England in India 2012-13 December 9, 2012

Zaheer, Yuvraj and Harbhajan dropped

ESPNcricinfo staff

India have dropped Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh for the Nagpur Test. Delhi fast bowler Parvinder Awana and Saurashtra allrounder Ravindra Jadeja have received their first call-ups, and legspinner Piyush Chawla replaced Harbhajan.

Zaheer's is the biggest fall. This is the first time he has been dropped from the Test side after his rousing comeback in 2006-07. He has taken 15 wickets in eight Tests in 2012 at a strike rate of 98 balls per wicket. In this series, he has taken four scalps at a strike rate of 133. Moreover, his fielding has been below par for some time. His replacement, Awana, took 5 for 81 against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy match a day before the selection meeting. Reputed to be brisk, Awana has taken 21 Ranji wickets at an average of 21.57 this season.

Yuvraj, called back after a double-century in the Duleep Trophy was deemed enough to prove his fitness, did not take his chance either. He scored 125 runs in five innings in the series. He has now played 40 Tests over various comebacks for three centuries and an average of 33.92.

Yuvraj's replacement, Jadeja, recently scored his third first-class triple-century in 13 months. He was dropped from India's limited-overs squads earlier this year, but the two triples in one month this season and 18 Ranji wickets at 23.72 have put him ahead of Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary in the queue for a middle-order slot. Jadeja told PTI he had hoped to get his chance after his run in domestic cricket: "I have proved my ability to stay at wicket for a long time, which is necessary while playing Test cricket, and I was hoping after making two triple centuries I would be selected for Test cricket."

Even as the squad was being debated, Tiwary was busy rescuing Bengal with 55 out of a score of 112 against Jadeja's Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy. Four of Bengal's wickets, though, fell to Jadeja. Tiwary retired-hurt with a pulled muscle, but that happened after the squad was announced.

Harbhajan was recalled for the Tests without any improvement shown in domestic cricket, but a lacklustre show in Mumbai means he will be stuck on 99 Tests for a while. Not that his replacement, Chawla, has set the domestic scene on fire, with nine wickets at an average of 48.33.

Awana and Jadeja made it to the T20 side too. Uttar Pradesh allrounder Bhuvneshwar Kumar joined them in place of the injured Irfan Pathan. Virender Sehwag and Zaheer, left out of T20 squad, were unavailable for reasons the BCCI didn't state. Ajinkya Rahane took Sehwag's place. Harbhajan has been dropped for T20s as well.

Squad for Nagpur Test: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Parvinder Awana.

Squad for T20Is: MS Dhoni (capt &wk), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Parvinder Awana

By Sidharth Monga

This selection should drive home what a bad state Indian cricket is in. Piyush Chawla's bowling averages over the last three first-class seasons tell you all you need to know about the reserves: 48.33 this season, 40.61 in 2011-12 and 41.04 in 2010-11. He was picked for the Nagpur Test against England despite that. No wonder Harbhajan Singh came back into the side without taking wickets at domestic level. The spin cupboard is bare, and the choice was between Amit Mishra and Chawla. The selectors overlooked Mishra, who at least has better stats than Chawla.

There are better options in the fast-bowling department, but they are all injured. Most noteworthy among them are Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar and Sreesanth. Parvinder Awana, reputed to be a quick bowler, has had a decent season and looks a good pick with others unavailable. If the pitch in Nagpur is not a raging turner, at least one out of Awana and Ashok Dinda should debut.

Ravindra Jadeja's selection seems driven by numbers alone. His two triple-centuries this season, to go with one in 2011-12, have pushed him ahead of two specialist batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary, who have been on the fringes for a long time. It could also be Jadeja's left-arm spin, something that was supposed to be in Yuvraj Singh's favour when he jumped the queue. The problem with this selection, on the evidence of what we have seen in international cricket, is that Jadeja is neither a top-six batsman nor a top-four bowler.

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  • on December 11, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    I respect sachin as a player and as a person however the fact that he is not scoring runs for his team would say to me as selector to drop him, id love to see him like he once was one of the best batsmen in the world and thats coming from an england support. i would love to see a big innings from him but saddly from what i've seen he cant do that at the moment. Another aspect that i think india should change is dhoni either him dropped as captain or dropped from team he isnt helping out the team with his average of just over 18. i disgree with the idea of dropping singh because the choose to bring in chawla is poor he isnt the spinner i would have picked you have people like r sharma, a mishra and sb jakatie. its time to get rid of the old and bring the new india could be the best if they did tht :)

  • shahzaibq on December 11, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @Jaspreet My point was that both of them have been tried at various times, and have failed to step up and grab their chances. The team needs to move away from the 3-spinner strategy, and focus on issues such as Gambhir not having made a century in ~3 years. Bhajji wouldn't have played ahead of Ojha and Ashwin anyways. Going for Jadeja because he can bowl left arm spin? Would you rather not bet on someone who's more likely to score a hundred? @Nampally Did NOT consider their fielding skills when I made that comment. Surely India would do very well if they had at least 7 committed and fit fielders.

  • bhrangi on December 11, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @swauzzie : Did they find any alternative for them?., May for S.Gavaskar we find Rahul dravid. What about others warne , mcgrath or for W.Akram ?? I am not blindly supporting sachin, what i believe is just wait for 2 or 3 series or may be matches ? Just give him time. Already pressure building against him, so he wont be there for long time. so just wait and give him respect. you don't need to bash him.

  • on December 11, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    india in nagpur test with battin lineup.....1.Rahane 2.Sehwag 3.Vijay 4.Pujara 5.Jadeja 6.Sachin 7.Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.Chawla 10.pojha 11.Awana

  • KairavParikh on December 11, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Dhoni looks clueless while batting/wicket keeping/ captaincy. Needs to go ASAP.

  • CB17 on December 11, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Why are people against SRT? He knows whn to go and wht to do? Newaz we need to have reinforcement strategy and think Hw we can win Nagpur test? MSD you are the one of the best skipper India has produced so plz dont give any lame excuses about pitch, grnd, playrs etc. Plz lead from frnt and score some runs. India should go with this team in Nagpur test following in batting order: Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Sachin, R. Jadeja, Ashwin, Dhoni, Kohli, Ojha, Ishant, Awana. The reason I've put Jadeja, Ashwin up the order bsc they are in form, Kohli wont have pressure all he has to do is smash some quick runs with tailenders as ojha, ishant can hang arnd. Frnds plz comment. After this series India needs to start planning for WC-2015, MSD shld only lead in ODI's & concentrate on his batting bsc he has too much pressure in terms of leadership we are loosing a good match winner. Have a seprt set of players who will only play T20s and ODI's & hav seprt set of plyrs for test team? Cricinfo plz publish

  • swauzzie on December 11, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @terrifyingwarriors - living ledgend? Sure he is he was a great player - but so were players such is I Khan, W Akram, I Bothom, D Gower, S Gavaskar, A Flower, G McGrath, A Border etc.... Do you think they should still be playing too :)

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Please drop Gambhir immediately and other seniors should respectfully retire.

  • terrifyingwarriors on December 11, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Who ever here wants Sachin Tendulkar can just get outta this page right now. He is the living cricket legend. If it was possible I would want sachine to play for ever but, sadly he has to go at some point and I would absolutely hate that very day!! @ Sharif Qamar who on earth are you to Judge a great legend like Sachin, I want to see you batting against some below average bowlers.. I get If I give u 100 chances ud more likely to score less than 1000 runs and U dont dare talk about cricket legends.... This applies to everyone who wants to see sachin retire. cric info post this.. thank u

  • Mill1 on December 11, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I understand Tiwary got injured after this decision was made, but i don't understand why the BCCI preferred the allrounder Jadeja ahead of Tiwary. Tiwary deserved the call at least!! Plus i'm so angry that they selected Chawla. On what basis, the guy has done nothing and failed every time. Why didn't they pick Mishra, a wicket taking legspinner...somehow again politics comes to mind.

    Plus, if they are looking for a captain...well wasn't that supposed to be Mohammed Kaif's future role a few years ago?!! The guy is playing well and perhaps should just come in now as test captain. Also has a good attitude and brilliant fielder, plus we know he can bat in English conditions!!!

  • on December 11, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    I respect sachin as a player and as a person however the fact that he is not scoring runs for his team would say to me as selector to drop him, id love to see him like he once was one of the best batsmen in the world and thats coming from an england support. i would love to see a big innings from him but saddly from what i've seen he cant do that at the moment. Another aspect that i think india should change is dhoni either him dropped as captain or dropped from team he isnt helping out the team with his average of just over 18. i disgree with the idea of dropping singh because the choose to bring in chawla is poor he isnt the spinner i would have picked you have people like r sharma, a mishra and sb jakatie. its time to get rid of the old and bring the new india could be the best if they did tht :)

  • shahzaibq on December 11, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @Jaspreet My point was that both of them have been tried at various times, and have failed to step up and grab their chances. The team needs to move away from the 3-spinner strategy, and focus on issues such as Gambhir not having made a century in ~3 years. Bhajji wouldn't have played ahead of Ojha and Ashwin anyways. Going for Jadeja because he can bowl left arm spin? Would you rather not bet on someone who's more likely to score a hundred? @Nampally Did NOT consider their fielding skills when I made that comment. Surely India would do very well if they had at least 7 committed and fit fielders.

  • bhrangi on December 11, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @swauzzie : Did they find any alternative for them?., May for S.Gavaskar we find Rahul dravid. What about others warne , mcgrath or for W.Akram ?? I am not blindly supporting sachin, what i believe is just wait for 2 or 3 series or may be matches ? Just give him time. Already pressure building against him, so he wont be there for long time. so just wait and give him respect. you don't need to bash him.

  • on December 11, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    india in nagpur test with battin lineup.....1.Rahane 2.Sehwag 3.Vijay 4.Pujara 5.Jadeja 6.Sachin 7.Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.Chawla 10.pojha 11.Awana

  • KairavParikh on December 11, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Dhoni looks clueless while batting/wicket keeping/ captaincy. Needs to go ASAP.

  • CB17 on December 11, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Why are people against SRT? He knows whn to go and wht to do? Newaz we need to have reinforcement strategy and think Hw we can win Nagpur test? MSD you are the one of the best skipper India has produced so plz dont give any lame excuses about pitch, grnd, playrs etc. Plz lead from frnt and score some runs. India should go with this team in Nagpur test following in batting order: Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Sachin, R. Jadeja, Ashwin, Dhoni, Kohli, Ojha, Ishant, Awana. The reason I've put Jadeja, Ashwin up the order bsc they are in form, Kohli wont have pressure all he has to do is smash some quick runs with tailenders as ojha, ishant can hang arnd. Frnds plz comment. After this series India needs to start planning for WC-2015, MSD shld only lead in ODI's & concentrate on his batting bsc he has too much pressure in terms of leadership we are loosing a good match winner. Have a seprt set of players who will only play T20s and ODI's & hav seprt set of plyrs for test team? Cricinfo plz publish

  • swauzzie on December 11, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @terrifyingwarriors - living ledgend? Sure he is he was a great player - but so were players such is I Khan, W Akram, I Bothom, D Gower, S Gavaskar, A Flower, G McGrath, A Border etc.... Do you think they should still be playing too :)

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Please drop Gambhir immediately and other seniors should respectfully retire.

  • terrifyingwarriors on December 11, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Who ever here wants Sachin Tendulkar can just get outta this page right now. He is the living cricket legend. If it was possible I would want sachine to play for ever but, sadly he has to go at some point and I would absolutely hate that very day!! @ Sharif Qamar who on earth are you to Judge a great legend like Sachin, I want to see you batting against some below average bowlers.. I get If I give u 100 chances ud more likely to score less than 1000 runs and U dont dare talk about cricket legends.... This applies to everyone who wants to see sachin retire. cric info post this.. thank u

  • Mill1 on December 11, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I understand Tiwary got injured after this decision was made, but i don't understand why the BCCI preferred the allrounder Jadeja ahead of Tiwary. Tiwary deserved the call at least!! Plus i'm so angry that they selected Chawla. On what basis, the guy has done nothing and failed every time. Why didn't they pick Mishra, a wicket taking legspinner...somehow again politics comes to mind.

    Plus, if they are looking for a captain...well wasn't that supposed to be Mohammed Kaif's future role a few years ago?!! The guy is playing well and perhaps should just come in now as test captain. Also has a good attitude and brilliant fielder, plus we know he can bat in English conditions!!!

  • on December 11, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    In addition to Zak, Bhajji, & Yuvi. More to be dropped: Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin, & Dhoni. All others may be given a few more chances. Build a brand new team

  • swauzzie on December 11, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Look out India! England is here now & making life difficult for you. Showing up the many weaknesses that Indian cricket has now. But soon the Aussies will turn up on your shores - you're gonna feel like you got run over by a bus!! Better get some fresh reserves happening quick on the batting side (I love Sachin, but his expiry date went out years ago - your selectors are weak in their decision not to push him out for the future of Indian cricket!). Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!!

  • Fathablt on December 11, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Good decision also replace Sachin why are you keeping an old man where he cannot score 40 Runs also. Bring Irfan back

    Please give chance for the new comers.

    Best regards,

  • srisharma_12 on December 11, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Where is Sandeep Sharma U-19 champion?

  • challagalla on December 11, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    FAIR call dropping Zaheer, Yuvraj and Harbhajan. My issue is why not drop Gambhir and give a strong message to SRT to hang his boots after the Nagpur test. I will not mind losing a few tests but bring in some new blood and see how they perform.

  • on December 11, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Matches are lost even before they begin..Such a shame for Indian team..No, its not the pitch which has let Dhoni down..it is his TEAM!..Sachin is a SELFISH player, jeopardized carriers of several yougsters due to lack of chance (one ex. Rahane!)..Even Ponting loved cricket, but u can't play for eternity..Gilchrist dropped 1 catch and he thought about retiring!!

    Selectors fear GOD (of cricket)!

  • on December 11, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Shewag dropped in T20??? Why did they do so ???

  • on December 11, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Fans who don't know how to respect greatness, even when s/he is NOT performing, neither deserve their presence nor their achievements. India's recent failure is not because of Sachin's bad form, or Dhoni's bad form, or Kohli's bad form. It was a collective failure. Cricket is a team game, not an individual sport. Just like through collective effort a team wins, when a team loses, it is also because of collective failure. Now, instead of talking about who should be dropped and who should or should not retire, can a nation really take the time to find out what is going wrong? It's always easy to point finger at individual/s, but it is rather difficult to identify the problem, assess the causes of the problem, and then work towards solving the problem. Also, please remember that the team is going through a transition after the retirement of Dada, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble ... This was expected, only the Indian fans were in denial and believed it would never happen. Why the denial?

  • kir.vas on December 11, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    What about Gambhir he is literally dancing in the crease. A better replacement for Gambhir is Irfan Pathan. He is a left hander, he can score 20 odd runs, he can bowl bit and he is a better fielder. ( I am not comparing Irfan with other talents in India ...... only with Gambhir)

  • karthik_raja on December 11, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @ forsurf99. Mate, I am not sure whose scores are u mentioning. If I am a selector, I will not merely go by numbers. Agreed, numbers play a huge part. Bt, that alone wont matters. Imagine a batting lineup with Rahane,Mukund,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit,Jadeja,Saha,Ash,Awana,Dinda,Ojha. Its gr8 to see a whole new lineup. Fresh, energy etc etc. Isn't it..?? Bt, I bet u. Mukund will play better in the company of Sehwag than Rahane and Pujara will feel better if u hv SRT coming next rather than Kohli/Rohit. Thats wt experience gets u to the side. The confidence. Even if they fail, they r not going to b blamed, since there r seniors to take that blame. Bt, for a team of all youngsters, suddenly Mukund,Pujara,Kohlis become seniors and that will add them more pressure. I repeat. There has been some change made to the lineup and let them settle first b4 we make further changes. So, v hv to b patient. The current situation is lot better thn "not making any changes".

  • joseyesu on December 11, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    I think this series is gone for INDIA

  • on December 11, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Piyesh may come in place of Yuvraj and Dinda may come in place of Zaheer. I also feel that we could risk bringing Vijay in place of Gambhir.

  • on December 11, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Thanks to Gambhir England won. He ran out Scehewg in the 1st innings and pujra in the 2nd innings. He was notorious batter to run out his partners. Why the hell he is being selected after failing repeatedly? Raina, Rohit Sharma and Vijay are excellent players who could save many runs and hold their catches.

  • Orienteer on December 11, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Must be a pretty bare cupboard with only half a billion Indian men to choose from...

  • Natraja on December 11, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    I dont know why the author is so critical of Jadeja. Give Jadeja number 4 batting slot in tests and see for yourself. He will be way better than many who author has immense praise for.

  • chakra04 on December 11, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    LOL....These guys are really funny....I see Yuvraj and Zaheer being dropped. But, how on earth is Harbhajan said to be dropped when he actually isn't part of the playing eleven. So, should we call Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Ashok Dinda also dropped as they don't get chance to play even in the next game?

  • on December 10, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    If Tendulkar is so concerned about the team and is unselfish, why won't he retire and be india's batting coach? That would be a win-win scenario, won't it?

  • on December 10, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    There is no ace up the sleeve anymore. Not after Mumbai, where the ploy was to provide a turner so that England could be crushed on the heels of a nine wicket win.

    Except, England just dug a little deeper and held firm.

    Then it was clear that the emperor had no clothes. If you cannot beat them with spin on tailor made pitches at home, time to realize that you need to develop fast bowlers.

    Which means pitches that aid fast bowlers need to be commonplace.

    Fortunately, unlike in the 70s, or 80s, the BCCI has money.

  • NP_NY on December 10, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Pretty sad state of affairs. Sorry to say, I am going to skip watching the Nagpur test and find better use for my time.

  • on December 10, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Come on india come back strongly at nagpur test

  • on December 10, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Why is Pankaj Singh overlooked?

  • UglyIndian on December 10, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    I hope Tendulkar keeps playing so that he can overtake Lara, and hopefully Chanderpaul to become the player with most defeats in Test cricket, and also consolidate his position as the biggest loser in ODI's :p

  • on December 10, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Badrinath like anchored players we need especially dravid was not in the team and sehwag gambhir tendulkar kohli yuvraj now jadeja all are stroke players pujara only the player able to play anchor role in this team.Test match is all about patience and badri should fit well in squad but selectors give him no opportunities is hurting as i am fan for him.Especially he averaged 60 above in domestic cricket and he made one half century against SA especially every others failed to score in that match.Its injustice to him.He has good footwork especially play against spin and use crease depth well against spinners.Hope he will get chance.

  • on December 10, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Rahani is prery ordinary cricketer

  • on December 10, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    India will have to play out of their skin. Pick themselves up from the gutters. Who knows it might just be Sachin Tendulkar, the little master to do just that.

  • on December 10, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Why not Manoj Tiwary who scored a century against England?? Why the damn KOHLI, who is a big flop in tests?????

  • monivin on December 10, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Hey aall wait. See what is happening around you before coming to a conclusion. Aus is beaten at home in a 3 test series. Never in that series they were looking great, SL lost to NZ at home. So India losing to Eng is as usual, the better side won. Cook is the only man resisting, if we can get him out early in the first innings of Nagpur test, we are winning the test. Also in the Kolkata test he was dropped on 17 and it has costed us much. Please appreciate the fact that we showed the fighting spirit in Kolkata in the second innings, 100 more runs we would've won the game easily considering the fact that they were 8 for 3. So relax, it is good that we are losing as I want to see Dhoni, Ishant out of the test team as they are not a test player at all. Give Dinesh Karthik a chance this time.

  • christened on December 10, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    And some posts says that Ricky Ponting retired gracefully???? sure??? Wasnt there any pressure on him to retire??? Do have some cricketing knowledge atleast read facts before posting out here......

  • christened on December 10, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Terribly dejected and irritated not that Team India is under performing but these expert opinions out here. Drop that Virat.... U must Drop sehwag, Drop gambhir, Must and should drop Tendulkar, Drop Dhoni , sure shot Drop Ashwin , See guys what Ishant sharma did ???? Plz drop him asap he brings bad luck to our team.... So if Pujara vll a flop our there in nagpur??what if ojha goes wicketless with economy of 5 an over???? And R.Jadeja fails miserably??? Then comment section goes like this ..... We no need One match wonders like Pujara ?? So Pujara = Fired??? Then Jadeja??? bad luck to team.... Drop him rite in middle after 3rd day......?? So v r with lone Pragya Ojha.... Wat can only this lad do?? without 10 players??? Drop him guys.... Instead of oldies INDUCE SOME FRESH BLOOD AND LEGS ( lol)....My squad for next test would be U.Chand, Rahane,B.aparjith, Uthappa ,Tiwary,W.Saha,Robin Bist, V. kumar ,Dinda, Harmeet singh, R.Sharma ..Guys get a life before posting such absurd comments

  • on December 10, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    WHAT DO THE SELECTORS HAVE AGAINST MANOJ TIWARY ????? Ecept for Jadeja's hairstyle and Chawla's look of self pity on being hit for a SIX Tiwary seems to be better than both in all other departments ...AGREED he is not DHONI's choice but then Dhoni himself needs a BIG BOOT immediately. WHY NOT MANOJ instead of Sachin ....just because Sachin has a legendary record book ??? Well time to say goodbye to Sachin too before he loses whatever balance respect he has ..else fast diminishing fan following will dissappear completely in no time : A pity that even Sachin hasnt learnt from the unceremonious exits of Shastri and Ganguly.....

  • on December 10, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    They got out from a drain and walked stright into the gutter .....ha ha ha ha ...what a choice ....CHAWLA ....the guy hasnt even performed well in domestic cricketand probably has more dubious records to his credit than credible ones .... if am not mistaken I think he was the bowler hit for most 6's in the recent T20's.........neither is he in the bracket ot getting a lotta wickets even if expensive ...nor is he in the category of being a very economical bowler (if not a wicket taker`)...now does he unnerve the batsmen or make them comfortable ...I dont recall any exceptional heriocs of his in the field except that he has been dropping catches ...gets hit for a 6 and then bowls a faster and shorter one to be hit for another SIXXXXXXXXX Jadeja has already had long stints at the international level ...but seems just good enough for domestic cricket...Cheers team India ....RAB RAAKHA !!!!!!

  • westindian4life on December 10, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    "the problem with this selection, on the evidence of what we have seen in international cricket, is that Jadeja is neither a top-six batsman nor a top-four bowler:..... is ravindra jadeeja then the darren sammy of the indian side?

  • Munafis810 on December 10, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Guess the rebuilding stage seen in 1999 has arrived. New blood - Rahane , Harmeet, Mandeep , Tewary , Awana and other need to in now. But Piyush .... i wish i had half of luck he has in my field.

  • on December 10, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    It is tme to rebuild; As with all teams in transition there will be some lows and India have to cut the noose for the big names, Tendulkar, Sehwag,harbajan, Yuvi, and even Dhoni himself.

  • Avidcricketlover on December 10, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    one man - COOK is winning it for England. India still unable to find the way past him. Picking Chawla must have been because of his display against England. Infact he has bowled well only against England as of now.

  • on December 10, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Selectors' Rating: Change for changes' sake: 7/10. Courage to touch Sachin: 0/10. Yes; zero. When I see that happening, I will cal this bunch as bold! Courage to sack Zak. 4/10 ( Should have done long ago). Intelligence: 2/10. First they choose Bhajji -- didn't make any sense. Now they choose Chawla -- still doesn't make sense. Understanding that Jadeja could be a better test player than a short format player, is pretty good - So, Intelligence mark is raised from 2 to 5. Jadeja is better in working gaps than hoisting over the ropes. Whenever he managed to get a sixer, mostly it was the result of timing and not brute power. These are better qualities for a test player. Yuvi was all these and more (and brue force). But, unfortunately... on the wane! Jadeja, being much younger is a good replacement for Yuvi. ( Sir Ravindra, pl don't make me eat my words!)

  • PointFielder on December 10, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    I think it's a kind of quota system selection. West Zone 1 out - 1 in, North Zone 2 out - 2 in.

  • OVEY on December 10, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    BCCI could appoint a batting coach either from Bangladesh or West indies team...

  • saurabh2805 on December 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    where is Irfan Pathan, I think he should be better man instead of awana at this critical position as we are near to loose the series , m agree to give a chance new heads in national team but at this stage experience better works which is having to pathan,, he can take wickets on any ball and can hit the ball and do steady batting on critical condition, bring him back I suggest

  • Freewheeler on December 10, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    I have always maintained that Indian bowling stocks are overrated. The best chance of success is by loading the team with all rounders (Irfan, Ashwin, Jadeja) and play two frontline bowlers. MSD, Yuvraj, and Raina are not test players. Virat needs to be persisted with, possibly as a captain, to bring the best out of him. Gambhir needs to be put on notice for the next series. Best possible XI after Sachin's retirement: Sehwag (we need him now more than ever), Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Badrinath/Tiwari, Saha, Jadeja, Pathan, Ashwin, Yadav, Awana/Ojha. I included Badri/Tiwari/Saha to add more gritty and resilient players who could be firefighters - ugly but very effective. And look at the lower middle order of Saha (dom avg. 45), Jadeja (dom avg. > 50), Ashwin (intl avg. > 40), and Pathan (intl avg. > 30) - highly effective and under-rated batsmen. No more one-trick ponies please!

  • on December 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Rahane should be there in Test Team ASAP and Tewary, Badrinath, Robin Bisht, Rohit Sharma next to get a chance and keep an eye on Unmukt Chand, Jiwanjot Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dhawan at least. for Pace Bowling: Umesh Yadav, Awana, Pankaj Singh, Dinda, Praveen Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Narwal, Sandeep Singh and than Sreesanth,Ishant nd Varun Aron should come as per performance..For Spin: Amit Mishra should have been picked,there is I Saxena, Iqbal Abdullaand Harmeet singh, need a Quality leg spinner ASAP, i dont know where Mohnish Parmar- a very talented offie gone due to dirty BCCI .he was superb talent and still 24 yrs age..Keeper: Saha is the best to give a chance in Tests at least than we have Very Improved Parthiv Patel , Uday Kaul and Naman Ojha and young SK Patel..For Allrounder: we dont have quality Allrounderand v shud groom and use effectively I Pathan, Jadeja ,Stuart Binny, Sachin Rana , Baba Aprajith and evn Piyush Chawla.Sachin should stay bt plan out fr nxt yr nd play regularly

  • on December 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    don't know what to comment. really feeling ashamed at our performance. nothing more to say than well played cook

  • on December 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    This is for the next Test Match: I would say, both Ashwin & Jadeja should be in the playing XI. Without dropping Ojha. Jadeja takes Yuvi's place. Would Dhoni & Duncan Fletcher show guts to choose Rahane in place of Sachin? To inspire, Sachin does not have to be in the playing XI. His dressing room presence will do. During drinks breaks, Sachin is so humble, that he wouldn't mind going to the middle to advice / counsel / give tips to those who play the match. Pacers will still be a problem. None of them are good enough, even to match the injured Yadav -- who himself is not yet in the world class!

  • jerryman on December 10, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Zaheer is being rested for the next world cup .. will sachin do a ponting at the end of the series ? that is the million dollar question or has the inning s of 70 odd saved him for the next 20 tests .. Now its decision making time for the selectors to groom a team of youngsters , it will be a laerning curve for the next 2 years , the soon the better .. Tahnkfully they were palying in home conditions , so they are running out of excuses .. will need to go back to basics, start with fielding... good luck .. like all asian teams , no politics, play the players in form , not on past performances ...

  • ProdigyA on December 10, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @BDForever - you talk too much...here is a piece of advise to you. "Bangladesh can surprise you in an ODI but can never win a test match, they are just an ordinary team" - Sehwag. So we dont need any advise from you.

  • on December 10, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    to avoid early wickets....

  • on December 10, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Refreshing change after the days of Kris and Co. Atleast the selectors are trying something. This is too early for daggers, we just dont have Dravid and Laxman. Dropping Zaheer is the right step towards addressing woes. Atleast beginners like Ashwin will realise he cant carry if he cant work on fitness. Selection of Jadeja is good, you have to back your Ranji performers. My XI will be two of Shewag/ Chand/Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhoni / Naman Ojha, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma / Parvindar Awana when. This is the cream of talent we have when Sachin retires (which I sense to be very close). Time for the captaincy to go to younger more aggressive player.

  • on December 10, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    India bowlers have taken 41 wickets out of 60 England wickets. And I would like to compare Ashwin's batting with other middle order batsmen to check the batting performance. Ashwin is standing second in Average(53.50) and 3rd in runs (214). Ashwin is clearly ahead of Kohli, Tendulkar, Yuvraj and MS Dhoni. I am not saying that Ashwin is the future Indian batsman. He is a bowler all rounder and he is doing fairly enough now. Still he needs to improve his bowling average. But what is the point of picking another all rounder and two spinners, and just dropping one batsman (Yuvraj) and didn't even picked a single specialist batsman. The best joke is still Rahane is playing Ranji Cricket and Murali Vijay is doing substitute job for temporary injured players. And the well known fact is, the BCCI will not use any of these picked players in next test.

  • Scheduler on December 10, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Pride Goes before a fall and thats what exactly happened here. At the start of the series even the indian commentators were gung- ho about India gettin the better of England by 4 to Nil. Common guys English dint come to njoy the Indian winter they have come to prove a point and thats exactly what they have done. When panesar was bowling Mr. Gavaskar was sayin Panesar was bowling darts even if he was ,he was hitting the right spot. So far as these changes go i think even Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli should also be dropped . Over the few months in the ranji trophy there ave been numerous players who have been scoring heavily .Are the selectors trying to say none of them are good if they are BCCI need to be blamed for preparing dodo pitches where even the number 11 batsman is scoring a century.

  • BDforever on December 10, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    I will be a happy man if our neighbors can win the next test match against England. But the biggest worry is when I compare these two teams they seem to be an ant and an elephant. Of course you can change the ant for your self satisfaction but is there any way we can change an ant to defeat an elephant? Whatever changes we made on the ant elephant can still thrash the ant with no effort.

  • lakshman12322 on December 10, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    even though we have good competitive domestic cricket where are our fast bowlers? except zaheer we dont have a genuine fast bowler.like ponting once said that we are a team of old school cricketers we dont score aggressive, solid, steady, test runs.once our top orders goes we fall like nine pins.we all were watching team australia when gilchrist, hayden mc grath. bret lee,now ponting all were retiring but nothing affected their team because they had already well prepared for it.they have a pool of tremendous young talents but not in india.

  • Fan1969 on December 10, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    All Indian Fans must be patient. We lost Kumble, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Irfan Pathan in bowling and now Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Tendulkar (assuming he retires soon) in batting. The propects for 2013 are not that bad. Pls READ.

    First on bowling. Umesh is a good find and gets a wicket every 46 balls. Best in Indian history by a margin. Ashwin and Ojha compare well with past greats like Kumble, Harbhajan, Bedi, Chandra etc. by taking a wicket in less than 65 balls. I hope Awana is the other pacer we are looking for. Ishant needs to bowl at stumps as he hardly has 3% balls on stumps. No chance of bowled, LBW and even caught behind is less as batsmen just let it go. He will be out unless he changes trajectory. Now on batting. Pujara, Kohli play as well as any great Indian batsman (incl Dravid, Tend etc. ) of the past in initial years except Gavaskar who had an amazing start. Rahane, Tiwari, Rohit, Unmukt have all the shots. Hopefully selectors have jolted Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir....!!!

  • shyambhau on December 10, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    I am not able to understand why yuvraj was dropped and not virat.

  • BDforever on December 10, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    To Indian mates, as you may know cricket is a game in between win and lose. Whenever better team wins weak team loses. That's the reality of any game. So no need to have arguments here. Of course you can ask seniors to retire. You can make your dream teams. That's the way to justify defeat. But can it change the result of this series? Mates ,pls try to accept the reality even it's bitter. This England team is far superior so they deserve to win this series. What's wrong with that? We know moon doesn't come to us even if we cry for it throughout our lifetime. What to do? try to be realistic mates.

  • lakshman12322 on December 10, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    our indian team doesnot have a genuine fast bowler after srinath. so dropping zaheer is a mistake. if players like shewag who after making many low scoring games is still not dropped, then why only zaheer. zaheer is aging but we need his advise for other bad performers like ishant etc.look at team australia, how well they are experimenting their players and get settled with them.even the t20 players of australia are playing good test cricket.(like watson,warner). in india our pitches are the worst to get practised. it turns the ball well but we dont.it doesnot produce bouncers but we fell for it. such a shameful .

  • drsambit on December 10, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    its time that Dhoni becomes assertive and demands from his players and improve on his own performance. A captain has to be aggressive on the field

  • ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on December 10, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    TILL NOW Round 6 day 3, My Ranji XI 2012 with batting order:

    1. Jiwanjot Singh (661 runs) 2. Akshath Reddy (530 runs) 3. Parthiv Patel(WK & C) (694 runs) 4. Ravindra Jadeja (794 runs & 21 wickets) 5. Hiken Shah (433 runs) 6. Manprit Juneja (571 runs) 7. Parvez Rassol (436 runs & 22 wickets) 8. Rishi Dhawan (374 runs & 32 wickets) 9. Rakesh Dhruv (340 runs & 20 wickets) 10. Shahbaz Nadeem (26 wickets) 11. Sandeep Sharma (29 wickets)

    other Reserves 12. Paras Dogra (617 runs) 13. Siddarth Kaul (28 wickets) 14. Ishwar Pandey (29 wickets) 15. Yashpal Singh (652 runs)

    What all of u think about it against ENGLAND ? I think much competitive than current indian team & might be 3-0 we would have as spin option of Jadeja, Rassol,Nadeem & Dhruv + Batting Depth + good young fast bowler + batsman who implement them & looks for big score.

  • on December 10, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    My XI for the Nagpur Test: Sehwag| Gauti|Pujara| Kohli|Sachin|Jadega|dhoni|Ashwin|Ojha|Awana|Dinda Zak/yuvi/bajii is not selected thts fair and also now sachin/dhoni/sehwag/gauti is under scanner so hope they will performed well in next match . All the best India:)

  • on December 10, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    i think its a bad time for indian tem but no woories........everythng will b all rite

  • cric_frank on December 10, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Sehwag| Rahane|Pujara| Kohli(C)| Rohit| Tiwari |Saha|Ashwin|Ojha|Awana|Dinda

    Will not do half as bad as the present lot..if only the selectors had the guts to do it.I know Sehwag has failed miserably too but we need an x-factor and also some experience for youngsters to rally around.We've all types of batsmen.Grinders in Pujara & Tiwari..Stroke-makers in Kohli&Rohit.Importantly most of them wont have the grave mental scars of shameful losses over the last 18 mths.Pretty sure Mohinder Amarnath would have selected a team on similar lines had he been the chief selector since he was the only MAN who recognized the actual problem ailing Ind cricket DHONI his negativity and awful tactics permeate the whole team and even performers become losers under him Kohli,Pujara a bit..

  • King-Cobra on December 10, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Dhoni has been giving the same crap for years now, he keeps saying that the team has to bounce back, I don't understand when he expects that to happen. I stress that the team is only as good as the captain. While he can bask in glory, he should condemn his team for such ridiculous performances, inclusive of his personal form. Missing those days when Ganguly used to thrash the players on the field for even the slightest lapses. India have to sack both Duncan and Dhoni, who are not stepping up for the challenges and have to rope in the likes of Kirsten and Ganguly. As for the team, current batting lot is nothing but a bunch of stroke players who don't have the brains to understand when to leave a ball, won't complain on the bowling unit though, as we have never been a formidable attack.

  • gerrardl on December 10, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    'Wait until you play us at home' they said :))))))

    Hahahaha - Ok... we waited, we came, and we gave you the thrashing of your life :) thanks for the hospitality India :)

  • forsurf99 on December 10, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @karthik_raja If Team India with all new players can achieve as much as what current team has done in the recent test, that would be good enough. Do you think some domestic player can even not score runs like 0, 3, 5, 6, 8, 23 ... in a test cricket ?

