India v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Chennai

Exciting times for Indian selectors - Eric Simons

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December 9, 2010

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R Ashwin celebrates Brendon McCullum's wicket, India v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Bangalore, December 7, 2010
Eric Simons is impressed with the way R Ashwin and Parthiv Patel have grabbed their opportunities © AFP

Having sealed the series 4-0, India's bowling consultant Eric Simons has said the team planned to rest some of its key players for the fifth match against New Zealand. India played Praveen Kumar, Rohit Sharma and Saurabh Tiwary in the previous game in Bangalore, which meant that everyone in the 14-member squad had played at least once in the series.

"There are no injury concerns," Simons said. "No one is ruled out but if we don't play anybody tomorrow, it will be more of a precautionary measure because we leave for South Africa in a few days time. We are not experimenting, and will pick the best team we can."

India's young team has ticked most of the boxes during this series, giving the side strong momentum ahead of the World Cup. Yuvraj Singh's indifferent form with the bat, though, remains an area of concern. Despite getting starts in most games, he has managed only 78 runs in the series but Simons was not too bothered by the numbers.

"Yuvraj was under tremendous pressure the other day [in the fourth match] but his shot selection was pretty good," Simons said. "I am quite happy with the way he played. He was striking the ball pretty well. He is clearing the boundary with ease and that proves he is timing the ball well, and batting with confidence."

Simons was also full of praise for Yusuf Pathan, who forced his name into World Cup selection debates with a match-winning century in Bangalore. "Lots of people talk about Yusuf's power but what excited me more was his temperament between the boundaries," Simons said. "That is something he has added to his repertoire and augurs well for him as a number seven batsmen."

Apart from Yusuf, fringe players like Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Parthiv Patel and Rohit Sharma have also grabbed the opportunites that have come their way, and Simons said their performances could leave the selectors with too many choices.

"When the World Cup team is selected, a number of guys will be in contention because players are putting up their hands," he said. "It is a very exciting time for coaches and selectors. It is tremendous to see Parthiv Patel working hard for a place. It develops healthy competition among the entire squad. Ashwin has been very encouraging. He has different variations in his bowling which plays a key factor in the slog overs. I think he is moving forward with each performance."

Simons, however, admitted that the bowling in the end overs was still a worry for the side and that it would be one of the major focus areas leading up to the World Cup.

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Posted by AKG0479 on (December 11, 2010, 4:36 GMT)

cant understand why readers selecting their XI.. soo seriously.. it takes one match for any player in this country to become hero..n for those who say let India take on SA before tagging WC favorites pls realise that WC is being hosted in Ind-SL-BD. Y shud we need to clean sweap SA in SA.. ?? we have beat Aus, SA, Eng, WI, Pak, SL, NZ home & away (may be in bits n bytes) but I wud rather say that any country who can beat India in India shud be No. 1 n not vice versa as it still remains the biggest n unachieved challenge so far..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

dont knw...y everybody are excited so much aftr win over NZL..come on guys..same team got white washed against Bangladesh...really test is ahead SA...lets c if kohli can prove there...coz he havnt faced best bowling attacks yet..nw in present world of cricket..we dont hv bowlers whose caliber can be matched with wasim,waqar,glenn,gillespie,bichel, lee(in the earlier stages of his career),vaas,bond,donald,walsh, ambrose ..they just took the game to the next level...dont worry indian ptiches more of a batting will be run feast for all the best TEAM INDIA..DO WELL IN WC...SACHIN ALL HOPES ON YOU DONT WORRY EVEN IF U DONT GET WC FOR US..STILL U WILL BE GOD.

Posted by kv007 on (December 10, 2010, 17:43 GMT)

Here i would present my World cup Team member 1.Shewag 2.Sachin 3.Gambhir/kohli4.Raina5.Yuvi 6.Dhoni7.Yusuf pathan 8.Bajji/Aswin 9.Zaheer 10.Ashish Nehra/Praveen 11.Ishant/Munaf. viru:He is a kind of player who can do magics at any time with Ball & bat.Sachin : He is the most experience player also with great touch with bat who can strong the opening stand with his blaster innings.Reason for Gambhir/kohli : Both are batsman only. Reason for Raina : He is a match winner & quick Scorer also he can be used as a part time bowler Reason for Yuvi : He is a match winner & quick Scorer also he can be used as No.1 part time bowler.6.Dhoni-No comments abt dhoni, coz he's the captain, but he needs to back to his touch. 7. Yusuf- He is a hard hitter, but he need to show his consistency. His bowling is very good & he is our complete all-rounder.8.Bajji / Ashwin - both are good with ball 9.Zaheer-classy bowler with experience 10.nehra/praveen-both are bowlers 11. Both are support bowlers.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 17:27 GMT)

with yusuf india is gonnnnnnnnnna winnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Posted by simpleadmin on (December 10, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

@faizur rehman,,,If we pick this team as playing 11,we surely wont win one match would you play bhajji at 7???Its a joke of millenium...My WC Team would be,,,Playing 11 1)Sachin, 2)sehwag, 3)Gambhir, 4)Kohli,5)yuvi,6)Raina,7)Dhoni,8)Bhajji,9)Praveen,10)Zaheer,11)Sreeshant.Reserves are Ashwin,Nehra,Saurabh...

Posted by Crazy_cricketer on (December 10, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

Would like to hear from the selectors, who will be selecting the team.....

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

India beats NZ 5-0! That means India is likely going to be out of the World Cup in the first round. Indians are chokers. Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Bhajji, Yuvraj almost always flop in big and crucial games. India can win quantity of games but not the crucial quality games.

Posted by nataraajds on (December 10, 2010, 16:22 GMT)

What a show by young indians. congrats for the 5-0 clean sweep. Great comeback for parthiv patel with back to back 50. This young team without Dhoni, Sachin & Sehwag and key blowers Zaheer & Bajji did exceptionally well.. keep it up young boys.

i once again say, we must keep sending "B" team for frequent overseas tours like Aus , Eng, SA, NZ and WI to give them experience playing in different conditions.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 16:16 GMT)

I just hope they dont jinx the momentum...

