West Indies in India 2011-12 November 25, 2011

Dhoni rested for West Indies ODIs; Sehwag to lead

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Virender Sehwag is set to lead India in an ODI for the first time since December 2009, after the selectors decided to give MS Dhoni a break for the five-match series against West Indies.

Sachin Tendulkar was also rested for the first three one-dayers, while Yuvraj Singh informed the selectors that he was not fully fit, which means neither has played an ODI for India since their starring roles in the World Cup win. Offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who was dropped for the home ODI series against England and the ongoing Tests against West Indies, remains out of contention too.

Since taking over as full-time captain, Dhoni has been reluctant to miss one-day games despite his heavy workload as full-time wicketkeeper and captain of India and his IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings. In recent times, he sat out of two bilateral one-day series against New Zealand and West Indies, on either side of the World Cup. Gautam Gambhir stood in as captain against New Zealand, while Suresh Raina led an inexperienced side in the West Indies, in the absence of Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj.

Yuvraj missed the tour of West Indies after the World Cup and the IPL due to a lung infection. He returned to the side for the Tests in England, and made a fifty in Trent Bridge, before suffering a fractured finger that put him out of the rest of the series and England's return tour. He came back for the ongoing Tests against West Indies, but failed in the first two matches, before making way for Virat Kohli for the Mumbai Test.

"Need some more time to regain 100 [percent] fitness," Yuvraj tweeted after the squad announcement. "Nothing serious, need to build up the lost stamina look forward to finish the year on a healthy note."

The rest of the side was along expected lines, with Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar returning to complete the four-man seam attack that also included Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav. S Aravind and Abhimanyu Mithun, who were picked for the England ODIs, were dropped despite not getting a game in that series.

Pragyan Ojha missed out despite making a strong comeback to the Test side, which meant offspinner R Ashwin, allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and legspinner Rahul Sharma will be the specialist spinners. Rohit Sharma, who was the top run-getter in the ODIs in West Indies, came back into the side after injuring himself in England.

India squad for first three ODIs: Virender Sehwag (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Rahul Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar

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  • sasikanth on November 28, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Great!! With Tendulkar being rested for the ODI series.. the 100th Century CLOUD will hang over the entire Indian camp in Australia.. If he does not get it asap.. he will bring down the whole team with him.. so much for saying that hes not all about records.. and he plays for the country bla bla bla

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    I garuanteed to my parents that if Sehwag will play the ICC World Cup T20 in 2012, India will again will the world cup.

  • Srinivas on November 28, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    @Aditya Dhand, because Vinay at least can throw, can catch, can run fast and can field well. Yes he is a medium pacer who is not a liability in all the other facets of cricket unlike the other two tortoises Munaf and Nehra. Tortoises as a whole would take offence if I compare tortoises with Munaf and Nehra.

  • Mathews on November 28, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    It would be nice to have Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav maximum chances/experience before coming to Australia, Vinay Kumar has had lot of chances already. If Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav find enough chances they must be better than Vinay. If Rahul Sharma and Jadeja get chances in the playing eleven ahead of Aswin, it might provide enough rest for Aswin before Aussie tour and Rahul sharma gets some opportunities to prove his abilities. Once again its sad Sachin and Yuvi not in the eleven. It was a golden opportunity for Sachin to score 100th 100 in these five matches without any pressure before Australian tour, I don't really understand its selection commities or Sachin's interest to have rest in the one day series. If it's sele commities/BCCI's decision I would say same thing happened with Kumble & Ganguly earlier. They forget what these players contributed for country. Sachin still scored 38,76,94 in the test series I don't understand why all looking for only his century???????

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    i thik xi will be sehwag;gotti;kholi;parthiv;raina;rohit;jadeja;aroan;yadav;ashwin;vinay kumar

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @ David_Gravitas.. if that would be the case y have Vinay Kumar, he is the same case as Munaf and Nehra but atleast these two bowl faster than him.. one medium pacer in Praveen is gud for the team,

  • Kairavan on November 28, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    The most likely XI for the 1st ODI would be : Sehwag, Parthiv, Rahane, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Praveen, Vinay, Umesh.

  • Manesh on November 28, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Virender Sehwag, Parthiv Patel ,Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane , Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Praveen Kumar

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    My team XI suggestion is : V Sehwag,P Parthiv, G Ghambir, V Kohli,Rohit Sharma, S Raina, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar,Vinay Kumar , Varun Aaron

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    my Playing XI should be : V Sehwag,P Parthiv, G Ghambir, V Kohli, A Rahane, S Raina, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, three paceman and two specialist spinner and all rounders in raina, sehwag, kohli. good side after the world cup. hope they are ready for the aussies too.

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