West Indies in India 2011-12 October 28, 2011

Harbhajan out of Test squad; Kohli, Ashwin in

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Harbhajan Singh has been excluded from India's squad for the first Test against West Indies, one of eight changes to the squad that was picked to tour England earlier this year. R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha and Rahul Sharma make up the spin department with Amit Mishra also left out, leaving India with a completely different set of spinners to the one they had on the England tour.

Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh have recovered from their injuries in time to make it to the squad, which will be captained by MS Dhoni.

The pace department also has a new look with Praveen Kumar and Sreesanth being left out in favour of Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. Ajinkya Rahane also finds a place as a reserve opener, ahead of M Vijay and Abhinav Mukund, while Virat Kohli replaces Suresh Raina.

"We think from the future point of view," Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, told NDTV. "We have to look at building the side from the perspective of the future". He also said there would be not problems with fitness. "Everybody is 100 percent fit, I can assure you that fitness will not be a concern."

India had already left out Harbhajan from the one-dayers against England at home, and have now dropped him from the Test squad as well. R Ashwin, who has been a regular part of India's one-day side but is yet to debut in Tests, was an obvious replacement, but Rahul Sharma's inclusion is surprising. Rahul, a legspinner who plays for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy and Pune Warriors in the IPL, has played only 10 first-class games and does not hold a regular place in the Punjab side. His performances in the IPL earned him a place in India's squad for the limited-overs matches against England, but though he is yet to play a game in that series he has been selected for the Test squad.

Harbhajan had to leave the England tour midway through with a strain in his abdomen, after having taken just two wickets in the first two Tests. That had been preceded by a mediocre tour of the West Indies, and he now finds himself out of the India setup, two matches short of 100 Tests. Amit Mishra replaced Harbhajan Singh in the side for the last two Tests in England but was ineffective, ending up with figures of 0 for 170 - the fourth-worst for an India bowler in Tests - at the Oval. Pragyan Ojha, who impressed during India's two home Test series last year but has subsequently been left out, returns after taking 24 wickets at an average of 12.95 for Surrey in the County Championship in England.

Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav have been included after impressing with their pace in the home ODIs against England, which means all three seamers in the squad are under the age of 25. Ishant Sharma has been included after undergoing rehabilitation on a ligament injury in his left ankle. Zaheer Khan is still recovering from ankle surgery, while Munaf Patel also injured his ankle during the ODIs in England.

The batting line-up has a more familiar look to it, with several seniors returning from injury. Virat Kohli's prolific run-scoring in the ODIs against England has earned him a place ahead of Suresh Raina, who struggled against the short ball in England. Kohli played all three Tests in the West Indies in June, but managed a highest-score of just 30. He will be in a straight shootout with Yuvraj Singh for the No.6 spot. Ajinka Rahane's 91 against England in Mohali has done enough to convince the selectors to call him up to the Test squad.

The first Test against West Indies begins November 6 in Delhi.

Squad for first Test: M S Dhoni (capt & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Varun Aaron, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma

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  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 31, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    Good riddance Harbhajan Singh. Most over-rated bowler in the world, at the moment.

  • POSTED BY IndiaPunjab on | October 31, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    Can people who are calling for sreesanth to play... can you please explain why?Have you seen his records? I watched pretty much every ball of the england v india test series as i live in england. Sreesanth was a JOKE. Sharma was very unlucky all tour, bowled pretty well without any luck at all. Kumar bowled well throughout the tour. Sreesanth? The most seamer friendly conditions in the world, and sreesanth got hammered and bowled appaulingly. The same pitches india were getting bowled out for 200, sreesanth was giving dhoni such a headache that dhoni was trying his hardest to avoid bowling him. And the worst is for people who said mishra should be in squad. Thankfully there is hardly any of them around lol. Going to be a great test for arun and yadav , relieved india selectors are giving faith to them, instead of some of the useless medium pacers we produce

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | October 31, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    I personally don't see West Indies as a push over, even in India. Many Indian fans beleive that India is superior to other teams on home soil. Just remeber West Indies have a good fast bowler (Fidel Ewards), and they have some good spin bowlers too also like Bishoo. I must say this series against the West Indies should be taken serious if India wants to dominate the world in cricket. It is very dificult now a days to gain NO.1 test spot and hold onto it. The players that performed best in the England series was the ones who toured the Caribbean. e.g Dravid and Praveen Kumar. I don't think West Indes will be easy.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 31, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @Balaji Nagarajan:Praveen is an ODI bowler because he is good with the new ball.Varun Is a young fast bowler who deserves a chance because India is looking for pace bowlers in 140+ KPH range.He got 4 Wkts. against England in 2 ODI's. So he is good & in form.By comparison Praveen got 4 wkts. in 5 ODI's.As for Ashwin(off spin), Ojha(Left Orthodox) & Rahul Sharma(leg spin) , they are all different.Ashwin replaces Harbhajan & Rahul is supposed to replace Mishra if included.Dhoni always knocks out Ojha in preference to Yuvraj or Jadeja, both all rounders. So it is left up to Dhoni which spinner plays apart from Ashwin.Ojha is always uncertain.Rahul was already benched in 5 ODI'S + 1 T-20 against England.Unless the Selectors force him, he will bench Rahul again & play 3 seamers + i spinner.Rahul really is a good aggressive batsmen. So he is an all rounder with strength in bowling.There is no point in including Rahul in the squad if he never plays - which is Dhoni's logic- rightly or wrongly

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 31, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    @Raghu_Y: If you look at my comments this is what I have been suggesting. The guys are being benched for7 games before getting a chance. Aaron was flown especially to reinforce the bowling in England. Yet he never got into XI.When England visited India, Aaron was dropped till Yadav got injured to get his chance!.Dhoni constantly moans at lack of bowling or improvement in bowling. My answer is why is Ojha totally ignored? Why is Rahul Sharma benched for 6 games in a row? Why was Bhaiji preferred to Ashwin (benched), when he was poor at best?India keeps shouting ZAK is not available. Why don't they pick alternate choices in Yadev, Aaron, Tyagi, Nechim, etc, if they don't like Ishant, Sree, etc.There is plenty of young talent but Dhoni does not want them.Give him a best selected XI with an eye on developing new talent.Otherwise Dhoni will live in the past & India will not have any new players.Also rest Dhoni to recover his mental & physical fitness + keenness for the game.He is Fatigued!.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Harbhajan deserves to be omitted because he is not in best of the form, and ashwin is realy bowling well. All senior players are in so batting is super strong and as far as bowling concern two pacer and two spiners might be right combination for india. Ishant and varun for pace and aswhin and rahul for spin. and rest is OK.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | October 31, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    I get the feeling that many people here thinks this test series as something India can win easily. West Indies has got some gun players in good form. They have also got one or two good fast bowlers and a good spinner with some fielding to support. Indian selectors will do well to select a full strength team. The team selected looked alright. However, I beleive Mishra was a good bowler in the Indian conditions. So was Harbhajan. But, if they want to teach Harbhajan a lesson, I can't disagree. Opener Mukund was a good prospect and should have been given a chance in the Indian pitches. Again, can not fault Rahane's selection -given his stats so far. However, I beleive Mukund got a lot better technique and will come back strongly in the future. Full praise to the selectors in selecting both Aaron and Yadav in the side.

  • POSTED BY Raghu_Y on | October 31, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    whats the point of selecting 15 players for 1 test at home? 4 of them will not play straight away. why cant the captain and coach be consulted and select the best 11 and with one 12th man? Reserver opener for one test? is this a joke? do they expect an injury to one of Sehwag or Gambhir before the 1st test starts?

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I would love to see below guys in the dirst test playing 11,

    Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni (capt & wk) R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

    If everyone is fully fit, then i hope we can win the match on fourth day. For second/third test Dhoni should be rested and we definitely need to test the bench strength for Aus tour by resting 3-4 players from above list and playing others.

  • POSTED BY aruntheselector on | October 31, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    This series must be a build-up to Australia.So maybe a few changes should be made for 2nd and rd test to fill the few voids.Hence the 16 to Australia should be-Openers(3):Sehwag,Gambhir,Rahane/Mukund.Middle Order(4):Dravid,Sachin,VVS,Kohli/Yuvraj/Rahane.Wicket Keepers(2):MSD,Saha/Parthiv.Pacers(5):ZAK,PK,Ishant,Aaron/Yadav/Abu Nechim/Mithun(Any 2).Spinners (2):Bhajji/Ashwin/Ojha (Any 2). Since only 1 spinner would play in the 11, there is nothing wrong in taking 2 off spinners considering that Bhajji and Aswin are the 2 best spinners in India.Parthiv could be prefered over Saha considering that he is more experienced and also toured Australia.Mithun has got opportunities in Sri Lanka and WI where the conditions did not suit any type of bowling.Who knows,he may come out good in Aussie conditions.It looks diffcult for Raina to break into the Test team.So 9 spots are confirmed (Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid,Sachin,VVS,MSD,ZAK,PK,Ishant).Would be interesting to see who are the remaining 7.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 31, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    Good riddance Harbhajan Singh. Most over-rated bowler in the world, at the moment.

  • POSTED BY IndiaPunjab on | October 31, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    Can people who are calling for sreesanth to play... can you please explain why?Have you seen his records? I watched pretty much every ball of the england v india test series as i live in england. Sreesanth was a JOKE. Sharma was very unlucky all tour, bowled pretty well without any luck at all. Kumar bowled well throughout the tour. Sreesanth? The most seamer friendly conditions in the world, and sreesanth got hammered and bowled appaulingly. The same pitches india were getting bowled out for 200, sreesanth was giving dhoni such a headache that dhoni was trying his hardest to avoid bowling him. And the worst is for people who said mishra should be in squad. Thankfully there is hardly any of them around lol. Going to be a great test for arun and yadav , relieved india selectors are giving faith to them, instead of some of the useless medium pacers we produce

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | October 31, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    I personally don't see West Indies as a push over, even in India. Many Indian fans beleive that India is superior to other teams on home soil. Just remeber West Indies have a good fast bowler (Fidel Ewards), and they have some good spin bowlers too also like Bishoo. I must say this series against the West Indies should be taken serious if India wants to dominate the world in cricket. It is very dificult now a days to gain NO.1 test spot and hold onto it. The players that performed best in the England series was the ones who toured the Caribbean. e.g Dravid and Praveen Kumar. I don't think West Indes will be easy.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 31, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @Balaji Nagarajan:Praveen is an ODI bowler because he is good with the new ball.Varun Is a young fast bowler who deserves a chance because India is looking for pace bowlers in 140+ KPH range.He got 4 Wkts. against England in 2 ODI's. So he is good & in form.By comparison Praveen got 4 wkts. in 5 ODI's.As for Ashwin(off spin), Ojha(Left Orthodox) & Rahul Sharma(leg spin) , they are all different.Ashwin replaces Harbhajan & Rahul is supposed to replace Mishra if included.Dhoni always knocks out Ojha in preference to Yuvraj or Jadeja, both all rounders. So it is left up to Dhoni which spinner plays apart from Ashwin.Ojha is always uncertain.Rahul was already benched in 5 ODI'S + 1 T-20 against England.Unless the Selectors force him, he will bench Rahul again & play 3 seamers + i spinner.Rahul really is a good aggressive batsmen. So he is an all rounder with strength in bowling.There is no point in including Rahul in the squad if he never plays - which is Dhoni's logic- rightly or wrongly

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 31, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    @Raghu_Y: If you look at my comments this is what I have been suggesting. The guys are being benched for7 games before getting a chance. Aaron was flown especially to reinforce the bowling in England. Yet he never got into XI.When England visited India, Aaron was dropped till Yadav got injured to get his chance!.Dhoni constantly moans at lack of bowling or improvement in bowling. My answer is why is Ojha totally ignored? Why is Rahul Sharma benched for 6 games in a row? Why was Bhaiji preferred to Ashwin (benched), when he was poor at best?India keeps shouting ZAK is not available. Why don't they pick alternate choices in Yadev, Aaron, Tyagi, Nechim, etc, if they don't like Ishant, Sree, etc.There is plenty of young talent but Dhoni does not want them.Give him a best selected XI with an eye on developing new talent.Otherwise Dhoni will live in the past & India will not have any new players.Also rest Dhoni to recover his mental & physical fitness + keenness for the game.He is Fatigued!.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Harbhajan deserves to be omitted because he is not in best of the form, and ashwin is realy bowling well. All senior players are in so batting is super strong and as far as bowling concern two pacer and two spiners might be right combination for india. Ishant and varun for pace and aswhin and rahul for spin. and rest is OK.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | October 31, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    I get the feeling that many people here thinks this test series as something India can win easily. West Indies has got some gun players in good form. They have also got one or two good fast bowlers and a good spinner with some fielding to support. Indian selectors will do well to select a full strength team. The team selected looked alright. However, I beleive Mishra was a good bowler in the Indian conditions. So was Harbhajan. But, if they want to teach Harbhajan a lesson, I can't disagree. Opener Mukund was a good prospect and should have been given a chance in the Indian pitches. Again, can not fault Rahane's selection -given his stats so far. However, I beleive Mukund got a lot better technique and will come back strongly in the future. Full praise to the selectors in selecting both Aaron and Yadav in the side.

  • POSTED BY Raghu_Y on | October 31, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    whats the point of selecting 15 players for 1 test at home? 4 of them will not play straight away. why cant the captain and coach be consulted and select the best 11 and with one 12th man? Reserver opener for one test? is this a joke? do they expect an injury to one of Sehwag or Gambhir before the 1st test starts?

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I would love to see below guys in the dirst test playing 11,

    Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni (capt & wk) R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

    If everyone is fully fit, then i hope we can win the match on fourth day. For second/third test Dhoni should be rested and we definitely need to test the bench strength for Aus tour by resting 3-4 players from above list and playing others.

  • POSTED BY aruntheselector on | October 31, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    This series must be a build-up to Australia.So maybe a few changes should be made for 2nd and rd test to fill the few voids.Hence the 16 to Australia should be-Openers(3):Sehwag,Gambhir,Rahane/Mukund.Middle Order(4):Dravid,Sachin,VVS,Kohli/Yuvraj/Rahane.Wicket Keepers(2):MSD,Saha/Parthiv.Pacers(5):ZAK,PK,Ishant,Aaron/Yadav/Abu Nechim/Mithun(Any 2).Spinners (2):Bhajji/Ashwin/Ojha (Any 2). Since only 1 spinner would play in the 11, there is nothing wrong in taking 2 off spinners considering that Bhajji and Aswin are the 2 best spinners in India.Parthiv could be prefered over Saha considering that he is more experienced and also toured Australia.Mithun has got opportunities in Sri Lanka and WI where the conditions did not suit any type of bowling.Who knows,he may come out good in Aussie conditions.It looks diffcult for Raina to break into the Test team.So 9 spots are confirmed (Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid,Sachin,VVS,MSD,ZAK,PK,Ishant).Would be interesting to see who are the remaining 7.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    My playing XI 1.M S Dhoni (capt & wk) 2.Gautam Gambhir3.Virender Sehwag4.Rahul Dravid5.Sachin Tendulkar6.VVS Laxman7.Yuvraj Singh8.R Ashwin9.Pragyan Ojha10.Ishant Sharma11.Rahul Sharma.Yuvraj over Kohli because looking at the Australian tour ahead and his experience he should be given a chance to attain form in tests so that he is in the right frame of mind for the Aussie tour, as I believe a 100% Yuvraj is better than many in the world.Three spinners because West Indies doesn't play spin well and also that I think Rahul Sharma deserves a chance and provides variety to the spin department. Also because for the Australian series(assuming that Harbhajan wouldn't be making a comeback, we have to be sure who will be the second spinner in the side other than Ahswin, because the fast bowling for the Australian tour should more or less be like Zak, Ishant and Praveen Kumar(or there is an outide chance of someone by the name of Shanthakumaran Sreeshanth who on his day can be amongst the best)

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 31, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Praveen Kumar is more useful outside India. He should rest and be ready for Australia. Raina is not in the team and should also rest together with Dhoni. Gambhir could have captained. The three places could then be used to test out other options which India needs in Australia series.Rohit Sharma should given a go. This series should have been used to test options. The bigger picture awaits us. I see the Australia series the last we will see of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    And because of the mindless sections, if Rahul Sharma or even Ashwin for that matter gets to play ahead of Ojha it would be a shame. The selectors should check the first class records of all these bowlers. Even the much celebrated Ashwin does not have as good a record as Ojha.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    And did somebody check the First class record of Varun Aaron. His average is 41+ The boy has a lot of pace and all that. But this ain't Australia / SA / England to pick a bowler only for his pace. What about somebody like Deepak Chahar who has a much more impressive first class record

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Unless Praveen is injured or rested, I cant understand how he can be left out! As for Rahul Sharma, I think the selectors had forgotten the format for which the selections were to be made.

    How can people like Iqbal Abdullah, Bhargav Bhatt and a plethora of other proven spinners in domestic cricket be ignored?

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    As far as batting is considered, still its a strong batting line up the selectors had selected. But the bowling unit lacks experience and it would have been better if Praveen/Nehra had been in the squad. I wish Bhajji plays a couple of first class games to prove his credibility and gets back into the squad. Pragyan should make it into playing XI as he is in good form playing for Surrey & ROI.

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | October 31, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    @Meety : To answer your question on 'when will VVS and RD get tapped on the shoulder?', it when the other elephant in the room gets his 100th 100 and we can be done with it.

  • POSTED BY avsandeep on | October 31, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    I think the selection has been fair, except for the inclusion of Rahul Sharma(who has been selected on basis of his performance in IPL). They have also dropped Bhajji and Mishra, seeing the future. Bhajji would be in the scheme of things as he has been offered a "A" contract by BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 31, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Well I'm not quite sure what to make of the squad. The batting almost selects itself. I understand the rationale to go with Kohli. The bowling is the major points of interest - Singh had to go, he was more use as a batsmen than a bowler for a long while (although I believe statistically he was still a force in ODIs), canot believe Kumar was left out. He was the one shining light in England & would of been a Zaheer-like replacement for Zaheer whilst he is injured. The pace attack all looks promising. Ojha may have of improved a lot from his first coming as a Test player - where I thought he was too one-dimensional. Interesting selections - can't help but think they are thinking about Oz in selecting this side. Sreesanth should of been included. Big question - when will Dravid & VVS get tapped on the shoulder??????

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 30, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    Ipersonally feel that it is betterto select a XI + name rserves, and pass it over to Dhoni or who ever is the captain.Selecting a squad by the Selectors & giving the choice of final XI is leaving same guys warming the benches. Aaron warmed the bench & served drinks for 7 ODI's before he got a chance even though in England we had third class bowlers.Aaron there would have been excellent in swinging & seamy conditions @ 140 + KPH as opposed to medium slow pace of Vinay & Praveen. on Indian wickets helpful to leg spin, Rahul warmed the bench for 6 games,especially in T-20.The Selectors have included him to be tested not benched. For the first test he has been selected again. Will he be the Drinks Boy again? If the guys selected for checking their potential are benched what is the point? Bhaiji got innumerable chances & failed while Ashwin warmed the bench. Will Yuvraj get in at the expense of Ojha? If there are 6 specialists bats, we need 5 specialist bowlers not mediocre All rounders

  • POSTED BY M.Basheer on | October 30, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    I think if thy wanted to try a new spinner thy shud hv taken I.Abdulla a chance if it thy select only on basis of ipl(thts how they selected Rahul Sharma) he got emerging player award to i belive he could hv been a better selection

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I would have had Sreesanth instead of one of two new fast bowlers. The seam bowling appears to be very inexperienced. Ashwin is likely to debut anyways. Even though we have to look ahead to the future, i guess we need to bring in new commers along with the guidance of the experience. At the moment the selectors are just trying to jump the gun. Otherwise the team looks brilliant.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 30, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    There have been many commenting against the selection of Rahul Sharma & omission of Bhaiji. India has tried Mishra & Chawla & both were disappointing. In fact Mishra keeps bowling No balls - inexcusable for a leg spinner. Rahul has shown himself to be a star bowler in T-20 IPL. He has bouncy leg breaks like Chandrasheker.He will be great in Australia as he was so effective in Indian dead wickets. But Dhoni benched him in all 5 ODI's +the latest T-20 against England. I like Dhoni as a batsman but in team selection he makes many irrational decisions. WI beat England after scoring about 120 in the T-20 recently using orthodox left arm spin &a Leg spinner. Here was a golden chance where Dhoni blew it by benching Rahul. He used Pathan who gave away34 runs in 3 overs! Dhoni should stop complaining about lack of bowlers when he does not use the talent on right occasion.Rahul fully deserves a chance to prove himself. Bhaiji got 2 Wkts @ 141 runs/wkt. in last 2 tests.Does he deserve a place?

  • POSTED BY King-Cobra on | October 30, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    @abindia & @peterss.. that was precisely my point too.. I had said that team selection gotta be baselined on performance and not by reputation alone. Go over my prev comment again, that was a reply to somebody who said that 'Bhajji gives us a series win in 2001 and the selection committee didn't have gratitude in him'

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    this is too much.... bhajji shud hav been in....!! and rohit shud be in too whenever he recovers....

  • POSTED BY bsamitava on | October 30, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    In terms of batting and fast bowling the team chosen is good. but the selection for the spin department leaves a lot to be desired. First of all Rahul Sharma--- what has he done in the longer formats evevn in the domestic circuit? Bhajji is ommitted purportedly on form or the lack of it. Yes Bhajji was unrecognisable from the days of the Turbanator image. But give him responsibility and he performs - as evident from the way he bowled and captained the Mumbai Indians. Though that is a different format, but none can deny his passion and experience. May be the selectors want him fresh for the seris Down under. But in that case they should make it very clear.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    ashwin should prove himself in the test side.i dont think y rahul sharma is in the side as he dont have the same experience as harbhajan.india should give chance to both varun and umesh in the 1st test as they had very good pace.india should not take westindies lightly as they have good pacers in the likes of edwards and roach.

  • POSTED BY DAHSUT on | October 30, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    WHY NO SHREESANTH he should be there in place of umesh yadav,i dont understand how the hell he got in.also is praveen kumar 36 that they have left him out.he is indias future.they should concentrate on developing the pace attack how many spinners do you want.ok with axing bhaj and raina.ROHIT SHARMA has to be given a chance he is just to good a test player to be left out.

