Dhoni should come back to No 3, or perhaps No 4, now that Pujara is in the squad to occupy the No 3 slot. And we need fresh blood in the bowling department please. Fresh young legs. Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra are decent tweakers, so not much to differentiate. Sincere request to the BCCI, to develop and map out the Next Playing XI and develop players beyond the present bunch of Stars XI. Amongst all of this we have forgotten how and why we fared so badly in the tests as well as ODIs. In the past one year, one man has done the bulk of scoring and thats Virat Kohli. And he has misfired and failed, and hence India's top order woes and other non performing stars have been exposed so much so to affect changes

  • merajaan on January 7, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Finally a selection I can agree with. Sehwag should never have been in the ODI squad for India after the last world cup, could you imagine his fielding in 2015? I agree with giving Rohit another chance, he is to good of a player not to give him another chance particularly when he was unlucky not to play in the Australian test series which when he was at his peak. Hope BCCI are looking after the future pace attack of India with injured Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron though I doubt they are based on recent comments made by T.A Shekar. Also I hope Ishant starts bowling 145+ consistently again like he did in the Australian test series. He better not go the way of boring line and length Munaf Patel - what a waste of talent that was.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 6, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Our Selectors should follow the Australian model and build a list of 7-8 pacers, 3-4 spinners and 15 batsmen by rotating them against visiting teams. We already have 4 pacers from this ODI series, we need to try a few more that played in India A vs England - Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Sreesanth and another one - Imtiaz Ahmed of UP. Similarly give a chance to spinners who played for India A - Jalaj Saxena, Parvez Rassol and Nadeem of Jharkhand. Fixing bowling is the easy part, fixing batting won't be easy - we have tons of flat track bullies. Just look at how Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli play when the ball starts moving.

  • CandidIndian on January 9, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    KiwiRocker-Well one correction, Umesh Yadav did not play in Asia Cup. You are free to express your views and i respect that but about being desperate for getting a bowler like Shohaib or Juniad ,well i disagree.We are not desperate as we know our limitations,our strength is batting not bowling.Pakistan side has always been more talented than us,but in last 10 years even they could not achieve overseas performances like drawing series in Aus and SA and winning series in Eng and WI ,India managed to do that because they had match winners like Rahul and VVS who took all the pressure and performed consistently.Main problem with Indian cricket is that in desperation to keep our home record intact we have been preparing flat tracks for so long instead of playing on sporting tracks and hence we are getting more record maker kind of players like Sachin and Sehwag and less utility players like VVS and Rahul. Thats the main reason for 8-0 thrashing and loss against Eng at home.

  • sammysam on January 9, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Pick players on form and India will rise to the top

  • KiwiRocker- on January 9, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    CandidIndian : This is the problem with Indian fans. India is so desperate for a bowler like Junaid Khan that they over hype their players. Few months ago, Umesh Yadev was india's next Shoib Akhtar until the man was hammered by everyone in Asia cup. Now it is Bhuvnesh Kumar! Look, Kumar took some wickets which is good but he was also taken to cleaners in second T20 and second ODI because they were flat pitches. Bowlers like kumar exist on every street of Pakistan who can swing the bowl. Actually, it is a shame that Anwar Ali did not play as that man can swing miles ( see U19 world cup final on you tube). Anyway, Kumar is good but all this hype is unnecessary and speaks of sheer desperation. I mean Virat Kohli was touted as tormentor of Pakistani bowling and poor man ended up scoring 13 runs in the series against Pak which is exactly half of what Umer Gul scored in one less match! Kumar has a long way to go and many Kumars have disappeared before that. All this hype is premature!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 9, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli are the biggest problems. Why are Indian Selectors incapable of taking drastic measures?? How many series do we have to lose before we get rid of non-performers like Gambhir and Sehwag?? There's no shortage of good opening batsmen in India - Dhawan, Mukund, and Murli proved against England that they are better than Sehwag and Gambhir. Wasim Jaffer is proving himself in Ranji Trophy. There should be no room for Sehwag and Gambhir in Tests or ODI. Jaffer and Rahane can open in Tests, while Dhawan and Mukund/Murli can open in ODIs.

  • nyc_missile on January 8, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    If axing the players will fix it,I think all the dead-wood Gambhir,Raina,Yuvraj must also GO.Loser,Dhoni must be stripped off captaincy and should just stay a player that too if he does not go for heroics/not outs and plays for the team and NOT his avg.Biggest problem is the board with its myopic $$ making mindset and complete contempt for test cricket apart from lack of planning and so many other generic ills.But for immediate results,DUMP Dhoni as skipper from ALL formats;he's mentally demoralized and scarred due to unprecedented thrashings and his defeatist mentality is rubbing off on this young team..It is also permeating the whole team.Gambhir as test captain,Kohli as ODI & T20 leader is the best way forward.Enough of Dhoni's favorites Jadeja,Raina Ashwin who only perform once in 10 matches and that simply isn't good enough with the talent available around.

  • ravroyal on January 7, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    As we all know, it is almost impossible to replace Viru. However, I think that the BCCI is looking towards the future as to who can step up and fill that void? Personally, I don't think that there is anyone mainly due to the fact that when the opposition is facing him at the top they are always on their heels! With that being said, they essentially have forced out Tendulkar so, who is Sehwag? As a supporter of the Indian team I hope that there are some Dravids, Laxmans, and now Sehwags on the horizon!

  • ramanan.ch on January 7, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    I am a terrific fan of Sehwag. But, I think it is a good to drop him so that he gets some real training out somewhere and get back with a big bang and continue to the world cup. If he is in form, no one including the selectors can exclude him from the world cup squad ! Hope he does take some rest, relax and prepare well. He may get more focus also to get back his "cricket with balls" in test format and looking forward to his third 300 !

  • crazytaurean on January 7, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    I believe Rohit Sharma, Ashwin, Raina all the three should have been omitted from the squad along with Sehwag. Maybe even Gambhir, as he has not been in the consistent form we are used to see from him. But, Gambhir has scored runs in the last few series, much more than the aforementioned. Dhoni should come back to No 3, or perhaps No 4, now that Pujara is in the squad to occupy the No 3 slot. And we need fresh blood in the bowling department please. Fresh young legs. Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra are decent tweakers, so not much to differentiate. Sincere request to the BCCI, to develop and map out the Next Playing XI and develop players beyond the present bunch of Stars XI. Amongst all of this we have forgotten how and why we fared so badly in the tests as well as ODIs. In the past one year, one man has done the bulk of scoring and thats Virat Kohli. And he has misfired and failed, and hence India's top order woes and other non performing stars have been exposed so much so to affect changes

  • merajaan on January 7, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Finally a selection I can agree with. Sehwag should never have been in the ODI squad for India after the last world cup, could you imagine his fielding in 2015? I agree with giving Rohit another chance, he is to good of a player not to give him another chance particularly when he was unlucky not to play in the Australian test series which when he was at his peak. Hope BCCI are looking after the future pace attack of India with injured Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron though I doubt they are based on recent comments made by T.A Shekar. Also I hope Ishant starts bowling 145+ consistently again like he did in the Australian test series. He better not go the way of boring line and length Munaf Patel - what a waste of talent that was.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 6, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Our Selectors should follow the Australian model and build a list of 7-8 pacers, 3-4 spinners and 15 batsmen by rotating them against visiting teams. We already have 4 pacers from this ODI series, we need to try a few more that played in India A vs England - Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Sreesanth and another one - Imtiaz Ahmed of UP. Similarly give a chance to spinners who played for India A - Jalaj Saxena, Parvez Rassol and Nadeem of Jharkhand. Fixing bowling is the easy part, fixing batting won't be easy - we have tons of flat track bullies. Just look at how Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli play when the ball starts moving.

  • CandidIndian on January 9, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    KiwiRocker-Well one correction, Umesh Yadav did not play in Asia Cup. You are free to express your views and i respect that but about being desperate for getting a bowler like Shohaib or Juniad ,well i disagree.We are not desperate as we know our limitations,our strength is batting not bowling.Pakistan side has always been more talented than us,but in last 10 years even they could not achieve overseas performances like drawing series in Aus and SA and winning series in Eng and WI ,India managed to do that because they had match winners like Rahul and VVS who took all the pressure and performed consistently.Main problem with Indian cricket is that in desperation to keep our home record intact we have been preparing flat tracks for so long instead of playing on sporting tracks and hence we are getting more record maker kind of players like Sachin and Sehwag and less utility players like VVS and Rahul. Thats the main reason for 8-0 thrashing and loss against Eng at home.

  • sammysam on January 9, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Pick players on form and India will rise to the top

  • KiwiRocker- on January 9, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    CandidIndian : This is the problem with Indian fans. India is so desperate for a bowler like Junaid Khan that they over hype their players. Few months ago, Umesh Yadev was india's next Shoib Akhtar until the man was hammered by everyone in Asia cup. Now it is Bhuvnesh Kumar! Look, Kumar took some wickets which is good but he was also taken to cleaners in second T20 and second ODI because they were flat pitches. Bowlers like kumar exist on every street of Pakistan who can swing the bowl. Actually, it is a shame that Anwar Ali did not play as that man can swing miles ( see U19 world cup final on you tube). Anyway, Kumar is good but all this hype is unnecessary and speaks of sheer desperation. I mean Virat Kohli was touted as tormentor of Pakistani bowling and poor man ended up scoring 13 runs in the series against Pak which is exactly half of what Umer Gul scored in one less match! Kumar has a long way to go and many Kumars have disappeared before that. All this hype is premature!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 9, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli are the biggest problems. Why are Indian Selectors incapable of taking drastic measures?? How many series do we have to lose before we get rid of non-performers like Gambhir and Sehwag?? There's no shortage of good opening batsmen in India - Dhawan, Mukund, and Murli proved against England that they are better than Sehwag and Gambhir. Wasim Jaffer is proving himself in Ranji Trophy. There should be no room for Sehwag and Gambhir in Tests or ODI. Jaffer and Rahane can open in Tests, while Dhawan and Mukund/Murli can open in ODIs.

  • nyc_missile on January 8, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    If axing the players will fix it,I think all the dead-wood Gambhir,Raina,Yuvraj must also GO.Loser,Dhoni must be stripped off captaincy and should just stay a player that too if he does not go for heroics/not outs and plays for the team and NOT his avg.Biggest problem is the board with its myopic $$ making mindset and complete contempt for test cricket apart from lack of planning and so many other generic ills.But for immediate results,DUMP Dhoni as skipper from ALL formats;he's mentally demoralized and scarred due to unprecedented thrashings and his defeatist mentality is rubbing off on this young team..It is also permeating the whole team.Gambhir as test captain,Kohli as ODI & T20 leader is the best way forward.Enough of Dhoni's favorites Jadeja,Raina Ashwin who only perform once in 10 matches and that simply isn't good enough with the talent available around.

  • CandidIndian on January 8, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    KiwiRocker-Not just Akmals , Kumar took wickets of good batsman like Hafeez, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali too and he is not overhyped ,he is just being appreciated for starting well not only by Indian fans but by legends of your country like Inzamam,Wasim ,Waquar,Zaheer Abbas and great Imran khan.

  • roversgate on January 8, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Gambhir and Sehwag should have been dropped for the series while Kohli rested. Bring in Ajinkya Rahane in for Sehwag, Pujara in for Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan/Parthiv Patel in for Gambhir. After the series is over, the person who performs best of Pujara, Dhawan and Rahane get Sehwag's spot in the lineup. Sehwag would then play the Tendulkar way of choosing the ODI series to take part in while the replacement would play all the others. Kohli can be brought back after the England series while Gambhir's place on the side will depend on how he responds to getting dropped.

  • indian729 on January 8, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Omitting Sehwag from ODI's is a right move, considering his past performances since World Cup 2011, apart form the massive innings of 217 he has not done anything great. There is absolutely no question about his ability, In Tests he is a terrific player, one of the best India ever produced, but in ODI's and T20 he has never been that consistent. So it's a right decision to leave him out. But I strongly believe selectors have been biased by dropping just Sehwag. Gambhir, Raina, Rohit and Jadeja are non-performers too, they have done even worse than Sehwag but only he is dropped. This baffles me a lot. Dropping just Sehwag is not a complete solution, along with him Gambhir, Jadeja, Rohit Sharma should have been replaced by Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu and Jalaj Saxena.

  • nyc_missile on January 8, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Reports coming in that after the last match against Pak,a senior BCCI official called up a commentator and asked him to give MoM award to Dhoni while the other panelists were not that happy.Now we know that Dhoni not just will stay the captain till Srini stays,but those opposing him will either be bullied or punished.Amarnath is already a living example of that.So the selectors are paid enough to keep their mouths shut and protect Dhoni.RIP Ind cricket!

  • indian729 on January 8, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    'Ravinder Jadeja' God knows why this lad is making to XI all the time, he is not a complete bowler, neither a lower order batsman, if he is being selected for his bowling abilities, Team should consider playing extra bowler in his place, and promoting Ashwin. And if he is being selected for his batting abilities, he has never done anything in International cricket from his date of debut, just scoring two triple centuries doesn't mean that you are ahead of everyone who are putting their hardest effort by scoring runs season after season in domestic Cricket, Players like, Shikhar Dhawan, Mukund, Robin Bist, and many others are scoring so consistently but selectors are being ignorant every time, one who are selected don't get to play at all, Eg, Rahane, poor guy, from past two years he is in the squad and warming bench, get his chances once in a blue moon. Team Management has provided enough opportunities to Jadeja, its HIGH time to drop him and try someone else.

  • 4CricketAndMe on January 8, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Indian cricket team should try 2-3 set of Openers, Middle Order batsman and Dhoni should find couple of players best suitable to support or play better than him as finisher. If we really want to put efforts toward team building and long term goal like winning next ODI World cup, we should be ready with good/strong built bowlers. Current lot(Ishant, Bhuvi, Dinda....etc) performs in patches and they do try their level best but the issue stays very basic with the bowlers. Spinners should be able to spin the ball at their will and pacer should be able to bowl at 145+. Remove politics in selection and have selection camps in interior villages where strong built guys can be found and you need to nourish them. As far as batsman is concerned, we have a lot of talent in India with Class and Patience, just give them chance rather than sticking with a particular player with so call great class. Under performer should work hard in domestic, performers should get chance to wear the blues.

  • on January 8, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    With Out Tendulkar......Dhoni's luck has also gone form his hands....Better make a new captain .......we r bored to see the old1....Virat the new 1

  • on January 8, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Dropping Sehwag is absolutely ludicrous!!!! He is a game changer, Yes I know he has failed recently but The England Bowlers are not as strong as Pakistan's. Sehwag had the opportunity to score freely against weaker England bowlers.

    The only reason why Sehwag failed was because both Pak openers were left handed and the ball swung. England bowlers expect Anderson cannot swing the ball in India.!

    BCCI needs to bring Sehwag back I don't care if he keep failing but he is a game changer

  • mnkgpt on January 8, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Yeah.... the danger for opponent teams come to end as Sehwag been droped from ODI squad. But I dont think its a great move, if India is looking for WC2015. You must also replace rohit,jadeja if u are going to left Sehwag. No one can replace Sehwag in present...

  • Nampally on January 8, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    @AL_Bundy1; I concur that dropping Sehwag alone is not the answer. India needs new Opening pair. Right now Mukund, S.Dhawan & M.Vijay have been knocking for a chance but don't seem to make it. All 3 have scored lot of runs in the Ranji & against England in 2 practice matches.I personally think Pujara should bat #3, Kohli#4, Yuvraj#5, Dhoni#6 followed by Jadeja, Ashwin, B.Kumar, Ishant & Shami. Because India has to make a choice between Raina & Yuvraj, they are trying to put Pujara to open the innings with either Gambhir or Rahane. I do not think that is good idea to sacrifice Pujara or risk Kohli. Better option- open with Ex-opener Ashwin & retain Raina, Yuvraj & Jadeja. @Shajahan.P: Dhoni may not be the best Captain but he is a fine ODI batsman with best record. He is the sheet anchor for the bottom 5 in batting & can play aggressively or defensively as needed by the team. Believe me he bats for the team- not selfish!. I agree he has proven record of poor skills in selection of XI.

  • 4CricketAndMe on January 8, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    To Shajahan.P, If Dhoni starts coming before top 5 batsman then your comment could have been little different but with the same meaning which means Dhoni is playing for his average and he is selfish guy. Real issue right now is we have pool of big names with very good past records but the whole team looks real tired and weak in recent series. Same team used to be praised by commentators throughout the worlds which is now being tagged as No Class, No technique..etc. I am still not sure whether captain is given authority to decide the team or somebody else who has no interest towards the cricket is actually deciding the team. It happens only in India. Its time to wake up and let our veteran cricket do the administrative job as well instead .....

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 8, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Selectors should drop Gambhir as well and bring in Shikar Dhawan. He is in terrific form - he just scored a century against England. Gambhir hasn't done anything since his innings at World Cup 2011 final - that was almost 2 years ago. Indian selectors should go by current form, not past reputation. Please replace Gambhir with Dhawan in ODI and with Jaffer in Test matches. This is why need Dada as a selector - he had an eye for spotting talent.

  • timtom on January 8, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    When Sehwag is finally dropped for his poor performance, there are many supporters for him :)) ... Eng series would be last for Gambhir too... Rohit is young and very good too although scores dont suggest..One more chance is fair enough...

  • NIKHILJOHRY on January 8, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Viru has been very very inconsistent, he scores a century in one odd match but then his bat is silent for a long time.Gautam Gambhir needs to sort out the techinical problem he is facing,he is getting out caught in the slips and playing on to the stumps to often.One of the most baffling selections is Rohit Sharma who has not been able to cement his place in the side despite playing 90 one days.Also because of Dhoni's poor run India has been facing captaincy Dillemmas.Check out my views on indian cricket on http://nikhiljohry.blogspot.in/

  • Shajahan.P on January 8, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    The pressure on Sewag started because Dhoni started rotating openers from Tri-Series. From there Team India became poor.

    Can Dhoni face first spells of new ball bowlers in any format of Cricket! He will always comes to bat when all bowlers are tired.

    What did Dhoni do to rebuild the team except dropping Sewag and including Jadeja/Rohit/Chawla in.

    Why M.Vijay was sitting on the Bench while England playing Test Matches? Is M.V done anything big recently! just to replace Sewag!

    Dhoni is a gud politician. In WC 2011 he promoted himself ahead of Yuvi just because he want to be hero, could not Yuva able to score in final match when he was doing well in all WC, Yuva is the real hero of both the WCs india won under dhoni's captaincy.Why not Dhoni promoting himself now when all other guys are struggling. He is a selfish guy, playing for himself and his average not for India.

  • on January 8, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    We are having good spinners like IPL fame - Rahul sharma, Abdulla, Batsmen Manoj Tiwary, Ambati rayudu, BCCI has to consider there players can give chances as rotation basis

  • SandeepPatilJr on January 8, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    How about bringing in someone of the likes of Unmukt Chand to open along side Rahane. That will give fresh legs in field and between wickets, Good slip fielder and most importantly a new aspect for future captain! I'll also like to go with Kohli to open, as there are new ball used from both end and Gambhir gets out cheaply so Virat looks like opening the innigs only. That will give Pujara a chance to bat at no. 3. Pujara should show some good performance if given a chance. Also we need fast bowlers...urgently! who can really bowl at 140+ and swing the bowl as well. Bhuvi is great find from the latest series but who is there to company him? Shami ahmed did well in friendly conditions but can he do it all the time? Time to check him My Playing 11: 1.Rahane 2.Kohli(or a fresh opener in Chand) 3.Pujara 4. Dhoni(he is in great form and best batsman at the moment) 5.UV 6.Raina 7. Jadeja 8.Ashwin(only if he bowls better or Amit mishra is not bad) 9. Bhuvi 10. Sharma(for now) 11.Shami(for now

  • kamal_mmb on January 8, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Don't understand why Gambhir is still in the team, he is not a quick fielder - whenever the ball goes to him there is a chance of 2nd run & his batting also looks pathetic. Kohll & Yuvraj's batting also a worry for India. We have to try the new set of openers for the future tours. Team sheet against England should be the following order; 1.Rahane 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.Dhoni 5.Yuvraj 6.Raina 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin / Mishra 9.Ishant 10.Buvanesh Kumar 11.Shami Ahmed & Manoj Tiwary {if he is fit for any one of the following players- Yuvraj/Raina/Jadeja). The above team fielding will be set high standards. We have to give the long run for the new bowlers - they seems to be potential. Rohit - I think he already deserved enough chances to prove him - but regularly he failed.

  • SandeepPatilJr on January 8, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Good sign that viru got dropped. this will give him chance to play at domestic level and get some runs on his back. I agree Gautam also could be dropped, he is only fishing with outside off deliveries and nothing new. Check out the pattern he got out in Aus tour. Rohit is there only because of Dhoni, He doesn't deserve any place in squad. Bring in Badrinath, Vijay or even Mohd. Kaif for that sake. Its good for India cricket. I will open with Rahane and Kohli, as he is the opener for delhi. Pujara at no. 3 followed by Dhoni at 4 to setlle down the ship. UV and Raina can finish up the game at any given time with help from Jadeja provided he keeps bowling in the tandem. India still needs better fast bowlers who can run in fast and bowl near to 140+. Sad to see Varun Aaron gone and Umesh and Vinay sitting out for injuries. But where is Praveen Kumar? He can be lethal with Bhuvi. Ashwin should get back some more sharpness and india team will be all set to go on top again. Cheers!

  • wakaPAK on January 8, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    England learnt a lot from the defeat against Pakistan in UAE they were better off negotiating Indian spinners after playing against Ajmal and Abdurrahman , they were better in ODI against Pakistan but has India learnt anything after playing against Pakistan? If the answer is 'yes', India has a bigger chance to win. I think India lost to Pakistan just because Pak offered no weak link in their bowling line up but English bowling line up may have some weak link especially in subcontinental conditions and some of their players not playing; this is where India has an upper edge. But England's batting is better than Pakistan's and they'll test the new Indian pacers. I think this series is evenly poised, just hope there are no one sided matches.

  • aativas on January 8, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Sehwag does not want to change his attitude "He plays like that!" - everybody says! That means he keeps on playing without taking into consideration the pitch, the opposition, the situation etc. So, he getting dropped was anyway expected. What is totally surprising is many who have exhibited similar approach and similar (even worst) form are still in the team. I sense this has to do with Dhoni-Sehwag relationship. Next in the line is Gambhir. But Dhoni, this is not going to help at all ....

  • HABIBSK on January 8, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    YOUR WRIGHT ASHIK SALI, ROHIT WAS LUCKYIEST MEN IN ALL INDIA, ROHIT WAS PLAY POOR CRICKET IN LAST YEAR BUT STILL ON TEAM LOOK HIM LAST YEAR PRFOMANCE

    21 v Australia Melbourne 5 Feb 2012

    10 v Sri Lanka Perth 8 Feb 2012

    33 v Australia Adelaide 12 Feb 2012

    15 v Sri Lanka Adelaide 14 Feb 2012

    0 v Australia Brisbane 19 Feb 2012

    DNB v Sri Lanka Dhaka 13 Mar 2012

    4 v Bangladesh Dhaka 16 Mar 2012

    68 v Pakistan Dhaka 18 Mar 2012

    5 v Sri Lanka Hambantota 21 Jul 2012

    0 v Sri Lanka Hambantota 24 Jul 2012

    0 v Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 28 Jul 2012

    4 v Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 31 Jul 2012

    4 v Sri Lanka Pallekele 4 Aug 2012

    4 v Pakistan Chennai 30 Dec 2012

    ONLY ONE FIFTY IN LAST YEAR AND TIME HE WAS NOT SCORE IN DOUBALE FIGARE.MR PATIL PLZ SEE THIS STATICSE

  • on January 8, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I thnk Ashok Dinda shld b drppd and Sreeshanth shld be givn a chance. Aftr the injury Sreeshanth showd sme character recently. Instd of droping sehwag, ghambir shld hav drppd. Gauti lost his temperament to bat at his level. Even if sehwag was there he would atleast fire against the bowlers... And Dhoni is in Great form & he should come up the order to bat & yuvraj shld bat down the ordr .....becz Yuvi is grt finisher...& dhoni can stop the wicket well.