Posted by anil1961 on (December 10, 2010, 15:57 GMT)

Yes,indeed selectors have very tough time ahead.Every one has performed exceptionally well and leaving question mark before the selectors whom they choose or whom they omitt from the world cup squad. But Saurbh TIwari is an ideal investment for the future.I don'tthink that Parthiv Patel should be in the squad despite his brilliant batting performence in last two ODI againest NewZeland as his work behind the stumps is still the weakest link.Well Done India ,Well Done Team India

Posted by ABTheSeclector on (December 10, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

My World Cup ODI Team would be - 1. V Sehwag 2. S Tendulkar 3. G Gambhir 4. Yuvraj Singh 5. V Kohli 6. M S Dhoni 7. Yusuf Pathan 8. H Singh 9. Zaher Khan 10. Munaf Patel 11. Ashish Nehra. I would keep Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, P Ojha & S Sresanth as the replacements. This way we have 3 openers, 4 regular bowlers with Yusuf, Sehwag & Yuvraj to chip in another 10-15 overs. In India you need blasters (like Yusuf/Dhoni/Raina/Yuvraj.. not to mention Sachin-Sehwag)with good bowlers to win matches and not dibbly dobbly bolwers (like Pravin-Vinay Kumar) or bits-pieces (R Jadeja) anymore.

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 10, 2010, 15:31 GMT)

Amazing performance by India hope they will keep continuing with this winning pattern. I think enough has been said by many here about the playing 11 so i would not want to add to that, although i wonder considering that sehwag, gautam and sachin all three are playing who would open along with sehwag. I prefer sehwag and gautam to open and bring sachin on one down cause the left right combination will make it harder for opposition bowlers.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 15:23 GMT)

When every one is posting their team, why not me, I am biggest follower of cricket in the world. These spots are fixed and has to select these players no matter what it is: 1. Sehwag 2. Tendulkar 3. Gambhir 4. Later on 5. Later on 6.Dhoni 7. Yosuf 8. Harbhajan 9. Zaheer 10. Praveen Kumar 11. Nehra

Spots 4 and 5 will be taken by any two of Kohli, Raina and Yvuraj who ever leftout will be 12th man. 13. Extra Batsmen--Rohit 14. Extra Spinner--Aswin 15. Extra pacer--Munaf/Ishant (very slim chance) 16. Reserve Keeper--Parthiv

For sure Tiwary, Dinesh Karthik, Ooja, Ravindra Jadeja and Sri Santh names may come to selection committe table but can not make the final cut.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 15:02 GMT)

the players might change...but the game doesnt...bowling at the death, a well settled middle order and consistent captaincy are all issues that india have to deal with.

Posted by Baundele on (December 10, 2010, 14:52 GMT)

my pick: 1)sehwag, 2)murali vijay, 3)pujara, 4)dravid, 5)uthappa, 6)raina, 7)dhoni, 8)amit mishra, 9)harbhajan, 10)Apam, 11) ishan sharma. stadby:tendulkar, gambhir, kohli, ganguly, laxman and zaheer. Also, Amish Saheba must be the umpire.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 14:52 GMT)

its good dat we have lotsa options availbale.If anyone underperforms we hav a good bench strength as backup!my playing eleven: 1.Virender Sehwag( u cant play without this man) 2.Sachin Tendulkar( are u kidding? dont look for reasons for nt selecting this YOUNG man!) 3.Gautam Gambhir( a talented young lad from delhi without whom you cannot win the WC) 4.Virat Kohli/Raina ( Kohli ahead of raina,toss up between those 2 guys.Raina can bowl which brings flexibilty to the team) 5.Yuvraj Singh (a match winner on his day and has some talent with the bowl.Can bring in something to the team) 6.Mahendra singh dhoni! ( \m/ CAPTAIN!) 7.Yusuf Pathan (strong with the bat.powerful hitter of the cricket bowl. can win single good with the bowl ) 8.Zaheer Khan ( the experienced man in the bowling dept. a world class bowler who uses his mind to good use to trick batsmen!) 9.Sreesanth (on his day he can be lethal) 10. *Confused* nehra/patel/praveen 11.Harbhajan/Ashwin (depends on trak)

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 14:41 GMT)

WORLDCUP WINNING TEAM: Sehwag, Ghambir, Kohli,Raina, Dhoni,Tendulkar, zaheer,nehra,praveen, harbhajan.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 14:36 GMT)

my pick for world cup 2011 will be 1) Shehwag2) Tendulker 3) Gambhir 4) Yuvraj 5)Dhoni 6)Y.Pathan 7)Harbhajan 8)R Ashwin 9)Zaheer khan 10)Praveen Kumar 11)Ashish Nehra and 5 others reserve players would be 1)Virat Kohli 2) Suresh Raina 3) Ishant Sharma 4) P.Patel 5) Munaf Patel Its very important how they gonna perform in South Africa as well though pitch and condition will be different but form of batsman will come up . I am not picking Kohli in 11 bcos Shehwag ,gambhir ,tendulker ,Yuvraj ,Dhoni and Yusuf in the team we dont really need like kohli.There must be one batsman like Yousuf Pathan in the team who can change the whole scenario of the match .I do have hope with Yuvraj Singh that he gonna perform well .Just he has to take his arrogance out of him. I am not agreed with someone that India doesn't have good bowling option.Having in the side Zaheer Khan ,Harbhajan and R Ashwin I don't think so that we are weak in this department

Posted by mahi678 on (December 10, 2010, 14:33 GMT)

I agree with you Kamal Kannan and Naren Virat. Nehra is not to the standard to play in the squad which want to lift the world cup. His bowling is not good at death and not reliable at start too. His fielding is not good. Even zaheer and bhajji field far better than nehra. Lets skip him out for the world cup. Best bet are zaheer, praveen and munaf. u can try on ishanth as well.

