England in India 2012-13 January 19, 2013

India retain squad for last two ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

India have retained the squad that took a 2-1 series lead against England for the last two one-dayers in Mohali and Dharamsala. Manoj Tiwary, who said he had recovered from a side strain, was not picked.

The matches are on January 23 and 27, and the last ODI clashes with the final of the Ranji Trophy, which runs from January 26 to 30. Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja are the players who could be involved in that game if their domestic teams make it through the semi-finals.

After narrowly losing the first ODI, a high-scoring contest in Rajkot, India bounced back to beat England comprehensively in Kochi and Ranchi, by margins of 127 runs and seven wickets respectively.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Shami Ahmed.

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  • Sriram on January 22, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    What is the purpose of retaining Pujara and Rohit when the country's elite domestic FINAL needs the best players playing to make it appealing to public. A Pujara, Rohit, SRT etc will attract crowds and will enhace the quality of a Ranji final. BCCI is known for its adamancy and ego, but this is purely nonsencical. I would also have let GG warm bench just to test Dhawan in such conditions. He has been in pristine form and if you dont draft him now, we may loose him as a player. Otherwise i see all others being retained.

  • Vivek on January 22, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Rahane deserves a long run in ODI's....along with Tests....he's surely one of the most talented batsmen we have, the BOARD has suddenly forgotten MANOJ TIWARY....while selecting teams for ODI's I hope that players like MANISH PANDEY, ISHANK JAGGI, SAURABH TIWARY could have been drafted...since we are preparing team for WC2015, Sehwag, Zak, Gambhir doesn't fill in it...CHAND or DHAWAN could have been selected as an opener in place of GAMBHIR....similarly in fast bowling deptt...YADAV should be our leader with AARON,SHAMI,BHUVI,SIDDHARTH KAUL,PANKAJ as the other bowlers...ISHANT needs to play domestic cricket first to sharpen his bowling, while DINDA is good for T20's....but a big NO NO for ODI's unless he fixes his short bowling problem. Since the WC2015 is outside of SC then I think IRFAN or RISHI DHAWAN as an seaming allrounder can play better roles than R Jadeja with ASHWIN & BHUVI as bowling allrounders.

  • Asker on January 22, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Well reading the comments here and from my playing experience and watching and analysing games, i find most people here are missing crucial and critical points when they talk about WC 2015 team build up. I dont think any of this guys can make it to the WC 2015, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj,Zak, Bhajji, Munaf due to age,fitness and form. Right now purely on form or potential these players are a certainty unless something untoward happens like injuries, lack of form or personal issues, they are Virat, Raina, MSD,Ashwin, Bhuwaneshwar, Shami, Jadeja. That leaves 10 spots to be filled. openers most likely Unmukt, Rayudu, Mukund. middle order Pujara, Raina, Rahane, Kohli,Uthapa WK- MSD, DK Pace- Bhuwaneshwar, shami, irfan, Kamran/abu nechim, Umesh/Aron/Mithun Spin- Ashwin, Rahul, Nadeem Allrounder-Jadeja, Aparajitha. Most people will be wondering why i am not including Rohit or Ishant/Dinda because rohit has been tested time and again without much success and same with Ishant and Dinda

  • ADARSH on January 21, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Dont question about the form of rahane. he was in a sublime for RR in Ipl. since he dint play ranji and was heatng the benches for long, He lost his best touch in batting. He can play well. Drop Rohit and ask him to play well in ranjis. He is being pampered a lot despite of his bad form. Good to watch jadeja playng well. hope he will b consistent in all the matches. v cant say a batsman is out of form if he is out for fewer runs in few matches and cnt say a batsman is in form if he hits 100 in one match. Pressure, situations,conditions matter.

    Right now what im thinking is that only Dhoni,Bhuvaneshwar, Yuvi and Raina are in gud touch. kohli, jadeja and ashwin are in avg. form Ishanth and Gambhir are in poor form..

  • SRINIVASAN on January 21, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Dropping VIRU is certainly a bad move considering the fact that even he scores 25 odd runs, he sets the tone upfront and spil the bowlers rythm. Still, one can understand that we are building young team for 2015 world cup and hence sehwag has to be axed. But what is the logic behind retaining gambhir who has not scored a century in test cricket in the last 3 years, who cannot play short pitched deliveries, who does not have any character of an opener. What will he do in the WC 2015 hosted by Aus and NZ where the conditions are totally different from our pitches? Like many, I am perturbed and not convinced in Gambhir's stay in the team

  • Anish on January 21, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @penagamuri - enlight me what flaws you see in Rahane and what spark you see in Rohit... apart from the elegance of shots..... Rohit played 80+ ODIs and you still want to give him chance....

  • Gopalarathnam on January 21, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    No one seems to have noticed that during the course of the 3rd ODI match against England at Ranchi (1st match) Kohli became the fastest Indian to score 4000 runs in ODI leaving behind Ganguly and Tendulkar. He could have been the fastest batsmen beating great Viv Richards, if he had cared more for his shot selections.

    Record link - http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283157.html

  • Birsha on January 20, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Pujara should be released to play the Ranji final if he's not included in the top 11. Same with Rohit Sharma if mumbai go through. Indian cricket would benefit more from them playing a ranji final than warming a bench and carrying drinks out. Pointless having such a big squad for a home series when there is first class cricket going on.

  • Sai on January 20, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    I have always believed Rahane as domestic blitz. He dosent have that spark that you will notice immediately. No matter how many chances you give to rahane mark my words he not an international material. He has so many obvious flaws in his technique. So who ever supported rahane's inclusion face this face-palm moment. Thats why dhoni persisted with Rohit because any one who can understand cricket will see the spark he possess and its a very very rare trait. It agonizes me when people become ignorant and put young players under tremendous pressure to perform. I personally think sehwag should have been replaced by Chand. Bring in chand with gambhir and include pujara in place of jadeja. My ideal ODI team would be Chand, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvi, Pujara,Raina,Msd, irfan, Ashwin, shami/ishant,bkumar. This team is perfect combination of right and left handed,Swing and seam bowler,with yuvi as the fifth bowling options..

  • Tough on January 20, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Sehwag shouldn't have been dropeed in the frist place. Gambhir shows the stats all the time and retains his place in the side..to me, the greatest sin a batsman can make is to get set and then get out..gambhir has been doing this for a long time and the fact that he hasn't scored a test century for 3 years despite having a decent average is evidence for that. Sehwag is a different scenario altogether. People who apply stats and look at his recent run of form are missing the point. Here is a man who has scored the highest individual score in ODIs and can score double hundreds in ODIs and triple hundreds in tests regardless of the form he's in..why would you drop him when the team as a batting unit has been out of from since the world cup win?

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