England in India 2012-13

Dinda to cover for injured Yadav

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November 21, 2012

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Ashok Dinda celebrates after taking Kumar Sangakkara's wicket, Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo, July 28, 2012
Ashok Dinda is expected to join the team ahead of Thursday's morning practice session © AFP
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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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Posted by Al_Bundy1 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.

Posted by CricketMaan 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!!

Posted by Chaitanya82 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.

Posted by ramli 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by AbAdvani 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

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

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

Posted by fr600 on (November 22, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

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

Posted by vvsquare 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.

Posted by g.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 ,

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

If Umesh is injured, & considering the awesome bowling form of Ishant..why not atleast give a chance to Pankaj Singh, considering his good height & bowling form...plus is isn't as pacy as yadav/ishant but bowls around 135-137k & can bowl longer spells if required without losing his pace...& if in that speed he gets a little bit of reverse swing then it's enough for rattling England

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

If Dinda plays tomorrow it shows that the captain is not having enough faith in Ishnat, then why sharma is picked ahead of Dinda in the original squad??

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 22, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Oh no Dinda please. He couldn't control BD batsmen. But Sourav always says he is the best pacer available in india. Shame that we have only mediocre players like Dinda, rohitsharmas as backup .

Posted by vvsquare on (November 22, 2012, 5:51 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 2012.

Posted by xylo on (November 22, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

It is not like Dinda will be chosen over Ishant. As long as Ishant gives it his all, he will surely figure in Dhoni's XI whether or not he produces wicketless spells.

Posted by SpartaArmy on (November 22, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

how come this guy is even in the radar of selectors, that too for test cricket. He is not good enough for any format at international level, period

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Guys few years back it was Ishant Sharma who was the talk of the town.. Its sad ppl forgetting his potential.. He might have not picked up wickets in his few tests but has always looked good and troubled the batsmen and zak or others went on to pick wickets. So i wish he gets back to his full fitness and bowl as quick as Yadav did.. In the future i wanted to see this two young fast bowlers running in fast and delivering goods like styne and morkel combo.. Ppl may say, its unfair to compare styne and morkel with Ishant and Yadav but i hope these young fast bowlers can change the history of Indian fast bowlers image all together :)

Posted by vinay24 on (November 22, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

If umesh yadav is not fit for tomrw's 2nd test, ishant sharma is the automatic choice. Dhoni does'nt have confidence in dinda, sadly bcci appoints dinda as cover for ishant for 1st test then asks dinda to go and play ranji trophy, then dinda is asked to come in as cover for umesh, now tomrw evry1 see people zaheer and ishant play tmrw and dinda will sit out.............

When dinda is in his form of his life by getting loads of wickets in ranji instead of playing him in the eleven both bcci and dhoni are playing musical chair with him......

All these infer is india wants only zaheer, ishant and umesh as fast bowlers remaining all are only to make up the squad of 15, this will continue untill zaheer retires.........................

Posted by InnocentGuy on (November 22, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

And with that, goes any advantage gained by going one-up in this series.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (November 22, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Dinda is a wrong choice for sure....If yadav is not fit, it will be better to go ahead with three spinners

Posted by Romenevans on (November 22, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Dinda isn't fast in their air therefore he won't be able to get reverse swing that Yadav managed. He will be taken for runs.

Posted by joseyesu on (November 22, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Is India testing a new bowler for every 6 months. What happened to Praveen, Munaf, Vinay, Sreesanth,

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 22, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Now that is a bit of concern for Team India. Yadav was the best bowler last game. He was running through out the match and inspite of follow on, was able to maintain high pace throughout the course of the match. Not sure whether any other bowler in the country can do it. Dinda is a decent potential. What the selectors should have done is, to pick the best reverse swing bowler. Conventional swing can't do it as good as reverse swing in this part of world. Hope Dinda does justice to his potential as well as others faith on him if Yadav doesn't make it to the team.

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (November 22, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

Another injury to another fast bowler. ICC and cricket boards need to fix this asap.

Posted by chokkashokka on (November 22, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

India would be wiser to play a third spinner than this joker - and he is not a fast bowler. What a waste - where is Varun Aaron??

