NKP Salve Challenger Trophy September 29, 2011

Harbhajan, Badrinath and Gambhir captains in Challenger Trophy

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Offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who has been dropped from the India team for the first two ODIs of the five-match home series against England, has been named the captain of the India Green squad for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. Gautam Gambhir, who is back in action following the concussion he suffered in England, will lead India Red while Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath will captain India Blue.

The tournament will comprise three round-robin games and a final, and will be played from October 10 to 13 in Nagpur. The first ODI against England is on the next day in Hyderabad, a game which Gambhir is slated to play in.

The three squads feature a number of fringe players who have played for India recently, or have shown flashes of promise in the IPL. TN opener M Vijay, who has lost favour with the national selectors following an indifferent tour of West Indies will play for India Blue, alongside IPL performers Paul Valthaty and Saurabh Tiwary, and spinners Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra. The side also includes Irfan Pathan and Dinesh Karthik, both of whom have been out of national reckoning in recent years.

Harbhajan's team includes Robin Uthappa, who has been a strong IPL performer, but average in other domestic tournaments. Tamil Nadu's S Anirudha and Hyderabad's T Suman also find a spot in the India Green line-up, as do Mohammad Kaif, Iqbal Abdulla and Ahimanyu Mithun.

Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund, who have played for India in ODIs and Tests recently, figure in the India Red squad. Ambati Rayudu has forced his way back into the selectors' focus with his IPL heroics, and finds a place in the side. Yusuf Pathan, who has lost the allrounder spot in the senior team to Ravindra Jadeja, and RP Singh, who made a comeback from the wilderness during the England tour, are the other notable inclusions in Gambhir's team.

India Blue: S Badrinath (capt), M Vijay, Paul Valthaty, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mandeep Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, YV Krishanatry, Prashant Parameshwaran, Pradeep Sangwan, Tanmay Srivastava

India Green: Harbhajan Singh (capt), Robin Uthappa, S Anirudha, T Suman, Mohnish Mishra, Ishank Jaggi, Mohammad Kaif, CM Gautham (wk), Sarabjit Ladda, Iqbal Abdulla, Abhimanyu Mithun, Samad Fallah, Ishwar Choudhary, Sumit Narwal

India Red: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Ambati Rayudu, Ashok Menaria, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Jalaj Saxena, Piyush Chawla, Bhargav Bhatt, Pankaj Singh, Jaydev Unadkat, TP Sudhindra, Yusuf Pathan, RP Singh

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  • ubl2729 on October 2, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    robiee come on show ur telent

  • johnathonjosephs on October 1, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    4 games? Is this some kind of a joke? Or is this a desperate attempt to find the best uninjured players for the England tour? If India truly wants to be a World Power, instead of dumb IPL nonsense, they need to fix a system like Country Cricket in England. In English County Cricket Season, there are first class games being played with overseas players. There are also ODIs and T20s to follow. Now imagine if Lalith Modi added the ODI/Test sections to the IPL and with the money that BCCI has, lured players from around the world to play First Class Cricket. Imagine Gayle and Dilshan opening the batting in a FIRST CLASS GAME. Murali playing against Sanga/Mahela in a first class match. Dale Steyn bowling to AB De Villiers? Would be unbelievalbe and believe me, I may be very cheap and watching games online, but i would pay very good money to see IPL style first class matches

  • on September 30, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Regarding Yaju Krishanatry, guys check his List A stats and he is doing good job for Jharkhand. Jharkhand won the List A tournament this year for your kind information. Don't just go for guys who play well in IPL.

  • cimrsimg on September 30, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Green appears to be the weakest team on paper. I am just hoping Irfan does well in this contest to make his way back to National team.

  • jsnaurvi on September 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    @ Pandove selectors dont want good pacers in team becoz pacers can bring injuries to team during practise as Raina and company dont have habbit of playing bouncers thats why good pacers like Abu, Chahar, Gony, Kulkarni and etc are out and many in the past also.

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @cricfan 108 Who told badrinath is a pathetic batsman......If u dont know about the stars just dont comment....

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Very soon Kris Srikanth might put his own name in one of these squads. The idea with these selections is to get people so frustrated that no one will question Cheeka selecting himself.

