India news February 22, 2012

No rift in team, Sehwag 'misquoted' - Rajiv Shukla

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The BCCI top brass have denied reports of an alleged rift in the Indian team, saying that the media have taken an "exaggerated" stand in the wake of stand-in captain Virender Sehwag's contentious comments following India's defeat to Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Sehwag had said that he was unaware that one of reasons MS Dhoni wanted to rotate the three openers (Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir) was because he feared they would leak at least 20 runs in the field.

"I don't think there is any rift within the team," Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI vice-president who was meeting with other board officials in Mumbai at the IPL governing council meet, said. "It is only speculation by a section of the media. The team is united. So I don't think there is a problem."

Shukla said the board was constantly in touch with the team management. "From what we have understood, Sehwag has been misquoted."

Sehwag had lead India against Sri Lanka in the absence of Dhoni, who was serving a one-match ban for not meeting the required over-rate in the previous game against Australia. In the post-match media conference, speaking on the rotation policy, Sehwag said that Dhoni had had chats with him, Tendulkar and Gambhir individually, telling them that the young players in the squad should get enough exposure in Australian conditions, keeping in mind that the next World Cup will be played in Australia and New Zealand. Sehwag said he was fine with that reasoning, but was unaware that Dhoni had said, after the February 19 match against Australia, that he could not fit all three openers into the XI because of their slowness in the field. That statement sparked speculation in the media, raising the question as to whether there was a divide in the team.

The BCCI president, N Srinivasan, said there was nothing to be "concerned" about. "We have to see what exactly they [Sehwag and Dhoni] have said. They were responding to some question in a press conference. I have spoken to the media manager there [in Australia]. I think the reports here are exaggerated."

Asked if the pair of Duncan Fletcher and Dhoni had informed the board of their plans to try out the younger players and adopt the rotation policy, Shukla said that matter was entirely the decision of the tour selection committee, comprising the captain, coach and team manager. "It is for the coach and captain to decide on the team composition," Shukla said.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • avani on February 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    It is still very difficult to pick the best 11 from Indian players. When we think seniors are not playing, juniors also utterly fail. When we think top order not doing wel, middle irder miserably fails. When we think batting is a serious concern bowling fails. When we think spinners are not bowling properly pacers' bowl hapazardly. Problem everywhere. end result out of the tournament and into IPL dhamaka. forget the problems!!!let them persist.

  • Aspraso on February 25, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Sehwag was misquoted, Dhoni was misheard, Gautam was mistaken, Tendulkar was misread, but most importantly the Indian Team was MISMATCHED -- they should have been playing Zimbabwe and Bangladesh !!

  • rohanbala on February 25, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    I thought the words "misquoted by the media" often and most conveniently used by politicians to wriggle out of awkward situations is now being used by cricketers nowadays. If every tom, dick and harry is allowed to talk to the media, these situations are bound to happen. It is the team management who is to take the blame for allowing players like Ashwin, Gambhir and others to address the media.

  • on February 25, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    All this trouble is perhaps because of Sachin Tendulkar - looks like Dhoni wants him out! While I agree that SRTs over caution for getting 100 is hampering India, but not all can be decided for WC 2015 when you have below par "youngsters" in the team.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    sachin is the greatest ever cricketer, no one can replace him, not even bradman or viv richards, i m pakistani, but i love sachin more than cricket, i watched his more then 3oo innings, i prefered watching him play over my studies or job, cricket is incomplete without him...

  • on February 24, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Leave it this all issueesssssss.... try to pass our next 2 exams with any of xi.

  • Patrick_ on February 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Think what would have happened if all the seniors were playing and still India were losing (there is high probability). People would be asking why youngsters are not given a chance at least they would get exposure playing in Australia which is good for next world Cup! That is life.

  • Patrick_ on February 24, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I find Dhoni's logic reasonable. In Test matches he has no power since he himself does not perform and hence had to hang on to the seniors. In ODIs he has power and he wants at least to make a good show in the next world cup as the defending champions and hence he is giving maximum exposure the young players. His policy is to give a long run to youngsters like Jadeja, Vinay Kumar, Rohit, Kohli and Yadav, even if they fail which is fair. Remember how Kohli was the centurion in the last test against Australia when many people had written him off. So Dhoni is expecting something similar from the youngsters in the ODIs too so that he will have at least a chance in the next world cup. Don't expect Sachin to be around after 3 years and Sehwag with current from no way. Currently everything has gone into a mess because neither seniors nor youngsters are performing except Gambhir and Dhoni. Kohli's slump in the ODI's in Australia hasn't helped anything better. (Contd.)

