Pakistan in India, 2012-13 December 23, 2012

Sehwag back for ODIs, Zaheer stays out

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India made six changes to India's ODI squad that had toured Sri Lanka in July and August this year, for the three-match ODI series against Pakistan, starting December 30. Virender Sehwag survived the axe on a day Sachin Tendulkar retired from ODI cricket but Zaheer Khan was not considered for the high-profile series.

The selectors, who met captain MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher at the BCCI headquarters, replaced allrounder Irfan Pathan, fast bowler Umesh Yadav and middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary, who are all nursing injuries. The selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil also decided to leave out Zaheer and the spin duo of Pragyan Ojha and Rahul Sharma. The six men who have come in their place are Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed and Amit Mishra.

While Yuvraj, Jadeja and Ishant's inclusion was expected, Bhuvneshwar, the Uttar Pradesh allrounder and Shami, the Bengal seamer, have been rewarded for their consistent performances on the domestic circuit and India A tours. Legspinner Mishra's inclusion in the ODIs was a big surprise. Though there is not much to choose between Mishra and Piyush Chawla when it comes to leg-spin bowling, Mishra's fielding has been a big weakness. Besides, he has had a prolonged problem of overstepping while bowling.

There are doubts over whether Sehwag will play in the 2015 World Cup. He was dropped for the Asia Cup in March following a poor CB Series in Australia. However, he showed glimpses of regaining his form. Still, Sehwag averages only 23.66 from his previous nine games, with just one 50-plus score, since scoring a world-record 219 against West Indies last December.

In Zaheer's case, it was a mutual understanding between the bowler, the team management and the selectors that he would concentrate on being in shape for the Australia Test series in February. However, if Zaheer improves on his fitness and his domestic team Mumbai are unable to make it to the Ranji Trophy knockouts, it won't be surprising if he plays a part during the ODI series against England, starting January 11.

The selectors did not make any changes to the T20 squad that played England in a just-concluded two-match series. The T20 series against Pakistan starts on December 25 in Bangalore.

T20 squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu.

ODI squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 26, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    why Ashok Dinda ?. Irfan Phatan is there......

  • on December 26, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Where has Irfan Pathan gone,we really need him to make the team well balance...

  • on December 26, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @ Nampally : I agree. India became No.1 in tests because batsman like Sehwag, VVS, Dravid, Tendulkar & lone bowler Kumble and some credit to Bhajji. We are seeing the effect of VVS/Dravid & Kumble not being in the test team. Presently India does not have bowling to take 20 Wickets on any track or contain any top seven ODI team below 200. Now, on Sehwag, There is nothing called batting form for Sehwag, its about him clicking on a day or not. The only difference is he used to click most often than not before and not so much for past 6-9 games.

  • ggsg on December 26, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    In response to spradeepvg statement, "If it is true that "If sehwag scores a ton, India wins" and it is also true that "If tendulkar had scored a ton, India had lost". This is true statistically in ODI, but reality is different. " heres stats test match overall played 194 tests, runs scored 15645 51 hundreds and 66 fifties, average54.32. In Drawn matches 72, runs scored 5887/15645, 20/51 ton and 26/66 fifties, ave 65.41. Lost 56 Test matches, runs scored 4088/15645, 11/51 ton 18/66 fifties with average 37.16. IN WON MATCHES 66 RUNS SCORED 5670/15645, WITH 20/51 TON, 22/66 FIFTIES AVERAGE 64.43. NOW ODIS OVERALL PLAYED 463 RUNS SCORED 18426, 49 TONS 96 FIFTY AND AVERAGE 44.83. IN MATCHES WON 234 RUNS SCORED 1115718426, 33/49 TONS, 59/96 FIFTIES AND AVERAGE OF 56.63. I rest my case

  • on December 26, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    why not take Sandeep Sharma..He is geniune swing bowler and move both side...Bhubaneswar and Sandeep will be both dangerous for against team..please selectors think about for future..

  • spradeepvg on December 26, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @Nampally : Let's get your facts straight : Neither Sehwag nor Tendulkar invented "reverse sweep". It is invented in early 1970s by Haniff Mohammed and popularized by Bob Woolmer. Moreover, they dont even figure in the top list of batsmen who exploited this shot.

    If it is true that "If sehwag scores a ton, India wins" and it is also true that "If tendulkar had scored a ton, India had lost". This is true statistically in ODI, but reality is different.

    I admire Sehwag and Tendulkar. But you need to jump the gun.

  • Nampally on December 25, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    To all those who are having a bash at Sehwag: his latest 4 test scores vs. England are 117, 25, 30,9,23,49 & ) for a total of 255 at an average of 37. Which is the other opening batsman in India comparable to this in india? Admittedly he is not getting centuries galore but only other guys who scored centuries are Pujara(2) & Kohli(1). Sehwag has a better consistency +average than Kohli in the last Test series & highest S/R of any Indian batsman. So before spouting off all sorts of trash on this blog see the stats & write accordingly. Also Sehwag has an average S/R of 104 in odi compared to about 40 of Gatting & 70 of Miandad @ Al-Bundy to note! Let us be sensible before pouring out unnecssary criticism against any player. It hurts the player, the Team & his sensible fans.

  • Nampally on December 25, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Al_Bundy 1: Please wake up ! There is no other dominant Indian player who can turn the games into victories that matches Sehwag. Indian bowling is below Poor! It is the batting that has carried this team to be world cup winners as well as the Test #1 spot. If Indian opening batsmen fail, so do the rest of the batting. History & Stats have proven it unequivocally. Sehwag is even a better off spinner than Ashwin or harbhajan & has never been exploited. Anyone bashing Sehwag should look at the alternatives they have at the opening spot. If Pujara is not in the middle order batting, India has no sheet anchor either. You can put all sorts of names but when it comes to the crunch they do not produce. Lot of hot air but no action. Whart is the record of Miandad or Gatting compared to Sehwag & his S/R. No comparison in any format. It requires guts to open the batting & smash up best seamers in the World. That is what Sehwag brings to the Indian batting. So get Real.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 24, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    It looks like @Nampally was born yesterday. Only an immature person would say - Sehwag & Sachin were the pioneers who invented the reverse sweep. Have you ever heard of Javed Miandad? or Mike Gatting? These days Sachin and Sehwag are just free wickets for the opposite team. Selectors should have axed Sehwag as well.

  • Nampally on December 24, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Amol, It is funny to see "Sehwag survived the Axe" in this article. Sehwag is one batsman who maintians his S/R of over 100 in all formats of the game. This S/R is critical in the ODI's. Sehwag & Sachin were the pioneers who invented the reverse sweep & have been the only 2 dominant ODI players in the world with double centuries- a feat no one else achieved in ODI history. Sehwag is also the most feared opener any fast bowler likes to see in the opening overs. India should be thankful that he is still playing instead of calling to axe him. India should take advantage of his style & goad him to produce more of his big scores. If Sehwag scores big, India win even with its worst bowling. Media & Fans should focus their attention more on the bowlers to raise India. Batsmen have carried India far too long.When Yuvraj @ 80% fitness bowls better than Ashwin( lead spinner), then it is a sad state of affairs.If Sehwag scores a century, India wins - pl. don't kill the golden goose- Go Sehwag!

  • on December 26, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    why Ashok Dinda ?. Irfan Phatan is there......

  • on December 26, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Where has Irfan Pathan gone,we really need him to make the team well balance...

  • on December 26, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @ Nampally : I agree. India became No.1 in tests because batsman like Sehwag, VVS, Dravid, Tendulkar & lone bowler Kumble and some credit to Bhajji. We are seeing the effect of VVS/Dravid & Kumble not being in the test team. Presently India does not have bowling to take 20 Wickets on any track or contain any top seven ODI team below 200. Now, on Sehwag, There is nothing called batting form for Sehwag, its about him clicking on a day or not. The only difference is he used to click most often than not before and not so much for past 6-9 games.

  • ggsg on December 26, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    In response to spradeepvg statement, "If it is true that "If sehwag scores a ton, India wins" and it is also true that "If tendulkar had scored a ton, India had lost". This is true statistically in ODI, but reality is different. " heres stats test match overall played 194 tests, runs scored 15645 51 hundreds and 66 fifties, average54.32. In Drawn matches 72, runs scored 5887/15645, 20/51 ton and 26/66 fifties, ave 65.41. Lost 56 Test matches, runs scored 4088/15645, 11/51 ton 18/66 fifties with average 37.16. IN WON MATCHES 66 RUNS SCORED 5670/15645, WITH 20/51 TON, 22/66 FIFTIES AVERAGE 64.43. NOW ODIS OVERALL PLAYED 463 RUNS SCORED 18426, 49 TONS 96 FIFTY AND AVERAGE 44.83. IN MATCHES WON 234 RUNS SCORED 1115718426, 33/49 TONS, 59/96 FIFTIES AND AVERAGE OF 56.63. I rest my case

  • on December 26, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    why not take Sandeep Sharma..He is geniune swing bowler and move both side...Bhubaneswar and Sandeep will be both dangerous for against team..please selectors think about for future..

  • spradeepvg on December 26, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    @Nampally : Let's get your facts straight : Neither Sehwag nor Tendulkar invented "reverse sweep". It is invented in early 1970s by Haniff Mohammed and popularized by Bob Woolmer. Moreover, they dont even figure in the top list of batsmen who exploited this shot.

    If it is true that "If sehwag scores a ton, India wins" and it is also true that "If tendulkar had scored a ton, India had lost". This is true statistically in ODI, but reality is different.

    I admire Sehwag and Tendulkar. But you need to jump the gun.