  • on January 8, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Sehwag, the most destructive batsman India has had is going through a rough patch which is widening up due to politics. If the current form of the players is the concern to drop only him, then, I would say that it is completely wrong!! His form is much better than others like Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh. Iwould say that if Dhoni is removed from captaincy, then Viru can again play freely and enjoy his game!! More importantly, India will find there Star Batsman in Tremendous and Full Form! I wish Sehwag ALL THE VERY BEST for making his strong and successful comeback to the India side!!

  • on January 8, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    What jumping jack Ashok Dinda is doing in the team ? And why Gambhir still in the team after disaster performance with pak. Give a chance to Robin Uthappa and Murali vijay there are much better player then Rohit.

  • Alexk400 on January 8, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    These two new bowlers are not that great. Anwar ali of pakistan can swing miles. They are just young. So i can give them max 10 matches then they will be limping. It is not they do not know their body. It is about first impression. They put 150% energy to show what they are capable off. It may be good but i think we need physically strong players. Beanpoles gona get hurt often and soon. But selectors can only players who play in ranji trophy. I think BCCI needs to go beyond ranji to find real fast bowlers. Even if they are overseas indians.

  • KiwiRocker- on January 8, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    itsthewayuplay: I appreciate your comment but I am actually not a desktop cricket and I instead have played first class cricket with distinction. You need favourable conditions to seam the bowl. An example is how English bowlers struggle in India. Dale Steyn was about to quite cricket after how Pakistani batsmen hammered him in UAE. This is exactly what Bhunesh Kumar has, he is a good seam bowler. He is not Waqar Younis to swing bowl in air or a Junaid khan to move bowl even before it lands. This chap will do OK on seaming wickets but will spectacularly fail on flat pitches! I guess, time will tell us but I got no doubt abt that. Kumar is unnecessarily being hyped after dimissing below average players like Akmals! Players like Kallis, Sangakara, and Clark will have a field day against him...For Sehwag, he was mishandled by Dhoni as Dhoni keeps himself on whatever position he wants to bat but Sehwag has been asking for middle order spot! And Sehwag is also a good bowler.Why not bowl?

  • on January 8, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Luckiest in the lot, Gambhir and Rohit. Could be their last chance as well. England series may well decide their fate.

  • on January 8, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    Sehwag's omission is justified . Like Ahmed came into the the scenario with a brilliant stuff from nowehere , other players should also be allowed to cement their place. Lot of regional politics has been in the air since long. Main problem of India is its bowling.

    Seam Dept : Ishant, Dinda ,Bhuvaneshwar !! Do you call it an international standard. Make sure you keep at least ONE player of the likes of Zaheer(injured/ rested for Aus) & keep rotating the rest.

    Spin Dept is fabulous : Ashwin(has a proven record of breaking partnerships), Jadeja(All rounder,also keeps the bowl low not allowing batsmen to attack),Yuvraj, Amit Mishra( Leg spin's lone option- BUT VERY IMPROVED BATSMEN, considering his last few domestic matches)

    Team: 1.Gauti(he is not down with form, but can fight back) 2.Rahane(must be asked to play as long as possible) 3.Kohli 4.Chetan 5.Yuvi 6.Raina 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Ashwin 10. Bhuvaneshwar 11. Ahmed/ Ishant

    Gauti can be replaced by Chetan And 5th bowler- Ishant

  • akraquib on January 8, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    As a non-Indian, I'm very happy to see the back of Sehwag :)

  • RameshRayaprolu on January 7, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Done. Is India getting ready for a whitewash at home ?

    I hope not, they might try to win at least one of the 5 matches...

  • Hash_Tag on January 7, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    At last Pujara gets his turn! BUT!!! So many faces are still there from the failures of the Pakistan series. @HawksEyeFocused you need to ease down we do not score points or attempt to settle our differences here. Yours and comments like yours are unworthy.

  • CicketFan on January 7, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    @HawksEyeFocused, It will be Pakistani who will be begging minnows India to play against them. Regarding Pakistan's victory haven't you heard "every dog has it's day" and it was paki's day this time.

  • FRRR on January 7, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Dhoni got the Man of the Match award to boost his morale ... :)

    http://cricketnext.in.com/live/news/mom-award-handed-to-dhoni-to-boost-his-morale-report/70457-13.html

  • on January 7, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    @merajaan : are u kidding about Nohit Sharma, the guy has made his ODI debut even before Kohli was nowhere in the scene and after all these years look where they are now, he is still (will forever be) a potential talent . For god sakes how many more chances does he need to perform , he is close to playing to 100 ODI's and still can't be consistent . He is simply wasting someone's deserved shot in the national ODI team.He is simply here because he might have some powerful mumbai lobbying backing him.Look no further than Dhoni if you want to speak about Nohit's great batting talent and technique,even with his very own technique(lack there of) Dhoni is one of the best ODI batsmen around now that's sheer grit and determination which clearly Nohit has nothing of. BTW look at Nohit's batting Statistics in his peak(as U said) in 2012 Aus series.

  • Nampally on January 7, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    @HawksEyeFocused: India is experimenting with its players. Unfortunately India has a raw bunch of Selectors who have very little experience in team Selection.For example, India played Pakistan without their leading batsman, Pujara, in the XI & paid severe penalty. By the time 3rd ODI vs. Pakistan, at least Indian bowling took some shape with some steady & accurate bowling. Perhaps the same bowlers will play England. However the opening batsmen are still a problem & again for some unknown reason Mukund & Vijay were not selected to open the innings!. So the Selectors have to learn one more lesson via failures to accept these new openers. England is also relying heavily on Cook, KP & Bell to carry them. If these batsmen fail then England will have tough time beating India. India is still a powerhouse if they have the right team selected. It has immense unused talent. So your dream of India being designated as "Minnows" is bit premature 7 misconceived.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on January 7, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Gambhir is a waste of space. Should be given a very long rest to recover form and selectors should use the opportunity to blood youngsters.. just look into the Ranji players, there is talent available in abundance!

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 7, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    All my sympathies are with Indian team as Pakistan crushed them down to earth with a style in their own backyard!!! Sachin unlike Sehwaq was wise enough he took retirement before Pakistani bowlers could force him to retire !!! He knew that he wont face Junaid Khan, Irfan, Umer Gul and above all his old bunny SAEED AJMAL!!! Now according to my humble opinion India should invite Kenya or Zimbabwe for test and ODI series to improve their rankings and regain their form!!! I don't think with their current team they can even beat BD ,Ireland or Afghanistan!!! Mark my words... India in 2013 will lose matches against all the minnows especially Afghanistan and Ireland !!! BD is no more minnow!!!!

  • on January 7, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    It seems people that anti gambhir people forgot that he averages near 43 last year in ODI and he only had one bady ODI series against Pak. He has been out of sorts in test matches but it should not be mixed with ODI. If it does then Ashwin,dhoni,raina,yuvraj,kohli,ishant all should be resting in their home.

    Rohit must not have been choosen for this series based on his prior performances and similarly he should not have been dropped only for one bad outing in this series. Selectors takes wrong decision at first place which make the second correct decision bad one.

    Good to see some good comments for Jadeja after his two good show with ball.He is good option in indian conditions. Sehwag who only plays only 1 good innings in 6 months should have been sacked from ODI long back. Jiwanjaut singh,jalaj saxena,smit patel,c gautham should be given chances. Also i see many people crying for V Aaron,dont know what good he has done except bowling on 153 KMPH ball.Shami and imtiaz ahmed are better

  • on January 7, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Bring back yusuf Pathan , India is zero without him.

  • CicketFan on January 7, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I would have dropped Gambhir, Rohit Sharma definitely. A batsman with average of less than 30 after 100 matches can't be called a specialist batsman. I don't remember Gambhir doing much since world cup final. For 2-3 matches I would have tried Sehwag lower down the order where Raina plays to take advantage of batting power play and would open with Raina and Rahane/Pujara. I would retain Jadeja as a second spinner for games in India. He does better than Chawla/Misra in bowling.

    So My 11 would be Raina, Rahane/Pujara, Kohli, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Dhoni, Jadeja, Aswin, B Kumar, I Sharma, Dinda/Shami/xyz.

  • JK_1982 on January 7, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    None of these newcomers are going to survive on Australian piches. I don't understand why rohit sharma is getting so many chances.

  • nyc_missile on January 7, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Sehwag justifiably got dropped but is he the sole person responsible for the pathetic capitulation to Pakistan? If previous performances were also a criterion,then why not dump Gambhir,Yuvraj,Raina etc too..This will certainly create bad blood further if not in ODIs but in Tests at-least coz Sehwag as ODI player seemed to have played his last game in Kolkata. Terribly one-sided selection & poor planning by selectors.

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    There has to be a player from Mumbai cricket association right.....????? If one is not performing also....... Manoj Tiwary is a terrific all-rounder and a great fielder.... He is never considered.....sitting or not considered after hitting century, half century, talking 4 wicket haul.... saves AT-LEAST 15-20 RUNS.... GOD give him a chance../

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    a.rahane,c.pujara,m.tiwary,v.kohli,s.raina,r.sharma,a.mukund as youngsters and v.sehwag,g.gambhir,y.singh and m.s.dhoni as senior batsman isn't a bad pool of batsman for the 2015 world cup.

    u.yadav,i.sharma,a.dinda,i.pathan,b.kumar,v.aaron i feel will be the fast bowling attack in aus/nz though nothing can be said about indian fast bowlers.

    As for spinners,no one is of real quality at present,ashwin should bat at no 7 in all formats.

    And for god sake,never include players like r.jadeja,m.patel,r.p.singh,d.kartik,l.balaji,these are waste players,neither talented,nor consistent.

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I think selectors have right decision in dropping Sehwag. If Sehwag still has desire to play for India, he would seriously work on his fitness and will come back stronger in six months. A fitter, stronger Sehwag will be an even greater pleasure to watch. The sixes will go farther and fours will travel faster. Fans will delight and bowlers will shudder.

  • Nampally on January 7, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Amol, This is my third input & I am hoping like Pujara I am lucky enough to be included amongst your 500 comments. I just want to say how disappointed I am with lack of vision in the squad selection. After being royally thrashed by Pakistan in the first 2 ODI's, how can India go with the same squad with one most unlikely omission of Sehwag. Pujara's exclusion from squad vs. Pak. was inexplicable. Finally some sense has prevailed by Pujara's inclusion. But the top 5 batsmen played so badly that at least 3 of the top 5 needed replacement.Mukund & Vijay have played well in Ranji this season + against England in the India A ODI. Why are they excluded? Similarly why is Mishra in the squad just to warm the bench? Dinda was awfully expensive. So 5 changes to the squad vs. Pakistan were so apparent - 2 Openers +#3+Dinda+Mishra. 5 new guys should have been Mukund, Vijay, Pujara (Top 3), Nadeem & Sreesanth or Yadev or Aaron (if fit). It is sad to see one change to an extremely poor Squad!

  • ViswanathGovind on January 7, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    I dont agree with dropping Rohit...he should be given long run half of the time he is warming bench...when raina can play why cant rohit.....what about gambhir than on what run is he in team???? And the biggest problem is we dont have backup blowers as part of rotation..Hope we are out of this bad patch soon...Bring in DADA get the aggression back

  • ssenthil on January 7, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    I think Rahane should be left for Tests. He doesn't have a great record of List A on the other hand has an awesome record in FC and he must be tried in Tests. Selectors need to select the right players for the right format. When u see A Mukund, has an excellent record in List A as an opener should be given chances in ODI, rather then trying him Tests first. He had combated many good attack in the 50 over format and again on display against visiting England. Rohit is also like Rahane must be given chances in Tests and never in ODI. We should select a new team for T-20's and keep that team away from TEST and ODI teams. R Jadeja strictly used for Home ODI's ONLY. He is no use of away ODI's but does have a good bowling records in India. So the changes I would have made from this squad are A Mukund and Kedar Jadhav in for A Rahane and Rohit Sharma. Both Mukund and Jadhav avg over 5o in List A, which is not easy. Select the Right players for Right Format and then Indian Cricket will be Good

  • Desihungama on January 7, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Why does not Rohit Sharma has the guts to walk up to Captain and Management and lay it on the table that "I am not a One-Day Player and I should only be playing Test Matches".

  • on January 7, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    i m surprised why no one talking about saurabh tiwary...just look at the three one dayers he played for india ....all three won by ind .....aggregate score 49 in 56 balls in two matches .....no average ...yet to got out .....both innings he came at critical situation .....although other partners ..in one yusuf..in second raina ...did most of scoring but he played his part very well...he was the only one between tail......in second match chasing 315...india score was 188/5.....india won the match with 5 wickets....the more importantly.the way he batted in his debut series was very good(i still remember so many greats including dravids n gangulys how they were playing the balls in beginning n tiwary doin gud in domestic also. second so many young bowlers r doin well .. why talk of sreesanth just for the experience..tht too just becos he in recent one match bowled economicaly n took wicket of kp...i m big fan of razzaq..bt had pak playd him for experince rathr junaid or or irfan...then.

  • on January 7, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I think we missed common sense again - Rohit Sharma could have easily dropped from the team instead of Sehwag and Sehwag could be used in his place as it provides handy option. Where is Varun Aaron gone - our usual habit of finding good bowlers when we already have few in the bunch but just choose not to play them.. our standard BCCI practice of ignoring!! B Kumar reminds me of Pravin Kumar who started well and now no one even want to talk about him - we need bowlers with raw pace who can bowl 145+ consistently and only then we can say we have fast bowlers otherwise we should just saw medium pacers that's it!!

  • ProdigyA on January 7, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Good that Viru has been dropped but Rohit....really?

  • CandidIndian on January 7, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Its a good team. Pujara should play in place of Gambhir as he has good technique and temperament. Pujara played in Durban test 2 years back and showed good technique while facing Steyn and Morkel on a pitch with lot in it for bowlers.Its a tough time for Indian cricket but we should not forget that in last 10 years India is the only Asian team to level test series in Aus& SA and win series in Eng &WI .While in ODIs they achieved successes like CB series win in Australia and World cup victory.If Indian team remains focused and works hard i am sure they can repeat such performances in coming future.

  • punditofcricket on January 7, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Dropping sehwag is a step in the right direction.His past success was based on his wonderful hand-eye coordination which made up for his technical deficiencies.However with age catching up ..he has lost that hand-eye coordination which is natural for the players of his genre.So its better to look forward to the future.However both Gambhir and Rohit Sharma should have been chopped.'Lack of alternatives'? You have Ambati Rayudu on the fringes ..why not try him out? If not for politics that chap would have been our mainstay now ..

  • itsthewayuplay on January 7, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    @KiwiRocker on (January 07 2013, 09:40 AM GMT) You're missing the point. Whilst Bhuvneshwar Kumar debut was encouraging and nothing more, he moved the ball off the seam instead of relying on just swing. This is something most Indian bowlers can't, don't or won't do, so when there's no swing on offer, they become canon fodder. Whilst he's not quick he has a quicker delivery so variety with movement off the seam, in the air and change of pace can make up for lack of pace but only time will tell. No point comparing him to Junaid because Pakistani just producing outstanding fast bowlers and ultimately they will win tests and more often than not ODIs. In the absence of regular and consistent quality fast bowlers India has relied on scoreboard pressure to win games but it falls apart when you realise you're not producing batsmen at the same rate as Pakistan is producing bowlers.

  • on January 7, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    I think it still lot of seniors to be dropped. Gambhir, Virat,Yuvaraj,Raina to be dropped from the team. All of them didn`t perform well in past 6 months. Bring back Mukund,Murali Vijay, Tiwari,Parthiv Patel,Mohammed Kaif & Unmukth chand and Baba aprijith.

    Give more chance to youngsters even though we lose. Pls dont bring back sachin,sehwag,gambhir and Virat

  • Agila on January 7, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @crazytaurean, Very much agree with you mate, Gambhir,Sehwag,Ashwin and Rohit Sharma can all be left out(Raina is lil bettter of the lot that I atleast get quick 30s from him with better fielding). They should look towards Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma, rehabilitate and bring back RP Singh/Sreesanth and play Irfan Pathan more regularly as he looks a more genuine all-rounder than Ravindra Jadeja.. (Rotate these seamers well keeping them free of Injuries). We should count less on Zaheer as he is in the twilight of his career too. The Selectors should look for a pool of 20 players and play them on a round robin basis, so all of them are battle-hardened. More importantly BCCI should look towards making more lively pitches than the dour dead ones, for producing more quality batsmen and fast bowlers in the long run. I have always wondered pitches in Pakistan are as flat, but Pak keeps producing an un-ending assembly line of exciting fast bowlers, then why not India

  • on January 7, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    I agree with the removal of sehwag but when sehwag gets back in form remove gambhir instead.when gambhir and rahane the two defensive players play it gets boring and but the pair of an attacking person and and a defensive one always works in this case sehwag and rahane. In the indian cricket team when a cricketer earns a certain amount of reputation,they stop living up to that reputation.Majority of our batsmen have earned that reputation with the exception of jadeja,raina and rohit sharma(all of these are dhoni's favourite so they stay in the team).this should change

  • on January 7, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    First-class 55 83 8 4605 309* 61.40(average)

    here is the record of rohit sharma's first class carrier(longer formats) where he averages 61.40 which is the 9th best in the world, this list is topped by don bradman with the average of over 97. But he havnt got any chance to establish him self in longer format of the game and given all opportunity in limited over formats only. Now look at his record in limited over cricket.

    List A 148 139 23 3952 142* 34.06(average)

    this shows how much the selectors are blind and wasting his talent and ability. i dono why he has been given this many chances in limited overs format where he failed again and again, and not giving any chance to establish himself in longer format of the game in which he is best. According to me rohit sharma is a class act in longer formats of the game. He can be our future laxman. With so much of oversea test cricket to follow Rohit sharma will be the best find for india in longer formats.

  • RahulLShinde on January 7, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    dont agree with this decision sehwag is most key player of the indian cricket team after sachin tendulkar very bad decision on indian selection commety

  • Natraja on January 7, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    The real reason for India's fall from number one was politics. Sehwag and Gambhir started it with support from a few politicians in the BCCI. Once Sehwag was dropped, team was transformed and defended a poor total of 167 in last ODI. Gambhir should also have been dropped. But selectors were spine less there. Now Dhoni should make Gambhir 12th man in all games and let youngsters play and win matches. Kohli and Insahnt Sharma should be given warning to perform or perish. Unmukt Chand and Baba Aparajith should be selected to spend some time with players and should be given a few chances to show case their talent. They should be groomed for WC2015.

    Finally anti-Dhoni brigade is still smarting for his head. They want to drop a batsman who has averaged 203 in the series as against to Gavaskar's Tiger Pataudi of 2012 who averaged 4. Shame on these guys. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on January 7, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Wish M Tiwary had been fit. Then Gambhir too could have been dropped. Rohit and Jadeja are in the squad only due to "lack of options". IMHO, even A Mithun bats as well as Jadeja, and bowls much better. B Kumar and S Ahmed have done well, and deserved to retain their places. Hope U Yadav and V Aaron get fit and come back too. Then we could have a fast bowler bank like England did. We need some genuine leg spinners. There have been none since Anil Kumble. Agreed he didn't turn it a great deal, but a right handed leggie would help lots.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 7, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Whilst it's encouraging that Sehwag does not figure in the selectors' plans for 2015, it's worrying they think that Gambhir and Yuvraj will be able to handle 2 bouncers per over on the pacy bouncy tracks in Australia against the likes of the SA, Aussie and English bowlers.

    Now is the time to start rebuilding the team and that includes letting these 2 return to zonal cricket and most importantly identifying a pool of batsmen and bowlers who truly represent the next generation of Indian cricket. This means giving players a decent run in the team, letting them learn from their mistakes and not even thinking in terms of winning and losing matches or series. It looks like things are going to worse before they get better with the injuries list and the inexperience and part of that is down that lack of succession planning and the BCCI primary interest being that of profits and not cricket. If you want the golden egg, you gotta take care of the goose.

  • Sandt on January 7, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    My Team for Aus Test- Sehwag, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar,Kohli,Dhoni,Ashwin,Ojha,Sreeshant,Yadav,Rahul Sharma. This gives a good combination to the team. If 6 specialist batsmen is not scoring you cannot win matches by including one more batsmen. We need specialised bowlers in the side to win test matches.3 spinners is reqd in India. Sreeshant is good if he put his heart into his bowling as he is the best we have in India currently.He need to change his attitude and show more resposibility to his bowling.Ishant sharma is waste as he dont have variety in his bowling.Just bowl in same line to all batsmen be it top order or lowerorder.But an aggressive sree in good rhythm will be handy for India.

  • on January 7, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    disagree with the decision.

  • sehwagfan319 on January 7, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Vs very foolish decision. Just cause viru didn't perform for one match is not a reason to drop him. Bad decision. No doubt Rahane and Gauti will part of flop show.

  • RaoSaridena on January 7, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    we are aware Manjo Tiwary injured so Why Rohit Sharma Why not Ambati Rayudu?

  • on January 7, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    agree. I have been a big fan of Sehwag but Of late Sehwag has developed a lazy and complacent attitude. He has entered a comfort zone and looks disinterested without any sense of responsibility. Time to move on and give youngsters a chance to prove and establish themselves.

  • varun171 on January 7, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I beleive dropping Sehwag is a good move. This time off will give him much need time to improve on his fitness and give a thought on his batting technique. Pujara seems to be good long term prospect and hope he gets his change in the 1st ODI itself and not just warm the bench. Pujara should be asked to open in place of Gambhir. He might fail in first few innings, but them who can be sure of Gambhir's contribution. Pujara will atleast add to the spark in the field much like Rahane showed in the 3rd ODI against Pakistan. Pujara can be developed as a specialist slip fielder, one position in which India is experimenting way too much. How can Ashwin be asked to be at slips, the guy is too slow and does not have appropriate reflexes required at slips. I agree that Rohit Sharma is a talented player but he has been given enough chances to show his caliber. I am sure once Tiwari is fit, Rohit Sharma will be out of the team. The new crop of fast bowlers seems to be promising.

  • on January 7, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    I wonder why Sreesanth not included irrespective of his impressive spell in India A Vs England XI match played on 6-1-2013. Sree gave just 16 runs of 7 overs and took a wicket of batting maestro KP. Bowling department is so inexperienced and though Kumar and Shami are performing well they cant give the bottom edge towards the finishing overs. Hope Sree will comeback for the last 2 ODI's.

  • on January 7, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    @kiwiRocker what do you mean by"V.Sehwag is mishandled by Dhoni"? Its not like Dhoni has changed his batting order or something. If Sehwag or Ghambir do not like personally like Dhoni its ok but once they pull over the national colours and enter the pitch they are playing for India and not for Dhoni. I am sure they would have more sympathizers if they were fully committed. Personally I would still give Sehwag a chance only after a complete break. There are too many alternatives who are available and who need to be tried and tested. It time to move on.

