England in India 2012-13

India retain squad for last two ODIs

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January 19, 2013

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Indians celebrate the first wicket, India v England, 3rd ODI, Ranchi, January 19, 2013
India have kept the same personnel for the remaining games against England © BCCI
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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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Posted by CricketMaan 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.

Posted by Vivek_Singh3089 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.

Posted by US_Indian 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

Posted by ADARSH100 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..

Posted by SRIDWI 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

Posted by AnishRPatel 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....

Posted by GopalarathnamS 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

Posted by z0mbiezom 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.

Posted by penagamuri 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..

Posted by Toughvertigo 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?

Posted by indians_always_rock on (January 20, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

During india v/s pak series,i heard lot of fans suggesting to replace sehwag or gambhir and bring rahane or any other opener in place of these two's but then they see rahane poor form with bat and suggesting to give pujara a chance in place of rahane,this shows our mentality if a player doesn't make runs in 1 or 2 matches drop that player and bring a newbie,atleast give sum more chances to rahane or any other player who is not currently performing to justify thier place and still if they doesn't perform then give chances to others guys.

Posted by akashchandran on (January 20, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Ajinkya Rahane was in very good batting form when he was selected for the Test squad. Now after sitting out in all the Test matches and having missed most of the action in the Ranji Trophy he appears to have lost a bit of batting form. So if he fails in the 4th match on 23rd also it will be appropriate and do him good if he is allowed to play the Ranji Trophy final from 26th and then play him in the Test series against Australia. Rahane should not face the same situation as Rohit Sharma who got a long run in ODIs when he was not in form and then on the basis of ODI performance was dropped from the Test team.

Posted by tanxi on (January 20, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Drastic changes won't bring out success!!!!

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 20, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Kept hearing about rahane from past 2 years lol he is just club level. Gatum is a finished product. Kohli can only bat on flat tracks. Time for india to bring new talent in. Beating this english side is not difficult even bangla can do it. I predict england to bounce back.

Posted by Dalena on (January 20, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Viru shud have got chance for last 2 ODIS ..ppl wanted Rahane in for Sehwag see wat happened. . Rahane couldn even bat properly in batting pitch n normal bowling by english team. . for sure he cant face pak bowlers. . . anywayz viru was in form ,he played domestic t20 n bashed 48 off 26 balls recently. . God Save INDIAN team From Politics!!! Hope Viru will play Champ trophy in england . .

Posted by Darshi007 on (January 20, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

To be honest I didn't expect Ishant to be retained after the horrible show in the 1st 2 ODI's. I guess decent shows in the ODI's before that against Pakistan saved his place. Gambhir could have been rested for the final 2 ODI's and Pujara could have been given an opportunity as an opener. Gambhir is a world class player but is struggling with lack of self-confidence these days. With the development of Bhuvi and Shami, I expected the selectors to blood either Ishwar Pandey or Sidharth Kaul instead of Ishant. How Rohit still retains his place with Manoj being fit is a big question mark though the assuring fact is he won't be playing any games. If India wins the 4th ODI it should release Pujara/Rahane (depending upon whom they decide to play) and Rohit for the Ranji finals.(Jadeja might feature in the playing XI, not possible to release him) A squad of 13 is enough for a single game.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 20, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Agree with @Jose Puliampatta - Veeru Say-whack may no more whack much in ODIs. Gambhir has become a 'gambhir samasya' with his 'poke, poke,poke... aree bhai poke" routine. There should be no place in the Indian team for the flat track bully and the poker. Indian Selectors missed a trick by not selecting Dhawan and Mukund. Ishant Sharma does not belong in International cricket. Our Selectors should have rewarded Ishwar Pandey for his excellent performance in this year's Ranji Trophy by giving him a India cap.

Posted by womenlovecricket on (January 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

@ Rano Gill: Irfan Pathan is injured alongside Umesh Yadev. Those two will be back when India plays Australia. With Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadev, Ahmed and B.Kumar the Indian team have a pretty good fast bowling attack. Hopefully they will be at their best and provide India with the chance to win a test series.