  • Nampally on December 25, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    To all those who are having a bash at Sehwag: his latest 4 test scores vs. England are 117, 25, 30,9,23,49 & ) for a total of 255 at an average of 37. Which is the other opening batsman in India comparable to this in india? Admittedly he is not getting centuries galore but only other guys who scored centuries are Pujara(2) & Kohli(1). Sehwag has a better consistency +average than Kohli in the last Test series & highest S/R of any Indian batsman. So before spouting off all sorts of trash on this blog see the stats & write accordingly. Also Sehwag has an average S/R of 104 in odi compared to about 40 of Gatting & 70 of Miandad @ Al-Bundy to note! Let us be sensible before pouring out unnecssary criticism against any player. It hurts the player, the Team & his sensible fans.

  • Nampally on December 25, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Al_Bundy 1: Please wake up ! There is no other dominant Indian player who can turn the games into victories that matches Sehwag. Indian bowling is below Poor! It is the batting that has carried this team to be world cup winners as well as the Test #1 spot. If Indian opening batsmen fail, so do the rest of the batting. History & Stats have proven it unequivocally. Sehwag is even a better off spinner than Ashwin or harbhajan & has never been exploited. Anyone bashing Sehwag should look at the alternatives they have at the opening spot. If Pujara is not in the middle order batting, India has no sheet anchor either. You can put all sorts of names but when it comes to the crunch they do not produce. Lot of hot air but no action. Whart is the record of Miandad or Gatting compared to Sehwag & his S/R. No comparison in any format. It requires guts to open the batting & smash up best seamers in the World. That is what Sehwag brings to the Indian batting. So get Real.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 24, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    It looks like @Nampally was born yesterday. Only an immature person would say - Sehwag & Sachin were the pioneers who invented the reverse sweep. Have you ever heard of Javed Miandad? or Mike Gatting? These days Sachin and Sehwag are just free wickets for the opposite team. Selectors should have axed Sehwag as well.

  • Nampally on December 24, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Amol, It is funny to see "Sehwag survived the Axe" in this article. Sehwag is one batsman who maintians his S/R of over 100 in all formats of the game. This S/R is critical in the ODI's. Sehwag & Sachin were the pioneers who invented the reverse sweep & have been the only 2 dominant ODI players in the world with double centuries- a feat no one else achieved in ODI history. Sehwag is also the most feared opener any fast bowler likes to see in the opening overs. India should be thankful that he is still playing instead of calling to axe him. India should take advantage of his style & goad him to produce more of his big scores. If Sehwag scores big, India win even with its worst bowling. Media & Fans should focus their attention more on the bowlers to raise India. Batsmen have carried India far too long.When Yuvraj @ 80% fitness bowls better than Ashwin( lead spinner), then it is a sad state of affairs.If Sehwag scores a century, India wins - pl. don't kill the golden goose- Go Sehwag!

  • Anandsadvice on December 24, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    An advice for Dhoni is to lay strict rules on the bowlers on their accuracy and plan a stratagy for the bowlers let the batsmen play their natural game and focus only on the bowlers and their line and length they need to bowl to the pakistanies. Try new variation to the pakistanies and keep them guessing in the bowling department that is the only way to win.

    Remember we lost with England mainly due to our lack of varation in the bowling department as compared to England which had a far better bowling attack.

    Same goes with Pakistan i think they have a better bowling attack than England and India obviously has a better batting attack. India will win only if they have a good bowling attack if not we are in for a disappointment again Mr. Dhoni watchout this time if you lose you will be in trouble for sure (it is pakistan)

  • on December 24, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    india need pathan to squad .yu the best chouse and sehwag

  • on December 24, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Why everyone is against shewag i cant understand...everyone wants shewag to make 100 in every game...let him play his game there are 11 players in the team let shewag play his own game and give him the confidence that even he fails there is nothing to worrie..many players are not sure of there place in the team therfor they play to make some milestone 100 or 100+ so that they can stay alive in future games....the big example came in the test were dhoni made 99....when the exe came on dhoni he proformed and again he saved his place...what shewaghas done...he is not the alone person who has made india down in recent series...all have contributed same for the debacle of the team...why Dhoni is playing till now...while he has failed in all the recent series accept 1-2 games...i think dhoni should be given a break and send back to ranji games play some good games and come back in indian team if he perform there...dhoni has spolied the indian team....

  • Robin0784. on December 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    same question, Why Rohit sharma?

  • on December 24, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    How many of the following issues are addressed in this selection?

    OMISSIONS Recently, Sambit Bal wrote, that our test losses were due to:

    (1) lack of energy and fitness, (2) skills were waning with advancing age, (3) players didn't give themselves the best chance to prepare (4) the fast bowlers had regressed and (5) the spinners couldn't spin the ball anymore". I added (6) Lack of honest self assessment (7) Megalomania of Board members and their feudalistic arrogance, (8) Excessive conflict of interest among people in power (9) thoroughly ineffective : Chief Coach, Bowling Coach & Fielding Coach (10) Poor talent scouting, (11) Risk averseness in trying out new talent (12) Poor mentoring, if & when new talent is found (13) Inadequate and infrequent use of a ''A" teams (14) Spineless selectors

    COMMISSIONS: Pl see post by dr.nilesh3176 on (December 24 2012, 14:43 PM GMT)

  • Anandsadvice on December 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    I think India needs to improve their bowling department before taking on Pakistan as they are more dependent on their batting with the big guns. The new bowlers who are getting the opportunity need to step up and win matches for India and they need to know that playing against pakistan is the best time to show their talent as once you succeed against them you become a star overnight. I think Dhoni only focused on the batting department and there is more dependency in the batting more than the bowling. IPL is a blessing in disguise for the the Indian team where the new Indian bowlers get trained by International coaches which gives them good experience when bowling in the 20/20 cricket.

  • on December 24, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    rohit sharma again....???

  • dr.nilesh3176 on December 24, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Sehwag can be careless, Gautam Gambhir is not the force he was. But one thing is sure, they can be match winners anytime anywhere. What I cant understand is the importance being given to a average player like r. ashwin. He cannot turn the bowl, his carrom ball is worthless, doesnt know how to bowl line and length. Why is he enjoying being so called no 1 spinner inspite of bowling rubbish like in the second t20 match against england. Young players like rohit sharma are not taking chances again and again. Bowlers like parwinder awana want to play international cricket without basics like fielding and bowling simple line and length. Had that awana fielded the first ball which he leaked for four runs at third man boundary who knows what would have been the result leave alone that dropped catch. Why select players who are this underprepared in the name of giving chances to youngsters. I think even the bangladeshi players have better attitudes than indian ipl specialists.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 24, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    If we want to win - we need to keep Sehwag out of the team. Like Tendulkar, he is not a team player - he plays only for himself. Sure, he can hit a quickfire 50 or 100 in one match, but then he won't do anything in the rest of the series. Better try a youngster like Rahane - even if he scores only 30-40 runs every match - that's better than 100 in one match and nothing in other matches.

  • on December 24, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    I was surprised that BCCI didn't even consider sachin's retirement.. atleast for a formality they should have asked him to play till pak series.. All were ready to kick him out... I swear Let's see how dhoni gonna be kicked out from indian team which will happen sooner or later.. Surprised that he is still the Indian Captain.. Capatain like Azar, Dada, Dravid all were hero's.. Dhoni was sucessful just coz of the team... Sewag, sachin, gauti, raina, zaheer, harbajan, yuvi etc... all this people contributed and he didn't have pressure.. Still dhoni is been influenced by the outside big shots... and Indian Cricket is been runnin by them... Please this is for our nation not for some people who sit and decide... put sachin in the selector bord... and kick out the ones who haven't played a match properly...

  • karpurapu_kalyan on December 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Mr.KiwiRocker: How well are you informed? Great you know about one player IP that he is injured and others you are pointing are also down with injuries Munaj,Praveen & Balaji. I agree IP is not akram but honestly if you look around pool of players he is the best of the lot and he is far better than R Jadeja who often backed by Dhoni. For any player you need proper backing from your captain fortunately our understandable dhoni is trying to side-line him..I do not understand his logic at all!!!! In Australia (seaming conditions) he is more effective bowler and fortunately RJadeja who is dumb in these conditions gets nod ahead of IP..what the F**INg logic he will tell horses for courses..at no7 you need bit hitting cricketers not run-a-ball rotate players like Jadeja ...iam not saying IP is big hitting batsman but far far better than what Jadeja can do.....Dhoni with his cool head wasted balls and was responsible for loss in Australia....seeing his captain jadeja also played defensive

  • karpurapu_kalyan on December 24, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Though I am huge fan of Sehwag but honestly I have not seen him making good valuable contributions in ODIs in long long time and please do not mention T20, to be fair lets give him one last go against his fav team Pakistan and if he fails he should only playing Tests here after. Amit mishra has never been given long rope but looking at our spin resources I can not see any one good to some extent better try Ohja him self as he can contain flow of runs at least. Rohit: Please sideline him for a season or two to rework on him self and understand the importance of contributing well..........poor Tiwari all the time has been side lined...when Rohit was playing match winning innings with Sachin in CB series kohli was playing U19 world cup and now Kohli in permanant fixture though honestly technique wise Rohit is superior we want him to come back with good head rather than political backing by dhoni at cost of other good players

  • jimbond on December 24, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @kiwirocker: Pathan may not be an Akram, but he has been pretty useful for India whenever he has played- remember his performance in Perth. He bowls at a speed between 125 to 130, which is about the speed at which Mohd Asif (whom I consider the most unplayable bowler of the past ten years) used to bowl. Given India's paucity of bowlers, Pathan should have been a certainty in the Indian team, but given his injuries and given Dhoni's lack of confidence in him (or being perceived as a rival for advertisement revenues) he has not played enough. Even PK and Munaf I guess are carrying different kinds of injury - neither has been seen in Ranji this year. The best that they can do is the play a bowler similar to PK- which is Bhubaneswar kumar.

