December 9, 2007

Where's Viru?

India have missed a trick by not naming Sehwag in the preliminary squad for Australia
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India have made their first big mistake and the team hasn't even been selected, let alone set foot on Australian soil.

As the gambler says, "You've got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em." Now was not the right time to give up on Virender Sehwag. His selection for Australia would have been a gamble worth taking. Forget about whose nose might have been put out of joint, the Australians still fear Sehwag from the last tour, and it's rarely that you have a chance to put one over on the Baggy Green caps, so when the opportunity arises, you grab it with both hands.

Sure, Sehwag isn't in the form he was during the 2003-04 tour. However, he did rip 195 off the Australian bowlers at the MCG back then, and that blazing knock included 25 fours and five sixes, and he only faced 233 deliveries. If he hadn't holed out to a full-toss from part-timer Simon Katich, attempting to hit his sixth six, he would easily have scored 200 on the first day of a Test against a decent Australian attack. There are very few batsmen with the ability to open the innings and score 200 on the first day of a Test, and without that hiccup at the MCG, Sehwag would have achieved the feat twice.

More importantly, Brett Lee was in that bowling attack. Nowadays, Lee is the spearhead of a revamped Australian attack, and having stepped into Glenn McGrath's large boots, he seems to have also borrowed some of McGrath's ideas, as he is now bowling with a lot more accuracy. However, in his former role as a tearaway, Lee was always susceptible to an attack from an aggressive batsman: he would revert to bowling bouncers and yorkers in an attempt to dismiss the player, and often runs would flow in torrents.

If for no other reason, India should have played Sehwag against Australia just to see if he could rattle Lee and force him to forget the McGrath impersonations. Sure, you might have to disrupt a settled and successful Indian side, and that is generally not a good idea, but this was a time to gamble, to not only hold the ace but to then go ahead and thump it down on the table.

I'll bet Anil Kumble, as a bowler who understands what a disruptive force like Sehwag can do to an opponent, would have been happy to handle any diplomatic issues arising from a controversial selection. Once a captain understands that all the wins and losses go against his name and not those of the selectors, he will push for the best team with which to clinch victory. If he doesn't, he's either foolish or too good-natured, and neither disposition is a recipe for successful captaincy.

A captain only needs to answer one question concerning the selection of a batsman: "Can he get me a hundred?" If the answer is yes, he's in the team and then it's up to the captain to handle any personality clashes within the side.

In Sehwag's case the answer is even more straightforward for the captain. He can not only score a Test hundred, he can also do it in a hurry and against new-ball bowlers. The batsman's role is to score quickly in order to give the bowlers as long as possible to take the required 20 wickets to win a Test. Sehwag's batting leaves you with more time than a flight that arrives early.

The selectors should at least have chosen Sehwag in the preliminary squad of 24. That way the Australians would have had to include him in any preparatory discussions on how to bowl to the Indians. And then the Indians should have gone the next step and included him in the touring party. Not only would the Australians have been confronted by a potential match-winner, but his selection for a tour where he's had previous success may just have rekindled the fire in Sehwag's belly.

To not select Sehwag in a squad of 24 doesn't make any sense, either on the score of ability or in the psychological stakes. India has folded when they had the perfect opportunity to bluff; that's not the way to win - at cards or cricket.

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  • aditya87 on December 11, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    I don't like the way Chappell has said "first big mistake" but I agree that Sehwag should be in the squad and allowed the chance for a comeback. He doesn't usually look out of form, his only problem is his inability to go on sometimes after reaching 30-40 in quick time. But if you are looking to upset the Australian fast bowling early, he is the right choice. Ideally an opening pair should be composed of a defensive player and an aggressive player. If Jaffer can hold up an end then Sehwag can be a good attacking option at the other end. I don't know whether Dravid will be able to assume this mantle.

  • Grudge.Kid on December 11, 2007, 17:08 GMT

    Wow! Lot of different opinions with a little bit of truth in almost every comment.I am not a big fan of Ian, just because he supports his brother. Well, that's a different issue, but he sure has a keen eye on the game. Whom to have in the playing 11 can be decided after watchin the team in the nets. But it is the selectors job to Kumble that option. In the top 16, I would say Sehwag is a may be. But in the top 24, c'mon he deserves a place in there more than a lot of people. And ari, you want to expose Yuvi to the Aussie new ball? you have got to be kidding me. He is too precious right now to do that. Now, India might train him to an attacking opener but no gambling with his precious wicket in Australia man. India has a good chance of winning this test, irrespective of what Ian thinks.

  • ajonverge on December 11, 2007, 15:48 GMT

    Hello Mr. Chappell. I totally agree with you on havin Sehwag in the team. He was an absolute essential going by the track record he has against the Ozzies. The Indian Selectors are doing a miserable job. We all know that Sehwag can be used as an OPENER.. Especially now when All India needs is a good opener to partner Wasim Jaffer, Sehwag is the perfect option cuz no ther opener has impressed as much anyways.. I Hope sum1 reads this and it makes a difference..

  • agr_ajay on December 11, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    there is no question of disagreeing.sehwag should be in the flight to australia.he is a proven performer in test.as someone said earlier in the forum,his last eight test match hundreds are more than 150 scores including 2 double hundreds and one triple hundred.forget india,how many batsman in the world were able to do it...simply no one.his 12 hundreds as an opener are just after sunil gavaskar.people talking about-his feets are not moving-does not understand cricket.his loss of form in one day cricket has been given as an excuse for ouster in test match cricket which is absurd.dinesh kartik and others have been given ample run to regain form but deserving sehwag has been ignored and forgotten.the present indian good batting line up can not become dangerous and intimidating without addition of sehwag for connoisseur of cricket, sehwag used to give same thrill and pleasure of watching attacking cricket which k.srikant used to give one and half decades back.

  • Viru_superstar on December 11, 2007, 8:05 GMT

    I fully agree with Ian. On any day Viru is a matchwinner. You need to be aggressive against Aussies right from the word go. Only aggressive openers will give some momentum to the innings, otherwise we will be in the backfoot from ball number one. Selectors and fans tend to mix Viru's form in one day and Test. His test match form never was bad enough to be dropped.

  • Achint on December 11, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    Quite dicey. Viru no doubt is the batsman who will scored once in six innings, but with that one inning he will win you a Test match, but the Delhi-dasher is woefully out of sorts. He is just looking a pale shdaow of himself, and for once he has also started to doubt his own abilities. WHile playing in an ODI in Mohali against Pakistan, Viru looked like a batsman who is not just playing against Pakistan but also Indian selectors. When you go in with such a mindset the chances of you coming good are miniscule. Viru needs to speak to Sourav Ganguly. The former skipper has played a pivotal role in Sehwag coming upto this level, and Ganguly's own expriences can motivate Viru to look for right path to redemption. It needs determination, it needs discpline and most of all it needs dedication from Nazafgarh-lad to make a comeback and strike it hard. Hailing from Haryana, he should draw a lot of inspiration from the desi attitude of his tribe. He needs to be happy in himself to succeed.

  • India_will_win on December 11, 2007, 2:48 GMT

    It is really an absurd idea to even think about Yuvraj Singh opening for India in test. He is a middle order batsman and he should stay there. forgot what happened to VVS Laxman as an opener? He find it hard to play his natural game. There is no comparison between Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh as one is an opener and one is a middle order bat. But yes they both are genuine match winners. Sehwag will defintiely bounce back because there is still a lot of cricket left in him. He is just 29 and his prime is yet to come. All those who thinks Yuvraj Singh should open, all those who think Sehwag is not a force any more and all those who thinks Ian Chapell is wrong when he points out that Sehwag should be there for Australia go and refresh your cricketing knowledge.

  • Ashdown on December 11, 2007, 0:40 GMT

    If Karthik and Jaffer and hopping around on Dec 26 at The M.C.G, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson will destroy them. If Jaffer and Khartik both fail, that's it, end of story, the trend will continue throughout the series. How many Indiand have scored 195 in a day during a Boxing Day Test? How many Indians have made twelve hundreds including a triple ton? Sehwag simply must be there. I still think it's irrelevant though as India have no fire power in their bowling. Expect a few draws with a few 5-700 declared score cards, as there is no real pace, plus Singh and Kumble struggle down under.

  • Hope on December 10, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    I could not agree more. I was hoping that he would get picked for test series against Pakistan as well. Pakistan is another opponent he has excelled against. I would go even further and question the logic to drop hom from the test team. Barring Hayden's consistent slaughtering of opposition bowlers, I have not seen another batsman that induces so much fear in bowlers. And I don't even remember if his performances in test were ever so ordinary to drop him. Even though the team is doing fairly okay at the moment, Sehwag would have given me a great deal of confidence about our chances of beating Ausies, however slim. The best this team can do now is to draw the series.

  • australia1991 on December 10, 2007, 21:18 GMT

    i am strongly agree with ian chappel...we do need sehwag against australian team specially brett lee. now sachin is to old to make quick runs to put pressure on bowlers but sehwag can do that he can make fastest century...if there is no sehwag i am sure india will los this series wasim jaffer, chopra and gambhir these opners dont have experience and they are not good enough to play against brett lee....sehwag rocks!!! sehwag rocks !!!!! i want sehwag rocks!!! to see in MCG hitting big sixes!!!

  • aditya87 on December 11, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    I don't like the way Chappell has said "first big mistake" but I agree that Sehwag should be in the squad and allowed the chance for a comeback. He doesn't usually look out of form, his only problem is his inability to go on sometimes after reaching 30-40 in quick time. But if you are looking to upset the Australian fast bowling early, he is the right choice. Ideally an opening pair should be composed of a defensive player and an aggressive player. If Jaffer can hold up an end then Sehwag can be a good attacking option at the other end. I don't know whether Dravid will be able to assume this mantle.

  • Grudge.Kid on December 11, 2007, 17:08 GMT

    Wow! Lot of different opinions with a little bit of truth in almost every comment.I am not a big fan of Ian, just because he supports his brother. Well, that's a different issue, but he sure has a keen eye on the game. Whom to have in the playing 11 can be decided after watchin the team in the nets. But it is the selectors job to Kumble that option. In the top 16, I would say Sehwag is a may be. But in the top 24, c'mon he deserves a place in there more than a lot of people. And ari, you want to expose Yuvi to the Aussie new ball? you have got to be kidding me. He is too precious right now to do that. Now, India might train him to an attacking opener but no gambling with his precious wicket in Australia man. India has a good chance of winning this test, irrespective of what Ian thinks.

