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Yuvraj Singh has been replaced by Rohit Sharma in the India squad for the third and final Test against West Indies.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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  • worldchampindya 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.

  • itsthewayuplay 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.

  • itsthewayuplay 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.

  • 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.

  • on November 20, 2011, 6:34 GMT

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

  • maya127 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

  • maya127 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.

  • posybeon123 on November 20, 2011, 1:35 GMT

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

  • on November 20, 2011, 0:20 GMT


  • 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

  • worldchampindya 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.

  • itsthewayuplay 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.

  • itsthewayuplay 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.

  • 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.

  • on November 20, 2011, 6:34 GMT

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

  • maya127 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

  • maya127 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.

  • posybeon123 on November 20, 2011, 1:35 GMT

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

  • on November 20, 2011, 0:20 GMT


  • 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

  • on November 19, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    @ Nampally, and Rohit Sharma is not that youngster. Why Kohli didn't get a chance? Why not Pujara, Jadeja and Rahane. This obsession with Nohit Sharma is beyond comprehension. He was praised oin ODIs got 50+ chances and was a big flop. Same nis in ODI and now he is given chance in test. Making runs in Ranji is onething and making runs in test agaisnt best bowlers is another. This guy will be again a flop. Mind my words.

  • Silloh on November 19, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Yuvraj's dropping from the next test is a blessing in guise. he certainly did not look comfortable against Fidel Edwards and got hit a few times. He is certainly an exciting player when he is on the go and has a flair that as a West Indian I like. Hopefully He would regain his confidence soon and will not be deemed a cricketer only for the shorter version of the game. India has some exciying young players in the making and they need to be exposed gradually . All young players quickly realise that Test cricket is a much higher level than say county cricket. Will Harbhajan be recalled ? Only time will tell.

  • Nampally on November 19, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay: I do not entirely agree with your philosophy.My contention is that you will never build a team if you do not give chance to youngsters when they are ready to play.This is exactly what happened to Yuvraj. He was kept waiting so long that he went right past his peak and now he is under double pressure to bring back his game to peak + perform.In batting we have players like Kohli, R.Sharma, M.Tiwary & Rahane who are ready but likely to be warming the bench. The same is the case with Rahul Sharma & Aaron in bowling. These guys will be no good once they pass the peak and then try to raise their game up. On the other hand if they score runs when they are at peak & Fit, it gives them the confidence to keep that image asthe years roll by. Tendulkar came in when he was just 16 years old and see where he is.Gavaskar was similarly young when he first played.Give the older guys a break to keep them injury free & play youngsters who are very good in a Dead Rubber- THE RIGHT WAY!

  • fajju.fajju on November 19, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    I think rohit is still having time to make up his career. this is his best chanceto show what he can do.

  • timmyw on November 19, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I really hope Rohit takes this opportunity. Looking forward to watching him bat. I have some hope for the future of test cricket with Darren Bravo and Rohit Sharma in this test. Hope they both do really well, and hope to see Rohit Sharma in the side to tour Australia, I will go watch it! Very excited about some of the Indian talent coming through. i really hope the West Indians come good this test as well. I miss their brilliant play.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 19, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Whilst Yuvraj is not cut out for tests, I do have some sympathy for the way he's been treated. IMO he shouldn't have been selected in the 1st place but it's equally pointless to drop him for the last test. This is an admission that the selectors were wrong to pick him initially. This also sends the wrong message to other inexperienced players in that they need to know they have the backing of the selectors for at least a couple of series. Good luck with ODIs, Yuvraj.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 19, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    You do not develop better players or build a winning team by resting players as soon as a series is won unless there has been too much cricket played in too little time. And Dhoni is the only player who this applies to and is is due a long break. Seeing how players perform in so-called dead rubbers contributes to making them better players. It's unfortunate because there are other players who are waiting for an chance but given an opportunity for opportunity's sake is not the way to build confidence in a player who has to be dropped to make way.

  • on November 19, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    This is a grave mistake by selectors. Sharma is no hit. he is meant to play at ranji level. In tests he will be a big flop. He was similarly praised for ODIs and in 50+ opportunity he was an embarrassment.

  • on November 19, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Now its time to test new youngster's as india alreay won the series. varun,rahul and rohit should give a chance in third test.

  • on November 19, 2011, 14:38 GMT


  • on November 19, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    time to try some youngsters, Get Virat, Sharma, Aaron in as the series is won now.

  • anuAddict on November 19, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Rohit's talent is well accepted amongst fans and cricket pundits alike. I haven't seen a more promising & young stroke player in India since almost Sachin although Sehwag and Yuvi looked pleasing as young strokemakers. I think we need to remember examples of guys like Atapattu, De Villiers, Amla who looked good in the beginning without raking up major successes. Ultimately they came good and boy, did they come good! So I think lets recognize class, give him the license and reap the rewards in future. To All those talking of chances, domestic stats: class is permanent and its a matter of time it shows up. So selection should be based on class rather than simply performance and some russian roulette of throwing chances to every one deserving. Lets hone down on making Rohit a success, give him a rope (he hasn't debuted in tests yet- who thinks he has had chances??), take him out only when we are convinced he does not have the talent or mental issues that he possibly cannot overcome.

  • on November 19, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    true should play jadeja @7 and dhoni @6 whwreas yuvraj will get a lot of chance after the retirement of dravid sachin and vvs

  • on November 19, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Great Opportunity for Rohit Sharma to cement his place in the Indian Middle Order

  • on November 19, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Yuvraj had never been considered a player in d longer format.... But looking forward raina, rohit, Jadeja and pujara can be given an extended run... Led by the likes of Gambhir ..... But kohli in no way is worth to be a test cricketer. world has witnessed his immaturity and that arrogant intent towards d hard ball in the WI tour asa well as Eng tour...

  • Vinodha19 on November 19, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Please consider manish pandey performance and give him a chance in the following odi series vs west indies in that dhoni,shewag and sachin should be rested allowing only the youngsters like kholi,pandey,rohit,rahane,jadeja,yadav, rahul,varun,ashwin should play. gambhir should open the innings with robin. we know that uv is a teriffic odi player and he should play against aus.

  • aussieperthindian on November 19, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Sorry Yuvi, but as things stand he certainly does not have the technique for test cricket. Not to be albe to make runs on home soil against the current WI attack sums it up. Well done to the selectors for making the change as well as dropping Harbajan who unfortunately is out of form or lost the touch he used to possess. Prepare for Australia as they can be beaten on home soil as things stand currently, but expect no quarter. Win where ever you play and the rankings will take care of themselves. Rest one of the big three and give Kholi and Rohit a run-no better time than now. Also give Aaron a game. Yadav is learning quickly-good on him. Good luck team India.

  • sshailesh on November 19, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Its bad decision taken by selectors they should show confidence on Yuvraj, they should thing about player carrier SELECTORS SHOULD NOT SELECT TEAM FOR ONE SERIES AT THIS TIME as we have 3 player in which nearest to retirement, so we have some experience player in the middle who had atleast 40-50 test exp so we have to prepare back up for those 3 seats not for 6 no spot this for Yuvi only,

  • agam99 on November 19, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    lol at many people here who think India played their full strength squad for getting points in ranking. Real reason is that many of India's players like Sachin , Sehwag , Yuvi , Ishant etc were coming back from injuries and some match practice was obviously needed before all important Aus tour. Anyhow , 3-0 from this series won't give more than 2 points and at this time they r not of any good use.

  • agam99 on November 19, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    @Manoj...he is still injured pal....will start playing Ranji from Nov 29

  • on November 19, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    I thought Pujara would have been the first choice even before the series started in place of Yuvraj Singh. Yuvi has been given lot of chances of late and could not cement his place in the Strong Indian batting line up. If selectors r reading my comment i request them to permentaly play R. Ashwin in the place of Harbajan.

  • on November 19, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Yuvi & Raina are made for ODI's and T20's....I want them to stay away from Test cricket.

  • on November 19, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    i think virat will get the chance and it will be great descission for india ...

  • on November 19, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Why another batsman? Why not selectors look for an allrounder?

  • vamanan on November 19, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    MSD says that Yuvi is talented. Yes, but he does not do any good to cement his place even after more than 3years of Sourav's retirement. When will the favorite game play be stopped? Why Rohit to be included in the squad when only one match is to go and when Kohli & Rahane are already in the Squad. If selectors have seen his recent performance in the domestic, well and good. What wrong did the Kohli do in recent past. The squad might have been retained without a change announcement. Let kohli to play the next test as sixth batsman.

  • vinchester on November 19, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Indian selectors are a bunch of jokers; they are spineless and have lost an opportunity to test our new comers for the future.

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  • VEGHA on November 19, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Yuvaraj could have been given more chances and fast tracks like australia he will be handy.He is good in fast tracks than slower tracks in India.When many other like Murali Vijay and all given more chances , poor Yuvaraj is given less chances

  • on November 19, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    As always, the most perceptive comments from Indian fans are from the keypads of Nampally & Dravid_Gravitas. @Nampally: 100% agree: an 18-man Indian squad for Australia will fulfil 3 important functions: 1.It'll provide adequate cover for an Indian team alarmingly prone to injury & already collectively fatigued by the insane schedule the BCCI have foisted on them in the last 10 months or so; 2. It'll ensure that the next generation of Test players - i.e. Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Yadav, Aaron, Ashwin & Ojha - will, even if they don't play in the Tests, soak up the vital experience of playing & training in conditions previously alien to them; & 3. It'll allow the same players to be absorbed gradually into the Indian squad prior to the impending departures of Tendulkar, VVS, Dravid, Sehwag, Zaheer & Bhajji. @Dravid_G: you seem to be a lone voice crying in the wilderness re SRT: his timing's gone, his footwork's awry & he looks increasingly tremulous with each fresh visit to the crease.

  • S.N.Singh on November 19, 2011, 3:57 GMT


  • on November 19, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Yuvaraj is simply not test material. Let's accept that, I think of the younger lot only pujara seems to have the temperament.

  • on November 19, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    The likely TEST XI Down-under should be rested for the ODI's.To choose between Yuvraj and Rohit is actually very difficult. Yuvraj is an accomplished ODI and T20 player, not so in Test arena for which he has been replaced. Rohit is an accomplished Domestic players. Year after year he get runs, even against weak attacks you need consistency which he hasnt showed at International Level. Team should not experiment in Test. Would have been happier if Praveen Kuamr the available and in form guy was carrying drinks and been 1st choice replacement in case of any injury.This would give Varun a chance to play for Jharkhand. But Praveen is going to be SIDEBOTTOMED by Fletcher I guess.For No. 6 I would push Rahane

  • Abhimanyu on November 19, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Our selectors have a really short memory!! May I ask where the hell is CHETESHWAR PUJARA????? He was selected when Australia last visited India for a Test tour, what the hell did he do wrong to get dropped from the Indian Test side? Our stupid selectors need to read this : In the Bangalore Test against Australia in 2010, he replaced Rahul Dravid at No.3 and scored an excellent 72 in a tricky fourth-innings run-chase. In the process, he became only the fifth Indian to score 50 or more in the fourth innings on debut.

  • on November 18, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    why not Pujara? he showed lot of promise

  • on November 18, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Sachin, Dravid, Laxman will be gone within next two years. Its necessary to have Rohit, Virat, Chateswar, Yuvraj/Raina to have enough exposure to test cricket, before these guys can take over from them

  • VENKATASAIPRAVEEN on November 18, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh is highly talented..He already got too many chances but Yuvi failed to make big scores consistently. The decision may be a tough one for Yuvi but it is time to give Rohit a go as he has been waiting for a test debut for a long time !