  • POSTED BY abiindia on | October 30, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    @jorpra so far our pace is like spin, it is history, let Varun Aaron make a story, give'em spacem exp. in test .....don't make noice when there is a healthy move.....

  • POSTED BY abiindia on | October 30, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    yeah @ peterss, some times he sleeps too while batting on 49th over.

  • POSTED BY peterss on | October 30, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    @nlambda and @King Cobra: 2001 was god knows how long ago! India has moved on and it has been 10 years! Harbhajan is an extrememly poor performer and ashwin has been visibly better. Declining harbhajan has been rightly left out. @abiindia i totally love your reply.

  • POSTED BY abiindia on | October 30, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    @ King-Cobra, kapil dev also gave world cup win, shall we brought him back?

  • POSTED BY abiindia on | October 30, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    @ King-Cobra selectors are perfect by pushing out harbajan, he should have been out long ago because of Dhoni influence he was alive in team!

  • POSTED BY rameshrams567 on | October 30, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @riverlime :your are correct narine is good bowler

  • POSTED BY King-Cobra on | October 30, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    seriosuly?? Harbhajan wins a series in 2001 and he has to be persisted in spite of the numerous poor performances he has put in recently? Come on guys, you will have to venture out with your reserves in low key affairs, which I think is essential as it gives them the exposure and much needed confidence.. think about it

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | October 30, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    India will be embarrassed when WI tour. Mark my words. And if WI send for Narine and Badree halfway through the tour ( as surprise replacements for "injuries"), then India will find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being flummoxed by spin, as well as being pounded by pace.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Including Ashwin in test is a mistake. this may have a similar effect like having Ajantha Mendis in a test squad. Ashwin bowling style suits more for ODI rather than a test. ODI and Test are different ball games.

  • POSTED BY Anshu_pran on | October 30, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I don't know how Varun Aaron got selected for Test squad, his first class record is not so impressive and also least experienced. I think the selectors should test Abu Nechim in place of him and his first class record also decent.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    I would give bhajji a chance in indian condition and against the new side like WI who dont play spin very wel, it will give bhajji a chance to get his confident back before the important & tough tour of Aus & i dont think we can take chance with selected spinners on that tour except P Ojha.Selectors should have been intelligent by saying Raina has been rested but not droped, he become fatigue not being rested for a while, Dhoni was rested for WI ODI in WI but Raina is paying since the tour of Zimbabwe as a captain & resting him would have not made his confidence any harm.Dhoni can be rested for ODI because in test India has to prove their worth after disappointing tour of WI & England.Yuvi please prove your worth in test to be known as one of indias great and i am sure u can by showing some patience and sort selection in tests, go and talk to sachin,dravid & laxmen they will help u out for sure.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | October 30, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Harbhajan is probably thinking: that is gratitude for you. I won these guys the series against Australia in 2001 and this is what I get in return ...

  • POSTED BY elananjundan on | October 30, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    The selection shows the lack of fast bowling talent in the country.The BCCI must emphasize on bringing out more genuine fast bowlers. A fast bowling all-rounder in the team will highly help in countries like England and Australia.I dont know what the acadamies really do to bring bowling talents.The selection of Ashwin is a good move as he has lot variety in his kitty but his nerves will be tested during the slow phase of the match. I would prefer Rahul Sharma in place of Pragyan Ohja for his wrist spin.Ohja is improved by his county stint but he needs to go an extra mile .Yuvraj is not needed as he is already a failure in tests.Also one match chance is not enough for newcomers.They should be tested atleast in one home and one away series.Trust on young talents is a good move.Injury management is a vital factor as wells as fitness. Rohit Sharma and Pujara must be tested in longer formats. Team for the future is the need of the hour......

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    I think good squad. Reasons: Praveen Kumar does need some rest, badly. He has been working like a bowling machine since so long i can't remember. And then again, in India, tests or ODIs, our strength is spin. And while i would have loved to see Ravindra Jadeja in the team, but i guess Rahul Sharma is equally justified. He can bat, not like Ravindra Jadeja, but he certainly can. And he is wily, so two wily spinners is not a bad thing. As for Varun and Umesh, i think they need to be pressured with responsibility. And so does Ishant. He bowls great when he is let-off like a wild horse, but i guess the role of a spearhead will really fine tune his skills. So fingers crossed!!!

  • POSTED BY shannu152 on | October 30, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    scrapping the bottom of the spinners barrel, the selectors... Jadeja was a better option than Rahul Sharma... Must have rested Dhoni, selected Saha and Parthiv, picked Vinay if PK had to be rested and then play either one of Varun (1st choice) or Umesh alongside VK and Ishanth. My first choice playing XI: Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Yuvraj, Saha, Vinay, Ishanth, Varun, Ojha... Back-ups: Kohli, Ashwin, Parthiv, Jadeja, Umesh.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    I hope Rahane gets his test cap!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Good to have new bowling unit. People may say why Harbhajan is out after he got 300+ wickets. Well look at his performance in recent years both tests and ODI. He is very very ineffective, cannot take any wickets in front only taienders. He is not bowling Doosra and no variations at all.

  • POSTED BY Poliwag060 on | October 29, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Where is Praveen???? Other than Dravid, the only shining light on the England tour! Praveen for captaincy!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Raina and Kohli should be in all the formats. Raina is an attacking batter a useful bowler and a brilliant fielder and should be handled carefully. The same with Kohli. Never make them to compete with each other. They should complement each other they need not eye for one place any side will fear them batting together.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    TEAM FOR LAST TEST rest some seniors for last test at least if not two A.RAHANE V.SEHWAG R.DRAVID VVS LAXMAN YUVRAJ KOHLI PARTHIV ASHWIN RAHUL AARON U.YADAV TEAM FOR ODIs agaist windies rest more seniors A.RAHANE G.GAMBHIR/SEHWAG TO PLAY 2 ODIs each alternaively kohli uthappa raina/yuvraj to play 2 odis each alternatively parthiv patel ASHWIN AARON RAHUL R.JADEJA ISHANTH/SREESANTH ALTERNATIVELY PARVEEN/VINAY ALTERNATIVELY MANOJ TIWARI YUSUF PATHAN/IRFAN PATHAN ALTERNATIVELY MANISH PANDEY ROHIT SHARMA ASHISH NEHRA/R.P.SINGH ALTERNATIVELY

  • POSTED BY gilly_danda on | October 29, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Dhoni doesn't know the importance of the quality fast bowling in the team, he lost most of the matches before because of this reason. poor Dhoni.......

  • POSTED BY gilly_danda on | October 29, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Yuvraj, Raina have not got the defensive Technic which is must to the test cricket,they never become test batsmen, they have been selecting for the tests because Krishnamachari Srikanth doesn't know what it is.Ishant sharma should not be considered as a bowler as long as he does not learn the out swinger .till now we have seen good Technic in Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, and thousands will come if the selectors search in small towns in all over India.BCCI should develop such a system that a rural country kid can play for India.Varun ,Umesh should get more chances.

  • POSTED BY Collegefastbowler on | October 29, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Everyone take a deep breath and a step back and remember this is the team selected only for the first test and not for the entire series. You might well see different faces for the next test. It is important to give the younger players a chance - they just white washed England 5-0 and bring in a few of the senior to have a combination of youth and experience which is essential for Tests. Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar are unlikely to be that effective in Tests on flat pitches in India as they rely more on swing. The faster pace of Yadav and Aaron may help them do better and in any case PK and Vinay needed rest under the rotation policies so that the other quicks can be tested in Tests. They are promising and quick and need to be tested so that the best players can be groomed for the future.

  • POSTED BY thirty on | October 29, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    WELL DESERVED CHANGES HAS BEEN MADE TO THE SQUAD. LET'S HOPE THAT THE TEAM DOES THE SAME WHAT THEY DID TO ENGLAND;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

  • POSTED BY aryan-is-dravid-fan on | October 29, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    I have more than a few problems with this squad. Here is a list of my issues with this selection: 1. Very inexperienced fast bowlers - what if Ishant gets injured before the match. We will have 2 raw pace bowlers with zero experience. 2. If Parveen needed to be rested, why did he play the 2 useless onedayers and the T-20 match. He was used for more than 5 days for these matches including travelling and now he needs rest? 3. Why cant Dhoni be told to take a break - no one can tell him what to do? Is he God? 4. Sehwag and Yuvi havent proven their fitness yet, let them play a couple of Ranji matches and then bring them back for the 2nd or 3rd tests to prepare for Aus. 5. Why Rahul Sharma - let him play Ranji also and get experience. And, if one of the other 2 spinners gets injured, we risk playing him in our test team. 6. No backup keeper. We are risking too much - no planning by selectors. These are similar mistakes to what made Saha and Unadkat play for India in recent times !!

  • POSTED BY pallabmath on | October 29, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    i can'i agree with the inclusion of rahul sharma in the test squad.....you can't judge a player through T-20 cricket for test matches.....rahul sharma even is not a regular member of punjab...so how can you select him?

  • POSTED BY pradeepbhat on | October 29, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    praveen kumar has been rested.. bhajji just given a shock treatment.. he wud be back for aussie tour. rohit is injured..am not sure rahul sharma will make it to XI..

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    I partially agree with swarzi ... i am not against sachin or any cricketer personally but we gotto agree the fact that the modern day bowlers lack the sting in their bowling ... batting has become walking on the cake especially with 54 55 meter boundaries , 20 over powerplay and subcontinent ptches makes batting incredibly easy ....! No wonder batsmen reaching 200 !! decades ago 300 was an incredible score in ODI , nowadays it has becone a par score ,... the game lacks good bowlers like mcgrath , wasim , polly , ambrose... and sachin piled most of the runs whn the game was dominated totally by batsmen ... u can't complain anyone cus its a batsman's game anyways ;)

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | October 29, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    @ Swarzi - Couldn't agree with you more. Sachin was never a team player and still he is not! I still remember a series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, may be it was 2009 or 2010 series, sachin took a break just because his Mumbai Indians were able to qualify for CLT20 and he left teh team alone to practice for CLT20 and played there in South Africa in CLt20. Dhoni and his boys were fighting hard in Sri Lanka during that time and after winning Dhoni's CSK went to Soth Africa and won the CLT20 there and Mumbai Indian couldn't do anything about it and lost it. That show how mediocre sachin is.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Sehwag can be given more rest and can be replaced by Wasim Jaffer or Murali Vijay.

    Hope Sehwag does not injure his shoulder again....................

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    @swarzi Tendulkar has 4 hundreds in 5 tests vs steyn and morkel. ha ha low standards you say. he was the 2nd highest scorer in England for India.btw - you should criticise others more, what about Ponting not playing a test in asia in 2005-2008 at his peak (except Bangladesh).

  • POSTED BY shandy657 on | October 29, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Why has Praveen Kumar been left out? Pop-gun attack once again and Dad's Army in the top 6. Windies to win!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    @swarzi Most ridiculous comment ever on cricinfo . Sccording to you whenever Sachin plays well standard of cricket itself is poor .. Wow what an observation . Can u pls explain how was the standard of cricket so high in 2003-2007 and then suddenly the standard dropped after 2007 . You are chance less man !!!

  • POSTED BY tpjpower on | October 29, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Ishant, Yadav. Like it or not, this is sure to be the first-choice XI.

  • POSTED BY gitapat on | October 29, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    The inclusion of Yuvraj in the Test team and his exclusion from the teams for the ODI and the T-20 matches against England prove that the selectors continue to be a bunch of jokers and that now includes Mohinder Amarnath.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Where is Badri? he should deserve a place in test team

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    The idea behind yuvraj's selection is to allow him a few cheap runs in india so that his trip to australia is confirmed. Rohit sharma's injury is the reason for his non- selection, i presume, although he has been playing in domestic cricket unlike yuvraj, sehwag, and the God himself. . but there are different rules for yuvraj, sehwag and the God himself. It makes a difference if you can lap up to the skipper or the chairman of the selection committee. Imagine a player of no great ability like Rahul Sharma gets a cheap india cap, while a Rohit Sharma whom cricketing greats like Warne, Gilchrist and hayden think so highly of, does not even figure in the discussion.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | October 29, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    @Ashok Subramaniam Clearly you didn't see Kohli bat in Windies. He looked more uncomfortable than Rains did in the tests in Eng. I'd be interested to hear what Kohli has done in tests to justify your claims that he is the future of Indian cricket. If you think there is such a thing as automatic choices for test matches then I suggest you stick to watching ODIs and T20s as you do not appreciate what's required at test match level.

  • POSTED BY Keshavaram on | October 29, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Jimmy has done the best job.A great selector & a no nosense humanbeing. Great Bhajji has been dropped & let him prove his ability in domestic tournament.

    M S Dhoni (capt & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Varun Aaron, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma .

    In place of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman,Yuvraj & Dhoni replace Pujara,Rohit Sharma, Rayadu,Manish Pandey & Manoj Tiwary. Drop Yuvi from test squad permantly.Play him for ODIs & T20 Rest of five to rested.Capt. should be Kholi.

    Final XI:-Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron , Pragyan Ojha & Ashwin.

    Keshavaram 8722004477

  • POSTED BY swarzi on | October 29, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    I think Tendulkar just like Harbhajan shouldn't have been picked. In fact, I think he should have been dropped since that period of almost 4 years, 2004 to 2007; when the standard of cricket was still quite high, and he appeared not to be able to cope with it; just registering a paltry 31 average for the period! Then in an era when cricket took a nose dive to its worst ever, he took advantage of the mediocre stuff on offer and looked good. Earlier this year however, he went to England where the bowling standards had some resemblance to what it was between 2004 and 2007, and he once again did not handle it well. He went back to India and hid himself away from the ruthless English bowlers. But MS Dhoni took some young brave Indian batsmen and showed the English men that they are not afraid of them. Now the Englishmen are gone, Mr Tendulkar is coming out of hiding to try to show off on the mediocre stuff that the WI have to offer; while those young Indians make way for him - how unfair

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | October 29, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Yawn Yawn so much debate about weather it's a good selection or a bad one....i mean against this current WI side they can still field U-19 team n yet win......3 certain things i can see happening is that pitches are going to be either flat batting beauties or low slow turners,it will be played in front of empty stands n TRP is going to be less than 1 causing another mini crisis......after India beat WI by an innings in the first test ,fans would be praying that one day series starts sooner than later....WI if they can select Gayle n Senior Bravo then WI will give India a Fight in one day series which Endland never could

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    It was good time to test Abhinav Mukund..he did vey well in challanger trophy..Even Wasim Jaffer could have been given a go as a back up to Gambhir/Sehwag..he has scored tons of run...he is only 33..if Husseys can come in team in 30+ then even he can...i remember Mark Ramprakash came in contention at 40...Rahane, Kohli is good selection and should be played in place of Yuvraj..Ishant,Aaron,Yadav are good...reminds of old westindies era...all pacers..Rahul sharma is good but his temprement need to be tested.Ashwin could be a good moral support for him to keep his mind free from nervousness...on the whole..selection is below average considering we need to create strong reinforcements..and what better than home soil to start it... the starting 11 could be : Gambhir/Rahane, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, VVS/ Kohli, Dhoni, Umesh, Ishant, Aaron, Ashwin, Sharma

  • POSTED BY Chandankarna on | October 29, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Everything is fine but if you are dropping Suresh Raina then again doing bad experiment. I have no issue with selecting the Kohli but still experimenting with these like doing again what Mr. Chappel did....... It's just my obvious complain that ad hoc experiment is not good.....

  • POSTED BY crystosis on | October 29, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Praveen Kumar has been rested. Someone should prepare their articles better

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | October 29, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    DROPING HARBHAJAN PLAYING IN INDIA IS NOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO INDIA IS HIS HOME GROUND. IT IS LIKE DROPPING HIM OUT OF THE INDIA SIDE. ALTHOUGH ASHWIN IS NOT A GOOD SPINNER OF THE BALL AS YET. HARBHAJAN IS A GREAT OFF SPINNER. HE DROPPED IN HIS "ATTITUDE" WHEN THE ICC CHALLANGE HIM BOWLING THE'DORSA''. nEVER THE LESS HE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO BOWL AND USE THE DORSA MORE . OVER THE YEARS I WAS HACKING THE INDIAN BOARD TO PLAY 3 SPINNERS IS THE TEST SIDE. I DO HOPE THEY DO THAT. INDIA WAS AND IS ALWAYS SPINNERS. DO NOT IGNORE HARBHAJAN !!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    good team selection.... good to see young bowling attack in Test

  • POSTED BY partha132 on | October 29, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Are u kidding me?? Wen will u give dhoni a rest if not now??? Wat if he gets injured real bad??? I tell u we need Dhoni fit and rested for the Aussie tour.....

  • POSTED BY AkhilM1994 on | October 29, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    WHY THE HELL ARE THEY LEAVING PRAVEEN KUMAR!HE WAS THE ONLY BOWLER WHO PLAYED LIKE HE WAS PLAYING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM! Rest of the squad looks nice.could have given Suresh Raina an opportunity though!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    I seriously hope varun aaron, and umesh yadav, are real pacemen who can actually sustain their pace for long periods. Look at everyone else who started out fast, and eventually dropped low. We 'ill see truly over the next few months, if they are just quick, and inexperienced, or truly fast.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Hope Varun, Virat and rahane gets a chance to play but otherwise look at the batting strength... wow just waiting to see these big names being full fit and that too in india.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    good to see virat getting into the test squad ahead of suresh but he should his worth in test cricket as early as possible otherwise someone else will look to grab the empty slot

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    I THINK IT IS A GOOD CHANCE FOR UNCAP PLAYERS & NICE CHANCE FOR SACHIN TO GET 100TH TON

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Not much thinking by selectors , I dont see any methodology in slecting team , it is more on feel & immediate performance

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    why should india playing with 7 batsman when u have three legend in ur team dhoni should have go with six batsman including himself and include three fast bowler and two spinners i.e. ashwin and ojha in final 11. why the selectors are choose 15 players for one test match they should choose only 12 members like australia and enland are doing while playing at home KMohli is undoubtely picked ahead yuvraj singh as he is capable and giving consistance prformance.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    @cskfangg .. wat a funny side u r selecting ..lol... u r leavng laxman to give chance to youngies ??okay thn drop rahul/sachin r even yuvraj who enjoyed a lot of chances ... this is the lolest attem[pt to replace laxman ! and u r choosing rahul sarma a head of ojha ? wat a poor knowledge about cricket u have my dear ..ROFL ...:) and if u want o strenghthen bowling then choose a fifth bowler not a replacement for that.

  • POSTED BY raj_che on | October 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Its hard to understand why Mukund has been dropped. This guy played well in whatever chances he was given and now you show him the door. What confidence do you provide to people like mukund when you drop him even after performing well. just dont understand how Rahane is considered ahead of mukund. Even if he has performed well then why the hell was mukund picked in he squad ahead of Rahane and why would you drop him and pick rahane again??? seriously confused with the way they have treated this guy. And why have they picked Yuvraj in the squad..he is a persisten failure in the test circuit and you always keep persisting with this guy just based on his ODI performance. he might very well score a century in flat dead batting tracks in india and wud get selected for Australia. there im sure he will suffer, with his technique and the bounce in Aussie pitches im sure Yuvraj would be a sitting duck.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    excellent squad great to see no raina no bhajji they should go to domestic cricket bhajji should perform and show he is the best if he is and raina he has to perform in first class cricket i think he should also have a county season before he is considered again for test cricket and i am sure both of them will come back as better players happy to see yuvi who looked mature and better in eng as test batsmen and virat who is future of india and rahane who becouse of his first class record shoud have been there before vijay,mukund and a good choice of spinners not sure about rahul sharma just 18 first class wickets is it enough to earn an indian test cap ? fast bowlers are good all 140+ not sure about pk exclusion becouse he was brillant in eng but i ,maybe he would that good in indian conditions after 10-15 overs these 3 should go to aus with zak (if fit) and pk (conditons would suit him there ) o

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    whr is Vinay Kumar in the line up after a decent performance in the One dayers !!

  • POSTED BY ganeshkumar.v on | October 29, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    dear fans............ rahul sharma has included in the test just to make sure that dhoni has no other option other than including ashwin in the playing 11...... Any other bowlers presence would make dhoni to bench ashwin..... so, a wise selection by kris overall.....

  • POSTED BY maja2834 on | October 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    BEST DECISION THE SELECTORS HAVE TAKEN IN THE LAST FEW YEARS..Three Cheers to them..

  • POSTED BY sravanmalle on | October 29, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Youngsters should be given the opportunity for the upcoming Test Series with West Indies being the weak opponent and moreover we are playing at home. It's time to give Rahul Sharma a chance in atleast one of the 3 Test Matches. Varun Aaron should be allowed to play in the final Eleven.

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | October 29, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Its good to drop bhajji...kohli,ashwin,Rahul sharma should be in the playing XI. Team must be : Sehwag,Gambhir,kohli,dravid,tendulkar,yuvi,dhoni,ashwin,rahul sharma,Aaron, Ishant/umesh. We all know the class of VVS but we need to groom kohli as a test batsmen..(useful with his dibbly dobbly medium pacers in test) Yuvi has to be included, he matured as batsmen.. As a bowler he is very useful in Indian pitches.. including kohli & yuvi will strengthen the bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    looks like the selectors weren't in their senses when they announced the team. In your test squad, you need to have more experienced players with a couple of new ones. I believe the spin trio should have included Harbhajan, Mishra and Ojha and the pacemen should have been Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and RP Singh. VVS Laxman hasn't been in form based on his performance in the recent test series against England so he should give way for Virat Kohli who has been impressive in the ODI series. The final XI for the test match against W.I. should be Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Pragyan Ojha.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Pujara must have been included instead KOHLI.. Rahane may Open with Sehwag.. Aaron must be given a chance in playing 11. From the three (Sachin,Dravid,VVS) two should be in playing 11 from all the tests from now. No need to rest Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY mrcool on | October 29, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    I think selectors have picked Rohit sharma but instead they wrote name of Rahul sharma in list.After same type of incident two month ago they dont want to accept mistake again so they kept name of rahul sharma as it is.