Posted by loung_singh on (December 10, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

@ asraruwant i like and totally agree wid ur playing xi as well as reserves....but i dnt agree wid u completely dat sri lanka and s africa r d only teams 2 challenge india..england currently and pakistan can also be dangerous on their 4 me australia is still d favorite ...bcoz they just take their game 2 another level in world cups..they r unbeaten in last two world cups nd even most experts also didnt back dem in 2007...australia r way above any other team in big clashes...remember 1999 ,2003,2007 final and evn semifinals in 2007..dey demolish evry opposition in big matches..and 2 add 2 dat dey also won chmps trophy widout mcgraths,haydens,gillys etc...dont write dem off so early

Posted by starjay on (December 10, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

I strongly feel Parthiv Patel should be included in the world cup squad based on his performances in the last 2 games against NZ. Wriddiman Saha is a decent player however he's still very green and needs a couple more seasons to really come under the selection scanner. In addition, Ravindra Jadeja should be removed simply because he's not really useful in any way given India already have good 5th bowlers in Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan. Apart from that the rest of the team automatically falls into place when the superstars arrive.

Posted by Kamalakantameher on (December 10, 2010, 14:09 GMT)

From now worldcup is within 3 months.Now it looks that if india nominates two odi teams in wc than both are capable to fight with others like recent against kiwis.So the team who has at least 8 stars enough to lift worldcup.If India perform their 100% then no one can stop frm winning wc.It is tough task to select 16 player for wc.My fav team will be 1.Sultan Sehwag 2.Great sachin 3.Bravy gambhir 4.Classy kohli 5.Supreme raina 6.King yuvraj 7.Cool dhoni 8.Turbo bhajji 9.Zehrila zahir 10.Lambu ishant and 11.Prabin pravin.We can replace yusuf for yuvi and aswin for bhajji according to situation.The other should be munaf,sreesanth and tiwary.I don't know all like this but it is my dream team.

Posted by BRSN on (December 10, 2010, 13:56 GMT)

I would also like to present my team : Main XI - sachin, shewag, gambhir, yuvraj, raina, dhoni, yusuf, bhajji, zaheer, nehra, praveen kumar.. Reserves - kohli, rohit, munaf, ashwin.. this would be a balanced team and stong reserves also.

Posted by xxxneilxxx on (December 10, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

Sehwag, Ghambir, Tendulkar, Kholi, Raina, Dhoni, Yusuf, Harbhajan, Praveen, Zaheer, Nehra.... think this is a better line up!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 13:54 GMT)

@ Saurav - Raina's failures? He has been more consistent than yuvraj in last couple of years.

Posted by LookForward on (December 10, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

First up, great news that India has won 5-0. It augurs well for the team that they are able to perform clean sweeps cause it strengthens their will to win every match for the country. And winning is always a good habit. But I have to agree to a few comments from my friends below. India is playing in favorable conditions against a team that is completely devoid of self confidence. The WC is a totally different ball game. And one of our key weak areas is bowling at the DEATH !! We have been consistently weak in the dept for years now, with glimpses of good performances now and then. We need to correct this, cause 1 bad game in the WC can negate all the hard work done previously. And the team, well most of the friends have been spot on. And I have to agree that Ravindra Jadeja is indeed a liability. His avgs. are very ordinary but more importantly he dosen't seem to possess the skill and talent to play at this level.... relatively speaking.

Posted by _Hawkeye_ on (December 10, 2010, 13:39 GMT)

Very impressive performance by Indian players. Its all about momentum for India in the WC. India should definitely have one of the better teams in terms of composition and strength. Hopefully this should help us win this World cup and give Sachin a great sendoff, the one he deserves.

Posted by bkraks21 on (December 10, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

@KaustavRoy - I agree with u. Robin is much better player than the over rated M. Vijay. But unfortunately he is not from TN so Mr. Chicha has overlooked him so far.

Posted by krishy on (December 10, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

Gr8 performance from India to lift the cup 5-0.. Another important thing to be noted is Yuvi is started to regain his form.. That would be gr8 plus for Indian side.. He is really a big match player and match winner.. Also inclusion of Rahul Dravid in the middle overs with these youngsters can really workwell.. Jammy's experience really helps and also he can guide the youngsters well in the middle overs. I should have Dravid at No 5 as specialist middle order player. He should be in the playing XI..

My Team would be: Viru, Sachin, Gauti, Yuvi, Dravid,MSD, Raina, Bhajji, Zak, Praveen and Ishanth.. Players to sit in the balcony: Ashwin, Munaf, Tiwary and Yusuf... ALL THE BEST INDIA!!!!!!!!!

Posted by bkraks21 on (December 10, 2010, 13:33 GMT)

@muski - Yuvraj is a better alrounder than Ashwin. Ashwin needs to prove himself and till now he is doing good but not gr88. Dont blow ur TN horns yet please. Think abt India.

Posted by bkraks21 on (December 10, 2010, 13:32 GMT)

people want dravid back. What a joke. I agree completely with what asraruwant says. I just hope Mr. Chica does not include too many TN players in the world cup. Ashwin is good but vijay is useless in one-dayers. He is fit only for IPL.

Posted by ms.arjun on (December 10, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

Finally..yuvraj is back to to his normal i have waited so long to write this sentence and am so happy to see him winning the man of the match award at chennai game. So then selectors do have the toughest call of their lives with so much bunch of talent. anywyas my 16 men squad would be, starting with playing 11. Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Harrbhajan, Praveen, Zaheer, Nehra & Y.Pathan, Ashwin, Rohit, Parthiv(reserve keeper), Sreesanth. These people should seal the places. With a batting depth upto 7th down and with yuvraj, raina, and sehwag's part time bowling options and four main stream bowlers and extremely talented bench strength I guess this would be close to the most perfect Indian team ever to enter a world cup. However only two guys are yet to find to their forms considering recent performances, Dhoni and Raina. But am sure they will come good right at time. The good news of all is Mr.R.Jadeja is finally out of consideration. Thank god.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 13:10 GMT)

Perfect Team for World Cup:Sachin, Sehwag, Ganbhir, Raina, Yuvraj,Kohli, Dhoni, Yusuf, Harbhajan, Praveen, Zaheer,Nehra SUB:Tiwary,Ashwin,Ojha,Uthhapa

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

Rite nw m very confused abt the best combination 4 india in the world cup... Guys like parthiv patel n tiwari r also performing hard.. Why the selectors neglecting ROBIN UTHAPPA.. He is in extremely good form.. He could be a trump card fo WC 2011.. I dnt knw whtz gng on wid d selectors..