  • on November 18, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Although I am a West Indian, and my team is the West Indies, I feel the Indian team has missed a trick. They should have fielded more of the younger players like Rahane, Kohli or Pujara in the test that concluded and then play the big 3(Dravid,Tendulkar and Laxman) in Mumbai. The MAIN focus was obviously on climbing up the rankings, instead of GROOMING the future players in the side. In the third test, if the big 3 are not rested, India may be ranked not much higher than number 4 in the coming two years because a lot of these younger players would not have played enough to understand the rigours of test cricket. At the moment, South Africa looks like the best team to challenge for the top spot, and we cannot rule out the Australians just yet either. It will serve Sachin better if he scores a century against Australia than West Indies, but then again he can score it on home ground. Very interesting times ahead in world cricket.

  • street_smart on November 18, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Its almost 2-3 yrs Saurav Ganguly retired from Test Cricket leaving the No. 6 spot vacant. When Ganguly retired from test cricket he was in good form & was still forced to retire by the selectors to draft in young blood. Pity to see still that position is not claimed fully by any player yet.

  • Rumy1 on November 18, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Enough of this Think Beyond stuff. THINK OF TODAY FIRST. REGAIN THE TEST NO.1 SPOT.There will be enough time to think about future.FUTURE IS NOT MADE BY IGNORING THE PRESENT.Let's not rejoice on two Test wins against WI. Even Bangladesh has beaten this WI side at home. So no big deal. We miserably failed in one real exam in England and the next real exam is in Australia.Let's prepare well and be at full strength to face Aussies in their own backyard.Whenever the greats retire which looks at least a couple of years away, we have a few technically accomplished ones to replace them.Pujara, Rohit and Badrinath come to mind. Likes of Kohli, Raina, Rahane and Mukund are good for shorter versions.Mukund was sorted out by WI / England bowlers.Unless he corrects his chinks, he doesn't have a chance.Raina has already been sorted out by many Test bowlers.So he is done.I still feel Ashwin is only good for shorter versions. Except for carrom ball he looks ordinary Ranji offie. Bring Bhajj back pls

  • Rumy1 on November 18, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Just to add here that JAFFER has a century made gainst the likes of Steyn, Ntin, Pollock, etc on one of the fastest tracks in the world in South Africa. And nobody has been able to find a chink in his technique yet..be it against spin or genuine pace or short pitch stuff. You just can't ignore him any more....Mr.Srikkanth and Mr.Mohnder Amarnath

  • Rumy1 on November 18, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    WHERE IS WASIM JAFFER IN SCHEME OF THINGS. Why is he being ignored again and again by selectors and lesser mortals like Rahane, Mukund and Vijay are being preferred. Even Gambhir has been performing miserably in last four five Test series. His discipline and fitness have also been questionable lately. Gambhir's weakness against swinging and short pitched stuff on juicy and bouncy tracks are known facts. Australia has quite a few bouncy oness. In his last 30 innings or so Gambhir has averaged a poor 30 with zero century. Jaffer was laid off after just one poor series in Australia. Every batsman has had a bad series including Sachin, Dravid and Gavaskar. Jafferwas not that lucky. Look at the way JAFFER has been painstakingly accumulating runs in domestic circuit after being dropped. Can any rational follower of the game disagree that Jaffer is way ahead of these folks including Gambhir on temperament, technique, range of shots, hunger, performance, commitment, and discipline. I doubt.

  • MasterClass on November 18, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    BCCI and selectors are playing full strength team to get back #1 test ranking (beating weaker teams to get back ranking). We need to beat Eng, SA, Oz in their own backyard. Let's focus on that!

  • on November 18, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Very Positive and good decision taken by selectors. Everyone wants to play test cricket, but was not able to see atleast some techniques required for a test match player. His natural style is to attack and he is loosing it by trying to resemble someone, which is not possible. Good to see competition from Kohli, Rohit, Pujara..Raina and Yuvraj got their chances and they will again get at some stage.. Better for Yuvi and Raina to stop playing ODIs, IPL and improve technique for 6 months, If they want to become test cricketers

  • Sigma-Eleven on November 18, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Liked the comments of THINK_BEYOND

  • on November 18, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    @nampally. I agree. Also, Indian Board can afford (and desirable, nay needed) to send 18 players, with quick back up options in batting, bowling and wicket keeping.

  • on November 18, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    There is not much to choose between Rohit & Yuvi. Both are highly talented; but both have that "bindas" attitude. Don't know how they can up their intensity a little bit more. Won't be surprised if Rohit goes the Yuvi way; hope not. Personally, would like to see both of them keeping the indian flag high in tests for the next five years, at least.

  • Nampally on November 18, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @ Manvinder Singh: You may be correct in your supposition. But India is kidding itself if it sends a team with just 15 players to Australia. They should focus on sending 18 players. From the lessons learnt in recent England tour, injured players cannot be replaced easily because of problems in getting visa + travel time involved+ jet lag, etc.It is best to man the squad with extra players.The team should arrive at least 2 weeks before the first game, set up a camp & practice hard to get prepared to the Australian pitches. There were 3 major lessons learnt fromthe England tour 1. Unfit players selected 2. Lack of preparation 3. Poor Bench strength especially in opening bowling & batting. These aspects must be addressed by BCCI & the Selectors. Spend some of $39 Million profit on the game & on the players rather than swell BCCI's ego. Without the best cricket performance on the field, the credability of BCCI & the Selectors is right at the Bottom.Lets not be penny wise & Pound foolish!.

  • on November 18, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Fully agree with "indyarox". Don't risk any injury to Dravid & Laxman, just before the Aussie tour. Similarly don't aggravate suspect ankle of Ishant. Kohli, Rohit & Varun can come in their places in the playing XI.Even if we lose it is OK, if we get a decent chance to try out a few for the future. Who knows, even with these three changes, India may still manage to win. Is there any way to try out Rahul Sharma too? Any one has any idea to squeeze Rahul in the playing XI for the third test?

  • Angad11 on November 18, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Pls stop the Yuvi bashing already. He is the ROCKSTAR of Indian cricket in ODI's period. As far as tests are concerned, Yuvi boss, take is easy and just relax. Enjoy your ODI's and do what you do best, let the sweet music from those flamboyant cover drives keep coming. I promise you will not be a lesser mortal. You have and will always be the HERO who won us the world cup. Cheers.

  • Nampally on November 18, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Why is it necessary to add on one more guy to the bench in form of Rohit Sharma?India already has Kohli, Rahane,Rahul Sharma & Aaron warming the bench.All 4 are dying to play in XI & at the same time they are missing playing for their own state teams in the Ranji Trophy games.India persists on playing the same XI whether it is a dead Rubber or Not. I know Rohit plays for Mumbai and the next test is at Mumbai. Is this the reason for including Rohit in the squad or will he be in actual XI? I am in agreement with most of the commenters in this column to say that it is best to play the 4 benched guys in the XI now and rest 4 guys from the previous 2 tests. These 4 are all telented young players. They should be allowed to play in Ranji rather than warm the bench in Tests. This is the case in England where the squad players not in the XI are allowed to leave & play for their counties.Also bench Dhoni before he breaks down. Tactics of Dhoni & the Selectors are mind boggling to say the least!

  • on November 18, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    @Satmat1:sachin has not scored century from 8 tests but he scored more than any one in the world and also he's scoring runs but not only centuries. some times it happens for the good players to sit out of the team but you can't leave one of the best batsman in the world for the reason of not making century

  • on November 18, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Great Decision ! Rohit Sharma is most talented among youngsters when it comes to Tests. Yuvraj has been given enough chances. Let him focus on Limited overs only!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 18, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    @indyarox, I disagree with you. Every test match is important. Especially, after the debacle in England and the over confidence we have shown against Windies at various points in the two test matches, it is very important that India get back to their winning ways as a unit in a well controlled manner. No point in resting Dravid or VVS when they are playing such wonderful cricket. Cricket is a funny game and you never know when a bad patch is around the corner. The best XI has to play, always, no matter what. Sachin has to be dropped as he has been scratchy and a liability at best.

  • on November 18, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    yuvraj is a good batsman,because he donot consistence for test match. selecor has one more chance in final test. series finished,he playing at ieast 50+ run in final test..............

  • on November 18, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Could everyone stop with the regional bias aspect to the decision. For heaven's sake, Yuvraj played 37 tests (quite a number of opportunities) with the hope that his talent is realized into potential performances. Apart from that, everytime he goes to bat in a test match, he is so unconvincing to cement his spot or to even stamp his authority on the game which he often does in Limited overs formats. He is 30, if he is willing to adapt himself and work on his game, there will be opportunities for him to get into the test team. He has the backing of his captain, all he needs is little work on his game instead of banking on the name and fame of limited over formats.

  • THINK_BEYOND on November 18, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Give Dravid and Laxman some rest. I don't think they have more to prove for AUS series selection. Let Sachin play the match and wish he gets his dream 100th century in front of Mumbai crowd. The Playing 11 should be - Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane, Sachin, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Ishant, Aaron. Trying out Kohli, Rahane and Rohit before AUS tour is very very important and same applies to V Aaron. U Yadav has played well and he should be picked up for AUS tour. I am still not sure what to do with Rahul Sharma, feel he can replace Ashwin. I heard that Ashwin got married and had to fly on the same day to play Kolkata test. It's a shame!!! He should now go back and spend some time with his newly married wife :).

  • dragon84 on November 18, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    @Satmat1 he was one of the key reason for the first test's win

  • on November 18, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Rohit definitely deserves to play for india in tests..just look at his stats, he got better avg than sachin in first class cricket and has been scoring centuries year after year.in fact it is a surprise why he didnt make his debut for so long(missed a match due to injuring himself on day of what would have been his debut).Another batsman who deserves a chance is badri who also has an impressive first class carrier.STOP saying drop d trio(sachin,dravid and laxman)when the spot vacated by ganguly is still up for grabs after 2 years

  • Romenevans on November 18, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Dropped Yuvi = Great! Rohit = What The Heck? This guy is so lazy and he won't survive for long. Get in Rahane or Pujara!

  • on November 18, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Drop Sachin. Enough of wait for him to perform. He has become like Ricky Pointing.

  • daalien on November 18, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    I think they should try a beta side for the third test: Sehwag, Rahane, Kohli,SRT, Rohit,Dhoni,Rahul Sharma, Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Ojha, Yadav. Let's face it Sehwag and SRT need some more match practice before Aus tour, and lets put the kids in at the deep end and see how many can swim....we have already won the series, might as well test the bench strength.

  • vivekjagan on November 18, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    @MandyBoy i should mke u remember dat d panel consists of mohinder amarnath and dhoni its not a single man's decision. if he s so despearate to take tn or csk players den raina wud hav come now. they see only the talented people and performing.they know wat they r doing u shud see how yuvi plays dat shows he s not suitable for test. and also many players performing are waiting we cant give him more chance in international arena.let him play county properly.its d right decision by selectors.

  • on November 18, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    There is more to it than meets the eye. This move is more to cement Rohit Sharma's place in 15 than removing Yuvraj. With Pujara breathing down his neck, this was the only way the 'unbiased' selectors could have given Rohit a chance. He wont play but still remain in the 15 for Australian tour you see. After all you cant drop him without playing and he will definitely NOT play. One can only feel sorry for Yuvraj. It had not been even 24 hours when he was backed by his captain but then the captain is not from Mumbai you see!

  • Satmat1 on November 18, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Why not drop Sachin, he hasn't scored a hundred for 8 tests ?

  • WICric101 on November 18, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    India try droping all senr players for last match and lets see how India's future test team looks without the big names,will they win comfortably?struggle but win? or lose at home too a weak int side

  • on November 18, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    I think rohit is a right option to replace yuvraj.bcoz rohit is a great batsman for test.

  • on November 18, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    yuvraj should have been given an extended run. there was no harm in playing him the last test against the windies as india has already won the series. a poor decision by the indian selectors. i think yuvraj's performance for india has been much better than that of rohit sharma's-yuvraj's fan from pakistan

  • Naresh28 on November 18, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    India should look at the 2010/11 South AFrica series. Lots of interesting things appeared there. Sachin got 2 centuries and was the second highest run scorer to Kalis. So all this nonsense from English fans about his subsontinent records only is not true. Also Zaks got most wickets, followed by Ishant. Sreesanth and Harbjan also were amongst the wickets. India drew the test series 1-1. India lost the ODI series 3-2 with one draw. Our ENglish tour was a one off disappointment. Englan should judge themselves after they have toured SA. Also it does not mean we are bad travellers. Just view that series stats for yourself.