  • ajonverge on December 11, 2007, 15:48 GMT

    Hello Mr. Chappell. I totally agree with you on havin Sehwag in the team. He was an absolute essential going by the track record he has against the Ozzies. The Indian Selectors are doing a miserable job. We all know that Sehwag can be used as an OPENER.. Especially now when All India needs is a good opener to partner Wasim Jaffer, Sehwag is the perfect option cuz no ther opener has impressed as much anyways.. I Hope sum1 reads this and it makes a difference..

  • agr_ajay on December 11, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    there is no question of disagreeing.sehwag should be in the flight to australia.he is a proven performer in test.as someone said earlier in the forum,his last eight test match hundreds are more than 150 scores including 2 double hundreds and one triple hundred.forget india,how many batsman in the world were able to do it...simply no one.his 12 hundreds as an opener are just after sunil gavaskar.people talking about-his feets are not moving-does not understand cricket.his loss of form in one day cricket has been given as an excuse for ouster in test match cricket which is absurd.dinesh kartik and others have been given ample run to regain form but deserving sehwag has been ignored and forgotten.the present indian good batting line up can not become dangerous and intimidating without addition of sehwag for connoisseur of cricket, sehwag used to give same thrill and pleasure of watching attacking cricket which k.srikant used to give one and half decades back.

  • Viru_superstar on December 11, 2007, 8:05 GMT

    I fully agree with Ian. On any day Viru is a matchwinner. You need to be aggressive against Aussies right from the word go. Only aggressive openers will give some momentum to the innings, otherwise we will be in the backfoot from ball number one. Selectors and fans tend to mix Viru's form in one day and Test. His test match form never was bad enough to be dropped.

  • Achint on December 11, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    Quite dicey. Viru no doubt is the batsman who will scored once in six innings, but with that one inning he will win you a Test match, but the Delhi-dasher is woefully out of sorts. He is just looking a pale shdaow of himself, and for once he has also started to doubt his own abilities. WHile playing in an ODI in Mohali against Pakistan, Viru looked like a batsman who is not just playing against Pakistan but also Indian selectors. When you go in with such a mindset the chances of you coming good are miniscule. Viru needs to speak to Sourav Ganguly. The former skipper has played a pivotal role in Sehwag coming upto this level, and Ganguly's own expriences can motivate Viru to look for right path to redemption. It needs determination, it needs discpline and most of all it needs dedication from Nazafgarh-lad to make a comeback and strike it hard. Hailing from Haryana, he should draw a lot of inspiration from the desi attitude of his tribe. He needs to be happy in himself to succeed.

  • India_will_win on December 11, 2007, 2:48 GMT

    It is really an absurd idea to even think about Yuvraj Singh opening for India in test. He is a middle order batsman and he should stay there. forgot what happened to VVS Laxman as an opener? He find it hard to play his natural game. There is no comparison between Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh as one is an opener and one is a middle order bat. But yes they both are genuine match winners. Sehwag will defintiely bounce back because there is still a lot of cricket left in him. He is just 29 and his prime is yet to come. All those who thinks Yuvraj Singh should open, all those who think Sehwag is not a force any more and all those who thinks Ian Chapell is wrong when he points out that Sehwag should be there for Australia go and refresh your cricketing knowledge.

  • Ashdown on December 11, 2007, 0:40 GMT

    If Karthik and Jaffer and hopping around on Dec 26 at The M.C.G, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson will destroy them. If Jaffer and Khartik both fail, that's it, end of story, the trend will continue throughout the series. How many Indiand have scored 195 in a day during a Boxing Day Test? How many Indians have made twelve hundreds including a triple ton? Sehwag simply must be there. I still think it's irrelevant though as India have no fire power in their bowling. Expect a few draws with a few 5-700 declared score cards, as there is no real pace, plus Singh and Kumble struggle down under.

  • Hope on December 10, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    I could not agree more. I was hoping that he would get picked for test series against Pakistan as well. Pakistan is another opponent he has excelled against. I would go even further and question the logic to drop hom from the test team. Barring Hayden's consistent slaughtering of opposition bowlers, I have not seen another batsman that induces so much fear in bowlers. And I don't even remember if his performances in test were ever so ordinary to drop him. Even though the team is doing fairly okay at the moment, Sehwag would have given me a great deal of confidence about our chances of beating Ausies, however slim. The best this team can do now is to draw the series.

  • australia1991 on December 10, 2007, 21:18 GMT

    i am strongly agree with ian chappel...we do need sehwag against australian team specially brett lee. now sachin is to old to make quick runs to put pressure on bowlers but sehwag can do that he can make fastest century...if there is no sehwag i am sure india will los this series wasim jaffer, chopra and gambhir these opners dont have experience and they are not good enough to play against brett lee....sehwag rocks!!! sehwag rocks !!!!! i want sehwag rocks!!! to see in MCG hitting big sixes!!!

  • WhoNWhy on December 10, 2007, 19:08 GMT

    Sehwag got enough chances ... But in one dayers n T20s ... He was still in good form on the tests when he was dropped ... Jaffer in his current form is a certainity along with the BIG FOUR ... Now, Dinesh Karthick is in no form ... Sehwag has lost his confidence and form ... Yuvraj and gambhir are in form ... yuvraj has proved his form in tests as well and Gambhir has failed once ! But he is a specialist opener . I would still go with a specialist opener in Australia but then Yuvi should get the chance if Gambhir fails the first one or two tests...

  • jaspritchona on December 10, 2007, 19:06 GMT

    way to go ian....no wonder you are one of the most respected personalities in the world cricket. why was sehwag dropped from the tests in the first place? he averaged 50+ in tests and 30ish in the one dayers, yet for some strange reasons, he was dropped from tests and persisted with in one dayers. he is an absolute run machine when it comes to batting first in tests. he must average something crazy like 75+ in tests when batting first. he scored runs against all attacks at all venues in tests. his performance in one dayers was always below par, yet he was called back into the one dayers rather than tests. please bring back sehwag opening in tests where he belongs and not in one dayers. imagine what he would have done to this toothless pakistan attack . we need him opening in tests in australia. and aside the topic, why is rohit sharma and raina not in the test team? and what is gautam gambhir doing in the team?

  • Mohusen on December 10, 2007, 18:43 GMT

    Just like one's vision, which can either be Short Sighted or Long Sighted, so can one's career be either Short Span or Long Span. Unfortunately, V.Sehwag's career -at the top - is one of Short Span & was very good while it lasted. My Team in Batting order would be: Jaffer, Dravid, Y.Singh, Tendulkar, Laxman, Ganguly, Dhoni, Pathan, Kumble, Z.Khan & one of H.Singh,R.P.Singh, I.Sharma or A.Agarkar (depending on the pitch condition i.e. 2xpace+2xspin bowlers or 3xpace+1xspin bowler)with K.D.Karthik as 2nd keeper/batsman & G.Gambhir. I am assuming S.Sreesanth is injured as is M.Patel. Chake De India.

  • MSSVenkat on December 10, 2007, 17:19 GMT

    This is my second post here.... Am forced to... What a poor judgement by people criticising Ian.... Sehwag is a must.. All politics led to this selection guys... Sehwag failed in only SA series in tests... Even in west indies series his aggregate was more than 350 runs... He has been failing in ODIs ok i accept.. But why he has been picked in ODIs time and again and not been given an opportunity in tests... He is the fastest Indian to score 2000,3000,4000 runs in terms of no of innings...In just 52 tests 12 hundreds,better record than all..Others so called gr8s are way behind...Tell me is Gambhir or jaffer capable of winning matches lik him..?? If he is given a chance in tests, he will silence all critics and will become a regular in side.. So only vengsarkar picks him only in ODIs where u can easily find a way to drop him... Shows the Politics!! he is a must in tests.. One of the greatest openers ever,who has proved himself in all conditions... Pick him or perish!!!

  • Harsh.Joshi on December 10, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    Hello Mr.Chappell, its always a pleasure to listen from u whether be it reading online or on TV. Everyone in India r pondering over reasons for Indias better show downunder last time and viru, alongwith ganguly's captaincy, was colossal reason for it atleast in longer version(which matters the most). This time around India r confronted by basic problem i.e to pick fit or expected to be fit squad for the long tour. Coming onto ur article about Viru's selection, I tend to disagree with u mate. Yeah, Viru was a hit last time in aus and can get under the skin of any opposition and yet score heavily in the longer version of the game. But then there are a lot of IFs and BUTs about his game at the moment. He aint as sure about his place in the side and hasn't played much recently because of his inconsistency.Kumble hasn't really shown his killer instincts as u can see even in the on going series against pak India tend to drop shoulders as soon as theres a rearguard action by the opposition.

  • zinoo on December 10, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    I dont see how real fans of indian cricket could agree with this. Its utter flawed logic. If anyone can logically explain to me why he should be even considered on the australian tour, then hats off to u. Because Mr Chappell surely has not come close to providing a proper reason. I guess the Chappells will never understand indian cricket. I herd someone say that gangully never performed so great, he was only let in because other batsmen were not performing. Well sir, u answered your own question. Why should sehwag be allowed to enter a team that is performing?

  • Square_Cut on December 10, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    Are you out of your mind, mate ? What is going to be next, Ian - Recall Sunil Gavaskar ? - he he he !!

  • checkIndia on December 10, 2007, 14:58 GMT

    I really dont understand why people still persists with Sehwag,Even in Ian`s Article,he mentions only about the past performance of Sehwag,Sehwag is a dasher but everyone knows he is susceptible to swing and not in form too so is that wise to bring him for the Aus tour? What about Yuvraj,i think Yuvraj will certainly be the key for aus tour and thank god he is shining perfectly at the right time

  • India_will_win on December 10, 2007, 14:55 GMT

    It is ironic that Sehwag got his test oppurtunity on the basis of his one day performance ( His 69 ball 100 against New Zealand ) and lost his test spot due to his poor scores in one days. Recently Rahul Dravid has performed far below average, are selectors watching over him. Gambhir performed well in twenty20s but test cricket is a different ball game. Akash chopra is not a match winner and neither is Dinesh Kaarthick. To beat a team like Australia in Australia you need a match winner like Sehwag.

