Pakistan in India 2012-13

Sehwag likely to be picked for Pakistan ODIs

Amol Karhadkar

December 22, 2012

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Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan at the nets, Hyderabad, August 21, 2012
Ishant Sharma could be selected for the Pakistan ODIs if Zaheer Khan is not © AFP
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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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Posted by teamindia123 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....

Posted by SixoverSlips 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.

Posted by SixoverSlips 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..)

Posted by solefight on (December 23, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.......

Posted by sushant_saurav 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!!!

Posted by   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 ...

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Mr Sandeep patil and co.. plz save indian cricket by identifyng right talent for right format and give them fair run..rahane is quality test player give him fair run in test but not for limited overs cricket...ROBIN UTHAPPPA is indias 3rd best talent after msdhoni and yuvraj singh when it comes to limited overs cricket ..give that guy 2 series and he will deliver better than sehwag or rahane or gambhir..just dont judge players on ipl performances..ipl is useless when it comes to judging talent even for shorter format..pace bowling wise india is missing umesh yadav who is only bowler did very well since last one n half year..varun aaron is injured..if not irfan theen pick praveen kumar another go and pick dind and awana for test only

Posted by AmjadZork on (December 23, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

My team (out of the current squad) would be: 1) Ahmed Shehzad 2) M Hafeez 3) Nasir Jamshed 4) Kamran akmal 5) Umar akmal 6) Umar Amin 7) Shoaib malik 8) Shahid Afridi 9) Sohail Tanvir 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Most of the people are talking about Sachin... Yes he is in not great form.. he is no longer a test player but he is still dangerous in ODI's. I think he should change his approach in test matches, he should play like how he use to bat in ODI's. If he is more aggressive on his shot selection then he can deliver well in his test career. Look at the first runji match in this season, he scored 137 runs in 136 balls. He is already 40, for playing test matches he need more eye and foot coordination. He is not moving his foot for the shots he is playing and in the back foot he is getting bowled. Remember playing at 40 is really tough. If sachin has to score runs in test cricket he should play like ODI's I mean not hard hitting he should rotate the strike as much as he can. He should speed up scoring runs by hitting boundaries. He should play attacking cricket then only he can get runs in test cricket at this age. Still in my view he is best in ODI's but not in tests.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 23, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

I am sehwags hardcore fan but i think selectors should not select him for ODI series. He needs rest to reflect on what he has to do in future. I also think it helps indian team to reevaluate its strength. I would also rest cancer yuvaraj. Without yuvi doing 90% workload this team is useless. If you see his face , you see he lost all his energy. He needs rest not cricket. People are misusing him.

Posted by Punjami on (December 23, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

Two T20's against England have taught us a lesson. In the shortest form chinks in bowling donot get exposed. But athetically our front line bowlers were hammered. Compare the last 2 overrs of either side. Suddenly, the bowling cupboard looks bare and empty. Selectors for the Pak series and WC15 have this in mind. Somehow manufacture good attacking bowlers! or you may be forced to bring back Kapil, Kumble or even Subash Gupte!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

Play Sachin, I would like to see an old Lion fight when its powers are gone.

Posted by howzzattt on (December 23, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

Well, there are no issues with India's batting when it comes to limited overs Cricket, so the selectors can have a pool of players to choose from to fill a dangerous batting line-up. The real worry is India's weak bowling attack. My squad for both the T20I as well as the ODIs against Pakistan would be...

1. Virat Kohli (Captain) 2. Yuvraj Singh 3. Suresh Raina 4. Ajinkya Rahane 5. Shikhar Dhawan 6. Rohit Sharma 7. Dinesh Karthick 8. Ambati Rayudu 9. Iqbal Abdulla 10. Rahul Sharma 11. Sidharth Trived 12. Praveen Kumar 13. Ravindra Jadeja 14. Pawan Suyal 15. Vinay Kumar

Posted by spinkingKK on (December 23, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

Why do they have to look for the world cup 2015 now? Its not as if all the YOUNG players who gets chosen will end up playing 2015 or 2019 world cup. Sometimes it is very funny the way Indian cricket works. They will act as if they are the masters of planning by selecting the team by forseeing the 2019 world cup. But, when it comes to the phasing out the old players for the tests, they just had no idea. For any ODI series or even T20Is, you have to select the BEST team available. If it means a 40-year old has to play, so be it. However, if there is a young talent who can do the same job equally, if not better, then he should be selected instead. I don't see any problems in selecting Sehwag and Tendulkar in ODI's. They are, not just match winners. They are marauders of the international bowling attacks on any good days. Test matches are a different story. Tendulkar should probably go from it now and Sehwag can not be tolerated anymore because the middle order is not as strong as before.