  • Pradyuman on September 30, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    The following paragraph appearing in the report says it all about the attituder adn approach of our board:

    "The tournament will comprise three round-robin games and a final, and will be played from October 10 to 13 in Nagpur. The first ODI against England is on the next day in Hyderabad, a game which Gambhir is slated to play in."

    Obviously, we have not learnt anything from the English debacle. We just refuse to learn.

  • pandove on September 30, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I can't understand on what basis these team have been selected.In these team neither deepak chahar, sudhip tyagi, bhuvneswar kumar,abu nachim could found his place.i think out of these,atleast 2 are future's player.

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    This is waste tournament... u cant find out consistent players by this two or three matches.. NEED MORE MATCHES AND FIVE TEAM to find real talents...

  • ubl2729 on October 2, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    robiee come on show ur telent

  • johnathonjosephs on October 1, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    4 games? Is this some kind of a joke? Or is this a desperate attempt to find the best uninjured players for the England tour? If India truly wants to be a World Power, instead of dumb IPL nonsense, they need to fix a system like Country Cricket in England. In English County Cricket Season, there are first class games being played with overseas players. There are also ODIs and T20s to follow. Now imagine if Lalith Modi added the ODI/Test sections to the IPL and with the money that BCCI has, lured players from around the world to play First Class Cricket. Imagine Gayle and Dilshan opening the batting in a FIRST CLASS GAME. Murali playing against Sanga/Mahela in a first class match. Dale Steyn bowling to AB De Villiers? Would be unbelievalbe and believe me, I may be very cheap and watching games online, but i would pay very good money to see IPL style first class matches

  • on September 30, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Regarding Yaju Krishanatry, guys check his List A stats and he is doing good job for Jharkhand. Jharkhand won the List A tournament this year for your kind information. Don't just go for guys who play well in IPL.

  • cimrsimg on September 30, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Green appears to be the weakest team on paper. I am just hoping Irfan does well in this contest to make his way back to National team.

  • jsnaurvi on September 30, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    @ Pandove selectors dont want good pacers in team becoz pacers can bring injuries to team during practise as Raina and company dont have habbit of playing bouncers thats why good pacers like Abu, Chahar, Gony, Kulkarni and etc are out and many in the past also.

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @cricfan 108 Who told badrinath is a pathetic batsman......If u dont know about the stars just dont comment....

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Very soon Kris Srikanth might put his own name in one of these squads. The idea with these selections is to get people so frustrated that no one will question Cheeka selecting himself.

  • Pradyuman on September 30, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    The following paragraph appearing in the report says it all about the attituder adn approach of our board:

    "The tournament will comprise three round-robin games and a final, and will be played from October 10 to 13 in Nagpur. The first ODI against England is on the next day in Hyderabad, a game which Gambhir is slated to play in."

    Obviously, we have not learnt anything from the English debacle. We just refuse to learn.

  • pandove on September 30, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I can't understand on what basis these team have been selected.In these team neither deepak chahar, sudhip tyagi, bhuvneswar kumar,abu nachim could found his place.i think out of these,atleast 2 are future's player.

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    This is waste tournament... u cant find out consistent players by this two or three matches.. NEED MORE MATCHES AND FIVE TEAM to find real talents...

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/380102.html....Just see the stats of Krishantary who has been selected for India Blue...On what basis has he been selected only God knows ....Most of them have not even heard his name ...where is Dawal Kulkarni who was in the Indian team barely 2 years back

  • Haleos on September 30, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @PK1989 - India Green squad has the best ODI player in the world. Dearest son of mr Cheeka. S Anirudha. They will surely win.

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    This trophy is a wasted and poor format. you cant find out consistent players from this two or three matches. Thats why we are not very successful even though we had huge population like this... NEED FIVE TEAMS AND MORE MATCHES to give opportunity to more talented players...

  • Haleos on September 30, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @indyarox - ha will decide based on what pays more.

  • Haleos on September 30, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    there u go again. Badrinath is made a captain of a limited overs team. He is pathetic ODI batsman. when is shrikanth going to accept it. His dear M Vijay also makes a comeback to the forefront. soon both of them would be in the main team. lousy selectors.