  • Chetan007 on December 10, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Right now selectors need to take strong decision. Selectors might have dropped out Sachin if he wouldn't got that 76 runs. I think selectors had taken right decision by dropping out Harbhajjan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh. Selection of Yuvraj was questionable. My team for Nagpur test- Shewag, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane, Sachin, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma. I haven't selected Ashwin since he cannot be dangerous with the ball until pitch supports. Sachin should be selected with a warning. I personally think that Dhoni is now tired up captaining Test team. He should be dropped from Test Captaincy but he must captain ODI and T20 side.

  • karthik_raja on December 10, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Its funny to read comments asking "why is he in team" "why is he not in team" "why is he not dropped yet" "why is he not retired yet".. wait.. As per the squad for 4th Test, we don't have Dravid, Lakshman, Harbhajan, Zaheer who were regulars until recent Aus tour. I mean.. 4 stalwarts are either retired or dropped.. We will have at least 6 inexperienced players in playing XI for next test in Kohli, Pujara, Ashwin, Ojha, Awana/Dinda, Jadeja/Rahane. We can't make overall changes right away. Its all step by step process. Agreed, Ind is not doing well. Bt, Indian fans(I dont care abt anti-indians) needs to be patient. They have some big shoes to fill like Dravid, Laks, Kumble, Bhajji, Zaheer, Ganguly respectively - all in their prime. You can't expect the same results for some time atleast. There is some rebuilding going on. And we have to wait for the results. Sensible Ind fans will agree that we should need some experience in the middle(SRT and Sehwag). So, plz b patient dear Indian fans

  • Niju_001 on December 10, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Bargav Bhatt is one spinner who is taking wickets in the Ranji Trophy! Why not we try him instead of Chawla or Mishra or part timer Ravi Jadeja? We need some new and young blood. Please selectors have a look at Bargav Bhatt.

  • DocBindra on December 10, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    This is for all fans...lets not act like this the end of the world or some huge monumental moment as Gooch intimated. Its a game, you know hit a ball with a stick!!! Its supposed to be for entertainment and nothing else. At the end of the day, everyone has to get back to work regardless of which side is being supported. PLEASE, keep a perspective...

  • on December 10, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    as someone here pointed out, we should not become over emotional, let us accept the result as it is.But nobody in the team should be complacent. perform or perish. and different team designs for different format with different captain policy should be adopted. for test i hope the team will comprise: abinav mukund-ajinkya rahane(openers), kohli(captain), badrinath, pujara,dinesh kartik(WK), ashwin, ojha/mishra,yadav/awana(RAFM), ishant/varun(RAFM), jaidev unadkat(LAFM)

  • harsidhu on December 10, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Totally partial selection if ashwin and ojha can play .........why not bhajji becoz he is still a match winner on his day .......... but these 2 days guys r not match winner at all even on deadly turning wickets in india ........... if gambir can still in team after scroing no century from 3 yrs ........ and sehwag scores hundred after lots of criticism why not YUVRAJ .............. wht is dhoni role in team ....... he is not a test keeper and batsman .......dinesh kartik is much better option ...... WHT ABT OVERSPOKEN AND OVERRATTED KOHLI .....

  • heathrf1974 on December 10, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    I feel for Zaheer, he always puts in the effort and has been a fine servant to Indian cricket. I have no idea who the fringe players are for the Indian test team. I guess only Indian fans would have a good idea, but changes need to be made. This series may go to England but India still need to begin rebuilding their side for the future.

  • DaisonGarvasis on December 10, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Guess who is going to save Team India YET AGAIN - PIYUSH CHAWLA! I dont know how many repeats it will take. The usual cycle is - Piyush Chawla gets picked after India have a bad series. Everybody look up to him for a good performance. He comes on to bowl. After 2-3 deliveries everybody realize he is not gonna do anything. Captain give him one more over and he doesnt bowl for the rest of the game. Gets dropped again. Team India does bad again, and Piyush Chawla comes back to team India with NO NOTABLE PERFORMANCE in domestic games. And the story goes on. I really wonder who is jacking this useless player so much so that everytime there is a vacancy his name is first taken.

  • itisme on December 10, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Of the 15 selected only 8 are worthy of being in the team on current form. They are Sehwag, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Ashwin, Ojha, Dinda, Awana. We need two specialist batsmen (could have been Rohit and Manoj Tiwari or any other untried one), a wicketkeeper and a spinner (preferably leg spinner). Ashwin is there to bat at No. 6 as the alrounder. The batting lineup should be (well it is wishful thinking, considering some are not in the selected 15): Sehwag, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit/Manoj, Ashwin, WK, Dinda, Ojha, LS, Awana.

  • Philip_Gnana on December 10, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    India has to be careful with their knee jerk actions here. These players have still lots left in them. It is the IPL that needs a rethink. England had the capability and they delivered. Here we find the lack of the experienced batsmen in Dravid, Laxman etc who are no longer their. A similar situation is on the horizon again. Sri Lanka paid a big price for dropping Chaminda Vaas. With Murali out at the same time they dropped two home tests at that time. The youngsters had to be groomed in gradually. Kholi looks as if he can only play against SriLanka. Flat track bullies, title is with the Indians I am afraid. Zaheer Khan. No way should he be dropped at the moment. Hang on to him for a further year I would say. Surrey.

  • jebypc on December 10, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    First of all ,all Indians should stop being emotional. Cricket is not a religion. It is just a game like football,badminton,archery,boxing, basketball,kabadi,hockey,volleyball, gymnastics, athletics,cycling,swimming,handball, shooting,table tennis,judo, weightlifting,water polo,wrestling,tennis etc. I hope all Indians understand that there are so many games other than cricket.There is no GOD in any sport. No body is above the game. All those who play are just players. If He/She is not capable he/she should go or be sacked.......

  • PiyushD on December 10, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    pathetic who is more Indian cricket team or the selectors or the BCCI, can't say. We are in bad shape, there are batsmen who look like solid for Test matches but are ignored, Just can't understand what Manoj Tiwari has to do to play for India, Ajinkya Rahane is warming bench for too long, if Virat does not find form, rest him, England did the same to Broad.Ravindra Jadeja, one lucky man, does absolutly nothing in Internationals but goes back to domestic and plays a big inning, We really need specialists for tests and not mediocre allrounders. The core of the new Test team for next few years to be built around Sehwag,GG,Rahane,Pujara,Rohit,Manoj,Virat,Badrinath,Saha,Umesh,Varon,Irfan,Dinda,Ashwin,Ojha,Rahul Sharma,Amit Misra.

    Chawla even more luckier than Jadeja, goes back to domestic does nothing and comes back to Internationals.

  • BULTY on December 10, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    I am overall glad that the selectors have done something in damage control. The selection of Piyush seems to be to give him weightage for his stint in English county side Surrey. I am totally in disagreement with Niladri Nandi's post here about the comments against Sachin. When the same media talked about Dravid's poor performance just in one series & Laxman being axed from the side in an un-ceremonious fashion, where was he and why did he not comment in similar vein. Both were class players and they served India's Test team in distinguished fashion and they ultimately were forcibly retired. The time for Sachin to hang up his boots and say good bye to cricket is long over but he shamelessly hangs on. we, definitely want the selectors to make it clear that Sachin will be playing his farewell Test match at Nagpur. We don't want to see him in the side for the next series. BYE BYE SACHIN!

  • on December 10, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    I still don't get why the Indian Captain opts for Yuvraj .I agree that yuvraj ia a good player of cricket.But as he is not completely fit.You need to opt people who are sitting on the bench.I have seen yuvraj in the filed during India-England 3rd test match,he is not active as he is previously ,he is not able to run also.He should be completely fit before coming to International matches.He shlould play lot of ranji matches,before coming...All the best Yuvi!!!!!!!!

  • CricketMaan on December 10, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Unless Dhoni plans to play leg spin, how does he play Jadeja? If Jaddu is selected and is expected to bolw a minimum 15-20 overs, then Chawla has to be played over Ohja so we hvae left, right, leg spin combination. But then the risk is we wil have 2 debutants in Jadeja and Dinda and out of form Ashwin and Ishant..so Chawla over Ohja will be risk. if Dhoni wants a batsman for Yuvi then Rahane has to be in, that means Ashwin, Ohja, Ishant and Dinda will bear the bowling brunt. Tricky selection, but got to think out of box. My XI - Viru, Gauti, Pujara, SRT, Kholi, Jadeja, Ashwin, Dhoni, Chawla, Ishant and Dinda (Dinda over Awan simply coz the former has experience playing international cricket)

  • Meety on December 10, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Reeks of desperation. This should of been planned for two years ago. Too many of India's aging greats retired at once (i.e VVS & Dravid), & the remaining greats are (Sehwag & SRT) are in decline. Sehwag still has a good day or two left in him, where he could smash a quickfiire double ton, but alas SRT is getting crunched by father time. When Greg Chappell was coach, he wanted to lift the standards of Indian cricket in the areas of fitness, attitudes to training, & general fielding - the playing group didn't take to it & this is what you get. When India fields, Gambhir, Sehwag, Ashwin & Zaheer (can almost put SRT in there too), they become the WORST fielding team in the world - behind Zimbabwe & Bangladesh. There are several Associate teams that field better. This is odd given that the IPL should of created a rise in fielding standards (it has arguably around the rest of the world). I remember the headlines after the 2nd 4nil hammering - that there would be no Argus-style review! Silly!

  • ThumpingWin on December 10, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Selection of Jadeja means Dhoni still not learning and only demanding his favourite players from Chennai super kings..THank God he does not have option of playing Albie or mike hussey or other great indian players would have to sit out for them..

  • mthi4life on December 10, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    "Waite until the Poms come to India,they will loose 4-0" Well the only team in the position to loose the series is India and I hope they do so that they can realize that they are not as good a Dhoni thinks.

  • on December 10, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    i think there is a need in the change in the batsman side rather than the bowling side. the problem is in the batting side . the bowlers are doing their best.

  • aslamkhan11 on December 10, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    there are 694 comments everybody shouting change the team but look at our options we don't have any.. in bowling department n batting department rohit has failed so many times , jadega don't know how to perform at international level so i only rahane deserves a chance but others are not worthy ..i mean to say that we don't have any bench strength because we Indians are lazy we are sitting on comfortable bad and commenting blahh blahh change this change that why don't we start playing cricket that might help Indian cricket.

  • jebypc on December 10, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    First of all ,all Indians should stop being emotional. Cricket is not a religion. It is just a game like football,badminton,archery,boxing, basketball,kabadi,hockey,volleyball, gymnastics, athletics,cycling,swimming,handball, shooting,table tennis,judo, weightlifting,water polo,wrestling,tennis etc. I hope all Indians understand that there are so many games other than cricket.There is no GOD in any sport. No body is above the game. All those who play are just players. If He/She is not capable he/she should go or be sacked.......

  • Teja_Smart on December 10, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    IND needs a good left arm pacers to replace Zaheer other-than Irfan. Now a days bowlers like Mitchel Starc, Welgethara are becoming match winners for their teams. Selectors should look into it and they should concentrate on pacers like RP.

  • gerrardl on December 10, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    hahahahaha! India shouldn't play test cricket. Please ICC, please prevent this massacres! Another one will happen in the 4th test. It's not too late to save India. Can we please play 5 t20 games instead of a test match?

  • jb633 on December 10, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    God some Indian fans are stupid. So what drop Virat Kholi? Before the series started he was considered the finest young batsmen in the globe. Now after three bad games he should be dropped? Get real. And why drop Ghambir who has performed admirably in the last three innings? If anything Sachin is the one who has to go. Meaning no disrespect to the man but plain and simple his eyes and sharpness have gone. Unfortunatley father time has caught up with him and there is nothing much he can do. I would drop Dhoni for Dinesh Kartik and Yuvi for Murali Khartik. You can shift Ashwin up to 6 and use him more sparingly as a spinner. Or possibly you could play 3 seamers and use the quickest guy you have in short bursts. Then Ashwin could be used more of a stock bolwer rather than a strike bolwer. The talent is available I am sure. Starting XI should be 1. Ghambir 2. Sehwag 3.Pujara 4. Kholi 5. Sachin 6. Karkik (d) 7. Ashwin 8. Ishant 9. Murali Khartik 10. Awana 11. Ohja

  • spirit_cric on December 10, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    at last a very good decision 4rm BCCI, but sachin should have been also dropped.He should retire without being so selfish. Because of his selfishness, a younger player cant get an opportunity.

  • Shajahan.P on December 10, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @Dhoni: For last 2 years, what did u do to re-build the team except dropping Sewag and including Rohit, P.Chawla & R.Jadeja!

    Better ask BCCI to take yr CSK with International.

  • on December 10, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    I have strong feeling that India will win this test match and level the series. then their are T-20's ODI's against England and Pakistan. so what i mean to say that we will forget the problems of India in tests. India is in this bad phase because of BCCI's bad policies.When Kumble,Harbajan,Dravid,Laxman and Ganguly are playing in test we are the best...yes..Agree but that was the time BCCI and Selectors need to develop a strong bench strength, need to give enough exposure to the young guys and groom them...which was not happened. The strange thing is that when our team is playing well we thought waooooh what a team,we have world class players and then we saw some promising youngsters who are knocking the door of selectors and as soon as we fail we thought that OH MY GOD....these are the world class players set which we have and they are not doing enough then ...what will these youngsters do? funny yaar...

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    what the hell is going on ? why selector are not seeing the performance of players . since last 1 year what dhoni is doing for country , he is always thinking abt his CKS . very first the selector should drop dhoni and tendulkar , new talents are waiting ....

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    selection of Awana, Jadeja look OK.. but Chawla selected for what ??? and what is Gambhir still doing there?? he should have been out first..

  • vish57 on December 10, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    In reality with current form , Kohili too should have been axed along with Tendulkar as India failed to deliver at No 4,5,6 position; under the circumstances, Badrinath and Tiwary would have come to Playing XI. Amit Mishra should have been preferred over Peeyush Chawla; Looks Peeyush Chawla is a lucky charm to bench strength. Jadeja's inclusion is debatable, all said and done this selection panel is giving due importance to Ranji performance however few teams participating in Ranji have bowlers worse than club cricketers; scores hardly matters but talent needs to be groomed. Rahane and Dinda will get in to playing XI; Dhoni's days are numbered as test captain.

  • TJAPUKAI on December 10, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I would have gone with Ajinkya Rahane to replace Gambhir.Although he scored 40+ runs in three innings,he has ended the duration of some important players which turned out to be the momentum change of the match.He is also the main reason for the defensive mindset of India,Tendulkar being the other.Why we should risk our matches just to make this guy come into form. His days are gone. He is almost 40.No one has performed well in the test in their 40s.Even Sir Don Bradman. He should go.

  • Samdanh on December 10, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    I can understand Piyush and Parvinder coming in but am baffled by inclusion of Jadeja at the expense of Yuvraj. Especially when down 1-2. Yuvraj, with his experience and performance so far, would have been better than Jadeja any day.

  • TJAPUKAI on December 10, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    I can understand the selection of Awana as he is a consistent performer in domestic conditions.But Chawla.Seriously!. I don't know the intention of selecting Chawla.Is he selected basis his batting or bowling.Because, I was looking into stats of him in the last 3 years and found that he was a better batsman than a bowler in the domestic competition.You already have a guy in the team ( R Ashwin) who is batting well than performing on the bowling ( which is supposed to be his main job).I would have gone with Mishra in these conditions.He has lot more heart than Chawla. Chawla loses confidence immediately if someone hits him for four.We don't want these sort of guys. We want someone who has the temperament of Kumble.I believe Mishra is that kind of a guy.Ashwin is having temperament but he is experimenting too much and always on T20 mode.Ojha and Mishra should have been the ideal spin duos.Unfortunately I am not a selector. Also the selectors were deceived by triple centuries of Jadeja.

  • bhrangi on December 10, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I don't know Why people referring rahane.,. Problem is our players mindset it is not the talent. Even the hardcore hater of Indian team will agree that India had a mighty batting line up. It was witnessed in WC 2011 and seen in many home grounds and also even outside home. The thing is test vs ODI/T20 , if we consider domestic performance then what about Yuvi's recent performance. Indian team need a good mentor, our player don't have temperament, now entire batsmen have sehwag's attitude following except pujara ( hit it or get out). We have 6 or 7 sehwag's in team that may be good for ODI not for test.

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    NAGPUR TEST: Playing 11 from available 15 member squad should be 1: sehwag, 2: Gautam, 3:Pujara, 4:Sachin, 5:Kohli, 6:Dhoni, 7:Ashwin, 8:Chawla, 9:Sharma, 10:Ojha, 11:Dinda.

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    There is, quite rightly, a lot of despondency concerning the state of Indian Test cricket after their most recent performance against England. An aging team, poor fielding, and a preference for 20-20 have all been mooted as possible reasons for India's demise. However, the main issue should be the structure of the domestic competition in India. Currently there are over 20 first class teams, which does not allow a concentration of talent. India is dependant on a handful of teams such Mumbai, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to provide them with players of the required quality for international cricket. Teams such as Gujarat, who do not provide players to the national side, should be merged along side neighbouring and stronger first class sides. This would result in a stronger pool of players with fewer teams.

    India needs to take action, and soon.

  • nagendra123 on December 10, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Dropping sehwag will be the biggest mistake.. they might give an excuse as he's been rested etc etc. but the kind of batsman he is taylormade for this kindof game sitting out doesnt make much sensee...

  • BDforever on December 10, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Changing the team doesn't make any sense if results remain same. Just throwing away money gives nothing. May be India can hire former players of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as their coaches in order to learn how to play test matches in subcontinental conditions. It's time for all test playing nations to get together and discuss how to protest Indian cricket that sinks day by day.

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @ Chanakya Cholan: Nobody is asking Sachin to win Matches for India just want him to score some runs.

  • cric_frank on December 10, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Even as a loyal Indian fan,after this atrocious reaction to the shameful losses by spineless Board & selectors,I'd like Eng to win 3-1 and I hope at least then the khumbkarnas wake up from their slumber and dump Dhoni.He's one hell of a lucky man to have survived 10 disgraceful test thrashings in 1.5 yrs,notwithstanding shameful loss of face to Bangladesh Asia Cup and WT20.In an ideal World,this bunch would have been axed at least after Mumbai- Dhoni Sachin Gambhir

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Every time Sachin plays bad, there are one thousand and one comments about either his retirement or dropping him from the side. And, please don't even talk about his age. These sort of arguments have been made for over 10 years now, and he was not 38 years old then. Yes, he is performing awful at the moment and there is no doubt about that.But is he the only one to do so? How about the rest of the Indian team? Supporters of Indian team has this tendency of looking at what is "here and now" and seldom try to look at the root cause of the problem. Seriously, does the Indian team even prepare for Test Cricket these days? Ever since IPL, players are more interested in playing for their own club teams than for the National team. Why? Does BCCI even care? All year long, these "test players" play t20 cricket, and then, they are expect to perform well in Test Cricket every now and then ... Is it even a realistic expectation? I don't know ...

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Zaheer, Harbhajan and Yuvraj are most unlucky guys not for their drops but they should be dropped along with more players. If someone talks about Sachin immediately their fans start questioning How you can drop a players who served 21 years in that case Zaheer contribution to Test cricket for last 6 years was better than Sachin. Nobody should take their place for granted just by their past record if that is the case then player like VIV,Lara,Gilchrist etc should not be retired at all.

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    career avg first class manoj tiwary 58 rahane 64 abhinaw mukund 54 badrinath 61 rohit sharma 58 ................selectors watch all matches plz

  • jebypc on December 10, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Indian Cricket should be more proactive.... They should do a total revamp so that Indian Cricket can improve

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Sachin has to leave if he cant win a match for you guys??? then what are the other 10 players for? are they there just to take a bloody jolly ride on Sachin's back..isn't that what you guys (including all of you who are complaining now) did for the last 20 odd years? n now you want him to still win matches for you? don't make a joke out of urselves,peeps!! get a freaking life!! :-)

  • on December 10, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    selectors should watch all the domestic matches and decide who is performing...what about badri,bhuwneshwar,tiwary, mukul dangar ,atitkar, nadeem long list of high performing players in past many players like amol majumdar , ajay Sharma ,bantoo singh indu bhushan roy retired with continuous high performance without given a chance

  • ramli on December 10, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @VivtheGreatest ... drop Ashwin? You must be crazy ... surely not an Indian fan ... you may be right if you say that Ashwin is going Ravi Shastri way ... chosen as a bowler .. but shining as a batsman ... give the guy a break and acknowledge his contribution ... please

  • raj_n on December 10, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Indian cricket is facing a leadership crisis. A captain who cannot motivate his troops and makes statements like 'winning and losing does not matter for grown up men' deserves the sack immediately. Bring in someone more passionate, authoritative and integral to the teams cause. There are such players in the team, but unfortunately the captains attitude has completely enveloped every individual. This is the only change that is required. No partnerships in over 2 years is an indication of lack of concentration rather than lack of ability. Inability to bowl out opposition on bowling pitches abroad and home conditions is also an indication that our bowlers are not giving their 100 percent. These things will change with a sterner captain. MSD should concentrate on the shorter format of the game.

  • Shajahan.P on December 10, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @Dhoni: For last 2 years, what did u do to re-build the team except dropping Sewag and including Rohit, P.Chawla & R.Jadeja! Better ask BCCI to take yr CSK with International.

  • jebypc on December 10, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    the new indian eleven in my opinion should be sehwag,rahane,kohli,pujara,unmukt chand,wridhiman saha /karthik, ashwin,vinay kumar,dinda,ojha,umesh yadav and 12th man harbhajan

  • starincricket on December 10, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    kohli need to be sit out.. as he did not show anything on batting even his fielding was very poor.. As yuvi also out of squad, most likely vijay and jadeja for their experience as seniros than rahane.. i think rahane ll have to wait more series for debut in Test.. but v can expect a master class from him on his debut. Good thing is awana picked in the squad, but if india go with 3 spinners with chawala, then only ishant ll get chance in playing 11. as jadeja and sehwag can be part timers, i dont think dhoni ll go with 3 spinners. its good up the order for ashwin, but it ll not happen though . Am sure england cant much predict this indian team... on Dhoni..ll have to wait and see his leadership skills in this tough time as he himself mentioned.. all the best team india..

    Expecting squad :


  • jebypc on December 10, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    the new indian eleven in my opinion should be sehwag,rahane,kohli,pujara,unmukt chand,wridhiman saha /karthik, ashwin,vinay kumar,dinda,ojha,umesh yadav and 12th man harbhajan.

  • teemsaj on December 10, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Why is Yuvraj made to pay for the team's debacle? Overall (last 3 test matches) he scored more than Tendulkar (both have only one 50 plus score in the last three test matches). Why isn't Tendulkar also made answerable. Doesn't he have a moral responsibility to offer out of the team if he isn't performing and the selectors are still selecting him due to his previous record and seniority. Plus Yuvraj also bowled with O.K. figures even though he doesn't have any wickets to show.

  • on December 10, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I dont know why.... But they are ignoring Pankaj Singh. He is performing consistently from past 4 season and almost singly handles Rajasthan bowling department. Has good pace and swing, but Rajasthan players are always ignored. Same happened with Bisht last season but Pankaj is better than lot of bowlers in Indian Domestic circuit.

  • on December 10, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    I read that Rahane has been sent back to play Ranji trophy. That is unfortunate. He is a good batsmen and a good fielder.

  • on December 10, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    We have always seen that radical wholesome changes never bring in the right result. The best example is England in the 90s when they used to play Ashes with 40 different players in the squad and still lose 1-4, 1-5 etc. Zaheer was really struggling and has been shown the door. There is no point in dropping Sehwag and Gambhir. Of all the runs scored in the series by India, they have the near best. Even at Kolkata, the scenario changed in the second innings once Sehwag was out. Also what is Murali Vijay doing in the squad. Till these anamolies are removed, nothing is going to change in Indian cricket.

  • BrianCharlesVivek on December 10, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Awana reminds me of Harvinder Singh who played a couple of games for India during 98-2000. he is sure to be whacked around, if not immediately next match. I feel dropping of Zaheer, Yuvraj and Harbajan may be on attitude wise also

  • suresh.venkat on December 10, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    its a Disaster series..BCCI & Selectors not doing their job Properly. Dhoni can do anything he wants, BCCI agree with that . his attitude shows in Kolkata ( Eden garden ) when pitch curator not agree to make a Spin Track he shifted to other ground . this is not good. he is not picking their 15 Squad properly. see every series Rahane in Test or one day Squad but not playing in 11 . Rohit & Jadeja not performing well but those selected for Long term in one day team . Jadeja is an future all rounder said dhoni but he cant even bowl 4 overs & play 30 balls in Oneday how can he perform in Test..... he dont have a quality to play in 11 . what is selector doing..Dhoni said our batsman fail in this series . he will fingering all players about his performance . but he is also not performing in recent year. but no one asking that..look when Strauss diffited in couple of series he left out of his captaincy. but Dhoni not..

  • on December 10, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    India invincible at home! A myth shattered. Given the way the test series has panned out, the selectors have cracked the whip finally! But the change cant be knee jerk. It has to start right from the top order. Gautam Gambhir has not scored a century in the last 20+ months which is baffling. So it is time Ajinkya Rahane is handed a test cap to open with Sehwag. As for Sachin, it is about time he takes a call on his career given the drought he has been going through for quite sometime. Pujara and Virat have shown promise and they should do well. With Yuvraj being dropped, his place should go to Ashwin and he should be played as a batsman who can also bowl. With Zaheer's prowess waning, it is time he moves out for a youngster. Awana has done well and should surely fill in for Zaheer. Lastly, Ojha needs to be supported by a good spinner. This will bring about a balance young and experienced players to the side. Such a side will surely give Dhoni a chance to bounce back to business.

  • VivtheGreatest on December 10, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    The selectors have just picked on the soft targets. As most Indians know the first person to be dropped should be Dhoni, who doesnt have the technique to survive in Tests. Sehwag, Ishant, Ashwin and I daresay Sachin also should be dropped and some more youngsters blooded. If we're going to get beaten like this at home it might as well be with youth. Players just cant take their places for granted. There has to be some level of accountability like in any other profession.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 10, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: The ICC = BCCI. You mean to say BCCI should review it's own status ??? LOL. What a joke !!

  • Cric_lover1234 on December 10, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    think about cricketers like kallis, sangakkara, ponting, pietersen or AB, they perform in all the formats of the game.....so simply they have got enough talent to be the best of the best. but look at icc oneday player of the year - Kohli......he is just a oneday player, who cannot bat in real tests of batting....that is really sad, i thought he was a good batsman instead of limited over cricketer who hits here and there!!!

  • on December 10, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I saw Dhoni's comment , its rubbish........... Captain is the responsible of these big failures, b'coz of the nature of the pitch he wants...........

    Never do something foolish like playing in the test XI again Dhoni saab

    I like your captiancy in ODI & T20I, Bcoz U like defensive style...

    You r not a captain cool.... & U r not a good captain, why i told that was... U destroyed players like VVS, he's the backbone of the Indian test camp.

    I always love to see him to play, Test is not a game for a man who plays foolish shots like U....

    We always want an agressive captian in our line up like Daada... He makes the test team to No.1 spot, U r lucky bcoz u got that fruit

  • Thyagu5432 on December 10, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    I think all these dropping players and picking new blood will not make a big difference in our performance. If Sehwag can't how can M.Vijay? If Kohli can't how can Rohit? There is something fundamentally wrong with our player's mindset. I think coaching of the mind is of utmost impotance now. Our players have forgotten how to be tough, how to be gritty, how to fight. They have all become very meak and weak. If a team cannot fight back from 90 odd for 3 and post a decent total, there is complete lack of fighting spirit. We could as well have 7 bowlers and 4 batsmen. Faf Du Plessis and M.Hussey have consistently shown what they can do even when their respective teams are down in the dump. If we do this automatically a Ghambir or a Sachin will play with lot more positivity then they currently are. There is not much time until the next test, I do hope each player helps themselves in making themselves stronger for the next test.

  • on December 10, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Sachin proved again and again "he play for Him not for Nation". if he can't bring the victory for his country, at least he should stop the defeat with his experience and talent. But he behaving like kindergarten student. Even BCCI also same path.

  • on December 10, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    i think its time to send off Mr. Dhoni from test team, see his record in tests, a lack of batting shows he is not a good fulfilment for the team in tests, give a chance to dinesh karthik or some other youngsters to prove and settle down themselves in this format. Yuvraj should go back and have some more practice before he should be picked. chawla is not a right choice at all, even if he is in the 15 man squad cannot picked up at 11 squad. selectors need to think for better future from now onwards. Don't put pressure on God of Cricket (SRT) let him play until he decides himself to be out of team. If u need a best team in this format we need to have best fast bowlers in our side, where india is lack in that department. give chances for new and young fast bowlers to prove themselves. it is enough for zaheer, he may be experienced but he should prove himself by taking wickets not by encouraging colleagues to take wicket. i hope it INDIA do well in 4th test and draw the series.

  • Kais.sarang on December 10, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Are indian selectors are scared of tendulkar, Why he is in the team, If he is not performing.Every country wants a match winner no doubt he is a good player. But a good player also retire and becomes a legend.

  • Kais.sarang on December 10, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    What about Mr. Tendulkar after this series he should go to Parliament. He is too greedy, Last minute Selection is of no use Just putting pressure on New Players, Indian selection panel thinks from heart not from brain. They should also drop tendulkar if he is not perrforming.

  • Naeem578 on December 10, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    @Aslamkhan11: I hope you will not get bored for another 4 to 5 years comfortably. As for as the matter of changes in the squad is concerned hey indian fellows you have "dropped" the Sixth Top Bowler in the world. Ha ha ha

  • RAJA_06 on December 10, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    I don't understand why the selectors are behaving like fools all the time? Why was Yuvraj picked in the first place when he's never an automatic choice for tests and how can one drop him based on jst 3 performances when Sachin is still allowed to play even after 4 disastrous outings.

  • bipulkumar on December 10, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Enough of Jadeja bashing. He is very talented and there is enough proof. He can take more wickets than wicket-less Bhajji and Ishant. His stats also suggest enough about his batting talent. Yuvraj can't play spin, Raina can't play shot-pitched ball, Rohit loses his head soon. Such shortcomings are unacceptable for tests because opposition has all the freedom to keep playing on your shortcomings. There are no bowling restrictions.

  • on December 10, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Along with Piyush Chawla, Amit Mishra should also have brought in who can bowl both leg spin and googlies at will to trouble the English batsmen. BCCI should have set an example to the whole world that what matters to them is the performance by dropping Dhoni, Sachin, Sehwag & Gambhir and should have warned Kohli, and brought in A Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Manoj Tiwary & Rohit Sharma. Catches won't be dropped and runs won't be leaked as it happened in the last match. Rohit Sharma is a class act and may come good when matters.

    My team would have been A Rahane, KKD Karthik, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, R Jadeja, Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma and P Awana. We will have many bowling options. with couple of all rounders.

  • boltfromheaven on December 10, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    India needs far more fundamental changes than this. We have to change our pitches across the length and breadth of the country to be fast and bouncy. Its the same thing that happened in hockey with natural and artificial turf. It does not matter that we like natural grass, all the important games are played on artificial turf. Only then will we produce players to beat the rest. We need to bring in a format that gets people to watch domestic cricket, so that local support breeds local talent, which will lead to a competitive ecosystem that should produce better cricketers. The gap between our Ranji trophy and international cricket is so wide, that Ranji trophy cricket can be judged to be just slightly above school cricket. I agree with an earlier reader who said that losing is actually good for the system as it forces introspection and renewal. These changes will then bring in the professionalism that the other teams have.

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    It amazes me that no selectors dare to drop Sachin Tendulkar?

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Happy to see Jadeja and Parvinder Awana in team. But not for Chawala,ishant and murli vijay they should be replaced by S. Nadeem, Pankaj and Jiwanjot Singh as per current form. Over all its good team hope thy will recover soon.

  • cric_frank on December 10, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    It's pretty clear..selectors wanted to make changes,Dhoni obliged but on condition that his favorite CSK player is selected..so agree with Sunny G while its justified to dump Bhajji,Zak& yuvi they're soft targets and its not enough.There are atleast 3 players in this squad that deserve to be kicked out.Ishant,Dhoni and Sachin.Seems Dhoni will do anything to block Rahane,Tiwari & Rohit.With such a hopeless captain,we are doomed..he needs to be dumped,Sachin has to retire.Rohit,Rahane & Tiwari must be picked before they lose their appetite,patience & focus.Or else RIP Indian Test Cricket.

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Time for Tendulkar to go. Middle order is fragile due to Tendulkar lack of form. Kohli can have one more chance. Lets hope he is not labelled as limited our cricketer.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 10, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    We lost matches and we drop more bowlers than batsmen? Do the selectors even understand the fact that it's the batsmen who lose matches by not even setting up scores good enough for a draw? Why are Statchin and Dhoni still in the squad? Nobody can help Indian Cricket if selectors ain't got a clue. We are not winning because of our bowlers. We are losing because of our batsmen. First let's stop this slide of losses by kicking out useless batsmen. We can think of winning later, by addressing our bowling concerns. How hard is that?

  • bMike on December 10, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    "Zaheer, Yuvraj and Harbhajan dropped". It would make the outcome worse for sure. I can't wait to see the way this curry eating overrated poppadom team gets hammered once again by the superiority of English team.

  • cric_frank on December 10, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @jimbond I too thought the same,go to the drop down on comments section and click 'All' :)

  • sargan on December 10, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    cyrus Ahmed::: tell me what dhoni did for india???....playing t20 and ODIs doesn't mean a perfect cricketer....A perfect cricketer comes only from tests only....because its the real test for any player....only agressive captains looks better in any format and in any pitches not be quiet and defence game play..

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    whattttttttttttttttttttttt the hell zaheer was drop why? MR TENDULKAR WHY on team and what about kohli,dhoni,and plz clear the roll of ashwin batsman or bowler your drop the catch batsman like cook on 17 so say salector what about wrong with zaheer ?sandip patil and his team was chance ravinder jadeja what about m.kaif A.raydue m.tiwari and bowling s.nadeem,pankaj sing and bhuvanesh kumar and b.bhatt plz salector see the ranji trophiy match

  • CricfanAustralia on December 10, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Sachin must be out of the squad. he is relly waste to the team. Kohli should be made captain.

  • sargan on December 10, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    what about dhoni??? as he looks like a real professional cricketer???...he should fit only for the money game sorry IPL

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    selector should self ouster, why they kept same team and now they dropped to wrong persons, actually last 3-4 series all batsman not playing well, Sachin, Kohli, sehvag, should drop, see them to how they play last score 50 + for not more then 4 innings and for score 100+ not more then 7-9 innings, no. of players including Openers also are waisting their precious game in Domestics, when we saw in first 2 matches, should drop batsman who not a score a half century, there were wrong dropped to yuvi and zaheer!

  • kevepere on December 10, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    If someone needs to step down it is Dhoni... cares about the pitch more than the players! Dumn as you get . Wants BCCI and every possible way to suit the pitch there way, cant play fast bowling now cant even play spin . Its funny India was beated by their on game. revenge was backfired hahahaaaa

  • BHARATH_DADA on December 10, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    4th Test Sq: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag,Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar,M Vijay,Ajinkya Rahane,Ravindra Jadeja,MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Piyush Chawla, Parvinder Awana.Ashok Dinda

  • Suresh_Vodapally on December 10, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Indian Cricket players made Cricket as the platform to make money in short Term. No one feeling responsible while they representing country levele game, for them Cricket means just money, thats all. Every one showing attention towards IPL auction and Players Capped money, but none of the player lived upto their stature. IPL totally killed cricketing tallent. I am very sad that this indian cricket will not produce the genious players like Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman. I respect Sachin, but if i am the Chief Selector of the Cricker i will plead him to announce his retirement respectfully, if Selectors dropped Harbhajan, Zaheer, Yuvraj, they deserved, because they were the under performers, what about Sachin? he can't play for india with his past merit.