Posted by Desihungama on (December 23, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

The thing is senior members on the verge of retirement need to really think about retiring at the right time to allow new members to play a while together and gel, before the next WC.

Posted by Nampally on (December 23, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

Present T20 that played against England needs at least 5 changes. Bring in P.Kumar, Ishant & Yadev as seamers + S.Nadeem & Rahul Sharma as spinners. This gives some T20 experienced players. There is no point in playing leg spinners when the right name is missing. Chawla & Ashwin are both ineffective & have been very expensive - a luxury Indian weak bowling cannot afford. On the other hand both Rahul & Nadeem have proven experience of being wicket takers from IPL stats. I like to see Ashwin put under coaching to improve his bowling which has fallen badly. Both Yuvraj & Jadeja are superior to him as T 20 bowlers. India should make players earn their spots rather than fill in an off or leg spinner spots in the XI. Indian seamers were v.poor vs. England in both T20 games.They looked out of place & fell far short of Indian National team standards - if there are any!. For ODI, SRT& ZAK must be rested or retire. Yuvraj should lead the team in both ODI & T20. MSD as a captain, is a liability!

Posted by pulkit10 on (December 23, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

It's high time they start trying new players now. Zaheer should have only played one format for the last 3-4 years - it's time to put that into effect and it appears he wants the same. A little divided on Sachin. Playing him might help his form at this point but with all respect, they need to understand that he won't be around for the next World Cup and make a decision with that in mind. Sehwag should make the cut, he's been playing well recently and was the only batsman, apart from Pujara and Kohli, with runs to merit his place in the side.

Rest Gambhir. If he cannot take on Swann on a flat track then it is time to make him think about his place in the team. Not like he has been contributing much anyways. No Chawla, Munaf, Dinda either. Try out others instead (Aaron, Sharma). Stick to players who have the talent, not just people who have been tried before.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

Tendulkar is no longer a mere player; he has attained the status of Grand Old Man of Indian cricket, much like WG Grace was of English cricket. It would be wise to let him play until he retires or drops himself, like WG dropped himself from Tests. There is certainly nobody on the selection committee or the BCCI or the commentary box with a stature that comes even close to TenD's. Until Indian cricket finds another star, or world cricket finds another bastion of the Spirit of Cricket, we all require TenD to play and continue to set the example that he has for the past 23 years. Without him, cricket will descend into an Aussie sledging match and India will confine itself to 50-50 and T20 games, with the odd offshore Test thrown in. Fans do not turn up to watch TenD play match-winning innings; they come to watch the last pillar of the Spirit of Cricket and the Test. Invest him now with supervisory roles in selection, training (physical and psychological) and on- & off-field etiquette.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 22, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

Things are most likely going to get worse before they better if they do at all. With only Yadav and Aaron looking like they have potential international careers. Sharma has the pace but not the brains at the moment but all I have now is the hope that it with all come together for in the future when he's about 27, 28 - the age pace bowlers hit the start of their peak period. The rest are untested or unconvincing but have to be given the chance to find out. On top of that they young so a few years before they peak also.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 22, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

Surely the way to go has to be the new players even they do get taken to the cleaners initially. They are the future so let the process begin now. Sehwag, SRT and Gambhir have been given more than a fair chance and now it's time for them to return to domestic cricket to rediscover their form if that's the issue but at least 2 of these players appear undroppable with Gambhir increasingly looking like the latest member of this exclusive club. Dhoni in the 2 T20 games looks like his batting is better suited to short form and whilst I don't see any stand-out candidates for the test captaincy, I think we have to seriously consider splitting the captaincy for tests and ODI / T20.

Posted by nrshyam14 on (December 22, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Some players are being given chances repeatedly even though they fail miserably. I do not find any reason in the selectors picking a bowler like Awana for the T20 matches. He does not possess any capacity or capability. It is the same with Dinda also. Ravindra Jadeja is an all-rounder. In one match he might have failed and there was no necessity to drop him and pick Rohit Sarma. Indian selectors are a peculiar lot. Persist with youngsters and do not go in for people who play only for personal glory and has the team's interest as the second choice.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 22, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

@Gautam Kumar do you know how many games it took before Sachin scored his first ODI century? 79. Rohit has played 85 and already got 2 centuries. Rahane has played 12 - give him the same chance SRT got ie another 67 ODIs before you judge him. Besides, Rahane's game is suited to the long form of the game but is given a chance there because Gambhir, Sehwag and SRT have booked their places for as long as they decide to keep playing. In today's workplace, there's no such thing as a job for life unless you're Sehwag or Tendulkar.