  • POSTED BY MadrasCity on | October 29, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    I love and watch every ball in test cricket - unlike T20 i prefer watching last 4 or 5 overs in both Innings.Getting god fast bowlers seems to be the main focus of our selectors - impressive. I dont follow domestic cricket that much - so do any one know what happened to this batsmen who i felt will make a mark in Indian batting line up in absence of Sachin , dravid , laxman and shewag .

    Pujara - good middle order batsman Mukund - young stylish left hand batsman Badrinath - He is not young but looked solid Test Cricketer Rohit sharma - Good middle order batsman

  • POSTED BY Kothandaram on | October 29, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    good selection. but why no place for Abhinav Mukund. he did reasonably well on the tour of England and West indies earlier. need to give him a decent run... great to see Ashwin in line for a Test debut. thinking bowler, he will be more than a handful for the Caribbean batsmen, who always struggle against spin

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    presume a wake up call for harbhajan as he has no really performed that well during the last 1 year or so. looks like praveen kumar has been given a break, donot think selectors have dropped him. maybe they would like to see how umesh yadav and varun aaron bowl. both might be needed for the australian tour.

  • POSTED BY onkar567 on | October 29, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    a good team but i donot understand what is the reason behind leaving out praveen kumar.umesh yadav was a quick but a wayward bowler.in tests you need a bowler who can keep the line and length going for a long time.surely varun aaron has been a good bowler in that case,thus inclusion of v.a.is not baffling.rahane will not get a chance to debut definitely as long as viru as gauti are there.god,wall,vvs will be 4,3,5 respectively,yuvi,msd 6 and 7.In the bowling dept.ishant will be the spearhead,followed by ashwin,ojha,varun aaron.Probably then seeing the run of virat it can be-kohli replacing yuvi as we have a left arm spinner.............ojha

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | October 29, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Why cant the headline be Ashwin gets the deserved spot instead of "Harbhajan dropped for first Test " hmmm somethings never change in India

  • POSTED BY pradeepkumarkr on | October 29, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    If India win the first test, I expect Dhoni to be rested.

  • POSTED BY ravi_hari on | October 29, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Quite a pick. Interesting to see Bhajji out again. Are the selectors fed up with him or want him to get the message. Any which way, Bhajji needs to go back to Ranji cricket and come back with bags of wickets. He sure is in contention for Aussie tour but has to rebuild the confidence among the selectors. Absence of Praveen will weaken the bowling. I dont understand why you need to pick such a big squad for a domestic test and that too against Windies. Pick 12 and get going. Atleast the rest can play domestic cricket or go to NCA. I think this was the best time to groom Gambhir. Dhoni needs rest and he should have been left out. He is over worked and God forbid, he should not crash before Aussie tour! Spin attack looks fresh and would deliver only if given confidence that they would remain for atleast 3 to 4 series. Yuvi should be in the 11 to play at 6 and 4 bowlers(2+2) should be enough. Yuvi can be the 5th bowler if required. An easy series. India should win 2-0. Hari Ravi

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Hi Guys, i don't understand why we cry for including Rahul sharma. Do you all think he will play XI ? Just he will be used in net practice and supplying waters in the field. Let Bhajji focus to get his rhythm back in ranji matches. Its good to give Rahane & Ashwin chances to play in XI and this exposure will help them to play against Aussies next season. Any one of them(Dravid/Sachin/Laxman) should be rested in 1st test..Its first time selectors picked real fast bowlers who clocking more than 140kph.. PK is promising bowler and his swing bowling will be key in Aus tour..Hope he will back in 2nd test.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Hi Guys, i don't understand why we cry for including Rahul sharma. Do you all think he will play XI ? Just he will be used in net practice and supplying waters in the field. Let Bhajji focus to get his rhythm back in ranji matches. Its good to give Rahane & Ashwin chances to play in XI and this exposure will help them to play against Aussies next season. Any one of them(Dravid/Sachin/Laxman) should be rested in 1st test..Its first time selectors picked real fast bowlers who clocking more than 140kph.. PK is promising bowler and his swing bowling will be key in Aus tour..Hope he will back in 2nd test.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    14 Selected for first test match is good, but I really wish that Virat Kohli and Rahul Sharma makes it in top 11. We really do not need all 3 (Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman) to play , specially at home. I wish one of them make a way for Kohli. Rahul Sharma at home will be very effective (more like Kumble), and I wish he makes debut and gets preferance over Ojha (yuvi can bowl left arm).

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    For once i think the selectors have done a goood job .I would have preffered Dhoni to be rested for Australia tour . Bhajji is too good not to get chance again and i hope they are just trying out new talent . Im ok with PK being rested .he deserves it .

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Mukund should have been in before Ajinkya Rahane. Abhinav Mukund is more of a test player and he's in form. Praveek Kumar has not been dropped. He has been rested. He has played a lot of cricket so he was bound to be rested. Dhoni should have been rested as well. Bhajji will return. For sure.

  • POSTED BY Grtking on | October 29, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Finally good to see an indian team mixed up with with experienced seniors(sachin, dravid,VVS ) and performing youngsters (Ashwin,Kohli,Aaron)..i think selectors done a great job..Omission of bhajji is welcome desicion but bad in case of praveen..

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | October 29, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Funny how some people write off laxman. They sure don't know how important he is against AUS in AUS. OTOH people talk about the replacements when we haven't found the replacement for ganguly yet.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | October 29, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    I can not understand some of the selections. Why would you drop Praveen Kumar? He has been the shining light in the last three months for India not only with ball but also with bat at times. Surely he is not quick but he does swing the ball. Are they resting him or is he dropped? Were the selectors asked these questions? Why you need three spinners in the squad? Pragyan Ojha was dropped for no reason and is picked for no reasons now. What has changed all of a sudden? It was time to play Rahul Sharma and R Ashwin. Whey leave doubts when you pick your team. Too many players back from injuries are back in the team without playing a single first class game to prove their fitness. Getting a fitness certificate does not mean they are ready to play test match cricket again.

    Only good choices are Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. It is time bring some freshness into the squat.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    selection of rahul sharma is only based upon his performance in ipl amit mishra should be picked ahead of him. omission of pk and raina is shocking.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    YUVRAJ,RAHANE,KOHLI,RAHUL SHARMA SHOULD NOT BE PICK REPLACE BY. PUJARA,MUKUND,BARDINATH,MISHRA SHOULD IN ALSO DHONE NEED REST PICK W.SAHA

  • POSTED BY rhtme on | October 29, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I'd say Rahane should be in the first test ahead of both UV & Kohli cause he's got an impressive track record in India's domestic tourney & has a better technique than either of them plus can play short balls alot better so keeping Oz tour in mind he should be given a chance surely !

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    great selection.but where is zaheer khan.he is the backbone of indian fast bowling.i think indian fast bowling atake is so much lose.praveen kumar should have been in team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Time for Bhajji to retire gracefully ;)

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Its really hard to see Bhajii's omission he has performed well in Indian conditions yeah i agree to the fact that off lately he hasn't had a good series that would stand out. Kohli's inclusion is weird given his batting style he is good in the shorter versions with Yuvraj we will have a bowling option and his contribution would be immense, we had seen that in the world cup as how he was usefull during the middle overs. Ashwin deserves a place been knocking on the test doors for a long time. Not sure if Varun Aron / Umesh Yadav will get a chance here. Overall the team looks perfect to conquer. Lets get back to the top of the table as we were used to.

  • POSTED BY mayur294 on | October 29, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @nikkam:rahane is a very gud player of tests..compared to abhinav mukund..his records have been prety gud compared to abhinav mukund.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajinkya_Rahane FYI.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhinav_Mukund

  • POSTED BY Satish.V on | October 29, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Good to see the selectors experimenting.This is the squad for the first test only.So I see MSD being rested for the next 2 tests. Ashwin deserved to be picked ahead of Harbhajan.This will be a wake up call for Bhajji.For long, he has stagnated as a bowler.India need him in Australia and an in-form Harbhajan will go a long way in winning us the series.PK has not been dropped.It is very obvious that he has been rested ahead of the Oz tour.Aaron,Yadav & Rahane need exposure before being thrown into the ring in Australia.Abhinav Mukund might make it to the squad for the next 2 tests.But Rahul Sharma's selection seems a little strange.He might be a good limited overs bowler.But in test matches, a spinner is meant to pick up wickets.I hope he can prove me wrong.

  • POSTED BY ACHILLES_FZX on | October 29, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Actually this is a good team PK anyways will be there for the australian series so why not test the new boys for the WI tour and most of the batting slots will be filled by veterans it only our bowling which needs to be tested ahead of aus tour

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    @Nikkam ODIs have nothing to do with Test Selection Ajinkya Rahane has an average of 68 in FC Cricket!! Selection is completely justified.. He will be a better Test player than an ODI player

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | October 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Why the heck was Rahul Sharma picked and PK not picked? Do the selectors ever look at first class record (Rahul Sharma averages 50! with the ball) ? And Rohit is a much better prospect than Yuvraj who may succeed here but will definitely fail in Australia.

  • POSTED BY Hritabrata on | October 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Good Team Selection. Kohli is always a better Test player than Raina. Rahane is a good choice but feeling sorry for Mukund, he did fairly good in England. Bhajji omission was a bit surprise, but yes we need his backups to get ready in case of his sudden injuries. Thumping chance for Rahul Sharma, Ashwin and Ojha to prove their worth and contend for Aus tour. Praveen deserves rest else he will breakdown after playing for so long as the bowling spearhead. Umesh Yadav, Aaron and Ishant must prove their worth for Aus tour ahead...we need firing pace there... Could have rested MSD as Gauti is available and a good captaincy brain..Parthiv in home conditions should have served the purpose....nywyas..Cheers.../m\

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    the match was played in delhi.dhoni may be rested and give captaincy to viru.so give more chance for delhi players.ragul sharma and ashwin are new players in tests.selectors give chance to amit mishra.he payed at bat also in england very well.my 11 is 1.viru(capt.),2.gautham,3.dravid,4.sachu,5.vvs,6.yuvi,7.parthiv,8.ashwin,9.mishra,10.ishant,11.yadav.sub:-12.virat,13.mukund,14.ojha,15.aaron

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    sreesanth should have bee given the chance as he has been handy on indian wickets besides we wud need 3 seamers in playin XI in australia and now we have only 3 seamers in entire squad of 16 for me zaheer is doubtful for aus series too

  • POSTED BY karthik666 on | October 29, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    good selection by the chairman of selctors and the commitee

  • POSTED BY devil_in_details on | October 29, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Great selection and kudos to the selection team! This WI tour is being used for experimentation and rightly so. PK has been rested and he would be our new ball bowler in Aus. However most interesting in WI series would be the performance of Sehwag and Ishant post injuries. Unlikely Dhoni will again take the risk of taking them to australia half fit. Unlikely also that Zaheer will be fit in time for the Australia tour (at least the initial part). Hence PK and two of Ishant , Umesh and Varun will have to form the attack there. This would be a very inexperienced attack and how i wish Shreesanth had improved to the next level by now! Bhajji will play in Australia unless Ashwin and Ojha can really ratchet it up against the windies and perhaps even despite that. Sixth batsmen slot will be a toss up between Yuvi and Kohli and Yuvi should get the nod ahead. Kohli may come into picture if Yuvi bungles up but anyways both will be in Aus squad.

  • POSTED BY Ramesh_Joseph on | October 29, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    As per Srikant, Praveen Kumar has been rested to keep him fresh for the Australia tour...so he is not dropped. Dhoni should have been rested after so much continuous cricket..we need him fresh for Australia. Otherwise excellent team selection.

  • POSTED BY Bala13882 on | October 29, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    where is Praveen Kumar? he left out because of the indian pitch will not have swing?

  • POSTED BY USIndianFan on | October 29, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    I keep seeing negative comments about Yuvraj. The guy has had injuries but has performed well overall. In England, coming back after a long break he had 65 before getting injured. Be fair.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    i think ashwin's inclusion is a good sign.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    This is a great move by the selectors, but Instead of Rahul Sharma I would had given chance to Jadeja. I feel Jadeja could also compete with the number 6 position because that would enable our team to have two quality spinners along with 3 pacers. Dhoni can always bat at no 6 in the tests and let Jadeja bat at 7. I feel That it was time for VVS to retire now if we are looking towards the future. Sachin and Dravid are in sublime form so I don't think they will retire b4 the Aussie tour

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    i think they should try one left arm pacer to this new look pace team..parmeswaran may be the right option for india..

  • POSTED BY NoMeRcY-RaGE on | October 29, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    PK has nt been left out...he has been rested...sreesanth n bhajji are left out...ZAK PK n Bhajji wud get back to the fold for the aussie tour...this is done so that the disaster of england(injuries) is not repeated...i wud say a gud move...to me yuvi shud b given chance above kohli...dhoni needs to b rested fr the nxt 2 tests....and yes instead of making d jump fr rahane..mukund shud hav been persisted wid...or infact manoj tiwary looks a gud prospect too...bt nevr mind its jst fr 1 match...lets hope fr the better changes...seems to b a gud pick though coz both umesh n aaron wud b playing together now and that shud give an idea of who is better...jst w8ng fr the aussie tour...hope india do thrash them n get to numero uno again

  • POSTED BY monis11 on | October 29, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    they need to take 20 wickets. In test cricket players are not known for throwing their wicket away.So perseverance with line & length, gradually dragging to play a false stroke is the key. Hope the senior batters can tell these young bowlers how to do that. PK should have been picked.

  • POSTED BY PremZtalks on | October 29, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    A better selection View! But the best XI should have one of them rested from Dravid/Sachin/Laxman... Dhoni should be rested - But here issue is clear who next? That too with Big 3 playing along with sehwag & Yuvi? And sehwag 's reluctance for captaincy. All said, thats the challenge they are paid for and Dhoni should be rested..

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Looking forward to Ojha and Aswin's spinning combination. Viru and Sachin will make batting dept. strong. I would like to include both Yuvi and Kohli ahead of Gamvir !

  • POSTED BY santosh_master on | October 29, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    where is pk????he is growing strong day by day and he is the best bowler we have without zaheer and ishanth.meaningless.however india is going to win the test as it is windies

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    zaheer khan is very good faster bowlar in tast

  • POSTED BY ajeet_211 on | October 29, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Some surprising selection 1.inclusion of Rahul sharma 2.omition of Praveen Kumar,Amit Mishra 3.Ignorance of bhajji,Jadeja selection should be sensible I think selector should be focus on bowling options pacer 1>Ishant sharma 2>praveen kumar 3>S.sreesanth 4>Varun Aron 5>Umesh Yadav Spinners 1.harbhajan singh 2.Pragyan Ojha 3.Amit Mishra 4.R.ashwin 5.optional Rahul sharma,Iqbal Abdulla,Ravindra jadeja

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | October 29, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Finally. About time this guy was shown the door. Hopefully the door is sealed shut. Good selection except for the surprise omission of PK. May be they are resting him for Aus tour? Good job Srikkanth and Co.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Great selection. Shows the mohinder amarnath effect. Fresh faces in the team. Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron, both great prospects should get chances in this series so that they are ready for australia series. similarly kohli should get chance ahead of yuvraj as he is fit and in form. ajinkya rahanae also a good selection.

    bhajii should be back for the australia test matches as he reserves his best performance against aussies.

  • POSTED BY nikkam on | October 29, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    overall the selection logic is to give batting practice to sachin, dravid and laxman against WI and to try out the spin and pace quality...a brave selection....only MSD could have been rested...shewag / gambhir could have lead the side...why mukund is ignored after gutsy show in WI?....rahane has just now entered ODI team....his immediate inclusion in the tests is a bit of a jump....also rahul sharma has not had performances to back him up at the regional level....mishra could have been given a chance...this will not encourage players to perform well in domestic matches and will concentrate only in IPL....dropping raina is good move but instead of yuvi, parthiv could have been given chance and MSD rested...my team would have been-Shewag (capt), mukund, gambhir, sachin, kohli, laxman, rayudu, yadav, ishant, ashwin, ojha.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    I think its sheer stupidity and arrogance on part of the selectors to leave out Praveen Kumar inspite of his good performance in both the previous test series. We don't want a bowler like Ishant Sharma who gets tired after bowling short spells to lead the pace attack. Pace bowlers in India need to have the heart to bowl overs after overs in non-conducive pitches.

  • POSTED BY avik_chowdhury1980 on | October 29, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Good selection for WI series. Only doubt for PK. But he is also deserv some rest.Otherwise very good selection. I hope varun will make his mark on debut.

  • POSTED BY cork123 on | October 29, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Expected chages, but it would have been better to have an allrounder who would have made it possible to play 5 frontline bowlers in the XI. Jadeja would have fitted the bill as the pitches are expected to be spin friendly and considering his good form with ball and bat. plus it would allow MSD to bat at No.6 (which has been a problem slot for India ever since Saurav retired)..

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    This is what the positive impact of the IPL, Yadhav and Aaron deserve their place considering the pace and age. Now we can expect frequent 140+ bowlers from India, at last the dream comes true, happy !

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    I feel its a gud selection. This proves our Bench Strength. Yeah !! I would loved to see Rohit in squad. Kohli has proved in T20 and ODI. Raina shud be in shorter formats only. Yuvi's selection...Hmmmm Lets see. All bowlers are Young and Batsmen are Old. Good work !

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    I think side is ok..and its fine that selectors are finding new options in bowlling department.......we should support them...

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | October 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @ms.arjun - I hope you were joking and really meant to write DHONI instead of Raina. I understand Raina was in most of those games but sadly he didn't really have to contribute more than 50%. Some of it, he hardly gave anything. Dhoni on the other hand was constantly managing the team, batting, keeping, etc. He has a much tougher job than Raina so priority for rest should be given to Dhoni. Need him in Australia more than anything! :)

  • POSTED BY cric_freakNo2 on | October 29, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    dhoni is the fittest member of this squad . inclusion of varun and yadav is a good sign for future. i dont understand why seniors stll dont give retirement as except rahul every1 is out of form .also this would be their contribution to the indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY vinodkumar on | October 29, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Since the team is only for the 1st test, won't be surprised if Dhoni is rested for the remaining two tests or the last test and the ODIs or just the ODIs. He definitely needs some time off. I think as usual India will go with four bowler and seven batsmen (including Dhoni). For me its a tough call between Ojha and Aswin. Some may want to play both especially on the Kotla track. But I would test out both Varun and Umesh in the firs test along with Ishant. Ojha is more experienced in tests and Aswin has done enough to get a place in the playing XI in tests. Really tough call. I would go with Aswin if Yuvi is in the XI as Yuvi can bowl his left arm spins. Play Aswin not because Ojha is not good but again to give a chance to Aswin to show what he can do in tests. With all senior batsmen available it may not be a bad idea to test newcomers in the bowling. My XI - Sehwag, Gauti, Rahul,Sach, Lax, Yuvi, MS, Aswin, Ishant, Umesh, Varun

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    surprising...why Rahul Sharma selected to the team? he hasn't played enough test matches, of course he is a good player in limited over cricket but doubt will arise about his test cricketing ability. it may be the better time to try Ashwin in test but a senior must be in spin department, so Harbhajan's absence can put India in danger. well it's all over let's see how will youngistan will play against carribians. best of luck young boys....

  • POSTED BY sachinmulji on | October 29, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    If we could eventually ha'e a left arm genius like Zakha, A tall seamer as Ishy, A skiddy pacer like fire as Aaron and an unusual and brilliant swing bowler as Pravvy we'd win abroad, we would!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Still how many years Sachin is going to play....

  • POSTED BY aruntheselector on | October 29, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Selectors can afford to take chances against Windies especially when playing in India.So experimenting with a new spin attack should not be an issue.However,when it comes to touring Aust Bhajji should be there for his experience.Lets see how things develop.Hope ZAK gets fit before Aus and Ishant get back his rhythm against Windies and get ready for Aus.PK should also get back by then and would not be a bad idea to consider Umesh & Varun if they do well against WI.Rahane usually plays @ 3 in first class matches.So not sure if he was a good choice as a back-up opener.However,he deserves a place in the 15.Maybe he or Kohli could be made to bat @ 3 with Rahul,Sachin & VVS @ 4,5,6.The idea being to develop a No3 for the future when the seniors are around.Otherwise it can become a very big void to fill after Dravid retires.Something like what Aust plans to do by making Marsh bat @3 and Ricky dropping to 4.It is more important to develop youngs guys @ 3 & 4 rather than 5 or 6.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    I guess Praveen Kumar has been rested to make him fresh for Australia tour. Let Harbajan prove himself in the Ranji season. Good team. Must deserving long awaited break for Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY vinodkumar on | October 29, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Overall a good move by the selectors. There are no surprises in batting, except that Mukund seems to have got a raw deal. He didn't do all that badly in England considering that there was a collective failure barring Dravid.With so many injuries during the tests in England he should have been given a chance in the ODI's which were played there, as he was sufficiently acclimitised by then. Poor fellow his two chances have been during overseas. What better chance for Rahane than to play at home against an which does not boast any exceptional bowlers (if he is in the XI). As regards the bowling, I think the selectors are looking at the future and also the Australia tour. I will be happy if both Varun and Umesh are picked along with Ishant in the XI for the 1st test against the WIs. If they perform well, they could accompany the team to Aus. Rahul Sharma may not be picked in the XI. He again is a prospect for the future. Between Ojha and Aswin its a difficult call.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Wat is going on....................Can dhoni bear one more series before Important Australia tour.........He should be rested after 1 test...After aussie tour again ipl....Poor Dhoni

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | October 29, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Great selection, Harbhajan is rubbish and has been carried for far too long.

  • POSTED BY zig1 on | October 29, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Finally Pragyan Ojha gets the much deserved chance... But Rahul Sharma ?? this is a real surprise.... PK has been rested clearly not dropped he has been playing non stop cricket.. One person who will be most disappointed is Abhinav Mukund.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | October 29, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    WHAT bhajji SHOULD DO NOW ? Indian selectors have made it loud and clear that he needs to improve significantly to make a come back. Bhajji *must* take a clean break from bowling for 6 months. He can work on his fitness, batting or even take up some other sport for 6 months. Once he is thru 5 stages of grief, he needs to watch his old VIDEOS when he was effective. Forget about role, economy rate everything - just focus on how he was getting WICKETS at that point. After this point he should start with a county and play as much overseas cricket as he can (India A, countieswhatever). If he can rediscover himself, he still has a future.. else indian audience is pretty happy with Ashwin and Ojha. (Rahul Sharma will probably not get any matches in this otur.. he is there as an understudy... that's all).