The team could be like dis 1- Sehwag 2- Sachin 3- Gambhir 4- Raina/ Yuvraj 5- Kohli/Rohit 6-Pathan/ Tiwari 7- Dhona/Parthiv 8- Ashwin 9- Harbhajan 10- Nehra 11- Zaheer

M really wanna c ROBIN in this team.. Indian conditions r good for spinners.. india should go wid 2 specialized spinners.. Bhajji is also good wid teh bat.. M really excited for the WC..

My Fav for WC 2011-- 1-India ( As my heart is wid india ;-) ) 2- England ( In a lyf time good form) 3- Sri lanka ( dangerous in home condition)

W8 and Watch.......

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 12:53 GMT)

totally agree with asraruwant !! thats exactly what i was thinking .

Posted by ssm2407 on (December 10, 2010, 11:41 GMT)

Things have gone well for India in this series & certainly they are better prepared than for previous World cup campaigns. But one must remember this is a poor Kiwi side whom even Bangladesh brushed aside, so by no means should India get carried away. On paper our potential WC top 7 looks awesome (Sachin, Viru, Gambo, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina/Kohli, Yousef), but the selectors should experiment moving Bhaji up a place to accommodate another bowler, given his improving batting prowess! And more Jadeja!

Posted by muski on (December 10, 2010, 10:39 GMT)

@Vinjoy- talking of top quality attacks- where are the top quality bowlers in the world now- we can count them in one hand- Steyn, Anderson,Malinga. Iam afraid I cant think of anyone else . Therefore on that count we need not worry about how an untested commodity like Kohli fares in the world cup. To add to it, his confidence must be sky high given the huge bucks which RCB is paying for him in the IPL. I see him as the natural successor to MSD in the years to come. Hope he lives up to that reputation.

Posted by reddevil2005 on (December 10, 2010, 10:12 GMT)

This should be India's World cup playing XI 1) Sachin 2) Sehwag 3) Kohli 4) Raina 5) R.Sharma 6)Parthiv 7)Yousuf 8) Harbhajan 9) Zaheer 10) Ishant 11) Nehra. And on Subs Bench: Ashwin, Gambhir, Dravid, MSD, Munaf

Captain should be either Sehwag/Tendulkar

India should give a lot of chances to Parthiv Patel. His keeping and captaincy (he is the captain Gujarat Ranji Team) is much much better than MSD.

Posted by muski on (December 10, 2010, 10:07 GMT)

@Vinjoy- talking of top quality attacks- where are the top quality bowlers in the world now- we can count them in one hand- Steyn, Anderson,Malinga. Iam afraid I cant think of anyone else . Therefore on that count we need not worry about how an untested commodity like Kohli fares in the world cup. To add to it, his confidence must be sky high given the huge bucks which RCB is paying for him in the IPL. I see him as the natural successor to MSD in the years to come. Hope he lives up to that reputation.

Posted by anver777 on (December 10, 2010, 9:44 GMT)

For the moment"All IS WELL" for India !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by biru0326 on (December 10, 2010, 9:30 GMT)

I would like to say that with good teams like SA, AUS Virat Kohli cannot play big innings. For that we need Yuvraj Singh. So Yuvraj has high prference than Kohli for me. Indian team without Yuvraj in ODI for WC is meaningless. Also, I can't understand why jadeja is playing. He does not have power to clear grounds. He is "OK" for singles. Lets see how MSD plays. I have doubt on his capabilities. Yusuf Pathan cannot be selected for WC for just one big Inning. He has to prove himself time and again. Raina cannot play bouncer but Indian Pitch will suit his batting style. So, he is a must. Ishant Sharama cannot bowl well on Indian Pitch as he hits the deck hard, Indian pitches won't help him to bowl short in ODI. Sreesanth bowls better in Test Match than ODI. My team for world cup would be: 1> Sachin 2> sehwag 3> Gambhir 4> Yuvraj 5>Kohli 6> Raina 7> MSD 8> Harbhajan 9> Zaheer 10> Praveen 11> Nehra Sub: 1> Munaf 2> Sreesanth 3>Dinesh Karthik/ Parthiv 4> Rohit Sharma 5> Aswin

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

My team 1)Sehwag 2)Sachin 3)Gambhir 4)Yousuf 5)Raina 6)Dhoni 7)Irfan 8)Harbhajan 9)Praveen 10)Zaheer 11)Nehra. SUBs 12)Saurabh.T 13)Agarkar 14)Yuvraj 15)Ashwin

Posted by roopak_vats on (December 10, 2010, 9:21 GMT)

No Doubt, Domination of Australia is almost finished and Pakistan is facing one of the worst scenario in Cricket World. So it is the best time for INDIA to make a mark and same is doing by our Cricket Team. Yes On the Behalf of Jadeja, we should play with Yuvraj as a part time Bowler. If Sehwag and Raina can also bowl well then I think Jadeja should be dropped. We can't play with Tendulkar and Gambhir together. If they play then 1,2,3 & 4 spots will be filled by them with Virat and Sehwag. 7 is fixed for Sehwag, 8-11 for Bowlers, then who can join this Indian Squad, 2 spots and Yuvraj, Raina, Yusuf and Jadeja, then Rohit and Tiwary will have to wait. In Bowling department, Praveen, Zaheer and Harbhajan will fix their position and one can be variable in between Ashwin, Ishant and Munaf. So no Place for Vijay and Uthappa, No Place for Additional Wicket-keepar and spinner.