Posted by Meety on (November 22, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

Say it isn't so! The Fast Bowling Injury plague has struck again! I am so dissappointed for Yadav, he really, really impressed me in Oz. He didn't get a massive amount of wickets & was a bit expensive, but IMO he is a Brett Lee type of bowler - a Strike bowler. Hopefully it's just a bit of tightness & he will loosen that up before the 2nd Test! I really want to see how he goes in other pace friendly environments like England. He is a real talent. @ InsideHedge on (November 21 2012, 18:35 PM GMT) - it's not just beds, it's the constant air travel (bear in mind most pacers are taller than average), & the one over spells that happen in T20s. In FC cricket, you get work into an over or a spell, whereas in T20s - EVERY ball must be delivered like your life depended on it. Not to mentio that short form cricket generally requires more robust fielding from bowlers. Cricket Oz has research now that proves an injury is MOST LIKELY to occur going from a block of short form games to longer forms.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

What about Balaji......who has taken wickets in Ranji.....as well as international matches.........

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

If yadav is injured and unable to play it might make sense to go in with 3 spinners and put additional pressure on England. Ishant hasnt played for a long time and it might be asking too much of him.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

@second Test : why cant you give an chance to istanth sharma ..!! nor Harbajan singh most experienced bowler , Dinda could't reach every spell to 140Km as Yadav . ..!!

Posted by vik56in on (November 21, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

There are bowlers who are faster than Dinda,what about Varun Aaron,Sreesanth and Parwinder Awana?

Posted by cricspecial on (November 21, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

@ justIPL , i would like to remind you that sachin doen't have scored runs only against bangladesh ,, none of the present cricketers have scored more runs then sachin against england , so pls stop crieng on the same stuff again and again and i am sure that even u had grown watching him play,, every1n has a bad phase in carier that doesn't mean u will drop players after every single series ,, his presence in the dressing room and feild itself adds in 20% of team perfomance..

Posted by cricspecial on (November 21, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

@ justIPL , i would like to remind you that sachin doen't have scored runs only against bangladesh ,, none of the present cricketers have scored more runs then sachin against england , so pls stop crieng on the same stuff again and again and i am sure that even u had grown watching him play,, every1n has a bad phase in carier that doesn't mean u will drop players after every single series ,, his presence in the dressing room and feild itself adds in 20% of team perfomance..

Posted by Nampally on (November 21, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

@InsideHedge: I was not confused when I made my comments but I am after reading your comments.While you trash all the India bowlers I listed, you appear to forget that Irfan Pathan is an all rounder who has taken 100 Test wickets at an average of 31 in 29 Tests. His test batting average is 34 including several 50's & centuries. As for his pace he is in 130+ KPH, which is no worse than Dinda or even ZAK.Are you aware he got 5 for -- in Ranji + scored a century in the same match 3 weeks back. I am surprised You asked for his Ranji performance when once he was touted to be Kapil's successor. Your comments aside, I was looking for the New Selectors to have a vision for developing Bowlers -By the way Srikant is the Ex-chairman! Aaron, Yadev & Ishant Sharma - all 23 years, should really be top of the list amongst the seamers.These 3 bowl consistently around 140 KPH.Select them by rotation & develop Shami Ahmad & other youngters.If Rahul is not the leg spinner develop one NOW.India needs one!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

@Topic: I think this was a choice between Pankaj sharma and Dinda and the later got lucky (more votes).

@Varun Aaron: I do not understand why people are shouting about Varun Aaron. come on guys, how can you want a bowler with fast class bowling avg above 40 to play test!!!!! Varun was never an option to begin with, definitely not on Indian slow pitches.

@Second test: In fact, if Yadav is not fit, there is a chance for India to play with three spinners.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Poor Yadav. I just hope this back injury doesn't affect his career. Also, I would pick Aaron instead of Dinda. He's quicker and more accurate.

Posted by JustIPL on (November 21, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Please there was no reverse swing rather doctored pitch kept it low slight advantage turned into wickets for Yadav. He just too four wickets and there is so much hue and cry as if he is michael holding. India dont have pace bowlers in store as England have. Just doctoring a pitch does not ensure home advantage but it is a chance to pick best players on short notice.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Varun Aron could have been apt choice.... Is he injured or what?