  • puneet_usa on February 24, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I am still wondering what should be our playing 11??? For this all important game against Australia on Sunday- Seriously this fake rotation fiasco, seniors not getting along, media controversies, blah blah....Point Blank-" We need the best available 11 to play the next two games"- with or without any personal favors and differences....it's about time people should leave their personal differences for the sake of nation and die-hard fans...history proves it that Whenever India is in this sort of dire situation where it's do or die- they do perform 8 out of 10 times....so let's hope for the best...!!!!!

  • Nisar84 on February 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I Think India's Sellection Panell Is Not Doing Good Job,As A Sellector They Need Best Top 6 Batsman&4Bowler But They Are With The Same old faces,Tendulkar Is Playing For His Own Game Not For the Team,Just Drop Him And Bring Pujara in,Jadeja And Bring Pathan In,But no Tendulkar In The Team Any More,Drop him,Dravid &Laxman From All formate And give Chance TO Pujara ,Saha,Rehane, Thats My Point Of View.Bye

  • avani on February 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    It is still very difficult to pick the best 11 from Indian players. When we think seniors are not playing, juniors also utterly fail. When we think top order not doing wel, middle irder miserably fails. When we think batting is a serious concern bowling fails. When we think spinners are not bowling properly pacers' bowl hapazardly. Problem everywhere. end result out of the tournament and into IPL dhamaka. forget the problems!!!let them persist.

  • Aspraso on February 25, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Sehwag was misquoted, Dhoni was misheard, Gautam was mistaken, Tendulkar was misread, but most importantly the Indian Team was MISMATCHED -- they should have been playing Zimbabwe and Bangladesh !!

  • rohanbala on February 25, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    I thought the words "misquoted by the media" often and most conveniently used by politicians to wriggle out of awkward situations is now being used by cricketers nowadays. If every tom, dick and harry is allowed to talk to the media, these situations are bound to happen. It is the team management who is to take the blame for allowing players like Ashwin, Gambhir and others to address the media.

  • on February 25, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    All this trouble is perhaps because of Sachin Tendulkar - looks like Dhoni wants him out! While I agree that SRTs over caution for getting 100 is hampering India, but not all can be decided for WC 2015 when you have below par "youngsters" in the team.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    sachin is the greatest ever cricketer, no one can replace him, not even bradman or viv richards, i m pakistani, but i love sachin more than cricket, i watched his more then 3oo innings, i prefered watching him play over my studies or job, cricket is incomplete without him...

  • on February 24, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Leave it this all issueesssssss.... try to pass our next 2 exams with any of xi.

  • Patrick_ on February 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Think what would have happened if all the seniors were playing and still India were losing (there is high probability). People would be asking why youngsters are not given a chance at least they would get exposure playing in Australia which is good for next world Cup! That is life.

  • Patrick_ on February 24, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I find Dhoni's logic reasonable. In Test matches he has no power since he himself does not perform and hence had to hang on to the seniors. In ODIs he has power and he wants at least to make a good show in the next world cup as the defending champions and hence he is giving maximum exposure the young players. His policy is to give a long run to youngsters like Jadeja, Vinay Kumar, Rohit, Kohli and Yadav, even if they fail which is fair. Remember how Kohli was the centurion in the last test against Australia when many people had written him off. So Dhoni is expecting something similar from the youngsters in the ODIs too so that he will have at least a chance in the next world cup. Don't expect Sachin to be around after 3 years and Sehwag with current from no way. Currently everything has gone into a mess because neither seniors nor youngsters are performing except Gambhir and Dhoni. Kohli's slump in the ODI's in Australia hasn't helped anything better. (Contd.)

  • puneet_usa on February 24, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I am still wondering what should be our playing 11??? For this all important game against Australia on Sunday- Seriously this fake rotation fiasco, seniors not getting along, media controversies, blah blah....Point Blank-" We need the best available 11 to play the next two games"- with or without any personal favors and differences....it's about time people should leave their personal differences for the sake of nation and die-hard fans...history proves it that Whenever India is in this sort of dire situation where it's do or die- they do perform 8 out of 10 times....so let's hope for the best...!!!!!