Posted by PhaniBhaskar24 on (January 20, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

In last 5 Aus ODI's...Aus has 23 new players representing their Country in which Philip Hughes is regular..doesn't it show, Aus is willing to experiment keeping in view 2015 at their own yard..on the contrary..India despite continuous loses ( leave last 2 ODI's against England) at Test Level, ODI..we continue with the same squad with players continuing to play poor ( Gambhir, Ishant, to an Extent Rahane)..why not try players like Dhawan, Pujara so that they too get exposed..why just warm benches...results will be immediately forgotten if WC is retained..just for God sake..India just try something new

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 20, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

The fantastic news for England fans is that Stuart Broad couldn't make it to India in time because of the snow in UK. At least the England selectors can't make the silly, embarrassing decision to add him into the team now - where he'd bowl his usual short-pitched rubbish and go for 7 an over.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Drop Gambir & bring Sehwag

Posted by andrew27994 on (January 20, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

@Pradeep John Are you kidding me? India were the No.1 ODI side 3 years ago when the beat Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the Tri Nation series in Sri Lanka but that period was short lived.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (January 20, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

@Barry 91, as you told "even" jadeja can hit 300 centuries ,yes friend others can hit aswell but what happend?why they are not scoring? "if u drop sachin and u ask him to play ranji he easily can make hundreds no wonder why ..because most of the pitches are flat....." Dear friend with all respect to Sachin,he scored only 56 in the on going match against Services..that too in aflat pitch.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

what happen to irfan pathan they took him last year when england was in india why not take him instead of ishant sharma...he can bat as well....why they always forget him

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

@athira3 on (January 19 2013, 16:18 PM GMT), and @ kp_jersey on (January 19 2013, 17:31 PM GMT).

As K P Jersey said, my comments were just lighthearted observations of the current reality. Players like Sachin & Sehwag are heroes even for an old man like me. I can never forget Gambhir's contributions, especially in New Zealand's greentops and Yuvi's in various contexts like Kenya or Natwest Trophy finals in England, or the World Cup T-20 in SA, or World Cup 50-50 in India. I also have tremendous hopes on youngsters like Pujara, Rohit, Tiwari, Bhuvanesh, Shami, Dhawan and so on. I was trying to lighten the current disappointments (which is apparent in almost all my recent comments, in many of these columns) in a lighter vein. If I have, inadvertently hurt anyone's sentiments, my unreserved apologies.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

Indian Cricket Team - World No.1 in ODI

The "World Champions" Indian Cricket Team are World No.1 in ODI's for first time in History after beating England today and South Africa losing to New Zealand.

India has never been No.1 in ODI's. Previously, India had reached second spot in ODI rankings. They had been on No.1 in Tests but not in ODIs. India's best position of number two in ODI was achieved in July, 2009. However, they climbed to number two again in January 2012.

In the last 4 ODI matches. India has bowled out the opposite team 3 times under 160

England 3rd ODI - 155 all out England 2nd ODI - 158 all out Pakistan 3rd ODI - 157 all out

To bowl out the teams less than 160 in 3 times in last matches is awesome and they deserve No.1 status and this would give some breather to Captain Cool Dhoni after being thrashed in Tests.

Posted by cyberkingjk on (January 20, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

I dont think Why people are speaking about testing Rohit Strength... He has been already provided many opportunities. He is no more a new player. He is not a future prospect.

Posted by andrew27994 on (January 20, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

It's harsh to blame Dhoni for not giving chances to other players because since WC 2011 India have had a dreadful record as we are all aware of. So you can't expect him to take too many risks of making changes since India haven't been winning many matches. But I think now is the time for him to make the gutsy decision of dropping Gambhir because he clearly seems to be struggling with his technique. So replacing him with Pujara would be the ideal step. I think our bowlers have been terrific so he needn't make many changes but I would like to see Mishra get a match at least.

Posted by lonewarriorram on (January 20, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

Jeez Ishant and Gambhir still in team? Probably lack of runs from Rahane saved Gambhir. He is very lucky indeed. They should have replaced Ishtant with a new bowler. Also Rohit and pujara should be released from squad to play ranji finals if their team makes finals. Even Rahane too to gain some much needed time in the middle before Aussies series and replace him with inform Dhawan. This won't happen though. It makes no sense to have 15 member squad for home series.