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    And where is the best spinner in the world- MURALI KARTIK? They will pick Rahul Sharma, but not MURALI KARTIK.

  • POSTED BY sachinmulji on | October 29, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    I hope Ishy can support the youngsters -we need wickets

  • POSTED BY dekagirindra on | October 29, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Overall selection is great.Rahul sharma's selection is beat of surprise and it is too early call for Rahul sharma in test arena with only proven perfomance in IPL.Praveen Kumar omission is also hearbreaking,but at the same time it is also important to check and build up a strong pace attack before Australia tour.This is the time for R.Ashwin to lead Idian spin attack.A.Mukund could have been given one more chance instead of A.Rahane.However Rahane's selection is equally admirable, as very positive approach in batting is shown by this young guy.Any way good luck to INDIA.

  • POSTED BY kondanand on | October 29, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Finally, a brave move by Indian selectors..regards.. willing to put up new faces,omitting players on basis of their performances. I think Ashwin's way of bowling would not be suitable for the longer format of cricket.He has to depend more on variations in flight and turn, rather than variations on his bowling actions,to be successful.As test matches test endurance of a bowler.He might burnout soon,in larger format of game,with the kind of mindset he is bowling presently.Anyhow,lets wait and see.. Ojha, is one of the best left spinner,who rely s a lot on variations in flight. Rahul Sharma, still untested, is a surprise inclusion in the team.A learning experience for Rahul. Jadeja,missed out his place for Yuvraj.Both fit into the same category. Kohli,needs to prove himself in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 29, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Guys Praveen Kumar rested for more important Australian series..he is playing non-stop cricket like Dhoni and Raina...I think, Dhoni too will be rested on the remaining matches.

  • POSTED BY sachinmulji on | October 29, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Another advantage of this squad selection is that it puts Ishant Sharma in the position of senior pace bowle rand the combination of the added responsibility combined with the real threat of healthy competition might be just what he needs to express himself. Imagine a pace quartet of Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Aaron/Yadav and Praveen Kumar all performing to the best of their talents! Might it not be the well balanced wicket taking attack India needs to compliment its talented batting unit and provide the weaponry to win abroad on a regular basis. In the spin department I think that Ashwin is a hugely exciting prospect and he might just be suited to the test arena. He is an attacking bowler with the talent, variations and hunger that should see him become the best offspinner in the world. From what I've heard of Rahul Sharma he might just be the leggie to compliment him. In any case promoting these two may get Harbhajan bowling like he used to! As far as the batting unit is concerned i

  • POSTED BY KingofRedLions on | October 29, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    And it's about time too.

  • POSTED BY sachinmulji on | October 29, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    For once I think the selectors have done well. Resting Praveen Kumar (I'd rather not use the verb "drop" in the case of such a talented and industrious bowler) has the benefit of ensuring that Varun Aaron and/or Umesh Yadav are tried out properly in this long form o' the international game in a pace unit which must be led by Ishant Sharma. If they get wickets or at least one of the two newcomers perform then we shall know we have found an effective bowler with real pace which is a valuable asset in Australia, South Africa or England. Indeed such a bowler is essential to building a team which wins consistently abroad and our test ambitions must lie clearly and emphatically in the direction of winning abroad. If we see effectiveness in either Varun Aaron or U Yadav in the test arena he must then be nurtured with proper support so that he feels the confidence that he is part of future plans, for bear in mind that Indian pitches will not be kind to these quick pace bowlers. Another advanta

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    si Baker-Laxman cant be ignored & omitted from test squad.Raina is still kid when it comes to tests,moreover he cant face short balls.He is only better for T20s,ODIs.

  • POSTED BY loung_singh on | October 29, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    i thnk dhoni himself dnt wntd rest..after all he has got golden chance 2 make some test runs n boost his average against very weak windies in home conditions bcoz he cnt score outside subcontinent....why wud he wnt rest!!!!!!!! overall gud selection bcoz in india it doesnt matter whoever u play he ll score runs harbhajan singh also has 2 test centuries on indian pitches so it doesnt matter ...n i wonder if sachin had played in dis series if he had made 100 in england!!!!

  • POSTED BY srikiranmucheli on | October 29, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    oh boy! its a very brave move to leave pk lone performer may be because of no swinging conditions and to test the guns and with one of fantastic four retired and no replacement(or no one have cemented his position) what happens to our batting(hope not as like australians).i can say the major changes or the vrs in indian batting starts after the"AUSTRALIA" series

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    I would like to have a clarification, is Raina Dropped or rested? Coz He's been playing non stop cricket for the past 18months. He deserves a break and not being dropped, I find tat Yuvi in 11'll add ur bowling options, but is he Ready? and Praveen Kumar's exclusion is a big surprise,, hope to see some gud performance from all. SACHIN 'll get his 100th ton against WI for sure.. Btw, Why is Rahane ahead of Mukhund? Mukhund just scored a classy century for Rest Of India.. Strange Selection overall..

  • POSTED BY Gladiator11272 on | October 29, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    @Parth Naik : Why did Harbhajan come in the squad and where is Ashwin :D

  • POSTED BY True_Indian-Cricket_Fan on | October 29, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Sad to see Harbhajan left out..he should have been given a chance..atleast gained some form before aus test..hope Ashwin can make a mark on his debut..hope to see Bhajji in the 2nd test. Rahul sharma won't get a game i guess. I would have loved to see Rohit instead of Yuvi..but this is another chance for yuvi to score some runs in test cricket. The pace bowling dept. looks strong either Aron or Umesh will get a game or both if India play one spinner(thats unlikely)..but would love to see Umesh making his debut..he is good..& the seniors returning..this is a great squad..

  • POSTED BY merajaan on | October 29, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    For once, I completely agree with the selection! Great choices made in the bowling department with Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadev - getting them warmed up before the big Australia series. I would have liked to have seen RP Singh selected to address the left arm swing, as we will need him warmed up and ready to go for Aus (let's face it, Zaheer Khan will again fall apart during the Aus tour). Good choice with dropping Harbhajan. Ojha and Ashwin are the future of spin for indian cricket. Good to see Rahane given a go for the test matches as well. Overall, fantastic selection!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Suresh Raina deserves a place in the test team.. He is a fine player and one of the few best cricketers who can deliver under pressure with ease.....I am surprised to see his omission

  • POSTED BY New_Wind on | October 29, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Didn't praveen take 27 wickets in 6 tests? How can he be dropped? And Rahul Sharma too early for tests. Also play both Yuvi and Kohli and rest one of veterans. we don't need full power team for WI. Infact it was right time give dhoni some rest.

  • POSTED BY ms.arjun on | October 29, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    Thank God. Raina finally gets some rest now. Poor Guy. He is playing non stop for more than a year which included a WC, IPL, CLT20, Long Eng Tour, WI Tour, England Tour Again. Come on...you deserve rest Raina. Take a vacation or something.

  • POSTED BY heshu71 on | October 29, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Its a good selection bearing one r two.I think Mukund should have been there as a reserve opener,since he has not been given chances in indian pitches..then rahul sharma...is surprising..but mishra is also not so good so its ok..best of luck to this young team of bowlers.Dear Ashwin now the time has come for u to prove that u r better than highly hyped and useless harbhajan.. grab it and prove it by talking more wkts.best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    NO! No! Nooooooo!!! I was really looking forward to watching SRT score his 100th ton during the boxing day Test in Melbourne! Despite being his fan, I will be selfish and hope he scores an 80 every innings against Windies but makes the history live in front of my own eyes at the MCG!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    good selection. why yuvaraj from my perception he is already given too much of chances in test matches?

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Suresh Raina deserves rest..God selection !

  • POSTED BY pranab708 on | October 29, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @Deepak M K: I agree with your assessment of the philosophy behind this selection. And I hope the selectors also thought along the same lines. Because otherwise Praveen Kumar's omission is baffling. Still I'm hugely surprised with the selection of Rahul Sharma. Surely his exploits in IPL doesn't merit test selection. If the idea is to have three different kind of spinners in the squad and hence picking a leg-spinner other than Amit Mishra (who was pathetic in england) then I guess it makes some sense. Looking at the workload on him, Dhoni should have been rested too. In the playing eleven Aaron should be preferred over Umesh Yadav as the former exhibited more control.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Nice Squad... But I think Rahul Sharma is not perfect for unlimited overs...

  • POSTED BY AnandSathiyamurthy on | October 29, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Inclusion of varun and umesh is good for the future of indian cricket. But dhoni should be rested entire series for the sake of Australian tour.

  • POSTED BY c3vzn on | October 29, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    What are they doing with Praveen Kumar? He's the only one that did anything in their last test series. And Rahul Sharma can go back and earn his place properly, a good stint in the IPL shouldn't merit a test selection.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 29, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    @SnowSnake The WI games are primarily to give the youngsters some practice before the AUS tour. As such none of us will boast about this series win when we win it. WI is nothing without the likes of Chanders, Sarwan, Gayle in their test squad.

  • POSTED BY Dr.Raghunandan on | October 29, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    very much plesed with the selection..but i thought dhoni would be rested.but but this is only for the 1 st test.so the next test might carry with a different set of reserve bench players with one or two amendments..........these 3 tests should be viewed like a practice matches for australis tour and should be checked for all the players form......later on as the series progresses it is wise to get rohit and kohli {though he is there for the 1 st test he might not be in the elite leven} and then test other spin bowlers also............but on the whole good work selectors.........all the best sachin we are awaiting your hundred

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    The bowling department selection is very good except for the selection of Rahul Sharma. Would've loved to see Mishra as part of the side. Perfect time for Bhajji and Sreesanth to look at their games and play couple of domestic matches to be match fit. raveen kumar deserves the rest. But in the batting side would've given chance to Rohit sharma or Raina instead of Yuvraj. Yuvraj needs to be playing couple of domestic matches before claiming to be match fit.

  • POSTED BY ns_krishnan on | October 29, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    In general the selection is Ok, but Yuvraj is a Test flop for me. He will make it to an all-time Indian ODI XI, but will never make it at the Test XI. Ojha - I feel good for him. He was dropped without any reason from the Test squad. I just hope the selectors don't start playiing musical chairs with him and Mishra again. Praveen - I hope that the move to drop him is just to check out how godd Varun and Umesh are, for currently Praveen is certainly good enough to be in Indian Test team especially since we are without Zaheer.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Good selections, 1.will give new pacemen some real experience before Aus tour 2. Will give good rest to PK before Aus tour 3. Will give time for Bhajji and Sreesanth to look at their own games before the tougher years both are very one dimensional.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    1. Virender Sehwag 2. Gambhir 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5.Kohli/Yuvraj 6. VVS Laxman 7.Dhoni 8. R Ashwin/ Pragyan Ojha 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Varun Aaron 11. Ishant Sharma

    I feel this team is really awkward looking!

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    The series is of no interest as ,we are paper tigers on home soil and further,poor West Indies is just like a Ranji trophy squad of one of our states.So this will be a tamasha and our so called greats will score tons of runs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    nice selection.............for me rahul sharma should nt be in dis team.............he is a gud bowler but on d basis of ipl u cant chose test sqad.............its just unbelievible i must say..............

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | October 29, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Harbhajan should have been dropped a couple of years ago. Praveen Kumar's exclusion is a surprise

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 29, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: Unfortunately, winning against low ranked team does not boosts your points a lot and a loss against low ranked team hurts more than a loss against high ranked team. So, India got hurt more due to poor margin of victory aganist WI than heavy loss against England. India should schedule more games against top ranking team like England than low ranked teams like WI and Bangladesh etc.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    As a neutral - & having witnessed all 20 or so recent games against both the WIndies & England - I find it encouraging for Indian cricket that Fletcher & the other selectors have realised that Harbhajan, Mishra, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel & Mukund are all busted flushes & that Ashwin, the hugely underrated Ojha, Rahane, Kohli & the exciting young pace guns Aaron & Yadav represent the future of Indian Test cricket. Laxman & Yuvraj should have been omitted in favour of Raina - who deserves another chance after modifying his technique against the short ball following his mauling in England during the summer - & Rohit Sharma as well, but the thinking is probably that India can't afford to blood too many youngsters ahead of the Australian tour. Shame about Praveen Kumar, though: his never-say-die attitude in England - often when faced with hopeless no-win situations - won him a lot of admirers over here.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    India Squad For 5 Windies ODI IN INDIA 1) Sehwag 2) Gambhir 3) Virat 4) Rohit Sharma 5) Manoj Tiwary/ Yusuf/ Shikhar/ Rahane 6) Raina 7) Yuvraj 8) Dhoni 9) Jadeja 10) Harbhajan 11) Ishant 12) Sreesanth 13) Praveen 14) Robin Uthappa 15) Ojha. MY LIKELY SQUAD. Sachin can be rested for odis.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Good to see a revamped bowling dept. But rahul sharma's inclusion a big question mark. Soon need to be followed in batting dept also....

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    I would love to see R jadeja in test team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    Sachin and sehwag should have skipped WI tour since this series is not so much important than the coming OZ series

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    cmon rahul sharma and ashwin don't ruin them like murali vijay in test matches though he is a t20 player. Sreesanth, Irfan should be in test. Umesh Yadav and Varun are odi bowlers and could have pick parthiv insted of virat cause we need him in t20/odi's. abt rahne dinesh karthik would have been better option. we need ojha and mishra in test squad.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    @Ankur Tyagi : Its unfair to blame Dhoni that he dont want to miss flat wicket series as if he scores only on that...remember he is the MOS in ENG too..When will you test Varun Aaron,Yadav,Ashwin then?? against AUS in AUS?? .. A Test Team need to be developed which performs well without the guidance of senior bowlers..Remember both ZAK and Bhajji r not tr..so this series will be a learning curve for them..so this is a fair selection only

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    I would love to see R Jadeja in test team...Will make nice balance and have one more choice of fast bolwer or spinner...Please let me know your views indian...Please reply..

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | October 29, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    For Home Tests, India must not select bowlers like Aaron and Umesh, if we want them to play for India for a long time. These bowlers should be used ONLY in oversees series. At other times, they should be looked after for injures and fitness. UNLEASH them on fast pitches. DO NOT KILL them on lifeless Indian pitches. Look what we did to bowlers of the class of Finn (150+ kph). Take my word, by the time WI-IND series is over, Aaron will be hovering around 130+ (from his current 140+).

  • POSTED BY mahi4lf on | October 29, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    @unmesh_cric i completely agree with u dropping pk is ridiculous however the one possible reason for dropping him maybe that the selectors wanted to rest him. or perhaps they wanted to try out a new bowling combination to prepare for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    This series cant be termed as to boost ur rank...bcos winning 3-0 against them will raise only one point in the rating..(i.e.)from 117 to 118..winning 2-0 points wont raise..winning 1-0 wil reduce one point(i.e.) to 116...but picking rahul sharma ahead of bhajji will surely frustrate him...what he has done to pick him to the test squad..atleast Ashwin and Ojha hv done well to justify their selections..Thou Bhajji performed poor,he had a 5 wicket haul in SA(in seaming conditions),in WI(performance against this team should not be considered).. just one bad series in ENG...but this will be a real test to other spinners..so happy with that..Bhajji needs to work hard to secure a place for AUS series

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    Good job. The reason why Praveen dropped could be he bowls around 120 kmh and in Indian conditions, he would not be effective with this pace. He relies on swing and would be nullified in placid tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    MARK MY WORDS... RAHUL SHARMA, IF GIVEN THE PROPER EXPOSURE, WILL BE THE NEXT ANIL KUMBLE FOR INDIA..... MARK MY WORDS. STUDY HIM CLOSELY & SEE HIS BOWLING....VERY VERY GOOD SELECTION, EVEN IN RESERVE...GIVE HIM THE EXPOSURE..

  • POSTED BY SK_Shahi on | October 29, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    Team selection is not bad. But I think Raina and Sresanth should be included in the team. V Aaron impressed in ODI but not even bowled his 10 overs in a match. Can he bowl at the same speed in Test for 20 to 25 overs in one day? Raina struggled in England but he is different batsman in Indian conditions. In England everyone except R Dravid struggled. So you can not keep one player out.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    XI: 1)Gambhir, 2)Sehwag, 3) Dravid, 4) Sachin, 5) Laxman, 6)Yuvraj, 7)Dhoni, 8) Ashwin, 9)Ishant, 10)Aaron, 11) Ojha

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | October 28, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs Beating WI, NZ which are placed 7th and 8th does not give India any ranking booster, you know that right? It is only other way around.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | October 28, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    PK is unlucky he had great series in England while everyone else failed...

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | October 28, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Dropping Praveen Kumar is just plain ridiculous! He is a wicket-taking bowler and did so well in England...I don't understand the logic.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    now thats how u select a team good job how are u selecting sharma? his technique is such that he ha s major weakness against rising ball out side off stump and its not lke he is best player of spin.. he is kind of guy who looks good while attacking but u can he survive in australia? i think no it owuld be just lik raina we are lucky we found 3 good batsman who have good technique in this era pujara , rahane, kohli with gambhir at top india can easily tour outside sub continent and bowling department atleast they are giving chances and asking them to bowl quick w/o worrying i would say change in attitude was only thing needed cos talant will come ,,we have big population and cricket is very popular..future looks good.. thing is i would like dravid laxman being rested now.. laxman is in or out? i forgot lets save them for australia! and tendulkar can use this sries to get his century so that he is not nervous in australia

  • POSTED BY Krishna_M on | October 28, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Few comments to make on the selection: 1) Overall a decent job but one selection that's totally undeserving & controversial i.e. Rahul Sharma is grabbing all the negative headlines. He is v unlikely to figure in the XI & the selectors getting a lot of flak on this marginal selection. They should have shown more sense; 2) Resting PK makes sense & while he's been Ind's workhorse over the past few months, not sure he will be successful in Oz which is the real test; 3) Bringing Yuvraj back so soon makes no sense & should play a first class game or two at least; 4) After all the talk about prioritising text cricket, MS Dhoni wax likely to play & might be rested only for the last test or more likely, for the ODIs; 5) Hope Rahane plays in the XI over Kohli & Yuvraj; 6) If Bhajji would have been in the squad then team mgmt ie Dhoni will likely play him in the 11 , so the selectors did well to keep him out. Lets see what Ashwin does in the longer version though WI no great test at home.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Praveen Kumar had a decent series in England , Feel bad for him

  • POSTED BY AnkurTyagi on | October 28, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    I was wondering how many people want 2 see SACHIN in our cricket team.. and how many people want to see him guiding our cricket team .. !!!--We dont need runs from his BAT now , we need that brain who controls that BAT..!! --

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | October 28, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    why are india only getting easy tours for Tests? First Bangladesh, then New Zealand, then West Indies, and now West Indies again (they did have a England and SA series in between, but come on, West indies IN India?). They're just going for a ranking booster

  • POSTED BY AnkurTyagi on | October 28, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Sehvag,dhoni & yuvraj in TEST team!!...lol

    Selectors want to rest DHOni, but dhoni dont wont to miss this flat wicket series opportunity...!! -- even if sehvag is half fit he will still play..who wants to miss home conditions and high school level bowling attack...!If they are experimenting , they should have used Dhoni place for some other youngster!! -- One more thing, if our spiners dont do well in this series whats PLAN-B for australia series..!! -- dont tell me they gonnna put everything again on bajhi's shoulder!..lol..

    Overall its a good series to cement your place and impress us and selectors!!-- good conditions/home ground/week opponent...GO india..!!-

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | October 28, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Yuvraj must be picked as No.6 batsman ahead of Kohli.. I really want to see Yuvi play more Tests. It also brings in Left - right combination in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY Jaga2011 on | October 28, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Nice job, selectors - horses for courses for the WI series...It looks like the future India test squad of 2013-14 will look like ...... 1) Rahane 2) Mukund 3) Gambhir 4) Kohli 5) Pujara 6) Dhoni 7) Ojha 8) Ashwin/Mishra 9) Munaf/Umesh Yadav 10) Ishant/Irfan Pathan 11) P Kumar/RP

    Future ODI squad ...... 1) Uthappa 2) Gambhir 3) Kohli 4) Raina 5) Pujara 6) Yuvraj/Yusuf Pathan 7) Dhoni 8) Ashwin 9) R Jadeja 10) Ishant/Irfan Pathan 11) P Kumar/RP

    Future T20 squad.... ...... 1) Uthappa 2) Gambhir(C) 3) Kohli 4) Raina 5) Pujara 6) Yusuf Pathan 7) Saha 8) Ashwin 9) R Jadeja 10) Ishant/Irfan Pathan 11) P Kumar/RP

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    great news!! bhajji was one very very poor performer! good to see players with some hunger being picked by bbc

  • POSTED BY Jazz_Indiasupporter on | October 28, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    OMG they should really give MSD a break! I mean C'mon!!!!! The dude has been playing for every single thing!! GIVE DA GUY A BREAK!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    i like this test squad .i believe that this is the one of the better squad for India.i also believe that India win this test series ..............

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | October 28, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    I don't think the selecters didn't pick Praveen Kumar because of the tour of Australia in mind. He toured the West Indies, played in most games if not all in the England series and played in the home ODI against England. Clearly he needs a break.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | October 28, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Knowing that Dhoni is near exhaustion they have not only chosen not to rest him but have also not picked any reserve keeper. Poor Rahul Dravid better start preparing for keeping wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Great selection....MS Dhoni should have been rested...or get him to play first test then take the tour off.....

  • POSTED BY MrUmp on | October 28, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Surprised that Rohit Sharma is not picked above Yuvraj. Rohit performed well against WI in WI - far better than Kholi - but appears that Kholi has the call - more so for his ODI performances. So think this is unfair and Sharma is a good prospect for India in tests.

