India news July 4, 2011

Srikkanth backs Yuvraj for Tests

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Kris Srikkanth, chairman of the Indian selection committee, has backed Yuvraj Singh to come good in Test cricket. Despite being a fixture in India's limited-overs plans for many years, Yuvraj has not managed to seal a permanent Test spot, but has forced his way back into the squad for England on the back of his starring role in the World Cup.

"We all know that Yuvraj has quality," Srikkanth told the Indian Express. "Yes, I agree that he has so far failed to carry forward his ODI form into Test cricket. But he still has many years of cricket left in him. If he can cement his place in the Test squad, then that will surely augur well for Indian cricket."

In the absence of several senior players, the ongoing West Indies series would have provided Yuvraj the perfect opportunity to revive his Test career, but a lung infection forced him out of the series. The vacancies in the middle order gave India's next generation of batsmen a rare Test look-in. Suresh Raina made good use of the opportunity, overcoming his weakness against short-pitched bowling to score two half-centuries, while Virat Kohli failed to build on his strong one-day performances.

"We never had any doubt about Raina's talent," Srikkanth said. "He started off [his Test career] very well but then had a quiet period. But a player with such talent was bound to return to form. Like all good players he has worked on his weaknesses. This Indian team has a great dressing room atmosphere and the juniors always get the right advice from the seniors. But the bottom line is that you have to solve your own problem.

"Raina worked hard and approached the task without any confusion. It's not easy for a youngster, who grows up on placid Indian wickets, to be a naturally good player of pace bowling. Raina has shown the requisite grit. He was ready to fight it out which was very heartening."

While Srikkanth had words of praise for Raina, he refused to write off Kohli based on the failures in his first two Tests, in which he scored only 46 runs.

"Virat should be allowed more time, he has just had his first brush with Tests," Srikkanth said. "These youngsters will learn from experience. Test cricket is different from ODIs and it's not easy to get used to the conditions. These days they barely play any side matches and by the time they get acclimatised to the conditions the tour is over. Kohli has performed in the ODIs and now it's all about taking that form into Test cricket. I'm sure he will work on his game and will improve. He has a bright future ahead."

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  • screamingeagle on July 6, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Srikanth is doing a great job. It is always funny to read people post about how Dhoni is a liability in the test team etc etc. It is true that we as Indians love to pull people back especially when they are doing well. Oh btw, this was after I read what Raj12345 wrote his piece. :P

  • Raj12345 on July 6, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Compared to Dhoni. DK is far better in WK skill. Dhoni is surviving till Chikka is there. Once Chikka is gone, Dhoni place in test is questionable. Chikka making game and spoiled many TN players life that is the truth.He will not support any TN player, please don't do that, it is good for state progress in other areas. Chikka is doing all because he want to bring his son to Indian team, so he need support from all current players, so he can't touch Kohli/Raina/Yuvi/RG/Dhoni/Bhajji even they play once in a while, so no place for Rahane/Pujara/Tiwary/Badri/Nayar/Gautham. I don't understand why we fans are fighting even by knowing this.

    Chikka first killed DK life, then Badri, list continues.....But Vijay & Mukund came to cricket not because of Chikka, because of their performance at domestic level, if they don't perform like Dhawan (made nothing in 5 ODIs played so far), then they are gone, all we need to accept this. Don't cry like Uthappa fans.

  • nikemanju on July 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @indianzen.. you telling they are selecting talent wise right,all world know how much talent in Murali Vijay, dinesh kartik, mukund,Annirudha.you intimating only Ashwin pls look these guys and comment about them...............

  • on July 5, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @ indianzen: you are 100 %right .. Harbhajan Singh has not proved that he's capable of taking wickets even on wickets with life.. The difference between India' loss and victory @ Barbados is Harbhajan.. Any other ordinary spinner in the world could've taken atleast a single wicket against a not-so-much left kind of oppostion like WI.. He deserves to sit out or he can damn surely be a very entertaining 12th man or a substitue.....

  • bismoy on July 5, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Badrinath must retire cricket ,at age of 31 with ordinary talent....he has no future in international cricket.

    funny to see many want to replace sachin,laxman or dravid with badrinath....comman the guy is 31 year...is there a scarcity of young talent in india???

    Let give chance to youngsters like manish pandey/rahane/rohit sharma/Raina/Kohli but please stop making excuses to take badrinath he is 31 year old...and surely a flat track indian bully...(avg 21 in test and 15 in odi )is not even good for a bowler and here we wanted him to replace legends..

  • moneyamazing on July 5, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    yuvraj had a amazing world cup he should get a chance to play in test cricket

  • indianzen on July 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    For those guys hinting Srikanth of all people with regionalism do not know what they are talking about. Srikanth as a player and as a captain was way above these petty things. Srikkanth got captaincy in Sachin's debut series and the prospect was to play the great Pakistani team of the time at their home.That team came back with honour even while playing on green wickets (and neutral umpires helped).Even Imran attributed the series to great captaincy from Srikanth and Sri went with fresh bowlers from North and a young batsman from West. As a player he always played for the team be it belting fast bowlers and not caring for his personal centuries or standing close (when he was senior too), and taking some brave catches. So please know your cricket before you hit below the belt to somebody like Cheeka.Just for the record I am from Delhi and I respect Srikant who was a team player first and foremost.