Posted by agniupadhyay on (November 21, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

@InsideHedge: You have insinuated that Ganguly promotes mediocrity because of his loyalty to the region he hails from, i.e, Bengal. If you take even a cursory glance at the era when Ganguly had considerable decision-making power in India cricket, as captain, you shall realize how deeply wrong you are in pulling his name in this regard. He oversaw the dilution of the established regional cliques and the rampant nepotism in here. His promotion of quality and youth was pure and simple. Untapped spaces of the country started getting due recognition. I can get into a comparative study of his era with other eras of Indian cricket, even the present one, and illustrate your vitriolic ignorance. But that is beyond the scope of this rejoinder.

Posted by shortpitched on (November 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Ishant's success was based on being able to bowl 2 kinds of deliveries well - the incoming one off the pitch and the one holding its line -delivered at pace on a bouncy wicket can result in either bowled/lbw for one or... a slip catch for the straight one. During the last few outings he seemed to have lost the ability of changing them at will or his experiments of changing his style hampered this ability. Dinda is a trundler no doubt - but he has lots of experience and success bowling in these conditions. Ganguly likes him cause he is a fighter like him. He does not have tremendous gifts (like Yadav and Ishant) but he does his best with what he has.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 21, 2012, 20:17 GMT)


Did you say Rahul Sharma? Warming bench for 20 games? We're discussing Tests here, he has never warmed the Test bench for so long. Since his rave party arrest, he's gone off the boil. Less than impressive at A team level, RSharma made his name in the IPL, we've seen NOTHING to suggest he will succeed in Tests. Again, take some wkts in Ranjis and we'll talk.

Munaf has been given plenty of chances, what has he done since the Eng tour? Same with Sreesanth. Varun Aaron? Hardly the selector's fault that he's been injured for more than a year.

I'm no fan of our selectors, esp the chairmanship of KSrikkanth - a shocking tenure - but our bowlers have been poor, there's a shocking lack of talent in this area. God knows, if you are a bowler in India, esp a quickie, you've got a great opp to make a name for yourself.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 21, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

@Nampally: You appear to be a little confused. Praveen Kumar was taken to England, performed OK (looked decent only because the rest were utterly dismal), truth is that he lacks pace and Test class. Poor fielder and surly character to boot. But you can't blame the selectors, he got himself injured just before the home Tests against WI. He was injured again before the Oz tour. Irfan has just made a comeback in ODIs/T20s and I'm sure will be in the selector's thoughts but let him impress in Ranjis.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Yadav has been super impressive ever since he debuted. The pace and swing he generated in Motera was unbelievable with none of the English prepared to work hard enough to hit 140 k on the radar, but he doing it consistently. Hope the Indian selectors learn to manage him well. He is a genuine wicket taker

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

@JustIPL well, agree with your comments about Dinda, but he has proved himself in Ranji UNLIKE Bhajji. How can you even consider him for a spot when the two spinners have already been performing well in tandem. And I can assume any sane mind would not go in with just 1 fast bowler. And it is very easy for anyone sitting at his cozy place to criticize Tendulkar, suggesting he can score only against Bangladesh. Please get your statistics right.

Posted by gaurav1981p on (November 21, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

@InsideHedge Very true.. Ishant Sharma should consider him very lucky, he is under 25 and has played 45 tests, which many of players plays in there whole career.. when we go through his career deeply, we will see he has learned nothing.. after 45 tests average of over 35, strike rate of 11+overs and just 3 fivers, and he is still in consideration of selectors, what-else a lucky man can ask..?? Except last year's Windies tour, I can't remember any of his performance !!