  • on December 10, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    English are thinking "pragmatically"..... nice word....Pls drop Sachin.... no need of emotions. Stats says he had payed for himself , not for the country.. He is one among the greats and no doubt about it. But I reallly had prayed to God to get him out cheaply on WC final so that India will win... Pls give chances to Tiwary and Rohit sharma. and finally find out spinners who can equal Swann and Panesar from this land of Spinners.

  • Edassery on December 10, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    India & BCCI needs to ask a couple of serious questions to those wannabe test players.

    (1) Do they really want to play test cricket for India or are they there because winning the Indian test cap would automatically increase their monetary gains and IPL attractiveness?

    (2) Are they open to be part of the test team alone (and not ODI/T20 teams) like many greats have done in the past?

    (3) If required can they opt out of IPL in the best interest of test cricket?

    If someone answers 'YES' to all the above questions then he has to be picked for the test squad. Although all of them claim that 'test cricket is the real cricket' and 'I want to play for India in the test team', the reality is that their ambitions and priorities are elsewhere.

    I strongly feel that there has to be totally disjoint teams for T20s, ODIs and Test matches. Then automatically there'll be different captains as well..

  • RISHI2016 on December 10, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    so the tendulkarof bowling is away...when is the real tendulkar out ???/

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    ravindra jadeja.....he cannot perform i one days only...so how can he perform in tests.....none of the new guys selected are going to get a chance... the selectors just has to do something so they dropped 3 guys and performed 3 guys who will not get chance.....our selectors are just trying to keep their jobs.....they are a usual bunch.

  • aslamkhan11 on December 10, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    on basis of performance whole team needs to be replaced not only yuvraj and harbhajan but i also think this is the way that cricket will save itself, winning may lead up to boredom so its nice we are loosing now therefore we will be watching next match .. next series and so on after winning world cup and so many good performances by our team i got bored that team is winning so no need to watch the match ..but now i am interested more than ever. good luck team India.

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    should play with 5 bowlers ashwin should bat at no 6 india need a good quality bowling allrounder can add bhuwneshwar kr. in tests too and manoj tiwari or badrinath would b better bet this time keep kohli and tendulkar out for at least one test ..

  • liteonon on December 10, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    The intensity of the players in the test is far more less than that of the IPL. sorry to say but it is more more evident. like the employees in the private concerns are more vigilant and more serious than the govt. employees as they are more secured.

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    I invite all the club level teams to visit India and play some test matches with "TEAM DHONI" . I assure you will not get dis-appointed until dhuni n 10dullkar are in the team........

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    No Sehwag :( No Zaheer Khan:( Vinay Kumar would be a better choice in place of Injured Irfan !!! But Bhuvneshwar Kumar is in the side :( For T20..................

    Why India need Jadeja in place of Yuvraj ??? Why Ind Need Piyush In place Of Harbhajan ??? AMIT MISHRA is a better choice !! And Parvinder Awana IN PLACE OF ZAHEER KHAN !! A TALNTED BOWLER !!!.....THINK THAT INDIA ARE NOT DOING WELL FOR THE 4th TEST:(

  • siddhartha87 on December 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    in my opinion very good step by selectors by dropping 3 passengers.Good to see youngster like Awana joining the squad. In the 4th test if SRT does well than he should retire and if he doesn't he should be dropped.Youngsters like Rahane and Tiwari are waiting in wings.

  • himanshu.team on December 10, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    I agree with all the drops that have been made. However, given India's lackluster performance I feel even Ashwin should also be dropped. Having said that, P Chawla or Amit Mishra do not deserve a test selection either. In such a condition, I would have picked Harmeet Singh and Baba Aparajit right away. They are young, talented and, if there is no senior worth being a test spinner, it is time for youngsters to come forward. Even if they fail, they will learn and grow on to become better. Moreover Aparajit is also a pretty good batsman (No.3 for India U19). Both of them are good fielders as well. I do not foresee any improvement in either Chawla or Mishra.

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    I dont know why people are blaming Dhoni ? He is a good captain and a good player what india didnt have for a long time after couple of Test loss Indian people and fans forget what he did for india ?If u have a team playes and bowlers are not permoning well enough u will loose straight as simple if u even have the best captain in the world and talking abt virat kohli he cant play test at all he is only good oneday games and some people telling him to be captain of india i bet u if get the captain of india they loose matches 10 out 10 100% Dhoni is the best option and the right man to be captain indian team for a long time.

  • jimbond on December 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Sachin and Dhoni cannot be dropped because there is lot of ad money on them, and they are apparently crowd pullers.

    I think there is something wrong with this cricinfo page, it is not possible to view the other comments

  • on December 10, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    India still need to drop tendulkar and dhoni from the team, and i hope the selectors realize sehwag is only playing well because this is indian pitches, he will start his single diget dismissals once they go abroad, its time India just makes an entire New team for test.

  • Sandt on December 10, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Irfan pathan should have included because he bowls the same pace as Zaheer is bowling and have been an advantage as an allrounder. Also as WK if brings rayudu/Uthapa means some kind of fighting spirit will be there from these guys who can bat also. Rahul Sharma is a better bowler than Dhonis chamchas Chawla and Jadeja. Change the Captain and remove from the team. He is a burden for the team. Then Ghambir- he is useless. If take the record after he has been removed from vice captaincy his performance has come down. He should not be in the team. Why we have coach/Manager in Fletcher. Remove him, his time has been disastrous for Indian team. Bring someone else who is more involved in team like Ganguly or a foreign coach like whatmore/ kirsten who is complete professional. But our great BCCI has once again gone for a bits and piece players of their captains choice. As Shewag quoted between last test. ONLY GOD CAN SAVE US (INDIAN CRICKET)

  • Sandt on December 10, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Rahane, Manoj Tiwari, Ambadi Rayudu/Robin Uthappa (WK), Irfan Pathan and Rahul Sharma should have included in the side. Why these guys need to be dropped is Dhoni- what he is doing,he hardly scores runs, keeping is not upto the standard. Ishant don't have any variety in his bowling, bowls in same line and length. Ahwin is batting well, but mind it he is a bowler so if cannot perform in that role how can an international side can keep him as a batsman. Gambhir is not good for international matches now. He is the main culprit in last test with getting runout of india's 2 main batsmen. And he is not ashamed of it for giving press release- Pathetic guy. Including Jadeja on what basis. He is not fit for T20 matches. If his domestic performance is considering then what about Badrinath and other guys.

  • RajatSrivastav on December 10, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Guys!! Come on!! I think the Revenge series was more of a media publising thing and not sensible at alll. If emotions could win matches more than better batting-bowling-fielding, Indians would never have to see even 2nd position in any damn ranking. Its a team that remained champions for good long period but has been outplayed by better opposition. No need to cry your hearts out over it. Just wish them better luck in future.

  • on December 10, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    SRT, d only 1 statdin betwn a Marvelous player nd d squad, Ajinkya Rahane,n extremely talented playes nd a desciple of d 'GR8 WALL' Mr. Rahul Dravid.. he has shown insane talent overseas.. bt is dropped only bcoz of d so calld 'GOD' whu hasnt got ne thin 2 do wid d team nd focuses on his record of CENTURIES..!! how can it happn being god in d team nd d team looses 10 out ov 13 tests?? I suggest d selectors mst thnk on dis issue.. coz he has jst occupied a SPACE in d squad, dats it.. neither is he playin gud, nor is he encouragin other players..!!

  • on December 10, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    If non performers have to sit out, what about SRT and MSD? They have not played well either. Granted SRT has contributed a lot to Indian Cricket over the years, but it is obvious that age has finally caught up with him and his reflexes are not what they used to be. I do not know how he is feeling right now but it is downright humiliating for every SRT fan to watch him struggle at the crease these days. SRT has to have a serious talk with guys like Dravid, Kumble, Ganguly, Laxman who retired recently.

  • McGorium on December 10, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Of course, drop Zak, he's the problem. Not the batsmen at the top of the order playing poorly. Not the creaking bones of an almost 40 year old once-great batsman, now playing worse than a near-debutant who bats just before him. Not the wicketkeeper-captain, who keeps flubbing chances, and makes poor tactical moves. Not the spinners, who failed to take wickets on a rank turner (then again, whom will you replace them with? Chawla is worse). Kohli hasn't produced a test innings of note recently (his odi form is sublime). Gambhir gives catching practice to the slips. I don't think Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane would have done much worse than Tendulkar. But hey, drop the bowlers. Indian cricket has always punished the bowling disproportionately, and anyne batting above #5 is rarely touched. More of the same.

  • on December 10, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Dhoni is the one who took India to the No.1 position thru his excellent captaincy skills,He has 2 world cup victories under his belt..Sehwag,Dravid,Ganguly,Laxman,Yuvraj,Zaheer,Harbhajan n etc were thr before Dhoni took the charge as captain,but India wre not tasting victories on regular basis..India got better whn Dhoni started leading the team!!Yes I agree tht its bad patch Indian team is goin thru post the WC 2011,but BCCI must work it out..As fas as Tendulker is concerned,He shud retire after the current home series..He is getting old and cant perform well consistently!!he holds almost every record in batting,He has nothing to prove now!!He is a legend and always will be..Probably the greatest batsman ever seen in the world of cricket..But the time has come and he shud leave the path for some youngsters to take over and continue as a mentor..

  • Nilesh_T on December 10, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    IPL- these 3 letters are sounding the death knell for Indian test cricket. Dhoni has had his dash,he needs to be rested for a full series now. Sehwag's 'if and when he clicks' type role is now no more acceptable, Gambhir is surviving on past laurels, Kohli & Pujara, the jury is still out and they are inconsistent,Ashwin has proved he is more of a batsman,Ojha secures pass marks. Zaheer & Harbhajan have played their last test,Yuvi yet to fully recover his magic touch, SRT still required more for his experience all round. Bring on Tiwary, Ajinkya, Dinda,Parvinder,Mishra,Wridhiman Saha and Yadav. Enough of the oldies, the Indian cricket loving public is sick & tired of them.

  • on December 10, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    The value of Dravid and Laxman in the Indian team was not appreciated by the so called cricket pundits like Gavaskar,Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar . They should feel guilty of hurting the feelings of these great stalwarts,which prompted them to leave the scene. The void created by these players cannot be filled by any of the upcoming Indian players .Further,why the selectors cannot muster enough courage to drop Tendulkar and Dhoni,who in their present form are a liability to the team. Lastly,Kumble the great fighter and a gentleman was a quiet performer,who knew how to bowl on every wicket .Ashwin needs time to mature and cetainly will become a good allrounder for India. At its current form ,the Indian team will struggle to maintain their ranking above minnows like Newzeland,West Indies and Bangladesh.

  • KiwiRocker- on December 10, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    I fully agree with Sid Monga who is one of finest, unbiased writers around here; Indian cricket is in a bad bad state. The biggest blunder is that why selectors have taken a selective approach to India's failures. Indeed Yuvraj has failed, but so did Kohli and Tendulya. Actually, both of them carries far less value in team as Yuvraj as Yuvraj atleast is a handy bowler. Dropping Harbhajan Singh and replacing with Chawla makes no sense. Harbhajan Singh might be an ordinary bowler but he still has a fine record against all teams except Pakistan so he should have been persisted. Zaheer Khan shoud have been dropped but surely he deserved one last chance in last test? Why would you select Jadeja who is an epic failure? Who is Awana? Why could not they bring back Balaji..A fine spin bowler? Dhoni, Sehwag, Kohli and Tendulkar should have been dropped if performance is the criteria. Sehwag scores a quick 30 and gives away 50 runs in an inning in the field. ICC should review India's test status!

  • JKMIKE on December 10, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Why to remove Virender Sehwag From Odi Againest England? do you think it is fair? Selectors Just playing games(who is better the Sehwag? Ajit Rihane? Suresh Raina? Or Ajay Jadeja ? Selectors to be blamed for Making players dance on their Tunes Virender Sehwag Is The Best Choice for ODI too

  • YorBanra on December 10, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Ha ha ha! Piyush Chawla! He really pressed for selection! 9 wickets for 435 runs @48.33 and strike rate of 67.3 in Ranji Trophy this season. Does not feature in the top fifty wicket takers or best bowling averages. Made a record - Conceded most runs in an innings - 233! Best three spinners this season - Shahbaz Nadeem(26 wkts), Arlem Konwar(24 wkts) and Sunny Gupta(22 wkts). Best legspinner- Amit Mishra 15 wkts @23.00. May have been chosen for his batting though - he is averaging 75! With Indian selectors you never know!

  • Abidmashwani on December 10, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Dropping Zaheer Khan is beyond my understanding. One of your best bowler with a new ball but you use two spinners with new ball and ask for dead or spinning wickets then how do u expect your fast bowlers to perform.

  • CriticallyCricket on December 10, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Sachin should have taken a leaf out of Pontings Book...Announce his retirement after the next Test Match....this way the Indian Team may fight hard to give him a leaving Present...

    Seriously, Sachin is a shadow of a player he once was, so should retire gracefully.....

  • Santyment on December 10, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    If we take out Cook, both teams look pretty ordinary and similar performance wise..., Cook is in his best form of his life and India just need to get him out early somehow and we will see rest of English batting struggling.....Its all Cook vs India and not England vs India...Best of Luck India for next match..

  • on December 10, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    dont. worry fellow indians....we will win the nagpur test by 1000 runs....we need just one change-kick out whole team and play a guy.i bet he can alone defeat england.HIS NAME IS RAJNIKANT-the superstar.

  • m0se on December 10, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Harbhajan dropped when he didn't even play the match? Zaheer dropped even when he's best reverse swing bowler out there? Yuvraj dropped even though he has batted no worse than others in the middle order and even has bowled a few decent overs? Get Yuvraj the support to lose his post-cancer blubber, Zaheer some time with the fielding coach and Harbhajan, either let him go or let him play - stop toying with the poor fellow.

  • varunsharma18178 on December 10, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    thank god at last selectors have made some changes, but not enough to save next match. SRT, Sehwag, Kohli, Ishant Sharma & Dhoni himself are still there to make India lose another match. India will lose the series either 3-0 more likely than 2-0. I am an Indian but but truth is what one should be going always with. Pitty for India. What tenduikar wants he should retire but he wants to make India lose another series in SA.

  • Sal76 on December 10, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Jadeja being picked due to his recent form in Ranji matches may make sense. So who does he replace? Yuvraj as a batsman or Harbhajan as a bowler? Not sure the selectors answered that question. I never rated Yuvraj as a test batsman; he lacks the temperament needed for the grind of test matches. If they were dropping one spinner, the likely replacement should have been Amit Mishra. How does one justify Piyush "hit me sixes because I'll give you full tosses" Chawla? Rahane should have come in for Yuvraj, or maybe even in place of Kohli. And they dropped Zaheer? Really? They're saying he didn't get wickets? Come on now, you give him sandy turners and expect him to swing and bounce? Seriously? I think dropping Zaheer was merely a show to later use as an excuse when asked, "why were SRT, Sehwag and Gambhir not dropped?" I think Zaheer has the drive to make another come back, but it will take a LOT for Indian Test cricket to make a come back.

  • Vekariyavishu on December 10, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    India dropped Virender Sehwag From T20 Is Not Good For India Because Sehwag Play Good In T20 Also Play Fast In T20

  • HARISHGUDRY on December 10, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    I guess it's quite good changes excepting for Chawla. Same was done earlier to bring Yuvi (just one performance) & Bajji (no performance at all) but results can be seen now. Plz dont bring any player just bcoz u need 15 players in the squad. I'm proud of Australian selection policy - most of the time they just select 12 players for home matches. Why dont we do that rather thna making players sit out thatn even playing domestic matches??? A thought about wicket keepers - Dhoni for ODI (C & WK), D Karthik for T20 (Kohli to Captain) & W Saha for Test (make C. Pujara as captain with the young team). Don't ever think of bringing Raina & Yuvraj for test team!!!

  • on December 10, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Its high time that Sachin Tendulkar behaves selfish and spoil the test line up by still forcing himself in the test team, look at ricky ponting and other great stars who retire when they know its time that their feet are not moving and are not able to make the big scores. I believe that the BCCI should have a word with Sachin and ask him to sit out. Its high time your retire Sachin, we all know that you were the best but give a chance to the rest as well.

  • Sugath on December 10, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Never has India being so low at home after Borde, Durrani and Venket began the Indian spin supremacy. It is almost 35+ years when even late Ken Barrintan could not stop the spin trio in their march to series victory over England. Has tables turned and England become the marauders,?

  • on December 10, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    It will be complete idiocicity on dhoni's part if he still plays kohli instead of rahane. This was a stupid decision from selectors to include chawla instead of amit mishra. And is aaron still injured??

  • getsetgopk on December 10, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    The latest excuse is, India is rebuilding! You guys must have Excuse Making taught there at school level in India. Its simple, there is no talent in India. Drop Bhajji to bring in Chawla? What is this some IPL circus? If the best spinner in a population of 1.5 Billion people is Chawla then its safe to say that this country is not made for cricket, they might like cricket but thats about it. Its nothing new either, their entire cricketing history reveals that they have been taking a beating whole their lives at the hands of every one, Pakistan, Auss, Eng and so on. Even SL has a better win loss ratio than India. Its high time India call it a day and focus on the trivial pleasures of watching a six or a four being hit in IPL.

  • Just_Pav on December 10, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Guys, hold on!!! they just picked 3 players...does anyone have a clue how many of these 3 will play a test before being dropped again???

  • analyzer001 on December 10, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    well, it seems like a bamboozling situation for Patil and co as they're simply beating around the bush. They should have picked Md. Kaif with his present form and the past experience. Ignoring a consistent performer like Pankaj Singh is quite inexplicable. Yuvi is unfortunate enough I believe. He scored a solid 70 odd in the first test and failed in the second innings of third test,to a ball that most of the players would succumb to after showing a promising start in the first innings. Dhoni didn't try him enough with the ball either. Most surprising is the choice of Chawla over Amit Mishra who is also performing with the bat apart from being a steady bowler. Rahane should be preferred ahead of Virat in the playing eleven because SRT's days are very very limited hence forth. The competition for that spot would increase the fighting potential of Virat.

  • Baber_Baloch on December 10, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Zaheer must be in Indian 11 because he can stop runs also have good experience so with young india shuold keep Zaheer in next matches....I remember his WC 2011 when ever dhoni throw ball to him he given india wicket...i am his fan after WC 2011.

  • crazytaurean on December 10, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Actually a lot of people are out of form. Gambhir at the top, Tendulkar and Dhoni in the middle, Ashwin the canny spinner is missing, Zaheer, Harbhajan and Ishant are all out of sorts. Thanks to constant cricket and stress and travelling. Sincerely feel Manoj Tiwary, Rahane, Dinda and Jadeja all should be in the playing XI for Nagpur. Dhoni still has the spark left, although test cricket doesnt seem to be his favourite anymore...With the present form of Tendulkar, he should be shifted to No 5. Gambhir should be dropped. I m happy to see Awana in the equation. He is an unknown commodity and could be a dark horse

  • Romenevans on December 10, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Graeme Smith was only 22 years old when he captained his first match and look at him where he is now...Time to do the same in Indian cricket and invest on a young captain for the future?

  • on December 10, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Why not drop Gambhir...he not only is out of form but also is running out his own teammates and Virat Kohli also has been poor.

  • jmcilhinney on December 10, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    England seem to have improved against spin as this series has gone on, their hiccup in the second innings at Kolkata not withstanding. Even so, given that Mishra took a few wickets in the warmup against England, you'd think that he might have been a good option. The thing is, Ohja has looked the better with the ball while India can ill-afford to do without Ashwin's batting at present, so if doesn't matter who the third spinner is anyway, unless they intend to play all three. If Jadeja's in for Yuvraj though, would they play three front line spinners again?

  • cric_aus on December 10, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Sachin please learn from Ponting and others. You did us all proud but the team needs to win and for that we need players who can score runs. Its a team effort and not just records. The way things are you will hold the most numbers of matches played and most losses. Dhoni should also look at his form. The selectors need to make some tough decisions.

  • Sooryan_Indian on December 10, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    I don't think that the replacement playes are the best to be picked, but the fact is, thats all we have in our reserves. No one is confident about rohit, who makes miracles sometime and fails so badly as well. Tiwary would have been the best choice,Manoj I mean(so many tiwary's are part of this confusion) but he is not selected even he wasn't injured when selection happened and now he is. So he is out of the equation. No good fast bowler can keep himself fit, sop we have to go with RANJI performance and pick Awana. So atlat some respect shown for ranji performers and axing iconic players like ZAK, BHAJJI and YUVI due to non- performabnce is the sign of things to come. And Jadeja's TWO 300+ scores plus 18 wickets @ 23.72 got him here. again some respect and importance to ranji performance. but i am not sure how JADDU is going to convert his ranji form to internationals. RIGHT NOW IT DOESN'T LOOK PRETTY WITH THESE REPLACEMENTS BUT IF THSI IS TO CONTINUE, THEN TEAM INDIA WILL BE FINE...

  • tests_the_best on December 10, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Lots of ppl noticed this, Ashwin's style of playing is actually quite similar to VVS. Even on fast aus pitches, he batted quite well. Should be promoted to no 6 with his bowling seen as a bonus and India should take an additional bowler. If I am not mistaken, even Ravi Shastri started as a no 11 and then became an opener.

  • HarishVS on December 10, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Jadeja in place of Yuvraj is a shocking selection. He is neither a proper batsman nor a decent bowler than can contain runs or take wickets when needed. Notwithstanding his recent ranji triple century, he would struggle to make a decent 30 in a T20 or ODI leave alone in a test match against quality bowlers like Finn and Anderson. Rohit Sharma would have been the obvious choice. If he is not going to in now, then he will be never. I think we lost a high quality batsman forever due to faulty selection. What a pity that Rohit is still retained in T20s as if to suggest that he is a T20 slogger. Even Manoj Tiwari would have been a better choice for his guts and temperament though he is not a classy batsman like Rohit. The selection is ruining Indian cricket. Jadeja as the No.6 batsman and 3rd spinner is unimaginable. So is Piush Chawla's selection who would not even be in a club team in Pakistan or Srilanka. With this selection India is going to lose against Aussies too.

  • on December 10, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Its tragedy, that now the complete Indian Team selection is questionable. None of the players have performed. This starts from the captain, vice caption and our senior players. They all should axed, and restart with the fresh blood.

  • jonesy2 on December 10, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    staggering that khan gets dropped but gambhir and tendulkar and even kohli havent. its beyond embarrassing for tendulkar now and sadly he has done severe damage to his legacy

  • on December 10, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Awana is a good fast bowler. Would love to see Awana bowl with Umesh Yadav.

    1.Sehwag, 2.Rahane, 3.Gambir, 4.Pujara, 5.Kohli, 6.Dhoni, 7.Jadeja, 8.Ashwin, 9.Awana, 10.Sharma, 11.Ojha

  • on December 10, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Can we just drop Sachin already? It doesn't seem like he will retire on his own terms. He's been underpeforming for well over a year now and it doesn't look like he will improve.

  • maddy20 on December 10, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    @Disha Dallas You obviously have no clue as to what you are talking about. Our Ranji cricket has 5 140+ bowlers. Ahmed, Aaron, Awana etc., can all consistently hit 140+(Especially Aaron whose fastest ball was 155Kph). Ashwin and Ojha are young and they will get better. They have not been challenged before this series so, I am sure this will go a long way in hepling them grow. As for batsmen we have two fantastic youngmen going by the names Rahane and Tiwary. If our selectors can just drop Kohli and Sachin for these two, we will back to winnings ways. This low happens to any team in transition and anyone who actually watches cricket will know that. Remember the Aussies were beaten by Eng and SA at home, nearly lost to India(but for the Sydney test in 2007 tour). We expected this team to beat England but they could not. So what? its not the end of the world. We will back our team till the last breath! Go India go!

  • on December 10, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    With pathetic fieldng, irresponsible batting (which is just annoying to watch from a senior player) and below par bowling, Zaheer does not deserve a place at all.

  • satish619chandar on December 10, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Viru, Gauti, Pujara, Sachin, Virat, Ashwin, Dhoni, Jadeja, Awana, Dinda, Ojha. Drop Dhoni next series to bring in Saha as keeper and force retirement on Sachin to being in Manoj Tiwary and make Gauti the captain for next 2 series. Let there be fresh blood injected into the team and new thoughts with a new captain. we are too deflated now.

  • on December 10, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    15 man squad for 1 home test shows the confidence of the selection board.

  • on December 10, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    "Ravindra Jadeja's selection seems driven by numbers alone." You mean he forced his way into the team by getting lots of runs and wickets? Isn't that the way it normally works?

    "Jadeja is neither a top-six batsman nor a top-four bowler." That's ok, he can bat 7 and bowl 5... you know, like an allrounder.

  • PSYGangnam on December 10, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    I agree with Al_Bundy1, why is Tenny still in the side, grow a pair Mr selectors and take a stance for Indian Cricket, its time to move on from the past ! We need the future to take charge !

  • on December 10, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    My team for test sehwag rahane pujara kohl Badri rohit karthik Ashwin Ishanth yadav ojha...... Odi sehwag dhawan kohli pujara raina yuvraj dhoni ashwin pathan ishanth yadav......

  • on December 10, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    I think Jadeja selection is sound given he is a one for one replacement for Yuvraj and is in form and has scored Ranji runs - an important factor if we believe in our domestic circuit.

    The Zaheer drop was difficult to stomach for me and I think that was a big cut to make given how much he is rated - however it shows that the selection comittee has strength.

    I feel sorry for the idiots calling for Sachin's head. Its quite clear that after 190+ test matches and all the records under the sun that he deserves the right to call it done himself. Who is banging on the door to replace him? Untested Chand? Non performer Rohit? He scored in the first innings and I believe he should be allowed to get to his 200 test mark.

    Tiwary & Rahane are clearly the future but they need to brought in to a properly transitioning side not just on a whim dropping Tendulkar and Kohli (a future record breaker)

    We need to assess our bowling options! Araron, Yadav, Sharma and search out future spinners!

  • mshyder on December 10, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    I wonder what the selectors are thinking. . Yuvraj have scored 125 runs in the series as compared to Tendulkar's 110, Dhoni's 92 & Kohli's 85. Gambir 214 and Sehwag 253 also donot show much. Then why Yuvraj ? It is the responsibility of the top 5 to perform big with consistency which they have not but the axe fell on Yuvraj. Is it really fair? however jadeja's bowling may be of some help. On these turning wickets no one expected Zaheer to run thru the english line up - thus dropping him makes no sense. whereas Harbhajan was not even in the playing eleven, what good can be achieved by replacing him by Chawla, who is ordinary at best. Is the spin cupboard so barren. If yes then honestly we should not expect anything better from this team with the kind of resources at their disposal.

  • raghvender on December 10, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    I thnk selectors done good thing by giving warning to all team mem's, awana is good selection,rjadeja may be selected by his current form as alrounder, but i thnk they should have selected harmindersingh (u19 wcup spinner ) in place of pchawla.. rem we got irfan in same way....

  • LillianThomson on December 10, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Is this a joke? We saw Jadeja in the ODI series in Australia last winter. With the ball he is a pie-chucker and with the bat he is massively flawed. He's the Very Poor Man's Samit Patel. And Patel's England career is almost over.........

  • on December 10, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    india needs two captains one to captain the odi and t-20 which should be dhoni and they should make kohli test captain kohli or sehwag they should drop dhoni,tendulkar,gambhir as well who havent performed much since about a year now where is varun aaron

  • on December 10, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Rahane and Manoj Tiwari ... please migrate to Pakistan. We are in desperate need of good batsmen as you will never represent India in Tests till Dhoni is captain..

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 10, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is the most over-hyped bowler of all time. He does not deserve selection in any form of international cricket, period. Why not give a chance to the likes of Pankaj Singh, B Kumar, Shami Ahmed, etc. They have been performing well in Ranji Trophy for the past few years.

  • JoieDeVivre on December 10, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    I think all us Indian fans should brace for embarrasing defeats for some time now and I'm taking about home conditions not just playing away. If Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla are picked it tells few things. First thing as the writer said the spin bowling cup board is empty, Piyush Chawla is not just an awful bowler but also a timid character and selecting him is quite frankly a joke. Also selecting a player like Jadeja just because he has scored runs against attacks which aren't even club standards proves the point. The issue which has dogged Indian cricket for ages has been lack of vision and accountability. This is yet another example. If BCCI is not going to wake up now they are going lose the fans and with that the money and the power they enjoy currently. Unfortunately, nothing positive is going to come out, I think even the fans now are getting used to the medicore performances and selection of non performers.

  • Natraja on December 10, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Jadeja is in great form and should be played at number 4. Apart from his batting his fielding and bowling will be a plus. Put Tendulakr at number 8 to bat after Ashwin till he retires.

  • on December 10, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @shahzaibq : How? Please could you explain as I understand both of the guys have underperformed.

  • on December 10, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    One hopes that the selectors show more maturity than reading too much into a possible Indian victory at Nagpur or a possible 50 plus score by one-day whiz and T20 star Virat Kohli. That man has been given more than his fair share of chances, which is strange when Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Badrinath have been waiting in the sidelines forever. As for Sachin, much as we would have loved to see him play his 200th test, it's time to hang his boots at the end of this series. One only hopes that he does that, standing tall, befitting his career and not turn the announcement into an emotional / sentimental finger pointing circus, painting himself as a 'martyr'.

  • jimbond on December 10, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    If there is nobody good enough to be given responsibility of captaincy in the team, it may be time to have a specialist captain in the side. Make Kaif the captain, and he can replace Tendulkar or Kohli in tests.

  • meursault on December 10, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    I'm sorry, but how does a guy who is not in the top-six batsman in the country make two domestic triple centuries in a month? Are the tracks really that flat and the bowling really that bad in Indian domestic cricket that non-batting all-rounders can score that many runs?

  • ParamIyer on December 10, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Jadeja...Manoj Tiwary or Badrinath woud be thinking what do they do to get selected! Tiwary and Badri have been performing more consitently than everyone and look who gets a chance - some one who cannot bowl nor bat. Wonderful selections, they need a big pat on their backs.

  • on December 10, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    T20 cricket has ruined indian cricket. Now they don't have specialist test batsmen too.

  • Patrick_ on December 10, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    Yuvi must be sad he could not use the opportunities he got. Kohli is still young in tests and we can afford to give him an extended run. Gambhir must be extremely lucky that he scored runs the last two innings, but would soon be the next candidate to be dropped. Jadeja is extremely inconsistent at international level and he should rectify it this time. Dhoni deserves chances purely as a player relieved of captaincy (but to whom ?) before he is dropped in tests. So since the SRT of Indian bowling dropped will the real one retire or fight back ? It is really worrying to see him score so badly at home and it would be better for him to retire than to drag himself on, even though I want him to retire on a good note.

  • on December 10, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    these changes much difference as these didnt get a chance may jadeja will get a chance in place of yuvi which is more loss to team chawla wont get def because no one can drop ashwin and ojha (it will be hilarious if we drop them fr chawla). i think awana cant get a head of dinda if he gets it shows selection process in india Because dinda was selected a head of awana into team so he should get chance a head ishant is only expirienced bowler (may be on paper) so team would be gambhir sehwag pujara tend kohli rahane/jadeja(mostly jadeja will be but i prefer rahane) dhoni ashwin dinda ishant and ojha same team same story unless some batsman may fire like sehwag in 1st match it is also often for india...

  • Nampally on December 10, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    @shahzaibq: Stop despairing. Jadeja & Chawla will boost the India fielding by one step. They are both good all rounders although Chawla is not in good form. They are superior to Harbhajan & Yuvraj. Harbhajan did not deserve to be in the squad & Yuvraj is still not fit for a 5 day test due to health reasons. India badly needs a RH leg spinner in the squad to balance the bowling. Both Jadeja & Chawla always play aggressivly with great intensity, an attribute lacking in this Indian team. They might help in rubbing off their intensity to this despirited team. England rely heavily on Cook, KP & Prior in batting & Panesar & Swann in bowling. KP is weak against spinners - Ashwin & ojha each got him out twice. A RH leg spinner will get Cook & Prior, if Chawla can rise up produce his best. Hopefully Cook will not get another dropped catch nor Gambhir assist England by running out his own team mates.

  • Nish_US on December 10, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Fire Dhoni, make gauti/veeru captain - as there are no other options and hope that captainsy brings some responsibility in them.

    Tendulkar needs to be in there to groom the newbies, Make it a rotation policy for the following positions -

    Gauti/Gambhir (whoever is captain stays) Gauti/Gambhir - rahane Pujara Tendulkar Kohli - Rohit Tiwary - Jadeja - Irfan Specialist keeper Awana - Dinda Ishanth - Zaheer Ojha Ashwin - Mishra - chawla

  • cric_frank on December 10, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    They bench Rohit & Rahane for the entire tour of Oz when the oldies kept failing miserably.Now they dump Rohit on basis of ODI performances and continue to bench Rahane for the home series.Poor Tiwari must wonder what more he should do to deserve a call up.So all this talk of tough decisions is rubbish.They've dropped an already fading star Bhajji,2 non-performers and brought back a CSK player on the orders of Srini.The selectors are a disgraceful bunch of jokers.On top of it,Dhoni being a pathetic selector of players himself is corrupting the team with his biased and foolish decisions.Now the road to humiliation of 3-1 is complete.

  • Nampally on December 10, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    This squad partly addresses India's needs but 2 more changes are needed for the Aussie series. By including Chawla, the Selectors have addressed the need for a RH leg spinner albeit he may not be the right choice. They also got rid of ZAK & Harbhajan to get young blood in the squad. Jadeja's inclusion is an excellent move. He is a brilliant fielder & his form in Ranji was excellent. He will bring in lot of confidence which is at the lowest ebb in the team. Realistically, England Win was "Luck Assisted" - Cook's catch being dropped by Pujara when he was 17 + Gambhir getting both Sehwag & Pujara Run out. If India got a similar break, they would have won! Before the third test I appealed Indian batting to show patience. I again make the same appeal to Team India. India may play Chawla, Ojha & Ashwin as 3 spinners + Jadeja - a formidable quartet which can put England on the ropes, if Dhoni handles his bowling intelligently. Let Kohli, Pujara & SRT show their form - Yes, India can WIN.

  • LillianThomson on December 10, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Srinivasan's groundsman-intimidating antics in Kolkata have made it pretty obvious that he has ordered a square-turning result-wicket for Nagpur, with the aim being to win the toss, bat first and win inside three days on a treacherous track. So what happens if England win the toss and India have to bat last on that wicket? Or if Swann and Panesar outbowl Ashwin and Ojha again? And what does this do to Tendulkar's career, given that he has never shown a Gavaskar-like ability to thrive on such a track? Srinivasan is taking a risk of India folding for the sorts of scores Pakistan made in Sharjah a decade ago (59 and 53 all out) or that England made in Christchurch twenty-nine years ago (82 and 93 all out). And where does the buck stop? How come Srinivasan doesn't have to resign for presiding over the world's number 1 team declining to a point where they are performing worse than England, South Africa, Australia and Pakistan but also even WI, NZ and SL!

  • cricketizgood on December 10, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    India loosing is not a big surprise. India could have won the series if they would took is as a challenge. What India did is they took this series as a revenge and they got impatient about it. That took out the test game from them and so they just made a mess in batting department. Bowling department is still a worry because they are still failing to take 20 wickets. Hopefully loosing the series might open eyes for the next series as it might be taken as revenge.

  • on December 10, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Ahhm, there is an elephant in the room, India. And it is a bloody big one as we Australians would say. You may have noted a recent retirement in my own country?