  • indianzen on July 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    We never hate north, east, west players. We treat all players as Indian Players. But you see the comments posted on the indian team selection for WI tour. Almost 90% of the comments are against the inclusion of Badri, Vijay and Mukund. They feel satisfied about the remaining 12 players selected. For any team selection they are spitting venom against TN players. Even if TN players are not selected they comment that Srikkanth is selecting only CSK players. For the world cup selection almost 99% of people said Uthappa and Irfan are more deserving than Ashwin. They could not digest the only player selected from Tamil Nadu for the world cup. But what about these two players in the IPL IV. Or what is the performance of Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, C.Pujara in IPL IV. People should suppot the players based on the talent and not based on the region / state.

  • indianzen on July 5, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Harbhajan's place in the team for too long a favorite of Ganguly and tendulkar but a person who cannot spin the ball is at stake. he proved he is in the Indian team only because of his "connections". High time he is thrown out. To supporters who claim that he has won many matches, here is the answer any other spinner like Pragyan, Mishra, Chawla, Jakati, Rahul would have done far better in those games which Harbhajan took wickets. It is time to show him the door.

  • Angad11 on July 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    @Shahid - If you truly follow Indian Cricket, you will never make such an irresponsible comment. Under Srikanth's selection, the Indian team won the World Cup and is the No1 Test team rite now so give some credit where it is due. As far as others commenting on regional politics on team selection is concerned, i do not want to get into such cheap argument. Pls listen to Sanga's speech on MCC cricket, at least that will make you realize COUNTRY is more important than anything else. Mr Shrikanth, you are doing an amazing job, pls continue to do so. True followers of Indian cricket will always support you.

  • screamingeagle on July 6, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Srikanth is doing a great job. It is always funny to read people post about how Dhoni is a liability in the test team etc etc. It is true that we as Indians love to pull people back especially when they are doing well. Oh btw, this was after I read what Raj12345 wrote his piece. :P

  • Raj12345 on July 6, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Compared to Dhoni. DK is far better in WK skill. Dhoni is surviving till Chikka is there. Once Chikka is gone, Dhoni place in test is questionable. Chikka making game and spoiled many TN players life that is the truth.He will not support any TN player, please don't do that, it is good for state progress in other areas. Chikka is doing all because he want to bring his son to Indian team, so he need support from all current players, so he can't touch Kohli/Raina/Yuvi/RG/Dhoni/Bhajji even they play once in a while, so no place for Rahane/Pujara/Tiwary/Badri/Nayar/Gautham. I don't understand why we fans are fighting even by knowing this.

    Chikka first killed DK life, then Badri, list continues.....But Vijay & Mukund came to cricket not because of Chikka, because of their performance at domestic level, if they don't perform like Dhawan (made nothing in 5 ODIs played so far), then they are gone, all we need to accept this. Don't cry like Uthappa fans.

  • nikemanju on July 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @indianzen.. you telling they are selecting talent wise right,all world know how much talent in Murali Vijay, dinesh kartik, mukund,Annirudha.you intimating only Ashwin pls look these guys and comment about them...............

  • on July 5, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @ indianzen: you are 100 %right .. Harbhajan Singh has not proved that he's capable of taking wickets even on wickets with life.. The difference between India' loss and victory @ Barbados is Harbhajan.. Any other ordinary spinner in the world could've taken atleast a single wicket against a not-so-much left kind of oppostion like WI.. He deserves to sit out or he can damn surely be a very entertaining 12th man or a substitue.....

  • bismoy on July 5, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Badrinath must retire cricket ,at age of 31 with ordinary talent....he has no future in international cricket.

    funny to see many want to replace sachin,laxman or dravid with badrinath....comman the guy is 31 year...is there a scarcity of young talent in india???

    Let give chance to youngsters like manish pandey/rahane/rohit sharma/Raina/Kohli but please stop making excuses to take badrinath he is 31 year old...and surely a flat track indian bully...(avg 21 in test and 15 in odi )is not even good for a bowler and here we wanted him to replace legends..

  • moneyamazing on July 5, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    yuvraj had a amazing world cup he should get a chance to play in test cricket

  • indianzen on July 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    For those guys hinting Srikanth of all people with regionalism do not know what they are talking about. Srikanth as a player and as a captain was way above these petty things. Srikkanth got captaincy in Sachin's debut series and the prospect was to play the great Pakistani team of the time at their home.That team came back with honour even while playing on green wickets (and neutral umpires helped).Even Imran attributed the series to great captaincy from Srikanth and Sri went with fresh bowlers from North and a young batsman from West. As a player he always played for the team be it belting fast bowlers and not caring for his personal centuries or standing close (when he was senior too), and taking some brave catches. So please know your cricket before you hit below the belt to somebody like Cheeka.Just for the record I am from Delhi and I respect Srikant who was a team player first and foremost.

  • indianzen on July 5, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    We never hate north, east, west players. We treat all players as Indian Players. But you see the comments posted on the indian team selection for WI tour. Almost 90% of the comments are against the inclusion of Badri, Vijay and Mukund. They feel satisfied about the remaining 12 players selected. For any team selection they are spitting venom against TN players. Even if TN players are not selected they comment that Srikkanth is selecting only CSK players. For the world cup selection almost 99% of people said Uthappa and Irfan are more deserving than Ashwin. They could not digest the only player selected from Tamil Nadu for the world cup. But what about these two players in the IPL IV. Or what is the performance of Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, C.Pujara in IPL IV. People should suppot the players based on the talent and not based on the region / state.