  • India_will_win on December 10, 2007, 14:49 GMT

    India commited a similar mistake in 1999 when they picked Hrishikesh Kanitkar over Mohd. Azaharuddin for tour down under. India lost the series by 3-0 due to some poor batting through out. Sehwag should be there against Pakistan and there is no reason for him to be left out of 24 probables against Australia. He has a poor Ranji season so far but as Ian said India need to take a gamble and put money on him. Dont forget that in 2003 Harbhajan Singh was India's no. 1 choice and Kumble didn't played the first test. But once Kumble played the rest was history. Come on India its not too late yet. Put your money on Sehwag.

  • smashing_sidd on December 10, 2007, 13:34 GMT

    Hi Ian,I have been a big fan of your dispassionate commentary and your intricate views on cricketing events,but for once,I think you've got it wrong.There is no doubting the fact that Sehwag can be a matchwinner on his day,but the problem now seems to be is that his "days" seem to be very few and far between.He has been given ample oppurtunities to prove his worth,and he has failed miserably in all of them.I vividly remember his dismissal in one of the matches against Sri Lanka before the World Cup,when he was run out in the silliest of manners for having not grounded his bat,and this was a match where he was trying to make a comeback - not the sort of commitment you would expect from an international player.Moreover,the fearless batting that made him famous in his heyday is more often than not the cause of his downfall, with most international teams having worked out his weaknesses.Viru was good,but he is well past his prime now. Sorry Mr Chappell,but you've surely got this one wrong.

  • MSSVenkat on December 10, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    Your insight is just fabulous.. Its just replicates my view.. Am a die hard fan of viru and Am so happy that the support for this tremendous batsman came from u..And to add to what u ve said, Sehwag is the only indian to have scored 100's in last two Series vs Australia.. A glorious 195 at MCG, A spectacular 155 at chepauk( he got out when india was 233/6, others had managed 65 runs in 259 balls in the meantime).. His record vs aus is 848 runs in 9 tests with avg 50 and with 2 100's and 3 50's... His scores in last tour down under were 45&0,47&47,195&11,72&47... and 76 in world 11 match... And not to forget his Stunning CATCHES... The one of katich in the outfield is best i ve seen... He has never scored even a single century against minnows in tests... He dint score 300 in ranji but dint he score in tests.. He is a big match player,Loves challenges.. His last 8 100's have all been over 150's... This consecutive record even Bradman dint Have!This shows the absurdity of this selection!!

  • mpmano on December 10, 2007, 12:17 GMT

    In any case, we need Viru in indian squad for Australia series.Just think of Previous Test Record of Viru.

  • Krishna3 on December 10, 2007, 9:46 GMT

    Yes Ian, most Australian players will remember that innings.He tore into the Aussie attack in a grand way that day. Did Viv Richards ever play like that?But the chief selector, Vengsarkar renowned for his slouch like batting thinks otherwise. He had the history of making series of unwise statements on Sehwag before, clearly a show of dislike there. Ponting once said Pietersen and Sehwag will be the next superstars, that speaks the minds of most aussie players. Mental aspect became the key whenever the stakes are high. These Indian selectors are out of touch.

  • 24by7Cricket on December 10, 2007, 9:24 GMT

    I am totally agree with Ian on this and its because I think the same way he does. Great player needs great stage to get their form back. So what if Viru is not scoring runs in Ranji? Can anybody tell me how many runs Ganguly have scored in Ranjis and County's when he was out form team for more then an year? Let me answer you :- One century in Dleep Trophy and one 80 odds in a Ranji match in a period of about 15 months. Was this performance enough for his comeback? No, he came back because other Indian batsmen were not performing at that time. And then he shows how great players can perform against all odds. No body can doubt about the ability of Viru. And if anybody do, then let me tell you that all his hundred but one are big hundreds and that's too against the attack of Australia, Africa and Pakistan. He is out because he doesn't have the crowd of bangal behind him. Because he is not as hot topic for media as Ganguly was. And all of the above, he does not belongs to Mumbai.

  • ari2007 on December 10, 2007, 9:14 GMT

    Mr.Chappell.I do agree with the intent of the piece but may be the person i.e Sehwag might not just fit in at this point of time...My take is our 6 best batsmen should play in the team plus Dhoni plus our 4 bowlers..Now with regards to intent I think one opener should be dominant and flamboyant and one who sets OZ on the back foot from ball 1 In this regard I think Yuvi is the best bet to open and in the form he is he has the potential to do a far better job than Sehwag..For the one's who think Yuvi is not a regular opener gone are the days of regular openers...was Langer or as a matter of fact Sehwag an opener when they started their careers but only thing they had in common was they were good attacking players and I guess that is what is needed in Today's cricket.Hence if the intent is to have an attacking bat at the top ..let's have the best attacking bat in the world today at the top rather than one who still bats out of Memory...Heart might say Sehwag but logic says Yuvraj

  • Ashutosh on December 10, 2007, 8:43 GMT

    Wonder whether Ian will select Matt Elliot in this Aussie squad ? Appears that the mind games of the Aussies have begun by distracting the team about extraneous issues. Sorry Ian, u're way off the mark, mate !!

  • kirangurujane on December 10, 2007, 7:46 GMT

    I am in complete agreement with Mr. Ian Chapell. Firstly Indian domestic circuit is majestically crappy and flawed. We are well below world standards in domestic cricket at least in tests. Secondly India has still not found settled opening pair. Dinesh Karthik is good as a spare keeper and thats all. He can be in the team only if Dhoni is injured or not playing. So we have a slot of an opener vacant where Sehwag easily fits in. Take any side which is rated higher than India in the test rankings and they all have a good agressive opener such as (Jayasuriya, Hayden, Smith, Vaughan). In Australia we need someone who could fight fire with fire. Sehwag is a big match player and is made for international stage.

  • watersign on December 10, 2007, 6:52 GMT

    Ian, seems like your antagonism of successful Indian cricket sans Greg Chappell is getting the better of your cricket intellect. For someone, who questioned Tendulkar's motives of playing cricket and suggested his retirement from the game because of a few human like scores, don't you find your views on Virender Sehwag's selection rather contradictory....

  • prabhu1023 on December 10, 2007, 6:21 GMT

    SPOT on, well said Ian, Sehwag India's most successful Test opener with an average of 49 with strike rate of 75. He failed just in RSA tour and had an average series against ENG at home, sacking him for that is a utter foolishness. Selectors should have had considered him just as a Test player. Sehwag dropped from Test side for his poor ODI form, but included in ODI side, no wonder our selectors are called as biggest jokers.... I remember when Sourav made a come back (with just 1 century behind him for 400 days in domestic) even i had the doubt whether will he be successful but he proved every wrong by performing consistently well in Test arena ... With Jaffer who failed in first 2 test in seaming tracks of SA and had average series in ENG against 2nd string ENG bowling attack. Dinesh karthik is a make shift opener and expectedly beginning to fail. How can some one pick T20 player like Gambhir for Test cricket ?

  • Baratn on December 10, 2007, 6:19 GMT

    Many disagree with Ian Chappel's stand on Viru's exclusion. However, I am surprised at those still supporting Ian Chappel's views.

    One of the several valid questions asked by a critic is what would Australia do in a situation like this? Would they look at past performance or look a current performer while selecting a XI ? India, at the moment, is happily spoilt for choice of performing batsmen. Why should it select a person who is not in form for inclusion in a touring team? The Big four are firing. Jaffar is doing just fine as an opener and Gambhir may have failed in the first outing but is definely looking more ominous than Sehwag currently looks. The Indian team is finding it difficult a fit in an in-form Yuvraj Singh. Is Ian being objective in the choice of an Indian team to our Australia? Ian perhaps is- if his brother ensured India got out of the world Cup in the first round, he is attempting to ensure India's continued defeat down under.

  • indianpunter on December 10, 2007, 6:03 GMT

    Dear Ian, I have been a great fan of yours and have been quite appreciate your insightful cricket commentary and am supportive of you espousing the refugee cause. i am though, very disappointed ,at the article i read in cricinfo about your support for sehwag. you start of by saying that India have lost the series by not picking sehwag! isnt that a bit rich,ian? you are either bieng dogmatic or you are not doing your research.If not either, you simply dont practise what you preach.If yu have been following the Ranji matches in India, yu will see that sehwag is hardly making a run.in contrast, Jaffer (tests) and Gambhir (ranji) are making them in tons.sehwag is not good enough to be in the 24, how can he make the 15? I remember the time when you went on and on about how Mark Taylor should have been dropped when he was having a poor run with the bat." you pick the bestXI and then pick the captain from that " was your constant refrain. or are there different standards for india?

  • yogesh1709 on December 10, 2007, 5:41 GMT

    For all those who are citing poor form of Sehwag as reason for dropping from Test Side, should know that he actually not given a chance in Test Team Since South Africa series, which is only series he has not performed. Though the selector has given him chances in ODI and T20, but I personally feel he should be retained in Test. And what you mean by player on form. Gambhir comeback from scoring a hundred in Ranji, look how many he scored at Bangalore. All the readers are reading his ODI runs for selection in Team. Have a look at his records in Test and than decide. Dinesh Kaarthik, Gambhir and chopra are no match for Sehwag. He should be opening the innings with Jaffer.

  • redneck on December 10, 2007, 5:18 GMT

    sehwag or no sehwag, miracles dont happen twice! last time india came across a underman aussie bowling attack not use to being with out Warne and mcgrath on placid australian pitches and managed to win a game after playing out of their skins for all 4 tests. the aussie side now has since delt with life after warnie and pigin and has half a dozen top notch quicks in lee, johnston, clark, tait, bracken, hilfenhus that would be walk up starts to any other test nation. they also got lucky with no WACA test last time, not the case this time! india dont have the quicks to match the aussies and will stuggle because of this!!! game, set, match australia

  • Dadda on December 10, 2007, 4:39 GMT

    Ian Chappell obviously has not been following domestic cricket in India. Viru has managed to score 57 runs at 14.25 in the Ranji Trophy so far. Though I am an ardent fan of Viru there is no logic in getting him back now - especially against the Aussies. Akash Chopra though might be a good choice - he has scored runs in the domestic season and knows what it takes to be successful down under as well.