  • on November 18, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    I am seriously concerned about the selection for every match,which is a bad example.If selectors are not happy with yuvraj still they can go with existing 15member squad and give a chance kohli or rahane..This will definitely make a negative mindset for yuvraj who performed well in WC'2011.The worst thing which going to hapen is,Rohit not going to get a chance to be in playing 11 and he wont picked for aus tour as well.

  • on November 18, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Where is Badrinath ????? He is a great technique & can be very useful in Australian conditions.........

  • anver777 on November 18, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Yuvraj is not making use of opportunities he's getting in tests....another golden chance for Rohit... but i think inform Kohli is a better chioce !!!!!

  • indyarox on November 18, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    I think both Rohit and Virat will make it to the playing 11 instead of Yuvi and one of either Dravid or Laxman. No point in risking Dravid and Laxman for a dead test match when series has already been decided. Good thing is to try couple of youngsters and preserve the stalwarts for the Aus tour.

  • on November 18, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    It unequivocally needed to be Virat Kohli. This is how the selectors disgust me. Give them an idling opportunity and they idle. I'd dare them to do this if the series was still undecided.

    If they wished to test the waters it could be Rahane. Rohit? No way. People like him are the curse of the laboratory experiments. They don't stick & and somehow they do not go away too.

  • on November 18, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    I would have rested the entire team and play an India C team which would have been more than strong enough for the WI, but I suppose they need the practice for the next series.

  • Naresh28 on November 18, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Rohit Sharma, Virat Kholi, Ajinka Rahane are some of our future replacements in the test team once the vets retire. Gamhir should be inline for the captaincy. Others are Raina, Saha, Jadeja. We need Ahwin and Ojha have started their careers brighly. Since pace has been our big worry. We need to build a pool of left arm, right arm pacers - these should rotated to prevent burnout. Recently we are over using Ishant Sharma. 32+ players should be phased out. Times are changed now fitter players are required on the field. It looks like Yuvraj is only suited to the shorter version games.Bhajji is too much one dimensional and predictable type and hence his failure to take wickets.

  • Samar_Singh on November 18, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Finally a sensible decision taken.. There are loads of better Test bats men than Yuvi .. Yuvi is good for the shorter version only not for the longer format.. Just check his first class records.. Kohli , Pujara , Manoj Tiwari, Mukund etc are the front runners for test matches..

  • on November 18, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    I think selectors are right in long term view. Once sachin, VVS, Dravid goes in couple years we need good young players to replace . Yuvi had enough chances to prove himself but he fails regularly.I don't think so this is last chance for Yuvi he will get another one or two to prove himself.

  • on November 18, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Dropping Yuvraj is the right decsion, he is only good for one dayers and 20.20 Raina is the same a yuvraj. Selectors should build a pool of 6 test players to replace the 3 , rahul , laxman, sachin. The players can be rohit, virat , cheteshwar, rahane, badrinath and may be abhinav mukund.

  • Shashi247 on November 18, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Well, we should provide a chance to Rahaney or Mukund. Why again same Rohit?

  • on November 18, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    I can't believe that PK is not in this team, the only bowler who was successful in England is being ignore, I don't think thats the right way to go. Kohli should have been the replacement but then they are looking for a no 6 player and kohli is a top order bat. Anyways Yuvi is a world cup hero and that too twice but I feel he is done as a test player for me. I am a huge fan of him but india comes way b4 him for me

  • on November 18, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    i just hope dhoni rests dravid and laxman in mumbai and plays all 3 ie... Rahane, Kolhi, and Rohit? Obviously u cant drop or rest sachin at mumbai..

  • on November 18, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    This was waiting to happen. If he's not comfortable against quicks on pitches as placid as Kotla and Eden, there is no way in the world that he would be comfortable on Perth and Melbourne. High time we don't reward ODI/T20 performances with test berths. Get rid of Rainas, Yuvrajs. Players like Valthaty, Vijay, etc. are all good for T20s. Test match batsmen should only be those who grind it out in Ranji for at least a couple of seasons. Manish Pandey, IMHO, will be one ready for test cricket once he comes of age. Rohit Sharma, an immensely talented fellow, needs to show temperament as well. I think his temperament has always failed him, his technique and talent are all fine. All in all, good future for Indian batting at least.

  • satanswish on November 18, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Why not Ajinkya Rahane ?? Anyways Rohit Sharma have received opportunity of his life & he should make it count.

  • on November 18, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    @gupta vikas -he is injured

  • jo_cricfan on November 18, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    @Vikas Gupta Pujara has just recovered from his injury and will play his first match after injury from nov 29th...

  • on November 18, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    To everyone whos furious abt axing of Yuvi: Thats exactly why you guys aren't the selectors. Regarding Pujara, isn't he fighting against time to be "fit" for Aus tour just as Zak? Isn't he injured? I think top players shud've been rested. Mukund should've come in for Gambhir and Rahane for Sehwag (we need a 3rd/reserve opener for Aus), RD should be rested for Rohit, Sachin will want to score his century at home ground, Kohli in for Laxman (we also need two backup middle order batsmen), Raina in for Yuvi (I can't think of any better), Parthiv Patel/Saha for Dhoni, U.Yadav (C'mon this guy is on a roll, he will want to play), V.Aaron, Ashwin/Rahul Sharma, and Ojha.

    But then, I'm not a selector, am I? I'm just another arm-chair fan like most of us here.

  • on November 18, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Can't understand why this replacement was needed? You have already Virat & Rahaney in the Team. So they could have been picked in playing 11 instead of Yuvraj for the next match. What I could guess, seems Selectors wants to try out Rohit before the Australian Tour, They have rightly lost confidence in Yuvraj & Raina. Virat & Rahaney are almost certain to be picked for Aus series. Only one place was open for selection in batting. So i guess that would most probable go to Rohit if he succeeds in next match against WI. However if he doesn't succeed, He would be selected for ODI's as well against WI & 1 or 2 good innings will be enough for him to be selected in the Test Squad. If cheteshwar pujara had been fit & in-playing form , Rohit wouldn't have been picked. But no option left for selectors. Also after inclusion of mohinder Amarnath in the selection panel, I think India's future is bright because he won't give out of form batsmen long run in the National Team as far as I know him.

  • Kiranraj007 on November 18, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Well.. Dropping Yuvraj is a step in the right direction. Yuvraj might feel a bit hard done by because he would have liked one more opportunity in the next test match against West indies. But the fact of the matter is there are too many good players in the waiting... Interesting to see who will get a go ahead between Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Sharma is technically more sound than Kohli but kohli's temperament and hunger for runs holds him in good stead. Also in the race are Rahane, who is probably as deserving as the two others...i would probably go with Sharma in Australia because he offers me decent technique against short ball as well as one spinning option. lets see...

  • amit.80s on November 18, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Rohit will get injured during practice or warm up and will sit out as he does all the time. R. Jadeja should get a chance...

  • on November 18, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Bad decision. Indian selectors dont seems to have long term view . Yuvi needs more time. Cant pull the plug on him in the middle of a series even though we won the series. It shows how short sighted the BCCI selectors are.

  • on November 18, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    where is chetashwar pujara lost , he performed so well to save test for INDIA

  • on November 18, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    I would have rested Gambir (for Abinav Mukund) Dravid (for Pujra) & Laxman for (Rohit). & retained Mr.Tendulkar to give him another opportunity to score the 100th century. We need to take extra batsmen & additional openers for down under tour - three would have got some exposure

  • Hareendra on November 18, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Finally the selectors have told Yuvraj to pack it up. It's taken 37 matches for the selectors to realize he's just not suited for Test Cricket! Out of all the youngsters I've seen India produce during the past couple of years, Rohit Sharma seems the most talented. So its high time he was given a decent run in a Test series. They should play him ahead of Kohli.

  • on November 18, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Here is my team for the 3rd test: 1. A. Munkad ; 2. A. Rahane; 3. R. Uttapha for injured C. Pujara; 4. V. Kholi; 5. R. Sharma; 6. S. Raina *; 7. W. Saha/ P. Patel; 8. A. Jadeja: 9. P. Kumar: 10. V. Aaron; 11. U. Yadav; 12. M. Vijay

    The others should take a break and prepare for the Australia tour.

  • MandyBoy on November 18, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    This is absolutely rubbish from the Indian selectors! Yuvraj should have been given a chance for the entire series. In Australia we require batsmen with good horizontal bat shots! Raina (CSK) was given an extended test match run depsite his repeated failures in England. Yuvaj has hardly been given chance post his return from injury. You cannot treat a match winner like this! Well done former CSK ambassador Mr. Shrikkanth!....Hope to see Aniruddha soon!

  • on November 18, 2011, 7:31 GMT


  • atuljain1969 on November 18, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    From this move it is clear that Yuvraj won't be considered for Tests for Australia tour. And in case he is selected for Australia in future, I fail to understand why he should be considered when ignored for 3rd test for regaining confidence.

  • mrcool on November 18, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Selectors are still bunch of jokers...Why rohit sharma has been given chances always whereas player like uthappa cant get much chances for odi and t20..uthappa not even in 36 contracted player list? is he so bad...Then why they have given him just 1 chance after long time..

  • MKLNarayan on November 18, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Having won the series 2-0 already, the third test should have been used to blood youngsters to see who fares better before the Aus series. It could have been

    1 & 2 Rahane opening with Gambhir(Captain) 3 Rohit 4 Sachin (ofcourse 100th ton in his homeground is the only reason why he shd be playing in the dead test match) / Raina 5 Kohli 6 Yuvraj 7 Parthiv 8 Ashwin 9 Ojha 10 Ishant (to give him confidence before Aus tour. Else, It would have been yadav who I believe has already booked his ticket to Aus) 11 Varun

  • madans on November 18, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    hi to all you , i hope indian selectors did a good job picking up rohit , ahead of raina etc. i feel mukund should be in the team and shewag don the order . i mean shewag at 4 will be ideal for india. as we c sachin , dravid , laxman all the classy will get retire ,soon there are three slots but we have less contention of players like , murali vijay , abhinav mukund, rohit sharma , pujara , kohli. even i hope amabti rayudu is also in the race . my strong hope is yuvi bounces back for test slot. hope the best , and good luck to yuvi. everyone thinking is slot 6 batting is empty . dhoni can fit the slot. and try some allrounder at 7 like ravinder jadeja , and other allrounder at 7 .

  • on November 18, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    i think one chance dive it to harbhajan singh before ausies series

  • Mastmale on November 18, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    England have shown the benefits of having faith in players e.g.- Alistair Cook had a string of failures, but they stuck with him and he is now scoring a mountain of runs. Similarly Yuvraj can be a great player if he is made to feel secure and wanted in the Test team. But sadly he is being made to feel insecure. You cannot drop someone after only 2 failures. Wake up selectors.

  • on November 18, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    he bowlers pacemen& spinners have worked so well and complemented each other..kudos to that..i guess most who watched the match can and will clearly agree to the fact ojha and ashwin worked and complemented as a pair.. so was Ishant and Umesh.. Clearly Harbhajan was a blot in the bowling unit, a dead weight for 2+ yrs now.. Now there is a bit of freshness....the youngsters more than happy to take care of each other..thts so refreshing to watch..they are bonding and thats important.. Ashwin is just 2 matches old in the test arena. He is not exposed nor flawed.. i believe he and ojha both tried till they got wickets..never gave up..put in good lot variations in speed.. and everything they can..just that WI played spin better than before. period. still ash and ohja both were rewarded and its hard grind alright..but whts important is they loved to work in pairs and umesh and Ish were perfect foil to go with..cheers

  • cricfanraj on November 18, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    I am not convinced with this move though it is almost proven that Yuvi is not good for tests. I would have given him one last change in 3rd test against WI and see.If he fails again then thats it. When you pick a player he should be backed and given a fair chance. I guess most of the readers might not agree but my point is don't give Indian cap eaily to anyone and if you choose someone back him up for a while before discarding.Fans may be happy with the team changing everytime but it is not good for team.