  • indianzen on July 5, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Harbhajan's place in the team for too long a favorite of Ganguly and tendulkar but a person who cannot spin the ball is at stake. he proved he is in the Indian team only because of his "connections". High time he is thrown out. To supporters who claim that he has won many matches, here is the answer any other spinner like Pragyan, Mishra, Chawla, Jakati, Rahul would have done far better in those games which Harbhajan took wickets. It is time to show him the door.

  • Angad11 on July 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    @Shahid - If you truly follow Indian Cricket, you will never make such an irresponsible comment. Under Srikanth's selection, the Indian team won the World Cup and is the No1 Test team rite now so give some credit where it is due. As far as others commenting on regional politics on team selection is concerned, i do not want to get into such cheap argument. Pls listen to Sanga's speech on MCC cricket, at least that will make you realize COUNTRY is more important than anything else. Mr Shrikanth, you are doing an amazing job, pls continue to do so. True followers of Indian cricket will always support you.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 5, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    it is nice to see lot of youngsters competing for a birth in the test squad. I think when seniors retire, Dhoni and Raina will be in the next Fab4 with Gambhir in the tests. But there will be one more post and only future tests can decide that. It may be Yuvi or Kohli or any bowlers!

  • NALINWIJ on July 5, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Indian selectors have a tricky task with an excellent pool of talent. There is no reason why Yuvraj could not emulate Andrew Symonds in slotting into No.6 at this stage. I do feel Pujara is a certainty for the future and be handled properly and Raina has done his job. How India handles the gradual retirements of the remaining 3 of the fab 4- either by rotation or otherwise remains to be seen. Winning in England is critical and the rotation can wait. A NICE HEADACHE FOR THE SELECTORS!!

  • sweetspot on July 5, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    For all the Srikkanth bashing, the TN bashing and what not, let me tell you guys this, even as an avid CSK fan - we TN cricket supporters feel real bad when Yuvi fails, even when he plays against CSK. Yuvi is our warrior prince in shining armour, as much as anybody else's. Forget about North or South, we feel we should appreciate good cricket. Bring on THE GAME, and forget about everything else, for heavens' sake. India on the whole is far too talented and able in cricket for us to worry about bias. There is enough cricket being played so everybody will get an opportunity sooner or later. In fact, in this circus, it is amazing how many opportunities everyone gets! Let's enjoy and keep the banter to an enjoyable level too. We are #1, remember? Not too much to ask for, is it?

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    rustyryan:I was great fan of cheeka in his playing days.I agree with most of his selections.But S.Anirudda selection is really questionable.Can any one justify this.btw i am from chennai,avid follower of tamilnadu ranji team

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    @concerned_cricketer, no need to get hyper mate.i know Pujara is out injured, i know Pujara is out injured and i know Pujara is out injured :).When i talked about Raina's good luck,isn't it his good luck that Pujara got injured during IPL?Otherwise Pujara would have been shoo in at #6.Well, good luck to Raina.I have nothing against him.Coming to Rohit Sharma, I think he's the most talented of the younger lot.But temperament wise he's not there yet. Yes he's had his chances and he's not taken them. And that's what the frustrating part is.Talent alone cannot take you places. Remember a certain Vinod Kambli? Or even nearer home, Yuvraj Singh?Super talented but not quite having temperament required for test cricket. All said, picture of India's future test batting looks rosy.Sharma,Raina,Pujara,Kohli and i'd like to add Rahane here too.I think he's a very talented, stylish batsman who has a great future ahead.If only he's afforded the same number of chances as Sharma did :)

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    England No 1 team, The team is cluless against SL in their home soil(ODI), it cannot be no 1 team. They are good at their backward. Manish, is he a great player, can someone list his performance here. Only one IPL 100 is not good enough. uthappa cannot even fit for Indian T20 side, it would be a joke if he was selected for Test cricket. Yuvi & Raina are the best available choices. NoW Mukund is also there, Yes it is very very difficult to negotiate the first 15 overs, So Mukund should be playing with yuvi if Sehwag is not fit to make the first Math at lords. I hope Sehwag would be fit enough to play first match.

  • aravabalaji on July 5, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    @ Diwakar - You are spot on my mate ! My straight questions to Srikkanth : What you have against Badrinath? Why you seem to close the doors for him on every opportunity that he should have had since 2008 when Ganguly retired? If ODI performance only counts for Test selection, then why not scrap 4-day domestic Ranji competitions, when performances in the same never count? If you back only youngsters for more chances, why Yuvraj(?), who is 30 & failed often, be given another go? I remember you said once that you feel sorry for Sridharan Sharath, who , inspite of immense talent,could not make it to national level. Of course you could say you are helpless in his case. But people know what you are doing to Badri to make another case of Sharath. Give talent & hardwork some place to flourish otherwise people would lose faith in the system.