  • Am-Raj on December 10, 2007, 1:33 GMT

    When you are playing sensible & professional cricket, with tons of better options available why should India gamble with Viru. It is know exhibition or benefit match for a noble cause. It will be know justice and one should be out of logics to consider Viru after a long train of comeback trials for Viru. I think, he deserves to be out for a while, unless he for ready for a real comeback. Allowing Viru have so many opportunities and he don't make the best of those is an insult by his own strength, skill, ability and record. He don't have it in him right now. Look at Ganguly, Zaheer, Yuvi. Viru got to toil himself to learn his lesson and to deserve a berth in the playing 11.

  • NKP1 on December 10, 2007, 1:33 GMT

    I belive consistency is the first thing any selector should look for. Viru definetly lacks in that area. You cannot select a player on the sole basis of pschological advantage. If your good and consistent, anyone will fear you..even the aussies. Besides, how many chances do you give Viru to show his potential. We know he has great "potential" but it must be exhibited in all matches no just in one match. Its time the new players get a chance to show their skills too. I personally like the squad that we had in test1 vs pakistan....only changes i would make is remove karthik and Munaf and add Yuvi & Pathan. I mean no disrespect to anyone..these were soley my opinions.

  • apersaud on December 10, 2007, 1:32 GMT

    I fully agree with Ian that Sehwag should have been the the final 24 selected for the Australia tour, but totally disagree with his reasoning in his very last paragraph. Sehwag is a terrific batsman who can tear into any bowling attack any time. He did so over and over and against Australia too. Like all batsman, he has lost form and has not been given ample opportunity to get back into his strides.That, to my mind, is no reason to exclude him, moreso, that he has some time to get back into form. What worries me is the selection policy of India. It leaves me baffled.

  • dusher on December 10, 2007, 0:36 GMT

    Chappel seems to be putting the Indian selectors, players and fan followers into a Catch22 situation! On one hand you want to infuse new talent into the team which is filled with veterans and on the other hand Ian is talking about playing with the past in mind. Records are of little consequence if it isn't going to help the team in the present! It's also true that we need to believe in our players' ability to perform irrespective of their form. But where exactly does Virender Sehwag fit into this current scenario especially with Yuvraj Singh performing the way he is! If you want to go with someone equally aggressive go with Robin Uthappa! He's possesses the same technique as Viru(or the lack of it) and is equally aggressive. A good fielder and is currently in good form. Viru has a lot of time to prove himself. He just needs to wait for the right opportunity and now isn't the best time. India as a team need to look at a winning combination on the field and not on paper!

  • 21nluvwid22 on December 10, 2007, 0:33 GMT

    Australian tour is such an important tour that Indians must concentrate on their good squad - which leaves out Sehwag.

    Sehwag has been faithful and invincible since 2003-04 tour of Australia and not many has been successful unlike him. However, he needs to be drafted back into the squad because he knows the Australian track where things are either fast or flat - whih he CAN play.

    As Mr. Chappell said, although Viru is running out of form, he should have at least been selected into the squad of 24 where he could earn a chance after how Boxing day Test goes on. He is not even in it and I think Indians will rethink later and blame their selectors why they have not picked Sehwag. My doubt is: Can Indian openers put high pressure on Aussies without sorely relying on their new players or seniors?

    By the way, if Nathan Bracken and Brad Hogg perform at their best lately, then why are they not in the Test squad, Mr. pendakur?

  • Sumu_babu on December 10, 2007, 0:20 GMT

    First of all, who should be dropped in order to include Shewag?? There is no doubt that Shewag is a match winner, but so are each players on their own terms. Cricket, especially its Test version, is not all about agression and stroke play. Espcialy now that Aussies are missing Warne and Mcgrath, India can greatly expose their part-time bowlers.

  • India_will_win on December 10, 2007, 0:19 GMT

    I am glad at least someone pointed out and noticed the abscence of Sehwag. It is true that he is not in greatest of forms but he has not been tried in test matches since India's tour of South Africa. He batted poorly there and is out of the team since then. But why Sehwag? other senior members have poor matches and series but they were retained. India's opening slot is incomplete without Sehwag. Can you expect players like Aakash Chopra who plays 150 balls for their 40s and 50s to fill in Sehwag shoes? or Gautam Gambhir who cant leave the temptation to play away from his body? Wasim Jaffer is having a great year but his real test will be in Australia. Dinesh Kaarthick is a good fighter but he can not match the powerful shots of Sehwag. Sehwag may not find a place in One Day team but he deserves every chance in Tests. One his eyes set, he can destroy best of attacks and India really needs someone like him in Australia who can demoralise them and give them a taste of their own medicine.

  • Lucky07 on December 9, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    I am totally disagree with the comment of Ian on Viru. I think Ian have not seen the young current Indian team who have six most talented bat with strong backup as well which is capable of beating any site at this time. Kumble knows that he is leading the best indian team of last two decade who probably going to change the fortune of Indian team at overseas. Viru is good batsman but Indian team at the moment have no place of bluff as they are confident to win in Australia.

    Harish Kakkar

  • pgupta315 on December 9, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    I agree with Ian's opinion. It never really made any sense to me to take Sehwag out of the test arena anyways on the first place when he boasts of an avg of 50 and strike rate close to 80. He was always a match winner for us in the tests especially because of his pace of making runs. He has been among the few players who has prospered in foreign conditions like New Zealand where every single player failed for us.Selectors just don't make sense sometimes..why is Ishant Sharma playing for India when he has hardly bowled in 12 matches in his life.I thought Praveen Kumar looked very promising in his debut match and if not, then VRV has a better record than Sharma. But once again, instead of supporting the players, they have made some insensible decision that hurts the players and the team. I can't help but think that there must be some politics involved in this. But,fortunately for us, we have a good bench with Yuvi,Gambhir,Karthik and Chopra to fill in Viru's shoes.

  • K_RAJEEV on December 9, 2007, 22:11 GMT

    If you have technical weaknesses you will be find out sooner than later nowadays. Thanks to all those technical gadgets and dedicated teams to analyze player for their strength and weakness. you will see this pattern quite frequently nowadays, a batsman scoring runs for the intial couple of years and then fading away. Shewag surely one of those popular addition to that list. I can name quite a few Andrew Strauss of England, Dilshan of Srilanka few names coming to mind. I would rather advice Shewag to play in the English county next season to improve his batting skills. He is such a wonderful player to bat and it is a pity if has to sign off like this. Viru if you are reading this, you can definitly come back. We want you back. but make sure you have the technique to play at this level

  • kamineni on December 9, 2007, 21:50 GMT

    I completely disagree with Ian. I hope even CA doesn't take that decision saying that it is a gamble. To be selected in any team, they need to prove consistency and i suspect this to be an absolute mind game from Ian. I dont think he selects any one saying he had performed in the past if he is in selection committee.

  • insightfulcricketer on December 9, 2007, 21:36 GMT

    I agree with Ian that Shewag should have been included in the squad if Indian think tank wants to win. However foolish it may see now given Shewag's current domestic form he is the perfect player to "soften" an attack and let the heavy cavalry to roll in. In Australia where there is little sideways movement beyond the first few overs a player who can utilize the bounce and the big open spaces is a must. As Chappel said a gamble was needed and Shewag would hav fit the bill . Nobody can visualize Karthik to come even close to playing Aussies at an even keel forget dominating. The other "small" worry is about taking 20 green cap wickets. The only way possible is for Kumble to take wickets with marathon spells like last time 7-156 . The more time and runs he has as cushion the better.Once again only Shewag could provide that platform. However if Shewag does not make it after all then Yuvraj has to play.

  • Kazzamers on December 9, 2007, 20:50 GMT

    Yes, given Kartik's poor form, Sehwag should have been back.He shoed good form in 20-20 WC.Like bhajji and pathan, Sehwag should also have been back.Its a big error.Kumble has favoured Dinesh Kartik and it is a mistake.

  • DiabolicMagicSquare on December 9, 2007, 20:22 GMT

    its really a shame that players like Yuvraj Singh and Sehwag are not regulars in Indian test team.Again Yuvraj has proved why he has to be in Indian team-not because he scored 169 against Pakistan in B'lore, but becaue of his strike rate which was around 85 .Its no coincidence that without Sehwag Indian's have been struggling to win tests,again,not because there are not enough players in the present team to score hundreds but there are none who could score at a scorching rate like Sehwag.The way Sehwag affair has been handled has really dented his confidence.If we have to win tests we need to have players like Yuvraj and Sehwag who have an attacking game and can beat Aussies in their own game. If some indians are in any illusion that the same team which is playing against Pakistan minus Yuvraj/Viru will have any chance against Aussies then i can assure them that they will be soon disillusioned.Aussies would be more than happy to bowl to the likes of Sourav/Tendulkar than to Sehwag.

  • Isaiah on December 9, 2007, 20:21 GMT

    I disagree with Ian Chappell on this one. There is no room for Sehwag on this tour. He will be a sitting duck. All he is good for is a quick 30 or 40. For him to do anything more the Aussies will have to drop catches like they did last time. Sehwag has NEVER made a significant knock without multiple catches being dropped off him. When luck is with him he can be murderous, yes - I just don't like building a team based upon luck factor, that too right at the top of the order. Sehwag is a #6/#7 type batsman in my eyes, and right now India has a number of options at those spots.

    Looking forward to a great series! It does puzzle me somewhat that the 5-test series is not in favour anymore, except for the Ashes. Maybe I am old-fashioned but I like to see a 5-test series - it is a true "test" of the two teams, whereas shorter series' can sometimes produce a distorted looking result.

    Regards, Isaiah

  • Azad15 on December 9, 2007, 18:00 GMT

    What the hell Indian selectors are doing,they havent selected viru for the series down under.They know that sehwag is best test opener that India ever had.It was the biggest blunder by not selecting him against pakistan against whom he has scored three double centuries.He played a crucial role in Indias first ever series win in pakistan.In the last australian tour it was he who gave a brilliant start in most of the matches.He was never out of form in test matches but he is still not there in the team.You cannot compare sehwags quality international inings with the player scoring in ranjis matches but still getting selected for india...I must say that India are again making blunder by not picking the SULTAN OF MULTAN for series down under.