  • on December 10, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Selectors - You have no vision for Indian cricket. The batsmen are faltering. Invest in younger generation. Leave out unfit players, ppl who are reluctant to dive and run threes... Had you tried to rectfy the mistakes when we lost 0-4 to England, we would not have been in this situation. Losing 0-4 cannot be a one off case.

  • on December 10, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    well well well.... first sack the selectors. bring the man kapildev to the selection he is real indian hero. because this selectors should know better bring harbajan, and yuvaraj to the side they could be in this position once again. at least give the chance to youngster and even u lose does not matter they will come back in future . and selectors don't have the guts to drop tendulkar, sack dhoni. for me the test captain should give to gambir may be he can come up with hundreds after hundreds like cook, clark. dhoni not even desereve the test sides this moment. if any oldies deserve chance its only one drahul dravid he is the best in lot. come on wake up selectors.

  • RobTay14 on December 10, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @RashidGogol - World Champion Indian Team?? Where did you get that from..

  • Falcons111 on December 10, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Where is the option to read all the comments? I can just read a few!!

  • CricShanghai on December 10, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    There are so much dispute on the selected team for Nagpur for the Indian side. Perhaps readers in India could share some thoughts with others overseas what your choice of first 11 by posting your selection here. In my opinion, the English team is riding high on confidence, if the experience can't produce results in current tight situation, how successful then, the Indian debutants had performed in the past....

  • LillianThomson on December 10, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Pakistan was lucky to have Imran Khan in World Series Cricket, learning first-hand from Ian Chappell how to run a cricket team. You phase out your veterans as soon as they decline. And you didn't replace them with 23-25 year-olds, who have already learned bad habits and grown spoilt and fat on IPL. You replace them with 17-20 year olds who have the potential, and can soak up experience like sponges. India has two who should be two of the first three names on the Test team-sheet: Umukt Chand and Harmeet Singh. And they need to get rid of spoilt little princes like Gambhir and possibly even Kohli who would model excuse-making and other bad habits.

  • InnocentGuy on December 10, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    I am probably the biggest supporter of Dhoni, but I must admit, that it's gone on far too long for him as Test captain. I think it's time to hand over the Test reins to Kohli. He could be a Greame Smith in the making. We have to take that chance to see what he can do. 10 losses in 11 Tests against Eng/Aus is simply unacceptable no matter who you are. Pay the price for tempting foreign players to come to India to let IPL flourish and not letting Ranji players gain adequate, if not equal, exposure to foreign conditions. The words 'EPIC' and 'FAIL' come to mind. No one in the system wants to openly admit there are fundamental problems with Indian cricket.

  • on December 10, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    I think India can now achieve the ranks and new scales that WI and Bangladesh achieved in the last couple of years...way to go

  • JyothiRaj on December 10, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Drpped players must work on their techniques and their game plan for tests.They have to come out of T20 mindset.Senior playesrs like Tendulkar must work on his reflexes and do exercises to improve it,rather scratching for reasons.

  • JyothiRaj on December 10, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    What an Idea sirji!!!!! Never expected such a turn around.No one is coring well,so nothing wrong with the replacements.Let them too get opportunities instead of trying with worn out parts.Patrhetic that no good spinner available in India at the moment.This could be a very good move from selection committee as they too started responding well.This willl create healthy competition for spot like Australia.

  • on December 10, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    I think they should have put in Vinay Kumar instead of Zaheer, replace Kohli with Raina or Tiwary.

  • IndianSRTfan on December 9, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @RaviKini: If you are happy we lost so badly then perhaps your 'original' views don't need to be taken seriously. This is about cricket not about players getting less endorsements. I don't hope the team falls miserably, I hope they stop giving excuses. Non performing players need to go now. Whether they are legends are WC winning captains. Really need a fresh team

  • Retour on December 9, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    May be its time to groom guys like Harmeet Singh (spinner, U19 WC). Additionally, India can consider having U Chand in the squad.

  • on December 9, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Dear sachin, the bcci won't drop you,if they drop ur senseless fans will vandalise their office. Atleast retire from test cricket. Even as per your selfish records point of view,no one can beat your test records at least till ur lifetime. Ponting has retired,kallis will retire soon and he is far from your records.Hoping for a press conference on Wednesday.

  • here2rock on December 9, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Why Amit Mishra not in the side instead of Piyush Chawla? Amit took 4/67 against England in the practice game, also 2/63 and 4/50 in his last Ranji Trophy match. His other figures in the last few matches are: 5/97 & 1/29 1/40 & 0/18 4/162 & 1/23 3/41 & 1/28

    Compare this with Piyush Chawla: 3/78 & 2/26 1/38 & 0/60 3/233

    If the were going to pick Piyush Chawla, they should have also dropped Ashwin so both could play even though both are leg spinners.

  • on December 9, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Changing players will not bring victory for India this moment....Experience batsman should show their good effort in next match such as Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gamphir and Dhoni. Fast bowling is a Indian's biggest problem for long time, if they do good job at beginning like Anderson and Finn it will definitely help spinners to easy to carry on.

  • on December 9, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    I think Zaheer should have been given another test match. He is experienced and has the faith of the coaching staff. What he lacks in speed he makes up in accuracy and control. Not sure Dinda and Awana can equal that let alone exceed it. Jadeja gives us another spin option hopefully better than Yuvraj. As long as he averages over 35 with the bat in this test he would justify his selection as he is replacing a not too impressive Yuvraj. The key for India would be for the middle order to come good...it has to if we are to win this test match. Maybe Virat should have been replaced with Manoj Tiwary as Virat is more of a flashy player while Tiwary seems to want to build an innings.....just leave Sachin alone.....i think he will find a way to average over 50 in this test...if not he has got to go.

  • on December 9, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @Nampally: as usual, some very sensible comments from you. You're right: the nepotistic rot begins with the Srinivasan/Dhoni CSK axis, so, long-term, Dhoni simply * has* to go in order for India to rebuild effectively. With Srinivasan still at the helm of the BCCI, however, the only way that's going to happen is if Dhoni does the honourable thing & falls on his sword after this series has ended. If such an unlikely event were to materialise, I'd go for Kohli over Gambhir or Pujara as skipper, on the basis that Kohli possesses a Gangulyesque killer instinct that's alien to the diffident Pujara, while Gambhir's opening berth will surely be filled by the stylish Rahane - who played seam & swing very convincingly during the ODI series in England in 2011 - sooner rather than later. I'd also install Ganguly as coach, as he's one of the very few figures in Indian cricket who possesses the authority to implement the sweeping personnel changes now required to arrest India's alarming Test slide.

  • cool_sande on December 9, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    No one is talking about Virat kohli.

    He has been a dead meat in the Indian middle order with an average of 18 and highest score of 20 for the whole series,every time throwing his wicket away playing cheap shots.Even few weeks back every one talked about virat being next sachin. For time being I think he is proving them correct by failing like sachin again and again...

    If every body feels virat deserves another chance then ashwin and ohja deserves even more.

  • renuka2600 on December 9, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    why mo irfan pathan in T20I's.What's wrong with the selectors?

  • MiddleStump on December 9, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Let us look at cold facts. Yuvraj scored 125 runs in this series but is dropped in favour of vice captain Kohli who has scored 85. The captain Dhoni has also scored around the same number of runs. People think that scoring a triple century in a Ranji game is worthy of a test spot. Unfortunately Anderson, Swann and Finn don't play in those Ranji matches and those runs are meaningless. A look at the comments here indicate that Indian fans are living in total denial. The fact is that India has the weakest bowling and fielding line up in the world. Even the youngsters like Pujara and Ashwin cannot bend quickly to field or take catches. At nearly 40 Tendulkar is a better fielder. The batting is marginally better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, that is about it. And all this talk of Tendulkar retiring or playing on is irrelevant. Either way, it does not make an iota of difference to the factual situation. It is going to take a good 2-3 years before we can even talk of a possible turnaround.

  • chief_selector on December 9, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    BCCI Captain and BCCI Selectors said batsman failed. What actions they performed? Dropped 2 bowlers and 1 all rounder. Ha ha ha ............

  • on December 9, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    A lot of silly complaints on this thread revolving around the premise that the Indian selectors should've ditched half the team, a move that would've been utterly ridiculous ahead of the most important Test for India in years. Also a lot of unfair criticism of Ravi Jadeja - a batsman who's compiled two Ranji triple hundreds in the past month - on the basis that he's a one-day specialist & therefore unsuited for Test cricket. Well, that's what people said about Viru Sehwag, Paul Collingwood, David Warner & Faf du Plessis as well. One look at *their* Test records will dispel that particular myth in seconds.

    India need to roll the dice at Nagpur. That means preparing a wicket that'll break up quickly & playing three specialist spinners & two seamers. The way Ashwin's batted in this series, it's clear that he's a bona fide Test No. 6, so slot him in there, retain Ojha, play Chawla at 8 to cover all three spin bases & drop the anodyne Ishant for Dinda & Awana. What do you have to lose?

  • on December 9, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    I actually think Jadeja is a good pick. He has scored 2 triple centuries this season and is playing well right now for Saurashtra.

    It looks like the selectors are going on current form. He will be able to play out many overs as he has been doing that consistently this season. I don't think he will add much value as a bowler. He is being picked as a batsman here. It is probably not long term though. Just for now, even though he may not be of test caliber according to all the comments, he is in great form right now and it is worth giving him a go.

  • Alexk400 on December 9, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Chawla is bext great spinner means indian spinner cupboard is empty. What happen to rahul sharma? India will lose next test also.

  • Htc-Android on December 9, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    indian cricket has become classic comedy in these days. u give the debutant to ball the first over in a test match and u expect him to win it for u. and dont they have any other batsman than jadeja? he is going to be another walking wicket for india.

  • cool_sande on December 9, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    I don't understand why most of the guys are suggesting ashwin be dropped.Because he scored more than the star Indian batsmen or because he is the second best batsman for India in terms of average this series???!!!

    Yes,he did not bowl good in Mumbai and good part of day 2 in Kolkatta. But from third day his bowling has looked improved.He has learnt his lesson.He just bowled two carrom balls on whole of third day compared to two or three in every over in mumbai.

    Even legends like kumble,warne and murali have gone without wickets in many series. Ashwin is a young guy,new to international test stage and a quick learner.He has shown a good amount of improvement already.His line and length is getting better and better.

    The real problem is with the batsmen.How can you expect a bowler to attack or to bowl confidently, if he is not given enough amount of runs in the first place to even defend.

  • shahzaibq on December 9, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    And to bring in Chawla and Jadeja in place of Bhajji and Yuvi is a step back.

  • on December 9, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    ok. So I've read almost every comment posted here and the final conclusion is that Indian fans need everyone to be dropped from the team expect Sehwag,Pujara and Ohja. Haha this is why I love Indian cricket!!!!

  • shahzaibq on December 9, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Did the selectors just drop a "Top six in the world" bowler??? Lol @ Dawes for even considering that! The Australian rookies, 3 leading S African & English pacers, Gul, Roach, and even Yadav are way better than the has been Zak! Bring in young blood!

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 9, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    @SirLen: I don't think this is a time for panic but it's time for sense to prevail. I am still not convinced about Chawla and Jadeja's selection. Both are average cricketers with limited pedigree. They are not even fit for T20s and ODIs. I think they are in to make up the numbers. Besides, other teams laughing at India now need to understand they are NOT as good as they think. ONLY SA and ENG are good in world cricket now. The rest are mediocre.

  • on December 9, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    well it is shame indeed such a defeat, But we must give serious thought on reasons of the deafeat. and second point does any body bother on such comments which w e all put here. what difference it make. we are the one as public who keep becoming fool each time and keep following this team. in no country these cricketer are consider as Gods . they all are human. they dont earn what these indian does. But what they lack and what we must try to make them realise is performance that matter. at same time until THE BCCI understand that having a foregin coch is not going to help our cause thing will not improve. dont think these forrginers are sincer to indian team. they only come becouse get big buck but at heart they are always to theit own team and pass on vital info about all key elements work towards cahnge of this .

  • bumsonseats on December 9, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    which indian spinner played against england in the warm up games.he must be the bowler who put all the england players into such positive thoughts on how to play spinners so we have to thank him and of course the BCCI for without them we would have had those games without the help of practice against a spinner.

  • RashidSurya on December 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Droping Yuvraj and Harbhajan was a MUST, but Zaheer should have taken another chance. Maybe he bowled badly, but surely it is not as bad as it looks. He constantly made the batsmen to miss the ball, sometimes an edge didn't carry or when it did carry, catches have been dropped. Since there are no real Paceman in the World champion India team, apart from Zaheer, he really deserved the chance.

  • ravikini on December 9, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Ha HA Ha Ha !!! What a team Team India. Revenge series with England. HA Ha Ha. The team changes are pathetic. I am happy that India lose so shamelessly and completely overpowered. Indian Cricket players (so called STARS) and BCCI have finally started their descent from heaven. I hope Indian Cricket fans kick their butts and work hard for the millions and billions they earn from cricketing fans. SRT is immortal and Dhoni is inevitable. I hope they all fail so miserably that no endorsements will come their way. Finishing a test match in 4 days and endorsing products on the 5th day must go. I think the shameless loss is a wake up call to all involved with Indian Cricket. Learn a lesson from Devilliers, Who batted 42 overs (222 balls) for 33 runs to get a draw against the Aussies. What dedication and playing to the situation. Hats Off ! Indian cricket team is nothing without Dravid, the Wall And the tylish Lakshman. Sorry guys, you people should not have retired.

  • on December 9, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha haaaaaa. This is fun - and the beginning of the end for Indian cricket. India have been the bully of International cricket for the past 5 years, its only just that now they are struggling and will continue to do so for years to come. Next 5 years india will be as weak as West Indies

  • BHARATLIFE on December 9, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Brialliant selection by BCCI, how un-baised it is....Those who were dropped are the only ones who are not performing. Zaheer bowled a lot of over in Mumbai, Yuvraj Singh did not make any contribution...WOW!!!!! Excellent......We will definitely win the next test match, !!!!!! Parwinder Awana is Glen Mc Grath equivalent.. Zaheer Khan's contribution is minimal to India..., he is just a scrap material.....!!!!!WOW.. , selector you are doing an excellent job!!!!! Keep it up!!!!

  • AvidCricFan on December 9, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    It is travesty to persist with SRT at this point. He is done. There is not going to be any spectacular turnaround at 40 no matter what his die hard fans hope. He just can't handle quality bowling at this stage. Jadeja is a flat wicket bully. Tiwari or Rahane would have been better choices. However his selection is digestible if it is based domestic performance. May be U Chand should be inducted.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 9, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Why can't our Selectors drop the biggest non-performer of all time - Tendulkar?? He has always been a no show in the second innings, he never plays when his team needs him most. He holds the world record for playing in highest number of lost games. Why do we tolerate such a non-performer?? Why???

  • peterss on December 9, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Ashwin should bat at 6. Play Awana, Dinda, Ishant and Ojha. Drop Kholi for Rahane. He doesnt show enough respect for playing for india. Thinks test cricket is a joke. Keeps throwing his wicket away that too to a full toss. Shut the door on him, at least in test format.

  • on December 9, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    sachin must leave cricket if he cant win games for India so we dont need him instead his position can be taken by any other player.And dhoni should also take rest for few months he does not seems to be captainig the side well viru should be given chance as captain.Muhammad Kaif deserves a chance.

  • on December 9, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    I really dont know y this selection comittee stil suporting sachin and dhoni.. who are not in form... this is really rediculous.. the team should be selected according to the present form not according to the past records...

  • crindex on December 9, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    We lost 2 matches because of Gautam Gambhir India should drop him for another youngster - Rahane , Tiwari or Vijay. Enough is enough. Gambhir should be dropped.

  • on December 9, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Same as ever, the batters fail, so you drop the bowlers.

    There are three batters I'd keep, Ghambir, Pujara and Sehwag.

  • guesswhat555 on December 9, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    If they really want to win the last test, Kohli & Sharma should be dropped as well. Kohli is out of sorts and so is tendulkar but we all know tendulkar wont be dropped and so having 2 out of form batsmen at 4 & 5 is asking for trouble. And ishant sharma, man if he cant take wickets on fast pitches u cant really expect him to take on indian pitches. MS Dhoni needs to make some tough decision but we all know he like to surround himself with his own mates. So I basically see JADEJA making a debut even though Rahane is in the wings and kohli , sharma playing as well. And what the heck chawla is doing in the team. Oh boy we are screwed.

  • beachlover on December 9, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Indian cricket is in total disarray.Dropping zaheer is a bold move and it sends a strong message for the seniors,perform or perish.Awana deserves the selection,but the same cannot be said about piyush chawla.Amit mishra would have been a better selection.Ravindra jadeja has scored big,but i still think his efforts were against poor bowling attacks on flat wickets,and i think he will struggle aginst anderson and co.the best bet for no6 slot is badrinath because he is a proven performer in ranji over a number of years.He is a solid,gritty batsman.At the moment we need such a batsman at no6.I have no idea why he is not considered for selection.Its easy to say that dhoni should be replaced as captain,but who else?Gambhior looks out of sorts as batsman and kohli is too new to test cricket and stuggling of late

  • Harmony111 on December 9, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    I know most of the ppl would want Sachin to be dropped asap and also want significant changes elsewhere too. Some want Viru, Gambhir, Sachin, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Ishant, Ashwin, Zak all to be dropped !! I believe some of these should be dropped too. For eg Ishant, Dhoni and Zaheer. But not all in one go. Before we decide to remove a component from a machine, we must have a replacement ready else we must continue with the installed part, however faulty it may be. I believe it is time up for Ishant for sure. He has not learnt in 5 years and perhaps he never will. Agarkar at 45 will bowl better than Ishant ever will. Zak's fielding and more imp his attitude is horrible. Dhoni is not upto the mark in Tests and has to go. But about the others esp Sachin - He scored more than Pujara and Kohli in this match - so why drop him? We still need Sachin - he may be a lesser batsman now but he still is Sachin. I am not being sentimental about him just being practical. And Dinda for Zak? Do they think?

  • on December 9, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Mark my word Who ever India plays there is no hope.They cannot avoid defeat at Nagpur. That is clear as daylight.England have the momentum. Dhoni do not have a clue what is he doing in the middle.He need to get his form back. Otherwise he will struggle again in the middle.

  • on December 9, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    With all due respect to Sachin, Stats wise he has been the best batsman in the world but every beginning has an end and every rise has a fall. This is the difference between Asian and Western players. I dont remember any big asian name other than Imran Khan who retired at peak of his career. But i can count you tens if not hundereds of Aussies, South Africans and English who retired at their peak. Ricky Ponting may have left cricket when he was struggling but at least he did not become burden for the team but Sachin will just not go. He must accept the bitter reality that his time has come and selectors need to be brave and select players on merit instead of emotions.

    Indian cricket is going nowhere.

  • on December 9, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Please no more suggestions that Gambhir should be captain!! No centuries for 3 years! He shouldn't even be in the team, let alone considered for captaincy..... The selectors have got it so wrong. Rest Dhoni and drop Shewag and Gambhir. They are stale and so out of touch with modern cricket.... You can only wish.

  • on December 9, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    lol few days ago the Indian fast bowling coach considered zaheer as the world's top 6 bowler :p amazing change!!

  • SantoshGhirnikar on December 9, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    The selectors have again chickened out by not dropping SRT. Since he is not retiring on his own he needs to be forced out. Nobody, repeat nobody, is indispensable. I feel for Amit Mishra who got ignored in favor of Chawla. Remember Mishra scored a high fifty in England when others around him were struggling to put bat to ball. My 11 for Nagpur is as follows: Rahane, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Sehwag, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin,Dinda, Awana, Ojha,

  • gandhala on December 9, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Jadeja- expected notes. And Piyush is in coz its england and since they r too comfortable against off spin and left arm spin they want to try something different. Awana is also a good pick.Jadeja,Awana make it on current form and Piyush just to surprise us and eng as well ;) Team Vijay,Sehwag,Pujara,Sachin,Gambhir,Jadeja,Dhoni,Ashwin,Piyush,Awana,Ohja If you dont want to pick Vijay then Ashwin,Sehwag,Pujara,Sachin,Gambhir,Rahane,Jadeja.Dhoni,Piyush,Awana,Ohja I want Gambhir to bat low down to give some experience in the middle order. Ashwin opening the batting is a Risk but its really worth to take i want to see both openers attack problem might be with running between wickets but its worth.Or Vijay can open which is the safer bet if may not give you 100's but he can give a decent start atleast 100/0 will be on cards if sehwag stays there. I want all 3 of these picks in playing 11 dot (Piyush,awana,Jadeja). Sorry Virat ,u were never in my test squad even wen u scored 2*100s.future

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Why we need Jadeja in squad?? Why not give a chance to Rahane at no. 6?? For me the squad must be Gambhir Sehwag/ Rahane Pujara Sachin Rahane/ Sehwag Kohli Dhoni Ashwin Ishant Awana Ojha We need specialist batsmen right now because we not putting runs on the score board, and its not a limited over game. How can we ignore Rahane's talent. it may be possible that because of ignorence his situation become like Rohit Sharma who when in form didnot get chance and get frustated.

  • Nampally on December 9, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    India needs a team selected based on current ability of the players. Nepotism & Favoutism at both Selectors' & Captain's levels, must be eliminated to give India a fair resurgence chance.India definitely needed a RH leg spinner IN & they got one now. But is he the right choice based on Form & performance? Chawla has the worst averages with 9 wkts @ 48 runs/Wkt. in the Ranji this year. A.Mishra took 4 wkts. in the practice match against England earlier & has a much better Ranji record too. Why is he omitted is a mystery. Dhoni does not like either Rahul Sharma or Mishra. So here is the first level of grudge.India definitely needs a new Captain with fresh slate. Change starts at the top with Pujara as Captain. He with the Selectors must pick a balanced squad with right names. Why does India need 2 back up openers in Vijay & Rahane + 2 regular ones.There are 3 spinners+3 seamers +1 allrounder+7 batsmen+1WK.This is balanced but with wrong names! Put Team India first above Self interests!

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    This is ridiculous stuff! Even at this point Bangladesh may take tour of India and pound some humiliation on us. Why not fresh blood into the team, why Jadeja, man! He was picked as the most valuable player in IPL, don't remember a performance in IPL that gives his price a worth, and now Test cricket, its not Ranji sir...and Chawla,' long hop'er Chawla,remember World Cup, series aginst WI, Peterson will bully him, he will get crashed through mid wicket... Our selectors need some ice bag to rationalise their thoughts, however Tiwary keeps on waiting, and Dinda gets somewhat prank call from BCCI, come you have Test to play amid season!

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    my best 11 (1 viru 2 gautam 3 pujara 4 sachin 5 kholi 6 dhoni 7 jadeja 8 ashwin 9 awana 10 dinda 11 ojha......

  • Harry-S on December 9, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    As an outside observer (i.e. not Indian), I do not understand why Mahendra Dhoni is still captain of this side. He led India to complete humiliation in England and Australia last year. His captaincy is truly atrocious, lacking in inspiration and imagination with the body language of the Indian team very poor, his wicketkeeping is dreadful and error-prone, and his batting isn't up to much these days at all. I don't see how he justifies his place in the side - he's clearly living off past glories. It's time for India to move on.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on December 9, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Kolkata match was lost because of Gambhir. Two run outs of the top two batsmen in the team, in each innings, and he is not disciplined by dropping? Come on selectors. Show us that you have guts.

  • ajeet15 on December 9, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    "Bhajji dropped?" When was he in the team? If by being in the selected players means you are a part of the team, then yes he was. He played only one match at Mumbai & was under-utilized by Dhoni. He bowled total 23 overs in two innings in 5 break ups besides scoring more runs than Sachin in that match. He is stranded at 99 test matches & would have been only the tenth Indian player to have played 100 tests for the country. It would be certainly sad to see him stranded at 99 tests. But how many are aware of the fact?

    Sachin will play 200 tests irrespective of his performance therefore I am not surprised to see him in the team. May be the trophy that would be given to him on playing his 200th test is also ready. Let us justify by saying that Sachin is only one big innings away from hitting form. Well, then all other players are also one game away from hitting form, so then let us allow them to play as well. Haven't they also given years of their life to cricket like Sachin?

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    LOL piyush chawla again ??? selectors were on drugs or they selected him mistakenly ... even though if he bowls well in 4th test selectors cant justify why they called him as they cant read future .. I cant remind what chawla has done recently in cricket but still if he is in team then is that some under table deal with selectors or what??

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Test squad would be 1.Rahane 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Sachin/Kohli 5. Tiwarii 6. Jadeja 7. Patel/Saha(W.K) 8. Ashwin 9.Dinda 10. Awana 11. Ojha. No need to continue even Tendulkar, Gambhir or Kohli, if they not perfom.. Murli Vijay, Chavla & Ishant Sharma have no place in 15. Rohit Sharma, Badrinath, Amit Mishra, Pankaj Singh and many other deserve place in test squad. try Naman Ojha as WK/opening Batsman in T20

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Can the selectors justify the selection of Jadeja and Chawla. Jadeja doesnt even stand against quality fast bowlers in t-20. What the hell has Manoj Tiwari done wrong that he has been given chance. Hope the team management usse their brain and Jadeja is not given chance coz he is neither a top class batsmen nor a top class bowler.. If Jadeja is selected then India will be playing with only 4 batsmen Gambhir, Sehwag(both of dem though only perform sometime), Pujaara and Kohli(who has done nothing in the series). Sachin and Dhoni are liability to the current Indian team...

  • Alok_brahmbhatt on December 9, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Observing performances in the past few series, it is clear that the Test team is burdened with players like Shewag, Dhoni, Tendulkar. This are the three burdens the team is bearing and is the reason for recent downfall. Talking about individuals, Shewag's poor batting average in recent matches, shame he is still allowed in the team. Dhoni, has no reputation and has not established himself as a Test player, though he is selected as a Captain. Tendulkar, is now one of the biggest burden on the team. He says he wants to still play because he has passion for the game. To make it clear Mr. Tendulkar there are thousands of players in India and millions of Indians who are more passionate than you. I suggest selectors to sack this guy because he will not easily give way for young players. He claims he plays for the country, so untrue, if he did he would have given way to young players on his inconsistent performances. He is the manipulator to the selectors. Wake up selectors.

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    @George_Cricket Hell yeah..Rohit was given the chance to Warm the bench during India's tour to Australia, the Bench temperature at the end of the tour suggested he had failed miserably. Source: Sarcasm

  • Selfishkar on December 9, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    India bowling attack (if you can call it so) will be the most fearsome (for Indian supporters) in a long long-time as it will be lead by Ishant Sharma who has an average of 38 after playing more than 45 tests.

  • sanjeevraghavan on December 9, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Wish Ajinkya Rahane, Murli Vijay and Ashok Dinda get a chance in the playing eleven. Why don't Sachin just step down and make way for youth? Hope selectors will open their eyes and drop MSDhoni, Sachin, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma from next series onwards.

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    They made a move but, i think it was a move just for this last test:

    Maybe we should change things up batting wise: Open with Rahane and Gambhir and put Sehwag in Yuvraj's spot.

    In the bowling department: not sure what to do here.

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Test squad would be 1.Rahane 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Sachin/Kohli 5. Tiwarii 6. Jadeja 7. Patel/Saha(W.K) 8. Ashwin 9.Dinda 10. Awana 11. Ojha. No need to continue even Tendulkar, Gambhir or Kohli, if they not perfom.. Murli Vijay, Chavla & Ishant Sharma have no place in 15. Rohit Sharma, Badrinath, Amit Mishra, Pankaj Singh and many other deserve place in test squad. try Naman Ojha as WK/opening Batsman in T20

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Piyush chawla?? Again? Atleast the numbers favor Awana and Jadeja.. I wonder how this guy repeatedly gets selected, despite not having a single decent performance at any level...

  • Y2SJ on December 9, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Selection of Jadeja is ridiculous. Only advantage he has over Tiwary is that he is in good books of Dhoni.

  • Nirmal143 on December 9, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    I donot know why selectors so much giving trust to Gambhir.. He became the burden for india cricket bcz he is is having so much weakness....Ishant sharma also not fit for test bcz he is giving so much no balls in test,My playing eleven will be Vijay,Rahane,Pujhara, Kohli, Shewag, Dhoni,Jadeja,Ashwini,Awanan, Dinda and Ojha.

  • knan on December 9, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, it is extremely disappointing to see that the selectors have not made any tough calls ( other than dropping Zaheer ). The only thing that can make India win at Nagpur is to give Dhoni a magic wand which can make the pitch behave as he wants - a rank turner with uneven bounce when Eng is batting and a placid cement road when India is batting :) The Eng team has shown the hunger to win while the intensity seems to be completely missing with the Ind team. Eng favourites to make it 3-1 at Nagpur

  • on December 9, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Sachin should have been the first person to be dropped, but he is retained. Funny selectors. Hope India lose more badly in coming test.

  • on December 9, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Good to see finally AWANA in the national squad, he's really worked hard to earned the right, but dunno what the selectors see in the pathetic ISHANT that he still gets preference over PANKAJ SINGH..who is more taller,sharper, athletic & hard working than him...bowls at lively pace of 135-140 kph, swings both ways & had a supreme fitness level...also where is PAWAN SUYAL, the left arm sharp pacer who bowls in 137-143pkh range.

  • P.D.DESAI on December 9, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    The last statement fittingly defines my views on this selection & Jadeja - "The problem with this selection - on evidence of what we have seen in international cricket - is that Jadeja is neither a top-six batsman nor a top-four bowler."

  • TRAM on December 9, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Mukund stayed at the crease consistently against Eng in England, better than others in spite of him facing new ball. The ability to stay at the crease is the number one criteria for Test place. Why would the selectors not understand it? Why do they select from T20 performers? Mukund has high first class average (60+) with a triple ton as well. If selectors will judge a player by his performance abroad, not a single player in the current team would survive. And Mukund performed better than other Indians, including the great Sehwag & Gambhir.

  • on December 9, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Dropping Harbhajan for Chawla is a joke. Chawla has been tried and failed many times already. Time to try some untried spinning talent like Nadeem from Jharhkand.

  • TRAM on December 9, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    What did Badri do to Dhoni? Why is he ignored all the time? Is there any other player in India who scored 50+ against Styn & Morkel?? Badri stood alone in the crease much like Ashwin did against Eng. Why was Badri dropped on the first place? Apart from solid technique, Badri will not ever make a reckless shot like these star players do in Indian team. A perfect fit for Test conditions.

  • on December 9, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    I think the black sheep in the Indian team who is causing all problems is gautam gambhir. He should be removed from the team. He is playing politics to get captaincy. He is making inform batsmans run out delibrately like first day run out of sehwag and pujara. Gambhir is a spoil sport.

  • venkatesh.raghunathan on December 9, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Just unexplainable, whatever is the reasons, selection of Jadeja and Chawla are ridiculous. Jadeja doesnt have the technique to survive fast bowling in T-20 and we are selecting him for tests. Worse is Chawla, he cant get # 11 out in Ranji's. If we wanted spinners, take risk with the young guys like Harmeet. Coming to batsman, what has Tiwary done?When guys like Rohit and Jadeja can get multiple chances. giving Tiwary one off wouldnt hurt. Guess the selection commitee wants ppl to stop watching India's matches..

  • Nutcutlet on December 9, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Lots of moving the deckchairs on listing SS India! Just changing the team is cosmetic. IMO, the real roots of the problem are: (1) overall fitness of the team - to give a scrap of evidence on this, check out how many times Eng bats ran three, then compare the 3s run by the Indians. Were there any? (2) Laxity in the field. Kohli is the right standard, but nearly all the others are ponderous, even lethargic; (3) the lack of sustained concentration (Sehwag knows this judging from his recent utterances, but he doesn't practise it). This concentration in bursts only, is a dubious legacy of T20 mentality which appears to be more highly regarded that Test cricket by the powers that be. England knows that Indian bats (exc the admirable Pujara) will make mistakes sooner rather than later; (4) a captain who sets an example by positive body language. So much of the time MSD appears to be going through the motions. Just giving my honest opinion...

  • InsideHedge on December 9, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Oh yes, I somehow missed that Ishant is still in the squad! My My, a recent record of a bowling average of over a 100 runs per wicket, a strike rate closing in on 200 balls per wicket and a complete lack of nous means he makes the Test team! We now deserve to be the laughing stock of world cricket. A population of a billion ppl and we pick a bloke whose coach (Joe Dawes) claims that he'll *NOW* teach him to bowl an outswinger!!! After almost 50 Tests!! So, these guys use Test Matches as a glorified net practice. That says it all, doesn't it?

  • InsideHedge on December 9, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Ashwin's batting in the 3rd Test has only temporarily hidden his lack of bowling class. He now needs to be thought of as a decent batsman who occasionally bowls in Tests, more frequently in limited overs cricket. The media and ignorant fans are hyping a player who is a shockingly poor fielder - despite being in his early 20s - a poor runner between the wickets and most importantly a pretty ordinary bowler given that he's in the team for his bowling. His "carrom ball" is an embarrassment, it's bowled without any skill and almost invariably results in a full toss.

  • InsideHedge on December 9, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    I'll tell you what's hilarious - reading the comments of so-called experts in the comments section. What these ppl don't realise is that Dinda is ahead of Awana, so a has-been (Zaheer) will be replaced by a never-will-be (Dinda). Awana will not play, the only adv in dropping Zaheer is that the fielding will improve. Finally, neither of Jadega & Chawla are long term bets, what will happen when we tour? And if the next set of pace bowlers includes Sreesanth, a tried and trusted failure, it clearly shows the poor state of Indian cricket.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    it is high time sachin should think of retirement.not a century in last 30 innings is disgusting really holding a place of youngster yet to come.as far as dhoni,it is best to go by split captaincy but right now none is capable of holding it.gauti"s form too worry.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    It is surprising what a common man can see and understand,these selectors cannot.The most deserving players for getting omitted were Tendulkar,Dhoni and Ishant Sharma in order of priority.Ishant is getting a long rope just like Tendulkar.Zaheer has been penalised though it should have been Ishant who didnot bowl any better and was even guilty of dropping Cook.Did Yuvraj perform any worse than Tendulkar,definitely not,why was poor Yuvraj then dropped,who needs support of selectors when he is trying his best,but selectors are still persisting with Tendulkar as if hey just cannot see Tendulkar underperforming.Selectors have two different yardsticks for Tendulkar and rest of players,which is just not justified.I just hope selectors get wiser for good of Indian cricket.

  • Leggie on December 9, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Hmm. just noticed that I made a mistake in earlier post. Manoj Tiwary not being there is quite strange. He should have been an automatic choice given the number of runs he has consistently scored at the domestic level and in the ODIs whenever given a choice. Feel sad for Zaheer Khan - who has been the spearhead of Indian bowling attack for a long time. But over the last few matches - against quality opposition, Indians, as a unit, have collectively failed to take wickets. The recent bowling record is quite pathetic - Michael Clarke had a triple century and a double century, Hussey a double, 3 hundreds by Cook, a century even by Ricky Ponting who was failing with any other opposition. So it appears that the selectors have decided to sack the leader of the pack! Would have liked to see the same being applied to the captain + coach as well. May be that'll happen after the end of the last Test. While in principle dropping Zaheer seems correct, it's shocking that there are no replacements!

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    I feel... Rahane should debut and open with Gambhir with Sehwag at 6.. Awana, Ishant, Ashwin & Ohja would complete the bowling department..