    Welcome news on Harbhajan - think his time is done and India have far better stock that will do better.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | October 28, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    Poor Bhajji... hopefully he comes back because he was a champ in the clt20, even in the final he dismissed Gayle and Kohli. But anyways, Ashwin and Ojha are really good spinners and even Rahul Sharma may not turn the ball that much, but he confuses batsmen. Definitely India can wvein this 3-0 even without Zaheer. Although it will be an exciting series!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Everyone needs to relax about Praveen Kumar. He is simply being rested. He's been part of the squad for both WI and England tours, and he was very efective in both. We need him for Australia, not right now.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Is this some kind of plan - because Kohli failed in West Indies (easier conditions than in England), and Raina in England - Raina should be a helpful spinning option too. Neither of them have technique to succeed in TEST matches in swinging/seaming conditions, which is an entirely different game than ODIs. So Why is Kohli given a chance in India, and Raina ignored for Tests in India?

    Rahul Sharma shouldn't be in the test side as he is a good squeezer of run-flow, not a wicket taking bowler that a leg spinner should be, especially in Tests, so I assume Ojha should be in the side - he is a smart bowler!

    I hope Cheteshwar Pujara gets fit fast - He's the horse for long race - correct technique & temperament - will be of value in Australia! So are these two young speed guns, with Ishant (if he can repeat his past heroics here!)

    Ashwin is a much better bowler than Bhajji for some time now - and a technically more correct batsman, and better fielder, so he must get a go ahead of Bhajji!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Spare a thought for MSD.. They should have given him a well deserved break. And picking Rahul Sharma ahead of Bhajji is baffling..

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | October 28, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Poor Badri. I guess his chances are up, pretty much. If he can't get picked for a home series against current West Indies team, there's no way he is going to be picked for any other series. His life moves on based off Ranji earnings and maybe players' pension, if ever there's something like that.

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | October 28, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Poor Badri. I guess his chances are up, pretty much. If he can't get picked for a home series against current West Indies team, there's no way he is going to be picked for any other series. His life moves on based off Ranji earnings and maybe players' pension, if ever there's something like that.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Jadeja & Raina should be included for the next test. In Australia there wont be lot of lateral movement like England. Raina did well in WI on tough wickets. He needs to play some test matches against good pace bowlers to iron out some flaws. Jadeja would be useful as the 4th bowler and number 8 batsman against Australia. Yuvraj did play some good ODI innings, but I don't remember a single test innings (even half-century) outside subcontinent. I think Raina being left-handed would be a better bet than Kohli in Australia. VVS should be rested for the WI tests to try out Rahane/Raina/Kohli at 5 and 6. Both Aaron and Yadav should be played in the eleven.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | October 28, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    praveen is rested I guess as he is playing non-stop cricket since England. Rahul Sharma selection is absolutely shocking. Bhajji getting dropped isn't, may be he will be surprised again that he couldn't get auto-selected based on his 4 years earlier performance or winning CLT as MI captain.Lack of other spinning options is ringing danger bells. We need to find a quick backup spinner, Iqbal Abdulla doesn't spin the ball so we need a spinner who spins it or at least bowls similar to Anil Kumble. Batting looks formidable it would have been nice if any new youngster was selected to the squad, its the time to groom players, a loss isn't going to matter much. We need to look at the future and not satisfied with the present.

  • POSTED BY cricindia4life on | October 28, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    Praveen Kumar, unless injured, deserves a place in the squad. He's by far the most effective bowler we have after Zak. The seam attack looks pretty weak with Ishant and two youngsters who have just been broken into the ODI team. Also, Rahul Sharma's inclusion is appalling. This is the problem with Indian cricket...they find a youngster who seems to be good and dump him into the deep end. He is found out quickly at the international level, and disappears into thin air. Amit Mishra should have been persisted with...he's a very good spinner. He flights the ball really well, especially in India.

    Batting wise, Virat got lucky in that Pujara is still not match-fit. But I think Pujara should get the nod ahead of Virat for the tour down under. Pujara is technically much superior than Kohli, Raina, Tiwary and the like. Rahane's is a good inclusion.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Happy partly on this new selection , but if Hrabhajan can be dropped after bad tour of England and the Injury,How could you select Sehwag who has been injured for a very long time and no match in the resent Looks like the selector feels that sehwag would smash his way thru even with out match practice,Mr Selector you are going to be fooled as Sehwag is gonna flop this time as he has been the resent times.One great service the selectors have done is the dropping of Sreesanth,He is only good for Ranji and not for Test ,One days or T20 and never again should he represent India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    This is really Bad selection that Harbhajan Out. He is real star. One or two more series bad performance cannot reflects that he is not capable. I feel Bhaji can serve more few years for Blue.

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | October 28, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    @SagirParkar, what you have said makes sense. I hope BCCI removes the gag order that forbids selectors from talking to media. This would avoid a lot of confusion.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | October 28, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Good thinking by selectors. I think its one of the best way to get the young fellows trained at international level. With an average team like West Indies, Ojha, Varun, Umesh, Rahul and Virat will learn greatly and will know their strengths. Ashwin and Ishant will be the bowling spearheads. Young fellows doing good in this series will be carried along to the Australia tour... really good thinking... Zaheer, Praveen, Pujara will be pulled in for the Australia series...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    what about a reserve keeper?????

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Dhoni should have been rested for tests as he is playin continously since England tour following CLT and then again England.. But taken in ODIs to warm up him for next Australian tour...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Now the selectors have done something right. Atleast excluding raina out of the series and including Virat , some changes ma come as Virat has been consistent. There will be a fight in the playing 11 . Whethet to include Virat or Yuvi. Dhoni, Sachin , Gambhir , Laxman , Dravid are for sure I guess.

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | October 28, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    I see most of the comments wondering about Pujara,he is INJURED ! So he cant be picked.He is surely in for Aus tour.But for Rahul Sharma in place of Jadeja,this squad is near-perfect,future looks bright ! As for the teasing of Cricinfo staff about Amit sharma ,chill guys we know it is Amit 'no-ball' Mishra,don't we ;)

    Also I am thrilled with the pace attack,PK for all his skills isnt a good bet on Indian pitches! Aaron and Yadav is the way forward,if given the right amount of confidence..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Thats a gutsy decision made by the selectors to keep PK, n Bhajji Out.. Fan's who are amused with this decision should figure out what is the reason behind there exclusion and giving chance to youngsters like Varun, Umesh n Ashiwin to make a debut and feel comfortable against not so threatening WI side in home series with gr8 batting line up & under all the seniors.. So that not too expose them in most difficult of the tour and situation directly like one in england, SA or australia.. Its and good idea to make the ready for future and give the injured players who have made their come back to get some much needed match practice before the Down Under Tour.. One can't imagine india touring Down under without PK, Bhajji n Ishant.. So this will be good rest for Pk and Most probably soon then later in WI series Dhoni will get his much needed rest. :) No w that side is selected i just hope all youngsters get a chance n they prove there selection most importantly Varun, Umesh, Ashwin n Rahul !

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | October 28, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    I think Rahul sharma and Umesh Yadav will not play the test anyway, but will just be in the squad benched. But could have tried for some other option like Badrinath instead of Yuvraj singh. but its too early to try the new pace bowlers without any swing bowlers like Zak, Praveen who can be deadly with the new ball...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    good looking side but it would have been even bettre if harbhajan over rahul sharma . harbhajan bowled well in ipl , and jadeja over ojha , jadeja got some good turn against england

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @ Harshad K Trivedi , I think u missed VVS....:)

  • POSTED BY MeraBharatMahaan on | October 28, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @the_blue_android Well said !!!

  • POSTED BY Angad11 on | October 28, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I think the selectors did a good job here. Of Course they cannot make everybody happy. I see a lot of people disappointing about PK but i think he is rested more than anything and he really needs a break. Even MS needs a break, even im tired of watch him soo much. Good job of dropping Raina, even though he is a great ODI player, its high time we look for somebody else at that position now for tests. I really hope that these two guys Yadav n Varun come good and hit min 140 consistently n they dont go Ishant's way of dropping pace. GOOD LUCK GUYZ

  • POSTED BY chuckmeister on | October 28, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Rahul Sharma over Bhajji, seriously ... i mean seriously.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | October 28, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Praveen Kumar and Abhinav Munkund are the ones who got the short end of the stick. They performed well in England and deserve a place. Otherwise the choices are reasonable.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Right decision...but i think even this has been planned...i am sure Rahul Sharma is going to fail then selectors will drop him and get back Harbhajan saying youngster could not perform.Or else i dont find any reason for selecting Rahul Sharma

  • POSTED BY Sai111 on | October 28, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Yes that is a strong team with strong bowlers and batters our batsmen shall ease themselves to victory GO INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Rockyyyims on | October 28, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Fantastic selection ....very well thought out.....!!....grooming fast bowlers as well a leg spinner....augurs well for the future....Had to say its d first tym ...i fully agree...LOLzz.....mukund's technique is faulty....other's have been given ample chances...they failed to grab it...time to move on....Cheers for d selectors.....Gr8 Pick.....

  • POSTED BY Apoorv_Says on | October 28, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    i must say when i had first look of the squad i got really excited to see india's bowling front (since long time)...thumbs up to selectors fr selecting umesh yadav n varun aaron...but i feel pity fr praveen...wat else cud he hve done fr cementing his place in the side...i still dont see india touring down under without bhajji...he should've been given a chance to get his confidence back...selecting rahul sharma (on the basis of his IPL performences...he definately doesn't boast a great domestic record) is a gamble...hope he does well...watching a legspinner spinning web is always e great sight..!!!

  • POSTED BY cric_follower on | October 28, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    I think the BCCI and the selectors should make explain the reason why the players who played in the previous series were dropped. I think the public deserves an explanation.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    This will most probably the Team India will play on the 6th. November....The First 12 members : MS Dhoni (Ca+WK), Gautam Gambhir,Virendra Sehwag, Rahul Dravid,Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma , Umesh Yadav .12th man Ajinkya Rahane/ Yuvraj Singh. This would be the most balanced combination , if all the players are fit to play !

  • POSTED BY Apoorv_Says on | October 28, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    i must say when i had first look of the squad i got really excited to see india's bowling front (since long time)...thumbs up to selectors fr selecting umesh yadav n varun aaron...but i feel pity fr praveen...wat else cud he hve done fr cementing his place in the side...i still dont see india touring down under without bhajji...he should've been given a chance to get his confidence back...selecting rahul sharma (on the basis of his IPL performences...he definately doesn't boast a great domestic record) is a gamble...hope he does well...watching a legspinner spinning web is always e great sight..!!!

  • POSTED BY jaggi.jagan on | October 28, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    With the return of Shewag, Gambhir & Sachin, this is a bating heavy side. I saw Ravindra Jadeja bowl quite well. Given the fact that he is a useful bat, he may have gotten a look. If he is found good, he gives us an option to play him as an all rounder...this opens up few options to add additional bowler or a batsman. Other than that, it is a good side as most players pick themselves. Abhinav Mukund to me looked good in the few innings that he played well. I am sure he will get his chances again.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Good, daring approach - even if some of the experiments fail - it's good to expand your bench into a bunch of players who would be ready for international cricket. In that view, I can understand inclusion of Rahul Sharma rather than Amit Mishra (who is a domestic giant, but hasn't exactly grabbed his chances at top level). However, Praveen Kumar would need to be there - just because he isn't pacy like Varun or Umesh doesn't make him any less attacking. He has mastery over swing, cut and seam like no other in India ( except a fit Zak).

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Rahul Sharma over Bhaji? wow just wow!

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | October 28, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    As soon as some of our players see flat pitches and mediocre bowling, they are back to full fitness to plunder hundreds and double hundreds!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    This is a good gamble before the tour of Australia where we would need atleast two genuine quicks . So good that Umesh and Varun have been given the nod .It is little unfortunate that PK has been left out but I dont think he will be greatly effective in Indian conditions with his pace . I dont agree with Rahane been given the nod over Mukund . Mukund did do a good job in WI and England under very tough conditions .and he played well in Challengers as well .

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    baji have to prove himself in domestic cricket after that he looks forward to international cricket,,also again selectors giving burden to some players they need rest . also injured players also taking the chance of some emerging youngsters,,,,,

  • POSTED BY nssinu on | October 28, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    can't understand what the selectors are trying to do.. what message are they trying to give to players?? why mukund is left out in favor of rahane? wher the hell did rahul sharma come from?? is he atleast a regular member of his state side?? has he done "anything" in ranji's to impress the selectors?? is ipl performance a criteria for selecting a test team?? (if so, drop dravid and vvs for someone like valthatty/uthappa..) it's high time to give a break to kris.. he's taking everything for granted thinking tht he wont be replaced... agreed tht rahane/rahul is not gonna play even a single game in the series.. but think of the message the selection sends to ppl like mukund, vijay, harbhajan... also, SHUD HAV GIVEN A BRK TO MS.. (he's also a human being, give him some rest dude..)

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Impressed by the arm chair critics demands, advice etc :-)

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    This is a good team selection aside from a few facts: Firstly they should have dropped dhoni, or rested him. Secondly I feel its too early to give rahul sharma and aaron a try, just because they are hyped, doesnt mean they are that good. They have very mediocre averages in first class cricket. Umesh Yadav and Ishant should prove their worth. I feel Rahane lacks test experience, while Mukund is better. Kohli is agood inclusion, while its good they left out Raina.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    I don't understand why Praveen Kumar has been dropped. I hope he has been rested. Lately, he has been the best Indian seam bowler after Zaheer Khan. He was India's best seamer when they played in West Indies and England.

    Where did Rahul Sharma come from? i don't think he has done enough to be selected in any test team.

    Umesh Yadav could not bowl a straight bowl against visiting English. I don't think he is good enough to play a test match.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    The exclusion of Praveen Kumarand Vinay Kumar is unexpected The team line-up shows India will concentrate on spin attack over pace. Prakhyan Ojja is the main trump card. -In batting dept no surprises

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    I didn't really understand whats the problem with Yuvraj's inclusion. When he was in peak form there is no place in the team and when he comes to team, it was moreover a replacement rather a straight selection because of the superiors in the team like quad four sachin, Sourav, Rahul and Laxman. If a person executing well in one format that is in odi cricket is useless to tests? If it so then my opinion is that he cannot do well in one format everyone wants him to be in and he is in.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    My Reaction-One of the best selections ever. Why? I have got my reasons..

    1-Batting was always expected. Taking both Rahane and Kohli is a great decison. I always said Bw Rahane,Kohli,Pujara..2 should be selected. Pujara is yet not fully fit,so had to be Rahane and Kohli. Yuvraj's selection over Raina is justified as Raina has to work on a lot of things and Yuvraj never really got chance after dat SL series where he first had fever and den was injured in England.

    2-Resting PK is a gr8 decision as he's played consistently,both tests and ODIs and bowled his heart out in England. So he's clearly rested. Ishant is always an automatic choice in Tests. Not a surprise. Bringing Aaron and Yadav in tests is absolutely brilliant as Sreesanth has proved time and time again dat he's a waste.

    3-Selection Ashwin,Ojha is owsum. Dropping Bhajji is even better as it'll only improve bhajji and I know Bhajji will be selected for Australian Series and he'll be brilliant dere. Mark my words.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | October 28, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    I think most of the people are failing to understand why PK has been dropped from test. He hasn't done anything wrong but to give him a little break so he will be fresh again when we will tour Australia. But I should agree on that Bhajji or Amit Mishra should have been given chance ahead of Rahul Sharma. But still not sure if Bhajji is dropped for only first test or all tests? I hope India should win all tests at-least to get back on No. 2 test ranking!

  • POSTED BY ARad on | October 28, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Selectors should ALWAYS give interviews to explain their selections to the public. Why should fans (and possibly even Praveen Kumar) should wonder if he is being rested or dropped? This can affect the confidence of players and shows once again the POOR MANAGEMENT capabilities of those who run cricket in most countries. Rahul Sharma is either a bold choice or a stupid choice depending on how he turns out but he is not going to play since Ojha and Ashwin are the top two choices for now. Raina is a flat track bully and a good ODI player but not ready for prime time (aka Test match cricket.) Dhoni should have been rested indeed. West Indies are struggling against BD so India should handle them easily at home. EVEN Tendulkar could captain the Indian side to victory against the current WI team.

  • POSTED BY ignoramusenator on | October 28, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    great work by selectors, they knw WI is not a real threat nd they want to mix experience wid newbies, this is goin to be a great series, i see great future, rahul sharma, wen i watched him in IPL i wish he play for India someday, its not the look wat u make a player its the character nd talent, if nehra cant be a fast bowler this guys wd ashwin are our spin future.

  • POSTED BY RajuallenEmanuel on | October 28, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    As I mentioned Yesterday Indian Selectors Pick The Side for the future test side... Brave But A Great Move 2 Axe Harbhajan... The Thing is if he was picked in the 15 men squad u can't leave him out of playing 11... He should be rested for the remaining 2 test matcheh also... In Pase bowling department my predication worked toooo... They gone for extra pase of aaron nd yadav... Surely they will produce the goods in Down under even if not in WI Series... They are the futures... Raina or Badri deserve one more chance... But Never the less Its A Great Team... Much More Strong Bowling Line up Tan in the tour of England... Hats Off 2 Indian Selectors...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Failure of suresh rain in england does not mean he can not perform in india where there is less bounce. Moreover, except dravid almost all the batsmen failed in england that includes tendulakar and VVS laxman. So, why drop raina and bring in virat who also failed in west indies and short of skills against bounce!. selectors are going to spoil both raina and virat. They need to find stable guy for No.6 slot. Also on batting line up, After strong Dhoni, it is very hallow tail, which will give in in very quick time and no bowlers seem can score few runs. Selectors need to bearin mind this as well !. Need to find some all rounders which is missing in the line up.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    PKs omission could be part of a rotation system. Finally the Selection panel seems to be getting to grips with player burn out. Guys like PK. Ishant Zaheer have been playing non stop cricket for a long time now and need the rest. Bajjis omission will give him an opportunity to regain his form before the OZ series

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    tooo bad selectors WHy Not Vinay Kumar gets chance in test series and not even given any coments on him, his given excelent performance in england series (outside country and in country).why not to take him

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Why Dhoni is not rested ? He must have been rested for atleast first test and again for odi series.

  • POSTED BY Diark on | October 28, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Ironic that a few weeks ago people were shouting for Rahul Sharma's inclusion.Now they are lamenting it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Good Team !! I am happy that they are trying new talent in fast bowlind and a new spin department.. Delighted to see Ajinkya given a chance in this squad..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    good to see harbhajan Singh being axed....Thank god PK has been given some rest, We need PK fit for Australia series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Oh man! not one exp bowler in team........thinkin' of takin' on Windies just by batting

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Praveen Kumar has like likely been rested to avoid any injury. He has had a heavy worklod ever since the IPL. Raina's axing is also a good move, since he isn't really a Test-match material; but this move will boost his one-day and T20 career. Yuvraj Singh has always been unlucky in Test cricket. It will interesting to see how he performs. Harbhajan's fans shouldn't feel threatened. His international career is far from over. But Indians have to groom young spinners at Test level to fill his place for future or if ever gets injured. This series will be a good test for Rahul Sharma and R Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY gitapat on | October 28, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    The selectors continue to back Dhoni and Yuvraj while neither of them is fit for Test cricket.The obvious replacements are Dinesh Karthick and Cheteswar Pujara.I also believe that both Amit Mishra and Sreesanth being dropped for Rahul Sharma and Umesh Yadav are bad decisions.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Seems like a good selection.....Is Praveen dropped or rested?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    I think leaving out PK was a smart decision. PK is already tested and has been proven to be excellent in good fast bowler's wicket. No need for him to risk an injury in dead Indian tracks with a subpar Windies side. He will play a key role in our Aussie away series later in the year. We need him to be fresh for that series.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | October 28, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Good to see some youngsters in the team, rather than seeing the same old names. Finally, we can hope India put up a good fight in the field, atleast the fielding will be better! As for PK & Raina, they deserve a rest ahead of Aus tour, plus Raina is only one game away from making a comeback should Yuvi fail.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Sad to see Yuvraj given another chance. prblem is tht, now ny1 who plays at no 6 be it yuvraj or kohli, will score runs on d flat tracks, and then struggle in Australia. thats wat happened 4 years ago, whn yuvraj hit a blistering 169 against a mediocre pak attack on a flat featherbed of bangalore, got himself into the side, and struggled miserably in australia.. does it take 10 years to understand he is nt gud enuf for test cricket? at least on tougher conditions .. well, I wud love to see Pujara in at 6 in australia( provided he is match fit) !!

  • POSTED BY rko_rules on | October 28, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    This is the first time I am fully satisfied with the team selected. I am so happy to see this team and just can't wait for the first match to start.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    rest dhoni plsss!!!!!! poor guy!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Kohli picked again?? Why? He did not do well in tests. Even Raina did well against WI on their home pitch.. a series in India against a weak team isn't going to be a clear indicator of how good a player one is. Pujara is fit again and he should have been picked ahead of Kohli. Hope they don't ruin his ODI form by giving him an opportunity in tests. This will be a good restart for Sehwag to get back in the team and start scoring right away.. really wish we had a perfectly fit side for England.. they played well so credit goes to them though. Yuvi has always done reasonably well and is a far better bet than Kohli or Raina. Rohit Sharma could have been included as well. Although he seems like an lbw candidate.. he has a far better technique than few others.. I believe he ll do well in tests. This will be a good test for the new speedsters.. Looking forward to some hostile (if I can call it that..) bowling :)

  • POSTED BY Titan123 on | October 28, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Indian fans should not get carried away by the pace of Varun and Umesh. They bowled quick in spurts in ONE DAYS, but yet to show they can sustain it for longer periods. If past history is anything to go by, these guys will be bowled into the ground in the next few months and rest assured their pace will be down to low 130s by then! I hope to be proved wrong though.

  • POSTED BY svel on | October 28, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    A really really good squad for the first test, except the fact that rahul sharma has been selected. i feel mishra is a better leggie than him. good to see harbajan being dropped so that he can come back stronger. i still feel that MSD should have been rested.