  • ranga41 on December 9, 2007, 17:43 GMT

    I am one of the many who have been deeply saddened by the omission of Viru even at the preliminary stage.His match winning contributions and the way they were achievedwill surely put him far ahead of many of the other names in the list.If the adage "form is temporary, but class is ..." is anything to go by,discussion on his so called loss of form is sulperflous.There must be some other reason for the selectors to omit Viru' and sadly it appears that his name will be added to the lisi of enigmas of Indian cricket, examples of which are: Dropping of Nayan Mongia folloed by the moaning of non availability of wicketkeepers of class. Dropping of Sadagopan Ramesh after just one injury lay off (even when he had a healthy average) and the subsequent long drawn search for the "right" opening combination. Dravid's resignation from capataincy after he had done almost everything right during his brief tenure. It is a pity that our media is a mute spectator to this sorry state of affairs.

  • Vanchy on December 9, 2007, 17:36 GMT

    Sehwag is a shadow of what he was in the last tour. His feet are still not moving and his confidence is way too low for him to make an impact with those feet nailed to the crease. Strategy to tackle Sehwag!! I think even the Mumabi bowlers didnt bother about him in the Ranji Trophy. Do we need someone who can brutally attack the ball at the top of the order or do you want someone who plays his shots and respects cricketing technique and uses his brains. We have enough people knocking on the test selection doors and wasting time on Sehwag who cant score a run to save his life now would be extremely unfair on all players who are performing and hoping to make it to the team. Another aside to this argument - Whose side do you think Ian Chappel is on should help anyone understand why he wants to pack a recent non performer in the team.

  • ashe20 on December 9, 2007, 17:25 GMT

    Although Viru is not making centuries recently, he is more than capable of doing it at any point. This is based on the evidence that Ganguly has given us today. What ever statistics that the Indian selectors have used to keep Viru out of the top 24 players has to be biased (this is no pun if you understand statistics). What if Tendulkar and co. have an average performance? Will the selectors continue to suck up to them and the sponsors of these legends??

  • Raja30 on December 9, 2007, 17:11 GMT

    Yes, he should not only been selected in the preliminary squad of 24 but he should have been even selected in the playing XI against Pakistan instead of Gambhir with whom he averaged 91.14 in tests and he too would have got some form which would add to India's strength and a good message to Australia also.

  • Kusrithi on December 9, 2007, 16:47 GMT

    I disagree with Ian's comments! We all agree Viru is good player and he has good records in Test. But the problem is, selectors have given many chances to show his form even if he had failed in first class renji matches too. I think viru has got many chances to prove his talent, but he never utilized. So I think selectors decision is good. Now a days, as a team, India is not depending upon a single player (senior or junior) but the team performance. India is learning how to perform as a team. You can see the matches after T20 world cup. We have improved a lot when compared to the old days. Indian team is batting well and only problem is bowling wing. If selectors had selected Viru, which position will he play ? So selectors has made a good decision. Gud luck Indians in Australia .

  • lukbala on December 9, 2007, 16:22 GMT

    hi, i want to ask ian will he do be doing the same thing if he would have been australia's selectors to select a out of form player who has done some wonders about 5 years back and asking to repeat the same.even if he is playing 75% of his old form we can have a look at him. but with current batting performence he can be a spectator for whole series.and mr.chappell knows there is only chance to go with viru to play and spoli not only his future but also india 's chances of some good ahow.once he gets out in the begignning aus have all the chance to sneak in and put pressure instead of having to work out plans to get rid middle order.same man will be commenting once u select viru that india selected a out of form player rather than going with inform player against mighty aussies.we know the tactics of aussies to intimiditate the oppossition.thnks ian please look after u r country.

  • Zaheerkhanis on December 9, 2007, 15:40 GMT

    Indian Opening has always been an issue. I feel comfortable with Wasim Jaffer at one end. I think Sehwag should be on the tour. I would give him a chance once as he can demoralize the bowlers. I have heard that the first test will be on a flat track so he can be a handful. It would be difficult for Dinesh Kartik/Gautam Gambhir(dont get me wrong. they are tough batsmen) to adjust to the bounce. One thing Sehwag brings is his part time bowling. At times you need to give rest to the main bowlers and he can be a good choice.

  • rockx on December 9, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    I absolutely agree with Ian Chappel. Sehwag's exclusion from even the list of 24 probables defies logic and common sense. So what if he failed in a couple of Ranji games. He's got a fantastic test record and scored runs against all opposition in all parts of the world and should have never been dropped from the Test squad. He's been our best test opener since Sunil Gavaskar. His one-day form was counted against him to drop him from the test squad, how stupid was that.

  • jc_narasimhan on December 9, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    Ian may or may not be right. Viru could have been the black horse for this tour. But the big question: WHERE DO YOU FIT SEHWAG?

    Well now for an even bigger question: WHERE DO YOU FIT YUVRAJ? The only option for Kumble is to ask Dinesh Karthik double up both as an opener and the 'keeper and pull Yuvi in. Dhoni clearly needs to go to the Australian side as a backup keeper and the only matches he can play are the tour ones and the ODIs. We couldn't have this option if he - as most of his critics concur-had been made the captain of the test team. What a foolish blunder that would have been ! And his insulting smirk in the press conference would not have earned him too many friends when he was asked why Dravid was 'rested' in the 7th ODI against Australia.

  • Sameer_Gupta on December 9, 2007, 13:21 GMT

    I totally agree with Ian Chappel's article. India's selection process has improved but one needs to realize that to challenge australia in their own backyard, you need a potent mix of talent and hubris, something which only sehwag, yuvraj and to some degree dhoni possess. Only sehwag among these three has actually proven himself in aus and come on why the hell are we punishing sehwag in tests for his poor odi form? India cannot bundle out the self-destructing pakis twice, how do they plan to get aussies out 2 times if it relies on old warhorses to do the bulk of the scoring at 2.5 rpo? What is especially annoying is the choice of alternative in Dinesh Karthik. I dont have anything personal against him but this chap lacks the talent to succeed down under. Indian selectors do not learn from their mistakes; they over invested in a similar talentless player called kaif, these guys can produce that purple patch but nothing more, let them play icl/ipl whatever,test cricket is beyond them.

  • CIDU on December 9, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    Thanks Ian. We can always rely on you for an exceptional analysis & straight talk. Sehwag's test career's been toyed with for 1 reason only - Vengsarkar's ego dropping a man for the sake of dropping. Vengsarkar is in the game of finger pointing rather than working as a unit towards common goals. After any poor show he always came out & made nasty comments about players (hence the gag by BCCI). With Sachin he back-tracked fast for he knew he may bite off more than he can chew. With Sehwag after S.Africa he saw his chance & pounced to show he has "guts" (as with Dravid for ODI's recently vs Pak). This senseless & disgusting stuff's robbed Sehwag, Indian fans & the game itself. Now he agrees on Chopra/Gambhir to appease North Zone. Karthick opening vs Aus?? Gimme a break! Every test attack has been breathing a sigh of relief ever since Sehwag's been MIA. You don't drop a man for the sake of it especially one who averages 50, destroys attacks in all conditions & has a fine cricketing mind.

  • serendipiti on December 9, 2007, 13:05 GMT

    Can't agree with Ian more.Sehwag is a proven performer and a match winner.Special players have to be treated specially.After all you don't get a guy who scores 195 in a day or 300 at the drop of a hat..so handle such guys carefully.To me(and many more I believe)Sehwag is no less than a Tendulkar or a Ganguly(though statistics may speak otherwise).And no mistake...Gautam Gambhir may be great 20-20 player but stands no chance against Sehwag.Asking a guy who scores the country's only triple century or 195 in a day(in fact less than a day!)to prove himself in a Ranji Trophy is pure waste of time....there'e still time...get him on the plane to Aus and open with Rahul Dravid and Sehwag(Rahul would be the perfect partner for him) and Yuvraj too gets to play...we cud have lineup that can challenge God's XI.

  • burping.buddha on December 9, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    Not at all Mr.Chappel! Sehwag's inclusion would be the the last thing on the Indian think tank's mind. However, what would be givin them a headache, is how they could possibly fit in Yuvraj. The Indian opening pair looks settled with Jaffer in the form of his life and Karthik gettin a bunch of runs in England(although his recent failures in the current series against Pakistan might just see Gambhir nip in ahead of him). Indian fans and selectors alike have long since been frustrated with Sehwag's wafts outside off and his inside edges on to the stumps.

  • ssjumbo on December 9, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    As always Ian chappell is right. - Yuvi has scored 169 but who is going to open the innings with Jaffer? If Gambhir is in, then anyway Yuvi is out. Yuvi wouldn't have the guts to open in Aus; The seniors would pull rank not to open. - Then the team management may sacrifice the usual lamb VVS to open to include Yuvraj. To sacrifice VVS would be dumb against Australia. Gambhir wouldn't last 10 balls to Lee with his shuffle and tendency to be LBW to the incoming delivery.

    This time OZ will cut down on the Indian boundaries - the strategy they used to win against India in their last tour. Steve waugh was attacking even India were 600 in Melbourne - may be it was just ego. with the Indians' running between the wickets, they are going to struggle if the boundaries dry up. And with 4 bowlers, which they will go with scared of being bowled out, they will struggle to get even the top 5 out.

    Sehwag is worth the risk..

  • yogesh1709 on December 9, 2007, 12:02 GMT

    contd.. The best illustration of Sehwag domination of international bowling attack is - who is highest scorer for india a single day of a Test match- it is none other than Sehwag at the top - he scored 228 not out against Pakistan in Multan in a single day and scored 195 against the Australia at Melbourne in just two session against a bowling attack which includes Megrath, Bret Lee. He got out just before Tea for trying to hit a six for complete his Double hundred. Dinesh Kaarthik has just performed better in England during last series. scored two good half centuries is not match of sehwag who has scored some big hundred, double hundred and the only triple hundred from india. He is too good a player to be left out from a Test Team.

  • ravibhushan on December 9, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    Unlike Mr. Vishal above I have the utmost respect for you Ian but I tend to disagree with you on this one. Especially after Yuvi's century yesterday :) Where does one find a place for an out of form batsman in a line up like that? What's more do you really think the Aussie selectors would have made the kind of exception you are asking the Indian selectors to make in Viru's case?