  • Unmesh_cric on December 9, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Give Rohit Sharma a chance in Tests. He is more suitable for the longer format. His first class average is close to 60. People judge him based on his ODI performances. He is not a good ODI player; he is confused in his approach (whether to attack or defend) in ODIs. But he has the temperament and technique for the longer format. Select Shrama in Tests, drop him from ODIs! In Test format, if given a chance, I have no doubt he will be one of the best players India has produced. India missed a trick by not giving him a chance in Australia while we were getting white-washed. He was in great touch at that time. But Indian team management made him warm the bench for the entire series.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Selector did the right thing to drop yuvraj and zak for the worst performance ..Zak will nt bowl well while comparing jimmy with same knd of experience in same pitch ..selector noticed well ..I wonder awana got selected instead of some experienced fast bowler like praveen,munaf and balaji ,,England already taking our top spinners like street cricket now no pace attack ...it will clearly shows england will won the series by 2-1 or 3-1 ..Dhoni is very gud t20 and 50 over suited batsman but he himself should realise he will not play 250 odd balls without losing his wicket.With this circumstance cant predict dhoni captaincy.dhoni captaincy is always good than anyother captain lead by india.but it not suits in test.so he shud give the captaincy to new younger generation.but indian younger player no consistency with there performance .only two players playing with consistency one is pujara and another is aswin..coach or selector have a few words with ashwin to ask him to concentrate on bat

  • jay123xyz on December 9, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    At least the selectors have made a move, though I think there could have been one or two different selections. I think we have to bare with the reality that India is a mediocre test team now after the retirement of Dravid, Laxman, Saurav & Kumble. To cap it off, Zaheer and Harbajhan have gone off-color. At this time, as a captain the best thing that he can expect is good discipline, body-language, attitude and hard-work during long days, and the players who have such an attitude need to be in the team as there are going to be such days. Need to look at Australia who also lost a generation of greats; they are no longer world beaters but they have a disciplined, hard-working unit which have made them at-least highly competitive. Glad to see Ishant retained. Once Umesh Yadav comes back, both of these bowlers need to be given a fair run in test cricket. Both have a huge heart to give 100% and have been unlucky. Also, they could have given Yuvi a fair run in test cricket.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I think what India needs to do is to PERFORM and win games as a team, and for this,it is important to have presently performing players on the field, regardless of what records they hold. In this sense, it is not unreasonable to rest those who are not performing and to have in-form players play.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    At present we need to sacrifice a batsmen and bring ashwin in place of yuvaraj..So my lineup for next test would be 1.Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Sachin 5. Kohli 6.Ashwin 7. Dhoni 8. Chawla 9. Ishant 10. Awana 11. Ojha

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Correct decisions have been taken. Expecting a raging turner in Nagpur, Jadeja could be 3rd spinner. Awana could be the only paceman. Also Rahane can expect to be included in the eleven. Zaheer and Ishant bowled very well in patches, but have been unable to consistently put pressure on opposition batsmen. Ashwin & Ojha also bowled very well in patches only. Mishra got chance in England, but didn't make impact as bowler though he batted very well.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on December 9, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Ind iz the only team where a guy like piyush chawla gets to play at international level which is both hilarious n redicolous at the same time

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Reading these comments... whre does Rahane come from into this picture. I mean he just did well in that godforsaken IPL!

    He flopped for the A team every single team, he may yet make it to the test team.... but not today.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    So Tendulkar camp is dropped... Yuvraj, Bhajji, Zaheer all Tendulkar's innrr circle friends are gone... its a signal that either retire gracefully or face the embarrasment of being dropped forever... declare it Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. Declare it now.

    Selectors have gone with Jadeja as they have a theory that we need left handers in top 6 .thats why we get Raina, Yuvi and now Jadeja. We can get those by Dhawan Parthiv and Irfan.

    We need Tiwary, Rohit and Rahane the tri who can be nextBig 3

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    So Tendulkar camp is dropped... Yuvraj, Bhajji, Zaheer all Tendulkar's innrr circle friends are gone... its a signal that either retire gracefully or face the embarrasment of being dropped forever... declare it Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. Declare it now.

    Selectors have gone with Jadeja as they have a theory that we need left handers in top 6 .thats why we get Raina, Yuvi and now Jadeja. We can get those by Dhawan Parthiv and Irfan.

    We need Tiwary, Rohit and Rahane the tri who can be nextBig 3

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    it think its pretty fair that these players have been dropped, except for me it'd be Ishant Sharma in place of Zaheer Khan. Because Zaheer in spite of being past his best isn't really being threatened a another better seamer, and Ishant has dissapointed enough in my opinion. Oh! and I just forgot about Gaitham Gambhir. He's not only struggling to score runs but he's also getting other guys run out, now how do you just his position?

  • stormy16 on December 9, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    The great dissappointment is the failure of Yuvi who has surely played his last test. Its a real shame that just a fantastic talent should not perform at test level. Baji and Zak I am afraid is a sign of the times - the old guard cannot be kept unless they are performing and neither are. Jadeja I am surprised at but 3 doubles cannot be ignored. The fear here is the same as Yuvi - how will be go at test level. Its a kind of dramatic coming in from the cold for Jadeja who was dropped from the one day team. India's problem has been the lack of runs which has already resutled in the series being lost of at best drawan, whcih really is not an acceptable result for India at home. Wonder how the Indian fans feel about the other batters - Viru, Gauti, Sachin and Virat? They havent been able to get the big runs required but are still in the team. I agree they cannot be all dropped but time is running out - a series loss to Eng at home is as dramatic as its gets requiring dramatic action.

  • bhrangi on December 9, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @Venkat Raghavan Kopparapu: Mate how does sachin affect the morality of team? did he kohli or yuvaraj to get out? did he tell dhoni to get out on 3 rd balls of crucial innings? Yeah as an indian you are very angry and you can criticize but this is senseless one. If sachin fails, i will fail if that is attitude of indian batsmen. What happen if he retires?

  • Nampally on December 9, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Sid, I fully agree that the Selectors erred badly again in picking Chawla with no performance justifying his selection. I would much rather prefer someone like Mishra or even R.Sharma to Chawla. Neither seem to be acceptable to Dhoni!. I do not agree when I keep seeing the "Bare Cupboard" headlines. S.Nadeem, M.Karthik are both fine spin bowlers. Jadeja as a replacement for Yuvraj is a good move. Jadeja is an outstanding fielder,can bat & bowl, albeit he is not a specialist in either.But Yuvraj failed in batting + did not bowl, after being picked as an All rounder. So Selectors did the right thing. Awana is a good choice but Pankaj Singh is also knocking. I expect Awana/Chawla, Ishant, Ashwin, Ojha +Jadeja to be the 5 bowlers.The batting has not improved much. I would like Kohli & Pujara & SRT bat #'s 3 ,4 & 5. This is a self confidence issue. Kohli performed superbly @#3. So let him play there.This minor batting order shuffle should help the team if they give up "reckless batting"!

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Why did they spare Sachin? Is he doing any good as player in the team ?? No doubt he is world class but he got way too many chances and he didn't click for a long time. He will definetly make a century in the near future but it will come at the cost of 10 -12 matches or even higher without a significant contribution.

    It's high time that selection should be done more on the current form of the players and keeping in view of the player availability for the next big tournaments like World cup.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    A really strong decision by the selection committee, leaving Zaheer out. But still very complacent in replacing players like Gambhir, Ishant and also captain MSD. Gambhir has been horribly out of form in the last 2 years and his technique has been found wanting against fast bowling. Ishant should not have been selected in the first place, let alone retaining his place in the squad. As for Dhoni, on current form, R Ashwin looks a better batsman in the longer version. We have keepers like Saha waiting in the wings for a long time now. His captaincy is already on the decline and his wicket-keeping has also been in question for a long time now. Kohli certainly currently the best candidate for captaining the side, much like Graeme Smith was made the captain of South Africa very early in his career. For the better of Indian cricket, it would help if India loses this series, if they draw level, many players might escape being axed.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Zaheer and Harbhajan shouldn't have been picked in the first place. They are not test match materials anymore. The problem these days is hardly any of the Indian international cricketers play 4 day cricket due to the hectic schedule. Look at other countries. They still play shield or county cricket whenever they are not on international duty. First Class cricket in India is usually skipped by Indian players once they reach international level. Also Dhoni is purely living on his ODI/T20 record. I cant remember him playing any 4 day cricket for a very long time.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    This is ridiculous .Why not Manoj tiwari who can bowl too? He is a good batsman than Jadeja.Yuvraj ,Zaheer ,Harbhajan dropped good for indian team but even its high time Tendulkar also should be dropped as the age is affecting his performance , his will power and skill is still there but the reflexes are not there but no one will have guts to drop him because of the contribution of this legend. we can not afford to lose matches on indian soil. I think Dhoni is best as wicket keeper but his batting getting affected due to captaincy burden.He may have to focus on either test or one day cricket more. Personally I feel the impact is because of coach. Gary kirstein bought the necessary skills, attitude and luck factor also in the same team and we were on our highest rankings in all forms of cricket.Just see how the luck turn around for South Africa against Australia.Not seeing any significant contribution form the current coaches in any departement, they also should be replaced immediately

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    This is ridiculous .Why not Manoj tiwari who can bowl too? He is a good batsman than Jadeja.Yuvraj ,Zaheer ,Harbhajan dropped good for indian team but even its high time Tendulkar also should be dropped as the age is affecting his performance , his will power and skill is still there but the reflexes are not there but no one will have guts to drop him because of the contribution of this legend. we can not afford to lose matches on indian soil. I think Dhoni is best as wicket keeper but his batting getting affected due to captaincy burden.He may have to focus on either test or one day cricket more. Personally I feel the impact is because of coach. Gary kirstein bought the necessary skills, attitude and luck factor also in the same team and we were on our highest rankings in all forms of cricket.Just see how the luck turn around for South Africa against Australia.Not seeing any significant contribution form the current coaches in any departement, they also should be replaced immediately

  • offbreak on December 9, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    I agree that Ishant lacks pace, brains and basic cricket knowledge. Why is Pankaj Singh not being considered? Time to give Kohli the Test captaincy. That will help Kohli mature, much like it has done for Cook and Graeme Smith and Pup Clarke. Said that when India were losing in England, but my voice is a lone voice. The next Test should be Sachin's farewell. Grow up, move on. Time to bring in Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary et al and blood a new team. And someone, snyone, please teach Gambhir how not to run partners out! Harbhajan, Zaheer and Yuvraj - good riddance.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    The new blood should hopefully perform well but the selection of piyush chawla willl be a question mark. Hopefully for india he makes a strong comeback.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Don't we have spinners other than Piyush Chawla or Amit Mishra?

  • hnlns on December 9, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Selectors are right in dropping Zaheer and Harbhajan as they are no more the strike force or fit enough for 5-day grind of test matches. As for Yuvraj, he has not inspired confidence after his comeback from illness which is a bit sad. The big puzzle for me however is why are Dhoni and SRT getting kid glove treatment ? Do they really deserve their places in the team based on current form and recent performances ? Are we not seeing here clear double standards or different yardsticks ? What more do the selectors want to happen before they correct this continuing blunder - another severe drubbing at Nagpur or another repeat result of last year's Australian and England tour when Indian team travels overseas again ?

  • ksrajavel87 on December 9, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    My team for next australia tour is. Rahane, Mukund, Pujaara,Rohit sharma or Tiwary, Kohli,Dinesh karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, ojha, umesh Yadav,Bhuvaneshwar kumar, back up- mandip singh(opener), pankaj singh, dinda,

  • SpadeaSpade on December 9, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Oh India Selectors what have you done, Your batsmen have failed to provide the bowlers with enough runs and the result is that you dropped 2 Bowlers and the alrounder. Catches win matches and fact remains that dropping Cook could well have cost your team the test match and has definatley cost Khan his position in the team. Anyone remember Greg Chappel telling the BCCI that they had to start blooding new talent because the pool of champion players would all exit the game around the same time. The man was lambasted and everyone said he was the curse of Indian Cricket. His words have been coming home to roost for 2 summers now. Rohit , Tiwary should have 25 tests under their belts by now, but have never been given the opportunity provided to Kholi and look at the success that decision bought about

  • riz10 on December 9, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    one day before the indian owling coach said that india bowling is improving and zaheer is 6th in the bowling ranking,but now the selector dropped him.indian cricket management and players are doing some humorous talking and actions. and english experts who is now praising anderson and finn for reverse swing,when pak bowler were doing in the 90s ,they said they temper the ball,now when english bowler doing it is now an art.

  • gopivissu on December 9, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    The selection of Jadeja is as expected... The man performing very well in the domestic season both with bat and ball. He is the highest run getter in this season.. and equally performing with ball. The selection of chawla is not good, he is not at all performing in this season. If selectors need to take spinner then they would have selected Nadeem who is performing well in the current season. Also selection of Awana one way it is good but the place should be given to Sandeep sharma or R Dhawan both are performing very well in Ranji trophy. We need one batting all rounder and one bowling all rounder. Jadeja and Ashwin can fit into these positions. Ashwin is only 11 matches old. He will surely come back. Also for ODI's we can include both B Kumar and R Dhawan which are future for 2015 world cup. Both can move the ball both ways, and out side sub continent these two can do miracles in the team as all rounders.

  • citizenkc on December 9, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    So this is the big change? Zaheer and Yuvraj (who shouldn't have been playing anyway--how many chances has he had?) dropped and one mediocre and one untested player put in their place. Why is Ishant still in the team? How long will we keep trying Kohli? Piyush--what's he done? Gambhir? Tendulkar apparently gets to stay as long as he likes because no selector has the courage to drop him. Once again, the selectors are papering over the cracks while the wall is getting ready to collapse.

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Why did they took Yuvi out,he did his best to play well,as he is an good fielder,Yuvi is better than kohli who is also out of form.even zaheer too i needed for fast bowling than awanna or ishant.harbhajan's drop is correct as he didn't perform well,piyush chawla is a good spinner too..Even Chateswar Pujara did only one double hundred and a century.that's it he also didn't perform in the 2nd and 3rd test.wrong squad for the 4th test.. :(

  • vaishakh29 on December 9, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Brave, brave (and Correct, too!) decision to drop Zaheer and Yuvraj. Selecting Harbhajan was a mistake, and replacing him with Chawla, another. Why is it that these Indian quicks get injured so fast, and take leave for a long time? Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav were promising aspects. I've seen a bit of Awana only in the IPL, but he isn't as quick as the ones I mentioned before. Munaf Patel, I believe, is only a good ODI bowler. His test stats aren't that impressive. And Sreesanth is effective only in good pacy wickets (like the ones in RSA and Australia). The bigger problem is the team that's gonna play the Nagpur Test. Scoring two triple hundreds against two mediocre first class teams doesn't change my view of him as a bowling all-rounder. I really, really wanted Rohit Sharma to play in this test series, and should've tried him in place of Virat Kohli, who's not at his best now (wouldn't mind Rahane either).

  • NikhilNair on December 9, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    At least the selectors have realized it's time for some kind of change. Hope to see more youngsters make it to the team based on their performances. I will never understand why Chawla keeps coming back... but still, I hope he will perform well. Please don't let us down in Nagpur... CMON INDIA!!

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on December 9, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Least said the better about about it. As every Indian Fan would be more concerned firstly with the result the team deliver than the names in the team. Most names in the teams for a long time now have not been acting up like what we expect from them. Speculation over decisions would always be made but I'm sincerely just hoping this team would win the nagpur one. It would build some confidence in the indian cricket after the way Indians took 3 wickets before giving england their win in kolkata also is a good performance now,can't believe thats what I'm trying to contend myself with to feel happy about indian cricket? :(

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Amit Mishra would definitely would have been more effective than Chawla. Also, Mishra played against England in the warm-up game for haryana and picked 4 wickets. He was also another player who as a batsman looked more comfortable than many of the others while playing in England.

  • beachlover on December 9, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    indian cricket is in total disarray.Dropping zaheer is a bold move and sends a strong signal to all the nonperforming senior players.But the worst problem is that the replacements have not done anything significant to earn a recall.avana is afair inclusion,piyush chawla's is baffling.badrinath is the right person for no.6 slot,why is he not getting picked.Jadeja has scored heavily,but needed a longer run of good scores in ranji,send him in india A tours and see what happens.

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    its good that selectors dared to drop zaheer..bt i can not understand that dhoni is still captain of indian team and even in the team. ishant, sachin and kohli should have been dropped, tiwary and badrinath should be in the team.

  • xylo on December 9, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    This proves that the major part of the problem lies with the selectors. That the selectors have chosen not to drop Sachin is appalling. And Jadeja over Badrinath is outright hilarious. Could it be that the BCCI have some secret contract with Andy Zaltzmann to provide content for his confectionary stall? Jadeja scored triple centuries against modest oppositions in flat wickets. And what could be said of Piyush Chawla? Given that Ashwin is proving to be the Indian version of Samit Patel, he could be promoted to Yuvraj's slot and Piyush Chawla could be a specialist leg spinner to be flogged to all corners.

  • LillianThomson on December 9, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    As ever, India's selectors turn to the wrong generation. Ian Chappell often comments that the best youngsters improve by at least 100% after they get Test experience. This should have been the moment to blood Chand and Harmeet in place of Tendulkar and Ashwin to bed them in for four home Tests against England and Australia before the tour to South Africa.

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Indian selectors need to show same intensity in selecting the openers too, Its time to drop Gautam Gambhir because he is not contributing to the team , just playing for himself and now lot of technical flaws creeped into his batting. He need to sort out to become opener again.India selectors should show same boldnes to give chance to Ajinkya Rahane.In my Openion once Tendulkar retired Sewag could batt at no 4 and india need some openers.So plan for future there is no point investing timein someone like gambhir he is no improving his skills or temperement and even no contributionin the field.I think indina selectors never gave a decent run to yuvaraj , two or three test not the way to encourage someone with takent of yuvaraj. Give him atleast three test series.Same applicable to any new batsman / bowler if india want to be there in the squad.There is no meaning you are taking someone based on their performance and dropping them after two tests because someone else scored a century.

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Looks to me that the selectors are missing a point here. for the current situation, Indians need a experienced and a consistent middle order batsman. Not someone who scores a triple hundred today and fails during the rest of the season. Where is Kaif ??

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Good to see awana's selection in the team.he looked good in Ranaji and even in IPL season for KXI punjab.i could't understant why chawla was selected eventhough he had very poor ranji season in last2-3 yrs.May be his knock of 156 against Maharastha one month back got him in team but he is a mainstream bowler and should be judged as bowler for selection in team.Ashwin form really hurting us.Impact of ODI and T20 is looking on him.Most of the time he is either bowling on the middle line or leg cramping for room or fuller on the overpitch line or short of length which is making english batsmans life very easy.Virat Kohli have out 5 times playing poor shots,Gambhir didn't covert good start into big one's,Dhoni's footword and technique has been exposed which will further make his test career uncertain,Sachin looks tentative like he is going to out now and then.Ashwin resembles VVS Laxman in technique and strokeplay,all frontline batsmen should see his inning,how he played.

  • khancrick on December 9, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    lets face it India doesn't have any international level spinners nor they have any fast bowlers. there batsmen are ageing and they don't have any replacements. its gona take some guts to replace the ageing once and the younger to hold there feet in international level. for the time being as Sehwag said... God help India:)))

  • milesy100 on December 9, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    The only way you guys can avoid defeat at Nagpur is to persuade Dravid, Laxman out of retirement....and borrow Ajmal from Pakistan. So much for the 'revenge' whitewash!!!!!

  • N.SHIV on December 9, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Selectors should give chance to players like RISHI DAWAN, PANKAJ SIGH & VARUN AROON. Also there should be different players for each format T20, ODI & Tests & maintain a rotation policy. Then players can perform less injuries & work load.

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Where are Pathan Brothers? i dont know what the hell is wrong with Selector for India National Cricket team?

  • IndCricFan2013 on December 9, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Good call over all. Jaddu inclusion in playing 11 would be better, if you are not giving him chance now, when in form, when will you give? I guess Rahahe has to wait to get to playing 11, Tiwary has to wait for selection. It is pity that Zaheer is dropped, but what else selectors can do? Only thing is the same yard stick is not applied on Sachin, Kohli and Dhoni, they are poor performing. As dhoni called Zaheer is Bowling Sachin of India and when he is dropped, why not the batting Sachin? Kohli is out of form completely, can he sit out and make a way for Rahahe, while Jaddu replaced Yuvi in playing 11.

  • the_blue_android on December 9, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Again,the real culprits go scot-free. Business as usual with BCCI or any Indian sports organization. The biggest under performers who have not performed in 4 years still get to keep their places.

  • SumoSumo on December 9, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Pretty Disappointed with the T20 squad. Why is Dhoni,Yuvi,Gambhir retained after 3 disastrous T20 WC campaign. Make Kohli the captain and build a young team around it period.

  • landl47 on December 9, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Presumably Jadeja will play and bat #6, since Yuvraj has been dropped. However, I'm puzzled as to why Awana and Chawla have been called up unless they are going to play. If they are, why do India need so many bowlers in the squad? Why are India carrying Rahane and Vijay? In short, what's the point of naming a 15-man squad for a game which starts on Thursday?

    BTW, hasn't the selection committee been in touch with their bowling coach, who this week said Zaheer was one of the top 6 bowlers in the world? Or do they believe that Ishant, Dinda and Awana are all in the top 5? Very strange selection policies.

  • Gopalakrishna on December 9, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Tried and tested Karnataka's R Vinay Kumar has been given a raw deal in the selection. If Awana's five for is a criteria for his selection, R Vinay Kumar has picked up seven. It is rather strange to select a new face than the tried and tested when the Indian team is in real crisis. I am sure Patil and company as not gone through the domestic circuit stats prior to the selection. The Board Statistician should help the selectors in choosing a team - HR Gopala Krishna - Cricket Statistician- Bangalore

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Whatever Mr. 'Feel-Think-See-Say'Good Dhoni has to say, the team is certainly experiencing Lows that it never has. Good to see signs of change by the Selectors finally.

    Jadeja: Whatever he might be, Jadeja has deserved this chance, superb performance at a level where more gifted bats like Rohit, Manoj and Rahane have recently squandered opportunities. I can't even imagine Jadeja as a proper No. 6 bat in Australian / African conditions against premier bowlers though. So, this No. 6 spot looks more or less open for the coming time.

    The drops (including Zak) look fine but the Selections look more as a result of their multi-skill (Piyush batting okay and Jadeja getting wickets consistently). Mr. Chawla appears to have the Get-Selected skill, if not batting or bowling.

    In fast bowling, we do have some decent talents doing well in the first class. Basant Mohanty is one who's been ignored for God-Knows-what reasons despite consistent performances.

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    This is height of nepotism. AJit Agarkar once scored a hundred in Lords and got chucked out because he did not bowl good, Ashwin bowled worser than him in condtions that suited him and gets retained for a 91 in Indian conditions. Also Dhoni gets another chance. Clearly he is not the best keeper in India. Manoj Tiwary and Rahane never got chance to showcase their skills. Now Jadeja will get to play in the 11 just because he is favored by the captain. Also I don't understand why Piyush chawla repeatedly gets selected. He has never improved as a bowler. He can't bowl a flipper or a top spinner after this many years of cricket. India will never improve as side until they chuck out non performers regardless of status. They need to give weightage to performances which is clearly not happening.

  • getsetgopk on December 9, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    This is a circus. What are they going to do? They have all been tried and test and have proved time and again that they aren't international quality. But hey, thats all they got!

  • swarzi on December 9, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Axing these three guys and nobody else tells me that India cricket administrators need their heads checked!The whole of India should have more respect for UV than any other player in this team.Yes, it's just one year ago that UV single handedly WON a Cricket World Cup for his country - batting, bowling and fielding. And now coming back to represent his country for the first time, after surviving a most serious health scare, he was one of the ONLY 3 BATSMEN to make runs (74) to help his country WIN the only match they have WON so far. Pujara came good in the second match; everybody else failed - they lost. And everybody failed again in the third match - they lost. But only batsman UV, a WINNER they see to drop! Injustice can't be more rife elsewhere than in India. This statement also sympathises with Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan who with Sehwag, Dravid and Laxman won more matches for India than any 5 other cricketers in India cricket history - though some been playing 1/4 century.

  • Naresh28 on December 9, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    With what selectors have given for Nagpur:- (1) Rahane (2) Kohli (3) Pujara (4) Tendulkar (5) Shewag (6) Ashwin (7) Dhoni (8) Jadeja (9) Ohja (10) Awana (11)Chawla Kholi was once our Mr dependable - our middle order looks brittle becoz of him. A batting coach needs to look at his game. Gambhir and run outs are a problem. Despite what Boycott says its our bowling that does not inspire confidence.

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Drop Dhoni goddammit. How long are they going to keep up this pathetic charade. The man averages 18 so far and is an embarrassment to the test side. What more does he need to do to prove his incapability. In all fairness he has done all that he can do to expose his uselessness to the side in this format. Let Saha keep wickets and drop Dhoni, no point blaming the bowlers for his inadequacies.

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Why virender sehwag drop for a t20s squad he is a key for team india top order. He is only player to take england bowling attack. Drop karna h toh dhoni ko kro jo run nhi bna skta h

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    How can RSharma even be mentioned here ? This is beyond ridiculous. And there are folks calling DKarthick and dropping RAshwin and Tendulkar ? Dont people even look at numbers anymore ? Tendulkar is still the top 3 batsman in the team. RAshwin is the top 2 bowler in the team and in the top 3 batsmen in the team !!!

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Poor choices. This is panic. What youve got to see is whether replacements are better than current or atleast theres some prospect. Is Awana better than Zak? For God's sake who thinks Dinda has a future as a test bowler? Why ignore couple of good prospects from U19 team. May be not play them but bring them into team. For U19 that exposure too is good. This series is lost, plan for future. Im not sure how Jadeja fits into long term Test tram planning. Tiwari, unmukt, rohit would have been better choices. Truly we have been in denial for two years and now we dont know what to do.

  • MARATHAWARRIOR on December 9, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Why do we always move backwards in anything that is done? Piyush Chawla seriously !! Is that all we have,or have we forgotten how bad he was when he was called back earlier? I think any new spinner will do as bad or as good as him. I do not think we have a Plan B at all. Ashwin should try to bowl 6 off spinners in one over at least once not try 6 different deliveries every over,everyone is not Ian Botham who could do that very successfully. Is the attitude of the players being examined at all? I guess there are plenty of questions but no one has the answers to them least of all the Captain and Selectors. But the bottom line is that Indian Cricket is close to hitting its lowest ever,and now even at home. Any Answers Anyone ?

  • TAPOREE on December 9, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    I think the strength of Indian team lies in the batting. Ojhas or Ashwins or Khans or Singhs takes their performance to next level when batsman scores runs, however looks so mediocre if batsmen fails to score runs. In the current series except Pujara and to an extent Sehwag, all other batsmen performed below par (some of them even don't deserve a fourth run). There should have been at least four changes (if not more) for the Nagpur test. Yuvraj and Kohli both should have been dropped for the fourth match. The Indian team is in a very awkward position. The one and only option for Indian team in Nagpur is to win the match and this will put extra pressure on all of the bowlers and batsmen. Whereas English team has all three options (win, loss, or a draw). Remember English team arrived in India mentally prepared for a series loss and a drawn series would be more than what they wished at the start of series. Being a subcontinent cricket fan, I can wish Indian team all the best.

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Watch out. Sir Rajendra is going to perform! Just ripe enough to be plucked!

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Except Pujara, Ojha, & Ashwin,(and perhaps Kohli -- he may change if given more responsibility, the way Michael Clarke of Oz changed), everyone else should have been replaced. If we are going to lose this badly, with the big names of the PAST, we should prefer to lose with names for the FUTURE. The newbies may not let India lose this badly. Who knows, they might even manage to win!

  • shayad on December 9, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    For testt only A Rahane S Badrinath RG Sharma M Tiwary C Pujara V Kohli {c} U Kaul(wk) R Ashwin P Ojha U Yadav V Aaron Xt -- A Nayar, Bist, M Pandey D Karthik P Kumar W Saha

  • vipravara on December 9, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    So, now 'the Tendulkar of Indian bowling-Zaheer Khan' is dropped, but 'the Bheeshma (a character of Mahabharat- who can go down only at his will, but nobody can down him) of Indian cricket will be there. Long live Indian Cricket!! Can Mr Excuse square the series with this team or not at Nagpur is the next million dollar question. The only improvement with Dhoni is "no media based instructions to Nagpur pitch curator so far"- a cricket lover from India.

  • RandyOZ on December 9, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    So we are back to the Pakistan and South Africa series never happening, it appears. England would do well to notice that they have just won a battle of the minnows, with the real top two teams just completed a compelling and much more highly skilled contest in Australia. The real English fans already know this though and are terrified about the upcoming Ashes series.

  • Indiaforever on December 9, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Zaheer Khan's test career has gone now imo, he is not the bowler he was and his fitness is not good enough for 5 days. He should remain in our ODI team though. I hope either Awana or Dinda get a chance and perform well, Chawla won't get a chance anyway cause they won't drop ashwin or ojha.

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Still no chance for Pankaj Singh?! Wow!!

  • Arrow011 on December 9, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    HURRAY! Zaheer is dropped, now we need to drop few more like Ishant & M. Vijay to accomodate Unmukt Chand & Jiwanjot Singh. India needs SACHIN to guide the youngsters in the next few years. Kudos to Sandeep Patil's selection committee for throwing out non-performers.

  • Feroz9700 on December 9, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    I don't think dropping of Zaheer and Harbhajan would solve the problem, the actual fact is England players r in the form of there life and done there homework. Even the likes of Ashwin and Ojha r struggling against England batters then why single out Zaheer and Harbhajan. Selectors should have waited till the end of the series before deciding on who goes and who stays, looks like they jumped the gun! Very hasty and immature decision on part of selectors.

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Ruled out Zaheer And Harbhajan is I think wrong.With Yuvraj selectors also ruled out Kohli because he didn't know the difference between test and t-20

  • RushinJ on December 9, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    First thing I would do is, fire all selectors. In my opinion they are all gutless. They are waiting for Tendulkar to retire rather than dropping him. Why is that, whether it is politics of cricket, we get stuck with people who can't make an honest decision for their country.

  • street_smart on December 9, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Repeatedly Tiwary is overlooked & others get a nod. A pathetic selection panel who are puppets with the strings being held by ring master Srinivasan & his deputy Dhoni. A slump has began where it will end?

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    why the selectors didnt dropped Virat Kohli ? why they dropped only Yuvaraj?

  • rivernile on December 9, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    I understand that Kholi is the future of Indian batting, but he has t be held accountable too. He has been pretty awful. I think that dropping him will send him a message that his spot is not guaranteed and that he needs to perform better. Also, Dhoni should not be in the test squad. He is a fantastic ODI player, but test simply isn't his game.

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    The first criterion in Tests ought to be whether a batsman can amass runs. Just because Jadeja hasn't quite delivered coming at number 6 or 7 in shorter formats, he cannot be overlooked after scoring so heavily in longer format games. If anything, he looks far more tenacious than many other cricketers in the team.

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Why not Amith Mishra instead of Piyush Chawla ???

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Post ODI World cup win, Don't look, we are changing: Best all-rounder: Yuvi -- Changed. Best Pacer: Zak -- Changed. Best Spinner: Bhajji -- Changed. Best Batsman: Sachin -- to be changed. Best WK-Btasman: Dhoni -- to be changed. Coaching Staff: Changed for the Worse ! Selectors: Changed, all right; for better or worse, we don't know. But the fear to touch holi-cows continues. Times are supposed to be changing... indeed!

  • yoogi on December 9, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Rahane could have been a better choice for a batsman, but then one more batsman will needed to go out of the team since he has no place for the future why should he be allowed to play just because he wants to play. Time to tell the grand pa to go home.

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I think its time the Indian team is selected on the basis of votes polled from Cricket knowledgable Viewers.. They cant be horribly wrong than the current Selection committee.. Sandeep Patil n Team need to have the guts to ask Sachin to say farewell.. He is downgrading his position from a Legend to Great to just another good player.. If Zaheer is not good, what justifies Ishant's selection and Piyush seems to be so meone's blue eyed boy (how does not justify his selection.. he himself could be more astonished than we are).. Someone like Wasim Jaffar should be included who has been a stalwart in playing long innings..something which is the need of the hour and who could help Pujara share the responsibilities in the middle order..

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    what gambir,chawla,balaji doing in the t20 team after t20 wc failure. this implies performances does nt matter for team selection

  • salahkar on December 9, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    when dhoni will be dropped from team along with sachin

    will any of the bench player get a chance to play or just simple and selfish Sachin will play

  • squarepeg on December 9, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    The real mystery is why Ishant Sharma stays in the team. Even a jaded Zahir Khan looked better than Ishant who has failed every time after the famous Australia tour. Dhoni probably is getting his last chance as a captain as is Sachin his last as a batsman. One can almost bet that Sachin will play one inning of substance in Nagpur and keep his place for next 3 matches! India's cupboard is totally bare as proven by inclusion of Piyush Chawla.

  • Gladkick on December 9, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @ Venkat Raghavan Kopparapu : Dude, how is Sachin effecting the morality of the other players in the team??? How can he be the reason for others to fail??? What is your logic???

  • on December 9, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Where is Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan & Ashish Nehra If india wants to win matches then the team should be like this 1.V.Sehwag 2.G.Gambheer(Captain) 3.Pujara 4. S.Tendulkar 5.A.Rahane 6.Dinesh kartik(Wk) 7.Irfan Pathan 8.Pragyan ojha 9.Munaf Patel 10.Ahmed Qadri (Hyderabad Ranji Team) 11.Zaheer Khan or Ashish Nehra

  • cricket-is-passion on December 9, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    so selectors heard me atleast this time, I hv been submitting my posting as Indian team neads some veriety in their spin bowling now it will get it by playing Jadeja and Chawla. Jadeja deserves a chance based on recent performance afterall the performence is measured based on domestic/first class cricket and he is a good fielder too. Yuvi was a good fielder earlier but now with current fitness Jadeja is far better fielder than anyone in reserves. England so used to playing offspin (Ashwin, bhajji offspinners, Ojha left arm off spin) inclusion of Chawla's leggies mite make some diff. Also Chawla can bat so it adds more batting atleast on paper for satisfaction. Hope Jadeja and Chawla can prove. Prefer Irfan but is injured. Any awys ommiting Khan is surprising when compared to Dhoni's performance in Test cricket, If Khan is underperforming then Dhoni is worst underperforming but again captaincy is lot of burden. I wud say give captaincy in Gauti and select Dhoni as pure wkbatsman. gudluk

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    brave and correct decision to drop zaheer...he is no longer fit enough to play 5 day cricket and should stick to ODIs/T20s...

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Doesn't look like anyone out of Dhoni's pet list will ever get a chance. No one knows on what basis Chawla was chosen. And everyone by now knows Manoj Tiwari is not in Dhoni's pet list. This is such a sad state for Indian cricket

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    where is Munaf patel, Irfan pathan & Ashish nehra. To win the matches team should be like this 1.V.Sehwag 2.G. Gambhir(Captain) 3.Pujara 4.S.Tendulkar 5.A.Rahane 6.D.Kartik 7.I.Pathan 8.P.Ojha 9.H.Singh 10.Munaf Patel 11.Zaheer Khan

  • cricketsage on December 9, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    As a measure of fitness, all Indian players regardless of seniority, should be able to run a mile in under 6 minutes and upto 5 miles without stopping. If they can do this, then the fielding standard should certainly improve with at least 40-50 runs per innings saved. Bowling would also improve as well as running between the wickets. The modern cricketer has to focus on fitness as much as technique. I wonder what the highly paid fitness and other coaches do as it is obvious that certain members of Indian team are not physically fit for any type of matches.

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has failed in ODIs and T20s and that makes sense, because that is not his strength. Look at his domestic record and he has been nothing short of phenomenal in 4-Day Cricket. T20 then ODI then Test is not how it works. A person can be good at Tests and be horrible in other formats and vice versa. Give him a chance and I think he will show that he is meant for Test cricket. Tiwary should also get a chance.