Gud luck India for WC2011.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 9:16 GMT)

Srilanka will win world cup 2011

Posted by asraruwant on (December 10, 2010, 8:53 GMT)

This should be Indias World cup playing XI 1) Sachin 2) Sehwag 3) Gambhir 4) Raina 5) Yuvraj 6) Dhoni 7) Yousuf 8) Harbhajan 9) Zaheer 10) Praveen 11) Nehra. India need Yuvraj, Raina and Yousuf to bowl 15 overs in each match coz they only have 4 frontline bowlers and thats just why I'll pick Yousuf instead of kohli becoz with sehwag,sachin,gambhir and raina in the team we dont really need kohli in the top 4. Atleast one of the 4 frontline bowlers is bound to have a bad day and thats why we need back up bowlers like yuvraj,raina, and Yousuf. My Extras will be Kohli, Rohit, Sreesanth, Muanf& Ashwin.That will be the total 16 man squad which shud be enough to win the world cup this time. Only 2 teams can stop india from winning this time and they are South africa and Srilanka. If india can tackle these 2 den it will win the world cup. India has the strongest batting lineup in the top 5 nations but also the weakest bowling lineup in the top 5. Lets just accept it, as it is a fact.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 8:37 GMT)

kick jadeja out....take dravid in. for a player who has been in so many partnerships and won so many games...scoring 10000+ runs....he was not given his due

Posted by muski on (December 10, 2010, 8:35 GMT)

@Kicha- Your dream team is almost same as mine excepting replacing Yuvi with Ahswin- we all know that Indian wickets can turn well and Ashwin could be potent as a fifth bowler. When you have 6 top class batsmen ( MSD included), to bring the balance in the side, we need 5 regular bowlers. Part timers can be good only on a given day. On a large platform like WC we cant take the risk with part timers. Yes- guys like Sehwag, Raina and even Sachin can rolls their arms if required to do so when one of the 5 regular bowlers have an off day. Unless Yuvi achieves something dramatic in the SA series in the ODI, I dont see him being a part of the playing 11 in the WC. Past glories and achievements and 6 sixes in an over are a thing of the past. Even the great man who has scored more than 30K international runs has to perform to remain in the team. That should convey a lot to a talented non performer like Yuvi.

Posted by NatarajR on (December 10, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

Its better not to pick Yuvi who is still struggling to make his contribution with his bat. He doesnt deserve a seat in the team. He should be dropped.

We still can't rely on Rohit Sharma.

India will surely not make it into Super Six if Ravindra Jadeja is included in the squad. No idea why Irfan is ignored from selection. A very good talent is getting wasted.

Playing XI Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Yusuf, Dhoni, Bhajji, Zaheer, Praveen and Nehra Sub: Tiwary, Irfan, Ashwin, Sreeshant and Munaf

Posted by Robdahl on (December 10, 2010, 8:17 GMT)

Hey guys, stop cursing Ravindra Jadeja.......hez one of a gud allrounder in India .........its just hez not in the spot light like other and lack confidence. But i think hez a very good player in the team to have......who can bat, bowl and field. With that said, right now everybody is performing which is why everybody is saying all sorts of stuffs......but outside sub continent when Indian batsmen start to fail then i good all rounder will come handy. and THATS WHEN INDIA NEED RAVINDRA JADEJA.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 8:10 GMT)

through out Ashish Nehra !! i dono wot made these selectors to bring him back !!mind you don say dat he is a wicket taking bowler !! even a debutant can get 2 r 3 wicket by giving 70 , 80 runs in ten overs !! we are on a winning streak yes but meanwhile concentrate on our weak links which may affect us later may be in lifting the WC-11

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT)

indian squad for world cup: tendulkar, sehwag, dhoni, gambhir, raina, yusuf, kohli, dinesh, zaheer, praveen, munaf, harbhajan, ashwin, dravid, sreesanth, ishant, yuvi.........PLAYING 11: tendulkar, sehwag, gambhir, dhoni, raina, yusuf, yuvi, harbhajan, praveen, zaheer, munaf. y i put ashwin instead of ojha we already have yuvi he bowls pretty well.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 7:40 GMT)

fr me ravindra jadeja shudnt even feature in the indian squad fr any format. he cant bat nd bowl. And raina doesnt feature in the top 11 but dhoni seems to be backin him up evrytym despite so many failures. My WC 2011 team wud be sehwag, sachin, gambhir, kohli, yuvraj, dhoni, yusuf, bhajji, zaheer, sreesanth, munaf. n subs are ishant, ojha, raina, dinesh kartick. Dats it. no rohit sharma n ne1 else bec dey hav been given enuf opportunities to perform. on bouncy piches v go in wid ishant in place f munaf n on slow turners v play ojha. dats it. nd i wud lyk to see this team play in all the 5 odi s in s africa. playin raina wud disturb the whole line up or it wud see yusuf being dropped which results in loss of a part timer as raina isnt as gud as yusuf wen it comes to bowling

Posted by King005 on (December 10, 2010, 7:29 GMT)

Perfect Team for World Cup: Sachin, Sehwag, Ganbhir, Raina, Yuvraj/Kohli, Dhoni, Yusuf, Harbhajan, Praveen, Zaheer, Munaf/Nehra, Sub: Ashwin, Tiwar, Rohit..

Posted by muski on (December 10, 2010, 7:08 GMT)

@Kicha- Your dream team is almost same as mine excepting replacing Yuvi with Ahswin- we all know that Indian wickets can turn well and Ashwin could be potent as a fifth bowler. When you have 6 top class batsmen ( MSD included), to bring the balance in the side, we need 5 regular bowlers. Part timers can be good only on a given day. On a large platform like WC we cant take the risk with part timers. Yes- guys like Sehwag, Raina and even Sachin can rolls their arms if required to do so when one of the 5 regular bowlers have an off day. Unless Yuvi achieves something dramatic in the SA series in the ODI, I dont see him being a part of the playing 11 in the WC. Past glories and achievements and 6 sixes in an over are a thing of the past. Even the great man who has scored more than 30K international runs has to perform to remain in the team. That should convey a lot to a talented non performer like Yuvi.