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    "Raina, must be the luckiest person in this world to get the place vacated by Ganguly. Talent wise, Rohit Sharma is much better than him and temperament wise, Pujara and Badrinath are." Hahahaha,absolute BS !! Seriously,none of the people you mentioned(pujara,badrinath,rohit sharma) combined have half the amount of talent that Raina possesses . How dare some of you even think about comparing capsule talents like them with a powerhouse of talent named Suresh Raina ? Rohit.......rather FLUKIT SHARMA is in fact the most luckiest player and the most flukish one in world cricket history !! Test averages of Pujara and Badrinath - 21.40 and 21.00 respectively !! Pujara has played 5 innings and Badrinath only 3.....but the fact is Raina scored more than they have scored in just his debut innings !! Pujara and Badrinath have proven in all the chances they have recieved so far in int'l cricket that players who have got big FC averages are mere mangoes at the international level !

  • johnathonjosephs on July 5, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    get kohli out, put yuvraj in.... keep raina at same spot and make dravid open with gambhir if sehwag is out.... for 2nd test, simply see who is better from raina/yuvraj and include them when sehwag is back in the side

  • on July 4, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    what I don't understand is why isn't Rohit given a chance in the test squad ? There was never a question of talent and if you want to see if he has the temperament then you have to give him a chance. Same with Badri, but Badri is 31 years old now, so not much cricket left in him considering he still has to debut.

  • Amarjitmadan on July 4, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    Full marks to Srikant for fair and balanced comments.Raina improved a lot and didn't repeat mistakes which not only helped him but also Team India.Yuvraj is a very good all rounder and equally strong mentally which should help him.He should be playing first test along with Raina due to absence of Sehwag.Yuvraj with his bowling ability will be preferred to Raina.Virat Kohli's inability to negotiate bounce is not going to last for ever he will come to grips with it sooner than later.As regards Rohit he returned to the team after some very ordinary performances now that he has grown and understands the value of a chance to play for India it is not far that he will get a call which ill certainly help the team with obvious departures of great stalwarts in the coming years.

  • on July 4, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Mukund has come good in second innings of second test and he is going to play purely as a stand in opener only in case sehwag or gambhir is injured. I could only laugh ta someone pointing manish and robin uthappa.. how many chances robin would have got in 2007? he is a not great batsman nor he averages great in DOmestic to be picked for indian test side. This indian side is settled and can be experimented by resting resting sachin dravid and laxman but def not during the tour of eng where we have to prove ourselves to those barking english crickteres who self claim that they are the current number 1 team. THis is the best squad that could have been picked for the best tour india is going to play

  • on July 4, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    where he will play only practice match

  • Gocool87 on July 4, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Well done Srikanth.. Common guys show some respect to the selectors. Fantastic squad. Personally i feel for badri.. Virat, u are brilliant u have many years left. Rohit keep your fingers crossed.

  • on July 4, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    shahid_0070 dont say manis pandey, Manoj tiwary didn't perform well in India A tour to England A and West Indies A series. Only Mukand, Pujara performed well

  • purple-haze on July 4, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    @Japan kolla : Absoloutely mate.! anybody who handles "AUSTRALIAN pace attack in Barbados" nicely, that too in a Ind-WI series must be a gifted player. Ain't it? And seriously man, if u really think rohit sharma is better than Sachin, then I think u live in a different world. When did you start watching cricket by the way? Its only been a month right? P.S : Are you from Sri Lanka by any chance?

  • on July 4, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Yuraj Will get chance in the eleven if only anyone get injured

  • Vindaliew on July 4, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Anyone who can take six sixes in an over off a pace bowler is something special, and if he can overcome his fitness and temperament issues he will be an amazing player at Test level. Only time will tell, but I would give him this chance. Raina has earned his spot through a lot of hard work and has shown a lot of character and dependability rather than any great strokeplay. Pujara is the one I would like to see, but sadly he is injured. Hopefully he comes back soon!

  • shahid_0070 on July 4, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Untill and unless srikanth is the chief selector, no talented players can take place in the indian team and that to karnataka players.I mean why the selectors or not giving chances to manish pandey ,robin uthappa,A rayadu, S tiwary, A rahane,M tiwary, irfan pathan.........

  • howizzat on July 4, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Once bitten twice shy, Yuvraj should succeed in the tests. And if that happens nobody can stop from India remaining at top this decade. With the exit of FAB4, new crop of Dhooni, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Raina can from backbone of the test squad. For that Dhoni should raise his standards with the bat. He should score heavily and tons and double tons. Should take yesteryear Steve Waugh's Australians as the role model.

  • Japan.Kolla on July 4, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    I am not an indian fan ! But i think Rohit sharma is da best batsman india found after Sachin. I feel Rohit is a better player than sachin. he is a special player. he shown his class in west indies how well he did handle da australian fast bowling attck in barbados. his technique is very good one like sachin's technique.but he can score runs quickly anytime better than sachin. Indian selectors wasting his tallent by not giving him a chance in test team. yuvraj , raina they r gud limited overs players. But their technique is bad when da ball is seaming and bouncey pitches. Rohit is a gifted player. He is da best young indian batsman without a doubt.I like to see him play in indian test team. he is far ahead of kholi ,yuvraj and raina. He is a Complete Batsman like Mahela. Elegant player in all formats.