  • DCP1985 on December 9, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    What wrong has PANKAJ YADAV done... he is most consistent fast/med fast bowler in indian domestic circuit for long, but gets ignored every time

  • balajit on December 9, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Awana looks good prospect if handled well. Cant understand why Ishant is still in the team. Piyush chawla's selection is another thing which is difficult to understand, anyways the choice was between him , mishra & rahul sharma as leg spinning options. Maybe piyush has team management's confidence more than others.

    Apart from these selections important to put dhoni & gambir on notice. They have also been non performing in test arena for long time. Hope Rahane is included in playing eleven in Nagpur.

    Hope India wins with whatever team in Nagpur. Not only change of players but change in attitude is required.

  • George_cricket on December 9, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Enigmatic players such as Brijesh Patel.Sandeep Patil(present selection chair).youvaraj,Raina,Rohit etc failed in tests. Jadeja is of the same breed. Why Tiwari is overlooked.

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Mohd.Kaif Would had been the better choice instead of Jadeja , Dropping Zaheer and Singh Doesn't Make sense , Indian Should Had Played Harbhajan in Kolkata Test , and India need to Strongly work on their Middle Order , No Doubt India has a awesome One Day Team , but without Rahul and Laxman , India is a worst Test team

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 9, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Why are Tendulkar, Ishant Sharma, and Dhoni still in the team?? Rahane/Badri/Tiwary are all better players than Tendulkar. B Kumar and Shami Ahmed are much better than IShant Sharma, and Saha is much better than Dhoni.

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Disagree that Rohit is in contention. Tiwary is much better than these two. And why does anyone have to be top four or five. Its sheer badluck or a space blocked by Sachin. Yuvi is rightly dropped. Time has come for the newone to play like kohli or pujara to cemeNT their place for couple of series.

  • a12041t on December 9, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    I do feel Jadeja makes a interesting choice but i would have preferred Badri/Manoj. But with the available 15 the below should be the team. Rahane/ Gambhir (just for left,right combo n look at future) Pujara, Kohli, Sehwag (middle order, solid and attacking) Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin (lower middle order, capable of sticking around and scoring runs) Ishant, Dinda/Awana n Ojha ( bowlers who should take wickets)

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Why we need Tendulkar in the team? He should be dropped as he is effecting team morally.

  • Prakmca on December 9, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Good article to finish it with the question " is that Jadeja is neither a top-six batsman nor a top-four bowler".

    Sadly he is not top bowler nor top batsman. He is very very fortunate to be in the team. There are few, who performs in domestic levels and never performs in Intl stage. He is one among. Whats the special selectors are seeing in Jadeja. I challenge, against the quality attack he can't even rotate the strike in limited over matches.

    Anyone of of Rohit/Tiwary should be given the chance.

  • asvigneshbalaji on December 9, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    The selection commitee is continuosly overlooking badri for a place. Whats this man havent done to demand a place in test team/? Dhoni had continuously ignored him in favour of Raina, when he was in team. Now completely neglected. C'mon selectors. Mike hussey made his debut at 31. Age doesnt matter. Give that great guy one more chance.

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    it is heartening to see some changes in Indian Cricket team.Badrinath should have been given one more chance in place of Sachin Tendulkar.


  • on December 9, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    y can t we give chance 4 mohammed kaif in test matches... he s a good quality batsmen and fielder.. he got limited chance in test carrer. selectors can think of himmm

  • Princepurple1979 on December 9, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Good decision in dropping Zak & Yuvraj. However I fail to understand why Sachin is still retained? What long term plans do the selectors have in mind? We are due to tour SA next year, and surely SRT shouldn't be figuring in that plan. We already saw how much he struggled against ordinary bowlers in SA in the Champions league. This is the time to drop him, get a youngster the chance to get some experience playing at home for an year, before sending him off to SA. Sachin himself should have realized this and stepped back, it is very frustrating to see him bat & behave like this these days!!

  • G.Vinoth on December 9, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Oh come on... How can Zak be dropped? The current england best batsmen, Cook... has given chance to indian fielders only when Zak was bowling.. The catch in slip that was spilled by pujara... If that catch wouldhave been taken, this 3rd test match result wouldhave beena complete different. yo got to see all thast... I am not blamin pujara.. he is one of the best fielder... But i jus want to point out that Zak has still got it to prove... anyways miss yo Zak... hope yo wil be back soon............

  • Sameer-hbk on December 9, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    I hope this selection precisely drives home the point, not just for selectors but also countless Indian cricket fans/experts/critics who spend day after day telling us 'who to drop'. The bigger question of 'who to pick' is not discussed as much and the problem is that there is no quality on offer. There will always be some names thrown in, but the fact remains that they are not international quality players, most often.

    Even today, a Yuvraj, Sachin, Dhoni, Zaheer, VVS and even Dravid will outperform the so called 'future', if all of them were asked to play same Ranji matches. Stop parading Ranji credentials and comparing them with performances at Test level. Yes, the test palyers need to perform, but even if they do not, there is no great talent that will push them out.

  • aravabalaji on December 9, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    And they conveniently forget Badrinath. But for Yuvi & Raina hypes, Badri would have had a decent career. The likes of Piyush Chawla get repeated chances without doing anything. No doubt, Rohit will also get Test call up without any performance. With due credit to Jadeja, one cannot be carried away with his triple centuries in flat tracks against weak attacks. He always flatters to deceive in intl. cricket. When Sachin goes out, Badrinath is the man to look for.

  • creekeetman on December 9, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    how can anyone say that jadeja is not a top 6 batsman? he's never been given the chance at test level, and using 20/20 and odi's to base judgement is insane. this is a man that has already scored 3 triples and has an average over 53 in first class cricket, there must be dozens around better than him if hes not top 6. as for his bowling... an average of 27 is not bad at all, and he should'nt be looked at as a top 4 bowler, but rather an effective 5th bowler, something yuvraj is not. imo he should be groomed for number 6, he has already shown temperament that may be worthy of a higher place if he establishes himself.

  • BlastFromThePast on December 9, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Also a good series in store in February, between the two of the most lackluster teams of the present-India vs Australia-get to know which is the worse.

  • leslie_alo on December 9, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    After failing a thousand times on pacy pitches abroad in tests, selectors kept on giving chances to Yuvraj. Finally looks like they required 4 failures to understand after so many years, that he is not a test batsman, which, sorry to say that, ordinary Indian fan understood long before. Finally, they have showed some guts to reward the performers and the players who worked their heart out. Rewards might not come immediately. But since India is going through transition phase when Sachin is also going to retire after this series, any team would require some time before the young guns find their feet. So let us help them by giving them some chances to demonstrate their talent. And, let us not forget Rahane should not be forgotten since he has already proved even in Tests in Emerging Players in Australia. Since he is warming the benches in Indian team he is not able to hit the headlines in Ranji too - beware - he is too big a talent we can scorn!

  • BlastFromThePast on December 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Wow! Now the blame rests on the shoulders of bowlers who have served Indian cricket for over a decade now? Least expected, is the axing of Zaheer, while Yuvraj too should have been retained. Frankly speaking, I really don't think that Awana or Chawla can make any difference whatsoever to the course of the series-speaking of which I'm also pretty sure now that it is going to end 3-1 to England-just up against a team that really has it's priorities mixed up.And in any case why then does Sachin get to play?

  • Dev9212 on December 9, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Really feeling sorry for Badri cant really understand what more he can do to get in the team. If the selectors are not picking him just because he is 31 then its really unfair. He made a gutsy 50 against South Africans when Steyn n morkel were on fire but the problem is in India only players who do showbaazi get selected.

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Same old story with the Indian selector, they have dropped players who are not at all responsible for the loss. The replacement of those players are even more ridiculous. Jadeja, Piyush and Awana. They already failed in one days and T20 and now given opportunity in test. Dhoni and Sachin should have dropped first from test for ever to see India in Top Again. India have many young talent but due to Selectors lobby they do not get chance.

  • Joby_George on December 9, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    What is wrong wit Badrinath? He is a solid defensive player. Bring him in and i am sure Indian will start winning only if sachin is dropped.

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Another medium pacer isnt gonna help india win a test match against england

  • Mass_Hypnosis on December 9, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Rahane/Sehwag/Kohli/Pujara/Tiwary/Dhoni/Ashwin/Irfan Pathan/Amit Mishra/Ojha/Ishant Sharma

  • on December 9, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    No more speculations. We have to start producing quality fast bowlers. The top teams have top batsmen mainly because of the reason that they have quality bowlers in their domestic circuit. The pitches should have both spin and seam. The conditions should be tough so that the real player comes out to perform at the testing conditions. Please change the way the cricket is being played in our domestic circuit. We have too many players than any other country. If we concentrate, we will easily produce leeeee''s, steyn's, swan's, amla's, cook's etc etc etc.

  • bnmohandas on December 9, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Why Rohith is there is T20 squad? Why not give Ambatti Rayudu a chance in at least T20 team on current form.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @ Rasheed Vengassery: Dude, Irfan is injured. It is written in the article.

    I don't see the point in naming three replacements anyway. In all likelihood, they'll play Dinda for Zaheer and Rahane for Yuvraj. Harbhajan wouldn't have been considered for the Nagpur test even if they hadn't dropped him. I think the only point in these changes is to send a message to the "experienced" people in the team that their places in the squad are shaky.

  • vinodzz on December 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Kohli shud be made de T20 captain & Dhoni shud be rested

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    I want to change fully selection camity, i don't know why they are not taking bold decision?

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is not the only all rounder....Rishi deewan from himachal has taken more wickets n scored more Runs ...D. shivkumar is just 22 n bowls as well as B kumar n can bat even better...he plays for Andhra Pradesh......we need to rebuild test side from scratch...batting line up in nagpur should be Murali Vijay; Ajinkya Rahane; cheteshwar pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, gautam gambhir, virendra Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin, P ojha, A Dinda, I sharma......jadeja deserves chance but not sure Yuvi shd have been dropped when he has scored more than Sachin, Dhoni, Kohli....

  • CricketChat on December 9, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Only Zaheer and Yuvraj were effectively dropped. Harbhajan, but for a sole test recently, was not even a regular. What is most disappointing is that none of the regular batsmen who were utter failures so far in the series have been replaced.

  • NVIK on December 9, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I complete agree with SRINIDEVA, when complete batting unit failed do not question captaincy. Dhoni is to keep wickets and captain. He should be not blamed for batting failures. I will go and blame the openers and middle order except pujara. In my opinion, I would not have picked up Gambhir, Sachin and Yuvraj in these series. Gambhir and Sachin OUT OF FORM. Yuvraj, not a test player. He should agree and do not go with sympathy.

  • akashchandran on December 9, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Awana should be played alongside Dinda - so that the England batsmen would be facing two unfamiliar bowlers rather than Ishant who did not trouble them much. Rahane should finally get a chance at No.6 ahead of Jadeja unless the pitch is a raging turner and his spinning abilities may be of great use.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Jadeja - Perfect to have at No 6. He is Young, Can bowl Qucik. His left Arm variation with arm ball can trouble Engglish batsman.

    Chawla - Indian Selectors cannot pick another left arm spinner as they already have 2 in the squad. Though he is not going to be played in the test. So not a big worry.

    Awana - Yes, not a bad choice neither a best one as we still have some good quicks with Narwal and Pankaj do have D.Kulkarni . Will have to wait and see. He is fit enough to bowl 20 overs a day. He is Quick and reliable.

    Zaheer should retrire or have to learn to swing the ball.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Hey, what's this. Still no Ambatti? Will he get a look in at International Cricket at all?

  • fab4_india on December 9, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    My playing 11 in Nagpur...

    Gauti, Viru, Rahane, Sachin/Jadeja, Pujara, Virat, MSD, Ashwin, Ishant, Dinda/Awana, Ojha...

    I still believe Agarkar is a much much better option for the slot of Spearhead for India...

    Give Sachin a last chance to score as am sure he is waiting for 1 fine innings to say bye bye to the game he is so passionate about...and also i feel that this is going to be his last test match...we'll hear a news of his retirement before the start of this test...

  • Sinhaya on December 9, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    BCCI should extend IPL to 3 months. Keep playing more and more IPL as that is the way to go about. Please get Afghanistan to tour England for 5 tests during the England's 2014 summer as with India due to tour there in 2014, England are bound to win 5-0. Simple.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    I think virat should be rested for the upcoming matches against pak and jadeja should be given chance. i m sure he will do well in the last test.

  • jay_vkjay on December 9, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    At last the ageing,less potent and unfit zaheer is out of the team.Harbhajan's exclusion and Chawla's inclusion won't make any difference. Yuvraj's omission also expected. I think both Awana and Dinda should play 4th test. Atleast they are fresh for englishmen to face.Also poor Rahane and in-form Murali Vijay needs a game atleast. My team for Nagpur test will be: Sehwag,M.Vijay,Pujara, Rahane,Kohli,Jadeja,Dhoni,Ashwin,Dinda,Awana and Ojha.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Dhoni's success was with Sourav's boys. Now when the cupboard is empty, "cook' Dhoni falters ! He's the main culprit of India's downfall. A captain who lost 10 out of his last 15 Test Matches should not be spared. It appears that he has lost his control over the team; he has no strategy to counter-attack England and his own form---- ha ha ha ....he's now the non-playing captain of the side ! The leader should lead from the front in crucial times; like Cook did in Ahmedabad ; but Dhoni is really intolerable with the bat and behind the stump. Also it is not clear why Tiwary is ignored again . Even today he scored 55 at a difficult situation. I think guys from Bengal will never get a chance in the Team as long as Dhoni and Srinivasan are at the helm of affairs. Actually, this affects the morale of the team which feels that not form but boot-licking will earn them a chance in the squad. Shame on u, Dhoni, Shame on u, Team India.

  • fab4_india on December 9, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I think, Jadeja is a good pick. I have always felt he is much better bowler and batsman for a longer version of game. And all those who r questioning Piyush Chawla please read the article again...its clearly stated that india is lacking a quality spinner...Amit Mishra is good but has problems with No Balls...and then Piyush has always been preferred by MSD. And for fast bowlers, Irfan, PK and Sreesanth are injured...i dont think Sree is a quality bowler though... And finally those who think India is lacking a true fast bowling all rounder, i guess y not bring back Ajit Agarkar...he has always had a nack of picking wickets, he can swing the ball both ways, has pace, a better fielder then most other fast bowler and can add a little bit with bat lower down the order...

  • Playfair on December 9, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Amabti rayudu and Dinesh Karthik are missing from the T20 squad, both played well in the recent Champions League .. it appears that Dhoni has the backing of the influential

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Even Tendulkar , Kohli and Gambhir should be dropped , they haven't done anything in this series

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Not bold enough...Gambhir and Sehwag struggling for long..they are not fit to be openers.....It would be sad to have Jadeja run over Rahane who is a better batsmen...again why chawla...why not another spinner maybe Chavan or Bhatt??

  • VRRK on December 9, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Preferred choice Amit Mishra for Chawla.Hope Cawla won't be there in the playing 11, otherwise England will create a new record in Nagpur, hitting a spinner for maximum 6's in an innings (in a test match).

  • George_cricket on December 9, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    It is very sad to see Sachin and Sewag retained. Each fire kindles before putting out.Sachin did it in the first inning and Sewag during second innings. none of the two is not going to score a 20 plus again.And big talk about Gambir is rediculuos. See, what is his score even in the IPL FINAL. Dhoni is the big talking non playing captain.Who is there to bowl against england.ASshwin,Jadeja and Chawla are fringe batsmen who can bowle a little. Yuvaraj was a better choice

  • Herath-UK on December 9, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Ashwin looks a better batsman than a bowler but that too only in home conditions.Both India and Sri Lanka are struggling for quick pacies and the current results are not a surprise,just recently Arvinda (De Silva) went public saying India has a very weak bowling attack.Hopefully the new chaps make a mark. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • S.Seshachalam on December 9, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    The selection committee have at last made some changes. Zak deserved the axe long ago!Even Ishant should have been dropped! Final eleven for 4th test should be as follows: ( in batting order) Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane, Kohli,Jadeja, Ashwin, Dhoni,Ojha, Awana, Dinda. SRT can be a good mentor and motivate the team for a winning performance.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I think selection committee gone mad how could they forget the all rounder IRFAN PATHAN not event for T20's YUVARAJ being dropped from last test so bad not even expected that to happen have to see how INDIAN team bounce back

  • ksrajavel87 on December 9, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    If u wanaa see india winning test matches.. Dhoni should not be in the team. But srinivasan never allows to drop dhoni..

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Look at stats ashwin test average more than virat kohli hahaha

  • YorkerStump on December 9, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Can anyone tell me where Praveen Kumar is? From what I know, he's not injured and has not gotten a single mention for selection. He's played a few test matches and has accumulated a fair amount of wickets. Shouldn't he be replacing Zaheer?

  • CandidIndian on December 9, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Laxman was forced into retirement before this important series so that Yuvi and Sir Ravindra Jadeja can play tests,what a joke. Bisht ,Mandeep Singh, Tiwary ,Mukund etc have done well in domestic cricket and A tours and but are overlooked. Chawla is not strike bowler even for his Ranji team UP and he is selected for Indian test team?Any of the selectors cared to see clippings of his bowling in U19 world cup?weak batting line up has weakened further ,Indian bowlers are not ready to put effort and bend their backs ,may be injury scare and fear of missing all important limited overs matches.Shoot me for being cynical but i have serious doubts that this Indian team will be able to square the series.Fully behind Indian cricket though,its sad time for fans just like that home defeat against SA in 2000,but Indian fans should support the team in this tough period,hoping that India will be good test team again in future.

  • VJ_Cricket on December 9, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Who knows if Pujara could have held the catch, may be Zak wont have suffered this fate, but on grounds of fitness he is definitely a goner.

    All credit to Yuvi after what he has gone through. Lets face it, after what he's gone through we need to use him wisely not in back to back test matches! he used to electric in point / cover, and now he strolls on third man.

    In hindsight, Bhajji deserves 100th cap based on his services, and not based on pity.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    i'd drop Ishant Sharma and MS Dhoni as well. this india squad needs to make changes and they havent learn a thing since when my team Australia Smashed them last year. MS Dhoni is clearly a ODI and 20/20 keeper player.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    I don't understand after repeatedly showing his skills as a test batsman, why can't Ashwin be in the squad as an allrounder, batting at no.6/7?

  • satzzz on December 9, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Lets play with 2 seamers, Ashwin, Ojha n Chawla since Ashwin deserves to bat at No 6 IMO. A wrist spinner is always tricky and selectors have to stick with either Chawla or Amit Mishra untill we see one new young lad doing well in Ranji cricket. And seriously we need to consider coaching staffs and their roles. Why Fletcher after so many flops and even at home? Rather than Fletcher i am more concerned with Joe, the bowling coach. Please call some spin specialist. I remember, couple of yrs ago Warney himself expressed in an interview that in future he would love to coach young Indian spinners. You not consider him. All of us know how gr8 a legend he is and he showed his coaching mettle in Rajasthan Royals camp n in English county. Come on folks, try somethin differently which will produce good results as a long term process.

  • geebee3 on December 9, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    The England bowlers aim at the three upright things referred to as STUMPS. So if the batsman misses the ball he is either bowled or lbw.......and they (the batsmen) have to play every ball so the chances of a nick, bat and pad etc are there with every ball bowled. Therein lies the success of Panesar and Swann. India can change all the bowlers they want but if they keep bowling at fresh air then opposing teams will keep scoring big and India will keep losing. Hopefully the new bowlers will not commit the same blunders and learn from legends like Bedi, Prasanna, Kumble, Venkatraghavan, Chandrashekar, (not to mention Muralidharan and Warne)..and more recently Panesar and Swann. Will somebody in the Indian team/thinktank/management/selectors read this article and accept that this might be the simple solution to the Indian team's woes?

  • VJ_Cricket on December 9, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Not the worst selection / dropping of players to be honest, shame selectors are reactive, rather than being pro-active.

    Dhoni prefers a left-hander in middle order, that could have either been Irfan, Jadu or Raina.

    Leg spinners are a rare breed it seems, Piyush is a half decent batsman to support his selection.

    Awana is definitely one to look for future, like for like replacement for Umesh. But doubt it he will it to the playing 11.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Honestly, It looks like the Indian selectors don't have the teeth to make tough calls to help Ind Cricke 1. Dhoni's shelf life as captain has long expired. When he became the Indian captian, he brought along street smart ideas and they worked. Today opponents have outsmarted him and his luck has also deserted him. He was never an aggresive captian. India needs fresh ideas and more aggression in their game. I believe Gambhir should be given the mantle now as he's proved to be a fairly good leader and definitely has lots of aggression. 2. Either the captain/selectors need to tell Ashwin to stop experimenting with his deliveries and stick to what his strengths are i.e., offspin. You don't need to have 10 types of deliveres to outsmart a batsman as Swann has shown. Being consistent with line & length itself will reap him lots of wickets. 3. Ishant is just not good enough to play for India now. Selectors need to manage this talented boy well. Get him to bowl more overs and prove his abilit

  • vj_gooner on December 9, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @ srinideva - Could you please tell us what has MS Dhoni done to deserve a place in the side?

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    I think Pankaj Singh should have also been selected. Instead of Chawla U 19's Harmeet Singh and Instead of Gambhir Unmukt Chand should have been in the team.Its nice to see Jadeja in. Let him play at number 4 he and pujara make great pair to dominate the bowling.Tendulkar should be pushed to no 8 position and Dhoni should come at number 6.

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    I hope the final 11 does not include Tendulkar. He is embarassing himself & I feel for him. His retirement is long overdue. I pray he retires as soon as I dont kno maybe last year

  • on December 9, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @Rasheed Vengassery, Sadly Irfan Pathan is injured again.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    "Top-6 bowler in the world" as per Ind bowling coach has been dropped! rofl

  • pratit on December 9, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    They will fail again, as long as Dhoni is not dropped

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    If it is problem of batting failure . Team should be like this : Gambhir,Sehwag ,Pujara,Sachin,Kohli,Rahane,Dhoni,Ashwin,Jadeja,Chawla,Ojha

  • SAF-Fan-no-1 on December 9, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Drop Dhoni & SRT as well as Ghambhir, What a rubbish player he is. Can't cover the crease. Get Rahane and Parthiv Patel and Muraly Vijay instead. Force SRT to retire and Let Pujara handle Skipper Roll then see. What India bring for England.

  • kingishere on December 9, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    just a small correction in my earlier comment, Faf Duplesis palyed out 376 balls on the final day to save the second test match against Australia, this is called professionalism. Our players are commercial, they dont have the will and guts to playout a day under difficult conditions. I dont think even Virat Kohli who is the best player we got post the T20 era has this capability. Test cricket is not hit out or get out. It is Survive today to fight another day. Fad Duplesis and Develiers showed exactly that in the second test match and ensured they draw the match. They won the third test and the series to keep a well deserved number one spot in test ranking. We have such players in the Ranjhi but unfortunately they do not bring a commercial value to BCCI so they are ignored. Aswin gets selected in tests only based on his IPL performance.

  • priceless1 on December 9, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    so funny to see the writer him self has put up a one Comment stating his references :)

  • SamRoy on December 9, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Piyush Chawla is a horrible bowler who will solve absolutely zero problems.

  • kanskr on December 9, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    what happend to Mohammed Kaif by the way?

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    even kohli should be dropped......i think pankaj singh selection will be good idea for bowling attack.

  • Htc-Android on December 9, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    why badrinath hasnt selected for india? he is experienced.he has a good technique. but i agree. based on form jadeja is a good choice.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Yuvraj had to go. I thought Harbhajan was already dropped. Zaheer, well he does look well past it now. As for Tendulkar. You can't and shouldn't drop him. My guess is he will retire at the end of the series. You have to keep Dhoni for the last Test but maybe he will retire from Test Cricket at the end of the Series. It's a shame you haven't got the resources to drop Sehwag. For me he exemplifies what is wrong with the Indian Test team. Gambhir must be worried, but you can't get rid of the entire team at once. Can you??? As to who to bring? I shall leave that to the Indian Supporters to discuss that one but from what I read there is no stand out candidates in any department.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Jadeja in the test team are we seriously considering him for overseas tours too now? Wow the Pakistani team must be drooling at the idea of feasting on the weak Indian team. Hopefully the ODI team puts in a better performance.

  • Ayush_Chauhan on December 9, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Not that bad a selection, if you think about it.... Jadeja has been scoring runs....as much as I love Yuvraj....I think he has to accept that Test Cricket is not for him...Replacing Tendulkar....arghhh...thats always a tough one even if he is struggling.... Zaheer..again I am a big fan, and dropping him seemed UN-necessary...Harbhajan for sure had to go...though I don't see Chawla playing in the final XI...We can all ask for big swooping changes...but there is more to it...than just replacing all the 15 members of a team.

  • Silapathar11 on December 9, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Don't see the Logic in selecting ROHIT for T20's and not tests. He never looks like a T20 batsmen but onw who is more suited to the longer format. Yet he is time and again selected in T20's/ODI's but not in tests.

  • MuraliUK on December 9, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Does Dhoni want to win the next match or draw and send England home with a 2-1 series? If win is what he may want to perhaps end his captaincy with then, Nagpur has to be a turner as everyone knows. Hence we need bowlers who will pick 20 England wickets if our batting can give us the runs. Ashwin and Ojha are good. There is no point in picking a seamer in the team. They are not going to win the game for you. Has there been a test team with no seamers on board? One may actually go to the desperate extreme of having Ashwin, Ojha, Chawla and Jadeja with Kohli and Tendulkar trundling some overs to take the shine off. Remember Gavaskar opened the bowling? There is simply no point packing the team with batsmen - Tiwary replacing Yuvraj and Jadeja replacing Zaheer? Jadeja can't take enough wickets to win the next game. But Dhoni and team have to take a gamble and pick Chawla. Remember we won more test against England when Chandra and Kumble were there.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    The wheels are falling apart. I think Jadeja's selection is good based on current form(how else are you going to pick players?) and he gives that extra option of spin.glad to see Zaheer Khan out. i think he struggles to last five days in row.give Tendulkar a bit more time,every player goes through a bad patch. only when they get older is it highlighted more.

  • kingishere on December 9, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @Rahul_78 I mostly agree with you except for Bedi. He was very good with the tongue but not in the league of Chandra and Prasanna. The main problem we are facing is in the spin department. After Anil Kumble we have not had a spinner who can run through the side, playing on the sub-continent wickets you need to have one. With T20 becoming the main focus for players you are only getting bowlers who can contain and not take wickets and batsman who and hit or miss. You need to find players alteast half classy as Rahul Dravid or VVS for the tests. If you look at the second test match between SA vs Aus, when south africa had to save a test match Faf Du plesis played out 466 balls and DeVelier 246 balls. That is the spirit we would want, live to fight another day and fortune favors the brave!!!!

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    I hope Sachin retires now. Time to give chance to some youngster like Rohit or Raina. Or even Rahane who could be used by making Sehwag come lower in the order. That brings the issue of captaincy and it is time to replace the captain. Just compare him with Michael Clarke who used so many bowlers, both regular and part time, to trouble SA while Dhoni rarely uses any part-timer.

  • VinodGupte on December 9, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    haha, replacements will not even get to play. this is eyewash. hoping to see rahane get the game.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Very disappointed with India's performance in this series. At the same time lets not deny England the credit they truly deserve. They have played outstanding cricket led by the evergreen Alastair Cook. That man sure knows a thing or two about playing a long innings.

    The Indian Selectors have sent out a clear message that non-performance will be viewed seriously. They have dropped India's premier bowler Zaheer Khan for not performing in the three Tests. This shows the National Selectors have the best interests of Indian Cricket in mind. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag were a bit too casual in their approach in Kolkata. Gambhir was ambling the second run and was ball watching when a third run was clearly on which led to Sehwag's run out. That cost India dearly.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Why is virender sehwag dropped out from T20 squad? He is one of the finest opener for India in any format of the game. then why is he left out from the t20 squad most of the time

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    why drop sehwag for t20i. please explain anybody?

  • Kohli_2020 on December 9, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    I think it is high time we look at the this "great" batting line up. I believe that R Ashwin used to be an opener in his early cricket days, and he is certainly one of the better players in the side now. So, i suggest they ask him to open, which allows more depth to the batting and bowling:

    1. Sehwag, 2. R Ashwin, 3. Pujara, 4. Tendulkar, 5. Kohli, 6. Rahane, 7. Jadeja, 8. Dhoni, 9. Dinda, 10. Awana, 11. Ohja

    7 batsmen, 2 pacers for stiking, bulk of overs from 3 spinners. This team is carrying Dhoni at 7, but his form can't hold that position. Gambhir needs to be dropped to make way for now, he is taking his position for granted. Longer term, Sehwag to move to 4 and Vijay/Gambhir to fight for the opening slot with Ashwin.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    since May 2011, the superstars have averaged:-

    gambhir 27.7 tendulkar 32.79 dhoni 30.67 shewag 33.26

    So India drop two bowlers lol. Seems like they've made changes for the sake of it as I doubt they'll go down the route of playing 3 spinners again unless Jadeja is there to bowl a few overs when needed. I'm sure Cook will be delighted to be facing 2 left armers, as he's probably looking for a double ton next match. Which would mean Chawla is only there for standby purposes. India need to win this game so they drop their best seamer by miles, how does that work?.

  • trueanalyst on December 9, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Jadeja celebrates his Test selection by lashing an unbeaten 53 off 40 balls, on a track where everyone has struggled to score(cricinfo blog).Guys let Punjab play against England or even UP.Remember UP thrashed Delhi consisting of Sehwag,Gambhir ,Kohli ,Ishant etc in less than 3 days.Unfortunately we can't play more than 11 player's and those 11 player's especially Kohli has failed even in Ranji Trophy

  • y4yoga on December 9, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    For the final test Gambir can take rest and leave way for either Vijay or rahane, Ashwin should bat at either 5 or 6, let dhoni bat after Ashwin.chawla can make some difference with is leg spin and googly. Wouldn't be fair if going with 3 spinners and Ishant.

  • AjitDJ on December 9, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    No need to fret about Chawla's selection. He probably won't be in the final 11 anyway. But I'd have surely prefered Rahul Sharma. Maybe he wasn't selected because of that police case on him.

  • Rags57 on December 9, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    The selectors have done more like a half way through exercise - Jadeja for Yuvraj is a good replacement but they should have rested Tendulkar and Dhoni as well and brought in either Tiwary or Badrinath and Dinesh Karthik. This way we have a team for the future. Have Gambhir lead the team in the absence of Dhoni.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Same old story, drop Yuvraj after 2-3 games. How many chances Rahul Dravid got before he proved himself. Did any one look at some of the other guys stats in the series.

    SR Tendulkar 110 MS Dhoni 92 V Kohli 85

    India is losing because of its bowling. I am wondering how come Dhoni did not use Yuvraj as a fifth bowler. He bowled 13 overs in all the 3 games.

  • DaisonGarvasis on December 9, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    And here comes PIYUSH CHAWLA once again!!!

  • Silapathar11 on December 9, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Considering the 15 member squad chosen, my Team for the next match would be:

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Sachin, Rahane, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Chawla, Ishant, Awana.

    Dropping Ojha is harsh but looking at the team balance, that has to be the option as having a chawla, jadeja and ashwin will add variety to the attack.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    This decesion is perfect................ and what about Virat Kohli, he is also not good at this time........................ Rahane, Vijay both are good players. Should give a chance them in Nagpur.......

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Why Dhoni is still in this side as he is a big failure both as batsman and wicket keeper. He may be suitable for other formats but definitely not for Test cricket. Test cricket need stylish and technically perfect batsman as it is an art not just making money!!!!! He was instrumental in the retirement of Dravid and Laxman in paticular and he or his chore couldn't fill that voids. As long as no professionalism is implied in the selection things will be working out in the same way

  • buntyj on December 9, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    i feel sorry for zak since he was at his best the most effective indian bowler ever vs left handers; but yes age has caught up with him; i am surprised to see jadeja (msd's choice) selected ahead of tiwari, rohit or raina or badri. viru may not have too many chances left either. chand is breathing down his neck n jiwanjot appears to have become a dark horse though non cricketing reasons may well see vijay n mukund given chances first. msd will stay cap n wk as kohli, pujara, ashwin too raw to be considered as cap. i hope rahane plays nagpur ahead of jadeja n that opening bowlers are dinda n awana; ishant again doesnt look like getting wickets. m surprised chawla got a call up but then mishra was foolish to get into sachin's bad books.

  • y4yoga on December 9, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Dinda has nothing to do in test cricket,may have called Varun aron.Raina may be given a chance instead of yuvi, atleast in 1 test. good to have a leg spinner in team as there will be a difference in spin attack, but 3 spinners in playing XI again? or chawla gonna carry bottles?. Feel for Zak, though he is one of the best but out of form now,need to improve and make a comeback. I find one foolish decision dropping sewhag in T20.... absolute idiotic. Hope M Vijay or Rahane gets a place in Playing 11. Thanks for not drooping Sachin. We should't even think about making that to a legend of a game

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Our selectors have a knack of pulling out rabbits out of their hats... Jadeja and Piyush Chawla for tests, surely we can be a lil more imaginative and creative in terms of selection.

    Manoj Tiwari is headed S Badrinath way...... My sympathies are with him...

    Given the big picture, dropping Yuvraj may not have been the right thing... he was knocking the ball pretty well (32, 75)...not sure why he was the chosen one, when there are Kohli, Sehwag, Gambir, Sachin, Dhoni and Ishant Sharma in the queue.

    On Sachin, I have bare minimum expecations that 'once in a while' he shd raise his hand and 'be Moses' to the team....not sure if I now need to recaliberate even this...

    As a cricket fan, winning and losing is part of the game, as long as there is a demonstration of commitment and willingness to fight, neither of which the current Test team has displayed in recent past. Hence lets show this team the mirror (as Manjrekar once famously said) and boycott the final test....

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on December 9, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Jadeja --- in test team?...these selectors will not change their attitude...Why to think short-term when you have monster ( may be by the way, india is playing i should use this)series coming up in the form of SA...what a Pity? Continue to be blind-floded for years together until cricket india becomes Hockey India - As Sehwag said earlier - God Alone help us

  • raju5555 on December 9, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Now Sachin must himself call a day as Dravid, Laxman and Ponting have done in the spirit of the game and the future of the team. Selectors are acting as non functional when it comes in context with Sachin. It is true that sachin is a legend and he has made many records but his last one year performance shows that he is carrying it only for sake of playing and making records. Now past performance of sachin may not be considered as one player is losing his place. He should himself declare his retirement after Nagpur Test. It is very pity that after dropping Yuvy, Zaheer and Zaheer selectors have not dropped sachin. These players have also done services for team India. It is possible that sachin may score some runs in nagpur and selectors may again give him a place in the team. Sachin must admit that now his career is completed and if he wants that he may be worshiped in the future too as he is today, he must take retirement.May God give him sense to do so as well as to the selectors.

  • TMSer on December 9, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Ridiculous to drop zaheer, yes he is ageing but he is still the best swing/reverse swing bowler in the country. Get indias best pyhsiotherapists working on Umesh Yadavs back ! Yuvraj a great one-day batsmen, but not test standard, Sachin i fear needs an eye test, he cant rely on classical technique alone- he will make his announcement soon. No point in delaying the blooding of Rahane and Tiwari any further. Jadeja has ability with bat and ball, but doesnt inspire confidencee, i hope he cant disprove his doubters. Where have all indias front line spinners gone??

    So as usual BCCI knee jerk reaction is the wrong one. Should be more focussed on refreshing the batting lineup and captaincy - note last time india sufferred 2 consequtive whitewashes, they were forced to change the coach and captain- which began the Wright-Ganguly revolution of indian cricket. What has england reject duncan fletcher done so for, apart form overseeing record record losses? Time for new beginning part2

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Viru Dropped from T20's ??? :O.. Cant belive...How Come Dhoni still in Tests ???