  • realfan on January 7, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    if at all indian selectors are looking for 2015 world cup, which will be in australia, we need a proper openers who can play swing and pace.... in current situation both gambir and sehwag cant play both swing and pace ( earlier gambir was bit comfortable playing both, but now he changed his batting to suit t20, ipl effect )... so no need for gambir to get selected..... rahane should be given more chances as opener , he needs to get used for conditions, instead of gambir give a try toward mukund,( fresh legs, good learner ) and pujara will eventually replace Yuvraj ( i am sure he wont long last till 2015 worldcup )

    good move by selectors neglecting Piyush chawla( he is not fit for cricket,) and no rohit pleeeeeeeeeeeease again......

    and if you say he is given many chances considering 2015 world cup.... thats foolish.... he is not international material......

  • StoneRose on January 7, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    However Sharma stays in is beyond comprehension. Surely Sehwag is a better bet in the ODIs than Tests? Rahane is a ready-made replacement in Tests.

  • Darkmanx12155 on January 7, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Please give Rahane & Cheteshwar Pujara a chance... Look at these guys club record... Its amazing.. Drop Gouthi...

  • thomasx on January 7, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Having sreesanth in India A team boost the pace bowling department of India. See the result of last one day against Pakistan. Let him also in the team. Beware though!!!

  • CoolSree on January 7, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    2 SHOCKERS:- 1. Extension given to Rohit and Gambhir. 2. Sehwag not in 2015 world cup plans. He is a serious match winner who can win a ODI single handedly. Give him a break but he must be a part of 2015 plans. What is status on coach. How much more extension will he get. If India is to win 2015 world cup My suggestion - 1. We need a good fast balling coach who will take care of entire fast bowler bunch i.e Zaheer, Ishant, yadav, Aaron, bhuvaneshwar, shami ahmed, dinda, Praveen kumar, irfan - Pref Wasim Akram. 2. Spinner coach for Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra, harmeet, Bhajji, Jadeja, Rahul - Pref Kumble 3. Good batting coach - For entire team - May Be Sachin Tendulkar or Viv Richards 4. Fielding coach - Get Jonty for the job. 4. Separate captain for T20 - Virat Kohli. Dhoni to continue to play 5. Relieve Dhoni from CSK captainancy - Raina can fit in well. Dhoni to be captain for Test and ODI till 2015 6. Dhoni to bat at 4. All the best Team India....Rock on!!!

  • KiwiRocker- on January 7, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    V.Sehwag is mishandled by Dhoni. There are clear frictions in indian team and it is obvious that Dhoni did not want Sehwag in team.Indeed Sehwag is not what he used to be.He has always been a flat track bulley and offcourse Pakistani bowling attack is one of the best in world so he struggled. But what exactly Yuvraj Scored? Kohli was touted as tormentor of Pakistan due to couple of his innings but he scored 13 runs in three matches (Even Umer gul score more runs). Sehwag is not very swift in field but he is a safe catcher.Sehwag has served Indian cricket for years and it is utter shame that same fans are now after his head.I know Indian cricket is at its lowest and India's test status as well as ODI status should be under review.England has an average bowling attack and it would be perfect unleashing Sehwag on that attack ( even in middle order) .I have no doubt that Sehwag still has some cricket left and it saddens me ( I am a bonafide Pakistani supporter) how Sehwag is being dumped!

  • Mail4kar on January 7, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Rohit's inclusion is completely unfair for those who are waiting for atleast one chance to play for India. Where is Rayudu? What did you found in Rohit which is not with Rayudu? Whether he made any contract with BCCI that he will be in Indian team for next few years? Ridiculous to see him again in team.. Bhuvaneshwar kumar progressing well as a bowler. Only thing he is lagging is experience. he has the capability of being good indian bowler in future. If you bring back Praveen kumar in team, It'll be a treat to watch them bowling together in seaming conditions. It's a fair move to omit sehwag. he can play well only in flat track, not in seaming conditions.

  • KiwiRocker- on January 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Al_Bundy1 : I do take your point mate, but I disagree that India has now some bowling options. Problem with Indian seamers like Bhuvnesh Kumar, Shami Ahmad etc is that these are medium paces who run hard and try to bowl same thing over and again. Now it may work ok against batsmen with suspect techniques,e.g Akmals of Pakistan but if they come up against quality batsmen on less friendly wickets, they become toothless bowlers. This is where Pakistani bowlers are different. Junaid Khan started at same time as Muhammad Amir and has grabbed his oppertunities.He will be effective on most pitches in most condition as he is verstile. Indian selectors need to have a clear road map and India needs to have a mentor like Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis grooming their bowlers. I personally think that India's humiliation against Pakistan was due to their batting. Indeed Pakistan did not have their one of better batters,e.g Asad Shafiq around & they still won so no one should be hyping B.Kumar too much!

  • Alexk400 on January 7, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Sehwag is gone because of his fielding not because of his batting. There are worse offenders in the team. Gambhir and Yuvi and kohli. But those bring another dimension that sehwag do not bring. Sehwag do not also bowl. When you are one dimensional and you do not do that well you have to be benched. I am no dhoni fan but i saw india fought first time. As long as indian team fighting and losing i am fine. If i see quitters then captain has to go.

  • chrisinfidel on January 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Sehawag's presence in the side is a nightmare. his longevity in the indian team has been dragged far too long than his longevity in an innings. Honestly, Sehwag has not done justice to his talent, in his entire career. The man who devastated formidable Aussie attack in Boxing day Melbourne test in 2003 series, and followed it by two triple hundreds against pakistan and South Africa. But, then Sehwag's lean patch has been his constant drawback, he threw away his wicket during his peak form and when his side needed the post. I can remember the World Cup Final. Its sad to hear that he's not among the list of next world cup probales, nut that also leaves new hope for indian cricket with young energetic blood.

  • CricketMaan on January 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    So Viru gets the boot coz he is 34 and his reflexes have let him down and is a sure doubt for 2015. No problem with that and right call. But Gauti too is 31 and his once unflapping concentration has gone down the river. Unless he gets back his old ability to build innings he will have to be put on notice for both ODIs and Tests. But with no opener challenging Gauti, he will stay on. Vijay is closest to replace but has lacked consistency and has too much flair for international cricket. If Vijay seriously is thinking of ODIs and Tests, he first needs to perform on India A tours not with 50s but BIG Dadddy 100s.

  • on January 7, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    It wont be a bad idea to blood Sehwag in the middle order for tests. He has always expressed his willingness to bat there. Even in the ODI's Sehwag coming in at 4 will be a fearful proposition. Right now Yuvi at 4 is a place too high. It also might not be a bad idea to look at Pujara as an opener for ODI's. He has the technique and can play the innings right through, much like what Hashim Amla or Cook does for their teams. With Rahane, he can form a good partnership. Plus, there is the added advantage then for Dhoni to come up to NO 3 if he likes in case Pujara opens and gives a steady start. But 5 bowlers is a must for India. They should develop Ashwin as an all rounder. he has in him to do the job of Ravindra Jadeja far more effectively- frees up a spot.

  • on January 7, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    what i really dont understand is if viru can be dropped why is rohit sharma who is doing equally nothing is still present in the team when other young guys who are scoring prolifically are kept out.

  • Scheduler on January 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I really cant understand the reasons which the selectors give that there are no options available for rohit sharma and gautam gambhir in domestic cricket. Are the selectors trying to say that the ones who are performing in Ranji are absolutely useless, then BCCI should answer how they are getting on to the state team if they are not good enough. I really believe there is enormous talent out there and they should look at ambati rayuddu , abhshek nayar,sandeep warrior and many others. Look at the australian selectors they dont mind blooding in a new comer as long as the team is winning and making the nation proud. And here are a bunch of selectors who say there is no talent across any of the ranji teams. I dunno whats the future of Indian cricket then

  • maddy20 on January 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    I see intent in the selection this time around. Dropping non-performers like Zaheer, Sehwag etc., would go a long way to resurrect us. Also I am surprised by the "lack of options" comment. What did Irfan Pathan do to be not in the side after such a wonderful Sri Lanka tour? Atleast they could have tried Chand otherwise. Baffling!

  • satish619chandar on January 7, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    While i look at the "drop" as a chance to a performing youngster in Rahane, i am not able to digest the chances the "underperforming youngster" in Rohit. He is a stalwart in domestic cricket. As he used to bash everyone in Ranji and in the shorter formats. If he is found technically vulnerable and you are really interested in his "talent", send him to county cricket or play domestic anywhere in the world. even in NZ and Zimbabwe domestic cricket. Let him face different bowlers in different conditions and develop his urge to score more.

  • Sach2605 on January 7, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Its good that let Viru understand the how & why he should play consistent as an opener, being senior opener on & off performance is dangerous, even his sluggish fielding is also a measure to do not take in the team, coming to Rohit Sharma, there are many young players who can perform better than Rohit, Unmukt Chand the new face of young world cup winner, he should have taken in the team, Kohli & Gambhir's performance need to see for this series..

  • kiruba200480 on January 7, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Selectors had done another blunder by giving the chance to Rohit again.One more thing dhoni doesn't know to use the players effectively.He should have batted @ No3 for the 2nd and 3rd ODI.still india is lacking allrounder.Atleast Ashwin should have been sent earlier in the batting.

  • on January 7, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Not sure what relationship Rohit Sharma has with the selector that he has been given another chance. Why the contributions from Pathan Brothers and Ambati Raydu are being ignored?

  • on January 7, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    It is very unfortunate that we never had the oppurtunity of playing two fast bowlers at the same time. Either it was the short sightedness of the selectors not to pick them or the injury of one of them. Obviously, I am referring to Ishant , Umesh and Varun Aaron.

  • on January 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    why do players from India or subcontinent bring their career to such drastic condition that they have to be ultimately dropped they should learn from their counterparts from England, Australian or south Africa , where players retire when they don't see a future for them in the team and also they are not performing. Why they just want to hang on and ultimately be thrown out of the team , most of the players then end up their career in abrupt and very sadly a disrespectful way, these players are great players and they need to realize that their time has gone.

    Looks very sad to see a spectacular careers ending this way.

  • on January 7, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    where is Rayadu common selectors give him a chance!!!

  • sportingROY on January 7, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Hi Selectors What about Sreesanth..........? Don't you remember him and why are they not selecting Abhishek Nayar. a good left hand batsman and good seam bowler.Top scorer for mumbai in current season Mumbai batting averages Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave AM Nayar 9* 14 8 772 107* 128.66 Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts 9* 10 137.0 31 371 16

    Abhishek Nayar BATTING: Mat Runs HS Ave 55 3636 259 57.71

    BOWLING: Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts 54 84 6334 2818 93

  • SanjivAwesome on January 7, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    India selectors continue to astound with their judgement. With an average ex-batsman like Patil leading the, they have picked some players who are very much in the average mould - Gambhir, Raina, Ashwin, Rohit. I can hear the England's professional and genuinely talented cricketers crack open their champagne- they have already won

  • on January 7, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    By the way, something seems to be affecting Kohli's performance. Half the time he got out in recent months, he normally would not have got out. Unfortunately most of them were not technical faults. He is a great player. We should not lose him. Help him at any cost. Is there someone equivalent to Paddy Upton, in the current set of support staff? I don't think any of his co-players can help him. I have doubts about Duncan Fletcher, who himself may benefit by spending some time with Paddy.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 7, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    If Sehwag doesn't feature in 2015WC plans, then he should be dropped. Also, the fact that the grounds are big in Australia, should make the case for dropping him much stronger. Gambhir should be the next one on the chopping block. The change has to be sooner rather than later, since the incoming players need some exposure. Way to go India. Sehwag, please prove your form and you will be welcomed. Though we miss you dearly, India is much dearer to us. I'm absolutely thrilled that we have Pujara in the ODI Squad. Way to go India.

  • on January 7, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Along with Sehwag, Gambhir also should have been dropped. Though the selectors kept Gambhir in the team, the playing XI need not include him.

    The 5 match ODI series against England was a good chance to develop a new opening pair. My bet is on Rahane-Pujara combo. With Kohli to follow.The only doubt is whether Pujara & Kohli should swap their positions at no 2 & no 3, or not.

    In fact, there are quite a few youngsters, raring to go as future India openers. The selectors should take pain to just look at the Ranji matches; they will find a few worth considering. I am mentioning boys beyond Mukund & Vijay, both of whom did well in the practice match against England. Psychologically, it would have been a good ploy to use them, as they tackled guys like Finn, Bresnan, & Dernback fairly well.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on January 7, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    finally selectors are waking up ! good job dropping sehwag who is clueless against any kind of quality bowling , let rahane and gambhir open , while pujara can come at no.3 , after seeing kohli against junaid i think he should be shielded from new ball as well , and i say this again rohit sharma has to play tests not limited overs , also irfan pathan would be a better option than jadeja in Australia

  • dakshinap on January 7, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Gambir, Rohit, Dinda are waste. Mukund, Rayudu, Umesh should be added instead of those guys. And where is Varun Aaron.

  • on January 7, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    It looks like selectors and Dhoni want Sehwag to retire from limited overs cricket at-least. Come on Sehwag announce retirement now. This is the best that you can do now.

  • SwaroopGururaj on January 7, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Good luck "Talented" Rohit Sharma..

  • on January 7, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, Gambhir, given such a chance again, so why not give it to Virender Sehwag. and also we need a good fast bowling all-rounder also in the team. so this team selection also going to fail.....

  • on January 7, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Someone please tell me the reason for persisting with Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Ashwin, Dinda and Jadeja when Jalaz Saxena, Ishwar Pandey, Pankaj Singh, Raydu, Abhishek Nayar. Ashwin, Jadeja and Dinda at best can be stopgap arrangements.

  • SRIDWI on January 7, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    The selectors have really gone mad. If sehwag deserves axe for the reason that he will be too old for 2015 WC, so does gambhir. gambhir has got nothing deserving to be in the team. He is also aged and is unable to play seam attack but still these people keep him. Imagine what he will do in Aus / NZ pitches where the next WC is scheduled. Rohit is another guy who has got lot of chances but failed consistently. We need to positively think on settled opening pair - Rahane / Kohli. Pujara's inclusion should mean he can bat at No.3. Come on selectors, wake up atleast now. Make sure that the team has enough practice in the next 2 years to defend the championship

  • shantiratnamaj on January 7, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Why no place for Muraly Vilay and Robin Uthappa? Dinesh Karthik is a better and reliable batsman and fielder than Rohit Sharma. Yoursuf Pathan is a much better all-rounder in ODI than Ravindra Jadeja. CSK is dominating the selections and needless to say anymore who is behind that. Dhoni is the only captain in India to survive in axe after losing 2-1 to PAK in India, especially after 10 test match losses in a row. Good luck India.

  • mycricket2007 on January 7, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Rohit also donot know why he selected? Jadeja is doing fine for fifth bowlers. Even he is good as a bowler instead of over hyped r ashwin ! He look such a ordinary bowler he wa not match at all with other opposition bowlers ajmal,hafij,Monty,swan but some how looks like he got permenant spot in Indian 11. Of form bases there is no spot for Raina and yuvraj but both will play in 11 and pujara will carry drinks . Selectors did their job unprofessionally and now it's dhonis turn to continue job

  • Sheela on January 7, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Sehwag has been dropped. Bye the same yarstick, few others should not have been in the team at all. True selection is a difficult job even in unrecognised club cricket etc.

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    oh common selectors this is total confusion how can u afford to drop viru and retaining gambhir and r.sharma if u want to blame the loss u have to drop the top 4 batting order players like virat,gambhir,yuvi,i think u hav decided to whipe all the seniors from the team surely it ll back fire u u ll realise soon

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    oh common selectors this is total confusion how can u afford to drop viru and retaining gambhir and r.sharma if u want to blame the loss u have to drop the top 4 batting order players like virat,gambhir,yuvi,i think u hav decided to whipe all the seniors from the team surely it ll back fire u u ll realise soon

  • KiwiRocker- on January 7, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Indian selectors have to be most toothless selectors in the world. Rohit Sharma was dropped against Pakistan for last two matches but he retains his place while Sehwag who equally did not perform is dropped? Indeed Dhoni lobby is working and divisions in Indian cricket are obvious. Dhoni has to be most strongest captain ever in India who after losing 10 test matches and another humiliating ODI series loss against Pakistan is still around? What exactly Yuvraja chieved in series against Pakista. Kohli was touted as Pakistan's tormentor and ended up being tormented by Junaid. Two Indian A team openers score 50's and they are ignored while Gambhir continues joyride.Poor hapeless Indian fans have been led to believe that Pujara will be their next saviour but the chap has not even played outside India.Pak won series with attack and experience! What is Wasim Jaffer, Murali Vijay and Munkad's sin?Indeed Sehwag deserved another final chance?I am not even going to comment on Jadeja and I.Sharma!

  • Samar_Singh on January 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Once again ROHIT SHARMA in the squad ... My goodness ..

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    RIGHT decision but also rohit sharma's selection rare.

  • ArvinLuvsCricket on January 7, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Mukund in place of Gambhir and Rayudu or Menaria should have replaced Rohit. Pujara's selection is a good one but its time the selectors leave Rohit alone, he is not worth the try. I realy don't see any talent in the Kind of shots being played by Rohit nowadays. And Thank god they didn't select Harbhajan or Chawla again :P

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    I really don't know why Rohit Sharma gets seleceted for his consistent failures.

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    why rohit sharmma?????????????????he is out of form. and why dropped sehwag???? very bad selection. i think the result of this tour will same as pakistan tour.anyway best of luck indian team.

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    what is dinda doing in the squad? u can choose ishwar pandey..

  • DEV_ME on January 7, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    I sincerely hope that team selectors (final 11) give Rahane a run and dont judge him only on the basis of one one-day. Actually Raina and Yuvi have done nothing to justify their continued run in the team .... Even Gambhirs present game is not inspring any confidence !

  • bipulkumar on January 7, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Good positive move by selectors to drop Sehwag. But Rohit Sharma doesn't deserve the spot at all. Selectors may have given good signal to non-performers by dropping Sehwag but they undid their good work by reselecting Rohit. And all those Jadeja bashers, just shut up and look at the stats.

  • ihaq1 on January 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    i find it difficult to believe that rohit sharma has been retained after an average of 13 in 14 matches...there are tons of batsmen in india overflowing with runs as mentioned by Rajinder Sidhu...it seems that sehwag in that case has just been dropped due to politics......i did not think that gautam should be dropped too however the alrounders category seems tobe weak as that leaves raina, rohit, kohli and jadeja...i feel that they should play jadeja and rahane and drop rohit and probably raina too.. Dinda also did not seem tobe doing as good a job as he should although ishant sharma has improved...rahane should now be pushing gambhir out of his job although he bats off and on although he showed a definite inability to play irfan khan...the english shouldstudy ahort pitched bowling at the indian batsmen chest high

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Murli Vijay or Abhinav Mukund should have been played in place of Rohit Sharma. Its shocking to see India investing so much time in the so called talent of Rohit Sharma. According to me, talent is not in the ability to play shots only but also in the mental conditioning of the player. Its evident that the current lot of Rohit sharma, Raina etc are happy playing IPL and earning millions rather than working hard to become good international cricketers.

    Also shocking to know that Inspite of so many defeats, Dhoni still gets his way when it comes to selections. None of his favorites ever get dropped. Rohit Sharma will keep playing in the Indian team and some day (In a couple of years time) will surely prove his talent by playing a match winning innings against bangladesh on a flat batting wicket.

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    sehwag should not be doped.... rohit should be drop

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Don't know why they are not considering Unmukt Chand. If sachin can make debut at 16 than why not this young lad.

  • shabbir on January 7, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    As Amarnath puts it Selectors are Jokers, When It was announced that Dhoni has back problem our wise selectors immediately opted fo Dinesh Kartik, as if there are no other WKs in India. Why not give opportunities to new talent instead of tried and failed. Atleast Rohit and Gambhir should have got the boot along with Sehwag. Though Raina, Yuvi. Jadeja and Ashwin can be warned to prop up their show in next three ODIs. Getting Pujara was the only wise decision. Could have tried Vijay iin place of Gambhir . Rayudu in place of Rohit Sharma

  • criccrzyjha on January 7, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Whats a use of Rohit in ODIs?

  • Klgn on January 7, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    I dont believe in Rahane!! The way his score runs...is not a good batsman!

  • Klgn on January 7, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    @Sudrarajan Chari ...seems are you from Tamil Nadu? fevering mukund and vijay!!!! Jadeja is wonderful all rounder of modern cricket. Gambhir is the best batsman!! Rohit will perform..so dont get too much panic!!!

  • Reevar on January 7, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Yes It Is For 3 ODI........But After This Some Change Are Requird eg: Gambhir ,Rohit...

  • AnImpatientFan on January 7, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    It's about time Pujara got a limited overs call up. The idea that he was a test specialist was bizzare. 2,735 List A runs at 57 is better than almost anyone else in the team.

    Another good thing about Pujara: He's not overhyped and not arrogant like the majority of India's limited overs batsmen. (Rohit, Kohli, Raina etc.)

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Where is IRFAN Pathan why he is missing ? htis is not a fair selection i hope that england will dominate us just wait

  • golgoal on January 7, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Disgraceful selection. This selection committee has to be among the worst we have had in the recent times. Sehwag dropped but Nohit Sharma still in?? Why not drop Nohit and play Sehwag in the middle order??

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    really the bcci has not a fair selection. as shewag is opening batsmen which as score a double century in one da internation his batting as a opener in indan team is powerful but as another opener batsmen as done nothing from past few series si why does shewag has been left out there.. is gambhit, rohit sharma, and much payer.

  • Harinasi on January 7, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Agreed , if Rohit Sharma hits runs then he would be a terrific asset to our team , but he is a non performer and the "if" is never positive, I would have picked up another new bowler and try him out instead of Rohit Sharma, and yes, Gambhir too should have got the axe, if he didn't both (Sehwag)should stay...the change which I would do is let Dhoni go up to No:3 position, take responsibility of anchoring the innings, since he is the only option who defend his wicket for a long time in those 50 overs, he will have to take that additional risk, pull Gambhir down the order let Jinx open the innings....let Sehwag stay...he averages 5 , i'll never drop him .....

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    I am surprised to see that Sehwag has been dropped and Rohit Sharma retained. It was awkard move by Selectors to call Dinesh Karthik for the last one day when Ambati Rayudu was in the team and they dropped Rayudu duly without offer a single match. I can't understand the logic behind keeping Gambhir and axing Sehwag.

  • dashing_lion on January 7, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    That was very worst selection by selectors....Where is Stuart Binny...He has consistent performer in Ranji Matches.....He is medium pace bowler , Very good fielder and most important a very good lower middle order batsmen....Give him a chance...

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Good move to drop Sehwag as his form is really poor at the moment. Rohit Sharma is lucky enough to be given another chance. India need to find a few more alternatives for opening and middle-order.

  • on January 7, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Weher is Manoj Tiwari? He shiuld be fit by now? Why he is not picked?

  • g.narsimha on January 7, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    joke of the year SAHWAAG dropped , does it mean he only responsible for INDIAs HUMILIATING DEFEATS right from 4-0, IN eng, aus & home series loss in 3 decades , now we can hope our team will be doing great things in the coming matches , the man who played for country never bothering about his pesonel goals ,mare his presence on wicket is enough for the oppsition to go on defencivefrom the ball one ,won so many matches single handedly is rewarded in this way, now oppositions need not worry , the match winner on his day is shown the door .what a pathetic team selection .

  • on January 7, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Rohit sharma Record in 2012 21 , 10 ,33,15,0,DNB,4,68,5,0,0,4,4,4 avg 12

    Sehwag Avg for 2012 38

    Great selection!!

