West Indies in India 2011-12 November 17, 2011

Rohit replaces Yuvraj for third Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh has been replaced by Rohit Sharma in the India squad for the third and final Test against West Indies. The rest of the squad is unchanged. Yuvraj was unable to convert his starts in the Delhi and Kolkata Tests against West Indies, managing 23, 18 and 25 in three innings. Rohit made a match-winning 175 against Railways and followed that up with 100 against Rajasthan in Mumbai's first two games of the ongoing Ranji Trophy season.

While refusing to comment on selection issues before the announcement of the team for the third Test, MS Dhoni, the India captain, had said today that what mattered was scoring runs. "It does not matter where you score runs," Dhoni said after the end of the Kolkata Test. "Yes, he [Yuvraj] is going through a tough phase but it's important to show confidence in him. We all know he is talented.

"One more reason is that he has been in and out of the side. It's very difficult to back yourself. You have that bit of tentativeness. It's a bit tough on him. But hopefully he will recover and do well for India."

Yuvraj has featured in only 37 Tests over eight years since making his debut against New Zealand in 2003. He was kept out of the Test side by a strong middle order that included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Once Ganguly retired, he was given an extended run in the side but couldn't cement his place.

He fell ill before the second Test in Sri Lanka in 2010, and a century from Suresh Raina on debut in that game meant Yuvraj was once again relegated to the sidelines. His Man-of-the-Series performance in the 2011 World Cup put him back in contention for a Test place, but an injury kept him out of the tour to the West Indies and his series in England was cut short by a finger injury he sustained during the Nottingham Test.

Raina, who made an unbeaten 204 against Punjab in Uttar Pradesh's opening Ranji game, was ignored, as was Praveen Kumar.

India squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron

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  • Vinay on November 20, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Its alarming time for Yuvraj if he wanna be considered as test player, as lots of young Indian blood is roaring to get a chance in the team to play for the nation.

  • Cricket on November 20, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Contd Fast bowlers if they are well managed generally hit their peak, and not in terms of raw pace, from about the age of 26 onwards. In fact I would argue that one the main reasons that some Ind pace bowlers such as Irfan Pathan, Balaji, Nehra, picked up career defining injuries and others such as RP Singh, Sreesanth went the way they did is because they probably started international cricket too young, played too much and either were not properly looked after or did not look after themselves or both. IMO they would have lasted longer if they had started a couple of years later and spent those years in domestic cricket either in India or Eng.

  • Cricket on November 20, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @Nampally Part of building a team in any aspect of life whether it's on a sportsfield involves going through thick and thin together. There will players on periphery who come and go but the core of the team usually remains the same. I recognise that it might seem unfair on the players who are miss out but that's part of a successful team. If you look at the successful teams in cricket or football they have a nucleus of players that have always played and when new players came in they have generally performed. Players as they older need more time in the middle to hit peak and given that Sachin has just come from injury and Laxman played out of position in Eng, I wouldn't agree with them being rested or Dravid given the form he's in. You are of course right that Sachin made his debut at the age of 16 but you can't compare anyone to him. He is a once in a lifetime player.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    This is what i had expected.first i want to salute the selectors.correct choice.one important thing i want to suggest to selectors is that please give chances to upcoming players instead of giving rights to THREE in the team.they are also players.so we can try for some new players.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    there is virat so he didnt able get aplace in playing 11

  • mayank on November 20, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    My suggestion to selectors is- Rest as many palyers as u can for ODIs.My team for odis-1.robin 2.parthiv(wk) 3.rahane 4.manish pandey 4.rohit sharma 5.raina(c) 6.jadeja 7.yusuf pathan 8.rahul sharma 9.ashwin 10.yadav 11.praveen 12.varun

  • mayank on November 20, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Hoping rohit in playing xi.we have to groom these players.why cant we rotate big three instead playing them all matches.yeah aus is a big tour but against wi?,we'd have tried sharma,manoj,badri,pujara.India is playing for ranking.If they have not drawn test match in wi tour earlier this year,they can maitain their ranking even losing to eng 4:0.My question to selectors is why yuvraj was selected in first palce.At this time India is having best bench strength and we have to regulate well otherwise same thing happen to India after sachin,dravid,laxman retires as Australia.Once even aus A team was able to beat any team in world and look now what transition they are going through.

  • rorid on November 20, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    roiht is ok but he wont get to play TEHRE IS ALWAYS VIRAT KOHLI

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2011, 0:20 GMT


  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    You snooze You loose!!!!!!!!!!! Even the mighty Tndlkr should be Rested and another youngster in waiting Should have been given a chance in a Can't loose situation like this. So only 1/2 kudos to the selectors - BAWAJI from FLORIDA

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