  • POSTED BY aamir4frenz on | October 28, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    BCCI team selection mostly includes selection on quota basis. so that defines why rahul sharma is considered in place of harbhajan singh ( both from punjab )

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Very much impressed with the selection after long time. New look and young fast bowling. Best chance for players to find a place for Aus ..good perforamance against avg WI against home could be a good start.. May be its better not to risk Sehwag before Aus tour and give chance to Rahane to open in 1st test.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    A job well done by selectors...heads up to them.

  • POSTED BY Raki99 on | October 28, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Praveen Kumar has not been left out But Rested, Shresaant,raina and harbhajan has been left out.

  • POSTED BY mrcool on | October 28, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    This is test Squad just for one test...I am sure selectors still having doubt about fitness of some players thats why they picked squad for 1 test only...They shouldnt have picked injure prone player too soon..I am damn sure sehwag or yuvraj will be out of this test series soon.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Guys! Praveen Kumar has been rested because of the plain fact that he has been bowling his heart out non stop since last three-four months. He needs rest. No use exhausting him after such a long season. We need him for Australia tour. That's why selectors are resting him and Zak for the tour. No use injuring our prime bowlers for a useless series. And as for other seniors, its a practice match ahead of Australian tour so that they get back in form. lack of practice was the reason for Sachin, gambhir, and Viru's failure in England. Whereas Dravid was in form because of his West Indies tour. I htink Dhoni should have been rested. He has been playing non-stop cricket. Also, they should have stuck to young Raina ahead of Yuvraj who anyways is no good in tests. We need to groom young players like Rahane, Kohli and Raina. Cricinfo Publish.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 28, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    I like the bowling attack chosen. Always good to try new talent. But care should be taken to see that Umesh and Aaron are not overbowled on these dusty tracks. They need to be fresh to rattle Australia later on.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    boss..ISHANT is the Real future for pace bowling in team india...

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | October 28, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Rahul Sharma is a wrong selection. I don't agree selection for Tests based on IPL performance. He has to bowl more in Ranji and try to improve his bowling average before being selected to play Tests. If the selectors were looking for a leg spinner, Piyush Chawla was a better bet. If selectors were looking for a spinner who did well in last first class season, Bhargav Bhatt would have been an ideal selection.

  • POSTED BY YNS_GoIndia on | October 28, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Feel a bit for PK since he did pretty well in England. But I can understand the selectors' logic in not picking him up. At his pace and without any movement in Indian conditions, he would be pretty ineffective. Mukund's exclusion is a surprise though.

  • POSTED BY Paddle_Sweep on | October 28, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    The selectors can go to hell. 18 wickets over a period of 5 years and not even a regular in the Punjab Ranji side and somebody finds a place as a test spinner in the Indian team. Shame on you selectors!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    well bhajji bashers are probably very happy , good if India is 60-7 or something lets see who rescues India from that situation , Ashwin is one dimensional off spinner and cannot be compared to Bhajji , Bhajji has 404 wickets and he is one of the top spinners of all time and lets see how many wickets these new spinners will take in long run , India is going to miss a real fighter , hopefully Bhajji will get rest and play for Punjab , Srikanth should have resigned as Selector after India lost 0-4 in tests , but i think he can fire players , but no one can touch him

  • POSTED BY piyush.... on | October 28, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    looks a raw pace attack...but hope to see a average around 140...good chance for varun to show up his talent..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    I was hoping that Dhoni would be rested. He has played a lot of cricket recently and he is crucial for the Australia series. This is a strange move to keep him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    virat under performed in windies shld have given chance to rohit sharma.. Badrinath is a pity guy with so much talent n potential bt yet to get a chance. Sreesanth is better option than umesh yadav who was smashed in recent odi's.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | October 28, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @Aristotle , you mean tiwary ahead of yuvraj and kohli, whichever tiwary u mean, it sounds ridiculously funny.yuvraj has done nothing wrong to leave him out of test squad, much changed player, so good to see him in the squad

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    1)is praveen kumar sacked aftr impressive performance in eng and WI....or bieng rested?????? 2) I dont understand the theory behind inclusion of rahul sharma 3) varun aaron... juz luk @ his 1st class avg.. u pick him on the basis of list A avg??? 4) I think dhoni should ve been rested.... nw @least give him rest during ODI series....

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | October 28, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    I only hope selectors dont make the mistake of selecting team for Australia tour based on performances in this series. Playing west indies in India is easy, and any tom dick and harry would score 100 in this series. If we select team based on this series performance, it would be a great blunder. Players like Badri, Mukund who are very strong in technique are the ones who should get a ticket to board the plane to Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    MSD Needs some Rest.... pls leave him for some time.. we want him fully fit for AUSTRALIA SERIES..dear Selectors.. pls Leave him...

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | October 28, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    I don't know what Praveen Kumar has done to be left out.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | October 28, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Why are they not playing in chennai?

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | October 28, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Mukund and Badri should have been included. They are well tuned for test matches. Especially in India, they are prolific rungetters. A big mistake made.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    what a good team ....after a very long time a team that is selected on merit .....job well done for the selectors

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    I hope Praveen kumar is left out only for 1st match against West Indies to give chance to young fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 28, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    I am very pleased to see Kohli, Rahul, Ojha, Aaron & Yadav in the squad. However I am not convinced of the fitness of Sehwag & Ishant Sharma. An earlier statement from Sehwag clearly stated that he still cannot throw the ball comfortably. Ishant had an ankle injury & had no surgery to repair it. How come he is suddenly fit and Zaheer after ankle surgery is still recovering.It would be best not to risk playing Sehwag till he is 100% fit, after the mistake the Selectors made in picking him for the England tour. I am also interested in knowing what tests are in placeto check thephysical fitness of the players.Preference of Ashwin over out of form Bhaiji is a welcome change. Praveen is good for ODI's as is Raina, Uthappa,Jadeja,Y.Pathan. So this gives chance for India to bring in freshplayers for the ODI's. I am surprised that Dhoni is not rested. It is preferred he gets a break atleast in the ODI's.The team is a good mix of Young & senior players.Will Rahul& ojha get a chance in the XI??

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Very wrong decision to leave our Praveen Kumar. The lad didn't do anything wrong against the west indies during the tour there. Shocking inclusions include Rahul Sharma. Just because he took a lot of wickets during the IPL season doesnt mean he should get a green light straight into the test format. Also, maybe Raina should have been chosen instead of Yuvi. Ahh..selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    bravo for picking aaron and jadav and good that praveen was rested. we need him fresh for australia

  • POSTED BY cricestudiente on | October 28, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Congrats to the selectors and MS for including two pacers Yadav and Aaron show tremendous potential and gives MS the option of real pace.Same with spinners may spur Bhajji to get back to his best.Virat definitely captain material has potential to follow MS, needs to learn the concentration wall element from the great Dravid as well as his natural strokeplay and prove himself in every innings in the test arena.Senior Batsmen need to continue to justify their places otherwise pujara, raina, jadeja, rayadu, mukund need to be eased into team.The mantra for everyone is achieving excellence in everything you do, regardless of where in the world.Indian Sports Science needs to develop personalised Diets, fitness, techniques, competitor analysis to assist the Indian players in achieving their goal of being the number 1 side in any form of cricket.Assisted by coaching and performance management teams that will leave the world in awe when Indian gladiators enter the arena.Jitoo ghe india jitoo

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    @itsdwayuplay: just shut up n think before u comment....KOHLI s d future for INDIAN TEST CRICKET..Mukund hasn't done anythin gr8 for u to talk so...many times sehwag sachin n all who i always say r automatic choices hv come back frm injury n scored tons of runs...Ind's best X1 is Viru, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Kohli(Yuvi wil be played though), Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Ishant, Yadav(Aaron s fine too)....wen dravid sachin laxman retire, pujara kohli rahane rohit sharma r likely replacements at d moment...badri s old..n i guess his career mite be over even though he s a gr8 performer....

  • POSTED BY CaughtAndBowled on | October 28, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Can't believe Yuvaraj got another chance!! Instead of tossing a coin between Raina and Kohil, selectors should have chucked Yuvaraj out of the team. After all he could not cement his place even though he is in the mix of things for more than 10 years!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    I still dn understand Pk'sexpulsion..wat more he cud have done??

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    WHY RAHUL SHARMA,,,,,,,WHY NOT AMIT MISHRA,,,,IF U WANNA DROP BHAJJI !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    To all those people blaring there lungs aloud for Badri.........Badri was given chance in limited over format in Windies and didn't do himself any favors........average of 15.8 after 7 odi's doesn't bode very well........to me , he seems to be of ajay sharma sort.....a giant @ domestic level but never cut out for the bigger stage.....guys like rohit sharma (australia 2007), Raina (pakistan 2006), yuvraj (nairobi 2001) had made promising starts and were duly given a long rope to showcase their talent..... I agree a successful ODI career doesn't mean much in tests......but it doesn't mean one has to be unsuccessful in ODI's to get successful in tests............anyways badri is 32....he wont be there for long.....he'll take 2 years at least to learn the vagaries of the game........and by the time he is polished he'll be staring into retirement...not good investment

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 28, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Don't worry about dear Praveen, Indian fans. He is being rested. Good active discussion on Neo Cricket and this is a unanimous opinion. India's bowling is a mouth watering proposition with three solid pacers, Ashwin bowling in tandem with Rahul Sharma, perhaps. This selection doesn't leave much to be worried about.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    THe batting line up is perfect . I wonder why PK has been left out , good to see aaron make the cut . Bowling line up could have been much better with Zak , Pk, Ishant , aaron and Irfan Pathan ....

  • POSTED BY shekarchand on | October 28, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    I dont understand why ishant is given so many chances, varun is ok but why umesh yadav. Sreesant and vinaykumar should be given more chances. If selectors bychance read this please consider

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    The batting is always good but i am surprised why they not selected Praveen. Selecting new bowlers is good but , i think Selectors have forgot Irfan Pathan. They have given chance to RP.Singh in last series, y can not give a chance to Irfan Pathan.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | October 28, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Not surw abt dropping Bhajji.. Hope he comes back for second test.. We need him for sure in Australia and some match practice is mandatory.. Ashwin need to be tried onve in longer format.. Given WIs weakness against spin, he might succeed.. Rahul Sharma might.ve.got something to.impress the team mgmtt to pick in test squad.. Lets see how they, perform..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Virat Kohli certainly deserves the 6th batsman's spot ahead of Yuvraj, and who is Amit Sharma?

  • POSTED BY stanyzone on | October 28, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    They won an ODI series without Sachin and there are already talks of giving youngsters a chance (by resting him)...?!! Well played guys...!! You never understand. Do you?!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Nice to see Ashwin and Ojha in the squad but Rahul sharma's selection was big surprise(not at all good decision). Raina is a good ODI and T20 player. So we dont want him in Tests like how we are omitting Laxman and Dravid in ODI's. Even Yuvraj is like raina. Badri would have been a right choice instead of Yuvraj. I guess selectors omitted PK for give him a rest. so no issues. India should play with 3 fast bowlers and 2 spinners. THE GREAT THING WAS HARBHJAN OUT OF THE TEAM. Welcome decision. So India have three quicks who can generate 140+. Kudos to selection committee for taken a brave decision(Included new quick bowlers and omitted Useless harbajan). Selectors must take same brave decision(Harbajan axed) if others seniors also not playing good. I want to see Harbajan comments for his omission because he gave some unforgettable comedy comments after his omission from England ODI.He became joker nowadays.. ha ha. MI won CLT20 bcoz of Malinga not bcoz of Harbajan or his capitancy.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    I surprised at Rainas exclusion.Isnt it time for VVS to call it quits.

  • POSTED BY Lash6691 on | October 28, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    i am surprised that the selectors didnt consider giving MSD a break. we have an important series down under immediately after the WI series. Viru could have been given the captaincy. resting Praveen is a very gud decision. but quite shocked at the inclusion of Rahul sharma and varun. nothing against aaron, but i feel he is quite naive.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    so it would be more like.. sehwag, gambhir, dravid, sachin, laxman, dhoni, yuvraj, ashwin, ishant, umesh, aaron/ojha.

    could have opted to give dhoni and sachin a miss here and considered saha/patel and a chance to kohli in XI.

  • POSTED BY Akhilesh_Shenoy on | October 28, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Perfect squad !! just dnt understand y praveen kumar hav been left out !! :(....plus i think suresh raina is a bit unlucky as well...Ashwin's gona have a rockin debut !!! :)

  • POSTED BY ListenToMe on | October 28, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Somebody please explain the inclusion of Rahul Sharma? Is it not politics? What is his eligibility in this form of cricket?

  • POSTED BY Roncole on | October 28, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Dropping Suresh Raina is not a good decision. He held fort in England when others went down. A couple of bad decisions went against him which did not help his performance there but then no batsman on that tour really performed. On home ground, he would have regained test match confidence and should have been backed, given the long term interest of the team.

  • POSTED BY milash on | October 28, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    i think sachin should have been rested....he is struggling for runs

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    R u kiddin' me.. Praveen Kumar has been dropped ?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    2 shoddy jobs by cricinfo staff, first leaving out VVS laxman in test squad probable, second changing Mishra's surname to Sharma... Seems like cricket overkill is affecting everyone now :).

  • POSTED BY Raman.UV on | October 28, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Test format is completely different from T20 or ODI, and in this format v need experience in bowling and batting. now our bowling seems to be inexperienced and bhajji should have been in the squad to support spiners. and v can't change our middle order i.e. 3, 4 and five until the aussie series. and y not cos they r still world's leader in any format. and they know when there time to retire. kohli rahane abhinav rohit all r good players but they r still to prove there game overseas in one day format yet. we already saw in england and south africa.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | October 28, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    good selection, though Dhoni could have been rested, glad to see bhajji is dropped, Ajankya Rahane should be given a chance to play in all 3 test matches against WI, by resting Dravid, Sachin and laxman in 1 test match each. Varun Aaron should be picked ahead of Yadav.

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar on | October 28, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    good call by the selectors all round.. although i'd have liked to see Dhoni given a bit of rest.. however, for him it will be important to oversee and supervise the performance of his new Test wards, the likes of Sharma, Ojha, and the two new quicks.. maybe he might be asked to rest for the ODIs against Windies..

    @KasyaPM - PK probably rested rather than dropped. he will be needed for the Australia tour and it is essential that he gets the break..

    would like to see Rahane open the innings in atleast one test match.. wouldnt be a bad idea to let one of either Dravid, Sachin and VVS in each test to test the middle order with Kohli and Yuvraj.. although i believe Kohli will be a better candidate for Australia compared to Yuvraj.

  • POSTED BY kickapakibutt on | October 28, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    For a change, a bold move by the selectors to drop Harbhajan Singh . However, why drop Praveen Kumar?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    @aravabalaji: Badri injured in challenger trophy..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    i was just thinking with viru gambhir dravid sachin laxman yuvraj & dhoni There will be any space for Virat & Rahane with raina badrinath m vijay mukund waiting for their chance. indian players should think to retire with self respect in time before being axed from the team

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    On the whole a good squad, but would have liked to seen one more change....drop VVS. He had a very poor tour of England, cumbersome in the field & short of runs. We need to start grooming players for the future & that means the old guard need to start making way. I expect Yuvraj to slot in at number 6 as his spin option will be useful but it would be a travesty on current form if Virat Kohli is left out in favour of VVS. Also Dhoni...give the man a break for goodness sake!

  • POSTED BY cutina on | October 28, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    The bowling is definitely inexperienced but a super-strong batting line up makes up for it.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | October 28, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Finally selectors have made the changes in bowling which are good for future.With big loss in England ,Selectors,Dhoni and Fletcher must have realized that bowlers with good pace are necessary especially when India is playing outside subcontinent as every bowler who balls with 125-130 cannot have impact until and unless you have the ability to swing the ball like Zak or PK.Also dropping Bhajji is fair,with 400 wickets to his name, he is expected to lift his game and perform like Kumble used to do for India,since he was not doing that he deserves to be dropped.I dearly hope Irfan does well in domestic circuit so that he makes to Indian team.Cricinfo kindly publish.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Woooo........Tendulya Back

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | October 28, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Finally selectors have made the changes in bowling which are good for future.With big loss in England ,Selectors,Dhoni and Fletcher must have realized that bowlers with good pace are necessary especially when India is playing outside subcontinent as every bowler who balls with 125-130 cannot have impact until and unless you have the ability to swing the ball like Zak or PK.Also dropping Bhajji is fair,with 400 wickets to his name, he is expected to lift his game and perform like Kumble used to do for India,since he was not doing that he deserves to be dropped.I dearly hope Irfan does well in domestic circuit so that he makes to Indian team.Cricinfo kindly publish.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Guys! Praveen Kumar has been rested because of the plain fact that he has been bowling his heart out non stop since last three-four months. He needs rest. No use exhausting him after such a long season. We need him for Australia tour. That's why selectors are resting him and Zak for the tour. No use injuring our prime bowlers for a useless series. And as for other seniors, its a practice match ahead of Australian tour so that they get back in form. lack of practice was the reason for Sachin, gambhir, and Viru's failure in England. Whereas Dravid was in form because of his West Indies tour. I htink Dhoni should have been rested. He has been playing non-stop cricket. Cricinfo Publish.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    pleased to see the selectors picked the perfect mix except praveen kumar . is he rested or dropped because of his pace ? 2. i dont think sehwaq will be fully fit by means of weight . he will be overweighd. any way if india wins then everything will be alright.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Now, Sachin will start hitting Hundreds.West Indies will be crushed for sure, god save them on Indian pitches and spinners.Thanks Raina, Harbhajan and srreesanth are out!

  • POSTED BY Gopijith on | October 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    onus to indian novice ...very nice selection .dont worry Bhajji..u sacrifies ur place for future india....!!!!

  • POSTED BY From-Toronto on | October 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I think its the best pick some hard decisions but i think selectors have learn from previous mistakes.Leaving out Praveen kumar probably the hardest one but again he doesn't have the pace & i think selectors are thinking in terms of Australian tour and future.Axing out Raina,no surprises there he cannot be a Test player until he learns to play short pitch stuff especially outside of Sub-Continent.Harbhajan needs to go back to the basics and play First class cricket, T20 tournaments doesn't prove anything.Lets see how the new look bowling attack does

  • POSTED BY Scrop on | October 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    3 choices of changes from this squad would be

    1. Dhoni to be rested - Parthiv Patel in. 2. Sewagh or Gautam to captain 3. Rahul Sharma shouldnt be selected - Amit Mishra in for him

  • POSTED BY sunny94 on | October 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    i think that serves BHAJJI right.it will mak him work hard on the training nets not only in bowling but also in batting and fielding.after all ashwin has proved much better than him in all aspects.hey, why MSD is not given rest .he deserves it.it will make him physically and mentally more fit for Australian tour ahead.i think BCCI have completely lost the rationality and are now just dependent on him for leading from the front.they would literally slew him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    it will b nice if dravid or anybody hits 200+

  • POSTED BY winners3 on | October 28, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Good selction its better to give injured player's who r coming back match practice u don't want it to be like England where sachin and gambir where out of west Indies whole series and came to England under perpared. Might say gambir was unlucky but sachin failed if he did not dravid and him were enough for.england. our bowlers perform when batsman performs. Also Aaron and Yadav good choices. With praveen my thinking is he is rested to for Aus.

  • POSTED BY squarepeg on | October 28, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Yuvi is always given a break on flat pitches, to make sure he goes on the Australia tour. he is not anymore young, and has never performed consistently in test cricket. Same goes for Ishant Sharma. The losers are Badrinath and Dhawan, desptie the latter's super performance in the selection matches.

  • POSTED BY kauntey_Hareshankar on | October 28, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    we are having 4 spinners in this team, this is proof of having only very slow turning wickets in series against WI...this indicates that India are also afraid of WI on Good tracks (i am not saying fast bouncy track becoz that is not possible in India). This is the better chance of practicing on fast tracks against WI to prepare for AUS tour...there is no sense of selection of inexperience fast bowler on this tour having slow wickets for them to perform.After this they will be criticized and will left out for other series...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Oh god thanks bhajji is out from test squad & new comers will play & again we will white wash with new comers & good job from selectors ...

  • POSTED BY ARIALROOT on | October 28, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    A good chance for youngsters to show their capability.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    The spin department is week and Dhoni should have been rested.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Who is this Amit Sharma?...U mean Amit Mishra ryt?

  • POSTED BY m.mural.lee on | October 28, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Not a great squad, but, not bad either. Selectors have taken a risk against Sehwag, Sachin, Yuvraj,Ojha, and Ishant sharma. Except Ojha, others just out of injuries and not had any good match practice. They also left Praveen out, could not understand what he has done wrongly. Against West Indies, leaving praveen is not a bad option. Some point, both harbhajan and praveen will return to the squad during this series, and they hv rested praveen for the first match. Inplace of Ojha, they should have tried Ravindra jadeja. He is in great form. All the best India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    badri ignored again. that man was piling runs in every domestic season. inspite of failures yuvi is given chance and that too without playing local matches. people like rohit, kohli, raina are given long rope. why this discrimination to badri? poor fella. damn luck has not yet smiled on u

  • POSTED BY MyTeamUSA on | October 28, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    I like the team a lot. I would have liked to see Jadeja instead of Ojha. He is as good a spinner as Ojha, but a better batsman and fielder. But overall, it is a good mix of experience and youth. I love it. Good luck India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    MSD needs rest to save him in future. Pls give rest to Sachin or/and Dravid to groom youngsters..

  • POSTED BY harekrishnaom on | October 28, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Rahul Sharma...quite a surprise considering that he has hardly had any long format experience.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    hhaha , amit sharma totally confused me , tells me how much amit mishra has been forgotten

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | October 28, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Laxman Should have been dropped as well, because he always require a runner when he reaches his 50's and with new rules he won't able to get a runner. I think Raina should have been in he team for laxman, he is the future.