Posted by noboundaries on (November 21, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Dinda could not even read the game during his T20 appearance & kept bowling wrong line & length regardless of whats needed. Even though he is an young bowler, he is not a thinking one. In test you need a thinking bowler, my guess is go for praveen kumar or Pathan.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Buwaneswar Kumar should be selectec ahead of jumping high Dinda

Posted by Darshi007 on (November 21, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

If Yadav is injured, I would rather pick Harbhajan and go with 3 spinners instead of picking Ishant or Dinda.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

Not Dinda again yr. Its better India go with Bhajji as well and Virat Kohli and Sachin bowl some over for medium pace.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

no dont put dinda in i would give ishant sharma a chance or irfan pathan or varun aaron

Posted by timohyj on (November 21, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

pankaj singh should have been selected. I don't know why they keep picking Dinda. Ishant looked pretty good in the domestic matches he played since coming back from injury and he even seemed to have corrected his seam position and was able to bowl outswingers, not just his usual legcutters. However, Yadav bowled very well in the last match generating pace and bounce on a lifeless surface and his reverse swing was deadly. Hopefully he is fit in time for the macth

Posted by JustIPL on (November 21, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

It looked obvious that yadav put in lot of effort as he did not get hit for plenty as he normally does but was not able to continue it. Dhinda is too predictable and england batsmen should enjoy a sigh of relief on his inclusion. I will suggest to include Bhajji at all costs as India should win the second test and put series loss out of the equation. It will be great consolation for sliding indian test ranking. India should give a youngster to bat in place of tendulkar as we might need to wait for another Bangladesh match to see Tendulkar scoring a hundred.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 21, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

@Gaurav1981p - Agree, the track record of modern day bowlers is simply a disgrace. In your exhaustive list of unfit bowlers, you missed Chris Tremlett who hasn't played any cricket since the Lords Test of 2011 against India. The man's almost disappeared off the radar.

Not only did the old timers have no access to modern fitness technology but they bowler hundreds of overs in domestic cricket in their respective countries, some even played domestic cricket in MULTIPLE countries. Regardless of the fact that there's more international cricket these days, the ACTUAL number of overs bowled by modern day bowlers is far LESS than as recently as the 90s.

The only conclusion I can draw is that the constant change of hotel beds is injuring their backs!!! I know....absurd.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 21, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

I forgot to add in my previous note that even Dinda will be more effective than Ishant, a man who appears to be lacking in bowling nous. I would love to be proven wrong. Since his injury he simply hasn't played enough FC cricket for us to judge whether anything has changed since his dismal performances in 2011-12.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 21, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

@Yougander Reddy: You must be Ishant's personal agent, the man is a proven FAILURE as his last eight overseas TESTS bear out. If he can't succeed on foreign, pacy tracks, pray tell me how he'll be effective on placid Indian tracks? Can he bowl reverse like Yadav and Zaheer? I thought Yadav was super impressive in Abad, consistently bowling quickly and reversing the ball so it was tailing in for the stumps.

Conversely, Ishant Sharma bowls the same delivery 6 out of 6 - a short of a length delivery slightly cutting into the right hander, the ball is never hitting the stumps. The same line is used against the LHB rendering an lbw impossible. After 40 odd Tests, he has learned NOTHING, however, he's made millions out of his IPL contract. Smart guy.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 21, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Yadav seems to be the fast bowler that India is looking for, but with all fast bowlers, he will get frequent injuries. Best to look for another bowler. Surrpised they didn't give Irfan pathan a chance when he has had amazing form this year in ODIs

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

What happened to Ashish Nehra after world cup. He said that he wanted to play test cricket after world cup. I know he is injure for now but selector did not pick him when he was fit after the world cup he was one of best bowler during and before world cup. India's bowling was not so bad as it is now after the world cup. It was only so because ashish was performing well and was in the team but suddenly for no reason they droped him and seems they will not consider him ever..

Posted by Nampally on (November 21, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Why do the Indian Selectors develop some bowlers & then discard them? What happened to Praveen Kumar & Irfan pathan? Are they not available. Dinda would be in & out on the bench for a few games before the next guy comes in. Rahul Sharma did warm the bench for about 20 games & now he is never heard of. India shouldhave a pool of 30 guys announced who are the squad for at least 3 years. From this lot the players should be picked. A whole host of players are available even amongst the pace bowlers who move in & out like Yo-Yo!. Awana, Shami Ahmad, few Singhs, Tyagi, Vinay, Munaf & Aaron all were put thru' paces & calmly forgotten. The same is the case with the batsmen, spin bowlers & all rounders. Have the Selectors got any short & long term goals for the player development? This random scanning must stop.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 21, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Like others, I have no confidence in Dinda, I find his exaggerated jump at the bowling crease just before releasing the ball irritating, un-necessary and counter-intuitive. We'll soon see Ganguly promoting him, not because he's a good bowler but he hails from Bengal. Some things never change in Indian cricket.