  • Shhy on September 30, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    @Nampally.. Whats wrong in Gambhir playing these matches?? If he gets injured.. let it be.. Gambhir has not played much competitive cricket after IPL.. He was rested for the full WI tour and played only 3 tests against England and was rested for the ODI tour as well.. He has got enough rest..and to be fair.. he has not played ODI cricket at all after World Cup.. Dont overcook this player workload for everything.. Let him get match practice for the important England tour.. Looks like no one should practice before match.. even if he gets injured there.. you guys will start blaming them.. Take a break guys..

  • PK1989 on September 30, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    india green squad is so weak in batting..it looks so fragile...common,this is unfair to bhajji!!!!

  • abhitupe on September 30, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    But, seriously what is wrong with BCCI, why are they squeezing tournaments like these. I can understand that NKP salve trophy was and is a part of domestic season, but then it was before IPL days. Most of the players, if not all were part of IPL and now champions league T 20 and some of them will represent India v England starting on 14 Oct. and then all of us will cry about how a full strength side was not fielded and keep giving excuses. I am saying that England team is much better at this point, not because they are playing every single day. But, the way they have prepared, rested and obviously some talent. But, India has it in abundance, we should stop overdoing stuff, if we have to be competitive

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Where is Kanitkar? He has been performin extremely well in the ranji trophy and corporate trophy...

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    abbas ali should have given a chance

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    And MURALI KARTIK is not worth being even in the 3 teams, is he? Not even in India Blue, India Red or India Green na? Inept selectors. He has got to be there in Team India, if not, at least in Challenger Trophy.

  • NShiva on September 30, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    YV Krishanatry, Prashant Parameshwaran, Tanmay Srivastava,Sarabjit Ladda,Samad Fallah, Ishwar Choudhary, Sumit Narwa,Jalaj Saxena,Bhargav Bhatt,TP Sudhindra

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anshu_pran on September 30, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    I am surprised that Abu Nechim was not selected for a single team, besides his impressive performances.

  • on September 29, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    WHY HE IS NOT IN ANY TEAM....i AM ASKING AN OPEN QUESTION TO BCCI... Abu Nechim Ahmed - an Indian 145+ km/hr bowler He is only 23 and almost touched 145 km/hr in his first over in a IPL match today. Can be a prospect for India.

  • on September 29, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    kaif should get a chance in test team as he's a experience player as well as superb fielder..kaif should get a chance in test team as he's a experience player as well as superb fielder..

  • rko_rules on September 29, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Where is Sudeep Tyagi and Manpreet Gony??

  • Nampally on September 29, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Gambhir should be removed from these matches since he is playing against England in the first ODI the day after concluding these matches.It is foolish to let him play the day before the ODI for India, which is far more important than these meaningless games. Common Indian Selectors, pull Gambhir out and stop being so bone headed!.

  • zig1 on September 29, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Ashish Nehra could have been given a chance to prove his fitness and make him match fit ( if he is in the reckoning). Deepak Chahar should have been selected as well after a good Ranji season. Will be interesting to see healthy competition between Pandey-Tiwary and Mishra-Ojha in the India Blue side.

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Where the hell is Deepak Chahar ? The best debutant in Ranji trophy, second highest wicket taker in last season! just 19; you AH selectors give him a chance... I dont know what's wrong

  • RK.Chandru on September 29, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Mohammed kaif's talent? are you people joking?? and, who's this Deepak Chahar? Is he someone's neighbour? why are people rooting for lesser known players and for players who failed miserably in the chances given?

  • on September 29, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    stop these useless tournaments

  • SachinRao on September 29, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Guys...The players selected for national squad are not playing, so some obvious names are missing !!! BTW, notable absentees are Deepak Chahar (What a shocker) and Abu Nechim. I dont know if Pujara is fit to play. looking forward to see how Valthaty, Manish Pandey and Iqbal perform. The biggest draw will be Irfan Pathan. He has a loyal fanbase as is evident from the forum, but he has still to prove that he is close to his best.

  • on September 29, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    @CricketMaan & rare2823 - I am from the same state as of Badri, but i somehow feel that he is not a gud International material. Somehow, he never instills confidence while he is facing opponents of the highest class. Just look at how he looks like at the crease and on the field and u might also agree with me.. For me, he doesn't look like a confidence player. And, he is anyhow reaching his "USE BY DATE". So, v shud move on and start identifying young talent. If at all u need someone to build innings in middle overs, much like what Dravid did for a decade, v can look out for either Pujara or Kaif. S, u read it right - Kaif. He is such a talented and most of all, CONFIDENT cricketer, whose role was never exactly defined in the past. I think now is the time to pull him back to the international scene. Bringing him not only adds value to the batting order, but also to the fielding dept, which is still lagging, inspite of young legs coming in. Just giv it a thought, and u wud also agree

  • mrcool on September 29, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    uthappa was highest scorer in challenger trophy in 2008..still they ignored his performance.also he is performing in vijay hazare trophy which is 50 over format..whats use of such tournament if performance is not considered for odi selection.