Posted by neanderthal on (December 10, 2010, 7:07 GMT)

why is robin utthappa still out of the mix? For T20 and ODIs he is a sure shot selection ahead of rohit sharma. India's best 16 for WC: Sachin, sehwag, gambhir, yuvi, raina, dhoni, yusuf, bhajji, zaheer, nehra, pravin, uthappa, kohli, munaf, sreesanth, ashwin

Posted by joseyesu on (December 10, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

Too much to blame on Jadeja, but he is not a choice for WC.

Posted by Sooooonu on (December 10, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

Friends In my best opinion the Indian team for WC are :(16 Players) For Batting : Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Yuvi, Dhoni, Yusuf, Rohit For Bowling : Zaheer, Munaf, Praveen, Bhajji, Ishant, Sreesant, Nehra.

As per current performance the above team seem most suitable for worldcup. Jadeja is also a gud player but he is not in form nw.

All the best 2 Indian Team nd hope 2 best.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 6:49 GMT)

I would expect both Ashwin and Yusuf in the squad and both of them given chance in a rotational basis..

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 6:44 GMT)

My pick for wc 2011 would be Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Y.Pathan, H.singh, Ashwin, Praveen, Zaheer. Subs - Nehra, Sreesanth, Kohli,Ishant, Tiwary or Rohit. Reasons - Ashwin has variations, Praveen can swing the ball and take wickets as well, Y.Pathan can clear any ground with ease and handy with the ball as well(also can fill the fifth bowler spot between Raina & Sehwag), Yuvraj needs some time to take off and he takes spot 5 without any questions and there is no better player to fill that spot and in the 15 comes the selectors tough work. Many qualify to be in the 15 but this was my choice. And in the squad i would pick R.Uthappa as the stanby keeper cause he can clear boundaries like Dhoni and can fill that spot in case of injuries. We need a standby w.keeper who can clear boundaries as well and parthiv and saha can rotate the strike but uthappa can rotate the strike and clear boundaries and can keep the wicket as well. India Rocks and will win wc2011.

Posted by mrshree420 on (December 10, 2010, 6:35 GMT)

If India going to lift the WC this time, they will need lots of their player to perform on the day for sure....but if Indian selector's favourite Ravindra jadeja is picked in the playing team, he can single handedly win the game for the opposite team. Sounds funny but very true and chances are so high that he will be picked ahead of many other good player like Tivary.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 10, 2010, 6:17 GMT)

I have not seen jadeja scored a 50. His bowling is ok. Not great. But he should not be in ODI team. he has support of some BCCI bigwig. Otherwise he won't even be in ranji team.

Posted by FloydCricket on (December 10, 2010, 6:02 GMT)

I think India's only difficulty would be to select the middle order in final XI, either Pathan or Yuvraj will have to sacrifice their spot for Raina (this boy seems to be lucky mascot for Dhoni!) TopXI- Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Bhajji, Zaheer, Munaf / Sreesanth, Nehra Subs- Pathan, Ashwin, Tiwary, Parthiv

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 6:00 GMT)

There r many mysteries in the world and one of them being why Ravindra Jadeja is selected in indian team? A group of scientist r carying out research on this very topic hopefully they can provide us an answer.....

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 5:55 GMT)

for me any squad other than jadeja and nehra is best squad for India... Wish to c nehra been thrown out by ishant or sreesanth jus lik yusuf and ashwin doin it for jadeja... Zaheer , praveen wil be must and third seamer shuld be either Sreesanth/ ishant/munaf...

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 5:48 GMT)

why all are blaming ravindra jadeja?? he has done excellent with the bowl since his debut.. he has been key in controling the run flow in the middle overs...then with his batiing.. we have raina, yuvraj and dhoni who are pinch hitters like yousuf pathan... so let jadeja come at No.5, raina at 6 and dhoni at 7. hence we can have five bowlers and good balanced batting lineup....jadeja should bowl his 10 overs to keep the opp.side slow in middle overs so that harbhajan could attack for wicket without much pressure.... jadeja has a good batting technique to bat higher in the order.

Posted by lankarminnows on (December 10, 2010, 5:42 GMT)

eric simmons is spot on. end over bowling is a huge concern. i read a few days ago that bngladesh's shafiul islam and other bowlers practised bowling yorkers with the help of their coach and mastered it within 15 days, just before new zealand tour.

how about holding such a camp for our bowlers also, where they are made to practise yorkrs and slow bouncers.

Posted by kichhasuresh on (December 10, 2010, 5:16 GMT)

My Dream Team For 2011 WC Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Harbhajan, Nehra, Praveen, Zaheer SUB:Irfan, Yusuf, Ishanth, Rohit, Uttapa.

Posted by djfw666 on (December 10, 2010, 5:13 GMT)

Send Ravindra Jadeja to Australia or New Zealand. We'd love him =D seriously, he is such a tough customer, I can't understand why Indian supporters lambast him.

Posted by Viper2.0 on (December 10, 2010, 4:54 GMT)

Just dont play Ravindra Jadeja in the world cup.He should not even be selected in the squad,and Ashwin is the ideal replacement.The no.7 spot can be taken by Yousuf if he does carry on with this new found confidence!

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

indian 16 for WC: Tendlya, Ghambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni, Virat, Yuvi, Raina, YPathan, Rohit, Parthiv, Ashwin, Zaheer, Praveen, Srees(h)anth, Nehra, Bhajji Parth may miss out if india selects only 1 WC

That for india, but the way OZs are going down, i think Greg Chapp(a)l effect is working..changing few good players in middle of series is self goal..