  • Niju_001 on December 24, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    @Most of them: IRFAN, UMESH, PRAVEEN are all INJURED!!!! Therefore they cannot be considered. Its the same with MUNAF too! all these players are not even playing Ranji trophy. Sreesanth has just returned from injury and is trying to get into shape.. he is not match fit. As for spinners seems like India is in a drought for spinners. Chawla, Bhajji, Ojha, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma all these people are being milked for runs. So for a change the selectors picked Mishra because he is a leg spinner since Ashwin - who is better than the other spinners is an off spinner and is in the team. Despite knowing the fact that this duo will not create any terror in the opposition. I PITY THE SELECTORS THERE ISNT MUCH IN THE POOL TO SELECT TO BOWL OUT A TEAM. Probably bowlers like Ali Murtaza, Bhargav Bhatt are couple of spinners who looks promising from their domestic performances. Pacers like Anand Rajan and Sandeep Warrier too seems promising. They are probable future players for India

  • tanxi on December 24, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I don't understand the hostility towards Sehwag. He is India's most destructive ODI opener. He is inconsistent but he still has a future in Indian team.

    The pace bowlers selected aren't great, but we have to understand that we are carrying a large injury list. Praveen, Umesh, Pathan are all inured. They are probably India's main seam attack. Maybe Vinay Kumar aswell, but he's also injured. The batsmen on the other hand are as strong as they get. There are no better batsmen on the domestic scene than those in the squad.

  • rvinodnair on December 24, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    It is high time for India to think of forming a specialist team for all formats of the game. England and South Africa has already produced results with their newly formed team for T20 matches. We have abundant quality players in our country who are striving to play for the nation on any formats. The BCCI should really look into this and implement such program in bringing up budding stars to consolidate the loosing pride of our nation.

  • venu_cric on December 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    i don't know why selectors has not been selecting Irfan pathan eventhough he is in form and proved in Srilanka in both T20's and oneday's, he can be helpful to the team with bat and bowl

  • on December 24, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I feel Sehwag is selected over many others because he is better at handling nerves and he's got an outstanding record against Pakistan. Probably a new wouldn't have been able to cope with the intense pressure of playing against Pakistan.

  • on December 24, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Affan it wont happen you know i dont think cricket is that fair that one team will beat same quality team with huge margins. By the word "fair" i believe everyone understand what i mean. T20s will be 1-1 ODI's Pakistan will win 2-1 Pakistan will win because Pakistan let India win a worldcup match. NO HARD FEELINGS

  • on December 24, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    i hope the selector will call IRFAN Pathan as soon in this sear..

  • on December 24, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Just don't understand why Ishant Sharma is in both these teams. There are better bowlers in the domestic circuit than him. This guy just does not how to bowl straight on the stumps nor any kind of fullish yorkers. Most of the time, rubbish stuff.

  • mylife4cricket on December 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I was expecting it as yet again selectors give chance to those players who had their chances and wasted it.Its true ,players like Sehwag,Mishra, had been given chances and they proved that they are good for nothing.And inform bowlers Irfan and Yadav has been dropped and i am sure that this will weaken our bowling attack."Excuses will not cover the shame"....

  • on December 24, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Why the selectors giving chance to Rohit again and again in ODI give him chance in Test to proove himself........................................

    With the absence of Sachin why Shikhar dawn not getting chance as opner.........................Why selectors are so unfare with him.....................

    how many more run he has to hit in domestic to prove his ability................

  • KiwiRocker- on December 24, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    I do not understand that why Indian fans are so ill informed and do not realise that Irfan Pathan is actually injured so can not be considered. Irfan Pathan has been around for a decade and he has yet to cement his place in Indian team. He is not Wasim Akram or India's next great thing. Lets get rid of this notion. Irfan Pathan is a pretty ordinary bowler bowling at 120KMPH, which is actually less than Mathew Wade. I do not understand why Indian fans make a mountain out of a mole. Who the heck is Varun Aaron? Has that man even played any thing of note? Indian selectors have actually comitted ahuge blunder here. They should have played munaf Patel as well as consider Bala Ji and Parveen Kumar. Dhoni preaches horses for course policy but he has failed yet again. Munaf Patel was India's unsung hero against Pakistan in WC semi ( along with DRS) and Bala Ji was the best Indian bowler against Pakistan in T20 WC.Pakistani batsmen like pace, but hate seam bowlers &Parveen /Bala are just that!

  • on December 24, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    @Suresh - Irfan is injured, he is not even playing Ranji Trophy

  • JP_Nanakmatta on December 24, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    I don't know why Sehwag and Rohit are in the team. they both haven't done anything in their last 10 odd odis. also Sehwag is not sure abt the next world cup. keeping the australian conditions in mind, i feel selectors should think abt a techically correct batsman in the lineup it could be Pujara or Mandeep. Also I feel Rayadu should be given chance ahead of Rahane in T20s.

  • Natesan333 on December 24, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @jose puliampatta I suppose when you gracefully accept the FACT that our batsmen are FAR SUPERIOR to theirs.

  • on December 24, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    can any selector give explanation... y irfan pathan was dropped..??? he was awarded Man of the Match in srilanka... and after that there was nothing happend... is it because dhoni dont like irfan...??? when will BCCI will give chance for the players with caliber and who can grow...

  • on December 24, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    can any selector give explanation... y irfan pathan was dropped..??? he was awarded Man of the Match in srilanka... and after that there was nothing happend... is it because dhoni dont like irfan...??? when will BCCI will give chance for the players with caliber and who can grow...

  • Solid_Snake on December 24, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Affan khan->Dude this is not WC that India would beat Pakistan easily..Now there is no WorldCup aka (Boggie man for Pak),so Pray for less humiliation of Indian team rather than Pakistan's defeat :P

  • on December 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    can any selector give explanation... y irfan pathan was dropped..??? he was awarded Man of the Match in srilanka... and after that there was nothing happend... is it because dhoni dont like irfan...??? when will BCCI will give chance for the players with caliber and who can grow...

  • on December 24, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    swhwag out and give chance to vijay

  • on December 24, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Pakistan's bowlers are FAR SUPERIOR to our Indian bowlers! Let us gracefully accept that FACT.

  • on December 24, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Indian should beat Pak in all format with huge margin. Best of Luck Indian team.

  • on December 24, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Both Sehwag & Ashwin should be dropped, from all formats, till they regain their form & fitness

  • on December 24, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    India need varun and umesh fit

    ODI squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra.

  • on December 24, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Why not Iqbal Abdullah, he can bat as well and does not bowl as many no balls.

  • on December 24, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    @cric_fanatics hahaha are u in ur senses?? if umesh yadav was fit it wud have been a green wash becoz umesh yadav is just another blok who bowls fast but with no usage of brain .The main difference with pakistani fast bowlers and indian fast bowlers ( by fast bowlers i mean 140+) has been the ability to get a wicket on unsupporting wickets by using skills!! indian bowlers lack it very much but pakistani bowlers have it in them in abundance no wonder pakistan always win becoz of their bowling!!!

  • on December 24, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Sehwag is out of form...........He is still in the team like Tendulkar having good past records....It's time to giving chance to youngsters like Rahane,Dawan,Vijay.

  • AbAdvani on December 24, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Will someone spare a thought for Pankaj Singh ? How many more 5 wicket hauls does he need to take on dead Indian pitches to be noticed by BCCI ? Please don't let him become another Abhay Kuruvilla.

  • trust_27 on December 24, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    I believe its high time India should start thinking about the next world cup happening in Australia. Its would be a fast pitch and will have bouncy as well. So they should start there preparation. I don't think Sehwag will last till then hence should drop him as well from the one day squad and start looking for a fresh face for opening in one days who will get the required experience by that time. Also need to think about Dhoni's future about being a wicket-keeper batsman till that time. Not sure if he would be able to continue with the dual role of captaincy and wicket-keeping. He should bat at number 4 before yuvraj singh and have someone else tested as an wicket-keeper batsman as well. Bowling line up should have atleast 10-12 Fast bowlers including allrounder like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Rishi Dhawan etc.

  • on December 24, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Not sure why Ishant sharma is given such a long rope. 2 players who definitely don't deserve places purely based on form/performances are Ghambir and Ashiwn. Both have struggled in the test matches and in the T20's that followed. I am really surprised at Varun Aaron's injury, is so severe that he is out of cricket for so long or is it a BCCI+Dhoni's strategy to keep him away. We all saw how reluctant Dhoni was to include umesh yadav in England inspite of failures by other bowlers.

  • mlkt on December 24, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    abhimanyu mithun again selected in team for eng t20s.....left out of next series without playing......i think selectors have again started their zone based rotation policy....

  • on December 24, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @Cric_fanatic..why is that!!?? They have better pace-man than Umesh in their 3rd division league...

  • uvaise.ahmed on December 24, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Ashwin must been dropped, he is not upto his potential. rest of the team is fine with inclusion of shami ahmed will boost the bowling side.

  • yoogi on December 24, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Pujara should have been selected, otherwise what is the point in performing for India. He was the only stand-out performer in recent times and he could bat like dravid in one-dayers too. I am really surprised!. Atleast his selection will put Gambir and shewag under pressure as they didnt perform well compared to him in Tests.