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    When india Wins...everyone used to say " *** played welll, **** bowled well" But whenever india losses a match Why u guys started saying to change Dhoni ???

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Why is Mr. Dhoni still in the team ?? I think that's the reason why Jadeja got a call into the team over Tiwari, Sharma and Badri. The selectors do not seem to learn, just hoping for a win that would erase the embarrassments from the fans' memories..

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    why don't you guys(selectors) consider amith mishra who can turn the ball in any kind of pitch..its too embarrassing selection!!

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    MSD is there,,, Saha / Patel should be in the team ,,, Lets see how long he can b there as a captain? He does not deserve to be there in team. I wondered to see Piyush Chawla instead of Amit Mishra. Gambhir should replaced with Rahane.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    You want a good XI? Here it is: Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), R.Ashwin (VC), Wriddiman Saha (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Parvinder Awana, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma. 12th man - Suresh Raina. Well - We have nothing to lose, sp why not try out something really out of the box?

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    piyush chawla, Ravindra Jadeja and murli vijay!! only these players has india team as bench strenght. keep it up dhoni and selectors!!!

  • Thejus_r on December 9, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @mahesh1503... dinda hasnt played a single test match and u guys have started blaming him... players are decided by their looks or by their domestic performance?.... he was the leading wickettaker in the domestic circuit last season...

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    What a joke the selectors dont have a guts to drop sachin, sehwag,dhoni and gambhir. These changes are cosmetic…..I am sure dhoni will retain the same core as it happened when India lost 8 test matches in a row. Major upheaval is required in Indian Cricket and this how many matches should we lose for that to happen.

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    The T20 team has failed again and again, however, the team management wants to put these old pals into new bottle, hence, same team, same captain. Time has come for a drastic changes in T20 team as well, it should not be picked entirely based on IPL team selection.

  • srinideva on December 9, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Good to see zaheer dropped from test along with harbhajan singh and yuvraj... Gambhir - someone need to talk to him about his intensity in the field.... He gifted 4 wks in this match..2 his own .2 run out..

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Indian Test Team, embarassingly, keep their Captain just to lead the team,Is he successful, and he is still in the team,while Wriddiman Saha is performing regularly and not yet given a chance.Could u please tell me on what basis, Mr.PIYUSH CHAWLA is selected? Obviously,I can't see a reason,why you are hesitating to pick Badrinath in place of Yuvraj?

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    where is Irfan?why the selctors aviod him in T20 team..?!

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @jawad taki:..how many chances were given to rohit sharma.....did didnt make use of any...now..plz dont complain with current performance...ravi jadeja deserves a goo

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Though many may not agree, I guess selecting jadeja is a masterstroke. He is young. He will fit perfectly in the test slot. He bats slow in odi and t20 but for tests that is what is required. He is quicker through the air than ojha. Can rip in some arm balls to get plumb lbw. He gets beaten in odi and t20 but I feel in test he will be a permanent fixture

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Sehwag, Ghambhir, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Awana, Ojha & Ishant --> for the Nagpur Test. (Piyush can be rested)

    Tiwary, Ghambhir, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Kumar Piyush Chawla, Dinda and Awana --> for the T20 (Ashwin & Balaji can be scored off easily in T20s. So, they can be rested)

    Selection looks alright! One change I would have liked is to have Manoj Tiwary in place of Murali Vijay for Nagpur test. I'm sure he would not have been in playing 11 but, he deserves to be part of Indian team in every series.

  • srinideva on December 9, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I do not understand the logic, Why everybody want to see dhoin`s blood... If the whole batting unit fails to score runs in flat pitch, then what will captain do.. If you want to win test match you need to score more runs and give your bowler advantage..But what happening now is completely different...Cook looks better captain because his team performing well..It is about the individual in the team to step out and take the responsibility...

  • vinodzz on December 9, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    let dem give Jadeja a shot, just one test... nothin new gonna sink

  • strider23 on December 9, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    There was a time when Tendulkar was loved and adored by millions of people. It was the time when everyone enjoyed his game. But presently, even though Tendulkar claims to be enjoying the game, the rest of the world are not enjoying his game. God only knows when this would start becoming important.

  • nik241019 on December 9, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    If any body wants to drop dhoni, i suggest drop sachin as well... dhoni- 5 innings 92 runs, 1 fifty ... sachin- 5 inn, 110 runs, 1 fifty... also dhoni has added captaincy pressure..nt that hedoing any good.. but y hav double standards..1 for sachin, and one for others... respecting all that sachin has doe, he stil shud go out if dhoni hs to be axed as well...otrwise give both a chance til the lst match of the series...

  • on December 9, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Lack of fast bowling all rounders ---------------------

    After Kapil Dev only Prabhakar fitted the role for sometime as all rounder in both ODI and Test Match.

    Some fast bowling all rounders such as Robin Singh and Agarkar made impact only in ODI's. But not in Test Matches

    Other fast bowling all rounders who made it to team but did not make impact are Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Sanjay Bangar and Jai Prakash Yadav. They are considered as failures.

    After Prabhkar , only Irfan Pathan had success in both test and ODI's as fast bowling all rounder.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar is now included in T-20's. He was the best fast bowling all rounder in India after Irfan Pathan. He is only in the team because Irfan Pathan is injured. Stuart Binny is the other one in the reckoning, who is currently performing well in domestic cricket.

    Spinning all rounders - Ashwin is ready to take the No.6 spot in tests. Chawla is also an spinning all rounder. In the next match the team should be


  • on December 9, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Sir Ravindra Jadeja.....looks like after Dhoni he is going to be the test captain....wants to see how many triple centuries at international level he will make for India......Piyush Chawla..another hopeless case.

  • akbarbirbal007 on December 9, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Very good decision could have been great if we had badri in place of jadeja

  • Romenevans on December 9, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    So finally CSK fanboy "Sir. Ravindra Jadeja" make it to the test team as well? Awesome! Let the IPL favoritism begin.

  • balaji28 on December 9, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Even sachin,virat and ishant should have been dropped and I don't know why pankaj singh , basant mohanty are being overlooked for a test spot. I don't know why Awana is selected as he had bowled poorly in the practice match against english side.Dhoni should havebeen stripped off the captaincy and be replaced by dinesh karthik.Badrinath should have been given a test recall after his superb match saving 192 for tamilnadu against vidarbha.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Where surgical removals are needed, band-aid strips wouldn't help!

  • Armoured_cricket on December 9, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Indian bowling coach Joe Dawes has just stated that Zaheer Khan is one of the top 6 bowlers in the world.......India must have really good fast bowlers around at the moment to force him to be dropped..

  • abdul.alim on December 9, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    England proved to be very difficult team for India to beat them. Indians do not have any quality bowler to win a test match. India should think about creating quality bowlers.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    its now time for split captaincy for india.dhoni shud b captain only for odis n t20s.new test captain shud b gambhir as there is no other candidate presently. dhoni is burdened and is unable2lead from the front in test batting.giv him break. every indian sellection panel has just continued the previous work and not done anythng new 4the team.the selectors shud aim2develop a pool of fast bowlers where v had 5-6genuine fast bowlers2choose frm.just like australia. also the sellectors shud bring back irfan pathan in test team as they definitely need a bowling allrounder.m sure he can bowl better than ishant,chawla n dinda.n hes experienced too.selectors shud also aim 2develop more fast bowling allrounders.spinners wont always win matches 4u abroad.team cant always rely on batting.india cant win a test in aus,eng,sa with this line up.middle order requirs consistancy n confidence.selectors shud chalk out plans2regain top spot in tests.they need2work hard n achieve goals series by series.

  • faizal26 on December 9, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Ok selectors.. you are throwing the only decent pace bowler in our team out but you have place for Ishant Sharma. What I can understand is you have conceded that India will lose the 4th test and you can give the excuse as we tried our youngsters and so no need to panic..right??? If you really want to give chance to new players play in both Awana and Dinda, not Ishant. And also both Rahane and Jadeja, and give Kohli some rest. He must be both physically and mentaaly tired.

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on December 9, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    New selection has been made and SIR RAVINDER JADEJA and SIR PIYUSH CHAWLA have been asked to throw their magic . (jadeja on flat track made triple hundreds though even yuvraj made double hundred but is jadeja's technique better than yuvrajs against the likes of swann,anderson,finn,monty NO and piyush chawla who avareges 48 in ranji matches.WOW ).the truth is the radius of entire circle of talented players is too small in india or maybe it is made to look so.the selection panel such as saba kareem and vikram rathore who were big failures themselves were only selected so that they cant make big decisions and just justify their salaries by picking tried and tested.and though zaheers drop is still towards the light in the tunnel yuvrajs case was easy.why dont selectors look for rahul sharma who will be more accurate with his stump to stump line plus the fact he gets bounce and more opportunities for lbw.he can be at least groomed on the footpath of kumble and can become a potent force.

  • laxmanrules on December 9, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Why are bowlers taking the fall for poor batting. Let's face it. It's the batsmen who have let us down in the past year and a half. Yuvraj had to go, but Gambhir and Tenduklar are on thin ice as well. I have repeated this time and again, Rayudu is one guy who can play swing and spin bowling well on bad tracks. He has shown it in the last two Ranji seasons (pick Baroda scorecards with totals under 200), the tour to New Zealand and in his under-19 tour to England too.

    Jadeja is a good replacement for Yuvraj. He deserves a chance to prove to everyone that he can play good bowling on turning/seaming tracks and finally Awana gets a chance after a brilliant Ranji last year.

    At least the selectors are doing something . Right or wrong, time will tell.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Bring back VVS Laxman and Dravid. Because of media torture they retired early. Give the captaincy to Laxman. The younger guns like Kohli, Rahane, Raina, Yuvraj and Dhoni could not play on turning tracks like Dravid and Laxman. This series once again exposes the weak technique of youngsters. It is all because of T20 cricket. BCCI must plan to promote test matches and curb IPL T20 in to single round league with eight teams only. Otherwise we will loss test mathes pathetically. BCCI must follow Cricket Australa.

  • Edassery on December 9, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Why not Amit Misra instead of Piyush Chawla? Chawla is more for limited over games.

    As for the pace bowling department, perhaps someone like Pankaj Singh would be better than compact sized Dinda etc.

    Anyhow, dropping three misfits is a welcome move. Hope to see some more changes soon with Tendulkar's retirement.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Jadeja is the real flat track bully, why have him the team unless they are going to have flat track in Nagpur

  • Trickstar on December 9, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    What a surprise the batsmen fail and it's mostly the bowlers that have to pay, good thinking India, the worst thing is you've got some very good up and coming batsmen who've been smashing runs in first class cricket.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Rahul Sharma was better option as a leg spinner. Look where our spinners are lacking, they are bowling slower then Monty or Swann. Where is Parveen Kumar?

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    At least the selectors have made some changes. End of road for Zaheer if Awana takes at least a coupe of wickets. I thought Sandeep Sharma is performing than any other pacers in this year's domestic, still early days though. Jadeja forced himself into selection and he could bowl more overs. Not sure what Chawla has done to merit selection.

  • Vnott on December 9, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Good that Yuvraj, Bhajji and Zaheer have been given a break or dropped.... But It is quite amazing that Jadeja is selected ahead of Tiwary, Badrinath, Raina and Yuvraj himself. Jadeja as a all rounder is the perfect example of not good enough as a batsman and not good enough as a bowler but somehow the addition makes Dhoni see him as the saviour. It is the kind of muddled leadership which is a serious problem for us. I hope they dont play him. Good test batsmen is what we needed and Badri should have got the nod. Rahane hopefully will get a game. Awana for Zzheer and Chawla for Harbhajan are ok choices but shows how barren the spin department is.

    In the current form even Virat could have been given a rest. Badri and Tiwary in place of Virat and Yuvraj would have been better. Hope Virat proves me wrong with a big knock in Nagpur...

    Happy to see Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the T20 squad. But where is Irfan Pathan - He surely deserved to be there in both the One day and T-20 squads....

  • 777aditya on December 9, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Harmeet Singh and Unmukt Chand of the under-19 WC winning in T20s could have been a smart selection, but I think they will have to prove themselves in IPL first, which is unfortunately the new benchmark in Indian cricket. All this rut in Indian test cricket has started since IPL. Top players from all over the world play in IPL and hence find it much easier to adapt on Indian tours (its like home away from home for them). As for test selections, until Sachin keeps getting selected on past reputation alone and Dhoni's tactless captaincy is still on, there is no point commenting.

  • akashchandran on December 9, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    A good Test team selection under the circumstances. Ravindra Jadeja has a good temperament and should turn out as a good Test batsman. If he succeeds it will be great since he has shown the potential to be a quality bowler also. However it would be unfair to Ajinkya Rahane if Jadeja immediately takes the place of Yuvraj in the Nagpur Test (unless it is a square turner). Hope both Zaheer and Harbhajan put in some good domestic performance and be back in contention for the Australia series.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    drop the virat kohli and sachin and give to chance rohit sharma...

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Radical changes have to be made at this hour .. The whole 11 deserves a change

  • harohalli on December 9, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    What about other seniors. Does sachin needs to be pushed out unceremoneously?what about gambhir?involved in two run outs which changed tha course of the match?dhoni happens to continue just because he is captain. wicket keeping and captaincy atrocius.well done england.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir should be the first man on the chopping block. Not one century to his name in almost 3 years. Yet again showed the pure arrogance and completely irresponsible batting at a time where india needed to bat overs in an effort to save the game. His Dehli-mate Sehwag fairs better but must share the culpability yet again. Would be interesting to see some statistics showing after how many overs did the first indian wicket fall over the past 5 years. How many times can one count where they actually protected Dravid and Tendulkar. It's one thing to be positive but what we have seen time and again is just arrogance and a carefree attitude which logically could be explained by the fact that Sehwag's ad Gambhir's captaincy ambitions will never be fulfilled.

    If Dhoni has any actual control of anything other than trying to dictate pitch conditions he would bring Rahane into the team on nothing else but merit alone. Unfortunately we all know that will never happen and we all know why.

  • mdev.mp on December 9, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    See what happens if DRAVID-LAXMAN is not there....Even 195 Test capped Sachin not played an innings of substance. 3-1 series defeat is assured...

  • lordrudraksh on December 9, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    it is correct that zaheer yuvraj and harbhajan have been dropped . However instead of piyush chawla , manoj tiwry should have been picked as he can bowl and bat better than piyush chawla

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    I think sometime in the next year Harbajan SIngh will play his 100 test and then the BCCI shall promptly bid him adieu

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    I believe Indian selectors going backward. Replacements are clumsy. Awana is o.k. But Jadeja is flat bed champion who can score against the domestic bowlers. But against the calibre of Anderson, Swann & Panesar? leave away 300 or 30. He can't score even 3. I swear.. As far as Chawla is concerned, i believe he has luck or some relative in selection panel. Otherwise, how in this world he could be selected in the test squad? He is a great domestic allrounder and will not be fit for International cricket.

  • Perera32 on December 9, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Chawla and Jadeja into the team means it's going to get even easier for the England team. I remember Ajay Jadeja saying" India has talent in abundance", doesn't seem like it by the replacements. India in the last 1 and half years has been pathetic, 8-0 losses overseas, lost CB series, Knocked out of WT20 and now looks like 3-1 from England at home. Time for the Indian fans to stop giving advice to other teams and go find a new hobby.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    poor bhajji was under bowled and got the credit of being dropped. MSD is also poor in captaincy. he should remember that pitch doesnot play cricket batsmen and bowlers should. MSD should be replaced by some other captain as south africans replaced replaced their captain which now stands the no 1 team in the world

  • SACHINKAFAN on December 9, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    good that they dropped yuvi, zak and bhajji, im so happy... finally selectors have waken, n even virat should have dropped too, why jadeja? why not kaif? he is in such a good form.. he shud hve selected, n where the hell is Mr. kerala (SREESANTH) he should have been selected instead of parvinder awana, he is such a good bowler, i wanted him in the squad, dono what happend to him..hmm...hope atleast we can avoid a series defeat by winning the final test and drew the series 2-2. this is the last chance for sachin and dhoni to prove, otherwise both will be out for the australia series... all the best team!! chak de !!..we the whole nation are proud of you.. ups and downs will b dere.. but fight back n make us proud again!!

  • Guru1234 on December 9, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Partially bold and not outright changes in the test squad to be fair, Zak's sacking was in cards(hope he returns more potent),would have preferred seeing Gamdhir dropped,Amit Mishra inplace of Piyush but agree having Sachin is squad , because we have to replace VVS,Saurav,Dravid before having Sachin in sights. T20 is okay selection, would have like to have fresh guard by resting dhoni(sort of msg to him)

  • SydneyIndi on December 9, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I can't believe MSD, SRT and Ishant are still there in the team. MSD doesn't have test batting skills (how long would U wait to discover that?), has not kept well in recent years and captaincy is clueless. Where is the supposed clean up of the team? Would it be after we lose another test @ home? or do we wait for the next series loss @ home? Bite the bullet now and make a decision for the future. SRT is now scoring a 50 in about every 10 ten innings. After his 76 in Kolkata, do we now give him another 10 innings to fail and still keep his place? R V fans supposed to be grateful to him for ever without an expiry date? SRT, Ur batting is now very painful to watch. Please go; U R pushing your luck too far now. Ishant, unless U use your head and improve Ur bowling and catch at least 8 in 10, I wouldn't select U in my team. There are many others who deserve a go.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    While at it, the selectors should also axed Gambhir, Tendulkar and Dhoni. We are still carrying passengers. Nice to see Awana in the team. Would have liked Pankaj Singh replacing Ishant.

    Chawla and Jadeja are wild cards - they have been in and out of national reckoning too often. Instead of Chawla we should have had one of the Saxenas, Iresh or Jalaj, who are in form. Why do we need four spinners, Ashwin, Ojha, Jadeja and Chawla?

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    I know Dhoni will not play Rahane instead of Gambhir!Dhoni should be sacked and Kohli should be the new captain!I won't feel bad if a younger team loses!Atleast they will mature a bit and will make a good team in future!

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Sure. don't drop tendulkar. He'll drop himself. as much as i respect him this is embarrasing.

  • gitapat on December 9, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Picking Piyush Chawla ahead of Amit Mishra defies logic!

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Rahane for Gambhir (his two runouts and other shenanigans were just too much) and Rohit Sharma/Tiwari for Yuvraj would have been my choice. Fast bowlers are a trouble spot, so no comments about it.

  • jmcilhinney on December 9, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    From comments I've read in the past, I'm not sure that a lot of India fans will be pleased to see Jadeja in the squad. Despite obvious success recently in domestic cricket, the question is whether or not he can translate his form to the international level as well as some others might. As for the fast bowling, presumably Dinda would be the one to come into the XI, given that he's already in the squad.

  • Sulaimaan91 on December 9, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    So one of the worlds best six fast bowlers has been dropped from his national side. Some needs to do some explanation please..

  • esmile on December 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Why Mr.Dhoni still in the team?? Its high time to drop Dhoni and make saha Wkt Kpr....

  • esmile on December 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Why Mr.Dhoni still in the team?? Its high time to drop Dhoni and make saha Wkt Kpr....

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    where is rahul sharma???

  • mahesh1503 on December 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    its not all fair to drop zak , i think the main culprit is Dhoni , change him for one game and see the difference and am sure there will be a turn around , why are we dropping someone like ZAK who was consistent enuf with his line and lenght and also that nearing his 300 test wkts. Ashojk Dinda is of no use and i think is not the right choice, Wake up Dhoni b4 its too late.

  • Rahul_78 on December 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    My heart bleeds to see someone like Chawla getting a test call up (With all due respect to the man). For the country which ones boasted the stalwarts like Bedi, Chandra and Prasnna ones..now the cupboards are bare. Flat pitches, T20 cricket and lack of any real good structure in place to preserve and nurture young spinners have resulted in the disappearance of the good quality test spinners from India! I hope for next series MSD doesnt make open demand to prepare Highways for pitches so that he can at least try and draw the matches instead of loosing them by big margins.

  • indianfan535 on December 9, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Good selection. This shows the selectors guts, dropping our spearhead.

  • rtruth90 on December 9, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Why Tendulkar still playing.

  • N.SHIV on December 9, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Selectors must select different teams for T20, ODI & Tests. India nation got plenty of cricketers with good talent. Also, there should be a rotation policy with a players. Then players can perform without injuries & work load.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Zaheer being dropped stands scrutiny. Most of the time he has been a passenger. I am not able to understand the selection of Chawla and Ravinder. One feels tha Jadeja is not made for test match cricket. Letr him the surprise packet. Chawla is one who has flattered to deceive. Also I feel that Ashwin-Ojha combination should continue for a little more time. It is raather a sad commentary on our cricket that Yuvvi has to be dropped and Sachin continues. Not a good prognosis for our cricket future. GOD help Indian Cricket (other than IPL, of course, as IPL can help itself!)

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Chawla?? wo is that guy? and why selectors still reminding us that name... so stupid... and jadeja can be given chance atleast for motivating otherRanji players.. and AWANA is superb selection.. expect pankaj singh from rajastan soon.. and for god sake, selectors can have a look beyond rohit,manoj,yuvi.....there are mandeeps, baba,unmukt... give chance when young... dont make them wait for too long.. and raina played well against Blackcaps..now his confidence was low since selectors dropped him..we need never giveup players like Raina, both on and off the field.........

  • lessie on December 9, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    my 4th test xi shewag,vijay,kohli,sachin,pujara,jedaja,aswin,dhoni,awana,dinda,ojha.This best combination and feautre will be sachin ,shewag out of team rahane and raina comes in

  • spinkingKK on December 9, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Any decision to drop some of these players needs to be welcomed. However, I don't agree with the inclusion of Piyush Chawla. I don't think he belongs to the international stage. Rahul Sharma may have been a better choice. As I said earlier in another post, I would have dropped Sachin, Dhoni and Kohli as well. If you don't perform, you have no place in the team. Maybe they have spoken to Sachin to retire after the next match. Still, we have a series to be saved and we need the best possible team for the next test and there is no place for sentiments. Having said that, I will be happy to see Sachin bow out with respect all the same. If the reports are true, Awana took all his wickets on green tops. So, there are a lot to be seen about him. Jadeja is a terrific fielder and there is a good potential in him. He can turn the ball a long way as well. Only thing is, he hasn't performed great in the ODI's yet. I hope they play both Awana and Jadeja in the next test. All the best to India.

  • Advin on December 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    I can understand Indian fans asking for a change in captaincy but I cannot understand why they want Dhoni dropped from the team.Not all keepers are a Gilchrist and a keeper who keeps tidily and has an average in the mid thrities as Dhoni has,should not have his place in doubt.Prior is an England hero but his average is only slightly better than Dhoni's (and I saw him drop two of Monty in a couple of overs yesterday!) .And I would rather have a Dhoni in the team than a P.Jayawardhane , Ramdin , Wade,Akmal ,Van Wyk or whoever SA decides to replace Boucher/ABD with.

  • Wasimk87 on December 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    convinced with test squad this time.. but depends on playing eleven selection. i would happy to see if rahane & awana gets a change.. they truly deserve a spot.. Why is Irfan Pathan not chosed in T20 Squad ?

  • npc_cricketlover on December 9, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    but why Piyush Chawla??? What makes him eligible for making it to the 15-member squd. Better call back murali karthik he is a lot better and couldnt make it big just coz of two form players harbajan and kumble in the prime days.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    disgusting... jadeja has being given chance ahead of tiwari,badrinath..looks like selectors have lost their mind. & why is sachin tendulkar in the team ?? he is the biggest failure till now .the selectors contiue to ruin careers of good players & have no faith in proper test cricket players.

  • cooldude69 on December 9, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Why are Sachin, Gambhir, Ishant Sharma given a benefit of doubt?? Yuvraj failed, yes, but so did Sachin and Gautam. One inning of a 50+ does not show form. Gambhir must be penalised for running out his partners in both the innings in Kolkata. If it does, Yuvi also scored a 50+ in Ahmedabad. Bhajji being dropped is again unexplainable. his replacement is even crazier. Chawla has done nothing of impat recently. Further, what is the reason for Manoj Tiwari being ignored repeatedly? Are the selectors waiting for him to reach 30 years and then say he is oo old to lay for India? Whatever happened to Varun Aaron??? Zak needed to be dropped after th Mumbai game - even if to just rest him.

  • bleedingice on December 9, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    not a bad selection, india will still end up loosing the series, they will hopefully with both the t20s, so that , they can be ready to face pakistan.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I think instead of dropping Yuvraj for the final test,selectors should have dropped Kohli for not scoring runs.Yuvraj has got some starts in few inns while Kohli most of the time threwed his wicket away.Also can`t understand why Sehwag has been dropped from T20Is? Its a good,young team India for T20Is with many new faces.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Why RJ, where is Yadav?????

  • Nagamooto on December 9, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    India needs to be brave and play: gambhir, sehwag, pujara, rahane, tendulkar, jadeja, dhoni, ashwin, ojha, dinda and awana.

  • mcs81 on December 9, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    What is Gautham Gambhir doing in this team? He has not played a match winning innings after the World Cup.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    what india need is fresh faces, i mean new guys bring a new positive feeling

  • itsthewayuplay on December 9, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    So now the selectors are trying to justify selection for a single test based on consistent performances but not when the squad was announced before the start of the series. Are they really expecting these guys to come in and perform against the Panesar the likes of whom they've never seen on the domestic circuit and against whom the top order couldn't anything about? The selectors have got to think long term and show faith in a group of players who can represent India in the long term. We may lose home series but so be it. This is the flip side of having a fab four and relying on only Zaheer and Kumble - it takes time to rebuild.

  • Cluedin on December 9, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    It is high time that the Team Management work on sending Virat Kohli in at #4, and give him a long run. This would ensure that he settles down completely. This especially when you are looking to groom him asa potential captain of the side in future. It does not help keeping him down the order. Sachin with his calibre definitely could play anywhere in the whole line up and better for him to come in at #5. Pujara at #3 for a long run would also be useful.

  • lsd123 on December 9, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I think they should drop Tendulkar first. No great records for last 15 matches over last 2 years. No doubt. He's a legend. But why they keeping non performing legend. Now this is Koli, Pujara's era.

  • S.Jagernath on December 9, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    This is dumb!Ishant Sharma bowled so many no-balls but is retained.Hope Ajinkya Rahane bats at 6 & Parvinder Awana & Ashok Dinda lead the pace attack.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    why there is no shewag in the t20 squad....????

  • deol84 on December 9, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Well India will still loose.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Why not Mr.Dhoni should not be left out ? He lead by example in scoring runs ! and says our batting should improve ! Captain cool must have resisted the retirement of Dravind.. or at least Laxman for a while.... now ? entire Indians are embarassed due the stupidity shown collectively by Capatain cooool and then selectors... kris and team.

  • Fareen on December 9, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    That's quite a funny looking lineup. I don't support India, but dropping Zaheer is non-sense. He's been India's best fast bowler. Yes his fielding is poor but it's the captain's job to protect him. And why drop yuvraj for a below average player like jadeja when you've players like raina, tiwary and rahane waiting in the wings? Unbelievable decision from the selectors. Hope England thrash them in Nagpur to get back some of the common sense they lost.

  • rockstarniranjan on December 9, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    what should BADRINATH and MANOJ TIWARY do extra to get selected?? Why are they still persisting with SACHIN TENDULKAR? He is way past his prime touch and is clearly struggling.

  • SirLen on December 9, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Panic on the streets of Nagpur, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta...

  • smbhayi on December 9, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    where is kaif...???? why selectors continuesly ignored him..??? its unfair....

  • AneYako on December 9, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    So they dare remove Zaheer who was said to be one of the best six bowlers in the world? The coach must be furious

  • vitspak on December 9, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Good that selectors have made some changes.Still we need to have some more,else by the time our young players get a chance they will be the age to retire :-)

  • Positive_Justice on December 9, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    truly speaking, India will keep loosing in regular basis and the main reason is: "too many match in one calender year (including IPL) make the players tired"

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    gud 2 bring jadeja. bowls better than yuvaraj. hope its a better squad!!

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    My XI for Nagpur Sehwag, gambhir, pujara, sachin, kohli, jadeja, Dhoni, ashwin, ishant, Awana, ojha don't forget pujara dropped cook on 38 and that's where we lost the match. Our running between wickets is horrible.

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on December 9, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    I am still amazed at the selection of PIYUSH CHAWLA! Apart from giving runs away what else has he done to be selected for the squads? That just tells how really indian spin is having a downfall. Sehwag dropped from t-20 ? why? ..maybe cause india wants to try rahane as sehwag is 34? Not bad choice for longer run. t-20 would mostly would be like openers: -rahane,kohli 1 down :raina(he's meant to bat higher with his ability), 2 down: -dhoni (with his batting strike rate dropping he's better off trying to bat higher the order) 3 down:yuvi 4 down: rohit (i like tiwary for odi better/ rohit has got immense hitting ability for t-20) 5 down: R jadeja(he's head seems to have gotten back to normal after having got 1 mil b4 for nuthin) 6 down: ashwin 7,8 down:awana,dinda(pathan good to replace any of the two and bat higher order) 9 down: balaji(earns it) I know most wont agree but i do not like gautam gambhir anymore. Sehwag shud be only for tests. Sachin,zaheer,bhaji BYE BYE

  • neerajprasher on December 9, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Big Move from BCCI. Thats right If you are not doing anything don't deserve a place in Squad. Should remove Gambhir and Sehwag ,Dhoni as well from test Squad.Good to see Awana in team he was performing in Domestic cricket.First time I ever seen a big step from Bcci.Well done

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Nice decision ... Instead of chawla there should be any other suitable player..

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Yes Suresh Raina Best Of All Is There,,That Will Be Perfect For India Weak Side...

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    XI for final test: Sehwag, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Sharma, Dinda/Awana, Ojha. At the very least Gambhir has to go

  • NH777 on December 9, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    What about Dhoni? very bad keeping so many byes etc.., bad captain(tests only).. he doesn't deserve in playing XI... there are many keepers in India Dinesh Karthik/ saha etc... please have different captains for tests and ODIs

    what about Sachin? we need players who can bat when team need...experienced players should play at right time, not for saving place. Ponting also mentioned Lara did for team than individual record... Come on Sachin go out... India can say we are building a team for each loss... Stop playing tests and play only ODIs... everytime feel that, this time he will save... hardly saw anything for the past 10 years...

    should have given chance to Bhuvneshwar Kumar... we are missing bowlers like Umesh Yadav who gives lot of hope to spectators of getting wicket everyball he bowls... missing Sreesanth/Irfan etc who create chances...

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    What are the selectors thinking?? Piyush Chawla???? Seriously Amit Mishra has been on the sidelines for so long, he deserves another shot, since he never got a decent run.

    Also RAVINDRE JADEJA!!!????? When are we ever going to get rid of Mr. Dhoni's Pet. He has NEVER (ok might have once or twice) performed in all the chances he got, he Does not deserve a Test Call. We have so many other people who deserve a chance instead of Jadeja.

    No clue as to what our selectors are thinking

  • Alok_lon on December 9, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Good calls. Yuvraj and Harbhajan should never play test cricket again. Zaheer maybe, if and when he is fully fit, which may never happen now. I would say we need to balance changes - making some changes for the 4th Test against England and more changes for the Australia test series.

    For the 4th test against England: I hope Tendulkar announces that he will retire after this game. I say this as a lifelong Tendulkar fan. He deserves a final game. Consider dropping Sehwag down the order to 5, with a view to replacing Tendulkar at No. 4 against Australia, and have Rahane open with Gambhir. Drop Kohli for his poor form, and bring in Jadeja at 6. I think Kohli has the class, so needs to get back into form in first-class cricket and prove his class in tests against Australia.

    For Australia series: need a new coach and possibly a new captain. with the latter, it is hard to think of suitable replacements. Kohli should come back in to the side only if he is showing good form in ranji.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    God ! what has Rohit Sharma got to do to make it to the Test side ??? Jadeja, seriously ????? I would be happy if Manoj Tiwary got selected...Both are in good form...maybe jadeja's bowling is a plus...

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    I hope this is not an one off move by selectors. A pretty good step towards a complete overhaul of current flock. Sehwag definitely needs to re-think his test cricket future and judging from whats to come (south africa away series in an year), he is not an ideal candidate against steyn n co. I guess Gambhir still is a good batsman, only if he has tweaked his urge to poke around his off stump. The middle order looks good, and it be interesting to see who'd take sachin's place if he chose to retire before India's next away series fixture. The fast bowling department hopefully would be promising with the likes of Aaron, Awanna, Yadav, and Ishant Sharma of 2008-09 series vs Australia.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Finally some bold decisions taken by BCCI. Any idea where is swing sensation Praveen Kumar? Remember, He was the only wicket taker in last england tour.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 9, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Cosmetic changes. Yuvraj and Harbajan should never have in the squad in the first place. Completely pointless bringing 3 new players for 1 test only. They should have given the entire series to gain experience not that it would have made any difference to the result. England threw away their wickets in Ahmedabad otherwise it could wekk have been 3-0. The selectors have avoided tough decisions on Sehwag Gambhir and Tendulkar.

  • Pramod75 on December 9, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    What a decision. Batsmen should have been fired. Instead, bowlers are axed. And replacements are Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja. Freaking unbelievable. Get ready for 3-1.

  • Rahulbose on December 9, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Well elephants still firmly in the room. Jadeja would be interesting, he never impressed with the bat in ODIs, now we will find out if those triples in Ranji were for real. Hopefully after next test they will drop Sachin and Dhoni as well.

  • trueanalyst on December 9, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    what a set of jokers these selectors are?Picking Chawla over Amit Mishra who has 22 average this season.Only good selection is Jadeja becos he has scored 70 rs in the latest low scoring game & also picked 4 wickets to fall.This innings show he is a real good prospect for India.His left arm spin would have been more than useful against England

  • surepush on December 9, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Very funny, some players have all the fun. Ravindra jadeja, & Piyush in test & Rohit Sharma in the T20. It proves our bench strength & Also the selection policy, Jadeja Caption choice, Awana is a good player but his selection to fill north zone quota is what is disturbing ( Two removed from north) Piyush hope this time he proves his worth, his test record not so much to talk.

    Most other lucky non perfomers in the team will continue to play.

  • iamkunmun on December 9, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Why Virat Kohli's name is till in Test squad ? Manoj Tiwary should have replaced Virat. Piyush Chawla ha ha ha ..... selectors again proved partiality still exists...If they want a leg spinner than Amit Mishra has taken more wickets thn Piyush. I think once these jokers becomes they r not watching cureent ranji matches. Cricinfo plz publish...

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    indian selectors gone mad..... y yuvi is dropped and kohli is stil der... it shud have been manoj tiwary in the place f kohli... and they expect parwinder awana / dinda to do a better job than zaheer in der 1st test..... its gonna b 3-1...

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    too late to make the changes bring back parthiv patel

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Big Shame For India :( :( :(

    Giving Chances to such a Shameless Captain who always take Credit for Win but never takes Rensponsiblity for Loss and R Ashwin who gave 180- 190 runs easily without taking wickets!!!

    Its good that we see some new faces in squad, who had proven themselves in Domestic. But why Piyush, Ashwin still got chances, its better to give chances to Amit Mishra. Master Batsman Sehwag not in T20 thats also unexpected.

    We are in Shock that U guys (BCCI), Unlucky Coach (Duncan Fletcher) and Loser Skipper are playing mean Games by not giving chances to the one's who deserve.

    This Team slips from Rank 1- 5 in Test thats what we achieved since last 1 year

    Its high time to Change Your Biased Management!!!

  • Pritesh_mel on December 9, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Finally selectors are moving on,, i would prefer Manoj Tiwari as batsman as well.Also kaul med pacer from Punjab is doing well at the moment, should be given chance. This changes should have been done before aus tour,,but anyway better late than never. Good Luck

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    I think Jadeja's selection over Tiwary is OK..