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 22, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

OMG...This Pakistan's Bowling attack seems pretty Impressive to me...Look how many options we have? Saeed Ajmal will lead the Bowling attack...C'mon Pakistan win the T20 Series and make the nation proud...you have all the ingredients...just need to improvise and absorb the heat/pressure...

Posted by kamiCric on (December 22, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Let Sachin play until he can hold the cricket bat, or ball. The history will remember him as the highest run scorer and Lara as the most exciting batsman.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 22, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

If Sehwag is not going to be a part of the next WC in 2015, why select him or Zaheer? These games mean nothing in the overall context anyway, so why not prepare players who will be a part of the team structure for the next couple of WC's? Of course every country is entitled to their policy of selections, personally, WC aside, I don't really rate meaningless ODI's at all.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

India needs to make radical changes if they are to challenge the Number 1 spot in the cricketing world. They need to drop players that are not performing. Selection shouldn't be based on the fact that its Zaheer or Sehwag- it should be based on good performances in the domestic league. Players that rack up the most runs and wickets deserve to get a place in the playing XI. We need to blood youngsters for the future of Indian Cricket- not carry senior players on palanquins just due to their seniority.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

the australian way?? what is that?? to drop underperforming ponting from the odi team?? go and check sachin's record in past 10 ODI's vs Pontings record in 10 ODI after which he was dropped. We all expect a better analysis from cricinfo writers, i am sorry but this is way below par in writing and facts.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

I think India need good bowling attack rather than batting, Ishanth, sreesanth, irfan will be good selection in pace department, if available pick umesh and varun aaroan, please rest zaheer its bettar for australia series, if you going for fresh pacers dinda and bhuvaneswar is good(becoz they are the best bowlers in india domestic now).

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

It is surprising to see both Pak and Ind have same mentality and come from the same geo location even then their teams are exact opposite i.e. Pak always have the best bowling attach including pace and skin whereas India always have great batsmen. Strange, isn't it?

Posted by vik56in on (December 22, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Zaheer Khan is on 295 Test wickets.It is a very big achievement for India if he can get to 300.Only Kapil Dev had done before that.It will inspire future generations of cricketers to look upto a role model and take up fast bowling.There are very few Test fast bowlers in cricket who have got 300 Test wickets.

Posted by haq33 on (December 22, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Cannot wait to bring the curtains down once and for all on sehwag's flat footed pantomime. as for zaheer's "rest", for the sake of Indian cricket, better to let sleeping rubbish lie.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

PLease drop sachin and go for younger blood...i am a die hard fan of sachin but country comes first and then sachin even though his incredible contribution over the years , the time has come to lay brighter path ..Drop sachin and zaheer for ODI's and give sachin a series to leave the arena on a high on home soil ..hmm..i think with aussies he should retire on home.....Also keeping dhoni as captian on ODI looks sensible how ever lately his decisions on field has been nothing short of mediocre and laughable at times...but if india again looking beyond narrow boundaries pls drop him as captain and make kohli or gambhir in ODI...gambhir as captain looks mature but as batsman looks childlish..god save indian cricket.from this mess..not sure who is good...Lets give gambhir a chance and see how he picks up....we did the same to DADA as well and see how he took the country forward...lets as a nation give gambhir a chance...i have heard his opinions about team work ...might come good for us.

Posted by Darshi007 on (December 22, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

No point picking Sachin and Zaheer now. They will not be playing the next World cup. Sehwag might still make the cut.

My team would be : Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Rayudu, Irfan, Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Umesh

Reserves :- Rahane, Jadeja, Harbhajan, Balaji/Aaron

No Dinda please !!! That guy just runs in and bangs the ball or bowls full tosses. He reminds me of Ajit Agarkar,

Posted by nagar.gaurav on (December 22, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Where has varun aaron disappeared??