  • Hareendra on January 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    If you consider ODI average and strike rate, Dhoni is their best batsman. My question is why is India's best batsman batting at nos 6 and 7?

  • on January 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    and why gambhir was selected with hi cureent form and sehwag dropped?you got to be kidding me

  • ProdigyA on January 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Lack of alternatives? I'm loosing my mind with these stupid selectors. How on earth can they select Rohit Sharma... Just how.. I'm numb.

  • SajidC on January 7, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Shocking Selections..if Sehwag is dropped on performerance base why they keep Gambhir, Jadeja and Rohit (should be axed those three )

  • on January 7, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    even the selectors say Rohit was 5,0,0,4,4 & 4 in his last 6 matches in his 6th no., he got a place in the squad. How can they drop a better beginner Sehwag. I don't under stand the selectors' play ?

  • on January 7, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    So you dropped Sehwag saying he doesn't fit in the plans for world cup in AUS. Please explain how the heck Gambhir going to survive in Aus with bouncy wicket. i still have some hope from Sehwag to make runs in Aus,but Gambhir is good for nothing in Aus. If you really want to make a team for the next world cup then grow some balls and dropped gambhir and please stop giving chances to Rohit sharma ,he's not new anymore and we have seen him enough for 86 ODI he's played.

  • on January 7, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    I am really delighted to see sehwag dropped.along with him gambhir also should be sent out. Both of them not only in poor form ,also trying to wreck the team within playing bad politics..hope rohit also to be dropped in a short while.sand hip should try to bolster team India by bringing in young performers to shape for the ensuing world cup

  • on January 7, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    I think if Sehwag was to be dropped, then Gambhir should have been dropped too. They both have performed poorly, and I would say they are equal when it comes to fielding. I understand Rohit Sharma is a technically better batsman, but he has been given enough of chances. And if he has to warm the bench then why not give a chance to a new player. Where is Saurabh Tiwari?, Manoj Pandy and likes. How about Ambati Rayadu? I think Rohit Sharma's place should have gone to Ambati Rayadu.

  • on January 7, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Great!! so they kept Rohit sharma again ,i don't know what rohit sharma doing to keep his place in 15.When are they going to pick Unmukt Chand ? when are they put him in the team ? i don't know how they can't see that he's the guy for the future. Dropped Sehwag , fine but why not gambhir? how's gambhir is better then sehwag? Sehwag still scored some run and he still has fear factor, gambhir does not bring anything on the table , nothing at all.

  • shaan77 on January 7, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Dropping sehwag might be a good idea especially considering the fact that India will have to play the next world cup on bouncy tracks but why retain rohit sharma? just because rohit is a bit quick on the field you cannot give chances for years. How can you ever expect a guy like rohit to perform well on bouncy tracks when he is failing miserably on the sub continent pitches. ridiculous!!! If the selectors are really serious about the next world cup they should adopt a 'fair selection process' or else India may not even qualify to the second stage of the next world cup!!

  • AvilashSharma on January 7, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Shewag is dropped! But Gambhir and Rohit Sharma are in the squad! I believe Gambhir needs some rest from all types of cricket...and Rohit! Where is Rayudu or you could even give chance to Unmukt Chand...

  • landl47 on January 7, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    From an England perspective, I'm happy that Ojha has been overlooked again. He was easily India's best bowler in the tests and he's an orthodox SLA spinner. Only Cook of England's likely top 7 is left-handed and the others all have a lot more trouble with the ball spinning away from them. Mishra's legbreaks didn't bother England much at the Oval in 2011, when he got 0-170 in a game in which Swann took 9-208. Presumably Jadeja is the left-hand spin option, but he's nowhere near Ojha's class.

    Sehwag is dangerous when he gets set, but these days he doesn't get set very often. By 2015 he'll weigh 350 pounds and need to field in an armchair, so dropping him now isn't a bad idea.

  • hasil12 on January 7, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Thank God. The selection should be based on merit and not on prior status. So many talented players are getting retired playing in Ranji with no hope to be selected in India 11. No player is above the country and need to understand their position in the team and if not they need to be shown the door sooner.

  • cnksnk on January 7, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Oh Boy. We have heard that a cat has nine lives. Rohit Sharma seems to have infinity. Irrespective of the members in the selection committee he seems to be in the team. Rajinder Sidhu has so elboratly listed all the players who are injured. While it is true why not give some one else - anyone for that matter a chance to fail. Why only Rohit and his "indeniable " talent. Just pick any one from any of the state teams. We just saw that Ahamed was picked from no where and he did a great job yesterday. So why not give some one else a chance. As I remember other than the tour of WI, who any way are not the strongest team in the circuit, Rohit had failed last year also. So what keeps him going. May be we need to have a CBI probe into this scandle.. Come on selectors pleeeeeeeeeeese give some one else a chance to fail.....

  • jasonpete on January 7, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Indian team will never change until unless the star players concerned fans agree for a change.Whoever player gets dropped,the fans makes hue and cry about everything.Sehwag is out form a very long time and lacks fitness.Bring in Rahane and give him a long rope and see any change visible.Many knows Indian team losing matches frequently due to the poor opening stand between sehwag and Gambhir.So change is necessary and the star players fans should stop backing up their players for non performance.michael Clarke is doing a very good job as a captain with youngsters in Australian team as they adapt to change very quickly and there are no star players in the set up. When Indian captain do this,he gets brickbats by saying that he do politics.Its obvious choice sehwag needs to be left out and next in line should be given to Gambhir for his same lame dismissal in every match .

  • realfan on January 7, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    if i was a selector. i would keep sehwag, i mean not for opening ofcourse, but in the place of 5th or 6th down the order....( he will be very comfortable with old ball and new rules of 5 fielders inside circle , he can play his SEE BALL HIT BALL game naturally )

    and i would end GAMBIR's and NO(RO)HIT SHARMA's career in odi. and preserve them for T20 only, not even tests.... and my team for england odi series would be like follows .. and same batting order as below 1) rahane, 2) kohli, 3) dhoni, 4) yuvraj, 5) raina 6) sehwag 7) jadeja 8) ashwin 9) bhuvaneshwar 10) shami 11) ishant....

    for Pujara, i will wait for sehwag to become completely useless even in middle order , after that i would bring Pujara. and after Yuvraj , i would bring Tiwary

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    It's a really poor decision by selectors to drop sehwag!! what the hell has rohit sharma done to retain his place ?? if you compare last two years of Sehwag, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni etc. Sehwag is better then all this, why the hell they dropped sehwag ??

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Why this Anti rohit sharma ppl ..... whts wrong in giving him chances ? he played in only one odi vs pakistan ... he plays normally at no 5 or 6 . he hardly gets chances to play up the order and if he gets to bats sooner that because of top order failure due to a excellent spell or pitch which is not good for batters ... ask him to play at 3 and give him one whole series and if he dosent click then leave him .... i know i might sound absurd .. but the talent that guy posses is astonishing ... give rohit a break and let him play ... (I am not a rohit friend or fan. this is from a keen observer who believes that class is permenant and form is temporay )

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Sachin retired. Shehwag not gurantee his place due to his recent form and injuries, Gambir is no longer needed in ODIs or T20s. I would recommand BCCI to keep this team list and try with this list/order for ODIs and T20s if we talk abt future and worldcup 2015. We can also try with Suresh Raina as an Opener and this gives attacking, quick scores in 15 overs/during power play. This best choice I can say using Raina as an Opener and can we use Manoj Tiwary - he is agreesive and attacking in middle of the batting. 1. Ajinka Rahane 2. Chateswar Pujara 3. Virat Kohli 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. Suresh Raina 7. M S Dhoni 8. Bhuvaneswar Kumar 9. Shami Ahmed 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Ishanth Sharma 12. Ashwin 13. Umesh Yadav 14. Manoj Tiwari 15. Rihit Sharma - He is constintancy 16. Dinesh Karthik

  • Anil_Koshy on January 7, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Finally selectors showed some guts by dropping somebody like Sehwag, who is still riding on his past performance, Gambhir should be the next in line, we have talented players like Tewary, Rayadu, Saurabh Tiwari etc.

  • Ashish_514 on January 7, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    By not dropping Rohit, selectors are not helping him. Rather he is being put under more pressure. It would be better if he goes back to domestic cricket, perform once again as he always does there and come back strong again. I see him as a future test prospect and his constant ODI failures are only holding him back from the test spot. I say he should be tried in tests rather than being made to play more ODIs. As for dropping Sehwag, it's a good decision. They should take Sehwag back for last two matches and drop Gambhir.

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Except Dhoni all batsmen failed in this bowler friendly ODI series. Eeveryone knows Sehwag is a great attacking batsman in all forms of cricket. Why the selectors dropped Sehwag only. Why not Rohit, Gambhir and others?.. Why not coach and captain changed?.. Sehwag will answers this injustice with his superb batting very soon.

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    I think Indian Selectors lack the guts to take decisions and the Indian Board is erring in not doing anything about it....I think its time India fielded a better 11 than what it has , openers must change, Gambhir must go..Rohit sharma is another useless cricketer who does not fit the bill...Kohli must bat no3 and Pujara must come in (good choice here)

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    what the hell is wrong with the selectors???rohit sharma is retained and sehwag is dropped...wat a rubbish move...very very unfair...what did gambhir n rohit do in the pak series to be selected??

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Good selection Has been Done but Why still Rohit There even though he is not performing well ..are the selectors did not find any other player in whole india to make a change..are the selectors being bribed ....Whats is happening..why is Rohit not dropped even after regular failures and repeated chances being offered to him..Selectors must answer this...

  • MEHATELK on January 7, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    ok, they have selected now, so dhoni has to get maximum out of this squad, so my idea is use NOHIT SHARMA and JADEJA to heat the bench and save the drinks, and whenever needed as a substitute fielder. bcos they are very good fielders.

  • musingsofamoron on January 7, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    I thank the selectors for dropping Sehwag. He was the only reason that I used to watch these matches of late and by dropping him, selectors have ensured that I do not waste any more time on these meaningless matches. Anyways, Sehwag is better than most of them with one hand folded behind his back!!!

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    sehwag is attacker and the starters of the team

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Gambhir should also have been dropped and openers should have been pujara+rahane in both 50-50 and 20-20. Gambhir is a bad fielder, a run out candidate and in poor form. Also in place of rohit badrinath should get the opportunity. In place of raina kaif should get the opportunity. Otherwise what is the use of scoring so many runs in domestic cricket for 10+ years!!!! I m sure if kaif badrinath parthiv and kartik get the same no of opportunities as raina, rohit, jadeja, they would be super successful too.

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    must say that Rohit sharma has got a hell of luck. Look at his performances, he won't even be selected for Kenya's team... but that doesn't matter to selectors. The way it is going, seems like he would be in team till he holds bat, nothing else matters. Sahwag deserved to be dropped but so does Gambhir. The way he looks uncomfortable on pitch is clear indication that he is struggling not only with his form but with his attitude and confidence. Don't know how good Amit Mishra is, but Ojha has consistantly performed for team in test and deserve chance. Atleast by selecting Pujara, they made a good decision. He would be good at no. 4. and if things go wrong which is a certainty in most matches, he could hold one end. Jadeja is not a brilliance at any thing except fielding but he good all-rounder, can bat decently, can bawl effectively if he learns to chock runs at one end. Better than you can get. Just hope Rahane learns to perform at this level, like he does in domestic and IPL.

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    I would have dropped Gauti and Rohit and brought in Pujara and Rayudu. Even Badri would have been a good choice. English has a very good attack and we need someone to occupy and build the innings like the greats of Wall, kallis, inzi, Hussey etc

  • on January 7, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Instead of Sehwag, Rohit should have been dropped. Sehwag can bat in the middle over, let ajinkya and gambhir start the inning.

  • FazleAbed on January 7, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Fisrt harbajhan, then sehwag, next yuvraj, after that zaheer khan. :(

  • on January 7, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    Good daring call by BCCI to wipe out Sehwag from the team. Would have been nice if Gambhir was also included in the axe list. Rohit is lucky to get a place as poor Manoj Tiwary is not fully fit. Rahane & Pujara are the right picks for the time being. Gambhir is learning these days on how to bat and face the ball. Taking Sehwag's wicket is as easy as getting any 9th or 10th batsmen wicket. Rohit should be dropped and Rayudu should be called.

  • on January 7, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    India's biggest mistake is non-performing selectors, the entire team has be replaced with experts and more played international members; then we able get good team..my selection will be like this1.abhinav mukund 2.shikar dhawan 3.virat kohli 4.suresh raina(captain in odi) 5.manish pandey6.ajinake rahane 7.wridhimaansaha(w.k) 8.chestwar pujara 9.jaidevundakat10.bhuvanesh kumar11.shami ahemd 12.ashok menria 13.iqbal abudulla.14. rahul sharma 15.ojha for test 1.virat kohli(cap) 2.abinav mukund 3. mandeepsingh4.chestwarpujara 5 rahane6.suryakumaryadav 7.manish pandey8.jadhav9.r.ashwin10.r.jadeja 11.irfanpathan 12.udaykaul(w.k)13.praveenkumar 13.robin bist 14.ankit lamba 15.sandeepsharma. think about future

  • on January 7, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    We are going in circles and such spineless decision making by selectors will not take Indian cricket forward. Heard the pitches for the upcoming series are flat tracks and we know how our batsmen perform on such pitches. So once India wins this series everyone will forget the drubbing of England and Pakistan and assume everything is rosy until Australia come and trash us again in February.

    After the series loss they will find some other scapegoat may be a Ghambir this time and drop him as if one change will reverse the fortunes of the team. Soon after the series IPL starts and everyone forget what happened and life goes on for everyone.

    This is like a Ekta Kapoor daily soap, never ending, super slow & boringly dragging.

  • on January 7, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    India will lose series against england under dhoni's capitancy.i think captain must be changed and player like rayadu,uthappa,dinesh karthik should b in playing xi.you have to go with 5 specialist bowler and new captain otherwise india will keep losing

  • on January 7, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Why on earth is Gambhir not being dropped? He has been performing definitely worse than Sehwag in ODIs and has been doing so for a long time. I agree that definitely Vijay should have made a comeback seeing how well he performed yesterday...and they should consider playing jadeja more often seeing how accurate he was yesterday...

  • on January 7, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Here we go again! This is straight back to the 1980s where the selectors (yes...the same ones who Jimmy Amarnath called a 'pack of jokers' selected teams on a match to match basis. Sehwag, as we know is just an innings away from hitting his form. Raydu is a much better bet than Sharma, who has been given ample chances. We can now start expecting similar results to that in the 80s, regular losses interspersed with sporadic victories.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 7, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Dropping Sehwag and bringing in Pujara is a good move. They should have dropped Gambhir and Rohit Sharma as well. Wasim Jaffer seems to be in good form. Why not give him a chance?? He is good for another 3 years. It's time we tried some new spinner like Jalaj Saxena or Shabazz Nadeem, instead of Amit Mishra or Chawla.

  • Hindhustani on January 7, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Indian ODI Team considering World cup in Australia :

    1) Rahane/ Sekhar Dhawan 2) Parthiv Patel / Unmukt Chand 3) Virat Kohli 4) Pujara 5) Tiwary 6) Abhishek Nayar / Jalaj Saxena / Ravinder Jadeja 7) Dhoni 8) Bhuwaneshwar Kumar 9) Shemi Ahmed 10) Ashok dinda / Pankaj Singh 11) Ashwin

  • Punjami on January 7, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    If Viru can be dropped, Gauti can be banished frfom cricket for the two shots he played against Pak in the last two ODI's - dragging an innacuous ball on to stumps and chasing a wide harmless delivery and presenting catching practise to the man at Point. Does Rohit serve as a "lucky charm"? - an effective 12th man fielder!!! If Rohit is cover for somebody who may be injured, where is cover for Dhoni? Selectors have wasted one more opportunity to try youngsters.

  • on January 7, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    It is Very Hard to Believe that Sehwag is Dropped and Rohit retained! What Kind of Selection is this ?? Indian Cricket going too low....

  • nyc_missile on January 7, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Not sure how many series we should lose for Dhoni to be kicked out of captaincy.OTOH the youngsters who came in proved their mettle and they being bowlers need to be lauded additionally as they swung the ball beautifully in Indian conditions.This shows that there is enough talent available there.Why cannot be the same done to batsmen too? Simple truth isl because they are all huge 'bankable' stars and there is a small matter of sponsorship and brand value.That's why Sehwag,Yuvraj & (Sachin till recently) will get so lengthy a rope that they are bound to succeed at least once in 20 games.Poor youngsters who are NOT 'stars' don't get enough chances if at all.Case in point? Tiwary,Rahane,Rayudu etc Dhoni can smile for now but the rot he created is far deeper and messier to be erased just by a solitary win.Leadership change is the need of the hour! Sooner we realize this better it is for the future

  • on January 7, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Well hiow about bringing in the Under-19 World cup Captain Unmukt Chand ? Sure he merits selection....

  • balajik1968 on January 7, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Good thing to have dropped Sehwag, but why not Gambhir, whose head has grown extremely inflated after the 2012 IPL. Another selection I will never understand is Rohit Sharma. The guy has simply shown he is not up to the mark. We should also drop the illusion of Jadeja being an all rounder, and select him as a bowler for the home ODI's, keeping him out when we go overseas. Right now Indian cricket's future looks bleak, with Pujara and to some extent Kohli being the bright spots. Rahane now gets a chance to cement his place, so he needs to be consistent.

  • guru1964 on January 7, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    As i said in my last post, the new opening pair of Rahane and Jadeja followed by Dhoni, Pujara, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Shami Ahmed would probably be the best combination against England. 12th man: Amit Mishra. In case of a spinning pitch, one of the seamers could be dropped and Mishra drafted in. In the above line up apart from Ashwin, others are fast runners and brilliant fielders. Gambhir is a liability in the field . He and Rohit Sharma should have been dropped too. I feel really sad for Manoj Tiwary, who is out of the team due to the selectors whims. He surely deserves a place in the ODIs and T20s for his gutsy batting and useful bowling. Besides he too is a brilliant fielder.

  • IdleSpectator on January 7, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    "....Rohit escaped the axe primarily because of lack of alternatives" U have got to be kidding! Why not use this opportunity to introduce another NEW player such as Unmukt Chand????

  • guru1964 on January 7, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Sehwag was dropped from the final ODI against Pak because it was already decided that he would not be selected for the ODIs against England. If selected and had he hit some runs, that would have put Dhoni and the selectors in a spin. Anyway, Team India has to move on. It is time Dhoni again executes some out of the box ideas. It is high time, Dhoni comes in at 3 or 4. Why try to repair the innings from 4 wickets down when Dhoni can control the game from 1 or 2 wickets down. Now that Sehwag is out, i have a suggestion for the opening slot. Before trying out Rahane with Gambhir can Dhoni experiment with Ravindra Jadeja. Before anybody cries sacrilege, let me draw a historical parallel. Jayasuriya was being wasted at 6 or 7 in the batting order before Ranatunga moved him to the opening slot. I find Jadeja's six hitting capabilities maybe useful at the top and he can be a useful bowler ala Jayasuriya. More radically, drop Gambhir too and put Rahane with Jadeja in the opening slots.

  • on January 7, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Just 2 yrs to go for wc starting in Feb 2015. Its the perfect time to build the team.

  • NallaBaaba on January 7, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Selectors know better than us. Let's just support whatever team picked. Hope to see better performance.

  • on January 7, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Rayudu is the best choice.Rohit not in form..selectors will soon realise..

  • Nkaykay on January 7, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    Tour stats say that Sehwag had scored more runs than Gambhir, Yuvraj and Kohli. I'm baffled why the dashing opener has been dropped and even more shocking is that the article points that it could be the end of his career. Indian team still can harness the potential of Sehwag for a year or two.

  • jeegv on January 7, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    It's good decision to drop Sehwag whose other name is inconsistency. With Rohit not proving anything should also be dropped after the third game. Wish Gambhir could also be dropped.

  • roversgate on January 7, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    People need to see the big picture. Gambhir wasn't dropped because we dont have a left handed opener replacement right now. Unless Mukund or Dhawan put their hands up and claim a spot in the team, Gambhir will not be dropped. Of course Parthiv is still around and he has done well in ranji trophies so dont know whats going on there.

    Rayudu wasn't selected because he hasn't done well in Ranji. He does well in IPL so only a T20 selection for the national team will be justified.

    All the bowlers from the T20 win were rightfully given another shot. They deserve it for that victory alone - Shami Ahmed, Bhuvnesh Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma and R. Ashwin.

    I do agree with Rohit Sharma being dropped instead of Sehwag though. The only plus here is that if Sehwag is in the 15 he always plays but Sharma doesn't always get a chance.

  • vvsquare on January 7, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    Dhoni has again managed to convince the selectors to have his way by so called performing against Pak....Droppping sehwag is just not fair for the man who has always selflessly played for the team as an impact player....And when there is no one to build the innings in the middle order , the impact player is just discarded...dats injustice!!!! Pujara shud come instead of Raina with sehwag in the playing 11, dat wud solve d prob for gud.

  • on January 7, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Now lets see how the young Inidian batsmen perform without the dasher...

  • sridginj2 on January 6, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Time to get rid of Gambhir too

  • PrasadTV on January 6, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Poor selection again. No alternative for WK. The team needs complete change except Dhoni, Kohli,Bkumar. The selectors should try atleast 2to 3 U19 players to make a strong team for worldcup.

  • sridginj2 on January 6, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Shewag was requesting to be dropped to middle order. The selectors could have tried Shewag in middle order instead of taking Rohit sharma who has an average of 3.00 runs in the last 6 innings. This clearly emphasizes the confidence that Dhoni has on Rohit sharma.

  • karamana on January 6, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    No alternative to Rohit? for what? for non-performance? Amazing. There are a lot of alternatives for India in the middle order. It's time Rayudu is part of the Indian set up.

  • on January 6, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Aane Do Pakistan was the pre-series trailer against Pakistan- who left as victors. What will be the pre-trailer series against England? Lagaan, anyone?

  • chsj on January 6, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Ridiculous to say lack of batting options .. Rayudu should have got a look-in. And what about the likes of unmukt Chand etc. Selectors should do a bit of work in identifying options too.

  • on January 6, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    I sincerely suggest reconsidering dropping Sehwag. I agree his form has not been great. But he is a great psychological pressure to any opposition, when he bats 30-overs very difficult for India to lose or anyone to win.He is a Sr. and experienced player and there should be a meeting-discussion with Sehwag -find out his renewed commitment and let him to bat at a position where he thinks he can perform after yuvi I think is a good spot to try. Limited overs Cricket and no Sehwag it really does not make much sense . Nothing is guaranteed in Limited overs, usually there are very few who has consistency throughout a series rest all hit and a miss, then why axe Sehwag !!

  • terrifyingwarriors on January 6, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    People who want jadeja to be dropped are crazy. He's a good all rounder, With the new ODI rules any team will want 5 bowlers and not an batting all rounders (eg YVS). Therefore he is a perfect fit..

  • vishesh78 on January 6, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Guys lets relax and stop writing so many comments on someone who is not even going to be part of playing eleven. Lets focus on non-performers who are still part of 11. With his bowling not working, we should start questioning Yuvraj as she is not fit and is struggling against good swing fast bowling. Gambhir is another one. Raina was very lucky to have scored some runs as he looked out of sorts.

  • Angry_Bowler on January 6, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    @Chetan_Asher, No alternative and therefore selectors hope that Nohit will shine someday somehow, are you dreaming or believing this can happen. This notion of no good players available in the whole country right now to play in international cricket is as absurd as the selection of this guy time after time of his failure.