Posted by Des_65 on (January 20, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

Other teams e.g. Australia always gives chances to domestic players (both batsmen & bowlers) in form when any foreign team visits Oz and they (domestic players) mostly do well. Why cannot India do the same? Why bench an in-form player especially when others are not doing well? Now suddenly all are in form. But, will they remain in good form for long time? A good player should play well at least 50% of the time on an average (in say about 10-20 matches) and not score heavily once in a blue moon and get selected for the rest 10-20 matches for this. See what happened to Rohit & Rahane and may happen to Pujara as well. Rohit & Rahane were selected based on their Ranji performance and have not yet played a single test match! Does Rahane open for Mumbai? Sehwag started as middle order player (4 down) in a test match is SA and scored 100.

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 20, 2013, 0:09 GMT)

The fact that England are 2-1 against a team as low a calibre as India; a team that has been found out and nonetheless obliterated by Australia. A team consisting of past their prime players (gambhir, yuvraj and sharma), completely untried and untested players (rahane, kumar and Ahmed) and two bits and pieces all rounders who can barely bat and barely bowl (jadeja and Raina). Well, atleast they aren't persisting with tendulkar and sehwag and atleast they're accepting the necessity to rebuild with newbies. But back onto england, the very idea that England are losing to India would be laughed at by many cricketing nations. This because of the objective and truthful fact of India being in their worst cricketing slumps for more than a decade and England being hilariously labeled by some of their own media and supporters as one of the greats. The fall from the world number one test team and from the team that won the ashes is more than just steady regression, it is an emphatic capitulation.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 19, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

Wow, so cos Ind now has a 2-1 lead some ppl want Ind not to focus on winning but on experiments.

Experimentation does not come naturally to the Ind team. We tend to do well in continuity and such experiments break it. Also, are we not already experimenting? We have B Kumar and Shami Ahmed in the team, we have Rahane in the team - how much do you want Dhoni to experiment? Do you want him to play with a rookie 11 altogether? May be Dhoni should drop himself too for the sake of these experiments.

Those who are calling for Pujara's debut and pinning too many hopes on him should 1st see how Rahane is doing. I am Pujara's fan too but I don't expect him to set the field on fire if and when he debuts. And he doesn't get a place in the team as of now when we got VK/YS/SR/MS in the team - none can be dropped.

Releasing Pujara is also not good. Imagine if VK or YK gets injured on match morning? We need a backup.

Posted by Rahul_Ah on (January 19, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

Reading the comments, I cant make sense of why some people think its Dhoni`s fault for leaving certain players on bench. Its quite simple. They are in squad.

He cant be expected to change a winning combination. That would be stupid. He knows what 11 he wants. But rules demand that he choose a squad of 15, so the rest of the 4 are there mainly for the injury issues that might arise. You don't expect to give games to everyone in squad.

He already chose his playing 11. And then he picked the next 4 he would want in his team, if his 11 cant play due to being injured or out of form. Every team i n the world does this. Though I agree its kinda stupid since we aren't in an overseas tour, so they should be let go for the Ranji finals, but still, its certainly not Dhoni`s or the selector`s fault.

Being in the squad just means, in case of an injury you got a much better chance of having a game compared to someone else not in the squad, which is what we all want for these players.

Posted by nyc_missile on (January 19, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

Ishant wickets were lucky and probably well timed too..he and Gambhir deserved to go..but I am glad Tiwary has not been picked because we all know MSD will bench him just like Rohit & Pujara.It is not worth his time,so he's better off playing domestic matches.