  • on December 24, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Irfan denied a chance. He is far better allrounder but again politics. sad we have to play without Tendulkar in future ODIs. Really he was moral and may even call him as WG Grace or Broadman of ODI.

  • on December 24, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    I think if we gave as much chances to yousf pathan as given to rohit ,ishant & jadeja then it would be a different ODI team & t20 with a great hitter of cricket ball.I can never understand that what selectors has seen in ishant & jadeja.They both imbalance the team when are in playing 11.

  • KiwiRocker- on December 24, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Pakistani fans will be especially thrilled to see V.Sehwag. This man is a walking wicket in International cricket and an easy 20 runs plus two drop catches in the field. Having said, it is disappointing to see Umesh Yadev is not around. Pakistani batsmen love pace ( they have bowlers quicker than Yadev in nets), and Yadev like Dinda has a lot of full tosses and easy half volleys to offer! Nasir Jameshed and Ahmad Shahzad must be licking their lips! Indian cricket is at its lowest. They had to bring back likes of Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra! It is matter of time before Maninder Singh makes his come back!

  • on December 24, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    What is the use of this selection commitee, they just dont have the guts to do anything. For starters both Sehwag and Gambhir must BE DROPPED, they are one of the worst performing players in the last year.. GAMBHIR is still fine but Sehwag has been a liability on and off the field..Zaheer, Tiwary, Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan are not dropped , they were not available for selections, the selection committee needs to find to do something here, Ishanth is a good selection considering we dont have any experience in pace bowling...Piyush Chawla in T20 is a waste of a lifetime...

  • on December 24, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    It's all depends how the bowlers can utilise the wicket condition and control their nerves..player selection has the minimum role when it comes to India V Pakistan.

  • Albert_cambell on December 24, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Facing indian bowlers is like playing a video game. Worse bowling line up in the planet. Even Afghan and kenya batsman would thrash them.

  • Albert_cambell on December 24, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    I dont know how are they going to beat pakistan with club level players like Rohit sharma,Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra and R.Ashwin. Their bowling looks club standard compared to what pakistan has.

  • on December 24, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    As always, the Indian 'fans' are almost as insulting about their own players as they are about the opposition's: far too much simple-minded criticism here of Sehwag, Ashwin, Rohit & Jadeja. Sehwag remains the sole Indian batsman with the explosive potential to turn any game on its head within half an hour, Ashwin has a highly impressive ODI economy rate of 4.78 RPO &, to boot, is an increasingly assured batsman capable of upping his tempo if required, Jadeja's a vastly improved batsman these days & a more than useful containing bowler, & Rohit Sharma oozes class & elegance. It's not those four that India need to dispense with, but their popgun attack of Ishant, Dinda, Awana & Chawla, none of whom would get anywhere near any other international side's 1st XI. Otherwise, these two squads look as if they can probably match Pakistan in both formats.

  • on December 24, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Whitewash? lol. Have you forgotten Junaid Khan, Ajmal, Hafeez? It will be a good series.

  • on December 23, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    If Indian does not produce quality bowlers by way of pacers as well as Spinners, they are in big trouble... Wonder how Lanks produce bolwers like Herath, Mendes & likes, while Pakistan comes up with some of the finest SPIN bowlers every single YEAR, India cannot produe a single bowler who can even TURN the ball in a spinning track. Even Monty and Swann excelled when India flopped. SHOCKING !!!

  • on December 23, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    When India is strugling to find a decent pace bowler, they should include Sandeep Sharma, I was amazed by his bowling in Australia during u-19 WC.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/438362.html

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 23, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    This should be the last chance for Sehwag. He's becoming a liability, like Tendulkar in last 2 series. But I like selection of 2 youngsters - B Kumar and Shami Ahmed. It's time to rebuild the Indian team. Next time please give chance to other youngsters too - like Sandeep Sharma of Punjab and Rishi Dhawan of HP.

  • on December 23, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    The way India has treated Zaheer is despicable. He won more tests for India than combined Tendulkar and Dhoni. It is indeed strange that India would abandon Zaheer so disgracefully. He is still the best Pace bowler in India.

  • on December 23, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    leaving sehwag for t20 in India is so foolish

  • Jawahar_Jones on December 23, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    My india 11 - 1.murali vijay 2.sehwag 3.kohli 4.rohit 5.yuvi 6.raina 7.Dhoni 8. ashwin 9.r.p.singh 10.dinda 11.shami Ahmed

  • Jawahar_Jones on December 23, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Watz murali vijay doing these days he has wide range of shorts selectors should give him more chances

  • VJ_Cricket on December 23, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    I hope this will be the last series for Rohit Sharma, with Manoj Tiwary Injured this is an opportunity to give Rahane's, Rayudu and Dhawan's a fair chance.

    Some players are better at performing at franchise / county level and not at international level.

  • cricketizgood on December 23, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Well before England series Ashwin started blabbering that he has discovered a new delivery which will be hard for England players to play. We all saw the result that England took the series 2-1. Ashwin was the least successful spinner from both the sides. The pitches were made for spinners and he had trouble, what would have happen if the pitch was aiding the quicks? India need to explore for better bowlers.

  • Cricketfan101 on December 23, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    india need varun aaron and umesh yadav fit again

  • ShortGully on December 23, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Zaheer is as expected ..! Ishant is back in ODI after long time..! I think the headlines should be changed.!

  • on December 23, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Last chance for Ashwin as an off spin bowler

  • on December 23, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    No issues with the selection at all. This is a team in transition and it is Upton the captain to give chances to those selected,! Lets not rant at the selectors but at BCCI who have become another blot on the sporting landscape of India like others of its ilk, worse being the IOA.

  • cric_fanatics on December 23, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Pakistan got lucky since Umesh yadav is not playing. Would have been a whitewash had he played.

  • on December 23, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    bcci make big mistake by picking amit mishra

  • Nampally on December 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Chawla & Mishra are similar type of bowlers. If they want a different type pf leg spinner go to Rahul Sharma. Rahul was in the squad several times without actually being in the XI- benched 20 times by Dhoni. There is no point in keeping a guy in the squad so long & discarding him even without playing him. That is why the change should start from the top with a replacement skipper for Dhoni. His XI selection is irrational as is his field placing. There has been shome shift towards youngsters with B.Kumar & Shami in the squad.Spinners area still needs to be explored. Ashwin as off spinner has become as bad as Harbhajan. India needs new off spinners who can spin the ball & have controlled length/direction. Amongst leg spinner give Rahul a chance since Chawla is not the right guy.In LH orthodox try S.Nadeem, a fine bowler of his type. In batsmen Mandeep, Chand & Dhawan need closer look.Persisting with Sehwag is good because he is still the most feared opener in the World- try his off spin!

  • JKSFB on December 23, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Jadeja and Bhuv Kumar are good picks, as is Shami Ahmed. But as usual, the selectors were conservative in my view. This is the ideal time to pick new faces...It is a high profile series and the same time it is not a world cup or anything important like that....Throw the new faces into the deep end and see who floats..time to separate the men from the boys....WC2015 will be here and we cant go into that with a bunch of senior citizens

  • on December 23, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Why the hell again ROHIT SHARMA...??? Please refer his record... http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/34102.html no other player in the history of the Indian cricket might have got this much of opportunities... FED UP..!!!

  • on December 23, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Can SOMEBODY please explain to me why Ravindra Jadeja is being given opportunities again and again and again and again ??? He is a worthless cricketer. Can anyone remember when was the last time he made an impact for the indian team? And Ashwin..... my granny is more athletic than him !!! Geez !!

  • on December 23, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    i want to awhana like strike bowler to loss every matchs occasion is that he is match winner ,pitch winner

  • on December 23, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Why is there so many Jadeja bashers??? I fail to understand! Give the guy a break guys! I agree his batting has not been upto scratch recently but his bowling has been better than "India's Saber Toothed Bowling Attack". In the 4th test match, he had the best economy of all the bowlers. In the first t20, barring dinda and yuvi, he had the best bowling economy again. And no his wickets were not tail enders in the test. In the Ranji Trophy, he has taken same number of wickets as Awana. He can bat too as has been proved with the fact that he's the first indian to score 3 triple centuries! His fielding is electric too. What more can be expected guys?

  • lazyplayers on December 23, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    @Vignesh, By God of Cricket you meant Viv. Richards or Don Bradman ?

  • on December 23, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    I believe the Indian selectors need to reserve 2 slots at least in the squad for the best batsman and best bowler in the domestic circuit. Either the one with highest total of runs overall or highest average having played X number of games. Likewise with bowling... It will improve the competition within the domestic league since there's a guaranteed reward for the best performers.. I believe it will raise the overall quality of cricket in the domestic league. We're witnessing too many youngersters racking up tonnes of runs but not being rewarded for their efforts whilst giving unlimited chances to passengers in the squad. Chak De India!

  • on December 23, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    why not Irfan pathan??what's wrong with him?

  • on December 23, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    what ashwin doing in the team? kick him out

  • SamRoy on December 23, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    I beg to differ with @Ravikiran Hande. I don't mind Ashwin being dropped from ODI and T20 teams but he is a far better test batsman than Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj, etc. He should bat at No. 6 for India. Agree he needs more patience to be a bowling all-rounder. But he has skill. Any bowler who can bowl two different off-spiners, top-spinner, arm-ball and his finger-flicking carrom ball has enough ability to play test cricket. What he needs is more patience and more balls on good length and not over-pitching it so that batsman have to play of front foot but can't drive.