  • malolaki on July 4, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    No matter what good one does, We somehow get politics to the fore.. By Religion, or by Region.. Or at worst case by Language.. God knows when we'll wake up to the reality and start being critical...

    @ The Team: Seems a good one. Vijay deserves to sit out after a lean patch. Sad for Kohli though. Guy anyways has a lot of time to make a cut. No idea on why the reserve keeper is never the same person. Parthiv should have still been there. Bowling unit will be more disciplined under Zaheer's supervision. Mukund truely deserves this extension as a reserve opener after having played just 2 matches so far, while its likely that he wud get at the most of only 1 match to play. Good to see yuvraj getting a chance once more. Wish he turns the fortunes when given a chance..

    All the best Team India!!

  • jollyjugg on July 4, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    All those jokers out there who blame srikanth for bringing in TamilNadu players are making me laugh. I ask them what did Vengsarkar, Brijesh Patel and all other illustrious players did in the past. Sachin Tendulkar on the Australian tour of 2000 had 6 maharashtra players. On other occasions there were 5 karnataka players in indian team. Then in different occasions there were 4 delhi players in Indian team. Why did you guys not crow at that time about partiality. South India was long neglected by others despite the people being talented and the kind of economic progress that is made. All the players selected like Badrinath, vijay and mukund all have 50+ first class average and that is the criteria for selecting a player in the team. All this advise of dont be a tamilian and be an indian should also apply to all you jokers. How do you know kohli and rohit are the most talented players who after so many chances in ODIs average in 30s. Selection of TN players are long overdue on merit

  • on July 4, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    I hate people talking trash about Srikanth,he is the one who chose the world cup winning squad and also the no.1 test squad... never forget that... And dont be biased on Tamil Nadu and Chennai,they played ipl well and won it... Stop regional biased talks and get a life

  • Htc-Baseball on July 4, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    one last time uv , surely no more...if uv's bowling does the same magic as it did in WC,his spot is not for the talking...Surely after 1 r 2 years the middle order will depend on uv,raina,pujara,kohli and so. He s the senior here, so we cant wait to give him oppurtunities to establish.Its alredy bit late

  • Sivakumar234 on July 4, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Hey guys ,you guys badly commenting on srikkanth selection,we all knew that its not easy to do selection for india cricket and also its not easy to make happy, i surely believe that he had done a fabulous job by choosing the best 15 for the world cup,they delivered.Good jod Sri................ go head ,go head ,you the best ,i happy that you choosen yuvraj ,i knew very that there is always a place in your heart for talented cricketers.

    JAI KO ,INDIA .THANKS -SILATTUR SIVA

  • DasIsBoss on July 4, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @Sahilnagpal. There was a time when most of the players from team India were from Karnataka/Mumbai. If a person performs in domestic level (irrespective of his state) he should be given opportunity. I don't understand why some people are always against players from Tamil Nadu. The whole world knows what Badri deserves. Meanwhile I believe Vijay has had his share of chances and it's time Raina/Yuvraj/Kolhi/Badri/Pujara get fair amount of chances to form a strong middle order.

  • on July 4, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Golden opportunity for yuvi to cement his place in test squad. Hope he will !!

  • Diwakar on July 4, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    For all those who hallucinate that Srikkanth supports only TN players, his complete disregard for Badri's performance will give that impression the lie. How short memory is: when Srikkanth was ignored for Tests on the grounds that he was only an ODI player, he cried foul as did all those who supported him. Now Badri's failure in ODIs is held against him and he is not picked to play Tests. If a player's domestic performance can be dismissed so flippantly by our selectors (and the media adds to this in no small measure), why even bother with domestic cricket?

    Abdul Jabbar, V. Siva, TE Srinivasan, VB Chandrashekar, Sadagopan Ramesh are a few of the others from TN who never got their due. Add Badri to the list. Here is a thought: what if Badri moved to Karnataka? Will he play for India then? If Sukit Somasundar could, even I can, forget Badri.

  • boris6491 on July 4, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Although Yuvraj has failed to dazzle in the past, I wouldn't rule him out. I was pleased to see him prove me wrong that he would never rise to greater heights, a belief spurred by his self-proclaimed annus horribilis in 2010. Nobody doubts his talent, his temperament or even his experience by this stage. It's just about performing, and some good performances in England against a top notch attack on their own turf will say a lot about him. I still have my doubts about Raina's ability against the short ball, which, if still his achilles heel, will make him Tremlett's bunny for the series. Mind you, at the same time, I hope and am confident that he too can prove me wrong.

  • on July 4, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    With the team that we have, it is always "make hay when the sun shines." You come good in your tour, no matter what, which only gives you a chance to get selected to the upcoming tour. We cannot blame any one for it, getting to see the bench strength that we have. Yuvraj, unfortunately, has never lived up to his test expectations, but noticing his pillar-like performance in the world cup, he has once again been considered. It is up to him how he comes up with the goods now.

