Pakistan in India 2012-13 December 22, 2012

Sehwag likely to be picked for Pakistan ODIs


The India selection panel, headed by former batsman Sandeep Patil, will meet at the BCCI headquarters on Sunday morning, hours after the conclusion of India's second Twenty20 International against England, to finalise the squad for two T20Is and three ODIs against Pakistan. For the T20Is, the selectors are likely to retain the same fifteen chosen against England. For the ODIs, the big question is whether Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar will make the cut. While Sehwag is set to be given "another opportunity" to prove his utility, it is unclear what lies ahead for Zaheer and Tendulkar, who is believed to have made himself available.

Zaheer had made himself unavailable for the England T20Is after being dropped for the fourth Test, and played instead for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy in order to get match-fit. He will most certainly no longer be considered for the shortest form of the game, which means the selectors are set to stick to the policy of presenting an opportunity to young fast bowlers.

Similarly, Sehwag, who had also made himself unavailable for the England T20Is, is likely to be sidelined, with the selectors having an eye on the 2014 World Twenty20.

When it comes to the ODIs, ESPNcricinfo understands Zaheer has already communicated to the selectors that he would prefer to be at his best ahead of the Australia Test series, which starts in February. If the selectors adhere to his desire, India's pace attack may look brittle; to add experience, the selectors could either turn to Ishant Sharma or S Sreesanth, who took 4 for 28 for Kerala against Jharkhand on Saturday in his second game on comeback. While Ishant played his last ODI more than 18 months ago, Sreesanth has been competing with Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra in the race for the most injury-prone fast bowler in Indian cricket.

Tendulkar has been picking and choosing the 50-over format ever since his double hundred against South Africa in February 2010. However, with his recent struggles, it remains to be seen if Patil and Co. take the bold step by dropping him (or resting, as is the norm in Indian cricket whenever a senior player is dropped) in order to build the team for the future. With Tendulkar' stature and the inability of the previous selection panel to send any message to him, it would take nothing less than a miracle for the selectors to adopt the Australian way.

However, the Tendulkar issue will crop up only if the selectors decide to stick to their earlier announcement of selecting the T20I and ODI squads on the same day. But going by the England series, don't be surprised if they end up deferring the ODI selection. After all, they announced the squad for the first two Tests against England when it was first said it would be only for the first Test. And then, they named the squad only for the third Test when it was declared they would be doing so for the remaining two Tests and the following T20Is.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Malli on December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Guys..please stop talking about Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. He already retired from T20 and ODI.Please congrats him on his decision and wish him have peacefull rest of life....

  • Dheeban Chakravarthi on December 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Your only hope for Tendulkar retirement is that he himself decides to retire. You better plead with his mind. No one would be able to make decision on Tendulkar except himself.

  • Dheeban Chakravarthi on December 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Another wannabe cricket writer getting way too carried away! You think Tendulkar would just be abruptly dropped? And follows up saying 'oh, they will term it as rested as usual with senior players'. Shows the desperation and lameness of the writer. Guess what? Tendulkar is not your usual senior player. He won't play along and say I was rested. It would still be a hugely unpopular decision. Even in Cricinfo, where we have so many Tendulkar skeptics, the voting in front page is 60:40 in favour of Tendulkar. Who would handle the PR nightmare of delivering such news? You can be pretty assured you won't be selected for the next term? Doesn't mean that I say he deserved to be dropper. He scored a 70 in the penultimate Test match and couple more earlier in Australia. I don't think his batting is a worry. This Tendulkar head-monging is just an excuse for the poor performance for the Indian team and many unstable fans who want to vent their frustration out on some target. (Contd..)

  • Giezel on December 23, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    My playing 11 : Gambhir, Sehwag, Virat, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Praveen/Munaf, Umesh

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    One wld doubt that for Zahir's kind of bowling he could be much of a threat for Pakistan. Lot will though depend upon the wickets, and if any idication, India's middle batting line that could quickly change the game for India. Again, It is obvious India retains the psychlogical edge through recent wins to keep pressure on Pakistan. It should be interesting.......

  • Sushant on December 23, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    for everyone's information, sachin's last 2 scores in odis are 114 & 52 respectively....n still according 2 u all, he doesn't deserve a place......can't believe!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    The selectors have forgotten Chand , Mandeep , Agarwal , Sandeep Sharma , Iqbal Abdullah who have done so much for the U-19 Indian Team and even in the IPL ...

  • JIRAL on December 23, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    why Irfan Pathan is not taken up T20 series????? Why Dinda & Awana was picked for the series????

    Best T20 combination for India will be, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli , Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit / Manoj Tiwary. Dhoni. Irfan. P.Ojha, I,sharma, Ashwin

    Best ODI combination for India will be, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli , Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit / Manoj Tiwary . Dhoni. Irfan. P.Ojha, I,sharma, Ashwin

    Reserve players will be, Balaji, Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Aaron, sreesanth. Rahane, Yusuf Pathan

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    It is now, beyond any doubt, that the great man Sachin CAN NOT takes a decision to retire. It is the duty of the new selection committee to help him; lead gently out of the pitiable sight he is in, spare further humiliation. After all the feats he achieved and the services rendered to cricket in general and Indian cricket in particular, Sachin deserves that gentle nudge to retire with whatever pride is left.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    The best team for both ODI's: 1. Sachin 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Yuvraj 6. Rohit 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. B Kumar 10. R Dhawan 11. Sandeep Sharma remaining 12. Jadeja 13. Jiwanjot singh 14. Eshwar Panday 15. S Nadeem

    we need youngsters for building to get what ever we lost in previous 2 years. The openeros should perform in any of the format otherwise nothing can be achieved. We don't need sehwag or Gambhir. We don't required stroke makers but we need perfect batsmen in the top who can stick for at least 15 overs in the innings on regular basis. See the Southafrica they had Amla and Smith. For England they have Cook. For Aus they have Watson. They are all stroke makers but they can adjust according to the team needs and can play both attacking and defensive cricket. More over their technique is too good. We need players like Rahane, Pujara and Jiwnjyot singh in top of the innings.

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