  • pendakur on December 9, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    I do not agree with Ian at all.No one is invincible all the time.If only the seniors keep playing all the time when will be new talent given any chance to show their talant.there's abundant talent waiting for their chance in the side wings.well,aussies do not follow what Ian is trying to tell us.they change their players based on their latest performance--not on the seniority at all.to intimidate any team,that too aussies,you need total,concerted team effort and not one single person!!!

  • gauravjn on December 9, 2007, 11:56 GMT

    Sehwag is a must for the Australian tour. One of the reasons India succeeded in their last tour down under was the aggressive starts he provided and was successfully in unsettling the bowlers. By playing slow or just keeping wickets in hand is playing right into the hands of the Aussies. Strategically he should be opening in the test along with Jaffer. He has always been a better player in the longer version of the game. It is not possible for just any player to score a triple century aginst the likes of shohaib akhtar or to score a single day 195 against the aussies Its sheer stupidity to leave him behind for of his poor display in the one day format.

  • joshilay on December 9, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    I would love to have Sehwag's bat do the talking against the rampant Aussies mainly to negate their opening bowlers, rather decimate them, this time around. I was one among the blood hounds who wanted Viru be given a break to get back his form, when he was playing that bad, a year ago. Same was the case I had put forward for Sauruv Ganguly too, because they had taken for granted their positions and didn't deliver the goods.

    Anyway, Sehwag is a class palyer and you wouldn't want to him to warm teh sidelines and that too when his test form wasnt that bad at the tiem of the cut. He got the cut as he was doing bad in the one dayers. See, Sauruv Ganguly is playing some innings of his life nowadays. He's a stronger player now.

    I am a supporter of KArthik and sadly he hasn't p[erformed well in this ongoing series, the poor guy !!! He should be given more chances. But I now think that Viiru should be taken on behest of him for teh opener slot with Jaffer.

    VIRU will torment the AUS!!

  • yogesh1709 on December 9, 2007, 11:48 GMT

    Yes, Mr Chappel you are 100 percent right. I am not sure whether Sehwag deserve a oneday spot, but he should definitely be in the playing XI of Test. He has got such a excellent record all over the world in Test matches. He only failed in one series in South Africa and then permanently dropped on Test Sqaud. Can anybody forget his innings of 195 at Malbourne against the Aussies last time india tour there. How can anybody ignored a player who has got an average of 58 against Aus in Australia. It is foolish decision of selectors, prefering Kaarthik and Gambhir over Sehwag. Though Sehwag is not scoring big in Domestic cricket, but it does not mean that he is not capable. He can straightaway deliver at international level. Look at Gambhir, he scored a big hundred in Ranji Trophy, what happpened in Bangalore. Sehwag is need of team india in Australia.

  • Saiful_Brisbane on December 9, 2007, 11:39 GMT

    V. Shewag should have been in the squad, since he is the perfect match winner in any form of Cricket. He should have been selected and given a chance to open the innings with W. Jaffar. Even though India has got a strong batting line up but I would not be surprised if it struggles against Brett Lee and Co. It should also be mentioned that it has very weak pace attack to fight against Ricky Ponting's man. I think, India does not want to win the series on Australian soil rather Indians would be very much happy if they can manage to draw the series.

  • Sir-Abhi on December 9, 2007, 11:35 GMT

    Cricket is not about gambling. Its about your skill vs your opponents. just because someone scored one 195 doesnot mean they deserve a recall. They should show form and everything. I am sure you would be saying the same thing if they picked sehwag. THis would be you "I think India have made a big mistake as Sehwag has been given enough chances and he hasnot proved himself worthy for selection". Sorry but i thought you had a better knowledge about cricket than your brother but i guess you dont.

    Yours Abhi

  • Khubaib on December 9, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    I really like Chappel's comment on shewag but I think that subcontinent captain take their role as only on the field they are not much involved in the selection process they are happy with what have been given to them.Similarly Afridi should have been in Pakistan's test squad,he gives them variety in batting and bowling.Instead of Pathiv Patel they should have Shewag in probables,its no point picking three specialist WK in squad.

  • Strategist on December 9, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    I tend to disagree with Ian Chappel's analysis on the implications of Sehwag not being considered for the Australian tour. I would not however belittle his thought process by branding it as an attempted "mind game" to unsettle the team prior to what promises to be an extremely high stakes tour. The Indian team is on a high after the successful T20 World Cup campaign, and has been further buoyed by the ongoing success in the home series against Pakistan. The team seems to have settled into a nice groove with Kumble at the helm, and the senior-junior divide seems less visible, with Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman among runs, Irfan Pathan back in rhythm and Yuvraj making a hard-to-ignore claim for a permanent test spot.In Jaffer and Gambhir, India has a potentially stable left-right combo at the top, the middle order looks soid, and Irfan can play the role of a floater. For the selectors, dropping a woefully out of form Sehwag, was a no-brainer, and Kumble must have happily concurred.

  • InternationalCricketFollower on December 9, 2007, 10:53 GMT

    Chappel is right and I thought he will have a spot, when dinesh karthik was making a series of low scores. Although after Yuvraj's century I assume he will have to do something really well in first class cricket and get his position back. I think Harbhajan will also loose his spot too. :( 1. Jaffer 2. Tendulkar 3. Dravid 4. Ganguly 5. Yuvraj 6. Dhoni 7. Laxman 8. Pathan 9. Kumble 10. Khan 11. Munaf Or Sreesanth If The Order Is Wrong My Apologies

  • mo13 on December 9, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    Ian, Viru's not been there for quite some time now; no reason to have him back in the squad. The Indians have a long a powerful batting line and these guys are hungry for runs especially against the Aussies and surely winning in Australia for the senior Indian players will be magical; afterall it may well be their last time playing test in Australia.

  • vsgarg on December 9, 2007, 9:29 GMT

    i think this time indians having best selectors of time ...........they are doing just like profeesionals ...on what basis sehwag should have been incuded in 24 if he is playing worst being the captain of delhi side and gambhir is playing from the same team very well..........and one thing to not u can't keep yuvraj out of 11 in the rate of not in form sehwag and bsides if u want cracker on ur side then i think yuvraj ,sachin(see his last 10 test strike rate and u will know)are there, pure test performer like dravid ,gambhir,laxman ,jaffer are there and dhoni who can easily shift his cricket according to situation........so who wants sehvah

  • Rex_Da_King on December 9, 2007, 8:57 GMT

    The problem with the selectors is- they just don't know when to bank on youth and when on experience. Gambhir has no real test scores except a century against Bangladesh and hasn't been an outstanding performer in the Test arena. No doubt he has prospered in T20 (highest scorer for India), and to some extent in the recent ODIs.

    But Sewhag has banished the balls to the boundaries against all oppositions. And he has taken care of hot-headed approach, appearing a bit more composed at the crease. He needn't open the innings- in fact he could come lower down the order and play a swashbuckling innings like Gilchrist does so many times for Australia- and he can do that.

    THAT WILL SAVE HIM FROM THE TROUBLES OF THE NEW BALL.

    He can clear the boundaries better than anyone else (except perhaps Yuvraj) and his aggressive attitude will be right approach agaist Australia.

  • lestokes on December 9, 2007, 8:52 GMT

    I agree with a couple of the earlier responses, with some exception i respect Ian Chappell greatly as a commentator and his judgment is quite good. However, this one about sehwag seems a little off key. I think that there seems to be a current running through world cricket that seems to be 'out with the old in with the new'. So Give India a break, India a far better team without Sehwag anyway. So people like Ian and others alike need to get over this obsession with players who were good back then but frankly now have scored there last six. His agility and power frankly is not were it was when India visited in 2003/04 and his age now is a big question. So Ian and those fans alike you need to let go of this nonsense and embrace the Indian squad of today not yesterday. Jaffer is young and has shown promise. Similarly Gambhir has also shown promise and Y Sin. I'm sure the answer is pretty self explanatory when the class of sehwag is not included in the world class Indian team of today.

  • theflyingdutchman on December 9, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    Certainly, i think Viru would be a wise selection in the touring 24, Mr. Chappell, who always provides us with wise comments is correct in saying that Australia should worry about him within there planning and there long list of Indian Match winners. Personally, i believe that the Indian team with a long list of its Match winners, with Sehwag in the Mix, will provide Australia with a few problems. Although the current indian opening combination has been fairly successful, Sehwag opening the batting with a Solid Jaffer will provide india with the perfect batting line up that they have been looking for, & with Yuvi already causing headache's its all the more reason the include sehwag. India in the past have had issues with Sehwag's Partner, now they have Jaffer, why not include Sehwag to Dent the Aussies?

  • vishalharris78 on December 9, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    I totally disagree wiht Ian Chappel. Mr Ian what you and your bro Greg did to the autralian cricket, you ditch the national team coz of money thrown towards you by Mr Packer in 80's.I think Ian you should first think about you and your past your and your brother are crap.Your brother tried to finish indian cricket targeting sachin, saurav and promissig pathan.You are the biggest liar and if you want to make statemant about other cricketing team, first ask your guys to be good sportsman. Specially Ponting and that Simonds. Do you guys think you are god of cricket? Stop this and one more thing you guys are dealing big problwm in your local sport like AFL and NRL deal wht the drug problem within your sporting fields and than make any statemant.You should stop for your sake coz if not then you will loose respect.Even now you have lost in so many people might be in future in all, so MR Ian Chappel stop making crap about other teams look in yours first.

  • kewlneo on December 9, 2007, 8:30 GMT

    It is nice to start off the attacks on the opposition even before they step on to Australian soil. It shows you Aussies do fear India. As far Viru is concerned, India can still get 600 runs with out him.

  • skrishnan16 on December 9, 2007, 7:40 GMT

    Viru is not a only an attacking batsmen but also a useful off spin bowler. he can take wickets at any time when all other bowlers suffer. Viru is always successful on foreign pitches

  • sdwaipayan on December 9, 2007, 7:29 GMT

    Players are supposed to be selected based on current form and not on past endevours. Sure past records should be taken into account but not fully. I am sure had Sehwag been included in the probables based on previous tour records, Mr. Chappel would have just said the opposite. This is surely the all famous aussie mind games. If previous records are so important then they should think twice about playing Bret Lee in the test series. After all he conceded more than 200 runs in the sydney test...Mr. Chappel please go and give some of these advice to the aussie selectors....