Posted by HouseMD on (December 22, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

india is a minnow now, even in their own back yard

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

This is a step backwards. Sachin on all accounts should not be in any ODI team. He knows that he can get into form because of the fielding restrictions. The pitches will be flat or close to it. So that is how he believes he can get into form. This is very sad state of affairs that the selectors can't say no. He should play for Mumbai and really spend time in the middle. That is how you get back into groove. Not ODI cricket. The same applies to Gambhir, Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. I would try just fresh faces like Rahane to open. My team would be Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan Pathan (if he's fit), Ashwin, Chawla, Dinda, Awana....Reserves: Manoj Tiwary, Unmukt Chand, Sandeep Sharma, Umesh Yadav to make up the squad of 15. I would have this for Pakistan and England ODIs.

Posted by xylo on (December 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

It is a simple question whether or not Tendulkar will play the series. What is the financial stakes in this series? Huge. I will leave the figuring out as an exercise to the reader.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

as many people against the SRT now,but they think who is better batsman in reverse bench ?they are same who are after him in 2007. Yes, time flies,he is just 4 months short of 40. But do any one please say, who will replace SRT?. rhyane,rohit are amoung critics fav? But they really do justice to their talents? rohit from 2008 cb series till 2012 last ? but still not in single team as secure man? rahyne has to learn how to cop with international cricket.his batting has to positive,he sometimes goes in cell in oddi even. First of all, we need a very good caption who led from front in test. But sadly , Dhoni has power but not talent of caption like ponting, steve , smith , cook. secoondly ,had any buddy appeal foul for laxman , when he had to retire in embracing manner. Now same people seeing India debacle , remember laxman? so my lovely people ,first make India A tour to many country, then consider a guy, because WE STILL NO ANSWER FOR LAXM. DADA.As indian bowing has always been WORSE

Posted by gopivissu on (December 22, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

If we look at the current Ranji manches Sandeep sharma, Ishwar Panday, Mohit Sharma and Rishi Dhawan are performing very well. The strike rates are 41, 43, 37 and 59. And their avg. is good. Mohit is having best after 7 Runji matches and Sandeep took 40 wickets including current match. My question is why we are looking for always seniors. If we dont give chances to youngsters you will not get fruitful results in the coming future. We need to build team for both test matches and ODI's. We are having all rounders and Rishi dhawan is best in domestic. He scored nearly 500 runs and took 34 wickets in 7 matches. Was it too bad to perform both with bat and ball?? Also Pujara should be promoted to open in ODI's. He is averaging 57 in LISTA matches. Why selectors are ignoring him for ODI's? If we talk about spin department ASHWIN need more guidance from senior spinners in INDIA.

Posted by Nathan_R_Patrick on (December 22, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Sachin started his career against PAK. Give him a chance to score is long awaited 50th ODI century and let him hang his boots quickly. The presence of seniors is proving to be a regression in all formats. So letting Sachin score his last ODI hundred will eliminate 50% of regression. I don't understand why Mohd. kaif is not being picked in shorter formats. He is a sort of ADD/ADHD for the test cricket but I think he may still be far better than rainas and rohits.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

bring sreeshanth..ishant..and dinda..they wi do the job..in current form yuvi is the only spinner we can depend..aswin loosing all the confidence in his bowling..sad to say spin department nobody their for replacement..

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 22, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

who ever they pick won't matter a bit.Pakistan will destroy them the same as everyone else does

Posted by shiva89 on (December 22, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

our batting is good... we have good odi and t20 batsmen. the problem is our bowling. i am sure keeping in mind our empty spin bags... ojha is likely to return. ashwin needs to be kicked out. poor bowler, poor fielder and his batting is of no use in limited overs cricket. pace bowlers shd be selected from bhuvneshwar kumar/ ishant, sreesanth and nehra/munaf. spinners shd be ojha and harbhajan.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Bring back Sreesanth... i dont feel to even watch the match when India is bowling.. it simply lacks agression in fast bowling :-)

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Lol at the Australian way statement. No point in blindly taking one way over another. And wonder what the author means by taking the Australian way, let players play through a 6 year drought the way they did with Ponting?

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1: Look, Sachin is not the greatest match winner of all times. But you got to cut the man some slack. A batsmen is made to look even better when his team has good bowlers. For the simple fact that his score of 70-80 would look a grt knock if the bowlers can defend their teams total. Thats why Ponting looks such a match winner. But he must have got a taste of it in the last few years, what Sachin is facing from past 20. Ponting played a grt innings in WC 2011 Quarters. does it count as grt innings ? Lara also had some hard luck but he atleast had some support in the 90s with Walsh and Ambrose making the pitch look unplayable for opposition batmen. Sachin has had the misfortune of playing in mostly poor and at the best mediocre bowling attacks throughout his career. The guy can't win a match for his team even if he scores 175 in an ODI !!