  • Nisar84 on February 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I Think India's Sellection Panell Is Not Doing Good Job,As A Sellector They Need Best Top 6 Batsman&4Bowler But They Are With The Same old faces,Tendulkar Is Playing For His Own Game Not For the Team,Just Drop Him And Bring Pujara in,Jadeja And Bring Pathan In,But no Tendulkar In The Team Any More,Drop him,Dravid &Laxman From All formate And give Chance TO Pujara ,Saha,Rehane, Thats My Point Of View.Bye

  • zubin_manak on February 24, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Few questions to Mr: MSD - Hope you haven't forgotten Uthappa, Ambatti Raydu, Amit Mishra. - Why cant we keep Irfan Pathan as a regular all rounder? - Do we still need to give chances to Raina? - What is so special in Vinay Kumar to include him in each and every matches?

  • zubin_manak on February 24, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Reason is clear! Dhoni wants Murali Vijay as Opener, useless Partiv Patel as sub keeper, Raina (MSD's bro)- centurion in every match, Jadeja (MSD co bro) in all the series. Its so sad to hear the blunder he uttered about Sachin. In a year, sachin will be hardly getting one ODI tournament to play (Due to MSD's compulsory rest rule), In that also rotation is needed? envious MSD, understand one thing, never ever write off Tendulkar, bcoz 5 or 6 matches! I'm sure a big percentage of people will loose interest in cricket if Sachin retires.... A DIE HARD SACHIN FAN!!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    just wait this series pass by. Another home series and tons of runs, people will forget everything

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    legends era over no turn to search new legend . if tendulker would have not given chance at 20 's then he would be nothing , just stop heroism it leads to nothing this is for all fools out there .

  • Purana_Pirate on February 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Every captain's greatest desire: to have a team exactly of his choosing. Every great captain's desire: to win with the team he is given.

    In between these two lies the glory and tragedy of every Indian captain.

  • PrajithR on February 23, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @asgowtham. If there is a game where statistics should not be taken at face value, it is cricket... Check Sehwag's record in bouncy pitches post 2008, it is really pathetic... Moreover he does not bowl regularly now & he is too slow for the large outfields of Australia

  • on February 23, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Some or the other disputes are always there in every team but it does not come in media like this . When ganguly was captain he was the only boss , but now under dhoni every one is boss. Extra cool dhoni can learn to get some heat from dada !!! Hope indian team unites soon ...

  • Precioustar84 on February 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    BCCI learn to take notice and act immediately. Ignoring problem will only bring more problems in future. Dont bury your head in the sand and act like nothing's happening! Ridiculous this!

  • BaiKuttan on February 23, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    The media and the so called senior cricketers was the one who created a hype about sachin's 100th ton. Y is everyone bothered about his 100th ton? Sachin, sehwag, Zaheer Khan, are not gonna play next world cup. Ask them all to retire.. Y only Sachin?? And let Dhoni hang on to Raina,Ashwin,Ishant Sharma, Raveender Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and all.. And to the team selectors.. What is what is 4 openers doing in a 15- member squad, Is Umesh Yadav the only pace bowler in India..? If Sachin,Sehwag,Gambhir is slow in the field, Wat abt Zaheer Khan,Vinay Kumar,Ashwin,Yadav.. Are they the fastest and the best.. They Wont utter a word about Zaheer..because he is getting regular break-through's.. As long India dont get any strike bowlers, they need him.. U cant expect some one who was out of ODI for 8 months, come and perform according to what they wish. Sachin was selected to ODI team, because Selectors knew that non other than Sachin and Kohli were in- form..

  • on February 23, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    its ridiculous to have a team with 10 fielders ,game is not about fielders we need specialist batsmen and bowlers !!! wats the point saving 20 runs in field and then give 300 runs in bowling nd then getting out for 120 .. and most important how come world cup winning team or squad becomes slow in 1 year time huh and about sachin's retirement , please for god sake its BCCI and sachin who will mutually decide nd Australians had replacement for ricky's. I would like to know sachin's replacement rohit raina or jadeja ?? huh !! if u go by people then its ll be new team in every after 30 days !!

  • Jayadeeya on February 23, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    It is very unfortunate that our people has short memory. One or two failures and all the critics point their fingers at the individual irrespective of his contributions to the Cricket in general and Indian Cricket in particular. Sachin Tendulkar who stands as a colossus in Cricket among his runs in both formats of the game. Critics of Sachin, please do not forget that there was a time when Indian Cricket was in debris due to the corruption allegations of Azhruddin, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja etc. and people were turning their faces against Cricket. During such periods, it was the likes of Sachin, Saurav, Rahul and Kumble who revised the face of Indian Cricket and they rejuvenated the total outlook of Indian Cricket and the results are there right in front of us. The age must have done its share to Sachin's body as does with any one, but then he is still as energetic as any youngster in the field of Cricket. By the by, Sachin cannot take home the records he made, mind you.