  • Mastmale on November 18, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    This is a bad more. Yuvi has clearly stated his ambition to make it at Test level. And the selectors just give him 2 innings. 2 failures and he is gone. He should have been given a chance in the Mumbai Test. At least Raina got 8 Test innings in England before he was discarded. A very hasty and immature decision that will breed insecurity in our best ODI player. Imagine players who are 5-6 years junior being promoted while you are dropped. Sad.

  • krdharmesh on November 18, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    It is good that he has been droped. Does not have the confidence. His fielding, which was brilliant has dropped down considerably. Has put on a few extra kilos and does not have the looks of an internationsl sportsman. Yougsters like, Pujara, sharma , kohly and even Jadeja may be tried

  • manusloving_89 on November 18, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Gud move...Yuvraj shud concentrate on ODi's and rohith is technically a very good batsmen and he should be given chances in tests..i hope this will work out..

  • Cobra0077 on November 18, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    he should have been dropped ages ago.

  • on November 18, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    great stuff yuvi was backing his name and not his performances to get his place in the team. about time he was dropped and replaced with real talent

  • SanjivAwesome on November 18, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Yuvraj should stick to what he naturally does best - 50Overs. There is no shame in admitting your weaknesses and strengths. We still love you - for 50 overs! Go Yuvraj.

  • vin77 on November 18, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    A Decision in the right direction.Rohit's test debut has been delayed for long.For one to live in the shadow of the big three & also the obsession with Yuvraj & Raina did not let him come on board earlier.Also Rohit was once injured on the eve of a Nagpur test which meant that the most unlikely of players got to play that one W.Saha.So it is a great move & Rohit should showcase his huge talent to the world & thus make his place in the side a permanent one.

  • on November 18, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    I think this is a good selection, they obviously dont think yuvraj is a valuable bowling option for them picking two other spinners anyway and clearly his batting has not been good enough. Virat is the next best batsman, he should bat 5 to learn around the old guys and laxman is a proven, in-form, reliable number 6

  • indianzen on November 18, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    I thought it is India XI, but only now came to know that its Mumbai XI...

  • bMike on November 18, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Though WI batsmen's lack of experience cost both matches if WI could concentrate bit more on the game they can easily beat India.

  • on November 18, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Just goes to show how under-rated Ganguly's contributions at #6 were. It's been a good 3 yrs now: his like-for-like replacements as a southpaw were supposed to be Yuvi, or Raina - both of whom have technical deficiency for top level test cricket. Rohit Sharma has the talent, Virat Kohli has the will - remains to be seen who grabs his chances to cement the spot. In long run, I'm a little more hopeful about Virat, because he has shown more readiness to adapt and improve at international level. Rahane and Badri have both scored truckloads of domestic runs. Both have found international cricket to be tougher prospect than that. However, Rahane has age on his side unlike Badri. The most complete and valuable of the lot however, seems to be Cheteshwar Pujara. Let's not hope we'd unearth a once-in-a-generation player like Tendulka; to replace the most valuable one like Dravid - a patient, solid presence to anchor the innings - Pujara seems the likeliest.

  • bMike on November 18, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    I think this Tendulkar also need to be axed. See now he has been waiting for over 12 test innings for his 100th ton and he might have to wait another 12 years for this 100th ton. How pathetic playing for personal records :( All Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman are grandpas and their sons should have been played for India by this time. All of them should be axed.

  • on November 18, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    ideally it should have been, dravid & laxman rested, (we already have the series) yuvi to be continued, and rohit & kohli replacing dravid & laxman, yuvi is a great talent, but somehow he has been always under pressure to perform, give him some time more

  • shrikm on November 18, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @Kavindeven .. Are Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, G Vishwanath, Azhar, sehwag, gambhir,dhoni, Virat, Yuvi, Raina from Mumbai? please dont be biased, talent can come from anywhere, Rohit Sharma is a fine lad, however there are too many people waiting in the door to get in, one flop for him.. virat will get a chance.

  • on November 18, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Strong middle order? On docile home pitches, yeah they may have "strong" middle order. But the same players go missing on foreign soil. Where was this "strong" middle order in seaming English conditions? Apart from Dravid, and Dhoni's flashes of brilliance, no one showed anything to write home about.

  • ashes267 on November 18, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    He should have been dropped long ago ... There is no point in keeping him in the side .. His attitude towards his game is main problem and everyone including Greg Chappel has highlighted it ...He performed well in WC but as a bowler not as a batsman leaving out one or 2 matches ... His bowling is not up to Test class ..India should get rid of him and Harbhajan singh as quickly as possible .. Both of them have given more chances than anybody else

  • on November 18, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    @gitapat... i am so happy that you are not the selector!

  • Romenevans on November 18, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    @ Chandrasekar Vaidyanathan - Mubaikers given chances? Why? because Chennaikers (Dinesh Karthik, Murli Vijay, Mukund) are given enough, and couldnt do anything about it. The bets batsman in this country comes from Mumbai always...so accept it. South produces spinners (Ashwin, Ojha), and i accept that, that is why they are in the team.

  • shrastogi on November 18, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Inspite of the fact that he has got innumerable chances I thought he should have been given a complete series. Yuvraj is unlucky. If Virat Kohli gets a look in on the basis of his impressive run in one dayers I thought Suresh Raina hasnt done badly either in that format. He perhpas misses out as he couldnt score against Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy. My 6th place in 3rd test goes to Kohli ahead of Rohit Sharma.

  • svel on November 18, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    good move!... rohit must play in the eleven.. cos i feel that rohit is a much better player than kohli... and i think kohli is not prepared for test yet.... if kohli is given a chance in australia then he would make a series of ducks i am sure. but kohli is a really good player for odis.

  • satish619chandar on November 18, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Rohit played very well in domestic 4 day matches.. When he plays in ODI too, he mostly gets out when there is pressure to score.. Probably test can make him a bit comfortable but i still doubt whether he ll play next match.. Virat demands place with his ODI performance..

  • Cricdew on November 18, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @IPSY.........Man u only understand about all the conditions & circumstances of this man(Yuvi). Dont' know why are the selectors not showing full faith to Yuvi.He always played in every tests like this is his last test.Atleast they should have to give him a full stint in a test Series........

  • Kothandaram on November 18, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Rohit too deserves a chance in Tests. he is as talented as Virat Kohli. Virat has already had a go in Test cricket and need time to mature. he can't be judged by his ODI exploits. rohit is an exciting talent but remains to be seen how he shapes up in the testing format

  • on November 18, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    this s a bad replacement!!i think yuvraj need a one more chance badly!!feel sry fr him!! he has already proved everyone hw talented he is! he can b the man for India on his day!! bad luck yuvi! :(

  • on November 18, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    No. 6 a difficult position to bat on and only all-rounders would fit the bill. Make some 30 or 40 and occasional big one and pick wickets. Don't expect people batting at #6 to score bulk of runs with a long tail. Feel sorry for Yuvi, but I guess he was so unconvincing in whatever test matches he had played. More than the runs scored, it is the way he played in tests that might have turned the tables against him. He is 30 and the selectors would not give too much opportunities in the future. People like Rahane, Pujara are already waiting there.

  • aruntheselector on November 18, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Yuvraj could have been given one more chance.However,I am not in favour of playing Virat or Rohit at No6.Virat is more of a No3/4 and Rohit No4/5.No6 is ideal for Yuvi/Raina.I am keen to see Dravid,Sachin and Laxman dropping 1 position and Virat at 3.Develop a No3 before Dravid retires must be the action plan of the team.So Virat/Rahane/Pujara are the people who should be given chance.For the next test if the team management plans to continue with Dravid,Sachin and VVS at 3,4 & 5, then I think it would be better to play Rohit at 6 instead of Virat.

  • rare2823 on November 18, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    guys no point feeling sorry for Yuvi... he had his chances but didnt capitalise... the no6 is so crucial spot... remember Badri scored a 50 in tough conditions Vs SA when team bundled out cheaply, but still got dropped and never got a look in again... we have quite a dfew guys for no 6 (pujara, kohli, rohit, badri, rahane) but somehow no one has cemented the spot after ganguly... hope we get one soon.....

  • on November 18, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    why Rohit? Raina, Kohli alltime ahead from this guy..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shantiratnamaj on November 18, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    if you're serious about another Sachin then make up your mind to play Rohit Sharma for the next ten test matches in a raw! He will not produce 99 international centuries, but he will be the Sachin euqivalent in the team in another 12 months time if you play him consistant in every test match!

  • himanshu.team on November 18, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Yuvi and Raina are two players who perform very differently in limited overs as compared to test cricket. They somehow don't survive very long where the sole objective of the bowler is to get their wicket. They have scored well in tests, but only on flat pitches and against ordinary opposition. Against quality opposition they have always struggled. I feel both these players are not suited for test cricet. They should just focus on limited overs. On the other hand I feel Sachin, at this stage of his career, should only play tests and not limited overs cricket. He can contribute very well in all forms, but given his age and the fact that if he gets injured, it will take very long to recover, he should be more prudent in chosing matches.

  • chapathishot on November 18, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    A very good selection for the first time.He should play in the third test ahead of Kohli,who is not yet test class.My futureTest team in two years time will feature Shewag,Ghambir,Pujara,Rohit,Kohli,Rehane/Manish pandey/Mayank Dhoni,Ashwin,Ojha,Abdulla,Yadav,Ishant,Unadkat,Aron.But a strange feeling Harbajan can make a comeback with a bang and if he does that Muralis record will be in threat.

  • on November 18, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    poor yuvi i feel sorry for him i think selectors should rest dravid , laxman & ishant & play yuvraj(retained) , kohli, rohit (dravid & laxman) & varun aaron (ishant). by looking at future my team for aus- sehwag,gambhir,dravid,sachin,laxman,pujara,kohli,dhoni,zaheer,praveen kumar,u yadav,aaron,harbhajan,ashwin,ojha & rahane

  • shashankqvivek on November 18, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Nice decision by the selectors. Now younger players like Kohli or sharma wiil get chance & I like to see these batsman scores Runs...

  • shrikm on November 18, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    I guess yuvi is caught in the mindset that he should play slowly in tests, he should play his natural game like sehwag does, if he makes a quickfire 50-60 in every match, its would make a lot of difference to the team.

  • IPSY on November 18, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    I like Rohit but Yuvraj is unfairly treated in comparison to how some senior guys were treated in the past. There was a period when YV was seen as the young 'IT' to replace any of the four seniors in the middle order. At that time he could have been given the chance to cement his place; because there was a certain senior player who was averaging 31 against all teams except Bangladesh, playing consistently for almost 4 years. But though some said to drop him for fresh blood who had to be YV at the time, they kept him as 'luggage going around' as Ganguly then said. YV was given some very short stints and always under pressure because these senior men were not making way. As a result his performances were modest so he was regularly dropped which 'frustrated him to the point of wanting to give up' - his own confession. But he stayed on and won the 2011 WC almost single handedly. Dropping him now is his reward for foolishly carrying people on his shoulder when he should have been carried!

  • playitstraight on November 18, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    You've got to feel for Yuvi, poor guy, he is always under pressure to perform or he gets kicked out of the test team. But it is a very tough call as other players were breathing on his neck... I don't understand why Rohit Sharma was chosen ahead of youngsters like Pujara. Raina has got too many chances, even in the England tour, although you can say that nobody performed except for Dravid. That is probably why he was ignored. Now, whoever is replacing Yuvi, they have to cement their place by at least scoring a half-century or else they will probably not last long too. My best bet would be Kohli, he has performed so well in the ODI's so far with an average of 45. I think he has the technique for tests, but if he lets go of the chance by scoring 30-odd or so, then his place may go again to Yuvi. Anyways, good luck India for the final test!!!