Even Rohit or Pujara if they've not been assured of their chances of playing one or both the next 2,must be released to play for their domestic teams.MSD is an awful selector,pathetic groomer of talent.This man if he stays for any length of time as captain,he will destroy many more young careers.Feel for them..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 19, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

Knowing MS Dhoni, I am sure he will stick to the SAME team in Mohali. He's always a 'safety first' captain. He will want to win the series at Mohali and then 'test' the bench strength for the final game. I am sure Rohit Sharma and Pujara will make it into the team at Dharamshala. Personally, I would like to see Gambhir dropped and Pujara to play in his place. Our bowling is settled for now with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed doing well. Ravindra Jadeja has finally justified his place as a utility cricketer. So the only changes should be the replacements for Pujara and Rohit.

Posted by Barry91 on (January 19, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Should release the players who aren't making it into playing 11..and most important no one should think pujara a or rahane are too good players please understand our domestic circuit is. Not tough it's soooo easy..even jadeja can hit 2 triple centuries even ajit Agarkar can hit a century ..our domestic circuit standard is below par..it's just average if u drop sachin and u ask him to play ranji he easily can make hundreds no wonder why ..because most of the pitches are flat.....I gO with selectors they know who can do wel who cannot..

Posted by bijuphilip on (January 19, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

Dinda ,irsanth should have gone insted of thivary and sreesanth Wait until austalia get here to assess jadeja. irfan should be in the trama

Posted by nyc_missile on (January 19, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

Kohli bashers,Dhoni fans where are you hiding? Also why retain Pujara and Rohit if they arent going to make it to XI..Dhoni as always sucks when it comes to selection of XI.Idiot Dhoni has lost his mind ..if not already!

Why bench quality players and make them lose touch & focus..Happened to Rahane & Rohit during Oz tour and also to Rahul for ODIs.This man Dhoni must be kicked out captaincy ASAP.Or he is going to destroy many young careers.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (January 19, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

Release Rohit Sharma, Pujara from the squad (should have done this before) and trim down the squad to 13 please. Let these kids play in Ranji.

Posted by tententen on (January 19, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Rohit has every right to be in the team, but saurashtra and mumbai have been robbed of pujara and rohit who are not even playing BCCI should consider releasing them for ranji fina

Posted by Nampally on (January 19, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

@AMAZINGFAN: I do not have anything against Dhoni but a lot against his XI selection & his total lack of empathy when he benches young talent, with almost childish glee for 10 matches in a row! Rahul Sharma was benched for nearly 20 games so much so you do not hear of him now. This is bad for Indian Cricket! Imagine if Tendulkar was benched for 10 matches in a row when he was a youngster - No one would have heard of SRT now. Pujara has a record comparable to SRT from his school & college days. How can anyone drop him when he is so much superior to any of the current top 5 batsmen? His record proves it. Fair enough, if Dhoni does not like him, at least release him from the XI & let him get his big score else where. Is Dhoni aftaid that if Pujara does get a ton in Ranji final, he will have egg all over his face? Benching a batting prodigy is bad. As for Mukund & Dhawan - both are in good form. Dhawan got a ton against the same England before the first ODI.Get the guys in-form in the XI.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (January 19, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Next two matches we should try Rohith - Pujara opening combination i think it is a good chance for both of them to establish in the Indian top order

Posted by binu.emiliya on (January 19, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Raina batted and fielded verry well in the last matches and sitll some indian fans want to drop him from the indian team. I don't know what they are thinking!

Posted by Prakmca on (January 19, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Surprised to see people who wants Raina, yuvraj to be dropped... Total nonsense. they are best to play attacking shots in the middle and they are contributing also.

Final chance for Rohit... Dhoni can test him once as Opener in one days. Any ways Rahane failed miserably in the last 4 outings.

There were some batsmen, who played well once they promoted to open the innings. Ex: Dilsan, Jayasurya, Greatbatch (Newzealand), Sehwag, Ganguly..etc the list goes on. Even our Sachin also in the same list. He dominated the world cricket and was nightmare for the bowlers. So out last chance to Rohit.... Will they send him as a opener????

Posted by RK.Chandru on (January 19, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Why Rohit is there in the team? I'd prefer Manoj Tiwari or Dinesh karthik coming in place of Rohit Sharma, M. Vijay or Shikar Dhawan in place of Ghambir and Sreesanth or pankaj in place of Ishant.