  • asgowtham on February 23, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Give me a break, folks. Sehwag is the best allrounder for India in the current sqaud (by ODI statistics).

    V.Sehwag, Bat Avg - 35.32, Bow Avg - 40.48 I.Pathan, Bat Avg - 22.59, Bow Avg - 29.63 S.Raina, Bat Avg - 34.18, Bow Avg - 46.56 R.Jadeja, Bat Avg - 29.24, Bow Avg - 37.64 R.Sharma, Bat Avg - 33.14, Bow Avg - 55.00 V.Kohli, Bat Avg - 45.95, Bow Avg - 133.00

  • satish619chandar on February 23, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 22 2012, 14:41 PM GMT) : Now u r smart.. if India loses, u ll enjoy and have your day../ if wins, IT is fixed and still u ll have ur day.. Why i the world IPL ll take beating if India doesn't reach finals in this tournament? We still have more than a month for IPL and there is a Asia cup for it..

  • on February 23, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Its not only sachin, before anyone leaves the team sehwag should be the first one out. Then tendulkar should follow him shortly. We need new openders who can rotate the strike.

  • AidanFX on February 23, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    To be fair to Dhoni on this one (who I don't think is a good communicator) he is right - one of the key differences in the Test series (which was a factor overlooked a lot) was how lack luster India looked in the field on the other hand - on the other hand the Aussies were far more vitalized. Still Gambir was ok in the field - he is only in his low 30s (and doesn't have weight issues like Sehweg) so there might be more going on their.

  • Transcend on February 23, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    @Smithra Saran thts history mate.. if you want to dwell on history, time to remind you how Kambli cried when we whipped india in 96 WC Semis.. ;) but thats history too.

  • neerajprasher on February 23, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    i think sehwag should bat no 5

  • rajangoraya on February 22, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    SEHWAG should retire from all form of OVERSEAS cricket.

  • on February 22, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Common this is just outrageous. You think people should decide when sachin has to retire. I mean seriously the man has given a lot, he will take his time, so if we can play Jadeja who is Useless any prospect of games. Its all about youngsters, what the hell is the go with that, who cares if you are old or young. Look at hussey's. They are the best example, you play good cricket no matter what age you are. Tendulkar is a legend, and when he starts scoring runs, people dont want him to retire. Our team will be worse then Westindies, its not our batsman, its the bowlers who dont know how to bowl. That Yadav is useless. I mean you can bowl 150 and give runs wow thats like just brillant. Look at Lee, I mean the guy is alsmost mid 30s,I dont see Australia complaining, Pointing was never as good as Tendulkar, So deserved to be dropped. The two people who need to be dropped are Shewag and Yadav, they are hopeless and useless.

  • on February 22, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    If fielding is so much important skill to Dhoni, then Mohammad Kaif should have never been dropped on the first place.

  • here2rock on February 22, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    BCCI just worry about IPL and cash, don't try to make the Indian Cricket at international level your priority.

  • zhammy on February 22, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    sachin should retire from all forms of the game and concentrate on his billion dollar home and his ferraris

  • on February 22, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @anand

    78 matches is not enough for rohit to become an matured player ?? he needs more ?? dont even compare rohit with kohli !! kohli has almost 1200 runs more thn rohit and 5-6 centuries more thn rohit and wayy better fielder and wayy matured while batting though kohli played 1-2 matches less thn rohit and kohli is 2yrs younger thn rohit !!

    now say had it been rahane or manoj tiwary in rohit's place or any one who wuld have played 78 matches they would have got the maturity to play in tense situations !! rohit always gives his wicket away with an rash shot when the team needs him !! see even irfan pathan and bhajji play with maturity when the team needs them but i never saw tht in rohit

    when team india is in a tense situation and rohit comes in to bat i can surely say we cant expect india to win.but in the same place if kohli or raina come to bat we can atleast be confident these guys will surely giv their best which rohit doesnt

    thts the difference !!

  • on February 22, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @Viswa.... we beat u wen it matters most. so why dont you run along

  • sandunk on February 22, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    People should really stop commenting on Sachin. Its not like by playing in this series alone he is taking anyone else "worthy's" spot. To put things in context, Sachin hasn't played a single ODI since world cup until now, and even before World cup he was playing on & off. So he has done his share to allow younger players to grab their chances. These so called youngsters are not youngsters, they have played 100 odd ODI's...thats a lot!. Still they have not been able to cement their place in playing eleven barring Kohli. Check their averages, check how consistent they are. PAY ATTENTION to this stats, not seniors.