Beware of Finn @ Perth, he will extract bounce which only Clark can play(if he can, he doesnot deserve to be s 2 down batsman for sure)

Posted by 7477 on (December 10, 2010, 3:06 GMT)

on current form the Indian outfits looks the best among all countries as they look like the Australian side a few years back where they could field an "A" side who are equally strong as the National team. if you go in with the form of the current best playing outfit on the national side the others will comprise players who are constantly pushing for places. perhaps a 3 match series between them could decide on the final world cup combination.

National Team-1/V.Sehwag 2/S.Tendulkar 3/G.Gambir 4/V.Kohli 5/MS Dhoni (c) 6/S.Raina 7/Y.Pathan 8/H.Singh 9/P.Kumar 10/A.Nehra 11/Z.Khan.

India "A" Team-1/M.Vijay 2/P.Patel 3/R.Sharma 4/Y.Singh (c) 5/S.Tiwary 6/R.Jadeja 7/I.Pathan (this could raise a few eyebrows) 8/R.Ashwin 9/S.Sreesanth 10/I.Sharma 11/P.Ojha.

my most desired world cup squad would be- 1/Sehwag 2/Tendulkar 3/Kohli 4/Yuvraj 5/Dhoni 6/Raina 7/Y.Pathan 8/Harbajan 9/P.Kumar 10/Nehra 11/Khan. 12-Gambir 13-Ojha 14-Ishant or Sreesanth 15/Jadeja-Rohith or Tiwary.

Posted by vinjoy on (December 10, 2010, 2:50 GMT)

The team is doing well but I would like to see how this lineup works when they bat first in day matches (to counter dew and seam movement of a quality pace attack if the team is reeling at 55 for 3 in 13 overs) or how they chase at night against quality and agressive pace attack.

I am not questioning the skills of present team, but in the lineup of 5-6 stroke-makers, we need at least 1-2 stayers (apart from the openers) who can hold the innings at one end. Kohli seems to be the answer but is not tested against top-quality attack.

Nonetheless, wishes for this team to bring glory to India in the form of WC2011.

Posted by Dubby49 on (December 10, 2010, 2:40 GMT)

The accepted definition of an 'all rounder' is a person whose batting average is higher than his bowling average or someone who could be selected either as a specialist batsman or as a specialist bowler/wicketkeeper. After the great Kapil Dev there has been no Indian who fits either definition. Today probably only Jacque Kallis and Shane Watson come near. Yusuf is the latest in a long line of batsman who can bowl a bit. Unfortunately in India bowlers who can bat a bit are much rarer. Irfan was one until he faded away and Bhajji now shows signs of being another. Hope his bowling skills don't evaporate as his batting comes to the fore. Bits and pieces players can no longer win matches. The current NZ team is full of them and 9, 10 and jack can all biff the ball. Unfortunately their top order doesn't score enough runs and the bowlers don't take wickets quickly enough. What we need at No 7 is another bowler capable of holding an end or tonking as the occasion demands. Where is he?

Posted by Kirth on (December 10, 2010, 2:18 GMT)

@ Vikrant Kakde - Thanks a ton for the info, I was trying to search on Google for what is going on with him. Wish Irfan Pathan gets well soon.

Posted by B.AjayBharadhwaj on (December 10, 2010, 2:02 GMT)

It may be yuvraj who will lead the team cozz.. He's experienced in the crircket... It's bcoz.. Gambir have to play the test series against SA.........

Posted by loung_singh on (December 10, 2010, 1:31 GMT)

my team 4 wc - sehwag,sachin(he cannnot be played at any other position , d mistake we did in 2007), gambhir,yuvraj ,dhoni, raina ,yousaf or irfan ( fills d third seamer so we can play 2 specialist spinners if required) , harbhajan, zaheer, praveen kumar, nehra/ ashwin..reserved - kohli , utahappa( reserved wicketkeeper + gud batsman who cn clear ground comfortably unlike parthiv or saha) and munaf/sreesanth..i dnt really understand why people r so against yuvi bad season doesnt make a player bad..yuvi has played close to 300 odis with avr 37 and str rate of 90..thats phoenemonal 4 a middle order batsman..he is a player who performs at world stage an" x factor " without whom i think india will be flattened...

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 23:29 GMT)

My pick 4 d team would be,

Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Harbhajan, Nehra, Praveen, Zaheer

Subs : Yusuf, Munaf, Aswin, Ishanth.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 23:25 GMT)

Ravindra jadeja should not be part of WC team. India may loose matches if he will play at bating order before 11. His batting is alsways a huge pressure on whole indian team while chasing or in bad conditions. He easily can shift momentum towards opposite team with his batting.

Posted by inswing on (December 9, 2010, 23:10 GMT)

@vikrant, thanks for the info. That makes sense.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 22:47 GMT)

@INSWING & other guyz, just in case like me if you are wondering where IRFAN PATHAN is or why is he not being selected even in the second string Indian team. Its not possible that an allrounder like Irfan is not given a chance at all atleast once after his recent better performances (more with batting rather than bowling). The fact is that Irfan is out of any cricketing action for last 7-8 months as his back is injured. I dont think he played many matches on domestic level after 2010 IPL. He is not even playing the current Ranji Trophy super league 2010/11 due to his injury. Even Baroda is waiting for him to come back to their side as he hasn't even yet started bowling. He is still undergoing rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy. This info is taken from 29th Nov 2010 article of cricinfo under the title "The friendly drop and the case of the missing allrounder". Hope all Irfan fans wd be satistfied after knowing the reason of his total absence from Cricket & hope for his recovery.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 22:47 GMT)

In this world cup, India has great options with many in form batsman/bowlers.. Here are my picks. Very tough calls for #7 & #11 spots..