  • JaySarkar on December 9, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    Chappell is being patriotic and has started the mental game ahead of the series. If only life was played on past achievements, he;d have been right. He is either totally out of touch with how cricket is played or just being naughty - the latter is more like it. One does not hear him ask for the return of Katich who saved the Aussies from defeat in Sydney - why not? His past record is what Indians would fear, wouldn;t they Mr Chappell? The reality is that the Aussies fear the Indians' - both their refusal to be advised by self-appointed do-gooders or being bullied by their 'experts' or players alike. Their 'mental games' dont work on indian players and that takes away one of their weapons. Concentrate on your team Chappell, ask why the team cant decide on a leg spinner; why Shaun Tait is better than Stuart Clark, why Andrew Symonds does not deserve a place ahead of Brad Hodge in tests. Be patriotic in the real way.

  • apyboutit on December 9, 2007, 7:24 GMT

    And thus, officially, started the 2007-8 Border-Gavasker trophy tour down under. The Aussies are so fantastic at such deceptive banter - almost always succeeding to play the opposition into their games! It has taken (quite) a while, but (thanks to media and Information technology) I think that many of us are on to it now! Thanks for the valuabe thought Ian. So, "Aussies fear Veeru". Here's the solution - "someone in the Indian team will impersonate him". Here's some receprocation in kind - the Aussies would be well served to coax Damien & Darren out of their retirements and should select Jason in the team - as this Aussie team lacks sufficent experience. After all, last series, even THE Champion team almost lost the series. And, there should be no coin toss in any of the matches. Let's decide it over a card game!

  • India_No.1 on December 9, 2007, 7:16 GMT

    I disagree with Ian,forget Sehwag get Yuvraj in the team, he walked out when India were in all sorts of trouble at 4/61, he and Ganguly steadied the ship and Yuvraj blasted an excellent knock of 169. India do not need to take gambles like bringing Sehwag into the squad, when they have the like of Jaffer, Dravid, Tendulker,Ganguly, Laxman and Yuvraj.

  • MananWad on December 9, 2007, 6:25 GMT

    I completely disagree with Ian...... I do not think selectors did any mistake by not choosing Sehwag as he is not the part of succesful team.If selectors keep selecting thinking the past record then we will have at least 50 men team which is not feasible...... We should keep in mind austrian did the same thing by not selecting Hayden in some of the past series.. can Ian say australian did wrong?? anyways i do think this indian team will prove Ian wrong... all the best Ian and Indian Team.. :)

  • Deep_N on December 9, 2007, 5:55 GMT

    Ian, i dont agree with your suggestion that Shewag should have been IN the 24 probables named by the selectors...agreed, he has had a fairly good test career but his form in recent times has been wretched to say the least... its better for him to get back that form by proving himself in the domestic circuit... and as far as the aussies are concerned, they will have a great headache this series as dravid, laxman, sachin & ganguly will try to finish on a high, considering that this will possibily the last series for them down under ! so, sit back and enjoy the batsmenship, very few will miss a shewag this time...

  • chan77 on December 9, 2007, 5:43 GMT

    I think that India is going to win this series in Australia. The current opening combo does have a problem, but Sehwag is certainly not the solution.

    I agree with Yaksha, Ian. This is just not on; his form is just as fractured as his attitude. We have long gone past the stage where we needed psychological edges against Australia; Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman have settled that several times over the last decade. The Aussies themselves have conceded that this series will as 'important' as the Ashes and they have respect for the Indians.

    The same Indian bunch of 2003; well the core at least, are heading towards the sunset and the battle will have a terminal tinge... This time from the Indian side.

    I am sure Lee and the young bunch of Aussie fast bowlers aren't going to walk onto the greens with chips on their shoulders.

    Sehwag is a non-issue.

  • Habu on December 9, 2007, 5:42 GMT

    Chappell's comment would have been more appropriate if India did not have the batting line up as they have right now. After Yuvraj's century yesterday, it seems almost impossible to break into the batting line-up. I guess the big question is who would be left out or who would open with Jaffer. A desperate team may have welcomed an out of form Sehwag, but this team can bank on its talent & experience to deliver. Sehwag's unpredictable at the top may not be the best thing for the Indian batting line-up right now. Having said that, i Certainly hope that at some point of time Sehwag makes it back to the test team.

  • deepu767 on December 9, 2007, 5:33 GMT

    Yes! Sehwag must be in Indian top order, dont uderestimate with his recent performences. He is very good in Australian soil and we need a batsman like viru, who can blast as an opening batsman.

  • Saxo on December 9, 2007, 5:30 GMT

    Spot on! Not sure what the thought process of the selectors is - but based on his test record and how he played in Aus last time, he should be included in the Test squad. Whether to include him in the playing 11 or not is a different question, but to say he is not in the top 24 players and the top 3 or 4 openers in the country is ridiculous.

    And the commenters who see "conspiracy" in Ian's comments - grow up!

  • Ganes.V on December 9, 2007, 5:25 GMT

    I agree with Ian. Sehwag should have been included in th squad. For that matter even against Pakistan, had Sehag been there, at least a couple of bowlers in the current Pakistan team would have had butterflies in their stomach. He has got a wonderful record against them. If you take the last few test innings which Sehwag has played against the Australians, it would show how wel he has played. Yes he is not in his prime form now. But he still can bat and deliver results as well. Just that he is going through a very bad patch which many others have gone through but they were lucky enough to have got more chances than what Sehwag got! Instead of having a regular opener to partner Wasim Jaffar Indian selectors keep on TRYING with others and thereby virtually spoiling their careers. Hope the selectors would still re-consider their decision and give Veeru another chance.

  • nelrod03 on December 9, 2007, 5:12 GMT

    I disagree with Ian Chappell. How many chances were given to V. Sehwag!!! Perhaps Ian is unaware how many times Sehwag has been out for low scores in the current Ranji Trophy. The BCCI should select the best from the last Test being played against Pakistan and the good ones in the domestic cricket in India.

  • Arjun85 on December 9, 2007, 5:05 GMT

    People always talk about the way Aussie captains play mind games with the opposing team. Unfairly neglected are people like Ian Chappell who use a different forum but do the same. The title of the article is "India's first mistake.." implying there will be many more to come. And include Sehwag? We have Wasim Jaffer who is in great form. Karthik hasn't played well this series but we have another batsman knocking on the team's doors - Yuvraj. He's been playing phenomenally well. After all, it was Yuvraj who destroyed a full strength Australian attack in the semi-final of the 20-20, and I'm sure Lee et al still remember it. To expect to drop an opener (probably Karthik), include Sehwag and ignore Yuvraj is just what the Aussies would want. Right, Mr. Chappell?

  • Tamrhind on December 9, 2007, 5:04 GMT

    In your 'analysis', you use a golden phrase which tells everyone why Sehwag can't face the Ocks after Xmas: he isn't part of "a settled and successful Indian side" and, as any Ozzie should know, you can't argue with success.

  • Vinos-cric-critics on December 9, 2007, 4:58 GMT

    Hats off Ian, you are spot on, what you said is absolutely right, i dont think, india has any chances of winning the series down under, if it goes there with out sehwag. Every body in our indian team has problems in handling pace and swing together, but viru has great hand eye co-ordination to counter those moving deliveries, a swash buckling hundred againt newzealand in newzealand a few years back can give you some idea about this man's ability to handle the moving ball. Viru can surely take the attack to the australians', it would be really stupid if we drop sehwag for the series down under. Though his one day form has declined, his test record still looks great with an extraordinary strike rate, Viru should be in the indian squad as well as in the playing eleven .......oh common kumble, u need sehwag to intimidate the aussie pace batteries............

  • SunilPotnis on December 9, 2007, 4:49 GMT

    I partially agree with Chappell's philosophy of going for attacking players against Australia but I think Shewag is not in the same class as one would like to think. I always believed Shewag failed in 50 matches and scores a hundred in 51st and secures position in next 50 matches. That 195 in 2003-04 at MCG, Ian Chappell is referring to may have been 51st match of Shewag after 50 below par scores. Anyway Australians are too strong and India may have the talent but I don't see them challenging Australians on the field. The only team that could have thrashed mighty Australians was Clive Lloyds's West Indians with Holding/Garner/Roberts/Marshall as bowlers and Sir Viv, Greenidge & Haynes, Kalicharan and Lloyd himself batting.

  • Ramen on December 9, 2007, 4:45 GMT

    Cricket is not cards. Nor does it endorse bluffmasters. I am not buying Mr. Chappell's arguments in this article since current form is THE word which he has missed out thoroughly. Although Sehwag was a potent firecracker during India's previous trip to downunder, he is currently not in control of the finer nuances of his art and from a pure practical point of view, you don't want a lame horse to pull your ride. Instead, Aussies have never been exposed to Jaffer and in the light of his current sublime form, may find him less sugary to handle than Jaffa cakes. Since cricket is not cards, it makes more sense to fill the ranks with able men instead of expecting the best team in world cricket to fold to a stupid cold bluff.

  • deathstrike on December 9, 2007, 4:35 GMT

    I think the selectors have made a huge mistake. Sehwag is someone who strikes fear in his opponents.Without him India will not have enough batsman to match aggressive people like Gilchrist, Hayden,Lee and so on. Australia definetly fear him and with no Pigeon McGrath and Warney to intimidate him he would have proved useful for this tour to attack newbies like Johnson, Clark and so on. i do hope the selectors still add him to the squad later on otherwise it will be a big loss.

  • Cricconnoisseur on December 9, 2007, 4:25 GMT

    Lets face it - Australia is still a very good bowling attack, may be the best ion the world - but they would mis McGrath and Warne. They would miss them when the opponents attack relentlessly. Stuart Clarke, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson may bowl like Mcgrath and Warne or like club bowlers depeneding on if you are playing to surivive or playing to attack and apply pressure. We saw Yuvraj do that to Clark in T20; we saw Sangakkara give them a genuine scare last week. We need positive, aggressive stroke players, and we need them at the top. Sehwag is my man for that.

  • rappedonthepads on December 9, 2007, 4:19 GMT

    Agree with the article 100% as I was terribly disappointed with the omission, one that doesnt make sense at any level. Sehwag should already have been in the side playing test matches against Pakistan, but instead he's also been excluded from the 24 probables. Just doesn't make any sense and as with the article, we've missed a crucial trick by leaving Viru out.