  • on February 22, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    What ever is the hush hush.. wink wink discussion.. Its basically to ask Sachin to retire...No one can do that and so they had to device the ploy of rotating players to ensure sachin did not play in all matches and slowed down the team...No questioning the Great Man.. But he has become a victim of his own device by now playing ODIs regularly and now struggling to get that elusive 100.

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on February 22, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    "No rift in team". Yeah right.

  • on February 22, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    BCCI may be stating the truth and i think the media has just overblown the issue just from the press conferences by dhoni n viru who were just analysing the match and game play. Still it has to be made clear that all players need to respect captain's opinion and not issue statements as they please. Dhoni was absolutely clear that the senior players are slow and also mentioned it could be a disadvantage in australian big grounds. Just because viru held on to a catch does not make him a great fielder.( he thinks so) It is ground fielding and saving runs, affecting run outs that dhoni was talking about. Even gambhir has a poor arm and sachin is slow due to age factor but he is fastest among all three. But now given the situation all three have to play the remaining two matches for india to stand a chance to qualify for the finals. Rotation policy had a noble purpose but not working as none of the young players are not performing given 5-6 matches.

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 22, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    I think it's all caused by the presence of Sachin Tendulkar. If he retires from ODI, Sehwag and Gambhir can open without any issues and Rahane can fit in if there's injury or rotation. Sachin's greed for personal milestones kills the spirit of the team and cricket itself. Hope Sachin reads this comment.

  • on February 22, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    What BCCI is stating might also be true as media tends to probe too much into what players say and read between the words. At the same time anything is possible with the indian team as they have hit a rough patch of late. Still i think all players have to respect captain's opinion and not comment on them before the media. Sehwag is a funny guy but i don't think it was an intentional jibe at the captain. Media just asks questions just to get a statement from players which they can sensationalise.

  • sk12 on February 22, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    You can fight all you want, bottom line - we are not talented enough to be competant - truth. Everyone says drop Sachin, Sehwag, rohit , raina - but who ll replace them?? Tiwary, Rahane good enuf to replace sehwag, raina????? Watching Tiwary in a couple of the Ranji games and IPL, he inpires no confidence at all with his technique and feet movement. Talk abt grooming the young players by givin them chances and not dropping them, but will it work if they are simply not upto task. Sachin's moving well and his eyes look ok, but is just not able to sustain his concentration. He needs to play in the last 2 games, and if he cant improve has to gracefully retire from all forms.

  • on February 22, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Anand, you are absolutely right. Sachin should make his 50th ODI hundred and retire from ODI and focus on TEST.

  • on February 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Anand Palvankar - Rohit may be skilled batsman. But, he is not able to adopt to the conditions. He probably plays very well against either mediocre bowling or in sub-continent conditions.

  • Nampally on February 22, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    What is wrong with Indian team - Why don't they play like a team & have the fighting spirit which is so dominant in all sportsmen? In Sehwag & Tendulkar, India have the only 2 Double centurians in the history of ODI. Yet they keep on failing. Don't they have a sense of responsibility to do their bit for their country & for the sport that has made them v. popular guys world over? This applies to the whole team but these 2 are top batsmen in the World playing like shadows of themselves! Dhoni needs to put the team interests above his own in team selection. Make guys believe in themselves. If you drop the deserving guys, there are hurt feelings. Bowlers have to take wkts. not just bowl 10 overs at 6 runs/over! Jadeja did not take a single wkt. in last 3 games & yet he is preferred over Rahul.There are just 2 games left which India has to win.Put together wkt. taking bowlers + inspire each individual player to produce their best. Grit, determination exists in all - Produce it for once!

  • max234 on February 22, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    india must learn from aussies.they just moved on.they dropped ponting.bret lee was also dropped but he made a good comeback.so everyone has their chances but its just a matter of time.so indian selectors must also drop those players who don't perform and when they r in form they must brought back.

  • CSK_chennai on February 22, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    SL improvement is just the myth. Batting first on the Gabba track is the policy, more chance of the winning the game. If India bat first then the result would have been other way around. Let SL win the next game and show the improvement I can agree. Watson replacing Ponting .. not a good news for SL and IND.