1) Sachin Tendulkar 2) Virendra Sehwag 3) Gautam Gambhir 4) Virat Kohli 5) Suresh Raina 6) MS Dhoni 7) Yuvraj Singh Vs. Yusuf Pathan 8) Harbhajan Singh 9) Zaheer Khan 10) Praveen Kumar (or Pragyan Ojha, if India needs an extra spinner) 11) Ashish Nehra Vs. Ishant Sharma Vs. Sreesanth

Extras: R Jadeja, M Vijay, Rohit Sharma, S Tiwari, Ashwin, D Karthik/Parthiv Patel (backup keeper)

Kohli: Secured his spot after good IPL season and lots of match winning inning in ODIs through this year. Raina: Very dynamic player with an awesome strike rate and best fielder in the team..Has made huge impacts in IPL & ODIs in last 2-3 years.. Yuvi: Slowly getting in form but hasn't yet played a match winning inning in a while. Yusuf: Perfect for #7 spot who can play very big shots, very handy bowler as well.

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (December 9, 2010, 20:54 GMT)

@royalg: shutup or Srikanth will eat you for breakfast.

Posted by holypython2003 on (December 9, 2010, 20:49 GMT)

If Gautam Gambhir doesnt play, I would like to see Virat Kohli lead the side because he won the under 19 WC as captain.....

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 20:28 GMT)

WC team selection is something very serious and it needs a far-sightedness to cover a lot number of factors in vast extents. I believe, the present team is doing well and some of them will surely make their berths in WC team. Besides this, we need a perfect blend of experience and rush blood in the squad.

Posted by I-Shud-b-a-selector on (December 9, 2010, 20:27 GMT)

Eric Simons needs to coach Indian seamers to bowl yorkers in the final overs

Posted by inswing on (December 9, 2010, 20:26 GMT)

The fact that Irfan Pathan wasn't given a chance even in a second-string 11 is strange. I suspect Dhoni does not like him after his poor performance in WI years ago, and will not give him a chance.

Posted by iammadhu on (December 9, 2010, 19:45 GMT)

P.patel is better than W.saha .. need to play M.vijay..Gauti needs to rest..

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 19:41 GMT)

Here's the batting line up - Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi, Dhoni, Pathan, Virat/Raina. Raina has issues with short deliveries but in given that the world cup is in India, he'll blast em all to hell....

Posted by 123456789sharath on (December 9, 2010, 19:34 GMT)

sreesanth is capable of bowling in end overs.........

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 19:26 GMT)

bowling at the death is still a concern..its not getting highlighted as we are winning..hope the guys work on this aspect of their game..I still hope that irfan pathan is included in the team so as to provide another option on the bowling front..cheers

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 18:57 GMT)

Eric, for the love of God, please sort out India's chronic problem of poor bowling in death overs. India wouldn't have to chase 315 in the 4th game if the bowlers could perform well in slog overs.Franklin literally tore the bowling apart. White also did the same thing in Vishakhapatnam earlier this year and also De Villiers smacked 102 in 59 balls in AHD. Yes we have a stupendous batting line up but without good slog over bowling it will be difficult to consistently win matches against big hitting players of SA,AUS. Please make them practice yorkers and slower deliveries. All the best!

Posted by amark7 on (December 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT)

"Fringe players" like ViRAT KOHLI????????????????? :0 wow thats an unfair statement to put him with the likes of Ashwin and parthiv!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 17:36 GMT)

@Madhusudan Rao u hav stolen my words............

Posted by Razor88 on (December 9, 2010, 17:27 GMT)

Drpankaj Tripathi - thats the sad part of our team dude!!.We don't have one other than Sreesanth or Ishant in the County.Other bowlers are well below the 140 mark :(.Thats the only reason y We started using SG balls,So that it can reverse and i can see what a potent Force we are when it Reverses!!.But because of the SG balls we are unable to Produce quality Spinners :| I bet you would have read the Article abt Indian spinners bowling a defensive line :|.All we can do is Pray for it!!

Posted by ranga_s on (December 9, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

good times for India....only hopeless part would be Ravi Jadeja plus still partially out of form Yuvi....Yusuf Pathan played a blinder for sure but he's not consistant enuf to represent India.. watever he do MSD is better equipped to do it...Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli should be 2 they should treasure...must not let either of them fade away like Kaif did..Indian team has the history of really screwing things up in big tournaments...apart from that stat they should be hot favourites in WC along side SA, SL and ENG...

I'm a SL but please allow to put forward what I think the best batting line-up for Ind would be.

Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Sachin, Yuvraj, Rohit, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Kumar, Nehra.

Good luck India for 5-0

Posted by sp2324 on (December 9, 2010, 17:00 GMT)

@ royalg, mate are you feeling ok? Saurabh has better technique then Rohit?lol I am still laughing at this. First watch both of them playing cricket then compare and then come here and post comments. I also think Rahane deserves a chance here.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:54 GMT)

it would be a nice team for india, sachin,sehwag,kohli,gambhir,yuvi,raina,dhoni,yousuf,bhajji,praveen/nehera, zahir

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (December 9, 2010, 16:32 GMT)

With the sheer volume of cricket being played these days, it augurs well for India's future that there is a good pool of performers available. Go Team India, you have given us a lot of joy for a while now, and we look forward to more

Posted by royalg on (December 9, 2010, 16:21 GMT)


Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:21 GMT)

eric,please analyse india s pace attack.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:20 GMT)

India need Yuvraj & Yusuf in the world cup squad.Because they are the match winners for India.Virat is also doing very good.So this is going to be a very difficult time for the selectors.We(Indian fans) hope they will select a very good team including Yuvi,Yusuf & Virat

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (December 9, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

Emabarrassment of riches is always better than embarrassment of poor yusuf is a must in WC specially against the spinners he kills them in ODIS remember IPL 2008 FINAL thrashing murali remember thrashing mendis in the super over in IPL 2009 he loves spinners and thats what is going to be served by most teams in middle overs

Posted by   on (December 9, 2010, 16:11 GMT)

It looks like Zaheer Khan & Gautam Gambhir will not play tomorrow. They are the ones in the team that is scheduled to travel.

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