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

I would not pick Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Ashwin, Ojha. The seniors among them are past their best and the newer guys are not good enough to be in the team.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

sehwag should be made available for all formats of the game as he was the most successful opener in the world. rahane did not utilize his chances in both t20 games against england. in the second t20 india did not get a good start with rahane failing again and gambhir unable to connect. sehwag would be better than the current duo in challenging the opponent. coming to sachin he should be allowed to play against australia and selection committee should respect his decisions. if he is willing to play still more he should be continued i the team as he was the only senior left in the team and competing australians is not an easy task.

Posted by astopal on (December 22, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Al_bundy1 hats off toyour cricketing knowledge and acumen .Sehwag hits a ton and does nothing. For someone's sake he's got 23 hundreds 32 fifty's at average of 50 in test matches with strike rate of 82 (highest in the world of real cricket=test cricket) even greater that Gilly and Sehwag has got the runs opening. Its ok to ask him to step off t-20 and odi's , anyhow he must do it for test longevity but test matches you cannot deny the sehwag effect. His 2 triples and nearly third triple. His tons in Aus,SA,Eng, WI, PAK are testimony to one thing. That by someone he is a talent. Ok the form is off but hey he just hit a ton in the test and we won it too. Even his 50's turn the game. Remember the record chase against england where he hit 83 off 68 and pummeled pommies in the last session of the 4th day and set up the win. Well and i give it to you, he must not play odi's and t-20 lets dhoni be the man there with his 30 run cameo's to be your star but wake up and notice the facts"n"figures

Posted by Malti65 on (December 22, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

When will this torture end ? SRT, You have been a great champion for most part of your 22 years career and we love you for that. But that phase has long gone. Now please move on and let Indian cricket move on. for the last 3/4 years Indias development has been stagnated becouse of the delay in retirement of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

well i remember tendulkar and sehwag best time , when indians literally worshiped them but there is one one problem with subcontinent players they dun retire untill they are kicked out. same story of pakistan, inzi, yousaf and now, misbahulhaq , younas , afridi same mentality of sub continent players.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

I have bad memories of Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth in limited overs cricket and unless these bowlers have learned to use pace variations they both should not be selected .I think they probably have had one decent game each in this format in their entire careers and that includes the IPL too . Ideally if Irfan Pathan ,Balaji and Vinay kumar are healthy they should be in ,especially Pathan . I dont feel that Sachin should be selected .Please drop Chawla and Jadeja and take Harbhajan .Surely Bhajji is better than the mediocre spin bowlers we have right now . Ashwin has played terrible now for awhile but i guess there is no one better . Ideal 11 for limited overs cricket -1) Sehwag 2) Gambhir or Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Yuvraj 5) Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Rohit or Yusuf 8) Irfan Pathan 9) Harbhajan 10) Dinda 11) Umesh Yadav /Balaji/Vinay Kumar

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

@Bommakanti Harigopal - are you on Sachin's payroll, just like the BCCI and selectors!! How else can one explain rooting for a 40 year old, clearly in terminal decline.

Posted by torsha on (December 22, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Sreesanth and Aaron should be in the team. Bowling line is simply weaker.

Posted by aru2u4 on (December 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Ishant and Sreeshant will come back to both t20 and odi teams ...and this guy shoukd get a chance... http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/465467.html Just saw his bowling against mumbai , simply superb..

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

see what happens in 2nd t20. india cant defend 177..they really need Zak, I Pathan & U Yadav..but unfortunately they r injured and not available for series against pakistan..Team of 15 - Tendulkar, Gambhir, sehwag, Kohli (Wc), Rahane, Tiwary, Pujara, Yuvraj (c), Dhoni (wk), Raina, Ashwin, munaf patel, amit mishra, ishant, pankaj singh

Posted by vpk23 on (December 22, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Bring in Sree..That Aggession will some sort of short in the arm for the flagging current team. India seems to win more matches when he is around if I am not wrong. Anyways no harm. He's got a few good years left. Or else Irfan / Varon if he is fit.