Posted by viyyer on (January 19, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

It is not great timing to play in Dharamsala. Minimums of -5 Celsius is not going to be easy for Indian team.

Posted by andrew27994 on (January 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Also I would prefer to see Jadeja bat ahead of Yuvraj, Dhoni and Raina because he can play 2 roles by batting at No.4. 1) He can shield them from the new ball in case of the fall of early wickets and, 2) India have better chances of securing even bigger totals with these guys taking control in the second half of the innings

Also we know that he runs very well batween the wickets so the scoreboard will keep ticking with him and Kohli in the top order.

Posted by andrew27994 on (January 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1 I somewhat disagree with your statement that Ashwin is not of the class of Swann and Ajmal. He definitely has the potential to reach that standard. But his main flaw is that he concentrates too much on variation instead of doing the basics what every bowler should do and that is bowl accurately. His line and length is too inconsistent for my liking and I realise it's because he thinks variations are the only way to get wickets. If he is consistent with his line and length just like Jadeja, then surely with his variations that we are all so familiar with, he can be a difficult customer to deal with.

Posted by kp_jersey on (January 19, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Dear athira3, Jose Pulimpatta's comments seem very lighthearted and not at all derogatory. Personally , I was in absolute stitches - very funny .

Posted by andrew27994 on (January 19, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

I think the only change they should have made in this squad is to replace Gambhir with another opener like Vijay or Dhawan. I would prefer the latter since he is left handed. Perhaps Mishra should be given an opportunity next match in place of Ashwin or Ishant.

Posted by andrew27994 on (January 19, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

@Indialover Couldn't agree with you more mate. The guy is in outstanding form at the moment and deserves an opportunity. Another guy who I think also deserves an opportunity in the shorter formats of the game is Shikhar Dhawan. I believe Dhawan should be a 1st choice T20I opener for India instead of Gambhir or Rahane because I think these guys should concentrate in Tests and ODIs and not T20Is.

Posted by here2rock on (January 19, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

India need to drop these players Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma. I

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (January 19, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

@jose puliampatta, its disgusting to read ur comments as it incorporates lots of abuse towards players who are just doing their job. They may not be good but how can you just manipulate their names. Will u be happy if people can jose pulipatta or jose pattikatam... I think u would enjoy it as guys like u only knows to mock others rather than mind there own business. As for the selection I believe Gambhir and ishant should have been dropped by introducing Ishwar Pandey and Sikhar Dhawan.

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 19, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

What is the point in having Yuvi in the team when he is not allowed to bowl. Dhoni gives Yuvi's overs to jadeja just to prove his selection. There is no need of having both Yuvi n jadeja in the team. Drop one of them and being in Pujara or just release him to play in Ranji. This stupid Dhoni is doing the same thing that he did with Manoj.

Posted by bulldo on (January 19, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Why are we making Pujara stay with the team when his state needs him??

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 19, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

@ Nampally,why so much hate on dhoni man????most indian fans called for kohli's head when he performed badly in the first two test in aus but it was dhoni who had confidence on kohli's ability and retained him for the third test at WACA....we know what happend after that,don't u remember it...what will u say if ur prefered openers mukund and dhawan fails when they get chance,will u still persist with or will u come with another names....whenever dhoni gives chance to youngsters,he will give them a fair run....

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 19, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

don't know why people still criticise jadeja,ashwin,ishant etc who performed well in this match....if anyone needs to be dropped it's certainly gambhir(he shud have been dropped after aus series) and rahane(over-rated and will not succeed at international level with his flawed technique)....i'm happy for kohli,when he is in form dhoni's workload gets reduced,yuvraj need to strike big and he shudn't be satisfied with getting starts....and great performance from buvaneshwar and shami,i think yadav,buvaneshwar and shami will be great fast bowling attack....where is yadav btw???is he still suffering from injury......