  • Senthil.G on December 23, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Unlucky Tiwary is again injured. Rohit Sharma's last 5 ODI scores read 5, 0, 0, 4 and 4. After 85 matches he averages 30 at a strike rate of 78 and still somehow finds a place in the indian team. Even his overall List A average is a mediocre 34.33 after 147 matches. Perhaps Pujara would have been a better choice. Ashwin needs to realize that he cannot take his place for granted. Yuvraj and Jadeja are much better bowlers at the moment than him. Hope Rahane finds a place in playing XI.

  • amarnath79 on December 23, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Mishra and Chawla over Bhajji in ODIs?

    Pretty clear BCCI is protecting and favoring Ashwin. India has been embarassed in last 1 year in Australia and England because of spinners like Ashwin!

  • arvsingh on December 23, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Ojha was undoubtedly the best of the spinners tried against England. I am surprised at his omission. India needs Harbhajan back so badly against Pakistan ans Australia ... missing his tight bowling and aggression on the field.

  • arvsingh on December 23, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Recycling past failures is not going to help. Selectors are not courageous enough to select a fresh approach. Deadwoods like Asswin and Rohit need to be replaced ... but you never know who knows who in BCCI.

  • on December 23, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    @ Ian Jathanna: Well said Ian, Why don't u ask the entire team to be axed from playing cricket? Why did't you ask this question when Sehwag scored his Big hundreds? Players are human beings.We should always back them to regain their confidence. Each and every player will go under a lean patch. If u cant understand that please stop commenting on any of the players. Already we have lost the GOD of cricket in ODI formats. so please think before posting any comments.

  • astopal on December 23, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    @tickric well buddy Rohit's stats are impressive but in longer format. His First class average is 61 but what can we do with our selectors who cannot read or interpret numbers and keep picking him in odi's and not tests.

  • y4yoga on December 23, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    doesn't make any sense why Rohit has been in team, infact in Playing XI despite of all failures in past one and half year.... rest of the team is fair

  • Harsha_Reddy on December 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    dhoni's pet is back R Jadeja.. the only thing he brings to the table is his fielding....rest all is neither here nor their types

  • mysecretme on December 23, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Ishant coming back is good news for ODI cricket. Dinda and Awana bowling dibblers was not a good sight in the previous games. Ishant should be groomed for LOI's because he doesn't seem to get the art of picking wickets regularly, but can bowl at one spot for a long time. I would like for him to be bowled out in the first 20 overs with mid-off and mid-on up and catchers behind the wicket and short-leg. Even deep midwicket is a good wicket taking position for him.

    Dinda and Awana are not fit for international cricket yet. At their pace, they should have a bag full of tricks - slower balls, yorkers, slow bouncers, leg-cutters, off-cutters etc. Both of them look slower than Ganguly. IMO, they shine in Ranji because they are not under pressure to stop runs and get a lot of tail ender wickets.

    And finally, people should just stop rating IPL performances. We have seen enough players who shine in IPL totally boomb in international cricket. Everybody is not Chris Gayle.

  • mysecretme on December 23, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Piyush Chawla is not a limited overs bowler. He works best when he can keep men in catching positions and not worry about stopping scoring.. i.e against new batsmen and tail enders. He doesn't have the accuracy or patience to bowl against good international batsmen. I sincerely hope Amit Mishra does really well and gets into the test team.

  • farhanindian on December 23, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    pujara should be a part of ODI...we wil miss sir sachin :(

  • on December 23, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    sehwag should be axed !!!!!!!

  • on December 23, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @tickcric: Good one!!!Ashwin's horoscope is better than Rohit's.I dont see one good reason why he is still in the test team.He was useless in Australia.His recent Home series performance against England lets face it,English loved facing him after the first test.That carrom ball technique of his is are as useless as chawlas leg breaks,all flashy no results.Even in his most beloved T20 format he had been at the receiving end for quite sometime and holds the dubious record of conceding mnost sixes.Anyone who has watched Shane watson and David warner play Ashwin in the T20 worldcup match against India will agree that he has lost it.even Chennai superkings couldnt make him bowl decently in IPL.His bowling average is way higher and begs the question as to why is he still in the squad.Seriously harbhajan singh was a pain as he lost his wicket taking ability but he atleast knew how to contain!!!

  • on December 23, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    wats wrong with RP SINGH and OJHA.......????

  • PD2020 on December 23, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Its a shame that BCCI inspire being the most powerful board, is not able to focus efforts on producing quality ballers for the future. Also like many others said, I don't know what Irfan did wrong after Sri Lanka tour where he was one of the leaden wicket takers. BCCI should set itself a goal like Imran did for Pakistan cricket; he scouted young talent like Akib Javed, Waquar Younus and Wasim Akram who served Pakistan Cricket for longer time, rather than rely on selectors to do the job.

  • SilentVoyager on December 23, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    For everyone asking about why Irfan Pathan was not selected, please read the article carefully. Irfan, Manoj Tiwary, and Umesh yadav are injured and recovering. Amit Mishra's selection is a joke. Don't we have any other spinners on the domestic circuit apart from Mishra, Chawla? Let's think that domestic records are not to be trusted. Even then, Mishra and Chawla have not done achieved anything great for India, why not try and test young spinners? Why not give an extended run to Ojha or Rahul Sharma? Hopefully Rayudu and Bhuvaneshwar kumar and Shami Ahmed debuts at some point of the series. Just picking people and making them warm the bench doesn't make any sense. Indian selectors have the habit of dropping 'untested players' after few series. Hopefully they don't do it this time.

  • Neeta on December 23, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    T20's require you to hit from the very beginning which Gauti was not able to do in the previous match. But with adequate time available, he becomes a different player altogether. At present he is ranked at no.9 in ODI cricket, averages more than 40 at a strike rate of more than 85, what more do you guys want? Sehwag has always performed well against Pakistan and I back him to come good again. Nice to see some new guys in the fast bowling department. Shami Ahmed has been highly rated by Wasim Akram, Dinda is good, Only problem is Ishant coming back. I don't know the present injury status of Pathan Kumar Munaf Aaron but it is really sad that we have to revert back to Ishant for the ODI's. Mishra for Chawla is also a good inclusion. I back India to win this series as Pakistan has only two serious bowlers in Ajmal and Hafeez. Gul will be easily handled as will the slow scoring Pakistan batsmen like Misbah Younis Hafeez Azhar Ali etc. Best of luck to India for the series!!!

  • Indialover on December 23, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    I think munaf and pravin should be picked for odi.

  • on December 23, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    there is no meaning for selection board as there are no changes made, what is the use of Ashok Dinda or Ishant? will they try with any new bowler?

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Trying to answer some of you, Don't judge Awana by last two matches. Looked like he was trying to do something what he is not good at. He is wonderful when he makes the ball leave the bat and swing away to keeper. About Irfan, why do you guys blame so blindly? It is clearly mentioned that he is nursing an injury. Rohit sharma looked a lot fitter, may be he is working hard, it is time for him to return the favors. Please don't tell me 202 as reason for Mishra's inclusion. Horrible fielder, not so good bowler. Good selection, giving opportunities for new fast bowlers

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    i think ashwin all the three formats is big mistake .he is not good fielder in neither of three formats . take bhajji or any under under 19 player why not...

  • crick_wizard on December 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    For the zillionth time..I ask again..what r jadeja and chawla doing in the team?

  • here2rock on December 23, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Indian selectors needed to take bold steps and pick Harmeet Singh and Unmukt Chand from their under 19 squad. Players like them are the future of Indian cricket. I can not believe when selectors say there are no options. It is not true, the reason is that they are not doing their job. The teams for ODIs and T20 contain same old tried, tested and failed cricketers. How many chances are enough for these players? No wonder they do not perform because they know that they will not be dropped.

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Irfan , Balaji , Praveen Kumar , Munaf Patel , Aashish Nehra , Varun aaron and Umesh Yadav all are injured . So please stop asking why they are not selected .

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    The Indian bowling is still very weak. When the Ajmal and whoever the second spinner is gets started, the difference in class will show. Even their skipper can be a handful on most days. Just imagine the nightmare India would have been facing if Amir and Asif were playing. Those two are just unplayable.

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    why not selection of pujara in odi team, he is a beset batsman in middle order why we always try rohit sharma?

  • here2rock on December 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    The biggest problem I see regardless of the team selected is the captain Dhoni, he will back up the same inconsistent players, he tend to have his biased opinions. He shows no confidence in new players when selected in the squad regardless of their current form. He along with Duncan Fletcher are a big headache for India right now. I read his comments that the toss will be a big factor when deciding the outcome of the coming series against Pakistan. If that is the case why bother playing just flick the coin and do not worry about playing the game. I would rather have him take a positive approach like Steve Waugh used to say that losing a toss does not mean you lose the game, it is not under your control. Dhoni does worry me as a captain of the ship, if he does not believe in the crew then how will the crew cruise smoothly?

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Seriously, why is Ashwin given such a long rope? His bowling poses no threat at all, his batting is pretty good but his job is to take wickets. Moreover, Yuvraj troubled the english batsmen a lot, if the team needs a spinner, Yuvraj is always available. Ashwin shouldn't be given these many opportunities.

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    sadeeip patil is playing politics

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    why was irfan pathan dropped??????????????

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Two tail-enders who never scored a century in their lives, scored 'DOUBLE CENTURIES' against Kranataka attack! What do we think of Indian Pitches? What do we think of Indian Bowling? How can we ever rely on domestic performance to scout for talents for national representation? When are we going to do something about our pitches and bowling resources?

  • on December 23, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Ashwin failed in the tests miserably. So ODIs is a test by fire for him. Lets see for this season, how he goes. T20 is fine perhaps, just 4 overs.