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | October 28, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    The exclusion of PK is surprising. He did well in England and also has a decent record in Domestic circuit (his average is among the best). I hope Umesh and Aaron are not being rushed. I guess it is a good chance, given that we are playing in home conditions, against a not-so-strong opposition. Ashwin has earned his place. However, as Dada was pointing out the other day, Bhajji would be needed in Aus. So, when exactly are we going to get him back is to be seen. I feel for Mukund. He had a tough tour, but it is a good opportunity for Rahane. Good for Ojha. Overall, a good selection, but should have persisted with PK instead of one of Aaron/Umesh.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 28, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Great job done by selectors. good to see youngsters getting a chance. Should have rested dhoni though.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Sehwag back i.e good news,Harbhajan has to prove his quality ahead of Ashwin and Ojha and good luck to Virat Kohli and Varun Aaron..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    exciting to see three fast bowlers simultaneously bowling 140+ for India :) :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Typo, he is Amit Mishra !!

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | October 28, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Awesome team. This is the first time i have seen BCCI working towards the future with some bold and positive moves. Even if these moves fails we will always be behind BCCI which they are doing it now. Way to go BCCI, professionalism should be given the priority over favoritism. Great from Dhoni, Dunkan and BCCI selection panel.

  • POSTED BY sachbak on | October 28, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    im sure they meant amit mishra lol

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    ashwin in...good move by selection bench :):)

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | October 28, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Don't understand how Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj have proved match fitness and form following injuries unless of they are automatic choices in which case how do other proven inform players get an opportunity. Kohli looked highly suspect in tests in Windies so can't agree with him either. Would have preferred Mukund who has shown glimpses that he has the temperament and let Sehwag prove form and fitness in domestic games. The inclusion of Ishant is mind-boggling - he was rested for ODIs against Eng because he needs surgery on his ankle where he would bowl 10 overs at most in a day and then get a couple of days off before the next game but is deemed fit enough for test cricket where he may have to bowl 16/17+ overs per day for 2 consecutive days. Is it any wonder young Ind bowlers get injured and never recover their early form. Hopefully this is not the end of Mishra and the Cric Ind will consider paying Warne to coach him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Line 2: It should be Amit Mishra not Amit Sharma

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | October 28, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Typo in line 2. It has to be Amit Mishra (not Sharma).

  • POSTED BY aakkil on | October 28, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    why not mukund, swinging bouncy wicket in windies and england, rahane had good batting wickets in england and flat pitches in india.i am always afraid of young players making their debue abroad, the same thing happened for wasim jaffer as well. Some body come and play good in flat pitches and suddenly becomes super stars.is this the way of handling youngsters?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Good to see Ashwin chosen ahead of Harbhajan. Also Rahul Sharma would be a good edition to the test squad. My eleven: Shewhag, Ghambir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Kohli, Dhoni, Aswhin, Ishant, Aaron, Sharma/Yadav (depending on spinning track or not)

  • POSTED BY Cric299 on | October 28, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    This is the best possible current Indian test team except for Zaheer.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    good selection.. no complaints.. this is best possible XI..n Right time n series to groom the junior players... HOpe zak will come bak for Ausies series... I think Praveen is not selected due to lack of pace in his bowling which do not suit for Indian conditions for longer format of the game.. So looking for one more wightwash wiht 3-0..All the best Team India..n Great leader Dhoni..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Leaving praveen kumar is too bad. He bowled his heart out in England.. Nice to see youngsters like Rahane, Varun,Umesh getting chances. I feel MSD needs rest. Non stop cricket from WC 2011...

  • POSTED BY Jeff80 on | October 28, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    For God sake, give MSD a rest! He has not had time to even celebrate the world cup victory! The man cannot keep going on and on. He is human after all.

    With the rest of the seniors fit to play, winning a home series against WI would not be a problem even without Dhoni. There is practically no time between the series against WI and the Austrailian tour, which by the way is a looong tour. Dec 2011 - Feb 2012.

    The one positive is leaving out Harbhajan. He is not an automatic selection any more. He has been in the squad more on reputation than current performance. And please stick with the youngsters for a minimum of one full season rather than judge them on a match-to-match basis!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    What happened to Praveen Kumar? Is he rested? Rahul Sharma? How come? Whats going on?

  • POSTED BY Yuvipunjab11 on | October 28, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Nice to see Yuvi and Kohli back in team.

    Amit Sharma has also been excluded. Just wondering who is Amit Sharma?????????

  • POSTED BY aravabalaji on | October 28, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    When will Badrinath get his due? Even after repeated failures, the likes of Yuvi take their places for granted. For all the hard work Badri has done, he never got the due recognition. He was there in WI but never given a chance to prove himself whereas people like Raina/Vijay got chances after chances. Why do we waste such a Test material?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    now thats more like a full strength squad!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Viru is back finally.. good to see three speedsters in the team..!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Very nice decision to rest PK on flat pitches and also keeping Raina , Bhajji out of the squad. Good signs of rotation system there. But give rest to Dhoni at least from second test .

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Amit Sharma? Seriously......?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Amit Mishra has been mistakably written as Amit Sharma... anyway, we all understand so no worries!!

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | October 28, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    How did Yuvraj survive? It's a mystery.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    You mean Amit Mishra? Harsh on Abhinav.. Guess Praveen has been rested.. Sree needs to focus more ... so not bad for him! I think the performance of the bowlers will tell us where Indian test team is going..Good luck.

  • POSTED BY Vibhormbic on | October 28, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Is Dhoni not human? Why is he not allowed a break? The bowling too seems to have been all rushed in way too soon. Sharma, Yadav and Aaron just don't look like they are fit for Tests at the moment.

  • POSTED BY jimmy777 on | October 28, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR CRICKET HISTORY INDIA HAS SELECTED 3 FAST BOWLERS WHO COULD BOWL 140+ IN THE SAME TEST SERIES.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 28, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Like everyone else, I consider myself to be Sachin's biggest fan. But unlike most Sachin fans, I'm not so blinded as to never question anything about the great man. The last time he had the toe injury - on the 2002/3 NZ tour - we were given a runaround by the PR men. First, he was to be out for one game, then 2 games, eventually we're told he's out for the whole series.

    It's the same situation with the recurrence of the injury in 2011, there's been misinformation on why his injury has ruled him out for months. And now, he's suddenly in the Test squad. On what basis has he been selected? There's always a special rule for Sachin but shouldn't he have had to prove both match fitness and match form to be included in the squad?

    He could have played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tourney but as usual he can only be seen around Bandra Kurla Complex practicing throw-downs.

  • POSTED BY Street_Hawk on | October 28, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    I think they should have rested Dhoni in this series...at least for one test before the Australia tour...I can't support taking Rahul Sharma ahead of so many other talented spinners....Rahul first needs to prove himself in the domestic first class cricket...if IPL is the requirement for getting into Indian test team then why make people play Ranji? There are far better first class records for spinners like Piyush Chawla, Mohnish Parmar, Iqbal Abdulla etc...It's not like Sharma has proved himself in the ODIs...I think doing well in IPL should get you into Indian T20/ODI team but to be in the test team you need to perform in the Ranji trophy because it's an entirely different ball game

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 28, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Like everyone else, I consider myself to be Sachin's biggest fan. But unlike most Sachin fans, I'm not so blinded as to never question anything about the great man. The last time he had the toe injury - on the 2002/3 NZ tour - we were given a runaround by the PR men. First, he was to be out for one game, then 2 games, eventually we're told he's out for the whole series.

    It's the same situation with the recurrence of the injury in 2011, there's been misinformation on why his injury has ruled him out for months. And now, he's suddenly in the Test squad. On what basis has he been selected? There's always a special rule for Sachin but shouldn't he have had to prove both match fitness and match form to be included in the squad?

    He could have played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tourney but as usual he can only be seen around Bandra Kurla Complex practicing throw-downs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Are we going to burn Dhoni out completely? What do we have to gain by playing Dhoni non-stop? There seems to be something beyond cricketing reasons behind this decision. I hope that it is not the corporate sponsors insisting that he play.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Who is Amit Sharma? I really think Abhinav should have been persisted with, although Ajinkya is such a bright prospect. Abinav's showed tremendous promise of late

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    what abt giving dhoni the rest??? i guess sponsors didnt agree with that :) coz they already sacrificed raina......hahahaahaha

  • POSTED BY Yuvipunjab11 on | October 28, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Amit Sharma has also been excluded??????????

    Just wondering who is Amit Sharma?

  • POSTED BY sachinpatel8 on | October 28, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Some excellent progressive selections from the commitee, very pleasing to see for once, but Praveen very unlucky to miss out

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    bhajji should prove himself in domestic cricket just like ganguly, sehwag and zaheer did while they were dropped and why was PK dropped ?, wasn't he our best bowler in ENG ?, its ok if they are resting him for an arduous tour australia..... overall a good selection....hope virat makes some quality test runs against bishoo, rampaul and edwards so that doubts over his weakness in longer format vanishes... all the bset team india....!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Bhajjis Exclsuion is quite logical as the Spinners had bowled exceedingly well against England and inspite of that bringing him back would make selectors look like fools.. However the bowling Spl pace dept looks really inexperienced with Ishant(Most inconsistent bowler) leading the pack..It definetly pressed a case for inclusion of praveen or even Nehra for dat matter..wonder where he is nowadays..Having said dat great opportunity for yadav n Aaron to prove der worth before Aus tour..Just hope dey dont get injured..fingers crossed..:)

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Can't wait for Viru to be back in action!! Hope Ashwin uses is Test call up effectively!

  • POSTED BY SRV_india on | October 28, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    It will be good test for indian young team. Out of 6 bowling options it is likely that at-least 4 will get a chance to prove their worth. Even in the batting also, kohli will definitely get a chance ahead of yuvi. Pleased to see that the selection committee haven't picked the following players parthiv ("baby" hitter), vinay kumar (super fast "spinner"), amit mishra ( "no-ball" spinner), Sreesanth ("Shanthakumaran") and Bhajji ( world class "non"-spinner). However, very good team selection.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    y Rahul Sharma in place of rahul should be bhaji

  • POSTED BY bijayant on | October 28, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    nice to see younger faces like yadav,aaron and sharma in place of Bhajji,praveen,sree..pujara would have been better in place of yuvi...He is in team from last 8 yrs but still didn't prove himself apart from one-two innings..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    a little too harsh on Harbhajan i think, i think they should have played harbhajan and ashwin in the same team for the first test atleast.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    nice selection glad they left out sreesanth and m. vijay.. ajankiya rahane is nice back ups and first time seiing indian pace attack with speed more than 140...spin dept is refreshing tooo...but should have included ravindra jadeja... dhoni should have been rested..he is really exhausted....should have brought karthik or saha. my likely 11 will be. viru,gauti,dravid,sachin,laxman,kohli,dhoni,ashwin,ojha,ishant,aron

  • POSTED BY kushal_masand on | October 28, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Why the hell Praveen Kumar has been left out...???? Are the selectors punishing him for being the most consistent bowler....or they think that he wont be effective on Indian pitches during the test matches...???

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    WICB XI licks booked, they better hope for rain.

  • POSTED BY hardcrick on | October 28, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    rahul sharma will be a waste on this tour instead parveen should have been chosen for his accuracy and why cant harbajhan and ashwin play together bhajji brings in some agression experience and some late batting as well....any way excited to see these young fast bowlers perform under ishant

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 28, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Surprised to see Praveen dropped, or is he being rested? As usual, little or no PR coming from the media camp. Considering the intense following of the game in India, the officials explain little or nothing to us.

    Ishant is back solely on the basis that he did well in WI. If form was a criteria, he shouldn't be in the squad, I thought he was poor in Eng given the perfect bowling conditions that prevailed right through the tour.

    Finally, someone tell me what cricket some of these guys have played, since injury, in order to justify their selection?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Well i got to say..finally Selectors are doing good....But How can you leave Praveen Kumar out of the squad???..He has been performing quite a lot these days and keep in mind there is no Zak...Except that...Rest of them are ok to me...Bored of Sreesanth and Ishanth sharma...Good option by picking these quick young lads...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    The selectors must be mad to select Umesh Yadav ahead of Praveen Kumar

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Am indeed happy for Rahul Sharma, Varun & Rahane. They are all really good investment for the future. But Yuvraj, that too for tests, un-believable, as he has been a total failure in tests, as he can neither play fast nor spin bowling. Rohit Sharma wud hv been better. Raina needs real rest & not at suited for tests. The Selectors must start looking for replacements for the stalwarts and Kohli is available now. Badri, once he recovers from the injury, may be another. Good to see a new set of fast bowlers. Ojha is past the hill & Iqbal Abdullah wud hv been better as left arm spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Right time to experiment, with nothing much to lose. But it would have been good to see the batting order being experimented too.

  • POSTED BY tenvsrini on | October 28, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    You meant Amit MISHRA, not Sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Good to see the core members returning to the squad. Omitting Bhaji is a good move and we definitely need to build more spinners in the team. But MSD should have been rested. Mukund deserves more chances as well.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 28, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Missed opportunity to rest MSD. My fear is that he will be either completely worn out or injured just before the Oz Tour. Given that we beat WI *IN* WI with a weaker squad, this was a perfect opportunity to rest the main man. Hopefully, he will now be rested for the ODI series which in the grand scheme of things is completely irrelevant.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    I am happy to see that indian selectors are giving chances for youngsters but ther is not much experience in the pace department.. Good to see sehwag and gauti open the batting and followed by Dravid Sachin VVS and spin duo of Ashwin and ojha

  • POSTED BY manish666 on | October 28, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    job well done by the selectors,good decision to drop praveen kumar..not coz he didnt perform..jus cos HORSES FOR COURSE...give kohli extended run rather raina...a slim disappointment to not to include jadeja instead ojha...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    I think selectors have to give rest to Gambhir. Because he just married and don't have enough time to spend with his newly wed and also they have a long Australian tour ahead. I think give him rest for the test series against West Indies and bring him when the one day started. So in the mean time he enjoy his married life and then concentrate on the cricket. Otherwise his form will be slump.

  • POSTED BY ralizone on | October 28, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    It must be a shocking news for PK after his impressive run on England tour..O boy how frequently these selectors change their bowling spearhead...well all the very best to TEAM BCCI(better compliment i think)...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Wheres Cheteshwar Pujara? Still not recovered from injury?

  • POSTED BY RajeshNaik on | October 28, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Looks like selectors are impressed very much with both Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. It is the longer version of the game they will be playing now. In the recent Irani Trophy match Umesh had a decent match while Varun bowled rubbish. In the longer version it is the experience that counts rather than couple of good one day matches. Hope they do well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    So is Praveen Kumar rested or what, because as far as I am concerned, he has been the pick of Indian fast bowlers over some period now.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Amit Mishra ..not Sharma !

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Very good indian squad they will do clean sweep of W.I.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Good... But Sreesanth and Praveen would hav been included too!

  • POSTED BY aahahaa on | October 28, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    positive- no Chucker Singh. negative Yuvraj again and Kohli. Rohit is a better choice or even Tiwary. hope they get rid of Shastri and Gavasakar from the com box

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    good selection..but y praveen is not included here?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Praveen Kumar was the best bowler in Eng & WI. What happened to him or what wrong he did?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    lot of changes....!!!!wat did praveen kumar nd mukund do wrong...??

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    I think with all these new guys coming in and performing good, its going to be hard for Harbagan to find his way in.good bhaji

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Talai is back:-).....................................................

  • POSTED BY KilleRB0Y on | October 28, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    i dont understand is suresh raina dropped or rested???????

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Seriously crazy to leave out Praveen kumar! For goodness sake he was india`s most efficient Bowler and only face saver in england Crazy selection!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    good to see yuvi back in the side! has been very unlucky since the last 18 months with untimely injuries! My 11- 1. Gauthi, 2.viru, 3 & 4 (any 2 out of) dravid/laxman/ sachin, 5.yuvraj,6. virat, 7.dhoni,8. Ashwin,9. Ojha, 10.Ishant, 11. Varun.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    it is an excellent decision to leave sreesanth out.he is a total underperformer.varun and yadav wil make india proud in pace bowling.now no one can question india lacking fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY gsrikant on | October 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    A very good team except Rahul Sharma? How many matches has he played for India?Good to leave out Raina. All players are not test players selectors need to understand that. They should have included Pujara. Don't know where is he since he has recovered from his injury. We should polay 3 quicks. Should be a good preparation for the Oz trip.

  • POSTED BY 10dlka on | October 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Like the make up of this squad and encouraging to see some of the youngsters given an opportunity. Would play Kohli ahead of Yuvraj. Only surprise is the ommission of Praveen Kumar, thought he has performed very well recently.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Thats the squad india needed.

    There is no place for suraish raina in test sqaud. nice to see kohli back in. he has imense talent and also ajinka rahane he is also super talented. Good bowling department.

    Nice to see selectors moving from harbhajan. Ashwin and rahul sharma has the talent to survive in test cricket. hopefully varun and umesh will prove themselves to.

    Mansoor ( Pakistan )

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Where is Praveen... He's been the most successful Indian Test Bowler in the recent past.. Is he rested or what?

  • POSTED BY ShreeharshaNT on | October 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Good looking team, like the likes of Varun and Umesh to lead the pace attack and build some confidence before Aussie tour. Virat replacing Suresh is a good idea as Suresh had his moments in his career which he couldn't capitalise. Had expected Dhoni to be rested, unlunky mate!. Abhinav and Rahane would be a nice opening pair, overall a good team :)

  • POSTED BY fiery_abhishek on | October 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    who is amit sharma? please clarify if it is supposed to be amit mishra or rohit sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Very Good. Nothing to point out. is Sehwag fully fit?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Big mistake by dropping Bhajji, Sreesanth, and Praveen Kumar. I am happy about including Varun Aaron, and Umesh Yadav, but there should be rotation policy, and not dropping key performers, and including young blood. This is the panic button after loosing the test series to England 0-3.

  • POSTED BY SRV_india on | October 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Very happy to see this team selection except for Dhoni's inclusion, He needs a rest. Good to see a fresh bowling options with the likes of ojha, rahul sharma and ashwin. My team for the playing XI is Sehwag/ Rahane, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha/Rahul, PK and Varun/Umesh

  • POSTED BY Haneef_MM on | October 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Praveen should have included in the squad.. he was lone wicket taking bowler in england tour.. interesting to see how pace attack will operate...

  • POSTED BY Sameer_Loves_Cricket on | October 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Dear ESPNCricinfo staff..........I think it is Amit Mishra and not Amit Sharma as mentioned above. KIndly correct it.

  • POSTED BY sparth on | October 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Im glad the selectors didnt forget about Laxman unlike the probable squad listed by the other writer

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    dhoni - kku rest koduthirukkalaam - becoz next australia tour - its my suggestion

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    A real positive move by the selectors , good chance for young pace bowlers to prove themselves.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Bit unfair on Praveen Kumar, unless he was rested. Other selections and omissions laudable..!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Glad to see that the selectors showed the guts not to pick Bhajji coz it's still early days to take him back into the team. Let him grind it out in the domestic circuit & prove his worth. Being the champion bowler that he is..Im sure this break will do a world of good for him & he will be back into the squad with a vengeance.Giving a break for Praveen was also a well thought out option as he needs to be fresh for the Aussie series. However, I would have preferred giving Dhoni a layoff as he has been on the road continuously & carrying injuries. I just hope they dont ask him to lead the ODI team also against the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY RaviKarri on | October 28, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Excellent team. Now they are planning for the future. They have to get Varun Aaron and Umesh Yada, We badly need a new set of Seam bowlers before Australia tour. Also Ashwin should be in the test team he has to get better. My 11 for the test is 1) Viru, 2)Gambir, 3) Dravid, 4) Sachin, 5)VVS, 6) Yuvi (Prefer Kohli and he should be at 5 before VVS but Yuvi will be the DEFAULT choice), 7) Dhoni, 8) Praveen, 9) Ojha, 10)Ashwin, 11) Varun.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    finally, indian selectors are doing the correct thing.. proud of them..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Good team... My final 11 : sehwag, gambhir, dravid, sachin, laxman, yuvraj, dhoni, ashwin, praveen, aaron and ojha. 2 spinners because wi will struggle against them.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    THIS is a good team but inexperience in spin department & pace bowling will give a weak position but bhajji's bowling & lower order batting will be missed. Hopefully sachin get 2 his magic ton in the 1st test & release the pressure out

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    praveen should have played...i can understand no bhajji.

  • POSTED BY birajacet05 on | October 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Plz correct the name, it's Amit Mishra not Amit Sharma. I do not think it is a wise decision to drop him. Rahul sharma did not perform very well in domestic matches. Basis of IPL is not the right criteria. It's not the right time to make experiment in bowling dept. We should not take the West Indian team lightly. Batting line up is very strong. Happy for Rahane. He should be groomed before retirement of Dravid.

  • POSTED BY megaCricFan on | October 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Couple of surprises, Where is PK and Raina? Varun is a good pick. Hopefully he will get a game.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    this is a balanced by far... But need specialist pace attacker who can pick early wickets.. Anyway all the best for this team.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | October 28, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    An average of 45 and Strike rate of nearly 90 in First class matched.. Rahul Sharma is picked again! Horrible Selection... Does he picked again for bowling well in IPL???? Then Iqbal Abdulla was better choice than him!!!

  • POSTED BY bipulkumar on | October 28, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Quite ridiculous that Dhoni has not been given a break. Rest of the team looks pretty good.

  • POSTED BY PatrioticIndian on | October 28, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    One of the best move taken by selection panel in the recent times. It is always better to give opportunities to youngsters in Indian soil when Sachin & Dravid are there to guide them. Suresh raina deserves a break while Bhaji & Sreesanth need to prove their worth again. Virat Kohli should be there in the playing 11 in all the three formats. It is better to back a player of Kohli's calibre.

  • POSTED BY mandi on | October 28, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    i guess ojha and ashwin both will play in first test.

  • POSTED BY Piyush_Advani on | October 28, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Harbie's exclusion is justifiable,but call on Praveen is a horrible one.They've dropped India's best bowler on the English tour in favor of two quicks who do not know the art of swing.And Sreesanth is such a talented kid,why drop him?Once again,good players left out for a bunch of IPL jokers.

  • POSTED BY muthuthewaves on | October 28, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    excellent team!! All the best men in blue. No changes required keep goin

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Laxman must make way to Kohli, and p'haps Sehwag to Rahane till Sehwag fully recovers for Australia, i feel. Varun & Yadav have to be 'blooded', and WI series could help in this. Jadeja is missing! Dhoni can take a vacation & put Parthiv with the gloves. All this sounds heretical?