  • S.N.Singh on July 4, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    I totally agree with the chairman selector, that is how selector should think. One the other hand the player must perform. to keep hsi place, because there are so many young players out there. Yuv Raj is a test player and he has. He is a very good feilder and can do good as a left arm spinner. So he has the advantage. Raina is the worlds best fieldsman, he can save lots of runs in a innings. Raina and Yuv Raj will have to strengthen their push outside of the off stump. With Kholi he had a unforunate series with the bouncing balls, he was out on most occasions with "sudden" bouncing ball. Do not give up on Kholi, he has a lot of temperament so is rohit Sharma and Pujara. Yuv Raj must develope those type of temporment which left handers are not good at. S. N.Singh USA

  • on July 4, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    wat's abhinav mukund's name doin in the squad???? after the tremendous 38 runs he scored against west indies in the second test he shd hav been sent bak home to learn basics!

  • vivekautobot on July 4, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Srikanth, You are really a good selector and you never show any bias.

  • on July 4, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    What a joke!How can anyone back a player to do well in AWAY tests simply 'coz he performed in ODIs,that too at home conditions!Yuvraj may be a talent,but test cricket is not just form or talent,its CLASS.It is not about few minutes of adrenaline,neither IND is touring Netherlands,for Yuvraj to put on a show.He has been around for almost ten years and thus far,never gave a glimpse of ability to play test cricket.There are guys like Raina(whom I always counted off,but he is proving his point)Pujara,Rahane,Badri,Rohit,Kohli(to some extent,has the temperament).If the transition of IND test cricket from Dravid,VVS,SRT is to be smooth,these are the guys who should be given chances,rather than one-day specialists like Yuvraj.For instance consider Micheal Bevan,who hardly played any tests,despite being an all time great one-day match winner.I don't expect Yuvraj to perform against English attack in tricky conditions.No disrespect for Yuvraj.I just feel that test cricket is not his cup of tea.

  • CandidIndian on July 4, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Game of musical chairs is going on for the 6th place in Indian batting line up, i don't know what Indian selectors are doing.Badrinath did not perform in ODIs and because of that he was not given the chance in tests played with WI, now he is out untested,so why was he brought back?Now Srikkanth is backing Yuvi for tests , so that means Raina who showed good form wont play in England.I hope they will not repeat the mistake of opening with Dravid to accommodate Yuvraj in the team.This experiment backfired in Australia badly.

  • venkatSan on July 4, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    I dont think Yuvraj is going to get a chance ..unless Raina is injured or compromises his exclusion from the playing eleven...

  • just_chill_chill on July 4, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @sahilnagpal : I bet you were not complaining when the Indian team used to be filled with Mumbai and Karnataka players, were you?

  • on July 4, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Yuvi had played a few masterclass innings in his short test career and if he produces another few in the england tour, every criticizer would stop commenting on Yuvi's capability.

  • indian17 on July 4, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    yuvi is one of the best performers....... i am sure he will prove it.... he is one of the best all rounder india has ever seen..... raina played well this series...... he is a very good batsman..... but yuvraj should be given a chance to prove him......

  • on July 4, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    I think a lot of ppl are being unfair on Kris Srikanth.... let us not forget that in his tenure we have scaled great heights... I am not saying every desicion he has taken has yielded positive results... but he has got it right most times than wrong... we have reached number 1 in test cricket and maintained it for one year... won the world cup... and seem to have nurtured a good enuf bench strength...

    B4 u say another word against him... think of all the selectors in the past and their achievements!

  • on July 4, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    i feel this eng tour possibly final opportunity for super talented guy yuvraj singh..he's got all shots in the book,technique to dominate fastest bowlers in the word n also spinners..i think todays he is got hardly any weakness except concentration..if he can apply himself n get past 25 runs in 100 balls then he can score next 75 in 50-60 easily..in tests specially abroad ,indian slectors need to give more chances to players without short ball weakness like yuvraj ,uthapppa,rohit sharma,kohli n manoj tiwary if they want to stay top for next 10 years..raina is good student n he is tryng hard to get out of this weakness..but yuvraj uthappa n sharma can play hoook n pull shots with ease..stop giving chances to players like badri ,dhawan,vijay,pandey,yousuf pathan these guys cant handle bowlers at 140 fgt about 150 k's..let them work on their weakness by selecting on A tours n ranji trophy's

  • ABP235 on July 4, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    I am mighty pleased with the assessment KS has provided in terms of players. Players like Vijay, Kohli and Badrinath all have class, but they dont have a place vacant. One cannot expect miracles to happen whenever the main players are out of the team for a test or two. It was splendid to see how Raina has played in this series, not just overcoming the short balls, but overcoming the knee-jerk arm-chair critics who rise the moment a player has a failure. They have done the same to Vijay despite this lad showing great promise whenever given an opportunity, barring these two test. Badrinath will continue to be unlucky - he is slightly similar to Kaif in the way they bat and in the way they have proven to be unlucky! Anyway, look for another 2 years and you will see the senior 3 move out, another couple have injury problems (no idea if Sehwag's career will be back on rail after his surgery) and then suddenly we will have all these lads in the team. They are talented, they are the future.

  • AllwinJ on July 4, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Wow... for a change, losers have forgotten that Raina plays for CSK. Will be interesting to see how long it takes for some of them to realise this.

  • SudharsanVM on July 4, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    What if kohli or badri or vijay scores a big hundred in 3rd test in WI? Will there be any change in suad?