Posted by Thandi77 on (January 19, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Gambhir is very lucky to have kept his place, but hopefully will still be dropped from starting 11 with Pujara coming in to open with Rahane, to whom selectors should give an extended run in the team. In the middle order I hope Rohit Sharma gets another chance as I think he is a quality batsmen. I'm still not sure of Jadeja as an international no. 7 batsmen (1 innings hasn't convinced me) but he has bowled well though, with both Pathan's out injured there's not much competition for him. Spin bowling disappointed that Ashwin hasn't been rested, I'd give Mishra a go and I would have brought Harbhajan back as there's no other quality spinners. Pace bowling wise India desperately need Yadav & Aaron back. I take it they are both still injured? Can anyone shed some light on this?

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

For a certain friend who wrote here about Sreesanth. Sree has come back from injury and he has played three Ranji matches and has taken wickets in all of them with a best of 4/28. Then he was selected in the India A squad against England and took Kevin Pietersen's wicket and ended up with figures of 1/16 off 7overs. Sreesanth was not picked to play against England but he was invited by the Indian team management to bowl against the Indian batsmen at Kochi during practice to assess his fitness. There is no doubt that Sreesanth is in the scheme of things and he will be selected for the test matches against Australia.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

ohhh same team . yes its a winning combination. should had relived Rohit , pujara,and Rahane from ODI duties and tried out shikher dhavan or murali vijay and in bowling unit any other off spinner. kesav koundinya

Posted by Indialover on (January 19, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

M vijay should get a chance as an opener, both the openers r shakky when the ball is moving around.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

We Indians seem to be pretty good in giving "names' to our cricketers'. Nohit Sharma is not hitting sitting on the bench, Stichin Centurkar decided not to stitch any more centuries at least in this format. Brat Kohli came back home today, after wandering around outside for a while. Yuvraj grew very fast from Prince to King and now needing courtesans to lift him up form the ground -- that was quite fast 'growth'.

Our best opening pair for long disintegrated. Veeru Say-wack may no more say or wack much in ODIs. Gambhir has become a 'gambhir samasya' with his 'poke, poke,poke... aree bhai poke" routine. Rahane is gradually becoming a permanent 'rahanewala' for the opening slot, abanded by the Doc Fletcher, who was imported with the idea of helping young talented players to correct their technical flaws. Pujara is ready to do the Puja, at any time of the day or occasion, but he is not allowed to do even the 'Kakada Arati" as Sunny Gavaskar, Sastry ,or Manjrekar might say. I got run out. .

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 19, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

This is typical of BCCI - live on past glories - don't think about the future. They should have given chances to youngsters who did well in Ranji Trophy. They should have picked Ishwar Pandey or Siddarth Kaul instead of Ishant Sharma. Same thing with Gambhir - they should have picked in-form Dhawan instead of Gambhir. It's also time to look for a new spinner - Ashwin is not in the class of Ajmal or Swann.

Posted by Nampally on (January 19, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

I was expecting 5 changes to the squad. First & foremost , please release Pujara & Rohit Sharma so that they can play for their states in the Ranji Trophy Finals. These 2 guys are just satisfying Dhoni's ego & his delight in benching them!. This is how India wastes its talent by breaking the hearts of youngsters on the Bench. It is no delight for any youngster to sit & watch batsmen inferior to them in the XI. India should have tried Mukund & Dhawan as openers because of their great form this year. They missed another golden chance. Amongst the bowlers Nadeem is @ the top of my list along with J.Saxena & Sreesanth. All these 5 guys are not playing in the Ranji Trophy matches either. Keep these young guys playing & accumulating experience instead of satisfying Dhoni's egotistic delight of benching them.Unfortunately even the Selectors have the same non visionary delight in depriving India of developing a talented Future team.

Posted by statsindia on (January 19, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Ranji final clashing with 5th ODI either should be posponed or players for their team should be released. It is all known Rohit Sharma would never play in any ODI and he should have been playing for Mumbai. We dont need 15 players here. If I was Rohit I would have known i am not going to play and would preferred Ranji Semi . Same with Pujara. We should have Mumbai VS Saurashtra Final and what a game it would be if there is Sachin, Pujara, Jadeja, Rohit, Rahane a cracker game. I would have preferred this final rather than final ODI.