  • POSTED BY vivekjagan on | October 28, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    i think this is the right move by the selectors...to give opportunity to youngsters as we need to build a new combination of bowlers after kumble we dont have a wicket taking bowler...and in batting rahane must be given chance as we need more replacements wen d trio departs..ms dhoni can be rested for odis atleast...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Only 3 fast bowlers? I think Vinay Kumar should be given a chance in test match cricket.

  • POSTED BY RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on | October 28, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    very good team. it is a mixture of youth and experiance. lo9at of players are fresh.but dhoni should be rested for oneday against westindise. suresh raina is out form in test and he have got enough chance but not performed up to the potential. team is selected for looking the australian ture. harbajan should be there in australian ture.virendra sahwag ,sachin ,youvaraj singh ........every body fit now .

  • POSTED BY raps3110 on | October 28, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Mahi needs rest if not now then atleast in ODIs.. Bowlers lack experience praveen kumar deserved a chance and last but not the least mukund/dhawan shud have been selected over rahane cos he proved himself in challenger trophy

  • POSTED BY subu11073 on | October 28, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Playing Eleven for 1st Test ; Gauti, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin,Laxman,Kohli,Dhoni,Ashwin,Ojha,Ishant,Varun Aaron

  • POSTED BY indian_fight on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Dhoni should have been rested,and wriddhiman should have been picked. Otherwise nice team.Kohli should play.This Indian is too heavy for current west indies team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Its Amit Mishra .. Not Amit Sharma

  • POSTED BY Cricket_BornForIt on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    All new look bowling attack scares me..... Praveen should have been there. Raina should have been preferred in place of Yuvraj.

    Good to see Bhajji sacked. can't take his position for granted in team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Is this the reward for Praveen Kumar's great performance in England? Can't understand that other than he's being rested.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Praveen should have been there

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Surprised by omission of Praveen Kumar....

  • POSTED BY aakkil on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    why not mukund, tough condition in england an windies. Now he is out for the home game. Rahane had good batting wicket in england and flatt wickets in india.is these the way handling youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    What the hell....No Praveen Kumar...He is the best swing bowler with new ball and has capacity to take wickets...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    best squad in the present scenario....nice selections!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Decent selection. Except what has Rahul Sharma done in the Ranjis to deserve a test spot?! And where did Praveen Kumar go wrong to lose to both Yadav and Aaron?!! Aaron and Sharma have a less than mediocre first class record with bowling averages well over 40! If domestic batsmen have found it so easy to face these two, its anyone's guess what international batsmen will do. For spin deparment, I would say even Jadeja comes ahead of Rahul Sharma. Just check the first class records of both. And again, who was our best bowler in west Indies and England - Oh yeah it was PK.. but sorry, he didn't do so well in the IPL so he doesn't deserve a place in the team to face the batsmen whom he ruled over a few months ago.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    So far this is the best tricky selection from Indian selectors in recent past. Very excited to see new faces in bowling department. Good opportunity for kohli to gain confidence in tests if he performs well in home soil. Waiting for master's 100th international century. All the best new guys....

  • POSTED BY rsunlimited on | October 28, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    I would commend the selectors for changing the entire look of the bowling, but to drop mukund and bring in rahane is certainly a VERY BAD move.... your only spoiling the mindset of the other younger players....but im nt that surprised....the whole north indian south indian debate will rage on...let the northies play at home and mount the runs and let the southies struggle outside india...smart....

  • POSTED BY tamim1415 on | October 28, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Harbhajan should be included...... he is the best off spinner

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | October 28, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Amit Sharma?!! Oh my god not again.. What has happened to you guys at cricinfo? Too much of cricket??

  • POSTED BY tamim1415 on | October 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Harbhajan should be included...... he is the best off spinner

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    bad move as Umesh ahead of Praveen

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Great team. Praveen Kumar will be disappointed, but we need to develop *fast* bowlers and Aaron and Umesh are the future. Yuvraj and Ojha, watch out for Saurashtrians Jadeja and Pujara!

    Here's to a good series of real cricket!

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | October 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Why Rahul Sharma??????We need Bhajji

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | October 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Bowling looks a little inexperienced so the batting would have to be up to the mark though the point to note is that WI bowling is better than its batting. Selectors have done well to retain Dhoni though it was reported that he was being rested. He can be rested for one day part of the tour.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    what did praveen kumar do wrong to be axed from the test squad. i accept that he did not do well with the ball against england in the one dayers but his test form has been very good.ishant sharma who is nursing a ankle injury is in the squad what if he gets injured midway just like zaheer when will the selectors learn

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    good team... nice selection...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Great decision to drop bhajji. Thankfully selectors did not get sucked in by his T20 performances and selected him for tests. He seriously needs to get back to Ranji to re-discover his loop plus needs to tweak lot more. In england he was bowling too flat and only variations were through pace.

    Ashwin's fundamentals are good. He uses loop/variations effectively. Whether he has the temperament to succeed in tests remains to be seen but he definitely needs a lengthy run.

  • POSTED BY Taurus30 on | October 28, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Surprised to see Dhoni still not resting himself...may be trying to prepare excuses for possible losses in aus tour...!!!

  • POSTED BY subu11073 on | October 28, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    gr8 decision to leave out of form Harbhajan.. I would like 2 see Varun Aaron sharing the new ball with Ishant...

  • POSTED BY Sarvesh.Pushpraj on | October 28, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    This attach would struggle to get 20 wickets. Varun AAron and Rahul Sharma both have First Class bowling average of over 40. How can they be selected in test team.

  • POSTED BY Wynand80 on | October 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Courage - finally from the selectors. The bashing in England came at the right time then I think. As Imran Khan says, play the pacers when they have pace however inexperienced they may be! Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron have pace now and could be of use in Australia. Praveen Kumar can be a workhorse third seamer but not the leader of the pace attack. I like the look of Zaheer, Ishant and Aaron/Yadav with Ashwin as the spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Kohli preferred over Raina? How come? Atleast Raina performed in West Indies, where Kohli failed miserably. On flat Indian pitches Raina wouldn't have performed worse than Kohli! This is so unfair for him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    A brave and bold selection to totally change the bowling attack, I am sure spinners will do a good job but worried about lack of experience in pace bowling attack, and why don't the selectors experiment the batting line up too?? by resting MSD, SRT and Gambir for atleast one test with a weaker opposition like WI.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Its really nice to see the changes.Well done selectors. Hope Bhajji will come back stronger.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    I support bcci's braveness and commend the decision.Dropping bhajji was a dare decision on the contrary including fresh blood.Moreover leaving out the experienced pace attack even after failure in England.Good thinking BCCI.Hope it works.GOD be with them

  • POSTED BY Lakshman273 on | October 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    great news...all sites full of news abt bhajji being dropped...bt no mention of praveen kumar

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | October 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Overall it looks good pick. But it is strange that Rahul Sharma being picked even though he has very less chance of coming in playing 11. Praveen Kumar needs rest and he will definately required for Australia. Little harsh on Abhinav mukund who showed lot of patience.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    sorry to mention not amit sharma -amit mishra.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    great.....wow.....can't believe the selection news........amazed.......1)dropping sreesanth.2) praveen less than effective in indian conditions and he needs rest after hard three months tour of wi and england. 3) dropping harbajan bcoz we need inform harbajan inform for the australian tour. it will do many favours to him by playing ranji trophy for punjab to get back into wicket taking form. 4) dropping suresh raina considering aus tour ahead bcoz of bouncy conditions in aus. 5) selection of ohja only for tests will make him a more test material rather than shorter formats since it will make him defensive. 6) don't know about fitness levels of sehwag, yuvraj and sachin. atleast former two shpuld have played one ranji trophy match to prove their match fitness before playing for the country. its not only the bowlers but batsmen are also need tobe fit since it will have strong impact in fielding. finally, a great chance to see ashwin bowl in tests. thank you selectors

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | October 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Sachin, Laxman and Dravid should now make way for the new and young players. It is now time to say good bye for the big three and I thank them for their services over the last 20 years.

  • POSTED BY amanroy on | October 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    What a selection! Impressive. Good to see Rahane and young fast bowlers have given chance and dropping Raina is definitely a good move.

  • POSTED BY crikbuff on | October 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Nice to see Kohli, Rahane, Yadav and Aaron. But why Yuvraj? Hasn't he done enough to prove that he should not be bothered for test cricket? And are Ojha and Rahul Sharma better than Harbhajan? Bhajji shud be back!

  • POSTED BY laxmanrules on | October 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Ajinkya, I--jinx--yaaa

  • POSTED BY sudheercric on | October 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    why no praveen kumar?he is the highest wicket taker in England test series..

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    there it is.......demoralising the performing youngsters like mukund, and putting the tried and tested underperformer yuvraj singh. What about pujara, badrinath ?????? Bringing in Ashwin, Aaron and Yadav is a good move. A good opportunity for the bowlers to be a long term prospect. Yuvraj, however, will bat in tests, only to spoil his form which will have an effect even in the ODIs. I hope PK will feature at least in one test, as he was the lone seam bowling success in england.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Nice to see Harbajan been left out of the squad once again....

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Axing Bhajji is a big mistake as could have been a game changer for us for the up coming OZ series. The WI series would have been a perfect comeback for him. Also axing Abhinav Mukund is not good as he did reasonably well in both the series he has played so far.Nice oppurtunity for Umesh and AAron and a well deserved break for PK. MSD too deserved a break.

  • POSTED BY Ennarkay on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Amit Mishra, you mean...not Amit Sharma, right?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Great to see Harbajan not in the team, and Aswin in.

  • POSTED BY Azharuddin on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Its not Amit Sharma Cricinfo.....its Amit Mishra....Come on you guys can do better than that....!

  • POSTED BY sudheercric on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    It's not 'Amit Sharma',,it's 'Amit Mishra'

  • POSTED BY AgeySuhas on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    I think Abhinav Mukund should come in in place of Rahane, What is the logic behind including Rahul sharma without leting him play a single ODI........

    I cant accept that selection.....Mainly Bowlers...!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    just one word.."lol".....................

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Really good work by the selectors... These 15 member squad looks balanced and hope they will give their 100% effort and let v hope Aaron, ashwin will make impact in the test series too.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Rahul Sharma with his domestic performances doesn't deserve to be test Squad. Selectors are considering IPL performance for test performance that bizarre to say the least. But its a gutsy decision to drop Harbajan but its the right one. Why rush Sehwag so soon... can't he play some ranji's before he gets back...

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Dropping Bajji has to be the bravest move by the selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Rahul Sharma- Another Test Match Selection on the basis of IPL performance. This will not set a good example for the youngsters to follow. This inclusion means IPL, rather than Ranji Trophy, is the basis for selection in Indian Test Team. If it shapes up in a aspiring cricketers mind, it's a very dangerous notion.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    disappointed 2 c umesh yadav picked ahead of abhimanyu mithun........bt anyways all the best team india......

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    praveen kumar should have been there in placee of umesh yadav .................. rest the squad is good

  • POSTED BY Deepak on | October 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    All the selection moves make sense with the exception of dropping Praveen Kumar. He was our best bowler in England after Zaheer got injured, and has carried a tremendous workload with great professionalism and work ethic. I guess he's just being rested (and not dropped)..rather I hope so. Both Umesh and Varun are similar type of bowlers; and I don't think it would be a good idea to have them both play in the squad. Looks like Dhoni wants to go with 2 spinners with 2 seamers (Ishant + either Varun or Umesh). Interesting squad though. Looking forward to this series :)

  • POSTED BY torsha on | October 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    I think this side is pretty strong enough and good selection of the team by BCCI. What I like most is to dropped Raina and picked up Kohli and also in pace department good to see young fast bowlers have given chance. Awesome!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    my playing xi will b sehwag, gambhir, dravid, sachin, laxman, yuvraj, dhoni, ashwin, ishant, ojha, aaron

  • POSTED BY Lakshman273 on | October 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    great news...though i didnt want yuv singh in test team...and why isnt praveen kumar in the team?he bowled very well in eng...anyway excited at this new bowlin attack...all the best

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    grt team if we can make 1 or 2 changes then we will be unbeatable in any condition.

  • POSTED BY Bhagam_Bhaag on | October 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    not Amit Sharma, Amit Mishra.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Just In - Kohli In...Good looking team india

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | October 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Praveen should not have been left out.

  • POSTED BY sudolabs on | October 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    why praveen is left..... Yuvraj bad selection ... Both Aswin/rahul or varun/yadav is not a good idea as well.... disappointed......

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    would have been better if MS Dhoni had got a break in this tour...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I would say well done selectors... its time to give oppurtunities to the youngsters and give some time to seniors like bhajii..raina to prove themselve before they come to indian squad for Australian tour...really impressed with pace attack as in absence of Zak we need pace for australian tour...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    bowling seems week amit mishra shud hv been dere along with Pk(mayb he has been given rest)

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Raina deserved another chance to prove himself,He was kind of gettting better in ODI'S,Hes a little more patient now

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Gud Blend of Senior and Junior players in the side........V.Arron is a gud pick ahead of sreesanth and ishant sharma...and new look spin department with rahul sharma and pragyan ohja....All the best to team India..........

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    hope sachin reaches his 100th century in this series so that it doesnt play in his mind down under

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    This should be the only game Dhoni plays in this series. Poor guy needs rest badly

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    You mean Amit Mishra not Amit Sharma! The only reason for leaving out Praveen Kumar can be Indian conditions but if thats not the reason, then thats a SHOCKING selection!

  • POSTED BY Wiserwhisper on | October 28, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    I feel MSD should be rested!!! Otherwise the selection looks perfect!

  • POSTED BY Bhagam_Bhaag on | October 28, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Smart selection - would have preferred a rest to Dhoni & inclusion of Saha. The slow Delhi wicket will mean 2 pacers and 2 spinners with back up spin from Sehwag & Yuvraj. Possibly the 4 that will sit out will be Kohli, Rahane, Rahul Sharma & Varun Aaron.

  • POSTED BY ranjit.sg on | October 28, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Rahul Sharma? Really?? He has a PATHETIC first class record. Agreed, Bhajji wasn't in form, but a bowler doesn't get to 400 wickets without being good. Surely he should've been the third spinner. In fact, I'd pick him ahead of Ashwin as well. Ashwin seems to me to be a great limited overs bowler, who can contain rather than take wickets. But I'd love to be proved wrong!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    best of luck to new guys....

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    What happened to Badrinath? He selected west indies tour not even given single chance but suddenly he is out of favour.

  • POSTED BY johnson49 on | October 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Why have they dropped Praveen Kumar? He and Dravid were the only two Indian cricketers who didnt embarass themselves during the england series. Absolutely bizzare! Good to see Kohli, Rahane and Aaron there though

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    A Good selection..Exept : Dhoni should be rested as well as Kohli Since they played nonstop cricket for long period.. Since PK rested.Disappointed on Bhajji being dropped..:-(

  • POSTED BY LalithBond on | October 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Wholesale changes to the team doesnt sound good , cant see a reason why praveen kumar and raina are dropped or if they r just rested its fine, still think harbhajan should have been included one final time to prove himself he would be a handy bowler in Australia for that he needs some matches behind him

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    It's 'Amit Mishra', the leg spinner that wasn't included, not 'Amit Sharma' as mentioned here.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    why is praveen kumar dropped? can't find an appropriate reason at all

  • POSTED BY agam99 on | October 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Great squad...well done selectors...will be be great to see how youngsters perform.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    to develop young fast bowler expreinced bowler should have been there. praveen Kumar should have been there in the squad. It would have helped them. Harbhajan singh sould have been given chance since Austrailia tour is there followed by it. Harbhajan Singh is very imp for that series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Looks like a good team selection :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    what is the final squad? .. is it: Gautam Gambhir (C), Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha. If yes ... its the stupidest squad ever

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Its good to see Pragyan Ojha in the squad, its sure he will join XI. Very good oppurtunity for Umesh, Varun & Rahane also. Rahul sharma might be in dressing room but there's experience is good enough for him..... All the best all young Blue Bleed....

  • POSTED BY saurs0506 on | October 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Who is AMIT SHARMA lolz....... ISHANT SHARMA is not a spinner

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Typo: Amit Sharma should be Amit Mishra. And I hope Praveen has just been given a rest and not dropped, because if he was dropped than these selectors are mental.

  • POSTED BY DeepakSarathy on | October 28, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    helluva gamble going for an inexperienced pace attack... but worth a try i suppose.. should've rested dhoni though... the guy's gonna break down...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Abhinav Mukund should have got the nod of selectors, as his performance was not below par in recent tours of England and West Indies . Moreover he dsplayed quite well in Challenger trophy too

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Perfect.... Dhoni could have been rested though

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Not surprised that Harbhajan has been ignored...He's been really lucky to be part of the team all these years inspite of his inconsistent performances. Is this the beginning of the Turbanator's demise from Indian Cricket? Let's wait and watch. Cheers!!

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | October 28, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Good team selection - considering that West Indies has not played to their potential for the last several years. What the selectors - in conjunction with BCCI and the dropped cricketers themselves - must ensure that the dropped cricketers play Ranji trophy matches and keep themselves match fit.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Rahul Sharma? You kidding me. You cant pick a guy for tests based on T20 showings. You cant take wicket in tests balling restrictive line and length. He has ordinary records in Ranj i(18 wickets in 10 FC matches), nowhere near justifiable for Test call up. I would have rather kept on with Amit Mishra.

  • POSTED BY hypocrite on | October 28, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Awesome...sweeping changes...but are we taking too much risk by dropping experience????

  • POSTED BY SulthanXI on | October 28, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Why Rahul Sharma in the squad really funny..... Vijay should have been selected for Tests atleast...... No Praveen and Sreesanth.... Either Umesh or Varun will be in Australian Tour for sure. It is a very bold move

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Give Dhoni a rest and Manoj Tiwary a chance!

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    I think India now looking for future...Harbhajan Singh should target Ranji's to make a comeback into the team. He should take inspiration from Sourav Ganguly when he was dropped from the team in 2005 and he made a promising come back to the team in 2006 against South Africa..Nothing is impossible...A good performance in Ranji should inspire the selection committee to get back him into the team for the Australian tour...and meanwhile the selectors want to test the bench strength of the current Indian players and if at all any body carry niggles while touring Australia..these players could replace them..if they are in a good form.. Praveen had been rested and it is not rite to tell that he was dropped as he is the only bowler along with Ishant who showed good performance in the tour of England.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Harbhajan could have been given a chance in home condition.. Aron ahead of sreesanth is good.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Nice to hear that BCCI is giving a chance 2 d youngstars specially d fast bowlers,which will take d main step in the Australian tour.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    thank god.harbhajan is out,............

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Rahane ahead of Mukund? what a Joke... may be the quota system in place where it is mandatory to pick someone from Mumbai apart from sachin

  • POSTED BY pavishkizhuthani on | October 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Bad luck for sreesanth.. no pujara in team...

  • POSTED BY praneeth456 on | October 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    very good selection this is the correct time for the youngsters to give an oppurtunity good work krish

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    thats very positive signs shown by the bcci selectors giving ashwin and aaron a shot at the test squad as well

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    good selection, aswin is ahead to harbhajan. nice to see back yuvraj and sehwag...........

  • POSTED BY logistics on | October 28, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Best thing to happen to Indian cricket since Bhajji made his debut

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Praveen's exclusion is interesting. Probably resting him for Aus?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Selection madness! Should have given Dhoni a rest. What have Umesh Yadav and Rahul Sharma done to deserve a place in the Test team? Praveen Kumar and Abhinav Mukund should be in the squad. Big failure from the selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    what happened to ZAHIR and ISHANT?

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Nice squad...thank god Varun Aaron and Umesh yadav being given a chance after their superb performance in England tour to india...also happy to see Ojha in...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    praveen kumar left out impossible truly coz he is the main bowler when zak is not available

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    good call i reckon. ashwin is quality.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    so bhaji can practice for the next ipl season ... lol

  • POSTED BY FrankMeister on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Gr8 choice.... just what I had in mind and gr8 decision by the selectors... I understand PK - playing since the last WI tour and nearly every single match since... again very good decision.

  • POSTED BY dhoni_sachin_fan on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    good squad overall....happy to see harbhajan dropped in favor of performing players like Ashwin. Rahul Sharma is a surprise....otherwise the squad is on expected lines...

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    If the bowling is made for the Aus tour thn get ready to repeat ENGLAND mr. srikant......Best thing was to sachin, sehwag and yuvi back.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Good Job selectors.....u are going in the right direction......but why has praveen kumar been left out????

  • POSTED BY usernames on | October 28, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Apart from Sharma, the selection has been spot on.

    From what it looks, they are trying to find some talent that goes along with the seniors to the Australia tour. Nice, nice thinking.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    just kidding......what good has rahul sharma done in ranji matches when he cant take wickets in ranji's how can he play tests...why is mishra dropped after his impressive performance in west indies...

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  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    just kidding......what good has rahul sharma done in ranji matches when he cant take wickets in ranji's how can he play tests...why is mishra dropped after his impressive performance in west indies...

  • POSTED BY usernames on | October 28, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Apart from Sharma, the selection has been spot on.

    From what it looks, they are trying to find some talent that goes along with the seniors to the Australia tour. Nice, nice thinking.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Good Job selectors.....u are going in the right direction......but why has praveen kumar been left out????

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    If the bowling is made for the Aus tour thn get ready to repeat ENGLAND mr. srikant......Best thing was to sachin, sehwag and yuvi back.

  • POSTED BY dhoni_sachin_fan on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    good squad overall....happy to see harbhajan dropped in favor of performing players like Ashwin. Rahul Sharma is a surprise....otherwise the squad is on expected lines...

  • POSTED BY FrankMeister on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Gr8 choice.... just what I had in mind and gr8 decision by the selectors... I understand PK - playing since the last WI tour and nearly every single match since... again very good decision.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    so bhaji can practice for the next ipl season ... lol

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    good call i reckon. ashwin is quality.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    praveen kumar left out impossible truly coz he is the main bowler when zak is not available

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Nice squad...thank god Varun Aaron and Umesh yadav being given a chance after their superb performance in England tour to india...also happy to see Ojha in...