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    All these cheap chikka bashings, about him giving more opportunities to TN players are totally uncalled for..... we Indians dont look at the bigger picture that is the prob....when players like rohit sharma are getting 20-25 opportunities after a series of failure I surely would not mind Badri being given another opportunity considering his domestic performance.....Abhinav is technically sound than any opening batsmen in India rite now !! who else do we want to open ?? PARTHIV !??? CHIKA IS BY FAR THE LESS CONTROVERSIAL, MORE TEAM ORIENTED and "less" POLITICALLY INFLUENCED chief selector India had in years.... and India won the WC and reached the summit in test crick under his selection panel........ BEAT THAT

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    hi all ,lets giv the credit to srikanth he deserves ,every one say he supports tamilnadu and csk players ,but the truth is he backs Dhoni thats y we won the world cup,no other selector done this ,back ur captain ,THIS SELECTION COMMITEE DESERVES THE CREDIT FOR THE WORLD CUP WIN,they backed Raina,yusuf,kholi,ashwin and they all paid back by the perfomances ,i dont c srikanth supprting tamil nadu players ,if that is the case bhadrinath can be missed out , certainly vijay will not be a indian player again as he failed to capitilise the enough chances he recieved ,mukund going to be the other one ,all others were selected by merit ,some may be missed out ,BUT WE HAV TO ONLY 11 TO PLAY AND 15 TO CHOOSE SO SOME BODY WILL MISSED OUT , GUD JOB DONE BY CHIKKA AND THE SELECTION TEAM

  • on July 4, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    yuwaraj, raina, virat, these are the guys who played a strong part in taking the world cup for India and these players should be considered and there is no need to hesitate and to give chances for them in the test squad at-least for some time.

  • kzia on July 4, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    yuvraj is a good player but I still have doubts about his technique to succeed at test level. i don't think India needs him desperately at test level looking at the huge pools of other good players. But one important thinig I would like to mention is about Management in Cricket in Asia, they will always use their influence or post to get their kids or relatives chance in National Team. I have seen Sirkanth's son playing cricket and he is very average player and does not seem to have any X factor at all but I have feelings to see him at international level in coming times. Please stop this non sense and give chance to deserving people.

  • NRI- on July 4, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Stupid comments by Srikaanth - AFTER his panel has already selected YS and SR, he says that they are good to play test cricket. The question is not whether they are good enough but do they fit in the best 7 batsmen of India? The top 5 places are undisputed in the batting order. On form, technical ability and first class averages, Rahane (avg 68) and Rohit (avg 61) take the next 2 spots whilst YS and SR with averages around 45-47 in first class and below 40 in test cricket are third tier, well behind many others in the middle. Even Jadeja averages 42 and he is an allrounder.

  • anver777 on July 4, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    With his experiences & talent, Yuvraj could have been cemented a permanent place in the test team long time back, atleast 3 years before....... Raina a player who is junior to him is almost cemented his place in test....so why can't much talented Yuvi creep in to test team ??????????????

  • nikemanju on July 4, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Raina now is your time pls cement a place in Test,plsssssssssssss

  • concerned_cricketer on July 4, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    "Raina, must be the luckiest person in this world to get the place vacated by Ganguly. Talent wise, Rohit Sharma is much better than him and temperament wise, Pujara and Badrinath are."

    Bulls!t, Rohit Sharma didn't make good use of the opportunities he got. If he is good enough, he will eventually make it. But for now, Raina has done enough in West Indies to convince that he can handle short pitched bowling. About other aspects of his game there never was any doubt. Pujara is inured , pujara is injured, injured is pujara. Btw, Pujara is injured. Btw, didn't you hear that Cheteshwar was injured. Cheteshwar pujara is injured. He's injured really believe the media for once, he is injured.

  • Rahul_78 on July 4, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Ohh I feel so sad for Pujara...! He got injured again in IPL where he never managed to make any impact. The 6 innings in WI would have been so precious to him to cement his place in Indian middle order. As they say out of sight is out of mind..it is so sad that such a talent is not getting his opportunities due to unfortunate injuries. It will be wise on Pujaras part to concentrate on tests as soon there will be vacancies in the Indian middle order for long term basis.

  • rustyryan on July 4, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    C'mon give him a break. After al he is the selector of World Cup winning squad. Bias is always there with not only Cheeka. Just go back to Vengaskar and Kiran more times. Biased selection was even more during their tenure. Ppl like Vengaskar, Kiran More dropped Dada though he has contributed lot to the cricket. I still remember dropping of Ganguly from Irani trophy after disappointing SL series where most of the seniors failed to decode Mendis. With Srikanth, Many youngster have gotten the chance at top level and for ur grudge, let most of them be from particular state. What's wrong in it? All these days when ppl from south were ignored as if there was no good player in South, no body raised a voice. Suddenly when a guy from south selecting the Top Indian team doesnt mean that he should be bashed. He has done lot to Indian cricket than those who simply commenting about him. He has bashed World's best fast bowlers when he was playing. So your bashings are nothing in front of him.

  • on July 4, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Agree with Chika! Only thing I would have done , give Parthiv one chace at opening till Sehwag comes in, instead of picking Saha. Keep one middle order in kitty instead of Mukund (Kohli, Badri or Rohit), but agin Chicka is lead of selectors so Mukund and Vijay is bound to get more chances...

  • kingcobra85 on July 4, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    best selector ever! Kudos Chikka full of heart when you played the same when you are a selector...