  • AbySibyKalapurayil on November 18, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    Time for India to test bench strength. I think they should have given Yuvi one more chance, the final chance. Dravid and Laxman played all the tests this year and important to rest them before the all important Australia series. My XI for 3rd Test- 1) Gambhir, 2)Sehwag, 3) Rahane, 4)Sachin, 5)Virat, 6)Rohit, 7)Dhoni, 8)Ashwin, 9)Ojha/Rahul Sharma, 10)Aaron, 11)Yadav My Squad for Australia- Dhoni(capt.),Gambhir,Sehwag,Dravid,Sachin,Laxman,Rahane,Virat,Dhoni,Ashwin,Ojha,Ishant,Yadav,Aaron,Praveen and Zaheer(if he fit enough)

  • gitapat on November 18, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    India should play Aaron Varun instead of Umesh Yadav in the 3rd Test and see how he performs in a 5 day test match ahead of the Australian tour.And despite the century Dhoni scored in the 2nd test he is still not good enough for Test cricket.It is time the selectors replaced him with Dinesh Kartick and made Gambhir the captain.

  • on November 18, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    i think rohit sharma is not good a good replacement for yuvraj singh . the guy(rohit sharma) who could not established himself in indian one day team look he is selected in test team at least yuvraj established him as a one day player so i feel sorry for him at least 10 continue test matches he deserve . i think if anyone should be selected as his replacement it is cheteshwar pujara. he may be fit soon. i hope kohli play at no. 6 instead of rohit. rohit should established himself 1st as one day player. then he should think about tests. i think he is playing good in ranji trophy but i think more he should be in one day team then test (in current situations) & i also think varun aaron should be given chance in place of ishaant sharma. & rahul sharma forget it man he has to prove a lot

  • AvidCricFan on November 18, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    This is probably the first chance Rohit Sharma is getting to be in the test team and that too if he makes in the playing eleven. He has been given enough chances in ODIs though. However, his last few performances in ODIs were reasonably decent. Yuvi had enough chances in WI, Eng and now in the test team. He is simply not to the mark for test matches.

  • LSmith on November 17, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Yuvraj has featured in 37 Tests, not been able to score runs vs minnows on flat tracks tell the sad story

  • on November 17, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    I have a feeling Rohit will play in the 11 for Mumbai test. Kohli may play if VVS is rested. It may be difficult to rest RD or SRT since they occupy important slots (number 3 & 4). Rohit may have advantage over Kohli in that Rohit could be used as 5th bowler. I feel a left-hander would have been ideal for balance. Raina & Mukund would improve with experience. Yuvraj faced a tough situation in this test - 2nd new ball and bowlers fresh in the morning ....

  • Johnny_129 on November 17, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    India has already won the series so there should be nothing to stop the selectors & Dhoni in giving all youngsters an opportunity in the third test! Aaron, Kohli and Rohit should all be included in the final test - their selection is about succession planning, after all. I would love to have seen Aaron and Yadav bowl in tandem on fast & bouncy Australian wickets...but their lack of experience is a worry!

  • on November 17, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    It has been too short for testing yuvraj as he played only 1 and half tests after his re-entry. May be, he should be given more time to get confident.

  • on November 17, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    Yuvraj is unlucky. His technique suits ODI only. He is a risk taking batsman. In test cricket, batsman can survive in all conditions only if he have patience to stay in the crease and defend or face 200+ balls without much edges carrying to slip/keeper and lofted shots. Can you ask Yuvraj/Rohit/Kohli to save a test match for India by batting 12+ hours ?. For Rohit and Kohli ,age is the advantage. they have many years of cricket left in them to learn from experience.Unfortunately Yuvraj did not get much exposure in test arena.Dhoni is lucky as what ever he touches become gold irrespective of orthodox/unorthodox way of batting,keeping and captaining one of the the top test team.

  • on November 17, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    The batting options for the upcoming ODI series is looking very, very interesting.

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane, Sachin, Kohli, Raina, Yuvi, Jadeja - pick 6 of 8.

  • on November 17, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    Rest Rahul, Laxman and play Rahane, Rohit, Kohli for batsmen. Rest Ojha, Ishant and play Rahul and Varun. This will allow to have a look at all that we have to show case.

    Final XI (that will not be picked) - MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron.

    Sachin to get some run under his belt and the so hyped 100 century that is being spoken of since the start of ODI WC.

    This also allows to see who are selected are ones those can be played in Xi and not just picked to carry water bottle or messages.

    Hopefully this is published.

  • on November 17, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    but ajinkya rahane will play becoz he far better than virat nd rohit

  • on November 17, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    @ SRT_GENIUS Yuvraj had 37 test opportunities not sure how many more tests you need. Glad finally selectors understood that Yuvraj is a very average test player.

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 17, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Rajesh.NJ : Badri should've been groomed for international cricket earlier. But now its too late for him. Same holds for Yuvraj. Success in life is not just about talent but also opportunity - Badri and Yuvraj didn't have it. (Atleast Yuvi did get to play ODIs due to his strokeplay). But as far as tests are concerned its too late for both. Selection for Indian team is not a right but a privilege. There are tonnes of Badris & Yuvis in India who don't get noticed. Manoj Tiwary is probably as talented and 5 years younger than Badri - but I don't think he'll ever make it to Indian team).

  • Jcric on November 17, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    I still could not understand why Rohit is being Hyped a lot. I totally agree he is technically talented but he couldnt convert those. I have never seen any players given this many chances. There are lot of unseen talented players waiting for their platform. Selectors please be broad minded and look for talents who could convert their talents on international arena.

    One of our friend (No offence meant)has mentioned the following " rohit sharma , murali vijay, badrinath, dinesh karthik and parthiv patel were given a lot of chances before either in test or odi " ... If You look at the stats Badrinath has Hardly Played 2 Test matches and less than 7 ODI's (Stats Cricinfo). These numbers doesn't sound to be a lot to me that too when compared with other names listed in there. Badrinath is even technically sound batsmen.

    If me, I would have went with Yuvi knowing what he is capable of. Else Pujara/Badrinath but definetly not Rohit.

  • Rahulbose on November 17, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Nothing wrong with Rohit Sharma getting a second chance. But India should play Kohli in test matches ASAP, otherwise he will become another Yuvraj or Raina. Both of whom played so much ODI cricket in their formative years that not they are now good "Ball strikers" and not test match quality batsmen.

  • on November 17, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Rohit is da most talented batter india has ever produced recently........hope he achieves success in dis series....

  • zico123 on November 17, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    India should play Rahane at 3 by resting (Dravid or Laxman), Aaron Varun by resting Ishant and (Kohli or Rohit) at 6

  • zico123 on November 17, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Yuvraj and Raina have to play atleast one full county season to develop as Test batsman, currently their technique is just not good enough for Test cricket, time off they will ahve during Ind vs Australia Test series they should utilize to play county cricket, if required skip IPl season to play county season. no point in playing Ranji matches alone.

  • usernames on November 17, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    I don't know but I feel that selectors should name a 12 players' team and be done with it. The rest could go and play Ranji trophy instead of sitting and applauding the centuries of other players.

    I'd try Rahane in place of Gambhir, Kohli in place of Yuvraj & Rohit in place of Laxman for this match. With the experience of Sachin & Dravid, these three could be nurtured (and the process could/should start now) into good Test players. Of course, you'd play the Big Three when you tour Australia.

    However, it's also important to test your younger players and give them the required exposure before it's too late. If these players debut when the Big Three hang their boots, the 'great' Indian middle order would be in serious trouble. Give these players 8-10 matches with the experienced players and see how they grow.

    I also feel for Yuvraj. I do feel that the selection was unfair a little and he could have done with the last test. That said, Rohit isn't a bad choice either. Let's see!

  • Rajesh. on November 17, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    You keep scoring runs in a heap in domestic cricket for almost a decade, never given an extended run in Test Cricket and is still good enough to play at #6 for Indian in Test Matches.............. The selectors keep ignoring you but you still retain the same hunger and keep scoring for your State Team. And the call isn't coming your way still....... How does it feel ? Ask Subramaniam Badrinath !!

  • on November 17, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    since ind has already won the series they should rest ishant & ashwin and give rahul sharma & varun aaron a chance before the aussie series

  • on November 17, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    It's unfortunate that you can't give a long handle to the guy who won you the world cup. The guy had just started to cement his place in the team in place of ganguly, when ganguly staged a surprise comeback. When ganguly finally retired, he again started to cement his place but got ill. He has been constantly marred by injuries and never got a long handle in tests. If you can't let your world cup hero settle against a team like windies in an incosecuential test, when will he get chance?? Rainas, rohits, and kohlis have age on their side. If yuvraj doesn't get chance now, he would be wasted. Plz let him play for atleast 5-6 test before axing him.

  • ashok16 on November 17, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    The Indian selectors continue to be silly. When the spot is anyway going to Kohli why pull Rohit out of the Mumbai Ranji squad. He will get better practice there against the likes of Karnataka than playing in the Indian nets. A clearer message would have been sent by demoting Yuvraj to play for Punjab. When will they ever learn.

  • MrUmp on November 17, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Good move - Rohit has proven himself of capable of handling a test slot - he with Dravid where outstanding in WI. Should have been there in England.

    Yuvraj, test career has gone. He clearly does not have the patience for the long game and his technically found wanting - Kholi is no different and Raina - well as long as the ball doesnt bounce he'll be useful.

  • on November 17, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    nxt playing 11 1.sehwag 2. Rahane. 3.Dravid 4. Sachin 5. Rohit 6. Kohli 7.Dhoni 8. Aswin 9. Umesh 10.Varun 11. Rahul Sharma

  • ansram on November 17, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    yuvi should be dropped for ever. He is a proven failure in test matches. We could persist with talented youngsters in their early twenties instead of yuvi, and that would the way going into the future. Any of Kohli, Raina,Rahane,Pujara or Rohit is better to try than yuvi.

    We all know he is not talented for test matches, average of 34 after 37 tests is hardly flattering . When the legends retire, may be he will get some more chances, but his time is running out. He had all the time in the world, but he failed to impress.

  • Prinzzzz on November 17, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    so wat happend 2 kholi.. he was d res batsman 4 d 1st 2 test. give him d chance 1st

  • TRAM on November 17, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Those who are asking for more than 3 innings chance for yuvi, why??? Badri was given 3 test innings chance and dropped, in spite of his 56 in his first innings against Styn & co. A class test material that he is with solid technique, he was given few ODI chances and dumped for ever. Injustice at the highest.

  • TRAM on November 17, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    @Pradeep Hattangadi ... well said. Rohit was the "future of Indian batting" only for the Mumbai commentators. People, be ready for 2 to 3 runouts when India bats with Rohit in. No one seems to comment about Rohit's horrible running between wkts.

  • on November 17, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Yuvi shud ply only odi n t20. he is a good odi batsman.

  • on November 17, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Yuvi shud ply only odi n t20. he is a good odi batsman.

  • Raman.UV on November 17, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    YUVI should have been given a chance in the final test, this will effect any player mentally ahead of odi series. when it comes to the number 6th spot between rohit and virat, rohit deserve it in terms of his technique and temperament. of course in the given odi chances he dint utilized it as virat had done. since the match is played in indian condition and wi bowling attack is just average other than edwards cos v have bowlers like bishoo or samuels or sammy in our ranji circuit. also in first class rohits stats r better than virat in terms of long innings and average. virat has a potential to be a great player of all the format but he was NOt very comfortable in english conditions as well. but he is young and wil.