  • on January 6, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Sehwag is backbone of our batting. if he's not in the next world cup, i certainly will not be spending any of my hard earned money buying the world cup package.

  • abhi_242671 on January 6, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Don't understand why Rohit's name always comes. He played only 1 ODI and was not part of the Test team as well. So why people are asking about his axing? come on guys.. Rohit had a great Ranji season this year needs and is man in form. But he definitely needs few more games. A player should be given more opportunity when in form. He was wrongly persisted in last Sri Lanka tour despite his poor form. But now its time he should get a extended run in Tests as well. With a first class average of 60+ not playing a single test is a real surprise. Where as mediocre test players like Raina & Yuvi ( considering only test here) got more opportunities. Anyway I am really happy for Pujara's selection. He can give solidity at the top. Team management can consider Pujara to open the innings with Rahane.

  • Nampally on January 6, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    It is shocking to see just one change in a squad which performed so atrociously against Pakistan. Both batting & Bowling were grossly deficient. How can the Selectors justify this grossly deficient squad once again? This begs several Questions: Is this the best team that India can put for the ODI's? What is the basis of selection for this team? India "A" played against England & won easily whilst Dhoni's team struggled in all 3 ODI's vs. Pakistan.Why was Not a single player from India A chosen to play the same England Team? When the opening batsmen were considered as the major reason for batting failure, why were Mukund & Vijay not included in the side after their brilliant show vs. England? It was clear that neither Kohli nor Yuvraj nor the 2 openers were capable of playing good seamers. Pujara is the best Indian batsman now but was unfairly kept out of Pakistan series.That wrong is corrected, finally.Does India need another Series thrashing to get the right opening batsmen? Shocking!

  • on January 6, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Its not fair selectors ... :(

  • on January 6, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    very happy that ind had won the third odi & avoided whitewash... kudos to ishanth b.kumar & debutant shami...,the series loss is due to complete batting failure.. of yuvrajs rainas rohits sehwaghs gambhirs..,are they any one them are eligible for indian team.. or not any of them are possesing desire to score runs when team needed..,dropping of sehwagh is welcomed & it is a huge blessing for indian team..,india a trashed england team..,why didn't players youngsters like k.jadhav a.manaeria rayudu mukund j.saxena... are not tried.. if not now.. when.......?

  • nrshyam14 on January 6, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    It is not fathomable as to what makes the selectors to stick to Rohit inspite of his poor show for the past so many matches. This is nothing but partiality.I do not understand how all the bigwigs who call for changes in captaincy do not speak out against this action of selecting a player who had not given any contribution to the team continuously.

  • leslie_alo on January 6, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    The one day team looks good and with the return of Sreesanth and Umesh,it will become the team for the future - good job,Sandeep and co. Below is the recent performance of some players in domestic: Parthiv: 51,162,80,56,61,12,55,65,111,92,22,31,101,47 Kaif: 63,2,91,25,122,36,83,85,42,11,19,68,8,3,23 AM Nayar: 35,4,107,0,64,62,73*,51,26*,69*,11,28,62*,72* plus 22 wickets (note the not-outs) Murali Vijay: 22,39,13,7,32,15,0,17,3,13,42,24,24,76 Why were the performers omitted and M Vijay brought into test team. This means first class is not the criteria used by wise men for Test cricket. Why is Parthiv not brought as a batsman like DeVilliers under Boucher and though Dhoni is not performing in tests,let them keep him if they want. And Rahane? Let more money be pumped into first class too so much so that players are lured to play and let them be rewarded for performance especially since we need batsmen of quality in one dayers after new bouncer rule.

  • Mike_Blr on January 6, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Guys if this is the way our selectors keep selecting the team !!!... we will have to forget about the next world cup.... It will be useful to select reliable players and train them for coming world cup...

  • ImpartialExpert on January 6, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Since the Indian team is struggling I think it's not bad idea to experiment in the England series. What do you guys think of this batting order?

    1. Ashwin 2. Gambhir/Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5.Dhoni/Yuvraj 6. Dhoni/Yuvraj 7. Raina/Rohit 8.Jadeja 9. B.Kumar 10. Ishant Sharma 11. Shami Ahmed/Dinda

    All Ashwin needs to do is to score a 50 of 60 balls. I have a feeling that he would click at the top of the order. I he gets out early Pujara can steady the ship. Once Irfan is fit he should come into the side at 7 or 8 as the next world cup will be in Australia.

    The fast bowlers should be rotated once Umesh Yadav and Varun Aoron are fit.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 6, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    @ stormy16 Interesting that you think Sehwag is untouchable. In his peak he was 1 in 10 performer in all formats. At his worst, he'd come up with some runs when there were questions being about his place in the side mostly from the media. For every good start he made there were countless failures and the manner of his dismissals indicated a complete disregard for his team and and teammates forcing Dravid played as a 3rd opener in tests. Cook showed that the importance to the team and the cause of having a solid, reliable and responsible opener. IMO I don't see the value of having a player who will contribute to one test win to every 9-10 test defeats no matter how exciting that 1 innings is. Sehwag's fans I imagine share your view but his selection has mostly been based on commercial not cricketing reasons.

  • Lonerangerz on January 6, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Talking about the openers so why no one think about the young and talented Unmund Chand. The way he played in the u-19 winning team he showed he was meant for the big stage and definite future prospect.

  • goldjas on January 6, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    ok so the official deadline for Gambhir, Rohit is first 3 odlis...fine! Let's see now. But you know what's gonna happen. They gonna make one half century in one of the first 3 odis and then they will be retained on that basis! And the trend continues!

  • on January 6, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    dropping Sehwag for ODI's in India just because he is not going to the 2015 World Cup ? Really stupid comment and action. Even if that's true, why aren't players like Rayudu, Saurab "Samson" Tiwary, Yousuf Pathan etc. not considered ?

  • laxmanrules on January 6, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Rohits time is limited now that Rahane is filling the mandatory Mumbai quota. How many Mumbai players can they lose after losing Sachin and Zaheer within one series! That is the only reason Rophit finds a place.

  • on January 6, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    No doubt that Rohit sharma has talent but he is out of form and does not deserve a place in the side, He is selected because Mr.Chariman of selector(MR.Sandip Patil) is same state, this is the same old politics, As long as you are going to play politics and not select a right team then the RESULT is going to show up.

    I am pretty sure the 2011 World Cup Winner India will not even qualify for the semi final for 2015 World Cup because of the new selection committee and our new BCCI President Mr.Srinivasan (who has occupied the position to play politics). I am still wondering How he is BCCI president and owner of IPL team Chennai Super King.

  • nyc_missile on January 6, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    So we'll just keep recycling names..but will not change the main reason for the series loss Dhoni?? No matter who plays for this team,as long as its under Dhoni we will continue to lose series after series but our dumb selectors continue to persist with MSD.

  • darsh127 on January 6, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Guys just get this straight, hating on Jadeja or Rohit will make no difference, it is the selectors fault that they are being chosen again and again...why hate on them?

  • chokkashokka on January 6, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    the number of players on the sidelines due to injuries is mind boggling - there needs to be plan to get these players through recovery, rehab and back in action so there is time for them to hone their skills and be in a position to give India the best chance to defend its World Championship. India are the World Champions and you can bet the aussies will prepare the trampoline POS wickets that the English and Saffers will have an easy time on. So India should have a plan to get their quicks healthy, yolked up with an extra 10-15 lbs between now and 2015 - individual sessions with the swing and seam greats. Basically a varied attack that features pace, swing, seam and the wily spinners. we've got over 2 yrs to get this right - lets work on each option now. Create a pool of 5-6 bowlers with Oz in mind. Same goes for the bats - there is plenty of talent there compared to bowlers - just need to get these guys the right tools. Not sure Duncan is the man for the job -think we are stuck w him

  • arshia on January 6, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Best 11 who can win matches for India 1. MS Dhoni (capt), 2. Cheteshwar Pujara, 3. Gautam Gambhir or Virat Kohli (Virat is better fielder) 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Suresh Raina, 6. Ravindra Jadeja, 7. R Ashwin, 8. Ishant Sharma, 9. Ajinkya Rahane, 10. Ashok Dinda or Shami Ahmed 11. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, To win matches, all 11 players should play as a team and all 11 players should know how to carry and bat atleast 10 balls if required especially bowlers. Our bowlers bat as if someone has given them bat for the first time. what Dhoni will do if the players like virat, Yuraj and Ghambir get out cheaply? I hope that remaining series from now onwards goes well for INDIA Entire India depends on this 11 Gentlemen to win each and every match they play and if they cannot, drop them and take new players. why to waste time and money of the people who come and watch and their favorite players make 20 odd runs and then goes to A/c room and relax. WHY?

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 6, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    VERY VERY disappointed at this SPINELESS and GUTLESS show by the Indian selectors or rather the 'BCCI' selectors. Sehwag has been dropped - good. What about Gambhir ? The man has been in pathetic form since the world cup in 2011. He has done NOTHING in all 3 formats to date. The shot he played to get out in the 3rd ODI against Pakistan goes to show he needs immediate axing. Also, why is Rohit Sharma retained ? How many more chances will this guy get after repeated failures ? What should guys like Abhinav Mukund, Manoj Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu do in order to get into this team ? Once again the selectors have gone with REPUTATIONS than merit and form. Very disappointed by this squad overall. England will win this series.

  • on January 6, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Very good move by selectors for dropping Sehwag....He has been out of form for long time and also very lazy as a fielder in the ground..seems not even care about that.

  • jango_moh on January 6, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    a move in the right direction!!! i just hope gambhir does not play in the first few games, and rahane gets his proper due.... pujara is a good addition... i dont really hve a problem with jadeja, since he's young and can bat, and bowl a bit.... i think given some time, we do hve a good group of players!!! just give them some time.... and gambhir should not play!!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @Shawn Ivan D'souza quality my friend is the reason to drop jadeja..lack of it in this case..if you need to see allrounders,please have a look at watson,kallis,shakib etc. to know what i mean by quality..bits and pieces players flatter to deceive and we as a cricketing nation could do better widout such deception ..

  • CricketChat on January 6, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Ind selectors have certainly shown some courage dropping non-performing Shewag. Ideally, they should wielded the stick on Gambhir (getting starts after consuming fair share of balls and then throwing wkt away which is criminal in short forms) and Rohit (no starts at all, surely seems to have a god father somewhere). Glad they didn't pick washed up Zaheer again as he looks like done with international cricket. Ashwin and Jadeja, two useless bowlers must consider lucky to be selected. Another bashing at the hands of Eng is awaiting Ind soon. When that happens, we may see some heads roll and eventually, an younger and hungrier team will emerge.

  • on January 6, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    THIS IS INSAne..yeah drop viru and gift places to gambhir, rohit sharma, etc etc who have not scored runs lately..damn it..selectors just want to end Viru's carrer ..that's it..and the first on-day against england is at rajkot, a flat track batting belter..and thn when rahane gambhir get 30-40 odd there,,,everyonw will cry..."oh! WOW..what replacements!! give us 40 odd runs in 13-14 overs.." which viru provides in 5 overs..and to say about performances verses pakistan..viru came in when the conditions wer THE TOUGHEST for batting..and yes, he failed at chennai..but at kolkata, he was batting well at 31..also what about gambhir, kholi, yuvraaj, sharma?? if u go to the recent form?? why only viru, even sourav feels he should have been given thses 5 odi's v england..then a decision should have been made.. admit it guys, it is damn unfair on viru, player like him is a match wimmer...two-three innings makes no difference.in the test series against englang..he got 117 ..nope...unfair .:(

  • lalli76 on January 6, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    These stupid selectors dropped Sehwag cuz he is not performing. Tell me who is making runs in the team. U can't drop just one player like his caliber. Drop all of them Raina rohit etc .

  • Natraja on January 6, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Can anti- Jadeja fans explain why they want to drop Jadeja? He was third top scorer, bowled brilliantly with 10 over and only 19 runs got an important wicket of Umar akmal. He is a live wire on the field and saves runs and takes catch. What else people want from him? Pathetic.

  • JIBRANDADA on January 6, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    why do people say jadeja is weak ling, look at his figures in last 2 games. 41/3 in 4th ODI and 19/1 in 10 overs with 27 runs width tailenders afrer dhoni. i would have given MOM to him instead of dhoni. yes ROHIT is clearly waste at Inetrnational level . Sehwag also is old and enough to be dropped. GG is good ODI player and can score runs at will. rahane must play all Odis against Eng to find some space n confidence in team.

  • Nampally on January 6, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Indian Selectors are still way off the target. I have been requesting for 2 guys in the ODI squad - Pujara & Nadeem. After keeping Pujara out of the Pakistan series, the Selectors got some Sanity . But India is still short of one good spinner -Nadeem. From the rest, it is pointless to include Gambhir when Sehwag with better record than Gambhir is dropped. Why not open the innings with Vijay & Mukund- who both did well against England in India A win today. What is the point in putting them in India A, if their good performance is ignored? India needs new openers. Dinda is too expensive. Replace him with Yadev (if fit) or Sreesanth- both better alternative. Why does India need Mishra if he is going to be warming the bench just like Rahul Sharma did for 20 games, before being banished totally.It does not make any sense of decorating the bench & ruining somebody's chances else where. Making one change to the squad that performed so miserably vs. Pakistan shows how poor the selectors are!

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 6, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Selectors missed a trick by not dropping Gambhir. It's obvious that India's batting is extremely weak. On current form, Gambhir and Sehwag must form the weakest batting pair. Selectors should have dropped them both and brought in Mukund and Murli. Those 2 guys performed admirably against England's ODI team. With new finds like B Kumar and Shami Ahmed, India's bowling is in good hands.

  • on January 6, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Jadeja's performance is very incosistent....He is talented but the promise shown by him = Rohit Sharma

  • leslie_alo on January 6, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    The one day team looks good and with the return of Sreesanth and Umesh,it will become the team for the future - good job,Sandeep and co. Below is the recent performance of some players in domestic: Parthiv: 51,162,80,56,61,12,55,65,111,92,22,31,101,47 Kaif: 63,2,91,25,122,36,83,85,42,11,19,68,8,3,23 AM Nayar: 35,4,107,0,64,62,73*,51,26*,69*,11,28,62*,72* plus 22 wickets (note the not-outs) Murali Vijay: 22,39,13,7,32,15,0,17,3,13,42,24,24,76 Why were the performers omitted and M Vijay brought into test team. This means first class is not the criteria used by wise men for Test cricket. Why is Parthiv not brought as a batsman like DeVilliers under Boucher and though Dhoni is not performing in tests,let them keep him if they want. And Rahane? Let more money be pumped into first class too so much so that players are lured to play and let them be rewarded for performance especially since we need batsmen of quality in one dayers after new bouncer rule.

  • on January 6, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Rohit sharma, I am at loss of words what to say, he defines typical Indian richie: Overhyped, underperforming, connections and rich !!!!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Why should we drop Jadeja ?? He is giving a good no.5 bowling option and he looks good with bat so why drop him ?? Can I get an answer for this ??

  • on January 6, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    shocked 2 hear still Rohit sharma is there in the squad ... donno whos is supportng him so much .... despite so many chances ...... i dont think india is lacking with players

  • Flash007 on January 6, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    So, Sehwag is dropped, but Gambhir is retained? Great opener Gambhir who is getting younger by the day? Save your face selectors! If Sehwag had to be dropped, so should have atleast 2-3 others which would have made sense in a bold new direction. But as usual, you just have to find one scape goat!Sehwag is irreplaceable whether in form or not and still way better than few others in the team!

  • on January 6, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    If I were a selector I would have dropped nohit sharman and play shewag at 6.

    Serious these sick selectors are giving great back up for nohit sharma........

    A guy with common sense will drop Nohit sharma with immediate effect.... Really a corrupt selection...

  • on January 6, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Angry_Bowler, Rayadu has committed the crime of playing ICL. Irfan Pathan & Manoj Tiwary are injured. Robin Uthappa, probably the best between Sachin & Kohli has managed to convince all & sundry that he is more interested in showing innovation than playing brilliantly (as he could, if he just chose to cut the c**p & play straight). Patil & co selecting Rohit Sharma therefore should be no surprise - There are no alternatives. Also - Sharma's visible natural talent at least gives selectors the hope that if he somehow manages to focus on playing balls on merit to the best of his ability, he could click. Most options left do not give selectors that hope.

  • on January 6, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    guys just check this list of injured players before posting comments Irfan pathan,umesh yadav,varun aaron,parveen kumar,manoj tiwari,zaheer khan,munaf patel,vinay kumar non performers india:- sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvraj,rohit,ashwin (tests),zaheer khan,harbhajan,dinda(leaking runs)

    ranji failures this season:- mukund,vijay,rayudu(only good in IPL), yusuf pathan(Again Ipl),rohit(again ipl)uthappa,m pandey,r p singh,shikhar dhwan,piyush chawla,dhawal kulkarni,nehra,p sangwan,joginder sharma,kanitkar,a chopra,a menaria,,r bist ranji sucess top 10:- cm gautam,p patel,p dogra,va jagdish,a mazumdar,pujara,r jadeja,mc juneja,jalaj saxena, r dewan bowlers:-i pandey,sandeep sharma, rishi dhwan,s nadeem,mm sharma,imtiyaz ahmed,v s malik, r v dhruv, b mohant, s kaul

    now u guys decide

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    why there is no murali vijay,badrinath,zaheer,harbhajan,sehwag,

  • tally1983 on January 6, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    i think rohit only was in squad as tiwary was injured. i think its a good call, serves sehwag right for opting for ipl, then surgery after world cup win. i think pujara should bat at 3 and kohli 4, and them team should revolve around them, this will teach the others (raina and the 'ipl' boys) that being technically a great batsmen means them team revolves around you, rather than coming in for 5-10 over slog. the bowlers look ok ion odi form, as youngsters like ahmed and kumar have come forward, not sure about test quality bowlers though...................

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    why not put that kid who won u-19 wc along with senior pros,remember he played well in australia,this will help and to be part of wc

  • AvidCricFan on January 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    When team India needs more or less complete makeover, the selectors did only couple of tweaks. This is either Shear incompetence or indifferent attitude of the selection committee. Neither is good for the cricket. We will see 3-2 or 4-1 result in the England ODI series in favor of England. Looks like all that BCCI cares now if IPL.

  • rosh280 on January 6, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    There is no point in going away from reality. we really have technically strong batsmen in our anvil like Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Ganesh satish, C M gowtham, V A jagadeesh, Dinesh karthik, Sarul kanwar, Rahul dewan, Amitoze singh, Manish pandey, I jaggi, Ambati rayudu, Mandeep singh,Stuart binny all are really technically strong players who can replace sehwag, kohli,gambir. For the test side we should bring a seperate team with real inclusion of dinesh karthik as wicket keeper batsman. he along with murali vijay, c m gowtham, cheteswar pujara, ganesh satish and abhinav mukund we will be having a strong batting line up. with them rohit sharma and yuvraj singh should be a strong batting line up. 1.murali vijay 2.abhinav mukund 3. c pujara 4. d kartik 5. ganesh satish/ yuvraj singh 6. rohit sharma 7. c m gowtham 8. aswin 9. amit sharma / ojha 10. ishant sharma 11. sree shant 12. pankaj singh 13. vinay kumar 14. praveen kumar 15. b kumar . it should be a gt test team

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I think keeping Rohit Sharma in was of no use there are better players than him Ambati Rayudu should have taken his place. What about Zaheer Khan where is he. Our team not only needs young players but experience as well keeping Gambhir in is a good decision. But keeping Rohit in was bad. Even Jadeja has'nt looked good instead of him somebody like Jalaj Saxena would have been better or Iqbal Abdullah. Ashok Dinda retains his place even after bad form instead of him Zaheer khan would have been better.

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    good decision to drop sehwag he is a very slow fielder and not scoring runs rohit sharma is also getting chances after chances but not performing

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    They should have given Rohit Sharma a miss and picked Abhishek Nayar instead. That guy has been outstanding this season and is an allrounder to boot.

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    No backbones for the selectors.. Useless selection in case of Rohit, Gambir and Jadeja.. Instead they should have tried with other youngsters who played for India A today.. Rayudu would be a better choice in place of Rohit, Mukund or Vijay could have replaced Gambir. Yet the selectors did not do their job then why should they be paid?? Nonsense!

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Rohit sharma is a waste/poor follow. he can perform in t20, that is also not up to the mark. he need to be dropped, instead of Shewag, the big hitter. in the Last match also he scored 30 odd runs and about rohit avg 13 in 14 matches, worst than a bowler. BCCI's decision need to be checked and I think they is full and full of politics that has been playing for the 15 pros for Cricket. If Shewag does there is no means of watching Cricket. already the team is in good Position, wash-out against England, Australia and again to England in home soil. tooooo bad.

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Players do not take assignments seriously, if fixtures are full till the end of 2013 and so on. If Rohit is retained because no alternatives in sight, I reallly feel sad that the selectors are not bold enough to try a better focussed and ambitious player. The team is a confused lot and so the selectors.

  • nkvernekar on January 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I am not surprised about rohit sharma in team. He has been given enough chances but to our expectation he fails to perform and even with such failures he is selected without hesitation. Great going selectors. I just need to know who selects you selectors. The person who selects you needs to be responsible for defeats. It is confirmed that by now rohit sharma is having some influencial person in BCCI, i thought it was my opinion till now but after discussion with many around 18 to 20 people they feel the same. Gambir proved previously but should be informed about his chances in future without performance.

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    shame to say that their are no alternatives for rohit sharma, wat about the players who are performng wil in the domestic and first class cricket,like manoj,rayudu,dhawan,mukund,karthik,saxena and many more.very bad selection.the selection panel should have been made 3 or 4 changes in the 15 men squad that selected against pakistan.........

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    keeping Rohit Sharma in the team is poor decision......Selectors gave him lot of chances..he failed all the time...scoring no centuries recently......should give chance to new consistent batsman......Pujara gud option...Ishant & B kumar doing well...but new wicket taking fast bowler needed for india....

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    It will be tough to pick the final 11, unless one of raina sits out to give pujara a shot. Simple cannot have pujara warming the bench !

  • Ramkumar1972 on January 6, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    In the current scenario, captain Dhoni is struggling, Wicket keeping Dhoni is doing well, but all other players are below par to their skills. Coach Fletcher is still trying to cope with the team dynamics/ selection. Sandeep patil as chairman of selectors can bring in changes as he face lifted the criciketting fortunes of Madhya Pradesh team and the Kenya cricket team in the past. But he has taken up this position in a critical phase of transition, when the top players have retired and the new blood to be groomed.But sustaining talent is a major challenge- For batting- Pujara is a good choice to bring stability- Unmukt Chand or Jalaj Saxena could have been selected looking into the future! Bowling is a major concern- while Bkumar is a find and Ishanth is strengthening- but what happened to Munaf patil, RP. Singh, Sreeshanth and Irfan Pathan. On the Allrounder side- Pathan brothers are badly missed-Irfan and Yousuf are match winners- why they are not selected?