  • Karunk on July 4, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    The heading of next article will be, "Srikanth backs his son Aniruddha to play for India"

  • on July 4, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Yuvraj will flatter to deceive.....yet again. He's super talented, no doubt. But he is not test class. I still remember how he struggled again Aus in Aus on the last tour. I don't see any proof that he has improved. Raina, must be the luckiest person in this world to get the place vacated by Ganguly. Talent wise, Rohit Sharma is much better than him and temperament wise, Pujara and Badrinath are. In fact, Badrinath seems to be the unluckiest batsman of the lot. I would also like to hear Srikanth talk about Badrinath.

  • on July 4, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    @Cheeka:i thought u did the good job as a paid selector.But things just never seem change in our setup. i was shocked to see ur son S.Anirudda name in the emerging players tournament in aus.With a shoddy avg of 29 in fc how this guy made in to th emerging players squad,wen i can give names in tamilnadu ranji squad (think about rest of india!) who are better performers than him.Really painful to a deserving youngster place has been taken away like this.

  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on July 4, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    yuvraj shud make the most of the chances given now on in tests...coz raina has shown the grit to be there n stay there too...with raina breathing down his neck...if given yuvi will hav limited chances n needs to make them count...everything is better for yuvi in comparison to raina...but he lacks in grit and raina makes for that with his sheer determination....all this augurs well for indian cricket

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  • NoMeRcY-RaGE on July 4, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    yuvraj shud make the most of the chances given now on in tests...coz raina has shown the grit to be there n stay there too...with raina breathing down his neck...if given yuvi will hav limited chances n needs to make them count...everything is better for yuvi in comparison to raina...but he lacks in grit and raina makes for that with his sheer determination....all this augurs well for indian cricket

  • on July 4, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    @Cheeka:i thought u did the good job as a paid selector.But things just never seem change in our setup. i was shocked to see ur son S.Anirudda name in the emerging players tournament in aus.With a shoddy avg of 29 in fc how this guy made in to th emerging players squad,wen i can give names in tamilnadu ranji squad (think about rest of india!) who are better performers than him.Really painful to a deserving youngster place has been taken away like this.

  • on July 4, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Yuvraj will flatter to deceive.....yet again. He's super talented, no doubt. But he is not test class. I still remember how he struggled again Aus in Aus on the last tour. I don't see any proof that he has improved. Raina, must be the luckiest person in this world to get the place vacated by Ganguly. Talent wise, Rohit Sharma is much better than him and temperament wise, Pujara and Badrinath are. In fact, Badrinath seems to be the unluckiest batsman of the lot. I would also like to hear Srikanth talk about Badrinath.

  • Karunk on July 4, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    The heading of next article will be, "Srikanth backs his son Aniruddha to play for India"

  • kingcobra85 on July 4, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    best selector ever! Kudos Chikka full of heart when you played the same when you are a selector...

  • on July 4, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Agree with Chika! Only thing I would have done , give Parthiv one chace at opening till Sehwag comes in, instead of picking Saha. Keep one middle order in kitty instead of Mukund (Kohli, Badri or Rohit), but agin Chicka is lead of selectors so Mukund and Vijay is bound to get more chances...

  • rustyryan on July 4, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    C'mon give him a break. After al he is the selector of World Cup winning squad. Bias is always there with not only Cheeka. Just go back to Vengaskar and Kiran more times. Biased selection was even more during their tenure. Ppl like Vengaskar, Kiran More dropped Dada though he has contributed lot to the cricket. I still remember dropping of Ganguly from Irani trophy after disappointing SL series where most of the seniors failed to decode Mendis. With Srikanth, Many youngster have gotten the chance at top level and for ur grudge, let most of them be from particular state. What's wrong in it? All these days when ppl from south were ignored as if there was no good player in South, no body raised a voice. Suddenly when a guy from south selecting the Top Indian team doesnt mean that he should be bashed. He has done lot to Indian cricket than those who simply commenting about him. He has bashed World's best fast bowlers when he was playing. So your bashings are nothing in front of him.

  • Rahul_78 on July 4, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Ohh I feel so sad for Pujara...! He got injured again in IPL where he never managed to make any impact. The 6 innings in WI would have been so precious to him to cement his place in Indian middle order. As they say out of sight is out of mind..it is so sad that such a talent is not getting his opportunities due to unfortunate injuries. It will be wise on Pujaras part to concentrate on tests as soon there will be vacancies in the Indian middle order for long term basis.

  • concerned_cricketer on July 4, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    "Raina, must be the luckiest person in this world to get the place vacated by Ganguly. Talent wise, Rohit Sharma is much better than him and temperament wise, Pujara and Badrinath are."

    Bulls!t, Rohit Sharma didn't make good use of the opportunities he got. If he is good enough, he will eventually make it. But for now, Raina has done enough in West Indies to convince that he can handle short pitched bowling. About other aspects of his game there never was any doubt. Pujara is inured , pujara is injured, injured is pujara. Btw, Pujara is injured. Btw, didn't you hear that Cheteshwar was injured. Cheteshwar pujara is injured. He's injured really believe the media for once, he is injured.

  • nikemanju on July 4, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Raina now is your time pls cement a place in Test,plsssssssssssss