  • jagavrs on November 17, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    boggest joke is that everyone is praising rohit sharma just with his ranji performance ........... indian domestic season is a utter non sense as they dont play against a good quality bowling so no can term ranji performance is enough for selection and in addition rohit sharma , murali vijay, badrinath, dinesh karthik and parthiv patel were given a lot of chances before either in test or odi .... so would like to see good youngsters like rayadu mukund or some one who is energetic

  • kasyapm on November 17, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Sad to see this happen. Yuvi has made his ambition of being a good test player (in a few interviews, one of which appeared on cricinfo). But he has to back that up with performance. Though, this time, I didn't feel the axe would come so soon. He was injured in the SL tour (and then replaced by Raina), injured after the WC when he was in top form & later injured in England when he had scored a decent 50 in the 1st innings. I could see his disappointment each time he got dismissed in the WI series. Tough luck and I sincerely hope that this drop would not affect his ODI performance. India still needs one of it's greatest ODI players in the shorter formats.

  • jagavrs on November 17, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    there is no point in selecting rohit sharma ................. instead of yuvaraj either kohli or rahane could have played in the 11 .............. can rest ishanth and give aaron a chance

  • rohitjadhav on November 17, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    now yuvraj should not get any more chances...just play ODIs and T20s(specailly IPL). .N enough is enough ajinkya rahane should be in playing 11.just look at his domestic record...mind blowing.So my team for the 3rd test: 1.Gautam Gambhir 2.Viru 3.Rahul THE WALL 4.Sachin LITTLE MASTER 5.Very Very Special Laxman 6.Ajinkya Rahane 7.MSD 8.R.Ashwin 9.Rahul Sharma 10.Umesh Yadav 11.Varun Aaron

  • on November 17, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Finally...!!!!!till when can u keep guys like virat and rohit out..!!

  • cheeseburgers on November 17, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    FInally Rohit get chance!!!

  • mrmonty on November 17, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    To those who say Rohit Sharma has been given a chance, did you guys just started watching cricket. When did Rohit ever play a test? Who in their right minds would ask 30 year olds to be given more chances to prove themselves than 24 year olds?

  • theRule19 on November 17, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Yuvraj for onedayers and Rohit for tests only.

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  • azhar89 on November 17, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    @lsg87 - I would love to see that side and Rahul Sharma instead of Pragyan Ojha take the field in Mumbai @Chandrasekar Vaidyanathan - Brother you need to get your facts right. Rohit Sharma has scored back to back centuries in this season's Ranji. Even this article has mentioned about that.

  • NIGHTROGEN on November 17, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    @ Chandrasekar Vaidyanathan Rohit scored 2 tons in Ranji this year & if you are talking about players from Mumbai then listen cricket in India is equals to Mumbai read history

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Agreed that Yuvi got only 2 matches and 3 innings .... !! Agreed that in theory selectors could have done better by letting him be for last test if the resurrecting Yuvraj's career was the only broad objective. But in reality, the objective is to build a team for future. And if that is true, how can you pick a player who is vulnerable and tentative in tests ... one who does not have a basic technique to even duck a short ball ... Yuvraj would have been found out in Aus anyway. So then why not have somebody else in the loop.

    And yes, if Yuvraj can play well in tests by getting his basics right - may be by playing in county season (if he really wants to improve and establish himself as a great Test cricketer along with the awesome player he is in ODIs and T20s) - then Team India should welcome him. We need players who have good technique, basics, patience, and temperament in Test matches. Pujara looked like one & Rohit has got the technique and basics. Other qualities to be assessed.

  • spintl on November 17, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    I would have liked to give all the seniors-Dravid, SRT,VVS,Dhoni rest, and brought in fresh set of players.. My team could have been: Senwag (capt), Parthiv Patel, Gambir, Kohli, Yuvi, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ishant, Yadhav, Ojha & Ashwin/Bhajji. Ojha & Ashwin with their performance have a spot for Australia tour.

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 17, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    It seems selectors have learned a hard lesson from eng tour.....otherwise you never see a player being dropped even after a series win......

    What saddens me is that yuvi who was suppose to be the next big thing........hasn't been able to do well where it matters the most.....

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Rohit Sharma scores tons of runs for domestic cricket. but has never played a single match winning knock for India in ODIs of course. Pujara would have been a better choice as he already played a match winning knock against Australia that too in the 4th innings.

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    every body is talking about number six slot but nobody is mentioning Ravindra Jadeja. He has improved immensely after his comeback and also high on confidence scoring a double ton in Ranji Match. Keeping in mind the australia tour it would be fair enough to bring him in bcoz it gives us the liberty of playing either ashwin or going in with 4 fast bowlers named 1) zaheer 2) ishant 3) umesh and aaron... Selectors should consider this option seriously.

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    @Manesh73 Articles from cricinfo page 2 are for fun, i think you got it wrong.. I wonder what other information you had gained from page 2. :)

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    hope new players will get chance specially i want 2 c rahul sharma bowling!!!!!!

  • lsg87 on November 17, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    My team for final tect in batting order will be: 1) Gambhir 2) Sehwag 3) Dravid 4) Sachin 5) Kohli 6) Dhoni 7) Rohit 8) Ashwin 9) Ojha 10) Yadav 11) Aaron

  • Shail_sb on November 17, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Good decision. He does nt want to spend time on d crease.

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Its a known fact that Yuvi has audacious talent, but what is the use of having it when it is not used. I still remember one of Harsha Bhogle's speech..talent is most highly overrated virtue...cant agree more. What is important as sportsmen is attitude and work ethic .unfortunately Yuvi for all his talent lacks the attitude and focus in tests. Given he is close to 30, its the time when batsmen are at thier prime and Yuvi is still trying to establish himself at highest level. He doesnt have the technique/tempermant to play apply himself for 5 full days.The future of Indian batting is Kohli,Pujara, Rohit. We should groom them to make sure we dont get into a situation aussies got into. Of all Rohit is most talented but Pujara has best work ethic. Some should also grab yadav and varun and make sure they dont go the route of our earlier speedsters like ishant, sreeshant...and fade away. Yuvi can be a big player in this format provided he is humble enough to admit he lacks focus

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Why no Praveen? Is he being rested or has the plane for Australia left without him already?

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    no logic in picking Rohit when you have Virath in the line.. + Rohits sharma was the worst performer in both the Ranji games among the contenders to know the door. Why Mumbaikars are given so much preference! when will it stop!

  • Shundo on November 17, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    My pick will be ajinkya, viru and gambir out of three two as opener then Dravid, sachin, kohli, laxman out of four pick three as the middle then Rohit then dhoni then ashwin, ojha and Rahul pick two as spinner then umesh and finally Aaron. My team will be ajinkya, gambhir, Dravid, kohli, vvs, Rohit, dhoni, ashwin, Rahul, umesh and Aaron that's it

  • on November 17, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Yuvraj managed to accumulate 43 runs not 23 as reported in the article. Apart from these math facts, one uncomprehensible act of Dhoni in this match is underplaying pacer Yadav. Least utilised among the full-timers and most successful of the lot in this match. Irrational for an outsider! [Don't know what happens in the dressing room. :)]

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    2 sings drooped from team india.good to see selecters taking bold decisons.i would like to see aroan,rohit,kohli,rahul.s dhoni atleast give a chance for aroan in 3rd test.wish to see aroan & u.yadav together blowing for india in the same match.

  • m_ilind on November 17, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Yuvraj has unique talent, nobody can replace him! I am sure selectors are thinking about the tour of Aus now that this series is already won. He will be an integral part of the team once the seniors retire.

  • BreathsCricket on November 17, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    i dnt want any seniors to be rested bcoz i m planing to watch nxt test on ground..(selfish)..hope black ticket seller dnt welcome me as hapend wen i went to buy ticket fr England odi..

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    I was a big Yuvraj fan -- he possessed some unbelievable strokes. I wanted him to succeed at Test level. He himself is to blame. Lack of discipline (too much parties), work ethic, fitness (has a double-chin since the Eng tour). Despite 10 yrs of international cricket, he has not improved his technique. He always has weakness outside the off against pace (I recall Ganguly mentioning as a commentator during WC that bowlers should attack his offstump). Now he has a weakness against the short ball. He was exposed during the Eng tour -- against moving balls and the short ball. He could have worked hard on his weakness; but his innings of 25 against WI showed that nothing has changed -- he was clueless against Edwards and Roach. Sad. Good move by the selectors to drop him.

  • HarishVS on November 17, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    I like the selection of the classy Rohit into the Indian middle order straightaway. He is going to be our future star batsman in all formats of the game and Kohli is not far away. But I am sad that Yuvraj Singh has to recede to sidelines. Unfortunately he has not been able to cement his place in Tests for reasons more than one. Frequent injuries have harmed his chances of making a test career. We needed a left handed batsman of Yuvraj's class for tests. He had a very good World cup. I hope that Yuvraj continues to be the great batsman for shorter versions of the game and win many more matches for India.

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    well fair enough!!! but plz dont replace any 3 of the legends they hardly gonna play aftr nxt 3 years .......youngsters can wait for 2-3 years

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Hmm...It is not a bad thing to leave Yuvraj...There are few talented cricketers like Kohli, Rahane and R Sharma are waiting for the chance...So that India can make bright young guns...Hope Yuvraj will bounce back for sure..

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Rohit waste in international level,he is suitable only for IPL matches,Raina is better option because he never fail in Subcontinent.compare to kohli & rohit Raina is best because raina only can bat 3 to 7 in any position, kohli need 3 or 4 and rohit don't have power to clear the ropes,so Raina is the best man to be playing eleven.

  • crikbuff on November 17, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Finally, the selectors have shown some common sense! Yuvraj should forget test cricket and focus on his social life. India's future middle order is finally taking shape - Rahane, Pujara, Kohli and Rohit Sharma / Manoj Tiwari.

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    With the series in the bag, I hope there are Test debuts for Rohit Sharma, Rahul Sharma and Varun Aaron, replacing Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma - in that order.

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Well, will our selectors care to explain why Praveen Kumar is being ignored??

  • inswing on November 17, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Kohli will play and not Rohit, but good to know that at least Rohit is next in line. Kohli's test credentials are not solid yet, and Rohit and possibly Pujara should get chances. The good or the bad part, depending on your perspective, is that the two guys closest to retirement, VVS & Dravid, both scored centuries and are guaranteed for at least two more series. So Kohli, Yuvraj, Sharma, Pujara, and Raina all have to fight for a single spot.

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    by seeing Rohit's current form & his past record in Australia, it will be good to give him chance in 3rd test............it will give solid batting line up for upcoming aus series........

  • PawanBandaru on November 17, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Ridiculous...if you want to test a player..giv him long run..you cannot give chance for two tests..this is overdoing on behalf of selectors....

  • ssenthil on November 17, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    People crying Yuvi can't be dropped after 2 tests and 3 Innings, should look at a wider angle that he has played 37 tests in all and return with a Mediocre Avg of 34.80. Anyone Avg below 35 after 37 Tests doesn't deserve a place in the Team in first place, forget the last 3 chances he has got. With People like Rahane, Rohit, Pujara and Badrinath Averaging over 60 in FC waiting in the wings, we can't afford to keep giving chances to people like Yuvi who is Averaging just 44 in FC also. Deserved to be dropped even if this was so late. Selectors are going in the right path.

  • anikbrad on November 17, 2011, 16:22 GMT


  • Saksham197 on November 17, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Its high time Varun Aaron and Rohit Sharma got a chance. Theres no question about their talent. Rohit has just been a touch unfortunate in his career with injuries at crucial times. If he gets the same amount of opportunites that Raina did, he will do wonders for Indian cricket. Also, Varun Aaron seems to be a better choice than the often erratic Umesh Yadav. His control on line and length and consistent pace had all England players in trouble on flat Indian wickets, something that Umesh could not manage. We should not be afraid of resting some senior players now for just this one match. With the series already won, it is an ideal opportunity for testing the likes of Varun Aaron and Rohit Sharma. Also, good to see the direction in which our selection board is headed. Good to see them taking decisions on merit rather than reputation. Raina may have scored in Ranji Trophy, but his technique has far too many shortcomings for the longer version of the game.