  • torsha on December 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    What has Irfan done wrong?

  • on December 23, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Why is Ashwin still there??? N Srinivasan to answer

  • svel on December 23, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    y r u guys opposing ashwin so much... look at his last years odi record ... its excellent... and currently he is the 4th ranked odi bowler in the world... u guys must think before u comment...

  • on December 23, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    poor selection as always i mean if waseem akram points to guy that he is good spinner the indain selectors will select him i mean if they can not point out the talent in the country they are not doing their job at all ....and still relying on old horses like Sehwag oh my God they will never learn from their mistakes.

  • fajju09876 on December 23, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Awana Was A plop WHy Still Have HIm??

    Amit Mishra Was A good Option As We just Saw hIM SCORE 200 2DAY

    hopefully SEE Rayyadu Playing

  • tickcric on December 23, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Rohit Sharma's stats are not at all interesting. May be his horoscope is. It should be published by cricinfo sometime. Goodness gracious he has got some luck!

  • on December 23, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    They have made mistake not to change T20 Squad Awna Sharma Chawla Jadeja are big weakness in it

  • neeraj_ on December 23, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    where is irfan and praveen and balaji ?????

  • on December 23, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Rahanae should get a chance to play.he is loosing his form because he is just asked to sit in the dressing room.What is the reason for a an inform player being in squad.He must be tested and must be given more oppurtunities

  • Desihungama on December 23, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Why don't you (BCCI) just hire Wasim Akram as your coach? I am surprised the selectors have plucked Shami Ahmed out of blue even since Akram pointed him out?

  • bala419 on December 23, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    with out shewag we can't won the match it is good dicision to selected shewag for odi

  • Angry_Bowler on December 23, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Questions like why Rohit, why Chawla, why not Tiwari, etc. have no relevance to BCCI or to the selectors that's how cricket is run in India, sorry folks.

  • on December 23, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Playing a t20 without sehwag in Indian soil is a big joke...

  • IndCricFan2013 on December 23, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Why is Shewag back, Rahane should be playing in ODI too. Also I think Ashwin should have been rested for PAK tour, he is playing all formats and his bowling is not effective any more in any formats, he needs to spend time out to regain the touch. Or at least rest him for England ODIs. Also Gambhir needs to be dropped to compete with all others.

  • on December 23, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    why r taking jadeja&rohit waste for selection board

  • on December 23, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Where is our young fast Bowler VARUN AARON !! No news of him yet. He and Umesh Yadav are d future BOWLING PAIR of India. They must be in our side. We can't keep giving chances to some of the Current Fringe BOWLERS. I guess Yadav, Varun and Irfan should be dere in all formats of d game! wat say GUYS!!!!!

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 23, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Selection of B.Kumar and S.Ahmed is a good move. Selectors should give a warning to Sehwag and Gambhir - perform or perish.

  • on December 23, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Ashwin looks jaded and should have been dropped for this series. He may soon burn out which is a pity. Pujara should have been selected for the ODIs. He scores quickly and can be a good batsmen to stabilize in the middle overs. Hope he does not get typecast ed as a test batsmen.

  • on December 23, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    y dont u all understand that I.PATHAN , P.KUMAR, M.PATEL, S.SREESANTH, V.KUMAR, U.YADAV and V.AARON are all injured,and hence not selected,and y do some people have problems with G.GAMBHIR's inclusion?

  • on December 23, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Pankaj Singh and Sandeep Sharma could have been a good selection. Pankaj Singh has been doing well in all domestic seasons and Sandeep Sharma is a good young bowler and he can swing the ball in both ways with decent speed....

    I don't understand what else "Pankaj Singh" need to do to get a place in Indian team....

  • jatinder79 on December 23, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Try j Saxena, pankaj singh, jaidev undakat in ODI , Iqbal abdulla and bhargav bhatt in T20. No place for ashwin , p chawla in T20. Drop sehwag and g Gambhir.

  • SamRoy on December 23, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Why is Rohit Sharma picked again? I predicted it but still why? Again he will fail or get injured and will be dropped for the Australia test series. He is the third best batsman in the country (after Pujara and Kohli). He should play test matches and not BCCI's way of earning money (T20s and ODIs). If India wants to put up a fight against Australia in tests batting order should be Rahane, Mandeep Singh, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhoni, Umesh Yadav, Awana/Shami Ahmed, Ojha. Yes, Ashwin needs to bat at No. 6. And Dhoni needs to be stripped of captaincy. Should be given to either Pujara or Kohli.

  • S2A2 on December 23, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    ODIs - Good selection on the bowling front with the limited options available. On the batting side I think Pujara shud hav been given a chance in ODIs.Also, this shud b the last chance for Gambhir.... he was all at sea in both the t20s against Eng. T20s - They shud nt have retained Chawla as he bowls atleast 2 "Hit me" bowls/over. But overall a good job by selectors! Best of Luck Team India!

  • Koark on December 23, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    now Sehwag is quite useless for India....he looks like a older player....India should give more chance to Rahani, Pujara in tests as well as odis.

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Regarding Pragyan Ojha: A question was asked, why he plays Test cricket, but gets excluded from ODI. Answer is simple. In ODIs, by and large, all the XI are expected to contribute with bat, ... often becomes a necessity, owing to the higher risk taking by the top order. It is not normally so, in test cricket, where batsman can afford to defend more / have more dot balls / face maiden overs. Since the risk is less for batsmen, the top 7 is, by and large, expected to produce the 'run bank', against the safety of which the bowling unit can perform. If the bowlers bat in tests, either it is to save a match, or add some bonus to the kitty to strengthen the safety wall ... a good enough score, which can be exploited, by the bowlers later. (Ojha's batting is not that good. His mobility in the field is also lethargic -- but he has improved quite a bit on that score)

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    why piyush chawla again. has he done good in domestic cricket?

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Many do not seem to read the article, before commenting. IRFAN, YADAV ,& TIWARI are in the injured list.. See the relevant sentence from the article, reproduced below:

    "...allrounder Irfan Pathan, fast bowler Umesh Yadav and middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary, who are all nursing injuries. ..."

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    why this selectors are choosing this poor bowlers again and again...why no irfan,sreesanth.....for what they are bringing this inexperienced bowlers all the time....if they want to try new players then why this is not applicable to batting....selectorss what is this...are u not watching these games ....

  • MuraliUK on December 23, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    The selectors have missed a plot and future investment in Sandeep Sharma of Punjab. He did very well in the under 19WC. I have not seen anyone swing the ball better for a very long time. Even Ian Chappell said so.....

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Surprised to see the selectors not dropping Gambir, I think every one might have watched yesterday's match., He was not at all comfortable both with the bat and in the field. There are more openers in India, Any one from them should have been selected.

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Am not sure this team will beat powerful desperate pakistan in Subcontinent ...

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    The selection committee has shown some +ve signs but still have the same old problem of playing the safe game. Selection of B.Kumar and S.Ahmed is a good move, but persisting with Gambhir is pretty ordinary. Parthiv / Chand / Dhawan could've been tried. I would've loved to see Awana in the ODI side as well. He is a talented youngster and just needs more time at the international level. I also feel its time we drop Ashwin so that he works on his game and does not turn into another Bhajji. Jalaj Saxena can replace him. Hope atleast some of these changes happen for the England ODIs.

  • sony_sr on December 23, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Pankaj singh should have been given a chance. Since we are in a transition phase we should try out every performer from the domestic circuit. Few loses doesn't matter. A good team for the future is what matters. Reg sandeep sharma, no doubt he has talent, but its better to wait till he completes 2 full ranji seasons. There should not be a repetition of jayadev unadkat.

  • Chetan007 on December 23, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Do you all guys read article, it was clearly mentioned that Irfan is injured and still you guys asking why he is being left out or where is he?

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Which team in the world will dinda fit????????

  • on December 23, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    we dont have fine spinners infact bowlers ....without zaheer pathan.....we cant consolidate..........and wh dont ojhi paly in odis

  • on December 23, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Again failure players retain places in team.rohith and jadeja get more chances but they were not utilize.It is a dhoni mark selection.He give more chances even failure because they were close to dhoni.Irfan Pathan better allrounder than jadeja but didn't selected.First drop the dhoni from captancy.And aslo give chance to ambati to play in playing eleven.

  • RK.Chandru on December 23, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Why Ashwin? He needs a break. Let him go back and play domestic cricket to regain his confidence and bowling form. Right now, he lacks self confidence and not fit to play international cricket. Please, give him a break

  • on December 23, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Oww! without Zaheer and Irfan indian bowling department is worst :/

  • on December 23, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @SONALGOSAVI, its not about Dhoni loves Ashwin, its about the quality of Ashwin's talent in both bowling and batting! Kindly check his profile in Cricinfo! He has already proved his ability. We can't expect every time he has to perform well, even legends weren't. He just started his career, so allow him few more matches before thinking about drop.

  • on December 23, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Very poor selection for T20, specially the bowlers. Awana, Chawla & Ashwin should be replaced by Irfan, Rahul Sharma & Ojha. Instead of opening, Sehwag should play in the middle order. Opening bowlers should be Irfan & Ishant. For first T20 team should have been Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Irfan, Ojha, Ishant.

  • on December 23, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    i really dont no y d selectors always choosing d out of form chawla and ashwin too......

  • on December 23, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is injured so he is not selected and Happy to see Shami Ahamed is gived chance for the ODI matches. but the selectors still baffles me by selecting Gambhir!!!