Posted by Patrick_ on (December 22, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

With the current from I think Tendulkar would perform better in ODIs than in tests. I think we should pick him and see if he can get his form back. He has done well against Pakistan in ODIs. But if he fails here also, then it could be his final ODI series.

Posted by pavishkizhuthani on (December 22, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Select sreesanth he is the one of the best fast bowler india have... Give chance to amabadi rayadu, put piyush chawla out...

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

All Sachin and Sahwag bhakt should have start their own board and start conducting matches between countries and ask Sachin and Sahwag to play twice each, so they can play better way and can score some runs in the same innings after failing once. So Sachin and Sahwag fans should show some gratitude towards so called bagwans and let Indian cricket team should do some teamwork. You want you can take Gambhir too, he can also be part of the Bhawan team and see if they can do miracles for their devotees.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Sreesanth is a serious bowler to watch out if he is selected, he can swing the bowl with the new ball and bowl reverse swing than anyone in the current squad.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 22, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Do his worshippers know that Tendulkar holds the world record for playing in highest number of losing ODIs? He couldn't win a match if his life depended on it. Sehwag scores a century in one match, and does not nothing in the rest of the series. I want my team to win - I don't care how many centuries someone has scored. If a player can't help you win a match - drop him. We are not here to pad someone's bank balance.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

I think the best XI for One-day will b as following: MS Dhoni, Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Jadeja, Rahane, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Dinda, Ashwin, Harbajan. For T20: Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit Sharma,Yuvraj, Raina, Jadeja, Rahane, Ishant Sharma, Dinda, Harbajan, Ashwin, Chawla. This is the only possible squad that can be announced at present situation. Awana is totally waste of a bowler.

Posted by aslamPK on (December 22, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I think India should "REST" tendulkar and sehwag against Australia. But they can play against Zimbabwe. This will improve their current form and "Records" as well.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

awana s not good fr this level yet.....he shud b replaced vt ishant in t20's against pak or some one lyk shami ahmed.... dinda s fine.... also ojha shud be tried in odi's.... chawla , ashwin s struggling a bit now... also sachin shud b gvn a go at odi's to regain the form...

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

@Al_Bundy..Tendulkar has done enough damage to indian cricket? where are you from? Mars? He has done great service to the game of cricket itself and epitomizes modesty for all his tremendous achievements. you must be getting high out of T20s watching Kieron Pollards of the world! Mate, sachin is going through a bad patch and that is it..no one has ever been in the place he is in the cricketing history..and no one will ever be...he will eventually retire when the time is right for him..and sehwag is a flat track bully? he scored century against every country in their own backyard.. his195 against aussie 1 hour after Tea on a fiery melbourne trac, flat track bully my footk..they need to contribute everyone agrees..but no single individual is responsible for a teams bad performance..its a teams failure..captain is responsible period!! btw..sachin was highest run scorer is 5 World cups..the only WC he failed..we lost against bangladesh and returned home!

Posted by cduggal on (December 22, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

@Al_Bundy ..Resting Tendulkar or Sehwag is fine, i know they are not in the best of their forms but dont say that they have done damage to Indian cricket especially in case of Tendulkar.. you know what ..if Indian cricket is waht it is today, its because of Tendulkar!!!

Posted by here2rock on (December 22, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

I am afraid Zaheer's best is well behind him. He can help the youngsters in Ranji with his experience. No selector has the courage to drop Tendulkar and Shewag.

Posted by anuajm on (December 22, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

The amount of service that Sachin has done to Indian cricket, he deserves some respect doesn't he AI_Bundy1? Sehwag has been primarily responsible for India becoming a test cricket superpower. The problem with Sehwag is that he has blatantly refused to adapt and modify his game even a little bit which led to his rapid downfall. He needs to be dropped and someone needs to talk to him to be more responsible. If Tendulkar is going to play tests and selectors have decided that, he should play these one day matches. No point in getting Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth. Better to give chance to new bowlers and see how they perform. Team of 15 - Tendulkar, Gambhir, Kohli, Rahane, Tiwary, Pujara, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Ojha, Awana, Dinda, Shami..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 22, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

I would say rest Sachin and Sehwag forever. Those 2 have done enough damage to Indian cricket by overstaying beyond their retirement age. Who needs Selfishkar and flat track bully?? Ditto with Ishant Sharma. Sure, he can bowl at 140 kph, but what's the point if he can't take a wicket? Better give chance to youngster like Awana or Shami Ahmed - they will be hungry to prove themselves.

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