England in India 2012-13 November 21, 2012

Dinda to cover for injured Yadav

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ashok Dinda, the Bengal fast bowler, has been asked to join India's squad in Mumbai as cover for the fast bowler Umesh Yadav ahead of the second Test against England, which starts at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

Yadav did not take the field during India's practice session on Wednesday due to a lower back injury. Though the team management remained tight-lipped, a BCCI insider confirmed that Dinda is being flown in to Mumbai since there were "doubts over Yadav's availability" for the second Test. Dinda was called as cover in the first Test as well, for Ishant Sharma.

Yadav was the most successful fast bowler in the opening Test in Ahmedabad and had supported the spinners by picking up four wickets during India's nine-wicket victory. MS Dhoni, the India captain, was particularly impressed with the pace and reverse-swing Yadav generated on a surface that the England pacemen struggled to draw any assistance from.

Dinda is expected to join the squad ahead of Thursday morning's session. The 28-year-old who made the last of his 15 international appearances - 10 ODIs and five Twenty20 internationals - against England during the World Twenty20 in September has been in the reckoning for a Test spot for a while now. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in the last year's Ranji Trophy, picking 37 wickets in six games at 20.64.

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  • Al on November 24, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Ishant is a classic example of why bowling at 140+ kph is not good enough to get wickets. A fast bowler needs to have enough swing and variation to outfox the batsmen. Zaheer bowls around 130 kph but still gets wickets. A fast bowler who can't take wickets on bowler friendly pitches of England and Australia should never be allowed in Indian squad. There's no shortage of good medium pacers in India - Pankaj Singh of Rajasthan, Basant Mohanty of Odissa, Imtiaz Ahmed and B Kumar of UP have been very successful in Ranji Trophy. They deserve a chance before Ishant.

  • Sriram on November 22, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @Chaitanya82 - Varun Aaron has been injured and out of cricket for past 6 months. The last he played was IPL 5. He is currently rehabilitating at NCA and is not even part of Ranji squad. Its a stress fracture on his back and the world has seen many who never recovered from this injury or were never the same. Here is wishing Varun good luck!!

  • Chaitanya on November 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Varun Aaron should have been selected in place of Dinda..If Dinda is selected in the final 11 Cook would be a happy man as Dinda doesn't have the pace or controlled swing in his bowling and would be the weak link... All it takes for a team like England is to win one game and they will be back to business with lots of confidence... So India should be careful not to do silly mistakes atleast in picking the final 11.

  • RAJARAMAN on November 22, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    A pacer is picked as cover for injury to another pacer ... that does not mean automatic selection into the playing XI ... Ishant will still be preferred if Umesh is not fit ... No bhajji please ... sorry

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    sachin_vvsfan----Hey Buddy--I believe you really need to understand what you are saying and also Cricket----you are saying Rohit Sharma is a mediocre player.:) Man don judge anyone if you don understand the game---Rohit Sharma is a classic Player--Same with Dinda---difference being Rohit got chances, but bad luck. Going by your theory Vinod Kambli was a Mediocre player---but he was not, he was one of the most stylish left handers. But Dinda needs a chance--he earned that. So don call players mediocre who have won matches fo India like Rohit Sharma.

  • AB on November 22, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Rajasthan cricketers always get a raw deal from BCCI -Pankaj Singh and Robin Bist have been consistent for a while now and helped Rajasthan win Ranji trophy also, they should have been part of the 14 member Test team-yet they continue to keep getting ignored. I hope Pankaj Singh doesn't become another Abey Kuruvilla -left to languish and then given an opportunity at the fag end of his career

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Now this is a chance for ishant to come back strongly.

  • Fahad on November 22, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Good decision, injured player needs to be replaced but most people don't cares really.

  • vineet on November 22, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    dinda surely deserves to be in the indian test squad but nt sure if he'll b picked...actually I even doubt whether yadav is really injured or is it just a cover up to play bhajji in mumbai as yadav performed well and u just cant drop zak & play 3 spinners in India....despite dat all eyes will be on VIRU 100 tests amazing feat...tearing apart since 2001.

  • narsimha on November 22, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    justipl- what a joke i am sure u are unable to stomack our hansome win ,the motera wicket is flat & slow if the doctored pitch helped YADAV than it was same to ENGLISH who according to u people are worlds best , go through thev article by SWAAN few days back on this web he clsified the wickets at UAE where u r great team was great were rank turners ,underprepared , IND wickets are deferent from those in uae ,

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