  • viru-319-219 on January 6, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Droppin just viru is the easiest way to escape criticism, if its truly in teams interest rohit should have been dropped before viru. why dont they try viru in the middle order with dhoni at 3 with the 4 fielder rule sehwag can face old ball and can take the game away in middle overs when spinners are bowling. gambhir hasnt performed well either and is gettin out like some gully player. If viru has to be dropped my 11 meember squad would be murali vijay/unmukt chand, rahane, dhoni, virat, yuvraj, raina/pujara, irfan/baba aparjith, ashwin, sreesanth, ishant, bhuvaneshwar kumar. if umesh yadav is fit he should be picked instead of ishant and irfan or baba aparjith should be selected based on conditions. aparjith is a technically sound batsman capable of playing short stuff and is a very good almost regular offspiner

  • rosh280 on January 6, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    We should never feel that india has dearth of potential players looking for their turn. my opinion is that in the present team non performing and technically wrong players should give way for young, talented players like amitoze, p rasool, mandeep, ishank jaggi, manish pandey, murali vijay, murtuja vohra, pankaj singh, jalaj saxena, rahul dewan, sarul kanwar, sunny singh, unmukt, goni, jiwan joth singh, sunny singh, ishwar pandey. pankaj singh is really a wicket taking bowler with aggressiveness. pawan zuyal and ishwar pandey are also the great bowlers. great alrounders are AMITOZE, P RASOOL, MURTUJA VOHRA, JALAJ SAXENA, SUNNY SINGH, ISWAR PANDEY. It is to be remembered that jalaj saxena and amitoze are great alrounders looking for their call. yogesh nagar too can expect since he performs well. for batting c m gowtham, sarul kanwar, rahul dewan, jiwan joth singh, mandeep, id singh are the great options. my obvious choice would be murali vijay and sarul kanwar to open.

  • Herath-UK on January 6, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Exodus of senior guys is happening rapidly in India (& Sri Lanka),however will the young ones can keep the momentum in the long run is another issue. Shewag quality is hard to be replaced Ranil Herath - Kent

  • itsthewayuplay on January 6, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    The policy of selecting players for a couple of games rather entire series is non-sensical. What they're saying is that if you don't perform for example in the first 3 games they'll replace him with someone who has even fewer games to perform. Show faith in the players you've chosen by given them the entire series at least. Players will be more relaxed and play their natural game and you're more likely to get the best out of them then we can all see whether they're good enough for international cricket. Is it really supportive to say that Rohit is in the squad because of a lack of alternatives? Gambhir and Yuvraj are lucky to be included whilst Raina at 26 yrs and Rohit Sharma at 25 are now no longer young enough to be called the future and whilst it's tough the former has not played in his best position in the batting line-up and the latter has been in and out of the team, it's time for them to start delivering.

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    The only change Team India needs is the Coach himself..Look at his records except for 2005 ashes he didn't do well as England coach also..Infact his England team got whitewash 5-0 in 2006 ashes. Too bad he showed his consistency with Team India with back to back 4-0 overseas defeat. Why dont India hire CSK coach Fleming (who has a good cricketing brain)or Mr. Rajput, Prasad and Robin Singh as a coaching team again.?

  • madras_boy on January 6, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Vijay should have been opening instead of sehwag. A much better player with good technique. Sad to see him going badrinath way...

  • jitesh_arya on January 6, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Not surprised at all that Sehwag's the scapegoat. And the 2015 world cup as a reason is at best, lame. Dhoni somehow never seemed to be comfortable with people senior to him in the team. They have all perished, slowly and certainly. The only time I liked anything about Dhoni was when he played just as a batsman and scored freely. His game used to be attacking, selfless and devoid of politics. This is something Sehwag has maintianed irrespective of his form.

    Also, I am not too sad Sachin was not there in this series, else people will put the blame for the series loss on him. Such an unceremonious departure from the format he made his own :(

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Pride has its fall..... The arrogant Sehwag meets his fate.... Man , u should have shown respect to others when it was your time... love and respect that can't be bought, they have to be earned. Good luck ... and there is a proverb : one swallow doesn't make a summer :)

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Dropping sehwag is shame, he is kind of player whom every opposition bowler and team is scared. Against england he was batsman who did some batting apart from pujara, no one else did anything special. Kohli and dhoni,s run in last test against enland were useless as both played to save their own place. Without sehwag team india will always suffer, even though he is not in good nick but he is best player against all present team player.jadeja and gambhir and rohit does not deserve place . Ashwin needs to take wickets , his runs will never hlp indis win. Sehwag 50+ averge in test cricket is not a joke which only few player in world.jadeja,s 3 triple hundred in domestic are useless until he makes t least 30 runs in international level

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I think pragyan ojha has to be picked instead of amit mishra and sehwag should be given few more games. Not only sehwag even gambhir,kohli and raina didn't perform well, then why these people are not axed........

  • rosh280 on January 6, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    It is a great selection but i feel something missed out. It is the real boldness behind the selection that is showed when sehwag is dropped.It is a warning signal for all the other non performing players. cheteswar pujara is a great selection instead gambir we should go with murali vijay who is a solid player who performed well in all matches except few. I am really of the opinion that murali vijay should open the innings with manish pandey or unmukt chand. 1. murali vijay 2. unmukt or manish pandey 3. cheteswar pujara 4. rohit sharma 5. suresh raina 6. yuvraj 7.dhoni 8. jadeja or ashwin 9. b kumar 10. shami ahmed 11. ishant sharma.(one day) For test, we should bring few consistent players like dinesh karthik, cm gowtham, mandeep singh, stuart binny, ambathy rayudu they all are capable of scoring great runs. they need exposure to prove their mettle. In test side dinesh karthik can be a great option for wk batsman. pujara,d karthik, gowtham, m vijay, mandp, binny to get

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    M Vijay got enough chances because of CSK captain Dhoni. He is only good for IPL that to sit on bench for cheering. But A Raidu should have got chance replacing Rohit/Raina. WHy Gambhir still getting chances he is similar to Sehwag. Where is U19 captain who win U19 world cup he should get to sit on bench at least.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    India could have dropped gambhir and called Murali Vijay.. Gambhir hasnt done anything significant over last 2 years. And India is going to play away after England and australia series and we needs to have some players with confidence by that time and for that, we need to give some new players a good run against good opposition(England and Australia). People who are calling for I.Pathans comeback, he is Injured and if u want Yousuf Pathan, he has been sorted out already by International teams(Short pitched stuffs). Ambati rayudu/jalaj saxena was a genuine option instead of jadeja.

  • TheTrueSport on January 6, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is injured, guys. That's why he's not included. There's no need to call for the selector's blood.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Very bad selection.......should have been axed Ghambir & Jadeja....Badluck for Viru

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Irfan is better than Dinda/Rohit/Gambhir/Jadeja.......in place of ghabhir should have pick vijay/mukund..lets see the totay indiaA played match output of this selection.:)

  • gangani.ashish on January 6, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    My team selecting.

    Squad : MS Dhoni (capt), Cheteshwar Pujara/Monoj Tiwari, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli,Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane/Murli Vijay, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is poor selection. I didn't see a single great innings from Rohit Sharma in any International Match, even he performed very bad during West Indies tour of India A team.Give chance from under 19 team. WAKE UP INDIAN SELECTORS

  • Nutcutlet on January 6, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    The sanest decision to come from the Indian selectors for some while! I would have given some thought to including Ojha as well. He would be very difficult to collar in an ODI. There is no substitute for class. Sides generally need to lose their belief in fielding bits & pieces cricketers & go for specialists, IMO.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    in actual match we do some changes 1)drop gambhir 2)in opening with rahane u can send kohli...3)one down dhoni come so it is positive move it seen that rahane,kohli,dhoni,yuvi,raina,jadeja,ashwin,ishant,b.kumar,shami n one more specialist bowler come..so India team have good balance with 5specialist bowler.One more thing no captain change in ODI.We have find 2 good fast bowlers like that we want 2 opners

  • cricindian123 on January 6, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    In india there are many young players are waiting for an opportunity in team since years and after very good performances in domestic cricket and they are not considered for any single chance,then non performers like rohit sharma,jadeja are continuously in the list....what z their contribution in the team.....selectors have to give fair replay to the people of India why it is happening??????????

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Dear Mr. Selector panel.. Where is the performing players like Shikar Dhawan, Robin Uttappa... please give some more chances as we are fed up by watching non performings players like Rohit Sharma, Gambir, Jadeja.

    My sugessions are:

    MS Dhoni (C, WK), Shikar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli,R Aswin,harbajan Singh,Irfan Pathan,Cetheswar Pujara,Bisla (Reserve WK),Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Praveen Kumar, Manoj Tiwary & Abhishek Nayar or Ambati Raydu....

  • stormy16 on January 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    I know the Indian fans may not agree after the recent loses but in my mind Sewag is untouchable - even if he fails! As long as he is willing to play he must play, he is that sort of player. I also cannot understand the authors note that Rohit is selected due to the injury to Tiwary and the lack of other options. That sounds absurd - I dont follow Indian doemstic but I find is hard to believe that there arent quality yound batters in India.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    not only sehwag but also rohit,gambhir,jadeja should have been dropped..........

  • Biggest_Cricket_Fan on January 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    This selection committe has shown again that they do not have guts to take some bold decisions. They are continuing with the old policies of previous selection committes. Something of which K. Shrikanth did not say when he was the chief selector but now making noises after he is out of it. Typical of his nature like his batting. Does this selection comittee still think that there would be few lows this team has to reach and not satisfied with the recent performance of the team.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Poor selection ... its chennai super kings team not indian national team!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Sandeep Patil are not selectors they are the spoilers of INDIAN CRICKET,they should learn from the selectors of ECB,CSA,CA how to remove the out of form players and how apply rotation policy.Today CSA & CA announced their teams for the upcoming series and see the selectors how they made changes to their teams keeping in mind CHAMPION'S TROPHY & 2015 WORLD CUP,but our selectors didn't.How many chances should be given to ROHIT SHARMA and to others who are failing.Rohit sharma scored 17 runs in his last 6 innings and SEHWAG scored 31 runs in his last innings,according to this who should be dropped first??????????

  • z0mbiezom on January 6, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Not much else the selectors could do, perhaps Gambhir is getting one more chance. Pujara should open. Rohit gets a hard time, but to be fair to him - he is a much better player in longer formats (check his record) - selectors should pay heed and select him as our no.6.

    No idea why Ruyudu is treated like the second-coming in these forums (possibly judging him only on IPL performances)

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    from the last odi against pak its pretty obvious that india has a lot of potential to perform at the best with lot of young guns in the team.....if sehwag was dropped what the management will do with gambhir. he is afraid to play shots and has been performing really bad these days.keeping in view of WC2015 pujara into the squad is a right decision but what the role of rohit in the team... people keep on saying that he is very talented and has good technique n when will that talent come to perception....and i'm sure that there are a lot of players perfoming well in ranji @ jalaj saxena,rayudu,mukund,dhawan...can do 100 times better than rohit....irfan and umesh are injured and selecting same bowling squad again is good idea...

  • jjaiprakash on January 6, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Rayudu is good alternative. He didn't get a chance even for single international match.

  • Angry_Bowler on January 6, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Nohit Sharma, the best batsman in the world in all formats of cricket will lead the fragile Indian batting lineup ha ha ha. Seriously, he must have lot of lobby inside the BCCI or selection of jokers committee. Look at the players who trashed england bowlers in the practice match, poor fellows what else they have to prove to be selected. Shame to be an Indian cricket fan.

  • knps on January 6, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    This is not good for indian cricket. Team selction is one of the worst selction. Selection is not based on merit. Why some palyers like rohit, gambhir, raina are in team. Blame of defeat is given to some people. Winning credit goes to Dhoni and company. One thing is sure that selection committee knows very well that they are not selecting a wining team. This is the reason selection is done for only three matches. Still i wish all the best to the team. But the selectors are not doing good job. Sehwag in ahemdabad made a good start. India could win the test match. After that he failed, India fail to win a test match. Selector keep him to win. If he is not doing his job it is better to drop him. I think in that way it is best decison to drop him.

  • NithinSDharan on January 6, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Irfan picked 5 wickets in his last match but never got selected after that match.Varun Aaron did an excellent job but not selected after that series. Sreesanth now in good form but selectors not even considering him as a player. They would like to select someone who is good for nothing(Rohit) , Brainless (Dhoni), unreliable (Raina), Inconsistent (Aswin), Attitude (Gambhir). I dont know what is the criteria of getting a chance in Indian team.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Dhoni, played his play game. He convinced selectors to drop Swhwag while he was scoring better then couple others in team (Gambhir, Rohit, Yuvraj and Jadeja). I understand he is not storing much but better then these. Also Dhoni planned it for throwing Sehwag out from ODI and soon from test team too. He was not opting Sehwag for balling recently eventhough we know Sehwag is better then Jadeja. Mr. Dhoni can u stop playing ur politics. Stop keeping ur chamcha's in Indian team and let other new comers try their luck here boss.

  • cricindian123 on January 6, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Poor decision to retain Rohit sharma...shame to read, no alternative for him...What bt Raydu,Murali vijay,saurabh tiwari etc...Why the selectors blind to them....nyway thank god,they considered pujara....

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    i think selecter forget that rydu, irfan pathan and robin utthappa is there. poor team selection

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    There should be no place for Rohit Sharma in the team. Instead, Sehwag should have been retained and allowed to play in the middle order. Gambhir is another wet blanket in the team. Unmukt Chand or Jalaj Saxena would have been a better choice considering the fact that 2015 World Cup is more than 2 and a half years away and we should have a good bench strength to replace to cover an injury or a bad performer.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    This team for 3 ODIs or 5 ?

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Why is it that the Selectors cannot think of Robin Uthappa as a replacement. He is fearless against fast bowling and can play spinners too!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    pls include yusuf pathan instead of rohit sharma, he can both bat as well as bowl

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    We are at a point where the new ones should make the old ones run for their money. For eg Ashwin. Now it is Harbajan who? Unless everybody is shown a lesson, nobody is going to learn. To start is the coaches and admin people, sack them. Dhoni can only do so much with the team that is given to him. We are going to hit the bottom and the fallen shall rise.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    This is really poor selection .....should had dropped Jadeja , Ashwin, Rohit & Gambir ....try new guys......i think todays match win. means ....dhoni will take ashwin/jadeja another 10 matches in to the team ...... GOD save our team......

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Rohit doing nothing in Team India.. In Bowling Department Add Munaf & Irfan..Sehwag needs to focus on his fielding...sorry for him he can't make.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is Injured Guys...But seriously Gambhir and Rohit shoud have been dropped..."Lack of Alternatives" is such a stupid thing to say considering there are lots of Young lads who are provingtheir mettle at the Domestic Level...Could have taken in Rayud or Unmukth or an additional Keeper to give Dhoni a rest if neede...

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    relax guys, you need to realize this is the one big step indian's selectors have taken in a long time, dropping sehwag, should have been done a year ago, but better late than never, this is an excellent decision, because he is not a great fielder, he throws away his wicket, and rahane, needs games to get better, keeping gambir was a good decision, because he is a clutch player comes in handy when needed to play, and he is a quick fielder, they will stick with him, and if he continues to not perform, they will bring someone in so relax. this is coming from someone who is close freind of one of the selectors, umukt chand is on the mind next to come in the opening slot.

  • lonewarriorram on January 6, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    people asking for praveen kumar, irfan pathan & manoj tiwary. They all are injured. Selectors should have given chance to atleast one player from India A. That would have really encouraged young players. Poor India A played wonderfully well to beat England-11 without cook only to see none of them were even considered well enough to be selected in Indian team.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    There was an organization registered under societies act and never allows a common citizen of this country to join as a member. The particular society is claiming that the team which is selected by them as Indian Team. Two matches held in Delhi today. Junior team registered a convincing win over visiting England and the Senior team struggled and luckily won at the last minute.. Not even one person from the junior team is selected and all non performers retained. This is the time for Government to take over BCCI , or ban the society to use the name " Indian Team" . If they still not comply then , the government can authorize sports ministry to have its own team to represent India.The government shall never allow an Organisation which is registered under societies act as a non profit organization to become a richest profit making Organization using the Nation in every possible way...

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    on form, why no one is thinking of Stuart Binny and CM Gautam - the latter highest run getter this season and saviour of karnataka in many games - Binny is a useful all rounder and an attacking player - karnataka's talented players always get a raw deal C Keshava Murthy

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    where d hell z irfan pathan

  • krish9885 on January 6, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Dis is really shame....sehwag dropeed....he is the batsman who can attack every bowler...give few more chances to sehwag...surely he will prove....der was so many batsmans wid out form gambhir,rohit,kohli...........

  • xylo on January 6, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Sehwag was not in the plans for the 2015 World Cup, and it took so long to drop Sachin and him from the ODI squad?

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    gautam gambhir.... wud be my first choice for exclusion followed by ROHIT SHARMA.. FOLLOWED by DINDA... exclusion of shewag is a blunder.. if gives u start.. atleast india reaches 30/1 after 5 overs... widout shewag most of d time u ll find india 30/2 after 10 over... middle order struggling to reach 100.. shewag atleast takes off d shine of new ball...n makes life of following batsman easy...shewag scoring a rapid 25 is too much...

  • ImranShahKhan on January 6, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    I think Irfan is injured.. for sure we need him back.. i think along Kumar & Shami, Irfan would be an assest as an allrounder... if nothing just for the sake of his name he should be included.. :)

  • CricketMaan on January 6, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    The only argument that saved Gauti was his experience and selectors didnt want two new opening bats..though Vijay has 12 ODIs has not been successful and hasnt been in gr8 touch in Ranji. That leaves only Shikar Dhawan (unlucky not to play India A) who on basis of some exprience and form can partner Rahane. Rohit is there in the team coz we select 16 though can't see him playing unless injuries to Yuvi, Raina or Kholi. Dhoni might persist with Jadeja and Rohit will warm bench. Poor Tiwary, he is unlucky else would have got in. I would like to see GG play for Delhi and hit form, but in India such hardwork cannot be expected of superstars.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    u hav 2 understand that sehwag can not play 2015 world cup..so what is the point in playing him..so its better he retires..BCCI sources say that he already played his last ODI..in case of rohit..he is getting so much backing just because world cup is in australia...and rohit did well in australia

  • abhay8157 on January 6, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Good Job on dropping Viru... Whats with Gambhir and Rohit Sharma still in the team..

    I keep on hearing that Rohit has talent... maybe that is limited to non international matches...

    Keep him limited to those... Get Unmukt Chand in... breed new players for the next wc...

  • pathuri36 on January 6, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    "lack of alternatives"...ha ha what abt Rayudu....

  • Manojcriclove on January 6, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Why you guys are giving chances to ROHIT, RAINA & JADEJA again and again

    Many players are doing well at Ranji level and IPL.. RAYUDU he can bat and keep the wikets..M VIJAY..good batsmen..Manoj Tiwari ..good one.... try them who know you will find the guys like DRAVID , GANGULY, LAXMAN who can play well for the years..

    I support Dhoni for his role as Captain..Kohli is not ready...

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Rohit sharma? Lack of alternatives? You mean there is nobody in India who can score an average of 4 runs per innings?

  • SarunSahadevan on January 6, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    The selectors should really look in to Unmukt Chand and Harpreet Singh.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    why the hwll is gambir in the team.sehwag have played better than gambir in last two years.gambir can only play on flat tracks (though he is not playig well on any tracks recentely.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Oh.. no... Again Dinda in the squad and Thank god Mithun was not there... Where is Varun Aaron. Haven't seen him in the team after WestIndies series. why don't you pick Irfan Pathan and Rayudu for Piyush and Rohit.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    We need to DROP the WHOLE team!

  • tony122 on January 6, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    @sriram what makes you think so? You seem a massive fan of Rohit. No one talks about him anymore. Pujara and Kohli seem to be the future.

  • Chestnutgrey on January 6, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Poor selection. Rohit Sharma should've been made captain. Also, why was Agarkar not picked?

  • Princepurple1979 on January 6, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I thought Murali Vijay would get a chance, especially after his splendid performance today as part of India A against England. Not sure how long India is going to give chances to Rohit Sharma? It is really starting to get on peoples nerves now! But good to see Dhoni retaining captaincy. I dont think there is a better alternative right now plus his batting has also considerably improved..

  • lonewarriorram on January 6, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Pujara, more of a middle order batsman selected in place of sehwag, an opener? Selectors lost the plot. Pujara ideally must replace Rohit & they could have rewarded vijay or mukund in place of sehwag. If they don't have faith in the TN openers atleast they have Chand and Dhawan waiting for a chance to prove themselves. Can't understand how Gambhir and Rohit escaped the axe. Does anyone in selected team capable of keeping in case Dhoni is injured during match if not its high time to select Rayudu.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    glad to c Pujara in the Indian team and will be more happy to c him in the playing eleven at the cost of Gambhir. With 2 new balls and England's HIGH QUALITY OPENING BOWLING ATTACK, it is must to have a player with solid defence and patience to negotiate the new ball and swing. Pujara is the best man for this job.

    Does any of the five selectors has guts to go to gambhir and tell him not to play ridiculous shots and stop going for nonexisting singles otherwise YOU WILL B KICKED OUT.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Anyone remember ROBIN UTHAPPA?????

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Gambhir, Raina, Ashwin - Good friendas of Dhoni Rohit - Talented batsman Jadeja - Given SIR by Dhoni Yuvraj - Dhoni is waiting to axe him.

    Only problem that i have with u is disrespect to Rahul Dravid, VVS , Sachin and Saurav.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    OMG, sehwag should be in the team when sachin is not there, he is only player who's strike rate more than 100 with 8000+ runs.. not happy with this selection, Gambhir should be dropped, instead of Sehwag.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    At this moment Indian selectors seems to have no alternative but to persist with the same team more or less .This is not only bad for selectors but also bad for Indian cricket at large.

  • saikrish246 on January 6, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    gambhir should also be dropped

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Ambati Rayadu would be a better option as he could b a potential back up for Wicketkeeper Dhoni... Cud take some load out of him if he plays...

  • ChennaiCricket on January 6, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has given enough opportunities to perform. I think he is in the squad because of his Zone's quota.

  • darrarcc on January 6, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I support Pakistani Team but a huge fan of Indian players, IPL and good cricket .

    Guys There is nothing wrong with Indian players. They are the best team this world has to offer, but, in my opinion, they are just too tired, worn, and can use some rest.

    Same players are playing over and over no break. And I don't really understand the sense behind the STUPID test cricket anymore. Players are playing for 5 days and most often, no result.

    Indian team was done with England team, then Pakistan came, now England is back, then I'm sure something else is scheduled, and then IPL. Common BCCI! Stop being greedy. Give them some rest and they will come back stronger than ever. There is no need to drop any players. There is nothing wrong with Dhoni leadership.

  • praveen5216 on January 6, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    It seems Rohit is enjoying a joy ride in indian team. It Doesn't matter wheather he performs or not, coz Dhoni is selecting the team not BCCI Selectors. Dhoni plays politics with his seniors players.

  • kc69 on January 6, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    This is bad team selection because Gautam "Wicket Donor" Gambhir and Rohit "Nohit" Sharma are selected on what basis...i cannot understand.Atleast we can see something from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @ Venkata Krishna Naram ... " kohli, yuvi should be put on notice. perform or perish" ... haha... u should have been the chairman of selectors

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    It feels so sad being a staunch Indian Cricket supporter that even with all this population and youth involved in cricket, we still take more than 20 matches to realize that a player should be replaced . No point in blaming the IPL , though not doing it does not rule out the fact that it HAS put at least test cricket in India to the lowest level . As for the replacement, it is definitely a good one. We need a Rahul Dravid or alike in the team, and no better time than today to start planning about it. For Gambhir, I think, his last laurels were sung in the WC finals after which his feet got frozen from inside the bones and move no more. He should, and will be axed,or may be he realizes the forthcoming doom and improvises. A similar fear should be run down into Kohli's spine too !

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Dropping Sehwag in any format of match in Indian sub continent is a crime.. btw what Rohith still doing here?