  • ElPhenomeno on November 17, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    International opportunities are rare. They are supposed to be rare. In a team where SRT, Dravid, Sehwag, Ganguly, Gambhir and Laxman were practically owning their spots for a decade, you are never going to get very many chances unless you are a genuine allrounder like kallis where you can always make up with your bowling if you fail with the bat. So, you better grab what you get and IMO yuvraj has failed to do that repeatedly. And this goes for both virat and rohit too. They have some time right now, they will get some chances, but not too many.

  • kitten on November 17, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Yuvi has had his chances. I agree with the comments that say that he is not cut out for tests. He is brilliant in the shorter formats, and will continue to play a major role for India in them. But let us move forward, and I am glad the selectors are also on the ball. We have very good players like Kohli, Sharma, & Rahane, sitting on the bench who should be given a chance. They are also better fielders than Yuvi(who has definitely gone down in his fielding, he was one of the best in his prime). I may be wrong, but Yuvi doesn't look too fit either, he certainly didn't field too well in the just concluded test at Eden Gardens. Dhoni did comment on the fielding, which was one aspect that needs to improve. But we must also remember, that most of this team are seniors, and even though they are brilliant in batting, they can't help but fall short when fielding. Age has a lot to do with it. Anyway, the team looks good, and we look forward to a few more positive results in the future.

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    rohit is ok...but i was hoping for pujara's selection...aaron shld be given a chance in place of ishant.

  • on November 17, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    It's not a good decision. We have already clinched the series so could easily have given Yuvi one more chance before Australia. On quick and bouncy pitches we need him in test cricket because he play faster bowler pretty well (in fact better most Indian batters). Talking of Rohit, he has got ample opportunity in ODI's but could not cement his place which Kohli did. One should not get carried away with Ranji form because the pitches are placid and bowling standard is awful.That's' why our domestic heroes fail miserably. I fear the same with Rohit Sharma. One can hope Yuvi will be back.




  • on November 17, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    foolish decision.if u have picked yuvi,he should get whole series.if selectorsnwant to see r.sharma in tests reaplace him with r.dravid in mumbai test .a.rahane and rahul sharma was the surprise pick.rohit should be picked initially.rohit,virat$varoon must play in mumbai instead of laxman,dravid and ishant. due to poor display of batting in englnd selectors didnt take risk.team is good.

    my team for mumbai;sehwag,gambhir,,laxman,,sachin,virat,rohit,dhoni,ashwin,ojha,umesh ,varron.

    team for australlia:sehwag,gambhir,dravid,laxman,sachin,dhoni,ojha,ashwin,jaheer,umesh ,varoon,ishant,rohit,virat,pravven kumar,abhinav mukund.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    good decision to drop yuvi..he and raina are best suited to the odi/t2o formats..nw that we have won the series i wud like to see sme experiments..umesh is a good find..varun needs a chance now..or maybe rest ishant and go wid aaron n yadav...both constantly hit the 140+kmph mark...thats good news for India..hopefully a year or 2 down the line they wnt cut down on the pace...alright i heard pujara is fit and ready to play..y arent they considering him? technically i think he is a lot better than the sharmas and the kohlis...dhoni shud be rested for the odis..the big guns shud leave early for australia and get used to the conditions there while the youngsters thump the windies..fingers crossed!! ok is pk actually dropped or is he being rested? come on he was the only spark in england..also he did well in the recently concluded odis against england...he is definitely being rested...if zaheer is fit for the odis make him play atleast 3 odis before he leaves for australia..

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on November 17, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    good they dropped him. the best thing abt the selectors these days is that they remove dhoni's obvious choice from the squad. otherwise he would pick them in the XI even if they did poorly - bhajji and now yuvi. good show selectors. would have loved to see badri in the squad though instead of rohit.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Hard to fathom reasons behind Yuvraj's failure. This is probably the age for Yuvraj to blossom as a Cricketer. Dravid became one the finest of his generation when he was around 30. Yuvraj is of same age, but somehow he has not been performing well. I believe Yuvraj chapter should be over at least for tests. Indian selectors should start investing in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Both of them play short bowling far better than Raina and Yuvraj.

  • mayankximbcricinfo on November 17, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    I am very happy that yuvraj failed against west Indies because I was worried that he will do well in docile indian pitches and then go to Australia and struggle in Australia the. yuvraj and raina shud be realistic to themselves and accept that they are awsome odi and t 20 players and they are bad in test matches. Would love to see kohli play the next series . Also impressed with umesh yadav , he took five bolds Also happy that Harbhajan didnt got pick would love if he is not selected for Aus . Both the spinners and doin well and harbhajan was just too much attitude Although am worried abt dhoni in Aus , He will struggle for sure

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    I think this is really a bad decision by the selectors, He needs one more chance atleast to get settled.. he's just one innings away to get on to the track.. we all know how talented he's.. each time he's coming to bat under pressure when he was given a chance.. we need to show the confidence in him as dhoni said.. this is not the correct way to treat a player like yuvraj.. ofcourse Rohit is talented but just based on last two ranji matches he should not be given the chance.. If yuvraj played the ranji matches instead of the two Testing and knockout tests, he would have definitely scored more runs than what Rohit scored.

  • santhosh6610 on November 17, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    I'm big fan of Robbin Uthappa,

    What a fantastic player he is,

    Why BCCI not looking towards Robbi,

    We are missing a dangerous batsman in international cricket,

    We know who is the best,

    Please BCCI give a chance to the most highly expensive player(in IPL)

  • maddinson on November 17, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    37 tests are too many opportunities, he isn't any where near to be good enough test batsman

  • santhosh6610 on November 17, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    I'm a biggest fan of yuvraj,

    I'm very sad about dropping yuvraj from 3rd test, who recommended to drop yuvi,

    Whole world know's about yuvi's performance, this is not fair for BCCI.

    after dropping in one day he proved in world cup,

    everybody should know that he can also prove in TEST also,

  • timtom on November 17, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    THank GOD..Selecters made this decision..Had he got some runs and made it to AUStralia, India wud literally be playing with 10 members...

    I was watching in a semi packed office cafeteria India`s victory in first test when India required 1 run to win, and yuvraj gets bowled ..guess what happens ..every one is laughing at the dismissal and then a collective abusal..No sympathies for an outstanding one day player...

  • indianzen on November 17, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    whats the use of changing the squad? Any ways Kohli, Aaron, Rahul sharma, Rahane are warming the bench already. but for the third test, Rahane may get a node in the place of Yuvi. Aaron may replace Umesh... But poor Dhoni, will have no rest...

  • Y2SJ on November 17, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Should have been Kohli instead of Rohit. Rohit seems to be a lazy player and non-committed.

  • Haleos on November 17, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Last match the Big 3 should rest and let kohli, rahane and sharma take their places. Get valuable practise before Aus tour. Of course they wont do that. would they?

  • Haleos on November 17, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    This should work as a boost for Yuvi. He should go back to Ranji and perform. He still has a lot to contribute to Indian cricket.

  • RAVINDRAJAISWAL on November 17, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    need praveen kumar in sqaud

  • Sachinthala on November 17, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Happy to hear this...Rohit Counting starts from here now in tests.. Rohit is high in talents particularly in long version of game... All the best to his career and hope continue his good form here and will deserve his place for Australia tour.

  • Dr.Patil on November 17, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Now seris is in pocket. It's high time to test the youngester in final test match. Rest those who are going to play in ODI and test the bench strength now. In my opinion, playing XI for 3rd test should be : Rahane, Gambhir/Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Ojha, Rahul Sharma, Yadav and Aaron.

  • rkannancrown on November 17, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    This looked the perfect opportunity to rest Dhoni and bring in the reserve keeper. Yuvi needed the selector's vote of confidence and they seem to be unwilling to back him. Rohit will probably score runs against this west indian attack but he is clearly incapable of scoring against quality attacks. His fielding makes him start with -20. The Ranji Trophy witnessed several centuries and Rohit's was amongst them.Why are the selectors so keen on promoting him at the expense of dozens of better batsmen?

  • Romenevans on November 17, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Rohit and Yuvi both are similliar players as far as "Wasted Talent" is concerned. Both are lazy players and not willing to work hard on their god gifted talent. Kohli will play and rohit don't deserve to be in the 15 squad even. Pujara will come backin the team after some good innings in ranji.

  • Rockin_Sid on November 17, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    India should look to brood players like Kohli, Rahane and Pujara(when fit) to replace the BIG 3 in Sachin-Dravid-VVS or else in two yrs' time, we would find ourselves in a similar spot as the Aussies are at the moment..I would be tempted to give Rahul Sharma a go too..and Varun Aaron..if not in the tests, certainly in the ODIs..India have been plagued with unjuries in the recent past and we must get the replacements ready!

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    really disappointed to see Yuvi out of the team.... I think he deserved more chances & an extended run. I would have loved to see kohli & yuvi together in the test side @ the expense of a senior batsman..... Good luck to Kohli....hope he does well...

  • Romenevans on November 17, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Finally justice being made. I think Yuvi should concentrate on ODI and T20 only (with due respect to his ODI and T20 performances), because his body won't support him in TESTs. Just like Malinga realized and made a wise decision.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    pK is nt dropped heess rested 4 da big aussie tour

  • Rockin_Sid on November 17, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    welcome change this..finally Kohli will get a go..Raina and Yuvraj have got enough chances at the Test match level and if Bhajji deserves to be axed, so do these two as well..looking forward to seeing Kohli in the middle order, for the third test and in Australia as well..Yuvraj and Raina should be selected for limited overs' cricket only at present..

  • Rotya on November 17, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    M also g8 fan of Yuviiii..........he was outstanding in WC 2011.........but good decision by selectors.........hope to see Rohit in playing XI...

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Rohit is a good choice bt selectors need to stick for any player...also Dhoni should have been rested in last match and rest Dravid or Laxman..Playing XI:- 1. Gambhir 2.Sehwag 3.Kohli 4.Tendulkar 5.Rohit 6.Laxman 7. Dhoni 8.Ashwin 9.Ojha/Rahul Sharma 10.Varun Aaron 11. Umesh Yadav..yungster need to groom with Seniors ..rotate all..we even could find replacement of Ganguly..and likes of Sachin/Dravid/VVS wud be much difficult..

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    please give yuvraj one more chance please.....he has won 2 worldcups out of 3 for india....:)....

  • Dr.Patil on November 17, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Seris is won. Replace Shewag with Rahne, Dhoni, Sachin and Ashwin

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Great job selectors.Give rohit the debut he deserves.Rahane n virat too should get a look in.Rest Dravid and VVS

  • Madhav_Karajagikar on November 17, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    I wonder when Yuvi will get a continous stint.. Everytime he has been tested for 2 - 3 tests and shown door!!! Probably he should consider himself unlucky to have played in an era with an exceptional middle order!!! Hopefully he can bounce back!!!

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    @ Sat Mathru I agree with you. I hope this happens. Dravid might be needing some rest. Plus Varun should be brought in place of Ishant. What do you think about that. Its not as if bowling attack is standing on shoulders of Ishant.

  • sinchl on November 17, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    It's good that he's been dropped; he has a poor technique for off stump deliveries and can never play well on lively pitches. Dravid should teach Indian youngsters, the way he has learned to play oversees.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Ishant Why Not Out ?Many Young Fast Boolers Are Doing Well In Rnji Trophy?

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Finally ... There is some contention in the team ... Nice to see it

  • SujeethP on November 17, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Virat will be unlucky if Rohit gets a chance ahead of him. Rohit have a home advantage & recently made 100 in the Ranji @ Brabourne,Mumbai. Virat should be preferred for his consistency in ODI's & recent form.