  • on February 22, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Last time I read similar "Team is united" from BCCI, when a certain Chappel was the coach and Dada was the captain and when Gavaskar was Captain and Kapil Dev was to play his 100th game!

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 22, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    IF INDIA NEEDS TO WIN AGAINSET AUSTRALIA , THEY NEED TO BRING RAHUL SHARMA AS THEIR MAIN SPINNER,because austraians played very well ASHWIN so far specially in ondayers.Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are same sort of fielders.if Dhonii creates a proper field setting for Rahul Sharma it could be hard for Australians to play this dangerous/ genuine leg spinner. As long as enough batsmen and Pathan in the eleven india wouldnt required Aswin batting too.PRAVEEN KUMAR IS THE BEST CURRENT ONEDAY BOWLER INDIA HAS,BUT HE DID NOT GET ENOUGH OPPORTUNTY THIS TIME YET TO GET FAMILIER WITH THE CONDITIONS., IF WE GO BACK TO 2008 COMMBANK SERIES HE PROVES THAT,HE IS A MATCH WINNER No doubt about it. Best Indian Eleven as per batting order:-1. SACHIN,2. SEHWAG 3. GAMBIR,4.KOHLI, 5.MANOJ TIWARY, 6.IRFAN PATHAN, 7.DHONI, 8.PRAVEEN KUMAR, 9.VINAY KUMAR, 10.RAHUL SHARMA, 11.ZAHEER KHAN, still you can decide on Sehwag or Rohit Sharma according to Sidny situation on friday

  • on February 22, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    tel me someone,why ravindra jadeja is in our 11'th squad??????????

  • rahulcricket007 on February 22, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    there is certainly a rift in this team .i think rift is over team selection . you gave rohit sharma & jadeja too many chances but have they pick any of them . they are failing in every match . irfan pathan who didn't play in t20s & 3 odis . jadeja gave 41 runs in 2.4 overs in 1st odi & was out cheaply . but dhoni again retained him in team while pathan warmed benches . we all know jadeja can't play big shots & can't handle shot pitch stuff while pathan has proved that he can take wkts & can make runs at fast speed . even in that tie match he hit the six which bring india close to sl margin . against aus at gabba he hit a huge six against starc . have you ever seen jadeja hitting big shots ( except ipl) ? due to his bad bowling we lost t20 wc of 2009 & 2010 . how many chances will be given to him to prove his so called " talent ".yet dhoni says jadeja is a very talented all rounder . lol . i can't see india doing well in 2015 wc if india kept jadeja in team .

  • Deenesh on February 22, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @Anand, Rohit is a classy batsman, but it has been more than a few failures. I agree in tht he shud not be dropped, but lets not kid ourselves, he is jus like the rest of indian batsman, very inconsistent.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    gambhir is still not best batsman in tests then how can he will be captain.kohli is better than gambhir

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Shewag AND Dhoni as captain - Quiet contrasting style 1. Dhoni comments about playing Shewag/Tendulkar/Gambhir - prefers rotation policy whereas Shewag played all three of them today 2. Dhoni never brought Jadeja to bowl vs Australia whereas Shewag brought him in the 11th over today 3. Dhoni not brought in Umesh to bowl early whereas Shewag did today

    Guess the rift between them is obviously seen from the different style of captaincy and thoughts....However end result is the same...loss by huge margin again

  • Rajulroy on February 22, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @CricInfo Jadeja should be removed and Sehwag should play on his place at number 7 cz we need a hard hitter at that position.. Sachin n Gambhir should open the innings and Ashwin and Irfan Pathan should be made permanent in the team.

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    The presence of Tendulkar in the top 3 is the starting point of all problems... It's high time he retires from ODIs... Gambhir and Sehwag are already well set as Delhi openers and Test openers... They shud open in ODIs too... If this is done, another youngster like Rohit can be accomodated... If Yuvraj returns to ODI cricket, the team will be well balanced...Hence, Tendulkar is no longer required in the ODI team...If a youngster takes his place, naturally the fielding will also be better...

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    SRI LANKA ROCKZZZZZZZ..............!! WE ARE LIONS BABY.........!!