  • mumbaiguy79 on January 6, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    I see, so it was all Sehwag's fault that we lost the ODI series against Pak. Scapegoat written all over it. Let's face it, Pakistan is a way better team at the moment than what we are.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Where is Irfan Pathan? Why does that poor chap have to gone on proving his abilities again and again while scumbags like Jadeja and Rohit Sharma are presented with opportunities after opportunities despite terrible failures. He brings an all round rhythm and balance to the team. Not only can he swing both ways, bat well but feild diligently as well. Can the media raise appropriate questions about his selection

  • ashutosh.p on January 6, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Why Gambhir and Rohit still there in team. They could have been replaced with Abhinav Mukund and Rishi Dhawan. As Dhawan being a fast bowler allrounder would given a balance to team. And Mukund got better technique and form over Gambhir.

  • iamcd_pati on January 6, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    very very dissapointed with the selection..sehwag was dropped..excellent...gambhir was a joke...y nt try in unmukt chand...v all knw virat was an u-19 captain too...he came in2 the team quite quickly...n he did wonders after that...gtting in new talents...if ur telling ppl tht there is no alternative to rohit then ur telling indian cricket is dead...india is always good in batting...if u dnt have batting talent now...then cricket in india is dead!!! need bolder decisions...high time #indian selectors

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Irfan is better than Dinda/Rohit/Gambhir/Jadeja.......in place of ghabhir should have pick vijay/mukund..lets see the output of this selection.:)

  • Dandy_s on January 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    This once again shows that indian selectors are spineless and afraid of taking chances and they talk about preparing a team for 2015 world cup. Gambhir should also have been dropped Also Ashwin as he also has been relatively poor recently and a drop might get his head straight.

    Jalaj Saxena , Rayudu and S.Dhawan all deserve a chance during this england ODI series

  • rcherukuru on January 6, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    People already stopped showing interest on cricket with Sachin retirement, if you drop sehwag Nobody will watch cricket

  • AvidCricFan on January 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    This is brain-dead selection that only Sandeep Patil and company can explain. Why pick Rohit Sharma? How much longer rope should he be given. He has consistently failed to grab opportunities thrown at him. He may have lot of raw talent but doesn't have right head to harness the talent. Why not pick Manoj Tiwari who has better head to succeed. Why persist with Yuvi and Gambhir? What is Yuvi's role in ODI? He is not clicking as a specialist batsman and certainly not performing as all-rounder. Gambhir should be dropped so that he can get enough time to think about his short coming. Jadeja also is marginal in ODI. The triple centurion is utter failure with bat so far. These four players are in the team not on merit. Be ready for another drubbing from England.

  • whippingBails on January 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Wrong choice. Ghambir should be dropped. His footwork is way off, he looks totally despondent against swing, obviously has no answers for fast deliveries. Resting Viru will only embolden English bowlers. Ghambir should get the boot.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Horrendous Selection... To still have Gambhir, Rohit in this squad is plain stupidity. Unmukt, Harmeet, Rayudu & host of others should have come in... Only good selection is Pujara. I think the current selectors need to be sacked immediately...

  • rcherukuru on January 6, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Drop gambhir, rohit and jadeja not Sehwag, he is a match winner. Bring rayudu and manoj tiwary in.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Sehwag has been dismissed from ENG ODI SERIES, Pujara has called..but one thing i don't know why the hell, the selecters and Dhoni always takes Rohit in the squad

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Wonder what excactly is the criteria of selection to Indian team. Once in the past, selectors used to be from all five zones and they used to push their favourite players. During Ganguli/J wrigh time, selection procedure improved. The Zonal reservations were removed and selection were done purely on merit. and the results were evident then. About the recent selection: Retaining Rohit sharma is a mystery. Axing Sehwag is Ok. Good thing to see is the inclusion of two young fast bowlers. MSD is a good Limited overs Player and as a Captiain he id just ok. But as a test captain, he is really a failure.

  • SriRaam57 on January 6, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    no problem.. all the -ve fact talk about rohith sharma would help him and make hime play for the best out of hid talents. after sachin tendulkar and rahul dravid the one indian who has real wrights to stay for long time in india team id rohith sharma.. but this is time that he must prove.. will pray for god for the the best form of rohith. make it rohith..

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    for those who think dhoni should be removed as captain and gambhir should be made captain in his place, people, gambhir doesnt deserve even a place in the side due to his lack of form. we dont have a better captain than dhoni. and he is our best batsman at the present moment. he has been very consistent for a long tym now.

  • victoriesvinoth on January 6, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Rohit sharama picked up again and again though he was not given decent performence at all. comparitively shewag is good against gambir still he is dropped. shewag intentionally dropped again it seems to be politics played.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    slectors please resign.....no need selectors,dhoni only selecting team means no need selectors right,my suggestion is try to select top 25 ranji performers,in that select one captain and best 15 members.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    rohit sharma till now? it's ridiculous! it's the time to choose a new captain and coach also. what the roll of Duncun as a coach?

  • Makkumatr on January 6, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    And again, Rohit Sharma inexplicably is retained. The only thing he does well is fielding. Can't bowl, can't score runs but apparently is a 'big talent'. High time he is dropped and other young players are invested in.

  • Indialover on January 6, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I dont know why my comments are ignored. But i wont give up. I m lil surprised to find the name of gambhir and rohit in odi squad. Vijay should get a game here even dhavan is playing better than gambhir.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Gambhir is a poor runner between wickets. He tends to run out his partners.

  • harnam76 on January 6, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Rohit talented sharma is in team only because of massive pressure of people holiding top position in BCCI. Now time has come that Cricket fans across the country start a protest against his selection at Jantar mantar New Delhi. His selection proves the corrput face of BCCI.

  • SriRaam57 on January 6, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    there is nothing wrong wid rohith sharma. he could be heroic. he cud prove himself on his day.. he is a match savior, if every thing going good. i think he is retained, to get into good form before the Australia and south africa cricket series starts. becuse he is the player who can easily face their seamers. but this is the chance where he can prove that he is a capable person to be INDIAN cricket team.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Its time to bring Ambati Rayudu in the side

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    I would like to think Sehwag is dropped for his slow fielding..also as a batsman he has not delivered recenty in keeping with his high standards..having issues with playing inswing..similar to recent problems tendulkar has had in tests v NZ & Eng...I am fine with Sehwag being dropped since he is not performing ..but same stand should have been taken with Tendulkar as well publicly instead of forcing him to retire from ODIs..true tendulkar deserves a longer rope (hence not dropped from team)since he has an exemplary record for 23 years but no individual is bigger than country..by the way Sehwag's record is also staggering-8000+ runs in test with 50 avg & 81 strike rate & 8000+ ODI runs with 35 avg & 104 strike rate-who else has achieved this in world ckt ?-judge for yourself....If Viru is dropped then am shocked that Gambhir & Rohit hv kept their places..M Vijay(opener) & Irfan pathan could hv been tried once more and also A Rayadu-considered once a great batting talent & can keep too.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    gambhir must not be there mukund or vijay definitely must be selected do u agree with me otherwise this is a perfect team hope we win the series

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    how it would be ? 1.vijay 2. rahane 3. pujara 4. kohli 5. yuvi 6. raina 7. rohit 8. dhoni 9. jadeja 10. bhuvi 11. rahul sharma 12. jalaj saxena 13. ishant 14. shami 15. dinda .

    kohli, yuvi should be put on notice. perform or perish.

  • TRAM on January 6, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    MVijay & Mukund should have been selected. Pujara, Kholi, Rahane, Dhoni, MTiwary/RJadeja should be the batting orderfollow. Gambhir,RSharma are the 2 players with maximum support at BCCI. In no other country players of this low performance would still be in the team. Apart from batting failures, poor fielding of Gambhir and very poor running between wkts by RSharma (costing other's wkts) are known to all cricketing people but unspoken in the commentary box.

  • VickGower on January 6, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Funny how "former selectors" are now full of ideas. That Srikanth is so full of bold ideas on TV nowadays.

  • SamRoy on January 6, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Why is Gambhir not dropped? How long will it take India to realize that Rohit Sharma can only succeed in test cricket and not in ODIs? Still no explanation why they are retained. Also Dinda should have been dropped and Ishwar Pandey could have been included. Shami Ahmed showed he is a lot better than Dinda. With experiance I hope he becomes a lot better than Ishant as well.

  • balajit on January 6, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Sorry to say but shortsighted selection! Gambhir is very lucky to survive!Should have tried rayudu or chand

    Rohit sharma needs to perform. All the talent in the world is of no use if you dont get runs.

    Should try opening with pujara & rahane.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    The best way to get into Team India - Either be in Chennai Super Kings or Be a Dhoni friend.... Don't know why Viru was dropped and Rohit has been picked.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I am glad that Amit Mishra has been brought back. It is far good to have a Mishra than a Chawla. My team is Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Mishra, Shami , Bhuwnaeshwar and Ishant.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Without viru team india against england totaly lagng...selectors are giving so much chance to rohit why can't for viru..or replace rohit by another player

  • mazii on January 6, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Same team. It's funny that something never changes in India.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Will the selectors ever learn from their mistakes? They should have picked up Ranji's find this season viz. Sandeep. Why is Manoj Tiwari not getting a look in? And Rohit Sharma? His performance has been below par since his MOM against West Indies if I am not mistaken. God save India!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Gambhir , Rahane, Virat,Pujara,Raina,MSD,Yuvi/Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvaneshwar,Ishanth,Shami or Dinda

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Rohit still in and Gambhir too!!!This is outrageous.....just because they want to keep a left-right combo they decide to keep him in.....I dont think they realize that even if they want a left opener in the form of Gambhir eventually he is gonna get out in a few overs or so.....I think Rahane and Irfan and Ojha deserve a chance.....even Ishant Sharma is better than Rohit. Anyway the team of 15 should look like this: Rahane Pujara Kohli Yuvraj Dhoni Raina Irfan Ashwin Ojha Kumar and Yadav with Gambhir Jadeja Mishra and Ishant as subs.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    for gods sake stop calling up rohit sharma,ravindra jadeja and even gautam gambhir why dont they look at shikar dhawan,mandeep singh manoj tiwary and irfan pathan would be in the team if they hadnt had those injuries

  • Raj12345 on January 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    There is no point if following up Indian Cricket after seeing RG in team. We no need to waste our time following up waste team. What happen Dinesh Karthik. Again Gambhir. it is enough of him.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    the ones for the future of indian cricket team -

    batsmen - mandeep singh,ashok menaria,abhinav mukund,unmukt chand,c.m.gautham ,akshath reddy ,robin bist ,manish pandey !!

    batsmen on the fringes to get in to playing 11- mukund,rayudu,manoj tiwary,yusuf pathan and rahane and rohit in tests and pujara in odis

    all rounders - very small list though !! abhishek nayar,stuart binny,jalaj saxena,rishi dhawan and ashish reddy .except jalaj all r fast bowling allrounders

    bowlers - ishwar pandey,sandeep sharma,dhawal kulkarni,shami ahmed,awana,abu nechim,veer pratap singh !! all deserve to get few chances

    we already have umesh yadav,varun aaron,ishant sharma,vinay kumar,irfan pathan ,praveen kumar,sreesanth ,rp singhand munaf !!

    spinners - ojha,ashwin,bhajji,jadeja,rahul sharma,jalaj saxena,iqbal abdulla,sarabjit ladda,amit mishra,ankit sharma,jakati etc., no chawla plzz

    these all shd be in the selectors minds fr the coming years !!

    cricinfo plz publish

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    still wonder what is rohit still doing in the team -.-

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I think this would be the last time we see Rohit in the Indian side. I am quite happy that Rayudu is not picked for the first 3 ODI's, 'cause he has fought brilliantly for his Ranji team, Baroda and now that they are in QFs, he needs to be there. Baroda missed his services when he was benched during the T20s against India. No point in selecting such a talented player just to warm the bench. Rayudu will surely make it to the team after the first 3 ODI's.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    rohit sharma has made 18 runs in his last 6 odi and he is still getting chances jst cnt understand why????...virat,gambhir should focus more on modelling and family respectively.....bring back likes of rayudu and surya kumar...

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is not a good inclusion. At some point, performance needs to speak for itself and Rohit has been a failure so far and does not deserve another chance. Irfan Pathan should be chosen as well unless he is hurt because he always performs with the ball and with the bat. Get upstarts like Mukhund, Ashok Minaria, Sandeep Sharma and other youngsters with good promise for the future.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Where is Manoj Tiwary? there r lot more players waiting for their chance.. Y Rohot sharma again??

  • crindo77 on January 6, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Ironically, the one proven matchwinner when it comes to Tests or ODIs, is the one to go. Agree he hasn't done himself any favours, but being in the bad books of MSD obviously ain't helping. Gautam Gambhir's batting/fielding skills or current form are in no way superior to Viru's. Hopefully a ODI series loss to Eng should see his back as well.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    OMG Rohit sharma again.......How could they retained rohit sharma again & again....

  • cric-rash on January 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    good move to drop sehwag. but why rohit again selected, so far he has given so many chanaces to prove him self and he spoiled most of them. In 2012 he played 14 ODI matches, only got a fifty, with an average just around 13 he scored only 168 runs . this is enogh and enough he already proved he cannot translate his domestic form into international level. This almost true in the case of Jadeja also, even though he is retained in the squad based today's performance in bowling he is not a reliable genuine all rounder, he cannot perform well consistently when the team demands. Rest of the sqaud looking good But the question is that who will open with gambhir if it is Rahane then how pujara will included in playing XI

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    This is a miracle victory and Pakistan lost rather than India won. I can understand why Dhoni never appreciates any youngster. He backs his favorites even if they do not perform. examples: Raina,jadeja,Piyush Chawla, Praveenkumar. I have been watching Dhoni's captaincy which lacks any future vision of emerging talent. In spite of Dhoni, Umesh Yadav came out well in the test matches in both Australia and here. Now Shami Ahmed has to come up on his own. though Wasim appreciated Shami's performance on debut. Praveenkumar has still not recovered from injury and he is Dhoni's favorite. Although Dhoni preformed well as a batsman, he is not an imaginative captain, neither is he courageous nor enterprising. He is very defensive in his approach. Young talent will be very difficult to flower under Dhoni's leadership.

  • Teja_Smart on January 6, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Great job in case of Sreesanth. Very eager to see Sreesanth against AUS. All da best team IND. :-)

  • Brambletonian on January 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Rohit again for doing nothing...How many chances will he get. C'mon give me a break

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Guys Guys Calm Down Rohit is a perfect sub fielder.. I guess Pujara is most likely to replace either Gambhir or Kohli from the Playing XI.. so dont panic abt the others..The thing i felt bad is abt Umesh Yadav..! I thought he was fit..

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Make a team full of Young players once....We have to see them in action

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    why only sehwag.....not Gambhir???? we need to experiment with new batsmen also....enough is enough....we need to change batting lined desperately.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Rohit sharma luckiest in this generation like dinesh mongia and hemang badani in the best.... M.vijay or mukund or should hav been ideal

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    is it that droping sehwag was the good move in such a situation when none of indian batsmen are performing rg sharma whats he doing we could opt for robin uthapa or yusuf pathan the tallented players y is gambir making again his place in team even though he didnt perform in any formet of game or it is that selectors want sehwag to anounce his retirement from odis after sachin where is harbhajan if i m not wrong he is a brave bowler india has ever seen as a spiner he atleast diserves a chance in this side or this is done to save captain dhoni in any way as he is politically best spoken captain for team india

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Good selection by Indian Selectors but how come Rohit Sharma retains his place!!!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Good team selection.We hope atleast in this series the players will perform well.Even gambhir coould have dropped.lets see how he performs in the first three odis.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    why pujara,why not Uthappa....

  • BCCI007 on January 6, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Selectors are not learning properly...

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    rohit is dhoni's friend, so he can play easily even dont score big innings

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    give cm gautham of karnataka a chance he is the top run scorer this ranji season....

  • vak1997 on January 6, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Viru could have got a nod ahead of Rohit or even Gambhir. his recent scores are better than that of Gambhir. My squad would be almost the same one as this with the following changes: Rohit and Gambhir out. Sehwag and Manjoy Tiwari/Murali Vijay in.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    rohit will be kicked out after the 3rd odi if he doesnt perfrm !! i dont see rohit getting into playing 11 becoz dhoni will go with 6 batsmen as jadeja

    so no chance for mishra and rohit

    selectors gave a last chance to rohit becoz he got only 1 match in pak series

    jadeja any dayy is better bowlrr than mishra and a grt fieldr and dhoni's fav but he can do great if he gets no5 position becos he is gud at rotating strike !!

    i guess gambhir was persisted becoz of left right opener combination !! rahane is a right hander so gambhir got his chance !! gambhir's apt replacement is mukund !!

    i want to see rayudu and tiwary replacing rohit !! and ishwar pandey and sandeep sharma the best fast bowlers in ranji with sky touching figures !!

    india has got a gud stable of fast bowlers now !! ishwar pandey,sandeep sharma,bhuvneshwar kumar,dinda,ishant .

    irfan pathan,vinay kumar,praveen kumar,umesh yadav,varun aaron,sreesanth and r.p singh,munaf in injured list

    cricinfo pl

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    instead of taking rohit sharma...sehwag is still good.. and Infan deserve the place in ODI squad at least....Selectors should think abt that...

  • Deveshnarayan on January 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I strongly feel that Sreesanth and Irfan Pathan should have given a chance.

  • maneshkb007 on January 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Nobody can believe Utter Waste Rohit Sharma again in Team...What a selection..???

  • RK.Chandru on January 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Gauty, Rohit, to some extent, Ashwin do not deserve a place in the team. `wonder, why the selectors can not look beyond ever failing Rohit? Ghambir also has lost his shelf life. For all his experience, he must don the role of match winner by now and not be content with a mere 20, 30 runs to keep his place safe. M.Vijay and A.Mukund sure deserve a look in. When Rohit gets these many chances, why not a few chances to them too? Kohli, Raina, Yuvi, Ashwin, Ishant, Rahane all need to be given a stern warning not to take their places for granted and to either perform or perish. The induction of new selection committee hasn't made any change to the system or policies and they too venture in the usual `play safe' track.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    I don't understand why Gambhir is retained ?

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    I have little bit mind doubt in mind that selectors wrongly announced rohit instead of another one..

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on January 6, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    why do you want rahane to go ? he has not got a fair run......you see jadeja and rohit having gotten about 50-60 matches. And rahane after one failure in a low-scoring game when his performance was under scrutiny as he was only replacing sehwag for that bit should go ? he did well against england and pakistan t-20 when gambhir on the other end was going slow. Some fans would just nit pick each and every performance and hail them high when they perform and low when they dont. India should give chance to those youngsters who are rightly deserving over the years and are good prospects for 2015 world cup. Gambhir aint sure. But pujara rahane are really deserving. Rahane with his fielding adds more value than mukund or vijay. Having said that i do rate even mukund as possible opening prospect in future and in indian bowling too some bowlers need to be given a fairdeal before being written off. Shami ahmed,Bhuvneshwar Kumar for now look good.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @getsetgopk..<<Junaid Khan has practically ended Sehwag's career here>>what d u meant by this??sehwag is in poor form for the last 2yrs against all sides and junaid khan got his wicket only once during that time(including the current series),he's dropped for his consistent non-performance over a long period

  • vishesh78 on January 6, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    In 2011, Rohit was one of our best one day player. He was playing well when none if the guys were in form. Agreed he was in ridiculous form last year but trust the management as they know who can play at that level. If just played 1 match in which all batsman failed. If you want to know who is not in form, it is Kohli, Gambhit, Yuvraj and Raina. Lets give Rohit a break. Mind you even Rahane has not had a good start to his one day career.

  • maneshkb007 on January 6, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Very Poor selection, instead of Rohit & Dinda it should have been Unmukt Chand,Sreesanth..

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    sreesanth should be called.he is in a good form.yusuf pathan also eligible in place of rohit sharma

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    well..irfan was a better choice than dinda..pujara will strengthen our middle order...i dont understand y some people go against raina who is in form and rayudu shud hav been considered ahead of rohit...

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Why they still persist on gambhir????

  • Rakesh876 on January 6, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Virat also not played well in past few series.Why i am saying this is For the destructive batsmen like SEHWAG form is not considerable one.If he get into, he can change the game in min.Dhoni should have dropped from his capt first.Gambhir has the capability to lead the team .Rayudu is the best person for Rohit place. Sofar we never seen match winning innigs from Rohit in ODI.Irfan should be in All-round slot.If praveen is fit , he also considerable person .Why these selectors are keep on encourising Dhoni.He is not a attacking Capt.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    I think its time to end the experimentation with rohit sharma.. he got way more chances than he deserves.. good call up for pujara..

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    not fair with sehwag why rohit sharma gambhir must be dropped

  • Natraja on January 6, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Selectors are the real reasons for the teams losses. Why Gambhir and Rohit are still in the team. They should have picked up Unmukt Chand to give Chand a few matches till world cup. Unmukt Chand and Pujara should open the batting. One is a sold defense where Chand is a sold attacking player. Dhoni should play at number 3 and play like his attacking best no matter what.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 6, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Selectors should have dropped Gambhir too. Why not give a chance to Mukund and Murli?? They performed extremely well in India A vs England ODI. What's up with Rohit Sharma's selection?? He's like a new Tendulkar - undroppable. At least Tendulkar performed sometimes. Good move to retain the new bowlers - Shami Ahmed and B Kumar. Those 2 have been one bright spot in India's forgettable season so far.

  • Karnamkotil on January 6, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    very poor selection. its been repeated since 2011 loss in Eng. Y do u want Gambhir, Rohit ? V already have good players who r warming their butt as extras - Tiwary, Chand, Irfan Pathan, Raydu. And i seriously think that Dhoni shud come up in d batting order. (AB Devlrs, Sanga,Gilcrst did it so well)

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Its good move by an selectors,But only mistake is to why Don't drop rohit Sharma ?another batsman manoj tiwary also wait in long perioud for chance he is also do well in sri lanka serious.

    But we are wait and what happen in coming serious against england......

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    this team is for 3 odis....not a good team

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Nice to pujara getting a chance. If he can emulate Hashim Amla, it would be great for Indian Cricket.

  • TendulkarDgr8 on January 6, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Good move by selectors to include Pujara.. India needs a dependable batsman to hold up one end so that we dont see collapses so often... Why is Irfan being dropped again? I thought he did pretty well in the limited chances he got and was back in form...

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    unamukat chand for CEAT award only ?????

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I would have made following changes to the squad

    Rohit Sharma - Ambati Rayadu

    Ashok Dinda - S Sreesanth

    Time for Unmukt Chand! - So I would have left Amit Mishra out (R Aswin and Ravindra Jadeja are any day better than Amit Mishra and are likely to play all games)

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Sreesanth bowled beautifully in tadays game against England XI, he shuld picked up.

    its ok sehwag is dropped but why rohit is in the team?

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    why not gambhir,rohit,kohli (all 3 matches single figure scores) & yuvraj all these guys contribute to the losses to england & pak. let them play ranji & learn them lesson.do not let them play IPL otherwise do not care playing for team India. players like kedar jadhav,abhishek nayyar,parthiv patel & cm gautam. give respect to ranji trophy

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is injured. Isn't playing Ranj as well i

  • asvigneshbalaji on January 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Was expecting Sreesanth to get selected along with Mukund or Vijay. Its gets more confusions. India A is a team in form, while India is a team in bad form. Bad selections.