  • indyarox on September 29, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    What a waste of time is this Challenger Trophy. What kind of scheduling is this? Just the next day after Final is the England ODI. What happens if Gambhir's team reaches final?.. Does he skip the ODI or the final. I think he will skip the final.

  • on September 29, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Naman Ojha having played for India last year is a notable exclusion.

  • ShilajitBava on September 29, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Very happy to see such a progressive squad!!

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    kaif should be in test team to replace the place of seniors.....he is an excellent batsmen and fielder..

  • on September 29, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    badri.. should have been in INDIAN CRICKET TEAM BY NOW, after DADA' exit he sould have come to indian team, and seeing badri playing well in domestic cricket, he should have replaced gambhir..cuz gauti most of the time gets injury. and robin uthapa is perfect for opening and 6.slot... and irfan should get chance.

  • GlobalCricketLover on September 29, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    a tournment with 3 teams? no thanks!

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Why is Deepak Chahar not in, given the fact that we need additional back-up for Fast bowlers especially for the Australian tour, wonder what is going on in the minds of Selectors ????????????

  • jonesy2 on September 29, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    this seems like a pretty good concept. aus should do it

  • mrcool on September 29, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    uthappa was highest scorer in challenger trophy in 2008 still They ignored him also he has been performing vijay hazare trophy for past 3 years.Vijay hazare trophy is 50 over format not 4 day matches...why selectors considering 4 day match performance for odi selection.Are they expecting uthappa to make double hundred and gets place in test team?

  • mrcool on September 29, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    anirudhha srikkanth has been selected in india green squad to make robin uthappa run out..so that he wont make comeback..:)

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    mohammed kaif's talent is wasted..giv him a run in test cricket..he can be a suitable replacement for Sourav

  • Naresh28 on September 29, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Some of these young guys will watched for future posts. They should excel to have to be considered for coming series notabily Australia. There are also past discards like Kaif and Pathan who are being given rope to seize the oppurtunity. So all in all this is a good tournament for the selectors to watch. Only Deepak Chahar and Baba Aparajith missing. These guys are still quite young.

  • on September 29, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Robbin uthappa should be sellected in the indian team badly.I dont understand why robbin uthappa is not sellected in indian team.He has been consistant in IPL ranji and dullep trophy.Robbin uthappa has been wasted by the sellectors by not sellecting him in indian team as a middle order batsmen for 3 years.He is way much better than yusuf pathan.Yusuf is a big waste in indian team.Robbin is a very good match winner ,saviour and changer but dropped from indian team for 3 years which is totally foolish.What is so great in yusuf pathan god only knows.Yusuf plays good only against spin not fast bowling.Robbin is good player of spin and short bowing and fast bowling.

  • harekrishnaom on September 29, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    One can't help but wonder why Pujara, Rahul Sharma and Sreenath Aravind don't figure in any list.

  • Sachit1979 on September 29, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara and Abu Nechim Ahmed are notable absentees.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    This challenger trophy is a hunt of 'NEW CAPTAIN & SOME GOOD players to our indian team, after england's disaster tour. I just wanna say that keep seeking some good players from this trophy but retain MS DHONI as an indian captain. Now a days we can't imagine a indian team without captaining MS otherwise he is injured or has been rest. and plz don't ask about DHONI i'll praise him whole night if nobody stops me. That MS.................!