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Hey, I requesting everybody please stop critising Rohit Sharma. He is a master claas batsman. He won Man Of The Series awards in last both ODI series he played. So after performing so well how can he be useless after just few failure. Who is consistant in Australia ? Including masters like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman everybody is struggling. So after sitting without a single match practice he started playing one days. Remember he also showed his class in current tour also as in the beggining he scored nice runs in practse matches cse he was in full flow. But after so big gap anybody can struggles. Plus luck is a big facter. Just in last match Kohli and Raina got 3 lives. I am sure Rohit will come good in remaining matches at right time. Lets start wishing him all the best. Look if we think about Manoj Tiwary right now it will be risky for both of them. How can we expect Tiwary to perform immediately in Australia ? So its always better to give chance to Rohit sharma. Come on Rohit.

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Gambhir is a good captain than sehwag and he may captain india in tests if dhoni retires

  • Nampally on February 22, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It is clear to most Indian cricket fans that this Indian team is not united. It took SL just one game to get settled & play like a well oiled unit. But the Indian team has been together for eternity, it appears, yet there is no cohesion. Even the XI is not finalized.There is no consistency in batting or bowling. Two All rounders were included with a purpose of using them on fast or spin friendly pitches. But Jadeja seems to have carved out a permanent spot! It took a constant attack from the Indian fans to force Dhoni to include Pathan.Now Irfan has outshone Jadeja in all departments. Rotation of top 3 is bone headed when India relies on them to win. The rotation of players should always be with an end goal of forming a settled XI, strong as a team in both batting & bowling.Dhoni's XI selection is irrational & daft.Rahul Sharma is a great wkt. taking bowler but he is consistently benched in favour of Jadeja ! You get results by having faith in your team, MSD - don't allienate them -OK?

  • atuljain1969 on February 22, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Why this Kolaveri di over selection. Captain and Coach has full perogative over that, and outside person need not speculate over what is right and wrong. at best once can give suggestions, and there are million of them. Whom to listen and whom to ignore.

    Captain is captain of ship, he is responsible and accountable for loss or win. However every player selected must get his due before being dropped for next series. What happened with Rahane is unexplainable, in pursuit of another 100, he has been sacrificed.

    Tiwaris - Manoj & Saurabh need more exposure, other IPL heroes also need a look in for future prospects.

  • correctcall on February 22, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    You should be very "concerned" Mr Srinivasan. This most recent humiliation of India is happening on your watch whilst IPL concerns dominate the BCCI. Are you really serious that no review is necessary?

  • Hanumall on February 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    it is best that the matter is now allowed to be buried with this clarification .The players should now move on and let their cricketing skills do the talking. No good will come out of reading too much into off-the-cuff, perhaps half thought out, one-line responses to unexpected questions popped up in post match media interactions when one is both weary and dejected and is vulnerable to be misunderstood and/ or misquoted.

  • Bl33dBLu3 on February 22, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I think there is a rift in the team gambhir and shewag are looking for captiancy and sachin looking for 100th

  • praneeth1992 on February 22, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    gambhir may be a better captain than sehwag

  • rahulcricket007 on February 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    THIS SRINIVASAN IS A JOKER . FIRST HE SAID " WE DON'T NEED ENQUIRY FOR WHITEWASHES IN ENG & AUS TOUR ." NOW HE SAYS THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT .

  • mrcool on February 22, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    what about form of sehwag...he is taking his place granted.

  • 12thman on February 22, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Who is the BCCI kidding ? The team is riddled with dissension. I think IPL teams are joining forces within as is evident from all Chennai Superkings players being invited to Mathew Hayden's house. The BCCI is run by old bags who think the present cricket fans are idiots. Rajiv Shukla is just another dirty politician trying to get his hand on BCCI crores just like N.Srinivasan and other old cronies. They don't care who says what. Indian cricket is heading down the drain if someone doesn't step in fast.

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 22, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    IF NEEDS TO WIN AGAINEST AUSTRALIA AT SIDNEY Feb 26, 2012, MUST MAKE BIG CHANGES IN THE ELEVEN :- Bowlers - PRAVEEN KUMAR, VINAY KUMAR, ZAHEER KHAN, RAHUL SHARMA Batsmen - GHAMHIR, SACHIN, IRFAN PATHAN, MANOJ THIWARY, DHONI, RAINA, JADEJA

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Pls pls pls pls plsssssssssssss, Dhoni & all the selectors/management atleast CONSIDER IRFAN PATHAN A GENUINE BATSMAN GIVE HIM CHANCE IN THE TEAM AS A MIDDLE ORDER BATSMAN & PARTTIME BOWLER INSTEAD OF ROHIT SHARMA/JADEJA/RAINA REST OF THE SERIES, Pathan has all the cricketing shots..