  • StarHawk on January 6, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Its a pretty good selection. Good to see Sehwag being given the boot. I think he can play in the 2015 WC if he can regain his form and take this time off to work on his game & gain better fitness levels. The pace trio of Bhuvi, Ishant & Shami should be played in the first 3 matches, along with Ashwin as the front line spinner. It's disappinting to see Rohit Sharma in the team again and again despite numerous failures. Its unfair on other young players that someone gets selected based on "talent" despite failing consistently. They could've given a chance to Ambati Rayudu, who was in the Indian T20 side, or to Murali Vijay, who has performed well in the match against England for India A.

    Those who are calling for the likes of Tiwary, Praveen, Munaf, Umesh etc. should know that all these players are injured.

  • akhilman on January 6, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Dear indian selector ....please hear me ,please drop gautham gambir for the the squad . i am watch him for past 2 years .He is not capable of building a big innings .he is just surviving to score 30 --40.never looks confidence .one length ball outside of side he will poke at it.our inside edge to wicket and u can always expect a runout too. please check 50 last innings this is the case .please never include him in test squad ,we need some one capable of building big innings/.................please selectors please

  • yorkshire-86 on January 6, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Where is Oija? He was your best spinner in the tests! Mind you, we have dropped BOTH of our top spinners for the one dayers...

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Rohit should've been dropped and VIjay & Sreesanth should have been given a chance.

  • kmgnath on January 6, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Bring back Murali vijay, if he is performing well. Most of our players are spoiled because of IPL and loads of money. BCCI should change the IPL selection so that players should show first priority to country not for just IPL. Most of other countries are fine except India. Rohit sharma....please never bring him back...he is waste with loads of attitude. Gambhir is out of form, may be because of his honymoon. Aswin has to improve his fitness. Most of our players think IPL is the biggest games and only prepare for that..not for any country related matches, its unfortunate. Flecture should go, Team India is going from good to average to bad to worst...its time to show him doors.

  • VJ_Cricket on January 6, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    @ Mamta, irfan pathan is injured as far as i know

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    While Sehwag is dropped, selectors could not afford to drop Gambhir simultaneously, as another Delhi batsman Virat Kohli (touted to be next Indian skipper) is also facing rough season.

    I have no sympathy for Rohit Sharma at all, even if he is from Mumbai. How many times Dhoni has backed him. He is enjoying luxury in spite of poor scoring.

    Rohit has lot determination, though he has good talent. His batting position needs to be changed.

    Testing time for another Mumbai lad Ajinkya Rahane who is also having 'confidence crisis'

  • VJ_Cricket on January 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    what rohit sharma and amit sharma still doing in the squad!!!??

    good choice with pujara's selection.

  • getsetgopk on January 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Junaid Khan has practically ended Sehwag's career here. He aint coming back.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Gr8 move bringing in Pujara. Finally Viru gets dropped I guess BCCI and selection committee have the nerve afterall to drop their yesterday heroes. Sehwag has lost confidence and interest to play anymore. Also why is Gambhir still in the squad. Dhoni stop playing favorites to Jadeja. He is useless. Bring in Unmukt Chand and let him grow and learn as he is the future of India. I think it is worth giving a shot to Harmeet Singh (U19) left spinner.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    After alot beating of bowlers!!!!!!!!!!!! bowlers are same where is zaheer, pathan, parveeen,,,, bring them back !!!!!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    @mamta irfan pathan is not fit. he has injured his shoulder

  • P.Srikanth on January 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    I think India has taken a wrong decision two retain two ABSOLUTELY NON-PERFORMING PLAYERS. It was good to drop SEHWAG, but equally we need Gambhir and Rohit Sharma to be dropped as well. Keeping the world cup in mind, it is not at all good idea to block upcoming players. The other reason is Gambhir cannot play genuine pace and swing from the likes of Steven Finn, Broad and Anderson. For Rohit Sharma, he should still think he is fortunate to be in the team withstanding the competition from the next generation players. I would really look for two changes in the top order. It would be a good idea to draft in Unmukt Chand for this series to get a morale booster, instead of drafting him on a big stage. My playing eleven would be: Ajinkya Rahane, Unmukt Chand, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R.Aswhin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvanesh Kumar, ,

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Gambhir had an average of above 40 in ODIs despite of his poor form in 2012. Eventhough he failed in last few games I strongly belive we didn't see the last of him. And Jedeja; he bowled very well except his last australian tour+asia cup since his debut. And certainly he is the 2nd best fielder in Indias side behind Raina. But Rohit got lot more opportunities than what he deserved. I think its the time to replace him with Murali Vijay who had a very good an excellent domestic season + a brilliant 75 today for Ind A aganist Eng XI or with Ambati Raydu who can be a part time wicket keeper also.

  • ksk1394 on January 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    even in last odi series india played, gambhir was the second top scorer for india. so gambhir shld not be dropped

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Tough to chose final 11, especially between a "specialist batsman" who cant bat or an "all-rounder" who neither bats nor bowls!!

  • BalaSam on January 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    really disappointed wit rohit Sharma being selected in squad despite his poor performance.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    for god sake when will they drop rohit so that chance is given to some one better

  • baranasai on January 6, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    That is the right move to drop Shewag who is searching for his form for along time/same time they should have dropped Rohit Sharma just lkike they dropped Murali Vijay( who has done better now)who also did better than Rohit but not enough .We need to give a chance to Pujjara which is a good move/ also give a chance to Badrinath who has been waiting in the wings all the time without a chnace/ Jadeja is okish at present still he is no better than the Yousuf Pathan who is forgotten nowas well bring in Wasim Jaffer as opener instead of the ever faultering Ghambir / also give some nother new bowlers a chance than Ashwin who seems to be struggling without much wickets.His average seems very high .Unfortunately no other decent spinnr who can also score some runs as well so Ashwin is in

  • RajanXXX on January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Really i didn't got what is in Selectors mind for "Gambhir" . He didn't deserve his place in this young team Either we have to give the chance to young guys like"Unmukt Chand" or "Ambati Roydu". Gambhir is really playing irresponsibly in whole Indo-Pak Series. His fielding is also very poor................... We saw our young teams performance in last ODI in ground fielding.At lease they save 30 runs by great fielding.

  • sridharan.girish on January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    dhawan/pujara/irfan pathan rahane kohli yuvi raina jadeja dhoni ashwin ishant/shami umesh bhuvanesh

  • brrajini on January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Poor selection by new selectors...still giving chance to rohit and denying the place for talented cricketer like rayudu, tiwar (Manoj & Saurab)...Indian selector should take brave decision and select different team for each format......Dhoni should be kicked out of Test team......

  • balajeev on January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Old wine in an even older bottle. For heaven's sake, England please thrash this team in the interest of Indian cricket and its suffering fans.

  • ashok4567 on January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    no doubt rohit sharma definetely deserves a place in the team just a bit a luck needed to be added to his talent this series is goin to be tuff for him all the best rohit.

  • vrkp on January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Rohit Again??? Come on, this is rubbish selection. this can only happen in India. Tiwari, is he still injured? what happened to Balaji?

    Pujara's selection is good one, similar to Cook's selection into ODI team few years back. Just hope he doesn't get injured playing the ODIs ahead of Aus series.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    not fair with viru..and kohli is good as a captain and dhoni shoud have bating at no.3 than india washing englang

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Hmm..lets see how many more chances Rohit Sharma gets..I guess Manoj Tiwary should stop playing cricket till Rohit sharma retires..

  • sridharan.girish on January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    dhawan/pujara/irfan pathan/abhinav mukund rahane kohli yuvi raina jadeja/chawla dhoni ashwin ishant/shami umesh bhuvanesh

    i feel this squad would be a good pick!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    dis is ridiculous why rohit sharma is dere ???a player lyk manoj tiwari is waiting for his chances!!! Dinda should be thrown out as well!!! where is umesh yadav he has got d pace n has ability to swing d ball both ways!!!!!!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    So after losing the ODI series to Pakistan, there is only one change. No one should be surprised. This is how the Indian selectors operate. Doesn't matter who is in the selection committee, they never bother making any changes. After being thrashed in Tests by England and Australia, there were no changes by the selectors. The only difference was that Dravid and Laxman retired.

    Why are Nohit Sharma and Gambhir still in the team? England will win the ODI series, there is no hope left for Indian cricket.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    drop rohit sharma !he's waste for the team... he must be dropped! coz he's not in form.he never knows to score more than bnary numbers. :)

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Why is the most talented Cricketer in the Milky Way(Rohit Sharma) int the team still ?

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Still to see Rohit Sharma.....

  • ListenToMe on January 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    I think the selection is not bad, but I feel they could have given chance to some more new players. Since we don't have more options for openers, my team would be: (Still I don't think Dinda can last long in Indian team).

    Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ishant/Ashwin/Mishra, Bhuvanashwar, Shami, Dinda.

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on January 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Pujara rightly got the chance. As I suppose I have been longing to see I would like the team to be. 1.Rahane 2.pujara 3.kohli 4.yuvraj 5.dhoni(wk + capt)6. raina 7.jadeja 8.ashwin 9.Bhuvneshwar kumar 10. Ishant 11. Shami ahmed. Dinda just bowls quick. I am not satisfied with bhuvneshwar as a death bowler once the early swing goes off and dhoni rightly used him at the start. Jadeja deserves a go with his recent odi bowling performance. Rohit could have been dropped which did not happen. Gambhir is clearly struggling to find form and its not runs that matter but the flow which has been missing. England bowling is not as dangerous as the pakistani one and we could well expect good fireworks in terms of runs.Sreesanth did well against india A and could have been chosen in place of dinda. Ishant has surprisingly started doing well in odis. We could also expect likes of kohli,yuvi and raina to fire.Overall, I'd be really disappointed if shami ahmed,rahane and pujara do not get a fair run.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Selector should be give rest to Dhoni for three ODI & chance to Parthiv Patel for his best ranji performance & also he can bat as opener.But Dhoni is one of the best batsman we need him for next 2015 Worldcup.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Should have dropped Ghambhir and Rohit Sharma as well...

  • Bruisers on January 6, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Stop crying over Rohit's inclusion please. He would probably get benched for all games.. Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni will form the middle-order.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Shikar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthick should have included in place of Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Rohit, Gambhir and Jadeja got enough chances. I dont see Rohit and Jadeja are serious about the game. Manoj tiwary, Rayudu should get enough chances. Yuvi must be told to play according to game, he still thinks he is playing T20s.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    so we can Expect Wasim Jaffer.... for his Century Against Baroda... for Last Two ODI's Vs England...

  • couchpundit on January 6, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    When will ROHIT be not considered for any format? How bad he has to perform to throw him out of contention? Sehwag had it long coming. Why is Gambhir and dhoni still considered? Why is sachin still considered for Tests? SERIOUSLY when will BCCI and its Selectors realise the horses has run its course? Cowards in BCCI will never let Indian Cricket Progress.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Sreeshant/Irfan is far better than Dinda... Dinda doesnt swing the ball in any conditions. He doesnt worth his place in any international side... be it India or Zimbabwe... Sreeshant or Irfan would have been perfect choice specially during this winter season when the time is perfect for swing bowlers...

  • Bruisers on January 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Can't believe they retained Gambhir.. What are you doing selectors!!?

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    what is dis.....can u give me only one reason y gambhir and rohit are dere....i would also say to drop ashwin....he is nt perfrmng up to his level....give chanc to other spinners....or u have yuvraj jadeja.... so u can still go wid four pacers....dinda ahmed kumar and ishant....it sounds a decent attack....and its nt written anywere ki india can't go wid four seamers.. atleast take a chanc....it will be intrstng to see ...

  • Robbs1309 on January 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Rohit Sharma and his talent is amusing,now i guess Sharma is the most talented feilder in India...Pujara is a good inclusion but Gambhir should have gone & Sehwag included...

  • here2rock on January 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Rohit, Raina and Gambhir still in the side. When would the selectors learn?

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    rohit & jadeja are loyal to dhoni..so they are selected..this was the news update in Andhra Pradesh media..& i'm questioning the selectors that what's the use of continuing rohit & jadeja in the squad..selectors have wasted 2 places in the squad....

  • TUSHARP86 on January 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Welcome Pujara.................

  • Santhosh-Iyer on January 6, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    No big changes, so expect NO big changes in India's performace :)

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Good call up for Pujara. Hope he gets to play in the XI. How many more chances for Rohit? What wrong have Badrinath, Rayadu done.

  • harsha_chu on January 6, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Unless Manoj Tiwari is unfit, i cannot understand how rohit can be persisted with ! Also, gambhir must have been rested/dropped.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Selectors did a good job here to not drop Gambir. Selectors cant drop both the openers at the same time. Yes. Gambir is also a weak link for India in ODIs, But it might be be his last ODI series, if he will not be play well against Eng. He is too shaky at the moment. I dont know what Rohit sharma did good thing except born in Mumai to retain his place. Is Manoj Tiwari injured? He is first choice to replace Rohit sharma.

  • Manush on January 6, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    The media and the public in India , get so much excited with small success and failures. The latest is the just concluded 3rd ODI between India and Pakistan. It is the Pakistan's gift !!. Barring the two new pace bowlers efforts and sharp fielding India again performed very poorly. Well Sehwag has been very inconsistent in ODIs but he is not the only one.From Gambhir to Kholi,Raina,Sharma ,Yuvraj and many more, performed so unimpressively for quite sometime, yet get all the accolade.Let us not praise sky high for nothing and get emotional. We never thought of the future or selected teams as per the needs of the format.Though Dhoni is very good in shorter versions, he is being tolerated for this long for strange reasons in Test arena.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Gambhir also hasnt done much in recent times still he finds a place in the side, had luck for Viru..

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Surprised seeing Rohit Sharma in the Squad, if India really running short of batsmen then call me up... BTW, happy for B. Kumar and Shami ahmed's selection..

  • amitsp12 on January 6, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Gambhir alsp shud have been dropped...He has not performed since last many number of maches...Instead of him M Vijay/S Dhawan/R Uthappa shud have been selected as other opener along with Rahane...Sreesath must have been picked ahead of A Dinda...Pujara deserves his place in ODI side too...Rest all seems fine for initial 3 ODI's...

  • venkatesh018 on January 6, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    I am shocked that Dinda and Rohit Sharma have been retained. Sandeep Sharma or Abhimanyu Mithun could have been picked for their pace bowling.Mandeep Singh could have been picked ahead of Rohit Sharma.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    why is sreesanth not in the team?he took kevin pietersens wicket today n gav away jus 16runs off 7overs

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Just one change after what all happened in Ind-Pak series. Why do they selectors have meeting when all they have to do is give the same list to media which they have been doing from past few years. Why they are not giving chance to talented players like Rayadu,Tiwary to balance the batting department like they have done it in bowling department by giving chances to young players like Bhuvanesh,Shami ahmed,Dinda.If the selectors want a balanced side then they have to take some serious steps. They should choose talent over reputation

  • Paghalaya on January 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I really don't know for what reason selectors are always positive for Rohit Sharma, despite his consistent failure! I presume there are many new faces like captain of U19 team who recently won the world cup and other young aggressive players for limited overs cricket. But still, no one can know what there in these selectors mind!

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Why Irfan Pathan is being ignored inspite of the fact that he was MAN OF THE SERIES in his last ODI Series??? Can any one throw light on this...

  • Arrow011 on January 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Poor selection, instead of Rohit it should have been Unmukt Chand,

  • incredibleguy on January 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    i wish india had lost this last match also for the BCCI selectors still havent taken much harsh calls..gambhir and rohit should have surely been dropped to send a stern message...especially gambhir whose attitude has been the worst in last 3 years since his dip in form.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    please drop gambhir, pleAse, he will learn only if he gets dropped, he is the one should be dropped, not sehwag

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Raohit Sharma!! oh no not again

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    dropping rohit would also had been ideal

  • rkannancrown on January 6, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    IT cant get more pathetic than this. Sehwag has often failed and despite his glorious record is deservingly dropped. Rohit Sharma despite being Indian cricket's most consistent failiure ever continues to be in the line up. The selection was made after India A defeated England in a one day game with performances from Mukund, Vijay etc. The selectors can consider including me in the team - I can fail to repeatedly score as Rohit has done. Are Patil & Co paid money to retain Rohit in the team ?

  • tmp789 on January 6, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane have to go.

  • crick_wizard on January 6, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    this was kind of expected..lot of people expected sweeping changes..but that is not going to happen with this current think tank...not sure what gambhir accomplished that Sehwag did not, to keep his place..also not sure why Rohit and Raina are getting extended changes..and with his latest performances with the ball, I guess we are stuck with jadeja for some more time..lets see..

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    keeping rohit sharma in team is really infair to other young talents

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    i doubt indian bowlers would succeed in scalping cook and pieterson's wickets....where are pravin kumar and umesh yadav....??

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    where is praveen kumar? he is also a very good bowler...

  • chiragXI on January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Finally some logical move by the selectors. Hopefully Rahane will get a chance at Rajkot.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Great to hear that Pujara got the Chance in ODI'S....He truly deserved this....

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Rohit Sharma? Oh no not again

  • class9ryan on January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Finally a fine decision from the selection pane.. Its moreover can be Gambhir's last chance to prove his worth after some constant failures.... I strongly believe at least for this series Pujara should replace Yuvraj in the 11. My playing 11 would surely be - GG, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, MSD, Jadeja, Raina, Ashwin, BK, Ishant, Shami..... But since it is england - i would not mind Amit Mishra in for a seamer if one of them does not perform

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    now whu ll play at no.3 pujara r kohli.. fa d godsake y rohit sharma s still in d team.. could ve given chance atleast to rayudu or manoj tiwary!! wer s irfan pathan!!!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    After all these batting failures all they have dropped is Sehwag. This they have done just to show that they have made changes. England team must be laughing and glad that they are not facing the India A team bowlers instead. Absolute joke of a selection.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Refreshing to see that Sehwag is dropped. I am sure he will come back stronger. Any non performing member of the squad should be replaced with guys in right frame of mind. I think selectors should openly name next captain/ choice of two and start grooming them. Look at australia, they have Clarke doing excellent but have Warner in their plans for next.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Good Move by Indian Selection Committee! They maintain this squad, train them and groom them well... They should do this by keeping the future of Indian cricket in mind...

  • Fareen on January 6, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    How come Rohit Sharma & R. Jadeja keep their place in the squad is beyond me. There're players like Ambati Rayudu & Manoj tiwari and still selectors are persisting with them. Also, is there a case of getting Md. Kaif back into the side? He's a fighter, just what India need at this stage.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Its a positive move to replace Pujara in place of Sehwag.But its not enough. A couple of changes should have been made,viz:-players like Manoj Tiwary/ Murali Vijay should have replaced Gambhir/Rohit Sharma.

  • carajaykumar on January 6, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Despite poor performances rohit still in team.. hard luck manoj tiwary

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    why are our selectors in so much love with rohit sharma.....it has been a long tym he has performed. replace him with pujara or tiwary... i don't remember sharma playing any good or a match saving innings...

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Gambhir again!!!!!! What do the selectors think they are doing. Picking Gambhir inspite of repeated failures. Rohit sharma should have also been dropped and replaced by some opener. Seriously Indian cricket can never dominate the sport with such poor selection. Selectors should be changed first.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    I Don't see any reasons why they are keeping rohit sharma with the squad..this is really unfair to other young talents

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Pujara is test player... why spoil him? Why they don't look for one day specilist?

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Still surprised seeing Rohit Sharma in squad... Happy for B. Kumar and Shami ahmed's selection..

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Ambati Rayaadu should have got a chance , rohit got enough chance , selectors could also tried Abhinav Mukund , Gambhir can be rested ahead of Aussie tor to India , its a gr88 chance to gor for young guns like Robin Bist , Jalaj Saxena , Sandeep Sharma

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Expected new faces in the team after lossing serial losses.. India-A team played better than senior players. It is not a balanced team in bowling side..Hope we will see some more looses soon till the team well balanced.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Pragyan Ojha will be missed considering the fact that he was the best bowler for India against England during the tests. And stats will tell you that he is a better bowler in limited overs cricket.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Again pathetic selections; it shows there is no hope at all for India. What is the point of having an India A team match if the performances are completely ignored. The selectors are really jokers. Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma??? seriously. On what basis these guys got selected. Ashok Dinda just knows to bounce the ball. Sreesanth and Murali Vijay should have been selected in place of Dinda and Gautam Gambhir. Does not the joker selectors know to select people on form. They have picked people on reputations. Look at what the new additions to bowling did. They had the will power to perform. What will Rohit Sharma, Gautam GAmbhir and sir Ravindra Jadeja do when they are out of form. Pathetic selection

  • muthu4664 on January 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    This not enough. Selectors should have dropped Gambhir also. Welcome move to induct Solid Pujara into Oneday set-up. But will he get chance in the playing XI is million dollar Question.

  • Prakmca on January 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Why again and again Rohit? How many chances for Rohit????

    Gambhir also not deserves place in the squad for his current form.

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Oh my god! why Rohit sharma again... was he batted well not even battled for his position in the indian team. No manoj tiwary again, rayudu, dinesh karthik, dhawan n more... give 'em a chance.. not him...

  • womenlovecricket on January 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I am glad that Sehwag was dropped but when will BCCI drop Gambhir and Rohit Sarma? Those two haven't done anything to deserve their place in the Indian team. How about giving some other newcomers like Chand or Mukund the change instead of them?

  • silly_pt on January 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Why they keep retaining Rohit? Let him play Ranji. Mumbai needs his service there. It's the longer version where he should get an opportunity. Please.

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Where is Dhawan, Pankaj Singh?

  • QingdaoXI on January 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Why on earth they dont drop Gambhir.

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    just dont knw wat rohit, gambhir n jadeja doing in d team.. i mean d trio cant bat n they r there 4 dere batting? cmon dhoni atleast not Rohit sharma... we r done wid him. plz

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    This team for 5 ODI or 3 ODI?

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    This team for 5 ODI or 3 ODI?

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    just dont knw wat rohit, gambhir n jadeja doing in d team.. i mean d trio cant bat n they r there 4 dere batting? cmon dhoni atleast not Rohit sharma... we r done wid him. plz

  • QingdaoXI on January 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Why on earth they dont drop Gambhir.

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Where is Dhawan, Pankaj Singh?

  • silly_pt on January 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Why they keep retaining Rohit? Let him play Ranji. Mumbai needs his service there. It's the longer version where he should get an opportunity. Please.

  • womenlovecricket on January 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I am glad that Sehwag was dropped but when will BCCI drop Gambhir and Rohit Sarma? Those two haven't done anything to deserve their place in the Indian team. How about giving some other newcomers like Chand or Mukund the change instead of them?

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Oh my god! why Rohit sharma again... was he batted well not even battled for his position in the indian team. No manoj tiwary again, rayudu, dinesh karthik, dhawan n more... give 'em a chance.. not him...

  • Prakmca on January 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Why again and again Rohit? How many chances for Rohit????

    Gambhir also not deserves place in the squad for his current form.

  • muthu4664 on January 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    This not enough. Selectors should have dropped Gambhir also. Welcome move to induct Solid Pujara into Oneday set-up. But will he get chance in the playing XI is million dollar Question.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Again pathetic selections; it shows there is no hope at all for India. What is the point of having an India A team match if the performances are completely ignored. The selectors are really jokers. Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma??? seriously. On what basis these guys got selected. Ashok Dinda just knows to bounce the ball. Sreesanth and Murali Vijay should have been selected in place of Dinda and Gautam Gambhir. Does not the joker selectors know to select people on form. They have picked people on reputations. Look at what the new additions to bowling did. They had the will power to perform. What will Rohit Sharma, Gautam GAmbhir and sir Ravindra Jadeja do when they are out of form. Pathetic selection