England in India 2012-13 October 26, 2012

Pujara included in Mumbai A squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan, neither of whom play for Mumbai, have been named in the Mumbai A squad for the warm-up game against the visiting England side, to be played at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai from November 3 to 5.

Saurashtra don't begin their Ranji Trophy campaign until the second round of matches starting on November 9, which freed up Pujara for this tour game. While Pujara has taken over the No. 3 spot in India's Test side after Rahul Dravid's retirement earlier in the year, Delhi opener Dhawan will get another chance to show his prowess against a top-notch bowling attack after scoring two hundreds and a half-century in his previous two first-class matches.

Dhawan was originally named in the 14-member squad for the first tour game against England, to be played at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium from October 30, but had to withdraw as his wedding is scheduled for the first day of the game.

There had been some controversy over the decision to not pick any spinners in the India A squad for England's first warm-up game. For the second game, the Mumbai selection panel, headed by the national chief selector Sandeep Patil, included one specialist spinner and another part-timer in the squad led by Suryakumar Yadav. Twenty-year-old legspinner Sagar Gorivale will be assisted by part-time offspinner Abhishek Raut.

Mumbai A squad: Suryakumar Yadav (capt), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Hiken Shah, Bhavin Thakkar, Sufiyan Shaikh (wk), Nikhil Patil (Jr), Abhishek Raut, Kshemal Waingankar, Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Jr), Sagar Gorivale, Javed Khan, Neelkanth Parab, Bravish Shetty, Shardul Thakur.

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  • kumaraguru on October 29, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    15 for England's tour: 1) M.S Dhoni (Capt) 2) Vijay 3) Dhawan 4) Pujara 5) SRT 6) Sehwag 7) Yuvraj 8) Ashwin 9) Ojha 10)ZAK 11)Umesh Yadav 12)Virat Kohli 13) Ishant Sharma 14) Suresh Raina 15) Irfan Pathan - Yuvi or Virat is a good spot for number 6 and Veeru should bat in middle order- He deserves that place because he wanted to bat their for a long time! Selected Vijay and Dhawan based on the recent domestic performances (Not lookng into CLT20 records)

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Great to see the last name "Shardul Thakur" in the squad he is from small town where I come from i:e Palghar, He's a fantastic allround cricketer(premier fast bowler), He also holds the joint record for 6 sixes in a over.. I hope he gets the chance to play :)

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Thats a master stroke Patil

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    This selection panel is better already.. some bold moves! Can't wait to see test squad.. my playing 11 for first match.. 1. Viru 2. Guatam 3. Pujara 4. SRT 5. Kohli 6. Yuvi 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Zaheer 10 Yadav 11. Ojha... 3 reserves Ishant, Raina, Rahane. If VIru and Gautam fail, I say drop one of them and play rahane in 2nd test.. if the other fails again.. I say new OPENING PAIR.

  • P Subramani on October 28, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Like Nampally I too am enthused with the new selection panel's first steps. I had never heard about any leg spinner by the name of Sagar Golivale. I hope he is the prodigy that we have been looking for. I also agree with him about the healthy departure from the stubborn Mumbai tradition of having outside players like Pujara and Dhawan play for Mumbai without the residential qualification,in the National cause.I see no reason for Michael Vaughn making an issue of the team he wants for the practice games. He needs to just look back on what the ECB did when India visited England last year and realise that two can play the same game. What the Barmy Army must know is that India are the underdogs and currently are ranked No 5 by the ICC. So it is England who have to live up to their recent No 1 billing which they lost all too soon. The pressure is on them as it was when India were no 1 and were not allowed any freebies on tour in the summer of 2011. The slide downward is usually quick.

  • Ashok on October 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I am glad to see both Dhawan & Pujara getting a warm up game against England. Yadav being named captain & Sagar Gorivale as the leg spinner is another bold move. India need to develop bowlers both spinner & seamers. The right arm leg spinner spot is wide open with Rahul Sharma being treated as a bench player. This team has almost all other unknown Names. What happened to guys like Wasim Jaffer who used to captain Mumbai? Even Agarkar is not in the side & he is the current captain of Mumbai. Is this President's or Chief Selector's XI?

  • rahul on October 27, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    i think this ploy to withhold the england attack from any exposure to spin in india before the test series might just work... not very sure of it though... although i feel we must cocentrate on finding the bowling department ryt now more then thinking abt the batting..

  • Rahul on October 27, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    This selection panel has only made two low-key decisions so far and they are already looking better than the last one. I don't necessarily agree with the lack of spinners because I think it is a good opportunity to see what Rahul Sharma and Amit Mishra are made of and its the fairer way to do it. That aside, the Sachin/Zaheer Ranji decision and this article are both a welcome surprise.

  • Jay on October 26, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I am an Indian fan but it's time we recognise India as the underdogs in test cricket against top nations. England have the edge in all departments. Indian fans should accept the realities of this inexperienced and green Indian test team. I am satisfied at India being the underdogs in this series. England looking good to win or draw the series. India should just use this series as a series of stepping stones towards becoming a powerful test team once again. The training begins this November 15.

  • Jackwin on October 26, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Go SURYA....show em what u got...:-)

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