  • Vinos-cric-critics on December 9, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    Hats off Ian, you are spot on, what you said is absolutely right, i dont think, india has any chances of winning the series down under, if it goes there with out shewag. Every body in our indian team has problems in handling pace and swing together, but viru has great hand eye co-ordination to counter those moving deliveries, a swash buckling hundred againt newzeland in newzeland a few years back can give you some idea about this man's ability to handle the moving ball. Viru can surely take the attack to the austrailians', it would be really stupid if he drop shewag for the series down under. Though his one day form has declined, his test record still looks great with an extraordinary strike rate, Viru should be in the indian squad as well as in the playing eleven .......oh common kumble, u need shewag to intimidate the aussie pace batteries............

  • Manoj1234 on December 9, 2007, 4:13 GMT

    Just wondering... Even with the respect that the Chappell's have, What is the credibility on any comment they make regarding the Indian side. With me (an Indian supporter), it is zilch. One is a proven incompetent, when he talks the cricketers he is meant to coach probably go mentally weary. The guy is a theoretical coach who presided over a side going from runner ups in 2003 to league dropouts in 2007. Like it or not , his management skills were very very bad.

    The other is untrustworthy (from an indian view) and quite suspect. His comments have been - drop tendlya, he doesn;t have it anymore etc etc , Drop Dada (the guy all aussies reaaallllyyy hate), he out of it now, no reflexes , cant play short ball etc etc, - and now they want an out of sorts sehwag to come play with them.

    I don't like the Chappell's, Manoj

  • Cricconnoisseur on December 9, 2007, 3:56 GMT

    Bang on. Sehwag is an absolutely must at the top of the Indian order...he sets the pace and puts the bowlers on the defensive and sets up an idela platform for Dravid, Sachin, Laxman etc to milk runs. Indian selectors, public and even media have a terrible memory. Over the last 5 years Sehwag has been the biggest matchwinner for us in tests and we tend to forget that in the light of his terrible ODI performancs. You have to play positive in Australia and the right top 6 to do that would be Jaffer, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Ganguly. I would take Yuvraj in the and draft him when somebody fails or is injured.

  • Yaksha on December 9, 2007, 3:52 GMT

    Ian, I think you have lost it! No seriously... you and Greg should just stop commenting. I can see your point.. but seriously.. do you even believe what you wrote? The way I see it is, an attempt to weaken the Indian side maybe! I believe that Viru does not deserve a chance in the team. Period!

  • sikoo on December 9, 2007, 3:46 GMT

    i think yes, his test performance in very good except the last three test match against South Africa, i can understand if he is not selected in the first eleven, but not selecting him in the Preliminery list of 24 is a rubbish, to make matters worse is that he is selected for the recent one day squad against Pakisatan despite his poor one day record in the past couple of years is anything like unforgattable,i think he is an automatic selection to the Test team (15) basis on his past performance against all teams away and home in test matches,his record in england, australia,pakistan, and westindies speaks for that.i think they are punishing him on the wrong way,he is left out of the test squad for his poor performance in the one dayers but the most mesmerising think is that he is still being selected for one dayers.

  • perl57 on December 9, 2007, 3:39 GMT

    Having seen the way Indians have performed in England, Ian is so sure that we can hold sway if our batting and bowling comes as good as it did in England. Scared to see it, he is asking for Sehwag. Sehwag was given chance time and again and taking him means dropping Yuvraj. After yesterday's performance, I guess that would be stupidity. Hence Ian, please your conspiracy theory does not suit..... Further more, Sehwag was given chances in ODI and at his age now, after being a blaster, it was time for him to be a master. Sachin mastered it at the age of 21 and 22. Sehwag, considered a clone of Sachin until 3 years back, is not even light years near Sachin. He does not deserve it. His penetration rate of being successful is 1 in 50 tests in one innings. So, taking the gamble is like drowning yourself by digging a pit.

  • spin_king4 on December 9, 2007, 3:19 GMT

    I am an australian and i agree with chappell that there is nothing worse for an opening bowler than sehwag on fire. He should have been at least included in the list of 24 from which the squad was chosen. I think this was a mistake by India.

  • sanjayperio on December 9, 2007, 3:16 GMT

    no ithink sehwag should not be taken to austrlia, even though his past records in australian are good.but that was few years back.the indian management have burnt their hands enough number of time by taking sehwag in the team and hoping that he will regain his form at the expence of other players who are performing consistently.by playing good in one innnings out of the many oppurtunities given is not justified to guarentee your place in the team.moreover sehwag has not given any outstanding are noteworthy performance in the ranji trophy against mediocre state team attack,so sehwag should sit out and gain his form and temparement and demand his place in the team rather than beg fot it.as for the relacement for sehwag to torment the aus bowlers we have yuvi waiting for them eagerly.

  • drgrb on December 9, 2007, 3:05 GMT

    yes he should have. I wonder what is happening to the selectors these days. You can't just go by domestic records to replace potentially dangerous and capable batsmen like viru.

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  • drgrb on December 9, 2007, 3:05 GMT

    yes he should have. I wonder what is happening to the selectors these days. You can't just go by domestic records to replace potentially dangerous and capable batsmen like viru.

  • sanjayperio on December 9, 2007, 3:16 GMT

    no ithink sehwag should not be taken to austrlia, even though his past records in australian are good.but that was few years back.the indian management have burnt their hands enough number of time by taking sehwag in the team and hoping that he will regain his form at the expence of other players who are performing consistently.by playing good in one innnings out of the many oppurtunities given is not justified to guarentee your place in the team.moreover sehwag has not given any outstanding are noteworthy performance in the ranji trophy against mediocre state team attack,so sehwag should sit out and gain his form and temparement and demand his place in the team rather than beg fot it.as for the relacement for sehwag to torment the aus bowlers we have yuvi waiting for them eagerly.

  • spin_king4 on December 9, 2007, 3:19 GMT

    I am an australian and i agree with chappell that there is nothing worse for an opening bowler than sehwag on fire. He should have been at least included in the list of 24 from which the squad was chosen. I think this was a mistake by India.

  • perl57 on December 9, 2007, 3:39 GMT

    Having seen the way Indians have performed in England, Ian is so sure that we can hold sway if our batting and bowling comes as good as it did in England. Scared to see it, he is asking for Sehwag. Sehwag was given chance time and again and taking him means dropping Yuvraj. After yesterday's performance, I guess that would be stupidity. Hence Ian, please your conspiracy theory does not suit..... Further more, Sehwag was given chances in ODI and at his age now, after being a blaster, it was time for him to be a master. Sachin mastered it at the age of 21 and 22. Sehwag, considered a clone of Sachin until 3 years back, is not even light years near Sachin. He does not deserve it. His penetration rate of being successful is 1 in 50 tests in one innings. So, taking the gamble is like drowning yourself by digging a pit.

  • sikoo on December 9, 2007, 3:46 GMT

    i think yes, his test performance in very good except the last three test match against South Africa, i can understand if he is not selected in the first eleven, but not selecting him in the Preliminery list of 24 is a rubbish, to make matters worse is that he is selected for the recent one day squad against Pakisatan despite his poor one day record in the past couple of years is anything like unforgattable,i think he is an automatic selection to the Test team (15) basis on his past performance against all teams away and home in test matches,his record in england, australia,pakistan, and westindies speaks for that.i think they are punishing him on the wrong way,he is left out of the test squad for his poor performance in the one dayers but the most mesmerising think is that he is still being selected for one dayers.

  • Yaksha on December 9, 2007, 3:52 GMT

    Ian, I think you have lost it! No seriously... you and Greg should just stop commenting. I can see your point.. but seriously.. do you even believe what you wrote? The way I see it is, an attempt to weaken the Indian side maybe! I believe that Viru does not deserve a chance in the team. Period!

  • Cricconnoisseur on December 9, 2007, 3:56 GMT

    Bang on. Sehwag is an absolutely must at the top of the Indian order...he sets the pace and puts the bowlers on the defensive and sets up an idela platform for Dravid, Sachin, Laxman etc to milk runs. Indian selectors, public and even media have a terrible memory. Over the last 5 years Sehwag has been the biggest matchwinner for us in tests and we tend to forget that in the light of his terrible ODI performancs. You have to play positive in Australia and the right top 6 to do that would be Jaffer, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Ganguly. I would take Yuvraj in the and draft him when somebody fails or is injured.

  • Manoj1234 on December 9, 2007, 4:13 GMT

    Just wondering... Even with the respect that the Chappell's have, What is the credibility on any comment they make regarding the Indian side. With me (an Indian supporter), it is zilch. One is a proven incompetent, when he talks the cricketers he is meant to coach probably go mentally weary. The guy is a theoretical coach who presided over a side going from runner ups in 2003 to league dropouts in 2007. Like it or not , his management skills were very very bad.

    The other is untrustworthy (from an indian view) and quite suspect. His comments have been - drop tendlya, he doesn;t have it anymore etc etc , Drop Dada (the guy all aussies reaaallllyyy hate), he out of it now, no reflexes , cant play short ball etc etc, - and now they want an out of sorts sehwag to come play with them.

    I don't like the Chappell's, Manoj

  • Vinos-cric-critics on December 9, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    Hats off Ian, you are spot on, what you said is absolutely right, i dont think, india has any chances of winning the series down under, if it goes there with out shewag. Every body in our indian team has problems in handling pace and swing together, but viru has great hand eye co-ordination to counter those moving deliveries, a swash buckling hundred againt newzeland in newzeland a few years back can give you some idea about this man's ability to handle the moving ball. Viru can surely take the attack to the austrailians', it would be really stupid if he drop shewag for the series down under. Though his one day form has declined, his test record still looks great with an extraordinary strike rate, Viru should be in the indian squad as well as in the playing eleven .......oh common kumble, u need shewag to intimidate the aussie pace batteries............

  • rappedonthepads on December 9, 2007, 4:19 GMT

    Agree with the article 100% as I was terribly disappointed with the omission, one that doesnt make sense at any level. Sehwag should already have been in the side playing test matches against Pakistan, but instead he's also been excluded from the 24 probables. Just doesn't make any sense and as with the article, we've missed a crucial trick by leaving Viru out.