Posted by 504429641 on (January 19, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

c'mon guys, the playing 11 itself is not being changed (other 4 members out of the 15 squad are sitting idle); how can you except the selectors to change the squad and bring in new members??? that is too high expectation from bcci...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Ishant Shrama's two wickets were plain luck...had nothing to do with skilled/ clever bowling. Nothing to justify his retention, when we have young pacers like S.Kaul. When someone is red hot. that is when he should get a chance.

I can't understand why Gambhir continues; despite a long stay at the wicket, the performance wasn't convincing. Even some of his boundaries were from his customary suicidal pokes! Rahane has developed technical problems; frozen legs, bat divorcing pad and what not. His confidence also seems to have deserted him. Fletcher should be working overtime with Rahane, instead of sending him back to open in the next 2 ODIs. We have to try out new opening combinations. Many are waiting ... tried and discarded ones like Vijay, Mukund, Delhi Ranji team have two young openers raring to go. I would prefer at least one of the openers shold be in the Amla or Cook mold... there is no one better than Pujara to play that role.

Pujara is also a potential India Capitan. Play him.

Posted by statsindia on (January 19, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

I cannot believe many are looking for Sreesanth who has just come from major injury and has just played 1 Ranji Match. If any player on spotlight or in TV we always look for him. He just appeared in Kochi stadium and we now asking for him. Strange. Let him play some domestic match ...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

in the place of ashwin and rahane,ishant sharma they should give opportunity to manoj tiwary,amit mishra,vinay kumar

Posted by shrastogi on (January 19, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

No -changes in the squad was more or less expected. Manoj Tiwari though could have drafted in place of Rohit Sharma. Rahane is frittering away chances that he is getting. I believe in giving players a fair run but Dhoni should seriously conside opening with Pujara at Mohali if the pitch there assists bowlers.

Posted by indianpunter on (January 19, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Complacency is they key,when it comes to Indian cricket. 2 wins and "let's not change our winning combination" mindset sets in. If Gambhir/ Rohit and Ishant were replaced with Tiwary and Ishwar Pandey, the team would be better. Alas.. no such foresight. I might be berated for saying this, but Rahane does not look the part. Much hype and nothing to show for it.

Posted by gpindian on (January 19, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

It's not a bad decision for the selectors to retain the side. Changes should definitely be made, but not too soon. India has enough youngsters in the team, who still need to prove themselves. Sehwag has been dropped, hasn't he? You can't have 11 new guys in the team. :) so I think it's fine to continue with Gambhir etc and hope they find their form.

Posted by Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on (January 19, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

both yuvraj and raina will struggle at foreign pitches .....pujara could replace either of them if not the openers lol

Posted by pull_shot on (January 19, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

absolutely poor from india no future point of view.is aswin the only spinner for india, one new opener should be drafted in place of gambir who wont get any thing from playing this 2 odi and again failing,pujara should be given chance at any cost in place of yuvaraj,raina also no problem.no future plan at all.

Posted by StarHawk on (January 19, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

This was a good opportunity to try out Sreesanth. What has Ishant Sharma done to be retained? He does not even accept his mistakes. When asked during the mid-game interview about his performance in Rajkot, he said he didn't bowl badly. Instead, it was the flat pitch which caused his bowling figure to be so bad.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 19, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Would have dropped Ishant and Gambhir, and had given youngsters a chance.

Posted by RathishCochin on (January 19, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Why not there Sreesanth? Ishanth and Dinda not doing well there and selector can replace one of them...Also Rahane was out of touch need to play in domestic level to find his form..

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

We'll never develop bench strength and thereby a competitive squad when we play the same players game after game. It won't surprise me if they play Gambhir and Ishant in the final two ODIs too.

On a related note, I hope the last ODI doesn't clash with the Ranji Trophy Final because no-one should miss the Final while warming the bench. Quite frankly, both Pujara and Rohit Sharma should have been made available for the ongoing SFs.

Posted by ramli on (January 19, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Well ... 2 recent wins made selector's job easy ... changes can be expected only when we lose VERY badly ... until then ... Gambhirs will continue without disturbance

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