  • anand32026 on November 17, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    good......... selector makes good jobb........this indictes that any plyers not give good performance he can go home..i think nxt is ishant...Indian cricket go to good track.......one thing tht MSD take rest for one day series it is good for Ausi tour.

  • annys on November 17, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Rohit deserved this and i wish him good luck. Yuvraj needs to decide now whether he wants to play tests for India or not and if the answer is yes he needs to play for punjab in Ranji trophy and score big plus he needs to play a season in county cricket and score big. Yuvi can no more make it to Indian test team on the basis that he is talented because there are many who are talented.my team for third test:


  • mits6 on November 17, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Those feeling soory for yuvraj sud rather feel sorry for likes of Jaffer & Badrinath

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    I think this mean Dravid, Laxman, one of Gambir & Sehwag, and Ishant must be rested in order to test every player before Aus tour

  • ultimatewarrior on November 17, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    although selectors had done the correct....the best way left for both harbhajan and yuvraj is to play on English County OR South Africa domestic OR Sheffield Shield......I hopes they will defy all odds will play again for India in Test since they r great match winners on their day......

  • mits6 on November 17, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Those who keen;ly followed this test series knows this is absolutely right decision. Yuvi was not unlucky , it was serious lapse in his technique for the longer version of cricket . He got out at absolutely silly balls . Now everybody in this current team has EARNED their place.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    selector's have given rohit sharma,yuvraj,raina enough chance they should be shown the door new talent should be tried in test against westindies tr because in boucy pitches of australia neither raina nor yuvraj has the techniques to cop with the short pitch stuff the australian will be loved to throw on them it can,t be said for sharma he has the techniqye but somehow his temprament and shot selection is not suited for international level if he want to find a regular places in the team he has to really work hard for that. so let see how it goe's this time

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Man of the series in WC surely deserves one more chance.....If dey gonna giv kohli a chance den give him a chance without takin yuvi frm de team............ rohit should 've not replaced him.......... anyhow he s goin to sit in the bench............

  • SujeethP on November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Virat will be unlucky if Rohit gets a chance ahead of him. Rohit have a home advantage & recently made 100 in the Ranji @ Brabourne,Mumbai. Virat should be preferred for his consistency in ODI's & recent form.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Well well.. Really sad for Yuvraj! Players like Yuvraj and Raina are best for the shorter form of the game. Test Cricket is about application and concentration. These skills are soul of test cricket. Rohit Sharma, Pujara and Rahane are better suited for Test. Since we are traveling down Under the Test team should be much better prepared then the ODI Team. A test series win is much much more important then a Tri Series ODI tournament win. Any ways the ODI team is in perfect shape so I hope winning the Tri Series will not be a big Task. Test series win is what counts.... And Beating The auzzies in their own den will be thoroughly celebrated.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    I'll go for Rahanne at number 6 spot instead of kohli or rohit

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    i think its the rite decision, just compare Yuvraj and Rohit's first class averages and they tell the story.. Yuvi is great in odi but not in tests

  • Kumar_cricket on November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Rohit sharma for Yuvraj and Aaron for Ishant for third test.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Good decision.drop yuvi from odi if he fails in the odi series vs wi.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    I think Yuvraj deserves a better treatment. He should have been in the squad until the end of Australia series.

  • on November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Good move by INDIAN SELECTORS....

  • SujeethP on November 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Virat will be unlucky if Rohit gets a chance ahead of him. Rohit have a home advantage & recently made 100 in the Ranji @ Brabourne,Mumbai. Virat should be preferred for his consistency in ODI's & recent form.

  • Manikuttan89 on November 17, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    you cant drop someone who had played vital roles in bringing 2 worldcups for india......unfair...

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    From long time I wanted to see Rohit Sharma in Test squad. I know he didn't perform to his caliber BUT technically, he sounds better than Virat Kohli and all other youngsters. he deserves this spot. Best Luck Rohit. Hope to see him in playing Xl.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    He is a great one day player but in Test Cricket - he has a long way to go. THere are better players today like Pujara, who did really in the test against Aussie under testing conditions. Rohit is not a better choice and it should definitely be Pujara

  • Hraig on November 17, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Why Yuvraj has dropped. What are selectors doing they are not serious for Australia Tour. Best Option Dravid and Laxman should have been rested for third test. And Rohit and Kohli should have played in place of them. So that we can have a fair idea of a player to play at no. 6. That will be a crucial position there. Moreover if any of the key player gets injured as in the case of England tour we can have idea of replacements. Moreover there is no news on Pujara ( original no. 6 player for India, may be next batsman for replacement of Dravid). Moreover we should have play Aaron also in place of one spinner or in place of Ishant Sharma as Sharma is the original choice there so he can also be rested. In this manner we can have a better team to face west Indies and also a better team to prepare for the Australia. Also we have to think for the Harbhajan Singh, as we cant left him out for that important tour as we need fighters there. Harbhajan is more experienced and we need experience also

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Since the match is Mumbai it is fine. Rohit Sharma will definitely score. Only thing he should be told that he is playing for Mumbai, because he scores only when he plays for Mumbai. when playing for India he has been an absolute failure. Only the commentators hailing from Mumbai like his play even if he scores a zero.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    i think yuvi should get more chances,

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    its a better thing done by selectors .and kohli shuld get the chance

  • krnataraj on November 17, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    good the selection committee took a tough decision. time to groom youngsters like pujara, rahane, mukund, pandey inorder to improve the bench strenght also.

  • SujeethP on November 17, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Virat will be unlucky if Rohit gets a chance ahead of him. Rohit have a home advantage & recently made 100 in the Ranji @ Brabourne,Mumbai. Virat should be preferred for his consistency in ODI's & recent form.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    this right decision, he will concentrate only in ODI

  • SujayDutta on November 17, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    My team for the 3rd Test would be:

    Virender Sehwag (c), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, V V S Laxman, Dhoni, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron

  • prakku on November 17, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    I hate this guy(Rohit) like anything because he got hell lot of chances....I prefer a new fast bowler into the team, that would be a great choice.

  • SujeethP on November 17, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Virat will be unlucky if Rohit gets a chance ahead of him. Rohit have a home advantage & recently made 100 in the Ranji @ Brabourne,Mumbai. Virat should be preferred for his consistency in ODI's & recent form.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Aaron, Kohli, Rahane and Rohit should get a chance in Mumbai.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    hope we rest viru ,vvs ,ishant they will do well in aus and give virat rohit rahane and aaron a chance in mumbai

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Now thats a bold move . Now frm sachin dravid and laxman two of them can be dropped and both virat and kholi can be played..!!!

  • Sanjeebuk on November 17, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is a class act. For me he is a combination of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendullkar. Immaculate defence and technique and exceptional stoke paly when needed.

    The way he performed in Australia fours years back was simply exemplary. Given a bit of luck (no injuries) he should be a permanent fixture in tests. He is technically better equiped player than Virat Kohli and is a better stoke player than Cheteswar Pujara.

    Slowly but surely he could become an ideal No.3 or No.4 for India and would be permanent fixture.

    Just read Shane Warne's comment on Rohit. Warne is a legend and he has bowled and seen many batsmen from close angles. I like Yuvraj and want him to perform because he could change teh course of a match at No.6. He is only 30 and once Rahul and Sachin retires he will have more opportunity.

    Kohli, Rohit, Pujara and Yuvraj could play together for next 6 -7 years in the test squad. That also give 3 bowling options. Long live Indian cricket. Thanks, Sanjeeb

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Good decision... Yuvraj is the real Michael Bavan of India-Good for only limited overs.. Dhoni should have been rested..hope he take rest for ODIs.. Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Aaron, Rahul sharma should be given chances in final test...

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Im one of Yuvraj's biggest fans & he was a hero for his performances during the world cup. But sorry, he can have no complaints about being dropped. I would give one of the big 3 middle order a rest too & play both Kohli & Rohit for this academic last test. Also Dhoni....give him a Rest PLEEEEASEEE

  • Manesh73 on November 17, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    I like to thanks to selector for select Harbhajan Singh. He is playig for Punjab as captain in Ranji Trophy. His figures tells the story for his ending carrier. His figures are 69-15-188-1 till first day of match against Saurastra. He is plying these matches in India and not against the International teams. I belive he did announce retirement for Makhaya Ntini (without his permission). I think selectors has to announce his retirement without his approval.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    its hard to see but good decision made by selectors. yuvi is rare talent,he need to go to play some county

  • Rohitg77 on November 17, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Rohit deserved that chance before australia series but sad yuvraj is out.He deserve more chances in test cricket

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    hmmm good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I want Rohit Sharma to make his dubut in Mumbai.He is much much better player than Kohli,Raina and ofcourse Yuvi when it Comes to Longer Version especially In Down under....Rohit,Ajinkya and Pujara are thr Future of india's Test Cricket not Yuvi and Raina.....Kohli can be a good Test match Player but he needs to improve his Shot selection in Test matches.....

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Bring Ajinkya Rahane in the Playing XI!

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    With the series won, surely the time was right to give Dhoni a much needed & well deserved break?

  • kashmiri_lad on November 17, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Great News for INDIAN CRICKET... Come ON Kohli..time to step it up a notch..

  • agam99 on November 17, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Rightly done....so Kohli will get the nod in last game....wanna see Aaron in XI for probably Ishant.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Finally Rohit Sharma got his chance. I dnt think Yuvi is the right choice for test..

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    I think yuvraj deserves one more opportunity

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    ya,i think it is a good decision,since rohit is in good form and more over he is well suits for tests than yuvraj.

  • deva606 on November 17, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    i think yuvraj test career is finished...!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 17, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Feel sad for Yuvraj Singh. But I could see the axe coming. Sad but face it, Yuvraj. Go back to your basics. Work on your fitness and the mental part of your game. Good luck to you. Congratulations to Rohit Sharma, probably the most talented of all the young batsmen we have. Hope he tries to learn from Dravid and VVS as to how to stay focussed and not to get distracted.

  • ultimatewarrior on November 17, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    i will like to see rohit & virat both in 3rd test

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Aw c'mon!!!! You cant drop Yuvraj after 3 innings! Give the guy a proper run and if he does not succeed than drop him He deserves atleast that much....

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    this is really sick! u give have given only 3 chances to a player who is back from injuries! Rohith Sharma will oly play for Mumbai, Deccan CHargers, Mumbai India! uSELESS @ international level!

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Virat is a better choice than Rohit but before that I think Yuvi should get another chance in third test.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Is this Knock-out punch for Yuvi in tests?

  • PiyushD on November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    good change but now who will be in 11 Virat or Rohit?

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    They dont hesitate to Drop any seniors.. If they Dont perform..

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    i think s badrinath should replace uv

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath is no longer the Joker...his coming in has made them(Srikanth and rest) take some good decisions.....

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  • on November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath is no longer the Joker...his coming in has made them(Srikanth and rest) take some good decisions.....

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    i think s badrinath should replace uv

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    They dont hesitate to Drop any seniors.. If they Dont perform..

  • PiyushD on November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    good change but now who will be in 11 Virat or Rohit?

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Is this Knock-out punch for Yuvi in tests?

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Virat is a better choice than Rohit but before that I think Yuvi should get another chance in third test.

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    this is really sick! u give have given only 3 chances to a player who is back from injuries! Rohith Sharma will oly play for Mumbai, Deccan CHargers, Mumbai India! uSELESS @ international level!

  • on November 17, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Aw c'mon!!!! You cant drop Yuvraj after 3 innings! Give the guy a proper run and if he does not succeed than drop him He deserves atleast that much....

  • ultimatewarrior on November 17, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    i will like to see rohit & virat both in 3rd test

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 17, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Feel sad for Yuvraj Singh. But I could see the axe coming. Sad but face it, Yuvraj. Go back to your basics. Work on your fitness and the mental part of your game. Good luck to you. Congratulations to Rohit Sharma, probably the most talented of all the young batsmen we have. Hope he tries to learn from Dravid and VVS as to how to stay focussed and not to get distracted.