England in India 2012-13 November 27, 2012

India retain squad for Kolkata Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

India have retained 15 players from the squad that lost to England in Mumbai for the third Test at Eden Gardens, beginning in Kolkata on December 5. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who did not play the second Test because of a back injury, was not fit and hence left out.

The BCCI had on Monday said the selectors would pick the squad for the two remaining Tests and the two Twenty20 internationals that follow, but today's release said the selection for the fourth Test, in Nagpur, and the Twenty20 games will be made later.

Yadav, the most effective of India's pace bowlers in the series-opener in Ahmedabad, was advised "at least 10 days' rest" by a specialist in Mumbai, and was not expected to recover in time despite the lengthy break ahead of the Test. "The injury is more serious than it was thought to be, so the team will have to make do without him for at least another Test," a source told ESPNcricinfo.

The India squad will assemble in Kolkata on December 2, after a few days' break, while England will remain in Mumbai before leaving for Kolkata on November 30.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Zaheer Khan.

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  • Shoaib on November 30, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    India will lose again to England.

  • Rahul on November 30, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    The reasons for Dhoni's failure is his arrogance and backing up of fringe players like chawla,rp,vinay kumar,murali vijay,even raina who seriously lacks the skills for the test cricket. You cannot make everyone like joginder sharma.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    A bowler like Irfan Pathan is required in the squad....

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    i thought that M vijay have offered mor chence then others.why manoj tiwary ,rahane not get enough chances.

  • MURALI on November 29, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    I have been wondering why Dhoni did not bring on Yuvraj for such a long time when KP was batting. Any idea anyone? Was Yuvraj injured? If not, what explains not bringing on a bowler who has practically made his bunny the batsman at the crease?

  • Naresh on November 29, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Is Dhoni bored with the 5 DAY Test games? If he wanted it to turn from Day1 then maybe he is? Victory in a shorter time. If he is bored he should make way for a NEW TEST CAPTAIN. The last game was a disaster in planning. India needs to find another Anil Kumble type of fast leg spinner.

  • Naresh on November 28, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @nampally - I enjoy reading your comments and suggestions. I really wish you could be a se;ector instead of some of the lot we get/got. India should have made changes to the squad for next two games and did not. Your suggestion of variety from Rahul Sharma and once you mentioned Murali Karthik are the best two. Including Tiwari could have given Dhone the option of using Tiwari as a legspin option. Dhoni is just TOO STUBBORN. Little use was made of Yuvi and Shewag in last game Some bowlers were being overbowled.

  • Raj on November 28, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    I don't know why D Karthink is over looked. He is perfect middle order batsman better than Yuvi, Raina & Sharma. Dhoni has to support someone who can succeed him as a WK & Batsman. Poor DK since he got blessings publicly from Aussie coach that DK can lead team. After that statement selectors forced DK to live in dark.

  • Snehal on November 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    This is more of an inability to act than showing confidence. If Mumbai wasnt a big enough shock to make changes then be ready for more of it. Same squad would likely mean similar results assuming pitch conditions remain same.

    It is sad that so many players do not justify their position in the 11. Something has to change, selectors cant be meek anymore.

  • akash on November 28, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    The selectors made a good decision despite the media pressure. The middle of a tight series is not the time to make drastic changes. Moreover the players who the selectors would have been concerned about/given another chance at the start of the series such as Gambhir, Sehwag and Yuvraj have at least one goods score to show out of 3 innings. No top class spinner seems to be knocking at the door that Harbhajhan or Ashwin can be replaced after poor performance in just one innings. As far as Sachin is considered it is hoped that he scores some runs in the next two Tests, otherwise the selectors might be forced to speak him into retirement. Ideally he should be back in form and be there in South Africa since the other three middle order players will be inexperienced in overseas conditions.

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