  • on December 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Where is irfan pathan & manoj tewari

  • statsindia on December 23, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Surprised many here were looking forIrfan...not many are frollowing domestic cricket..he has played only 1 or 2 matches and Sreesant has just returned from Injury. Please stop this criticising Selectors, i see they have done a good job. I would have loved them dropping Ishanth also for Punjab Sandeep Sharma who is leading wicket taker and from world cup under 19 Team. It would have been nice if 01 player from Under 19 if gets selected.

  • on December 23, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Option 2.--- Take 11 batsmen

  • sibyLona on December 23, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    poor bowling Dept.... This team is not going to win by bowlers...

  • bleedingice on December 23, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    great job by the selectors by rewarding performances in the domestic league competitions....GL

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    people who are blaming SEHWAG and ROHIT:

    1st of all sehwag was the 1st batsman n the 3rd in the indian team to score a century in the recent test series against England....the so caleed great plaers like Kohli,Dhoni n yuvraj scored at avgs way less than sehwag...sehwag was the 2nd highest run getter for india n 5th highest in bth the teams in the series....n u still think he didnt do nething???? In the last series against srilanka to he played really well with 96 in the frst match n was run out due to wrng call from kohli...

    For ROHIT it seems u guys are nt following ranji matches,,in his last five matches he has scored 1 200+, 2 centuries n 2 half centuries n still some think he has nt done enough to get in..

    cricinfo please publish this...please

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    The selection shows that there is no depth in the Indian team. Pathetic bowling options as there are no solid options. anyone world class NO. All bowlers are good but world class NIL. Zaheer May be irfan, cant think about any world class bowlers they should have talent contest for bowlers( its good money too ) Junk choosing form Ranji as such that pool is empty. we need bowlers V V Imp

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    where is irfan pathan ?

  • CricketChat on December 23, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Totally agree with @ here2rock's comment. same old failed players selected. I would include Gambhir also to this list. Wished with SRT out of picture, the selectors would usher in a new era with a new look time even if it meant few losses upfront.

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    I agree; we need to quickly find a replacement for Ashwin. He is so predictable now and will not be able to succeed.

  • senthil25 on December 23, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Ashwin is good player but he need some rest to recollect his confidence....

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Good team, Giving Chance To Rohit Sharma is good,

  • fr600 on December 23, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Sehag should follow Tendulkar. Also, make room for youngsters.

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    this is not gud team where is the experience in bowling and there is no sachin and sreesanth munaf praveen waste team

  • Baber_Baloch on December 23, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Very tough for Pak to win a single game....Indian have a strong 11 ............good wishes for both teams....don,t keep hopes from Afridi.

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    UnfĂ´rtunately Irfan misses the bus ....Shami n Mishra are surprise picks though!!!O

  • SONALGOSAVI on December 23, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    i really dont know, how much Dhoni loves Ashwin, he is not that kind of bowler who can lead from front and win a match for you. There are lots of spinners other than Ashwin they are good in there performance but just because of Dhoni they didint get chance, Ashwin should be dropped from site.

  • VJ_Cricket on December 23, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Irfan is Injured, so is Umesh and Munaf has always had fitness issues. Would love to see Balaji getting another chance though.

  • mainul079080 on December 23, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    I think Pakistan have to give more than 100% to win series in India. Because India is better ODI team than them.

  • Resultpredictor on December 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    This is good team selection, India will win ODIs comfortably and T20 will be squared

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Amit Mishra and shami ahmed would be definitely sitting in the bench and watching game.So these two waste inclusion could have been avoided and instead of them unmukht chand and balaji may be selected

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I am so happy that Shami Ahmed and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar have got a chance to be in the squad! They both are excellent bowlers and deserved to get a chance. Pretty happy with squad except the inclusion of Amit Mishra. Don't we have better leg spinners playing in the Ranji Trophy?

  • on December 23, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Guys, please understand, irfan pathan is injured and so is Munaf. Praveen, umesh, Aaron, are all injured. I am happy for shami ahmed. I am looking forward to his bowling.

  • on December 23, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Good Team! all the best! Dhoni And Afridi are my favourites all the best

  • Alexk400 on December 23, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Nohit sharma is a reserved seat. He has God father in BCCI. No idea who is that person is.

  • Class-Apart on December 23, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Indian t20 and odi team is way better then Pakistan. Pakistan will do well to even a single game.

  • Stark62 on December 23, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    The T20's will be a humdinger but the ODI's will be comfortably won by Ind.

  • on December 23, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    My XI for T20: 1.Gambhir 2.Rahane 3.Virat 4.Yuvi 5.MSD 6.Raina 7.Rayadu 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvaneshwar 10.Ishant 11.Dinda My XI for ODI: 1.Gambhir 2.Sehwag 3.Virat 4.Rahane 5.Yuvi 6.MSD 7.Raina 8.Ashwin 9.Ishant 10.Dinda 11.Awana

  • here2rock on December 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Unbelievable, proven unreliable and inconsistent Shewag, Gambhir, Rohit, Ashwin and Ishant Sharma get to play again for India. How much more humiliation is needed? Who are Bhuvneshwaer Kumar and Shami Ahmed? They have only played handful of first class matches.

  • on December 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    irfan munaf yusuf & utthappa this 3 person deseve to chance plz..

  • ListenToMe on December 23, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    My ODI Team: Dhoni, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rohit, Jadeja, Rahane, Raina, Shami Ahmed, Dinda/Bhuvneshwar, Ashwin.

    Never include: Gambhir, Mishra, Ishant

  • on December 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Good Batting Unit of India will equalize the effect of Pakistan's good bowling and the average bowling of India will test Pakistan's nervous batting line up so, ITS GOING TO BE A SERIES BETWEEN TWO EVENLY MATCHED Teams amongst them, the winner would be, who will survive the PRESSURE on the given day.

    For me, AFRIDI, YUVRAJ, AJMAL, NASIR, KOHLI are going to be the main players in the T20S !

  • on December 23, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I just Wonder why ashwin is in the tea, after consecutive poor performances.

  • on December 23, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    should hv droped sehvag also.that meant a long ruun for rahane as a opner.i feel some hv rishidhavan shoud fit in barring these its a good selection.welcome to post- sachin era folks.

  • wolf777 on December 23, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    No matter what, Prince Nohit Sharma always gets in…

  • gamespiritfirst on December 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    why are the pathan brothers not selected

  • vish57 on December 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Ashwin need to either take wicket or bowl economically; skills, variations, captain's faith will not help him in medium run.

  • swat1999 on December 23, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Good fighting team but Indian Bowling weakness still exposes asusual

  • on December 23, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    I think instead of R Ashwin we should take Harbhajan singh, offlate R Ashwin credentials as a bowler is really nowhere near its best and being a high profile series like India Vs Pakistan all the pawns should be perfect. Other than his selection of all the other players are okay

  • on December 23, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    why same squad for T20 and ODI...why dont selectors try new faces in T20..players like Manish Pandey,Ashok Meneria,Naman Ojha,Dinesh Karthik

  • on December 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    well interesting squad hard to pick 3rd seamer and 2nd spinner but happy with it but chand should have given chance instead of shewag

  • on December 23, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Sachin, for the time being, saved the headache for the selectors. This half-way-house type retirement is neither good for him, nor for the selectors, nor for the future of Indian cricket. A clean cut retirement from all internationals could have salvaged his already depleting pride.

    Though much younger, the next in queue is Sehwag. His legs rarely use to move at the crease while batting. His strength used to be his eyesight, eye-hand coordination, and quick silver reflexes. Now, he is fatter and less fit. He is NOT the type who will do anything about it. He is not getting any younger either.

    Sehwag should have been dropped, and re-considered later, if he can demonstrates his unique physical prowesses, once again. If he can't, he should also retire.

    Zaheer's brain still works; but not body. His movements are lethargic. Can't chase balls. Can't dive. Can he even bend down quickly to gather the ball & throw from the deep? No. SRT, Zak. Bhajji will be the core of the IPL team, MI. Perio

  • harnam76 on December 23, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Shocked to see ravindra jadeja and talented rohit sharma in ONE day Format. Mr. Amol Karhadkar has mentioned last nine innings of Virendra sehwag but he did not mentioned the last nine innnings of Rohit Sharma. This shows how media persons are baised in criticising player. On What basis Rohit sharma is once against selected and what basis irfan out of ODI Team. In the eyes Dhoni there are only two talented players Ravindra Jaheja and Rohit sharma.

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Where is Balaji nd again why they selected Awana nd Dinda..

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    i expected shami ahmed inclusion,but still i dont know y thy r preferring rohit sharma he has not justified his selection,Rayudu would have been there.

  • gopivissu on December 23, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    This is really a good move from selectors in ODI's. But I don't know how Ishanth Sharma got selected in ODI's. We need another young fast bowler Sandeep sharma in ODI's along with Shami Ahmed. And I am really happy that UP all rounder B Kumar got selected in ODI's as expected. But I am disappointed as Pujara is not selected. He is the key player for 2015 world cup as it is being played away from home. He is the guy how managed very well in out side the INDIA. He should be there as an opener in ODI's.And also we need back up for Dhoni. With the current form Parthiv patel well suits in that position.

  • anuajm on December 23, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Poor selection..What is Ishant doing in the team? What about Amit Mishra? Rahul Sharma was decent in the oppurtunities given him, what happened? Ojha has been the bets bowler for India in Tests, why not get him into ODI's with his control and accuracy? What is Sir Ravindra Jadeja doing in the team? What has the 'talented' Rohit Sharma done except of being 'talented'? Above all why did Sachin Tendulkar retired :(..