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Good to see Tanmay Srivastava in india blue squad, he is very good young player

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    india blue and india reds seems to be much stonger.....i think india red is gonna win

  • Magchennai on September 29, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Guys please understand, Uthappa was dropped because he suffered an injury. Uthappa was there in the last world cup also, stop blaming selectors telling that he is not getting chance. All he has to do is perform well in domestic CONSISTENTLY (not only IPL )

  • rare2823 on September 29, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @CricketMaan: true badri should have come in after dada... or atleast after Yuvi failed.. badri never got time to proove himself at the highest level... yes he did fail in 3-4 innings... but he deserves more... might be right guy for India like Hus for Aus if given some time to settle in :)

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Positives:Paul Valthatty,Manish Pandey,Irfan,Sanghwan,Uthappa,Sumith Narwal,Raydu,Ashok Meneria,Jalaj Saxena

    Negetives: ignored MA Agarwal,Buvaneswar Kumar,Rahul Sharma(???),Deepak Chahaar,Abu Nechim,YO Mahesh..

  • veerakannadiga on September 29, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    some body please educate me the purpose of challenger trophy? If it is to select performing players, then, pray tell me, why was Robin Uthappa (his performance was one of the best, if I am not mistaken he scored a century)not picked even in the probable lists of WC and thereafter? Is it just to fool the unsuspecting public?All said and done the selectors will choose only players whom they like not players who perform. This type of series does not have any importance now.In the olden days challenger trophy was a yardstick to measure domestic ODI talent. Viru was selected after his performance in the challenger trophy.Just hope something good will come out of this.

  • CricketMaan on September 29, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Why play Badri when is 'perfect' fit for Test Cricket? After Dada's exit Badri should have been given a long rope, similar to Raina and Yuvi to prove his mettle rather he was left to fight it against Dale Steyn and Morne at thier peak, and even though he made a fighting 50 has been ignored. Now with Pujara, Kholi, Raina, Yuvi and Rohit all possibilities of grabbing that coveted 'No.6' test spot Badri is made to look like a misplaced batsman.

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  • CricketMaan on September 29, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Why play Badri when is 'perfect' fit for Test Cricket? After Dada's exit Badri should have been given a long rope, similar to Raina and Yuvi to prove his mettle rather he was left to fight it against Dale Steyn and Morne at thier peak, and even though he made a fighting 50 has been ignored. Now with Pujara, Kholi, Raina, Yuvi and Rohit all possibilities of grabbing that coveted 'No.6' test spot Badri is made to look like a misplaced batsman.

  • veerakannadiga on September 29, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    some body please educate me the purpose of challenger trophy? If it is to select performing players, then, pray tell me, why was Robin Uthappa (his performance was one of the best, if I am not mistaken he scored a century)not picked even in the probable lists of WC and thereafter? Is it just to fool the unsuspecting public?All said and done the selectors will choose only players whom they like not players who perform. This type of series does not have any importance now.In the olden days challenger trophy was a yardstick to measure domestic ODI talent. Viru was selected after his performance in the challenger trophy.Just hope something good will come out of this.

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Positives:Paul Valthatty,Manish Pandey,Irfan,Sanghwan,Uthappa,Sumith Narwal,Raydu,Ashok Meneria,Jalaj Saxena

    Negetives: ignored MA Agarwal,Buvaneswar Kumar,Rahul Sharma(???),Deepak Chahaar,Abu Nechim,YO Mahesh..

  • rare2823 on September 29, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    @CricketMaan: true badri should have come in after dada... or atleast after Yuvi failed.. badri never got time to proove himself at the highest level... yes he did fail in 3-4 innings... but he deserves more... might be right guy for India like Hus for Aus if given some time to settle in :)

  • Magchennai on September 29, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Guys please understand, Uthappa was dropped because he suffered an injury. Uthappa was there in the last world cup also, stop blaming selectors telling that he is not getting chance. All he has to do is perform well in domestic CONSISTENTLY (not only IPL )

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    india blue and india reds seems to be much stonger.....i think india red is gonna win

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Good to see Tanmay Srivastava in india blue squad, he is very good young player

  • on September 29, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    This challenger trophy is a hunt of 'NEW CAPTAIN & SOME GOOD players to our indian team, after england's disaster tour. I just wanna say that keep seeking some good players from this trophy but retain MS DHONI as an indian captain. Now a days we can't imagine a indian team without captaining MS otherwise he is injured or has been rest. and plz don't ask about DHONI i'll praise him whole night if nobody stops me. That MS.................!

  • Sachit1979 on September 29, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara and Abu Nechim Ahmed are notable absentees.

  • harekrishnaom on September 29, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    One can't help but wonder why Pujara, Rahul Sharma and Sreenath Aravind don't figure in any list.