Posted by Adeel9 on (November 21, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Dinda for tests? We're seriously out of ammunition.

Posted by Aussasinator on (November 21, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Ishant Sharma should step in and not some medium paced trundler like Dinda.

Posted by gaurav1981p on (November 21, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

This has became a trend now !! Fast bowlers of every country are unable to survive in test match series !! If we look on to current scenario Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Harshal Patel, Pat Cummins, Shane Watson, Steven Finn, Mashrafe Mortaza, Ravi Rampaul, etc. etc. is a huge list who are injured !! When it comes to fast bowling I think Dale Steyn survives for most of days without injuries !! Old timers were much more fit and injury free and that too without help of current luxuries of physios, machinery's, technology and many other things which current players gets everywhere !!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Pankaj, Awana, or even UPs Bhuvaneshwar can be tried. And no young tearaway in a land of billion plus?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

i hope dhoni gives ishant a chance before giving dinda a chance frm past 2 tours ishant is being benched now after the surgery he is very much fit and heard he learnt outswingers too and has increased his pace !! he is the fastest indian bowler till date and is just 24 and even younger than yadav and aaron !! ishant should be in playing 11 to threaten the english batsmen with pace !! probably which makes eng bowlers luk like trundlers !! aaron,yadav,ishant,dinda,abu nechim all bowl above 140 kph atleast !! thts a gud pace armoury !! and gud swing bowlers are praveen kumar,irfan,sandeep sharma,shami ahmed,zaheer and awana and gud players for bouncy pitches are pankaj singh,mithun,unadkat and rituraj singh.players shd be selected depending on pitch and conditions !!

Posted by CricketisMyPassion on (November 21, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

What are our professional fitness trainers doing if no series goes without one pace bowler or other going down even w/o overload? Is there no accountability for fitness?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

What's the point? The pitch will be turner, make sense to go with 3 spinners and Dhoni/Kohli to bowl some overs for formality.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Pankaj Singh deserves the Chance........He deserves lot more than any other player.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Where is Varun Aaron... No news about him in recent times.........

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Oh please! Can we get someone who is fast rather than another in the Vinay Kumar mode? Is Varun Aaron's injury so serious that he has been out of reckoning forever?

Posted by Abhi83Blr on (November 21, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Dinda is no Test material suited only for T20 or 50-50

Posted by SHKS on (November 21, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

No Dinda .Please call Pankaj Singh.He is a good player.He is more better than Dinda.

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 21, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Oh no Yadav what have you done... and if Viru gets out early, will there be any fun in watching the Test.. just boring...

Posted by lemonstealer on (November 21, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

how the hell does pankaj singh keep getting overlooked?i believe the selectors need to dig deeper than just the number of wickets taken by the bowlers in a particular season,HOW the bowler got those wickets against which opposition,on what surface

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

After a lonnnnnngggggggggg time one fast bowler from india looked promising, infact looked much much better than england bowlers and he is in doubt for the 2nd test due to injury.. is this called fate for Indian Cricket? Hope the injury for Yadav is not the big one.. Any how good luck DindA.

Posted by VJGS on (November 21, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

What is up with Indian pacers? I can't remember the last time the Indian pace attack survived an entire tour, fully fit. If not Zaheer Khan, it is the young Yadav. The BCCI must somehow improve not only the quality of the pace options in India, but also monitor and ensure their fitness better

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 21, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

What a huge blow for India! Hope it's nothing serious and wishing him a complete recovery.

Posted by JoieDeVivre on (November 21, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Would be a body blow for India if Umesh Yadav misses out but a good chance for Ishant Sharma (yet again) to show some form and live up to the reputation.

On a separate note why can't BCCI have a full time spokesperson to handle media and provide them with information which is meant for public consumption? Surely, the game can be run in a professional manner. I don't why BCCI has never done this in the past. Sometimes I wonder if BCCI has taken the fans and general paying public for granted. There is nothing, absolutely nothing BCCI can claim are doing this because of the paying public and fans all over the world who are madly in love with Indian Cricket. Sorry state of affairs to say the least.

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