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 22, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    REQUEST TO ALL THE INDIAN CRICKET FANS ..IF OUR PLAYERS ARE SPEAKING AGAINST EACH OTHER IN THE PRESS MEETING THIS WAY, ITS BETTER TO WATCH INDIAN PARLIAMENT MEETING ON THE TELEVISION, BCCI IMMEDIATELY NEEDS TO CONTROL OUR PLAYERS, WE DONT WANT TO SEE THIS DIRTY TEAM POLITICS,THIS ATTITUDE IS NOT GOOD FOR THE INDIAN CRICKET, ENQUIRE AND IF FOUND SOMEONE MAKE POLITICS SACK THEM IMMEDIATELY NO MATTER INDIA WIN OR LOOSE,UNITY IS IMPORTANT, SUCCESS WILL COME GRADUALLY ,players must remember one thing if they are not in the Indian team end of the day THEY ARE'' BIG ZERO '' THEIR POPULARITY ,INCOME ALL BASED ON THAT. IF THEY PERFORM AND TALK still we can tolerate.

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  • WellwisherINDIA on February 22, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    REQUEST TO ALL THE INDIAN CRICKET FANS ..IF OUR PLAYERS ARE SPEAKING AGAINST EACH OTHER IN THE PRESS MEETING THIS WAY, ITS BETTER TO WATCH INDIAN PARLIAMENT MEETING ON THE TELEVISION, BCCI IMMEDIATELY NEEDS TO CONTROL OUR PLAYERS, WE DONT WANT TO SEE THIS DIRTY TEAM POLITICS,THIS ATTITUDE IS NOT GOOD FOR THE INDIAN CRICKET, ENQUIRE AND IF FOUND SOMEONE MAKE POLITICS SACK THEM IMMEDIATELY NO MATTER INDIA WIN OR LOOSE,UNITY IS IMPORTANT, SUCCESS WILL COME GRADUALLY ,players must remember one thing if they are not in the Indian team end of the day THEY ARE'' BIG ZERO '' THEIR POPULARITY ,INCOME ALL BASED ON THAT. IF THEY PERFORM AND TALK still we can tolerate.

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Pls pls pls pls plsssssssssssss, Dhoni & all the selectors/management atleast CONSIDER IRFAN PATHAN A GENUINE BATSMAN GIVE HIM CHANCE IN THE TEAM AS A MIDDLE ORDER BATSMAN & PARTTIME BOWLER INSTEAD OF ROHIT SHARMA/JADEJA/RAINA REST OF THE SERIES, Pathan has all the cricketing shots..

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 22, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    IF NEEDS TO WIN AGAINEST AUSTRALIA AT SIDNEY Feb 26, 2012, MUST MAKE BIG CHANGES IN THE ELEVEN :- Bowlers - PRAVEEN KUMAR, VINAY KUMAR, ZAHEER KHAN, RAHUL SHARMA Batsmen - GHAMHIR, SACHIN, IRFAN PATHAN, MANOJ THIWARY, DHONI, RAINA, JADEJA

  • 12thman on February 22, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Who is the BCCI kidding ? The team is riddled with dissension. I think IPL teams are joining forces within as is evident from all Chennai Superkings players being invited to Mathew Hayden's house. The BCCI is run by old bags who think the present cricket fans are idiots. Rajiv Shukla is just another dirty politician trying to get his hand on BCCI crores just like N.Srinivasan and other old cronies. They don't care who says what. Indian cricket is heading down the drain if someone doesn't step in fast.

  • mrcool on February 22, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    what about form of sehwag...he is taking his place granted.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 22, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    THIS SRINIVASAN IS A JOKER . FIRST HE SAID " WE DON'T NEED ENQUIRY FOR WHITEWASHES IN ENG & AUS TOUR ." NOW HE SAYS THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT .

  • praneeth1992 on February 22, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    gambhir may be a better captain than sehwag

  • Bl33dBLu3 on February 22, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I think there is a rift in the team gambhir and shewag are looking for captiancy and sachin looking for 100th

  • Hanumall on February 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    it is best that the matter is now allowed to be buried with this clarification .The players should now move on and let their cricketing skills do the talking. No good will come out of reading too much into off-the-cuff, perhaps half thought out, one-line responses to unexpected questions popped up in post match media interactions when one is both weary and dejected and is vulnerable to be misunderstood and/ or misquoted.

  • correctcall on February 22, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    You should be very "concerned" Mr Srinivasan. This most recent humiliation of India is happening on your watch whilst IPL concerns dominate the BCCI. Are you really serious that no review is necessary?