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 23, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    This could be the 'make or break' series for Sehwag as an ODI player. The test series against Australia could most LIKELY be Zaheer's last as an Indian player. So it's really a CRITICAL time in Indian cricket. The true transition has begun.

  • bhaga9798 on December 23, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Why on earth are they selecting Awana again. What is Varun Aaron doing?

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    i dont want to see jadeja and ashwin in the team give bhajji chance in the team i have seen ashwin all these t20s and test series acept first test match nothing in his bowling come one selectors where is yoususf if u people are giving 100s chances to players who does not anythng in the past see jadeja what his doing ------------------ comeon guys

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Let me assure you one thing and that is if you think Sachin's retirement will solve India's batting woes than think again!

    Dhoni's captaincy continues to survive despite poor show, Sehwag and Gambhir are past their prime and Rohit Sharma's prime hasn't come even after 5 years.

    Wait and watch.

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I think both pathan brothers not playing cricket now a days. Not playing ranji also

  • Aaryabhatta on December 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Thanks a lot for including...Mishra,Ishant,Shami,Rayudu

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Good Selection atlast frm the selectors But Amit mishra Selection is a Surprise Rahul Sharma & Piyush Chawla are better than Amit mishra both in Bowling as well as Fielding....

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    well.............with so many players sidelined by injuries....it s fair selection,i hope ishant will do well in ODIs this time.best of luck...

  • Sir.Ivor on December 23, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    I am very happy for Shami and Bhuvaneshwar. Their selection coincides with Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from ODIs. This could be the beginning of another cycle for India. I wish they blood the likes of Ishwar Panday and A S Rajpoot also soon. They look very good to me. I wish they had rested Ashwin for him to work out his bowling problems which I feel he will, considering that he started off as an opening batsman, but took to off spin because of a series of initial failures as a batsman. I am sure he will work out this new chapter in his life of increasing the revolutions on the ball ! They have a good leg spinner in tamil nadu by the name of Rangarajan. They must keep an eye on him. Sehwag should bat at No 4 from now on. It will be agreeing with what he wanted all along. Good luck to India.

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    I cannot understand why Indian selectors are not selecting irfan pathan, the only medium fast bowleder who can bat also ( the only alrounder India having at present). They are selecting Amit mistra why not a new spinner??

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    where is irfan pathan............???????????

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    this is probably the best squard we have picked in onedays , still cant believe Nohit sharma is playing ...

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Why are they not playing Irfan Pathan ?

  • on December 23, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    no sachin no seeee !! thats it

  • kc69 on December 23, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    We just saw in last T20's that how good domestic performances such as Awana helped opposition(England) win.I'm sceptical about Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed.

  • praneethtz on December 23, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    gud that the selectors are doing quick changes and bringing in young lads..even sehwag shld be axed as he is given too many chances bt haven't performed ,atleast he doesnt take it seriously...stands in the slips still have played so many matches,pity sum one has to say him stay low in slips....rayadu very gud player i feel has to be given chance in ODI..

  • Alexk400 on December 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    They should have rested sehwag. He needs 1 year rest to reflect on his future. I wanted to see new openers

  • Bruisers on December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Ishant's inclusion was not expected.. It was not needed as well.

  • kc69 on December 23, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    I don't understand why Pragyan Ojha is always in test side but never included in ODI or T20

  • surepush on December 23, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Till some one retires we will see the same faces for next 20 years, It is really strange make a high score in one match & play fro rest of your life for some players like Rohit, Suresh raina, R. Jadeja. But some players has to retire after getting a man of the match on their last outings.

    Haha funny is Indian cricket

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Good team selection... competition will be thrilling.. this will be testing moment for t20 captain hafeez.. All the best to both teams

  • SridharKalyan on December 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Why not retain the T20 team for both the versions? What type of inputs were considered to drop people while including the likes of Viru and Amit Mishra? Is some type of zonal quota working here - as payment for support during BCCI Elections?

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    If anyone needs a break, It has to be M S Dhoni.

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Good that Dhoni is still Captain.

  • indianphysio on December 23, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    well as expected same faces return again in ODI.i am surprised why ishant sharma is in the team when he is not performing well..what about rajasthani fast bowler who is highest wicket taker in ranji. and can anyone tell me what happen to praveen kumar and varun aaron.

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Great to see fresh faces.Bhuvaneshwar kumar looks like a decent nippy pacer who clocks 130plus but swings the ball away from the lefties and brings it into the righties.Also he does a fair bit of batting like ashwin.Mishra,1think is for sure,the selectors want a leggie to play the game in any format be it chawla or a mishra.Good foresight.I am happy with the lineup except for Rohit who has played close to 75games but done nothing so far.One for chance for his talent which he has not used yet.I would have preffered a badri/unmukt over a rohit

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    good team combination

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    The BCCI has been very unkind to Veeru . His style is unique and may not be to the liking of BCCI but real Cricket fans enjoy when he gets going.. You can not expect one batsman to play always . see his style & record no second opinion . I think they have done a great injustice to the game by not making him Captain of the Indian Team..Does it require any Board / back room tactics..??

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    The attack, with the exception of Ashwin and Ishant Sharma is pretty much useless. Parwinder Awana, Ashok Dinda and Piyush Chawla bowled without control and didn't merit being retained. Bhuvneshwar - another Kumar is likely to bite the dust. He is not pacy.

  • Venkiviru on December 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Sehwag has done well in the odi's since 2008 averaging above 45 except fr dis yr... He was not given enough chances in d CB series n was dropped fr d asia cup.. But he did well in srilanka in july scoring a hundred and a 96 in d four games he played...so what is d real speculation about his inclusion in the ODI squad??????

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Fast bowling attack looking weak.. Zaheer should have been picked to provide experience.. We needed some one like Zaheer against Pakistan..

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Why did BCCI drop Irfan for Pakistan ODIS?Irfan is a very ODI experienced allrounder.

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    where the hell is irfan pathan gone......one by one india's fast and swing bowlers are disappearing due to mismanagement and fitness issues.....varun aaron,yadav,praveen kumar,r p singh,munaf, and the list goes on........no doubt bhuwaneshwar,dinda,awana are talented but experience matters....when will india get genuine fast bowlers like malinga,steyn,starc or morkel.....only GOD knows

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Why did they select Awana again? Sreesanth should have been selected for ODIs.

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Indian selectors picked Awana replacing Zaheer. itis good to see quality younster in squad because Great Zaheer now 34 we have to search replacement but why ignore to Varun Aeron he have pace and swing. i don't understand why BCCi running after Dinda. only high arm action and short delivery only his quality. please search so many talents now playing in India without god father. sreesanth now fit for play he is better than Awana and so called Dinda. please check carefully and try.

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 23, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    The real non-performers who have impacted our failures in all 3 formats continue to be part of the team since they are on right side of 30's.

    Sehwag, Gambhir still remain as preferred openers despite their poor performance in all 3 formats

    Dhoni continues to enjoy confidence of BCCI president despite poorest record as captain since 2011 WC.

    Rohit Sharma continues to be selected purely on "talent"....People who blamed Sachin will soon find out how good our batting is without what they call "selfish" cricketer.

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Wer is Awana in ODI squad ??

    Why did they include Chawala in T20 squad after the great performance in last 2 ODI's against England ?

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    OMG!!! Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma in ODIs.... Piyush Chawla in T20!!! When these selectors will stop their copy paste work? Dont they look at last 10 match scores of these players?

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Shami Ahmed is a good selection..................

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    why the hell Irfan Pathan is out of action??? Any particular reasons?

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    i heard irfan pathan got injured why not pick give shikar dhawan and mandeep singh a chance in odi's i think we have had enough gambhir and jadeja

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  • on December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    i heard irfan pathan got injured why not pick give shikar dhawan and mandeep singh a chance in odi's i think we have had enough gambhir and jadeja

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    why the hell Irfan Pathan is out of action??? Any particular reasons?

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Shami Ahmed is a good selection..................

  • on December 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    OMG!!! Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma in ODIs.... Piyush Chawla in T20!!! When these selectors will stop their copy paste work? Dont they look at last 10 match scores of these players?

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Wer is Awana in ODI squad ??

    Why did they include Chawala in T20 squad after the great performance in last 2 ODI's against England ?

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 23, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    The real non-performers who have impacted our failures in all 3 formats continue to be part of the team since they are on right side of 30's.

    Sehwag, Gambhir still remain as preferred openers despite their poor performance in all 3 formats

    Dhoni continues to enjoy confidence of BCCI president despite poorest record as captain since 2011 WC.

    Rohit Sharma continues to be selected purely on "talent"....People who blamed Sachin will soon find out how good our batting is without what they call "selfish" cricketer.

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Indian selectors picked Awana replacing Zaheer. itis good to see quality younster in squad because Great Zaheer now 34 we have to search replacement but why ignore to Varun Aeron he have pace and swing. i don't understand why BCCi running after Dinda. only high arm action and short delivery only his quality. please search so many talents now playing in India without god father. sreesanth now fit for play he is better than Awana and so called Dinda. please check carefully and try.

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Why did they select Awana again? Sreesanth should have been selected for ODIs.

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    where the hell is irfan pathan gone......one by one india's fast and swing bowlers are disappearing due to mismanagement and fitness issues.....varun aaron,yadav,praveen kumar,r p singh,munaf, and the list goes on........no doubt bhuwaneshwar,dinda,awana are talented but experience matters....when will india get genuine fast bowlers like malinga,steyn,starc or morkel.....only GOD knows

  • on December 23, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Why did BCCI drop Irfan for Pakistan ODIS?Irfan is a very ODI experienced allrounder.