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    What are Gambhir & Sehwag still doing in the side? Why is Tiwary not in the side? If Piyush Chawla merits a place in the team then my physique is better than that of Hrithik Roshan. Instead of including Chawla, why not Manoj Tiwary? I am certain even he would be more incisive than Chawla. And why are we having 4 openers (or qualified openers - Gambhir, Sehwag, Rahane & Ashwin)?

    Ridiculous..The team should have been: 1. A. Rahane 2. R. Ashwin 3. C. Pujara 4. S. Tendulkar 5. V. Kohli 6. M. Tiwary 7. R Jadeja 8. MS Dhoni 9. P. Awana 10. A. Dinda 11. P. Ojha

    12. Y. Singh

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on December 9, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Good thing to drop zaheer, bhajji and yuvi. Want to stay in the team? Perform. Sad for Manoj. Jadeja got lucky with the past 2 triple hundreds he's made in this season. Jadeja is Dhoni's boy so he might get chance? I still hope he'll not be chosen over rahane though. Dinda and Awana should both be tried together in place of two fast bowlers. Adds the spice and competitiveness. Gives Equal Opportunity at the right time. My team: viru,gauti,pujara,kohli,rahane,jadeja,ashwin,dhoni,ojha,awana,dinda Remove sachin. Try them all at once. you'll know what's the best. lol..all of them might not be the best for the years to come, but they'll surely all try to perform better in this one with their call ups together. We all have enough advices for most players given the current state of indian cricket. But lets just leave it there. They should fight like the wounded tigers in the last tests, then should be fun. (:

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    India keep going back to chawla and Harbhajan. Disappointing given the rich history of spinners that india has had. Further, from whatever i have seen of chawla, he is not even first class material let alone an english side on the rise

  • baranasai on December 9, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    IIam quite happy for Zac Bhajji Yvvy being dropped .In fact THE TEAM SHOULF Have a rotaion policy -rAHANE SHOULD COME IN Place of Kohli who can get back his form after some practise /same against SRT shouild take some rest and come back for next series and Jadeja can come in as an allrounder Dinda can come in place of Zac who is out of the indian team for ever as he had his chances blown away by his inept fielding and poor bowling.One more chnace to Gauty -if he keeps running out hos partners rather he should give hisplace to Murali/the entire team should be aware -no good play no win no money no place.It is the national pride which should motiivate them .IF THEY CANT PLAY WELL THEY SHOIULD BE REPLACED BY A BETTER PLAYER -SELECTORS SHOULD TAKE SOME SINCERITY PILL

  • srijanchakz on December 9, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    the selectors still cant muster the courage to drop sachin.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    HAHA ......Harbhajan dropped.....Y? he was not even in playing 11......Would chawla be playing in11? BCCI again making fool out of Indian public. Well BCCI is pointing the players who need to retire.......

  • bhim23 on December 9, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    find out some new fast bowlers and mould them.we badly need of fast bowlers.awana is good selection he was good in the ipl.lets hope he delivers his best in the match.aaron,umesh,awana,kulkarni,bhuvanesh kumar,sreesanth, should be given chances.irfan pathan is a good choice for pace all rounder.he should be tryed even in sub continent.remember his hat trick against paks and his batting skills add xtra value

  • T-800 on December 9, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    The bowlers get punished and maybe rightly so. Now what about our great paper tiger batting lineup? What about our captain? Anyway it really does not matter at this stage. Indian Test Cricket is on its death bed. Time to give it a quiet and decent burial. All Hail T20 and (maybe T10)?

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    wher is irfan in t20 squad...still din he recover ???????

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Bad selection.What Piyush chawla has done to get a recall.India must Play Ashwin @ No 6 and Play 5 bowlers he is playing really well.What Dhoni has done to retain his spot.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Badri would have been handy in test...

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Sachin & Kholi Also Be Droped....Why Are They Retain....Kholi Is Suked Up....Drop Them Too...Give Sachin A Farewll

  • luvcricket_new_gen on December 9, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    SRT should make Nagpur his last test. But he will definitely try to play when Aus arrives. At any case, that will be his last series. He is trying hard so not much to feel bad. He has done enough. Dhoni also would be given chance until Aus series. Other selections are worth a try. Good Luck for Nagpur

  • SanjivAwesome on December 9, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    With Dhoni leading Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir a 3-1 result to Eng is easily predictable. BCCI and its hand-picked Selectors continue the century old Indian tradition of celebrating mediocrity.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 9, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    More 'Legends' careers ended by England. This time it's Indian, though, not Australian.

  • kadalai on December 9, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Piyush Chawla ? The only thing consistent about him is that he doesn't perform.

    I really wish RTI gets implemented for the selection process.

    This is atrocious. Why is Rahul Sharma being ignored?

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    What the hell??? This selection is ridiculous!!! I believe Selectors had the right chance and situation to give Indian test team a new look!Iinstead Jadeja we could have given Raina, Rohit or Manoj the chance of No 6 Spot!!! We have an all rounder in Ashwin!!. There is no use of Jadeja. Our batting has failed. The above three would have been the perfect choice!! I believe this would be the match for sachin to prove his worth!!! In T20 where is Irfan Pathan?? Has selectors forgotten him????? Bad Selections!!!!

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    spit nd kick selection panels in selecting rohit sharma,raina,jadeja,balaji,bhuv kumar,vijay all f whom are unfit for international test cricket.........and also for retaining vijay,msdhobi,gambhir in the squad.............

  • DeadlyDevil on December 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Zaheer has been bowling well but dropping him is justification towards the fact that he can't be complacent. He has to work on his fitness and significantly improve his attitude towards fielding and batting. It shall serve as a wake up call to the likes of Gambhir, Sehwag,Sachin etc. I really feel retiring at the end of this series will be ideal for Sachin. He's made a tremendous contribution to Indian cricket but it's clear he's not going to last the distance as far as the SA tour is concerned so might as well give an opportunity to a youngster. There also needs to be a change iat the helm at Test level with Dhoni's performance under scrutiny, but there are no clear viable alternatives. Sehwag and Gambhir need to focus on their game and it's still too early for Kohli. It may seem like wholesale changes but its necessary. Losing games is not the problem, surrendering games without a semblance of a fight is.

  • thedreamer on December 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Can't help but think what could've happened if only Pujara had held on to that catch of Cook. Zak could've picked a wicket or two after that... And that we could've restricted them for a lesser score. And that he wouldn't have been dropped for sure. What a difference a catch makes! By the way, what have the others done to merit a place in the squad? Especially the non-performers. Like Ra's al Ghul says (to the selection panel) - "You will never learn."

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    thats it,what about DHONI & SACHIN

  • bhim23 on December 9, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    did u all notice sachin in the field this match he was atheltic..he was running hard to save runs.at 40 he is giving his best y cant the young guns give.while zaheer was fielding in the morning commentators were making fun of him good move to drop him.thanq zaheer.sachin still the best but time to retire now.

  • VJGS on December 9, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Rahane would make a much better Test opener than a T20 one. He has the patience, composure, technique to be a Test great. But with Sehwag in the side, he'd never get a chance. Instead, he is given the role of opener in T20? I really don't understand the selectors' logic. He was good in IPL at the start and then faded away as IPL progressed. Sehwag would've made a far better T20 opener.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I am little bit agree for this selection. Why not taking Pankaj Singh. I think made separate captain for ODI and Test like in Australia, South Africa and England. I am sure Our team performance surely on a top. thnks

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Its interesting that batsmen fail to get substantial scores and Bowlers get dropped. Zaheer probably was bowling pretty decently..With our great skipped wanting "turners" and opening with spinners this was probably on cards.

  • kadalai on December 9, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Piyush Chawla? The only thing consistent about him is that he doesn't perform.

    I would love to see RTI getting implemented for selection process. This is atrocious.

    Whatever happened to Rahul Sharma?

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    the playing XI should be this one:

    Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), Ashok Dinda, Parvinder Awana Pragyan Ojha,

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Why not giving chances to PANKAJ SINGH, RISHI DHAWAN & VARUN AROON?

  • bhim23 on December 9, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    good selection..my 11 for the final test sehwag,gambhir,pujara,sachin,kohli,rahane,dhoni,jadega/ojha,ashwin,awana,ishant.since jadega is in good form i would go with him for his batting skills.its hard to leave out ojha also.hard selection for dhoni.we need to win the final test.sachin pls retire after this test.we respect you we love u.u r still the best but its time to say bye to the field.

  • email2suryaz on December 9, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I don't know why Duncan Fletcher was not dropped. Morale of the Indian team was very high under Gary Kirsten and it was clearly missing under fletcher.

  • Absconding on December 9, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    what happen to Shreeshanth , PRaveen Kumar , RP singh - Murali karthik

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Good selection. But not the best. I seriously hope Sehwag gets dropped and Rahane gets a chance. Jadeja and Awana starting is a certainty now.

    This is my 11, what about you guys?

    Gambhir Rahane Pujara Sachin Kohli Jadeja Dhoni Ashwin Ojha Ishant Awana

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir should also have been dropped sehwag for his contagious laziness and Gambhir for his contagious stupidity, both of them dilute the intensity of the team. And in this context, given the approximately equal on-paper-strength of both teams, it is only the intensity of application that makes the difference.

  • Mushi... on December 9, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Dropping Zaheer is utter non sense from Sandeep Patil and his selection committee. Zaheer is been the match winner for India in last 4 years. I wonder how his performance went unnoticed, and he is been clearly the game changer for Indian cricket. If selection committe has the same courage, then they must have dropped Sachin as well.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Selectors seem to have some serious issues, 1st they pick Harbajan who has benn pathetic and they replace him with Piyush Chawla who has been even more pathetic. Good to see Jadeja as he can bat/bowl (no.7/8) but not sure what Manoj Tiwary needs to get a nod. Awana for Zaheer is a brave selection .


  • criccritic1 on December 9, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I think Dhoni should go..

    He always comes up with excuses...

    not sure why Indians are not demanding to replace Dhoni?

  • crystosis on December 9, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Maybe Ashwin can be captain once he can prove himself to be a more consistent performer. Gambhir should have been dropped too.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    BCCI should also drop Sachin, Kohli, Dhoni and Ishant Sharma from the test squad.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Dhoni should have been dropped and it is sure that Sachin will retire after the Nagpur test. Kohli or Gambhir should be made as captain. Amit Mishra should have been brought into the team instead of Chawla.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I feel there is no place of Dhoni in the team. He is good ODI,T20 captain but India need a test captain which can score runs and motivate other players to perform well.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    With Dhoni at helm of Test team.. I do not find any changes in the playing eleven except ZAK's replacement... Ideally Rahane should be given a game instead of Sehwag... Jadeja (based on his current form) should play instead of Yuvi, Chawla can take up the Ishant's space, Awana OR Dinda as the lone Fast bowler... Dhoni ensures his place as WK with no other qualified WK in the squad... Gambhir and Sachin try and bat for couple of sessions.. Kohli was lured into making shots and he needs a longer run in the test matches..He is seriously Good... Selectors made a serious blunder including Bhajji in the squad, Aswin was doing well and he definitely needed the full support from Captain and Board. Hope he recovers well.. Ojha is the only bowler seem capable of getting wkts in the last 2 tests for India... Hopefully we can level the series and end the 2012 on a high...

  • maddy20 on December 9, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Awana is good. I would have also loved to see Shammi Ahmed instead of Ishant Sharma. That would make for a fantastic fastbowling attack with both consistently bowling over 140+. Jadeja will add to the spin department, which is good. To pick wickets at 23 on our Ranji tracks is incredible. Sacking Yuvraj and Zaheer was a good move. These two have been taking their places for granted for a long while now. Sachin Tendulkar, if he has any concern for the future of the team will make way for youngsters.. Sachin and Kohli should be replaced by Tiwary and Rahane. Dhoni should remain for now, till we find a better captain. Regardless of what happens in Nagpur, we should stand behind our team in these tough times. But to clean up the remaining mess after this series to commence the rebuilding phase. Sure we may lose some, but they will gain experience. If we can get rid of Duncan Fletcher too in favor of someone calm, composed Dravid, we will be back to No.1 in no time.

  • Dalajit on December 9, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Why Piyush Chawla again...what he has done in any format of the game to get selected again & again....is there no any other spinner available in India for the selectors to choose. All selectors are same, the only improvement and good decision came is Zaheer and Harbhajan dropped, which had to be done earlier before the test series. I hope Rahane would get a chance in coming Test match as well Awana for a change otherwise same team and same defeat again in Nagpur also.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Tendulkar still has the highest test avg by any Indian in the history..............1 bad year doesn't make him a bad player if he can score at an outstanding avg of 70 & 80 in 37th & 38th years of life after disastrous 34th &35th years then no wonder he can repeat that feat at 40 &41 as well................His fitness is good. Just that he was a bit out of practice in 2012. Additionally he is still no 1 Indian test batsman on current ICC Rankings.

  • dilr on December 9, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Please Add Javagal Srinath,Manoj Prabakar

  • baskar_guha on December 9, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Well the selectors did something ... they need to play five bowlers to have a chance in Nagpur and the batters better deliver, especially the middle order and captain cold.

  • Sach_z_God on December 9, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Well, dhoni has become rigid in his thinkings these days. He is sticking to the same old ideas, not trying to do the things in some fresh manner, not the dhoni we used to know earlier. Also, even if dhoni the captain can still be given some more chances, Dhoni the batsmen is not fit for test matches. Parthiv would be a much better bet now i think. Coz dhoni's captaincy has lost the weight to keep eyes away from his shortcomings as a batsmen in the test format.

  • enthusiastic on December 9, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Good to see some changes but not the ones expected. SRT still remains in the team. Dont understand this at all.

  • DeadlyDevil on December 9, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Brave call by the selectors. It's time to shake things up. Even Tendulkar needs to be had a word with privately and a retirement plan chalked out. Jadeja is not the solution though. I hope to God Rahane is given a chance next game. Feel really bad for Tiwary. What must he possibly do to get a game?

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Make hay while the Sun shines...! Use the talent in Jadeja right now...! It wont be availale in future and ever...!

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    this should be the last series for tendulkar

  • Leggie on December 9, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Good changes - but will be interesting what team constitutes final XI. Gambhir must be replaced as an opener, and Yuvraj's place must be taken by Manoj Tiwary. So the batting lineup will be Sehwag, Rahane/Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Sachin, Tiwary, Dhoni, Ashwin (as all rounder). Of the bowlers, only Ohja can be an automatic choice. That leaves with two places to be taken by Ishant, Dinda, Awana and Ravindra Jadeja.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Ravindra should go straight into the team bypassing Vijay and Rahane.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    What about Dhoni? He should be stepped down from captaincy.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Good Choice. Ravindra deserves the call up, he's scored three triple centuries in the last two years in domestic cricket.

  • Fan1969 on December 9, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Glad selectors acted and sent a message to the former cricket stars. But very sad to see the lack of alternatives. Ishant is unlikely to play at Nagpur as he hardly gets 2% balls on the stumps. Tough to visualise Awana, Dinda, Ashwin and Ojha getting 20 English wickets. India making 750 plus runs in Nagpur with Rahane replacing Yuvraj is very UNLIKELY. Another defeat looms. If Panesar and Finn had played 1st Test instead of Bresnan and Broad India would be down 3-0 by now. Hope Tendulkar announces retirement in next few days and then we watch Indian test rebuilding in earnest. Indian FANS need to compare India with SL, NZ, WI rather than SA, Eng and Aus for some time.

  • Prabh_Hundal on December 9, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    amit mishra- 14 wickets @ 22.28 this season, piyush chawla- 9 @ 48.33...guess the selectors have seen something the numbers don't suggest!

  • surya2607 on December 9, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Hope Rahane finaly get a chance at 3

  • anuradha_d on December 9, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Awana Reputed to be Brisk....what does that mean ?...he has been recorded bowling consistently at 140kph+ in first class games with a speed gun.......and when Meaker was flown in he was reported as one of the fastest in Englnad......CI's discriminatory vew exposed again....doesn't trust Indians

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Did selectors forget Irfan.....Atleast whe should have got selected for T20's....

  • svel on December 9, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    awesome selection! especially t20 squad! and at last harbajan is out... phew!

  • Prabh_Hundal on December 9, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    only yuvraj singh was the reason India haven't score 500 runs yuvraj , dhoni and sachin both have score one 70 in last 3 test and you drop yuvraj only thats is not fair you drop zaheer i wonder wht other bowlers except ojha has done to retain there place wht duncan is doing????????

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    why sachin and dhoni not dropped

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Welcome back Mr Cricket of India, Respcted Sir Ravindra Jadeja

  • buddhikapm on December 9, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    what a shame to indian cricket

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Why is Dhoni still in team? Clearly he has failed to build the team after the departure of lax and Dravid. Dhoni And Ashwin should also go and focus on short forms......for test team it will be a long slow build process

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    what? why not Gambhir? Why Jadeja and Chawla Again :O !! Whatever happened to Rahul Sharma?

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Finally someone has guts to take action...but what has Sachin done in last 11 tests to retain his place...

  • Dbatsman on December 9, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    its a same old team theres nothing new to it except for two quickies

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Jadeja captured Yuvraj's position in team since he scored triple ton lastweek, He was failed to suceed in ODI/T20 due to his inability to hit big shots but he is a good test batsman, He need to use this chance to prove his batting skill.

  • rajbask on December 9, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    What did Irfan did to miss the place in T20...any fitness issue ? Def he performed better than Balaji !

  • GRVJPR on December 9, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Will England field all englishmen in next test or hire more south africans on rent???

  • doors666 on December 9, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    so sehwag has also been dropped for t20 matches. bad decision.

  • alfaomega on December 9, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir should have been dropped as well and Ajinkya Rahane given a clear chance in the batting order. Not just his reckless batting, but even his lethargic fielding has been a constant feature of Gambhir over the past year and more. They should have brought in Manoj Tiwary into the squad as well

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Rahane, Gambhir, Puraja, Sachin, Virat, Jadeja, Cp Cool, Chawla, Awana, Ojha, Dinda ??

    It should have been Rahane, M.Vijay, Pujara, Sachin, Tiwary, Jadeja, Parthiv (D. Karthik)/Saha), Ojha, Chawala, Dinda, Pawna !!!

  • KarachiKid on December 9, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    I wonder if someone should be place in place of Zaheer Khan in such a crucial game ? and that too some debutant.

  • ali_78694 on December 9, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    If Zak and Yuvi were dropped on poor performances what about Sachin Tendulkar??? He has done nothing in this series and the one with NZ as well. Its high time the selectors and the BCCI have to look beyond Dhoni as a Test Skipper. Has been failing consistently as a captain and a batsman.

  • nahan on December 9, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    This change is just for sake of scene. Indian cricket team required a drastic rewind.

  • ashutosh.p on December 9, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Where is Umesh? What has Chawala done to get a chance? Aanyways little bit of courage by selectors. For me playing 11 on selected team should be 1. Sehavag 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4.Sachin 5. Kholi 6. Jadeja 7. Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.Ojha 10.Dinda 11.Awana

  • spiritwithin on December 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    look who we have for replacements-Jadeja and Chawla,add to the fact that Murali Vijay is also there in the team who's failed everytime whenever given a chance...and Ishant Sharma is still in the team,y sachin is not dropped..3-1 to england since this team neither has bowler who can have any impact nor batsman(except 2-3players)..

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Just when Ashwin becomes the allrounder who could bat at 6, they take Jadeja as, presumably a batsman who can bat at 6. Nonsensical that M Vijay is retained ahead of guys like Rohit Sharma. Thank god Zaheer & Yuvraj are gone. Yuvraj was never a real test player, how many times were we required to find that out? Same with Raina & Vijay. Awana and Dinda should not be preferred over Pankaj Singh & Aaron. Nagpur can be a fast wicket, so Finn & Anderson will be a handful. Ashwin at 6 and Irfan Pathan at 8 will allow Chawla to make his debut. SRT must retire after this test no matter how many runs he makes in this test...like Ponting, let him announce before the test starts.

  • DineshKanwar on December 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    And what about elephants in room? Sachin & Dhoni both needed to be dropped too, but I reckon they are more on brand value rather than performance. Awana is a good call, Sandeep would have been better option in place of Ishant. Jadeja in place of Yuvi is better than Yuvi any time of the day in tests.

  • Cricket_Lover-SARU on December 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    GOOD JOB! SRT should be the next in line. Well done Patil & Co.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I don't agree with selectors choice to drop Zaheer Khan. He should have been given one more chance. In place of Harbhajan Singh Amit Mishra or Piyush Chawla should have been picked up.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    The 1st 11 should be in Nagpur test as follows... 1.V.Sehwag 2.G.Gambhir 3.C.Pujara 4.S.Tendulkar 5.V.Kohli 6.R.Aswin 7.M.S.Dhoni 8.P.Chawla 9.P.Ojha 10.I.Sharma 11.A.Dinda

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Good to see Awana in the squad...but still hoping that Pankaj Singh should have been selected in place of Ishant Sharma.

  • ramab on December 9, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Still the selectors don't have guts to drop you know who!!! Gambhir also should have been dropped after he caused the loss of 4 wicket including himself twice by playing reckless shots.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Why does highly experienced Badrinath ,never get a chance ??

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Piyush Chawla selection doesnt make sense as ravindra jadeja is going to be the third spinner

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Surprised to see Dhoni in the Team.. May be he will be sacked after the entire series.. It is time to bring a new Captain for Test Team..

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Dropped or Rested....!!!!!.... Amazing selection. I think the Selection Committee should come under preview of RTI........ If performance is the reason for dropping, several heads would have rolled down in last few months.....The selection committee has now in a very peculiar situation, like a puppy trying to catch its own tale.............going in circles....

  • Maxyboy_123 on December 9, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    All wrong. The only way to freshen up this team is drop Shewag, Gambhir and rest Dhoni.

  • Cricketfan101 on December 9, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    teach these guys that no one is actually bigger than the team

  • SomeoneGaveBackMyLungi on December 9, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Why would anyone in their right mind pick Ravindra Jadeja? I don't know if this is a joke or they are actually considering him to be better than consistent performers with sound technique like Manoj Tiwary and Rohit Sharma. The guy makes three triples in flat as decks against listless bowling doesnt make him any good. The guy struggled to get the ball away from the square in Australia. He played more like a number 10 than a specialist batsman, just blindly taking a swipe. Manoj Tiwary deserved this chance and the selectors have bluffed it again. I can't believe this. BCCI has een very unfair to Manoj, in ODIs and now Tests as well.

  • AshishHande on December 9, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Fast bowling attack going to became terrible as India's best bowler is dropped & Ishant is still in the team. Also question is who will make to team between Rahane & Jadeja. Awana will be sure for fis debut having only two pacers in the team.

  • satish_XI on December 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    This is how it has to be done..picking the individuals on the merits/ recent performances., at the same time not creating too much of imbalance in the team making too many drastic changes series to series !!!!

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Good that Yuvi & Bhajji were dropped... but, Ravindra Jadeja & Piyush Chawla are not the right replacements. Jadeja is not good enough for tests and Piyush Chawla has not done well in the past. Manoj Tiwari & Amit Mishra should have been selected.

  • donivt on December 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    in my view badrinath is best choice in the middle order and also selecters should have rested sachin and dhoni..........

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar retained his Test spot.what kind of statement is this one?

  • usernames on December 9, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Rahane, Pujara, Sehwag, Kohli, Tendulkar, Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhoni, Awana, Dinda, Ojha is the best team out of these people. The two most dogged batsmen to open the innings, followed by the two who can accelerate and then the two other guys one of whom has the experience and the other current form and flair. This squad gives you a lot of options in terms of bowling as well. I'm surprised they would include Gambhir and Ishant though, also Chawla over Mishra. Okay selection overall.

  • here2rock on December 9, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Why Gautam Gambhir, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishant Sharma still in the side? A total disgrace by the selectors. Why Amit Mishra not in the side? The keep picking players with no reliability.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    why not considering amit misra??

  • Wexfordwonder on December 9, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Sachin needs to see the light just like Ponting did. He is no longer an asset to the team.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    A wrong step in the right direction. Shocking to see Piyush Chawla back in the mix- apart from strengthening the lower order batting, don't see him making any difference to the bowling. Akshay Darekar might have been a bolder option. Also, what more does Pankaj Singh need to do to deserve a call-up?

  • Heisenburg on December 9, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Good too see some no nonsense selections, I know Jadeja has been bad in limited overs, but looking at his stats he's more of a test player, bit harsh on Yuvraj but good moves all round. Nice to see Zaheer gone too.

  • inthewild777 on December 9, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Virat Kohil also deserve to be dropped.....he might be india future captain but right now we need to protect our present status ...

  • SamRoy on December 9, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Good but not good enough. Why not Dhoni and Tendulkar as well? Certainly Tendulkar needs to be dropped for life and Dhoni is useless as test captain. Oh and Sehwag needs to retire from tests because of poor fitness. I would be delighted if Gambhir is temporaily dropped to regain form in first class cricket.

  • ANSH.JAIN on December 9, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Gud actions taken but missed one and dat is removing Dhoni from captaincy...

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Good stuff, but still not understand why gambhir is in the team, and why not amit mishra/rahul sharma as leggie ?

  • satish_XI on December 9, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    good selection.. however, a 13 member squad would have done for the only test match .. no point of getting in to the squad and warming the bench, instead they could have some match practice in ranjis !!

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    long time coming for zaheer

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    happy except with the inclusion of jaddu instead of consistent tiwary

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    why they had removed yuvraj

  • Cricketfan101 on December 9, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    it is an improvement at least from from previous selections and there showing some guts for once

  • WEXI on December 9, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Good Changes But I think insted of Awana.Pankaj Singh of Rajasthan should have been given the chance.Actually he should have been in place as Yadav was Out.He has done very good job for his side and he got only one chance that to in Australia.He deserve another chance.Let see how much dose it effect to the result of the series as the Triple Centuren Jadeja has Joined the Squad and he is Our Skippers Favourite Player. So i think now our Captain have all the players which he needed.So lets wait for Nagpur Test.

  • zero_knowledge on December 9, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    when will sachin be dropped and who has the guts to do it?

  • Rajeshj on December 9, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    There you go, my boys... selection that defies any logic.. looks like Chika was far better than Sandeep Patil... so Dhoni has got his favourite boys (Jadeja and Chawla) back into the Test squad... can you believe it... I don't think anyone thought they were test material... pathetic... what happened to Tiwary, Rohit and Praveen??? ... this is a damn stupid selection... I think we need to get rid of Dhoni as captain for playing it so low in terms of team selection.. he appears to be the chief culprit for India's decline..

  • Pushan001 on December 9, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Ishant Sharma still retains his place?

  • Sanjayascc52 on December 9, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Good time to move on lets give the other guys a chance even though I wouldn't have gone for Jadaja or chawla but better do something than nothing.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Please drop Zak, Yuvi and Bhajji forever....

  • SUNDHUR on December 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Why was Suresh Raina not considered while dropping Yuvraj? His skills and experience combined with opportunity provided to play tests will strengthen the Indian test team. As Rahul Dravid mentioned, 'good' cricketers in the team should evevate themselves to 'great' players and opporunties such as this will help create a solid test team for the future.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    No one was expecting the little master to be dropped. For god's sake, he was the top scorer in the first innings.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Now, whats the point in keeping Dhoni as a Test Player? is it coz once upon a time he was a good ODI player? . Zaheers exclusion for sure is a brave step up ahead.Now whom will piyush replace? Rahane might not play again , or will he? Jadeja for sure cant replace anybody in this team, so why he? Indian selectors always pose questions rather than wriing down answers on a clean whote sheet! as always - dissapointment!

  • aravabalaji on December 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    And they conveniently forget Badrinath. But for Yuvi & Raina hypes, Badri would have had a decent career. The likes of Piyush Chawla get repeated chances without doing anything. No doubt Rohit will get Test call up. With due credit to Jadeja, one cannot be carried away with his triple centuries in flat tracks against weak attacks. When Sachin goes out, Badrinath is the man to look for.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    hahahah Bhajji was anyways not going to make in team,,big question is that will Jadeja replace yuvi in final 11?? Does dhoni willing to take piyush and make sit Ojha or Ashwin???

  • jimbond on December 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Should have been done at the beginning of the series itself. Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj were not fit and Harbajan was included for dubious reasons. These are the least of the changes that could have been made. Awana is a useful inclusion, so is Jadeja. I am not sure about Chawla. At least he is different from the others, and maybe he wont be included in the 11.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    very strange selection, if you are looking at this series only and dropped Yuvi than Virat should also be dropped. Ravinder Jedaja is in test squad is a joke. dear selector he is not gonna play against railways or Maharashtra where he can score 300, its England team. Good luck team india, look like 3-1 or if india save next test match its big acheivement for india.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    I think it's a good move. Jadeja has just scored a triple ton and is in good form. I only question the selection of Chawla, never seen him do anything good. Why not Amit Mishra or Rahul Sharma?

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I guess Yuvraj has been a bait there as selectors had to drop somebody. He performed well in the first test, failed in the second(Only pujara performed well in that match) and scored 32 in the first innings of this test which was again fourth highest. So he scored more than Kohli, Dhoni etc. And Harbhajan as he took 2 wickets in Mumbai whereas bowled very less overs than ashwin and ojha. MISHRA should had been a better choice as he is performing better in Ranji than chawla. Last why has been freaking VIJAY in the team. This guy is useless and has no technique. Instead someone like ROHIT should have given a go.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Nice To See Youngsters Like Ravindra Jadeja And Parwinder Awana in The Test Squad...........

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    i think irfan pathan also shuld be come back the bowling department and virat kohli rest rahane come in replace virat , ashwin come the batting order no 5 or 6 so best of luck by team india

  • sony_sr on December 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Oh no! The best 6th bowler in the world dropped!!! May be you are joking :)

  • Gurram on December 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Wish this article is 20 days old so that one or two tests would have been different for India.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    plz call up rohit shrama droop murli vijay

  • Prabh_Hundal on December 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    whr is Monoj Tiwary ,uday kaul, sandeep sharma, harmeet singh,pankaj singh etc. only sir Ravindra Jadeja will get chance because he is dhoni fav. harmeet singh is better spinner then piyush chawla feel for M Tiwary, Pankaj Singh, Rahane. Rahane being in team still will not get chance(sitting out for 4 test in row) Does Sachin ,Ishant deserves a place in the team Dhoni said he will won't quit captancy because he know he when he quit's then he will be first to kicked out of team england will win 3-1 All hail great A.Cook

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Pathetic..... I guess Manoj Tiwary, Wridhhiman Saha and Ashok Dinda will now have to wear "Super Hero" costumes going forward for selectors and other BCCI administrator in order to take notice of them and to seriously consider their claims... This is the last resort which comes to my mind. Some people are born lucky and certainly "Piyush Chawla" is one of them. God knows in which ascendant he was born..... Is there no other player in India.. Does getting a chance to play for India has become so cheap and readily available. No one know for sure.. But one thing is for sure.. Worse is yet to come.......... God Bless BCCI, Mr. Srinivasan and his "adopted" son.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Gambhir(final chance), Sehwag, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahaane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Sharma, Ojha, Awana

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Its a shame that Yuvraj was dropped, really, BCCI does not have a future 10 years from now, if its performance, Kohli, Tendulkar[can take an exception] and most of all Dhoni should be dropped. I now feel happy, that India will loose the series because of wrong selection and dominance of wrong Dhoni.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Cosmetic changes when major amputation is required. Selectors dont have the guts to drop sachin, sehwag or gambhir. Ravindra is the Graeme Hick of Indian cricket - heavy scorer in domestic cricket but not good enough for test cricket. As an Indian cricket fan I hope we lose this series 1-3, because the board and the administrators need this dose.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Pankaj Singh ignored yet again......did we really lost bcz of underperformimg Zaheer, Harbhjaan, Yuvraj...???????????..i think it was a batting failure...Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Kohli....Dhoni....atleast one of the senior guys could have been dropped ....Jadejas inclusion is a welcome move...he is a better bowler than yuvraj singh....and can bat better.....

  • gestapo on December 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    ravindra jadeja for tests? OMG!!!! SAVE THE TEAM

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    The fact that Dhoni's getting a free pass is despicable. His performance over the last year with the bat has been appalling (then again, he's never been the greatest Test batsman), his captaincy isn't aggressive enough, and he has favourites in the team he refuses to look beyond. Gambhir and Sehwag have consistently failed for some time now as a pair, and it should certainly be time to give Rahane a go and perhaps push one of Sehwag/Gambhir to the middie order. Removing Zaheer was a good move though. He's aged and he no longer has the bag of tricks he did a few years back to make up for pace. I'd have liked to try Irfan though. He seems to be getting back into the one-day frame. He'd also lend more balance to the team. I'd prefer him ahead of Ishant, and if he could come in at 8, we'd have an extremely strong batting order with Ashwin at 9.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Still some changes were needed... Manoj Tiwary and Varun Aaron and Rahul Sharma can does well inplace of I. Sharma, Jadeja, and Awana.... Drop careless Sehwag too. Good Luck Team India.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 9, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    A good start BUT there is more work to be done here. Change of personnel is only half the job done; now it's down to work ethics, fitness, proper planning, scheduling and sincerity in order to put Indian test cricket back where it belongs - at the top. It won't happen any time soon, but as long as the team is willing to take responsibility and accept failures as opposed to self denial, then it will work wonders for them in the long run. However, Dhoni and Fletcher have a lot to discuss before Nagpur. There is the question of dropping Sehwag down the order in order to accommodate Rahane who is a quality batsman. Also, the matter of selecting Jadeja ! What will his role be in this side ? Too many things to ponder for fans and team management alike.

  • hairavi01 on December 9, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Finally BCCI started some thing.. how about Dhoni.. , he is also not doing enough with bat.. not able to motivate team.. and i don't know what BCCI achieved...

  • katsunn on December 9, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    FINALLY!!! this shows real guts from the sandip patil selection committee...not pursuing with the old guns to get the same result. Hopefully now they reward form instead of legacy...

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    droping yuvraj is nt a good idea..,kohli shd hv been droped..!

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Congratulation Piyush,Parvinder and Jadeja...........

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary& Dinda shoud also be getting it soon, Hope this transition is long term oriented

  • Bruisers on December 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Finally Awana gets a chance :) Hopefully he gets to play instead of Ishant

  • thedreamer on December 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    India loses the Nagpur Test, and the series to England 1-3.

  • veeracho on December 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Piyush Chawla...?! really?! You guys must be joking!

  • nkoch on December 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Jadeja in test team? Are you kidding me? Bunch of jokers are back.

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Jadeja seriously ... No Tiwary again ...

  • Tlotoxl on December 9, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    So Zaheer Khan is one of the best 6 bowlers in the world and just coning into form according to the bowling coach is dropped, LOL!

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  • Tlotoxl on December 9, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    So Zaheer Khan is one of the best 6 bowlers in the world and just coning into form according to the bowling coach is dropped, LOL!

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Jadeja seriously ... No Tiwary again ...

  • nkoch on December 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Jadeja in test team? Are you kidding me? Bunch of jokers are back.

  • veeracho on December 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Piyush Chawla...?! really?! You guys must be joking!

  • thedreamer on December 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    India loses the Nagpur Test, and the series to England 1-3.

  • Bruisers on December 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Finally Awana gets a chance :) Hopefully he gets to play instead of Ishant

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary& Dinda shoud also be getting it soon, Hope this transition is long term oriented

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Congratulation Piyush,Parvinder and Jadeja...........

  • on December 9, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    droping yuvraj is nt a good idea..,kohli shd hv been droped..!

  • katsunn on December 9, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    FINALLY!!! this shows real guts from the sandip patil selection committee...not pursuing with the old guns to get the same result. Hopefully now they reward form instead of legacy...